Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta

Recipe: Snap pea shrimp pasta

Weeknights can be busy, and getting a healthy dinner on the table can sometimes feel like an impossible task. That’s where pasta comes in. It’s quick, easy, and can be prepared in countless ways.  Best of all, there’s a type of pasta out there to suit just about everyone’s dietary needs and preferences!

This super easy and highly delicious Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta can be on the table in less than 20 minutes, and pairs perfectly with any pasta; rice, gluten-free, whole wheat, kamut, spelt, whatever you have on hand will work!

Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta

Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients

  • 12 oz cups pasta
  • 1/2 cup uncooked baby shrimp
  • 1 cup fresh snap peas
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 large soft-boiled egg
  • 1 1/2 oz of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, boil pasta as per package directions.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, shrimp, tomatoes, and lime juice. Set aside.
  3. In a pan, lightly fry snap peas in olive oil.
  4. Combine all ingredients, sprinkle with fresh basil and salt and pepper.
  5. Add soft-boiled egg on top, and enjoy!
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Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Spinach

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Spinach

Spaghetti squash is a tasty, gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta dishes. Quick and simple to make, it is highly versatile, and can be styled savory or sweet – there are no rules when it comes to this fall favorite!

Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Spinach

This recipe combines the nutty flavor of spaghetti squash, with the smoky and slightly salty taste of bacon. It’s extremely easy to make, and can be on the table in less than 40 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1/4 cup of goat cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Cover a baking sheet in tinfoil.
  3. Slice the squash in half. Using your hands, slather both sides, front and back, in olive oil. Sprinkle the flesh with salt and pepper, and lay face down on the baking sheet.
  4. Lay a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet covered in tinfoil.
  5. Spread out bacon strips on the cooling rack.
  6. Place squash and bacon in the oven.
  7. The bacon should take 20 minutes to cook, the squash 20–25.
  8. Allow squash to cool for 5–10 minutes.
  9. Using a fork, scrape the stringy flesh out of the squash, and place in a dish.
  10. Add sliced bacon, fresh spinach, and goat cheese to the squash, and toss.
  11. Enjoy!
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Turkey Pear Breakfast Patties

Turkey pear breakfast patties

Looking to add a fresh and easy spin to your breakfast? These turkey pear breakfast patties are just the thing! Light, full of flavor, and ready in 10 minutes, these patties are the perfect way to add a little something special to your morning meal.

Turkey Pear Breakfast Patties

These patties go well with a fresh fruit bowl, or as an accompaniment to your favorite egg dish.

Turkey Pear Breakfast Patties

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup diced pear, peeled
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 hot pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine turkey, pear, green onion, pepper, cilantro, and a dash of olive oil. Mix well
  2. Shape mixture into small patties (should make 6 small patties)
  3. Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook for 4 minutes per side
  4. Remove patties from heat when they are golden brown and slightly crispy, and no longer pink in the middle
  5. Enjoy!

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A 4th of July Recipe: Southwest Steak Salad

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Happy 4th of July!

Kick up your 4th of July festivities a notch with this crowd-pleasing, healthy take on a Southwest steak salad! It’s gluten-free, chock full of color, flavor, and crunch, and has just a little bit of a kick. It’s basically the perfect salad for a party.

Southwest Summer Steak Salad

Southwest Steak Salad

Ingredients
• 1 lb. ribeye steak
• salt & pepper to season
• 1 head of green leaf lettuce, thinly sliced
• 1 piquillo pepper, julienned
• ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
• ½ cup unsalted sweet corn
• ½ cup low sodium black beans
• ½ cup orange bell pepper, diced
• ½ avocado, sliced
• cilantro for garnish
Cilantro Avocado Dressing:
• 1 cup fresh cilantro
• 1 avocado
• ¼ cup fresh lime juice
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
• ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Grill the rib eye steak to your liking and let rest
  2. Combine all ingredients for salad dressing in a food processor or blender and combine.
  3. Assemble all ingredients for salad, add dressing and mix well.
  4. Add steak slices on top and enjoy!

 

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PGX & Cityline Spa Contest: Win a Spa Retreat!

Summer Retreat Contest

PGX & Cityline Spa Contest: Win a Summer Spa Retreat!

Summer is awesome. The days are long, the sun is hot and the lake beckons. There are BBQ’s and picnics, fairs and festivals, vacations and camping trips. There’s an endless list of things to enjoy and do. So much so, that we tend to get a little worn out from it all.

But how, in the midst of all the summer hustle and bustle, do we make the time to stop and relax a little?

PGX and Cityline have just the thing!

Win a Summer Spa Retreat for you and a Friend

Imagine resting peacefully in a soft, fluffy robe, while being lulled into a state of total bliss by soothing sounds. Perhaps you’ve just had a pedicure, or a facial, or a steam, or a full body massage. Whatever it was, it was divine.

You’re totally and utterly relaxed.

This could be your reality. You could be in that robe, feeling that bliss, planning your next amazing spa treatment. All you have to do is enter our PGX & Cityline Summer Spa Retreat. It’s that simple.

Say so long to summer fatigue, and rejuvenate your mind and body with a luxurious health and wellness escape.

Enter today!

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Tips for cooking with PGX

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There are many quick and easy ways to incorporate PGX® granules into your favorite healthy snacks. Fluid and creamy foods are the most compatible choices because they blend well with the extra liquid that is added to make up for the water PGX absorbs. Once you get a sense of how PGX can change a food’s consistency and how much extra liquid to add, PGX granules may become your new ‘go-to’ ingredient for smart snacking recipes.

