You don’t have to starve yourself to stay healthy. Stay fit with these five savory recipes! Wake up to recipes that will aid in cutting those calories and adding pizazz to any dish from morning to night. Keep your tummy entertained with these simple, healthy, and easy to do recipes that will allow you to enjoy what you love without feeling guilty afterwards. Top 5 recipes to jumpstart your day: 1. Red , White and Blue Parfait Items you’ll need: 2 cups raspberries 2 cups pitted cherries, sliced 2 cups blueberries 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 6 cups plain Greek yogurt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tablespoon lemon zest Directions: In a small bowl, mix together raspberries, cherries, and blueberries with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Set aside In another bowl, mix yogurt, vanilla, and lemon zest. In 6 small glasses (or mason jars for easy transport!) layer ½ cup fruit mixture, followed by ½ cup yogurt, ½ cup fruit, and another ½ cup yogurt. Top with a sprig of mint, a few blueberries, or lemon zest. Enjoy! 2. Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Burrito: Items you’ll need: 1/4 cup pancetta, diced 4 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons pesto 2 whole wheat tortillas Salt Fresh ground pepper Directions: Heat a small sauté pan over low heat. Add the pancetta and cook until lightly crisp, about 12-15 minutes. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs and milk until well combined and pale yellow. Season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add egg mixture to the pan. Let the eggs cook without stirring for a minute or two. As the eggs start to set, use a wooden spoon to move the eggs around the pan, forming large curds. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the eggs set to desired doneness, about 3-5 minutes. Drain and discard the oil from the pancetta. Add the meat to the scrambled eggs and mix together. Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto across each tortilla. Divide the egg mixture among each tortilla, and roll burrito. 3.Pesto Cheese Pizza Items you’ll need: 1 package refrigerated whole-wheat pizza dough 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons water 1 large clove garlic, quartered 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 1/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a pizza pan and spread the dough evenly onto the pan (in whatever shape you like). Set aside. Make the pesto: Place the basil, pine nuts, parmesan, oil, water, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse a few times, and then blend until fairly smooth, occasionally scraping down the sides. Spread 1/4 cup of the pesto onto pizza dough, covering evenly. Put the rest of the pesto in a tightly sealed container and store in the refrigerator. Spread the ricotta cheese on top of the pesto (it may not cover the entire pizza). Sprinkle the mozzarella on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. 4. Zesty Shrimp Quinoa Items you’ll need: 1 cup raw shrimp (fresh or frozen and defrosted) 1 cup quinoa 1 red onion, thinly sliced ½ teaspoon pepper 1 clove garlic, finely minced ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 2-3 dashes hot sauce (optional) Directions: Make the sauce: In a medium sized bowl, combine soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, pepper, garlic, and hot sauce (if using). Stir until well blended and set aside. Make quinoa: Combine 1 cup dry quinoa and 1 3/4 cup water in a pot. Bring to boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and tender. Remove from heat and set aside. While quinoa is cooking, begin cooking the shrimp: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and onions to pan. When the shrimp begin to turn pink, add the sauce to the pan and continue to cook, stirring frequently. When shrimp is cooked through, add quinoa to the pan, and stir until well combined. Top with a drizzle of soy sauce or a squeeze of lime, and enjoy! 5. Layered Berry Vanilla Soft Serve Items you’ll need: 3-4 medium-large bananas 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blackberries Directions: Peel and chop the bananas, one at a time. Place each banana in its own zip-lock bag, making three bags total. Place in the freezer and freeze overnight. Remove bananas from the freezer and let them thaw for 15 minutes. With a food processor or powerful blender, add the banana pieces from one bag. Blend with vanilla extract and 1/3 cup water until smooth and thick. Scoop an equal amount into the bottom of three individual serving dishes. Rinse the blender or food processor container before blending the next layer. Next, add another bag of frozen banana pieces, along with strawberries, to the blender or food processor. If they are fresh, do not add additional water. If they are frozen, add 1/4 cup water. Blend until smooth. Distribute evenly among the three serving dishes to complete the second layer. Rinse the food processor or blender. For the last layer, add the blueberries and blackberries to the blender or food processor. If the blueberries are frozen, add 1/4 cup water. If not, don’t add the water. Blend until smooth. Distribute evenly among the three serving dishes to top off the final layer. Serve immediately.
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