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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake

July 27, 2015
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Guess what? I can do a backflip. Not only a backflip, I can twist and flip and turn at the same time while upside down. I’m what some folks call a freak, or a gymnast for a proper term. I practice pretty much all day er’ day and I love doing it. Its my favorite type of exercise because its fun and I get excited every time I learn a new skill. I guess you’d could say I love gymnastics like a fat kid loves food (ok maybe not that similar).

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With all the fun of gymnastics comes the proper nutrition to fuel my body so I can do crazy things without feeling sluggish. You need tons of energy to do all those flips and if you don’t, gymnastics is NOT possible. There have been many times in the past where I made that mistake and ate mat hard (aka fell on my face a lot for those of you who don’t know gymnastics slang). Proper nutrition is not only critical for your energy supply, but it is important so you can nourish your muscles after a tough practice so you can become lean and strong! The more fit you are, the easier gymnastics is and the more fun it can become!

Happy national gymnastics day!

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I guess Rachel didn’t eat enough protein that day!  
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I always make sure get in a lot of protein after a practice so I can manage my hunger levels and restore the damage I did to my muscles. One easy way to do that is to drink EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Drinks for a post workout snack! They come in delicious flavors like Strawberry Cream, French Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Rich Dark Chocolate, and Cafe Caramel! You can drink these straight out of the carton, or use it to make a tasty thick shake (my favorite way to enjoy it!) You’d never guess that you’re getting tons of protein and nutrients in these yummy ready-to-drink protein shakes!

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There are tons of advantages of drinking EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Drinks! Each drink has 17 grams of protein for only around 100 calories per serving! They are all low-fat and low-carb as well to manage your weight while helping to become lean and toned! When combined with an active lifestyle, EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Drinks can help to reach your fitness and nutrition goals! Need I say more?

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After my morning practice today I was craving dessert but I knew that that probably wouldn’t be a good source of protein to replenish my body (I mean there’s eggs in cake ,right ?).  So I made the next best thing,  A Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milk Shake!  I added Strawberry Cream EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Drink to my vitamin with cottage cheese (yay even more protein), frozen strawberries and vanilla!  And voila, my muscles are just are happy as my tastebuds!

A dessert-inspired drink with tons of protein to help you become lean and strong?  Don’t mind if I do!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake (1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 (11 Fl oz.) [Strawberry Cream EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control Shake|http://www.walmart.com/search/search-
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  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth
  2. Enjoy!
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Step one:  Measure the ingredients

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Step two: Add all the ingredients

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Step three:  Blend all the ingredients until smooth

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Enjoy!

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Breakfast Featured Recipes

Sweet and Salty Blueberry Almond Granola

July 24, 2015
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 Flavor your adventure with this  slightly sweet and salty breakfast treat 

 

I’ve always been obsessed with  sweet and salty combinations.  I always got kettle corn at theme parks, had a handful of sweet and salty trail mix when I needed a snack and my mom always packed me sweet and salty granola bars for lunch in school.

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Its actually funny because I hate foods that are too sweet and I usually never like adding salt to my food, but when paired together, the sweet and salty flavors are perfect.

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When Blue Diamonds sent me samples of their almonds, I quickly remembered the sweet and salty combo that I love so dearly.  I usually use unsalted nuts when making a recipe but I decided to change it up by using these almonds.  The sweetness of the dried blueberries is the perfect match for the saltiness of the almonds.  Needless to say, this Sweet and Salty Blueberry Almond Granola is a winner, and its the perfect way I flavor my adventure!

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This granola is my favorite summer breakfast!  You can  bag it up and eat it on the go, at the beach, with ice cold milk or yogurt, or even on top of ice cream!

