Avocado Salsa & Guacamole – When Life Gives you (lots of!) Avocados…What to Do?!

First off, in case you didn't know...I love avocado SO much so that when my hubby brought a bunch of big, beautiful Bermuda avocados home from work (THANK YOU Damien!) I did a happy dance. Since they are almost all ripe, I don't want to waste any of their precious monounsaturated fats, potassium, or fiber! It's a good thing that we have my mother and father in-law visiting to help take some of the load ๐Ÿ™‚ PS - I used to hate avocado so just goes to show that we need to keep trying new things as now my salads are just NEVER the same without them now! I feel like sometimes we take things too seriously in the kitchen. I definitely like to  experiment in the kitchen to create dishes with whatever I have a lot of on hand. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy Avocado! As always, I'd love to hear your ideas too.       ...

Perfect Popcorn

Who doesn't love popcorn?  The infectious smell and the salty crunch....mmmmm....I see popcorn in my future.  I feel like movie popcorn has given this healthy snack a bad name.  This recipe is my absolute favorite and is figure friendly.           ...

Perfectly Crunchy Pumpkin Seeds

I've been trying to get these pumpkin seeds right for the last few years and think that I've got it!  These turned out just right, crunchy, yet not overdone. Happy Halloween!     ...

Chocolate Yogurt

When I'm craving chocolate this chocolate yogurt always feels like an indulgence even though it's not a calorie laden one. ...

Overnight Muesli Oats

Let's start by saying that I love my oats ๐Ÿ™‚ The thing that I love the most about them is that they are satisfying and keep me feeling full throughout the morning, no sugary cereal crash for this gal. I do however get tired of having my oats the same way all the time so I like to get creative and I love them with a Muesli texture without all of the added sugar of store-bought varieties. These are so easy to prep the night before and have ready in the morning. These overnight oats make an incredibly tasty, grab-and-go, well rounded breakfast. I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do around here, they're a family fave! ...

All-In-One Breakfast Smoothie

If you find yourself on the run in the morning, why not take your healthy breakfast to go?!  Here's my favorite way to get my complex carbs, protein, veggies, and healthy fats all in one when I don't have time to have it all separately. ...

4 Quick’n Healthy Munchies for your Munchkins

  I don't know about you but trying to come up with new & exciting (yet healthy) snacks and meals that our girls will actually eat can be a real chore!  Here are 4 tried & tested quick and healthy tidbits to try with your little ones.   1) Frozen Pops!  When temperatures rise we all love something to cool us off and these frozen pops seem decadent but couldn't be easier.  You literally just puree the fruit in a Nutri-bullet or food processor and pour it in a good quality (look for BPA free!) plastic mold.  The girls faves are watermelon, pineapple, and peach!  If you do pineapple or peach you'll want to add about the same amount of water as fruit to the mix or it won't go far and will be really sweet!  I always serve these pops with a side of some kind of raw nut to slow the absorption of the fructose and to keep them satisfied a little longer.  The good news is that if you're pureeing the whole fruit then the kids are getting all of the good fibre from the fruit as well and not just the sugar like in a lot of fruit juices.  Adding a bit of plain Greek yogurt to the puree if your kiddos like it can add protein and up the satiety factor as well.  2) Trail Mix!  Any time that my kiddos get to make their snacks themselves they are so much more inclined to eat them.  I pour out tiny bowls of little bits and get them to put together their own trail mix.  The rules are that they need to choose at least two nuts to go along with the rest.  Some of the add-ins of choice for us are: raisins, dried mango, flaked unsweetened coconut, pistachios (sometimes I shell them but they also like to do this until they find a hard one!), raw walnuts, almonds, cashews, Mary's Gone Crackers Twigs, a few extra dark chocolate chips,  and a low sugar cereal (our rule is that the cereal must contain 5g of sugar or less).  We love a lot of the Nature's Path Cereals around here.   3) Fruit & Veggie Skewers!  Again, anything that my kids get to build always gets way more buy in so letting the girls skewer the fruit and veggies themselves makes them so much more likely to eat them.  Tomatoes, peppers, pineapple, melons, sweet onions, squash, and berries are all great choices.  If you're doing just a fruit skewer then either a plain Greek yogurt or greek yogurt pureed with some berries or other fruit makes a great dip.  For veggies, hummus always makes this a well rounded snack by adding protein and healthy fat.       4) Banilla Yogurt!   This is so yummy that it's not even funny, the girls are lucky if they get any of this mix by the time I'm finished making it!  You simply puree (love my Nutri-bullet!) 1/2 tbsp of real vanilla and a banana and stir it into some plain, greek yogurt.  If your kiddos like greek yogurt a touch sweeter then you can use honey or real maple syrup or stevia to sweeten it up a bit.  Adding unsweetened shredded coconut on top adds a great nutty flavor.  If you use frozen bananas (2-3) and thick Greek yogurt (like Fage) or less of a thinner brand you can make this more like an ice cream texture.      I hope that you have success with these snacks, they're great for kids of any age ๐Ÿ˜‰   ...

