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4 Quick and Easy Healthy Recipes to Try at Home

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We found four local women who traded yo-yo dieting habits for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Here are their favorite go-to, guilt-free recipes to try out for yourself.

No Bake Energy Bites

Here’s a healthy snack that’s quick, easy and sweet.
Recipe Courtesy of Adrian Butler 

 

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Adrian Butler says a fitness friend gave her this recipe. “I love them for my snacks and when I need something sweet,” she says. “It’s my favorite and easiest recipe ever!”

Makes 15-20 balls

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats

1⁄2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1⁄2 cup ground flax seed

1⁄2 cup crunchy peanut butter

1⁄2 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix ingredients together and roll into 1-inch balls.

2. Refrigerate or freeze for later.

Read about Butler’s fitness journey here.


Healthy Pizza

Here’s a low-calorie option for this classic comfort food.
Recipe courtesy of Katie Hall 

 

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Katie Hall says she loves making these wraps whether she’s at home or on the go because the recipe is delicious, quick, easy and guilt-free.

One serving

INGREDIENTS

1 Flatout wrap

1/4 cup low sugar pizza sauce 

1/4 cup low fat mozzarella, shredded 

10 pieces of turkey pepperoni 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Spread sauce on wrap, sprinkle cheese, top with pepperoni.

2. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Read Katie Hall’s journey to a healthy lifestyle here.


Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

This dish is full of flavor, without the guilt.
Recipe courtesy of Katherine Martin

 

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“This casserole is full of flavor and feels like I’m indulging when I’m actually not,” says Katherine Martin of this go-to recipe.

Six servings

INGREDIENTS

3-4 boneless chicken breasts

Package of bacon

1 broccoli head

1 cup ranch dressing

2 cups cheddar cheese

1⁄2 cup heavy cream

1 tsp. garlic powder

Pinch of salt/pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fry up a package of bacon then drain on a paper towel. Add in the chicken breasts and cook until no longer pink. Cut them up in pieces. 

2. Add steamed broccoli, ranch, cheddar, heavy cream, and seasonings in a bowl. Mix.

3. Pour into a large baking pan that’s greased with bacon grease.

4. Bake for approximately 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

For more information about Martin’s journey to a healthy lifestyle, click here.


No Bake Salted Tahini Cookie Dough Fudge

This easy fudge recipe will satisfy your dessert cravings.
Recipe courtesy of Katie Podralski

 

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Katie Podralski says this easy fudge recipe (just mix it all in a bowl!) lives in her freezer.

15 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup tahini

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/2 tablespoon good-quality vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top

Maldon or fancy sea salt, for sprinkling on top

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Line an 8×4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the tahini, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until smooth. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Pour the fudge into the pan. Freeze for 5-10 minutes, then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top of the fudge and press them in a bit if necessary. Freeze until firm about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Cut into 15 squares.

3. Store fudge in freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Learn more about Podralski’s health journey here.