Sweet and Salty Blueberry Almond Granola
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Bethany and Rachel
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Blue Diamonds Roasted Salted or Lightly Salted Almonds, divided
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan if needed)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor add 1/2 cup almonds and process into an almond flour/meal (be careful not to process too long, or it will turn into a butter).
  3. Finely chop the remaining 1/2 cup almonds.
  4. In a large bowl combine almond flour, chopped almonds, oat flour, oats, blueberries, flaxseeds, chocolate chips and cinnamon.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredient mixture. Mix well, making sure all ingredients are completely combined.
  6. Spread granola out on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10minutes than take out of oven and flip with a spatula. Bake for another 10 minutes.

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  I love taking Blue Diamond Roasted Salted and Lightly Salted Almonds anywhere I go!  Whether it be on a long bike ride by the bay, a long walk on a breezy summer day, or even a nice hot day at the beach!  Its the perfect way to refuel when your low on energy!  It satisfies your salty cravings without being unhealthy!  Now tell me.  how to you flavor your adventure?

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Dinner Featured Recipes

Recipe Redux: Rosemary Pickles

July 21, 2015
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I miss having a garden. Actually I don’t really miss having a garden, what I miss is having readily available fruits and veggies, what I don’t miss is pulling weeds, sitting down in the soil, getting dirty and having bugs crawl up and down your arm every 5 seconds. Bugs are a no-no.

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What I do remember is coming back from vacation and seeing how big the cucumbers got, they were huge! They were at least 3 times the size of normal cukes, but we weren’t complaining. When life gives you cucumbers, make pickles!

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This month’s Recipe Redux theme is fresh produce, since it is the month for that. I honestly like the taste of homemade pickles so much better, they taste fresh, they are so cheap and easy to make, and they don’t have an artificial yellow color! All you have to do is let these ferment for at least a day, and you’ve got naturally delicious pickles to eat.

 

Recipe Redux: Rosemary Pickles

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Cucumber, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 3-4 pinches sea salt
  • One Bunch Rosemary
  • One bunch Dill
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • Coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • 1 large mason jar

Instructions

  1. Add salt in the bottom of a mason jar, add cucumber slices, top with rosemary, dill and garlic cloves
  2. Pour vinegar until 2/3 full, add water and fill to the top
  3. Let ferment for at least 1day
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  • Have you ever had a garden?, if so, what did you grow?
  • What do you put pickles on? Like burgers, sandwiches, etc.


Dinner Featured Product Review Recipes Uncategorized

Grilled Veggie Pita Pizza + Wegman’s Ready Pac Bistro Salad Bowls

July 19, 2015
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        When it comes to making food, I can be extremely impatient. I’m not one to waste more than 30 minutes in the kitchen and if I do, I end up going crazy! That’s why I love making simple and healthy recipes that will please even the pickiest of eaters in the shortest amount of time possible.

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     One way to save time in meal prep is to pair a quick and easy meal with Wegman’s Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salads! There are so many different flavors of the Bistro Bowl Salads that they can accompany any kind of recipe. I love that they are so fresh and make healthy eating so darn easy. Pair a Bistro Bowl Salad with a healthy soup, smoothie, yogurt parfait, fruit salad or my favorite, a grilled veggie and pita pizza for a nice lunch or light dinner. There are endless ways to enjoy them!

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You can find the Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salads in the produce section or any Wegman’s Store, they are extremely easy to find, right near the spinach and salad mixes. I used the Caprese Bistro Salad Bowl for a nice meatless meal, but you can also buy other flavors with chicken, such as Organic Caesar with Chicken or Turkey and Bacon Cobb, no matter what flavor you choose, you will enjoy the fresh and delicious taste of these healthy time savers!

 

Grilled Veggie Pita

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped mixed veggies, I used mushrooms, eggplant, and onions
  • 1 pita bread or gluten-free flatbread
  • 2 tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 Wegman's Ready Pac Bistro Salad Bowl (I used Caprese)
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Directions

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Step 1: Saute veggies

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Step 2: Spread pita with ricotta

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Step 3: Top with veggies and sun dried tomatoes 

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Step 4: Pan fry on low until crispy

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Step 5: Combine salad ingredients and mix well

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Step 6: Enjoy your healthy quick and easy meal with a tasty Ready pac Bistro Bowl Salad!

