Healthy Eating: Healthy Candies and Where to Get Them

eating healthy candies
eating healthy candies

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I just saw a wonderful recipe for healthy candy.  Can you tell I’m still slobbering all over myself? 

Healthy candies?  Really?  You mean I can slobber, I mean really slobber, like slobber in real life, and still eat healthy… still lose weight? 

You bet.

The recipe I saw was for a no bake coconut candy, and I saw the recipe at the website Whole New Mom.    Wow, it was great!

Check Whole New Mom for the recipe for this great, no bake coconut candy. 

It is sugar free, dairy free, egg free, and grain free.

Of course it has some chocolate.  (Yea, I heard you ask.)  What is coconut without some chocolate with it! 

I was thinking I would use some dark cacao chips drizzled on top, but there is a whole world of real foods out there.  The carob chips could work really well too.  Your choice.

The important thing is that you are aware that you can eat healthy candy as you eat healthy foods. 

Also, as some of us need to do, (don’t worry; I’m talking about me), you can even eat candy and lose weight if you find the best healthy candy for you… and plan it into your diet in a healthy way.

You don’t have to make your own candy either.   That’s a good thing, but you don’t always need to.   You can find healthy choices, real food, clean eating, and special products for special diet needs all over the place if you just look!

You can order sugar free candy online from many online candy retailers like Russell Stover Candies, http://www.russellstover.com/, and at SugarLess Shop at http://www.sugarlessshop.com/.  There are also tons of  really nice sugar free chocolate gift baskets from places like Figis.com and low carb and sugar free chocolates from The Candy Shop at TheCandyShop.com.

Y C Chocolate at http://ycchocolate.com/ has candy products and candy gift boxes that are low carb, gluten free, sugar free, and all natural.  Their dark chocolate bars  made with Stevia look quite nice too.

Julian Bakery at www.julianbakery.com/, yes the company that bakes and sells the famous zero carb bread, has Paleo Candy Bars that are 82% dark chocolate which are low carb, sugar free, gluten free, and soy free. 

Julian Bakery also has a Righteously Raw Candy Bar that has organic dark chocolate and acai berries for good measure.  The Bars are made with the low glycemic natural sweetener agave nectar.  Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? 

Then there is The Natural Candy Store.  The Natural Candy Store has all sorts of fun things that run the path of natural and organic sweets for all occasions.  

Oh, this place has everything natural it seems, so long as it is sweet and… sweet. 

You can get packages for parties and buy gifts to mail to someone special, (gift certificates for chocolate gift giving).  You can buy organic candy for Halloween, buy in bulk for holidays, or buy candy for weddings, knowing you are purchasing candy that is non-GMO, organic, and all natural.   The Natural Candy Store also has some candy tailored to special diet needs as well including allergy sensitives, gluten free diets, dairy free needs, vegan and vegetarian diets, Kosher, and well, just name about whatever you want (or what you do NOT want in your candy order. 

I’ve been wondering if there is a candy made with pure natural maple syrup.  I found some Maple Cotton Candy at The Natural Candy Store! 

I’m sure they may have some more candy made with pure maple syrup, but at this point (looking at all the candy I’ve been looking at today), I’m afraid to look.  I might just buy some right now!  I mean RIGHT NOW!

I also love their logo which says The Natural Candy Store –  “All the Fun Stuff Without the Funny Stuff”. 

Organic grocery stores like Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s do not usually focus on sugar free candy, but they usually do carry good quality dark chocolate, and some will carry candy for diabetics and healthy candy snacks that are low on the glycemic index which do not raise your blood sugar levels. 

Did you know Whole Foods Market has beautiful chocolate gift baskets full of natural and organic products?

Maybe there are some healthy food stores near you that might carry healthy candy for yourself, for your upcoming holidays and parties, or for gift giving! 

