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Going to preface this recipe with nothing more than: I have an obsession with pancakes.
Post-Hurricane Apple Pie Pancakes
Ingredients:
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped apple (I used Gala)
cinnamon
2/3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 packet of sweetener or 1 tsp sugar
1/3 cup milk of choice (I used 2%)
1 tbsp oil or butter (Can be omitted for fat free).
Directions:
Mix together dry ingredients.
Add in wet, mix but don’t over-mix.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories- 348; Fat- 9.9g; Saturated Fat- 3.2g; Cholesterol- 6.5mg; Sodium- 316.6mg; Carbs- 57.4g; Fiber- 8.7g; Sugars- 13.9g; Protein- 10.6g

Going to preface this recipe with nothing more than: I have an obsession with pancakes.

Post-Hurricane Apple Pie Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped apple (I used Gala)
  • cinnamon
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 packet of sweetener or 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice (I used 2%)
  • 1 tbsp oil or butter (Can be omitted for fat free).

Directions:

  1. Mix together dry ingredients.
  2. Add in wet, mix but don’t over-mix.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories- 348; Fat- 9.9g; Saturated Fat- 3.2g; Cholesterol- 6.5mg; Sodium- 316.6mg; Carbs- 57.4g; Fiber- 8.7g; Sugars- 13.9g; Protein- 10.6g

The other day I went into work and took over for my friend Danielle. Well, she was telling me how that morning she made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast and I got a huge craving! So I got home that night and whipped up a quick batch of some pumpkin pancakes. I based them off of a recipe, but made them my own. So without further adieu…
Greek Yogurt Pumpkin (Dark) Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or almond, brown rice, etc)
1/4 cup vanilla nonfat greek yogurt (next time I might do 3 TBSP because they were pretty moist)
cinnamon
nutmeg
ginger
clove
2 squares 90% dark chocolate, chopped
4 eggs
Directions:
Mix together all your ingredients.
Fry ‘em up!
Nutritional info per pancake: Calories- 53; Fat- 2.9g; Saturated Fat- 1.1g; Cholesterol- 70.6mg; Sodium- 25.7mg; Carbs- 4.2g; Fiber- 0.9g; Sugars- 1g; Protein- 3.2g
The only things that I might do differently next time is maybe a little less greek yogurt and substitute some of the eggs for egg whites!

The other day I went into work and took over for my friend Danielle. Well, she was telling me how that morning she made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast and I got a huge craving! So I got home that night and whipped up a quick batch of some pumpkin pancakes. I based them off of a recipe, but made them my own. So without further adieu…

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin (Dark) Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or almond, brown rice, etc)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla nonfat greek yogurt (next time I might do 3 TBSP because they were pretty moist)
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • ginger
  • clove
  • 2 squares 90% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs

Directions:

  1. Mix together all your ingredients.
  2. Fry ‘em up!

Nutritional info per pancake: Calories- 53; Fat- 2.9g; Saturated Fat- 1.1g; Cholesterol- 70.6mg; Sodium- 25.7mg; Carbs- 4.2g; Fiber- 0.9g; Sugars- 1g; Protein- 3.2g


The only things that I might do differently next time is maybe a little less greek yogurt and substitute some of the eggs for egg whites!

