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Roasted (or Grilled) Marinated Lemon, Dill & Garlic Chicken Wing Recipe

July 23, 2017
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As my readers and followers know, I L.O.V.E. chicken wings.  ?  It’s my favorite piece of the bird and my first choice if the whole chicken is being served.  Wings are the perfect bite sized piece of protein.  The right mix of skin, meat and flavor from the bone.

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In all honesty, I like wings any kind of way you want to serve them.  Fried.  Baked.  Grilled.  Slow-cooked.  Boiled.  Stewed.  Smothered and covered.  However, in this recipe, to satisfy both my tastebuds and “waistline,” I mix up a quick and simple marinade using kitchen staples of chopped herbs, garlic, citrus and seasonings.

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This marinade injects so much flavor that you can serve the wings “dry” without any high-calorie or high sugar sauce.   Actually, the wings are so bright from the citrus, tangy from the dill and seasoned from the garlic and spices that you wont even consider adding anything else.

As for cooking, because I live in NYC without a grill, I roasted these wings for 15 mins in a 425 degree oven on a baking grid atop an aluminum foil lined roasting pan.  The raised grid mimics an outdoor girl by allowing heat to circulate around the wings so they cook faster and achieve a pretty brown color.  It also makes the chicken even more healthy because, as the chicken cooks, the fat drips off to the pan below.

That being said, if you want to fire up your grill, please do! These wings would taste delish with a little bit of smoke on ’em.

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I first posted this recipe a few days ago on social media and several followers have already tried their hand at this dish.  Based on your pictures and comments, you have had great results.  In fact, according to Mommy Martina down in Atlanta, these wings are #KidApproved and #YummyInMyTummy.  Hey kiddos, Aunti Jackie and Uncle #Hubbs could not agree more!

Check out these kitchen photos from Martina, one of our dear Facebook (and real life) Friends!

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I just love when a recipe works for our readers. Martina clearly has skills in the boardroom and the kitchen. I know where I am eating the next time I head down south!

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The kids agreed that these wings don’t need anything additional such as a high-sugar, high-calorie or high-sodium sauce! Win-Win!

 

Roasted (or Grilled) Marinated Lemon, Dill & Garlic Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are one of the best kept secrets for eating healthy without sacrificing flavor. After marinating and soaking up the flavors of lemon, garlic, fresh dill and red pepper flakes, these chicken wings are either roasted or grilled on high heat.  They are seasoned to the bone so you don't you DARE think about tossing them in some calorie laden sauce.  

Course Brunch, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs Chicken Wings Do Not Rinse Chicken!
  • 1/2 Head Garlic Clove Smashed & Peeled
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Dill Washed & Chopped
  • 1 Lemon Washed & Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Grape Seed Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper for cooking

Instructions

For the Marinade

  1. Place chicken in a sealable container or zip lock bag.  

  2. Throw garlic, vinegar, oils, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, ground black pepper and sugar into a Vitamix or other blender.  Set the speed on 3 and pulse several times until the garlic is chopped but still chunky.  

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  3. Pour marinade over chicken.  Using tongs, gently turn chicken in the marinade to thoroughly coat each piece.  Add sliced lemons and chopped dill, gently turn chicken again.  Cover container or seal bags and refrigerate chicken for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.  

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Cooking Chicken

  1. Preheat Oven to 425 degrees or prepare grill if grilling (I don't grill so grill chicken accordingly!)

  2. Remove chicken from referigerator 30 minutes before you want to cook.

  3. Prepare your roasting drip tray by lining a roasting pan with foil (minimizes cleanup).  Place a baking grid on top of the lined roasted pan.  Using a paper towel dipped in grape seed oil, thoroughly grease the baking grid to prevent the chicken from sticking.  

  4. Using tongs, gently remove the chicken from the marinade letting extra marinade drip off and place on pre-oiled baking grid.  Space chicken at least 1/2 inch apart to avoid overcrowding.  

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  5. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush top of chicken with grape seed oil and then season chicken with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  

  6. Roast chicken for 15 minutes until golden brown and lightly charred.  Enjoy!

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Food, Uncategorized

Avocado, Pineapple, Ginger Immunity Booster Smoothie Recipe

May 26, 2017
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I made this smoothie on the fly earlier today while doing a Facebook Live in my “Test Kitchen” on the basics of smoothie making. Watch me on video making this smoothie by clicking HERE.

