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10 Healthy Recipes That Will Spice Up Your Weekly Menu

I think variety is the key to sustainability. If we get bored we are unmotivated. If we are unmotivated we are unlikely to complete our goals. One way to avoid veggie boredom is some great new recipes that will spice up (no pun intended) your weekly menu.

I love when people share delicious recipes with me. I get to try new, healthy, and delicious food all of the time because I get so many recommendations. It motivated me to compile a list of my all-time favorite veggie-based and healthy recipes that are tried and true! These are recipes that will add variety to your weekly menu AND help keep those veggies on your plate.

Even if you aren’t the biggest veggie eater, try these recipes out. I think they can turn the worst critic into the best veggie lover. Trust me on this. They really are THAT delicious.

My Top 10 Healthy Recipes

Paleomg 5 Ingredient Pizza Bake

This recipe is a major family staple for us. If you follow me on Instagram you will see me share my love for it often. Even further, you can sub shredded chicken or lean ground beef with enchilada sauce for a Mexican food option. It’s such a simple, yet delicious option. And the best part? The kids (and even you) won’t know it’s filled with healthy vegetables. That’s the ultimate way to enjoy healthy recipes!

www.paleomg.com

Skinnytaste Scampi for 2 (or double it for 4)

Um—yes, please!  I love shrimp and I love pasta. What I love most about this recipe is that I get the “pasta” craving filled, and I don’t even have to use regular pasta. While zucchini noodles aren’t a direct substitute (don’t think they’ll actually taste like carbs on carbs on carbs), they are a great way to have a “pasta” dish without the guilt afterward. You can eat a big bowl of this and still go up for seconds if you want!

www.skinnytaste.com/

Damn Delicious Garlic Parmesan Zucchini

This zucchini dish is a great option on the side to add to any meal you can do it with broccoli too. I’ve even been known to just snack on these right out of the oven. Hey, don’t judge me. They’re that delicious.

www.damndelicious.net

Nom Nom Paleo Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Another major go-to for my family and I. I slightly modify this recipe and use a spray of olive oil rather than all that is called for in the recipes and 3-4 slices of diced bacon. I promise, it tastes amazing. Think about it, can you really go wrong with any dish that has bacon in it? Healthy recipes or not, bacon is pretty much life. However, brussel sprouts stretch it out and keep it from feeling overly greasy and heavy on your tummy. That’s a win-win in my book.

www.nomnompaleo.com

Paleo Cupboard Healthy Coleslaw

My husband makes some awesome pulled pork in our smoker. I love serving this alongside it and it is even better the next day. If you have a chance to let the flavors meld for 24 hours or so, you will absolutely love it. But it’s good when served right after prepping too! Either way, you can’t really go wrong with this recipe.

www.paleocupboard.com

Iowa Girl Eats Cauliflower Fried Rice

You can add any lean protein you want to increase your protein for this meal. But it’s also super yummy on its own. Add any veggies of choice like carrots, peas, water chestnuts, snow peas, broccoli, and turn it into a stiry fry type rice! Yum!

www.iowagirleats.com

Skinnytaste Butternut Squash Soup

This is one of those healthy recipes that is to die for. I make mine in my Instant Pot. When it’s almost done I’ll add in some lean chicken sausage or rotisserie chicken to increase the overall protein in the meal. To top it off, it will keep you full for hours, so it’s great for a lunch option as well.

www.skinnytaste.com

Gluten-Free Girl Brussel Sprout Salad

This one was such a hit in my Green Plate Challenge that I wanted to share again. I discovered it at a New Year’s Eve party and have been addicted ever since.  Of course, I made some tweaks to fit my lifestyle, and I used far less of the oil. If you’re like me, you can leave out the cheese too. The freshness and crispiness of the sprouts is so yummy, and you don’t even miss the cheese and extra oil in this recipe!

www.glutenfreegirl.com

Paleo Grubs Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats

This is an ultimate kid favorite…because what kid doesn’t like eating their food out of a “boat.” Again, a million variations here that you can create to keep the variety up. Spaghetti squash is a great vessle for many different creations, and is widely available (and cheap) during the fall and winter season. Enjoy!

www.paleogrubs.com

Gimme Delicious Protein and Veggies Foil Packets

My kids love this one again and I do too! Foil packets aren’t just for camping and can be a great way to get the kids involved in dinner prep. Plus, they’re super simple to make and clean up is a breeze! Happy kids and a happy mom you say?

www.gimmedelicious.com

Paleo Cupboard Zuppa Toscana

Another popular one from the challenge that I needed to reshare. I discovered this soup from a friend year’s ago and fell in love. My husband asks for it all the time. I use sweet potatoes instead of turnips, lean chicken sausage and little to no bacon if I don’t have it on hand. The flavor will still be fabulous.

www.paleocupboard.com

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The beauty of all these healthy recipes is that they can be tweaked to meet your nutrient needs or taste buds. The great thing about every recipe is that it can be modified for YOU.  If you ever need help with one, just email me and I’d love to help you think out of the box.

With these recipes and their variations alone you have 2 weeks worth of meal ideas. Just another reason you have no reason not to keep that veggie intake up.

