Guilt-Free Frozen Dessert!

I made a promise to myself to stay away from ice cream and those new Fro-Yo shops.  I’m a huge ice cream addict so this is a really big commitment for me.  I’m 11 days in and so far I’m staying strong!  Of course I”ve been craving ice cream (especially when my neighbor tells me about her homemade milkshake and sends me a picture of it!)

I decided to make my own treat!  I ahve used frozen bananas in my shakes before and it made it nice and thick and creamy like ice cream, so why not make actually “ice cream” lol!

This recipe has only 3 main ingredients!  THAT’S IT!! Super simple and SOOOO delicious! Such a great substitute for ice cream! (and may I add…a great way to enjoy a hot day!)

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Strawberry-Banana Frozen Treat

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt
  • nutmeg (opt)

Blend all ingredients together in a small food processor. Pour into a small dish and top with nutmeg if desired!    ENJOY!

*You can try this with other fruit as well besides strawberries: blueberries, blackberries, or try adding peanut butter! (banana and greek yogurt are the key ingredients so don’t switch them out!)     

Chicken Salad (No Mayo!)

This recipe came to me through a friend on Facebook.  I saw it and thought, “WOW! How do you make chicken salad without mayo?????!!”    I ran through the recipe and then saw that they substitute  mayo for greek yogurt (may sound gross, but I promise you…it was DELICIOUS!)   I added a few extra spices from the originally recipe.  I put (opt) by those spices 🙂

When I cooked my chicken I actually boiled it on the stove in a sauce pot. (I know that sounds weird but its honestly healthier than frying it and quicker than baking it. My chicken also didn’t taste any different; just cooked it a healthier way lol!)  I try not to fry many things any longer. You can cook the chicken however you’d like before shredding it up though!

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Ok, enough of my talking lol!  Here is the recipe!

Chicken Salad (No Mayo!)

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2/3 c. grapes (halved)
  • 1 apple (chopped up)
  • 1/2c c. craisins
  • 1/4 c. almonds
  • 1/2c. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • juice from half a lemon squeezed in
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano (opt)
  • 1/2 tsp Basil (opt)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic salt (opt)

Mix all the ingredients together and place on your favorite bread or crackers!

*This makes a great appetizer for parties topped on some fancy crackers, or make it for a big family gathering or picnic sandwiches!

Banana Yogurt Muffins

If you have been trying to stay away from flour and a lot of added sugar, than give these delicious muffins a try!   I made them yesterday and love them!  I actually am giving them to all my neighbors to try as well (lol!)   We have all decided to start trying new healthier recipes, so why not share what we’ve made?  🙂 muffins!

So these are the easiest muffins EVER to make! You can literally throw all your ingredients into a blender and BOOM! DONE! (or be like me and love the arm work of old fashion hand mixing lol!  I dont know why, but I honestly LOVE doing all my mixing for baking or cooking by hand.  I dont even use my Kitchen-Aid mixer anymore!  *Anyone need one??? I’ll sell it!*)

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1 c. greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 2 c. quick oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • **optional:  1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg,  1/2 c. choc chips, 1/2 c. walnuts, or  2 tsp of  peanut butter powder**

Directions:    (yields 12 yummy muffins)

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender (or hand mix) until smooth and creamy.
  3. fold in optional ingredients if using (or top the muffins with the cinnamon and nutmeg like I did!)
  4. Pour batter into a 12 muffin cup tin that is sprayed with Pam cooking spray.
  5. Bake 15-20mins  until golden brown on top and toothpick comes clean when poked in the center
  6. Let cool 10 mins before removing from pan.  Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

*For my 21 Day Fix followers:  1 muffin = 1/3 purple, 1/4 red, and 1/3 yellow  (this does not include the optional add ins of walnuts, choc chips,  or PB powder)    

***add-ins  per muffin —–> PB powder = 0.2 of your teaspoons (almost not worth counting!), walnuts= 0.2 blue container,  choc. chips (adding in a half cup of choc chips isnt recommended for 21 DF.  Change it to only 2Tbs and sprinkle them on top), and seasonings are free!

Guilt-Free Chocolate Chia Pudding

I’m in love with sweets!  Can’t seem to stop eating them completely :/   BUT THIS (and my shakeology of course lol) have saved me from caving in and having a big bowl of ice cream lol!

If you like the texture of tapioca pudding then you will love this healthy chocolate version 🙂

Why Chia SEEDS??

Chia seeds have SOOOOO many nutrients in them… in just one single ounce they are packed with:

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

These chia seeds are literally a super food!!   Can you say that you ever ate a super-food pudding before????    NOW YOU CAN!  🙂

Here is the AMAZING and EASY (I always make things simple!) recipe for this wonderful dessert<3

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 6T. chocolate ovaltine powder or cocoa powder
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of salt
  • 3 cups cut, fresh strawberries (for topping. not needed right away!)

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients (except the strawberries) into a bowl until well blended. Let stand at room temperature for 30mins!
  2. Refrigerate covered for minimum of 4hrs. Can stir occasionally if desired.
  3. Divide into single serve dishes and top with strawberries

ENJOY!!!

Smoothie Bowl!!

I’ve been on a huge smoothie bowl kick lately lol!   I always make one to bring to work because it’s packed with protein, fruit, calcium, amino acids, and helps with my digestion!

At first I was afraid to try a smoothie bowl.  I was like, “Why the hell would you put liquid into a bowl????”    But hear me out!!   It’s like a THICK smoothie shake…so its nice and thick and then you add whatever toppings you want and make it look pretty (like mine pictured below lol).   This literally only took 7mins to make!  You have time to make one…just do it!   Let me know what you think!

