Apple Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

I added to my mom’s oatmeal cookie recipe to create a yummy,  portable and healthy cookie for anytime of the day. Pcakes, pup-pup (raisin free) and adult approved.

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
Dessert
24
 
These are perfect for a toddler and mommy snack on the go! Pcakes isn't a huge fan of muffins, but these seem to be just the right size and texture for her to eat anytime of the day.
Ingredients
  • 1 apple
  • handful of carrots
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbl molasses
  • 2 tbl chia seeds
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Shred apple and carrots in food processor or blender. (about 2 cups total)
  3. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Place about 2 dozen scoops on baking sheets.
  5. Bake until firm and browned, about 15 minutes.

 

Apple Cinnamon Recovery Muffins & Do it yourself Recovery Drank

I made these quick muffins and recovery drink to have on hand after my intense MommiesRfit Bootcamp workouts and after my training runs. (As Tony says, “The recovery drinks, that’s why I do the workouts.”) The muffins are about 50% carbs and 20% protein, the drink 100% carbs, (49 g carbs, plus sodium,potassium, and vitamins). A serving of the drink and one muffin total just about 300 calories.

Apple Cinnamon Recovery Muffins & Do it yourself Recovery Drank
Snack
12
 
Ingredients
Muffins
  • 2 bananas
  • 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1tsp soda
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup oats
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 individual container unsweetened apple sauce
  • Heavy sprinkle Cinnamon
  • 1 large apple diced
  • 3 tbl carob chips (optional)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup PB2 (optional)
Recovery Drink
  • 1 cup organic juice (pear, apple, watermelon etc)
  • ½ - 1 cup coconut water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mash bananas, add all other ingredients, stir with a wooden spoon, add splash of coconut water or non dairy milk if too dry. (Should be able to spoon mixture into muffin tin).
  3. Bake about 20 minutes, or until browned and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Drank
  1. Mix it up mama

 

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Piña Colada Protein Shake

To celebrate what feels like the start of Summer in VA, I whipped this up in the blender after a balmy 85 degree morning in the sun. Yummy and refreshing, it gets a whipped froth on top from the canned coconut milk.

Piña Colada Protein Shake
Drinks
 
Ingredients
  • ½-1 cup Frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup Coconut milk (canned makes it creamier)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Water
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Add pineapple, coconut milk, banana and protein powder to blender.
  2. Blend, adjust with water or ice to get preferred consistency.

 

Dinosaur Kale Salad

Dino-what? As perplexed as the checkout people at the grocery store were, the two names I knew to look it up under were Dinosaur or Lacinato Kale and they couldn’t find it. Oye…few minutes later a checker sprinted back “Tuscan Kale”. Alrighty then, this yummy dark leafy green has 3 names. It’s also one of my favorite new things to eat in the following salad. Thanks to MommaPea over at Peas & Thank You for turning me onto this fabulous idea!

Dinosaur Kale Salad
appetizer
2-4
 
Discovered and loved this kale from Peas & Thank You. A simple citrus Dijon dressing on this slightly bitter chewy green is delish. I eat the entire bowl in two sittings. Yum.
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches of Dinosaur/Lacinato/Tuscan Kale
  • 3-4 Tbl Dijon mustard
  • 1 lime (or lemon)
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • White wine vinegar (optional)
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Nuts/Seeds (Sunflower Seeds, Pistachios, or Pine nuts)
Instructions
  1. Wash the kale and tear off the leaves leaving any very thick stems behind (save for smoothies or juicing). Briefly dry with kitchen towel or spin in salad spinner.
  2. In the bottom of a large mixing bowl, add juice from citrus, Dijon, drizzle of Olive Oil, Squeeze of Honey, S&P. Splash of vinegar & Nutritional Yeast if using.
  3. Add Kale leaves, use hands to mix well. Taste, adjust dressing ingredients as needed (if too bitter add more honey etc.)
  4. Sprinkle with seeds or nuts. Yum!

