Sunday, June 14, 2015

Snack Ideas!

If you are like me, you LOVE to snack!!  I eat every couple of hours and always feel the need to think of some new snack ideas so eating doesn't get boring.    

Here are some of my go-to snacks.  I like to stay in budget and buy what's on sale too so feel free to swap a fruit out if it's not on sale.  Berries are the way to go -- high fiber, low sugar.  Buy frozen too, if you need to save that way.  Just be sure there is no sugar added!  

Instead of making excuses, make a way for your results to happen.  You deserve to achieve them! 

My faves ... 

Almonds (12 whole) & blueberries: 1 blue and 1 purple

Greek yogurt & granola (low sugar!): 1 red and 1 yellow

Strawberries & cheese stick: 1 blue and 1 purple

Hummus & Carrots/peppers/cucumbers: 1 blue and 1 green

Greek yogurt, berries, almonds (chopped & raw), chocolate chips: 1 red, 1/2 purple, 1 orange, 1 tsp

Cottage cheese & berries: 1 red and 1 purple

Apple & almond butter: 1 purple and 2 tsp

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Chocolate + quinoa might sound like a WEIRD combo...

But it's SO DELICIOUS when baked together with all kinds of other clean ingredients.  

Don't feel like you can't eat chocolate when you are on your health journey ... it's about everything in moderation and just making those healthy substitutions such as in the recipe swapping oil for very ripe bananas!!  

1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup uncooked quinoa flakes (or oatmeal flakes)
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
2 tablespoons almond butter
4 large VERY RIPE bananas
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Pinch sea salt
These cookies are SOOO GOOD! The are jam-packed with protein, fiber, stress-busting B-vitamins, energizing goodness and deliciousness! They're also gluten-free and will kick your cravings to the curb.

To prepare the cookies:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas in bowl with a fork and add vanilla, almond butter and coconut sugar. Add quinoa, oatmeal, coconut and pinch of salt. Mix until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and drop batter on to cooking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Serving Size
Makes about 25 cookies that look more like muffin-tops and are chewy.