These protein-rich cookies made with Naked Nutrition Protein Powder and a bevy of other whole, healthy ingredients will fuel you for your upcoming workout as you head back to the gym after the holidays!

Protein Gingersnaps

Ingredients

½ cup all-purpose flour (“Mom” prefers organic, unbleached flour)
½ cup Naked Nutrition protein powder
⅓ sugar (“Mom” prefers organic)
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ tablespoon ground ginger
½ of a whole egg (“Mom” prefers organic, cage-free eggs)
2 tablespoons molasses
5 tablespoons butter, softened (“Mom” prefers organic)
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (“Mom” prefers Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, protein powder, sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt and mix until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, molasses, butter and vanilla. Combine the wet and dry mixtures until a batter forms. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the batter into 12-14 balls and place them on the sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool before serving.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Naked Nutrition.*

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News headlines let parents know that Mother Earth has some concerning problems. There’s depletion of the ozone layer, toxins such as metals or phthalates polluting our water, drought, overstuffed landfills and acid rain, to name a few.

Want to make a difference in 2016, but not sure how? It’s true that small actions when combined together can make a big difference towards protecting our planet. Join together with your kids and you’re on your way!

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We turned to Southern California’s Dr. Andrea Neal, a mom of two who has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and lipid biochemistry. She also has a Ph.D. Swedish Agricultural University where she studied the effects of toxins on our soil. After going on an expedition for oceanographic explorer and environmentalist, Jean-Michel Cousteau, in which she explored 8,000 miles of pristine ocean; studying the devastating marine pollution, including the Great Pacific Garbage Patch off the coast of California and the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power meltdown, she founded Hope2o, a company that enables consumers to test their tap and filter water for harmful toxins.

Here are 5 simple solutions for protecting Planet Earth together with your kids:

1. Do your best with the resources you have. Neal suggests simple, healthy approaches to “going green” that work for you and your family. Her family does not drink from plastic (plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, a whopping 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. They eat local and organic when they can. And, she confesses, they have more reusable bags than anyone on the planet.

2. Support an environmental cause. Neal’s cause is anything that has to do with water. “I have been to the middle of the ocean and have seen our trash floating there,” she says. “This makes me a huge advocate for environmental solutions.” She supports many eco-conscious organizations, including Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society for which she is an advisor; Mission Blue, led by famed National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle; Blue Frontier Campaign, which inspired Neal’s Operation Water Legacy program (OWL), an initiative to chemically map the New Jersey water system; and Blue Marble Project, a program that links mental and physical health with a connection to water. She suggests finding a project that speaks to your heart.

3. Play outdoors! Nature is healthy for us both physically and mentally. Neal’s family enjoys hiking, camping as a family and they all play soccer. She and her husband surf, dive, and snorkel. “We don’t get in the water as much right now with a small baby, but I am very much looking forward to some board time with him,” she says. “As Jacque Yves Cousteau used to say, ‘you protect what you love.”

4. Develop critical thinking skills. Find accurate information and put your energy and time into real solutions to the specific problem that bothers you and real causes. “You can’t protect what you don’t understand,” says Neal, again paraphrasing Cousteau. “With so much information on the Web, it is hard to sort out what is real and what isn’t.” Share what you learn with your children and involve them with all of your decisions and efforts. Help them learn to easily articulate why your family makes eco-friendly choices.

5. Commit to your kids’ future. Neal says it is going to take a global effort to try to change the current path we are on. “I hope that my efforts help secure clean water and a clean environment for my children,” says Neal. “With the rate of population growth, our ability to support everyone with the resources we have is diminishing quickly.”

*Image courtesy of Kookkai_nak on FreeDigitalPhotos.*

How about changing things up on taco night? This easy and delicious recipes for crab tacos, made with wild Alaskan crab, takes only 25 minutes to prep and cook!

Alaska Crab Tacos

Ingredients

12 to 16 oz. Alaska Crabmeat (from 2 to 3 pounds of Alaska King, Snow or Dungeness crab)
4 red bell peppers OR 10 to 12 oz. bottled roasted red peppers
1 cup Mexican crema or sour cream (“Mom” prefers organic sour cream)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 cups grated Queso Oaxaca or Monterey Jack cheese (“Mom” prefers organic)
8 small (6 to 7-inch) tortillas, warmed (“Mom” prefers gluten-free)
Favorite hot sauce, if desired

Preparation

Rinse frozen Alaska Crab legs under cold running water to remove any ice glaze; pat dry with paper towels. Discard towels. Steam or boil frozen crab in a large pot for 6 to 8 minutes, until heated through. When cool, use kitchen shears to cut the shells open and remove crabmeat. Chop or shred meat, if desired.

Over an open flame (grill or cooktop), roast bell peppers until blackened. Cool slightly; rub off skin with a paper towel (or place in a paper bag for 5 minutes for skin to soften). Seed and thinly slice peppers.

Mix crema, cilantro and lime juice together in a small bowl; set aside.

To serve, divide red pepper strips, cheese and crabmeat between tortillas. Top with 2 tablespoons crema mixture. Serve with your favorite hot sauce, if desired.

Cook’s tip: Alaska Crab is already fully cooked, so thawed crab legs may be shelled without steaming or boiling.

Serves 4.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Alaska Seafood Company.* 

Start the New Year off right with this rich and creamy soup that is packed with flavor and is healthy for you, too! The ease of making it in a crock pot will make this a ‘go-to’ soup this winter!

We’ve been programmed to believe that creamy soups are bad for us, but that’s not the case if Blue Isle is on your ingredient list. Probiotic and calcium rich, Blue Isle is a yogurt spread made from the healthy goodness of fresh, rBST-free milk, including live active and probiotic cultures, and calcium but no added sugar. It contains 180% less sodium per serving and 40% fewer calories and fat than the leading cream cheese. Plus, Blue Isle is both natural and OU Kosher certified.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 cups Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spread
32 ounces of diced peeled tomatoes (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 (8-ounce) can tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1⁄2-1 medium onion
2 cups vegetable stock
4-5 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
Pepper, to taste
Shredded Parmesan cheese (“Mom” prefers organic)
Garlic toast

Blue Isle Spread - Original

Preparation

In a crock pot or large pot, heat stock, bay leaf, tomatoes and tomato paste.

Mix with a wooden spoon until blended.

Add garlic and onions.

Add Italian seasoning and pepper to taste.

Add Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spread.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours in a crock pot or pot to get the best taste, or heat on medium until hot.

Serve in bowls and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Blue Isle Spread.*