Category Archives: Snacks

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Banana Bread

Now I know that everyone has a recipe for banana bread, but this one is a little healthier and uses your freshly ground wheat!

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I used all brown sugar in this bread too because, well, I love brown sugar.  I feel like it adds a richness to baked good you just can’t get from white sugar.

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You will love this recipe.  My kiddos get so excited when I make banana bread it never lasts long in my house!

Plus, it seems I always buy too many bananas so this is a great use up for those brown speckled ones and frozen bananas also work great in this recipe.

Banana Bread
 
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Banana Bread
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Move oven racks so tops of loaf pans are in the middle of the oven.  Spray 2 loaf pans with non stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in bananas, buttermilk., eggs, and vanilla.  Stir in soda and salt, and then mix in the flours.  Divide evenly between the two loaf pans.
  3. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. Let cool in pans for 10 mins and then remove from pans and cool on wire rack.
  5. Eat!

Recipe adapted from here.

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies {vegan and gluten free}

Have you guys see those cookies floating around Pinterest and Facebook that are pretty much just bananas and oatmeal?

Well, I tried them for you.

Your welcome.

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And you know what?  They aren’t half bad.  Especially when you add in chocolate chips.

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Just a few ingredients to healthy cookies that you could totally eat for breakfast!  Plus, no added sugar.  Make sure to taste your dough though.  I added a little stevia to mine.

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Plus, it’s always fun time in the kitchen with photo bombers like these!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies {vegan and gluten free}
 
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Banana Oatmeal Cookies {vegan and gluten free}
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed well
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups oats
  • ¼ cup milk (any kind)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all ingredient.  Scoop onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minute.
  3. Eat!

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Sarah’s Bridal Shower {party ideas}

One of my best friends, Sarah, is getting married!

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Isn’t she beautiful???  I’m one of the bridesmaids and I couldn’t be happier for her or more excited to be in her wedding.

Her bridal shower was last month and was held at Jeanine’s house.  It was gorgeous.

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This is the view from her kitchen of the Griffith Observatory in LA.  So pretty.

I was asked to the food, which I think is the most important part of the party (of course!)

Here’s what I made:

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Spinach Dip from my mom’s old school cookbook that I am going to steal one day when she is sleeping.

(Just kidding mom, but not really.)

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Tropical 3 Ingredient Energy Bars

So remember these from a few weeks ago?

They were so popular (and so delicious) I decided to do a tropical spin on them!

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And I hate to tell you this, but I like these even better than the originals.

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Date, apricots, and macadamia nuts make for a winning combination!

Enjoy!

Tropical 3 Ingredient Energy Bars
 
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Tropical 3 Ingredient Energy Bars
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups dates (I used deglet noor)
  • 1½ cups dried apricots
  • 1½ cups macadamia nuts
  • ⅓ cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the dates, apricots, and macadamia nuts in a food processor.  Blend until a thick dough forms.  It will take a couple of minutes.
  2. If adding optional ingredient, place dough into a bowl and mix the white chocolate chips and coconut in with your hand.  If not using optional ingredients, skip this step.
  3. Press mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Refrigerate until firm.  Cut into 15 pieces.
  4. Eat!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 154, Fat 10 g, Carbs 16.9 g, Protein 1.7 g

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High Protein Low Calorie Chocolate Shake

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So who needs a detox from Easter?  I’m a sucker for chocolate Easter bunnies, the cheesy potatoes, and all the sweet desserts….so you can say I’m more due for a break from high calorie foods.

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This shake is Rocco Dispirito’s brain child and is a vital part of his Pound a Day diet.

At 198 calories (depending on your brand of protein powder) and 30 grams of protein it really keeps you full until lunch time.

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Great way to start your day after a heavy meal the day before! Plus it’s good too!

High Protein Low Calorie Chocolate Shake
 
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High Protein Low Calorie Chocolate Shake
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 scoop fiber powder
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 scoops egg white powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Place water, psyllium husk, and fiber powder in blender. Blend for 90 seconds or until thickened.
  2. Add protein powder, egg white powder, and cocoa powder and blend again.
  3. Add in about a cup of ice.  Taste.  Sweeten with stevia if desired.
  4. Eat!

