Beef & Broccoli Pesto Pasta

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Looking for creative ways to use that head of broccoli that’s been sitting in your fridge for a couple days now? This pesto sauce is a perfect solution. It’s a great way to flavorfully and painlessly make vegetables the main part of your dinner tonight. The sauce is a flavor blast of garlic, parmesan, and broccoli all in one. Seared beef adds protein and iron to your plate while a bed of noodles is a great way to refuel after a long day with some needed carbohydrates.

This meal is especially good for long distance female endurance athletes because of it’s iron and vitamin-C content. To read more about the importance of iron in these athletes, check out the following article written by Kristi Spence MS, RDN, CSSD on Runsmiles.com. The vitamin-C found in broccoli will help the iron from the beef be better absorbed in the body.

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Yogurt Balls-with a twist

 

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Hey, it’s Jackie!

Figured I would start the blog off right by sharing a twist on one of my all time favorite recipes. Ask any of my friends, yogurt balls are a permanent staple in my diet. They make a great snack for anytime of the day. The oats and whole wheat flour make these a great whole grain option at breakfast, on the go, or as a compliment to a meal. Honey and chocolate chips add some quick sugar to not only satisfy the sweet tooth craving but add sources of quick energy for a pre-workout snack. Yogurt adds a significant source of protein (24 grams per cup of plain greek yogurt!) that not only helps keep you satisfied, but can also add an important element of recovery nutrition for a post-workout bite.

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