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4 ounces Clearly Organic Cream Cheese, softened 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl stir all ingredients together until evenly distributed. Grease a small oven safe baking dish with Clearly Organic pan spray. Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with Clearly Organic Corn Chips, celery and carrot sticks.
One commonly overlooked health tip is the importance of getting a good nights sleep. Recent studies show that more Americans are struggling with chronic sleep loss than ever before. A consistent battle with lack of sleep can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and weight gain. Sleep deprivation can cause irritability, moodiness and impatience. Appetite fluctuations are also common when you lose sleep. Studies show people are more likely to reach for high carbohydrate and sugary foods when they’re over tired.
A few benefits of seven or more hours of sleep can be improved memory retention, elevated mood and motivation, disease prevention and increased cardiovascular health. The importance of sleep for our overall well-being can often be overlooked. It’s never too late to start prioritizing more consistent rest and a good nights sleep.
After the holiday season of eating, drinking and merriment many fitness centers see a rise in gym membership and attendance. However, regardless of this enthusiasm statistics show that gym attendance is typically back to its regular numbers by mid-February. No matter what your New Years health and wellness goals involve here are a few simple tips to stick with your good intentions.
A bonus tip that’s always well received is Reward Yourself. No one has to be told twice to cut themselves a little slack. Treat yourself to a little relaxation on your day off from working out or plan a fun event to look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.
10 slices cinnamon raisin bread
4 large Clearly Organic Eggs
2 cup Clearly Organic Whole Milk
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Sugar
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Honey
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
Greek Yogurt Sauce
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Powdered Sugar
Coat an 8×8 inch baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Rehydrate 1/2 cup raisins in warm water, let sit while you prepare bread and egg mixture. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Then add sugar, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Cut bread into 1 inch pieces then add bread to greased 8×8 baking dish. Pour egg mixture over the top and gently toss to distribute mix. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes to soak in, stirring occasionally. While mixture soaks preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain raisins of excess water and sprinkle over the top of the mixture. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with Greek yogurt sauce.
For the Greek yogurt sauce: Add all ingredients to a small blender or food processor. Purée until smooth and creamy. Add sauce to the top of warm bread pudding.
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons minced garlic (4-5 cloves)
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper
4 chicken thighs (skin on, about 6 ounces each)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Additional salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan over medium heat add olive oil and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes then remove from heat and add wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir contents then pour oil mixture into a 9 x 12 inch baking dish. Place chicken breasts skin side up over the sauce. Then brush chicken with the oil mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cut lemon into thin slices. Place lemon slices among the chicken and under the skin. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Depending on thickness of chicken. Check for doneness using a meat thermometer. If you desire the chicken to be slightly brown place under the broiler for 5 minutes. Once you remove the chicken from the oven allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with pan juices poured over the top.
3 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil
1 (8oz) package white button mushrooms, sliced
2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup peanut sauce (see Clearly Organic blog for recipe)
1 cup Clearly Organic Basmati Rice
Cook 1 cup rice according to package directions. While rice is cooking sauté broccoli and onions in 1 Tablespoon olive oil and 2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce over medium high heat. Cook for 5 minutes then add sliced mushroom and continue cooking until vegetables have reached desired doneness. Serve sautéed vegetables over a bed of rice then drizzle warm peanut sauce on top.
Peanut sauce can be a go-to condiment that adds a unique flavor to a variety of dishes. Whether you’re having a stir fry, a salad, chicken or noodles this recipe can be the perfect addition.
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Honey
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Garlic Powder
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Add peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, Worcestershire, ground ginger and ground garlic powder to a small blender or food processor. Blend until contents are smooth. Add 1/4 cup water and continue blending. Add more water if you desire a smooth and lighter sauce.
For the Salad:
6 cups organic salad greens
1 1/2 cups roasted butternut squash (see Clearly Organic blog for recipe)
1/4 cup roasted and salted mixed nuts, chopped
2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
For the Dressing:
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Maple Syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper
Start by making your dressing. In a mason jar add oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Secure the lid and shake to mix.
Place Organic mixed greens in a large bowl. Just before serving add roasted butternut squash, nuts and pear slices. Gently toss to distribute. Drizzle salad dressing over the top and gently toss again to evenly distribute.
A new year always brings about an opportunity to step back and evaluate how we want to begin another season of life. New Years resolutions are a common time to make health goals and lifestyle changes. At the root of most New Years resolutions is a habit change, and habits are a big part of our overall wellbeing.
There’s a significant amount of psychological research behind the process of habit formation and change so we can be confident that for most people habit change follows a similar cycle. Here are a few simple ways to identify a potential need for habit change. These 3 tips come from Charles Duhiggs best selling book, The Power of Habit.
1. Pinpoint a trigger or cue for a certain behavior
2. What is the action you take, or the behavior itself
3. What is the outcome or benefit from the behavior
Once you identify a habit you’d like to change use this structure to solidify your desired result. An easy way to remember the components of habit change according to author James Clear is 3 R’s: Reminder, Routine and Reward. Establish a reminder for your new habit, make it part of your daily routine and reward yourself along the way. Enjoy the journey of establishing new habits in the New Year!
Recently a Clearly Organic customer wrote in asking about foods that are acceptable for a fructose intolerant child. It’s always a challenge to adjust your families meal plan to accommodate various dietary restrictions. However, it is definitely possible to make healthy and delicious meals that are void of specific allergen containing substances. A fructose intolerance is a digestive disorder that results in impaired fructose absorption. This causes higher concentrations of fructose in the intestines, leading to discomfort and potential medical complications.
It’s always important to first consult your doctor regarding specific dietary needs for any allergy or intolerance. For those affected by the unique condition of fructose intolerance it’s good to avoid high fructose foods such as juices, apples, pears, peas, grapes, watermelon and papayas. It’s also wise to read food labels and limit or avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup, agave syrup, maple flavored syrup and palm syrup. Specifically read ingredient lists on cereal, granola bars, sweetened milk products and cured meats.
Lower fructose foods are generally safe to consume. Berries, carrots, avocado, green beans, bananas and lettuce are considered low fructose foods. The best type of meal plan for a fructose intolerant person is one that contains natural unprocessed foods. Most vegetables, whole grains, natural proteins and fish are great options for any healthy meal plan.