“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #7) Breakfast Smoothie

For Smoothie #7 in our “Summer Smoothie Marathon”, we’ve got our healthy “Breakfast Smoothie”! This is a simple & delicious smoothie for when you need breakfast on the go; it’s packed full of nutrients, and is mighty hearty. Plus, check this: 20.1 grams of protein, 32% of your daily recommended intake of fiber, and VERY high amounts of Vitamins B6 & B12 for energy! Such a great way to kickstart your metabolism in the morning, and put you on track to having a food conscious day. After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 453 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

1/2 Cup Quick Oats

1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds

1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries

1/2 Cup Chopped Bananas

1 Cup Plain Yogurt (Low Fat)

1/2 Cup Milk (Low Fat) (Skim, Soy, Rice, or Almond)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1)

  1. Place all ingredients into container of electric blender; Blend on high.

  2. Blend until smooth; Serve immediately. (Smoothie may become thick if not consumed right away!)

  3. Drink & enjoy!

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs!

We’ve been blessed with so many great recipes this summer, and our latest is no exception! Check out these Healthy Turkey Meatballs submitted by Yelitza Velazquez of Plymouth, Connecticut; this delicious homemade recipe is 225 calories per serving, and makes around 3 servings worth of these yummy meatballs. The process of creating your own homemade turkey sausage further enhances the nutritional benefits of this recipe, with 26.9 grams of protein per serving, 46% of your DV of Vitamin C, and only 5.4 grams of carbs! Give this recipe a try, and share your thoughts with us by leaving a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 225 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 164 grams.

 

What you need:

3 Turkey breasts

1/3 Cup red peppers (Chopped)

1/2 Onion (Chopped)

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 Tsp. turmeric

1 Tsp. pepper

1/2 Tsp. sea salt

1 Tsp. rosemary

1 Tsp. thyme

3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (Separated)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 25 minutes; Servings: 3.)

  1. Take your 3 thawed-out turkey breasts, and place them in a food processor or blender, along with 2 Tbsp. of olive oil; process until texture is smooth.

  2. Next, place your ground turkey breast in a medium-sized bowl, and mix with all of the additional ingredients, except for your last Tbsp. of olive oil; mix ingredients together until evenly incorporated together.

  3. Place your stovetop on medium-high heat, and put a large skillet on the fire with your 1 Tbsp. of olive oil; next, make 15-20 meatballs from your bowl of mixed ingredients, and place them in the skillet.

  4. Cook the meatballs in the skillet, turning each one frequently to prevent burning and to ensure each meatball is cooked thoroughly; meatballs are done whenever meat at the center of the meatball is fully cooked.

  5. When done, take meatballs from skillet, and serve while hot; for an appetizer, serve meatballs with toothpicks on a plate covered in low-sodium barbecue sauce, or for lunch & dinner serve over pasta, or with sweet potato & avocado.

  6. Eat & enjoy!

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“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #6) Low-Carb Smoothie

Smoothie #6 in our “Summer Smoothie Marathon” is one of our most sought-out creations: the “Low-Carb Smoothie”! It is what it is – low amounts of nutritious carbs, coupled with lots of protein; but make no mistake, it’s still a SUPER filling smoothie! 21.9 grams of protein, and 26% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C at a mere 269 calories per serving. After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 269 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

2 Tbsp. Honey

1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1/4 Cup Cottage Cheese (Low Fat)

1/2 Cup Mixed Berries

1 Cup Water (For best taste, use cold water!)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1)

  1. Place all ingredients, except the ice cubes, into container of electric blender; Blend on high until smooth.

  2. With blender running, add 2-3 ice cubes at a time through center opening in the lid, until all ice cubes have been added.

  3. Blend until smooth; Serve immediately. (Smoothie will become thick if not consumed right away!)

  4. Drink & enjoy!

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“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #5) Paleo-Power Smoothie

Week 1 of our “Summer Smoothie Marathon” comes to a close with our Smoothie #5, the “Paleo-Power Smoothie”! Cheers to a healthy & delicious paleo-themed smoothie for the 21st century; and check the stats: 31.7 grams of protein, an incredible 71% of your daily recommended intake of fiber, and it’s basically sodium-free! After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below, and we know you’ll enjoy it. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 460 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1 Adult

 

What you need:

1/4 Cup ground flaxseed

1/4 Cup frozen berries

1/2 Scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder

2 Tbsp. almond butter

1/2 Cup herbal tea

1/4 Cup ice

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1)

  1. Place all ingredients, except the ice cubes, into container of electric blender; Blend on high until smooth.

  2. With blender running, add 2-3 ice cubes at a time through center opening in the lid, until all ice cubes have been added.

  3. Blend until smooth; Serve immediately.

  4. Drink & enjoy!

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Chickpea Cream Pies!

If you’ve ever liked Oatmeal Cream Pies, you’re gonna LOVE our latest unique dessert submission! Check out these “Chickpea Cream Pies” by Maria & Savannah of “BusyGirlsEatClean” in Las Vegas, Nevada; it’s a great healthy & delicious twist to an American classic sweet treat, and we were surprised at how food conscious one of these yummy cookies actually was. You’re getting 31% of your DV of fiber, 13.8 grams of protein, 10% DV of Calcium, and much more! Calorie count is low too, at only 243 per serving. Give this dessert recipe a try, and share your thoughts with us by leaving a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 243 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 64 grams.

