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Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites

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I ran my first 20-miler this weekend. Don’t worry, it borders on as awful as it sounds. No, it wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t the most pleasant thing I’ve ever put my body through and surprisingly, miles 14.5-18 were the worst. I was actually most nervous about miles 18-20 because people say that’s usually when you just mentally and physically lose it.

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20 miler fuel.

I got lost heading to the Steel City Road Runners group run, so instead I parked my car and decided I would just run. I had 20 miles to cover and if worst came to worst, I had my phone, some cash and a credit card so I could call someone to pick me up or take an Uber to get my car.

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How cool is my turtle dish?

I saw a lot of the city just running around. With things that are transpiring in my life, it was kind of special to me to see parts of the city I don’t usually see. No, don’t worry, I’m not falling in love with Pittsburgh or anything, but up in the Mexican War Streets it’s easy to forget you’re not in Boston or Brooklyn when you’re in Lawerenceville.

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Savor the last little bit of summer with these chocolate cherry hazelnut bites.

Since I was heading to the WVU-Oklahoma game that evening, I wanted to make sure I was actually being responsible and drinking enough water and eating enough fuel. I took four of these energy bites with me and had one at mile 5, 10, 14 and 17. I still felt wrecked because I had ran 20 miles, but I think they helped me not want to just completely give up and that my muscles were fueled properly enough to still be able to wear heels that day.

I’ve decided I’m all about the plant-protein based protein powder these days. I had some Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 Chocolate Protein Powder when I was making these and decided that it would be a way better addition then plain cacao or cocoa powder. I was right. I’m still up in the air about which protein powder I love best – this or Vega – but whenever you’re using it as much as me, there’s room for both, right?

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Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites

Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cherries
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ scoop Manitoba Pro 70 Chocolate Protein Powder
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pour out water and place dates in food processor.
  3. Add all other ingredients to food processor.
  4. Process until a ball begins to form. You may have to scrape down sides a few times.
  5. Place mixture in a bowl and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Once mixture has cooled, roll into 1" balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 73 Fat: 1.8 g Carbohydrates: 14.7 g Sugar: 10.2 g Sodium: 36 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Protein: 1.6 g

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The Healthiest Pina Colada [and a Giveaway!]

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Can you believe in almost one year of blogging (a week and a half from now is my Blogiversary!) I haven’t posted one boozy recipe? I’ve posted recipes that could get boozy, like my Bloody Mary Mussels and my Mint Arnold Palmer but I’ve never truly made a cocktail. To celebrate my first cocktail recipe, I’m giving away three bottles of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water (my fave!) to three of my readers. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter.

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The Healthiest Pina Colada

Why is this? It’s because deep down, I’m not a cocktail drinker. The idea of all that junk and sugar that typically goes into cocktails creeps me out. If I can see the bartender making my drink – and know that it’s only fresh fruit, liquor and other natural things – I’m okay with it. Otherwise, I’ll stick with wine.

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Photographing frozen things is even harder than photographing normal things.

The healthiest pina colada was inspired by a terrible pina colada Jake told me about. I knew that I could easily whip up a delicious and healthy one… once I researched what was in a pina colada. I subbed out coconut creme and coconut milk for coconut water, full of potassium and electrolytes. Then I added frozen pineapple for natural sugar – and that pineapple flavor, of course!

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The healthiest cocktail EVER.

Both coconut water and pineapple are debloating, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is vaguely healthy. Take out the rum and it could have some health properties… right? And since I discovered coconut water in college as a hangover cure (true story), I am going to also make yet another unbacked medical claim and say this could potentially counteract any hangover you could get from having a few too many of these.

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The Healthiest Pina Colada [and a Giveaway!]
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups ice
  • 16 oz harmless harvest coconut water (1 bottle)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (one lime, juiced)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ recipe Calories: 175 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 27.3 g Sugar: 24 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 0 g

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Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Please don’t judge this smoothie by it’s cover color. I tried and tried to make it green but the cacao powder just leaves everything looking… blah. I refuse to drink a smoothie that doesn’t involve greens so it wouldn’t be a nice pink color, either. I know the number one sin of food blogging is unattractive food/photos but I tried my best.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Greens + cacao powder does not equal attractive.

