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Heart Healthy Pancakes

I live with a husband (as most people with husbands do) who loves nothing more than donuts, pancakes, pizza, and candy.  So he really hit the jackpot when he married a dietitian (LOL).  So I am constantly trying to modify his favorite foods so that we can both enjoy them.  Don’t get me wrong, I…

Recipe of the Month: Tahini Buddha Bowl

Hello health and taste, goodbye hours spent slaving in the kitchen! This recipe is living proof that cooking healthy DOESN'T have to take a lot of time.  I used pre-roasted tofu from Trader Joe's, pre-chopped vegetables from Safeway, pre-shredded coleslaw mix, canned chickpeas, and pre-packaged/seasoned broad beans. I love meat as much as the next…

Cucumber and Avocado Soup

INGREDIENTS 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced (1/4 cup reserved for garnish) 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced (1/4 cup reserved for garnish) 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish 1 scallion, white and pale­green parts only, coarsely chopped (about 2…

Healthy Recipe: Easy BBQ Chicken

INGREDIENTS 1 ½ lbs. Chicken breasts cut into 8-12 pieces To taste Salt and Pepper Easy BBQ Sauce (see below) ¾ cup Low-sodium Ketchup ¼ cup Brown sugar 3 Tbsp White wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Onion, minced 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp Hot sauce ¼ tsp Black pepper 3 Tbsp Scallions, chopped 1 ½…

DESSERT: Healthy Apple Pie Mug Cake

Fall is the perfect time for apples. Picking them fresh at an orchard is not only a fun way to get some outdoor activity, but they also taste so fresh and delicious. This Apple Pie Mug Cake is a great way to use some of the bounties from the fall to warm up an evening…

SNACK: Healthy Pumpkin Bars

These pumpkin bars are not only healthy, but they make a great snack between meals. Check out these other great fall favorites: BREAKFAST: Sweet Potato Pancakes LUNCH/DINNER: Avocado Pesto Zoodles DESSERT: Healthy Apple Pie Mug Cake SNACK: HEALTHY PUMPKIN BARS INGREDIENTS 1 cup white flour (Oat and whole wheat flour works; the texture is just…

BREAKFAST: Sweet Potato Pancakes

As the weather cools down, these sweet potato pancakes are a great way to warm up your breakfast routine! PLUS, try these other fall favorites! SNACK: Healthy Pumpkin Bars LUNCH/DINNER: Avocado Pesto Zoodles DESSERT: Healthy Apple Pie Mug Cake Ingredients: 1 cooked sweet potato (approx 1 pound by weight) 3/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oats…

LUNCH/DINNER: Avocado Pesto Zoodles

This creamy, savory, heart-healthy dish is packed full of protein! What a delicious way to fall into healthy habits! Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini 1 avocado 1 cup canned peas (drained and rinsed) 2 cups fresh basil leaves 2 cloves garlic Juice from 1 lemon Salt to taste 1 can (16 oz) chickpeas Sun-dried tomatoes to garnish…

Healthy recipe substitutions for your sweet tooth

Lauren Ott, one of the Registered Dietitians here at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, stopped in to visit with the 9News team yesterday to discuss healthy recipe substitutions. See the full list of substitutions and recipes on 9News.com!  

Healthy Recipe: Winter Risottos

Paired with lean proteins, this winter warmer compliments many dishes with its intensity of flavor. Whether baked or cooked on the burner, this basic vegetarian risotto, with healthy greens and the brightness of lemon is a sure winner. We also have a great mushroom risotto as a second option. Lemon, Pea and Asparagus Risotto Ingredients Broth…

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