Trainer Recipe- Ranch Dip

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, MO shares healthy recipes and tips with clients and the community.  Try out a quick and healthy recipe for Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip.  This recipe is super easy to make and tastes great.  You can make ahead and store in the fridge.  Great to top salads, dip fresh veggies, add to sandwiches or wraps, or even replace high calorie cheese in casseroles.  Who doesn’t like ranch?  This is a family friendly recipe.

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Ingredients

1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurtlife transformations personal training lees summit d 311

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Fresh, chopped chives garnish

 

Directions

 

In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, onion, dill, salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne. Garnish with fresh chives and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.

 

*Recipe from http://wellplated.com

Trainer Recipe- Energy Balls

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, MO shares healthy recipes and tips with clients and the community.  Try out a quick and healthy recipe for No Bake Energy Balls and Banana Bites.

Do you struggle to eat healthy?  Do you have a sweet tooth?  The solution to this is a healthy treat.  Having healthy food around in a convenient format makes it easy to stay on track.  Pre-make healthy snacks and put in small servings so you can grab and go.  This is great for singles, couples, or families. 

As a busy family, you often eat on the go.  Usually we reach in the fridge or panty to grab something fast and not always healthy.  Try keeping some No Bake Energy Balls or Banana Bites around as healthy on the go snacks.  These are kid friendly!  Involve the kids and let them help make them.  We made these for our Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.  Enjoy!!

No Bake Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • ½ c peanut butterlife-transformations-personal-training-lees-summit-trainer-recipe-01-jpg-png
  • ⅓ C honey or agave
  • 1 C old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ c mini chocolate chips (also try dried fruit, coconut, seeds, sliced nuts).

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  If peanut butter is stiff, you may need to microwave for 30 seconds.  Mixture should be a dough consistency.  Roll or scoop mixture into balls.  Place in airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer.

Banana Bites

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1 banana

1 c old fashion oatmeal

1 c craisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together.  Mash banana into oatmeal with fork or potato masher.  Roll into small balls.  Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.  Enjoy room temp or cold.

Trainer Recipe- Christmas Granola

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, loves to share healthy recipes for clients and our community.  Try out this healthy holiday recipe as a treat for you and your family.  Have a holiday treat that is not to sweet. Enjoy some Homemade Christmas Granola.

*Personal Training clients, this is the recipe for your holiday gift!  Try it out and enjoy!

Homemade Christmas Granola

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6 cups rolled oats

1 c brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup dried cranberries

1 6oz bag dried apricots (chopped)

1/2 c honey or agave

1 1/2 sticks margarine

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat melt margarine and then stir in honey. Mix till combined and pour over oat mixture and toss to coat evenly.  Spread granola onto parchment  lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Stirring every 15 minutes and oats should be toasted and sugar begins to caramelize.  cool completely in pan, transfer to airtight container.

*For other variations add sliced almonds, various dried fruits.

Try the granola warm or room temp with:

  • Yogurt
  • Whey protein
  • Milk or Almond Milk

Trainer Recipe- Smashed Potato Casserole

Life Transformations Personal Trainers in Lee’s Summit like to share healthy recipes for clients and the local community.  Here is a healthy recipe for Smashed Potato Casserole.  This is a quick and easy recipe that only has THREE ingredients.  Prep and bake time is only 30 minutes.  Try it out and see how easy it is.  If it’s a hit…you an change it up.  Try a different potato (yellow, red, Russet) or a different cheese, or throw in some spices.

This casserole is mainly potatoes, which would be a healthy carb (potatoes are such a starchy vegetable, I place them in this category).  So, you need to add a little meat and green veggies.  This recipe would pair nicely with almost anything.  Basic baked or grilled chicken, lean turkey, salmon (or other fish) or even lean beef.  Now…onto the recipe!

Smashed Potato Casserole

INGREDIENTS: molly-wichman-fitness-smashed-potato-casserole

6-8 red or golden potatoes

Plain Greek Yogurt

Low Fat Cheddar Cheese

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400. Cook potatoes in microwave or oven until they are soft. Place potatoes in greased baking dish. SMASH potatoes with potato smasher or bottom of cup.  Should form a flat surface on the bottom of the dish.  Top with a thin layer of Greek Yogurt, then a thin layer of cheddar cheese.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

*Serve with a lean meat and veggies for a complete meal.  Pairs great with chicken, salmon, lean turkey or even lean beef .