I recently discovered that I liked cherries. I previously had no idea… now I can’t get enough of them! I’ve been eating them in oatmeal, in yogurt and mixed into smoothies. I even bought a cherry pitter, so it’s basically a pretty serious commitment we have with each other.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

No new friends… except cherries.

I’m all about the recovery these days. When you’re running 35+ miles a week, you need to be sure you’re taking care of your body. I’m trying to be sure I eat enough protein, drink enough water, get electrolytes and eat anti-inflammatory foods… like cherries! (Weird to think four years ago my recovery was from drinking 1000 alcohol calories in a night and consisted of laying in bed dying and eating greasy breakfast food.) Anyway, this is the second week in a row I had the cherry chocolate recovery smoothie and I feel more recovered (is that a thing?) so I’m going to keep doing what works.

Healthy Skoop sent me a whole bunch of their products to try. Truth be told, to this point I’ve only used B-Strong, their protein powder, but I really like it. As we know, I’m always on a quest for the best plant-based protein powder. The B-Strong powder has done an AMAZING job keeping me full, even after a fifteen mile run. You can win your choice of product from Healthy Skoop, too. Keep scrolling down and enter my giveaway!

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Chocolate… always a necessity.

My post-long run meal lately has been a smoothie for greens and protein powder (typically around 200 calories) then an egg and half an Ezekiel gluten-free English muffin with nut butter and whatever else (this week, brie cheese and apple slices). My runger has been slightly more manageable than normal, I will say.

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie [and a Giveaway!]

Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie


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Cherry Chocolate Recovery Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ scoop B-Strong Viva-Nilla Protein Powder
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into Vitamix or other high-powered blender and blend until smoothie.
  2. Pour into glass and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: entire recipe Calories: 202 Fat: 1.4 g Saturated fat: 0.8 g Carbohydrates: 35.5 g Sugar: 22.1 g Sodium: 102 mg Fiber: 6.1 g Protein: 17.4 g

 

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Vegan Zoodle Salad

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Ever wonder why you see a multitude of snack/breakfast recipes on here but never lunch/dinner? It’s because I typically don’t cook anything out of the ordinary for dinner… I’ll either make my dad grill vegetables/protein or make a stir fry or lately, eat a turkey wrap or omelet. I go to yoga or run or meet up with friends after work so when I get home, I just want to throw some things in a bowl and eat them.

A few weeks ago I started craving a zoodle salad. What are zoodles? They are zucchini noodles, of course! If you haven’t jumped on the Spiralizer/vegetable noodle train you’re missing out. My Italian father willingly eats – and enjoys – zoodles. You can eat this entire bowl and not need to take a nap afterwards. I say this makes two servings – two huge servings or four normal-sized servings (if you’re having something else with it or you’re used to not eating animal protein to stay satiated… which I am not good at).

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A better way to devour an entire bowl of something.

So, I began making this with full intention of using the miso paste I purchased (and still not have opened or used) and then forgot to use the miso paste. Blame it on the runger (this was made after a #TrailRunTuesday run). I’m getting better about actually using spices and herbs in things and not just eating everything right.this.second. This is super fresh and summery, especially with the last minute addition of the cherries.

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Vegan Zoodle Salad

 

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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegan
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
Salad
  • 2 zucchinis
  • ½ onion
  • 1 cup carrots
  • ½ cup cherries, pitted
  • 1 block tofu, cooked to your preference (I grilled mine)
Dressing
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1½ tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Spiralize your zucchinis and drain excess water by pressing zoodles with paper towels.
  2. Put onions and carrots in a food processor and process until diced (or dice them if you don't have a food processor). Add cherries and dice again.
  3. Cut up cooked tofu (or raw tofu to make this raw) into cubes.
  4. Put zoodles in a large bowl and mix in onion, carrot and cherry mixture.
  5. Mix in tofu.
  6. Mix together all dressing ingredients in a small jar.
  7. Pour dressing over salad mixture and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ recipe Calories: 393 Fat: 18.4 g Saturated fat: 3.4 g Carbohydrates: 43.8 g Sugar: 13.2 g Sodium: 706 mg Fiber: 6.7 g Protein: 20 g

I’m linking up with one my favorite elite runners, Tina, for her Meatless Monday feature. Stop by her blog to see her perfect grilled flat bread!

