Thursday, July 25, 2019

Breakfast Monster Cookies

     Are the mornings hectic at your house, are you always flying out the door and grabbing anything you can shove in your mouth, are you starting your day feeling frazzled!?  Whelp, I have a couple of suggestions.  First, get up earlier, second, plan better, and third, make a batch of Breakfast Monster Cookies on Sunday afternoon, then pass them out to every member of your family on their way out the door...(or secretly hide them all for yourself).  #choices  Each of these 9 Cookies are filled with health and nutrition, not only that each one is only 251 calories, 16.5g carbs, 6.4g fiber, 6.7g sugar alcohol, 3.4g net carbs, 7.2g protein and 21.4g fat.  See you when the sun comes up!  (PS. slather with some nut butter and feel all the feels)

Ingredients for Nine Jumbo Cookies~
1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded Coconut
3 Large Eggs
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
1/4 cup ground Flax Seeds
1/4 cup chopped Pecans
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 for discount at checkout
1/4 cup Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Vanilla
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Salt

     Add all ingredients to bowl, stir til well incorporated, chill for an hour, then drop by 1/4 cup on silpat lined cookie sheet (I like to keep mine on the thick side), bake at 375 for 13-15 minutes (less time if you flatten them out, just keep an eye on them).  Enjoy  :)

Brownie Batter

     So when did eating Brownie Batter become legal, ...AND ENCOURAGED!?  right NOW!!!  Can a breakfast, snack or dessert get any "funner"!?  You will almost feel like you are getting away with something.  For each rounded cup of Brownie Batter it is only 337 calories, 43.8g carbs, 11.7g fiber, 2g sugar alcohol, 30.1g net carbs, 30g protein and 8g fat.  Make this up at night, stick it in the fridge and it will be ready to eat by the time the sun comes up in the morning!  Brownies for breakfast for the win  ;)

Ingredients for 3 rounded cup servings~
1.5 cup 25 cal/cup Cashew Milk
1 cup Old Fashion Oats
5.3oz Dannon Light&Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt
4oz mashed Banana
2 scoops Quest Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder
1 Quest Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar, diced
2 Tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa
2 Tablespoons ground Flax Seed
Dash Lite Salt
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla

     Blend all together and sit in fridge several hours or overnight.  Serve and Enjoy  ;)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

     Raise your hand if the Crockpot is your favorite kitchen accessory!?  Shout out to the slow cookers of the world, they make our lives better in countless ways, oh how I love you.  BUT, did you know, they are not just for meat!?  They are for all times of the day and night, and that includes dessert.  Yes, you heard it right.  I have made cakes, breakfasts, dinners and now dessert.  Each of these (approximate) 9 Bars are only 178 calories, 23g carbs, 4g fiber, 15g sugar alcohol, 4g net carbs, 6.1g protein and 14.5g fat.  I use the term "approximate" because I had to trim the round edges to make perfect squares...the remnants may or may not have been disposed of thru my esophagus.  But who is counting...not me!  ;)

Ingredients for approximately 9 servings~
4 Tablespoons Butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 at checkout for discount
2 Extra Large Eggs, room temperature
1 cup Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder ( I use Betterbody Foods, my fave)
1/4 cup Lily's stevia sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
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2 Tablespoons Butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup/2oz Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
2 Tablespoons Lakanto Confectioners Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 at checkout for discount
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1 Tablespoon/60 Lily's stevia sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

     Use mixer to blend first set of ingredients together til fully incorporated, pour into parchment paper lined Crockpot, and bake on low for 2.5-3 hours with the lid.  Remove from heat and cool on wire rack (while still in pot) for another 2-3 hours. Meanwhile, beat second set of ingredients til well blended, gently remove Bars from pot, trim rounded edges, spread on Frosting, sprinkle with Chips.  Cut and serve.  Enjoy  :)

White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream

     Who doesn't love the combination of White Chocolate and Fresh Raspberries.  No one, that's who.  Your admiration will grow in leaps and bounds when you find out the macros are deceptively healthy.  Each of the four, approximately 3/4 cup servings are only 109 calories, 17.6g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 6.5g sugar alcohol, 4.6g net carbs, 11.8g protein and 3.2g fat.  If you are doing keto, low carb or just trying to be a better version of you, this is the ticket to all your Ice Cream dreams.

