WIAW: Cranberry-Pumpkin Butter

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Breakfast: My most favorite combo of oats, pumpkin, coconut flour, egg whites, chocolate  chips, nuts and of course peanut butter!

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Lunch: So glad I got to go to Panera, seriously love that place! Got the usual: Thai Chopped Chicken Salad with an apple

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Dinner: Went out again for dinner (twice in one day never happens!) at the cheesecake factory. Kept it nice and simple and ordered the Tuna Takita Salad which come with ahi-seared tuna! It was SO GOOD!

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Snacks: I had some pumpkin spice chobani with some almond butter and some chopped peanuts!  Also had a rice cake smothered in Pumpkin Cranberry Butter!

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Thanks to Jen for hosting!!! :)

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Teecino Herbal Coffee and Energy Cereal Product Review!

Now, first things first, I am not a tea person and I will probably never consider myself one.  I am a  die-hard coffee fan, all day e’r day!  However once I tried these products from Teecino, they changed my thought on coffee alternatives!.   I’ve been having troubles with caffeine, it’s been having a negative affect on me and it makes me feel dizzy and lethargic ! I never thought tea or herbal coffee  had much flavor, every time I tried it it seemed as if I was drinking hot water, not my cup of tea (pun intended).  Let me tell you about Teecino a little bit, their company is not only tea but caffeine-free herbal coffee and  super food cereal!  It is such a nice change from the same old cuppa’ joe!  Not to mention the herbs used contain antioxidants, soluble fiber, enzymes, essential oils and immune boosting constituents!  This product is so beneficial for your health just like tea!  Before I give details on their products, first look at this healthy recipe I made using their sustained energy cereal!

What they sent me:

Herbal Coffees

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French Roast Herbal Coffee(non-caf)

Taste:  I was so impressed by this one because I am a dark roast kind of girl!  The perfect intensity for a dark roast, not too high and not too little!  Their is no need for caffeine in this!

Vanilla Nut Herbal Coffee (non-caf)

Taste:  Wow I love this flavor! Just the right amount of vanilla with a hint of a nutty taste!

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Dandelion Dark Roast Herbal Coffee (non-caf)

Taste:  Again, in love with this dark roast!   Like it says on the packet “this delivers all the satisfaction without all the caffeine and acidity of coffee!”

Dandelion Caramel Nut Herbal Coffee(non-caf)

Taste: Similar to the dandelion dark roast but lighter.  This medium roast has a hint of sweetness thanks to “a swirl of sweet against roasted nuts”!

Hazelnut Herbal Coffee (non-caf)

Taste: This one has such a powerful decadent flavor!  the intense flavor of the hazelnuts is accompanied by golden roasted almonds, figs and dates, adding a tint of sweetness!

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Nutrition:  Only 20 calories per Tbsp. serving!  The ingredients are mostly organic like organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, dates, almonds, organic figs, natural vanilla flavor and natural nut flavor!  This is a natural energy booster so there is no room for caffeine !  The energy comes from the nutrients and not stimulants!  Also inulin from chcory root supports and improves digestion!

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Tee Chia Sustained Energy Cereal: As described on the website, “TeeChia is a high performance, gluten-free cereal made from super seeds that produces lasting energy, satiety (satisfying fullness), and regularity.” Thanks to the blend of super seeds such as chia, flax, quinoa, amaranth, ramon and pumpkin, this cereal will keep you energized and satisfied while on the go!

Blueberry Date: So sweet and satisfying!  I love the blueberry and date flavors together!  The super seeds add an awesome crunch that regular oatmeal just doesn’t have!

Cranberry Apple:  Sweet yet tangy from the dried cranberries.  The apple and cranberries help balance each other out!

Nutrition Facts: 200-210 calories and 5-6 grams of fat per serving. Also 6 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, 8-10 grams of sugar (from all natural sweeteners), 10% DV of iron and 20% DV of magnesium!

