I used to eat Granola Bars DAILY…for breakfast, for a snack, or as a dessert! They are so QUICK AND EASY! And healthy right??
But after I realized the pre-packaged options weren’t exactly the healthiest thing (full of sugars and not much protein/fiber/nutrients) I reluctantly wrote them off.
And then a few months ago, I found this recipe!! It has lots of good protein from a surprise ingredient (quinoa), but the taste and texture is the bomb! My son loves them too. I changed up a few things from the original recipe (source is listed below) and they are a new staple in my house. You can even customize them by adding more of one thing and leaving out another (nuts, coconut, etc.)
CHEWY QUINOA GRANOLA BARS
Yield: 15 servings
1 cup cooked quinoa (for crunchy bars, use uncooked quinoa)
1 cup oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup nut butter
1/2 cup honey (local is best)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread oats and quinoa on a cookie sheet and toast in preheated oven for 8 minute, stirring once halfway through.
- Place oats/quinoa in a large bowl with unsweetened coconut.
- Grease the same baking sheet you just used.
- In a medium saucepan, combine salt, peanut butter, honey, & coconut oil.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and immediately remove from heat. (I’ve also used the microwave with good results)
- Pour over oats mixture and combine until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
- Press mixture down into HALF of the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Let cool for up to 2 hours and then cut and serve. (Oven times may vary. Watch your bars carefully to not burn them!)
Adapted from: Instagram.com/ditchthescale
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 bar = 1/4 Yellow, 1 orange, 3 tsp
As as life long picky eater, I was never one to get super adventurous with my food…Old El Paso taco seasoning and Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supremes were about the extent of my exposure to Mexican food (super healthy too, right?).
But after being stationed in New Mexico when my hubby was in the military, I developed an OBSESSION for real, authentic Mexican food…and I’ve found lots of way to make it fit into my cleaner eating lifestyle too!
The cilantro in this dish is also one of the most DETOXIFYING herbs around, besides just plain tasting amazing! This salsa is YUMMY on chicken, tacos, salads, quesadillas, or just plain chips!
What’s your favorite MEXICAN FOOD? Comment below, maybe I have a *healthified* recipe I can share with you!
CORN & BLACK BEAN SALSA
Yield: About 4 cups
1 15 oz. can of black beans
2 10 oz. cans of diced tomatoes & green chilis
1 large onion, diced
24 jarred jalapeño slices, diced
1/2 bag of frozen corn, thawed
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp lime juice
1. Mix everything together. This gets better as it sits, so usually I make it a day in advance. Refrigerate up to 1 week.
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 cup = 1/2 green, 1/2 yellow
I used to think I didn’t like Stuffed Pepper Soup….what was I thinking?!?! This seriously tastes like Spaghetti Sauce but it’s a full complete meal. It’s a great way to get a ton of extra veggies without realizing it, and you can use quinoa OR brown rice!
I’m a little crazy, I will eat soup ANY time of year! Anyone else like that? PS this recipe makes a TON, so freeze extra for a busy day!
STUFFED PEPPER SOUP
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves: 10, about 2 cups each
2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
3 bell peppers, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 29 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth OR 2 cubes beef bouillon with 2 cups water
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
- In a Dutch oven, brown beef over medium high heat. Drain off any fat.
- Add peppers, onion and garlic to the browned meat and sauté for 3 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, beef broth or bouillon/water, honey, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
- Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
- Stir in rice and Italian seasoning,
- Gets better as it sits, freezes really well!
Adapted from http://www.allrecipes.com
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 red, 1 green, 1/2 yellow
I LOVE the convenience of the little fruit & veggie pouches they make for kids these days! You can’t beat the portability of throwing one in your purse/diaper bag, OR the ability to get some extra veggies in their diet : )
But even on sale, they are EXPENSIVE! And if you check out the nutrition label they typically have NO nutritional value (fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, etc.) So you’re paying a pretty penny for nothing!
I found these cool reusable pouches online that let you make them at home for much cheaper, with much healthier outcome!
-Hidden ziplock-style opening at the bottom for refilling
-Freezer safe (so you can pop them out and defrost as needed)
This is my favorite recipe, it requires NO COOKING!
1 24oz jar unsweetened applesauce
1 cup chopped raw butternut squash or sweet potato
1 cup spinach
1 tsp cinnamon
Add the ingredients (in order) into a high speed blender; blend until pureed, then fill the pouches and store them in the freezer if you don’t go through them all within a few days.
What’s your child’s favorite pouch type/flavor??