Ingredients for 4 servings~
1 scoop Quest Vanilla Protein Powder
1.5 cups 25 cal/cup Cashew Milk
2 Tablespoons Lakanto Confectioners Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 for discount at checkout
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
6oz fresh Raspberries
1 Quest White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Bar, finely diced

Add first 5 ingredients to Magic Bullet or blender and mix well.  Add contents to preferred Ice Cream maker, follow manufacturers instructions.  I use a Cuisinart 2qt Ice Cream &Yogurt maker, churn in frozen bowl for 20 minutes.  Or add to dish and put in freezer, stir every 15 minutes til set, usually about 1.5-2 hours.  Toward the end, add in Raspberries to churn into mixture, then follow with blending in the Protein Bar Chunks.  Ready when firm.  Enjoy  :)

Apple Donuts

     If you have picky eaters at home, and breakfast or snacks are a chore, then here is a suggestion... Apple Donuts (complex carbs plus protein = a winning combination).  These are simple Apple slices, topped with Peanut Butter and what ever else tickles your fancy.  Raisins, Chocolate Chips, Bananas or Berries, etc.  These are particularly helpful when you are trying to get out the door early in the morning, the key is to make them the night before.  Even better yet, if these are for the kiddos, involve them in spreading the Peanut Butter and decorating the top with their faves.  These should hold up perfect in the fridge and be ready to consume when the sun comes up.  And who said Donuts were bad for you...!?

Chicken Fajita Soup

     I know that soup is cold weather fare, but dare I say I made this mid summer...I live on the edge that way... a real risk taker.  Anyhoo, I digress.  This Chicken Fajita Soup just sounded darn good, and it really hit the spot, regardless the outside temperature.  This can be a perfect keto meal as well, just omit the beans.  All the flavors wrapped up in one easy Crockpot meal makes this a champion all the way around.  And did I mention Crockpot liners for the win!?  My life would not be the same with out these lazy girl dreams. One pot, super delish and no clean up... have I sold you yet!?

2-3 pounds Chicken Breast
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon chopped Garlic
1 Chicken Bullion Cube or 1 teaspoon Granules
1 cup Water
Dash Cayenne Pepper
1 Taco Packet
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1 diced Onion
1 diced Green Pepper
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8oz Cream Cheese
2 cans Rotel
2 cans Black Beans (can sub with favorite Bean, or omit for low carb)

     Line your Crockpot with a disposable Crockpot liner (omit if you don't mind cleaning), add first set of ingredients, add the lid and cook on low for 6 hours.  Then take two large forks and shred Chicken Breasts, add second set of ingredients, cover and cook on high for one more hour, stir in last set of ingredients til Cheese is melted and heated thru.  Serve with desired garnishments.  Enjoy  :)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Scones

     Are you bored with your typical breakfast fare!?  Looking for something new to spice up your morning!? Wanting to start your day with a happy plate!? Yes, Yes, Yes.  My Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Scones are pure delish, and there are enough servings to get you thru the entire week!  Each of the 8 servings are only 293 calories, 20.6g carbs, 5.7g fiber, 11g sugar alcohol, 3.9g net carbs, 8.2g protein and 27.4g fat.  Whip these up today and enjoy these tomorrow, and for days to come!

Ingredients for 8 servings~
2 cups Almond Flour
1/3 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 at checkout for discount
Heaping teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Salt
Dash Cinnamon
1/4 cup/4 Tablespoons chilled Butter
1/3 cup Lily's stevia sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Extra Large Egg
1/3 cup Sour Cream
Heavy Dash Vanilla

     Add Almond Flour, Monk Fruit, Baking Powder, Salt, Cinnamon and Butter to bowl, using Pastry Cutter or two knifes, cut Butter into mixture til fine crumbles, then stir in Chips.  Make well in center and add Egg, Cream and Vanilla, whisk into batter and pour onto silpat lined cookie sheet, pat into a 9 inch circle.  Bake at 375 for 16 minutes, remove, cool, slice into 8 equal pieces.  Enjoy  :)

Cinnamon Vanilla Oat Truffles

     These melt in your mouth spheres of goodness really take the cake.  If you are looking to start your day with a boost of energy that will keep you going til noon, then these should be your first go to.  Each of the 26 Truffles are only 65 calories, 5.3g carbs, 1.8g fiber, 1g sugar alcohol, 2.5g net carbs, 2.9g protein and 4.5g fat.  These are so multi purpose, they would be great for a lunch time treat or an afternoon snack.  Smell ya later candy bar, there's a new sheriff in town.  ;)

