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On the Hamster Wheel That Is Leading to Illness? Here Are Five Ways to Hop Onto a Wheel of Healing!

On the Hamster Wheel That Is Leading to Illness? Here Are Five Ways to Hop Onto a Wheel of Healing!

The hamster wheel of unhealthy habits leads to illness. Here are five ways to hop on to the wheel of healing, nourishment, and living your life!

Pumpkin protein ice cream

Pumpkin protein ice cream

Pumpkin protein ice cream

Recipe by Chrissie Bittner, RD
Servings

5

servings
Prep time

40

minutes
Cooking timeminutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package of silk tofu

  • 3/4 cup chilled coconut milk**

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 5 dates

  • 1 tbsp water

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

  • Maple Coconut Whip Cream
  • 1 can coconut milk (full fat)

  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup

Directions

  • Create date paste: emulsify dates and water.
  • Mix date paste with maple syrup.
  • In a large bowl, add all ingredients together, including date and maple syrup, and emulsify to mix together.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight for best results.
  • Add into ice cream maker and follow directions per your ice cream maker.
  • Add mixed ice cream into a chilled loaf pan.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes.*
  • Scoop and enjoy all the pumpkin feels.
  • Directions for coconut whip cream
  • In a chilled whipping bowl, add the maple syrup and coconut milk BUT only the solid part of the milk. (You can keep the liquid for a smoothie or something later.)
  • Whip until frothy.
  • Scoop and top your desserts!

Notes

  • **Chill the can overnight and using the thick part.
  • *This is best when made that day. If freezing over night, make sure to take out 30 minutes to defrost, before serving.

Dunkin Donuts announced they have their pumpkin flavor available now! Which I love hearing pumpkin flavor is starting, but also that means winter weather is coming too soon. So here is my blend of summer and fall called ‘I don’t want summer to end but love fall flavors’ ice cream.

Speaking of fall, I will be hosting my second wellness group in October! There will be a discounted pre-sale price before it goes live, so stay tuned at the end of August for it! Make sure to subscribe to my email list to hear it first or follow me on my socials!

My 4 week wellness group is perfect for any women that want to get healthier, are looking for sustainable weight loss while not eliminating any of your favorite foods, learn about nutrition, and get moving more with me– your coach! Each week we will have a check in to hold you accountable. You will be included in a private Facebook group to ask any questions to the dietitian and personal trainer–that’s me, Chrissie! I am only taking 20 women, so make sure you sign up before it gets booked!

Here is what each week looks like:

  • Week 1: Mindset
    • Creating goals that are realistic
    • Learning portions
    • Cooking with Chrissie
    • Workouts
  • Week 2: Macros (Carbs/protein/fats)
    • How to calculate macros
    • The job and sources of each macro
    • Cooking with Chrissie
    • Workouts
  • Week 3: Nutrients
    • Job and sources of other nutrients Americans lack in
    • Cooking with Chrissie
    • Workouts
  • Week 4: Continue the healthy lifestyle post group
    • Shopping list
    • Building a healthy pantry and fridge
    • Cooking with Chrissie
    • Workouts

Building a nourishing smoothie

Building a nourishing smoothie

Build a smoothie that will provide a ton of nutrients, keep you full, and prevent a spike in blood sugar!

Jersey Fresh Corn, Avocado, Tomato Salad on Grilled Chicken

Jersey Fresh Corn, Avocado, Tomato Salad on Grilled Chicken

August already? How is this possible? My little nugget is 10 months old and we are still in quarantine. My July accountability group is ending Aug 10, I can’t believe we are 3 weeks into it. I have been enjoying the group so much and 

Avocado Beet Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Avocado Beet Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Only a few more days to sign up for my July group course. A month of nutrition and fitness accountability:

  • Weekly nutrition topics to gain a healthier relationship with food and weight loss
  • 2 live workouts a week
  • Month of unlimited access to the group page & time to ask me questions!
  • Month of accountability

Since it is my first one, I am running a special for this group at a discounted rate of $149 (Value of $199)!

I have been working hard on creating the content so you can get the most out of it! Here is a little example of what is to come each week!

Just because it is in the middle of summer, doesn’t mean you forget about your health. Many people get so caught up on bathing suit season, that they forget about the importance of food is to fuel our bodies and provide us nutrients. So it is never too late to focus on your health, this course is for you!


Avocado Beet Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Recipe by Chrissie Bittner, RDN, CPT
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking timeminutes

Flavors of summer mixed into this refreshing salad.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed greens

  • 6-8 oz of crab meat

  • 4 beets, cooked (I boiled mine until soft) and chopped

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

  • 2 tbsp goat cheese

  • Ingredients for balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp dijion mustard

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/2 tsp fresh basil, chopped

  • S&P

Directions

  • In a medium bowl place greens on the bottom. Top with crab, beets, avocado, and goat cheese.
  • Mix all ingredients together for the vinaigrette.
  • Top salad with vinaigrette.
  • Enjoy as much as I did!

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches

Wait how is it July already? I have to say this working from home has spoiled me with the time with my family. My clients have gone back to their sites so I will be seeing some people soon! I am excited to see them 

Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

Father’s day is tomorrow, which may look different this year. You may have to make dinner this year, unless you are lucky to get out door dining (if weather is nice). This is the first father’s day for my wonderful husband. He has been such 

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Hi friends!! Thank you for coming to my blog and reading my content. I hope I am able to inspire you to take care of your health with nutritious and delicious food.

I love PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps, but do not enjoy the high salt and sugar content with it (per their website: 660 cal, 27g fat, 1820 mg salt, 66g carbs, 27g sugar, 37g protein). So as I always do, I tried to make a healthier lettuce wrap filled with veggies, low salt, lower sugar, while keeping the delicious taste. I like to use veggies that are in season and local, from my family’s farm, but I encourage you to support a local farmer around you. Here are a few veggies that are in season in NJ: peas, asparagus, spinach, beets, radish, and kale (to name a few on our farm).

My husband LOVES them and takes them for leftovers. This recipe has become a weekly meal for us now. Check out the recipe below so you can make them at home and skip the high salt/sugar elsewhere (plus saving money). Did I mention… this recipe takes about 20 minutes to make?! FAST, EASY, HEALTHY, AND DELICIOUS! You can not beat it!


Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Recipe by Chrissie Bittner, RD
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh peas

  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce OR coconut aminos

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 1.5 tbsp honey (I used garlic infused honey)

  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

  • 1 head of bibb leaf lettuce

  • Olive oil spray

  • Toppings: brown rice, green onions, Sriracha sauce or gochujang sauce, toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  • Heat a large skillet on high heat, spray pan with olive oil. Add chicken, break into pieces, and cook until brown for about 5 min.
  • While the meat is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • In the skillet reduce heat to medium, add onion, garlic, chopped red pepper, fresh peas, and ginger. Cook for 3-5 minutes until veggies are soft.
  • Pour sauce onto chicken and veggies, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Wash bibb lettuce and dry. Fill the lettuce with the chicken mixture, top with optional toppings.
  • Enjoy!

Vegan Falafel & tzatziki bowl

Vegan Falafel & tzatziki bowl

Being a dietitian, most of my discussions are around food— all day!! Which always makes me remember flavors that I may have been missing out on. Today, my client brought up Zoe’s kitchen and automatically I thought of falafels and their salmon kabobs. Proud to 

Building healthy habits

Building healthy habits

Trying to find a title for a health group is actually tough. I called my first group July Accountability Group. I wanted a name that defined what the group was really about. On October 1, I will be starting my second group called: Building Healthy