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{5 Ingredient 5 minute} Hummus

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So I love hummus.

On pretty much anything thing.  I think I eat these at least twice a week. But it seemed like a lot of calories for just a couple of tablespoons of the stuff.

So I set out to try and remedy that.

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And this version that I came up with is just a delicious as other versions, but want to know my secret???

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3 Ingredient Energy Bars

Welcome to healthy recipe Monday brought to you by Fitness For Mommies.

Please don’t run away and think I’m crazy!!!  But what is crazy is how good these energy bars are!  I eat some sort of energy or protein bar every morning for breakfast and I have no idea what too me so long to make one at home.

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See only three ingredients!!!! Plop everything in the food processor and give it a whirl.

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Then either push it into a 9×13 baking dish or roll it into balls.  I think next time I will try rolling it.

On a side note, am I the only one who thinks that dates look a little like cockroaches?  But please don’t let that deter you from making this recipe.

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I also added hemp seeds to my energy bars.  Partially for the added protein and partially to use up the huge bag of hemp seeds I bought at Costco.

I also added chocolate chips, because chocolate makes everything better.

These two ingredients are totally optional though and your bars will still be great without them.

My 6 year old loves these, no really she does.  She claims that she scored in her softball game because of these energy bars.

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3 Ingredient Energy Bars
 
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3 Ingredient Energy Bars
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Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dates (I used Deglet Noor)
  • 2 cups almonds (whole, roasted)
  • 1½ cups dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional)
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place dates, almonds, and dried cranberries in a food processor and turn it on.  Process until a thick dough forms.  It takes about 3-4 minutes.
  2. If adding optional ingredients, stir them in by hand.  If you try to process the chocolate chips they will melt.
  3. Press in to a 9x13 baking dish or roll into balls (you should get about 36) using a scant tablespoon per ball.  Refrigerate until firm.
  4. Eat!

Nutrition Facts without the optional add ins:

Calories 121, Fat 5.5 g, Carbs 18 g, Protein 2.8 g

Nutrition Facts with the add ins:

Calories 144, Fat 7 g, Carbs 20 g, Protein 3.4 g

 

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100 Calorie Yogurt Bowl

Welcome to healthy recipe Monday brought to you by Fitness For Mommies.

So recently I lost about 30 pounds.

Everyday I have to make smart food choices and work really hard to keep it off.

One of the ways I do that is with this little snack.

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Start with half a cup of fat free greek yogurt.  Be sure to use greek yogurt, since it has the protein to help keep you fuller longer, and stretch you to your next meal. I like Fage, obviously since that huge container in the picture is empty.  No really it is.  I had to pull it out of the trash to take a picture.

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Then, these are my secret ingredient.  Sugar free flavored syrups.  I think I have about 10 different flavors, but the ones I like with this are the raspberry, vanilla, and brown sugar cinnamon.

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Stir about 2 tablespoons of the syrup into the yogurt (in the one pictured I used raspberry, that’s why it is pink!), then top with 1/4 cup each of blueberries and blackberries.

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This totally cures a sweet tooth while giving you some protein, and really fills you up.

100 Calorie Yogurt Snack
 
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100 Calorie Yogurt Bowl
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Serves: 1
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  • ½ cup fat free greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free flavored syrup
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup blackberries
Instructions
  1. Stir together the yogurt and the syrup. Top with the berries.
  2. Eat!

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Peanut Butter Sriracha Toast

Don’t let the name scare you away!!!

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I know what you are thinking…..peanut butter and hot sauce??? On toast???

Well we can’t let avocado toast have all the fun now can we?

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This toast makes a great little snack or quick breakfast.

I could eat it everyday.  And I have been, just don’t tell anyone.

Peanut Butter Sriracha Toast
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 piece of good quailty wheat bread, toasted
  • 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • sriracha (as much as you can handle)
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • chopped cilantro
  • lemon juice
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Spread the peanut butter on the toasted bread. Drizzle with a little sriracha hot sauce, this stuff is hot so start with a little and add more if you would like.
  2. Top with sliced green onion, some chopped cilantro, a sprinkle of lemon juice, and a dash of salt.
  3. Eat!