*Get the kiddos involved and let them SMASH the potatoes.

Recipe from Life Transformations Personal Training.  Adapted in the kitchen for clean eating meals.

Trainer Recipe -Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a personal trainer recipe for Healthy Chicken Enchiladas.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, shares a clean eating recipe below.   Try out this quick and easy dinner.

INGREDIENTS

Cooked chicken (shredded chicken works best)molly-wichman-fitness-chicken-enchiladas

Tortillas (choose low carb, whole wheat, or corn)

Plain Greek Yogurt

Low fat cheddar cheese

Green Enchilada sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×13 pan.

Take a tortilla, add 2-4 oz chicken, 1 tbsp. Greek Yogurt, pinch of cheese.  Roll tortilla and place seam side down in pan.  Repeat until pan is full.  Top with enchilada sauce , sprinkle with a little extra cheese.

Cover pan with foil, cook for 30 minutes (uncover for the last 5 minutes to let cheese melt.

*This is a great family friendly recipe.  Change to fit desired macro count.

Trainer Recipe Egg Muffins

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a healthy recipe for Egg Muffins.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, shares a clean eating recipe below.   Give your breakfast a healthy makeover, while staying quick and easy.  Try it out!

Egg Muffins

Ingredients
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • Add in veggies/meats (finely chopped)life transformations personal training lees summit trainer recipe 1.jpg

Add in Veggie Choices- Onion, bell peppers (all colors), spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, hash browns

Add in Meat Choices- Lean ground turkey, Lean turkey sausage, lean ham, turkey bacon, chicken breast

Topping choices- Hot sauce, salsa, low-fat cheese, chopped chives

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a standard 12-slot muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. Crack eggs/egg whites into a bowl. Add in other ingredients and whisk together. Pour the egg/veggie mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops are firm to the touch and eggs are cooked. Cool slightly and serve immediately! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 days. These may also be frozen. To reheat, pop them in the microwave until warm.
These are a family friendly breakfast option.  Have protein and veggies in one muffin.  The muffins can be an easy, on the go breakfast for busy families.

Trainer Recipe- GF Banana Pancakes

Life Transformations Personal Trainers, are a fan of healthy recipes; especially the quick and easy ones.  Check out these Gluten Free Banana Pancakes recipe for a healthy snack or breakfast for you and your family.  Make ahead for a quick and tasty treat!

Ingredients:

  • GF flour mix – 1/2 cupMolly-Wichman-IFBB-Fitness-Pro-Gluten-Free-Pancakes
  • *GF buckwheat – 1/2 cup
  •  2 Tablespoons agave
  • baking powder – 2 teaspoons
  • sea salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • ground cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
  • ground nutmeg – 1/8 teaspoon
  • bananas – 2 (ripe)
  • egg – 1 or **1/4 cup egg replacement
  • grapeseed oil (or another neutral tasting oil) – 2 Tablespoons
  • milk (of your choosing) – 1/4 cup
  • pecans or walnuts (optional) – 1/3 cup chopped
Instructions:

Preheat the griddle and/or spray or grease the skillet. Measure and mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. In the blender or food processor add the egg, oil, milk, and bananas and give it a whirl until it’s smooth. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir through until no dry bits remain. If it’s too thick or sticky, add a bit more milk until you get the consistency you like. Spoon onto a preheated skillet or griddle. Flip when it begins to bubble and cook a minute or two on the other side. Serve with your favorite topping. Makes approximately 8 – 4″ pancakes

Personal Trainer Recipe- Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a healthy recipe for Pumpkin Protein Muffins.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, in Lee’s Summit, share clean eating tips.  Enjoy as a complete meal on the go.  Make ahead and grab and go.  Need to travel, place some premade Pumpkin Protein Muffins in the freezer to take to your destination.  By the time you get there, they should still be cold.  Don’t give up on your goals when out of town or on the go…just plan ahead.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

DRY INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Oat or wheat flourmolly wichman fitness pumpkin protein muffins

4 Scoops vanilla whey protein

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

6 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Sugar Free Syrup or agave

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites or

4 oz Unsweetened Applesauce

15 oz of 100% Pure Pumpkin

 

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 muffin pans with non-stick spray. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine and mix well. Distribute batter evenly into 21 separate muffins. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Trainer Tip-Super Bowl Party

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here are some tips to survive a Super Bowl Party.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, shares clean eating tips below.

