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Protein Pumpkin Cake Dip

30 Oct

Fall is in the air. Get excited. You know what that means, right?

PUMPKIN RECIPES GALORE.

See, pumpkin is a weekly thing in my kitchen no matter the season, but now that it is truly the season for this delicious food, I feel no guilt in bombarding the blogging world with all my delicious pumpkin creations. I hope you like pumpkin!

If not, you should give it a second try, but no pressure :)

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This dip resembles my pumpkin cream cheese alternative that I wrote about in a past post, but now I’ve turned it into a delicious dip. Or a heavenly protein bowl to eat solely with a spoon. You can choose :)

As you know with my recent giveaway that is now up, I’m a huge fan of About Time protein, as it is a very clean powder, yet delicious! I currently have the Cake Batter powder, so of course, I had to make a cake dip. But guess what? About Time now has a PUMPKIN flavor. Yep, you read that right, pumpkin protein powder! Which you can also make this dip with :) This recipe is amazing as a dip, by itself simply with a spoon, or as a spread on toast/pita like this!

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And there is better news. I have a promo code you can use to receive 25% off! Type in FFF1 into the place for a promo code as you order online, and you’ll receive 25% off! Now you have no excuse to try this delicious powder..especially the pumpkin one! I know thats next on my list to try. But for now, here is the recipe for this tasty pumpkin dip!

Not a fan of protein powder? Omit it or add a touch of coconut flour instead! This recipe is just as delicious without the powder as it is with it. And it is high in protein even without the powder! It may not have that “cake-like” taste as much, but it is still delicious!

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Protein Pumpkin Cake Dip (or breakfast bowl!)
-1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
-1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
-1 scoop About Time Cake Batter Whey (Order on their website here and use my promo code: FFF1 for a discount!)
-1 packet Stevia
-1 or 2 T raw Honey/Agave (as needed for desired sweetness)
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon each: Vanilla and Butter Extract (or just 1 tsp vanilla!)
-Dash of Sea Salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled as a dip, or simply eat as a protein packed breakfast bowl!

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

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal 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

 

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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

Sweetpotato Pizza Crust with Sweetpotato Curry Sauce

9 Oct

In case you didn’t see my Sweetpotato Cookie Dough Dip, let me tell you a little something special. Why did I spell  “sweetpotato” as one word you may ask? What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! The recipe Redux community is having a California sweetpotato contest, and of course, I had to participate! 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.

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Many that are striving to live a healthy lifestyle avoid pizza at all costs because of thinking it is so bad. But when a recipe like this is created, the fear of pizza can disappear!

Made with gluten free rolled oats and sweetpotato, this pizza crust is far from the typical unhealthy crust. You can now have your pizza and eat it too!

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Sweetpotatoes are so versatile in the fact that they are not only delicious plain, baked in the oven like other potatoes, but they also turn out great in recipes! Whether a savory or sweet dish, these sweetpotatoes raise the bar on any typical recipe. In this unique pizza crust recipe, it added such a great taste and texture.

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My boyfriend (who is skeptical sometimes about my healthy food) loved it! That is proof that it is a tasty recipe. Want a pizza night soon but also don’t want to ruin your hard work in healthy living? Make this recipe for a great night with family or friends. I decided to make two mini pizzas. I topped one with a sweetpotato curry sauce (see below crust recipe) and veggies, and the other one with regular pizza sauce, veggies, and chicken. The sky is the limit with a delicious crust like this!

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Sweetpotato Pizza Crust
Makes 2 mini pizzas or 1 medium pizza

–    1/2 cup California Sweetpotato, cooked (about 1 medium sweetpotato)
–    1/2 cup Oat Flour (1 cup Rolled Oats, blended to flour)
–    1 whole Egg
–    2 tablespoons Chia Seeds (or flaxseeds)
–    1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
–    1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper, and Garlic Salt
–    1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place sweetpotato, flour, and egg into high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add in other ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Cover a pizza tray with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with nonstick spray and place pizza dough on it. Spread out to desired thinness (may need roller). Place into oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and add desired toppings. Bake in oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, cut into slices, and enjoy.

Optional Sweet Potato Sauce
–    1/2 cup sweetpotato, cooked
–    3 tablespoons Canned Coconut Milk
–    1/2 teaspoon Crushed Garlic
–    2 teaspoons Curry Powder
–    1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
–    1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Directions: Blend all ingredients together in high speed blender. Use as a topping for sweetpotato pizza crust above if desired.

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

Chia Seeds
1) Combats Diabetes: with its gelatinous coating it can prevent blood sugar spikes, and is also slow digesting which has lead to it being a possible treatment for diabetes
2) High in fiber: just 1 oz. has 1/3 of daily needed amount
3) Packed with Omega 3 Fatty Acids
4) Supports Bone and Teeth Health: packed with calcium
5) High in Manganese: an essential mineral for your bones
6) Rich in Phosphorous: aids body in synthesizing protein for cell and also maintaining healthy bones
7) High in protein: great source for vegetarians
8) Fights Belly Fat: it’s stabilizing affect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which is tied to an increase of belly fat
9) Contain tryptophan: also found in turkey, it is responsible for regulating appetite and improving sleep
10) Improves heart health

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

Sweetpotato Gingerbread Cookie Dough Dip

5 Oct

If we’re honest with ourselves, I think we can all agree that the dough is always better than the baked cookies themselves.

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But first things first. Why did I spell  “sweetpotato” as one word you may ask? 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.

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Now that you know why these sweetpotatoes are so special and a great buy, let me tell you a little bit about this recipe. Recipe Redux is putting on a California sweetpotato contest in which we were asked to make unique recipes for. So, this is my first of the week!

Cookie Dough Dip. Not one thing about that sounds healthy. But guess what? It is so very healthy! No flour, white sugar, or butter! Higher in protein and fiber than your regular cookie dough dip, this recipe is sure to keep that weight off your waistline during the holiday season.

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Can you guess the secret ingredient to this delightful dip? I’ll give you a hint: it has a hidden vegetable in it other than sweetpotatoes!

You would never be able to recognize that this dip is any different than the fattening, unhealthy typical cookie dough dip when having a taste. This is why I love these sweetpotatoes. They are so versatile! Not only are they delicious in savory dishes and baked as a side, but also in sweet! They have such a great taste and texture to them, that they raise the bar on any typical recipe.

Serve as a dip with apple slices, cookies, or crackers, or add a little baking powder to them and bake as cookies, this dip is sure to be a hit in your kitchen. Don’t like molasses? Switch it out for honey! Either way, you will not regret trying out this unbelievably healthy yet delicious sweetpotato recipe.

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Sweetpotato Gingerbread Cookie Dough Dip

–    1 can Chick Peas, drained and rinsed well, and deskinned
–    1/2 cup California Sweetpotato, cooked and mashed (about 1 medium sweetpotato)
–    1/2 cup Rolled Oats
–    1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
–    1/4 cup Molasses
–    4 packets Stevia
–    1 T Chia Seeds (can omit)
– 1 T Coconut Oil (or any nut butter)
–    1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, Ginger and Cinnamon
–    Pinch of Sea Salt and Baking Powder

Directions: Place well-rinsed and deskinned chick peas into food processor with sweet potato, oats, milk, and molasses. Blend until completely smooth. Add in other ingredients and blend until well mixed together. Remove from food processor, transfer to sealed container, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve as a dip, or scoop out and bake in oven for actual cookies! Store dip in refrigerator.

Note: Just wanting the plain sweetpotato flavor? Substitute the molasses for honey, and omit the ginger!
Note: To deskin chickpeas: Put the chickpeas in a bowl of water, and rub them gently with your fingers to take off the skins. The skins float up to the top. It’s much quicker than peeling them one at a time. It lends to a smoother texture and tastes the chickpea taste away more, but you can leave them on if the texture doesn’t bother you.

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

Chickpea Benefits
1) Great source of protein and fiber ( 1 cup has 10g fiber and 12g protein)
2) Rich in calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc
3) Can improve your circulatory and heart health
4) Fiber aids in a healthy digestive system and lower cholesterol

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

PB Chocolate Quest Bar Sandwiches

15 Sep

My about time giveaway has come to an end! The winners are…

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But back to this yummy recipe!

It’s just as delicious as a peanut butter filled cookie, yet healthy and high in protein!

If you follow me on instagram (@freshfitnhealthy), you probably saw me make these delicious quest bar crackers, made of just rolled out quest bar!

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Well, I decided to continue down that path, yet make a yummy peanut butter filling and sandwich two crackers together! The result was delicious. High in protein, and low in carb, these little snacks will meet the needs of any diet!

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Quest Bar Crackers
-1 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar

Peanut Butter Filling

-1/4 cup Peanut Flour
-1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
-1/2 tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter
-1 tablespoon Honey
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap quest bar, and roll out to desired cracker thinness (very thin for a crispy cracker). Place on cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray, and bake in oven for about 10 minutes, or until browned or crispy (bake for less time if you want them soft). Combine other ingredients in small bowl until smooth (add more milk if needed). Spoon onto half of the cooled crackers, place another cracker on top and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers.

Peanut Benefits
1)Rich in energy, containing many nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
2)Good levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids
3)Good source of dietary protein
4)Great source of resveratrol, an antioxidant found to protect against cancers, heart disease, and fungal infections
5)Excellent source of vitamin E, which maintains and protects cell membranes and skin
6)Packed with B vitamins

Buffalo Chicken Dip

6 Sep

Did you notice there is a new tab on the blog? Yep, a whole tab for…GaMeDaY ReCiPeS!

That’s right! As a college student, it only makes sense to start a trend for healthy gameday recipes!

I was offered the opportunity to team up with GamedayR, an incredible website centered around college sports, to provide them healthy gameday recipes! Gamedayr™ is an absolute culture brand for college sports built on the passion surrounding gameday. The network provides athletes, fans, media, coaches, trainers and individuals involved with college sports a central location for the content and information they want to contribute, find, and share.

If you are a college sports fan, you should definitely check them out. Or if you’d like some yummy gameday recipes :)

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But back to the actual recipe, what is more gameday appropriate than a spin off the very well loved buffalo chicken wings?? This dip is hot and spicy, yet cool and refreshing. Perfect for a hot gameday afternoon. You may have seen similar dips, but I can assure you they were anything but healthy. But rest in peace, this one IS healthy…and delicious!

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Pair it with chips and crackers, or a lot of colorful veggies, decision is up to you. But I promise this will be a hit at any tailgate!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serves 12-16

-8 oz. Low Fat Cream Cheese (could use fat-free)
-1 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
-6 T Low Fat Blue Cheese Dressing (I use this Greek yogurt based one)
-6T Hot Sauce
-1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder
-2 cups Cooked Chicken, chopped small (can used canned chicken)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in food processor or high speed blender except for chicken. Blend until smooth. Stir in finely chopped chicken. Store in refrigerator for at least one hour for flavors to absorb. Serve with veggies, chips, crackers, or other desired food.

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

Hot Sauce Benefits
1) Low in calories
2) Fires up your metabolism: contains vitamin C and capsaicin, which are shown to rev up your metabolism
3) Keeps you satisfied: a little goes a long way
4) Can better your mood: contains capsaicin, which brings on endorphins and sustains a good mood

Chicken Benefits
1) High in protein
2) Natural anti-depressant: contains amino acid, tryptophan which increases serotonin levels, enhances mood, and decreases stress
3) Prevents bone loss: because of protein content
4) Heart Health: suppresses and controls homocysteine, an amino acid that causes cardiovascular disease
5) Rich in phosphorous: an essential mineral that supports your teeth and bones, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function
6) Rich in selenium: essential mineral involved in metabolic performance (thyroid, hormone, metabolism, and immune function)
7) Boosts metabolism: high in vitamin B6 which encourages enzymes and metabolic cellular reactions
8) Rich in niacin: a B-vitamin that guards against cancer and other forms of genetic change
9) Promotes eye health: high in retinol, alpha and beta-carotene, and lycopene, all derived from vitamin A and vital for healthy eyesight
10) Essential for Tissue Growth: contains riboflavin, which drastically reduces your skin problems and repairs dry or damaged skin.

Healthy Ranch Dressing

15 Aug

We all love that creamy dressing, whether on a salad or as a dip for carrots and other veggies, but we also know we aren’t feeding our bodies very great nutrition while having it.

That is why I had to buy it when I found it. You may ask buy what? A big container of Ranch Seasoning Powder. Nothing too bad in the powder, it’s what the directions say to mix it with that’s the bad part! Mayonnaise? No thank you.

The funny thing is, even when substituting something else for the mayonnaise, it still has the same great flavor. And guess what? it isn’t only just good for healthy dressing, but serves as a great seasoning for almost anything! Chicken, veggies, even quinoa like I did with this recipe in another post!

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If you like the flavor of ranch, you should certainly invest in some of this. And if you don’t want a big container like mine from Costco, then they sell mini paper packages of a couple servings at most food stores!

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Healthy Ranch Dressing
-1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
-1/2 cup Almond Milk
-1.5 T Ranch Seasoning (comes dry in packets)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Let sit in fridge to thicken. Serve as a dressing or dip. Easy enough?!

Tip: For dip or a thicker dressing, use all Greek Yogurt and no milk!

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