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Zuchhini Chips and Pizza Bites

20 Nov

Who doesn’t love that crunchiness of a chip or that cheesy flavor of those small pizza bites? Too bad they are anything but healthy, and surely won’t help keep that holiday season weight off!

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Lovely readers, meet zucchini. Zucchini can be your new best friend when coming to healthifying foods! Whether it be my zucchini oats for breakfast, my zucchini jicama lasagna in my Holiday Ebook that you can purchase here, or these two delightful simple recipes, zucchini can be used in many way!

Here I have made both “chips” and small snackable pizza bites. And boy, they are a yummy midday munchie!

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Simple yet delicious. My type of recipe as a college student. These are also the perfect snack to set out on gAmEdAyS as well instead of all those pants-tightening appetizers :)

What is your favorite game day or tailgating food?!

Zucchini Chips
-2 medium Zucchinis
-1 tablespoon Olive Oil
-Sea Salt and seasonings to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Wash outside of zucchini. Using a mandolin, slice zucchini very thin. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and any other seasonings of choice. On a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray, place slices close together but not overlapping. Bake in oven until crisp. This could take anywhere from 1-2 hours.

Zucchini Pizza Bites
-2 medium Zucchinis
-1/4 to 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
-1/4 to 1/2 cup Low Fat
-Seasonings to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash zucchinis on outside. Slice into thick slices. Lay slices on cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes or until soften. Remove from oven. Spoon about a teaspoon or two of sauce onto each slice. Sprinkle cheese over top. Place into oven and bake for about 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Zucchini Benefits
1) 1 cup only has 36 calories
2) High in fiber which aids in digestion
3) Lowers cholesterol
4) Prevents Cancer
5) Rich in vitamins C and A, as well as folate
6) Benefit prostate health
7) Anti-inflammatory because of vitamin A, C and copper content
8) High in manganese,which helps in the metabolizing of proteins and carbs, participates in sex hormone production, and catalyzes synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol

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4-Ingredient Pumpkin Banana Pancakes [Paleo Option too]

11 Nov

I use to make pancakes all the time, like these mocha coconut ones, these banana bread ones, and these fun honeycomb ones too! And boy have I missed them.

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The thing is, on such a busy college schedule, I rarely have time in the morning to make a delicious breakfast like this! Its typically more of a smoothie, bar, or yogurt and granola on the go :)

But with today being Veterans Day, I woke up, was able to go on a nice little relaxing run, and come back and make these tasty little cakes.

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Which reminds me, if anyone who reads this is a veteran, I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. All of your service and help you have given to our country is so very appreciated.

And what a better way to celebrate such a day than to combine the delicious flavors or pumpkin and banana?! Not to mention, these can be made TWO ways. Protein packed with About Time Whey’s new pumpkin protein powder…or paleo friendly with almond meal!

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4 ingredients. dairy free. paleo option. protein-packed option. pumpkin. banana.

What is there not to love about this recipe?!

*If you’re wanting the protein-packed version, you can order About Time Whey’s pumpkin protein powder with my discount promo code: “FFF1” for 25% off your purchase! Just go to TryAboutTime.com and purchase on their site :)

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Use FFF1 for 25% off on their website!!!

Did I mention that this entire recipe is only about 200 calories or under?!?! Thats a winner in my books!

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Banana Pancakes
Makes 6 small pancakes

-1 medium Banana, slightly warmed and mashed
-1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
-1/4 cup Egg Whites or 1 Egg
-3 tbsp AboutTime’s Pumpkin Whey (or any flavor)
(Or sub in 3 tbsp Almond Meal for Paleo option!)
-Optional: any delicious add ins! Examples: nuts, cinnamon, vanilla extract, coconut, chocolate chips
-Topping: my Homemade Pumpkin Peanut Butter

Directions: Slightly warm banana in bowl in microwave for about 10 seconds. Mash with fork. Add in all other ingredients and mix until combined. Heat skillet with a little coconut oil on medium heat. Pour batter into pan. Cook until slightly browned and set. Flip. Cook until done. Makes 6 small pancakes (One serving). Can double or even triple recipe!

Note: Don’t forget to use my promo code “FFF1” on the About Time website to try some of this delicious pumpkin protein powder! Or try one of their other delicious flavors

Banana Benefits
1) Help overcome depression due to high tryptophan content
2) Sustains blood sugar during workouts
3) Protects against muscle cramps
4) Counteracts calcium loss
5) Improves your mood
6) Reduce swelling
7) High in potassium
8) Rich in pectin which aids in digestion
9) High in fiber
10) Natural Anti-acid
11) Only fruit that can be consumed raw without distress

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin A 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 which is an immune booster, decreases blood pressure and risk of heart disease, and regulates cholesterol
6) Good source of vitamin E, which promotes healthy skin
7) High in potassium which is necessary for energy production, balancing fluid levels, and promoting strong bones

Egg Benefits
1) Rich in the proteins lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in eye health
2) Aids in cardiovascular health
3) Rich in Choline, a B vitamin that is thought of as brain food” as it aids in neurological function and development
4) Prevents breast cancer
5) Leads to healthy skin, hair and nails- being
high in sulfur
6) Contains 6 grams of protein and all the amino acids needed to build protein

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

Healthy Deviled Eggs

5 Nov

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Another delicious game day recipe!

