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Halloween Treats!

 

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Halloween is around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. According to lore, Halloween (or formerly Hallows’ Eve) represented a time when the ghosts of the dead would come back to earth. People feared that if you left your house, you might come across one of these ghosts; so to avoid being recognized, people would wear masks to blend in with the disembodied spirits.

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These days, Halloween is a much more family-friendly event, filled with creative and playful costumes, pumpkins on doorsteps, haunted houses, and plenty of festive treats. And I don’t know about you, but I usually associate this holiday with heaps of sugar. Chocolate bars, toffees, candies, you name it. It’s enough sugar to make my teeth hurt just thinking about it — and to get the kids really bouncing off the walls! Thank goodness it only comes around once a year…

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

What I love about this jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers recipe is that it’s a festive twist on a savory dish that lets my family enjoy the holiday with a little less sugar. They’re a fun Halloween treat to prepare for your kids and something you can feel great about them digging into! The fun part is in carving the bell peppers, which act as edible jack-o’-lanterns. You’ll want a sharp knife for this, and ideally one that’s small enough to make tiny cuts (a paring knife works well). Then you’ll simply carve out little eyes, a nose, and a smile. And ta-da, the hard part is over!

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

These cute little jack-o’-lantern “pumpkins” are filled with a fiesta-inspired mix of spices, ground turkey, and black beans. The filling comes together in a pinch, and the flavors are reminiscent of a much more wholesome taco filling. You can keep these vegan by swapping the filling with this Quinoa Stuffing recipe. Once your filling is prepared, simply stuff it inside your carved peppers and pop them in the oven. A sprinkling of cheese brings this dish together. Serve warm and dig in. Happy Halloween!

Jack-o'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe

 

Stuffed PeppersJack-o’-Lantern Stuffed PeppersThese festive Stuffed Peppers are perfect for Halloween!Course: Main CoursePrep Time: 25mCook Time: 35mTotal Time: 60mServings: 4 servings, 1 bell pepper eachIngredients:– 4 medium orange bell peppers– 2 tsp. olive oil– 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey– ½ medium onion chopped– 1 clove garlic finely chopped– 1 Tbsp. chili powder– ½ tsp. ground cumin– Ground black pepper to taste; optional– 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce, no sugar added– 1 cup black beans drained, rinsed– 1 cup cooked brown rice– ¼ cup water– ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheeseInstructions:1) Slice stem end off peppers. (Reserve for later use.) Remove seeds and veins from peppers. Cut a jack-o-lantern face out of one side of each pepper. Stand peppers upright in baking dish. Set aside.2) Preheat oven to 400º F.3) Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.4) Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until almost browned.5) Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.6) Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.7) Add chili powder, cumin, pepper (if desired), tomato sauce, and beans; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.8) Add rice; mix well.9) Fill peppers with turkey mixture. Top with reserved stem end of peppers Add water to the baking dish. Cover with foil.10) Bake peppers for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender-crisp.11) Remove stem top of peppers, sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.12) Replace tops and serve.

 

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 426
Total Fat: 18 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Cholesterol: 99 mg
Sodium: 622 mg
Carbohydrates: 35 g
Fiber: 7 g
Sugar: 8 g
Protein: 31 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1½ Protein
½ Dairy
1 Grain/Tuber/Legume Carb
½ Vegetable

P90X3 Portions
2½ Carb
2 Protein
½ Fat

Body Beast Portions
1½ Starch
½ Legume
2 Vegetable
4 Protein
½ Fat

Portion Fix Containers
2 Green
1 Yellow
1 Red
½ Blue
½ tsp.

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Photographs by Anguel Dimov

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Is Shakeology a Meal Replacement Shake or a Protein Shake?

The biggest problem with Shakeology (that’s right, there’s actually a problem with Shakeology) is that it’s really hard to classify. It’s not really a meal replacement — nor is it just a protein shake. So what the heck is it?

The thing is, Shakeology is so much more. By placing it in a category, you only limit how dynamic this shake is. So let’s break it down.

Is Shakeology a Meal Replacement?

By itself, Shakeology does not replace a meal. That being said, it certainly can be part of a balanced meal when combined with healthy foods like berries and other fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butters, avocados, various milks, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

Or what about drinking it before your meal? “Wait!” you say. “Won’t that ruin my appetite?”

It sure does—but in a good way! Shakeology is loaded with protein and provides fiber—both which help promote a feeling of satiety and curb appetite. So drinking it before breakfast, lunch, or dinner is what’s referred to in clinical circles as “pre-loading,” or consuming a pre-meal snack to suppress hunger and decrease food intake.

In other words, Shakeology is not a meal replacement, but it could be considered a healthy way to tide you over, keep you from “pigging out,” and help you stay on course with your balanced, healthy diet. That said, it’s not just a plain old protein (and fiber) shake!

Is Shakeology a Protein Shake?

With 16 to 17 grams of globally-harvested protein per glass, depending on your flavor, Shakeology comes in at roughly the same protein level as a serving of Greek yogurt (18 grams per 7 ounces) or tofu (16 grams in 7 ounces). And it surpasses eggs, which check in at 12 grams for two. While it’s not as high as meat or fish, it still has enough protein for it to count as a Red Container in the Portion Control Container system.

So, yes, Shakeology is a protein shake.

That said, regular protein drinks tend to focus almost exclusively on, well, protein. Therefore they have more protein grams at the expense of other nutrients. This isn’t the case with Shakeology, given it includes a variety of nutrients, including carbs and fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, pre- and probiotics, adaptogens, vitamins, and minerals. Shakeology is even low glycemic index-certified by an independent laboratory.

The combined effect does so much more than just provide amino acids. Shakeology works to benefit your overall health, helping to support healthy energy, curb cravings, and support your digestive health. So while you can certainly drink Shakeology to add protein to your diet, you’re missing the big picture—and some of the prime benefits—by focusing exclusively on this one macronutrient.

So what do you call Shakeology? The marketing gurus at Beachbody have gone around in circles with that one for a while. “Your Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition”? Sure, that’s a spot-on tagline, but given Shakeology’s diversity, it’s a hard product to pin down. So instead of spending all this energy coming up with a label, how about we do what we’re supposed to do with the stuff: Drink it, keep active, eat right, and get healthy.

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