Foods that you NEED to stop buying “light”!

You know those days when you go to the supermarket and you sorta judge people on the food thats in their shopping cart?  I hate to admit it, but I do that a lot.  And its not because I’m being judgmental, but because I care.  I absolutely hate when I see people putting food in their carts that is sugar-free, fat-free but full of chemicals!  I don’t understand why people fear the fats!  I need to get this off my chest, so that is the purpose of this post!

Foods you NEED to stop buying “LIGHT”!

  1. Yogurt

While light yogurt may have few calories and a nice fruity flavor, its not good for you!  Take Dannon Light and Fit yogurt for example:

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It may be only 80 calories, but take a look at the ingredients: artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners and Fructose!

Instead, try this:

Plain low-fat/ full-fat yogurt mixed with fruit for sweetness!

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With only 1 ingredient (Organic Cultured Pasteurized Reduced Fat Milk) not including the live active cultures, this is the most natural and healthiest yogurt you can buy!  There is no added sugar, artificial flavors/sweeteners or anything that isn’t natural!

2. Peanut Butter

I don’t care what you say, but reduced fat peanut butter and powdered peanut butter doesn’t taste anything like regular peanut butter!  God put fat in peanuts for a reason, and  it isn’t meant to be taken out.  Just look at Better n’  Peanut Butter for an example:

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Ok so half of the calories of regular pb, but a ton of added crap ingredients that act as fillers in replace of the missing fat!  This does not taste anything like regular pb and will NOT fill you up like the normal stuff does!  This stuff will do more harm then good to your body!

Try Natural peanut butter instead!

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With only one ingredient (peanuts) this is the most natural and healthiest peanut butter you can get!  Full of healthy fats that are vital for your health, this will give you tons of energy and had the capability of keeping you full!  Add bonus, no added sugars of artificial stuff!

3. Bread

You may be tempted to buy light bread because of the 45 calorie label, but don’t let that fool you.  Just because its light on calories doesn’t mean its good for you!  Lets take a look at Pepperidge Farm Light Style Grain Bread:

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They may have decreased the calories per slice, but exchanged it for a 46 ingredients list with over half the ingredients being artificial and chemically processed!  Plus theirs added sugar that no one needs to have!

Try Ezekiel Bread instead!

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Ingredients
Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Rye, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Oats, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Corn, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.

With a small  and familiar ingredients list, this bread is full of protein and fiber that will fill you up and do your body good!

4. Cereal

I’m totally guilty on this one!  When shopping for cereal, I was always drawn to the low-fat and low calorie labels even if the ingredients list was scary!  Take Fiber One Honey squares for example:

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Only 80 calories but a boat-load of artificial ingredients that humans shouldn’t consume like added color, trisodium phosphate, natural and artificial flavor, sucralose and acesulfame potassium!

Try Love Grown Foods Cereal instead!!

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Our ingredients: Bean Blend (navy beans, lentils, garbanzo beans), brown rice, dried cane syrup, organic honey, natural honey flavor, sunflower oil, salt, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) added to maintain freshness.

 

This cereal uses a base of beans and brown rice to give it added fiber!  They use NATURAL sweeteners such as dried cane syrup and organic honey!  Not a artificial ingredient or GMOs in sight!

 

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Honey Mustard Flax Crusted Cod

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Man do I love a good filet of fish!  Cod has to be one of my favorites because its so mild and the flaky, moist texture is out of this world.  I was lucky enough to be sent some high quality fillets of atlantic cod from Sizzlefish right to my door!

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The fish is caught right of the coast of New England and then frozen right away to ensure freshness and quality.  Cod is full of satisfying protein (31 grams per serving) as well as healthy unsaturated fats.  Not to mention, its great tasting and versatile!  Its perfect for this easy to make honey mustard flax crusted cod!

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Honey Mustard Flax Crusted Cod

Serves 4

  • 4 uncooked cod filets (I used Sizzlefish Atlantic Cod)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2  Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (organic if possible)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. in a shallow bowl, combine egg, mustard and honey.  Mix well.
  3. In a separate shallow bowl, add ground flaxseed.
  4. Dip cod fillet in egg mixture .  Transfer into ground flaxseed bowl and coat fillet well. Repeat for all filets
  5. Place on a cooking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until done.
  7. Enjoy!

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To check out other amazing fish and seafood that Sizzlefish offers, click HERE

Health Benefits:

  • All-natural ingredients
  • No artificial flavors
  • High protein
  • moderate amount of healthy fats
  • Low carb
  • Paleo-friendly
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Dairy-free

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Recipe Redux: Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake!

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This month’s Recipe Redux theme was a combo of chocolate and something else. So naturally, I decided to make a chocolate and peanut butter cake! You can never beat that combo!

