Archives for April 2015
I have a new exciting product to share with you today! The guys (and gals) over at WEDO sent me a package of their Banana Flour! Made from 100% all natural green bananas, this flour contains no additives, preservatives, chemicals or dyes and is a healthy alternative to regular flour! Banana flour is full of natural vitamins and minerals and incorporates 12 bananas worth of potassium in every container! It also contains contains RS2, an important form of resistant starch that is found in few foods. Resistant starch, unlike normal starches, is not digested in the small intestine, which results in numerous health benefits.
Banana Flour is the perfect alternative to any flour and can be subbed in any recipe (3/4 cup of banana flour for 1 cup regular flour). It is awesome for gluten-free and grain-free baking! What better way to use banana flour than to bake these chocolate strawberry donuts!
- 1/2 cup banana flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 egg, beaten (or flax egg for vegan option)
- 1/2 cup strawberry puree
- 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Add mixture to flour mixture and stir well, or until all ingredients or evenly combined.
- Spray cooking spray in a donut pan and add batter about 2/3 full in each slot.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden.
- To make glaze, combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Dip donuts in glaze and drizzle with paleo-approved white chocolate (if desired).
Adapted from this recipe
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Now that it is starting to feel like summer, it’s time for tropical flavors. Tropical meaning mango and coconut, one of the best combinations known to man. This coffee cake is totally grain-free and tastes like summer.
The amazing Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk, gives this cake the most amazing coconutty flavor and all the zing it needs! So sit down, relax, have a cup of coffee and this delicious coffee cake for breakfast, you’ll be in your bathing suit before you know it!
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To be honest, I am not much of a pasta person. I’ll eat it occasionally but I could definitely live without it. When I do eat pasta though, I prefer it to be homemade. There is just something different about fresh pasta that makes it taste way better than dried. The Recipe Redux theme this month was spring cleaning! So I looked through my fridge and found sun-dried tomato paste, which I have never used and thought it would be good for this theme!
Today was one of those rare days where I wanted to eat some pasta, and I wanted fresh ravioli. Not just any ravioli though, I wanted to make something different and delicious!
I made the pasta with garbanzo bean flour, in order to keep it gluten-free and full of protein and healthy fats. I filled them with hummus and sun-dried tomatoes. The result? Outstanding! Sun-dried Tomato and Hummus Ravioli
- 2 cups of garbanzo bean flour (aka chickpea flour), plus more for rolling
- 2 eggs ( or 2 flax eggs for vegan option
- 1 tbsp cornstarch or tapioca starch
- Sun-dried tomato paste (or place sun-dried tomatoes in food processor until smooth)
1. Beat eggs in a small bowl then combine with flour in a large bowl with cornstarch 2. Mix well until a dough forms 3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until about 1/8 inch thick 4. Cut in to about 24 rectangles, place about 1/2 tsp each of hummus and sun-dried tomato paste on 12 rectangles 5. Top each filled rectangle with the remaining rectangles, press sides down with a fork and ensure no filling will come out 6. Boil water in a medium size sauce pan 7. Place 3 raviolis in at a time into the boiling water for about 2-3 minutes and repeat until done 8. Top with more hummus and tomato paste if you desire! Enjoy! 🙂
Health Benefits Garbanzo Bean Flour:
- High in protein
- Healthy unsaturated fats
- Good source of folate, vitamin B6 and iron
- High Protein
- High fiber
- Low Carb
- Healthy fats
- What’s your favorite type of pasta?
- Have you ever made pasta? If so, how did it go?
Do you ever get excited after a visit to the grocery store because you found some cool new products to try? Oh that doesn’t happen to you? Sorry not sorry! Well anyway, I want you guys (and the whole world) to know what my new favorite products are so you can buy them too (if you heart desires!)! I also want to give you guys a feel for the type of products that I tend to buy. Without further ado, I present to you these cool new finds:
1. Bai Molokai Coconut Antioxidant Beverage- so good and naturally sweetened with stevia! Only 10 calories for the whole bottle! I think it should be named Bae instead (before anything else)!
