It’s the Holidays – but you can still eat delicious and healthy!  Try these recipes from the JCC’s personal trainers and fitness coaches!

Certified Personal Trainer – Cathy Florakis’ – Hearty Vegetable soup recipe
1. Chop 2 onions and 1 leek  Saute them until soft in large pot.
2. Chop about 3 stalks of organic celery, 3 carrots, &  4 cloves of garlic and add them to the pot, saute them for about 5 min.
3. Cube 2 sweet potatoes and add them to the pot, saute them for about 3 min.
4. Next add 6 1/2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth, bay leaf, about 1/2 teaspoon thyme, & ground pepper.  Turn up the heat to boil.  After it starts boiling lower heat to simmer put lid on pot and let it cook for 10 min.
5. Next add 2-3 chopped organic zucchini. Simmer for 5 min.
6. Add 1 small bag of frozen peas & 2-3 chopped tomatoes. Simmer for 5-8 min.
7. Add 2 15 oz. cans of cannelli beans. Simmer for 10 min.
8. Add 3 tablespoons of pesto simmer for another 5 min.
9. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes.
I serve it with grated Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

Certified Personal Trainer- Cathy Florakis’ Healthy Oat Bran Recipe

1.  Pour 1 cup of skim milk, almond milk or soy milk in a pot.
2.  Sprinkle cinnamon on it, pour about ½ teaspoon of vanilla in the pot.  Boil the mixture, when it starts to foam lower the heat to the lowest setting.
3.  Next pour 1/2 cup of oat bran in the pot & whisk for about 1-2 min. – until thickened. Shut flame.  If it’s thicker than you like, you can always add more liquid.
4.  Next pour fruits and nuts of your liking in the pot, such as: ¼ cup of blueberries, ¼ cup dates, ¼ cup organic strawberries, ¼ cup of walnuts, almonds, and/or pecans.
5.  Mix the fruits and nuts & sprinkle again with cinnamon
6.  Next add a little honey or pure maple syrup  

Enjoy –  your body will thank you!


Please note: Recipes on our site/ social media are not tested or endorsed by the JCC. Contributors are not nutritionists unless otherwise stated.

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