Cashew Butter Protein Balls

We have had a huge jar of cashew butter sitting in the fridge for the longest time now and im not really sure why! I forgot there for a little while how yummy and slightly sweet cashew butter is. I have been wanting to make some protein balls for a while now to have before or after workouts or as a quick snack at work. So i decided why not make some with cashew butter? Seriously, so good. I even have it for dessert most nights because it tastes like a sweet and salty cookie!

Here is what you will need:

  • 5 Tbsp. of Cashew butter (I used Sprouts brand, salted)
  • 1.5 tbsp. of milled  flaxseed
  • .5 scoop of protein powder
  • .3 cup of steel cut oats
  • .5tbsp of Manuka honey (any honey will do, but manuka honey has really great health benefits)

Add a couple tablsepoons of water or unsweetened almond milk until reached desired consistency. Makes about 10 balls.

Okay, I am totally aware of the fact that these look like turd droppings but I promise they make up for it in taste!

Nutrition facts: 80 calories, 4.5 Fat, 6 Carbs, 3.5 Protein

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Protein Applesauce cookies

These cookies are perfect for when you want something a little sweet, but don’t want to totally blow your calories for the day! These are so easy to make and the best part is you can eat the whole batch for under 250 calories! If you have ever wanted to eat a whole plate of cookies, now is your chance! Now if your expecting these cookies to taste like nestle tollhouse cookies or your grandmas homemade chocolate chip cookies than your in the wrong place, but I think they are pretty tasty and definitely help curb my 3 0’clock sweet tooth! Since I am now counting Macros, this recipe makes it easy to get in a few cookies without totally blowing my carbs for the day!

Now, go make these cookies!

Recipe (serves 1):

  • 2 Tbsp. of powdered Peanut butter (PB2)
  • 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp. of stevia in the raw
  • .2 tbsp. of baking powder
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. of unsweetened applesauce (give or take depending on desired consistency)
  • .5 Tbsp. of fat free sugar free chocolate pudding mix (this can be omitted, but I think it makes it taste a little yummier)

Mix all ingredients together and roll into 1 inch balls on cookie sheet and bake for 5 min. at 350 degree. Makes about 7 cookies.

Nutrition info:

Calories- 247

Fat-4.5

Carbs- 27

Protein-30

Enjoy!

 

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Baby green smoothies

I’m so glad Carson is at an age now were we can give him a much greater variety of things to eat. Even though Carson will mostly eat anything I give him, his diet still seems to mostly consist of anything cheesy/carby. Which doesn’t surprise me, cause that’s all I craved when I was pregnant with him. Cheese bagels with butter were my jam!

Recently, I’ve been trying to add more greens and veggies into his diet. Some of Carson’s favorite foods are bananas, oatmeal, cheese cubes, cheerios, bread, greek yogurt, kiwi, avocado, and against my better judgment a bite of dad’s donut every now and then! Notice how no veggies were listed? Don’t get me wrong, he does eat veggies just not on a daily basis. Even then, he doesn’t necessarily love them like the foods listed above. So since it’s kind of hard to give a 1 year old salad, I decided to give him a spinach smoothie with banana and frozen strawberries. And much to my surprise, he loved it! Also, it kept him occupied for about 20 min. in his highchair while I did the dishes, so I’m all for that!

Ingredients:

  • Handful of Spinach
  • 1/4 of  a banana
  • 3 or 4 frozen strawberries
  • 4 Tablespoons of water

I used the baby bullet, which is perfect, because its tiny and super easy to clean. Its so nice to not have to lug out our huge ninja blender for such a small smoothie.

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You know its got to be good when the hands are up and the eyes are closed..

 

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HEALTHY banana bread

I made this banana bread the other day and as I was making it, I was almost certain it wasn’t going to turn out. I’m not sure why but I was so skeptical! Partly why I think I was so skeptical of it turning out was because of the ingredients. They were all healthy! But to my surprise, all the ingredients mixed together make the most perfectly moist and deliscous banana bread you ever tasted. I decided to post the recipe on here, because it will definitely be one I make in the future for years to come! Even Jordan liked it, which is saying a lot about this banana bread! Jordan usually doesn’t like “healthy” versions of stuff! Lol okay enough rambling already.. Here is the recipe! Enjoy!!

HEALTHY banana bread

Ingredients:

  1. 3 mashed bananas
  2. 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  3. 5 eggs
  4. 1 TBS of maple syrup
  5. 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  6. 2 tsp. of baking powder
  7. 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  8. 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  9. 1 tsp. of salt
  10. 1/4 cup of flaxseed
  11. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips or blueberries
  12. Handful of chopped nuts (I used almonds)

Mix all ingredients together and pour in a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 min. Let it cool for about 15 min. and enjoy!



