Bacon, Avocado & Panko Bites

bacon avocado panko bites

These were delicious! Bacon.Avocado.Panko…. need I say more?

How to make:

Cook the 4 strips of bacon (cut in half) about 3/4 of the way through then pat the extra grease off.

Slice a whole avocado into moon shaped pieces and toss in panko breadcrumbs.

Wrap avocado bites with the bacon and use a toothpick to hold together.

Cook on tray for about 10 to 15 more min in a 365 degree oven until the panko turns a bit darker and the bacon is crispy or to your liking. Avocado will be soft and warm at this point. You can spray the panko with a little bit of oil to help this along before you place them in the oven.

Pat the grease off of the bacon one more time and you are good to eat!

Enjoy!

xo

Adrienne

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5 balanced snack ideas for you!

5 delicious snack ideas

“What should I eat for a snack?”

I am asked this question often so I put together this post to show you 5 examples of some healthy delicious snacks that I often have. A typical day for me is breakfast, lunch and dinner with 2 snacks in between, But, every day is different and sometimes it is breakfast, 2 snacks, pre workout, dinner and then another snack or breakfast, lunch, pre workout snack, dinner. It just depends on what I am doing that day. Most days I have a smoothie at some point either as a meal or a snack.

A lot of folks freak out about eating too much or too little and count calories but you know what? I strongly believe that is not the way to go.  I think that if you stick to these rules you will end up satisfying your mind and body as far as eating goes. (not to mention your sanity)

Eat when you are hungry (make sure it is actual hunger and not a result of being bored, dehydrated or tired) I have heard people say if you are truly hungry you will eat an apple>>point being it is not a craving or being bored or tired. If you are hungry you will want to devour that apple. Think about it.

Make sure you are drinking half of your bodyweight in oz of water daily-more if you sweat for 20 to 30 minutes or more or drink alcohol that day.

Balance your meals and snacks-each one should include carbs/fiber, protein and good fats.

After a workout get protein in your system within 30 min of finishing. Your muscles are begging for it and that is why protein powder comes in handy but if you plan accordingly you don’t have to use it.

Don’t feel guilty about certain foods. Just keep it positive and make sure you are getting your carbs, protein, fats and water balanced throughout the day. If you have a grilled cheese or some chicken wings-enjoy them and don’t punish yourself the rest of the day because you chose to enjoy those foods. You have a choice with everything you eat so don’t think good vs bad, I fell off the wagon with that meal, etc. Just be aware and chose what makes you feel healthy, alert, alive and energetic.

Focus on building muscle and the fat will go away. You are an athlete so act like one. Make your goal to be stronger, faster, lift heavier, squat lower, run/walk longer, jump higher….this is what will change your body.

Ok-finally, some snack ideas!!!

#1. A smoothie with spinach, banana, protein powder, ice and milk or water

#2. Apple slices or rice cakes or seed crackers with nut butter (1 to 2 TBSP) Right now I have cashew and sunflowerseed butter on hand.

#3. 1 cup Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup fruit-sprinkle with cinnamon, yumm!

#4. Nutritious bar-when you really are on the go this is a good option. If you are sitting at a desk or home all day then chose something from the fridge or pack from home. I do try to limit bars so that I can get more fruits and veggies in too throughout the day.

#5. Avocado and orange salad-dress with a bit of sea salt and dash of oil-whatever kind you like to use.

I would love to hear back from you on your favorite snack ideas that help you live a balanced & happy lifestyle!

xo, A

5 delicious snack ideas

NUT SPREAD & FRUIT CUTOUTS

nut spread and fruit cut out shapes for kids

This was FUN!! …..and chaotic!! 2 adults and 4 little ones in our small kitchen today to help Max with his Snax!!! His cousins came over to play and have lunch and we made nutella and pnb banana, strawberry tortillas then cut shapes out of them!

The kids all helped cut out their shapes and ate most of them before we even got them on the plates!! I needed a reason to buy nutella-I never have-and this was it!! Yes, I had some on my Ezekiel toast this am….no, I don’t feel bad about it.

To make:

Take 2 tortillas-whatever kind you like

Spread nut butter on one side-about 2 tbsp. (use any kind-peanut, almond, cashew, nutella…etc)

Top with thin sliced strawberries and bananas

Top with other tortilla

Use fun shaped cutters to make shapes or use a pizza cutter and make triangles if you don’t have cutouts!

Devour

Enjoy!!

xo,

A and Max

Oat cookies with almonds, cranberries and coconut flakes!

 

oat cookies 1

 

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

In mixing bowl place:

1/2 c melted unsalted butter

1/4 c brown sugar

Beat gently with hand mixer and then add:

2 eggs

lightly beat with hand mixer

Then add:

1 1/2 c oats

1 1/2 c flour-I used millet

1 tsp baking soda or powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c dried cranberries

1/4 coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1/4 natural sliced raw almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp honey

4 oz unsweetened applesauce

Stir well with spoon and then drop onto baking sheet 1 tbsp at a time

Bake for 10 to 12 min-let cool on cookie rack-then store in an air tight container

Next up, according to Max, we will make these but with peanut butter and jelly instead of coconut and almonds!

