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MealFit Maple Butternut Squash

This is one of the easiest and most complimented side dishes we do. People just love it! I have this one Pharma Rep that wants it every time I do a catered lunch for him.

Ingredients:
• 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
• 1/4 c. pure maple syrup
• 3/4 tbsp. coconut oil, melted (may need more)
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 3/4 tsp salt
• black pepper, to taste

Instructions:
• Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty foil and set aside.
• In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt. Add the cubed squash and toss until evenly coated.
• Spread out the squash on prepared baking sheet into a single layer. Sprinkle with pepper, if desired.
• Roast squash for 25 minutes. Use a metal spatula to carefully flip cubes over; roast for 15 to 20 minutes more (checking frequently) or until squash is tender with golden edges. Serve immediately.

You can also watch our recipe video HERE and prepare this dish alongside Thomas.

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3 Hacks to Drink More Water

Everywhere you turn, there is someone out there telling you how you must drink more water to be healthy. Well, yes, this is true—water is essential to our bodies, and most of us could use more of it each day. But no one ever tells you how to drink more water. Today, we’ll focus on how we can make a habit of consuming a healthy, optimal amount of water each day.

But first, let’s look at some fun facts about drinking water:

  • The average person could live without food for nearly a month, but we could only survive about one week without water—that’s how essential water is to human life. Some of us can’t go a day without coffee, but that’s a different story.
  • Good hydration can prevent arthritis. With plenty of water in your body, there is less friction in your joints, thus less chance of developing arthritis. 
  • Drinking enough water every day can help reduce heart disease and cancer. Water helps flush toxins out of your body, and the fewer toxins that come into contact with your colon, bladder and other organs, the less chance that critical ailments can develop. 
  • Smile! Good hydration can help reduce cavities and tooth decay. Water helps produce saliva, which keeps your mouth and teeth clean.

(Facts pulled from the Culligan Website)

Studies generally agree that you need about 100 ounces of water a day. When I tell people that, they’ll often say:

“That is so much. I have a hard time drinking that much.”

or

“I struggle to drink that much in one day.”

But now that we’re a little more knowledgeable about our water consumption and we have gotten all of the excuses out in the open, let’s take a look at how we can consume more water throughout our day:

 

1. Find A Cup That Is Easy to Drink Out Of

This may seem ridiculous, but it’s true. If something is hard to do, human nature will have us avoiding it simply because it’s hard. After all, one of the largest avenues of business in the world is convenience. People will pay a lot of money for things to make their lives easier. For example:

  • The drive thru at a restaurant
  • Smartphones
  • Dishwashers
  • GPS
  • E-books
  • Amazon

Everything listed above exists because someone wanted to make tasks easier and convenient for consumers. So we ought to take a page out of their books and make water consumption easier for ourselves. Find a cup that is easy to drink out of – like what? You’ll want a cup that:

  • Feels good in your hand.
  • Isn’t too big and isn’t too small.
  • Has a drinking hole at the right size

This might sound silly, but everyone has a favorite cup. Why? Because it is easy to drink out of! For example, Nalgene water bottles are super cool looking, real trendy, and virtually unbreakable—but you may have to stop and concentrate when you are drinking from the bottle if you don’t have a splash guard. For me, the hole is too small to drink like a normal water bottle. Therefore, I personally don’t drink from a Nalgene bottle—it’s just not easy to.

I love drinking out of a straw; it makes it easier for me to drink. When I go to a restaurant or get a to-go cup, I always put a straw in because I know it will help me consume more water. The bottom line? Find what is comfortable to hold and easy to drink out of and you will find yourself drinking more. It’s simple.

2. Drink Water At Room Temperature

 Many people feel like you have to drink ice water. On a hot day, cold water is satisfying, for sure, but many times it’s more difficult to drink cold water because of brain freeze or sensitive teeth. I have found that drinking water that is room temperature causes me to drink more. Not sure what it is – no real science here, I just know that it works!

Next time you buy a case of water, put some in the fridge and leave some out on the counter or in the pantry. I guarantee you will drink more of the room temperature stuff.

3. Add Some Lemon

 One of the big complaints from people about drinking more water is that is has no taste and they get tired of it. I get that. Next time you get tired of water and don’t think you can drink another drop, add half of a lemon or lime to it. This gives water a little bit of flavor, and will satisfy that hankering for something different. Lemon water also has some great health benefits as well, like aiding digestion, boosting the immune system, and more.

