Easy Low Carb Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Easy Low Carb Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Weight loss is hard. I’ve struggled with it a lot. It’s very hard to find the balance between indulgence and discipline. It can be tricky to remain eating healthy. It takes a change in your life style to make it happen. Last year, I counted calories for a period of time, so I could control what I was eating better. And I was shocked to see how easy it is to pack in the calories. I realized sometimes I was easily eating 3000 or more calories in one day! Specially since I bake so much. Counting calories was a learning experience. It forced me to look for substitute ingredients in my recipes that would provide me with delicious food that wasn’t as caloric. It actually went beyond that, it made me understand how certain ingredients affect a recipe. For example, I found out I could use apple sauce or bananas for a good egg substitute in baking, because they act as binders. AND they add flavor as well! When you are counting calories, you pay attention to everything you eat, because you are trying to get the best out of every single ingredient. That’s when I came up with a bunch of low calorie recipes, and this low calorie jalapeño poppers recipe was one of them. I LOVE jalapeño poppers more than life itself. Everything about it is just right! And, trust me, sometimes I am just going to have a breaded and fried jalapeño popper, as it should be. But that will be my indulgence. And since the number of times I want to eat a jalapeño popper...
Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

These almond chocolate chip cookies are so good you’ll eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Oh, and did I mention you won’t feel guilty because they are full of wholesome ingredients! Win! So I typically try to eat little to no grains, refined sugar, and diary (I LOVE dairy, but it doesn’t love me). Some people call it eating paleo; I just call it how I eat! It’s how I eat if I want to feel my best and I definitely always want to feel my best! Whether it’s lifting weights or washing dishes, I want to have energy abundant and in order for that to happen I know I have to fuel myself with delicious, wholesome foods. So when I first made these cookies I was so excited that the ingredients came together so beautifully and how delicious they turned out. Not only are they paleo, they are egg allergy friendly too! The ingredients include coconut flour, almond butter (yum!), honey and almonds. Super good and super good for you! Not only are they paleo, they are egg allergy friendly too! The ingredients include coconut flour, almond butter (yum!), honey and almonds. Super good and super good for you! I’ve eaten these as a dessert, but I have also grabbed one in the morning to enjoy with my tea. They have protein and fiber and a little sweetness, oh and chocolate! Who doesn’t love chocolate! (I guess those who are allergic, which is just super sad…) They also kind of remind me of the peanut butter cookies I had when I was younger, which is a bonus! I hope you...
Gluten-free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten-free Banana Bread Recipe

Get ready for a moist, sweet, and crumbly gluten-free banana bread recipe! I must admit gluten-free recipes take me a few tries in order for me to find the perfect texture.  I didn’t think I would be able to create an easy gluten-free banana bread recipe since I had several failures.  It was either too gummy OR it had too much liquid and wouldn’t bake evenly leaving the middle completely undone and doughy.  SO frustrating! However, after several attempts, I think I perfected it!  Hallelujah! Have you adjusted to having kids back in school yet?  My husband and I are newbies will the whole school routine. My oldest daughter has successfully finished her first month of all-day kindergarten AND although tired when she gets home, she’s loving it.  One of her favorite parts is school lunch.  She’s always coming up with new suggestions and ‘surprise’ requests for her lunches. Well, this girl loves her bread and decided to add this banana bread and gluten-free option to her lunch.  It was a hit!  I didn’t have the heart to tell her that her little brother and I gobbled up pretty much the remaining loaf when the bread was hot out of the oven.  Can we all agree baked goods right out of the oven will ALWAYS be the best way to devour them?  Spread a little softened butter over the top and…. oooh eeeh!  I can’t stop eating. Oh… I forgot to share the best part!  This is gluten-free SUGAR FREE banana bread!  No sugar other than honey or maple syrup, my friends.  I’ve become a wimp with white refined...
Healthy No Bake Cookies

Healthy No Bake Cookies

I couldn’t stop snacking on these healthy no bake oatmeal cookies! And did you catch that, they are NO BAKE! Super easy to throw together and super delicious! Lately I’ve been really loving the taste and texture of oats in things like granola and cookies. These healthy no bake cookies definitely satisfy my oat craving! Plus they are made with all natural peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup!) some of my favorite things! The honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness which means none of that refined white sugar is needed. Nature’s sweetener for the win! So we have sugar free oatmeal no bake cookies and they are AMAZING! Speaking of honey, bees are amazing. My husband and I went to a renaissance fair over the summer and there was a bee keeper there who gave such a great demonstration and answered so many of my questions. Fun fact time! Did you know the queen bee determines which eggs will become which types of bees? She decides if they will become worker bees, drones or other queens. And let’s say the  bee colony is getting big enough to where it needs to split into two, the queen will make several new queens, but the first new queen to hatch goes and destroys the other potential new queens before they hatch! Crazy right! Okay enough of my geekiness! Back to this recipe for no bake cookies. After I got done making these (and trying one… okay maybe two or three…) I packed them up and sent them to work with my husband. I knew if I didn’t send them...
Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

All you have to say is ice cream and I’m there! I love ice cream!  These days, I try to find ways to eat healthy but still enjoy my favorite desserts. So when I found a recipe for chocolate chip homemade ice cream made out of bananas I had to give it a try. I was very skeptical at first because who would believe bananas could turn into anything with an ice cream consistency?! It quickly won me over though. This recipe is so versatile! You can do just plain bananas, add a few drops of mint extract, or try adding chocolate and peanut butter for an awesome combo. This dairy free chocolate ice cream recipe is one of my go to healthy desserts and it is so yummy! I love it, my old roommate loves it, and even my husband enjoys it!  Seriously, give it a try! Ice cream always makes me think of summer! Summers are so much fun. When I was a kid my family would go to Oregon and stay at a little motel on the coast only a few miles away from my great uncle’s dairy farm. At the farm we’d feed baby calves, play with all the cats and dogs, and get ready for the big fourth of July show! My great Uncle would put on the biggest and best fireworks show around. The nearby town would move their show to July 5th just because of how grand my great Uncle’s was. We would have a huge potluck that took several days to prepare for. I remember helping make hundreds of hamburger patties...
Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

Kale-ribbean Breeze Recipe

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a fan of creating my own Jamba Juice recipes.  With a blend of mango, banana, and kale, this Jamba Juice Kale-ribbean breeze recipe will provide both your mouth and body with a creamy, citrusy nutritious boost. I recently moved to Austin, Texas and have loved spending my warm summer days by the pool with my family.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since friends and family warned me about the brutality of the Texas sun. However, it’s been quite enjoyable!  Maybe it’s been the pool OR maybe it’s been because we have daily smoothies to combat the heat. I have two small kiddos and any mom with young kids understands the constant worry over getting enough veggies and the proper nutrients into their cute little bellies. Finding, creating, and feeding our kids healthy options can feel like a full-time job! This is one of the many many reasons I’m in love with my Vitamix.  That powerful blender can blend anything into pure creaminess!  My kids get most of their vegetables in smoothies such as this Kale-ribbean Breeze copycat recipe. Want to find an affordable Vitamix?  Purchase a refurbished Vitamix on Amazon (affiliate link).    Since kale is a pretty tough little green vegetable, make sure to remove the stem and only use the leaves in the smoothie.  Also, I’m a BIG advocate for properly washing your fruits and vegetables.  I’ve tried numerous of vegetable washes, but I always keep coming back to my most favorite…. FIT vegetable wash.  You will tangibly feel the waxes and dirt wash off your produce.  It’s SO worth the...

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