No Bake Cookie Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

We made some of these🍪 No Bake Cookie Energy Bites 🍪the other day to get more healthy fats in AND ward off the cookie cravings… instead of eating the sugar-laden granola bars we used to rely on.

😍MOMWIN: Some actually made it to the freezer to save for later without getting eaten 😉 Between my 3 year old, my husband and I they really don’t last long! I think because they taste like the No Bake Cookies we were used to eating back before trying to make our food choices a little healthier!

But eventually we just got sick and tired of being SICK and TIRED all the time, and figured we needed to find easier ways to get our health back under control as a busy family😊 And these cookies are full of healthy fats that keep our energy up, brains focused and metabolism going strong! 

I also have a Lemon Energy Bite recipe too if that’s more your style! Just comment below and I’ll get it to ya. 🍋🍋🍋

NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
Servings: 12 (two bites each)

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed or wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspooon cinnamon
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional!)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Use enough water to make the dough rollable but not sticky!
  2. Roll into balls about 3/4″ in diameter.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.What would your family like better, Peanut Butter or Lemon flavored Energy Bites?

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes

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Who doesn’t love chocolate + peanut butter? Buckeye balls are a classic in my area of Pennsylvania at Christmas time. In our family we always get together to bake cookies and treats to give away (and maybe eat a few ourselves!), so I wanted to find something a little healthier to try. Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t have a treat every now and then – it’s all about balance!

This recipe is definitely a keeper! It uses NATURAL sweetener (MAPLE SYRUP) which is a great swap for regular white sugar, which is not only void of any nutrients but also depletes your body of vitamins and minerals, disrupts your metabolism, and zaps your energy! And there are no refined carbs hidden in there either.

General guidelines for swapping out sugar for MAPLE SYRUP: In baking, typically you can replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

HEALTHY BUCKEYE BALLS 
YIELD: 12 balls

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup 100% natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
3.5-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1-3 Tbsp oat or whole wheat flour, IF needed
¼ tsp sea salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 Tbsp coconut oil (or ¼ Tbsp olive oil)
*Use 100% natural peanut butter for this recipe. You just want to see roasted peanuts on the label and a little salt. The no-stir kinds made with oil and sugar might not work as well.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Stir the jar of peanut butter well before using. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter and maple syrup vigorously, for 30-60 seconds, until it thickens up. It will go from runny to thick during this time.
2. Stir in the flour until combined (if your PB is dry, you might be able to skip this step or only use half). You’re aiming for a texture that isn’t too sticky, but not too dry either. Let it sit for a couple minutes to firm up as the flour will continue to absorb moisture with time. Add a touch more flour if necessary. Or if it’s too dry, add a touch more syrup.
3. Add salt to taste.
4. Shape into small balls (about 12).
5. In a small pot, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil and heat over low heat, stirring frequently. Once half the chips have melted, remove from heat and stir until completely smooth.
6. With a fork, dip the balls into the melted chocolate. Tap off excess chocolate on the side of the pot and place the ball on a plate or cutting board lined with parchment. Repeat for the rest. Save any leftover melted chocolate for later.
7. Place balls in the freezer for around 6-8 minutes until mostly firm.
8. Dip a fork into the leftover melted chocolate and drizzle it on top of the balls to create a “sophisticated” design like the baking diva you are.
9. Freeze the balls for another 10-15 minutes, until the chocolate is completely set. If you can wait that long, you are amazing!

Clean Eating Fajitas w/Seasoning

IMG_0011I’m a big fan of cooking one main meal, then reusing it multiple ways later in the week. We all have a million things to do, so why spend extra time in the kitchen if we don’t have to? This fajita-seasoned chicken can be used SO many different ways.

And you don’t need any expensive/processed packets of seasoning mix loaded with sugar, it’s super simple to make this marinade at home!!! #eatrealfood #feelrealgood

I grilled a triple batch up on a sunny Sunday after church, and we used it to make 4 MEALS that week!
1. CHICKEN FAJITAS  – with Gluten Free brown rice tortillas and salsa
2. CHICKEN SALADS – leftover meat & veggies, served on salad, w/chips and salsa
3. CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS – leftover meat & veggies, served over brown rice w/salsa
4. CHICKEN DINNER – leftover meat & veggies,with grilled pineapple & quinoa

All four meals were a hit with my toddler and hubby, AND they were super easy and healthy too!! #winwin Does your family love Fajitas too??

CLEAN EATING FAJITAS W/SEASONING
Serves: Approx. 6

INGREDIENTS:
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp cumin
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp sea salt
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or sub steak)
3 sweet onions, sliced
3 green peppers, sliced
2 tsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Whisk spices into 1/4 cup olive oil.
  2. Pour mixture over chicken and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  3. Place sliced peppers and onions in foil, toss with 2 tsp oil and a dash of salt/pepper. 
  4. Grill chicken and veggies for approximately 15-20 minutes. Or bake chicken in oven-safe dish sprayed with a bit of olive oil for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. Veggies will only take about 15-20 mins to bake
  5. Cut chicken strips, serve with veggies, tortillas, lettuce and salsa.