Here are three superb snacks you can rev-up with PGX granules.

Creamy almond butter spread: Using a small food processor or hand held blender, process 1/4 cup of almond butter with 3 tbsp. of soy milk until the consistency is smooth. Stir in 2.5 g of PGX* and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Enjoy spread on apple slices or plain rice cakes.

Kefir dill dip: Combine 2/3 cups of kefir, 1 tbsp. of minced dill, ½ tbsp. of lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, and 5 g of PGX* granules in a bowl. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Eat as a dip with fresh-cut veggies.

Blueberry oatmeal sauce: Using a small food processor, process 1 cup of blueberries with ½ cup of water until smooth. Stir in 2.5 g of PGX* granules and allow to sit for 5 – 10 minutes. Drizzle over warm steel cut oats.

Once you feel ready to kick the fibre content of your own recipes up a notch, use the PGX chart for guidance on how much PGX and liquid to use.

* Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX.

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Guilt-free dessert: Chocolate Chia Avocado Pudding

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A rich, chocolate pudding full of nutritional goodness!

Avocado’s are an excellent source of healthy fats and a variety of additional nutrients and vitamins including potassium, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and B6.

And don’t underestimate the tiny chia seed! These seeds are packed with omega-3, calcium, magnesium, complete protein and fiber, just to name a few.

Prep time: 10-15 min
Serves: 2

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  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or stevia to taste

Directions

  1. Place the chia seeds and almond milk (or milk alternative) in a small dish. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes until the seeds form a gel consistency.
  2. Add the thickened chia seed milk mixture and the remaining ingredients into a small food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

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How to Make Smoothie Freezer Packs

DIY: Smoothie Freezer Packs for Busy Back-to-School Schedules

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Green Smoothies are a great way to get in a nutritious meal or snack. However, many of us may be short on time to gather and prepare the variety of fruits and vegetables that go into a green smoothie.

Preparing smoothie packs ahead of time that are easy and fast to blend up will help save time in the mornings or provide a quick healthy snack during the day. Kids can also help make their own custom smoothies for the week!

4 Simple Steps to Making Freezer Packs:

  1. Choose your fruit: Berries, peaches, mango, banana, etc. (fresh or frozen)
  2. Choose your greens: Spinach, kale, collards, etc.
  3. Bag it up! Place approximately equal amounts of fruit and greens into a medium size Ziploc freezer bag in any flavor combination of your choice.
  4. Store in the freezer

When ready to use, place 2-3 cups of liquid, freezer pack contents, plus optional ingredients into a blender.

(Depending on the type of blender you use, you may have to add the frozen ingredients in small portions at a time)

Choose your liquid base:

  • Dairy free milk (almond, soy, etc.)
  • Coconut water
  • Milk/yogurt
  • Chilled fruit tea or green tea
  • Juice
  • Water

Add optional ingredients:

  • Protein powder
  • Fiber supplement
  • PGX granules
  • Chia seeds
  • Sweetener: Stevia, honey, agave, etc.

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Have a favourite smoothie recipe? Share it in the comments.

Lauren Taylor

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The Stress and Diet Connection

Is stress sabotaging your healthy diet and lifestyle goals? If so, you’re not alone. Occasional stress can temporarily elevate certain hormones in the body, particularly cortisol, which is known to increase appetite. Unfortunately, that increased appetite doesn’t settle for fruits and veggies. Instead, and all to often, stress causes us to reach for foods that “comfort” us. However, those foods tend to be ones that are highly processed, loaded with sugar, high in fat and set back our goals.

Adopting healthy habits to reduce and counteract stress can go a long way in keeping us on track with our plans for a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Try some of these tips to better manage stress eating:

  1. Exercise.  The next time you find yourself mindlessly reaching into the pantry or fridge in search of an extra snack, catch yourself and try to make a habit of doing a quick 5 minute exercise or stretch instead. Squats? Pushups? Lunges? Crunches? Yoga? Get creative and give your body something it actually needs!
  2. Hydrate.  Keeping well hydrated, by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, has countless health benefits and can also help us to avoid excess snacking. Often we may mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you find yourself craving something sweet, try drinking a glass of water first to see if the craving subsides.
  3. Meditate.  Sitting quietly to clear our mind, even for a few minutes, can reduce stress and help us become more mindful of how we’re feeling. We can also learn to pay more attention to how we respond to stress and avoid emotional eating.

Share your tips to avoid stress eating!

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The PGX Center’s DEXA Machine

Take advantage of our DEXA scanner and discover your body composition.

One of the cool things about our new PGX Program Center is the DEXA scanner. It looks a bit like a tanning bed but it is actually a unique kind of X-ray machine.

DEXA Scanner

DEXA is an abbreviation for “dual energy X-ray absorptiometry.” This piece of equipment provides one of the most accurate measurements of body composition available, registering the distribution of fat and lean muscle throughout the body. A DEXA scan sends low-energy X-rays from two different sources through the body, which is about as much energy as an airport body scanner. The person lies face-up on the machine and the scanning device makes several passes over the body. It takes about 6 minutes for the scan, with the whole process taking about 15 minutes. Information from the scan is sent to a computer where calculations are done to provide a detailed score and illustrated printout that helps the nutrition and fitness experts at the PGX Center advise that individual on an appropriate program for weight management, fitness, and lifestyle changes.

 

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