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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3 Super Salads That Are High in Protein

3 Super Salads That Are High in Protein

Summer eating is all about fresh ingredients and easy-to-make meals. Salads are a refreshing way to appease your appetite on a hot summer day while loading up on fiber and protein.

Protein is a key nutrient for healthy weight management. By including a source of protein, your salad will be a filling, substantial, and energizing meal. Delicious sources of protein that taste great in salads include:

  • Beans and lentils
  • Fish
  • Lean meats
  • Quinoa
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Tofu

The following three salads are tasty, easy to prepare, and pack a protein punch.

image-pgx-blog-pointer-icon-salmon 1. Salmon Sushi Salad

Perfect for lunch or dinner, this sushi salad combines all your favorite sushi flavours with fresh veggies, rice, and barbequed salmon. Perfect for those hot summer nights!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp wasabi paste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 large leaves romaine lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice, cooked
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced into strips
  • ¾ cup English cucumber, thinly sliced into strips
  • 2 sheets dried nori, cut into bite-size strips
  • 100 g baked or barbecued salmon cut into bite-size pieces

Instructions:

  1. Mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, wasabi paste, and sesame oil in a small bowl until well combined
  2. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, rice, avocado, carrot, cucumber, nori, and salmon
  3. Pour the dressing over top and gently toss until combined
  4. Enjoy eating with chopsticks.

image-pgx-blog-pointer-icon-bean 2. Three Bean Salad

What’s a summer BBQ without a three bean salad? This classic, tangy and sweet salad can be pulled together quickly using pantry staples and a few fresh vegetables. This version uses kidney, garbanzo ,and cannellini beans, but any of your favorites will work. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup kidney beans, cooked
  • ½ cup garbanzo beans, cooked
  • ½ cup cannellini beans, cooked
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup cucumber, diced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, celery, onion, bell pepper, cucumber, and parsley
  2. Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top and toss all ingredients until well combined
  3. Salt and pepper to taste

3 Bean Salad

image-pgx-blog-pointer-icon-tab 3. Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa is a highly versatile grain that adds just the right amount of crunch to your salad. This quinoa tabbouleh can be enjoyed on its own as a complete source of vegan protein, or served with a side of sliced chicken breast to increase the protein content.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 firm Roma tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt, ground
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Combine tomato, parsley, mint, onion, and cucumber in a large bowl
  2. Fold in quinoa
  3. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and toss ingredients until thoroughly mixed
  4. Allow to sit for a couple of hours before serving

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Easy to Make Summer Protein: Chickpea Frittata

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Summer protein comes in a whole host of healthy forms, without all the saturated fat found in meat and with more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols than some skewered chicken. What’s more, by skipping the grilled meat, you’ll also be minimizing your intake of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chemicals that form when certain foods are cooked at very high temperatures.

Chickpea Frittata

Chickpea flour is high in protein, tastes delicious, and is gluten free, making it a hit for summer potlucks! This frittata can be eaten straight from the skillet and is also ideal for a fancy picnic if prepared ahead  just let it cool and cut it into slices to serve with a quinoa or wild rice salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chickpea flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic scapes
  • Chard
  • Mushrooms

Directions:

  1. To make the frittata, sauté tomatoes, garlic scapes, chard, and mushrooms in a cast iron skillet.
  2. Mix chickpea flour  with water, and add in dried rosemary, salt, and olive oil (use a whisk to ensure there are no lumps of flour).
  3. Pour the chickpea mixture over the vegetables and cook for two minutes over the heat before transferring the skillet to the oven.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
  5. Let stand for two minutes, then ease the frittata out of the skillet in slices.

Summer Protein: Chickpea Frittata

Easy Vegetarian Summer Protein Ideas

Some other excellent options for summer protein include:

tofu Vegetable Skewers With Cubed Tofu

Shallots, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms – the options for vegetable skewers are endless! Simply pick your veggie combo, slide on skewers, add in some firm, cubed tofu, drizzle with your choice of barbecue sauce, and roast away!

Festive, flavorful and full of color, vegetable skewers are a surefire hit at any summer potluck or BBQ!

English Podded Peas

Delicious raw in a salad, or lightly steamed, English podded peas are also fun for the kids to pick and pop!

Cashew and Beetroot Dip

This dip is as simple as throwing some cashews (soaked overnight and drained) and cooked beets into a food processor, blitzing, and then serving with fresh bread, crackers, or pita.

Falafel Plate

Nothing says summer more than a plate heaped high with fresh falafel, hummus and carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks for dipping!

threebean Sesame Three Bean Salad

Whip up a tasty three bean salad for an easy summer side dish that compliments almost all meals!

Simply combine a handful of kidney beans, pinto beans, and haricot beans into a large bowl. Add in fresh chopped parsley, diced cucumber, peppers, and tomatoes, and drizzle with sesame oil and lemon juice.

Summer Smoothies

Summer is resplendent with wild and organically farmed raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Pick your favorite berry combination, add peanut butter, almond milk, and a scoop of PGX vanilla vegan protein, for a 100% plant-based protein drink that tastes delicious!

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How to Work Exercise into Your Vacation

How to Work Exercise into Your Vacation

You may find it hard to fit in exercise on your vacation between all the adventuring, exploring, and relaxing you’re doing. But logic dictates that a little maintenance when you’re away will help you stay on track with your long-term health and fitness goals. Luckily, we have a few simple ways to work exercise into your vacation, while still leaving plenty of room for fun and adventure.

Tracking Your Steps Track Your Steps

While playing tourist you will likely be doing a lot of walking, so keeping track of your steps is an excellent way of gauging how much exercise you’re getting. As a basic fitness guideline, aim for a daily minimum of 10,000 steps.

Resistance Bands Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are light, easy to travel with and have the ability to give you an awesome full body workout, all within the comfort of your hotel room!

Partner Exercise Partner Exercises

The benefits of working out with a partner are pretty great. It’s a fun way to spend time together, you can execute many different types of exercises you aren’t able to do solo, and you can provide each other with motivation when needed.  If you’re vacationing with someone, partnering up to get your workouts done can be a refreshing change of pace from your every day routine.

 

Here are two partner exercises to try:

1. The Abdominal Workout

  • Lie on the ground and hold your partner’s ankles
  • Bring your legs straight up while your partner throws your legs down
  • Try to slow your legs down as quickly as possible without letting them touch the ground

2. Partner Pushups

  • Face your partner and as he/she goes down into a pushup, follow
  • When you both push up, reach across and high five each other with your right hand
  • Repeat the movement, the high five each other with your left hand

Mindful Food Choices Mindful Food Choices

Exercise is key of course, but nutrition is just as important to your long-term health and fitness goals. Try to eat as many whole foods as possible, keep up the fruit and veggie intake, and hydrate often!

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