Energy Boosting Chia Seed & Blueberry Smoothie

This delicious chia seed and blueberry smoothie will give you a morning burst of energy or before you go work out! This energy boosting smoothie is made with fresh blueberries, oranges, grapes, Greek Yogurt, and chia seeds, you are sure to love this recipe!

So I know I usually say beware the title if it claims certain things but let me tell you – I’ve made this smoothie about 10 times in the past couple of months and every time I drink it, I have more energy than if I drank 2 cups of coffee. Seriously, you get this major burst of energy out of nowhere!

Plus, it helps keep you full with the fiber in it! This recipe is so easy to make and tastes amazing!

Blackened Fish Tacos


Fish tacos are a staple at practically every restaurant and are so delicious and healthy for you too! Now you can make these delicious blackened fish tacos at home! This taco recipe uses blackened fish topped with pico de gallo and broccoli slaw.

The pico de gallo is homemade and so easy to make, plus it makes a huge container! To make the broccoli slaw, you need a bag of broccoli slaw, lime juice, and Italian dressing!

All of this can be done in 30 minutes for a quick weeknight dinner with leftovers for the next day’s lunch!

NOTE: Do not use salmon as your fish. You can use practically any other fish and be fine.

Recipe for the blackened fish:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp Seafood Magic seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions:
1. Heat the olive in a pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated through, add in all of the seasonings. Stir to combine.

2. Add your fish into the pan and cook on each side for 2 minutes.

3. Place fish in a small corn tortilla and top with broccolli slaw and pico de gallo and low fat mozzarella cheese.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Blackberry & Raspberry Oatmeal Smoothie

This delicious smoothie has 5 simple ingredients: blackberries, raspberries, skim milk, Stevia, and oats!

I know I’ve been posting a lot of smoothie recipes lately, but when you have fruit that is going to go bad if you don’t use it, the perfect way to use it is to put it in a nutritious smoothie!

Note: I used frozen raspberries because that is what I had on hand at the moment, and it replaces having to use ice! If you have fresh raspberries, you can use that, but you’ll have to add in some ice to make it thick!

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!

The Best Green Smoothie

Best Green Smoothie

This delicious green smoothie will give you the perfect pick-me-up in the morning or in the afternoon when need that little boost of energy. This green smoothie is full of vegetables but tastes sweet!

I’m sure when you hear the words “green smoothie,” your first response isn’t that it is something you’d want to drink on purpose. I’m about to change what you think about green smoothies because this recipe is delicious. It combines a large cucumber, 1 cup spinach or any other dark leafy green (I used the green lettuce from my spring mix), 1 cup grapes, 1 banana, some milk, chia seeds, and ice all into one smoothie.

You’ll find yourself with some energy after drinking this smoothie and feeling amazing! Try it out and you’ll see for yourself.

Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Etouffee is a traditional southern dish that is made with a roux, lots of vegetables, and crawfish. It is served over rice and so delicious!

This recipe has 4 stalks of celery, 2 1/2 yellow onions, 1 bunch of green onions, 1 green bell pepper, and 1 red bell pepper all in this one dish!

A homemade crawfish etouffee is one of the best meals you can make, especially when crawfish season rolls around and you have leftover crawfish (if you have any at all). When it is out of season, you can use frozen crawfish that you find in the store.

Try this recipe and let me know what you think!

Pineapple & Banana Smoothie

pineapple-banana-smoothie

This easy and healthy pineapple-banana smoothie will be your go-to recipe! And to make it even better, there are only 5 ingredients: pineapple, banana, skim milk, Stevia, and ice!

Bananas go bad so quickly that unless you find recipes to use them in, they’ll go bad quickly and you have to throw them away. Here is a recipe that you can use those bananas in. The good news is the darker the skin of the banana, the sweeter they will be.

If you have only frozen pineapple, you don’t need to add the ice to the smoothie because the frozen pineapple will replace the ice.

Try this recipe out and let me know what you think!

Skinny Corn & Crab Bisque

corn and crab bisque

This delicious corn and crab bisque recipe is a low calorie version of a traditional corn & crab bisque! It is perfect for a cold winter day! Here in Louisiana it is perfect year round! Try it out and I’m sure you’ll love it too.

Being from Louisiana means cooking delicious food which is also typically unhealthy food most of the time. I grew up learning how to cook AMAZING food from my family, which typically is made with lots of high calorie ingredients. Heavy whipping cream. Lots of butter. I’ve been working on making a few of my favorite dishes “skinnier” or rather “low-calorie.” 

Instead of using heavy cream, you will be using 1% milk which is why you have to add it last and not on a high boil. Boiling a low-fat milk could make the milk curdle. NOTE – This doesn’t change anything but the appearance of this dish.