Candy Warehouse at http://www.candywarehouse.com/ has sugar free hard candy bulk purchases as well as sugar free suckers, sugar free jelly beans, sugar free peppermints for Christmas, and sugar free gummy bears, just to name a few. 

By the way, Candy Warehouse has bulk candy with free shipping. 

Yummy Earth at yummyearth.com/, a speciality shop that sells organic candy products, also has free shipping on bulk candy orders.  Hotels, businesses, vendors, and distributors will certainly enjoy the free shipping in bulk.  However, even smaller customers who don’t need to want to buy in bulk can enjoy ordering their candy with free shipping when the purchase is $35.00 of products (at the time of this writing) or more.  If you order less even,  it is only $2.99 with orders of $25.00 or more. 

If you are like me… to stay healthy…  I NEED to order a little less to have around the house!  Now THAT’S what I’m talking about now… portion control, baby!  🙂 

Even traditional gift basket businesses like you see at Gourmet Gift Baskets, see them at www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/, are jumping into the health food industry offering organic gift baskets and gluten free gift baskets that include organic candy drops. 

Order Chocolate Gift Baskets Online

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Did I mention  the upscale and ever lovable Harry and David?  Harry and David offers some mouth watering boxes of sugar free chocolate candy and many gorgeous sugar free gourmet gift baskets and towers?  Oh, I didn’t mention it yet?  Maybe I wanted to keep all that sugar free candy to myself!  (Now that’s probably not a good idea though, if you know what I mean.)

Well OK… Harry and David… http://www.harryanddavid.com/

Whether you want some homemade candy or want to purchase candy from an online candy store or a store near your home for your family, yourself, a business acquaintance, pastor, teacher, friend, wedding, newborn baby, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day,Halloween, a wedding shower, or whatever the case may be at the time, you should be able to find candy that is either just right for your or someone’s specific dietary needs or full of God’s bountiful blessings. 

As much as I love the healthy candy I saw at Whole New Mom, I believe there is always time in life for a little more healthy candy and someone to share it with.

Just don’t slobber over the one you love. 


How to Get a Good Lunch Happy Face

My good lunch happy face

My easy healthy lunch gleaned from some health food stores a couple weeks back was a little interesting to say the least.  See earlier post for that story.  Hey, I didn’t know what I was doing.  🙂  This time, I nailed it.  I got a really good lunch for my husband and myself the other day at one of my favorite organic grocery stores.  

I nailed it, I’m telling ya!  Put on my happy face!  

My good lunch happy face

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Yes, indeed.  This time I found an easy healthy lunch from a health food store, and it was a perfect success!  

See, I found this organic foods store in Denton, TX close to where my husband teaches.  It’s called Cupboard Natural Foods, and I love it.  

It’s not as large as Whole Foods.  It doesn’t have quite as many veggies as Sprouts Farmer’s Market.  It may not be all over the place like Wal-Mart.  It’s a really nice store though, and I’m sure you just might have a nice organic foods store like this one around you if you look.  

I knew what I was going to get this time.  No surprises like the Kombucha I got the other day!  I went there on a mission this time, and I was successful!  Happy face again!  

Here’s what I got:

Two 1/2 pound containers of chicken salad from their deli made with lots of roasted green red peppers, onions, tarragon, and fresh parsley  and just a tad bit of mayo and rice wine vinegar

A Rawker Veggie Mix raw foods cracker (big enough to break in half and share with my husband

A gorgeous, organic Red d’Anjou Pear

And a a six pack of Blue Sky Zero Calorie Cherry Vanilla Creme Soda, made with Stevia, an herb that is a natural sweetener  (We only used two of those for our lunch.)

When done, I picked up two plastic forks from the salad bar by the deli so we could eat our chicken salad right from the plastic deli container. – THAT was easy!  The deli guy gave me permission.  Don’t worry!  

I was all set to go.

