5 Ways to Sneak Greens Into Your Meals

webDSCF0618 I have to say, I love my greens.  I haven’t always felt this way, but after finding a variety of ways to make leafy green vegetables, I can’t live without them!  I’m addicted to how good they make my body feel and the glow they bring to my skin.

If you don’t like vegetables I hope you give them another chance and try out some of these ideas and recipes. Your body will thank you.❤️‍

  1. A glowing green smoothie!

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Blending your greens helps make their nutrition readily available to your body.  The fruit boosts the nutritional value and adds a nice balance of flavor to the vegetables.  It’s really delicious!

Ingredients:

  • half of an apple
  • 1-2 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup water (adjust if too thick)
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 big handful of spinach and kale
  • 1 scoop of protein powder

2.   Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

This dressing makes me LOVE to eat salad, so much that I will eat it without anything else mixed in. However, cranberries and walnuts taste divine mixed in with this dressing:)  Thank you Wellness Mama!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • One clove of garlic, finely minced
  • Small squirt of dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Salt, pepper and basil to taste

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in small jar or blender.

3.  Roasted Vegetables

This seems to bring out the sweetness and makes them so yummy that I enjoy eating them by themselves.

A base recipe is to mix up 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil with your favorite seasonings.  I like sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley. ღ Bake at 425 for 25-30 min.

4.  Sautéed greens with mixed vegetables

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Chop up your veggies and saute’ with some olive or coconut oil.  This is great for adding into omelettes, pasta or salads.

5.  Soup bottoms

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My little trick for sneaking in vegetables is to roughly chop them up and put soup on top.  A quick and easy lunch idea!

I would love to hear how you eat your greens!

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Healthy Treats For A Halloween Bash

Dressing up for Halloween never gets old even for us grown ups!  It can be hard for me to come up with costume ideas, but while we were watching the Underworld series I thankfully found my inspiration:)  I have always teasingly referred to my guy as my ‘Wolf Man,’ so Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf sounded like the perfect couples costumes! LOL

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I believe play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids.  Play brings joy. And it’s vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships.  If you are being told you are a fuddy duddy, you need to loosen up or that you’re too serious then it sounds like you are past due for some good old-fashioned PLAY!  I have to admit, I had so much fun getting us ready for a Halloween Bash at my friend’s house.  I’m by no means crafty or a make-up artist, but I didn’t let that stop me from throwing some make-up on my Wolf Man and making my cape with glue:)

I’ve been realizing the idea that we don’t have to be perfect to create something.  If we have a desire and want to create something then we need to do that. I love this quote by Elizabeth Gilbert,

The point is not for you to do something that’s never been done before. The point is for you to do something you’ve never done before.

I hope you find joy in creating just for the sheer play and fun that it bring you.

Here are some of my original and not so original “Little Red Riding Hood” treats I took to a Halloween Bash.  I wasn’t sure how these healthy treats would go over, but I took them anyway and everyone seemed to enjoy them:)

Pumpkin Spice Energy Ball

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*recipe by Dani Spies http://cleananddelicious.com/2014/09/30/pumpkin-spice-energy-balls/

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. real maple syrup *I used a TBS stevia
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1.5 ounces dark chocolate *depending on mood, I omit this and add cacao nibs

Directions:

In a large bowl combine almond butter, pumpkin puree, almond flour, maple syrup, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, and kosher salt.  Mix until everything is well incorporated.

Scoop up about 1 tbsp. of ‘dough’ and roll in the palm of your hands to create a small, golf-sized ball.  You should get about 8 balls.

Place the balls on a plate lined with parchment paper in the freezer while you melt your chocolate.

Set up a double boiler (see example in this video).  Add two ounces of dark chocolate and stir periodically until the chocolate has melted down.

Remove the pumpkin balls from the freezer and dip each one in the chocolate to coat half of the pumpkin ball.  Place back on the parchment paper and continue until you have dipped all the pumpkin balls.

Place them back in the freezer and enjoy any time you need a quick and delicious nutrient packed snack.

Makes 8 balls.

Quinoa Chocolate Chips

Y’all these are surprisingly delicious and satisfying.  Please try them and share your feedback-:)

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Ingredients: 

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup chocolate chips *mix in at the end

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 eggs

1/4 cup coconut sugar (or use brown sugar)

2/3 cup Stevia

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together: eggs, vanilla, yogurt, sugar until combined.
  3. Stir in the flour, salt and baking soda & baking powder until just combined. Add the oats, quinoa, and coconut.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Use a spoon or cookie scoop to scoop the dough into 2-3 tablespoon-sized portions. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms are browned but the insides are still nice and soft. If you want a thinner cookie (instead of puffy), flatten slightly before baking.

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*I make a double batch and freeze what is left so that I will always have a healthy treat on hand when I have a craving.  ENJOY!

Roasted Coconut Protein Truffles

These are quick and tasty treats that satisfy hunger cravings and guarantee energy.

All you need to make these delicious lil’ truffles is 4 ingredients:

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1 cup vanilla whey protein

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk

Optional ingredients:

*2 TBS dark chocolate melted

*smidge of coconut oil on hands to form truffles

*1/4 cup Cacao Nibs

1st step:  roast the coconut flakes until it browns nicely.  Set it aside to cool.

2nd:  mix your protein powder with coconut flour (you can sub this with almond, oat or quinoa flour, these flours can be eaten raw).  Add the coconut flakes.

3rd:  add the milk of your choice, I prefer the almond milk.  You want a consistency that will bind the ingredients together.

4th:  shape into various balls.

5th step is optional:  Coat or dunk the truffles in melted dark chocolate.  I melted dark chocolate morsels in a glass bowl in microwave and stirred every 10-15 sec. until melted.

Put in refrigerator for 20 min or longer and Enjoy!  😁

This is a batch I made w/out the chocolate and instead I used Cacao Nibs.

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Cacao (ka·cow) is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate.  These untreated seeds are nutrient packed and can even be considered a superfood!  Cacao beans offer a wealth of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals so I throw them in my healthy baked goods all the time.

Here are just some of the benefits that make Cacao a Total Superfood!

  • Magnesium and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Beautifying:  extremely high in antioxidants to protect cells from premature aging.
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
  • Fiber