Tis the season for football games and finger foods. Put these wings out next time you're hosting a tailgate and your guests won't even know they're a healthier version of their favorite!
I also like to serve these on a low carb day alongside a Caesar salad. We use the Trader Joe's vegan Caesar dressing - it's very macro friendly!
Air Fried Chicken Wings
1 package of chicken wingettes and drumettes (we like the Bare brand)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
pinch of cayenne (optional)
Toss wings in olive oil, add spices and toss to coat. Air fry at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. ENJOY!! XO
If you have been following me for awhile, you know that there are two dinners that I could eat on repeat - salsa verde chicken and NACHOS! Honestly, this recipe is not new, but it's sort of like any other Mexican restaurant food...it's all the same stuff, just presented in different ways, HA!
As a reminder, here's how to make Salsa Verde Chicken:
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 jar of salsa verde
salt and cumin
Put chicken in the slow cooker and season well with salt and cumin. Pour salsa verde on top and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. When it's finished, shred with a fork and serve.
This chicken is great in everything! Tacos, tostadas, bowls, salads... But for some reason, I have never tried it in NACHOS!
Here's a healthy and delicious (and guilt-free) way to make crispy air fried corn tortilla chips:
Cut corn tortillas into triangles, spray with avocado oil spray and season with sea salt. Air fry at 400 degrees for 5 minutes (maybe a little shorter/longer depending on your air fryer - keep an eye on them!).
Then just layer it all up! Start with the chips, then add the chicken, and then top with whatever you have on hand - beans, salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole, jalapenos, etc. Make it your own!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. They will be a regular in my rotation for sure! XO
Busy summer days often mean less motivation to put a good meal on the table for dinner. But that doesn't mean you need to hit the drive thru or call for a pizza! You can still enjoy a healthy and delicious meal, without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Trader Joe's has some delicious chicken sausages that are pre-cooked, so all that is required is a quick heat up on the stove or grill. We paired the spicy Italian chicken sausages with this quick and simple summer salad. My grandma used to make one similar to this and I loved it!
Simple Summer Salad
Chop up and mix together:
For the dressing, mix equal parts of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss the salad with the dressing and season with salt and pepper.
You know I love a good smoothie bowl. I am so addicted that I find myself going through smoothie bowl withdrawals on low carb days!
Thankfully, I have found a way to enjoy a good bowl every day of the week. Introducing, the Low Carb Chocolate PB Smoothie Bowl!
Low Carb Chocolate PB Smoothie Bowl
In your blender, add:
1 cup plant-based milk
Chocolate Protein Powder (I highly recommend FASTer Way protein powder. It's clean, macro-friendly, and tastes really good!)
1 Tbls. chia seeds
2 Tbls. natural peanut butter
Blend it up! Pour into a bowl and top with grain-free granola (such as Purely Elizabeth, Trader Joe's, or Target's Good & Gather brand) and another tablespoon of peanut butter.
Cherries + almonds = OOOOOMMMMMMGGGGG.
This recipe actually came about on accident. I had been on a PBJ oats kick, but I ran out of strawberries and raspberries one evening - gasp!! So, I had to dig around the fridge to find a suitable alternative. I went with cherries and peanut butter, and then decided maybe it should be almond butter next time. Winner! And THEN the addition of almond extract really put this recipe into the top ten of all time overnight oats combos. You MUST try it!
Cherry Almond Overnight Oats
For the base:
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup plant based milk
dash of salt
a few drops of liquid stevia
Mix together, cover and refrigerate for at least a few hours, or overnight.
When ready to eat:
Mix a few drops of almond extract into your oats and top with 2 Tbls. natural almond butter and chopped fresh or frozen cherries.
I would be surprised if someone told me they've never tried a Nutty Bar! That chocolately, peanut-buttery deliciousness was always a welcome surprise in my lunchbox!
Who says we can't enjoy Nutty Bars when we live a healthy lifestyle? Not me...I've found a way to recreate them and I even included some extra protein so they're especially guilt-free!
Healthier Nutty Bars
6 thin rice cakes
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder (I recommend the FASTer Way protein!)
1 cup sugar free chocolate chips (I recommend Lily's dark baking chips)
2 tsp coconut oil
First, mix the peanut butter and protein powder in a small bowl. When combined, spread a layer on each rice cake. Stack the rice cake in 2 stacks of 3 and, with a serrated knife, cut in half to make 4 bars. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave. and dip each bar until fully coated. Place on waxed or parchment paper and freeze for 10-15 minutes, until chocolate is set. ENJOY! XO
Nutrition info per bar:
I am not a fan of mayo (or condiments in general....I know, most people think this is crazy, ha!!), so tuna salad can be a tough one for me. This recipe uses avocado, which brings the moisture that mayo lends to traditional tuna salad. It's a great low carb meal, with lots of protein to keep you feeling full and satisfied!
Tuna Salad (mayo free!)
1 can of tuna (in water)
1/2 avocado, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
Mix together and season with celery salt. Serve on top of a bed of lettuce, or with a fresh tomato. ENJOY! XO
If you like a sweet treat on a low carb day, these buckeyes will definitely hit the spot! The FASTer Way protein is so versatile - it's super macro-friendly, low in carbs and high in protein! While I enjoy it in a protein shake or smoothie bowl, it's also fun to make delicious healthy treats with too!
Low Carb Protein Buckeye Balls
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 scoop vanilla FASTer Way Protein powder
1/4 cup sugar free chocolate chips
1 tsp. coconut oil
Mix peanut butter, coconut flour and protein powder until well combined. Scoop into balls (this recipe makes 10) and freeze for 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave. Remove protein balls from the freezer and dip in the chocolate. Return the freezer for another 10-15 minutes, and ENJOY!!
Store leftover balls in the freezer.
Macros per protein ball:
Fat - 9g
Carbs - 6g
Fiber - 4g
Protein - 6g
Inspired by one of my favorite FASTer Way influencers, @seersuckerandsaddles - I caught a version of this in her stories one day, and WOWZA! It's a real low carb winner!
Buffalo Chicken Kale Salad
You'll need some shredded kale. I bought a bag at Trader Joe's!
For the chicken...
Chicken breast tenders
Panko bread crumbs
Everything but the Bagel seasoning
Mix 1/2 cup bread crumbs with a few shakes of EBTB seasoning. Dip chicken in buffalo sauce and then coat with bread crumb mixture. I air-fried for 15 minutes at 350, but you could cook on the skillet in a little avocado oil.
For the dressing...
Apple cider vinegar
Mix whatever proportions of oil and vinegar you'd like - I did 2 Tbls of each, plus a few shakes of EBTB.
Massage kale with dressing. Yes, massage. It's weird, but it makes the kale a little easier to eat!
Top salad with chicken tenders. Optional - dress with some additional Primal Kitchen ranch! ENJOY! XO
I swear these are better than the fish tacos we get at the beach club every summer!
Air fry, bake or grill fish that has been seasoned with taco seasoning. I recommend either tilapia, cod or grouper, seasoned with Trader Joe's taco seasoning! There are no funky ingredients - just a perfect mix of spices. It does have quite the kick, so use sparingly!
When fish is cooked, make tacos, using your favorite tortillas. Trader Joe’s corn tortillas are a fave of ours - only a few ingredients! I added some guacamole + shredded cabbage + pico de gallo and they were PERFECT!
Food is fuel.
I love to cook and bake recipes that incorporate healthy whole foods and those nutritious macro and micronutrients into our daily diets. I also like to make treats though, because let's face it, everyone loves a good sweet now and then! My favorite part about cooking, though, is sharing my latest recipes with others. ENJOY! XO