The only thing above that I wasn’t so sure about from the above list was the Rawker Veggie Mix raw food bar, but it was great!  It was a little different, but it was really tasty, and it took care of that wonderful crunchy desire I seem to have at lunchtime.  It was full of wonderful, healthy ingredients too like spinach, beets, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseed sprouts – just to name a few. 

 

Here’s the cracker my husband and I broke in half and shared.

Raw Foods Cracker for a good healthy lunch

 

See the assembly of great ingredients!  

 

 

Rawker Veggie Mix Raw Foods Cracker Ingredients

I would consider this pretty low carb too.  The label showed each serving as 15 carbohydrates and 6 grams of fiber, so each serving was only 9 net grams of carbs (carbohydrates minus grams of fiber equals net carbs).   Consider also that there were 9 grams of protein per serving, and each serving had only 200 calories.  

Please do note that the entire bar is considered 1 and 1/2 servings, and since we split it equally in half, our protein count would have been slightly less but our carb count and calories would have been less as well.

Pretty healthy for a crunchy treat at lunchtime!  

Plus sharing this kind of health food bar (which was pretty big anyway) made the higher price more reasonable on a limited budget. Wow… I guess lack of money can sometimes help one find discipline!   What a blessing!  

So what was the difference between my first easy healthy lunch I got a couple of weeks ago and this good healthy lunch I got more recently?

I believe there were several differences this time that made my shopping experience a better one, and if you don’t mind, I would like to share those with you now so that you can hopefully find better lunches when you’re on the go but looking for a healthy lunch on the run.   

Healthy Chicken Salad Made for a Good Lunch

Lots of protein, veggies, and fresh herbs in this healthy chicken salad, and it was only part of a good healthy lunch!

 

Here’s what I learned about getting a good healthy lunch in a store that worked this time around: 

Keep a balanced approach to your lunch planning whether that planning is done at home, on the run, or even in the store.  

I knew what I had covered for breakfast, and I knew another meal was coming.

I wanted lunch to fit in-between those two meals, and I wanted something healthy for that one meal.  I didn’t need that one meal to provide everything I ever needed! 

Balance over the day is more important than including everything at once.   

Such an attitude gives you the freedom to concentrate on simple, healthy lunch choices while you are out of the home.

Have a simple but basic concept of what you would like to purchase when you go to the store to grab a quick lunch.   

Notice I said “would like to purchase” instead of “plan to purchase”.   That leaves you some wiggle room to still be happy if the store doesn’t have exactly what you want, or you find a great deal on a similar food item that meets your most basic plan.

When I walked into the store this time, I had already decided I was going to focus on a prepared protein that could be served without bread, a veggie side (I had meant to bring some carrots from home but had forgotten), and some kind of sweet fresh fruit for dessert.  

Just a simple shopping list like that gave me plenty to look at and consider while keeping me focused both health-wise and money-wise.

 Think about healthy lunch ideas as you are walking inside the grocery store.

If your mind is on some  healthy food choices as you walk in the door, you have set a vision (and  consequently your own expectations) for a good healthy lunch experience.  With that vision set in your mind, you should be more likely to stick to your mission at hand.

Your mission is getting healthy foods for you and whoever else you are buying lunch for in your family.  Set the goal, and you’ll go for it!

Look at life with a sense of wonder and excitement, and that means even when you are shopping for healthy food to eat.  

Try some new things.  Laugh when you eat something awful, and pat yourself on your back when you just purchased something you would never want to purchase again.   You were bold and courageous at least!

Life is an adventure, even in natural food stores.

Be bold… Live life…  And love all the things, times, and experiences you are blessed with throughout your days here on this earth.

All in all… Smile!  You have been blessed with a great big world of interesting things and another breath left to see what you can do with those fascinating things!  

As the 19th Century German poet and philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche once said:  That which doesn’t kill us will make us stronger. 

Dear Lord, 

I have messed up so many things in my life, and taking care of my family’s health and especially my own is one of those things I have messed up on.  I’m trying now though, Lord, and I ask you now to help me make my body better and beautiful – like you made me to be.  