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

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I’m actually snacking on one of these Vanilla Fig Energy Bites as I type out this post. I woke up way too early for a lazy Sunday due to complete panic over the lack of things I wanted to accomplish yesterday but didn’t because my long run completely wiped me and I ended up spending most of the afternoon laying in bed. Maybe we could also contribute my exhaustion to the fact that I flew across the country last week and basically only took an extended nap for sleep on Tuesday night.

Anyway, I woke up at 7 a.m. starved (the runger is real) and craving pancakes (same craving that I went to sleep with last night… and had lived with for the past week). I had some Purely Elizabeth Gluten Free Pancake Mix that I had yet to use (I don’t f-with pancake mixes, typically), so I whipped them up with some strawberries and figs. This isn’t about pancakes though, this is about these vanilla fig bites and running.

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

When I’m making energy bites (aka throwing a bunch of things in the food processor), I usually forget about protein powder. I’m doing this new thing where I’m trying to recover/fuel better from/for running and I know protein is an important part of that. Since I’ve started using the Vega Performance Protein in my smoothies, mixed in yogurt and in energy bites (like these ones!), I have noticed that I am definitely feeling better after workouts… today after a 14-miler yesterday I wasn’t sore at all (but stretching at yoga DID feel amazing… and I foam rolled… but still!).

I’ve been experimenting with a few protein powders because I’m trying to find one that a) keeps me full b) tastes good and c) is super clean (i.e. not full of junk, including fake sugars). The Vega Performance Protein definitely fills all three requirements. I needed a second opinion to be sure, so I gave some to Emily and she told me she liked it as well!

Also, I’m on a fig bender… so expect to see some more fig recipes. I hope you’re ready.

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Fig life.

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 24
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Instructions
  1. Put figs, cashews and protein powder in food processor and process until it becomes flour-like.
  2. Add peanut butter and honey and continue processing until a ball forms.
  3. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  4. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 52 Fat: 2.1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.4 g Sugar: 5.1 g Sodium: 18 mg Fiber: 1.0 g Protein: 2.1 g

Other recipes to use Vega Performance Protein:

*I was compensated to write about Vega’s #fuelyourbetter campaign but all opinions are my own.

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Moroccan Quinoa Salad

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I’ve had a couple of weeks to put it lightly. As in, the past few weeks have been a little stressful. I have discovered that when I don’t want to do something, I completely shut down. Basically, I don’t want to do anything. I was having one of those days a few weeks ago. Most girls would unwind with a glass of wine (which trust me, I wanted to) but instead, I turned to “therapeutic quinoa making”.

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Therapeutic Quinoa Making.

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Honey + Za’atar.

I texted Davida asking her expertise on whether all of these things (apples, carrots, mint, lemon, honey and za’atar) would taste good together and she assured me they sounded yummy. Boy was she right. This salad was AMAZE. I incorporated it into ever meal for a week until I ran out and I lamented on my lack of fresh mint. What I’m trying to say is – I am now a fan of the grain salad.

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Moroccan Quinoa Salad

This is gluten free (obvi) and can be made vegan simply by subbing maple syrup for the honey. If you don’t have fancy fig-inflused balsamic or lemon-infused olive oil, you can use whatever you have on hand.

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Eat it with whatever proteins and extra veggies you have on hand!

