I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! Anyone else forget how long it takes to get everyone dressed up and out of the house?!
Anyway, we had a great time with family all weekend long, and enjoyed some delicious meals and a lot of treats. I was feeling it yesterday!! I'm back to 100% today after fueling my body with a lot of fresh, whole foods yesterday!
You know I don't skimp on the treats, though, even after an indulgent weekend!! There are a lot of ways to make healthy treats, and this low carb chia pudding really hits the spot.
You may only know about chia from those famous Chia Pets we used to grow (cha-cha-cha-CHIA!), but believe it or not, eating those little seeds provides many health benefits!
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
2 Tbls. chia seeds
Splash of vanilla extract
Mix together and refrigerate until thickened. When ready to eat, add:
1oz mashed raspberries
A serving of your favorite nut butter (I used Abby's Better date pecan!)
A few dark chocolate chips
My girl recently turned 13, and we celebrated all weekend long with a few of her favorite things - iced cookies, chocolate cake, and CPK, to name a few.
Mom also celebrated this milestone with a delicious Paloma cocktail! It is appropriately pink for my sweet no-so-much-a-baby-anymore-girl.
Here's the recipe:
2 oz. tequila
4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Grapefruit sparkling water (such as Spindrift)
Rub a lime wedge around the outer rim of a glass and dip in pink Himalayan sea salt. Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake that puppy UP! Pour over ice, top with sparkling water, garnish with lime and/or grapefruit slices.
Cheers to having a teenager in house! Enjoy! XO
The weather is warming up, and that always gets me thinking of dining out on patios and enjoying some cocktails!
I love a good margarita, but the mixes that restaurants use are often a bit too sweet for my taste. Here's a simple recipe for a delicious and refreshing margarita. No store-bought mix required!
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. triple sec
2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Rub a lime wedge around the outer rim of a glass and dip in kosher salt. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake shake shake!! Pour margarita over ice, garnish with lime and enjoy! XO
We are trying a new food cycle in the FASTer Way VIP this month, and low carb for us meat-eaters on Fridays during Lent has proven to be a bit of a challenge! But you know I'm always up for a challenge :)
Edamame is a great plant-based protein source, and when you toss it in olive oil and season with some sea salt, it is a really delicious snack!
In addition to being a good source of protein, edamame contains all 9 essential amino acids, which help us to build muscle and boost our immune function. It is also a good source of fiber (always a plus!!), folate (good for our blood vessels), vitamin K (good for heart and bone health), calcium (good for our bones, heart, muscles and nerves) and magnesium (also good for our bones, heart and muscles).
Those little beans definitely pack a big healthy punch!! Here's how I make them:
1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 tsp. olive or avocado oil
Sea salt, to taste
Pre-heat air fryer. Toss edamame in oil and air fry at 400 degrees for about 4-5 minutes, or until a little brown and toasty. If you don't own an air fryer, you can spread edamame on a sheet pan and roast in the oven at 425. Season with salt and ENJOY! XO
Need a new idea for a casual family dinner? Try a Burrito Bowl Bar!
We have an affinity for Mexican food in our house, and while we love tacos and burritos, sometimes it's also fun to throw it all together in a big bowl to enjoy. Also, everyone can choose their favorite ingredients to create their own burrito bowl masterpieces!
We recently hosted some family for dinner, and served up burrito bowls. They were a big hit! I picked up most of our ingredients at Trader Joe's, but you can definitely set up a great spread with everything from your local grocery store.
First, you'll need some good, wide bowls. Our everyday bowls are a bit more tall than wide, so I picked these up at Target for $2 each. If you are serving a larger crowd, paper bowls are certainly acceptable! Try some like these, pictured below.
Next, consider the base for your bowl. You can go with rice, quinoa, shredded lettuce, whatever you like! We went with two options - brown rice and jasmine rice. These are easy, you just pop in the microwave and get perfect rice every time! And no chemicals or additives!
Now consider your protein. We did both chicken and steak (pre-marinated from Trader Joe's to make it extra easy!), but you can also do crumbled tofu or plant-based meat if you have vegetarians or vegans in attendance.
The sky's the limit for toppings! Trader Joe's has plenty of prepared salsas and guacamole...
You could also roast some peppers and onions for fajita veggies! I added a corn salad, similar to Chipotle's recipe. This roasted corn from Trader Joe's adds a delicious grilled flavor! Add a couple of chopped jalapenos, a chopped roasted poblano pepper, red onion, cilantro, and toss in some fresh lemon and lime juice. Salt to your taste.
You can serve the black beans as is, just rinse and serve! Or, I like to drain (but not rinse) and put them in a pot to warm them up. Add some salt, cumin and chili powder and give them a good mash!
Set up your burrito bowl bar with all of the fixings and let your guests use their creativity to create their favorite (healthy!) meal.
Serve with margaritas and ENJOY! XO
If you carb cycle or follow a keto diet, you know the struggle...sometimes you just need a sweet treat! Fat bombs are a great way to get some extra fat into your day, while satisfying your sweet tooth!
And who doesn't love a peppermint patty? These fat bombs are sure to please every low carb eater in the house.
