Monday, June 27, 2011

Healthy Strawberry Banana Muffins and Strawberry Bread!

 Its strawberry season and I love these berries!! I have to admit that I am not a fan of California Berries, they just seem over grown and tasteless. When our local strawberries are in season (NOW) its my favorite time of year! They are so perfect as a snack and to bake with!

Spelt Strawberry Bread

Yields: 3 loafs


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Cups of local fresh strawberries
  • 3 1/8 cups of spelt flour
  • 2 cups of organic cane sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup of unsweetened organic applesauce
  • 4 beaten eggs
Combine everything but the berries, eggs and applesauce, then add these at the end.

Pour into 3 loaf pans (lightly sprayed) 
Sprinkle a little oatmeal on top for fun!

Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes

This bread is so moist and tasty! It was a hit with Ronnie! 


 Spelt Strawberry Banana Muffins


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups of unsweetened organic applesauce
  • 3/4 cup of sucanat
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 cups of spelt flour
  • 1 Tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of fresh local strawberries
Combine all dry then add wet ingredients, mix well and really mash those strawberries in! I used a potato masher! :)

Pour into a muffin pan that is lightly sprayed 

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes


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Sunday, June 26, 2011

VERY Healthy Sprouted Grain Pasta with Rose Sauce!

Just discovered this Ezekiel Pasta made by Food For life that uses sprouted grains, it low on the Glycemic Index and very tasty!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 box of ezekiel pasta
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 cube of Basil (fresh frozen)
  • 2 cubes of Garlic (fresh frozen)
  • 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup of Light Cream
  • 1/4 cup of freshly grated parm cheese


As pictured above, these are the ingredients that I used to make a very simple and healthy version of pasta with a rose sauce.

Cook Ezekiel Pasta as instructed (Bonus, very quick cooking compared to Whole Wheat or Brown Rice Pasta, be careful not to overcook)

In a pan add Olive Oil and chopped onion, then add garlic and basil.
Once onions are soft and slightly browned stir in a can of diced tomatoes and the light cream. Once all is well combined add in freshly grated Parmesan cheese!




Voila! Super easy and enjoyable by everyone! Honestly this dinner took aprox. 15 minutes to prepare and be ready for the table! I served it with a mixed green salad and it was perfect!! :)





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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tarts

So excited to share this recipe! I got it from Tone it up's food blogger Jane Lim! I love that its all natural and no bake!!


Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tarts

Decadent, rich, and creamy, this is one of those desserts that that will make you question why you’d ever opt for a treat full of empty calories and artificial sugars. Loaded with healthy fats and fiber, this treat will not only satisfy you, but it will keep you feeling full for quite some time!

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Ingredients:

Walnut Tart Crust

  • -  1 ½ cups raw walnuts
  • -  2 tbsp maple syrup

‘Chocomole’ Mousse

  • -  4 ripe avocados
  • -  10 very soft Medjool dates
  • -  4 tbsp raw agave nectar
  • -  2 tbsp raw cacao powder (carob or cocoa powder could work too)

Directions:
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1. Place walnuts in a food processor and pulse until chunky. Add the maple syrup and pulse until the mixture is well-combined.
  • In a non-stick (or greased) muffin tin, scoop a couple tablespoons of the walnut mixture into each muffin cup (you should be able to fill about ~8 cups). Press them each firmly to the bottom of the cup so that they are very compact.
  • Place the muffin tin into the fridge and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, Finely chop the dates and cut avocado into slices.
    4. Clean out the food processor and add in all ingredients for the mouse (avocados, dates, agave, and cacao powder). Blend until well-incorporated and no chunks are left.
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    5. Remove the muffin tin for the fridge. With a thin knife, gently run the blade around the outside of each crust to loosen them from the tin. Carefully lift each crust out of the mold. *If the crust break, simply press it back together with your fingers.
    1. Spoon a large dollop of avocado mouse on top of the crust base.
    2. Top with whatever you like (i.e. fresh berries, shredded coconut, powdered sugar)!


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    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Blue Monkey Coconut Water

    http://www.bluemonkeydrinks.com/faq.html

    A perfect refreshing drink with the added benefits of natural minerals and electrolytes....ahhh...coconut water! 


    I have to admit, that the original without any flavoring is a bit hard for me to get down. I prefer a light flavor to enjoy and quench my thirst.


    The one that I recently tried and love is Blue Monkey Coconut Water!




    I tried the acai and pomegranate flavor. It was a mild taste and best served chilled!


    Nothing added, 100% natural and enjoyable!! 


    Give it a try and let me know if you have other types of coconut water that you have sampled that you enjoyed!





    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Protein Bars

    Just like many of you, I am on the go and need a quick snack, or something to satisfy my sweet chocolate cravings...


    I have tried almost every protein bar out there and have come to the conclusion that most of them are just glorified chocolate bars with added protein. Your best bet is to look for natural ingredients, ones that you can pronounce and know what they are...


    Limit or avoid the sugar alcohols...these lovely additions to protein bars bring down the overall sugar grams but in the end do a number on your stomach. 


    LĂ„RABAR





    I have been keeping a stash of these with me for that lull in between meals, or pre/post workouts.



    http://www.larabar.com/


    My new favorite is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, you cant go wrong with these simple ingredients...


    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip*Dates, peanuts, chocolate chips, salt
    And for 230 calories that your body can use as energy and understands how to digest, you cant go wrong!


    I am in the process of trying to make my own version of 'larabars' I will keep you posted on how I make out.









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    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    Nesting!

    I am finished working and on vacation before my maternity leave begins! It feels so strange to think that I am done work for over a year!! I have aprox 6 weeks to prepare for our new bundle of joy, and I am thankful to have the time!!


    Below are a few pictures from our 3D ultrasound that we took a couple of weeks ago! So amazing to visualize our little girl now! 






    At this point in my pregnancy I can say I am still feeling energetic and hitting the gym consistently 5 days a week, plus yoga! I attribute my healthy pregnancy to my lifestyle. I eat well and take care of myself, and my baby is happy for it! 


    Lets just hope for a quick labor, and we are all set!! Ronnie and I took a childbirth preparation class and realized how much we didnt know! How naive we are, and although it answered alot of questions for us...it also scared me a bit! Average 1st labor lasts 14 hours!! WHAT??!! 


    We are considering getting a doula, who actually doubles as my prenatal yoga instructor. This will really help us along and reassure us that we know what we are doing!! 






    Well, the sun is shining, and I am ready to start gardening! 


    xoxo
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