WIAW : Peanut Butter Puffins!

Thanks to Lauren and Jenn for hosting!

Hey y’all! Happy hump day!  Do you ever get excited when you see your favorite food?  Well that was me when I went to target the other day!  I saw that Peanut Butter Puffins were on sale and had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t crazy lol!  There are usually between 4-5 dollars and $3.99 at the cheapest, but today I found them at $1.78!!photo 4

I literally cried (jk not really) I was so Happy!!!!

Ok now onto the eats:

Breakfast:

I had a huge bowl of oatmeal with pecans and a unpictured two bowls of fruit, potatoes and coffee!  This was a hotel buffet and I stocked up because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat for awhile!

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Lunch:

After every meet we almost always go to Panera (99% of the time).  I always  get the same thing; Thai chopped chicken salad and an apple.  I haven’t got sick of it yet!

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Dinner:

Once I got home from a long car ride, I baked up some salmon with kale and broccoli and jan unpictured sweet potato!

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Snack:

Some greek yogurt with PB and Puffins on top!photo 1

Whats your favorite kind of cereal?

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DIY Banana Bread Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal

photo 1 A few years ago I believed that the most perfect cereal was Post Honey Bunches of Oats.  I adored all the textures and flavors that each bowl consisted of.  The flakes, clusters of oats and honey , dried fruit and nut pieces all combined just perfectly for a complete breakfast.  I stopped buying it when I realized  it wasn’t as healthy as I had once thought.   photo 3 While browsing the isles of the grocery store, I stumbled upon a box of it, and I had a great idea to make my own version.  Full of filling fiber and healthy all-natural ingredients, this won;t leave you feeling hungry half an hour later like most cereals lacking in fiber do. photo 5 DIY Banana Bread Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal Flakes (adapted from A Bite of Becky)

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour (or other gluten-free flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 overripe banana,mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup/honey/agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine flours, baking powder and cinnamon.  Mix well.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and blend well, forming a wet dough.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread dough as thin as possible with rubber spatula.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until slightly crispy.  Take out of oven and break into small flakes.
  6. Bake for another 15 minutes or until flakes are crispy.

Oat Clusters

  • 3/4 cup  oats
  • 1/2 overripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup/honey/ agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and  add on mixture a spread into little clusters.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until oats are toasted.

Banana Chips

  • 1 overripe banana
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Slice banana into thin slices about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until banana chips are slightly crispy

Note: All of these can be made at the same time and can bake to gether in the oven. Once they are all done baking and cooled, combine them together to form copy cat honey bunches of oats cereal. photo 4 Health Benefits Bananas:

  • Chockfull of Fiber
  • High in vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C and B6
  • Low-Glycemic food

Recipe as a whole

  • All-natural
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients
  • High fiber
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

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Aldi Grocery Haul! See how much you can save!

If you never heard of the grocery store Aldi, your in luck today!  Todays post is all about the most awesome and least expensive supermarket in the country!  Aldi has a somewhat small selection with mainly store brands.  They have some other quirky ways that make their products cheaper ( like having to bring your own bags!), but hey its totally worth it!

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They also have a carry a line of organic products called Simply Nature that has lots of awesome products from organic produce to organic tomato sauce at a low price!  They also have tons of healthy products (that aren’t organic) that you couldn’t get any cheaper at any other supermarket!   Two pounds of frozen wild caught salmon for $7.49?  Yes please!!  And don’t worry, every product in the store is QUALITY!  The frozen fish is my favorite product out of the entire store.   Now I only bought a few things (only one organic product), but I still saved a heck of a lot of money! Just check out how much money I saved compared to Shop Rite:

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  • Plain yogurt (32 oz.)                     $ 1.89                                                           $2.69
  • Cottage cheese (24 oz.)                $2.29                                                            $2.29
  • Frozen salmon (2 lbs)                  $7.49                                                            $11.99
  • Spinach (8 oz.)                               $1.79                                                             $2.99
  • Mushrooms (8 oz.)                        $0.79                                                            $2.49
  • Empire apples (3 lbs)                   $2.89                                                           $2.99
  • 4 greek yogurts (6 oz. each)        $2.00 (50 cents each)                                 $3.56 ($0.89)
  • Mild Salsa (24 oz.)                         $1.69                                                            $3.99
  • Organic tomato sauce (25 oz.)     $1.79                                                          $3.49
  • Plantains (2)                                $0.58 (29 cents each)                                   $0.66
  • Yellow mustard (20 oz.)               $0.79                                                           $2.49
  • Sweet potatoes  (3 lbs)                 $ 1.99                                                            $4.50
  • Ground cinnamon (4.25 oz.)    $0.99                                                              $1.57
  • Canned pumpkin (15 oz.)                $ 0.89                                                       $1.05
  • Get Balance fiber cereal                 $2.59                                                        $3.19
  • Bananas (2.4 lb)                                 $1.06                                                          $1.42  

TOTAL                                             $31.51                                                       $51.36

Savings: $19.85!

