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Double Peanut Butter Snack Bites

October 24, 2016

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I’ve gotten a fair number of questions over the last year about feeding Ainsley, and toddlers in general, and limiting their consumption of sugary snacks. Sadly, I am probably not the best person to ask. Because there’s the parent I thought I would be in my head and the parent I actually am in real life, and that parent is one who probably lets her child have one too many sugary treats on more than a few occasions.

It’s become so clear to me as Ainsley has gotten older that sugary treats for kids are everywhere! I go to the bank at 10 am and they ask if Ainsley wants a sucker, we run to the post office, grocery store and a number of other places that also offer candy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for those treats now and again when my child really does need a distraction for me to continue on with my errands, but I’m also aware that saying “yes” every time they are offered means a steady stream of candy throughout the day – something I’m not keen about.

So what’s a mom to do?

Well, I’ve noticed that a cookie is a cookie for Ainsley, whether it’s sweetened with a little honey and made with whole wheat flour and resembles a graham cracker or it’s covered in frosting and made at the bakery. The same goes true with all other treats (except M&M’s…) that are sweet in nature. I’ve been trying to make more alternatives to sweet treats at home, in hopes that we can still enjoy an afternoon cookie or an energy bite, like these, without feeling weighed down by all the sugar and extra junk neither of us really need.

These energy bites are super tasty and actually, I think, taste better the second or third day after the peanut butter has had a chance to soften the oats a little bit and the flavors come together. I love them because they’re portable and easy to eat, too, so we can take them along in the car or to the park, etc.

Double Peanut Butter Snack Bites
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (not the natural kind)
  • 1½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter powder (such as PB2 or similar)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients together using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Work together as much as possible with the spoon/spatula, then work the remaining bit with your hands to evenly combine.
  2. Scoop into 2-inch balls and roll between your hands to form. Place on a cookie sheet or tray and allow to set at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Cover remaining bites in a plastic storage container or bowl covered with plastic wrap.

 

GoMacro MacoBar Review & Giveaway

June 18, 2015

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Lately I’ve been on a snacking kick. Okay, let’s back-up. I’ve been on a snacking kick since little Miss Ainsley arrived on the scene. I’m in this terrible habit of eating super fast when I do get the chance to put something in my mouth and most of the time that’s not a full meal. A little snack here, a little bite of something there; it works for my busy schedule.

So when the GoMacro team asked if I would be interested in sampling a box of their GoMacro MacroBar Minis, I was totally game. I’ve been pickier about what I’m willing to take the time to sample these days, but I’ve been seeing the GoMacro MacroBars on the shelf at the grocery store and was super curious about them. Continue Reading…

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Protein Lactation Bites

April 8, 2015

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The first six weeks of life with a baby have been eventful, to say the least, and those weeks have thrown my eating for a loop! I had grand visions of eating a huge meal after delivery, but surprisingly I found myself barely able to eat for a day after delivery and, in fact, my appetite was dampened for a good part of the first week postpartum. Pair that with the fact that I got a horrible case of stomach flu when Ainsley was 4 weeks old that took away my appetite for a week and a half and my eating has been sporadic at best since she arrived.

I started to get a little worried about maintaining my milk supply after getting hit hard with the flu. The dehydration took a big toll on my body and I realized there was no way I was getting enough nutrients in my system to make up for the calories lost during breastfeeding. So when my sister-in-law, Amber, posted this healthy recipe for Protein Balls on her Instagram page, I thought it would be a great recipe to tweak in hopes of boosting lactation. I mean I love Lactation Cookies but I was looking for something a little healthier for frequent consumption. An added bonus? These bites are super quick to whip up and much faster than baking a batch of cookies.

I’ve kept a double batch of these babies in our freezer for snacks throughout the week when I only have one hand and a couple minutes to spare, which happens more often than I would have ever imagined pre-baby!

Protein Lactation Bites
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup chocolate protein powder
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon brewer's yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all the above ingredients together in a food processor and process until mixture starts to come together. Roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator or covered in a plastic container.

 

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Food Should Taste Good {Review and Giveaway!}

August 26, 2014

Food Should Taste Good Intro | Espresso and Cream

Today I’m hosting one amazing giveaway on E&C that includes a $100 Visa Gift card and a bunch of other amazing goodies! Keep reading to find out how to enter below!

