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9 Healthy Father’s Day-Inspired Recipes to Treat Dad

Skip the boring tie and make your dad a feast fit for a king this Father’s Day. Whether he’s all about meat and potatoes, or he enjoys spicy tacos, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here.

1. SALSA VERDE BURGERS | SKINNYTASTE

These lean burgers pack a powerful punch of flavor. Each burger is topped with melted pepper jack cheese, fiery salsa verde and creamy avocado slices. You can also modify the recipe and use chicken, turkey or black bean patties instead. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 burger each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 407; Total Fat: 18g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 87mg; Sodium: 445mg; Carbohydrate: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 42g

2. BACON SWEET-POTATO HASH | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Looking for a fast, hot breakfast idea? Whip up this dish in less than 30 minutes using just five ingredients. Sweet potatoes are a nutritious upgrade from typical white-potato hash, adding more fiber and vitamin A. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 egg and 1 cup hash each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 334; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 230mg; Sodium: 716mg; Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 16g

3. HEALTHY SRIRACHA SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS | JAR OF LEMONS

All you need is seven seven ingredients and 30 minutes to get a hot home-cooked meal on the table without sacrificing flavor with these Sriracha-infused chicken tacos. Bonus, they are as picture-worthy as they’re tasty! Recipe makes 3 servings at 2 tacos each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 256; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 371mg; Carbohydrate: 32g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 22g

4. COCONUT AND CHIA-CRUSTED CHICKEN FINGERS | COOKING LIGHT

Satisfy dad’s fried-food cravings with these tasty chicken tenders. A toasted coconut and chia seed crust makes these tenders extra crunchy. These oven-baked chicken fingers are are a less caloric and a healthier alternative to fried versions. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 tenders each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 323; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 137mg; Sodium: 503mg; Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 36g

5. STEAK BAGUETTES WITH PESTO MAYO | COOKING LIGHT

Tender bites of sirloin steak will have you coming back for more of this high-protein, iron-rich sandwich. It’s piled high with steak and veggies, then slathered with a delicious pesto mayonnaise. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 sandwich each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 358; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 45mg; Sodium: 674mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 25g

6. GRILLED FLANK STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE | SKINNYTASTE

Lean flank steak is grilled and then smothered in a zingy chimichurri sauce. Serve with grilled corn or a side salad for a filling, protein-rich meal. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 (3-ounce) steak and 4 teaspoons sauce each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 232; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 77mg; Sodium: 343mg; Total Carbohydrate: 1g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 0g; Protein: 24g

7. GRILLED STEAK & POTATO SALAD | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Meat-and-potato fans will enjoy this hearty salad featuring flank steak and roasted potatoes. The tangy salad helps make this a well-balanced, nutritious meal. Recipe makes 4 servings at 4 ounces steak, 1 1/2 cups salad greens, 4 ounces potatoes and 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 386; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 56mg; Sodium: 285mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 36g

8. BOSTON CREAM PIE | CLEAN EATING

Feel free to indulge in this lightened-up American classic. Made with brown rice flour and spelt flour, this layered cake is smothered with a vanilla custard and coated with a dark chocolate glaze. Recipe makes 10 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 182; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 72mg; Sodium: 155mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 6g

9. STRAWBERRY SWIRL CHEESECAKE BARS | IFOODREAL

Swirled with strawberries and layered on a honey-pecan crust, this creamy dessert is sure to please the dads in your life. These cheesecake bars are made with wholesome ingredients including Greek yogurt, whole-wheat flour and coconut oil. Recipe makes 9 servings at 1 bar each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 210; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 13mg; Sodium: 158mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 7g

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7 Irresistible Rhubarb Recipes

Crimson-pink in color, rhubarb looks like a vibrant cousin to celery. Rhubarb has a sour, tart taste and is often combined with fruit to make pies, jams and crisps. The leaves are inedible since they contain oxalic acid, which can be toxic. When cooked, rhubarb can be a great accompaniment to meat or used as a topping for yogurt or desserts. This snappy veggie is low in calories — a 1/2 cup serving of raw, diced rhubarb has 13 calories and 1 gram of fiber. It also provides 22% of the daily value for vitamin K. Spruce up your dishes with this versatile veggie with these seven irresistible recipes.