WOW!  Who knew that I could save $20 on similar products at Aldi!  I once thought that ShopRite was “cheap”, but not anymore!  Think about it, if you save $20 a week on groceries, thats $80 a month and $960 a year!  You get the same quality food (if not better) for such a better price!

Click HERE to find out where your nearest Aldi is!

*disclaimer:  I was given a $25 gift certificate by Aldi to purchase these products but all opinions are my own

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Recipe Redux: Vanilla Fig Cashew Milk

The Recipe Redux Theme is about leftovers, either making a recipe from your blog and transforming it or making a new recipe that can be used more than once!  I personally love making my own nut milk, and literally use it in almost everything I eat! One recipe of nut milk can be used in a billion things!  I decided to be unique and blend vanilla extract and dried figs with my cashew milk, and wow what a great flavor!  A slightly sweet figgy vanilla flavor that will rock your world.  Not only can you drink it, but you can

  • add it to smoothies
  • oatmeal
  • use it as a coffee creamer
  • in your cereal
  • sub it for any milk when baking
  • Make homemade ice cream with it (sub out almond milk in this recipe)
  • Anything your heart desires!

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Vanilla Fig Cashew Milk

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 3 dried figs, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups water
  1. In a blender combine all ingredients and blend for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Strain liquid in a fine mesh strainer (optional, it will be a little gritty if you don’t).
  3. Enjoy!

Health Benefits: This Recipe is:

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Lactose-free
  • Grain-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

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Banana Nut Munchkins

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My favorite muffin flavor is banana nut.  There is just something about it that makes the world go round! My mom used to by the prepackaged banana nut muffins for my lunch in middle school and they were the highlight of my day (I hated middle school!!).  They were no where near healthy, with artificial banana flavoring and a chock-full of sugar (yuck I do not know why I ate them!)  I have made a few types of muffins the past few days so it was time to recreate something else.  Banana nut munchkins came into my mind and they are amazing!  They literally taste like a banana nut muffin transformed into a donut!  No artificial flavoring or added sugar in here, just the good stuff!  Wheat and Gluten-free and perfect for all you paleo guys out there in need of a donut!

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Banana Nut Munchkins

Makes 15-20 donuts

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. unrefined cane sugar (I used chancaca) or honey
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • 2 tbsp. crushed walnuts,
  • more walnuts to roll donuts in, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor.  Blend for 20 seconds or until dough is form.
  3. Roll dough into 15-20 balls and roll in crushed walnuts.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until fully cooked.
  5. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits

Coconut flour

  • Packed with fiber and protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Wheat-free
  • Gluten-free

Bananas

  • Packed with many vitamins and minerals such as potassium, manganese, magnesium, folate, vitamin B6, C and A
  • Plenty of fiber
  • Natural sugars

Recipe as a whole

  • All natural
  • No preservatives 
  • No refined sugar
  • 100% clean
  • Wheat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Whole 30

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Hemp Hearts Product Review

Thanks to Manitoba Harvest and Sweat Pink Ambassadors for providing me with a sample of Hemp hearts!

Have you ever wondered where vegans and vegetarians get their protein from?  I mean come on, the only source of protein is meat and animal products, right?  Wrong!  Animal products are only a small percentage of the types of foods that contain an abundant amount of protein.  Plant sources have protein too, and don’t contain the saturated fat or cholesterol that come with animal products.  Now I’m not dissing animal products, but my love for all things natural and grown on earth is becoming bigger and bigger.  I’ve been turning to plant sources for protein and been opting to have animal products only a few times a week (this also saves me $$$$!). photo 2   One food that I’ve been really into lately is Hemp hearts.  Hemp what?  I know what your thinking, what the heck on earth is that?  Well my dear friend, they are shelled hemp seeds, which are derived from the cannabis plant.  The hemp heart contains all the raw nutrition of the seeds and multiple minerals, vitamins and fiber!  It is also great source of omega 3 fatty acids and of course, protein!  One serving of 3 Tbsp. contains a whopping 10 grams of protein! photo 1

So, what do you do with them?

They have a rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch!  They could go well with almost anything! Try them in:

  • salads
  • cereal
  • yogurt
  • ice cream (noms!)
  • smoothies
  • Baked goods
  • anything you want!

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What you need to do:

  • Comment on this post and answer what you would use hemp hearts for!

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The Easiest and Healthiest Cookies you’ll ever Make!!! Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana No-bake Cookies!

Originally posted on The Athletic Avocado:

No-BakeI love easy recipes, I love peanut butter, I love chocolate and I love cookies! What if you combine all of these things into one? Nothing better than that! Plus they are healthy cookies, no sugar what so ever, just delicious-tasting heaven! I promise you that these are the easiest cookies you will ever make! Even if you have 5 minutes to spare, you can still make these one bowl delights!

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No Bake PB-Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 25-30 cookies

  • 2.5 cups dry oats
  • 1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup stevia-sweetened chocolate chips

1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together peanut butter, bananas and vanilla, combine well

2. Mix in oats and chocolate chips, combine well until a dough forms

3. Roll dough into small balls, place in fridge until the cookies harden

Health Benefits

  • All-natural
  • No processed ingredients
  • No…

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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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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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