Happy Healthy New Year!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

 

Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year


Wishing you a Wonderful New Year! May the New Year ahead bring you new opportunities, better understanding of yourself and others and the chance to become your healthiest self!

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Monday Motivational Meal—Mediterranean Pasta With Heirloom Tomatoes

Monday, December 28, 2020

 

Mediterranean Pasta with Hierloom Tomatoes

I have been revisiting old favorites recently. Especially those that are lighter and healthier. When you have been cooking for a family as long as I have there are many of them! Fresh tomato pasta is one such family favorite. Ever since I read the article about how store bought tomatoes have had the taste bred out of them I have been hunting down heirloom tomatoes. It is like Christmas everyday for me. This vegetarian tomato pasta, served up on Vivente, is a must try!

Try this recipe here.


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Merry Christmas to Our Livliga Community!

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas from Livliga


Sending warm and healthy wishes to you during this season. We hope your day is filled with love, laughter and cheer. From all of us at Livliga, we hope you have a happy, healthy, relaxed and mindful Christmas holiday!


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Monday Motivational Meal—Roasted Tomato Soup

Monday, December 21, 2020

 

Roasted Tomato Soup

Here is a Tomato Soup to warm up your spirits and your insides.There is nothing better than a simple homemade soup on a cold night.This soup is as simple as it gets and delivers a heartwarming satisfaction thanks to a little @CookingLight inspiration. We served ours up with Celebrate!

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Roasted Tomato Soup--big in flavor yet low in carbs!

Friday, December 18, 2020

Roasted Tomato Soup

 

It is that time of year when a hot soup for dinner sounds devine. Soups are so good for our soul, health and weight management! They tend to be budget-friendly as well.

During the summer months we have a vegetable garden with a number of tomato plants. Typically we have more tomatoes than we can use so not only do we can them but we also freeze whole cherry and roma tomatoes. These can be used during the winter months to make soups and sauces. 

Here is a Tomato Soup to warm up your spirits and your insides. There is nothing better than a simple homemade soup on a cold night. This soup is as simple as it gets and delivers a heartwarming satisfaction thanks to a little @CookingLight inspiration. We served ours up with Celebrate!

Cooking Light Roasted Tomato Soup

 

Roasted Tomato Soup

Ingredients

  • 8 medium tomatoes, quartered 
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • 1 cup torn basil leaves (optional)

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Toss together tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl. Spread mixture in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast at 425ºF until tomatoes are softened and browned, 45 to 50 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low. Add onions, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and caramelized, about 20 minutes, adding water if necessary if mixture becomes too dry.
  3. Transfer roasted tomato mixture and onions to a blender. Secure lid on blender, and remove center piece to allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over opening. Process until smooth, about 1 minute.
  4. Transfer tomato mixture back to pot. Stir in 2 cups vegetable stock; bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Top soup with basil leaves, if desired, and serve immediately.
 
Nutritional Information 
Serves 4. Serving size: about 1½ cups. Calories 187; Fat 11g; Protein 5g; Carb 21g; Fiber 5g; Sugars 11g (no added sugars); Sodium 620mg.  

To make it a meal: serve this luscious soup with a homemade muffin like Maple Squash or Apple N'Spice.

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Monday Motivational Meal—Senational Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday, December 14, 2020

 

Senational Sweet Potato Casserole

It is wonderful when you can find recipes that are easy, tasty and memorable. These are particularly important to find when planning for holiday meals. Sweet potato casseroles are a favorite for many families. A few years ago I discovered a wonderful, simple recipe for a sweet potato casserole that has a heavenly taste and is worthy of a holiday celebration. We baked and served our casserole up in the Aveq Serving Bowl...perfect for holiday entertaining!

Try this recipe out here.

 

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Sensational Sweet Potato Casserole

Friday, December 11, 2020

 A Wonderful Recipe for a Holiday Meal

Sensational Sweet Potato Casserole

It is wonderful when you can find recipes that are easy, tasty and memorable. These are particularly important to find when planning for holiday meals. Sweet potato casseroles are a favorite for many families. There are many recipes that have been handed down over the generations. The challenge with these recipes is that many have a lot of butter, sugar, cream and salt. These ingredients pack in the calories, fat and carbs.