Help me through this.  Give me wisdom and insight.  Give me a sense of humor and a joyful outlook. Lift me when I falter or when I’m discouraged… or down. Keep reminding me I am important to you. 

Work in my life to help me to find the money, the energy, and the time to do healthy things and eat more healthy foods.  If I can save money on groceries, show me how to do that.  

I really need to lose weight and get my body working better here, Lord, but I want more to focus on living the life you want me to live, and I want even more to enjoy this life You have given to me. 

Keep me focused.  Keep me learning.  Keep me going.

Dear Father, thank you for goat cheese and honey, Kombucha and raw food, hamburgers and french fries… and chocolate.

You have provided all for us.  Now help me learn how to use everything you have provided the way YOU want it to be used.  If I can do that, I know I’ll be OK.  

In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen

My Easy Healthy Lunch Finds From the Health Food Stores

Kombucha

OK folk.  Here’s my story about Kombucha.

Well, my story didn’t start out about that drink.  It didn’t really end there either.  It was a part of the story of my day where I went on a mission to find an easy healthy lunch while I was out with my husband one day.

Well… OK… that healthy lunch was not my primary mission that day either.  It was a part of the story of my day. 

Oh, all right then.  I hear ‘ya.  Let’s just get started on my story, shall we? 

If you think back a few days, I posted a really neat low carb bread recipe here a few days ago.  I wanted to follow that story up with where to find low carb bread in the stores.  Of course, I could probably have figured that out with just my own memory and a few strokes of my genius keyboard research skills. 

I wanted the excitement of going to a bunch of health food stores though.  You know the kind of places I’m referring to! 

I went to Sprouts Farmer’s Market.  I went to Whole Foods Market.  I went to a new organic grocery store I had never seen before and stumbled upon, a place called Market Street.  I went to our local, upscale health food store near me, Central Market.  I went to the Sunflower Shoppe.  I went to Wal-Mart.

Oh, hold on there.  I never went to Wal-Mart that day! 

I did go to the other healthy grocery stores though, checking out all the different kinds of low carb breads they may or may not have had. 

I might have felt I was (ever so indirectly) right on track with my blog research when I looked across the store and eyed the display of sweet, seedless watermelon at Sprouts on sale for just $1.99 each. 

See… here is what caught my eye. 

Watermelon on sale at Sprouts

I called my daughter Amy and said “I’ve got our dessert for tonight!”

And one of those little guys went right into my shopping cart. 

Even with that good buy for our family dinner, I didn’t forget to look at all the healthy breads that I could find at Sprouts.   Indeed, I took tons of pictures there.  I even purchased some of the breads there:  some sprouted whole wheat bread, some low carb tortillas, and some jalapeno bread. 

So what if the Sprouts Jalapeno Cheddar Bread was not specifically labeled a low carb item.  I inspected the label.  Its carb count was fairly low, actually much lower than many regular loaves of sandwich bread.  It had no preservatives or artificial flavors.  Hey, it had real jalapeno peppers actually in it too.   It seemed like a pretty healthy bread to me! 

So…  I didn’t feel too badly throwing that Sprouts Jalapeno Cheddar Bread in my cart. 

Here’s a picture of my personal indulgence:

Jalapeno Bread from Sprouts Farmer's Market

I wonder if the store clerks could see I was drooling when I was taking photos of this bread?

 

Hey, it might not have been the perfect purchase by everyone’s standards, but at least I checked the label before I purchased it to make sure I could live with it! 

Sprouts Jalapeno Bread Label

12 carbs per slice. OK, I’ll just practice my “discipline skills” with this, I told myself.

 

Plus that bread had to be spicy.  What more could a person in Texas want? 

OK now… Let’s finish off the Sprouts part of my story with a great buy on some organic black raspberries, shall we?  That would be a good, healthy food choice.  Besides, they looked so, so good!

