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Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Here's a great snack or appetizer to share with friends and family during holiday festivities. The nitrate-free bacon and scallops contain healthy protein that will provide usable nutrients for your day. To keep on track with your diet, stay away from appetizers that are fried or filled with carbohydrates.Servings: 12 

Here's what you need...

  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • dash of sweet paprika
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 6 slices nitrate free bacon, cut in half lengthwise
  • 12 fresh scallops
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil, set aside.
  2. Over very low heat, in a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil. Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. Add the garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Dip each scallop in the seasoned coconut oil, the wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the scallops are cooked through and the bacon is crisp.
  5. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 78 calories, 5g fat, 103mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, and 6g protein

Mediterranean Turkey Kebabs

Here's a great recipe for a busy weekday dinner. Ground turkey breast is mixed Mediterranean spices to create flavorful, protein-packed kebabs. Serve with salad and vegetables and a side of plain Greek yogurt. Servings: 4 

Here's what you need...

  • 1 1/2 pounds turkey breast, de-boned, trimmed of skin and cut into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of salt (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  1. In a food processor, blend the turkey strips until ground. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until well blended.
  2. Pre-heat your grill or grill pan.
  3. Lightly grease your hands, then press the meat into the wooden skewers until it covers about 3-4 inches in an elongated meatball shape. If the meat is not sticking then add some more almond meal.
  4. Grill for about 8 minutes per side.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 254 calories, 8g fat, 156mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, and 47g protein

Tropical Chicken Salad

This salad is the perfect pre or post workout meal. It has plenty of protein and fiber, vitamins, minerals and lots of delicious flavor. 
Servings: 8 

Here's what you need...

  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
  • 4 skinless chicken breast, baked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup low calorie mango dressing
  1. Mix all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with the dressing.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 200 calories, 3 fat, 144mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 30g protein.

Easy Baked Salmon

Salmon is filled with quality protein and omega-3 benefits, making it the perfect center of your healthy dinner. Serve your salmon on a bed of fresh or braised greens. 
Servings: 4 

Here's what you need:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, fat free
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 (3oz) wild caught salmon fillets

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