With football season right around the corner (!) I’m gearing up football entertaining season. Joe and I are both huge football fans, and I feel as if our house is always open to people who want to watch the games. Of course there’s no way I would have people over and not serve food to eat. Sometimes we go all-out with burgers and dips and some type of dessert, but more often than not we keep things simple with chips and dip. I find I’m much more likely to entertain if it doesn’t become a stressful affair.

So when Food Should Taste Good asked me if I would be interested in working with them to promote their products, I jumped at the chance. Joe and I eat a lot of Food Should Taste Good chips year round because you can feel good about what goes into making their chips. Plus, their tortilla chips are all gluten-free; and while Joe and I don’t eat gluten-free, it’s nice knowing we are providing friends and family with a g-free option when we entertain.

In my sampling box, I received the olive, guacamole and blue corn tortilla chips. I guess it goes without saying that we loved them all, considering I didn’t even have a chance to snap a photo of the bags before Joe insisted on opening them all and sampling each variety. Thankfully, I had a chance to steal a few of the olive chips for the recipe below!

Greek Salad Cups | Espresso and Cream

This fall I’ll be sharing a handful of recipes with you that incorporate Food Should Taste Good products that are perfect for game day or casual entertaining. I’m super excited about today’s recipe because it’s cute, portable and a bit on the lighter side. I don’t know about you, but I always appreciate when there is a veggie option to break up all the heavier dips and spreads.

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, but salad cups are a great way to get veggies into the mix. Serving the salad in individual cups makes it easier to eat and looks a lot cuter than a big bowl of salad. I served these little cups to friends last week and they were so easy to make that you better believe they will be making another appearance sometime soon!

Now, if you’re still with me, there’s an amazing giveaway below! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out. There are a handful of ways to enter, so make sure to get your name in the hat for this prize package that includes a $100 Visa Gift card and a selection of Food Should Taste Good chips, among other things:

Giveaway Package Includes:
(1) $100 Visa Gift card
(1) 9-Piece Square Dipping Set
(1) Nostalgia Electric Fondue Pot, including 6 forks
(1) Stainless Steel Snack Bowl
A variety of Food Should Taste Good products

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Greek Salad Cups
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ medium English (seedless) cucumber, cut into small cubes
  • ¾ cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 2 oz pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • ¼ cup Greek-style salad dressing
  • 1 heart of Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Food Should Taste Good olive tortilla chips for serving
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cucumber, grape tomatoes and olives. Add dressing and toss until evenly coated.
  2. Place some of the lettuce into 8 small plastic drinking cups. Top with some of the cucumber mixture. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon crumbled feta on top of the cucumber mixture. Serve cups with Food Should Taste Good olive tortilla chips.

 

This post is brought to you in partnership with Food Should Taste Good. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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Healthy Snacking: The First Trimester

August 15, 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar. Thank you for clicking through and supporting companies that support E&C. 

Now that I’m exiting the first trimester, I figured it was high time I do a post on what I’ve been eating. A lot of women told me how important it is to snack and eat smaller, frequent meals to ward of nausea, and they knew what they were talking about! At one point I even said I was just sick of food all together because eating was becoming a chore. (What?!) Here are a few items that have helped me through my first-trimester nausea:

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1. Lemonade This might not fall into the “healthy” category, per se, but it’s certainly been a lifesaver for me. Something about the sourness of the lemonade I think. To keep calories in check, I’ve been cutting my lemonade with sparkling water and adding a few slices of lemon, lime or orange. Bonus: It almost feels like I’m enjoying a class of wine when I put it in a wine glass.

2. String Cheese I read somewhere that even when protein doesn’t sound good, if you can eat snacks with a little protein it will help keep sickness at bay longer. I’ve gobbled up more string cheese than I would like to admit because it’s delicious and convenient.

3. Detour Bars I was sent a few boxes of these nutrition bars to review through FitFluential and I’m so happy I’ve had them on hand. They really are “snack” bars, clocking in at 130 calories per bar. Since I’ve been trying to eat clean and read labels, I appreciated that they are low in sugar, have 10g of protein per bar and are a good source of fiber. I mean, let’s be honest, every pregnant woman can use a little more fiber.

4. Light Popcorn I have gone through a lot of bags of light-style popcorn (like Boom Chicka Pop and Skinny Pop) over the past 12 weeks. At first, I was snacking on saltines to ease the nausea, but I found that popcorn did the trick just as well and for a fraction of the calories.

5. B-Natal Suckers and Preggie Pop Drops Since we’ve been traveling quite a bit of traveling over the past couple months, the suckers and candies a co-worker gifted me have been a lifesaver. Perfect for work and travel since they store well in my purse!

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