I was then off to Whole Foods where I found myself taking selfies in front of the cute scarecrow they had positioned by the front door.  I got sooooo soooo caught up in that.  In fact, a store worker came by and asked if I would like him to take a picture of me.  I pointed to the little billboard which Whole Foods had put up that said “Take a selfie with the scarecrow.” 

“Oh no thank you,” I said pointing to the little billboard sign.  “The sign says take a selfie, and that’s what I’m doing.”

But hey, thank you anyway, sweet Whole Foods worker. 

I didn’t seem to have as much luck with healthy bread finds in that Whole Foods Store as I did in Sprouts, but I did randomly find some really cool low glycemic snacks called Beanitos.  (Side note:  Oh, I have discovered I LIKE those things!) 

I also noticed some Oolong tea bags.  I’ve been reading about those.  Got some of those too to try out. 

Now done with Whole Foods, I was on my way back to that Market Street store I saw along the way to Whole Foods. 

As far as low carb breads, I saw even fewer at Market Street than at Whole Foods.  However,  I did find the deli there quite appealing.  Boar’s Head Roast Beef.  OK, no fillers.  Not real high in fat, and not high in sodium. 

“Could you please SHAVE some of that for me please?” I asked (even though it is not really shaving that I like, but I don’t know how else to explain exactly how the Giant Supermarket on the east coast used to cut my deli meats.  The stores here in Texas just don’t understand it when I say “You know, really, really thin like I used to get”.   I am so thinking of you right now, Giant Food! 

With Boar’s Head deli meat in hand, I’m thinking about how to create a great sandwich with it.  Then it struck me.  Boar’s Roast Beef and Sprouts Jalapeno Cheese Bread. 

Yep.

Barbecue sauce?  Why indeed yes!

I knew just where to go.

When I got to the aisle, Market Street had been kind enough to put some Walden Farms BBQ sauce right there.  Zero calories.  Zero carbs.  Now THAT would make up a little for the couple extra carbs that jalapeno cheese bread had.  See, I was already practicing my discipline skills!  At least I was thinking things over!

OK, I had some healthy bread.  I had some roast beef with no additives or preservatives.  I had a zero calorie / zero carb BBQ sauce.  Those things all together would make for a pretty good sandwich. 

Speaking of which, I suddenly realized then, my time was running out.  I needed to get this part of my shopping… ah….  I mean this part of my “research”, completed and go pick my husband up from his classes so he could get to his teaching job.

I was late!  It was also well into the afternoon, long past lunch time for most people! 

Panic set in.

I needed to get something for my husband and I to eat on our way from my picking him up from his school classes to his driving to where he teaches private music lessons.

Well, it was in the blink of an eye that I realized the Lord had placed just about everything I needed into my hands anyway. 

I already had the items necessary to make some healthy sandwiches.

I had organic black raspberries.  Healthy.  Really healthy.

I had Beanitos chips.  At least the label said they were healthy, and boy were they good. 

And I had…  NO!  I did NOT have a drink. 

By this time, I was really starting to run short of time and really starting to panic. 

“Oh well,”, I thought.  Maybe I’ll go through the McDonalds drive through close to my husband’s school and get us each a dollar diet soda. 

Oh gosh.  Did I just admit that to you all?  I did just admit that.  

So I’m not perfect, especially when time is tight. 

THEN…

On my way to the check out, I saw a bunch of pretty little glass bottles that said “Kombucha” on them. 

Those bottles just seemed to jump out at me saying, “Look here!  We are healthy, healthy, healthy drinks!”

Kombucha

Looks kind of cute, doesn’t it?

 

Well, their labels said “raw”, and raw foods have always intrigued me; and they said they were probiotics.  Hey, you gotta admit,  Jamie Lee Curtis looked pretty good in her Activia commercials a while back. 

So I grabbed a couple. 