I always loved making birthday cakes ever since I knew how to turn on an oven.  I’ve made all my friends cakes, my uncles, my aunts, my grandparents, my parents and my siblings. This year my mom requested a chocolate peanut butter cake, and since she is on a clean eating diet, I’d figure I would make it with all-naturak ingredients.  I did, and it turned out fabulous! Its not too sweet like cake normally is, and its super duper moist!  A little sliver goes a long way!

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Clean-Eating Gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten (or two flax eggs for vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 3/4 cup coffee, cooled
  • 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 oz. dark chocolate, melted (or semi-sweet)

Filling (adapted from Minimalist Baker)

  • 1/3 cup coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. agave nectar/honey/ maple syrup

Chocolate drizzle

  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup/agave/honey
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients except melted chocolate.  Mix well and add to dry ingredients.  Scrape sides of the bowl while mixing to ensure all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  4. Add melted chocolate to batter and stir well.
  5. Spray cooking spray in two circle layer cake pans.  Add batter evenly between two pans and bake for about 45 minutes, or until done.
  6. For filling, use a hand mixer to beat coconut cream until smooth and fluffy.  Add in peanut butter and agave and beat for another 15 minutes or until evenly mixed.
  7. Once cake is cooled, take out of pans carefully and spread filling on top of bottom layer and place other layer on top.

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Health Benefits Peanut Butter:

  •  Healthy fats
  • Protein
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium

Cocoa Powder:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Low in calories
  • Fiber
  • Magnesium

Recipe as a whole:

  • Clean Ingredients
  • Healthy fats
  • Gluten-free
  • High in fiber
  • Protein
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Can be vegan

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Lean Body for Her Protein Powder Review+ Chocolate Almond Protein Granola

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I’ll be very honest here, I used to love adding protein powder to my drinks and smoothies until I looked at the ingredient list and found a sea of unfamiliar words that I couldn’t pronounce.  My love of protein powder and I separated that day, only to be reunited again with an even better brand of protein powder called Lean Body for Her!  Lean Body for Her is the  tastiest, healthiest and and most beneficial protein powder I’ve have ever had! There are some many amazing qualities about it like:

  • Wholesome, natural ingredients
  • Gluten-free
  • Lactose-free
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors
  • No preservatives
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Eco- friendly package

This protein powder has  AMAZING Nutrition Facts (per one scoop)

  • 160 calories
  • 3.5 grams of fat (1.5g sat, 0g trans)
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 3 grams of sugar
  • 25 grams of protein

The ingredient list is clean and contains wholesome, natural ingredients:

  • Cross flow micro ultra filtered whey protein concentrate, sunflower oil, ditched cocoa,  calcium casein ate, inulin, organic cane sugar, natural flavors, xanthin gum, sea salt, monk fruit extract and soy lecithin.

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More importantly, the taste of both vanilla and chocolate are incredible!  They both make protein smoothies taste like frothy smoothies and does wanders when added into oatmeal!  You need to try this stuff!

Try this amazing granola recipe with Lean Body for Her protein powder!

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Chocolate Almond Protein Granola

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 scoop of Lean Body for Her Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, protein powder, almonds and chocolate chips.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Spread on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes, or until oats are toasted.
  5. Enjoy!

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Click HERE to get your Lean Body for Her Protein Powder!

*I was sent the protein powder to review for free but I was not compensated for writing this post, all opinions are my own*

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Dairy-free Banana Bread Coffee Creamer

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I’ll admit it, I used to be one of those flavored coffee cream junkies.  What ever flavor it was, I had to have it!  I adored all the dessert flavors, including caramel macchiato, irish cream, butter pecan and every flavor in between. Once I read an article on how bad these really were, I stopped buying them completely.  I was not into the added sugars, artificial flavoring and the processed ingredients that I can’t even pronounce. photo-6.PNG  I was destined to come up with my own flavored creamer made with all-natural ingredients.  Coconut milk stood in for the creamy texture of creamy and the date and ripe banana lends to a sweet flavor.  This is super easy to make, dairy-free, vegan, paleo and just plain delicious in a cup of coffee! photo 2

Dairy-free Banana Bread Coffee Creamer

  • 1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 4 dates, presoaked in water and drained
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Place banana and dates in a blender (I used a vitamix) and blend until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend for about 1 minute, or until mixture is smooth without any lumps.
  3. Enjoy in coffee or tea!

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Health Benefits

  • All- natural
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Primal

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WIAW: Easy Healthy Dinners

Hey y’all!  It’s time for another round of WIAW made possible by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons!  Today I’m focusing on the lovely dinners I’ve been making in my apartment!  Since I’m short on time because of class, practice and work, I need to rely on healthy, filling dinners that are quick and easy to make!

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Spinach salad with a homemade beet burger, tomatoes, salsa, nuts, sweet potato, mustard and Chinese noodles!  This might sound weird,  but its delicious!