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Moroccan Quinoa Salad
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 10
Ingredients
Quinoa
  • 1½ cups uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • ⅓ cup raisins
Dressing
  • ⅓ cup fig infused balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp lemon infused olive oil
  • 1 tbsp za'atar
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse quinoa in cold water.
  2. Add quinoa and water to sauce pan. Bring to a boil, cover, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid is cooked off. Once the liquid is mostly cooked off, place a paper towel between the lid of the pan and the pan and turn heat off. This produces really fluffy quinoa.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, add all dressing ingredients to a food processor or high powered blender and blend well. Put in dish and place to side.
  4. Add apple and carrot to food processor and shred. Place to side.
  5. Once quinoa is finished cooking, let cool slightly then add carrots and apples and mix well.
  6. Add dressing to entire mixture and mix well.
  7. Fold in raisins.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste as desired. Eat warm or serve cold!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 175 Fat: 3.8 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 31.8 g Sugar: 12.8 g Fiber: 3.8 g Protein: 3.7 g

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites

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Another energy bite recipe? I know you’re probably sick of them but guess what? I make a batch every two weeks or so, I can photograph them at any time, and people love energy bites. (Right? You love these, right?)

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Or, alternately, Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites.

I had been thinking abut making oatmeal raisin something for ages now. I needed energy bites as I had eaten my last Chocolate Antioxidant Energy Bite (recipe coming soon) before yoga the day I made these. I was playing around with ingredients and they needed a little more stick. Enter raisins. They have about the same nutritional value as dates, so they don’t really alter anything from my normal recipe.

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These got me out of bed for my run this morning.

The Recipe ReDux challenge for July was using alcohol and vanilla extract technically counts as alcohol. If you’re looking for a cocktail recipe though, you can add vodka to my Mint Arnold Palmer and make it a John Daly. Don’t worry, I won’t tell. Also, is it phoning it in to just use vanilla extract?

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Gluten Free and Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites: gluten free, vegan and raw! Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Larabar recipe for a fraction of the price.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dates
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for 30 minutes.
  2. Add dates, almonds, oats, and peanut butter to food processor and process until a sticky ball forms.
  3. Add in vanilla and sea salt and pulse a few more times.
  4. Add in raisins and pulse until combined.
  5. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  6. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 50 Fat: 2.3 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.0 g Sugar: 4.6 g Sodium: 26 mg Fiber: 1.0 Protein: 1.3

More energy bite recipes (aka the reverse evolution of my food photograph):

Coconut Energy Bites (too ashamed of my photograph to put it on this post)

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Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker Smoothie Recipe

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I have a very special guest for you today! My friend Emily is helping me out while I’m in Portland this week  by blogging about her famous Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker Smoothie recipe! This brings a lot of search engine results to Almost Getting it Together so I didn’t want to disappoint all of the people coming to my blog looking for it. (Look at that, you get a blogging tip and a recipe – this post is a two-fer!) I’ll let Em take it from here.

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Green Trekker main ingredients: blueberries and spinach.

Hey everyone! This is Emily and I’m making my blogging debut with a green smoothie recipe that will rock your world.

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My blogging debut – my recipe for a Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker!

Cass and I discovered the Green Trekker on a weekend trip to Miami last summer and it’s been love ever since. This thing was my saving grace after too many Cuban sandwiches, mojitos, champagne cruises, and sweltering morning runs around South Beach. We would crawl into Whole Foods dripping in sweat every morning to order one. (And always paid with some seriously drenched dollar bills from the key pocket of my running shorts – so gross.)

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Cassie and me on said champagne cruise in Miami last summer!

I promise you, this thing is the best. You have to try it. Unfortunately it couldn’t heal my horrific sunburn from day one of the vacation, but that’s no surprise. Nobody expected me to handle the Miami sun well. I’ve never been tan a day in my life.

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This won’t cure your sunburn, but it will cure basically everything else.

So here it is! I made a few modifications from the Whole Foods Market recipe (I added almond butter and chia seeds), so feel free to modify as you please.

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Copycat Whole Foods Green Trekker Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces coconut water
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or ½ scoop chocolate protein powder)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1-2 cups baby spinach
  • Ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients (except ice cubes) until smooth.
  2. Add optional ice cubes for thickness or consistency.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Entire recipe Calories: 383 Fat: 14.8 g Saturated fat: 1.9 g Carbohydrates: 63.3 Sugar: 37.5 Sodium: 78 mg Fiber: 14.0 Protein: 10.8

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The Best Homemade Granola Bars

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In the afternoons, I typically want something sweet as a snack. Let’s be real, usually I want something sweet at all times except for lunch and dinner. I’m trying to eat more fat so making a granola bar full of healthy fats from seeds and nuts seemed like a great idea. Typically after work I go for a run or go to yoga, so it also made sense to eat something with carbs and natural sugar from bananas as well. And I’m clearly not about to eat something processed.

