Berry Good Oat Bars

Introducing the berry good oat bar, star of the snack scene and best blueberry- loaded breakfast in town! Loaded with nutrients, these babies are chewy like a brownie, but much healthier, with the perfect combination of carbs, protein, and fat. Now, that’s berry, berry good!

IMG_1975In a mixer/blender, combine all of the following ingredients:

2 cups berries (blueberries or a variety of berries, fresh or thawed frozen)
1 cup plain oats
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup nuts OR nut butter of choice
1 tablespoon flax
1 teaspoon honey

optional additions:
1 scoop high-quality protein powder for extra protein
1/4 cup goji berries
1 tablespoon hemp or chia seeds

Spray a large brownie pan and pour batter evenly into pan. Bake at 325-350 for about 15-20 minutes. Check with a fork, they’ll be soft, but won’t stick to fork. Let cool for at least 30 minutes and cut into individual bars. Serve cool or heated and enjoy any time of day.

IMG_1964One Healthy Breakdown: sounds like berry good plan!

Pumpkin Pie Parfait

Who else has fallen deep into a love affair with pumpkin season and all it encompasses? I love it all, from the lattes to the scented candles. Pumpkin is an energy-packed vegetable low in fat, sugar, and calories, but high in flavor, nutrients, and warmth. If you’ve already mastered the pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, and, of course, pumpkin pie, I happily bring you the prettiest in pumpkin creations: the Pumpkin Pie Parfait.

photo 3Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (I love Farmer’s Markets’ organic canned pumpkin puree)
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon granola
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon pecans & walnuts (or nuts of choice)

Instructions:

In two separate bowls, mix the following:

  1. pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and honey or maple syrup
  2. yogurt and vanilla

In a bowl, cup, or glass of choice, layer the following:

  1. a large spoonful pumpkin mixture
  2. a large spoonful yogurt mixture
  3. sprinkle granola or healthy cereal
  4. 1/2 of the shredded coconut
  5. a large spoonful pumpkin mixture
  6. a large spoonful yogurt mixture
  7. remaining shredded coconut
  8. a large spoonful pumpkin mixture
  9. top with nuts

Stick a spoon in it and enjoy!

sitting on the fenceOne Healthy Breakdown: pumpkin spice and everything nice…what’s not to love?!

Afternoon Snackocado

Oh, avocado. How you make the world a better place…

photo 5(3)Avocados are rich in nutrients and flavor. With 20 essential nutrients, including Vitamins B, E, folic acid, potassium, fiber, and healthy fat, these power-fruits actually burn fat, aid digestion, inflammation, heart health, and lots more!

Afternoon snackocado:

  • 1 rice cake or toast of choice
  • 1/2 avocado
  • fresh lemon or lime juice
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Mash avocado and spread on rice cake or toast. Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice on top and add a dash of salt and pepper. That’s it! One bite and you’ll be hooked on this easy combo! (If you’re looking for a more substantial/satisfying snack with added protein, feel free to add cottage cheese as well!)

One Healthy Breakdown: avocado vs. snack attack…avocado wins again.

Cold Crunchy Chopped Asian Salad

This refreshingly crunchy salad is tasty, healthy, and super easy to make. With lots of veggies, healthy fats, and protein, it packs a powerful punch and tastes as indulgent as take-out! Makes a great lunch, dinner, side dish. Makes 2-3 servings and makes for great leftovers for the next day!

asianIn a bowl, combine:

  • 1.5 cup shredded cabbage (use red, green, or a combination of both)
  • 1 cup chopped jicama
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions

For dressing, whisk the following until mixed:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dark miso
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

For more protein, add cooked egg, tofu, chicken, tempeh etc. Pour dressing over ingredients and mix thoroughly.

One Healthy Breakdown: easier and tastier than you think!

*Recipe adapted from The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook by Mark Hyman

“We Go Together Like” Tempeh & Coconut Oil

photo 1(3)I love tempeh. I love the taste, unique texture, and not to mention, nutritional content. Tempeh is made from soybeans; it’s high in protein and essential phytonutrients. Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavor of other ingredients, spices, oils, etc., so it’s very versatile.