I was set for a good healthy lunch from the healthy food stores I had visited that day. 

Everything was going well until my husband took a drink of his Kombucha.  He almost spit it out! 

“Is this…  beer?”  he asked. 

I started to laugh, thinking he was just joking.  However, when I didn’t see him laughing, I took a drink of my Kombucha drink. 

My response was to quickly get on my cell phone and look up “what is kombucha”! 

Sure enough, I discovered Kombucha is a beverage made by fermenting tea with yeast and bacteria.

“Well, it SAYS it is good for you, so I think it is OK to drink!” 

“I don’t THINK it is alcoholic”, I added. 

“At least I don’t THINK so”.  (I had to add that second disclaimer, just because.)

“Still not sure about this”, I remember my husband saying, but he drank it anyway and then told his first music student not to come very close to him because he wasn’t sure if he had just drunk something that was good for him or something he should not have drunk! 

I took the rest of my… what was that?… oh yea, “fermented tea”  home and gave it to my son-in-law.  For a gift, you know. 

He knew all about fermented tea!  He has a friend who makes it himself.  In fact, he told me he had several friends that made it at home. 

“You don’t have to BUY it,” my daughter added.   

“What is this new big deal in life?” I wondered. 

Apparently this Kombucha thing is really big these days. 

Is it healthy?  Yes, apparently.

Is it good?  Depends.  🙂 

That Kombucha Tea made that lunch something special though; I can tell you that! 

Overall, while my day of research at the organic food stores ended up being a story about the time I put some extra things into my cart; had a quick and easy healthy lunch and created some sweet and funny memories with my husband while doing so; and discovered these new, fermented foods for the very first time,  I felt I had a good day that day. 

I did get the information I set out to get.

I also learned some lessons about eating healthy.  Maybe I’ll share those lessons with you sometime, if you would like. 

All in all though, we got through the day; we had a good lunch while traveling in the car, and I learned what fermented Kombucha tea is. 

I also discovered I really don’t take very good selfies in front of scarecrows.   I need to lose some more weight before I try that one again.

Hey, I’m learning. 

And though thy beginning was small, Yet thy latter end would greatly increase.  Job 8: 7 (ASV)

Healthy Eating Leads to Healthy Living

Healthy Eating Leads to Healthy Living
Healthy Eating Leads to Healthy Living

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I have always been amazed how our society works when it comes to healthy eating and healthy living.   The old food pyramid, used for decades now (as we subsequently grew by pound upon pound as a society), listed carbohydrates as the foundational principle of a healthy diet.  Eat the bread!  Eat the cereal!  Eat the pasta AND the rice!

So America hunkered down on the carbohydrates, all of them, and lots of them, and gained weight, sometimes… many times… becoming obese.

Alongside all that weight gain, the world became a place with more diabetes,  higher cholesterol, more physical disabilities caused by arthritis, and cancer.

I’m pretty sure all that carb loading on a normal person with a normal lifestyle caused some sluggishness that in turn created even more weight gain, more health problems, and a lesser quality of life.

I mentioned above that I have always been amazed.  What has really amazed me has been the medical response to living a healthy lifestyle.  Did you notice my wording there?  I said the medical RESPONSE.  The medical field responds.  (That is kind of after the fact, if I wasn’t clear there.)

So many times, I see people gain weight and struggle with life, and then when they go to their doctor, the advice is to lose weight.  The doctor generally doesn’t care HOW, so long as it is not a completely crazy weight loss.  Generally, anything will do if weight is lost in any reasonable way at all, and sometimes even unreasonable ways are considered when there are real problems that need quicker results.  Usually though, they don’t care.  It’s up to you to figure it out.

Well sometimes some doctors do care, especially if they like or promote a particular diet such as a low fat diet or a South Beach Diet or a calorie restricting diet, a wheat free diet, Weight Watchers, or maybe even gastric bypass surgery.  Usually though, it’s your game to play at that point.