When I first started making smoothies 7 years ago, I remember wasting a lot of fruits and vegetable because my final product turned out thick, watery, or just downright nasty.  After making 1000s of smoothies over the years, I have figured out the following smoothie formula: for 2 servings, you need at least 1 cup of liquid and two sweet fruits such as pineapple or apples to balance out the greener and bitter ingredients.  Use this formula and never waste ingredients again with yucky smoothies (I don’t do nasty food. No way.  No How).

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Still battling the remnants of a two-week virus/flu, I am trying to load my body with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients so I made sure to use the following in this smoothie recipe:

  • Turmeric Root: traditionally used in Indian cooking, turmeric is a superfood which has the following “feel good” benefits – anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, high in anti-oxidants which blocks free radicals helping to fight aging and diseases, lowers risk of heart disease, used by cancer patients to fight cancer and the effects of chemotherapy (add a little black pepper which helps absorb tumeric), prevents and treats Alzheimer’s and arthritis
  • Ginger Root: in addition to adding this delicious spicy taste to smoothies, ginger has the following benefits: aids  in indigestion, nausea, speeds healing process by boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory, helps to prevent and manage diabetes by regulating insulin
  • Avocado: actually a “fruit” being hailed as the superfood of the decade, avocado has the following benefits: more potassium than bananas which reduces blood pressure, the contributing risk factor for heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure, loaded with healthy fats (fat soluble) that help the body absorb more nutrients from other foods, high in fiber which helps lower cholesterol

 

Avocado, Pineapple, Ginger Immunity Booster Smoothie Recipe

Battling the remnants of flu/cold/virus, I am trying to boost my immune system with fruits, vegetables, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  The tumeric, ginger and avocado and other ingredients here work together to create mother nature's liquid multi-vitamin.  Enjoy!

Course Smoothie
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almond Milk Unsweetened, Organic
  • 1 Cup Greek Yoghurt Full Fat
  • 1 Inch Turmeric Root Peeled
  • 1 Inch Ginger Root Peeled
  • 1/2 Lemon Skin, pith & seeds removed
  • 1 Cup Pineapple
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Packed Spinach
  • 1 Honeycrisp Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Raspberries
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract Organic
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients as listed in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender.  If using the Vitamix, choose 'frozen desserts' setting.  For a thinner consistency, add more water and for more froth, add more ice.  

  2. Enjoy!

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  My smoothies are easy, quick and the best way to jump start any part of your day with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Let’s get into it!! ?????

xoxo,
Jackie

P.S.  For deets on the fab post-gym athleisure outfit below, click here!

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Food, Smoothies

Avocado Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie Recipe

April 28, 2017
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Let me introduce you to my green vanilla milkshake smoothie recipe!!!  I have prepared myself for you not to believe that this green-frothy-glass-of-total-goodness tastes just like those high fat and calorie laden drinks served up at your favorite dinner, fast food joint or ice-cream parlor.

Avocado Spinach Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie Recipe

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I am overly ready for the naysayers and haters to refer me to their physician to get my head checked.  In fact, you’re belly laughing right now saying to yourself, “Okay Jackie, I was with you on the smoothie bowl, willing to try banana split overnight oats and was somewhat okay with the green monster smoothie recipe, but no way am I believing this glass of liquified avocado and spinach tastes like a vanilla milkshake.”  Hmmm…I just love the sweet reward of saying, “I told you so.”

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Avocado Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie Recipe

The sweetness of strawberries and grapes marry perfectly with the heartiness of spinach and the creaminess of avocado.  The touch of pure vanilla extract will have your mouth believing that you are enjoying a vanilla milkshake.  How-so-eva, your favorite jeans, crop top, bikini and power suit will still fit just right tomorrow cause this ain't nothing but a low calorie, high nutrient and anti-oxidant smoothie.  Enjoy!

Course Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almond Milk Unsweetened
  • 1 Cup Greek Yoghurt Whole Fat
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1 Cup Grapes
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Ice

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients listed in Vitamix or other high-powered blender.  If using a Vitamix, choose the 'Frozen Desserts' setting.  For a thinner consistency, add water and for more froth, add ice.  Enjoy!

As always, thank you for shopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  No need to tell me I was right about the vanilla milkshake part.  We both know the truth.  Wishing you a “health-full” day!

Xoxo,
Jackie

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Food, Smoothies

Valentines Day Spinach Strawberry Ginger Smash Smoothie Recipe

February 13, 2017

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, waking up to this refreshing smoothie will certainly put a pep in your step.  Plus, you have some calories to spare when indulging in the cholocate laying around all day.

Spinach Strawberry Ginger Smash Smoothie

Strawberries, ginger, spinach, apple, frozen blueberries and cashews delivers up a creamy smoothie that will kickstart your day in the healthy way!

Course Breakfast, Post-Workout, Pre-Workout, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1 Honeycrisp Apple Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries Frozen
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseeds
  • 1 Inch Ginger Peeled
  • 1 Tbsp Cashews Raw
  • 1 Cup Greek Yoghurt Whole Fat
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Ice

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in order listed in Vitamix or other high-powered blender.  If using a vitamix, choose 'Frozen Desserts' setting.  Once the blender stops, add more water for a thinner smoothie and more ice if you prefer it frothier.  Enjoy.

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  Have a spectacular week filled with love, kisses and good energy.

Xoxo,
Jackie

Food, Smoothies

Berry Ginger Almond Blast Smoothie

February 10, 2017

Someone asked me this week, “Hey Jackie, why do you prefer smoothies for breakfast during the week?”  That’s an easy one!  Smoothies are quick kitchen work, portable, easily digestible and allow me to start my day with several servings of fruits, vegetables, clean protein and fiber.  After a smoothie filled with nutrient and vitamin rich whole foods, my skin is glowing from the inside out and I am ready to conquer anything and everything!

Berry Ginger Almond Blast Smoothie Recipe

Enjoy this refreshing smoothie as a kickstart to your day or anytime you need a little boost!

Course Breakfast, Post-Workout, Pre-Workout, Snack
Cuisine Smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almond Milk Unsweetened
  • 1 Cup Greek Yoghurt Whole Fat
  • 1 Orange Peeled, Deseeded
  • 1/2 Green Apple Chopped
  • 1/2 Kiwi Halved, scooped out
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries
  • 1 Inch Ginger Peeled
  • Juice of Half a Lemon
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Almonds
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Cup Ice

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in order listed in Vitamix or other high-powered blender.  If using a Vitamix, choose 'Frozen Desserts' setting.  Once the blender stops, add more water for a thinner smoothie and more ice if you prefer it frothier.  Enjoy!

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  Cheers to having a fantastic day!

xoxo,
Jackie

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Jackie's Healthy Habits

Jackie’s Healthy Habit No. 5 – Keep a Vibrant Fruit Bowl on Your Counter in Plain View for Healthy Snacking

February 7, 2017

Jackie’s Healthy Habit No. 5️⃣ is “Keep a colorful fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.”  This is one of our easiest habits to incorporate into your life. Every week, during your grocery run, pick up a variety of fruit and keep it on your countertop. The possibilities are endless and perfect for adapting to your families’ tastes:  Pineapple, grapes, apples, pomegranates, oranges, grapefruit, pears, mango, bananas, papaya or grapefruit.

 

Having a beautiful fruit bowl front and center will encourage everyone in your house to grab a piece of healthy fruit for snacking instead of some processed, high-carb, high sugar item.  In fact, my homework for you is to go through your pantry and get rid of the goldfish crackers, chips, candy, granola, fruit roll-ups and and all that other processed junk food.  There is literally no nutritional value in these types of products, while fruit has fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Finally, don’t worry about the fruit going to waste.  In our house, I find that we run out of fruit before anything has time to spoil.  However, if a piece of fruit has ripened and you’re not ready to enjoy then rinse, chop, throw in the freezer and use later for a smoothie or dessert.  Actually, this is one of my tricks for always having fruit on hand for a quick and healthy smoothie.

Thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  You know what they say, “Behind every healthy man or woman is a non-demanding partner content with a fruit bowl.” ?

