The Reason You Can’t Keep the Weight Off

James O. Hill, PhD discusses with the reasons why dieters have a hard time keeping off the weight they have lost. James O. Hill, PhD, the executive director of the Anschultz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, and the co-author of the book, State of Slim, stated “Through my research, I [...]

Clean Eating Chicken & Mushroom Quinoa

Phase 2 Friendly. (Makes approximately 11 cups) Ingredients: 2 cups dry quinoa 1 tbsp. garlic powder 4 cups chicken broth 14 oz. sliced crimini mushrooms 1/2 large, red onion 1 tbsp. coconut or extra virgin olive oil (I used coconut) 3 large, baked chicken breasts, cut into chunks 1 cup chopped, fresh, Italian (flat leaf) [...]

Clean Eating Southwestern Pita Pockets

Phase 2 Friendly. (Makes approximately 6 servings) Ingredients: 1 small red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 large red onion, chopped 8 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey meat 1 cup frozen, organic corn 1 tbsp. ground cumin 1 tbsp. chili powder Spring mix or lettuce Fresh chopped tomatoes [...]

Baked Salmon with Mustard Dill Sauce

Phase 1 friendly. We love pairing this dish with kale salad, asparagus or wilted spinach in phase 1. Try with brown rice and scallions in phase 2. 2 lb skin on salmon fillets 1/4 c yellow mustard 1/4 c brown mustard 2 T reduced sodium soy sauce 2 T brandy 1 1/2 t dried dill [...]

Fresh Lemon, Basil Garlic Hummus

This “special” Hummus is phase 2 friendly. Regular hummus is not allowed until phase 3. Large handful of fresh basil leaves 1 clove garlic 1 T olive oil 1 T fresh lemon juice 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas drained, liquid reserved Pinch of salt Pinch freshly ground pepper 2 whole wheat pitas, cut into wedges [...]

Juicy, Cheesy Spinach Turkey Burgers

Phase 3 Friendly, omit the bun and it’s Phase 2 Friendly. 1 lb ground turkey breast or extra-lean ground meat 1/2 c crumbled reduced-fat feta 1/2 c chopped fresh spinach 1/2 t black pepper 1/2 t garlic salt or fresh garlic, minced 4 whole wheat burger buns 4 Tomato Slices Combine turkey, feta, spinach, pepper, [...]

Fiery Sweet Potato Chips

Phase 2 Friendly. 2 T olive oil 1 T hot sauce 1 t ground cumin 1 t paprika 1 sweet potato (8-10 oz), thinly sliced Salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine oil, hot sauce, cumin, and paprika. [...]

Crowd-Pleasing Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Make this in the fall for Sunday football. (The recipe is easily doubled for a crowd.) Start it early in the morning and your house will smell great by afternoon game time. Nobody ever suspects how healthy this chili really is. The pumpkin gives it a smooth texture and flavor even without any added fat [...]