Healthy Nachos

Healthy Nachos

Yes. I realize these healthy nachos are missing a fundamental ingredient… cheese. However, just because your eyes are missing it doesn’t mean your mouth will.  The juicy chicken, soft avocado, cherry tomatoes, and black beans combined with crunchy tortilla chips will make you wonder why we even add cheese to begin with! Do you remember me sharing my sad, sad story about getting migraines from dairy in my 3 ingredient ice cream post?  Well, there’s nothing that makes you take a good look at life like ripping away one of your favorite food groups.  However, let’s be honest.  Us Americans eat WAY too much dairy.  We throw butter, cheese, and milk in everything.  It’s the American way.  Let me grab your hand and walk you in a healthier direction… like straight towards these cheese-less healthy nachos. Come on.  I know you want to ask.  What’s my source of calcium if I don’t eat dairy?  I’m pretty sure my mother has lost sleep over this very question. Since I’m the one cookin’, my family is mostly dairy-free now. My husband cannot abandon his lifelong relationship with cheese though.  It’s just too painful to say good-bye.  Since I love my family and their bones, I have found several ways to make sure we have plenty of calcium. First, I’m the daily vitamin tyrant.  You know the crazy wife in pajamas running down the street with no shoes or makeup on?  It was probably me running after my husband trying to catch him before he left without his vitamin.  If somehow I forget, my 3 year is on it.  She asks for her vitamin at...
Apple Fruit Sandwiches

Apple Fruit Sandwiches

I’ve seen lots of different variations of an apple sandwich. I love keeping it simple with juicy apples, sweet bananas, and flavorful strawberries.  I’ve also seen where you can top your apple slices with peanut butter and granola, almond butter and raisins, or you can just try my way. Remember how I’m a fruit-aholic?     You begin by washing your apples and fresh strawberries. Seriously… scrub those babies.  I know I keep talking about it, but I seriously am in love with Fit: Fruit and Vegetable Wash.  Anyways, then thinly slice your apples (I did both organic Fuji and Granny Smith). To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes it a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). You can use the same method for your banana slices. Top your apple slices with banana and strawberry slices. Viola! Definitely full of complimentary flavors and super easy.       PrintApple Fruit Sandwiches Ingredients1 large Fuji or Granny Smith apples, washed and sliced thinly 1 banana, peeled and sliced thinly 10 large strawberries, washed and sliced thinly InstructionsOnce fruit is washed and sliced, layer beginning with apple slice, banana slices, and topped with strawberry slices. To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes them a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Whether you have kids or not, these Ants on a Log are an easy, tasty, quick, and nutritious little snack.  Crunchy celery topped with creamy peanut butter and juicy grapes and/or raisins?  Oh, I’m in love with these little critters.   I love fruit and vegetables!  Okay, I may be a little addicted to fruit and vegetables.  They have such bright and vibrant colors and a variety of flavors and textures.  Ants on a Log are a perfect option when either hosting a party, getting a snack for the kids, or just needing something sweet and juicy.   When purchasing celery or grapes, organic is best.  They have such thin skin that they absorb pesticides and chemicals.  Definitely purchase organic if possible.  Regardless, you need to wash those bad boys.   Don’t know the value of washing your fruits and vegetables? Check out my post where I SHOW you the importance.  It doesn’t take much time, but it’s worth every second! I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy this simple yet finger-licking-good recipe!  I think I love them most with the grapes on top. PrintAnts on a Log Ingredients5 or 6 stalks of celery, washed, dried, and cut into 2 to 3 inch sticks 1 Tbs natural peanut butter or almond butter per celery stick 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup red grapes, washed and quarteredInstructionsSpread peanut or almond butter down the center of each celery stick. Sprinkle raisins and/or red grapes down the center on top of the peanut/almond butter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Fresh Sweet Corn Salsa

Fresh Sweet Corn Salsa

Sweet fresh corn, crisp bell peppers, juicy tomatoes, soft black beans, and avocado topped with tangy lime Italian dressing…. um, is your mouth watering yet?  This corn salsa is lucky if it survives one night at our home.  It’s perfect with tacos, burritos, tortilla chips, or even topped on a salad.   The natural flavors of the vegetables are almost enough.  By adding lime and Italian dressing, it just pushes this salsa over the super, crazy delicious edge.  Just make sure you’re using dried Italian dressing and not Italian seasoning.  Big difference. Okay, I can’t hold off eating more of this sweet corn salsa any longer.  It’s just in my fridge calling my name.  I’m probably going to have it with my most favorite chips, FSTG Multigrain chips.  Have you had them?  They’re gluten-free and made from all natural ingredients.  SO amazingly tasty!  They have a million different flavors of chips like sweet potato, blue corn, and even jalapeno.  Alright friends, start making your own salsa as I go devour the remaining of mine in the fridge. PrintFresh Sweet Corn Salsa Ingredients2 cups frozen sweet corn, rinsed with warm water 1 (15 oz) can organic black beans, drained and rinsed 1 bell pepper (red or green), finely chopped 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 1/2 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (optional... will make your salsa HOT!) 1/3 cup lime juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1 packet of dry Italian seasoning dressing (I usually only use half the packet)InstructionsIn large bowl, combine corn, black beans, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, avocado,...
PB&Banana… forget the jelly!

PB&Banana… forget the jelly!

This ‘before’ is one of my very first photos for my site.  I have learned SO much since then.  However, even though the image has improved, the fabulous taste remains the same!  I can’t get enough of Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.     Oh, The classic PB&J has been around since the beginning of time.  I know I’m not the first to subtract the jelly and add banana slices transforming it into the PB&Banana.  HOWEVER, here are a few essential tips for making it healthier.   First, the bread.  Either make homemade bread or purchase bread after READING THE INGREDIENTS!  The ingredients on the bread I purchase literally say 100% stone ground whole wheat, water, honey, salt, and yeast.  What more do you need to make bread?   Second, the peanut butter.  Most grocery stores have an option to have peanuts freshly ground into peanut butter OR purchase peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts.  Don’t forget about the healthy substitute of almond butter.  Same options just mentioned about peanut butter apply to almond butter.   Third, slice a banana on top!  Easy enough and can either be enjoyed for lunch or an after-school...

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