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Baked tempeh with teryiaki sauce, sautéed peppers, kale topped with marinara sauce

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Black bean turkey burger, roasted sweet potato, sliced tomato and avocado

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half an eggplant stuffed with kale and marinara sauce, an Al Fresco buffalo chicken sausage, and sautéed plantains in coconut oil

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Honey Mustard and Flax crusted Sizzlefish Cod (recipe coming soon!)

What types of quick and easy dinners do you have?

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10 Easy Healthy Desserts to Make for your Valentine! <3

Looking for a delicious and healthy dessert to make your sweetie for valentines day? Well you’ve come to the right place. Below are 10 of my most decadent, yet guilt-free desserts that will complete the most romantic day of the year!

1. Chocolate-Banana Silk Pie W/ Cherry Cashew Crust

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2. Microwave Fudge Brownie with Chocolate Sauce

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3. Salted-Caramel Cappuccino Mousse

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4. Peanut Butter-Banana Pies

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5. Chocolate-Hazlenut-Strawberry Tarts

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6. Pan-Fried Pineapple Fritters

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7.  Cranberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake

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8. Berry and Coconut Cream filled Almond Shortcakes

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9. Banana-Chocolate Swirl Cake

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10. Skillet Carrot Cake

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Dark Chocolate Orange Oatmeal Brûlée

I love chocolate (who doesn’t right?), especially dark chocolate.  I love the bitter yet slightly sweet taste of it.  I remember sampling a piece of fine dark chocolate with a hint of orange from Paris and it was out of this world!  I missed that flavor so much that I NEEDED to recreate it.  And of course it had to be oatmeal, because  I eat oatmeal everyday!  Not any kind of oatmeal, oatmeal brûlée because it is fancier and more amazing than regular oats!  This flavor combo may be the most amazing yet, thanks to the bitterness of the cocoa paired with the sweet acidity of the orange.  You will not be disappointed! photo 3 Click HERE to get your unrefined Cane Sugar!

Dark Chocolate Orange Oatmeal Brûlée

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed juice from an orange
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1 tsp.  dark chocolate chips ( can be vegan), chopped or cocoa nibs
  • 1 tsp. unrefined cane sugar ( I used chancaca)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a ramekin.  Mix well.
  3. Bake oatmeal for about 15 minutes, or until done.
  4. Sprinkle oatmeal with cane sugar. 
  5. Heat oven to broil (550 degrees) and place oatmeal in oven for about 1 minutes, or until sugar caramelizes.
  6. Enjoy!

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  •  many minerals such as iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc
  •  flavonoids with help reduce systemic inflammation 
  •  fiber

Oranges Contains

  • Plenty of vitamins, such as C, A, folate and calcium
  • Fiber
  • Natural sugars

Recipe as a whole

  • All natural
  • No refined sugar
  • No artificial ingredients
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • 100% clean
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Low-glycemic
  • Non-GMO

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WIAW: Creature of Habit

Hello everyone!  Hope you are having a wonderful week!  Its time for another round ofWIAW made possible by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons!

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Today for breakfast was the same old; old fashioned oats cooked with water, a baked apple with cinnamon, a scoop of homemade applesauce, some sunflower seeds, some dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder and a Tbsp. of natural pb!  Super filling and super delicious!

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Lunch was a little different today, I wanted a savory breakfast so I made eggs!  I topped them with a veggie stir fry of onions, carrots, and kale.  I also had sweet potato and butternut squash hash , salsa and a bit of mustard on the side! photo-50

For dinner I had a Trader Joe’s turkey burger (OMG sooooo good!), sweet potato/regular potatoes wedges, roasted broccoli, salsa, mustard and some plantain bread!  The recipe for the bread is from Purely Twins and it is amazing! For snack (unpictured) I had plain yogurt mixed with homemade applesauce, cottage cheese, agave, sunflower seeds, cocoa nibs, natural PB topped off with Love Grown Foods Granola!

Do you often catch yourself eating the same meals everyday?

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Kodiak Cakes Product Review + Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Originally posted on The Athletic Avocado:

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One of the most fond memories I have when I was younger was making pancakes for breakfast using bisquick baking mix.  Its so much easier and quicker than making pancakes from scratch!  However, because of the added preservatives and trans fats in bisquick, my mom stopped it.  Since then I have been making them using my go-to recipe, which actually requires some work (not complaining though, they taste great!).  But there are just those days when you don’t feel like getting the kitchen dirty and doing tons of dishes.  Thankfully, I was sent three boxes of the amazing Kodiak Cakes mix!  This is a pancake/waffle mix that is all natural, full of whole grains, has no added fat, sugar or cholesterol!  All the ingredients are clean and minimally processed, not to mention they taste great!  Here are the flavors I received:

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Whole Wheat Oat and Honey Frontier Flapjack and Waffle…

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