So after a really bad weekend of binging like none other, starting on Monday I needed to get back on track with my working out and my eating. I felt like crap for a few days but I’m happy to say that I’m finally back to feeling relatively normal.
As you all know, it is finally Fall which means all the good food is starting to come out! Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, etc. Well this time of year, everybody loves some comfort food, that stuff that warms up your belly and just makes you feel good inside. Well yesterday, I made up my own recipe and threw it together in the crockpot and let’s just say…it’s amazing.
Pumpkin Sweet Potato Chili!
Ingredients:
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 lb lean ground turkey
3/4 cup corn
1/4 can beans, drained if canned (I used kidney, but next time I’ll probably use something else)
1 packet low sodium mild taco seasoning (you can use your own spices, my mom just doesn’t like it too spicy so I always do it this way to make it easier).
2 large sweet potatoes
1 cup water
Directions:
Brown up your ground turkey.
While your turkey is cooking, clean and dice up your 2 sweet potatoes and toss them in your slow cooker along with beans, taco seasoning, water, corn and pumpkin.
Once your turkey is done cooking, mix in with all of the other ingredients in the slow cooker.
Cook on low for about 6 hours.
Enjoy!
Nutritional info per serving (makes about 4 large servings): Calories- 267; Fat- 11.6; Saturated Fat- 3g; Cholesterol- 56.7mg; Sodium- 291.8mg; Carbs- 24g; Fiber- 3.6g; Sugars- 5.7g; Protein- 16.2g!

So after a really bad weekend of binging like none other, starting on Monday I needed to get back on track with my working out and my eating. I felt like crap for a few days but I’m happy to say that I’m finally back to feeling relatively normal.

As you all know, it is finally Fall which means all the good food is starting to come out! Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, etc. Well this time of year, everybody loves some comfort food, that stuff that warms up your belly and just makes you feel good inside. Well yesterday, I made up my own recipe and threw it together in the crockpot and let’s just say…it’s amazing.

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Chili!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 1/4 can beans, drained if canned (I used kidney, but next time I’ll probably use something else)
  • 1 packet low sodium mild taco seasoning (you can use your own spices, my mom just doesn’t like it too spicy so I always do it this way to make it easier).
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water
Directions:
  1. Brown up your ground turkey.
  2. While your turkey is cooking, clean and dice up your 2 sweet potatoes and toss them in your slow cooker along with beans, taco seasoning, water, corn and pumpkin.
  3. Once your turkey is done cooking, mix in with all of the other ingredients in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for about 6 hours.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutritional info per serving (makes about 4 large servings): Calories- 267; Fat- 11.6; Saturated Fat- 3g; Cholesterol- 56.7mg; Sodium- 291.8mg; Carbs- 24g; Fiber- 3.6g; Sugars- 5.7g; Protein- 16.2g!
So the other day at my old work, a local farmer’s market, I bought a butternut squash and a spaghetti squash because I’ve never cooked with them and really wanted to give it a shot. Well I’ve been really busy with work and school and haven’t had the opportunity to really do much when it comes to cooking the past few days. But today I was off from everything and decided to break out the butternut squash. I was going to make this into a quesadilla but I thought that baking it in the oven and making it a pizza was an even better idea.
Ingredients:
1/2 gala apple, sliced
1 small butternut squash (baked and blended with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and stevia to taste)
2-3 tsp reduced fat feta cheese
4 crushed almonds
1 low-carb tortilla
non-stick cooking spray
Directions:
First, bake your butternut squash. Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, spray with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice and bake in your toaster oven @ 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
Take your squash out and let cool enough to scoop it out and add to a magic bullet or food processor with a few drops of vanilla creme stevia and a touch of more cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
After blended, spread out evenly on tortilla.
Slice up your apple and evenly disperse it on top of the squash puree.
After that, top with feta and crushed almonds.
Spray a cookie sheet and transfer pizza to the sheet. Bake in the oven @ 350 for about 10 minutes.
Enjoy!
Nutritional info per serving (one pizza): Calories- 160; Total Fat- 4.8g; Saturated Fat- 0.7g; Cholesterol- 1.7mg; Sodium- 171.9mg; Carbs- 30.7g; Fiber- 9.8g; Sugars- 9.5g (all natural); Protein- 8.1g