Check out Peas & Thank You’s version here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brazil Nut Parm

We l-o-v-e Brussels. We have even made our friends obsessed. Try preparing them this way (even if you don’t do the nut topping) and you too will be a Brussels believer.  

 

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brazil Nut Parm
Side
 
Ingredients
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Garlic
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Rinse Brussels, remove any bad leaves.
  3. Cut in half, put on sprayed cookie sheet.
  4. Spray with olive oil, salt & pepper well.  Flip them once after 10 minutes.
  5. Remove Brussels from oven when edges browned and crisp (about 20-25 minutes)
  6. In food processor or blender place handful of Brazil nuts, 1 garlic clove and pinch of salt. Process until fluffy like Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over Brussels Sprouts.

 

Dried Fruit Reviews: Gourmet Bella Viva Orchard & Bare Fruit Organic Apple Chips

Whether you’re looking for a gourmet treat or a family friendly snack, you can’t go wrong with one of these dried fruit snacks.

 

Bella Viva Orchards

http://www.bellaviva.com/

Bella Viva generously sent me a package of their Dried Apple Tart Rings, Dried Strawberries and Dried Bing Cherries to review.  The apples and strawberries are 100% natural but the cherries have sulfur dioxide added. They are all delicious! These are a gourmet treat wonderful for snacking on but also fabulous in baked goods like pancakes, muffins, breads….etc. etc. The Bing cherries are by far the best dried cherries I have ever tried, sweet and plump, the apples and strawberries like candy. Yum.

 


Bare Fruit Cinnamon Apple Chips

http://barefruitsnacks.com/

 

Bare Fruit was kind enough to send me a 14oz bag of their organic bake-dried Cinnamon Apple Chips a few months ago. Yum! These are now a staple in our house as I found the same flavor at Costco. They are a delicious, crunchy snack with low calories and sugar and no added ingredients. We love these.

 

Quick Fix: Overnight Oatmeal Cookie Oats

A quick and healthy breakfast that will fill you up and is ready in 1-2 minutes. I make a few jars at a time and stick in the fridge/lunchbox for the next few days. Done and done.

 

 

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Quick Fix: Overnight Oatmeal Cookie Oats
Breakfast
1
 
I keep a ready supply of frozen ripe bananas in a ziplock bag. Feel free to use the one on your counter, just mash well. I save all my glass PB, Brown Rice syrup etc. jars and reuse them for overnight oats. The possibilities are endless, try with a sprinkle of chocolate chips or a swirl of peanut butter.
Ingredients
  • Half a frozen banana
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbl. - ¼ cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 1-2 tsp. Chia Seeds
  • Sweetener of choice (Agave, Honey or Zsweet)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Sprinkle of spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves
  • Almond milk
  • sprinkle of raisins
Instructions
  1. Stick banana in jar, microwave 20-40 seconds or until melted.
  2. Add oats, spices, vanilla, Chia seeds, raisins, sweetener, and enough milk to cover.
  3. Stir, taste, adjust seasonings & sweetener.
  4. Put on lid, stick in fridge overnight.
  5. Add more liquid if needed. Eat as is or microwave for 1½- 2 minutes.

 

Fronana! Quick Fix Sweet Tooth: 3 minutes to a creamy (healthy) vanilla treat!

We all get the sweet tooth craving and want something quick! Try this amazingly delicious, 2 ingredient fluffy & creamy “ice cream”  quick fix and comment what you think!

Somehow it tastes just like an ice cream and not “banana-y”…AJ even dug in for an after dinner dessert fix!

 

 

Quick Fix Sweet Tooth: Raw Ice Cream
Dessert
1-2
 
I buy big bunches of bananas and as soon as they are ripe I peel them and stick in a large freezer bag. We also use them in protein shakes because of their creamy, fluffy consistency and sweetness.
Ingredients
  • 2 Frozen Bananas (frozen for at least 2 hours or if sliced thin-1 hour)
  • 1-2 Tsp. vanilla
  • Almond milk (optional)
  • Zsweet (optional)
  • cacao nibs (optional)
Instructions
  1. Blend bananas & Vanilla in your food processor for a few minutes.
  2. Scrape down the sides and process until they take on a fluffy, ice cream consistency.
Optional:
  1. Add a few tablespoons of milk if desired to make more like soft serve.
  2. Add a few teaspoons of Zsweet if bananas were more on the green side.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips or sprinkle with Cacao nibs and eat!
  4. Try adding peanut butter, cocoa powder or pieces of Newman's O's YUM...