So if a regular old glass water is getting a little bit boring to you, just squeeze in some lemon to break up the monotonous taste that sometimes comes with it.

 

These three reasons may seem silly or trivial when you read them, but I dare you to implement one or all into your daily routine. After all, they seem so trivial because they’re dead-simple strategies that you can’t afford not to try. I guarantee you will drink more, and your body will thank you for it!

 

Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

Indulge yourself in a bowl of spicy chili that is full of beef and sweet potatoes. It’s thick, rich, and slightly sweet while being grain free, sugar free and dairy free. If you’re looking for a low sugar, healthy option, you won’t be disappointed with this recipe!

We’ve done this as one of our mealfit Ready meals and got amazing reviews!

Prep Time: 13-17 min

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
• 2 lbs ground beef
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• 1 large can (29.5 oz.) tomato sauce
• 2 cups petite diced tomatoes, with juice
• 3 cups beef stock
• 3 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
• 5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ tsp. thyme
• 2 tsp. salt
• 1½ tsp. black pepper
• ½ cup chili powder
• Dash of oregano
• Dash of red pepper flakes

Instructions:
• In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

Here is something that you are going to love!

Cilantro lime Vinaigrette

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This is hands down the most favorite dressing we do when it comes up at the salad bar.

It has a little twist that makes it  so good. This is a perfect dressing to go with Fiesta Chicken Salad we talked about not too long ago

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This is a great dressing to go on fajitas or anything with that Hispanic flair. It is super easy and something that you will want to make again and again!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2/3 c. cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 c. light olive oil do not use extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt 

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the vinaigrette in a food processor or blender and  blend together until the garlic is well chopped and ingredients have emulsified.
  • Refrigerate

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South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw

South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw
South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw

South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw. Both are amazing. I have requests by friends of mine when we have get togethers for me to make both of these.

You must try this at home. Let me know how this turns out for you guys.

Prep Time: 20 min

Serves: 6

Ingredients
• 2 lbs. skirt steak, sliced thin (or sirloin steak)
• 1 lb. bacon
• 3 large onions
• ¼ c. water
• 3 bell peppers sliced (mix of colors)
• 1 jalapeno (optional)
• 10 oz. chorizo
• 1 ½ tsp. salt
• 1 ½ tsp. Tony Chachere’s seasoning

Marinade:
• ¼ c. lime juice
• ¼ c. water
• 1 tsp. salt
• Cilantro (optional)

Slaw:
• 8 slices of bacon
• 2 bags of coleslaw mix
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. butter or coconut oil

Instructions
• Marinate the steak. (Overnight is best)
• Preheat oven to 250.
• Heat a skillet to medium high, brown steak and place in an oven-safe dish.
• Reduce the skillet heat to medium/medium low and cook the bacon. Reserve the bacon grease in a bowl and place the bacon in the same dish as steak.
• Raise the skillet heat to medium high and add back 3 tablespoons of bacon fat and sauté the onions, chorizo and peppers to skillet and cook together until the peppers are tender.
• Add the mixture to the meat dish and add the salt and Tony’s.
• Thoroughly mix the ingredients and allow it to sit in the oven COVERED for one hour on 250. (if you let it go longer it is fine. Cover with tin foil if your dish does not have a lid.

Slaw:
• Fry the bacon and set aside.
• While the bacon grease is still hot, toss in the slaw and mix until wilted.
• Add the salt about half way through.
• Add the extra coconut oil if needed.

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Crockpot BBQ Bacon Apple Chicken with Spring Veggies

Here is a recipe that will be a fast favorite at your house. This is a super simple crockpot recipe that will save you tons of time and is packed with flavor.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 

Side

  • 1 tsp of Butter or Coconut oil
  • 1 small pkg of White mushrooms
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • 2 Bell peppers seeded and diced
  • 1 Zucchini Diced
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • 1 tbsp Sliced Fresh basil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

 

Instructions

  • Wrap each piece of chicken in 2 pieces of bacon and place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Mix grated apple and barbecue sauce and pour over the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until completely cooked. Can also cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  • Wrap 2 bacon slices around each chicken breast and place in the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with tomato mixture.
  • Turn crockpot on low and cook 6-8 hours.

