Instead of making a frozen pasta meal from a bag, or picking up some fast food on the way home tonight try making a pasta bake. You might even already have all the ingredients in your kitchen! Pasta bakes can be a super easy and healthy weeknight meal…Just boil some whole grain pasta, brown some ground turkey or lean ground beef and throw it together in a baking dish with fresh veggies, tomato sauce and reduced fat cheese. Bake in the oven until veggies are cooked and cheese is melted and dinner is ready! 😊

 

Check out my Instagram feed tonight to see what I put in my pasta bake!

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A few weeks ago my mom had found this trail mix made out of broad beans, coconut and cherries. They had samples (I believe she was at Cosco) and she thought it tasted really good (and not like beans at all) so she bought a bag for me to try when I was up in Cleveland for my cousin’s wedding in August. I thought I would do a little product review for everyone so you can decide if it is something you would like to purchase.

Enlightened Roasted Broad Beans Trail Mix Review

Enlightened Trail MixEnlightened Trail Mix Nutrition Info

Pros: Made out of beans and easy to understand ingredients, it has a good amount of fiber and protein from the beans, it is fairly low in both fat and sugar, and it is delicious combination of sweet and salty but not over powering. Also, it is gluten free, so even people on restricted diets can enjoy it.

Cons: Giant bag, easy to eat more than 1 portion; hard to find

Because it comes in such a giant bag I portioned it out into little snack bags so I could tell how much I was eating, and that did work pretty well for the most part. I have not been able to find it yet here in Miami but I am keeping my eyes peeled for it, because I would like to keep some on hand to pack as an afternoon snack for work. ( I have seen that you can order it on Amazon though, so I may have to do that). But it is a great healthy snack to munch on and I do recommend it!

Have a great week everyone!
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Healthier Potato Salad
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Happy Labor day weekend everyone!

I know many people will be barbecuing and picnicking at some point this weekend so I thought I would post a recipe for healthier potato salad because it is a picnic/bbq essential.

Potato salad can contain a lot of fat, calories and sodium, especially if you buy it premade. In my recipe, I used just enough light mayonnaise and only a little salt to cut the fat/calories and sodium content. But then of course when cutting salt and fat you want to make sure that it still tastes good so I added vinegar, pepper, dill, chives and mustard for flavor. The vinegar does add quite a zing, so if you are not a huge vinegar fan, cut the amount in half.

Also, I am lazy and hate peeling potatoes so I like using red skin potatoes because they have a thinner softer skin than regular baking potatoes so no need to peel :)

 Red Skin Potato Salad - Simple and Healthy

Healthier Red Skin Potato Salad

Serves 6
Ingredients
1.5 lbs Red Potatoes ( I just bought a 3lb bag and used half)
3/4 Cup Light Mayonnaise*
1 Teaspoon Dried Dill
2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Chives
1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar or Champagne Vinegar
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Directions
Chop potatoes into bite size pieces (no need to remove skin) and place in a saucepan with water covering potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 min. While potatoes are cooking, mix mayonnaise, dill, chives and mustard in a small mixing bowl and refrigerate. Drain potatoes after they are done cooking and place in a large mixing bowl. Add vinegar, pepper and salt to potatoes, toss to coat. Allow potatoes to cool and then add refrigerated mayonnaise mixture to potatoes. Mix gently and refrigerate until ready to serve. Feel free to add celery or onions if you like a little crunch in your potato salad.
*Look for a mayonnaise that has about 35 calories and 3g of fat per tablespoon
 Healthier Redskin Potato Salad
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