So the other day at my old work, a local farmer’s market, I bought a butternut squash and a spaghetti squash because I’ve never cooked with them and really wanted to give it a shot. Well I’ve been really busy with work and school and haven’t had the opportunity to really do much when it comes to cooking the past few days. But today I was off from everything and decided to break out the butternut squash. I was going to make this into a quesadilla but I thought that baking it in the oven and making it a pizza was an even better idea.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gala apple, sliced
  • 1 small butternut squash (baked and blended with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and stevia to taste)
  • 2-3 tsp reduced fat feta cheese
  • 4 crushed almonds
  • 1 low-carb tortilla
  • non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. First, bake your butternut squash. Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, spray with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice and bake in your toaster oven @ 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  2. Take your squash out and let cool enough to scoop it out and add to a magic bullet or food processor with a few drops of vanilla creme stevia and a touch of more cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. After blended, spread out evenly on tortilla.
  4. Slice up your apple and evenly disperse it on top of the squash puree.
  5. After that, top with feta and crushed almonds.
  6. Spray a cookie sheet and transfer pizza to the sheet. Bake in the oven @ 350 for about 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutritional info per serving (one pizza): Calories- 160; Total Fat- 4.8g; Saturated Fat- 0.7g; Cholesterol- 1.7mg; Sodium- 171.9mg; Carbs- 30.7g; Fiber- 9.8g; Sugars- 9.5g (all natural); Protein- 8.1g

So since I started working out and trying to eat healthy, I’ve had this real obsession with granola. I was buying it from the store until I realized how obnoxiously packed with sugar a lot of different brands were and that’s when I started making my own! The first time I did it, I made chocolate almond butter granola but this time…I think I outdid myself and I don’t even know what I should name it. How about….Apple Peanut Butter Coco-Flax Granola?! Longest name ever, but it pretty much tells you what it is :p So if you’re not convinced yet of the deliciousness just by the name, lemme just get right to the recipe.
Ingredients:
1 cup oats
2 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tbsp no sugar added apple butter
cinnamon
pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp flax seed
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
4 drops of vanilla cream stevia
Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and maple syrup, microwaving until peanut butter is melted, about 25 seconds.
After that, mix the cinnamon, stevia + pumpkin pie spice in with your pb/syrup mixture and pour over oats and combine until the oats are completely covered.
Fold in apple butter, flax + coconut.
Evenly spread out onto a pan (sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake in the oven until granola is slightly browned about 7-8 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Store in a mason jar.
Nutritional info per serving (makes 12, 1 tbsp servings): Calories- 45; Total Fat- 1.8g; Saturated Fat- 0.4g; Cholesterol- 0mg; Sodium-12.9mg; Carbs- 6.4g; Fiber- 0.9g; Sugars- 1.2g; Protein- 1.4g

So since I started working out and trying to eat healthy, I’ve had this real obsession with granola. I was buying it from the store until I realized how obnoxiously packed with sugar a lot of different brands were and that’s when I started making my own! The first time I did it, I made chocolate almond butter granola but this time…I think I outdid myself and I don’t even know what I should name it. How about….Apple Peanut Butter Coco-Flax Granola?! Longest name ever, but it pretty much tells you what it is :p So if you’re not convinced yet of the deliciousness just by the name, lemme just get right to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp no sugar added apple butter
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp flax seed
  • 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 drops of vanilla cream stevia

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and maple syrup, microwaving until peanut butter is melted, about 25 seconds.
  3. After that, mix the cinnamon, stevia + pumpkin pie spice in with your pb/syrup mixture and pour over oats and combine until the oats are completely covered.
  4. Fold in apple butter, flax + coconut.
  5. Evenly spread out onto a pan (sprayed with non-stick spray.
  6. Bake in the oven until granola is slightly browned about 7-8 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Store in a mason jar.

