Pumpkin Truffles

Pumpkin Truffles

It’s still 90º in Texas, but I’m already making all kinds of fall-themed, pumpkin snacks and treats. These whole food pumpkin truffles are perfect for fall and so easy to make. With added protein they’re a fantastic mid-day treat or post dinner dessert!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup Georgia Grinders Maple Caramel Almond Butter**

3 Tbsp coconut flour

1/8 cup maple syrup

10 g vanilla protein (I used Quest brand & it was about 1/4 scoop)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 scoops Vital Proteins unflavored collagen peptides (optional)

chocolate chips

coconut oil

**could use regular almond butter if needed

 

Instructions:

Add everything except chocolate chips and coconut oil in a large bowl and mix until combined. Use a cookie dough scoop or your hands to make uniform balls and place on a tray with parchment paper. Refrigerate for an hour. Melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil in the microwave, stopping to stir in 30 second increments (took 1:30 for mine). Coat each truffle in chocolate and top with sea salt. Store in the fridge or freezer.IMG_6466

Flourless Chickpea Blender Blondies

Flourless Chickpea Blender Blondies

These only take 30 minutes to make including bake time and they are so so yummy! Could be made vegan if you sub the egg for a flax seed egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed and 2 tbsp water)

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Dark chocolate chips

Chopped pecans

Instructions:

Blend chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, egg, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon & salt in a blender or food processor until it forms a thick batter. Stir in chocolate and chopped pecans and spread evenly into a greased brownie pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Protein French Toast

Protein French Toast

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI tend to stick to my go to avocado toast and eggs on a busy morning, but when I have the time I love to experiment with healthier versions of pancakes, waffles, French toast and all of those sugary breakfast comfort foods. Cold weather is coming and there’s nothing better than a warm plate of French Toast for those mornings when it’s hard to even leave your bed! This recipe is full of protein and immune boosting sweeteners to help your body fight the chill!

Ingredients:

4 slices of sprouted bread or seed bread (I love Ezekiel bread, but you have to lightly toast it beforehand as it comes frozen!)

½ Premier Protein Shake Vanilla

2 eggs

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla

1 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey

Directions:

Mix together protein, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup or honey in a wide shallow bowl. Place a piece of bread into the mixture and soak for at least 30 seconds on both sides. Cook in a pan coated with coconut oil on medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side or until the toast is golden brown and slightly crispy. Top with berries and pure maple syrup or raw honey.

Makes 2 servings

Tip: using pure maple syrup or raw honey is so important! They contain more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Maple Syrup has nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Both raw honey and maple syrup can fight inflammation and raw honey has antibacterial properties which is why some people use raw honey in face masks or as a topical skin treatment!

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Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Hey guys! Time for a little product review because Arctic Zero sent me all SEVEN of their new light ice creams!! I was so excited when they contacted me because ever since I was little, ice cream has been my absolute favorite sweet treat (I’m not kidding I ate ice cream almost every night for a WHILEEE…). The problem is, when you’re trying to stay healthy and fit, ice cream doesn’t necessarily get to be a nightly routine anymore. The good news is, Arctic Zero is changing the game. Their new line of light ice creams range from 280-360 calories and are made with real milk and cane sugar. I have to say that if you’ve ever tried an Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Dessert in the past, these Light Ice Creams are so different and are much more creamy like an ice cream as opposed to the icy texture of the Fit Frozen Desserts. I had a few hiccups in the making of this post, including the fact that my refrigerator broke the day after I recieved these and I had to run them down the street to my boyfriend’s house to keep them from melting! But at last here we are, with a full review on these seven awesome ice creams that were gone too fast because I just couldn’t keep my dad and brother out of them!

Cookies & Cream-creamy vanilla flavor with chocolate sandwich cookies

You can’t go wrong with Cookies & Cream. This flavor was crammed with chocolate cookies which is exactly what you want in a Cookies & Cream flavor. The vanilla flavor wasn’t overpowered by the cookies, so the ratio of cookies & cream was pretty perfect.