Are you ready for the big game?  You don’t have to let the big game take out your waistline.  Enjoy the game and spending time with friends while eating healthy and tasty foods.

Game food is usually greasy or salty or sweet…but pretty tasty.  Plan ahead and put out or take some healthy food for your friends and family.

There is always the classic veggie tray, fruit tray, wheat crackers, low fat cheese, mixed nuts, and celery boats.  But, here are some different recipes to spice up your Game Day food.  So go cheer on your favorite team and enjoy some tasty food!

Spinach Dip with Pine Nuts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek-style plain nonfat yogurt life transformations personal training healthy recipe1
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • One 10-ounce package frozen whole-leaf spinach, thawed
  • Salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Scoop the yogurt into a paper towel-lined strainer set over a bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. You should end up with a 1/2 cup yogurt.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small skillet. Add the pine nuts and minced onion and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened and lightly browned and the pine nuts are golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, chili powder and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Scrape into a bowl.
  3. Using your hands to squeeze the spinach until very dry, then coarsely chop it and discard any stringy pieces. Stir the spinach and yogurt into the onion mixture and season with salt.

Serve With

Toasted baguette slices, wheat crackers or pita bread, fresh vegetables, or use as a condiment for chicken breast.

Adapted from www.foodandwine.com

 

Turkey and Bean Chili

INGREDIENTS

1 cup prechopped red onionlife transformations personal training healthy recipe11

1/3 cup chopped seeded green pepper

1 teaspoon  minced garlic

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add first 4 ingredients; cook for 6 minutes or until turkey is done, stirring frequently to crumble. Stir in chili powder and next 8 ingredients (through broth); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro.

Recipe adapted from www.cookinglight.com

 

Turkey Cucumber Roll up

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 medium cucumbers (each will yield about 6 slices)life transformations personal training healthy recipe141
  • ¼ cup store-bought basil pesto
  • 6 slices low fat Mozzarella Slices, cut into ½ inch strips
  • 6 oz deli smoked turkey breast, shredded
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup spinach, shredded
  • salt and pepper, for seasoning

DIRECTIONS
  1. Slice the cucumbers lengthwise on a mandoline at about a 2mm setting. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can always use a vegetable peeler. Place the cucumber slices on parchment paper and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto on each cucumber, then evenly distribute cheese, turkey, bell pepper and spinach on each. Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper. Roll up and place seam down. If you want an even nicer presentation, you can stick a toothpick in the middle for easy appetizers! Serve with extra pesto or sauce of choice. Makes about 18 rolls.

Adapted from www.ambitiouskitchen.com

 

Trainer Recipe Almond Snowballs

Molly Wichman, Life Transformations Personal Trainer in Lee’s Summit, loves to share healthy recipes for clients and our community. Try out this healthy holiday recipe as a treat for you and your family.

Almond Snowballs

Ingredients
•2 egg whiteslife transformations personal training healthy recipe

•Pinch coarse salt

•1/3 cup sugar, eyeball it

•1 1/2 cups, about 6 ounces, shredded coconut

•1 teaspoon almond extract, eyeball it

•1/4 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg

•3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

•9 candied red cherries, halved

•1/4 cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and salt to soft peaks, then add sugar and beat again until peaks are stiff. Beat in almond flavoring. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in half of the coconut. Sprinkle in the nutmeg and flour, stir, then fold in the remaining coconut.

Using a melon baller or other small scoop, or working with 2 spoons, form 9 “snowballs” a couple of inches apart on each of 2 cookie sheets. Bake snowballs 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and garnish each snowball with half a cherry and a couple of slivered almonds. Transfer to a rack or serving plate to cool.

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray