Healthy V-Day Ideas

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I am going to preface this post with this: This is not a post about how you shouldn’t eat anything unhealthy on Valentines Day. I am a total believer in treating yourself! Rather, this is post is meant to give you some ideas about how you can treat yourself, but in a more HEALTHY way.

Valentines Day is full of tempting foods; donuts, pizza, fancy dinners, chocolate, chocolate covered chocolate… did I mention chocolate? So it may be difficult to be super healthy that day. Again, that is OK if you don’t go out on a complete binge and make yourself feel sick. Trust me, it can be easy to fall into the Valentines Day vortex, that is why I am going to give you some tips/options as to what you can treat yourself with on Valentines Day…while staying healthy!

The have 1 rule

If you have 1 piece of pizza, 1 donut, 1 piece of cake, this is not going to set you completely back. The keyword here is 1 though. If you have 3 pieces of pizza, some cake, and a donut you are not going to feel good about yourself!

Swap Hershey’s for dark chocolate

There are some chocolate options that are better than others. Dark chocolate is always an awesome alternative to the milk chocolates, reese’s, etc. If you make sure you limit yourself to a few pieces, not the entire bar, you will be fine!

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Make your own

Instead of ordering a bunch of pizza that night, invite your friends over for a night of pizza making fun! You can go to the store, buy all the ingredients, and make it at home! There are some great healthy pizza recipes out there. Click here for my favorite.

Keep it simple

If you are going out on a date to a super fancy place you are still allowed to indulge. However, instead of ordering a ton of appetizers, dinner, and desert, limit yourself to maybe one of each. Or, you could even split the meal with your date! That way you get to try some of everything, but you don’t get super full and feel bloated for the rest of the night.

Remember, Valentines Day is all about love! Love your body enough to want to take good care of it, after all what’s the point in celebrating the day of love if you are feeling bad about yourself!

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The Breakfast Club- Health Nut Edition

Having breakfast with my friends is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Waking up, and filling the house with the smell of fresh coffee and delicious food is the best way to start a day after a long night with friends. But, if you aren’t careful, you could end up filling your body with a bunch of crap that will make you feel badd throughout the day. And who wants to feel like that? Luckily there are some delicious and healthy food options out there for you to cook for a special breakfast with friends!

Some of my favorites:

  • You wouldn’t even know its Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
  • Original French toast made with Ezekiel bread (Can be found in the frozen organics section) Prepare like regular French Toast
  • Yogurt topped with fruit, nuts, honey, peanut butter, with a side of fresh toast
  • Pancakes with banana, blueberries, and greek yogurt to top
  • Veggie Omelets
  • Fresh Fruit salad
  • Chocolate fried bananas
  • Turkey bacon with eggs and Ezekiel toast, topped with hot sauce

All of these recipes are delicious… I have tried them all and so have my friends, there were a very big hit. The cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and chocolate fried bananas are more “treats” so make sure that these aren’t an everyday occurrence. Everything in moderation!

And… to make the morning even more fun, do a yoga routine right before you start cooking! Something like Sun Salutations, or a quick vinyassa flow you find on YouTube.. Speaking of YouTube… I should have my business up and running soon, lots of videos coming, I am so excited!

Your Friend,

Sierra

Friday Night Out Eats

Its friday night and you are probably either getting ready to go out with your friends, hang out with your friends, or enjoy a suit evening watching movies. Whatever you are doing, friday nights can be fun, filled with cool activities foods and friends. This doesn’t mean that the food can’t be healthy though…. Here are some yummy and teen friendly things that you can eat!

 

If you want pizza…..

Amy’s and against the grain has some great pizzas that you can buy frozen and heat up. You can also order in some pizza from a company… just make sure its thin crust and has some veggies on it or with it. Or if you really want to have fun… make your own pizza! Get some pizza dough, good marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings, bake and enjoy!

 

If you want snack foods…

I recommend things like veggies, fruits, pop chips, nuts, yogurt pretzels, Annies brands foods, Newman O’s, and Izze.

 

Girls Night Snacks

Summer is almost over, and that means we are all going to be catching up on our girl nights! Here are some smart and healthy snack ideas to keep you entertained, happy, healthy, and having fun!:

  • Amy’s frozen goat cheese pizza
  • Annies Cheddar Bunny crackers
  • Almonds
  • GORP
  • Hanses Soda
  • Izzes
  • No butter popcorn
  • Yogurt pretzels

Cook how ever many pizzas you need depending o how many friends you have over, don’t make to much so you all aren’t tempted to completely overeat. Cheddar bunnies have a lot in one bag, so I would recommend getting around 2. Buy a couple packs of the soda, pop some popcorn, watch movies and talk!