Chocolate Chunk- creamy chocolate with dark chocolate chunks

I’m more of a vanilla girl when it comes to ice cream, but this flavor was great and I love texture in my ice cream so choosing to make a chocolate flavor with dark chocolate chunks was the right move in my opinion. Even my boyfriend, who isn’t the biggest chocolate fan either, totally dug in when I handed him this pint to try.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies- creamy peanut butter with chocolate cookies and rich peanut butter swirls

I’ve never been someone to pick the peanut butter flavored ice cream off the shelf, but woah. The peanut butter swirls and chocolate cookies added that special something that made the peanut butter ice cream so much more fun! Sometimes when you dig into similar flavors from other brands the mix ins are sparse, but there were no shortage of chocolate cookies or peanut butter swirls which made every bite so delicious!

Mint & Chocolate Cookies- creamy mint flavor with chocolate cookies and dark chocolate chunks

Mint and Chocolate Cookies was so stinkin’ good. The peppermint flavor was rich, and the cookies and dark chocolate chunks are perfect if you love texture and crunch in your ice cream. Mint & chocolate ice cream has always been one of my favorites and they got this one SO RIGHT. 

Vanilla Bean- creamy vanilla with real vanilla beans

A classic done right. Nothing beats the richness of real ground vanilla beans, period. Not their most exciting flavor if you love a good mix-in, but so great for topping off a Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet which is how I chose to devour most of this pint.

Cookie & Brownie Dough- creamy vanilla flavor with cookie dough and brownie dough

This was my favorite flavor. Cookie dough ice cream is okay… but cookie dough AND brownie dough ice cream is the freakin’ BOMB. Sometimes I find that cookie dough in other ice creams has kind of a grainy texture, but I didn’t have that problem with this pint at all. Again, the ratio of mix-ins to ice cream was on point. Not much more to say about this flavor other than it’s absolutely amazing and you HAVE to try it.

Toffee Crunch- creamy vanilla flavor with toffee chunks and caramel swirls

Toffee crunch came in as a close second to Cookie & Brownie Dough and it was my dad’s favorite flavor by far… I was lucky to get a few bites of this flavor before he tore through the pint because it’s just that good. There were plenty of sweet and crunchy toffee chunks and caramel swirls so I didn’t find myself digging through the vanilla ice cream to get to the mix-ins which was awesome.

Cinnamon Turmeric Pancakes

Cinnamon Turmeric Pancakes

Can’t go wrong adding cinnamon to your pancakes… and you also can’t go wrong adding turmeric for extra color and anti-inflamatory and antioxident properties. These pancakes are healthy, beautiful, and delicious!

Ingredients:
1 banana
2 eggs
1 tbsp plain unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1tbsp agave
3/4 c oat flour (or blended oats)
1 scoop vanilla protein
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp baking powder

Directions:
Blend all of the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then add dry ingredients and mix or blend until fully incorporated. Heat coconut oil in a pan on medium heat and pour or scoop the batter onto the pan and brown on both sides

**I topped mine with pecans, chopped nectarine, warm berries, and honey**

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Quinoa Vegetable Fried Rice

Quinoa Vegetable Fried Rice

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‘Tis the season for vegging on your couch on a Monday night watching The Bachelor & what better way to celebrate than with a healthier version of your favorite Chinese takeout?? Quinoa fried rice is full of veggies & packed with protein.

Ingredients:
1 c quinoa
1 c water
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/8 c chopped white onion
1 tsp garlic
2 eggs
1-1 1/2 c total mixed vegetables of your choice (peas, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, red peppers, green beans, mushrooms etc.)
(Optional: meat of your choice i.e. chicken or shrimp)
1 tbsp tamari

Instructions:
Cook 1 cup of quinoa in 1 cup of water & set aside. Add coconut oil to a stir fry pan & sauté onion & garlic on medium until golden brown. Add eggs to the pan & scramble them then add the rest of your vegetables & sauté. Once your vegetables have cooked down a bit reduce to low heat & add your quinoa to the pan drizzle tamari over the “fried rice” & mix thoroughly. Remove from heat & serve.