Healthy Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is an all-time American favorite, but with greasy meat and 3 different kinds of cheese, the calorie count on this tasty dish can add up quick. Here is a fun, yet healthy lasagna recipe with a few simple substitutions to make it just as tasty, but a lot better for you!

Serves 8 people
Makes great leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 4oz of Lasagna Noodles (Whole wheat if you can find it)
  • 1.5 lbs. of ground turkey or extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup of each zucchini, eggplant, & mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 jar (320z) of your favorite spaghetti sauce ( I use Prego)
  • 1 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1 (16oz) container of  FAT FREE ricotta cheese (I use Precious)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ lb. of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Boil your lasagna noodles and cook the ground turkey in a large 12″ pan. Add the onion and garlic to the turkey & let simmer. Cook veggies on medium heat in light olive oil for about 6-7 minutes. Drain noodles when they are completely cooked. Add Seasonings, spaghetti,  black olives, and other veggies to the meat and cover. Simmer for 15minutes, letting the flavors mix.  In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese with egg, and beat together. Preheat oven to 375oF.  On the bottom of a 13X 9 baking pan, layer with meat/sauce mixture. Then add 1/3 the lasagna, 1/3 the Ricotta/egg, 1/3 mozzarella, and 1/3 the parmesan. Repeat layering until ingredients are all used. Cover the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover the dish and bake an additional 20 minutes.  Let the dish cool before serving this scrumptious meal!

Happy Eating!

~Healthy Girl

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5 Quick Tips to Help You Eat More Vegetables and Fruits

With the average american diet, it can be hard to get the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables a day. The number of each is debatable, because this number actually shouldn’t be generalized. Instead try going to CDC.gov and enter in your age, gender, and activity level to get a more accurate idea of how many fruits and vegetables you need a day. For example, I need 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables each day, being a moderatly active, young female.

Once you have discovered how much you need, make a goal and get cookin! Here are 5 easy changes you can make so you eat more vegetables and fruits in your diet.

1. SmooSmothiethies- Smoothies are a great snack with so many benefits if made correctly. Try making them yourself with a blender or magic bullet with plenty of fruit and yogurt and ice. For some great recipe ideas, che ck out some of my other posts: My First Green Smoothie, Smoothielishious & Smoothielishious Part 2.


Vegetables

2.  Add Veggies to your main dish- When cooking fun dishes like spaghetti, lasagna, tacos, or others, try adding a few extra vegetables in the dish, as well as on the side. Be sure to pick vegetables that you like and pair well with the meal.  Try decreasing the amount of meat you put in your dish, and replacing that with vegetables. If your normally cook your spaghetti with a pound of hamber, try only adding a half a pound of hamburger, and add some yummy mushrooms, squash, and onions to your dish!

 

3. Turn fruit into a topping- Instead of using syrups on waffles, ice creams and some cakes, try making a fruit topping instead. You can make your own simply by pureeing a few berries and leaving some cut up. Be sure to add a pinch of stevia, or your favorite sugar type if the fruits aren’t sweet enough. Don’t forget to add fruit to your yogurts, oatmeal, and other favorite treats. Applesauce

  4. Replace Oils with Applesauce- This is a great trick to make treats less fattening and still turn out great. This can be done with many oil based recipees. Just exchange them 1 for 1.  Such as 1/4 cup of oil can be replaced with 1/4 cup of applesauce.

5. Another great way to help you eat more vegetables and fruit is to add convenence to them. People typically  reach for the potato chips or snacks because they are easy and quick. By making these options the same for your fruits and veggies…you might be more likely to eat them! Try cutting up cellary  or apples the way you like the day before you plan on eating them. Prepare them in little bags and put them in a visible spot. Defrost frozen fruit you might want to eat plain and put room temperature vegetables in plain sight.  

Happy Healthy Eating,    ~HealthyGirl

Lose10 Pounds in 3 Days

Pecan Many people think losing weight is a temporary diet and exercise regime. They say “I’ll go on my diet tomorrow” or “I’m starting South Beach diet soon” but the fact is, for the general population, we can’t go on diets. There is no magic weight loss regime where you lose 10 pounds in 3 days. Even if a diet “works” you will likely gain it back unless you make it a LIFESTYLE change. Do you want to be on South Beach forever?, Considering the cost and effort, most people don’t.

 What you need to do my dear reader, is change your LIFESTYLE. Don’t start big and dramatic, or you will most likely go right back where you started. I want you to start small. Here is a list of foods that make cellulite come and want to stay. Pick five to eliminate from your life for good! (yes you can have it on blue moons.) Don’t cheat and pick things you never eat anyways. Pick five items, and stick to it. You can easily replace these items or modify them to lesser evils.

1. Mayonnaise                     Try light mayonaise  or Mayonnaise with Olive Oil
2. Milkshakes                      Smoothies and vanila ice cream cones are a great alternative
3. Muffins                            Try making your own muffins like the recipe linked here
4. French Fries                     Nowdays most places let you chose a side salad or fruit instead
5. Bacon                                Turkey Bacon is not so bad once you get used to it!
6. Regular AND Diet Soda     Chrystal Light, Snapple, and G2 are pretty tasty too.
7. Doughnuts                        Try lightly buttered toast with cinnamon and brown sugar
8. Cheesecake                       Low fat cheesecake with strawberry sauce is slightly better
9.  Fried Chicken                  Bake chicken in the oven with a bit of olive oil for a fried taste
10. Pizza with Processed Meats         Try a deLIGHT pizza from Papa Murphys
11. Pot Pies
12. Potato Chips                    Baked Chips or oven roasted chips still taste great
13.  Ribs                                Try a lean steak to satify that meat craving
15. Pecan Pie                        Try fruit pies with whole wheat crusts.

All the foods on this list are high in saturated fat, provide little nutritional value, and becon cellulite to come find you. Start by losing some of these fattening foods, and you’ll lose some pounds!

~Healthy Girl