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fruit-sweetened dark cocoa smoothie

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 28, 2019  |  1 Comment
One of my favorite things to enjoy after a long power walk is a smoothie. And when it comes to whirled up beverages, there’s no better flavor in my book than chocolate … the darker the better! So, meet my dark chocolatey smoothie. You only need three ingredients to make it—fat-free milk (preferably organic), unsweetened cocoa powder and, for sweetness, California prunes. Yep, you read that right … prunes! In the culinary sense, these dried fruits (dried plums, to be precise) enhance chocolatiness. They provide sweetness in a no-sugar-added manner. Plus, they’re beneficial for gut and bone health! In other words, that’s a win-win-win-win!
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sweet potato hash brown breakfast skillet

by Jackie Newgent  |  September 30, 2018  |  2 Comments
If you’re looking for a weekend breakfast or brunch dish for two, this colorful Sweet Potato Hash Brown Breakfast Skillet is an ideal pick. Everything goes into one skillet—and it’s served from the skillet. So, you don’t have to worry about lots of pots to cleanup. But the best part is this is a scrumptious, 100% satisfying meal-in-one. And it’s an awesome way to get veggies. Try it … for lunch or dinner, too. (I do!)
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simple middle eastern scramble

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 30, 2018  |  0 Comments
When in doubt for what to fix for dinner, I scramble up some eggs for my entrée. Yep, I think of eggs as an anytime food, not just a breakfast-time fix. Then I top them with whatever I have on hand that I think will taste good together—-or that I don’t want to go to waste. I seriously don’t know if I’ve ever made the exact same version twice. That’s part of the fun! Today, I had a serious amount of fresh mint growing in one of the pots on my balcony; so, I figured I’d create a scramble with middle eastern flair. In addition to the fresh mint leaves, I topped these eggs with a sprinkling of harissa to...
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egg & guacamole breakfast salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 5, 2018  |  1 Comment
I’m definitely one of those people who enjoys cooking and taking my time with it. But I’m also a realist. There are some mornings I simply don’t have 30 extra minutes to spare. On many of those days, this is one of my “short-cut” recipes that’s so delightful, yet only takes me about 5 minutes to fix. It’s loosely inspired by huevos rancheros. But there are three secrets to this salad. One of the secrets is making sure all of the ingredients are ready to go in the evening to assure it’s a quick-fix for breakfast time. Another is using the best quality “short-cut” ingredients, like a packaged triple-washed salad (my choice in this recipe is Whole Foods Organic Spring...
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almond & chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 2, 2018  |  0 Comments
What’s one of my favorite things to enjoy post-workout or after a long, long, long sweaty walk in the summer? This nutty, chocolatey, fruity smoothie! It quenches my thirst, satisfies the desire for something tasty, and provides key nutrients to replenish my body. You can also play with the smoothie recipe and make it your own by adding in some extras, like a few spinach or mint leaves. Or, if you’re in a desserty mood, go for extra-dark chocolatiness by adding in more cocoa powder.   Either way, it’s got good numbers! This recipe provides 33 gram of carbs (with no added sugars!) to replenish glycogen in the muscles and 14 grams of protein to make those muscles happy. It’s...
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