These snacks are great to satisfy all of usual cravings, but in a healthier way. Most of these items are organic, and are processed in a better way than other packaged foods, plus they have no High Fructose Corn syrup, which is TERRIBLE FOR YOU.

LEt me know how it goes if you try these… love to hear from you all! Follow me on twitter @SGoldstein33 and my YouTube Channel YogaCrossTeens.

Banana Blueberry Sliders

A lot of time, in the summer when its hot, we don’t feel like having heavy meals such as burgers. That’s fine! here is a delis recipe for banana blueberry sliders that are just as good, light, and healthy!

Ingredients

  1. 1 banana
  2. 8 blueberries
  3. 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  4. 8 toothpicks

Procedure

  1. Cut banana into 8 pieces
  2. Top with dollop of peanut butter
  3. Place 1 blueberry on top
  4. Stick with toothpick
  5. Enjoy!

These are great for parties, snacks, and treats!

End Of The Year Party Snacks

The school year is almost over and that means beginning of summer parties! If you are hosting one, here are some yummy, healthy, and easy snacks to make for everyone to enjoy!

Chips and Salsa

Buy blue corn tortilla chips and pace salsa, much healthier than regular corn tortilla chips!

Pop Chips

Pop chips aren’t fried, so that makes them much healthier! They come in delicious flavors like barbecue, sea salt and vinegar, and much more!

Triscut Crackers with Goat Cheese spread

Buy an herb flavor of trisect crackers and serve with goat cheese. Very yummy and healthier than regular cheese!

Banana Protein Bars

Ingredients: 2 mashed bananas, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, cinnamon, 1/2 cup almond milk.

Pre- heat oven to 350. Combine ingredients together and place in glass pan. Sprinkle one more dash of shredded coconut on the top. Cook for 30 min or until consistency of banana bread!

All of these are yummy, easy, and healthy! Make as many servings as appropriate have fun, and kick off the start of summer!

 

Peanut Butter Banana Party Sandwich

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Summer is just around the corner and that means that there are going to be tons of pool parties and beach parties! If you have, or are close to, achieving your bikini body you probably don’t want to ruin it by eating all the bad food that is there! Here is a delish sandwich that is filling, healthy, and no one will notice you aren’t snacking!

Peanut Butter Banana Party Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of whole grain toast
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Make a sandwich, but into small squares, and eat them through the entire party! It will keep you full and able to have fun!

Portion Control

 

 

 

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Many times at parties and events, the snacks and food are finger food and are laid out on big plates. Because of this, people are more likely to eat more because they have no visual record of how much they have put in their mouth. That leads to overeating, and if done frequently, weight gain. There is, however, a way to avoid this!:

PORTION CONTROL

I have found that the easiest way to control your portions is grabbing a small plate and putting food on there. That way, you know exactly how much you have eaten and you can consciously choose how much is going into your mouth!

If there are no plates, there are most likely napkins and that works just as good.

By controlling your portions it is less likely that you will overeat and gain weight, but you can still enjoy yourself!

Popcorn Bliss

There is always that time where we want to sit in from of the TV, watch movies, and eat popcorn. And guess what? That’s okay! Here are 2 delicious and healthy popcorn recipes for those types of nights:

Parmesan and Pepper Heaven

Microwave yourself a bowl of popcorn and throw some freshly grated parmesan cheese, and pepper on it! It’s a delicious and slightly spicy flavor, much healthier than using butter!

Peanut Butter Popcorn

1/3 Cup Honey
2/3 Cup natural Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Heat honey in a small saucepan over medium heat just until it starts bubbling. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir vigorously over heat until well blended and smooth. Be careful; mixture is hot and will stick to skin! Poor mixture over freshly popped popcorn, let it cool, and enjoy!

Tip: Place a serving of popcorn in a smaller bowl to really keep track of how much you are eating.

Veggie Chips

Instead of gorging yourself on potato chips at parties, try this delicious recipe for homemade veggie chips:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kale leaves
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (or olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • dash of pepper

Procedure:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place kale leaves on cookie sheet
  • Pour coconut oil over leaves
  • Sprinkle sea salt
  • Cook until desired crispness
  • Sprinkle pepper
  • Serve and enjoy!