Ingredients:  All natural and organic ingredients such as gluten-free rolled oats,  organic quinoa seeds, organic amaranth seeds, dates, organic milled chia seeds, organic currants, organic milled flaxseeds, organic pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, organic cinnamon, organic ramon seeds, and natural flavors!

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 Click HERE to see my recipe for  Gluten-free Super Seed Banana Bread Cookies Made with Teechia Sustained Energy Cereal!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Bread Bake

Tis the season for everything pumpkin!  Fall is my favorite time of the year and one of the reasons may or may not be because you can find pumpkin in abundance!  I love everything about pumpkin, how creamy it is, how easy it is to bake with, the flavor of it, etc…  I always try to think outside of the box for new recipes and I’m glad to say this one is a hit!  I recieved Silver Hill Bakery bread in the mail yesterday and just knew I had to make something amazing with it!  And voila this beuaty was born!  who knew pumpkin cheesecake and french toast would be an amazing combo?  Oh and not to mention this bake is totally healthy so don’t feel guilty about it and enjoy every bite!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Bread Bake

Serves 3-4

  • 3 cups cubed silver hills bakery bread
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. craisins
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup  milk ( I used almond)
  • 2 oz. lowfat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup/ honey
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place cubed bread, nuts and craisins in a medium bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine egg,  vanilla,cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and milk.  Mix well.  Add to bread, making sure it is evenly coated with mixture.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Spray cooking spray in a loaf pan, and add 1/2 of bread mixture.  Spread cream cheese mixture over top, them top with remaining bread mixture.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until done.
  7. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits

Silver Hills Bakery Bread:

  • No oil, artificial preservatives, additives, stabilizers, eggs, dairy, or GMO
  • Organic ingredients
  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • Sprouted whole grain
  • Vegan
  • Non-dairy
  • Contains abundant amounts of manganese, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium

Pumpkin

  • High in fiber
  • Rich in vitamin A, C, potassium, beta-carotene
  • Rich in antioxidants

Recipe as a Whole:

  • All natural
  • No refined sugar
  • No processed ingredients
  • Clean
  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Rich in vitamins
  • Whole-grain
  • Vegetarian

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Perfect for Meatless Mondays! Hosted by Confessions of a Mother Runner and Tina Muir

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DIY Gourmet Nut Butter: Red Velvet Cookie Butter!

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I noticed that gourmet nut butters have been all the rage lately and I can see why. They are so stinkin’ good! But they can have their downfalls, a lot of them are loaded with refined sugar, which is a no-no in my book, and number 2: they can cost up to $12 per jar! For those of you who don’t want to spend a fortune on these tasty products or are trying to eat healthier, this recipe is just perfect for you! What’s better than red velvet cake? NOTHING! Except this Red Velvet Cookie Butter! It’s so easy to make with NO ADDED SUGAR! It taste like the real thing in a sweet and luscious spread that is perfect on bread, crackers, waffles, pancakes, bananas, apples, you name it! So save some money and make this gourmet butter, you’ll swear that you bought it from the grocery store after…

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All Things Peanut Butter

 

 

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If you guys have ever seen or followed my blog before, I think its safe to say you know I’m kinda a peanut butter addict!  I just need to share this love with the whole world because peanut butter is one of the best foods in the world (health wise and taste wise!)!  Here are some amazing healthy recipes involving the best stuff on earth!

 

 

 

 Gluten-free Elvis Peanut Butter Hand Pies

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Peanut Butter Banana French Toast Roll Ups

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Larabar Dumplings

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Banana Peanut Butter Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

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Blueberry White Chocolate Peanut Butter English Muffin

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 Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Coconut Flour Munchkins

More Peanut Butter Recipes from amazing bloggers:

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Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes from the Vegan 8

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip from the Lean Green Bean

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars from Hungry Healthy Girl

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Peanut Butter Banana Crepes from Eat Clean Live Strong

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Almost Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars from Oatmeal With A Fork

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Truffles from Flora Foodie

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5 Ingredient Spicy Peanut Sauce from I Heart Vegetables

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Apple Peanut Butter Soufflé from Sprint to the Table

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola from The Big Man’s World