 

Banana, Vanilla, Almond Milk w/Cacao Nibs

Healthy Protein Powders: a review of Sunwarrior, NutriBiotic, Living Fuel & Now powders. Try one in my Mocha-Flax Protein Shake recipe!

There are so many types of Protein Powders on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide what is best for you. You want something easy to digest, as your body uses the amino acids in protein to continuously rebuild enzymes, tissue, hormones, and other important molecules.  Did you know most protein powders are created using chemical extraction? Many protein powders have been mechanically separated, heated to high temperatures, and processed using chemicals like hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide which can damage the amino acids like immunoglobulins (antibodies), and glycomacropeptides (help calcium absorbtion & boost immune systems). Just like with any food, the closer to the original form it is, the healthier, more nutrient rich and cleaner burning it is for your body. Something that tastes great would be nice too, right? In this post I have reviewed and pooled information on some great products that will help make your protein powder choosing easy and tasty!

Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Chocolate

Sunwarrior makes awesome stuff. All their proteins have 98.2 assimilation rate and are about 83% protein. One scoop of the chocolate is 15g of protein, 80 calories, 1 g of fat, 5g of carbs and only 1g sugar. And it’s YUMMY! I love it in my Mocha-Flax shakes (below) or just mixed until creamy with 1/4 cup almond milk like a protein pudding (or heat for 10 seconds and its like a warm pudding mouse mmm). Ingredients: Whole brown rice protein (Bio-Fermented Raw Sprouted Whole GrainBrown Rice Protein), Cocoa, Pectin, Xantham gum (Natural Bio-Fermented Stabilizer), and Stevia (all natural plant-based sweetener).

“By using a unique natural wholistic bio-fermentation process and by combining the sprouted endosperm and the bran from raw sprouted whole grain brown rice, (the result of this amazing process is) a massive increase in Lysine and all 9 essential and non-essential amino acids forming a perfectly balanced amino acid profile. At 80% pure protein, Sunwarrior has created the highest and first raw complete vegan, hypo-allergenic superfood protein on the market. Not only does it taste superb but it blends exceptionally well and is easy to digest. In fact our protein is so easy to assimilate that it has 98% correlation rate to mother’s milk and a 98.2% digestion efficiency rating making it one of the highest digestibility and efficiency ratings of any other protein source. Sunwarrior Protein is also naturally rich in Vitamins and Minerals and contains high amounts of Antioxidants, Tocopherols, Tocotrienols and other essential nutrients — such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, iron and potassium. Using Sunwarrior Increases the efficacy and absorption of vitamins and minerals. There has been a direct correlation between the use of Sunwarrior Protein and the absorption of vitamins. Because Sunwarrior Protein is so digestible it can be easily assimilated by infants, the elderly and adults — The World Health Organization may be using Sunwarrior Protein in the future to feed malnourished individuals because of the hypoallergenic profile and superior absorption that Sunwarrior has been shown to have.There is currently a clinical trial which shows promise that Sunwarrior Protein aids in the absorption of vitamins in Aids patients. There has been a direct correlation between the use of Sunwarrior Protein and the absorption of vitamins in Aids patients where other proteins do not provide such synergistic affects during the intake. Weight Loss – Clinical studies in Japan have shown that by providing Rice Protein as a staple in a diet it can act as a weight control vehicle. This is especially because of superior absorption rates. Cholesterol – Clinical studies have shown promise that Sunwarrior has cholesterol lowering potential and the USDA is currently using Sunwarrior in trials to see if it may help control high blood pressure.”

Sunwarror is our favorite.  So much so, that I joined their affiliate program.  If you’d like to order some, you can find it here.