He helped make them but wasn’t thrilled with the taste/texture. I am still trying to get him to like oats in general! I however love them and plan on eating them post workout this week! Yes, that’s right post workout cookies!

These would be great to bring for the kids after the big game or for you to snack on during the game! Much better than chips and hot dogs from the concession stands! The little things matter! Chose wisely! You can even add chocolate chips to these if that will make them more appealing to the kids or adults!

Enjoy!

xoxo

A & Max

oat cookies collage

Apples with Greek yogurt dip

Greek yogurt dip

 

Greek yogurt dip with honey, cinnamon and peanut butter

1 and a half cups of plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp peanut butter

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp honey

Mix well and serve with red and green apples-like I did for a holiday party or with any fruit on any day as a healthy snack. I think this would also be good to spread on toast in the a.m or eat by the spoonful like I could do because I love it so much!

***Can substitute pumpkin instead of peanut butter, or use almond, apple butter or pumpkin butter instead.

 

Enjoy!!
xoxoxo-A

Coconut & Dates Granola

 

COCONUT & DATES GRANOLA

Pre-heat oven to 380 degrees

mix together the following:

4 c Old Fashioned Oats

1 c raw natural silvered almonds

2 to 3 tbsp honey

1/4 c dark brown sugar

1/4 c cinnamon

Bake  on big cookie sheet, spreading as evenly as you can to ensure even toasting for 15 min

Add 1/4 flaxseed meal, 1 c shredded coconut on top and place back in oven for 10 additional min

***Let cool completely, add 1/2 chopped dates and then place in the fridge to store***

Serving suggestions: 1/4 c topping Greek yogurt, alone when you are hungry in the car or on the go or with milk.

Enjoy!

xoxoxo-A

 

 

 

Healthy Zucchini Apple and Walnut Muffins

HEALTHY ZUCCHINI, APPLE AND WALNUT  MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS:

1 c Bran Muffin Mix

1 c Flaxseed Meal-we love flax!

1/2 c chopped Walnuts

1/2 c chopped peeled Apple

3/4 c chopped peeled Zucchini

1 c water

3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp honey

2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ginger

Makes 12 mini muffins and 6 regular muffins

Spray pan with Pam or cooking spray. Oven on 350-minis take about 12 min, regular take about 15 min.

 Top with tsp of apple butter-extra yummy!!!

Granola: Pumpkin Almond Flax

Good afternoon! It’s fall and I have been wanting to make my own granola for a while now so I finally did it and here it is: Pumpkin, almond and flax are the main ingredients! I hope you try it! It is so nutritious and can be made to suit your taste! Add different or multiple types of nuts, different dried fruit or chocolate!

I used:

4 c oats

3/4 c flaxseed

3/4 c crushed almonds

3/4 c sunflower seeds

1/4 c of honey

1/2 c dried cranberries

Ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon spices-about 2  tsp each-4 tsp of the pumpkin

2 small cupfuls of vanilla extract

Cinnamon and sugar grinder  to top it all off-just a dusting

Mix all ingredients except for the dried fruit-add that at the end when you pull it out of the oven to cool.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 min-half way through give it a toss around to be sure you don’t burn any of it. Use 2 trays so the granola is thinly and evenly spread…not piled up too much! Let it cool on the pan then seal and store.

Healthy “sweet tooth” mini muffins!

I mean…..there is no denying these are 100% AWESOME for you and will definitely satisfy your cravings!!! Best part is that I  am so proud of myself for having all of these ingredients on hand and making it up as I went along! Also, I might be developing a small fetish for “mini” things!

  • one chopped banana
  • 1 c oat bran muffin mix
  • 1/2 c flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 c of each of the following: chia seeds, chopped blanched almonds, choc chips, unsweetened applesauce and dates
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • one egg
  • Dash each of cinnamon and honey
  • Mix all together and place in mini muffin pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 12 min.
  • Makes 16 mini muffins

Snack time! Greek Yogurt w/ granola and fresh fruit!

My ABSOLUTE favorite snack! 1/2 c  Chobani plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup Organic High Protein Granola and 1/4 cup fresh fruit (this pic has a white nectarine with it).

Why Greek yogurt? It is the highest in protein -It is the King of all yogurts-nothing compares, low carbs, low sugar and naturally NO FAT. (To name a few)

The high protein granola I choose because it is packed with all kinds of goodies-soy flakes, oats, cranberries, sunflower seeds and flax seeds.

This snack is about 200 calories, 16 g protein, 12 g sugar, 4.5 g fat, 5 g fiber and 18 g carbs perfect for mid morning snack! I usually have this after my smoothie, dropping Max off at school and then going to the gym and or running…..about 3 hours after having my smoothie in the a.m.

My son loves this snack too! I feel its crucial to start our kids off eating right so they can have these good habits from the start and not be stuck, like many of us, trying to change bad habits 20, 30 or 40 years in the making! It is our responsiblity as parents to guide them. Now is the time.

If you think you don’t like yogurt or Greek yogurt-please I beg you to think again and give it another try. Sooooo good for you! You should care what your calories are made up of. What value do they bring to you and your day? Don’t just fill your body with calories-fill it with good for you calories!

Enjoy!

xoxoxo-A