Xoxo,
Jackie

Entrees, Food

Slow Cooker Jamaican Coconut Chicken Curry Stew Recipe

February 4, 2017

How many of us have a slow cooker or crock pot gathering dust somewhere in our home?  This Jamaican Coconut Chicken Curry Stew is the perfect recipe to put that little machine to work.  The spicy and sweet flavors of coconut, mango and curry marry in this cold weather dish, creating a complex bowl of stew that warms the soul.  This one pot meal is easy to make and perfect for a busy lifestyle.   It takes about 15 minutes to prep the ingredients and another 10 minutes or so to brown the chicken, sauté the vegetables, throw everything in your slow cooker and set the timer.  Just get on with life while dinner cooks.  Easy Peasy.

 

You will return home to a house smelling intoxicatingly delicious and a dinner that you can get on the table faster than applying a red lip!  Also, the leftovers are divine and perfect to take for lunch.

Note:  You can easily make the coconut milk in this recipe using our recipe here.    Store bought coconut milk will also work just fine.

Slow Cooker Jamaican Coconut Chicken Curry Stew Recipe

This sweet and spicy stew is a healthy and hearty recipe that is easy to prepare and perfect for cold wintry nights.  

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil Extra virgin
  • 1.5 Lbs. Chicken Thighs Skinless, boneless
  • 3 Carrot Stalks Sliced diagonally 1/2 inch thick
  • 3 Celery Ribs Sliced diagonally 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger Grated
  • 1 Mango Chopped
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Curry Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Bunch Lacinato Kale Chopped
  • Lime Wedges for serving
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 6 Servings Soba Noodles, Rice or Pasta

Instructions

  1. Whisk coconut milk, water, curry powders, cinnamon and bouillon cube together in a bowl.  Set aside to be used later.  

  2. Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in slow cooker on Brown/Sauté setting.  Generously season chicken on both sides with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Brown chicken on both sides until golden brown (3-5 minutes per side) and then remove from pan and set aside on a plate.  

  3. Using the chicken drippings, reduce heat to medium, sauté carrots, celery and onions seasoned with salt & pepper until slightly softened (3 minutes).  Turn occasionally. 

  4. Add garlic and fresh ginger turning constantly for 1 minute. 

  5. Fold in mango and immediately add the coconut water/seasoning mixture.  Deglaze/scrape any chicken and vegetable bits stuck to the bottom of the slow cooker.  

  6. Return chicken to slow cooker, add bay leaves and season with a few turns of freshly cracked black pepper.  Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 3-4 hours.  

  7. Once timer goes off, turn off slow cooker and fold kale into stew.  Cover with the lid and let steam naturally wilt kale for about 5 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.  

  8. Serve with lime wedges and your choice of grain.  We used buckwheat soba noodles becuase that's all I had in my pantry.  It was actually the perfect compliment.  Go figure!  However, soba noodles will totally upset my Jamaican brethren as this dish is traditionally served over rice.  But it's your kitchen and your family, so your choice!

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  We can’t wait to see what you cook up.  By the way, #Hubbs wants you to know this might be his new favorite recipe and that the flavor just got better day-after-day.

Xoxo,
Jackie

Food, Smoothies

Non-Dairy Pre/Post Workout Smoothie Recipe with Peanut Butter, Apple, Spinach and Banana

February 3, 2017

For a tough workout, I need fuel to push through each rep, especially if my workout is scheduled for later in the day.  This satisfying smoothie provides the perfect energy boost.  The protein in the peanut butter and cashews combined with the complex carbohydrates and fiber in the apple and bananas work together to give long lasting energy.  Athletes have long eaten bananas with water to decrease recovery times and bodybuilders use peanut butter as sports food to keep them satiated.  The spinach we added has no impact on the taste but gives a boost of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals such a mangnesium, folate, iron, calcium and potassium.

If you are drinking sugary sports drinks or pre-packed mixes to get through your workouts then STOP.   These empty calorie drinks can have up to 2/3 the sugar found in soda and are loaded with artificial flavorings and sodium. Sugar is a “legalized drug” causing insulin spikes, sugar crashes and weight gain.  (Great article written here by Self Magazine on “What Happens to Your Body When you Eat a Ton of Sugar.”)  If you are planning to say to me, “Hey Jackie, I can afford a little more sugar because I am going to sweat it out.”  My answer to you is, “No, you can’t.”  Most of us don’t work out hard enough or long enough to burn the extra calories and sugar found in sports drinks.