 

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Desserts Featured Recipes Uncategorized

Easy 5 Ingredient Skillet Blueberry-Peach Crumble

July 16, 2015
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10 minute crumble made with juicy peaches and blueberries and studded with Crunchy Walnuts

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   So today I was going to make cinnamon rolls with a blueberry-peach filling, sounds amazing, but they didn’t turn out a bit, I was pissed! I hate when I have such a great idea and it doesn’t turn out, but I guess that’s part of being a food blogger, ya live and ya learn. On a side note, our friends always make fun of Bethany and I and compare us to minions, apparently I (Rachel) am a purple minion and Bethany is a yellow minion,  don’t ask me why, but after that fail, i was definitely feeling like one!

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Any ways, since I was in a not-so-happy mood after that, I didn’t feel like making a complicated recipe. That being said, I wanted to make something extremely simple, less than 10 minutes to make, one bowl to clean, and renew my mood kind of recipe. Thank God I succeeded in this one, I don’t know how I would react if I had another fail for the day.

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Anyway, after taking one bite of this delicious Blueberry-Peach Crumble, I completely forgot about my failures, I guess my life was complete again. This is probably the easiest, fastest, healthiest, juiciest, sweetest and tastiest Blueberry-Peach Walnut Crumble you have ever made. It’s pretty much like pie filling with crunchy walnuts, eat right off the burner and add some vanilla ice cream, absolute perfection.

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Easy 5 Ingredient Skillet Blueberry-Peach Crumble

Ingredients

  • 4 peaches, sliced
  • 2.5 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts, 1/2 for filling and remaining for top

Instructions

  1. Coat a skillet with oil/ butter
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in skillet
  3. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes
  4. Top with remaining walnuts
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This recipe is Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Refined Sugar-free!

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Breakfast Featured Recipes

Banana-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oatmeal Cups

July 14, 2015
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Don’t you hate those mornings when you wake up late and have to rush out the door to go to and you can’t eat a nice breakfast so you grab a icky power bar that tastes chalky and fills you up for about 10 minutes. Yea, that’s a miserable start to one’s day. Well for those days when you can’t sit down to eat breakfast, you don’t have to grab a power bar, you can eat a baked oatmeal cup. A nice, filling and healthy start to a busy day, especially since these are banana oatmeal cups with a PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE FILLING!

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You can’t go wrong with these Oatmeal Cups as the perfect grab n’ go breakfast, you can even double or triple the recipe and store them in the freezer for those days when you unintentionally have to rush out the door or for a healthy snack!photo 3.PNG-9

These are gluten-free, Dairy free and can be vegan

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Banana-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal Cups

Oatmeal Cups

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg (use chia or flax egg to make this vegan)
  • 1 ripe banana,mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp crushed peanuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with muffin liners

2. In a large bowl, mix oats and baking powder together

3. In a small bowl mix together egg, banana, and vanilla and add to dry ingredients

4. Divide half of batter into 4 muffin cups, top with cheese cake mixture, top with rest of batter and sprinkle with chopped peanuts
5. bake for 10-15 minutes, or until done

 

Cheesecake filling

  • 3 tbsp neufchâtel cheese or cream cheese, softened (use tofu cream cheese to make vegan)
  • 1.5 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp honey/maple syrup

1. Mix all ingredients together well and go to step 4 for oatmeal cups

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Dinner Featured Recipes

Grilled Asian-Style Stuffed Peppers

July 13, 2015
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 One of the things I love about summer besides the beautiful weather, is that its the grilling season!  Theres no better way to spend time with your family and make memories than to fire up the grill with some tasty barbecue!

