Clean Eating Sweet & Salty Snack Ideas!

April 3rd, 2014 - Announcements, Food News, Inspiration

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There is something about a snack that gives us the energy boost we often need to make it through the day! Quick & Easy Snacks are great because they usually don’t require a lot of thought or preparation, and yet they can be delicious and satisfying! I personally like to eat one or two snacks a day, which typically range from 100 to 200 calories each.  I always try to incorporate some of protein and fiber in my snacks to keep me satisfied until my next meal. Here are some of my favorite snack ideas broken up into sweet & salty categories!

Sweet Snack Ideas:

Dashing Dish Protein Shakes or Smoothies

Dashing Dish Single Serve Cakes

Protein Bars (I like to make my own, but if I buy them, I look for ones that have less than 200 calories, more than 10 grams of protein, and less than 10 grams of sugar. Some good brands are Quest Bars, and  Think Thin Bars)

Apples with Peanut Butter (or Peanut Flour mixed with water to make a low calorie peanut butter)

Dashing Dish Protein Baked Goods (I like to make some of my protein muffins/bread and keep them in my freezer for when I need a quick snack, or to bring with me when I’m on-the-go)

Dashing Dish Overnight Oatmeal

Dashing Dish Granola

Greek Yogurt (I like buying the plain or vanilla flavors and adding stevia/honey with creative toppings, such as frozen fruit)

Sweet Potatoes (microwaved, and topped with cinnamon/stevia mixture)

Air Popped Popcorn (with stevia/cinnamon sprinkled on it)

Frozen Fruit (I personally like frozen berries, sweetened with a bit of stevia)

Fresh Fruit


Salty Snack Ideas:

Home Made Baked Pita Chips

Egg White Muffins or Fritatta with Vegetables

Skinny Easy Mac

Skinny Pizza Rolls

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Home Made Tater Tots

Home Made Skinny Guacamole 

Fresh Vegetables with Hummus

Sweet Potato Fries

Green Bean Fries

Single Serve Pizza on a High Fiber Wrap/Pita

Roasted Veggies with Parmesan Cheese

Cheese Sticks

100-Calorie Pack of Roasted Almonds

Air Popped Popcorn with salt and/or parmesan cheese

Low Fat Cottage Cheese

These are not all of the ‘clean eating’ snack ideas out there, but these are just a few of my favorites! Please feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments! 

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Scripture Based Prayers for Taking Care of Your Body

March 27th, 2014 - Dashing Devotionals, Inspiration, True Beauty

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The Word of God is alive, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword! When we pray according to promises in the Word of God, we are praying in agreement with what God says about us! Nothing has impacted or changed my life more than when I found promises in the Word of God, wrote them down on notecards, and put them around my house, car, or wherever I could see them throughout the day! I started doing this years ago, and it was so life-changing, that I have continued to do it ever since! Whatever season we may be in, or whatever difficulties we may be facing, God’s Word has an answer, a promise, and and way out! When we agree and focus our attention on these promises, we can and will overcome anything that comes our way!

These are some scriptures that I have found over the years relating to taking care of my health and body, and keeping it well balanced. I have turned them into prayers that I can pray over my day in regards to this topic! You can do this with any area of your life, and I encourage you to ask the Lord to show you scriptures that He has specifically for you…But I hope this helps get you started! I pray you are encouraged today by these prayers, and that the awesome Word of God reminds you who are in Christ, and the overcoming victory that you can have in Him!

Feel free to print these scripture-based prayers out for yourself! You could also write them down on notecards, in a journal, or share them with friends/family! To print out a PDF version click here!


