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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Easy Squeezy Orange Juice

Tis a wonderful time of year for fresh oranges!  We can remember going to a Christmas party every year where we would gather with all of our first and second cousins, some of whom we only saw once a year during the holidays. We would impatiently await for 'Santa' with the fake cottony beard to enter with a "ho ho ho" and a bag full of gifts for each and everyone of us. The adults would enjoy the giddy laughs of us kids, but they were secretly awaiting anxiously for what happens after Santa passed out all of his gifts.  He would disappear up the steps and come down with a crate full of big, bright and juicy oranges.  Now this was the best part, all the adults made a dash for the crate to grab as many of these delicious oranges as they could carry. Looking back, we think Santa liked to tease the adults, because just as they thought they were all were gone, our uncle would come down the steps with a crate or two more.  Everyone would leave with arms full of presents, oranges and a smile on their face. Oh the memories! 

Now personally we LOVE to peel an orange and just eat it!  But why not make things a little bit more fun for the kids (and ourselves) when we can.  Check out a wonderful idea to try with your kids when you get fresh oranges!

Easy Squeezy Orange Juice

First:  Let your child roll the orange around on a table to loosen up the insides and make it nice and juicy.  

Second:  Have an adult cut a whole in the orange.                                  

Third:  Give your child a straw and let them stick it in the hole and start sucking the delicious juice out of the orange. Tell them to move it around and mash it around.                                        

Fourth:  When all the juice is gone, they can flip it inside out and finish by eating the yummy insides!

Healthy and Fun!  
Perfect snack to make both you and your child happy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Simple Leftover Turkey Recipe

Are you ready to add a little excitement to your turkey and sweet potato leftovers? What if I told you that you could actually transform your turkey leftovers into something that was as good for you as it tasted? Well, look no more! The Healthy Edge has the perfect recipe for those turkey and sweet potato leftovers that will be kind to your waist and cause you to salivate once more for your holiday leftovers!

Here’s what you will need for these fabulous Leftover Turkey Cakes! If you have a gluten allergy, be sure the whole rolled oats are labeled as gluten-free. If you are dairy-free, we suggest using a vegan cheese (we love Daiya) in place of the organic shredded cheddar cheese!
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups chopped cooked leftover turkey
  • 2 cups mashed and cooked sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup organic shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper

1. Heat ½ olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté for approximately 5 minutes or until tender.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add onions, garlic, turkey, sweet potatoes, oats, cheese, green onions, thyme, salt, and pepper. Combine until thoroughly mixed. Divide mixture into 4 or 5 equal portions and shape each into 3/4 inch patties.
3. In the same skillet used to cook the onions and garlic, add remaining olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add patties to skillet; cook each side for approximately 4-5 minutes.
This recipe also works FABULOUS with leftover chicken! You may substitute 2 cups sliced mushrooms for the sweet onions or add 1 cup sliced mushrooms in addition to sweet onions. The best way to create the patties is to wash your hands, roll up your sleeves and use your bare hands to shape mixture into desired number of patties. Eat by themselves, or serve on sprouted whole grain bread with Dijon mustard and your favorite toppings! For more recipes that are healthy, low-glycemic and delicious like these Turkey Leftover Cakes, click here!

The Healthy Edge also has an incredible December Holiday Bootcamp available to support you and hold you accountability during the holidays. Attend the first webinar on Monday, November 26th at 6:00 pm PST. Click here to register for this FREE event!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Healthy Edge Stuffing!!

The Holiday Season is here!  It is a wonderful time of the year to get to together with family and friends...not to mention the plethora of food available to satisfy all of our sweet and salty desires!  But what about those of us who are trying to clean up our eating habits and live a healthier lifestyle?  Is anyone else trying to get through the Holidays without the extra weight?

One of many favorite dishes prepared every year for Thanksgiving is stuffing! Whether it is made on the side or cooked in the turkey, it is a staple for many family Thanksgivings! Now what if you could make a delicious stuffing everyone would enjoy and that you could feel good about serving them?  Well look no further, we have the perfect recipe for you!!


1 ½ cups brown basmati rice, uncooked
2 cups organic (unsweetened) apple juice plus 1 ½ cups water
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 organic apple, cored and diced
½ cup sweet onion
½ cup Brussels sprouts, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, peeled and chopped fine
1 cup organic celery, diced
1/3 cup oat bran or wheat bran
1 cup fresh cranberries or ½ cup dried cranberries (sulfite-free)
1/3 cup slivered unsalted, raw almonds
½ tsp poultry seasoning (equal parts sage, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg)
¼ tsp thyme
1/8 tsp ground black pepper


1. Add rice to a medium saucepan. Use the combination of 2 cups apple juice and 1 ½
cups water for the cooking liquid. Boil for approximately 45 minutes or until liquid is

2. Place olive oil in a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Sauté all chopped fruits
and vegetables until they are crisp, not soggy. Add cooked brown rice, bran,
cranberries, almonds, poultry seasoning, pepper and thyme. Toss well.

3. This stuffing mixture can then be put into the cavity of a turkey. A 15 lb turkey will hold 5 cups of stuffing in the main body cavity and you can put about 2 more cups into the neck cavity. Alternatively, you can place mixture in a casserole dish and bake for 30-
40 minutes at 325 degrees.

The Healthy Edge understands how difficult the Holiday Season can be to stay on track!  That is why they have come up with The Holiday E-book, full of delicious, healthy versions of some of our not-so-healthy Holiday favorites!

Through out the month of November, The Healthy Edge is giving away a FREE copy of this Holiday E-book to all new Online Community Members!  And, when you sign up for The Healthy Edge Online Community, you will receive the first 14 days FREE (no obligations, cancel at anytime)!! Included in your subscription is this month's featured series, Holiday Party Patrol: Learn to Shrink Your Waistline WHILE Partying Through The Holidays! And also, a new recipe each week from Chef Brian, auther of The Holiday E-book! 

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