Sunday, July 15, 2012

Guest Post From Lindsay at Zwick's Picks!

Good afternoon Beautiful,

Today's post is a guest post from one of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors! On the 15th of every month I will be posting a guest post with a healthy recipe from one of the Sweat Pink Ambassadors and Lindsay was chosen to be my first one! So everyone, meet Lindsay!...

Lindsay is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and sees herself as the product of a health nut mother and foodie father, doing her best to live life as a healthy foodie! The words of Michael Pollan are her nutrition mantra: “Eat real food, mostly plants, not too much.” She helps and supports others to fulfill their own health, wellness and nutrition goals – losing weight, less stress, better sleep, you name it!

She is a big fan of both cooking and eating delicious food, especially when sharing those activities with friends and family. You can find many of Lindsay’s recipes on her blog (www.zwickspicks.blogspot.com). She also loves being outdoors, whether hiking, road biking, running, or just taking a stroll around her Northern California neighborhood.
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Hi! My name is Lindsay, and when Sarah asked me to do a guest post on her blog I jumped on the opportunity. I started my own blog (www.zwickspicks.blogspot.com) earlier this year, when I launched my health coaching business. On the blog you’ll find many of my favorite recipes, as well as some of my own ways that I live a balanced, healthy lifestyle in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In my work as a Health Coach, I help people to reduce stress, have more energy, sleep through the night, and attain their desired weight, as well as other wellness goals. For more info on that, check out my website: www.LindsayZwicker.com. I currently have a few spots available for new clients, so if you’re interested, contact me today for a free health history consultation!
Anyway, on to my guest blog post! That’s why I’m here, right? Sarah asked me for a healthy recipe, and I really struggled over what to post. Do I choose one of my favorite breakfast smoothies? A delicious way to make eggs? What about meat? Fish? Or should I pick something vegetarian? The options were endless!
I decided to go with a recipe for Frittata. I recently learned how to make one, and I have to tell you it is not nearly as complicated as you might think. If you can make scrambled eggs, you can make a frittata, I promise! One of the great things about this dish is that it works for breakfast, lunch AND dinner, and you can throw almost anything into it. Those leftover greens? In! An extra onion you have lying around? Done! The goat cheese you’ve been trying to use up? It’s a topping! Want some extra Omega-3? Toss in some toasted walnuts. And so on…
When you eat a whole organic egg, it is a great food for many reasons, but one is because eggs contain protein. Studies show that eating protein at breakfast leaves us feeling satiated longer, and also can help reduce unhealthy cravings, so it helps with weight loss. (You know, like when someone brings bagels or cookies to the office and you just can’t help yourself – I know I’ve been there!) In addition to 6 grams of protein, one organic egg also contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals. That’s what your multi-vitamin pill is attempting to do, except the egg is a whole-food and not isolated nutrients.  An egg also has all 9 amino acids, Vitamin D, choline, B-vitamins and zinc, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin – two nutrients that have been shown to benefit eye health. It is very important to note that most of these nutrients are in the yolk, so be sure to eat the entire egg! You’re missing out on most of these nutrients if you only eat the whites. For those of you worried about cholesterol, I urge you to look at some of the recent research showing the cholesterol in eggs does not negatively affect human cholesterol levels or heart disease like we previously thought. When you stop and think about it, it’s pretty amazing that all these nutrients are packed into one little egg!
After that long paragraph, now you’re probably thinking, “That’s all great, but how do I make the darn frittata?” Well, here is the answer you’ve been waiting for!
Here is an example of what you’ll need to serve 4 people:
-          Cast Iron or All-Clad frying pan (something that can go from the stove to oven)
-          6 Organic, Pastured Eggs (these have more nutrients than conventional eggs)
-          Approx. 2T Organic Butter
-          1 Organic Onion, or 2 Leeks
-          Bunch of Organic Spinach/Kale/Chard, previously cooked
-          Crumbled Organic Goat Cheese
-          1/4C Walnuts, toasted and chopped
What you’ll need to do:
-          Turn on your broiler and move an oven rack so that your pan will be about 4-6” below it.
-          On medium heat, melt 1T butter in the frying pan.
-          When butter is melted, add onions/leeks and sauté until soft and translucent. They will start to smell amazing!
-          Add your leftover greens (be sure they’re not cold from the fridge) and warm them up.
-          In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
-          Add greens/onions to the bowl of eggs and mix.
-          Melt 1T butter in the pan, lower the heat, and return the egg mixture into the pan. Do not stir the eggs! Cook until the edges of the eggs are set. (Give the pan a little shake to test.)
-          Top the eggs with a sprinkling of the walnuts and goat cheese.
-          Slide the pan under the broiler to cook the top. This will happen FAST so keep an eye on it. Walnuts will go from uncooked to burned in a second.
-          Loosen the frittata and slide onto a serving plate. Or, put a trivet on your table and serve straight out of the pan. Be aware that it will continue to cook while it is in the hot pan.
-          Slice like a pizza and enjoy!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my guest post as much as I enjoyed writing it for you all! If you want more recipes, please visit my blog at www.zwickspicks.blogspot.com, and you can also “like” me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LTZhealthcoach to get more wellness tips!`




Stay sweet.
xoxo

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