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“Crack bars”.

As soon as I ate the first one, I knew they were going to be dangerous.  I wasted to call them “crack bars” but that seemed bad for SEO and possibly bad for my image, so instead I’ll call them The Best Homemade Granola Bars, because that’s what they are. I don’t throw around “best” lightly, either.

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Right after this photo was taken, they fell off the table and I had to eat them. Five second rule, right?

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Skip the high-fructose corn syrup in favor of a naturally sweet bar.

These are great for using up random things you have in your pantry, too – the last little bit of the sliced almonds, random peanut butter chips from Trader Joe’s and bananas that are getting a little brown. These are also great for totally binging on and gaining weight, which is what I think I did with them. Also, they have a 4:1 carb to protein ration which means  – PERFECT RECOVERY FOOD.

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The Best Homemade Granola Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3 bananas, very ripe
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup pistachios, shelled
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup peanut butter chips
  • ¼ chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Blend bananas in food process, blender or mash by hand.
  3. Mix in oats, vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Fold in pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pistachios, sliced almonds, raisins, peanut butter chips and chia seeds.
  5. Pour mixture into baking tray, distributing evenly, and flatten with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until granola bars begin turning brown and crispy.
  7. Let cook completely then cut and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 160 Fat: 7.2 Carbohydrates: 20.6 Sugar: 7.5 Sodium: 5 Fiber: 2.9 Protein: 4.7

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Vegan and Gluten Free Butternut Squash Baked Mac n’ Cheese

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I planned on making just your “normal” butternut squash mac n’ cheese, inspired by Inspiralized. Seriously, the things that girl creates had me attached to my spiralizer all weekend. Then I decided – I have this bag of nutritional yeast that I have used once, to sprinkle on broccoli, maybe I should use it. Thus, Vegan and Gluten Free Butternut Squash Baked Mac n’ Cheese was born.

My mom used to make homemade macaroni and cheese and to be honest, I preferred the Kraft stuff. It was probably my favorite meal. I was such a child of simple, processed taste. I would eat an entire box in one sitting. Funny that I didn’t get fat until college. Anyway, my mom would use all sorts of fancy cheese and top it with breadcrumbs, and that was my favorite part – the breadcrumbs. I thought almond meal would be the perfect replacement for all the gluten-free people like myself and it was.

Don’t let the idea of vegan cheese scare you. It’s actually really good and has a little bit of tang to it.  Also, don’t be scared of the fact that most macaroni and cheese recipes call for mustard or mustard seed. But then again, this is coming from a girl who is currently going through a bottle of dijon mustard every 1-2 weeks…

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Vegan & Gluten Free Butternut Squash Baked Mac N’ Cheese

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Vegan and Gluten Free Butternut Squash Baked Mac n' Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups butternut squash, spiralized (one squash)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp gluten free flour
  • ½ tbsp almond meal
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp minced onion
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spiralize your squash. I used directions by Inspiralized.
  3. Separate squash noodles, top with a little salt and pepper and bake for 5-7 minutes, until they begin to soften.
  4. While squash noodles are baking, mix almond milk, nutritional yeast and olive oil in a small pan on medium heat.
  5. Whisk in garlic, onion and crushed red pepper.
  6. Once mixture begins to bubble, whisk in flour and mustard and reduce heat to low.
  7. Spray two ramekins with coconut oil. Place 1 cup of noodles in each ramekin.
  8. Turn off heat and pour sauce over noodles. Top with ¼ tbsp of almond meal each then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  9. Place ramekins in oven for 10 minutes, until tops begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 200 Fat: 6.8 Saturated fat: 0.6 Carbohydrates: 27.9 Sugar: 5.3 Sodium: 150 Fiber: 6.7 Protein: 9.8

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