I am a little late to the pumpkin party this year. And by a little, I mean months. Typically August is when everyone goes pumpkin crazy and gets their first pumpkin spice latte of the year. Well, it’s basically December now. But, in my defense, we had such an unseasonably warm fall that I just wasn’t feeling the pumpkin vibes. I was still all summer veggies and grill vibes. But, I realized if I didn’t buy my pie pumpkins soon, I wouldn’t get any. And that is just wrong. I need pumpkin butter in my life. So, I stocked up and threw a batch in the crock pot today. But, I didn’t want to waste all those yummy seeds! So, I decided to write a quick post about how I roast mine up. Trust me, roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious even after Thanksgiving has passed.
I love when things are simple, especially packing my lunch for the week. Which is why I love making this greek yogurt berry power parfait. It has all my favorite things, and it keeps me full for the rest of the work day! This baby is packed with berries, greek yogurt, peanut butter, oatmeal, and chia seeds. AKA- it is full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and feel good vibes. (Okay, that last one might not be scientifically proven.) Also, it is easy to adapt to whatever you have on hand. I used strawberries and some mixed berries from my freezer, but it would be equally delicious with bananas, peaches, kiwis, etc. Trust me, you’ve gotta give this power parfait a try!
So, I wanted to make an oatmeal bar of some kind. I thought it would be the perfect thing to add to my lunch bag at work to give me that little fill me up. So I started searching for recipes and couldn’t find one that I was really jiving with. I wanted to make a blueberry bar, but everything with blueberries had you making a cornstarch and sugar reduction with the blueberries to turn them more into a jam consistency. I didn’t want to do that, I just wanted natural blueberry goodness. I also didn’t want to use a lot of sugar, or butter, or white flour (which I was finding in all the recipes I looked for). I wanted this to be a healthy snack, or even a busy grab and go breakfast! So I set out to create my own …. please remember, I am the proud ‘attempt-to-bake-but-epic-fail-every-time’ type.
I crave salty, crunchy snacks. Sweets, eh, not really, but put a bowl of potato chips in front of my face and I can’t help but eat a few. And then a few more. That is one of the reasons I don’t buy processed, salty snacks for the house. They would all instantly be in my belly. Luckily for me, I was introduced to kale chips at my mother-in-law’s. They are 1) so easy to make and 2) so tasty! I can’t believe I haven’t made them before now! Matt ate the entire batch in one sitting. That is how addictingly yummy these are, not to mention you are chowing down on KALE! Win-Win.
Hello friends, tonight I wanted to share a quick post with you on one of my favorite snack ideas. Snacking is what usually gets us off track when we are trying to eat healthy. Normally, you are sitting on the couch watching TV and just WANT to snack on something. 99% of the time, you aren’t even hungry! My rule: if I am going to snack, I snack on something 100% natural. That way, even if I feel like snacking while I watch TV, it isn’t going to be something processed and full of unknown ingredients.
This snack checks the boxes on salty (natural peanut butter) and sweet (apple) making it the perfect thing to kick your snacking cravings. I add wheat germ just for good measure lol. Get a little extra healthy kick and it tastes super yummy mixed in with the peanut butter! Wheat germ should be a staple in every home. It is packed with vitamin E, zinc, thiamin (B vitamin), folic acid, magnesium, and phosphorous. It is also a great source of non animal protein!
Chop up an apple, put some natural peanut butter in a bowl, and sprinkle wheat germ on top. Dip and enjoy!