We all love those fluffy, creamy deviled eggs. But they are anything but healthy for you. Filled with full fat mayonaise and all of those egg yolks. Thoughts of your pants getting tighter by the egg full…

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But now, you can fully enjoy that same delicious deviled egg taste, in a healthy way :)

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Healthy Deviled Eggs

– 12 Eggs, hard boiled
– 1/4 cup Low Fat Cream Cheese
– 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
– 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
– 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
– 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
Directions: After hard boiled eggs have cooled, slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the yellow yolks into a bowl. Discard half of the yolks and place the remaining ones in a high speed blender or food processor. Add in all other ingredients. Blend until smooth. Scoop back into empty egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Store in refrigerator until serving.

Egg Benefits
1) Rich in the proteins lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in eye health
2) Aids in cardiovascular health
3) Rich in Choline, a B vitamin that is thought of as brain food” as it aids in neurological function and development
4) Prevents breast cancer
5) Leads to healthy skin, hair and nails- being high in sulfur
6) Contains 6 grams of protein and all the amino acids needed to build protein

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

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pudding

23 Jul

Pudding..for breakfast?! Yep, that’s what it says!

This recipe has that same decadent pudding taste, yet uses all normal breakfast foods and is very healthy for you!

It all started when I had leftover sweet potato from the night before. I use pumpkin in a lot of breakfast recipes, yet always thought using sweet potato just wasn’t a normal thing to eat for breakfast. And maybe it’s not. But it sure is good, and full of nutrients for a well rounded carb to start your day. And, its healthy just like pumpkin is! So I reevaluated myself as to why I never used it before at breakfast…

And then this was created. I almost went and grabbed the oats, but then had just about a cup left of my fiber one cereal, and thought, I’m going to use this! Next thing you know, I’m blending it all up, adding this and that, and I got what I would like to call, breakfast pudding! Topped it with all natural peanut butter and clean chocolate syrup, and called it a morning.

It was so scrumptious, I will most certainly be using sweet potatoes more often than just in my normal baked version of it for dinner. These are just way too good. Of course, still not as good as my pumpkin though:)

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Pudding
-1 cup fiber one cereal (or any flake cereal would do)
-3/4 cup original almond milk
-1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
-2T pb2(peanut flour) or 1T pb (can omit)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-stevia or agave to sweeten!
Directions: Combine all ingredients and blend using any type of blender until smooth. Top with any desired toppings. Enjoy right away, or put it in the fridge for just 10 minutes, which allows it to begin to thicken up much more!

Healthy&Fresh Dinner Salad

29 Jun

Sometimes, you just want a big salad for dinner.

The problem: salads don’t fill one up and satisfy as a meal in itself most times

The solution: a huge, fresh salad creation full of fiber filling ingredients, and topped with a protein to keep that stomach satisfied!

I made this salad for my mom the other night, and she loved it! She was completely satisfied the whole night..of course, until I made her my healthy chocolate protein mug cake(recipe on site)!

If you’re wanting a lighter meal, this is a great option. If you’re wanting a more filling, satisfying meal, this is still great, just add a big serving of protein on top! Grilled chicken, salmon, or even steak would be yummy.

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Dinner Salad
-Spring Lettuce Mix
-Arugula
-5 cherry tomatoes, chopped
-1/4 red pepper, diced
-1 mini cucumber (or about 1/4 cup chopped)
-about 10 baby carrots, chopped small
-1/2 avocado, sliced
-2T nutritional yeast
-1T chia seeds
-1T walnuts
-2T dried cherries or raisins
-2T feta cheese
-2T olive oil/coconut oil
-1T balsamic vinegar
-salt and pepper to taste
-optional: grilled chicken, salmon, or steak to top salad
Directions: cut up enough lettuce and arugula to fill plate. Cut up all veggies and place on salad mix. Sprinkle nutritional yeast, seeds, nuts, cheese, and dried fruit on top. Drizzle oil and vinegar over all. Top with protein if desired. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter No Sugar Granola {1st RecipeRedux Post!}

21 Jun

Why does every single granola today have to be loaded with sugar as well? Here people think they are being “healthy” by having yogurt and granola, yet they are eating flavored yogurt with tons of sugar, and granola with tons of sugar. Sugar overload without even knowing it?? I think so. This sugar detox I have been on this last month has really open my eyes. There really is so much added sugar in almost everything these days! I am constantly having to read labels throughout this detox for fear of buying and eating something with sugar; even products you would never guess had sugar!