Nutritional info per serving (makes 12, 1 tbsp servings): Calories- 45; Total Fat- 1.8g; Saturated Fat- 0.4g; Cholesterol- 0mg; Sodium-12.9mg; Carbs- 6.4g; Fiber- 0.9g; Sugars- 1.2g; Protein- 1.4g

So for awhile now, I’ve been wanting to try a breakfast quinoa recipe and this morning I finally did and the verdict? Why the hell did I wait so long?! It was phenomenal. I got the inspiration for the idea of the one that I made from The Healthy Everythingtarian but I must say that I spruced it up a little bit and made it my own like I always do. The recipe calls for a nut butter and I used a recipe that I made myself for vanilla cashew-almond butter that I will also post on here! Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa
Ingredients:
a little under 1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
10 drops (or to taste) of vanilla cream stevia 
1/2 gala apple, diced
1 tsp maple syrup or honey
cinnamon
nutmeg
2 True North Almond Pecan Crunch chunks, crushed
1 tsp vanilla cashew-almond butter, or nut butter of choice
1 tsp plain nonfat yogurt
1 tsp flax or chia seeds
Directions:
Add your quinoa to a small glass with some water and let soak for awhile, even if it’s already pre-soaked/rinsed, I like to do it some more ever since I screwed up my quinoa the first time I ever made it!
Once it’s soaked for awhile, drain the water and add to a pan with a little under 1/4 cup water, 1/4 almond milk, stevia and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Mix together and cook according to package directions.
While your quinoa is cooking, dice up your apple and set aside. 
After you dice your apple, mix together the 1 tsp of almond butter and yogurt in a small bowl.
When your quinoa is about done cooking, add the apple, syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1-2 minutes (depending on your microwave, I did 1:30).
Once both are done, add the quinoa to the apple mixture and top with almond butter yogurt, crushed almond chunks and flax seeds.
Nutritional info per serving (serves one): Calories- 242; Total Fat- 7.2g; Saturated Fat- 4g; Cholesterol- 0mg; Sodium- 92.6mg; Carbs- 39.6g; Fiber- 6.3g; Sugars 14.5g; Protein- 6.4g (using flax seeds, would be more with chia).
Doesn’t this just sound yummy? And now for the almond butter recipe.
Vanilla Cashew-Almond Butter
Ingredients:
3/4 cup homemade cashew butter
1/4 cup homemade almond butter
vanilla cream stevia to taste
Directions:
Mix all together and enjoy!

So for awhile now, I’ve been wanting to try a breakfast quinoa recipe and this morning I finally did and the verdict? Why the hell did I wait so long?! It was phenomenal. I got the inspiration for the idea of the one that I made from The Healthy Everythingtarian but I must say that I spruced it up a little bit and made it my own like I always do. The recipe calls for a nut butter and I used a recipe that I made myself for vanilla cashew-almond butter that I will also post on here! Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • a little under 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 10 drops (or to taste) of vanilla cream stevia 
  • 1/2 gala apple, diced
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • 2 True North Almond Pecan Crunch chunks, crushed
  • 1 tsp vanilla cashew-almond butter, or nut butter of choice
  • 1 tsp plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tsp flax or chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Add your quinoa to a small glass with some water and let soak for awhile, even if it’s already pre-soaked/rinsed, I like to do it some more ever since I screwed up my quinoa the first time I ever made it!
  2. Once it’s soaked for awhile, drain the water and add to a pan with a little under 1/4 cup water, 1/4 almond milk, stevia and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Mix together and cook according to package directions.
  3. While your quinoa is cooking, dice up your apple and set aside. 
  4. After you dice your apple, mix together the 1 tsp of almond butter and yogurt in a small bowl.
  5. When your quinoa is about done cooking, add the apple, syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1-2 minutes (depending on your microwave, I did 1:30).
  6. Once both are done, add the quinoa to the apple mixture and top with almond butter yogurt, crushed almond chunks and flax seeds.

Nutritional info per serving (serves one): Calories- 242; Total Fat- 7.2g; Saturated Fat- 4g; Cholesterol- 0mg; Sodium- 92.6mg; Carbs- 39.6g; Fiber- 6.3g; Sugars 14.5g; Protein- 6.4g (using flax seeds, would be more with chia).

Doesn’t this just sound yummy? And now for the almond butter recipe.

