Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Flourless Chocolate Chickpea Muffins

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for healthy snacks. Nourishing your body properly from the inside does wonders for how you feel and how you look. If you eat healthy, you will feel and look good. 

When I came across this recipe I had to try it! Loaded with protein it was definitely something I had to try.

Just look how rich and dark they are.  The first part of something tasting delicious is how good they look, well, my mouth was watering and I was not disappointed.  In fact, rumor has it that even my 5 year old grand daughter likes these (hers of course had the chocolate chips - isn't it amazing how a few chocolate chips will get kids to eat something)



Flourless Chickpea Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:
2 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
6 large eggs
1 cup pure maple syrup
⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 scoops chocolate protein powder(optional)
⅔ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Prepare 24 muffin cups by lining with papers or coating with spray - or in my opinion even better - silicone ones
  3. Put all ingredients into food processor and process until smooth and divide in muffin tin
  4. Top each with chocolate chips if desired
  5. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean
  6. Cool completely and enjoy. 

To print the recipe click HERE




Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Does Your Activewear Offer These 3 Things?

First of all, do you wear activewear? Of course you do, who doesn't. It is a $90 billion industry right now and many retailers are jumping right in. Consumers want clothes that are versatile, comfy, easy care and ready for anything.


We want to be able to go from the office to the gym, walk the dog or go for a run and activewear or athleisure as it is called is the only clothing that offers us this versatility


Now let me ask you... how much do you spend in a year on activewear for your family?


$300, $500 or even $1000 per year?

What does your current favorite brand give back to you for all of those purchases?!

Do they:

* Offer a 25% discount with no monthly minimums?



              * Offer commissions from 20 - 28% 
(yes commissions...earn money from wearing activewear?!)



              *Offer Trip Incentives  
....say what? 
.....yes do they offer the chance to earn an 
all expense paid trips to places like Thailand, Costa Rica.....


Does this sound interesting?! Want to know more? Just contact me and I am happy to send  you some more information.



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.