Ingredients for 26 Truffles~
3/4 cup Oats
1 scoop Quest Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Chunky Peanut Butter (sub with preferable Nut Butter)
Heavy Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1/4 cup Lily's stevia sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Lakanto sugar free Maple Syrup~use code Paige20 at checkout for discount

     Add all ingredients to a bowl, thoroughly combine til well incorporated.  Scoop out by level Tablespoons, roll into balls and store in fridge when done.  Enjoy  :)

Sour Cream Chocolate Chips

     If you are looking for the perfect Chocolate Chip, I think I hit the jackpot!  These incredible cookies fire on all cylinders.  Each of the 26 are only 64 calories, 6.2g carbs, 1.4g fiber, 4.2g sugar alcohol, .6g net carbs, 1.6g protein and 5.7g fat.  The next time you head to the kitchen, make sure to give this one a try!

Ingredients for 26 Cookies~
1/4 cup/4 Tablespoons Butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 at checkout for discount
1 Extra Large Egg, room temperature
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup ground Flax Seed
1 cup ground Almond Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
Dash Salt
1/4 cup Lily's stevia sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

     Beat Butter and Monk Fruit with mixer, then blend in Egg till well incorporated.  Next add in Sour Cream, Flax, Flour, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Salt til smooth, lastly stir in Chips.  Drop by level Tablespoon on silpat lined cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 12 minutes.  Enjoy  :)

Back to School Breakfast

     When it comes to "Back to School", they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Study's are showing more and more that starting your day right greatly impacts health, and over all performance.  At all costs, please avoid sugary cereal, or other high sugar foods to break your fast.  When we let our kids fill up on these empty calories, it leads to a sugar crash late morning (also make sure to avoid this problem at lunch as well).  However, when your start with a beautiful combination of protein and complex carbs, research has shown improved test scores, increased ability to solve complex problems, sustained energy, less sick days, more class participation, less propensity for obesity and better concentration.  If that doesn't convince you to feed your kids well, I don't know what will.  And don't forget these same principles apply to mom and dad also.  Child obesity has tripled since 1970, 1 in 5 kids ages 6-19 are obese.  We can't change genetics, but we can control our diet and activity level.  Prevention is the best cure for our children, as well as ourselves.  When parents are obese, there is an increased likely hood that children will be overweight or obese.  Let's help our children by helping ourselves to health, set the example for the next generation, their lives depend on it.  In good health, paige

     Protein Pancakes~ Search Pancakes on my blog for other recipe ideas.

     2 Extra Large Hard Boiled Eggs with 2 pieces Turkey Bacon~I have a magic trick for the perfect Hard Boiled Egg.  Add Eggs and enough water to cover in saucepan, bring to boil.  When starts to boil, turn off heat, but leave the pot on burner, add the lid and set timer for 12-15 minutes, depending on how dry you like your yolk.  Remove from heat and rinse with cool water to stop cooking process.  Perfection every time.  And when it comes to Bacon, I lay a slice on a paper towel folded in half and put in the microwave for one minute.  No grease and no mess.  This snack weighs in at 230 calories, zero carbs and 20g protein.  Use your favorite seasoning on your Eggs, such as Everything Bagel Seasoning.

     1/2 cup Cottage Cheese, stirred with 8oz container Kroger Carb Masters Yogurt, and 1/4 cup diced Berries, topped with 1 Tablespoon chopped nuts or sliced Almonds.  This snack weighs in at 235 calories, 12g net carbs and 25g protein.

     Cheesecake Filling~ 7oz 5% Fage Greek Yogurt stirred with one scoop Protein Powder (flavor of your choice), topped with a teaspoon of Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips!  This is a very decadent treat and one that is sure to cure a sweet tooth~think Cheesecake filling!  #yummo The big difference is in the macros, 277 calories, 9g net carbs and 43g protein.  Think of all the flavor combinations you could come up with...and can you believe that protein powerhouse of a dessert!  :)

     1/2 diced Quest Protein Bar with 1oz (about 24) Almonds~this simple little mixture is so fun to eat and easy to whip together.  I simply dice half of a Quest Protein Bar into 24 pieces and toss that with 1oz Almonds, and slowly eat one piece of Protein Bar bit with one Almond.  This snack weighs in at 253 calories, 4.5g net carbs and 16g protein.

For further ideas on Back to School Lunches, here is a link to my post covering some great ideas to get started!!!