That is why I decided to make my own granola. And what better way to make it than a pumpkin and peanut butter flavor, my two favorite things? Well, actually I could name a few more things to squeeze on that list, but those are certainly two of them :)

No, this granola isn’t super sweet like the store-bought stuff you are normally use to, as it does have no sugar; but it is quite good! And without the super sweet taste, it won’t spike your blood sugar levels and lead to overeating! My mom even liked it better than the one she was eating prior to this.

It is loaded with many of my favorite seeds: hemp, flax, and pumpkin seeds! Which leads me to why I had to hold out on sharing this recipe for a little bit. This is my first month being a part of Recipe Redux, which is an awesome community of healthy living bloggers that strive to create more nutritious recipes. Each month, we get a theme that we must make a recipe according to. Can you guess this month’s theme?! You got it, SEEDS! “Sowing Seeds” to be exact :) I knew I had been wanting to make a healthy no sugar granola for awhile when starting my sugar detox, so this was a perfect opportunity to do just that. I hope you enjoy, I know I did as mine only lasted a couple days!

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter No Sugar Granola
-1 cup oats
-1/2 cup hemp seeds
-1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
-1/2 cup currants
-1/4 cup mashed ripe banana
-1/4 cup pumpkin
-3T ground flaxseed
-2T peanut butter
-1T coconut oil
-1 tsp each: vanilla extract, cinnamon
-1/2 tsp sea salt
optional: 1/4 cup cacao nibs, or 2T of honey if wanting a sweeter granola
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all seeds, oats, and currants, cinnamon, sea salt, and cacao nibs (if using) in a bowl. In small bowl, combine mashed banana, pumpkin, oil, extract, and peanut butter. Mix in wet ingredients into dry ingredients. (if too dry, add more pumpkin or oil, if too wet, add a touch of flaxseed). Mixture should be crumbly but sticky. Place on non-stick cookie sheet (can place on aluminum foil on sheet to prevent mess if desired). Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Take out and toss mixture around, bake for another 10 minutes. Check: if browned, it is done and you can take out; if not crispy yet, bake for 5 minute intervals, watching closely, as it burns very easily! Take out and let cool on tray. Enjoy!

Hemp Seed Benefits:
1)High Protein (and very digestible protein)
2)Contains all 20 amino acids (including the 9 essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce)
3)High Fatty Acids and Fiber amounts
4)Contains vitamin E and trace minerals
5)Perfect 3:1 ratop of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid
6)Rich source of phytonutrients
7) Richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids

Flaxseed Benefits
1)High in fiber, both soluble and insoluble
2)Contains all 9 of the essential amino acids your body cannot make
3)Contains lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities
4)Rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids
5)May reduce inflammation

Pumpkin Seed Benefits
1)Filled with minerals including: phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, iron, and copper
2)Contains phytosterols, compounds that have shown to reduce cholesterol
3)Contains L-tryptophan, which help with good sleep and lowering depression
4)High in zinc, serving as a natural protector against osteoporosis
5)Good Source of vitamin E
6)Most alkaline-forming seed
7)Excellent source of vitamin B group
8)Contains good quality protein
9)Reduces inflammation without side effects of drugs
10)Good for prostate health



 

TVP Apple Pie Porridge

20 Jun

TV what?!

If you don’t know what TVP is, don’t feel bad, I didn’t either until just recently coming across it at my health food store. It is a dried vegetable protein, (Textured Vegetable Protein), and is a defattened soy flour.

Basically, in a crunchy texture, and you are suppose to rehydrate it with vegetable stock to make it like meat for a vegetarian. So what was I doing flavoring it like apple pie?!

Haha, well, see after re-hydrating it the first time, I realized it was almost like overnight oats, except with that vegetable stock flavor. And since I’m not vegetarian, and do not plan on substituting this for actual meat, I decided to try something fun! Call me crazy.

Looking at the unsweetened apple sauce I had, and all my red delicious apples, I knew what I wanted to make. With being on my sugar detox, I have to pick fruity flavors so that I can sweeten it naturally :) And apple pie has always been a winner in my book!

Results? It was surprisingly good! Was it your normal “porridge” or oatmeal texture, no. But it was an awesome way to get in a TON of protein! 12 grams of protein per 80 calories! That means in the same amount of calories as a 1/2 cup oats, you are getting 24 grams of protein! And it tasted great as well.

I will be continuing my experiments with this as I have 16oz of it now, so stay tuned!

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TVP Apple Pie Porridge
-1/2 cup TVP
-1 cup almond milk
-1/2 big apple, chopped
-1/4 cup applesauce
-1 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract
-Optional: sweetener to taste (being on my sugar detox, I skipped out on any!)
Directions: Combine all ingredients in mason jar, and allow to sit in fridge for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Take out a fridge and place mixture into blender. Blend until smooth (don’t skip this, texture is weird). Pour into bowl and enjoy! Sprinkle with extra apple, cinnamon, or anything desired!

TVP Benefits
1)High in protein (24 grams per 1/2 cup dry)
2)Beneficial in prostate cancer prevention
3)No Cholesterol, unlike many meats
4)Low costs
5)High in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium

Source: Livestrong.com