This recipe is spicy, which is typical of any Louisiana meals. So if spicy isn’t your suite, cut back on the old bay seasoning and ESPECIALLY the crab boil. 

Try this recipe and I’m sure you’ll love it! 

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Whole Grains – Guide to Adding Them to Your Diet!

Whole grains are the holy grail when you’re buying rice, bread, pasta, and other grain products! But often times, it is hard to know just what you should be looking for on a food label. The terms on items are so confusing! Here is your go-to guide on understanding what the different kind of grains are and how you can add them into your diet!

 There are different ways of describing grains: refined, enriched, fortified, or whole grain. 

Whole grain products have ALL of the nutrients and fiber that is found in the original grain product, so nothing has been removed. These are the products that have lots of fiber, and you should be eating these for at least half of your grains everyday!

Enriched grain products have lost a lot of their nutrients and fiber while being processed but has had some of them added back once the processing has been finished.

  • Enriched products have iron, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, and niacin added to the product due to requirements by law.
  • Most products today are enriched with these items, and you will see it on the food label and ingredients list!

Fortified grain products are typically found in cereal. Often times – fortified and enriched are used as the equivalent of one another. There is a big difference though! The original food that has been fortified with certain nutrients likely didn’t have those nutrients before it was processed. 

  • Fortified cereals are typically made with refined flour and then fortified with a high dosage of nutrients, which is more like a dietary supplement!

Refined grains are the products that have been processed and lost majority of their nutrients and fiber, but unlike enriched grains – nothing has been added back. 

  • An example of a refined grain is white flour or white bread that doesn’t say “enriched” on the label.

LABEL TRICKERY: Ever heard of White Wheat Bread?  You may be thinking it’s the same thing as regular white bread. BUT – it’s made with an albino variety of whole wheat grains. This allows anyone who truly can’t stand whole wheat bread to get a lot of nutrients and fiber in a variety of bread that looks like white bread!  

  • If a food label is labeled with multi-grain or 100% wheat, then it’s likely not a whole grain item. You need to look from whole-grain and it will be listed as the first ingredient on the ingredient list.
  • Remember the phrase – do not judge a book by it’s cover. This applies to whole grain products. Just because the bread is brown, it doesn’t make it a whole-grain bread!

Adding more whole grains to your diet is easier than you think! If you usually eat a pop-tart for breakfast in the morning (Yes, MOM, I’m calling you out here in this post!) try eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. If you don’t have time to heat up oatmeal in the morning, make overnight oats and you can eat it on the run!

When you want to eat some chips as a snack, eat popcorn instead. There are many new brands of popcorn that are already popped so you don’t even have to have a microwave available to pop your popcorn!

Another easy alternative is to substitute brown rice for white rice. Cooking brown rice is a little trickier than cooking white rice because it takes longer and uses more water, but once you get it right the first time, there isn’t any taste difference between brown rice and white rice.

You can eat corn with your dinner to add a whole grain or use quinoa in recipes!

Other whole grain items include:

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Corn (This does include popcorn – minus the butter)
  • Millet
  • Oats (Such as oatmeal or baked oats in granola)
  • Quinoa (See my Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Recipe)
  • Brown or Wild Rice
  • Whole Wheat or Rye

Post any questions you have below!

Arugula Crab Salad

arugula salad
This delicious and healthy salad takes 5 minutes to make and has tomatoes, red onions, black olives, crab meat, feta cheese, spring mix, and arugula mix. 

We had a seafood boil at my house this weekend, which included boiled crabs and charbroiled oysters. While all of the oysters are gone, there was/is a lot of crabs leftover once everyone ate.  

This means that I’ll be using the crab meat for other things throughout the week: for example tomorrow I’m making corn and crab bisque (skinny style).

The longest part about making this salad is peeling your crabs. I used 2 decent sized ones to get the meat out, but you can use 1-3 depending on how much crab meat you’d like in it. 

From there you simply grab your spring mix out of the container in addition to the arugula and spread it out on a plate. Then add the sliced tomato, sliced black olives, diced red onion, feta cheese, and crab meat and your salad is done. 

This is the perfect meal prep salad to make for a few days because it is that quick to make! I used Light Italian dressing but you could use your favorite dressing to top this off.

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries

Dark chocolate stuffed raspberries

This delicious dark chocolate stuffed raspberry recipe is done in under 5 minutes and combines both dark chocolate chips and fresh raspberries. This raspberry recipe is the perfect snack or dessert!

If you are craving chocolate and something fruity at the same time, this is the perfect snack for you. With only two ingredients, it takes less than 5 minutes to make this delicious snack.

Dark chocolate and raspberries taste amazing together – just check the grocery stores and candy bars! One of the most popular flavor combinations are raspberries and dark chocolate.

Next time you get some fresh raspberries, grab a bag of dark chocolate chips and try this recipe out!