Saturday, August 31, 2019

Protein Enriched Chocolate Nice Cream

Tomorrow in my VIP group over on Facebook, we are starting a 30 Healthy You Challenge. Basically a month of healthy eating and exercise daily. In preparation of this have made up some 'treats' that I will be able to enjoy, one of which is my Chocolate Zucchini Loaf (or muffins)

Today I made some 'nice cream'. I do like ice cream and don't eat it often - though the other day I had a craving for a DQ Blizzard and actually went and bought one. Which is what made me decide to get some 'nice cream' ready for the challenge.

I freeze mine in silicone muffin cups as it does freeze hard and can be difficult to remove from the container. You can see little bite sized ones in there as well, for those afternoon sweet cravings that I sometimes get :)

These are pretty easy to make - basically just blending everything in a food processor until smooth. I find the longer you blend the more light and airy it gets - like a mousse. 

For the recipe click HERE (or on photo)

Another version of this is the Blackberry Frozen Yogurt and it is pretty yummy too. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Protein Enriched Blackberry and Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Blackberries are in abundance growing wild around here and I hate to see them go to waste. In fact... my runs take a bit longer these days.

So when I can I head out just behind our house and pick a bowl full of them. Of course fresh blackberries are pretty delicious on their own but they tend to get mushy if left to long so I decided to freeze them for later use. 

I'm not a fan of them in smoothies because of the seeds but they work well in this 'nice cream' recipe.
I added some fresh blueberries because they are ready this time of year as well.

I find that the longer you process the more light and airy it gets. I like to top with some chia seeds, hemp hearts and some chopped nuts - all of which help to increase the protein/fat content and will help keep you feeling full longer. 

For the recipe, just click on the photo: 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Use Plain Greek Yogurt

Who else is trying hard to eat healthy (most of the time)? Sometimes it is hard to resist those sugary, tasty treats. One of my favorite things to use to make yummy snacks/desserts is Greek yogurt. By using plain you control the amount of sugar and Greek yogurt is so thick, creamy and a great source of protein it's a win/win on taste and health.

Today I want to share some of my favorite ways to use plain Greek yogurt.

1) Yogurt breakfast bowl

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1-2 tsp raw honey stir into the yogurt
handful of blueberries (great source of antioxidants) - or other fruit of your choice
1 TBSP (or more) Hemp Hearts (great source of omega 3s and protein)
1TBSP chopped walnuts - gives me the crunch I love (great source of omega 3s and the good fats)

*can also add chia seeds*

2) Greek Yogurt 'ice cream'

1 500g container plain Greek Yogurt (or flavored)
approx 2 cups frozen fruit

Blend all together in fruit processor until smooth.  Freeze for a few hours then enjoy.

3) Creamsicle Treat

1 500g container plain Greek Yogurt
1 package no sugar orange jello

Mix together well and enjoy. Works well frozen in silicone moulds as little creamsicle bites.

4) Chocolate Greek Yogurt 'Ice Cream'

1 500g container plain Greek Yogurt
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c  unsweetened almond milk (could use chocolate)
1 TBSP vanilla extract
1/4 c stevia to taste

In food processor blend yogurt, protein powder, cocoa, stevia and almond milk thoroughly.

  • Place in freezer or ice cream machine
  • If you don’t have an ice cream machine, take the ice cream out after an hour and turn it over gently with a spoon to avoid it becoming one big ice block (ask me how I know this). Do this again every 30 min. until it has the right consistency (it should take about 2 hours total) and enjoy.
  •  It can also be left in the freezer for up to a week. If you leave it in the freezer, take it out 5-10 min before you serve it to let it soften up a bit.
  • Serve with almonds and fresh berries.
5) Baking with Greek Yogurt

In some of my recipes I like to replace half of the fat with plain greek yogurt. This helps to up the protein value but still keeps the fat. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Quick and easy healthy breakfast that you can make ahead of time

Back to the grind for me tomorrow. Why is it that summer seems to just fly by?! Apart from going back to work, I do look forward to fall ;)

I love fall, the colors, scents, coolness and getting back to a routine. I don't know about you, but I definitely eat better while working and in a regular routine. I do admit though, that I can be lazy...and having healthy things made ahead of time works well for me.

I have seen many versions of chia pudding and I have adjusted this one until it suited me. I like to add hemp hearts and oatmeal rather than all chia because they too have their own health benefits.

Adding the matcha, gives a super boost of anti-oxidants and a steady energy throughout the day.

Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar, inflammation among other things.

Bananas sometimes get a bad wrap - but they too are a great way to start the day, and when slightly ripe, help to sweeten this naturally.

So here goes - it is so easy!

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk)
2 TBSP chia seed
2 TBSP hemp hearts
2 TBSP oatmeal
1/2 scoop protein powder (or substitute greek yogurt)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 banana
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 - 1 tsp matcha (I used Sipology Vanilla) - (optional)
1 - 2 tsp Apple Sipology Dip Mix (optional)

Combine all in a jar (things taste better out of a mason jar don't they?) and refrigerate overnight. I make 2 or 3 jars at a time then I am good for the week as the other mornings I have smoothies.

In the morning I just add some chopped nuts (1 TBSP) and berries (usually frozen blueberries) and heat in microwave. Good to go! You can adjust the sweetness for your own taste.

Want to know a little more about some great breakfast foods that can help to lose weight?

Check out this article.... HERE

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Looking younger in just 6 weeks?! Uhm... tell me what you think...

So it's been awhile.....

I have gotten the crafting bug again so although this blog has been quiet my crafting one hasn't been.  I have really been feeling great this year and decided to focus on me.  That being said, I'm thinking menopause has started... yeah fun.  My arthritis flared up over Christmas.  I have kept it under control for the past few years with my tumeric drink in the morning, but I think these hormonal changes have got it going again. I started researching other natural ways of helping arthritis.

I am all about natural.  I feel we have to feed our body well and it will treat us well.  Thus the reason I look for natural remedies.  I'm not one for taking medicine - never for colds or pain.  I use my tea, essential oils and the herbal drinks.  Anyways, something kept coming up so I thought I would try it.  Yes it said it was good for skin too so I figured it couldn't hurt....

I have been taking an excellent supplement for 6 weeks now (they say it takes 3 months to start to really feel the difference) and feel great!  I have managed to keep up my running.  I have had some people tell me lately that my skin looks glowing and I look good!  I didn't really think much of it... but then... decided to do a comparison.....what do you think?!  Both pictures taken at same window... no makeup (just lip gloss in second picture), no filters on either of them....

Curious as to what I have been using?! 

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