Healthy Recipes - December 2017

The new year is almost here, and we know how almost everyone's new years resolutions are to get into shape and get their diet in check. Well we are here to help! Below are some of our favorite healthy recipes to help bring in the start to a new and healthy year! If you make any of these, be sure to snap a picture and send it in to or share it on any of our social media channels. Time to get cooking! 

Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we are sharing this recipe with you to help you kick start a new day. Enjoy these muffins with a nice, hot cup of coffee to warm you up before heading out into the cold! 



·         1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

·         1 cup rolled oats

·         ½ cup white sugar

·         2 teaspoons baking powder

·         1 teaspoon baking soda

·         ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

·         2 large eggs

·         ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

·         ¼ cup skim milk

·         1 cup mashed banana



1.    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place 12 paper liners in a muffin tin.

2.    Stir in whole wheat flour, rolled oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips together in a bowl. Make a well in the center. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl until frothy; mix applesauce, skim milk, and banana into the eggs. Pour the moist ingredients into the well in the dry mix bowl. Stir to moisten everything. (The batter will be lumpy).

3.    Fill the paper liners ¾ full.

4.    Place in the oven for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the center of the muffins and comes out clean.

5.    Cool in the muffin tins for 5 minutes before removing to finish cooling on wire racks.


Quinoa Caprese Salad 

Now this recipe will make bringing lunch to work so much better than grabbing a quick lunch or even skipping the meal altogether! The photo featured in this blog is also taken from the great Averie Cooks blog! She shares amazing recipes, and if you enjoyed this one be sure to check out her others. 


·         2 cups cooked quinoa

·         1 cup cherry tomatoes

·         1 cup mini fresh mozzarella cheese balls

·         10-15 basil leaves (torn)

·         3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

·         3 tablespoons olive oil

·         ¾ teaspoon salt

·         ½ teaspoon black pepper



Place cooked quinoa into a bowl.

Combine the rest of the ingredients and stir. Adjust ingredients to your taste.

The salad could be consumed immediately, but it is advised to let it sit for 24 hours before serving.


Honey Garlic Shrimp

This dinner is quick and easy for those days where you come home from work and just want to melt into the couch. It can be prepared in only 20 minutes, so you won't be pulled away from your TV show binge for too long. 


·         1/3 cup honey

·         ¼ cup soy sauce (Or a reduced sodium soy sauce)

·         1 tablespoon minced garlic

·         1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

·         1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

·         2 teaspoons olive oil

·         1 cup broccoli

·         1 cup cooked brown rice



1.    In a medium bowl, whisk the honey, soy sauce, and ginger.

2.    Place the shrimp in a zip top bag. Pour half of the marinade on top, close the bag, and shake. Allow the shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. You can also leave it in the marinade for 8-12 hours if you are making it for later. Cover and refrigerate the other half of the mixture.

3.    While the shrimp is marinating steam the broccoli and cook the brown rice according to the package.

4.    Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet. Cook the shrimp on one side until pink, about 45 seconds, then flip the shrimp over. Pour in the remaining sauce from the fridge and cook the shrimp until it is cooked through, about 1 minute longer.

1.    Serve the shrimp with the cooked marinade with the broccoli and brown rice.


Chocolate Pom-poms

Now this is a guilt free dessert! The only problem you are going to have is running to the store to get more ingredients for your next batch. 


·         2 large pomegranates or 1 ¼ cup prepackaged pomegranate seeds

·         1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

·         Wax paper



1.    Refrigerate the pomegranates

2.    (If using whole pomegranates) Remove all of the seeds and place them in a colander. Rinse out the seeds and place them on a paper towel to dry.

3.    Place a sheet of wax paper onto a cookie sheet.

4.    Melt the chocolate chip in the microwave stir them occasionally, so they do not burn.

5.    Make sure all of the pomegranate seeds are dry and add them to the melted chocolate. Fold the mixture together until all of the seeds are generously covered.

6.    Place the mixture into desired globs on the wax paper and place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator overnight.

7.    Keep them refrigerated until it is time to enjoy! 


On-the-go Protein Boxes

When you know that midafternoon slump is coming, be sure to pack one of these protein boxes to give you that energy needed to complete the day! 


·         4 hardboiled eggs

·         4 thick slices of pepper jack and gouda (or any of your favorite cheeses!)

·         Mix of cashews and almonds (or any of your favorite nuts!)

·         4 apples

·         Triscuts



1.    Cut the apples into slices the day of taking each box for freshest taste.

2.    Place 1 egg, 1 slice of each cheese, small handful of the nut mixture, apple slices, and a few Triscuts into a snack container.

3.    Take on the day and snack responsibly! 

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