Edamame Hummus

Edamame Hummus

I forget it’s not normal for 3 year olds to love things like edamame and hummus.  My daughter was pretending to eat with my brother-in-law and when he asked what she was eating, she shouted ‘hummus!’   Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than creating healthy recipes craved by my family.   Healthy eating can be fulfilling, satisfying, and indulging.  Trust me… I love food and eating way too much to torture myself with flavorless eats.  Also, go ahead and snack!  If you’re hungry (legitimately hungry not bored), eat away!  I eat frequently throughout the day and never waste time counting calories because I choose to eat nutrition packed options like this Edamame Hummus.   Deliciously flavored ground up garbanzo beans, otherwise known as hummus, is becoming more and more popular.  It’s great with veggies and chips or even spread on sandwiches instead of mayo.  A main ingredient for traditional hummus is tahini.  It’s ground sesame seeds with consistency of peanut butter and has a similar nutty taste. I’m not a huge fan of the flavor so I make my hummus without it.  I make my Basic Hummus without tahini also.   Since we’re talking about ingredients, let’s talk about my obsession with garbanzo beans!  They are mild in flavor, but add rockin’ nutrients and great texture.  Word of caution… garbanzo beans are addicting in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Flourless Chocolate Cookies.  You’ll actually be encouraging your kids to sneak one of these cookies before dinner.  Anyway, stock up on garbanzo beans.  You’ll want extra on hand after you try these recipes.     Crunchy and creamy...
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...
10 High-Fat Foods That Are Good For YOU.

10 High-Fat Foods That Are Good For YOU.

You need to eat more FAT!  No, no… don’t go run to McDonald’s for a cheeseburger.  Try eating these healthy fatty foods.  They help fight off cancer, stabilize cholesterol levels, burn fat, enhance your bodies ability to absorb nutrients, decrease heart disease, and improve memory and ‘brain’ health.     If that isn’t motivation enough, they are also mouthwatering and scrumptious.        1. Avocados   Avocados are nature’s power food.  They’re very low in fructose and provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients.  Avocados are one of the safest fruits.  Most experts believe you do not need to purchase organic ones because of their thick skin which protects against pesticides.  They are great for sandwiches (try mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise), smoothies, salads, soups, guacamole, dips, and toppings for about anything.   2. Coconut Milk   Coconut Milk contains mostly medium chain fatty acids which are more easily burned as energy which makes it a great option for a ‘good’ fat.  It almost maximizes calcium absorption.  This is a great substitute for heavy whipping cream in soups, milk in oatmeal, and many other recipes.  Lots of people have commented they don’t like coconut.  It actually DOES NOT taste ‘coconutty’ at all.  Trust me.  You won’t taste the coconut.   3. Coconut Oil   Coconut Oil,  just like coconut milk, have lots of health benefits.  It’s packed with anti-oxidants and medium-chain triglycerides which help with skin and hair care, stress relief, weight loss, immunity, digestion, diabetes management, and  heart health.  Instead of butter or other oils, try using coconut oil!  Just like coconut milk, you WILL NOT taste the coconut.  Promise.  Also,...
Healthy 7 Layer Dip

Healthy 7 Layer Dip

    PrintHealthy 7 Layer Dip This classic dip has become a favorite for a variety of occasions such as baby/bridal showers, Superbowl parties, a family get-together, or for just plain snacking. Ingredients1 14 oz can of reduced fat re-fried beans (READ THE INGREDIENTS! Some contain 'lard'... disgusting!) 1 and 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt 2 Tbs taco seasoning 1 large avocado, diced 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 cup shredded cheese (I prefer Colby jack) 1/2 bunch of green onions, chopped InstructionsIn an 8x8x2 baking dish, spread out re-fried beans evenly on bottom to make the first layer. Next, mix plain yogurt and taco seasoning together and spread over re-fried beans to make layer two. Spread diced avocado and tomatoes over plain yogurt mixture. Lastly, sprinkle cheese and green onions on top. NotesServe with multigrain tortilla chips. For best results, refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated when not...
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,...
Mini Parfait

Mini Parfait

This is easy and simple to put together.  Just combine 1 cup Greek yogurt or soy yogurt, 3/4 cup organic granola , and as many fresh berries as you would like!  Mix together and enjoy!   Tips on yogurt:  Read the ingredients!  The longer the ingredients list, the more calories you get and the less yogurt nutrition.   Tips on granola: Read the ingredients or make your own! Granola looks and sounds like it’s healthy, but some types contain a lot of fat and sugar, which results in a higher calorie count. Granola is relatively simple to make.  I loved these healthy granola recipes and ideas!  ...

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