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Cran-Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Cran-Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Yummy in my tummy!! These cookies are SO simple, and are very delicious! Simple, that’s what we all love right? Plus healthy, and if we can get a two for one deal here, I say GO FOR IT!!!!

The recipe was derived from the original recipe in the 21 Day Fix eating plan, back in the recipe section. In the book they are called Banana Oatmeal Cookies, buttttt since I added a personal touch to it, I changed to name to accommodate my recipe!

I think one secret I have to my cookies are the ingredients I use, more specifically, the CINNAMON I use! 😉

It isn’t widely known that there is more than one type of cinnamon out there. I personally didn’t know until I was at an organic/natural store the one day and they had two different kinds! This caught my eye so I asked the lady what the difference was. She explain briefly about how celyon cinnamon was the one I probably never heard of, and the other cinnamon was also known as “poor mans” cinnamon. That was about as far as she went into detail with that! But, of course I wanted to know MORE!! I especially wanted to know more when I used it, and it was AHHHHH-MAZING! I mean, the king of all cinnamon was now in my Shakeology that morning! So I looked into it a little bit more on my own!

I found out that there are 4 types of cinnamon: Ceylon, Cassia, Saigon, and Korintje. –SAY WHATTTT? There is this cool website called CinnamonVogue that I found out all this info!

So if you have cinnamon in your cabinet, it is more than likely Cassia cinnamon, which comes from the bark of a tree and is spicy, strong, and sometimes bitter. According to this website over 70% of americans have this type of cinnamon! But what makes Ceylon Cinnamon even more special is its low levels of something called Coumarin. What is that you ask? Well, Coumarin, put simply, is a substance that can cause liver damage, and in sever cases, liver failure! Not that any of us con sure NEAR enough cinnamon to have this happen, if it a very interesting fact about cinnamon!

Soooo to wrap that all up, I did use Ceylon Cinnamon in this recipe! Sooooo on to it thennn!!!

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Cran-Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Serving: 2 cookies    Serving Size: 8


Ingredients:

  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon (I used ceylon cinnamon)
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 Ripe Medium Bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a light coat of nonstick cooking spray on cookies sheet.
  • In a small-medium sized bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, and salt; mix well
  • Add in mashed banana, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts; mix thoroughly. — I used my hands since I didn’t pre-mash the bananas. Just make sure to wash them before and after!
  • Drop a heaping tablespoon of mixture onto the sprayed cookie sheet, then flatten with a spatula.
  • Place in oven and let bake for 14-16 minutes, or until firm. Pull out and Enjoy!!

If you are using this during the 21 Day Fix program, like other treats, 2 cookies (one serving) counts as a yellow container!

Pineapple-Strawberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie

Pineapple-Strawberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie

Yummm! Every time I read the name of this smoothie it makes me want one!!! Of course I am a Pinterest junkie who usually posts just about EVERYTHING that catches my eye, but then I never, ever ever everrrrrr put it to good use. Well, one day I was in the mood for something different! I had a bunch of fresh fruit in the fridge, and apple cider vinegar hanging out in the cabinet. I know that apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits to it, which  am not going to go into right now. As I was scrolling through “healthy meals“, which is on of my boards, I came across this awesome looking smoothie. Okay, to be honest, it didn’t LOOK awesome, the ingredients just jumped out at me!


 

Here is what you need to make this healthy packed, yummy, delicious smoothie!

Equipment: Blender and a knife!

Ingredients:

>1/3 of a pineapple (I got the pre-cut ones that look like a cylinder are used 1/3 of that!)

> 1/2 cup or more of coconut water (you can also use plain water, but you can’t taste the coconut water, and that has huge benefits, so I recommend just using coconut water)

>1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar ( I used 1.5 the first time I could barely taste the vinegar, used 2 the second and it was way too much, start small, and add as you see fit)

> 1 teaspoon raw honey

> any extra fruit– I used a handful of fresh strawberries

Directions: Chop, combine, blend!

ACVsmoothie

 

I have had this smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and snacks! << not all in the same day of course! It is yummy, and refreshing!

Inside-Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups!

Inside-Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups!