God, I thank you that you are for me today. I thank you that you are strengthening me, helping me, and upholding me with your righteous right hand. ~(Romans 8:31, Isaiah 41:10) 

Today I make the choice to lay aside every weight, and the sin that I used to be entangled in, and I run with patience the race that is set before me, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of my faith. ~(Hebrews 12:1-2)

Today I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I thank you that through you I am victorious in everything that I do! ~ (Philippians 4:14, 1 Corinthians 15:57)

Thank you Father that you have good plans for me in regards to my health and helping me reach and maintain a healthy weight. You have a great future for me, and you have filled me with hope! ~ (Jeremiah 29:11)

I thank you Lord that as I submit myself to you today, and resist the enemy and his lies, the devil has to flee from me in Jesus Name! ~ (James 4:7) 

Today I will take care of my body, for I am God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for me to do. ~ (Ephesians 2:10)

Today I make the choice to be self-controlled and alert. I will stay on guard by keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus and staying constant in prayer, so I will not fall into temptation. ~(1 Peter 5:8, Matthew 26:41)

Thank you Lord, that you will guide me continually today, giving me water when I feel dry and restoring my strength when I feel weak. ~(Isaiah 58:11)

Today I make the choice to treat my body as a gift. It was bought with a price, and I will glorify God in the choices and actions I make when it comes to my body.~ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Today, instead of indulging my flesh with physical cravings, I will work up an appetite for God’s Word! When I make make the choice to fill up on His Word, He will satisfy me better than anything on this earth ever could! ~ (Matthew 5:6)

Today I will mediate on who God says I am. I will not be conformed to this world, but rather I will choose to renew my mind with the Word of God, and be transformed! When I do this I will be able to discern God’s perfect will for my life, my health, and my body. ~ (Romans 12:2)

Lord, today I will trust in you with all of my heart, and I will not lean any longer on my own understanding; I will submit ALL of my ways to you today, and as I do, I thank you that you will make your paths straight.~ (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I praise you Lord, for you are the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. You comfort me in all of my troubles, so that I can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort that I myself have received from you! ~ (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4)

Lord, I thank you that my old sinful self was crucified with Christ. I am no longer a slave to any sin, and I am free from it’s power! Therefore, I will not let sin control the way I live. I do not give into sinful desires, but I give myself completely to God. ~(Romans 6:6-12)

Today I choose to think on those things that please the Spirit of God. As live by the Spirit, it leads to life and peace in every area of my life!~ (Romans 8:5)

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Clean Eating Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas!

November 29th, 2013 - Food News, Inspiration

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Add Leftover Turkey/Veggies to any of these Dishes (simply swap out chicken for turkey!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Menu Planning

November 21st, 2013 - Announcements, Inspiration

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Here are some ideas for some delicious (and secretly nutritious) appetizers, sides, and desserts for the biggest meal of the year!

First Let’s Start with Some Favorites from Previous Years:

            

            

            

           

 

Now Let’s Talk New Additions:

  

  

  

  

  

 

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Seasons Eatings ~ Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

November 14th, 2013 - Announcements, Articles, How-To, Inspiration

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The holidays are a special time of year filled with family, friends, and seasonal treats. Here are a few tips on enjoying the holidays in a balanced way!

1. Choose a Healthy Alternative- Eating healthy  year round, (yes even during the holidays) can be done! It doesn’t mean giving up the foods you enjoy most, but simply swapping them with a healthier alternative!  In fact, once you do so, you will notice how good you feel, and I can promise you will wonder why you ever even enjoyed those sugary treats to begin with!

2. Pick and Choose your Treats- The holidays are filled with special treats that only come around this season.  There is nothing wrong with enjoying one or two of your grandma’s favorite cookies, or a piece of your mom’s famous pie…But the problem comes when people enjoy every holiday treat that is put in front of them. If you simply think ahead of time about what you REALLY want to enjoy this holiday season, it will keep you from having to work extra hard to take off those holiday treats in January! Plus, the added bonus is that you will truly savor and enjoy every bite of those holiday treats you do have much more when you only have a few of them!

3. Be Prepared- One way to prevent overeating is by eating small frequent meals throughout the day, and always having a protein rich snack before heading off to parties or holiday dinners. That way, when you finally sit down to eat a meal, you will be able to properly pay attention to your body’s hunger cues because you won’t be overly famished to begin with.

4. The party is about MORE than what is on your PLATE- Food is an element of a celebration, but not the defining factor, or the most important thing. If you keep this in mind when you’re on your way to a party, you can remind yourself that spending time with family and friends is the highlight of the event.  This helps take the focus off the food and puts it back on the things that matter most.