2. Horizon Organic Half& Half– I just recently started using half and half in my coffee and its life changing! This stuff is great because it only has two ingredients: organic milk and organic cream!
3. Smucker’s Natural Chunky Peanut Butter- There is something so satisfying about chunky peanut butter! I love the slightly salty taste of this stuff!
4. Silk Coconutmilk– I only recently started buying coconut milk instead of almond milk and wow had it mad a difference! It makes smoothies so much creamier!
5. Peanut Butter Puffins– These will forever be my favorite cereal! They are pretty clean (non-GMO) and taste amazing! They are usually $4.99 but I got them for $1.78 at Target!!!
5. Puffins Original– Not as good as the peanut butter ones, but pretty darn close! Also pretty clean and only 90 calories per serving!
6. Stacked Eggplant Parmesan– Im not one to buy frozen dinners, but this is an exception! Stacked eggplant with a pesto sauce, marinara sauce and a little parmesan cheese! Noms!
7. Breakstone’s 2% Cottage Cheese– This is the best cottage cheese I’ve had! So creamy! I’m loving the 2%!
8. Bob’s Red Mill Xanthan Gum– Love this stuff! It’s great for gluten-free baking and makes smoothies so fluffy and voluminous! Pretty expensive ($12) , but lasts a long time!
What are your favorite products?
Chocolate is good, peanuts are great, but those two combined with banana is the best ever, especially in cookies! You have to make these cookies! They, A, only have 5 ingredients, B, bake in less than 10 minutes, C, are completely healthy and clean, and D, taste amazing! You can have your cookie and eat it too!
5 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Cookies
- 1 1/3 cups oats
- 1 extremely ripe banana
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp chopped peanuts
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
1. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Combine well.
2. Spray a cookie pan with cooking spray and spoon out cookies on to pan.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until done.
Makes 6-8 cookies
- Low glycemic carb
- Vitamin B6
- Healthy fats
- Vitamin B3
- Healthy fats
- Good carbs
I remember looking at a Rachael Ray magazine a few years ago and coming across a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch. I was so mesmerized how it had rice cereal for added texture and flavor and knew I had to make it. So I did, a couple batches for my sister grad party, for every family holiday party, every birthday party and so on. It was just that good, until I realized the ingredients list and nutrition facts were pretty scary. 450 calories and over 33 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar for one serving! I used to eat about 4 servings at a time! Anyways, getting to the point of this post, that recipe was my motivation for this one! Absolutely no refined sugar, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan. I used Sunbutter for this recipe to keep it nut-free but feel free to use any nut butter!
Crispy Sunbutter Fudge
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (I used sunbutter brand)
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp. agave nectar/maple syrup
- 1 cup gluten-free rice cereal (Like GF rice krispies or Rice chex cereal, crushed) or cereal of your choice
- In a large bowl combine coconut oil and sun butter. Mix well.
- Add in cocoa powder, agave and cereal and stir well until evenly combined.
- Spread coconut oil on the sides of a glass or metal cooking sheet and spread fudge evenly.
- Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until fudge hardens.
- Cut up into pieces and enjoy!
Sunflower Seed Butter:
- Healthy unsaturated fats
- Contains many vitamins such as Vitamin E and Magnesium
Recipe as a whole:
- Healthy fats
- No refined sugar
- No preservatives
- No processed ingredients
Here are some random meals from the weekend:
Oatmeal with pumpkin, cocoa powder, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips and peanut butter! Sounds gross but I promise you its amazing!!
Chicken breast with Trader Joe’s gyoza sauce, sautéed eggplant and cauliflower! I was in the mood to eat ALL THE VEGGIES!