Vanilla Cashew-Almond Butter

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup homemade cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup homemade almond butter
  • vanilla cream stevia to taste
Directions:
  1. Mix all together and enjoy!


So if you guys remember, a little while back I posted a recipe for a, “Banana Scramble.” Well, I came across a recipe the other day that was pretty much the same thing, but did it just a little bit differently. I’m gonna leave it like that, and let the recipe speak for itself. The one I found did it a lot differently than I did as far as amounts and exactly what went into it, so I’ll just post what I did.
Banana Oat Pancakes/Scramble
Ingredients:
1/2 banana
2 1/2 tsp PB2
2 tbsp unsweetend almond milk
1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp oats
1/2 tsp cacao nibs
3-4 crushed almonds
drops of vanilla stevia to taste
1-1.5 tsp plain nonfat yogurt
Directions:
Add all of your ingredients (only half the PB2) into a bowl and mash together with the banana.
Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium heat.
Add mixture to pan in either one or two patties.
Cook on one side until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes and flip, cooking on the other side for 1-2 minutes.
While your patties are cooking, mix together remaining PB2 and 1-1.5 tsp yogurt in a small bowl for topping. 
Remove your patties from pan onto a plate and top with your yogurt/PB2 mixture and more unsweetened coconut shreds.
Nutritional info per serving (makes one serving): Calories- 227; Total Fat- 9.6g; Saturated Fat- 0.9g; Cholesterol- 0.1mg; Sodium- 65mg; Carbs- 32g; Fiber- 4.8g; Sugars- 7g; Protein- 17g

So if you guys remember, a little while back I posted a recipe for a, “Banana Scramble.” Well, I came across a recipe the other day that was pretty much the same thing, but did it just a little bit differently. I’m gonna leave it like that, and let the recipe speak for itself. The one I found did it a lot differently than I did as far as amounts and exactly what went into it, so I’ll just post what I did.

Banana Oat Pancakes/Scramble

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 1/2 tsp PB2
  • 2 tbsp unsweetend almond milk
  • 1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp oats
  • 1/2 tsp cacao nibs
  • 3-4 crushed almonds
  • drops of vanilla stevia to taste
  • 1-1.5 tsp plain nonfat yogurt

Directions:

  1. Add all of your ingredients (only half the PB2) into a bowl and mash together with the banana.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium heat.
  3. Add mixture to pan in either one or two patties.
  4. Cook on one side until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes and flip, cooking on the other side for 1-2 minutes.
  5. While your patties are cooking, mix together remaining PB2 and 1-1.5 tsp yogurt in a small bowl for topping. 
  6. Remove your patties from pan onto a plate and top with your yogurt/PB2 mixture and more unsweetened coconut shreds.

Nutritional info per serving (makes one serving): Calories- 227; Total Fat- 9.6g; Saturated Fat- 0.9g; Cholesterol- 0.1mg; Sodium- 65mg; Carbs- 32g; Fiber- 4.8g; Sugars- 7g; Protein- 17g

This morning I was having a really tough time deciding on whether or not I wanted to have a sweet or a savory breakfast and after about 30 minutes of a growling tummy and nothing yet being made…I decided to get creative and made myself this personal baked frittata. 
Personal Baked Frittata
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 tbsp chopped mushrooms
1/4 fresh baby spinach
1/8 cup small tomato slices
1 tbsp chopped zucchini 
1 tbsp part-skim mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped chicken
Directions:
Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
While the oven is heating up, spray a ramekin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Chop up all of your veggies and in a small bowl, whisk together your egg and egg whites.
Throw all of your veggies and chicken in with your eggs except for your tomato and spinach and pour into ramekin.
Top with spinach and tomato slices, sprinkle with seasonings if wanted and your cheese.
Pop in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until eggs are set and the top is slightly browned.
Nutritional info per serving (serves one): Calories- 189; Total Fat- 5.6g; Saturated Fat- 1.4g; Cholesterol- 214.3mg; Sodium- 228.1mg; Carbs- 2.9g; Fiber- 0g; Sugars- 0.9g; Protein- 17g
This breakfast is perfect to have to get you prepped up for a morning workout because of the amount of protein and is greatly paired with 1/2 an english muffin topped with PB2 mixed with yogurt and a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut!