What are some of your favorite veggie-loaded healthy recipes?

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5 Main Benefits of Collagen To Your Health

This post may contain affiliate links.

Clients, friends, and family often ask me how they can increase protein in their diet.  I love to try and get my protein from a variety of sources. Each type of protein offers a varying list of amino acid profiles, each rich in their own unique benefit to the body. One of my favorite sources of protein is through collagen or collagen hydrolysate.

So what is collagen?

Collagen is a crucial and abundant protein in our body responsible for making up connective tissue, skin, hair, and nails.  In fact, collagen makes up about a third of the body’s protein content. It’s actually one of the building blocks of the human body. Not only can it help improve your health, both below and above the surface, but it’s also been known to increase your “glow”. It’s a pretty versatile protein. When boiled down, it turns into a gelatinous substance. That substance can then be dehydrated and used to create a powder or liquid form. So in essence, there are many benefits of collagen to your health.

If you are on a journey for better health, take a listen to this episode of the Feel Amazing Naked Podcast that shares the single most underused tool that I believe will help you lose weight and create lasting change.

Collagen as a supplement

As we age, collagen production in our bodies slows down (say what?!?!). Joints and muscles become weak, skin sags and well, you get the rest… we get old! A collagen supplement can offer an increase in the body’s own diminishing supply. I decided to try collagen as a daily supplement for my husband who has a history of abuse from years of football injuries. He wanted a “bonus” for his joints and I was up for the research and discovery too.

5 benefits of collagen

There are so many benefits of collagen. But here are the top 5 reasons why collagen may be a great supplement to your day.

Anti-Inflammatory

Collagen is high in the amino acid glycine, which has anti-inflammatory effects in the body. A recent study found (1), among many other benefits, that glycine acts against inflammatory cells of the body and stops their reproduction.

Due to this, it can also promote a healthy gut. And a healthy gut is a happy gut. If you suffer from chronic inflammation, or if you have digestive health issues, collagen may be able to help.

Helps Build Muscles

For athletes, collagen helps promote natural creatine production for post workout muscle growth as well as arginine for increased muscle mass. So if you’re bodybuilding, or just looking to build some baby muscles, add collagen to your routine!

Increases Your Skin’s Elasticity

Elasticity is when you can stretch your skin and it returns back to its normal state afterward. As we age, it’s common for the skin to lose elasticity, also known as elastosis. Unfortunately, Elastosis could be worse in people who spend a lot of time in the sun. So if you’ve spent time sunbathing, playing outside sports, or working a job that requires you to be outside often, you may have noticed Elastosis more than normal.

Collagen has been proven to actually increase skin’s elasticity. In another collagen study (2), subjects given an oral collagen supplement showed a measurable difference in skin elasticity in only 4 weeks of ingestion.

Increased Bone Density

Collagen supplementation has also been linked (3) to increase bone density and the proliferation of more bone creating cells.

Reduced Joint Pain

One of the biggest benefits of collagen that I’ve noticed, especially for my husband who has suffered from joint injury/pain, is the supplement’s potential to reduce joint pain. (4) It worked for my husband, and it has been beneficial as a part of his routine. So it may work for you!

Which collagen is the best?

I’ve tried many collagen supplements.  Many have done awesome and a few have fallen short. When it comes to collagen, quality matters and Vital Proteins fits my requirements: high quality, no fillers, and a reasonable price point.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is my supplement pick.  It is high quality and is cold soluble so it doesn’t get too gooey when cold. I love to put a scoop (10 grams) in my morning coffee or in my afternoon pick-me-up shake for a protein boost.  It is odorless and tasteless but carries some amazing properties you should be benefiting from too.

 

There are collagen creamers too!

Vital must have heard our love of collagen as a protein boost in coffee because they answered by creating new creamers.  Each creamer is slightly flavored and still packs the benefits (including protein) of their regular collagen.  The bonus is a bit of flavor added from natural ingredients and MCTs, a brain healthy fat source. And while the benefits of collagen would outweigh any negative flavor or texture (at least for me), it’s nice to know that there are some delicious options!

 

 

Collagen Beauty Greens

Another product that I love from Vital is their Collagen Beauty Greens. At a much higher price point, the Beauty Greens are a blend of of marine collagen peptides, non-GMO organic greens, hyaluronic acid (5) and probiotics.  The flavor is very earthy in taste but delivers some serious benefits of collagen and micro nutrient benefits.

Allergic or sensitive to whey or beef? 

Vital Proteins also offers a marine blend derived from wild-caught Snapper.

 

I recommend Vital Proteins because I believe their quality surpasses the rest.  It is the motto of my business, quality over quantity.  I only recommend products that I believe in and use myself. In an effort to be completely transparent with my readers, if you do purchase a Vital Proteins Product from a link above I receive a very small affiliate commission. This commission continues to allow me to write even more awesome content for my blog. Thank you in advance for your support! Now, go get those benefits of collagen! 

Have you tried collagen and love it? What amazing effects did it have on you?

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Resources:

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12589194

(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19895915

(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885

(5) http://www.jmnn.org/article.asp?issn=2278-1870;year=2015;volume=4;issue=1;spage=47;epage=53;aulast=Borumand