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While most people go for the ribs or chicken, I love a nice grilled veggie cuisine for dinner!  Confused about what I mean?  Im talking about using MorningStar Farms products to grill up this summer instead of your normal BBQ!  MorningStar Farms veggie cuisine provides a healthy option for you, your family, or your guests but still brings great flavor to your dishes.  They can please anyone from a hard-core meat eater to a vegan and everything in between!  All MorningStar Farms products can be found at your local Target!  They have  many amazing products that anyone would love, like these MorningStar Farms Griller Crumblers.  My family uses ground meat so much that it was a good idea that I switched it up by using these Griller Crumblers! Its a good thing I found this product, because my family has gotten really sick of meat!

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Found in the frozen section at your local Target!

Found in the frozen section at your local Target!

In fact, I have recently taken the Veg of Alliance , where my family and I pledged to go meatless for dinner at least twice a week!  Even my dad (who claims he a hard core meat-eater) joined in with us and realized its not as hard as he thought!  If you are interested in taking the “Veg of Alliance” you can check more about it HERE and enter to win  prizes!

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Now everybody knows that stuffed peppers are usually stuffed with ground meat and made in the oven, but I innovated this classic dish by grilling it and stuffing it with tasty veggie cuisine instead of the ground beef.  And wow what a delicious difference!  MorningStar Farms Griller Crumblers masks the texture of ground meat so it can be replaced in any dish that uses meat!

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Grilled Asian Style Stuffed Peppers (makes 6 servings)

Ingredients

  • 3 bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 1 pack of MorningStar Farms Grillers Crumbles
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 (5 oz.) can water chestnuts
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Place griller crumbles in a skillet on medium-high heat with 1/3 cup of water. Cook for about 4 minutes.
  2. Add in onion and garlic reduce heat to medium. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and cooke for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Brush pepper halves with olive oil.
  5. Light the grill and cook pepper side down on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  6. Stuff peppers with mixture and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately
  8. *all ingredients can be found Target
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Desserts Featured Recipes Uncategorized

Fluff n’ Nutter Ice Cream

July 9, 2015
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The classic childhood sandwich turned into a sweet frozen treat

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Back in elementary school, I ate a peanut butter and fluff sandwich almost everyday for lunch.  I loved having a dessert-like sandwich that was the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to get me through the rest of the school day.  The only problem was, that this sandwich was super messy!  I got fluff all over my fingers every day and required about 50 napkins to clean myself up!

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While I was thinking bad to my childhood this morning, an idea pooped in my head that I should make this flavor into a delicious ice cream!  Its a sweet, vegan and dairy-free frozen treat that will take you back to your childhood roots!

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Fluff n’ Nutter Ice Cream

  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 cup vegan marshmallow fluff *
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter, melted
  1. Place a stainless steel bowl in the freezer.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a Vitamix or blender, and blend on high for about 2 minutes.
  3. Let mixture chill in refrigerator for about 20 minutes, then pour into cold stainless steel bowl.  Place in freezer.
  4. After about 45 minutes, or when edges start to freeze, take out of freezer and stir vigoursly using a whisk.
  5. Place back in freezer and continue to check about every 30 minutes and stirring for about 30 seconds every time.
  6. When mixture is almost completely frozen but not quite, drizzle melted peanut butter and sprinkle on chopped peanuts.
  7. Then stir, breaking up the ribbons of peanut butter as they start to freeze, creating ripples.
  8. Transfer the ice cream to a covered storage container until ready to serve.

* For the Marshmallow fluff, I used THIS recipe, but you can also use THIS one or buy it, like THIS kind

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Dinner Featured Recipes Uncategorized

Teriyaki Tuna Meatballs

July 8, 2015
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Ever since I was young, I’ve always enjoyed eating seafood.  It started out with canned tunafish and then I branched out to other types as I grew older.  I still have memories of helping my mom make a tuna salad sandwich for lunch!  Because I’ve loved canned tuna from the get go, I was super excited when Bumble Bee  sent me a few samples of their Solid White Albacore Tuna and Solid White Albacore Prime Fillets!