This morning I was having a really tough time deciding on whether or not I wanted to have a sweet or a savory breakfast and after about 30 minutes of a growling tummy and nothing yet being made…I decided to get creative and made myself this personal baked frittata. 

Personal Baked Frittata

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 fresh baby spinach
  • 1/8 cup small tomato slices
  • 1 tbsp chopped zucchini 
  • 1 tbsp part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup chopped chicken

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. While the oven is heating up, spray a ramekin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Chop up all of your veggies and in a small bowl, whisk together your egg and egg whites.
  3. Throw all of your veggies and chicken in with your eggs except for your tomato and spinach and pour into ramekin.
  4. Top with spinach and tomato slices, sprinkle with seasonings if wanted and your cheese.
  5. Pop in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until eggs are set and the top is slightly browned.

Nutritional info per serving (serves one): Calories- 189; Total Fat- 5.6g; Saturated Fat- 1.4g; Cholesterol- 214.3mg; Sodium- 228.1mg; Carbs- 2.9g; Fiber- 0g; Sugars- 0.9g; Protein- 17g


This breakfast is perfect to have to get you prepped up for a morning workout because of the amount of protein and is greatly paired with 1/2 an english muffin topped with PB2 mixed with yogurt and a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut!

Artisana Cacao Bliss Review & A Recipe
Product Review: Artisana Cacao Bliss
One thing that is new to my diet is definitely coconut. It’s something that growing up my mom really disliked so I never really had the opportunity to try it too many times. Well I’ve been eating shredded coconut every now and then so that I could start acquiring a taste for it. I decided to be a little bit more brave and when I was at Whole Foods the other day with me friend, I picked up a packet of Artisana Cacao Bliss, which is Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter. I figured adding chocolate into the mix could only make things better. At first I wasn’t too crazy about it, I kind of forgot what coconut smelled and tasted like but once I was eating it for a minute I actually really liked it. For 1/2 of my english muffin, I only needed about 1/3 of the packet so one of those could really last you unless you pile it on. The flavor is extremely strong and not like anything I’ve ever had. If you like coconut and/or chocolate and are in the mood to try something new, I would recommend this for you. I was between $1-2 at Whole Foods for the packet and like I said, it’ll have about 1-3 servings in it depending on how much of it you use or eat.
Grade: B+
Nutritional info per serving (one packet): Calories-177; Total Fat-16g; Saturated Fat-14g; Cholesterol-0mg; Sodium-6mg; Carbs-8g; Fiber-3g; Sugars-4g; Protein-2g.
Ingredients: Organic Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter
And for the second half of this posting, I’m going to give you guys the recipe for the other thing that is shown in the picture with my Cacao Bliss, my salsa omelet!
Salsa Omelet
Ingredients:
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 tsp reduced fat Feta cheese
1 handful fresh baby spinach
1 plum tomato
2 tsp of your favorite salsa
non-stick cooking spray
Directions:
Beat together in a bowl your egg and two egg whites and set aside. 
First heat your skillet up to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray adding your handful of spinach. While that’s wilting, keep an eye on it as you dice up your plum tomato. 
Once your spinach is pretty wilted down, add in the tomato. Cook together for about a minute and then add your egg mixture. Cover and let cook until partially set, about 2 minutes.
After the two minutes, uncover and add Feta cheese to one half and your salsa to the other, recovering for another 1-2 minutes or until fully set.
At this point, take a spatula and fold your omelet in half, gently pushing it down so that it melts together.
Let sit in the pan for about 30 more seconds before turning off the heat and plating.
Top with more salsa if desired.
Nutritional info per serving (one omelet): Calories-125; Total Fat- 5.7g; Saturated Fat- 1.9g; Cholesterol- 212.8mg; Carbs- 4.9g; Fiber- 1.4g; Sugars- 2.4g; Protein- 14.4g

