From gluten-free pasta to power smoothies to chocolate-infused turkey chili, get ready to drool over these 5 deliciously healthy recipes brought to you by celeb nutritionist & wellness expert Angela Martindale – from whom Tom Hanks, Jimmy Buffet and Katie Couric have heeded advice (to name a few).
Thank you to guest author Angela Martindale for contributing this piece!
The end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to pursue new goals—whether that’s exercising more, picking up a new hobby, or improving your eating habits. At MEALS THAT TRANSFORM, my staff and I are passionate about helping people transform their lifestyles all year long—and if healthier eating is one of your goals, we have some great, healthy, gluten-free recipes to get you started.
Improving your eating habits for longevity and wellness is a lifestyle change you can make one meal at a time. Keep your goals realistic and focus on the small improvements you experience along the way! Here’s a strategy for creating a visual reminder of your progress:
1. Draw an inverted pyramid on a piece of paper. Trace 3-4 horizontal lines across the pyramid, and write your ultimate food-related goals at the top. Examples include going gluten-free, quitting a diet soda habit, and cutting out processed sugar.
2. Work your way up from the point of the pyramid—at the bottom—toward your ultimate goal by filling in each section with a small step you can take or change you can make, like drinking more water, eating one more serving of fresh fruit each day, replacing sweets with a healthy alternative, or cooking a healthy dinner three times a week.
3. Once your pyramid is complete, post the piece of paper in a visible spot. Take a picture of it and make it the wallpaper for your phone. Set a daily calendar reminder of your goal. At the end of every day, praise yourself for being proactive!
Fueling your body well is a small step with big transformative power. Try one or all of my five favorite gluten-free winter recipes—straight from my kitchen in Holladay, Utah—and celebrate the New Year with a New You!
1. OM POWER Smoothie
20 grams OM POWER PROTEIN
8 oz. coconut milk
1 spoonful coconut oil
Handful of spinach
¼ cup frozen peaches
¼ cup frozen mangoes
Blend and enjoy. Can be made with ½ cup of your favorite seasonal fresh or frozen fruit.
2. TRANSFORM Turkey Chili
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2 medium onions, chopped
2 yellow bell peppers, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1½ teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
8 oz. vermouth plus 4 oz. sparkling water
3 oz. 70% dark chocolate, chopped
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
2 cans (15 oz.) kidney beans, drained & rinsed
In large saucepan, sauté onions, peppers, and garlic in oil until slightly softened, approximately 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper flakes, and cinnamon. Cook 1 minute. Add turkey and cook thoroughly, approximately 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, vermouth, sparkling water, chocolate, tomato paste, and beans. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
3. TRANSFORM Fettuccine
2 cups cashews
1 cup vegetable broth
1 stem fresh oregano plus 3-5 leaves
½ package brown rice fettuccine noodles (can substitute other pasta if desired)
2 cups baby spinach, chopped
6 large cloves roasted garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh Basil for garnish
a. Cashew Cream Sauce:
Soak cashews in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain. Place cashews, oregano, and vegetable broth into a blender and blend until smooth.
Prepare noodles as directed on the package. Drain, place in a bowl, and set aside. Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and heat to medium. Add the roasted garlic and cook until fragrant. Add 2 cups cashew cream sauce and reduce. Add remaining 3-5 oregano leaves and chopped spinach and fold into the sauce. Pour the cashew cream sauce over the noodles and gently fold together. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.
4. Spinach, Pear, and Persimmon Salad
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2 cups baby spinach or mixed greens
1 oz. Chevre, feta, or blue cheese, crumbled
¼ cup toasted pecans
½ organic pear, cubed
½ persimmon, chopped
Toss together spinach, chevre, pecans, pear, and persimmon. Drizzle with TRANSFORM House Dressing or your favorite balsamic or blush wine vinaigrette and serve.
5. Sipping Chocolate
4 ounces water
4 ounces coconut milk
6 ounces 70% cocoa fine quality (sweetened) chocolate, broken into small pieces
Dash of pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Honey or agave (optional)
Heat water and milk in a double boiler. Stir in chocolate until melted and smooth. If the beverage seems too thin, stir in more chocolate, a little at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency. If it’s too thick, thin with a small amount of water or coconut milk. Stir in spice and sweetener, if using. Serve in espresso cups.
Note: Coconut milk will blunt the sharp, distinctive flavors of the chocolate—70% cocoa is very rich without the addition of coconut milk.
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Angela Martindale is a celebrity nutritionist, fitness trainer, wellness coach, and president of MEALS THAT TRANSFORM: Salt Lake City, Utah’s top organic, gluten-free meal preparation and delivery service. Angela and her staff create more than 70,000 meals every year in her Holladay kitchen.