Yesterday during my much needed pedicure I was reading through a health magazine and came across a spread on homemade gourmet popsicles! I loved this one in particular. Looks so delicious. I do not own a juicer and this recipe calls for one. I have always wanted a juicer so I think that might be going on my registry! Any suggestions on a good juicer?
I love Lara Bars, not only because of their sweet goodness, but also because they are made from about 4 ingredients. I thought, if Lara can make these bars... so can I (and so can you!)
For my "Lauren bars" I used:
1/2 C figs
1/4 C walnuts
1/4 C almonds
1 tbsp chia seeds
In a blender (I used a mini food processor by Proctor Silex) throw in all the nuts. Make sure not to turn the nuts into a powder. You want to have some chunks in there to add texture to your bar. Set the nuts aside.
Next: Throw the dried fruit into your blender. Blend until they form a paste like this:
I used a vegetable cutting board and laid out my dried fruit paste. I took the chia seeds and added it to the top.
After mixing the chia seeds and paste by hand, I threw in my nuts.
Mix nuts and paste together. I always loved playing with my food. You can make a mohawk if you would like.
Divide mixture into 8 snack balls. Throw the balls in a plastic bag and store in your fridge.
Each ball will contain a little over 100 calories (~108) and provide you with a sweet and nutritious filled snack that will give you your afternoon boost, or that pre workout lift. You can get creative with the mixtures and add different dried fruit for the paste, or nuts for the filler. Let me know if you try it, and how it comes out! Did you add something different?
Check out those stainless steel straws!
Berry Smoothie (serves 2)
- 2 Frozen Bananas (makes the smoothie cold, so no need for ice!)
- 1 C milk (can be almond, soy, anything!)
- Frozen or fresh mixed berries
- 1 tsp chia seeds
Feel free to get creative and add protein powder, flax seeds, or anything that makes you smile!
Green Smoothie (serves 2)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 C any kind of milk (soy, almond, cow!)
- 2 tbsp nut butter
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 3-6 stems of kale
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While in Vermont this past weekend my friend Amanda brought her amazing blueberry muffins! They were not too sweet, making them an awesome breakfast or snack. Amanda's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas
- 4 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 3/4 cup soy milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease muffin pans.
- In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, egg whites, vanilla extract and milk.
- Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until smooth. Fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
- Bake 16-18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
I currently have an obssesion with beats! Fresh are the best, but "ready to eat" steamed and pealed beats are pretty darn good too. Find them at Trader Joes. No dressing needed; they have so much flavor on their own. I cut up Persian cucumbers (my favorite) , added goat cheese and beats.
A nice healthy snack.
Hummus Cucumbers Avocado Vine ripe tomato and fresh mozzarella
Yesterday my mom gave me a bag of hand-picked apples! I don't follow directions very well, so making an apple pie, crisp or anything else with more than 2 steps would be a disaster. This is what I did instead: Easy. Fast. And oh so YUMMY!
1. preheat oven to 325-ish
2. slice apples thin-ish
3. place on baking sheet and put in toaster oven (if you have one). Toaster ovens are smaller so they heat up faster and use less energy. Let them sit for about 20-25 minutes or until you love them.
*when I say baking sheet I mean tin foil. You can coat tin foil with non stick product if you feel
*I like to sprinkle cinnamon on the apple slices before I place them in the oven. Makes the BEST treat.. and so healthy! An apple is about 60-80 calories. ENJOY!