Artisana Cacao Bliss Review & A Recipe

Product Review: Artisana Cacao Bliss

One thing that is new to my diet is definitely coconut. It’s something that growing up my mom really disliked so I never really had the opportunity to try it too many times. Well I’ve been eating shredded coconut every now and then so that I could start acquiring a taste for it. I decided to be a little bit more brave and when I was at Whole Foods the other day with me friend, I picked up a packet of Artisana Cacao Bliss, which is Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter. I figured adding chocolate into the mix could only make things better. At first I wasn’t too crazy about it, I kind of forgot what coconut smelled and tasted like but once I was eating it for a minute I actually really liked it. For 1/2 of my english muffin, I only needed about 1/3 of the packet so one of those could really last you unless you pile it on. The flavor is extremely strong and not like anything I’ve ever had. If you like coconut and/or chocolate and are in the mood to try something new, I would recommend this for you. I was between $1-2 at Whole Foods for the packet and like I said, it’ll have about 1-3 servings in it depending on how much of it you use or eat.

Grade: B+

Nutritional info per serving (one packet): Calories-177; Total Fat-16g; Saturated Fat-14g; Cholesterol-0mg; Sodium-6mg; Carbs-8g; Fiber-3g; Sugars-4g; Protein-2g.

Ingredients: Organic Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter

And for the second half of this posting, I’m going to give you guys the recipe for the other thing that is shown in the picture with my Cacao Bliss, my salsa omelet!

Salsa Omelet

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp reduced fat Feta cheese
  • 1 handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1 plum tomato
  • 2 tsp of your favorite salsa
  • non-stick cooking spray
Directions:
  1. Beat together in a bowl your egg and two egg whites and set aside. 
  2. First heat your skillet up to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray adding your handful of spinach. While that’s wilting, keep an eye on it as you dice up your plum tomato. 
  3. Once your spinach is pretty wilted down, add in the tomato. Cook together for about a minute and then add your egg mixture. Cover and let cook until partially set, about 2 minutes.
  4. After the two minutes, uncover and add Feta cheese to one half and your salsa to the other, recovering for another 1-2 minutes or until fully set.
  5. At this point, take a spatula and fold your omelet in half, gently pushing it down so that it melts together.
  6. Let sit in the pan for about 30 more seconds before turning off the heat and plating.
  7. Top with more salsa if desired.
Nutritional info per serving (one omelet): Calories-125; Total Fat- 5.7g; Saturated Fat- 1.9g; Cholesterol- 212.8mg; Carbs- 4.9g; Fiber- 1.4g; Sugars- 2.4g; Protein- 14.4g
Product Review: Arctic Zero “Ice Cream”
I had read all about this frozen dessert online and have been dying to try it for quite some time now. The things that most had me interested is that they were advertising it as having only 150 calories in the WHOLE PINT. Not only that, but I thought it was kind of cool that people were describing it as almost a frozen whey protein shake because it has 14g of whey in the pint. Did I mention that it’s fat free and that there are no sugar alcohols? Who wouldn’t want to try this stuff? My only issues on getting it were:
I never go to Whole Foods, which  is where they sell it, because I can never drag my mom there (definitely not by choice) and
Buying it online you couldn’t buy just one pint, you had to buy an entire case of at least 6 and that was too many and too much money for me.
So the other day my friend and I decide to venture over to Whole Foods, so happy to finally find somebody to go there with, and I remembered that that’s where they sold it and jumped right on the opportunity. At this point, the most difficult thing was choosing which of their delicious flavors it comes in (chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, coffee, cookies + cream, mint chocolate chip, strawberry, vanilla maple and seasonally pumpkin spice!!) I went with chocolate peanut butter. 
Since it was a hot day, by the time me and my Arctic Zero got home, it was half melted and I threw it right in the freezer and off to work I went. While I was there, the whole time I was thinking about how excited I finally was to try it when I got home. When I got there, I didn’t even wait until I got changed and went straight for the freezer. I got it out and it looked a little funky because I had let it melt and then re-freeze. One of the things that I had read about it online was that it had a different consistency than ice cream and that it wasn’t as creamy, but I totally disagree. I honestly thought that it was really good and had an awesome flavor. I ate a servings worth (1/2 cup) and I easily could’ve eaten the entire pint!
I would recommend you try this ASAP. Not only is it a delicious frozen treat, but you could also add it to your pre/post-workout shakes for an added boost in protein! Just think of all of the possibilities. So if you live anywhere near a Whole Foods, or another retailer, or even if you don’t mind buying it online, I definitely think that this is worth your buck. 
Grade: A
Nutritional info per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint): Calories- 37; Fat- 0g; Saturated Fat- 0g; Cholesterol- 10mg; Sodium- 80mg; Carbs- 6g; Fiber- 2g; Sugars- 6g; Protein- 3.4g
Ingredients: PURIFIED WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, CHICORY ROOT, DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA POWDER WITH ALKALI, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, MONK FRUIT CONCENTRATE. <- copied directly from their website.