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Canned tuna has to be my favorite source of high-quality protein because its very inexpensive and you can make almost anything with it in a pinch!  Not only does it taste amazing and fresh, but it is incredibly good for you!  More and more people around the globe are starting to realize the importance of seafood in their diets!

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The June 2014 draft seafood advice from the FDA and EPA encourages everyone to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces (2 to 3 servings) of seafood per week.  Its considered a superfood because it provides so many benefits for our bodies!  A researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health stated that “seafood is likely the single most important food one can consume for good health”.

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Its so valuable to eat seafood for the development of the brain in children.    Contrary to the popular belief before, according to a 2014 FDA report, a pregnant woman should consume 3 to 4 servings of seafood a week (about 9 0z. of canned albacore tuna) in order for her child to realize the maximum net benefit to IQ, which is 2.8 IQ points by 9 years of age.

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However, seafood consumption is at an all-time low for new moms and moms-to-be who are only eating one-half serving per week which is four times less than the amount needed to reap the maximum IQ benefits for their children! Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna is inexpensive, convenient, nutritious and delicious, whats not to love!  Everyone in your family will love the mild, non-fishy taste of the Solid White Albacore Tuna!

Solid White Albacore Tuna has tons of health benefits that will impress you and make you want more this this delicious fish!

Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water:

  • An Excellent Source of Protein

  • High in Selenium and Niacin

  • A good source of Vitamins B6 and B10

  • Free from Saturated Fat

 

When I was asked to a create a unique and delicious recipe with Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna, I immediately thought of making meatballs! Why you ask?  Well, everyone loves meatballs no matter the age!  You’d be surprised at how easy it is to make make meatballs for canned tuna!  They stay together well, and are super tasty with the teriyaki flavor!  Not to mention, they are very nutritious, a definite crowd-pleaser and can be eaten with anything!

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Teriyaki Tuna Meatballs

Teriyaki Tuna Meatballs

Ingredients

  • Make 25 meatballs
  • 4 (5 oz.) cans of Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut aminos*
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well so all ingredients are evenly combined (its easier to use your hands).
  3. Roll mixture in meatballs and place on a cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes, or until meatballs are golden.
  4. *you can use soy sauce in place of the coconut aminos
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Desserts Recipes Uncategorized

Paleo Dark Chocolate Chip and Orange Cookies + Thrive Market Review

July 5, 2015
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Linking up with Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner for Meatless Monday

Im sure all of you guys have been to whole foods (or should I say whole paycheck) before.  Everytime I go I always guess the total before I go to check out and I’m always way off!  Lasttime I went I only bought a few containers of yogurt, some cottage cheese a box of cereal, coconut flour and strawberries  and it was $45 !  Yikes!  Being a college student, I can’t waste all my money on one shopping trip, so I reached out to the fellas at Thrive Market.

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For those you don’t know what Thrive Market is, its a website where you can buy whole and natural ingredients that you could find at Whole Foods, but for much cheaper!  Its really good for people who go through their healthy ingredients fast and need to constantly restock.  For example, I go through coconut flour like there is no tomorrow, and the high-quality kinds can get expensive so I opt to purchase it at Thrive Market.

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Instead of being $6.49, this 16 oz. container of high-quality raw coconut flour was only $4.49!  It doesn’t seem like a huge difference but it adds up quickly!

Thrive market is also great for ingredients that you really want to try, but are either too expensive in a normal health food store or hard o find.  I purchased date sugar and raw coconut vinegar for the first time after not being able to find them in another store.

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Original price: $7.99

Thrive Market : $6.49

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Original price: $6.35

Thrive Market: $4.45

Just from buying three ingredients off of Thrive Market, I save $5.48!  Imagine, if you go to Thrive Market for all your necessities, you could save tons of money!

I was so excited when I purchased these ingredients from Thrive Market so naturally, I made these simple and delicious cookies! The orange compliments the dark chocolate perfectly!

 

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Click HERE to get the first 2 Months free and 25% off your first purchase at Thrive Market!

 

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