NutriBiotic Prozone Vegan Vanilla Bean

http://www.nutribiotic.com

NutriBiotic kindly sent me a full size 22 oz. of their Nutritionally Balanced Drink Mix. “NutriBiotic’s naturally flavored Vegetarian Vanilla Bean ProZone is more than a supplement or “meal replacement” product. ProZone is formulated to contain the performance enhancing and healthy living balance of essential macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates.”  1 serving has 14g protein, 184 calories, 6g fat, 19 carbs, and 12g sugar. Ingredients: Enzymatically processed rice protein from whole grain, sprouted brown rice; pure crystalline fructose; medium chain triglycerides; natural vanilla flavor; guar gum; and xanthan gum.

“If you are on a weight-loss program, you may use ProZone Nutritionally Balanced Drink Mixes to replace two meals and one snack each day. ProZone can help create and sustain optimum metabolic function, which helps your body produce the right ratio of insulin to glucagon, so you’ll burn excess calories, release stored body fat, build lean muscle, and lose excess pounds.”

We thought this was pretty tasty and blended fine. When I tasted the first time I had to re-read the label to reassure myself it really was all natural vanilla and sugar as it tasted so sweet…we now tend to mix in a quarter to a half scoop of plain Pea or Rice protein with this one to cut the sweetness.

 

Living Fuel Living Protein

http://www.livingfuel.com

Living Fuel graciously sent me their full-sized can of their Living Fuel, “A revolutionary Protein and Fiber Formula derived from healthy plant sources, with 21 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes”. I definitely think Living Fuel is on to something including their own natural sweetener blend and pro&prebiotics in all of their products (they also make the CocaChia bars and snack mix).  A serving has 21g protein, 140 calories, 4g fat, 10g carbs, and 1g sugar. Ingredients: Enzymatically and Mechanically Extracted Protein from non-GMO Organic Brown Rice & non-GMO Yellow Pea Proprietary Complex, Stabilized Brown Rice Bran, Xylitol (from organic hardwood trees), Natural Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), Mannitol, Organic Vanilla Extract and Stevia Proprietary Complex.

This is a great product with healthful, naturally derived ingredients but must be mixed with something else (unlike the Sunwarrior which is great on its own) because of the flavor or lack thereof.  Pea protein can tend to have a chalky mouth-feel and unpleasant play-dough smell and taste, so just mix it in the blender to make a fruit smoothie and you won’t notice!

 NOW Sports Pea Protein

 

http://www.nowfoods.com/

This was one of the first vegan protein powders I bought and I still have some left…like I said above, unflavored Pea protein has a distinct taste and smell so I don’t use it by itself. I usually mix this one with the vanilla or put small amounts (1/4-1/2 scoop in bars, oatmeal etc.) It has 28g protein, 130 calories, 2g fat, 1 carb, and 0g sugar.  Ingredient:  100% Pure Non-GMO Pea Protein Isolate[from yellow peas (Pisum sativum)].  Allergen-Free.

 

 

 

Mocha-Flax Protein Shake
1
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup cooled coffee
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds
  • 8 oz milk (coconut, almond, or water)
  • handful spinach
  • ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Put all in blender
  2. Blend, add more liquid or ice as needed until creamy and milkshake-alicious!

 

Which bar do I choose? What are Snack, Protein, Energy, or Meal Bars? A review of CocoChia, Greens Plus, Nutrobiotics Fruit, Just Great Stuff, Purefit, Raw Revolution & MacroLife

You want something quick and easy to have on hand for your family. Snack bars that are healthy, with whole food ingredients you can not only name but identify. There are many good well-known brands of snack, meal and energy bars out there including LARABAR,  Luna Protein, Clif MOJO, Clif Kid,Clif C,  Odwalla, Kashi, etc. So in this post I have reviewed a few lesser known bars that could be a great addition to your lunch boxes and pantries including products from CocoChia, Greens Plus, Nutrobiotics, Just Great Stuff, Purefit, Raw Revolution and MacroLife.

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