What We Eat: Flax Crackers

It has been said that flax seed is one of the world’s healthiest foods since it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and fiber.  The only “problem” with this super food is that some find it challenging to add flax seed into their daily eating patterns.

These tasty crackers are a great way to add flax into your diet.  Dip these diet friendly crackers into hummus, load them up with salsa, or even dunk them in your favorite soup.

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Makes about six 150 calorie crackers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Spoon onto a sheet pan that is covered with lightly greased parchment paper.
  4. Roll mixture out to 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Bake until the center is no longer soft, about 15-18 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and then cut into pieces with a cookie cutter.

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Healthier Holiday Meals

The holiday’s are hear, and while I sometimes error on the side of eating too much (see our Hunger Meter), I do try to eat a balanced holiday meal. Here are a few tips and recipes on the traditional holiday favorites that will trim calories and boost nutrition.

Green Bean Casserole

The green beans are great, but the rest of the ingredients lead up to a high fat high calorie feast! Why not serve up fresh steamed green beans without all the extras? Steam beans to tender-crisp then sauté with diced shallots and toasted sliced almonds.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes don’t have to be loaded up with cream and butter to taste great. Take advantage of the natural creaminess of potatoes. You can also ramp up the flavor by adding fresh herbs, spices, and other flavor enhancers such as sweet roasted garlic. Here’s one recipe to trim up the calories in mashed potatoes:

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Candied yam—another vegetable dish turned into a sugar-and fat-laden indulgence. For a new tradition, try this Meringue-topped Sweet Potato Casserole, reprinted with permission from Eating Well (EatingWell.com/recipes/sweet_ potato_meringue_casserole.html):

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition in many homes. This year, create a new tradition by making a homemade cranberry apple sauce that is lower in added sugar and higher in fruit than the traditional and canned versions.

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31 Healthy Recipes – Fruit & Yogurt Parfait, Fruit Salad, Lemon Chicken, Black Eyed Peas & Tomato Salad, and Tomato Soup

I have some catching up on the blog after a great weekend of healthy cooking (I was a few recipes behind, and Sunday was the perfect day to do some cooking).  Here are the recipes from breakfast and lunch, on my way to 31 healthy recipes during National Nutrition Month. I will follow up with a post on my dinner! Enjoy!

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

Fruit and Yogurt ParfaitThis recipe is an easy and quick way to get nutrition in the morning! Recipes are great when they are convenient at any time, but expecially in the morning!

Also, the parfait contained the protein, fruit, dairy, and grain to get me energized for a day full of choirs and cooking. Yup, I had a very exciting day ahead of me!

Lemon Chicken

Lemon ChickenThis was a very convenient meal! I took a break from doing my Sunday choirs to marinade the chicken. Then, a few hours later, I was hungry, and the chicken was ready to grill! For a light marinade, the chicken had tons of flavor, and pairing it with the black eyed peas, I had a great meal!

Black Eyed Peas and Tomato Salad

Black Eyes Peas and Tomato SaladYou can go wrong with tomatoes and basil! Though, I was surprised by the black eye peas. I thought the can of black eyes peas was going to ruin the freshness created by the tomatoes and basil, but with the aid of the rice vinegar, the dish turned out very fresh and light!

Wholesome Tomato Soup

Wholesome Tomato SoupThis was my first time making tomato soup. I have ate it all my life, but it has always come from a box or can. So, it was a great experience to make this recipe.

After baking the veggies, I added just the right amount of spices (pepper, salt, and lots of basil). The soup turned out fantastic! Rich, creamy, nutritious, and none of the additives that come in the canned variety! I will be making this recipe again, and the variations that I can try are limitless!

PS: This is a great recipe to make on Sunday and bring to work the next few days.