Protein Bites

No bake protein bites

The best part about this recipe is that there is no baking involved. These are extremely easy! They are packed with a ton all natural protein, which makes a great on the go snack.

Ingredients:

1 Cup rolled oats

1/2 Cup whey protein powder

1/4 Cup raw honey

1/2 agave syrup

2 Tablespoons Chia seed

2 Tablespoons flax-seed

1/2 Cup almond butter

1/2 Cup “Better N’ Peanut Butter” peanut butter ( I use this because it is lower in calories and has a sweeter taste to it, however you could use a full cup of almond butter)

1/3 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut

A splash of coconut milk ( just enough to moisten)

Optional: When available I will often add dried fruit such as raisins, or dates .For a richer more indulgent taste I will add in some carob chips.

Makes about 30 bites.

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into balls using your hands or an ice cream scoop. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil, freeze for 30 mins or store in fridge.

Tip: “Better N’ Peanut Butter” peanut butter can be found at trader Joes.


Crunchy Garbanzo beans

These are a great option for a healthy snack, and are tasty when added to salads. Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas are high in fiber and protein which make them a great staple for those who are on a vegetarian diet.  The protein in these keep you full and energized, and the fiber is great for your body’s digestive system! Overall these make for a delicious, healthy snack.

Ingredients:

3 cans garbanzo beans

Garlic powder

Sea Salt

Pepper

Olive oil (to grease pan)

Preheat the oven to 450. Completely drain each can of garbanzo beans, being sure to get rid of all liquid. Evenly spread beans on a baking sheet and season to taste with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bake in the oven for about 45 mins, rotating the garbanzos occasionally.

You can change up the spices in this recipe to whatever variation suites you, often I will add white pepper to them for an extra kick.

This serves about 6 people.


Do it Yourself Popsicles

Healthy- Homemade Popsicles 

The other night I wanted a healthy and natural alternative to your regular sugary popsicle. I got some small disposable plastic cups and popsicle sticks and threw together some popsicles with healthy ingredients I had in my kitchen. They turned out fantastic and were eaten up quickly during the hot summer days. These are just a few of the different variations I made, but the possibilities are endless.

 Fill each little plastic cup with the following , pictured above from left to right…

Strawberry kiwi lemonade :

Fresh lemonade

1/2 a kiwi sliced

3  sliced Strawberries

Guava blueberry popsicle :

100% pure Guava Puree

1/4 cup blueberries

Green tea cucumber popsicle:

Green tea ( I used Tazo green tea)

1/4 cup sliced fresh cucumber

Honey chia seed popsicle:

1/2 tablespoon of raw honey

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry moscato:

moscato wine

2 sliced strawberries

Tip: to make popsicle stick stand straight cut little pieces of paper and poke a hole in the middle with your popsicle stick place on top of cup to act as an anchor

 

Zucchini Chips

Oven baked zucchini chips.

Ingredients:
4 zucchinis
Salt & pepper
Garlic powder
Olive oil ( to grease pan)

Preheat the oven to 450. Cut zucchini into thin slices , about the thickness of a quarter. Season with garlic powder , salt, and pepper. Spread zucchini evenly on baking sheet and cook for about 40 mins, flipping the chips half way through.

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Carrot Fries

Carrot fries are a tasty  low carb option for those who love to snack! These have been a huge hit with friends & family since the first time I made them!

Baked Carrot Fries.

Ingredients:

8-10 Medium carrots (sliced)

Sea Salt (to taste)

Pepper ( to taste)

olive oil (to grease pan)

                                                                                                    Directions:

Preheat oven to 450. Grease baking pan lightly with olive oil. Cut the carrots into about a 1/2 thick and 4 inch long slices . Just a little larger than your average french fry, because they will shrink in the oven. Season with salt & pepper (or any seasonings you prefer). Place evenly on the pan so that all carrots lay flat. cook for about 40 mins, occasionally flipping the fries to evenly cook them.