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Nature’s Candy Apples

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Alrighty, by now you have figured out that I like treats and I do my best to avoid using granulated industrial sugars of any kind.  I do use pure maple syrup and honey in some recipes and I am doing my best to reduce and eliminate those ingredients.  It is still sugar no matter how you perceive it, but a better alternative to industrial sugars. Dates are what I focus on using for added sugar.  These bites of heaven do more than satisfy a sweet tooth (and one does the trick!) they are packed with fiber, potassium, carbohydrates and magnesium that the body can digest easily.  They are great for sports, biking or running for a long duration.

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Blender Pancakes

Since some mornings can be more hectic than others, who is a fan of anything quick to make and easy to clean up?  ME! ME! ME!…

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Typical Breakfast

When I worked full time as an apparel buyer I was up at 5 AM to the gym and out the door to work by 7:30. That typically meant I was eating my breakfast at my desk when I arrived at work.

I kept a bag of rolled oats, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, local honey and cinnamon in my desk for most of those mornings that I did not eat before I left the house. Occasionally I would manage to eat toast with almond butter on the way into work, as it was a 35 minute drive.

Those are days of the past, but my mornings are still very similar when it comes to the early rise to the gym, especially during the winter when it is a bit more wet in the mornings. Except now, I usually eat with my kids before they head off to school and I don’t keep food in a desk anymore :) The variations have changed and are not as plain as I used to eat it, but I still enjoy those basic ingredients from time to time.

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Fallnola

The girls have been putting in a request for granola lately and it is something that I have wanted to try. Our mornings and evenings have been cooling off which is feeling a little like fall as well as making it tolerable to use the oven more. Ava has been on a smoothie bowl fixation and the granola is what she said was missing. The evenings have been long with all the baking and taste testing, I figured granola should be pretty easy to put together. Well it sort-of was, getting the spices (flavor) down was a little harder than I realized because I wasn’t measuring, I was adding and tasting until I liked the taste. After the second batch, I felt I had it figured out. One of the convenient things about granola, you can kinda add what you want in it. This is the recipe for one of the batches I made and the flavor had a “fall” feeling.

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Overnight Oats

Overnight oats, who’d of thunk it?!  Well, I must say I am glad someone did!  I had been reluctant to try overnight oats because eating cold oatmeal just didn’t sound appealing to me. As part of my daily goal to experience new things (big or small) and go out of the box/my comfort zone, I gave this a whirl. I must say, I enjoyed them, as did the hubs. He even made is own!

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Blender Salsa

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Salsa is a favorite in this house and we have accepted that we are addicted (could be worse;)  and since we make it, I am not worried about what is in it. This recipe was shared by my friend Michelle and it is super quick, easy and flavorful.

 

Ingredients:

2 cans fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
1 handful cilantro
1/2 large red onion, cut in quarters
1 jalapeño, seeded if you want less spice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 fresh squeezed lime
1/4 teaspoon raw sugar

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until blended :)

Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week, if it lasts that long!

 

 

Spicy Peanut Zoodles

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Not sure if my family is going to get zoodled out, but I have been zoodle’n away lately because it is a super easy and fun way to get more veggies in their bellies!  This recipe was one that just Jon and I had as the kids were away at the grandmas for spring break, but it will be made again :) I have made peanut sauces before and they are all similar and change slightly depending on how much more ginger, lime, garlic, pepper flakes or liquid aminos I add to the sauce.  I don’t really measure out, I tend to add as I go until I like the taste.  This time I was a bit more strategic in making the sauce.

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PB Oatmeal Cookies

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It may not seem like we eat many plants because I share many snack/treat recipes, but we do, every meal!  Lots of snacking on carrots, celery, fruit, cucumbers occur daily here. Most of the time we rotate meals we have had before as the kids have their requests and favorites.  We do have something new every Wednesday and sometimes it makes the cut and sometimes it doesn’t.

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