5. It’s OK to say NO- During the holidays, many people are offering foods left and right as a gesture of love.  I have learned that If I’m truly full, it is ok to be  honest and politely say, “No thank you”. Most people will respect you when you politely say no. The great thing about this is, it allows you to say yes to the things you truly do enjoy this time of year!

6. BRING your OWN dish to pass- If you bring your own dish to pass, you can bring something that is tasty and healthy! The best part is, Dashing Dish offers tons of seasonal eats that are just as rich and delicious as the traditional dish, so no one will even know its healthy until you tell them!

7. Learn to Bounce Back- I find that one of the greatest downfalls when it comes to overeating is that it sets most people on a dangerous slippery slope. If you do overeat- don’t make that mistake! Remember, it is not one meal that will make you unhealthy so don’t let it get you in a defeated mindset! Just make the simple choice to bounce back. Start the next day by being active and make the choice to get right back on track with a healthy lifestyle! That is what balance is all about after all!

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Back to School Lunch Ideas!

August 20th, 2013 - Fitness News, How-To, Inspiration

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I can’t believe it’s already about that time of year again…Back to School!!! Where did the summer go!?!

My sister is a 3rd grade teacher, which always reminds me how ‘quickly’ the summers seem to go by! To kick the school year off right, there is no better time than now to start thinking about healthy lunches! I hope this video provides some quick and easy healthy lunch ideas that your kids will actually enjoy!

 

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Fourth of July Recipe Round-Up!

July 3rd, 2013 - Announcements, Food News, Inspiration

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Fourth of July is a time to Celebrate! This celebration takes place to observe our nations freedom, and to honor the awesome men and women that serve our country!

I don’t know about you, but this celebration always seems to revolve around the outdoors and the wonderful food that is best during the sweet summer time…Which means grilling and all things BBQ of course! Here are a few ideas to get your holiday cook-off started!

Main Dishes:

Teriyaki Pineapple Burger

Inside Out Jalapeño Popper Burger

Greek Style Feta Burger

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Sides Dishes:

7 Layer Salad

Fresh Zucchini Guacamole

Layered Taco Dip

Grilled Balsamic Parmesan Veggies

Creamy Chocolate Fruit Dip

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Layered Pizza Dip

Loaded Pasta Salad

Treats:

Strawberries & Cream Trifle

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Cookies and Cream Frozen Pie

Peanut Butter Cup Fro Yo

4th of July Strawberry Poke Cake

Creamy Watermelon Pops

 Peanut Butter Cup Pops

 Superman Ice Cream

Cheesecake Fro Yo Pops

 

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Sizzling Summer Recipe Round-Up!

May 23rd, 2013 - Announcements, Inspiration

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It’s almost Memorial Day…Which means it’s almost Summer Time! What a Better way to Celebrate the Coming of Summer than a Recipe Round-Up of No Bake, No Heat Required Recipes!?!

I Hope this Round-Up of Cool & Refreshing Summer Time Meals, Snacks & Treats Inspires You to Get Healthy in an Enjoyable Way this Summer!

            

            

            

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You are Never Alone or Without Help!

May 16th, 2013 - Dashing Devotionals, Inspiration

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Did you know that if you have given your life to Jesus, you are never alone? 

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” This is one of many promises that the Lord gave us that when we invite Him into our lives, that He will never leave us.

This is such an awesome truth for SO many reasons. I sure do find this truth comforting, especially in this ever-changing world!

But the most amazing part is…It doesn’t stop there!

When Jesus went to be with the Father after dying on the cross, He also promised to leave us a comforter, counselor, and teacher who would be with us to guide is through this life. That helper is called the Holy Spirt. (John 14:15) We can see in the Bible that the Holy Spirit was given to us to help us in all things. This means that in every life situation that we can go to the Lord and ask for direction, guidance, and help in any situation.

We can also be sure that if we need to be comforted, encouraged, or reminded of the truth of God’s Word, He will be there to remind us of the promises that we have stored in our hearts! (John 14:26)

God has great things in store for each one of us (Jeremiah 29:11), and we can receive all that He has for us in every area of our lives if we follow His leading and depend upon His strength. A vital part of following His leading is listening to His voice on a daily basis, and the Holy Spirit is a vital part of that communication.