“Just lose weight”, they usually say, and to their credit at least, many will tell you to find whatever works for you personally.  Doctors usually understand not everyone responses well to one certain kind of diet plan alone.  Bodies are different.  Motivations are different.  Weight needs and desires are different.  So are people and their likes (and dislikes).

But then watch what most doctors do when the weight is not lost and obesity comes into play, along with a concern the weight is causing a possible health concerns or Prediabetes.  What do they tell their now-obese patients?

They say “Eat foods on that are low on the GI Index” (which more or less equates to lower carb intake).

They say “Stop eating the breads… and the cereal… and the rice AND sometimes the pasta”.

They say “Watch your carbs.  Limit your carb intake.  Eat healthy carbs.”

And they say “Forget that stupid food pyramid”.

“Eat healthy!”, they say.

So this is what has perplexed me about our society.  If eating healthy means watching our carb intake, eating foods that do not raise our insulin levels, and eating the right carbs when we are unhealthy, then why isn’t it just as important to watch our carb intake, maintain our insulin levels, and eat the right carbs before we get diabetic to begin with?

Now I am not necessarily advocating a strictly low carb diet, an Atkins diet, a Ketogenic diet, or even a Paleo diet here for all.  As I have already said, people are different.  People have different needs, and people respond differently.  What is more, people will have their likes and dislikes and may stick with one and not something else.

I AM advocating, however, that those who are gaining weight or have gained weight and want to have a better life consider the kind of diet that works for those who are having life problems already by being overweight.  I am advocating you consider the diet doctors give to those who are obese and exhibiting problems, the diet the doctors THEN seen to deem as healthy.  I am advocating the kind of diet medical professionals will  describe, after the fact, as a healthy diet to have a better life.

Basically, I am advocating a lower carb intake that keeps insulin levels in check (does not raise insulin levels which in turn throws off hormones and consequently, in turn, causes weight gain, illnesses, hormonal imbalances, Pre-Diabeties .. and inflammation too by the way).

I am also advocating people who want to lose weight and begin their journey to a better life ahead read up on the advice doctors give their patients AFTER they have become ill, sick, disabled, or diabetic, and that they follow those healthy eating patterns instead of waiting to get worse and then being told about those healthy eating patterns.

It just never made sense to me to have a pyramid of supposedly healthy food choices which has made society fat and then to give overweight, sick people a completely different set of food choices which are supposedly healthy food choices to regain their health after the fact.

Just why don’t we all eat the right way from the beginning?  Limit those carbs just a little bit.  Eat foods lower on the Glycemic Index.  Furthermore, eat to consciously to maintain our insulin levels to keep our entire system in line as god intended it to be.

All in all, let’s find and follow those healthy eating patterns to keep those extra pounds off (or take them off) to being with – before we hear the dreaded words we really don’t want to hear from our doctor!

Changing to that healing diet before we get sick may just save a lot of grief in the long run.

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.  – Proverbs 17:1 

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipes

Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipes
Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipes

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These lovely spinach stuffed chicken breast recipes are beyond good.  They are delicious. It doesn’t hurt that they are also recipes your kids will enjoy either.

All four of the stuffed chicken recipes here are cheese stuffed chicken breast recipes, one with mozzarella cheese, one with crumbled blue cheese, one with feta cheese, and one chicken breast recipe with goat cheese.  ALL have spinach as their common element.  All help your family eat healthy.

What’s more, all of these recipes for stuffed chicken breasts will be added to your “use-again” recipe box when you see how everyone at your dinner table will gobble up these actually-delicious spinach recipes!

