Food

Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts

12.06.2015
|

These Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts provide a punch of flavor! Add them to a salad or eat them as is! 

Walnuts contain healthy fats, specifically polyunsaturated fats. Of all the other nuts, walnuts contain the most amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown positive effects of walnuts in brain health, diabetes, heart health, and some cancers. Add walnuts to a salad, stir them into yogurt, or eat a handful plain. Try these flavorful Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts from California Walnuts!

Spiced Mayan [...]

Banana Nut Oat Bars

5.06.2015
|

Eating a snack during the day is important for keeping yourself satisfied and preventing excessive hunger. Snacks are also great for before or after a long run or intense workout. A nutritious snack provides carbohydrate, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Foods like granola bars or nut bars are great snacks you can pack with you for a long day and grab on-the-go.

Below is a recipe for banana nut oat bars, made with bananas and dates for natural sweetness; walnuts for omega-3 fats; oats for fiber, and these bars also have 4 grams of protein per serving [...]

Avocados–The Fruit of Diversity

14.05.2015
|

We can all tell from my post a couple weeks ago how much I love avocados, but I only vaguely mentioned the many ways to eat them. My uncharacteristic lack of description hasn’t been sitting well with me, so I decided to visit the magical site of Pinterest and do a little avocado searching to provide some specifics. I put together a list highlighting some awesome ways to use avocados that I have either tried before, or would love to try soon. Enjoy!
Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies 

Avocado Quesadilla 

Lemon Avocado Salad Dressing

Avocado Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter [...]

Oatmeal Raisin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

30.04.2015
|
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies-8234

Because it’s oatmeal cookie and raisin day, I thought I would share with you my Oatmeal Raisin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! A perfectly sweet treat with a salty contrast! 

Oatmeal Raisin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients

3/4 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Line a cookie sheet with [...]

Earth Day Through the Eyes of a Vegan

22.04.2015
|
earth day

Happy Earth Day people! How cool is it that there is a day dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging how incredible the earth is? Without it, we, and many other beautiful creations, would not be.

One of the main reasons I went vegan was for the earth and the environment. I had no idea how much raising livestock damages the earth. Making the choice to live a vegan lifestyle, I feel like I automatically became a spokesperson to where part of my “job” is to raise awareness and educate. So in honor of this Earth day, I would like to present [...]

Mushroom Burger

17.04.2015
|
Mushroom Burger-8258

This Mushroom Burger is juicy and packed with lean protein. The mushrooms take this burger up a notch making it more juicy and a unique flavor profile. Top with sautéed mushrooms for extra mushroom goodness.

Mushroom Burger
Ingredients
-1lb ground sirloin beef
-1/2 cup minced mushrooms
-1 tsp. garlic
-1/4 cup minced red onion
-1 tsp. worcestershire sauce

Directions
1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Form into 4 patties and grill to desired doneness [...]

Sweet Potato Smoothie

3.04.2015
|

This Sweet Potato Smoothie is creamy, tart, and refreshing. I just can’t get enough of that sweet orange color!

Nothing will cool you down and get you in spring spirit like a delicious and nutritious smoothie! This Sweet Potato Smoothie is creamy, tart, and refreshing. I just can’t get enough of that sweet orange color!
 

INGREDIENTS

⅓ cup cooked sweet potato (no skin)
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup frozen pineapple
5 ounces (about ½ cup) vanilla greek yogurt
⅓ cup 100% orange juice

 INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. Enjoy [...]

Green Grape Smoothie

13.03.2015
|
Green Grapes Smoothie

Happy Friday! It’s going to be a warm weekend here in Orlando and I’m looking forward to it. When it gets hot outside our family loves to cool off by swimming in the pool and I enjoy making up a batch or two of this Grapes & Greens Smoothie! I made this recipe a while back for the runDisney blog, and it’s been a family favorite ever since. Cheers to a warm weekend in the sun!

 

Green Grape Smoothie

serves 2

 

1 cup frozen green grapes

1 frozen banana

¼ cup frozen pineapple

2 [...]

Roasted Veggie Recipe

6.03.2015
|
Roasted-Butternut-Squash-2

Roasting vegetables can be a delicious and nutritious way to incorporate healthier foods into your diet. Take butternut squash for example, this orange veggie packs a ton of vitamin A (which is great for eyesight), vitamin C, and fiber in just one cup and it only has about 80 calories in that one serving! Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH
PREP TIME
10 mins
COOK TIME
45 mins
TOTAL TIME
55 mins
Serves: 4 servings
INGREDIENTS
1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon coconut oil
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
freshly ground [...]

Sweet Potato Smoothie

27.02.2015
|
Sweet Potato Smoothie-2

It’s Friday at time for a recipe!! This one is sure to satisfy and is filled with nourishing fruits and veggies!! Yes, slurp up your daily dose of vegetables while you enjoy this tasty treat!

Sweet Potato Smoothie

serves 1

1/3 cup cooked sweet potato (no skin)

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

5 ounces (about 1/2 cup) vanilla greek yogurt

1/3 cup 100% orange juice

Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. Enjoy [...]