 

What you need:

 

  • Cream Pie Ingredients

1 Can of chickpeas

1/4 Cup almond butter

1/2 Cup oats

2 Tbsp. honey

2 Tbsp. vanilla whey protein

  • Frosting Ingredients

1/4 Cup almond butter

2 Tbsp. vanilla whey protein

2 Tbsp. non-fat Greek yogurt

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 20 minutes; Servings: 8-10)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.

  2. Next, mix all of the Cream Pie ingredients together in a blender or food processor.

  3. Take the Cream Pie mixture, and fill a large, lightly greased muffin tin, using enough mix to fill each individual muffin tin 1/4-1/2 of the way full. (Quick Tip: It’s easier to make the “pies” with a muffin tin, but you can also use a cookie sheet.)

  4. Bake in the oven for 13 minutes; while the Cream Pies are baking, mix together your Frosting ingredients by hand in a small bowl.

  5. When Cream Pies are done, remove them from your muffin tin or cookie sheet; next, add “cream” to one side of Cream Pie, and make sandwich with the other; Serve immediately, or refrigerate for a later date.

  6. Eat & enjoy!

  Thanks Maria & Sav for sending in this wonderful arrangement to Tasty25 Magazine! What’s your Tasty25 creation? Send in your recipe, and be featured on Tasty25 by going to the “Submit Your Tasty25 Creation” page.

“Summer Smoothie Marathon”: #4) Post-Workout Smoothie

We’re really excited for Smoothie #4 in our “Summer Smoothie Marathon”, our healthy & delicious “Post-Workout Smoothie”! This smoothie blend is the follow-up to our “Pre-Workout Smoothie” we featured yesterday, but it’s pretty amazing in it’s own rite; it jumpstarts muscle recovery, and helps to restore your electrolyte balance after the rigors of a challenging workout. Plus, check out this nutritional info: 22.6 grams of protein per serving, 32% of your DV of fiber, and 19% of your daily recommended intake of calcium! You’re gonna wanna down this bad boy within an hour or 2 of working out, to get the maximum absorption needed for recovery. After you give this smoothie a try, leave a rating & comment below, because we know you’ll enjoy it! Happy Cooking. – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 531 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 1-2 Adults

 

What you need:

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

1 Cup Chopped Bananas

1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt (Low Fat)

1/2 Cup Milk (Low Fat) (Skim, Soy, Rice, or Almond)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 3 minutes; Servings: 1-2)

  1. Place all ingredients into container of electric blender; Blend on high until smooth.

  2. Serve immediately. (Smoothie will become thick if not consumed right away; refrigerate leftovers of your serving immediately!)

  3. Drink & enjoy!

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“Summer Of The Superfood”: Salmon (4 of 50)

We’re wasting no time; the “Summer Of The Superfood” continues with our selection #4: SALMON!

 

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 To understand the nutritional significance, we need to go a bit more in-depth than usual; but we promise, everything we say in this article will only make you better aware of how awesome salmon really is for achieving your best health! Not too long ago, people came to believe that fat was a horrible, murderous monster, and that the ideal healthy diet was completely absent of fat; we’ll call it, “the era of fat-free”. You know what we’re talking about… Salad dressings, cakes, casseroles, soups, even FRUIT JUICES proudly marketed themselves as being “fat-free”. Basically, we all needed an education in dietary fat and, bit by bit, we got one. In a nutshell, we learned that we derive four basic types of fat from food: saturated fat, trans-fat (partially hydrogenated oils), monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat. The news on saturated fat hasn’t changed a bit: saturated fat—which is found primarily in red meat, full-fat dairy products, and some tropical oils—has well-established negative health effects, such as increasing your risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and obesity. Trans-fats— which are listed on food labels as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil”—are also bad, probably even worse than saturated fat. Trans-fats were created by chemists seeking a fat that would store better than animal fats. (Avoid these whenever humanly possible!)

 

 Now, let’s switch gears and remember that there are also GOOD fats. The good guys in the fat family are the monounsaturated fats—the kinds found in olive and canola oils. These fats not only protect your cardiovascular system, they also lower the risk of “insulin resistance”, which is a physiologic state that can lead to diabetes & possibly cancer. And to round it off, we come to polyunsaturated fatty acids. Both omega-6 & omega-3, are the so-called essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (EFA’s). Our bodies can’t manufacture these two fats, and therefore we have to rely on getting them from our diet to avoid being deficient in these fats that are essential for life. Omega-6 fatty acids are currently overabundant in the typical Western diet; we get them from corn, safflower, cottonseed, and sunflower oils.

 

Did you know… Salmon live in both freshwater & saltwater regions? Truly a highly adaptive, exceptional fish!

 

  Unfortunately, many of us are currently DEFICIENT in the omega-3 class of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids—the ones that help make salmon a superfood—haven’t been included in adequate amounts of our diet, partly because we’ve lacked knowledge, and also because they’ve been “processed out” of our modern diet. That’s why this superfood is so special, and is included in our “Top 10”, because salmon is one of the richest, tastiest, readily available sources of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids! Period. Tasty25 recommends including wild salmon in your diet 2-4 times a week, to achieve optimal protection against a multitude of diseases that have been associated with low intakes of these critical fats. Do this, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff

 

 Wanna know a few ways to incorporate salmon into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain salmon: