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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

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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

Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt

4 Oct

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Yes. It happened. In my kitchen. Today.

Why?? Well last night I went out with my boyfriend and found this at our local frozen yogurt place in Gainesville.

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After eating a huge cup of their heavenly pumpkin frozen yogurt, I knew I had to make my own! And of course, healthier :)

Yes, frozen yogurt is already very healthy for you compared to regular ice cream, but this frozen yogurt recipe I’m about to share is made with Greek yogurt, which makes it very high in protein compared to your typical frozen yogurt :)

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Want a bite?

And the best part? No ice cream maker needed if you don’t have one! Once you make the base recipe, you can either pour it into a maker if you already have one, but if not, just pour it into a shallow container and place into the freezer! Stir every 30 minutes until the right consistency is achieved, and wallllah!

Try it. You will be happy you did :)

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Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
–    1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt
–    1 cup Pumpkin Puree
–    1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
–    1/4 cup Maple Syrup or Raw Honey or Agave
–    4 packets Stevia (or another 1/4 cup of sweetener above)
–    1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
–    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
–    1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1/8 tsp each: nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
– Pinch of Sea Salt
– Optional Toppings: Crushed Graham Cracker, Sprinkles, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chips

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Pour into ice cream maker according to directions on maker, or pour into a shallow container and place into freezer. If not using an ice cream maker, you will need to check mixture every 30 minutes to an hour and stir, in order to break up any huge crystals from forming, until the desired “frozen yogurt texture” is achieved. This will not produce as good as results as an ice-cream maker, but will still taste just as great. Serve in bowls. Top with any desired toppings!

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

Greek Yogurt
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

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

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

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

21 Sep

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You may have seen something like this before, but not these delicious bites.

Unlike other no bake peanut butter desserts that are usually heavy laden with only peanut butter and real butter, these have just enough of that yummy nut butter to give you the real peanut butter taste, but not any of that other junk to keep that small waist.

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These would serve as a great tailgating dessert! On a hot sunny day, people typically don’t want any baked goods that are warm, so why not give them the same, delicious cookie experience, unbaked? If we’re honest with ourselves, I think we would all admit the cookie dough is the best part anyways. And as people are typically eating  and drinking heavy on game days, what would be better than ending on a lighter, yet just as tasty note? That’s a happy day.

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These peanut butter bites also are high in protein compared to your typical dessert. And very customizable! Use creamy peanut butter to keep it smooth, or chunky to add that delicious crunch. Add chocolate chips if your a chocoholic like me (or love a Reeses flavor!), or keep it plain if you like your desserts simple. Allergic to peanuts? Substitute any other nut butter or even other butters like coconut butter or seed butters!

No matter what kind of guests you plan on having stop by your tailgate or gameday party, these delightful bites are one you should prepare to make. Even my boyfriend who isn’t the healthiest eater ended up eating half of the batch in one day! (I had to steer him away until after the photographs were taken) :)

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls

Makes about 12 balls

-1/2 cup Rolled Oats
-1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (can sub in any other butter)
-1/4 cup Peanut Flour (or any other flour would work)
-1/4 cup Honey or Agave
-2-3 tablespoons Mini Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-Dash of Sea Salt
-Optional: 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (to up the protein)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix until everything is thoroughly mixed together. Rolled into small balls, about one heaping tablespoon of “dough”. If dough is too moist to roll, add more flour. If it is too dry, add more peanut butter or honey. Makes about 12 balls (can double or triple recipe as you’ll want more than one!). Store in refrigerator if not eating right away.

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

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

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

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

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

11 Sep

Don’t forget to enter in my About Time Whey Protein giveaway! You can read all the details on this post :)

 

But to an actual recipe..Yes, I’ve posted a chocolate peanut butter shake before. But come on, who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter together?

Unlike the other one, this recipe has no protein powder in it, but is still quite high in protein (20 grams)! It is a great post workout shake, or even a way to begin your day off sweet.

Whereas other chocolate peanut butter shakes you could get would be loaded with sugar and creams, this one has none of that! Just an all natural, sinlessly sweet shake filled with the tasty flavors of peanut butter and chocolate.

From past posts, I’m sure you’ve realized I’m a huge fan of shakes. They are just a simple treat to make, and can be tailored to be the perfect breakfast, midday snack, or night time treat. What other reason is needed to be a fan?

Whether you’re an athlete needing to get in those extra calories between meals, or the typical active person wanting a simple meal or treat, shakes are the perfect go-to!

What is your favorite type of shake flavor? I’ve always been a chocolate lover, but I know there must be some out there that prefer fruity shakes!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 frozen ripe banana
-1/2 cup Greek yogurt
-1.5T unsweetened cocoa powder
-2 T peanut flour (can sub in 1T peanut butter)
-1 tsp natural peanut butter
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Optional: sweetener of choice if banana doesn’t add enough sweetness
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Top with clean chocolate sauce if desired

Clean Chocolate Sauce
-1T cocoa powder
-1T almond milk
-1 tsp honey (or stevia to taste)

Cocoa Benefits
1)Decreases blood pressure
2)Improves cholesterol levels
3)Prevents heart disease
4)Rich in flavonoids, an antioxidant

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