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipes

Italian Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Mozzarella Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large sweet red pepper, minced
  • 1 (10 ounce )package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion and red pepper.  Saute 5 minutes
  3. Add thawed and drained spinach, 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. After 3 minutes, remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  5. Stir in mozzarella cheese.  Set aside.
  6. In a separate small cup, combine 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Set aside as well.
  7. Cut a horizontal pocket into each boneless chicken breast, opening at the thicker side of each piece.
  8. Fill each breast with 3 – 4 Tablespoons spinach stuffing.
  9. Secure pockets closed with 2 toothpicks at the ends of each piece of chicken.
  10. With fingers, spread the rub on both sides of each piece of chicken.
  11. Bake uncovered in a prepared 9 x 13 baking dish in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes.

Serves 6.

Greek Inspired Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag spinach
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 2 cups PANKO bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted, real unsweetened butter

Directions:

  1. Place each boneless chicken breast between two pieces of wax paper, plastic wrap, or inside a plastic bag, and pound lightly with the flat side of a meat hammer to flatten chicken pieces.  Set aside.
  2. Cook spinach in garlic and grapeseed oil on op of the stove until well down.
  3. Add feta cheese, and mix well.
  4. Distribute spinach mixture onto the tops of each chicken breast.
  5. Wrap the flattened chicken around the mixture and secure at one side with one or two toothpicks.
  6. Roll each breast in bread crumbs until well coated.
  7. Place stuffed chicken in a glass baking dish and pour the melted butter over them.
  8. Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serves 4.

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Spinach cheese stuffed chicken breast recipes can add a sophisticated yet still kid friendly flavor to your family dinner meals.  Make these dishes even more special by putting them on glass or color-complimenting serving platters that emphasize the pretty features of these chicken recipes.  Healthy eating – Pretty to look at – Are you a cool mama or what?  🙂

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Taste of France Spinach and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Chicken Pieces Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry)
  • 2 Tablespoons blue (AKA bleu cheese), crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

French Chicken Broth Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup white grape juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add 1/4 cup chopped onion, and saute on low heat for 6 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic, and saute for an additional minute.
  2. Add thawed, drained, and squeezed spinach and saute for 3 more minutes then.
  3. In a smaller Pyrex mixing bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, combine the spinach mixture, crumbled blue cheese, and 1 teaspoon mustard.  Stir well, and set aside.
  4. Cut a horizontal slit through the thickest part of each chicken piece to form a pocket, and divide spinach mixture between each of the pieces.  Sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in your large skillet over medium high heat.  Add chicken, and fry for 7 – 10 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness.  Remove from skillet, and set aside.
  6. Then add 1 cup onions to your pan and saute for 5 minutes.  Add white grape juice, white vinegar, and thyme to pan and cook for 3 minutes or until reduced by half.
  7. Add chicken broth and 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard; cook for 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  8. Return chicken to skillet, cover and simmer in French chicken broth for 6 – 8 additional minutes, cooking until the chicken pieces are thoroughly heated.
  9. Serve sauce with chicken.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken With Goat Cheese and Spinach

See KCTS Channel 9 Video  Below (Video:  12:37)

I’ve not done much cooking with goat cheese, but I was oohing and awing all throughout this video and felt some of you might really enjoy this seeing this recipe video as well.

Not everyone is accustomed to goat cheese, but goat cheese has a very enjoyable tangy flavor much like Swiss Cheese and is actually a very kid friendly cooking ingredient.  If you really don’t like goat cheese though, you can simply substitute cream cheese in this recipe.

Also, know in advance that Chef Ludger here calls for the use of white wine in his chef-rated chicken breast recipe.  If you have the question “can children eat food cooked with wine?”, as I did, I discovered at the livestrong.com website that they can.   The alcohol burns off during the cooking.

Still, if you are concerned about having ANY alcohol in your home or would rather not have your children even have any lingering taste, there is a good substitute for white wine in this recipe, and that is chicken broth.

Now that those “notes” are out of the way, see the cooking video below for a perfected spinach stuffed chicken breast recipe that is out of this world (or at least out of this country).

Video:

Bacon Wrapped Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

See below for other chicken breast recipes too!


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