I have not been able to talk to everyone in such a long time! I am so sorry about that! i am going to really work my hardest to post for you ladies and gents more often!! Of course as most of you know I am completely obsessed with SHAKEOLOGY! It has been a game changer for me, as well as many others. However, I do like to switch it up once and a while! I did a little research and came up with Inside out Shakeology Peanut Butter cups!

I was like wow, this is perfect since I have been on a slight candy kick for some reason lately! I have no idea where it came from! So this recipe was really easy, I thought I would give it a try!

The ingredients are simple:

2 table spoons of each: Chocolate Shakeology, coconut oil, water, PB (or PB2)

Then some mini muffin FOIL holders

ingredients

 

 

Step one: Melt Coconut oil. Step two: add PB or PB2 to coconut oil Step three: place Shakeology in a seperate bowl
Step one: Melt Coconut oil.
Step two: add PB or PB2 to coconut oil
Step three: place Shakeology in a seperate bowl

I used regular peanut butter, the recipe called for chocolate PB2. I honestly wish I would have taken the time to go to the store and get the proper ingredient! It wasn’t horrible with regular peanut butter, I just think it would have been AMAZING with chocolate PB2.

 

Step 4: slowly add water to Shakeology powder. You should eventually see a pudding like mixture. I added more water after taking this picture to get the perfect consistency!
Step 4: slowly add water to Shakeology powder. You should eventually see a pudding like mixture. I added more water after taking this picture to get the perfect consistency!

 

Step five: place a small amount of PB/Coconut oil in bottom of foil liners, then a layer of Shakeology/ water mixture, then another layer of the PB/ Coconut oil mixture
Step five: place a small amount of PB/Coconut oil in bottom of foil liners, then a layer of Shakeology/ water mixture, then another layer of the PB/ Coconut oil mixture

 

step six: if you are like me, and forget to put the foils on or in something to keep them stable in the freezer, then you need to transport them!!
step six: if you are like me, and forget to put the foils on or in something to keep them stable in the freezer, then you need to transport them!!

 

Step seven: place completed cups in freezer for about 45 mins to an hour! then enjoy!! :)
Step seven: place completed cups in freezer for about 45 mins to an hour! then enjoy!! 🙂

 

 

 

Ultimate Reset: Day 1

Ultimate Reset: Day 1

Today was day one of the Ultimate Reset!! Since I am going into this WHOLE experience, I didn’t really have too many expectations for what the supplements would be like, or how the food would taste.

So I woke up and took the first of the supplements. I was a little scared ( not going to lie!! :x) So I took the three and i could actually swallow the pills!! yaya for me!! I HATE taking pills!

Then I got some things ready for breakfast. Which was really delish, if I do say so myself 🙂 I really liked the fact that you started off with somewhat normal foods. Eggs and toast is a pretty standard breakfast, of course the way you make it is the key! I tried kale, which is SO GOOD! I have only had it baked I guess ( I was crisp and crunchy and dried when I had it..). The combination was really good together, plus I was STUFFED by the last few bites. Yet, I felt satisfied, and didn’t want to snack on anything 20 mins after I finished breakfast

day 1 breakfast

 

 

After breakfast I did some food prep. I washed, cut, and packaged in storage containers some of the vegetables. Looking back I with I would have taken the time to look at every meal for the entire week and just make everything so it was all ready to go. (I plan on doing that tomorrow) . Part of my prep process was taking my before pictures and measurements. Here are my pictures. I just did a half marathon so this is basically post half marathon training and pre ultimate reset!!

pre pictures

 

 

I don’t have all my measurements so I will post them in another update. Since it was only day one I don’t have too too much to tell everyone! I will post my Lunch, Snack, and Dinner pictures ( I ate most of my dinner before I took a picture! hehe, sorry!!)

 

Day One: Lunch Microsalad!!
Day One: Lunch Microsalad!!

 

Day One: Snack, apple and some pb!
Day One: Snack, apple and some pb!

 

Day One Dinner: Salmon, asparagus and potatoes!
Day One Dinner: Salmon, asparagus and potatoes!

 

I am really sorry I don’t have too much to say on the first day. It was SUCH a busy day overall though, and I am ready for bed!! Keep in tune throughout the next 21 days as I get more in depth with my posts!!