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Green Apple Smoothie with Peanut Butter Topping

28 Oct

Another delicious smoothie creation.

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I had some fresh green apples, and thought, hey, what a better way to enjoy my afternoon than make a delicious, green apple smoothie.

The slightly sour taste of the green apple gave such a delicious flavor coupled with the sweet protein powder and agave that I added. And then of course, I wanted to make an extra special topping. That’s when I thought to myself, what goes better with apples than peanut butter? <3

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So I mixed together a peanut butter and honey yogurt and added it to the top of my smoothie. Placed it in the freezer for just about 10 minutes. And wallah, pure deliciousness.

What is your favorite type of smoothie flavor?? Is there a flavor you would like to see me create?! Tell me! :)

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Green Apple Smoothie
-1 medium Green Apple, slice and frozen
-1/2 medium ripe Banana, frozen
-1 cup Almond Milk
-1 scoop About Time Whey Protein
(I used their new pumpkin spice! Order on their website here and use my promo code: FFF1 for a discount!)
-1 tablespoon Agave/Honey
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-Optional: a few Spinach leaves for added greens

Directions: Combines all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Top with Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt below if desired.

Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Topping
-1/2 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
-1 tablespoon Peanut Butter or Peanut Flour
-2 teaspoons Honey
-1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions: Combine all ingredients. Top Smoothie with Yogurt

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Apple Benefits
1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria
2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain
3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness
4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount)
5)Reduces Cholesterol
6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal
7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content)
8) Detoxes Liver
9) Boosts immune system
Whey Protein Benefits
1) Good source of high amounts of protein
2) Aids in muscle growth and repair
3) Known to lower blood pressure
4) Helps lose body fat
5) High protein keeps you satisfied and full

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

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Toasted Coconut Protein Shake

23 Oct

There is this one ice cream place where I live called Kilwins..do you have that as well?! If not, let me just tell you, it is anything but healthy. BUT, there is this one ice cream flavor that is so completely worth every single calorie, and that is their toasted coconut flavor!! It is literally heaven in a cup.

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So, after a long biology lab today my friend and I decided to be a little more motivated than usual and go on a run! It was the first day here in Gainesville FL that was nice and semi cool out. When we got back, I knew I wanted a delicious protein shake to refuel. Thank goodness About Time Whey had sent me some of their delicious protein flavors to sample! (you can try out this protein for a discounted price by ordering online with the promo code: FFF1 )

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Just a little snapshot of a part of campus

And that is when that ice cream flavor popped into my head. I had to attempt to remake this delicious taste. Oh boy was I a happy girl that I attempted, because it was one of the best shakes I had made in awhile! Of course, that along with my pumpkin protein shake I made a couple weeks ago :) (pumpkin obsession probz)

Drink it for breakfast. Drink it after a workout. Eat it as a late night snack frozen. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

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Toasted Coconut Shake
-1 scoop Vanilla Whey (I use AboutTime Whey, use the promo code, FFF1 for a discount when ordering online!)
-1/2 cup Almond Milk/Coconut Milk
-1/2 frozen Banana
-1/2 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
-1/2 cup Ice
-2 tablespoons Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
-1 teaspoon Coconut Extract
-1 packet Stevia or 1 tablespoon Honey or Agave
-Optional: 1 tablespoon Chia or flax Seeds (good for your health!)

Directions: Place coconut on some foil and place into toaster oven or actual oven and bake until slightly browned. This will only take a few minutes. Be careful as it burns easily! Next, add all other ingredients into blender + 1 tablespoon of the toasted coconut. Blend until smooth. Top with leftover coconut. Serve with kiwi slices if desired or any other topping.

Note: Can be frozen for about 30 minutes for a frozen treat as well :)

Coconut Benefits
1)Fights viruses and bacteria growth in body
2)Fights yeast, fungus, and candida
3) Positively affects hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control which leads to increase metabolism, energy and endurance
4)Aids in digestion
5)Absorbs fat soluble vitamins
6)Lowers cholesterol
7)Special fat called medium chain triglycerides (Research shows 2T a day allowed women not only to gain less weight but lower abdominal fat)

Whey Protein Benefits
1) Good source of high amounts of protein
2) Aids in muscle growth and repair
3) Known to lower blood pressure
4) Helps lose body fat
5) High protein keeps you satisfied and full

Crockpot Pumpkin Apple Butter [RecipeRedux]

21 Oct

Have you ever tried apple butter or pumpkin butter?? If not, you are missing out. IMG_5315

The only thing is, the apple butter I fell in love with as a kid is full of sugar…not something I would want to be consuming on a daily basis. I loved putting spoonfuls on my toast when I was younger, but the store bought stuff is certainly not an everyday toast spread for one wanting to live healthy or watch their calories. And that is why I knew I had to make my own. IMG_5256

When going to make one of the butters though, I couldn’t decide which to make! And that is why I decided to combine BOTH of these delicious fall flavors into ONE jar. Yes, I decided to make pumpkin apple butter :) That is why I decided to make my own. And I thought what better way to do it than in a crock pot?? Pumpkin and apple butter are always usually cooked on the stove. But slow cooking in the crock pot just seemed like a great idea. And it turned out to be just that.

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Spread on toast, put on top of yogurt or oatmeal, or eat as a delicious dip, this pumpkin apple butter is one that you will be glad you have on hand. IMG_5309

Pumpkin Apple Butter

-Makes about 1 16oz jar-

-2 cups Pumpkin Puree (one pie pumpkin, cooked and blended)

-1 Apple, sliced thin

-1/2 cup Apple Juice or Coconut Water

-1/4 cup Brown Sugar

-1/4 cup Baking Stevia

-1T Cinnamon

-1/4 teaspoon each: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cloves

-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

-1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice

-Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: Add all ingredients in crock pot, and stir until all ingredients are combined. Cover crock pot, and turn crock pot on low. Allow to slow cook for 3 to 4 hours. Turn crock pot off. Allow to cool. Place crock pot contents into high speed blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to 16oz jar, and keep refrigerated. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before using.

Apple Benefits 1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria 2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain 3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness 4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount) 5)Reduces Cholesterol 6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal 7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content) 8) Detoxes Liver 9) Boosts immune system

Pumpkin Benefits: 1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight 2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied 3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin 4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!) 5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Pumpkin French Toast

14 Oct

One thing I think we all had when at least once growing up, French Toast. But what I bet you haven’t had before is this kind. One that’s filled with the sweet, cinnamon flavor mixed with the savory taste of pumpkin.

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Got your attention yet?

Well I took something that’s not usually known to be healthy, like French toast, filled it with protein and nutrient dense ingredients, and came up with my recipe for Pumpkin French Toast :) I love it because it’s a decadent breakfast made in only a few minutes. Yes, something you don’t have to spend the whole morning toiling over! And in case you are wondering, no, I promise not every one of my posts will have pumpkin in it…but I must admit, it is one of my favorite foods. Plus, it has so many health benefits :)

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Pumpkin French Toast

-2 egg whites
-1/4 cup pumpkin
-1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 T  agave/honey/stevia/sugar
-2 slices of Ezekiel bread
-Optional Toppings: pumpkin butter, banana, peanut butter, agave, coconut whipped topping

Directions: Combine first 5 ingredients together in bowl. Soak bread in mixture on both sides. Fry on stove in pan until browned on both sides. Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!

Coconut Whipped Topping

*Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight. Open can and scoop off the thick part on top. Beat with electric mixers until a cream has formed. Simple and delicious!

 

Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins [GF, DF, V]

11 Oct

By this time you know I love pumpkin.

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But now thanks to Recipe Redux putting on this Sweetpotato Contest, I have rediscovered my love of them as well. Simply baked in the oven, cooked in a savory meal, or used in dessert, these sweetpotatoes provide such a delicious flavor and also a very moist texture :)

Recap for anyone who has missed my last couple posts and is confused as to why I’m spelling sweetpotatoes without a space:  What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s talk about these muffins. Can you say scrumptious? The flavors of sweetpotato, pumpkin, and almonds all in one mini muffin. What a great way to kick off the Fall season! I love this time of year, because guess what?! Pumpkin and squashes are everywhere! I can now post many pumpkin and squash recipes without seeming completely insane :)

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I made these muffins for all of my friends the other night, and didn’t know what to expect. But they loved them! I’m not a big baker when it comes to cakes and muffins, so I didn’t know if I would come out with the right ratio of everything, but thankfully I did and these muffins were a great success. And they’re gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian friendly! So dive on in to this tasty recipe.