1. CRISPY RHUBARB LEMON CHICKEN BAKE | COTTER CRUNCH

Bold and tangy rhubarb makes a fantastic marinade for chicken. Caramelized lemon chicken thighs are served with crispy rhubarb shavings and pearl onions. This easy, one-pan meal is an explosion of sweet, savory and tangy flavors. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 thigh each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 262; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 102mg; Sodium: 453mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 23g

2. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHIA PUDDING | DIETITIAN DEBBIE DISHES

Start off the day with a gorgeous ruby-red chia pudding. The chia pudding base is made with almond milk, coconut flakes and vanilla — all topped off with a strawberry and rhubarb compote. Make a batch of these for an easy on-the-go breakfast during the week. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 350; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 150mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 14g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 6g

3. RHUBARB PECAN & GOAT CHEESE SALAD | VEGETARIAN TIMES

Roasted rhubarb brings a lovely pop of color and sweetness to this salad. Goat cheese adds creaminess while toasted pecans add a nutty crunch. Serve as is, or pair with slices of crusty bread. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 182; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Sodium: 89mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 4g

4. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB HAZELNUT MUFFINS | A COUPLE COOKS

Full of nutty grains and naturally sweetened, these muffins are a wonderful addition to any brunch menu. Strawberries and ginger are combined with rhubarb to bring out its complex flavor. Toasted hazelnuts add a fragrant crunch to these moist, wholesome muffins. Recipe makes 24 servings at 1 muffin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 120; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 22mg; Sodium: 167mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 4g

5. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB STIR-FRY | FOOD FANATIC

Strawberry and rhubarb in a savory dish? This classic pairing makes an unexpected debut in a chicken stir-fry paired with spiralized zucchini noodles. Zesty orange and lime juice combine with rhubarb to create a sweet and tangy sauce that coats tender cubes of chicken breast. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 360; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 96mg; Sodium: 91mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 39g

6. LIGHT RHUBARB CHAI CREAM PIE | HEALTHY SEASONAL RECIPES

Feel free to have a slice of this lightened-up cream pie. A filling of creamy Greek yogurt is topped with a chai-spiced rhubarb sauce — all in a flaky, whole-grain pie crust. Indulge in this decadent tasting, yet healthy dessert. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 slice each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 195; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Sodium: 63mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 5g

7. DIJON-RUBBED PORK WITH RHUBARB SAUCE | TASTE OF HOME

For an easy weeknight meal, make this succulent rhubarb pork loin roast that’s paired with a rhubarb sauce. The Dijon mustard rub is a great contrast to the sweet and tart rhubarb sauce. Serve with a side of roasted veggies or over a bed of greens. Recipe makes 12 servings at 3 ounces pork loin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 181; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 56mg; Sodium: 308mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 23g

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9 Cheery Cherry Recipes

Cheers to cherry season! There are two varieties of these succulent stone fruits: sweet and sour. Sour Montmorency cherries are light-red and tart in flavor. Common sweet cherry varieties include deep mahogany red Bing cherries and yellow and pink-blushed Rainier cherries. Cherries are low in calories, and high in vitamin C and fiber. They are also loaded with compounds called anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy these sweet treats in smoothies, salads, savory entreés or simply right off the stem.

1. TART CHERRY POST-WORKOUT PROTEIN BOWL | A COUPLE COOKS

Fuel up on a refreshing and nutritious yogurt bowl after a grueling workout. Greek yogurt, dried fruits, nuts and seeds provide a balanced ratio of protein and carbohydrates, which is important for muscle and energy recovery. Get creative and add a mixture of your favorite toppings. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 437; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 145mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 23g; Protein: 29g

2. CHICKEN WITH CHERRY-WINE PAN SAUCE | IOWA GIRL EATS

Prepare an elegant meal in less than 20 minutes. Seasoned chicken breasts are coated in a luscious cherry-red wine sauce. Best of all, the whole dish is made in one skillet. Pair with a side of roasted broccoli for a complete, irresistible dinner. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 365; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 114mg; Sodium: 163mg; Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 41g

3. TART CHERRY GRILLED CHEESE WITH SAGE | LOVE AND LEMONS

Classic grilled cheese gets an upgrade. Sweet, savory and tart, this sandwich is filled with cherries, sharp white cheddar and fresh herbs. Whip up this grilled cheese sandwich for a simple gourmet lunch. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 sandwich each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 347; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 25mg; Sodium: 378mg; Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 16g

4. HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHERRY MUG CAKE | FIT FOODIE FINDS

Chomp away at a decadent tasting — yet healthy — dessert. This chocolate mug cake is studded with fresh cherries and chocolate chips. Satisfy your sweet tooth and make this perfectly portioned dessert in less than 5 minutes. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 215; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 128mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 8g

5. SWEET CHERRY SHREDDED KALE SALAD | IFOODREAL

Bright and colorful, this salad features sweet cherries, kale, quinoa, hemp hearts and feta cheese. A simple olive oil and lemon juice vinaigrette melds everything together. This refreshing salad is perfect for the warmer spring days. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 1/4 cups each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 221; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 13mg; Sodium: 383mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 8g