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Chocolate protein pumpkin smoothie

Happy Tuesday! Puppy potty training is in full swing at the Duncan house. Penny is doing actually pretty well and has only had a couple accidents. Unfortunately, she does have kennel cough though, so we decided to take her to the vet last night. We got her some antibiotics, so penny girl should be on the mend soon. She has been so sweet, I swear she doesn’t have one mean bone in her body. I was painting this chair yesterday and she just came up and sat in my lap and snuggled while I kept on painting. Seriously, the sweetest thing ever.


Anyways, on to the smoothie, I made this smoothie yesterday and it was so delicious. Since fall is here, I am fully embracing it and adding pumpkin to everything. So I decided to blend it in with my usual smoothie and it was perfect. The pumpkin made it really creamy and sweet. I also added some spinach to it to get my greens in. After my 4 mile run yesterday, I threw this smoothie together and it was the perfect post workout treat. It was light but also really filling and kept me satisfied till dinner. It was so delicious that I had to share and since everyone loves pumpkin this time of year I thought why not.

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Here is the recipe:

-1 medium size cup of ice

-1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

– 1/3 cup of pumpkin purée

– 1 banana (I used frozen)

– 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

-2 cups of spinach

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Blend ingredients together until creamy!
This smoothie came out to be only 298 calories, My kind of smoothie!

Top with some cool whip and enjoy!

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Marble chocolate cake mix cookies

I made these cookies last week for Jordan, since he had been on a cookie craving the past couple days. Instead of having to make everything from scratch, I used just a cake mix box and some chocolate chips. These cookies turned out perfect and made quite a few! Unfortunately, the pics didn’t turn out super well.  Since the cake mix was marble chocolate, the cocoa powder ended up giving these cookies a brownish look. So in the pics they look a little burnt. But they aren’t, they were deliscous and passed the test. Jordan is my taste tester and he gave them a thumbs up.

Here is what you will need:

A cake mix box (I used marble)

1/2 cup of chocolate chips

2 eggs

2/3 cup of Vegetable oil

I made these cookies according to the directions on the back of the box, added the chocolate chips and cooked for about 10 minutes. This cake mix made a ton of cookies. Over 24! It was so simple, I will definitely be making more cookies like this in the future!


  
  

Strawberry and Blueberry Muffins

As I was cleaning out my freezer the other day I realized I had like 5 bags of frozen fruit from when I was on a smoothie kick a few months ago. So since I had way to much frozen fruit taking up space in my freezer, I decided to use it to make some fruit muffins. Most of the fruit I had frozen was strawberries and blueberries so that’s what I used. I pretty much just threw what I had on hand for the recipe and thankfully it all came together! Here is the recipe:


Strawberry and blueberry muffins

  • 2 cups of flour (whole wheat would work just as well)
  • 1 cup of stevia (all natural sweetener, pours just like sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 cups of strawberries and blueberries

First combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and stir. In a large bowl beat the butter and stevia together then add vanilla. Add the eggs in one at a time and stir between each one. After eggs are mixed well, stir in half of the flour mixture and then half of the cream(half and half). Do this till both are gone. Just stir enough to were everything is mixed. Don’t overly stir! Next, add the fruit and gently fold the berries in. I added about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to make it extra yummy. Grease a muffin tin and fill about half way full with batter. Bake for about 20 min or until golden at 375 degrees.

  

   

I was skeptical at first if these muffins would even turn out since I used stevia instead of sugar but to my surprise they were perfect! Jordan hates strawberries and he even gobbled them up!


  

Why the Whole 30 Didnt Work for Me

Firstly, this post is in no way meant to bring down or talk bad about the whole 30 program. I think the whole 30 is a great program and some of my closest family and friends have had great success with it. It just wasn’t for me. Did I loose weight? yes. But, all in all, It wasn’t the right program for me and I am not just saying that because I didn’t get to have creamer with my coffee or my beloved chocolate covered almonds. I completed 21 days out of 30 on the whole 30. By day 21 i had had enough and ran to the closest Starbucks to get my vanilla iced coffee that I missed so dearly.

  
I did learn lots of good things though  while on the whole 30 and a lot of those things I still follow. I figured i would start out by listing the things that i did like about the whole 30.

  1. I slept better- Being a new mom, sleep is pretty scarce around here. But while on the whole 30, I slept like a baby (except not like my baby, because he doesn’t sleep). I was surprised by how fast I could fall asleep and stay asleep.
  2. I learned to cook better-  Whole 30 taught me to take the time to cook my meals. Before I would just cook whatever was fast and that took minimal time on my part.
  3. It taught me to look at the ingredients label- Before whole 30, Jordan and I ate pretty healthy but once I started the whole 30 I was shocked to see so many things I used to buy had really bad ingredients added in them. Whole 30 has definitely made me more aware of what exactly we are putting in our bodies and has taught me to look at ingredient labels!