Product Review: Arctic Zero “Ice Cream”

I had read all about this frozen dessert online and have been dying to try it for quite some time now. The things that most had me interested is that they were advertising it as having only 150 calories in the WHOLE PINT. Not only that, but I thought it was kind of cool that people were describing it as almost a frozen whey protein shake because it has 14g of whey in the pint. Did I mention that it’s fat free and that there are no sugar alcohols? Who wouldn’t want to try this stuff? My only issues on getting it were:

  1. I never go to Whole Foods, which  is where they sell it, because I can never drag my mom there (definitely not by choice) and
  2. Buying it online you couldn’t buy just one pint, you had to buy an entire case of at least 6 and that was too many and too much money for me.

So the other day my friend and I decide to venture over to Whole Foods, so happy to finally find somebody to go there with, and I remembered that that’s where they sold it and jumped right on the opportunity. At this point, the most difficult thing was choosing which of their delicious flavors it comes in (chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, coffee, cookies + cream, mint chocolate chip, strawberry, vanilla maple and seasonally pumpkin spice!!) I went with chocolate peanut butter. 

Since it was a hot day, by the time me and my Arctic Zero got home, it was half melted and I threw it right in the freezer and off to work I went. While I was there, the whole time I was thinking about how excited I finally was to try it when I got home. When I got there, I didn’t even wait until I got changed and went straight for the freezer. I got it out and it looked a little funky because I had let it melt and then re-freeze. One of the things that I had read about it online was that it had a different consistency than ice cream and that it wasn’t as creamy, but I totally disagree. I honestly thought that it was really good and had an awesome flavor. I ate a servings worth (1/2 cup) and I easily could’ve eaten the entire pint!

I would recommend you try this ASAP. Not only is it a delicious frozen treat, but you could also add it to your pre/post-workout shakes for an added boost in protein! Just think of all of the possibilities. So if you live anywhere near a Whole Foods, or another retailer, or even if you don’t mind buying it online, I definitely think that this is worth your buck. 

Grade: A

Nutritional info per 1/2 cup serving (4 servings per pint): Calories- 37; Fat- 0g; Saturated Fat- 0g; Cholesterol- 10mg; Sodium- 80mg; Carbs- 6g; Fiber- 2g; Sugars- 6g; Protein- 3.4g

Ingredients: PURIFIED WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, CHICORY ROOT, DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA POWDER WITH ALKALI, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, MONK FRUIT CONCENTRATE. <- copied directly from their website.