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Mini Peanut Butter Banana Loaf from Pinks Pantry

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Gluten-free Super Seed Banana Bread Cookies

Since moving back to college I haven’t been able to make any recipes, which saddens the crap out of me!  Thankfully I was able to go to my friends apartment to make these cookies!  I brought all these ingredients to college thinking I would have enough time to make stuff, but unfortunately I have been busier than expected.  However, I am so glad I used my noodle to create this amazingly tasty and amazingly easy cooke recipe!  All-natural ingredients, no refined sugars, no artificial flavors/colors and no preservatives!  Not to mention Gluten-free, dairy-free,  and vegan!  I used Teechia sustained energy cereal which is pretty much a delicious mixture of oats, seeds, and dried fruit!  These super easy to make cookies are perfect for an on-the-go snack, a light dessert, or even for breakfast!

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Super Seed Banana Bread Cookies

Makes 10-12 cookies

  • 1/2 cup Gluten-free flour (I used garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 packet of Teechia sustained energy cereal (I used blueberry date) or 1/2 cup GF oats
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. agave nectar/honey/maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. raisins/ chopped dates
  • Melted vegan/dark chocolate (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and energy cereal.  Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine banana, coconut oil, agave,  and vanilla.  Stir well.
  4. Add banana mixture to flour mixture and combine well, scraping the sides of the bowl to get all the flour mixed in.
  5. Spray cooking spray on a cooking sheet and drop batter evenly into 12 cookies.  Bake for about 15-17 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Drizzle chocolate over cookies if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits:

Garbanzo Bean Flour:

  • Gluten-free
  • High in protein and fiber
  • Low in fat
  • No cholesterol, sodium or saturated fat

TeeChia Sustained Energy Cereal:

  • Gluten-free
  • High in protein , whole grains,and fiber
  • Contains Omega-3 fats
  • No refined/added sugar
  • No preservatives

Recipe as a whole:

  • All-natural
  • No added sugar
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients
  • No artificial flavors
  • 100% clean
  • Chockful of vitamins and minerals
  • All-natural sweeteners
  • High in fiber and protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Whole-grains

 

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WIAW : Home Sweet Home

Hello Y’all!  Its been an amazing weekend at home for me and I enjoyed every bit of it! I got to eat foods that I haven’t eaten in awhile because the dining hall is pretty limited.  Hope you had a great week as well and a big thanks to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

Breakfast

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Boy have I missed this yogurt bowl so much!  They don’t have greek yogurt let alone palin yogurt at the dining hall so its safe to say that I was excited for it.  In this bowl I mixed plain greek yogurt, 1/2 golden delicious apple chopped and microwaved with cinnamon, some spoonfulls of pumpkin puree, some apple sauce, a blob of my Cranberry Pumpkin Butter (so good!) and a dollop of natural peanut butter on top!  It may not sound good but trust me, it totally is!

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Lunch

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I have been making smoothies in my dorm, but they aren’t my “ideal” smoothie.  My “ideal” smoothie is one with frozen blueberries, some banana, almond milk, some spinach and cinnamon.  Yum! I know it doesn’t look that good because of the lighting but it tasted like blueberry banana bread!  I topped it off with some bran flakes and pumpkin granola!

Dinner

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Man oh man I have been dying for a good home cooked meal for a while, so when I finally had a kitchen I knew I had to make something delicious!  I decided to make Cranberry Apple Chicken (recipe coming soon!)  On the side I had roasted butternut squash and roasted brussel sprouts which were on point!

Snack

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Yes I am one of those people who eat yogurt twice a day and I enjoy it!  This was plain greek yogurt, some pumpkin, more, cranberry pumpkin butter, cottage cheese, natural PB and pumpkin granola on top!  I also had an unpictured juicy plum I got at the farmers market!

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Al Fresco Chicken Meatballs Product Review!