A few years ago I discovered a wonderful, simple recipe for a sweet potato casserole that has a heavenly taste and is worthy of a holiday celebration. It originated with Ann Louise Gittelman author of the Fat Flush Diet.  This recipe is bariatric-friendly, diabetes friendly, kid-friendly and budget-friendly. It is a wonderful addition to our holiday spread and goes so well with roasted turkey. Everyone in the family loves it. We baked and served our casserole up in the Aveq Serving Bowl...perfect for holiday entertaining!

Louise Gittleman Sweet Potato Casserole


Sensational Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients


  • 4 small/medium sweet potatoes, baked
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons toasted coconut flakes (optional)
  • Cooking Spray


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Peel cooked sweet potatoes and mash them.
  3. Blend in the pineapple juice. Add in the egg and spices and beat until light and foamy.
  4. Pour into a casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 35 minutes
  5. Once out of the oven sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes. Serve hot.


Nutritional Information

Servings: 5. Calories per serving: 119; Fat 1.6g; Sodium 71mg;  Carb 23.6g; Dietary Fiber 3.5g; Protein 3.4g.


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Perfect Gift Idea! Healthy Lifestyle Holiday Gift Set!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 

Healthy Lifestyle Holiday Gift Set
Livliga has just launched our Healthy Lifestyle Holiday Gift Set bundle*! We have a New Gift Bundle designed just for gift giving! It is priced just right ($45) with a beauitful yet practical set of Livliga healthy lifestyle items...so great you'll want to get a gift set for yourself! Included in the gift set is an original set of LivSpoons and a set of two "Celebrate Everyday" Bistro Dishtowels. An ensemble meant for those you want to remember this holiday season. They all come wrapped with a ribbon and with FREE shipping! You can also include a complimentary gift note. What are you waiting for?! Happy Shopping!

 

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*This bundle, because it is already priced at a significant discount, is not eligible for additional discounts.

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Monday Motivational Meal—Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach and Mushrooms

Monday, December 7, 2020

 

Monday Motivaional Meal—Savory Bread Pudding


There is something so comforting and satisfying about a Savory Bread Pudding. It can also be packed full of goodness like this spinach and mushroom version. To portion our serving up right sized we used Livliga's Celebrate pattern...so inspiring!

Try the recipe here.

 

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Making Happy and Healthy Memories for Every Holiday

Friday, December 4, 2020

Making Happy and Healthy Holiday Memories


So many of our happy memories are wrapped around the holidays. We remember special conversations, gifts that were given, an activity unique to the occasion and, of course, the smells of delicious foods from the kitchen, the wonder of the dishes presented and the tastes of our favorites bringing smiles to our faces. These memories compel us to want to repeat them and make those memories into traditions we can look forward to year after year.

The challenge comes when we want to live a healthy lifestyle and know that some of the traditions, particularly around food, need some changing.  We are afraid of the resistance we might get from others, including ourselves, when the time honored family recipe is updated (like my beloved poppy seed bread) or the holiday fudge doesn’t appear. The reality is we can’t be afraid to change things up, make new traditions, and share our desire for healthy living with others, even during the holidays.

Making happy and healthy memories does not mean giving up those special foods only made during the holidays or giving up being with the ones you love or throwing away that ugly Christmas sweater you get a kick out of wearing to the family gathering.

What it does mean is creating an environment setting you up for success. It also means being fully present at each occasion. Additionally, we need to consciously make choices and be mindful as we drink and eat, purposefully choosing. And who says we can’t make the slices of poppy seed bread a little thinner?…who will even notice? And maybe instead of making that extra sweet potato casserole so everyone can have second and third helpings, we make just enough for everyone to enjoy.

Then consider the possibility of adding a healthy new tradition into the mix. What about a new festive drink that is tasty and lighter in alcohol and calories like a Rosemary Tequila Lime Smash? Or provide FitVine wine that is lower in calories and healthier for you. Another fun tradition is to participate in a local holiday Walk/Run or go to your local YMCA to join in on a free Zumba class (they offer free workout classes from kickboxing to spinning to Zumba each Thanksgiving). There are amny virtual options as well to stay safe.

These are simple examples of how we can add “healthy” into our holiday traditions still focusing on making happy memories and holding on to the importance of traditions…just making them ones we can enjoy long term, as healthy and happy people.

Wishing you the happiest and healthiest of holidays!

Making Happy and Healthy Holiday Memories


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