 

Here is a basic recipe that you can change up to your liking!

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Base:

1 frozen banana
8-10oz yogurt
1 Tbs chocolate ovaltine
¼ c. Almond milk
Toppings:
½ a kiwi
Small handful of craisins
Small handful of walnuts
2 T. Flax seed

 

Please comment below on other toppings or bases that you have tried for your smoothie bowls!!  I love hearing from you 🙂 and I love trying new recipes too!!

Avocado SEED Benefits (YES you CAN eat it!)

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I never knew that you could EAT the seed of an avocado.  I only knew that keeping the pit in guacamole or in with pieces of avocado would keep it from browning so quickly.  I saw a friend post about avocado pits, so I did some research:

Come to find out that avocado seeds contain higher levels of antioxidants such as catechins (also found in green tea) and procyandins that act as anti-inflammatory: reduce pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function.

These two antioxidants also improve:

  • heart health– reducing swelling in your arteries and veins will cause less strain on your heart when pumping blood throughout your body.
  • blood circulation– reducing swelling in arteries and veins will help your body have improved blood circulation and less cold limbs.
  • help regulate your digestive tract– due to soluble fiber.  There is more soluble fiber in one avocado seed than in most vegetables
  • help fight cancer as well as build glowing skin –  due to the antioxidants that rebuild collagen, repair cell damage caused by free radicals, and actually improve the look and feel of your skin.

So how do you use the seed??

GREAT QUESTION!   Don’t do what I did in the picture (unless you like spending a good amount of time grating lol) I found after researching more that you can simply take the seed from the avocado like normal and then knife it into quarters. This is much easier than it would seem ( JUST BE CAREFUL!). After that, the bits of seed can be thrown into a food processor or blender to make a powder (You only need half a seed per serving! You can save the other half of the seed by letting it dry out on a windowsill for a few days before grinding it up). The resulting powder will be bitter and full of tannins, so it’s best use with other strong flavors, say in a smoothie or a flavorful salad like the one I created in the picture.

Need a great recipe to get started?? Here are two Avocado Smoothie recipes:

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  • 1/2 an avocado seed (powder form)
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 8-10oz coconut milk
  • 3tbs cocoa powder (I use Ovaltine or my Chocolate Shakeology)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a few dashes of cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup chocolate chips  (optional)

*Put all ingredients in a blender (saving just about 5 choc chips for a garnish). Blend and top with remaining choc chips.  ENJOY!

Green Power Smoothie

  • 8-10oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado seed (powdered form)
  • 1/2 avocado (cut into pieces)
  • 1 ripe pear (cut into pieces)
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 small piece of ginger root grated
  • 1/2 an apple (cut into pieces)

*Place all ingredients into a blender. BLEND & ENJOY!

 

Spring Clean Detox Fruit Salad

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I LOVE making detox water (I have a TON of recipes to post for them), so I thought, “Why not just put all those ingredients into a salad instead of into water??”      And this salad will stay fresh for DAYS in the fridge!  Great for a snack for kids, a big party, or as a side for dinner!!

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 apples
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

*Carefully cut up all fruit and vegetable and put into a big bowl.  Stir in nutmeg and cinnamon and ENJOY!!   (If you have fresh spearmint leaves, they would taste amazing in this salad as well!)

 

Easy Sweet Potato Chips

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Anyone that truly knows me, knows that there are two junk foods that I can not live without: icecream/frozen yogurt & tortilla chips!!

Now I do let myself have a cheat meal every once in a while.  I live by the 80/20 rule:  Eat clean, whole foods 80% of the time and whatever else you want 20% of the time.  With that said, I have found a GREAT alternative for tortilla chips that satisfies my cravings!!  This recipes is SUPER EASY and QUICK to do.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Thinly slice 1 sweet potatoe (be careful not to slice your fingers!)
  3. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with coconut oil. Then also LIGHTLY coat each slice of sweet potatoe with coconut oil and place on sheet.  Sprinkle salt over all the slices.
  4. Bake for about 15-20 mins until slightly browned and crunchy.

*21 Day Fix followers:  11 chips equals 1 yellow container

Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip

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Here is my famous and MOST favorite fruit dip EVER!!!    I absolutely LOVE peanut butter, but I was weary about adding it to yogurt.  Well let me tell you…..  this is a 5star rating! So so  so GOOD!   (Oh, and YES I like to make smiley faces with my apple slices lol.  Who doesn’t like to have a little fun once in a while??)

*Mix the following ingredients together and serve immediately with your fruit.  (I do not suggest trying to save the dip, because with yogurt, the longer it sits in the fridge the more separated it gets. It gets that runny texture which is not appealing to me at all):

  • 1 cup non-fat yogurt
  • 1 big tsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a drizzle of honey (about a tsp)

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!!

Citrus Yogurt Cup

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Today I wanted to try something new.  I needed to use up some of my oranges before they went bad.  I’ve been having a hard time incorporating fruit into my daily diet; I just don’t like eating fruit by itself anymore.   I’ve been making a yogurt dip for apples (I’ll be posting that recipe soon!), so I thought…..”What if I just add the fruit into my yogurt like a parfait??”

So that’s what I did!! 🙂    And boy was it good!!

  • Peel and CUT 1 orange into small pieces (trust me, cutting it instead of regularly peeling apart the wedges makes it look even prettier!)
  • Add about 1 cup of non-fat yogurt into a bowl with the oranges
  • Sprinkle with some nutmeg and enjoy every

*For all of you following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, this would be 1 purple and 1 red