Friday, February 27, 2015

Citrus Power Drink (Great way to fight a cold)


I have been fighting a cold the past few days. I have been really enjoying a lot of citrus. I have found that when I drink citrus when I have a cold it tastes so good and breaks up the congestion. I made this today and it was so good. I was sad when it was all gone. Next time I will have to make a bigger batch. 

Ingredients

1 juice orange
1/2 lemon
3 clementines peeled
1 T chia
1 T honey
1 C water
1 C ice cubes

Directions
1. Squeeze the juice of orange and lemon into the blender. Throw in the clementines, chia, honey, water and ice. Blend until smooth. 
Enjoy! 



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bob's Red Mill Oat Bran Hot Cereal




It is always fun for me to discover a new hot cereal. Hot cereal is one of my favorite ways to start the morning. I found Bob's Red Mill High Fiber Oat Bran Hot Cereal. It is loaded with fiber 7 grams of per serving. It also has 7 grams of protein. I made it this morning for breakfast and it was delicious. It has a slight nutty and wonderful texture to it. It left me with a very satisfied feeling. It is a great way to start your day. Yum! This is also a great cereal to sprinkle on top of foods to add fiber it would be a great addition to greek yogurt. I also made bran muffins out of it.

Ingredients

2 Cups  water
pinch of salt
2/3 Cups Bob's Red Mill Oat Bran hot cereal
2 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp honey or other sweetener 
1/4 tsp nutmeg*
1/2 tsp cinnamon*
1 handful of raisins 
cashew or other milk to drizzle on top
sprinkle additional spices on top if desired
*other optional toppings dried fruit, dates, nuts etc..

Directions     serves 2

1. Put saucepan on medium high heat add water and salt. Bring to boil. Stir in cereal slowly.
2. Turn down to medium low heat. Stir in oil, honey, spices, and raisins. Let it continue to cook for 3 minutes. Stirring often. 
3. Take off the heat and pour into bowls. Drizzle milk and some spices on top and devour. 

*I love to use fresh cinnamon and nutmeg and grate it with my zester. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Guilt Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake


I had this for a snack yesterday and am craving it again today. It is so easy to make and tastes so good. The best part is it has healthy ingredients and it tastes like cheesecake. It is a great way pick me up as a snack with protein. Also would make a healthy dessert. Winner!

Ingredients

1 C greek yogurt
1 T honey
1 T natural peanut butter
2-3 T chopped up dark chocolate chips
1 T chia * optional

Directions     serves 1

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir it up. Enjoy!




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tossed Green Salad with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette



My friend Debbie made this a week ago and I loved it. I am always looking for more ways to eat vegetables. This is a great way to eat them and enjoy it. I have made the salad 3 times since she gave me the recipe. It is so good. Yum! 

The salad was:

5-6 C mixed greens - spinach and romaine (or red lettuce instead of romaine)
1/2 C sliced almonds
1/2 C craisins or dried cherries etc..
1/2 C sunflower seeds
sometimes I also add a thinly sliced red onion
Optional items

1/3 C bacon bits
1/2 C shredded parmesan

Layer the ingredients so you get all the ingredients in each serving. 

I put the dressing on right before serving.  It will get soggy if you do it too far ahead. Add a little bit of dressing at a time to get just the right mix. 

dressing:

2/3 cup olive oil
1/4 honey or sugar 
2 TBSP. diced purple onion
1/2tsp. salt
3TBSP. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C chia *optional

Blend in blender or food processor until smooth. 

*If you use bacon. An easy way to do the almonds is to take the bacon bits and the almonds and saute' them together.  This gives the almonds some of the bacon flavor and roasts them a bit.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Creamy Chia Dressing


Here is a fun way to enjoy chia. Chia is a nice thickener for dressing. This is great dressing for salad. It would also be great on fresh vegetables  as dip.

Ingredients

1/4 C plain yogurt
1/8 C olive oil
3 T honey
2 T vinegar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 T chia

Directions  Makes about 1 Cup

1. Pour all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth about 1 or 2 minutes.
2. Serve immediately or store in airtight container in the fridge.
3. If it thickens to much after being in the fridge stir in 1 or 2 T water to thin out.



Monday, February 9, 2015

Berry Berry Muffins

 I love Berries! It was fun to add them to muffins. My little grandchildren gobbled them up. That is always a good sign.

Ingredients
1/2 C coconut oil
1/2 C honey
1/2 C water
1/2 C almond or cashew milk
2 eggs
1/4 c chia
2 tsp baking powder
2 C wheat flour
1 C thawed mixed berries (Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)

Directions  heat oven to 350  makes 1 dozen
1. Beat together oil, honey, water and milk. Then beat in eggs one at a time.
2. Then in another bowl mix together chia, baking powder, and flour. Fold into wet batter until combined.
3. Scoop into greased muffin cups and place in heated oven.  Bake for 15- 20 min or until done.
4. Take out of muffin tins and cool on cooling rack.




Friday, February 6, 2015

Chocolate Chip Muffins (whole grain)




This is a super easy recipe that is whole grain. I chopped up the chocolate chips which added a little bit of chocolate in every bite. They make a great little snack or a nice addition to a meal. 


Ingredients

2/3 C honey
1/2 C olive oil or coconut oil
1/2 C almond milk
1/2 C water
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C chia
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 C whole wheat flour 
1/2 C dark chocolate chips chopped up

Directions make 12 mini muffins Heat oven to 400

1. Beat or stir together honey, oil, water. Beat or stir in the eggs. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl mix together salt, chia, baking powder, and flour. 
3. Fold flour mixture into wet mixture stir until all combined. 
4. Fold in chocolate chips. 
5. Grease muffin tin. Scoop muffin mix into tins. 
6. Bake 12-15 min. 
7. Take out of muffin tins and let cool on wire rack. Enjoy








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