WUSA9: Start the Day in a Healthy Way at Fit Fathers Day

Workout with your dad this holiday at the 6th annual “Fit Fathers Day Celebration” in Downtown Silver Spring. Kristen gets a preview of the event with Founder/Nutrition & Fitness Technician Kimatni Rawlins and Pat Robinson of Pat The Roc Skills Academy. For more information about the event visit www.FitFathersDay.com

Fit Fathers Open Face Bean Tacos

Mother Earth needs love, respect and care to sustain vitality so let’s begin by preparing meals that nourish and do not harm either her or us. For Meatless Monday we have prepared these ultra-fulfilling Open Face Bean Tacos using Gardein Beefless Ground crumbles. Trust us, you will want more after downing the first because this meal is so scrumptious.

Serves 5 with a 40-minute prep and cook time

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Gardein Beefless Ground
  • ¼ onion
  • ½ bell pepper (red, orange, yellow)
  • 1 can of white cannellini beans
  • ½ can of black beans
  • Thyme, garlic salt
  • ½ cup butternut squash
  • ½ can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • ½ can of tomato sauce
  • Choice of taco sauce
  • 1 pack of artisan organic corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cabbage
  • 1 avocado

Start by mashing the white cannellini beans and season with thyme and garlic salt. Afterwards put to the side in a bowl. Next, sauté the butternut squash with the tomato sauce and crushed fire roasted tomatoes for 10 minutes. Simultaneously in another pan mix and cook (low heat) the Gardein Beefless Ground crumbles, black beans and diced onions for 10 minutes. Add taco seasoning and garlic salt. This will be the main filling for your open face tacos.

Then sauté the cabbage and peppers (cut in this strips). Warm the tortillas and spread with the mashed cannellini beans and then layer with the Gardein mixture. Lastly, top with the cabbage and peppers. Serve the avocado slices either on the side or also on top. Add your favorite taco sauce of choice and dig in!

Fit Fathers Mandarin Orange Chick’n Stir Fry  

In honor of Earth Day and Meatless Monday we have prepared a special Fit Fathers stir fry using Gardein’s Asian-inspired Crispy Chick’n Mandarin Orange pieces. The kids were in love with the new dish and the dads were equally elated to have prepared the simple but tasty vegan meal.

Serves 4 with a 20-minute prep and cook time

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Garden’s Crispy Chick’n Mandarin Orange
  • Handful of bean sprouts
  • ¼ onion
  • ½ bell pepper
  • Tamari soy sauce
  • 1 pack of riced cauliflower blend

Sauté the bean sprouts, peppers and onions with a few splashes of water and tamari soy sauce for 5 minutes. Add the mandarin chick’n and sauce packet to the veggie stir fry and continue cooking for 8 minutes. In a separate pan sauté the cauliflower rice for 5 minutes (we use a blend with sweet potatoes and kale from Cascadian Farm) while sprinkling with your season of choice. Lastly, combine the rice to the mandarin chick’n stir fry and serve with a few slices of avocado.

Fit Fathers “WONDER PARK” Power Lunch

In honor of Paramount’s upcoming animation movie dubbed WONDER PARK, Fit Fathers has prepared the perfect power lunch if you were WONDERing what to pack your kids for an adventurous day. So, let us show you how to create lunch in a pinch!

Of course every child loves a classic bean burrito since they are filling and easy to hold and eat. Yet, we always ascertain that our recipe iterations are as healthy as possible to keep the young ones energized and alert.

The burrito features a whole grain wrap, organic black beans, brown rice, organic lettuce and tomatoes, a few onions and avocado slices. They will also want a sugar fix while running around the park so we blended a fruit smoothie to keep their clock ticking with natural sugars from a banana, blueberry, strawberry, mango and ice mix. Snacks include a trail mix for healthy fats, peanut butter crackers and one whole banana if they have room left. Water is to keep them hydrated and cool.

Check out the new trailer for Wonder Park HERE! and don’t miss it in theatres March 15. Enjoy the grub!

Simple Avocado Toast by Fit Fathers

Try our simple, tasty and healthy lunch after an hour of cardio and strength training. Yes, of course it’s vegan. We layered toasted double fiber whole grain bread with traditional hummus, organic avocados and slightly warmed organic tomatoes. The heat within the tomatoes helps release the antioxidant lycopene which in turn protects against prostate cancer in men. Season with a dash of black pepper, garlic powder and Himalayan pink salt.

The meal was served with a Japanese sweet potato and a medley of sautéed collard greens, spinach, kale, beets, onions and Shiitake mushrooms. So, this recipe covers each macronutrient including healthy fats, complex cards and plant-based proteins. Eat clean and enjoy!

Fit Fathers Rice, Beans & Spinach Medley

Here is one of Fit Fathers’ simple but nutritional meals whipped up for lunch after today’s cardio burn. Basically, we combined kidney beans, spinach and brown rice in a pan of light water and sautéed the ingredients (ten minutes) together with onions, flaxseeds and various seasonings including turmeric, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and vegit. Serve over toasted Ezekiel sprouted bread with sliced avocados and pair with steamed Japanese sweet potatoes to complete the mix of plant-based protein, complex carbs and healthy fats including the important omega 3.

Dully note to use canned low sodium kidney beans if you don’t have time to soak and cook dried beans. Also, we keep a pot of steamed brown rice laying around in the rice cooker for impromptu meal ideas. Enjoy!

Dairy Does the Body Wrong

Please remember that dairy is not a health food people. It’s also the byproduct of animal suffrage. Eat clean and stay compassionate.

Fit Fathers Fall Butternut Squash and Kale Soup

Eating clean is our daily theme. So before a 4-mile run we prepared this Fall Butternut Squash and Kale Soup and an organic Kale Salad with seasoned tofu chunks. The soup requires kale, potatoes, onions and butternut squash which you first sauté and season in a pot. Then add water and simmer until soft. Next pour the contents into your Vitamix for blending. Pour back into the pot and continue seasoning to your liking. There’s nothing like healing foods that energize!

5 Reasons To Power Up With Plant-Based-Proteins

Around the world, most traditional diets are rooted in healthy plant-based meals. Just take a look at the Oldways MediterraneanAfricanAsian, and Latin American Pyramids—all of them feature fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes as their foundation. Yet today, plant-forward meals can raise a common concern among diners: is it possible to get enough protein on your plate without meat? The answer is a resounding yes!

To prove it, Meatless Monday is partnering with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Their#PlantPowerProtein campaign shows that meatless meals are part of a healthy and balanced diet. What do we mean by “plant protein”? An abundance of beans, vegetables, nuts, and seeds fall into this category. Read on for the top five reasons to make room for them on your plate!

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The Kids Cook Monday: Cannellini Bean Veggie Meatballs

These meatless balls pair perfectly with pasta and are a fun alternative to regular meatballs. Cannellini beans and walnuts provide protein while shallots, garlic and fresh herbs pack in tons of flavor. This recipe comes to us from Maria of Hälsa Nutrition.

Serves 4-5

Cooking Tip of the Week: Keeping your hands wet will help to keep the veggie ball mixture from sticking to them. Try having a bowl of water nearby you can dip your hands into as needed! [Read more…]