Communication from the Holy Spirit can be achieved by simply going to the Lord every day and asking Him to lead us. From there, we must do our parts by quieting our hearts enough to listen to His leading, (which is often a still small voice in our hearts).

If you are feeling worn out, burdened, or are in need of any kind of help today, the Holy Spirit is waiting to help you, and all you have to do is ask! (Luke 11:13) We can be confident that it is His will to help us, and teach us the right way to go and provide help in whatever we are facing. (John 16:13) There is nothing too big and nothing too small. You can go to the Lord about anything, He cares for you and knows just what you need, because He created you! (Psalm 139:13) Be encouraged today~ for you are never alone or without help!

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Dashing Devotional~ How Can I Stay Motivated!?!

April 25th, 2013 - Dashing Devotionals, Inspiration

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“So let us not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9

 

We ALL have days where we trip and fall, making us feel discouraged. In fact, I can guarantee that every person has days where they simply lack the motivation to keep pushing forward towards their goals.

I, too, have plenty of days where I am discouraged, overwhelmed, or unmotivated to press on towards my goals with stamina and vigor!

So, the question is… on days like these, how do we stay motivated?!?

Well, to put it simply, we can’t… (Don’t worry, I’m going somewhere positive with this!)

The reason being is that motivation is an emotion, and like all emotions, they are fickle. They are up one day and down the next.

Let me give you a real life example of this (and I know that almost every woman can agree with me on this one).  One day I can wake up and feel like I’m on top of the world and the very next day I may wake up and feel terrible! This one example alone goes to show that emotions can not be trusted and they are certainly not stable.

It is for that very reason that we can’t base our decisions off of emotions. This includes the emotion of ‘motivation’.  If we relied on motivation to finish everything, we wouldn’t end up finishing most things we started…and even if we did, things would turn out very different than how we imagined.

You see… when we begin something, we often have a great sense of determination and motivation. We have a goal set in our mind and we pump ourselves up so much that we can almost taste the victory! Fast forward a couple of weeks and here comes that all too familiar lack of drive, (aka lack of motivation). This change in emotions can be attributed to many different reasons; a lack of results, increased stress, or a realization that the process is harder than we originally expected.

Which leads me to my main point… Instead of staying motivated, we must simply make a COMMITMENT to do something and align our actions with that decision regardless of how we feel.

I do this all the time in my own life in so many different areas. Once I make a decision to do something, I make a commitment. I bring it to the Lord and I surrender that area of my life to Him and ask Him to give me the strength to do whatever it is that I am setting out to do. From there, I make goals and often times I write them down.

When the ‘going’ gets tough, which often times it does…I run to the Lord and pick up the Word of God for encouragement! I encourage myself with the promises that He has given me of success and remind myself that He has promised me an awesome future (Jeremiah 29:11).

I also re-read the goals that I wrote down and reflect on the commitments I made and why I made them in the first place. I make the choice to reign in my emotions and get back up, encouraging myself that “tomorrow is a new day!” (Sometimes I have to do this many times… but the point is, I don’t let myself stay in an attitude of defeat!) I remind myself that I can truly do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength, and that means ALL!

We must recognize that one of Satan’s greatest tactics is to get us feeling discouraged and like a failure, because it is then that we will lack the determination to keep running the race and pressing on towards the goal. We must not fall into that trap! The most important thing that we could ever do is make the decision that no matter how many times we fall, that we will always get back up. We must make the decision to keep doing what we know to do and the results will come if we make the decision to not give up!

Prayer:  “Dear Lord, I thank you that with you I can do ALL things! Help me to be determined to keep running the race and pressing on towards the goals to which you have called me to. Help me not to fall into the trap of discouragement and a defeated mindset. I thank you that no matter how many times I fall, that you will always help me get back up. I am making the decision today to keep doing what I know to do and I know the results will come as I make this decision not to give up! In Jesus Name Amen”

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