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Food & Drink
Baked Sweet Potato Frenchies

sweatthestyle_sweetpotatofriesGrowing up many of us have fond memories of eating french fries without worrying about the salt, fat, or oil that we now try to avoid as adults. We’re now seeing Sweet potatoes are appearing on more menus as a healthy option for fries; as a solution to wanting the flavor and the comfort without the consequences.

Sweet potatoes contain more vitamin A and C with a lower glycemic load and glycemic index that won’t spike your blood sugar like regular potatoes. Unfortunately, all these health benefits are destroyed once they are deep fried. Lucky for us our Chef Catty Boom Batty created a delicious baked recipe that’s easy and healthy. For a gourmet twist she includes fresh herbs from the farmers market to add flavor and texture to these incredible baked sweet potato frenchies. A couple bites will bring you back to your carefree days as a kid while still being a health-conscious grownup.

Serves 4-6
Ingredients:
2 lbs Sweet Potatoes, peeled
2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 t Kosher Salt
1/2 t Cracked Black Pepper
2 T Chopped Parsley
2 T Rosemary Leaves
2 T Sage Leaves, roughly chopped

Directions:
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the sweet potatoes to 1/4 to 1/2 an inch wide and 3-4 inches long. Toss them with the oil, herbs and seasoning. Spread them on 2 baking trays and bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip the sweet potatoes to the other side and cook until crisp, about 10 minutes. Serve hot!

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The KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender: Homemade Pesto

sweatthestyle_pesto_kitchenaidsweatthestyle_kitchenaid_14-copyBasil Pesto is always one of my go-tos when it comes to cooking something easy and flavorful at home. Its classic fresh taste makes anything from sautéed shrimp to pasta extra delicious, fresh, and comforting. Better than anything you would find in a jar at the grocery store. My KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender is the perfect tool to create this…
sweatthestyle_pesto_kitchenaid-6sweatthestyle_kitchenaid_12-copyI begin the process with a trip to the local farmers market to pick up a handful of fresh ingredients, this is key! For a gourmet twist, I like to use Marcona almonds instead of pine nuts. The blender chops and purees the ingredients perfectly. The fresh aroma of all the ingredients instantly fills up kitchen. Take a look at the recipe below!sweatthestyle_pesto_kitchenaid-5Homemade Pesto:
Makes about 2.5 cups
Ingredients
2 c Basil Leaves
1 c Italian Parsley Leaves
2 T Fresh Oregano
1/4 c Marcona Almonds
1/4 c Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Lemon to squeeze
1 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 t Kosher Salt

sweatthestyle_pesto_kitchenaid-2Directions:
In a blender add the fresh basil, parsley, oregano, almonds, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Turn the blender onto high and slowly pour in the olive oil through the cap in the lid. Blend for about 10 seconds. Put the mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Add to your favorite dish and enjoy!

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Gluten Free Fried Chicken

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBatty_GlutenFreeFriedChicken-2Lets face it, when we hear the words fried chicken we instantly think of our cheat meal quota being filled for the week. Lucky for us the taste of authentic fried chicken is no longer out of reach for those who want to avoid gluten. Creating the perfect blend of crispy yet tender fried chicken is a another one of Chef Catty Boom Batty’s specialties. Marinating the chicken in buttermilk is one of the secrets to making this Southern-style fried chicken so tender and juicy. Paired with a simple salad topped with homemade dressing this is a treat for anyone craving a healthier version of an american classic.

Fried Gluten Free Chicken Strips
Serves 3
Ingredients:
1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Chicken Tenders
2 c Gluten Free Flour
2 c Buttermilk
2 T Smoked Paprika
2 T Granulated Garlic
2 T Granulated Onion
2 t Cayenne Pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
4 t + 1 pinch Kosher Salt

Directions:
If using chicken breasts, cut into 1inch strips. In a medium sized bowl add 1T smoked paprika, 1T granulated garlic, 1T granulated onion, 1t of cayenne pepper, 2t of kosher salt and the buttermilk, together then marinate the chicken in the buttermilk for at least 2 hours or overnight.
In a small electric fryer, add vegetable oil just about 2/3 the way up from the basket. Heat at 375 degrees fahrenheit.
In a shallow pan add the flour and the remaining seasoning. Dredge the buttermilk chicken into the flour and dust off any excess flour. Then add the chicken into the fryer and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain onto a paper towel and season with a pinch of salt.