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I don’t know about you guys but making dinner is a constant struggle for me, especially in a little dorm room where I don’t have access to a kitchen.  I miss dinner at the cafeteria almost every night due to practice so I mostly rely on frozen meals.  However, It’s hard to find a frozen meal thats actually healthy.  Sure some of them say they are healthy, but if you look at the ingredient list you wouldn’t be able to recognize a single word.  Not to mention all the artificial flavors , added sugar and sodium and preservatives.  Luckily I found a  real healthy frozen meal that will satisfy my hunger and taste buds!  Al Fresco Chicken Meatballs are amazing!  Absolutely no artifical ingredients, fillers and MSG and no preservatives!  They come in lots of different tasty flavors and have 60% less fat than the leading beef and pork meatballs!  Let me break it down for you:

I was sent four amazing Flavors:

Italian Style Meatballs:  Literally the most perfect italian style meatball!  So moist and tender and the right amount of basil and mozzeralla flavor!  Taste like your old italian grandmother just made them!  Perfect over top of roasted eggplant and marinara sauce!

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Tomato and Basil Meatballs:  Tomato and basil is the perfect combo in these meatballs! So moist flavorful and juicy !  Perfect paired with pasta, spaghetti squash or even by themselves!

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Teriyaki Ginger Meatballs:  These are so flavorful, like a party in your mouth!  Loved the pineapple and ginger flavors; They paired together so nicely!  Perfect with some in a stir fry with veggies and pineapple over rice!

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Caramelized Onion Meatballs:  Man oh man, these were the bomb, delicious flavor bomb that is.  Packed with a sweet onion taste thats smoky buy not overpowering.  The roasted garlic also adds a nice well rounded flavors!  Perfect stuffed in a pita pocket with some tomato, lettuce and a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream!

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Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts for all meatballs are range from 130-210 calories per 4 meatball serving.  The grams of fat is 7-9 grams, 2-3 grams of which is  saturated.  The sodium is a tad high, 380-500 grams per serving but not bad for a frozen meal.  There is a whopping 14-18 grams of protein per serving, a good amount for a quick and easy dinner!

Ingredients:  All the ingredients are natural containing no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, no fillers and no MSG.  All flavors contain mostly the same amount of ingredients, but differ a little depending on the flavor.  The ingredients that are in all of them are skinless chicken meat, spices ( depending on flavor), and any additional ingredients (cheese, veggies, natural flavors, etc.)  I’m pretty impressed with natural ingredients list!

I was sent these samples by Al Fresco but I was not paid in any way to do this review, these are always my honest opinion!

Click HERE to get your amazing Chicken Meatballs!

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Easy Homemade Pumpkin-Cranberry Butter

Originally posted on The Athletic Avocado:

Pumpkin is my favorite fall food, but not far behind is cranberries. They are the forgotten fall delicacy. I have been planning on making pumpkin butter for a while now, but I didn’t want to be ordinary and just make pumpkin butter, I wanted to make something unique. I decided to add cranberries for a fun fall twist! This butter is taste like pumpkin butter and cranberry sauce combined, really nothing can beat this delicious autumn taste! Not to mention this is totally healthy, free of sugar and anything bad for you! So go ahead and enjoy this easy-to-make and fun-to-eat pumpkin-Cranberry butter on toast, muffins, or whatever your heart desires!

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Butter

  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1. heat cranberries and honey in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat for about 7-10 minutes, or until it becomes a sauce…

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Cinnamon-Pecan Pumpkin Granola Bars

Originally posted on The Athletic Avocado:

It’s officially the pumpkin season and you all know what that means, pumpkin-flavored everything! Woo-hoo! I just love pumpkin, I just don’t actually eat it in fall though, I literally have it all year round! What’s not to love about this versatile and delicious squash!? It can be added to virtually almost every type of dish: oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, chili, pie, wraps,lasagna, you name it, and there is a pumpkin version. Packaged granola bars seem really easy and convenient, but most of the time you are actually doing yourself, and your body a disservice when buying them! First of all they can be uber expensive, loaded with sugar and preservatives, and can be heavily processed. On average, a granola bar typically can cost 75 cents or more per bar, doesn’t sound like much, but when you are buying 12, it really adds up. The good news is that you can make…

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