Source: www.cortneygraham.com

21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1/6 of recipe = 1 red, 1 green, 1 teaspoon  

5 Ingredient Hawaiian Pulled Pork

 

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Easy, healthy meals are the best, especially when it involves a Crock Pot and little else 😉

But really there’s no point in planning a healthier meal if it isn’t TASTY too right? So all the recipes I share here on my blog, and in with my health coaching clients, need to fit that bill!

TIP: There’s an awesome All Natural Pulled Pork Loin I pick up at Walmart from Smithfield Naturals that is Hormone/Antibiotic/Preservative free. Usually I’ll get two and double this recipe so I can freeze extra for a busy night!

This recipe is gluten free and dairy free so it’s autoimmune/thyroid friendlier too! If you’re dealing with thyroid problems or other health issues, have you found a good eating plan to help you make progress in your health goals? Share below in the comments what is (or isn’t!) working for you!!

5 INGREDIENT HAWAIIAN PULLED PORK
Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs pork loin or roast
1 can crushed pineapple
1 small onion
¼ cup coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
½ tsp sea salt
DIRECTIONS:
Lightly coat crock pot with olive oil to prevent sticking.
Chop the onion in large chunks and place in the bottom of crock pot.
Lay pork on top of the onion.
Add crushed pineapple, coconut aminos and sea salt, and stir to combine.
Cook on low 6-7 hours.
Shred with two forks then EAT!
Source: http://www.cortneygraham.com

21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: ¾ cup = 1 red protein

 

Chewy Quinoa Granola Bars

Chewy Quinoa Granola Bars! GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, 21 Day Fix Approved

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
INGREDIENTS:
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

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread oats and quinoa on a cookie sheet and toast in preheated oven for 8 minute, stirring once halfway through.
  3. Place oats/quinoa in a large bowl with unsweetened coconut.
  4. Grease the same baking sheet you just used.
  5. In a medium saucepan, combine salt, peanut butter, honey, & coconut oil.
  6. Bring to a boil over medium heat and immediately remove from heat. (I’ve also used the microwave with good results)
  7. Pour over oats mixture and combine until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  8. Press mixture down into HALF of the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. 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

 

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Clean Eating Corn & Black Bean Salsa!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

INGREDIENTS:
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

DIRECTIONS:
1. Mix everything together. This gets better as it sits, so usually I make it a day in advance. Refrigerate up to 1 week.

Source: www.facebook.com/CortneyGrahamRealLifeHealthyLiving 
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 cup = 1/2 green, 1/2 yellow

Gluten Free Oat Waffles

Growing up making waffles was a BIG event! We all got together with our whole family and had *waffle night*…but we used the processed mix from a box, so that didn’t really fit well once I started trying to eat healthier.

I saw my waffle iron in the back of my cupboard and REALLY wanted to be able to carry on this tradition with my son (even if we are trying to eat Gluten Free!). And you know I love easy recipes that require little clean up, so being able to grind the oats, mix the batter and pour all from the blender pitcher is perfect.

Now these are on the menu for dinner at least twice a month…then I freeze the leftovers for easy breakfasts! I pair this with eggs or preservative-free turkey bacon or chicken breakfast sausage and some fruit or cinnamon apples!

Is breakfast for dinner acceptable in your home too? It’s a family favorite around here!

BLENDER OAT WAFFLES
Yield: 6 servings (1 serving = half a round 7” waffle, or 1 small square waffle)

INGREDIENTS:
1-1/2 cups oat flour (just blend up oats into flour!)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cinnamon, optional
3/4 cup *room temperature* milk of choice (light coconut milk, nut milk, cow’s milk)
1/8 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend 1.5 cups of oats in a blender or food processor until finely ground into a flour.
  2. Add baking powder, salt and cinnamon and quickly blend/pulse to incorporate.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, melted coconut oil or butter, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, gently heat the wet mixture in the microwave in ten seconds intervals, until it melts again.)
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Blend/pulse quickly until just combined.
  5. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes so the oat flour has time to soak up some of the moisture. Plug in your waffle iron to preheat now.
  6. After 10 minutes, give the batter a swirl with a spoon then pour onto the heated waffle iron, enough to cover the center and most of the central surface area, and close the lid.
  7. Once the waffle is deeply golden and crisp, transfer it to a cooling rack or baking sheet. Don’t stack your waffles on top of each other, or they’ll lose crispness.
  8. You can keep your waffles warm by placing them in a 200 degree oven until you’re ready to serve!

Adapted From: cookieandkate.com
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 yellow carb, 1 teaspoon fat