Okay, now that we have the good things listed about whole 30 out of the way, I am going to share the not so good things. This list is solely what I believe and how my body reacted to the program. I really do believe that the whole 30 works wonders for some people. The NOT so good things about Whole 30 (in my opinion)…

  1. Nausea, Tiredness, – I know I didn’t give it the full 30 days and they say that in the beginning people will experience lots of bad side effects because their body is detoxifying. But, even on day 21 I still felt like this. I would randomly feel nauseous and my workouts were not effective because I was so tired. I felt weak and my energy level was non-existent.
  2.  I was constantly worried about food-  I found myself constantly thinking and worrying about food. I remember thinking if we were going to someone’s house “what if they don’t have any compliant foods”, “what if I hurt their feelings by not eating their food” and the list goes on. It consumed me. In Matthew 6:25-34, it says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” For some people this may not be their problem but for me it was. I am naturally a worrier. I worry about everything. The whole 30 had me constantly worried about food. For example, I had every meal planned out for a whole month! I am not trying to give meal prep a bad rep either, I think that it is great, but in my case it was to excessive. The lord is good and has blessed us richly with food here in America. So why would I spend my day stressing over if the chicken I just ate had soy in it? The lord feeds us and has promised us to give us what we need. Worrying about my food is not going to get me anywhere.
  3. I am not allergic to dairy, peanuts, or bread-  I am not allergic to dairy, peanuts, or bread so why would I cut it out of my diet? For some people i know this is a major concern and some people really do have bad reactions to these types of food. But, I don’t and I knew i didn’t going into it. After the 21 days of whole 30, when I starting introducing these foods back in my body felt fine, I had no bad reactions whatsoever. So for some people I can understand how the whole 30 would be extremely beneficial to them about figuring out what foods their body doesn’t like. The only dairy and grains I really eat is 100% whole grain, oats, creamer, and occasionally cheese. These are all natural foods that come from sources the lord has provided (except the creamer). Lord made cows so we could have milk and cheese. People in the bible ate bread. These things are natural and the lord gave them to us to enjoy (in moderation, don’t be a glutten) and to nourish our bodies. Of course, the bible also tell us our body is a temple and to take care of it. So by exercising and eating healthy I am doing just that. The occasional creamer in my coffee will not kill me and it is not evil

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Like I said above the whole 30 works for some people and for some people it doesn’t. It was something I felt didn’t fit in with my family and my family’s needs. I have found much better peace and balance with food by watching what I eat, exercising daily, and enjoying the not so healthy foods in moderation. Most of all, I have found realizing and being thankful for the food I do have is important. I used to view food as the enemy. God has blessed us with an abundance of food, so in turn I will not stress and worry about my food. It’s just not worth it to me. All in all, I don’t think the whole 30 is bad and I am so happy for my friends and family that have had great success with it. It is just not for me and I am realizing that that is ok. I was beating myself up for not finishing the whole 30 and not having all these amazing results. But not everyone’s body is the same and we all react differently to different foods. I am still learning and finding out what foods my body needs to function at its bests. I would love to hear anybody’s feedback on the whole 30 good and bad!

the Lord is good.. how can i not be thankful for all this food! this is my sprouts grocery haul. All this food for $65. love double ad wednesday!

    Cinnamon and Cocoa Roasted Cashews and Walnuts

    I saw the original recipe for these the other day and knew I wanted to try them. Jordan doesn’t usually like to eat nuts unless they are covered in chocolate, so once I came across these I knew they would be perfect as a healthier substitute. The original recipe called for just cashews, but since cashews and walnuts were both on sale at sprouts I decided to do both. I also decided to use unsweetened cocoa to give it a little bit of a chocolatey flavor. This recipe is also whole 30 and paleo friendly! Here is the recipe:

    -1/2 cup of walnuts

    -1/2 cup of cashews

    -2 teaspoons of coconut oil

    -1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

    -1/2 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

    -1 tablespoon of maple syrup (optional)

    Place the cashews and walnuts in a bowl. Add the coconut oil, cinnamon, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir everything together and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes at 325 degrees.


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    I personally thought they were addicting and delicious, but of course Jordan decided to mix his portion with chocolate chips.  😜

    “Healthy cookies”

     

    My mom and I have been making these “healthy cookies” AKA “breakfast cookies” for years now. They are healthy (or at least I like to think they are), delicious and super easy to make! It is a family favorite and and something we make on a weekly basis. I always tweak the recipe up a little each time and they always turn out great. Here is the recipe:

    – 2 very ripe bananas mashed

    – 1 cup of rolled oats

    – 2 tablespoons of milled flaxseeds

    -1 tablespoon of chia seeds

    – 1 tablespoon of PB2

    -1 tablespoon of almond butter

    – a small handful of chopped pecans or walnuts

    -1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

    Mash the bananas add the rest of the ingredients listed in order and mix well. Form in to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes.