March Good Eats & Healthy Treats
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. I am excited to roll out my first "Good Eats & Healthy Treats" blog post. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love convenience and simplicity. I like to be on the go and to be brutally honest....I HATE cooking. My husband is by far the better chef in our household. I am capable of whipping together quick and healthy meals and snacks. My biggest challenge is getting myself to the grocery store to ensure that I have healthy staples readily available in my refrigerator.
The March Good Eats meal of the month is SHRIMP & ZOODLES, which can be prepared in 10 minutes. We do most of our grocery shopping at Hy-Vee because it's close to our house and we love the produce and meat departments. Every few weeks we purchase a bag of Hy-Vee's frozen shrimp so that we can pull it out and add it to salads, zoodles, and other assorted meals. We typically saute the shrimp on the stove top with olive or avocado oil or boil it in a pot with whatever seasonings we have in the spice cabinet. The shrimp only takes 5-6 minutes to prepare.
We do have a vegetable spiralizer at our house, but I found pre-made fresh zoodles (noodles made out of zucchini) in the produce section at Hy-Vee. I dumped them into a pan on the stove and warmed them up for 5-6 minutes with a little avocado oil and lemon pepper seasoning.
Once everything is cooked, put the zoodles on a plate with about a dozen shrimp. We added a little Parmesan cheese on top for flavor. The shrimp is low in calories and high in protein, selenium, vitamin B12, and phosphorous. The zoodles are low in calories, carbs, and sugars and provide potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin A. We always cook with olive oil or avocado oil to add some healthy fats to our meals. This is a great balanced option for a quick lunch or dinner.
My go-to healthy treat right now is Halo Top ice cream. It's low calorie, high in protein, low in sugar, and still tastes great! All of the flavors are between 280 and 360 calories for the whole pint. The serving size is definitely less than the whole pint, but you won't feel as bad if you do eat it all. There are a ton of gluten free and dairy free options. The dairy free flavors are made from coconut milk. I love dairy-free peanut butter cup (320 calories & 13g of protein) and sea salt caramel (320 calories & 13g of protein) because I am trying to reduce my overall dairy intake; however, I love the regular pistachio (280 calories & 20g of protein), chocolate chip cookie dough (360 calories & 20g of protein), and red velvet (360 calories & 20g of protein) flavors as well.
Comment below if you have other favorite zoodles recipes that you love! Go out and buy some Halo Top ice cream next time you have a craving. I guarantee you won't regret it!
Sending lots of love and strength,