Tempeh is good stuff, but tempeh sauteed in coconut oil is a whole other level. I make this at least once a week, if not more, and it never gets old. Best of all, this recipe couldn’t be easier…in fact, it doesn’t even need a recipe at all. You can buy tempeh at any health food store (and most grocery stores) and it’s precooked, so you’re just crisping it up for pleasure. Just put a tablespoon or so of coconut oil in pan to heat and add bite-sized pieces of tempeh and your favorite vegetables (broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, any leafy green, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, bean sprouts, just to name a few of the endless possibilities) Once tempeh turns a golden brown, it’s crispy and delicious enough to eat. This meal takes all of about six minutes to prepare and did I mention it tastes ah-mazing?! And you can make it as simple or complicated as you want. I usually just do tempeh and broccoli, but here’s a recent stir-fry I made with tempeh, coconut oil, peppers, onions, bean sprouts, and liquid aminos (soy sauce alternative.) All gone.

photo 2(10)One Healthy Hamptons: seriously, this one’s tempeh-tastic.

How to Make Taxes Fun

Two businessmen jumping and celebrating on the beachOk, so the only bad thing about the spring season (other than this RIDICULOUS winter weather – have I mentioned I hate the cold?!) is that it happens to commence with tax season. Thankfully, here are some ideas on how to make taxes fun (ok, that’s an exaggeration.)

How to make doing taxes suck less:

1. Listen to fun music.

2. Have a fun snack.

3. Make a fun drink.

4. Commiserate with a fun friend.

5. Start your taxes before April 14th.

6. Break up the work.

7. Take fun breaks.

8. Reward yourself with something fun when all of the fun’s over.

9. Don’t be afraid to wear your suit to the beach.

10. Appreciate the fact that taxes usually means we have a job…and jobs are good.

One Healthy Breakdown: don’t have toooo much fun this tax season!

The Clean and the Dirty

The “dirty dozen” and “clean 15” are two lists I refer to very often. While we all know that buying organic is always best, it’s often much more difficult and not to mention (ok, I’m going to mention) costly. It helps to save time, money, and health to keep these lists in mind while shopping. Knowing which items are often pumped with pesticides and those that typically are not gives us a guide of where to spend a little extra mula and when it’s not so necessary. Here ya go, folks. The clean and the dirty…not that there are not a dozen or 15 because I’ve found some variety and wanted to include them all, regardless of the catchy rhymes.

groceries

The Clean: (safe to buy non-organic)

  • asparagus
  • melon
  • sweet corn
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • kiwi
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • avocado
  • bananas
  • citrus
  • squash
  • sweet potatoes
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • papaya

The Dirty: (buy organic when possible)

  • apples
  • berries
  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • cherry tomatoes
  • nectarines
  • peppers
  • cucumbers
  • greens: spinach, kale, lettuce, and collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • grapes
  • zucchini
  • carrots

One Healthy Breakdown: be aware and shop smart. Stay green and clean!

Blueberry Honey Quinoa Pancakes

I was going to title this recipe “Honey Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes,” but that immediately made me think of Honey Boo Boo…which is why I did not. Anyway, that’s my story. Now on to the yumminess. I often make quinoa in large batches and keep it in the fridge to throw into recipes. When it came time for a hearty post-workout breakfast this morning, I was in the mood for pancakes. So, I decided to experiment with the quinoa. Then I wanted blueberry pancakes. And so the Blueberry Honey Quinoa Pancakes were born. And thank goodness they were because they will now be a breakfast staple in the OHH kitchen. I think you’re going to like them too.

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Ingredients: (makes one large pancake)

  • 1/2 cup plain cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg (sub 1/2 mashed banana or more applesauce for vegan)
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Heat up your pan and coat with a thin layer of coconut oil or non-stick spray. Pour mixture and flip when ready. Voilà! Top pancake with your favorites. I used almond butter, more blueberries, and maple syrup. YUM.

One Healthy Breakdown: Who knew pancakes could have so many superfoods?! Certainly not Honey Boo Boo…