Chiaโ€™n Berry Bowl

I've been meaning to post this recipe for a looooong time and here it is - finally! If you are looking for a little breakfast variety or you're like me and have breakfast type food any time of day here is a nutritious and delicious idea! Not to mention that it's way cheaper than buying the chia pods in the store and so much better too!! ...

Vanilla Berry Blast

This dish is great as a light desert, can be eaten as a snack, or for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ Recipe *You can skip the vanilla protein powder and it's just as delish. Enjoy! ...

Protein Rich Energy Balls

These yummy treats are so easy to whip up. I blend all of the ingredients together in my nutri-bullet and the dough is ready to roll into balls in seconds. Naturally sweetened with no added sugar, what's not to like? ...

Slimmer Guacamole

Avocados are potassium rich, full of fiber, and heart healthy monounsaturated fats.  I added a twist - peas which increase the protein and fiber.  Try this delicious, nutrient dense recipe as an appetizer or snack! Skinnier Guac Tortilla Chips   ...

White Bean Cupcakes

I was skeptical about making these but they turned out great! My husband declared that he actually prefers these to regular cupcakes. I made two batches and tried to cut the honey down in the second batch and they definitely weren't sweet enough. I used a honey/stevia combo to sweeten my favorite batch. Let me know how they turn out for you! Cupcakes: ( *Makes a dozen cupcakes ) Top these with coconut whip cream! Coconut Whip Cream: Thanks to Princess Know It All for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚ ...

Late Afternoon Slump – Step Away from the Candy!

It's 3:30 and you are on your way to the candy machine....STOP!!!!!!! ย If you succumb to sugar cravings in the late afternoon before you know it you'll be headed back for more, sugar is seriously addictive in case you haven't noticed ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Choose to nourish yourself with a balanced snack and ditch the sugary candy. ย The candy does not nourish you in any way (think sugar, dye...?) and it just won't satisfy you. The late afternoon snack/mini-meal is one of the most commonly skipped and is literally the worst to skip as it can set you up for a never ending meal in the evening. Be prepared ahead of time for this time of day. ย Here are some of my favorite late afternoon snacks to keep you energized for the rest of the day. 1) ย 6-8 oz of greek yogurt with 1/2 tbsp of almond butter and 1/2 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder mixed in 2) 1/2 cup of lowfat cottage cheese with 1/4 banana, 1/2 scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder, and 1/2 tbsp of almond butter mixed in 3) Chopped veggies with 1/4 cup hummus and 3-4 oz of real (not processed) turkey or chicken breast. 4) Quinoa pudding (watch for the recipe) 5) Avocado mousse (watch for the recipe) 6) An apple with a small handful of almonds     ...

Moist & Delicious Black Bean Cake (Yes, I said black bean :))

At long last I'm posting my recipe for gluten free black bean cake.  I made this for my daughter's 6th birthday party and all of the kids devoured it.  It is rich since it's full of fibre instead of sugar which is good as they don't keep eating it until they spin like tops ๐Ÿ™‚ It's gluten free, sugar free, low carb and it's delicious...seriously, what else could one ask for?  I kept tasting this cake over and over again to be sure that it tasted as good as I thought that it was ๐Ÿ™‚ and then had my husband confirm it (he's always a tough critic) and it was a complete hit! Here's the recipe, enjoy! *Makes 2 x 9" rounds I iced this cake with organic valley neufachel cheese mixed with organic coconut milk (the canned thicker kind :)) and stevia to taste.  I mixed this mixture with cocoa powder for chocolate and with pureed raspberries for pink.  I did let the icing set in the fridge overnight before icing the cake. I hope that you all enjoy this cake as much as we did! ...

'C' is for Cookie that Really is Good For Me :)

I made these cookies for a fun kids nutrition & activity class and they all got eaten up.  My husband and kiddos gobbled up a batch as well.  These cookies are super easy and truly healthy. ...

Make your Own Stevia

Given that the stevia is becoming more and more popular, you need to research the brand that you buy. Increasing popularity usually means that companies that produce it will want to do it faster & cheaper which (like any other product) can affect it's quality. I use Sweetleaf and have found it a reputable company. Always be sure to do your own research so that you feel comfortable with what you choose to put in your body. It bothers me that foods that start out natural & healthy can become tainted/mass produced and make it hard for consumers to choose. It always seems that making your own is best ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is a great recipe from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition on How To Make Your Own Pure Stevia & Liquid Stevia (http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/videos/how-to-make-your-own-pure-stevia-liquid-stevia-part-2/)   ...

Oatmeal Loaf

Before I travel with my kiddos I am always sure to make something healthy like this great loaf that incorporates protein (eggs), veggies, fruit and whole grains so that I am not at the mercy of airport food.  Here's the recipe for one of my favorite loaves to make for a trip. Oatmeal Loaf ...

Homemade Granola Bars

A lot of the granola bars that line the grocery store shelves are really high in sugar.  I'm still fiddling with this recipe to get it to stay together a little better however really like the taste of these! Enjoy! ...

Chocolate Muffin/Cake/Loaf Recipe

These muffins are not only super moist and delicious but really, truly good for you.  Whip up a batch and enjoy a treat guilt free!  Enjoy!!!!!!   ...