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

Smoothie Season…

Spring and summer are quickly approaching and I can’t wait until the weather stays warmer!  Smoothies and fresh juices are my favorite things to eat/drink when it’s warm out.  This is one of my fave recipes that is delicious, vegan, and low-cal!

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1c Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1/2c Frozen Mango

1/2c Pineapple

1/2c Frozen Strawberries

IMG_7705 Another delicious treat that we have been loving lately is frozen yogurt.  Surprisingly our local fro-yo spot always has a dairy-free option and they have been so good!  My fave flavor is pomegranate raspberry sorbet topped with some fresh fruit.  This is a great low-cal treat on a hot day!IMG_7699 IMG_7758-Topped with a little granola, peanuts, and sugar free 100% dark chocolate
IMG_7775The last and in my opinion best snack no matter what the temperature is would be fruit.  Lately I have been loving pineapple it has the perfect sweetness and a perfect snack for anytime of the day!

xo Meg

Snack Attack…

I love snacks salty are the best but I have to watch myself because they can get me into trouble.  There is nothing wrong with having a snack like pita chips, or tortilla chips, or even popcorn.  You just have to be aware of how much you are eating, something I never used to do.  A serving size of tortilla chips is about 10 chips and can be around 140 calories which isn’t too bad for a chip, but I would catch myself blindly eating handfuls of them and then you have to guess as to how much you are really eating.  So I started to literally count them out and that way I know how many calories I am eating.

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This is one of my favorite snacks, guacamole and reduced fat tortilla chips.  I usually just make my own guacamole because I usually always have avocados.  For some reason they are never ripe when I want half of one and then I have 3 ripe at once so this is a great way to use up ripe avocados and its delicious!

Recipe

3 Ripe Avocados

1-2 Small Vine Ripe Tomatoes

1/2 Lemon Juiced

Garlic Powder, Salt, & Pepper to taste

*Mash it all up in a bowl to your desired consistency!IMG_4948 IMG_4949Another one of my go-to snacks that I eat several times a week is popcorn.  This is hands down my fave snack of all time.  If you get the urge to snack on something at night like I do then this is perfect because it can be very low in calories and you can flavor it however you like!  I always use an air popper to make mine from white corn so there is no added fat or oil.  After it’s done popping I use a misto olive oil sprayer to add a little extra virgin olive oil.  Then I top it with sea salt and a little cayenne pepper for a little kick!  My husband uses a non-fat butter spray and white cheddar flavoring powder that has like no calories.  There are so many different options and for about 7 cups of popcorn its under 150 calories.

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Fruit is the fastest food and best snack you can have in my opinion.  If I am starving or I will be out all day I always make sure to grab an apple, banana, or grapes.  They aren’t that messy to eat in the car and can be very filling.  A medium apple, cup of grapes, and banana are all around 100 calories and make a perfect snack on the go!

Happy Snacking!

xo Meg