There is a recipe craze going around the fitness world, called raw balls, their dangerously addicting but luckily their packed with healthy ingredients. I make a batch every week and grab one here and there, before I hit the gym, when I’m craving something sweet, right before bed, pretty much whenever! ;) They seriously don’t take any-time to make, there so good for you, your kids will love them to, so why not give them a try? This is one of the many recipes I have for raw-balls, so there will be many more to come!
- 3 C Dates
- 4 C oatmeal
- 1 C Unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 C Chia (optional)
- 1/4 C Ground flax
- 1/4 C Cashews, chopped fine
- 1/2 C Almonds, chopped fine
- 1/4 C pumpkin seeds
- 2 T Peanut butter
- 1/2 C Coconut oil
- 2 T Cinnamon (other spices could be good too)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Put dates in a bowl with enough water to cover them. I have some harder dates so I left them in about 20-30 minutes (when I’m in a hurry I skip this step and just add some water to the blender).
- Drain water into another bowl and pour dates into a blender and blend. You want it to be a paste when you are finished. You can use some of the water you drained off to help make the paste if your dates did not absorb enough. Add a little at a time. You don’t want it to be runny. The goal is a thick, smooth consistency.
- Then pour the date mixture and all the remaining ingredients into the bowl. Mix until all combined. Roll into balls. The recipe made 28 balls. Put them in the freezer to harden on a cookie sheet. I freeze the ones I can’t eat right away in zip lock bags.
Are you planning on barbequing this weekend for Memorial Day? This recipe is one of my faves, so I tweaked it a bit to make in more figure friendly ;) I ommited the bacon, swaped the sugar for honey and cut down on the mayo fat with half light mayo and half plain greek yogurt. The results…AMAZING!!! I ate the entire batch myself! For dinner I would add a protein with it, veggie burgers, grilled chicken, or a turkey burger. It’s a great dinner to have, so low in carbs before bed.
6 C. broccoli florets
2/3 C. craisins
1/2 C. red onion, small dice
1/2 C. sliced almonds
1/2 C. light mayo
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 T. honey
Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bow. Pour over the other ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
I know I know, I’ve already done this challenge. This is one that I need to revisit for the one-millionth time. Sugar is so hard to moderate, it seems like I struggle constantly with it. Its all or nothing for me. So here is the challenge I’m doing and you are more then welcome to join me. There are only about 4 weeks of school left here in the big state of Idaho and I’ve committed to a buddy (not naming names ;) that I will not have any sugar until schools out!!!!
If you wanna join me make a comment and I will hold you accountable! Now there really aren’t any strict rules your the judge! So what you call sugar can be different then what I consider sugar. Here are my personal goals, no packaged sugar, no re-find white sugar, that simple. I’m allowed honey, Stevia, natural sugars, you get the idea.
So I’ve made it a whole 4 days so far. You might be wondering how I’m feeling and how it’s going…not bad. Defiantly have had some strong cravings but have trumped them ;) My go to treats are pure Crystal Light (my fave is grape) and berries. They seem to satisfy me.
BTW if you take on the challenge make sure you have a reward set, you defiantly will deserve it! Mine is new shoes of course. LOL
5 Foods for a FLATTER STOMACH
Most of us all yearn for a smaller stomach, we all know exercise and cutting calories are musts. But new research also shows certain foods have waist-shrinking properties. Here are 5 tummy tamers to add to your diet:
1. Canola Oil
Brazilian researchers say people who incorporate canola oil into their diet gained nearly 20 percent less fat in and around the organs of the belly. Canola oil is high in omega-3 content and lowers insulin levels, ultimately discouraging fat storage in the abdomen.
2. Beans (my favorite)
Not only can switching beats for meat help your heart, the magical little things can do more! A Diabetic Medicine study showed that a diet consuming more beans was most effective at blasting belly fat and stimulating weight loss. Beans can burn more deep abdominal fat, as well as that extra layer just under the skin (you know what I’m talking about ;).
3. Whole Grains (next fave)
When a research group conducted a study of people who only consumed whole grains for their grain serving, they melted significant abdominal fat. Fiber in whole grains defiantly deserve credit, but whole grains are also rich in magnesium and a mineral instrumental in regulating fat metabolism.
4. Red Peppers (orange are my favorite)
Studies show peoples diets that contain high amounts of beta carotene and lycopene (phytochemicals that make carrots orange and give red peppers and tomatoes their brilliant hue) had the smallest waists and the least abdominal fat. Researches think they absorb harmful compounds that promote fat storage. Peppers are also loaded with vitamin C, a nutrient needed for fat burning.
5. Low-fat Milk (chocolate YUMMO)
We all know milk helps us build strong bones, but to loose at your waistline and gain calorie burning lean muscle you may need to eat more. Journal of Nutrition shows dieters who ate 30 percent of calories from protein, including six to seven daily servings of dairy, chiseled off more belly and total fat and gained more lean muscle than those who only cut back their calories but ate less protein dairy.
How do you keep junk food cravings at bay?
A new study shows that frequent meals are the surest way to fend off strong cravings for junk food. Brain-imaging scans showed that when glucose levels drop, the prefrontal cortex loses its ability to blunt the desire for high-calorie foods, leading to urges that can feel uncontrollable. Nutrient-dense whole foods, including fruit, vegetables, and lean meat are the healthiest way to keep blood-sugar levels steady without any dramatic spikes.
My daily regimen is breakfast at 7:30 a.m., snack at 10 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m., another snack at 3 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and finally another treat at 7 p.m. If I skip any of these meals I inevitably end up eating something I wished I hadn’t. Stay in front of your hunger with healthy foods and you won’t be tempted next time by the ding-dongs.
Chocolate Crispy Treats
Two things I LOVE…rice-crispy treats and chocolate! I just had to find a way to justify eating rice crispy treats! I defiantly wouldn’t recommend eating the whole batch but you will be tempted so have a game plan before you make them, they are devilish. These are a treat!
3 c. rice crispies ( I used 1/2 brown rice crispies and 1/2 regular)
2 1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. plus 2 T. nut butter
1/2 c. sticky sweetener (I used agave but honey works to)
1/4 c. cocoa powder (or your favorite chocolate protein powder)
Mix your pb, sweetener, extract, cocoa, and salt. Melt in microwave, then pour over the cereal and stir well, making sure to coat all the crispsies. Form into balls or line a pan with wax paper and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Place a sheet of way paper on top of the mixture, then press down as firmly as you can. Freeze for at least a half hour before slicing. These treats can be stored in the freezer, in the fridge, or loosely covered in a cool dry place. But the best place is in your tummy :)
EAT IN MODERATION!