This smoothie is also a great breakfast option, meal replacement or recovery drink for after a tough workout.  I often drink half before my workout and the other half afterwards.

Non-Dairy Pre/Post Workout Smoothie Recipe with Peanut Butter, Apple, Spinach and Banana

Loaded with protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber, this smoothie the ideal way to fuel your workout or recover from a tough #SweatSesh.  You can also drink this a meal replacement.

Course Post-Workout, Pre-Workout
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or Water
  • 1 Cup Packed Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Chopped Green Apple
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Buter Sugar Free, Organic
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Cashews
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Ice

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in order listed in Vitamix or other high-powered blender.  If using a Vitamix, choose 'Frozen Desserts' setting.  Once blender stops, add more water for a thinner smoothie and more ice if you prefer it frothier.  Enjoy!

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  Have an awesome day filled with some laughter, some sweat and some colorful food.  Remember, eat to live!

xoxo,
Jackie

Jackie's Healthy Habits

Jackie’s Healthy Habits at a Glance. Small Lifestyle Changes Pay Big Dividends.

February 1, 2017
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Most of us fail to keep New Year’s resolutions because we set complicated goals that are lofty, ambiguous and downright unattainable. For example, if you eat fast food 3 times a week and have not worked out since a Bush was in the oval, then it’s highly unlikely that you are going to eat quinoa porridge every morning after a 6:00 am boot camp class.  C’mon.  Stop playing.  I call this #UnfilteredFeedback.  Don’t kill the messenger!  Please.

 

Let’s try something different this year. Instead of vague resolutions like “get healthy in 2017,” let’s change our lifestyle habits by making small, permanent and healthy changes that we can do everyday…forever! This year, we launched “Jackie’s Healthy Habits” which are tangible, small and permanent changes you can make to your lifestyle that add up and pay BIG dividends over time.

Here’s an overview of the healthy habits we adopted in January.  Click on any highlighted link to learn more and dive in!

 

 

  • Jackie’s Healthy Habit No. 3️⃣ is “Portion Control.  Don’t Overeat Anything.  Not Even Salad.” Portion control is hard and time consuming but one of the best long term habits you can have in your healthy living arsenal.  Control how much you eat by listening to internal cues from your body.  Don’t mindlessly eat or snack on anything.  When you say, “I’m full,” put the the fork down, take a sip of water and stop eating.

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  We are so excited to take this healthy journey with you in 2017.  1 month down.  11 to go.  Happy February!

xoxo,
Jackie

Jackie's Healthy Habits

Jackie’s Healthy Habit No. 4 – Make Your Own Salad Dressing!

January 30, 2017

Jackie’s Healthy Habit No. 4️⃣ is “Make your own Salad Dressing!” If you eat salads often (you should eat salads often!), then stop buying store bought salad dressing.  Make your own dressing.  It’s cheaper, has fewer calories, tastes better and is free of unwanted preservatives and sugars.  This is such a win-win!

The nay sayers are probably saying, “It’s so much more convienent to use bottled salad dressing.”  I am pushing back and saying, “That’s not true.”  In terms of cooking, salad dressing is one of the easiest recipes to make.  There are few ingredients, making it as simple as throwing everything into a mason jar and shaking a few times.   In fact, a good friend who is a senior executive at a media company keeps salad dressing essentials tucked away in her office and just throws the following together in between closing multi-million dollar deals: equal proportions of almond oil and organic balsamic vinegar, and a dash of agave, sea salt and pepper (I must admit, even I was impressed with this one!).

Also, salad dressing is a recipe you can adapt for your family’s flavor palette (the more they like the dressing, the more salad they will eat). If you like zesty ranch, then use buttermilk and add vegetables like minced carrots, garlic, parsley and celery.  If you are partial to vinaigrettes like my family, then play with acids (white balsamic, red-wine or lemon) and oils (olive, almond or grape seed) until your develop the dressing that your family craves!  #Hubbs will eat salad everyday and twice on Sundays so long as I whip up my Famous Red-Wine, Shallot, Mustard Vinaigrette.   When we entertain, this dressing is a fan favorite for sure.