Side

  • Heat a large Skillet and add the oil or butter when hot
  • Add mushrooms and Garlic and stir until soft, (about 5-6 min)
  • Add pepper and zucchini and cook until veggies are slightly soft.
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper. Toss and serve.

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How To Make Grain Free and Gluten Free Bread

We can never seem to get around going without some kind of bread, but we have news for you. We have finally developed a bread that is grain free, gluten free, healthy, and it taste great. This recipe will show you how to make gluten free and grain free bread. We hope you try it out.

Gluten and Grain Free Bread

Plantain Sandwich Bread (Gluten Free, Grain Free)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large green plantains (2 pounds total)
    -Peel and chop
    -Add them to the food processor and spin.plantain bread
  • 4 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • Chicken Breast
  • Tomato
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mixed Greens
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Directions:

  • Put in food processor until it makes a batter
  • Spray your waffle iron until with coconut oil
  • Take a 1/3 c Measuring cup and pour in batter
  • Let cook 5-7 min (Depending on your iron)
  • Slice a homegrown tomato
  • Thinly slice some cooked chicken breast
  • Add some mayo to your “bread”
  • Add the tomato
  • Add some salt and pepper
  • Add some spring mix
  • Add your chicken

    Top with the bread, slice and enjoy!!

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MealFit Essential Oil Safe Catch Tuna Salad

This Tuna Salad is made with the best tuna on the market. Every single fish is tested, the cans are hand packed, and there is no additives. The mercury levels are so low it’s safe for children and pregnant women. 

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Here is the Recipe:

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Here is the Recipe:

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Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil

½ Red onion

1 Bunch of Asparagus (tops cut off)

1 tbsp Garlic minced

1 tbsp Salt and pepper mix

2 cans of Safe Catch Tuna

1 Basil Leaf

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Homemade  Mayo:

1 egg

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 C Olive oil

1 Drop Sweet Basil AMEO Essential Oil

1 Drop Oregano AMEO Essential Oil

1 tsp Salt and pepper mix

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-Sauté  the onion’s, asparagus, and garlic in the olive oil until just tender.

-Add your salt and pepper mix to the pan about half way through.

-Add your drained tuna to a bowl

-Chop your basil leaf fine and add to the tuna

-Take your sautéed veggies and add them to your tuna.

Make your mayo:

-Add 1 egg and 1 tbsp to your blender.

-Slowly drizzle your olive oil in there .

-When olive oil is in there add your salt and pepper mix and spin the blender.

-Add your Sweet basil and Oregano essential oils and spin again. ( this stuff is freaking amazing.)

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Add the mayo to the tuna and mix good.

We topped it with cranberries and it was life changing.

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Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto is 1,000 times better than the store bought stuff. Check out the MealFit recipe for homemade Pesto below. Every one loved this at MealFit ready, and it is best Pesto you will ever eat. Now you can make it at home for your family! Here is a simple recipe. Note that pesto is always made to taste, based on the ingredients at hand. So adjust the ingredients to your taste.You may add cheese and peppers to the top for garnishment, like the one below.

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Pesto

  • ¾ c. FRESH Basil
  • 3 tbsp of Pine Nuts
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • ¾ tsp Lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor
  • When combined, slowly add in Olive Oil.
  • Enjoy!

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Healthy Pizza

Cauliflower Pizza

Pizza is something we all love, and our kids are crazy about it. Finding a healthy pizza is sometimes hard, but with this recipe you will have a healthy tasty pizza recipe for you and your family. You are sure to love it.

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Healthy Cauliflower Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 c. cauliflower, grated
  • 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups of mozzarella Cheese for topping.
  • 1 package of pepperoni (or left over chicken)
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • Garlic powder, to taste

 

Directions:

  • Boil the cauliflower, let it cool and then put in food processor. Be sure to squeeze out all the water
  • Combine cauliflower with the mozzarella and egg in a large bowl. Spray a circular or rectangular metal pan with cooking spray before spreading the “dough” evenly. Sprinkle the dough with oregano, Salt, and basil. Add garlic powder.
  • Bake at 450° F for 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove the “dough” from the oven and put tomato sauce on top and sprinkle with cheese and pepperoni. 
  • Return the pizza to the oven. Turn the heat up to BROIL and leave in until the cheese has melted and the crust is crispy.

Make sure the “dough” has a good brown color to it or your dough will be too soft.

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