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Want a little taste of Fall? Or a small bite of heaven? Try this recipe with your very own sweetpotatoes today!

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Sweetpotato Pumpkin Nut Muffins
Makes 18 mini muffins

–    1 cup oats
–    1/4 cup California sweet potato, mashed
–    1/4 cup pumpkin puree
–    1/4 cup applesauce
–    3T egg white
–    6 dates
–    3T agave
–    1T coconut oil
–    1 tsp vanilla
–    1 tsp cinnamon
–    1/2 tsp ginger
–    1 tsp baking powder
–    1/4 tsp butter and almond extract
–    1/4 tsp sea salt
–    Optional: 1/4 cup crushed nuts or mini chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Combine oats and dates in food processor and blend until it forms a crumbly mixture. Add in all other dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated. In small bowl, mix together all wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, and blend until mixed well. Stir in almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Spray mini muffin liners with nonstick spray. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each mold. Top with extra crushed almonds or chocolate chips if desired. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until done. For an extra moist muffins, take out before toothpick comes out clean (for me, about 8-10 minutes). Enjoy.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Almond Benefits
1) Reduce Heart Attack Risk
2) Lower Bad Cholesterol
3) Protect artery walls from damage
4) Build strong bones and teeth
5) Provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
6) Lower rise in blood sugar after meals
7) Alkalize the body

 

I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

25 Sep

Sore throat+ Rainy day + Big Exam to study for called for only one thing a couple days ago.

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PUMPKIN.

By now you probably know I love pumpkin, but it truly is my comfort food as well! Just the thought, smell, or taste of pumpkin makes me so much more at peace and in such a more happier mood :)

Here is an easy, healthy, yet delicious smoothie, that uses About Time’s Vanilla Whey (completely natural and no sweeteners besides stevia!). Use my promo code on TryAboutTime.com, for 25% off! Promo Code=FFF1.

Wanting a delicious frozen treat? Freeze this for about 30 minutes to an hour!

I hope this smoothie puts a smile on your face like it did for me :)

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Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

-1 scoop Vanilla Whey (use FFF1 to get 25% About Time’s powder online!)
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup pumpkin (1/4 if you don’t want it too pumpkin tasting!)
-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1 packet stevia
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 dash sea salt
Directions: Blend all together until smooth!
TIP: You can freeze this for about 30 minutes too for a frozen treat!

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy

Pumpkin Gingerbread Mugcake (single serving cake) DF, GF

24 Sep

Yes yes yes, another pumpkin recipe.

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Mugcakes are so easy and quick to make, that they are so practical on my busy college schedule. I’ve made a couple already that you can find on here, like my delicious pina colada one, carrot cake one, mocha coconut latte one, or even my reeses mugcake! There are many to choose from.

But with the pumpkin season arriving, I had to make a pumpkin one! And what better way to make it than incorporate that delectable ginger flavor. And good news for those of you that avoid dairy or gluten, because this recipe is free of both!

Just want a plain pumpkin mugcake recipe? Have no fear, it is easy to make this mugcake just that!

Whether you’re wanting a quick breakfast, fun snack, or a sinless dessert, this is for you!

HaPpY PuMpKiN SeAsOn!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Mugcake

-1/4 cup GF Rolled Oats
-1/4 cup Pumpkin
-3T Egg Whites
-1T GF Oat Flour
-1 packet Stevia
-1T Molasses
-1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon Ginger
-Dash of Baking Powder and Sea Salt
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Pour into mug sprayed with nonstick spray. Cook in microwave for 1 minute. Top with Vanilla Cream if desired (below).

Note: If just wanting a plain pumpkin flavor, sub molasses for honey, and omit ginger.

Vanilla Cream
-2 T Low Fat Cream Cheese
-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-Stevia or Honey to sweeten
Directions: Combine all ingredient in small measuring bowl until smooth, top pumpkin cake with cream.

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin aid which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C to keep you fit and healthy