Market Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing, Cucumber and Avocado
Serves 3
1 head of Butter Lettuce or Market Lettuce
1/4 Medium Diced Cucumber
1 ea Avocado Sliced
1/4 c Buttermilk Dressing
2 T Italian Parsley Leaves
1 T Dill Leaves
1 t Kosher Salt
1/2 Lemon

Buttermilk Dressing
Makes about 1 cup
1/2 c Organic Mayo
1/4 c Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream
1/4 c Buttermilk
1 T Finely Chopped Dill
1 t Granulated Garlic
1 t Granulated Onion
1 T Lemon Juice
2 t minced Shallots
2 t Kosher Salt

Directions for Buttermilk Dressing:
In a medium size mixing bowl, add the shallots and macerate with the lemon juice. Then add the remaining ingredients and whisk together.

Directions for Salad:
In a large mixing bowl, add the cleaned lettuce leaves, cucumber, buttermilk dressing, dill, parsley, salt and lemon juice. Mix together well and then place on a plate and garnish with the sliced avocado.

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The KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender: Berry Protein Smoothie

adrianneho_kitchenaid-8Blenders are one of the most important things to have in your kitchen, especially if your goal is to live a healthy lifestyle. Blending food assists in pre-digestion so your body does not have to spend extra energy absorbing the nutrients in your food. The new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender is a favorite of mine! I use the blender to make smoothies several times a week so I need something that can stand frequent use.adrianneho_kitchenaid-7After my morning workouts a protein smoothie is the first thing on my mind. The blender quickly blends everything from frozen fruits and vegetables and crushes ice! Easy to use, it creates the perfectly blended smoothie with no chunks in sight. Check out one of my favorite recipes below…adrianneho_kitchenaid-9Power Berry Smoothie
Serves 3
Greek yogurt is high in protein and contains probiotics that aid in digestion, which is especially important in the morning. Almond butter contains healthy fats that improve hair, skin, and provide energy, as well as fiber to keep you full longer. Frozen berries contain antioxidants that allow your body to fight off illness. Finally Hemp protein is an easy to digest source of protein that wont affect the taste of your smoothie. Add honey as a natural sweetener that won’t jolt your blood sugar and you’re good to go!

adrianneho_kitchenaid-10Ingredients:
12 oz Frozen Berries
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Almond Butter
1/2 cup Hemp Powder
2 cups Almond Milk
1 cup Ice
2 tbs Honey

adrianneho_kitchenaidDirections:
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth. Enjoy!

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Grass Green Superfood Whole Food Nutrition Bars

sweatthestyle_amazinggrass_nutritionbarHave you ever felt like your were enjoying your health bar so much that it isn’t actually healthy? Well this for sure isn’t the case when it comes to Amazing Grass bars. You get the yummy taste and all of the healthy goodness!

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Whole Food Nutrition Bars are an amazing blend of some of the best superfoods around! These bars combine their SuperFood with antioxidant along with rich fruits and vegetables creating a bar that will satisfy your cravings and deliver powerful, raw nutrition to your body. Treat your body to some added antioxidant-rich Goji and Acai berries, which are loaded with phytonutrients.

The flavors include Chocolate, Original, Berry, Sweet & Savory Almond, and Chocolate Coconut Chip. If you’re looking for additional protein try their Chocolate Peanut Butter, Café Mocha, and Chocolate Cherry Almond protein bars! From greens, fruits and veggies to plant-based protein, these organic superfood bars are a convenient way to get the whole food nutrition your body needs to feel amazing every day!

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Oatmega Protein Bar

SweatTheStyle_oatmegaOatmega Bars are a great post workout treat as well as an amazing way to pack in antioxidants! These bars have 3 cups worth of decaf Green Tea antioxidants as well as 300 mg of EPA and DHA (important omega 3 fatty acids). They’re only made of organic ingredients and are non-GMO.

Unlike many other bars Oatmega uses whey protein from grass-fed cattle. These bars are also low in fat with only 190 calories, 5 grams of sugar and no fake sweeteners!  You will for sure stay on track with your fitness goals! Now let’s get to the taste… Organic Cane Sugar, Organic White Chocolate, and Organic Cocoa Butter are among some of the amazing organic ingredients in these bars. The packaging is even catchy with each flavor being the secondary color. Brown for brownie. Orange for chocolate peanut butter. Pink for white chocolate raspberry. Yellow for lemon chia. Beige for vanilla almond. Blue for blueberry. A yummy experience all around!