A giant kale salad with a salmon black bean burger, a potato, salsa, hummus, nuts , plantains and mustard
Froyo with my friends! I never ever get this stuff because its so expensive and Id honestly rather eat plain greek yogurt but it was good! Salted caramel and buttery pecan topped with chopped nuts and drizzled with peanut butter. After I ate it I was hungry ten minutes later! #fastmetabolismprobs
Broiled grapefruit with stevia and cinnamon! Not half bad!
A purple sweet potato eaten on the go. I swear they taste so much better then regular sweet potatoes! Maybe Im biased cuz my favorite color is purple?
Greek Easter Bread on easter morning! Basically the only time I eat bread!
Stack’d buttermilk pancakes with yogurt, cottage cheese, cocoa powder and sunflower seed mixture on the side! These are seriously the best boxed pancakes I have ever had! 25 grams of protein per serving doesn’t hurt either!
Enjoy a picture of my Labordoodle!
Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking my own food but its just so dang hard when I’m confined in a dorm room with no oven or stove! Thats why alot of the times I rely on healthy frozen foods for dinner. Yes you are probably thinking that frozen foods aren’t typically healthy, but the ones I pick really are! For example, The veggie burgers at Hilary Eats Well are made with all natural ingredients, certified organic, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO and not to mention great tasting! Not only that but they also have healthy salad dressings that are out-of-this world!
Black Rice Burger with Adzuki Beans and Leafy Greens: Let me just tell you this veggie burger blew my mind! Its so meaty and filling even though it contains no meat! But thanks to the of the adzuki beans and brown jasmine rice, it creates a satisfying flavor that even meat lovers would like! Seriously one of my favorite veggie burgers I ever had, tied with the garbanzo bean burger from the rain forest cafe!
Nutrition: One burger contains 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Ingredient wise, they are all natural easy to read ingredients including Water, Organic Whole Millet, Organic Adzuki Beans, Organic Whole Quinoa, Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Potato, Organic Onion, Organic Mild Green Chilis, Organic Psyllium Seed Husk Powder, Organic Arrowroot, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Garlic, Organic Cumin, Organic Chipotle Powder, Organic Chili Powder, Organic Lime Juice.
Worlds Best Veggie Burger: There is a reason why they are called the Worlds Best Veggie Burger, because they live up to their name! So flavorful and and delicious, I didn’t want to stop! The combo of gluten-free grains and veggies such as sweet potato and leafy greens is seriously perfect! This burger is thick and sturdy, so it doesn’t crumble and holds it shape!
Nutrition: One burger contains 210 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. All the ingredients are clean and natural as can be, including Water, Organic Millet, Organic Quinoa, Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Potato, Organic Leafy Greens, Organic Onion, Organic Psyllium Husk Powder, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Garlic.
Ranch Chia Dressing: Move over fat-laden ranch, this ranch is so much healthier and tastier than normal ranch! Super creamy thanks to the base of coconut milk and filled with clean, natural ingredients such as chia seeds!
Creamy Remoulade Dressing: This flavor is perfect on anything; burgers, sandwiches, as a dip etc! Super creamy and flavorful thanks to the coconut milk base, dill pickles and mustard!
Apple Fennel Dressing: This unique flavor combo is so tangy and delicious! Replace this with your normal vinaigrette dressing and you will be wowed by the flavor! Made with all natural organic ingredients like organic apple cider vinegar, cold-pressed hexane-free grape seed oil, and health-supportive organic dandelion root powder!
Balsamic Thyme Dressing: This flavor is a classic but with an added twist; thyme is the star of this dressing and adds a slight sweetness!
Nutrition: Much less calories, fat, sodium and sugar then other brands! They range from 45-70 calories and 4.5-7 grams of fat , 120-190 mg of sodium and 0-1 gram of sugar per 2 Tbsp. serving! All made with all natural and organic ingredients! The Ranch Chia and Creamy Remoulade dressing have a base of organic coconut milk which lends to the creaminess while the Apple Fennel and Balsamic Thyme have a Organic Apple Cider/Balsamic vinegar base, giving them a acidic vinaigrette flavor!
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