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  Just in case you didn’t get the memo, “Stop buying salad dressing and make your own.”  No excuses.  It’s just that easy!  See ya next time.

xoxo,
Jackie

Food, Smoothies

Coffee or Green Tea “Booster-Cino” Smoothie Recipe

January 27, 2017

If you’re addicted to sugary, expensive, high-calorie coffee drinks, then your wallet and waistline are about to give me a big ol’ sloppy wet kiss for my Coffee “BoosterCino” Smoothie Recipe. My Coffee Smoothie is low-calorie, high-protein and loaded with nutrients, vitamins and healthy fats. ☕️?? = ?  Enjoy this Coffee Booster-Cino as a meal replacement, pre/post workout fuel or an afternoon booster snack to get you through the day. I ain’t one to brag about my cooking (well yeah I kinda am) but my coffee smoothie is so darn good that I plan to sit back, brush my shoulders off and ??.

Jackie Tip ?: You can sub Green Tea for the coffee in this recipe!

Coffee Booster-Cino Smoothie Recipe

Jackie Unfiltered's coffee smoothie is low-calorie, high-protein and loaded with nutrients, vitamins and healthy fats.  Enjoy this as a meal replacement, pre/post workout fuel or an afternoon booster snack to get you through the day

Course Breakfast, Lunch, Post-Workout, Pre-Workout, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Coffee or Green Tea Room Temperature or, if freshly made, make extra strong and chill with ice cubes
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Fat Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 Chopped Green Apple
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Almonds
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Mango
  • 1/2 Tsp Grade B Maple Syrup
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in order listed in Vitamix or other high-powered blender.  If using Vitamix, choose 'Frozen Desserts' setting.  Once blender stops, add more water for a thinner smoothie and more ice if you prefer it frothier.  Enjoy!

As always, thank you for stopping for Jackie Unfiltered!

xoxo and in good health,
Jackie

Entrees, Food

Jackie’s Famous Red Wine, Shallot, Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

January 24, 2017

I can’t remember the last time I bought bottled salad dressing.  My salad dressing tastes better than anything on the market.  I am not being high and mighty.  It is honestly that good!  I can’t tell you the number of times people eat a salad at my house and then send me a text for this recipe.  My godmother, who is a tough critic from Mississippi and excellent cook by the way, says it’s the best salad dressing she has ever had.  My stepmother says I should enter it into a contest becuase it got my dad to eat kale and spinach salad.  Ssshhhh…don’t tell him.  Best dear old dad keeps thinking it was some rare type of dark iceburg lettuce.  As for the #Hubbs, he could eat a salad with this dressing everyday and be a happy man.  If you try no other recipe here at Jackie Unfiltered, try this one.  Life changing.  Promise!

Jackie's Famous Red Wine, Shallot, Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

This dressing tastes fricking good on just about everything from vegetables to pasta, chicken and any assortment of lettuces.  Adjust the flavors to your family's taste preferences.  The only musts are the acid to oil ratio, the shallot and the mustard.  The shallot and mustard is what give it that finger licking good "aha" taste.  Also, make sure you don't skimp on salt and pepper here. Salad dressing must be well seasoned! 

Course Salad Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jackie

Ingredients

  • 1 Minced Shallot
  • 1/2 Minced Garlic Clove
  • 2 Tbsp Red-Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Maldon Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp Whole Grain Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • 1 Tsp Herbs Any kind will do. Mix it up!
  • 6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Couple squirts of your favorite hot sauce
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper To Taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together shallot, garlic, vinegar, salt, several turns of freshly ground pepper, honey, mustard and herbs.

  2. While whisking, slowly drizzle in olive oil to create an aioli. Gently turn in fresh herbs and hot sauce.

  3. Taste and adjust seasonings.  If I am serving salad, I always make the salad dressing first and set aside to let the flavors come together at room temperature.  This dressing will keep several days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  

As always, thank you for stopping by Jackie Unfiltered.  Now don’t be mad at Jackie if your kids start asking for salad everyday!  #GoodProblems

Xoxo,
Jackie