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Sun Cups by Free2B Foods

SweatTheStyle_suncupsResearchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. Some suffer from these allergies from birth while others develop them over time. These Dark Chocolate Sun Cups  by Free2B Foods are the leading chocolate cup for anyone dealing with food allergies.

Made with premium dark chocolate and a creamy sunflower butter filling, Dark Chocolate Sun Cups are the perfect healthy alternative to traditional peanut butter cups! All of their products are free of seven of the top eight allergens: peanuts, wheat/gluten, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, soy, and fish. They also plan on making their facility and products dairy free very soon! The texture of the sunflower butter is so smooth while the dark chocolate is very rich in flavor making the perfect combination for the ultimate healthy sweet.

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Good Clean Energy!

SweatTheStyle_runa_teaKeeping your energy up during the day can sometimes be a challenge. While studies show exercise is a great way to fight fatigue and gain energy sometimes we need a quick fix. Runa tea to the rescue! Runa was created using a leaf called Guayusa, which is an Amazonian super-leaf naturally packed with caffeine, polyphenols, and 15 essential amino acids which provides clean, focused energy. With the same caffeine content as coffee, and double the antioxidants as green tea, Runa tea contains no tannins and therefore lacks the bitter taste sometimes associated with green and black teas. Instead, it tastes smooth and naturally sweet.

Runa Tea is a great way to start your morning or to use as an afternoon pick me up! Compounds in Guayusa give you sustained and focused energy without using harsh chemicals that cause you to burn out later. Runa Tea is a great clean and organic way to add some pep to your step.

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YES Strawberry Coconut Snack Bar

SweatTheStyle_yesbarLet’s face it, the easiest way to stay on your health kick is to have yummy healthy snacks at your fingertips at all times. Health bars are a great option as they often contain dried fruit and nuts, which is a good source of fiber. The new YES bars are grain free and have no preservatives or fillers of any kind.

To make them even better every single ingredient in the YES bar is REAL FOOD. The ingredients include real bites of California strawberries mixed with cream coconut flakes and nuts creating an amazing flavor! These bars are also low in sugar yet still sweet, chewy, and flavorful. They currently come in 4 different flavors: Macadamia Chocolate, Mocha Cayenne, Black Sesame Sea Salt, and Strawberry Coconut.

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Italian Summer Bucatini Pasta

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBattyItalian Summer Bucatini Pasta-2A light vegetarian pasta is the perfect way to end a long summer day. We turned to Chef Catty Boom Batty to create a seasonal summer dish that is as nutrient rich as it is tasty. After visiting the local farmers market and picking up fresh bucatini pasta from McCall’s she created this Italian Summer Bucatini Pasta. Zucchini adds a soft crunch to the pasta while the combination of onions, tomatoes, capers, garlic, and basil naturally creates a light, classic Italian flavored juicy sauce. With plenty of healthy veggies that offset the fresh pasta, you will feel happy and satisfied from just one plate.

When using fresh organic ingredients with simple cooking methods you’ll see that the foods we often consider “fattening” or “unhealthy” are actually the opposite. You just need to get back to the basics of clean, organic, natural, food.
SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBattyItalian Summer Bucatini PastaIngredients:
Serves 3
12 oz Fresh Bucatini Pasta
1/3 c Medium Diced Onion
1/2 Zucchini
1/4 c Chopped Basil
1 ea Medium Diced Heirloom Tomato
1/2 Lemon for Juicing
3 Cloves Garlic Minced
1/4 c Chopped and Pitted Ligurian Olives
1/4 c Chopped Capers
1t Red Pepper Flaked
4T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3T French Unsalted Butter
Kosher Salt to Taste

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBattyItalian Summer Bucatini Pasta-3Directions:
In a large pot bring water to a boil, season with salt so it tastes like the sea. Add about 2T oil and then add the fresh pasta. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, drain and set aside.

In a large saute pan add 2T oil over medium heat. Then add the zucchini, try to get a little golden brown color then add the onion and garlic, stir until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato and cook for about 1 minute, then add the butter, capers, olives, red pepper flakes, and squeeze of lemon juice. When the butter has fully melted, add the bucatini pasta and mix together, then garnish with basil. Season with salt to taste.

Recipe by: Catty Boom Batty

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