6. CHERRY-ALMOND GRANOLA | YES TO YOLKS

With a few simple ingredients, transform your oats into a crunchy, nutty, cherry-almond granola. This recipe calls for dried cherries, cherry juice, almonds and flaxseeds, but you can easily swap them out for any of your favorite dried fruits, juice, nuts and seeds. Layer this granola on top of high-protein Greek yogurt for a satisfying parfait. Recipe makes 10 servings of granola at 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 275; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Total Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 6g

7. SWEET CHERRY ALMOND FLAXSEED SMOOTHIE | CLEAN EATING

Brighten up your busy mornings with this simple smoothie. Cherries, flaxseed and almonds come together for a rich drink packed with omega-3’s, antioxidants, protein and fiber. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 296; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 3mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 24g; Protein: 8g

8. TART CHERRY CHIA PUDDING | NUTRITION STRIPPED

Searching for a divine dessert? Check out this nutritious tart cherry chia pudding that blends creamy coconut milk, tart cherry juice and chia seeds for a combination that will pull on anyone’s heartstrings. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 201; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 20mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 7g

9. GARLIC BUTTER CHICKEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH SKILLET | LOVE & ZEST

Enjoy a hearty and delicious meal with just one pan. Garlic butter chicken is nestled among a medley of roasted spaghetti squash strands, tart cherries, greens and melted cheese. Packed with veggies, this dish is high in protein and lighter on the carbs. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 331; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 82mg; Sodium: 238mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 36g

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7 Delicious Walnut Recipes Under 400 Calories

May 17 is a nutty holiday: National Walnut Day. These nutrient-dense nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber. An ounce of walnuts offers 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, both of which help you feel full, a key part in maintaining a healthy weight. They are also a good source of magnesium and phosphorous, important minerals for bone health. Walnuts add extra flavor and a delicious, satiating crunch to any meal. Celebrate the day with these seven wonderful walnut recipes.

1. SWEET POTATO BROWNIES | THE HEALTHY FOODIE

Chocolaty, dense and chewy, these decadent-tasting brownies are actually made with healthy ingredients. Sweet potatoes and avocados are the secret to these creamy fudge squares while the walnuts add a nice bit of crunch. Feel free to indulge in these healthy, high-in-vitamin-A brownies. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 brownie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 204; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 28mg; Sodium: 226mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 13g

2. PEAR, DATE & WALNUT SALAD WITH BLUE CHEESE | COOKIE AND KATE

This salad has ingredients worthy of a gourmet cheese board: Pears, dates, walnuts and blue cheese. A honey Dijon vinaigrette brings all those strong flavors together. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 376; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 10g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Sodium: 149mg; Carbohydrate: 47g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 37g; Protein: 5g

3. PEAR & WALNUT SANDWICHES | A COUPLE COOKS

Tickle your tastebuds with this scrumptious pear-walnut sandwich made with savory cheese, juicy pears and lightly sweet cinnamon-raisin bread. Toasted walnuts add crunch for a sandwich filled with textures and flavors. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 sandwich each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 254; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 341mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 8g

4. DATE & GORGONZOLA STUFFED SWEET POTATOES | BUDGETBYTES

Move over loaded potatoes, stuffed sweet potatoes are the new favorites in town. Baked orange spuds are stuffed with a delectable mix of sweet dates, crumbled gorgonzola and crunchy walnuts. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 sweet potato each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 305; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 135mg; Carbohydrate: 51g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 31g; Protein: 6g

5. HOMEMADE OATMEAL BREAKFAST BARS | FORK AND BEANS

Ultra-hearty oatmeal bars help you take your morning meal to-go. The bars are made with wholesome ingredients: ripe bananas, chia seeds, brown sugar and walnuts. Bake a batch and stuff these bars into your purse or gym-bag for a convenient afternoon snack. Recipe makes 9 bars.

Nutrition (per serving without chocolate drizzle): Calories: 155; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 7mg; Sodium: 112mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 5g

6. ONE-BOWL BANANA NUT MUFFINS | HEALTHY NIBBLES & BITS

Need a healthy, delicious, on-the-go breakfast or just a healthy snack to curb your hunger before dinner? These one-bowl banana nut muffins are filled with crunchy oven-baked walnuts and delicious-smelling spices that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Recipe makes 11 servings at 1 large muffin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 250; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 17mg; Sodium: 233mg; Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 4g

7. EASY CHICKPEA OAT VEGGIE BURGERS | WHOLE LIVING LAUREN

These vegan oat burgers are as filling as they are delicious. Good plant-based sources of fiber and protein — oats, walnuts and chickpeas — pair perfectly in these burger patties. Recipe makes 8 burgers at 1 burger patty each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 205; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 222mg; Total Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 6g

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