The recipe calls for both coconut butter and coconut oil. Coconut oil is a superfood, which may promote heart and brain health, boost immunity and encourage fat burn. Coconut butter has similar benefits, but it is made from the meat of the coconut. Similar to other nut butters, it can be enjoyed with your favorite fruit, blended into smoothies, or just by the spoonful!
Peppermint Patty Fat Bombs
Makes 24 fat bombs
For the mint layer:
1/2 cup melted coconut butter
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 Tbls. collagen peptides
1 tsp. peppermint extract
12 drops liquid stevia
Combine the above ingredients together and use a tablespoon to fill a mini muffin tray, silicone molds or ice cube trays. Pop into the freezer for a few minutes until solid. While freezing, make the chocolate layer!
For the chocolate layer:
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
20 drops liquid stevia
Mix the above ingredients together. When the mint layer is frozen, take out of the freezer and use a teaspoon to top each bomb with a layer of chocolate. Pop back into the freezer for a few minutes until frozen.
Remove from your molds and ENJOY! Store the leftovers in the freezer. XO
Each fat bomb contains 119 calories, 12.2 grams of fat, 0.7 net carbs and 1.4 grams of protein.
Are you Team Pumpkin or Team Apple? Gotta admit...I'm both! But today I'm sharing a favorite pumpkin recipe that's perfect for the fall season. ENJOY!
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1-2 tsp maple syrup (or a few drops of liquid stevia)
Pumpkin pie spice, to taste
Add ingredients to a mason jar, or other container with a lid, and refrigerate for at least three hours, or overnight. When ready to eat, stir and add:
1 banana, chopped
Collagen peptides (for protein!)
Be sure to let me know if you give it a try! XO
We are in the middle of a sugar elimination challenge in the FASTer Way VIP group, and surprisingly, it hasn't been as difficult as I thought it might be! I think the hardest/most disappointing part is realizing how many of my regular foods contain sugar. Bacon has sugar?? So do many of our favorite spice mixes!
We are not about deprivation on the FASTer Way program. In fact, we celebrate our leg day workouts with donuts!! So this elimination is not about completely removing sugar for the rest of our lives, but rather to bring awareness to the foods that we regularly consume that contain sugar.
My beloved granola contains coconut sugar, so that means I have to find a new go-to lunch, for at least the next few weeks. I love to have a smoothie or smoothie bowl for lunch because I think they're delicious and refreshing and full of so many nutrients! I whipped this one up today and it was so good I had to share!
PB Banana Date Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 banana (frozen is ideal!)
2 Tbls natural peanut butter
1-2 Medjool dates
1-2 servings of collagen (or your favorite protein powder)
cinnamon, to taste
Add ingredients to blender and mix well. It takes a little longer to get the date chopped small enough to fit through your straw! If your banana is not frozen, add some ice to thicken it up.
Low carb days typically consist of lots of nuts, nut butters, eggs, avocado, fish and other proteins, lots of veggies, and very little fruit. But my body CRAVES those carbs, and by the end of low carb day #2, I need to figure out a way to satisfy my sweet tooth!
I recently added this low carb PB&J Smoothie to my Monday and Tuesday menu, and it really hits the spot! It includes lots of fat from peanut butter, loads of fiber from chia seeds, and some sweet but tart frozen raspberries. Add some collagen peptides for protein and you have a healthy, filling and low-carb friendly snack or dessert!
Here is how I make it, but feel free to tweak the ingredient measurements if you are tracking macros and need to make it work for you!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
3-4 tablespoons of your favorite natural peanut butter
1 serving of collagen peptides
2 tablespoons chia seeds
6 fluid ounces frozen raspberries
Blend together and ENJOY! XO
Who doesn't love nachos? We eat these quite a bit when we need a nacho fix. This version is dairy free and gluten free, and it DOES. NOT. DISAPPOINT!
Layers of seasoned baked (or air-fried) sweet potato chips and shredded salsa chicken make up the base, and you can top with your favorite nacho toppings! And trust me, you won't even miss the cheese on these! (Thank you, avo.)
Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. The orange color (beta carotene) helps support the immune system and may improve eye health and prevent vision loss. Sweet potatoes also have anti-cancer properties!
Here's how we make the nachos:
For the chicken, add the following to your crockpot and cook on high for at least a few hours:
3 chicken breasts
jar of salsa verde
For the sweet potato "chips," thinly slice sweet potatoes, and either layer on a sheet pan or toss in your air fryer. Season with more salt and cumin. Roast in the oven at 425 until done, or in the air fryer until somewhat crispy. (They never really get as crispy as the real deal, but you won't even care!)
When ready to assemble, layer sweet potato chips on a plate and top with salsa verde chicken. Then add your favorite toppings! We like:
Trader Joe's Hot & Sweet Jalapenos (do yourself a favor and pick these up next time you're at TJ)
You can easily make these vegan by omitting the chicken and adding more black beans.
I hope you ENJOY! XO
Food is fuel.
I love to cook and bake recipes that incorporate healthy whole foods and those nutritious macro and micronutrients into our daily diets. I also like to make treats though, because let's face it, everyone loves a good sweet now and then! My favorite part about cooking, though, is sharing my latest recipes with others. ENJOY! XO