Foodie Faves…

I have been obsessing over some new products that I have recently found at our local grocery store!  So obviously I wanted to share with you guys!!  Just as a reference I am still trying to stick to a mostly vegan diet and limit the amount of processed foods that I eat because I have been feeling awesome!  I would say that 90% of the time the foods I eat are plant or grain based, but sometimes I do eat things that are packaged and do not have dairy listed as an ingredient, but states that it could have traces where it was produced.  If I really am craving it then I eat it, for example the homemade mac and cheese my mom made for Easter!  It was delicious and completely worth the treat, but I noticed a difference and haven’t had dairy since.

It is all about what makes you feel good and what works for your lifestyle!  I think no matter if you are vegan or not these are some great products to try out you might just like them!

First I want to start off with an easy snack or breakfast idea that is tasty but filling at the same time.  I use Ezekiel bread which is sold in the frozen bread isle and it is made from sprouted grains and contains no flour or dairy products.  All you have to do is store it in the freezer and toast it when you are ready to eat it, top with some raw almond butter and of course a banana and it’s the perfect treat!

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Total Calories: 340- Two slices of bread, 1T almond butter, and one medium banana
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This is my all-time favorite almond butter and a little goes a long way!

IMG_0493 My husband actually brought these home from the grocery store yesterday for the babe but I tried a few and they are so good!  Quaker makes a whole bunch of other flavored rice cakes that are delicious like the chocolate and the cheddar you just have to make sure that you portion them out or before you know it the whole bag is gone!  They are a great sweet treat and at 110 calories for 13 rice cakes it makes a perfect snack!IMG_0494 IMG_0497I am in love with this almond milk and if you also drink it I hope that you can find it in your local stores to try it out!  I talked about the Almond Breeze in  previous post which I still love, but my grocery store is always out of it so I had to try something else one week and I ended up loving this one by Califa Farms.  It does have 50 calories per cup compared to the 30 of Almond Breeze but it makes my coffee taste delicious and almost a little creamier which I love!  We use this all the time in smoothies too and it works perfectly!
IMG_0498 If you are ever craving chocolate especially at night I am obsessed with these Dole Dipper they are only 100 calories for the pack and they are basically frozen banana slices covered in dark chocolate and they are so good!

IMG_0500This is my favorite to-to sauce if I am not making it homemade, I always like to have some on hand for a quick-lunch or dinner option.  It is perfect over spaghetti squash or organic pasta and sautéed veggies!  It has 80 for 1/2c but the flavor is so good that you don’t need any more than that on a serving of pasta or squash!

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xo Meg

Banana Bites…

This is one of my fave recipes that I have thrown together lately.  I came up with this specific variation the night before we were going on vacation with my family.  My mom makes the most delic homemade chocolate chip cookies on the planet they seriously are to die for! There is no way that you can eat just one or two at a time it is seriously impossible unless you have amazing self control which I do not!  They are a gateway to eating bad for me because I know I will eat four of them plus you have to dunk them in milk and then I feel like my whole day is shot! So anyway I wanted to come up with something that was pretty healthy and had some chocolate in them so that when everyone around me was indulging in delicious homemade treats I didn’t just immediately burst into tears out of pure jealousy! I have heard of banana and oat cookies and thought that they sounded pretty good and there aren’t that many ingredients in them.  The great thing about these type of recipes is that you can alter them to your specific taste and dietary needs.  You can remove or add whatever you want to the base of bananas and oats. For me these were an absolute lifesaver! My sister and my daughter really liked them too!  Not only can you eat these for a sweet treat but I will sometimes eat a couple as part of my breakfast instead of making a bowl of oatmeal.  Its great because they give you energy and they taste great too!

Recipe

1 c Oats Blended into oat flour

1/4 c Whole Oats

2 Ripe Bananas

2 T Coconut Flour

1 T Sugar Free Chocolate Chips

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

4 oz Natural Apple Sauce

1 tsp Cinnamon or to taste

1 tsp of Honey or to taste

*Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 mins

Nutritional Breakdown

1 Bite- 46 Calories

3 Bites 137 Calories- 2.3g Fat- 3.4g Protein- 3.6g Fiber (my serving size)

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The first thing that I did was take my 1 cup of oats and throw them into a food processor so that the consistency was more like flour.  You will deff want to do this, I have made them without doing this and the texture was more like a chewy granola bar.  I then took my chocolate chips and blended them as well, this allows you to use less product but still taste them throughout the entire batter.  The last time I made these I just put one or two on top and that worked well too.  Then I put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and just used my hands to mix everything together.  This nice thing about this mix is that everything is edible so you can taste the batter as you go a long and tailor it to your own taste.

After I had the consistency that I liked I used a smaller cookie scoop and a mini muffin pan and filled it up and put it in the oven for about 15- 20 mins just keep an eye on them so that they don’t overcook and turn into mini hockey pucks! Its also a good idea to use a non-stick spray on your pan I used coconut oil but whatever you have will work!

I hope that you enjoy these and don’t forget you can add blueberries, walnuts, almonds, peanut butter, or even coconut.  The possibilities are endless!

xo Meg