Homemade Peanut butter Cups

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I don’t know about you, but I have always enjoyed Reese’s Peanutbutter cups. After finding this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try!

Now, mine didn’t come out as pretty as I’d hoped but they are very tasty! 😊

What you will need:

  • 8 tablespoons of chocolate protein powder, I use my favorite nutritional shake, Vegan Chocolate Shakeology. *you can also use cocoa powder or organic cacao (healthiest is always best 😉)
  • 4 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of organic peanut butter
  • Muffin tray

Directions:

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until it’s completely liquified. Add 4 tablespoons of chocolate powder and stir. Divide the chocolate mix as evenly as you can between 6-8 spots in the muffin tray. Place the muffin tray in the freezer for about 5 mins or until the chocolate mix is solid.

Take the tray out and evenly add peanut butter, about 1/2 a teaspoon will do. Then melt the remainder of coconut oil and mix chocolate. Evenly add chocolate mix on top of peanut butter and place back in the freezer until solid.

Pop them out and enjoy! You can store the rest by placing them in a container or a ziplock bag. These at delicious and good for you! No guilt in eating these yumi treats! ☺️

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Xo

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Salmon Recipe

salmon-recipe I had never cooked salmon and when my brother brought it home last night, I was up for the task. It was pretty simple really.

My brother and I were just talking about how we don’t eat enough fish and how to incorporate it in our meals.

Let’s get to it! 🙂

**Note: This recipe is for one serving**

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. fresh salmon
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup vegetables

Directions:

Before adding the oil, preheat your pan at medium temp. Cut large lemon in half, squeeze one half of lemon juice on the salmon. Mix seasonings and sprinkle across each side. Add olive oil to hot pan, helps with sticking, Add your veggies and salmon to the pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. If you like your fish more well done, cook for about five minutes on each side.

Add fish and veggies to your plate and squeeze the other lemon half to your meal and enjoy! 😉

Benefits of Eating Salmon

  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin B3
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Protein
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin B6
  • Iodine
  • Choline
  • Vitamin B5
  • Biotin
  • Potassium

Resource taken from here

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Kale Chips

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I’m back with another yummy and very simple recipe! Chips have always been a bit of a weakness for me and a great way to forget about your Doritos craving is to find a delicious and healthy substitute!!

I love kale!! It goes with pretty much anything and its a great super food!

Wondering what benefits come from eating kale?

  • Good for your bones
  • Eyes
  • Skin
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer
  • Weight loss
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Low in calories, fat, and carbs
  • High in calcium, potassium, folic acid, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, & K 🙂

So let’s jump right in!! 😉

Get your kale!!!!

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Break the kale leaves off the stem and break the pieces off to your desired size. I like to half a medium sized leaf.

Ingredients:

  • Garlic seasoning (or Himalayan sea salt)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Yep! That’s it!

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  • Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • In a bowl, add a tablespoon of olive oil and gently massage the oil into the kale with clean hands! 😉
  • Get a helper! 🙂

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  • Add the garlic seasoning (or sea salt) to taste.
  • Place each piece of kale on the sheet
  • Take a bite before throwing them in the oven! So delicious!!
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes
  • Enjoy!!

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This a great snack and a great way to fuel your body with the goods!! I am still following the 21 Day Fix meal plan and guess what? This is approved!

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Another plus? It’s baby approved!!!

🙂

Please let me know if you try this and how they turned out. There are many ways to season these so experiment! You can add a bit of paprika, or even vinegar and sea salt! 🙂

xo

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Simple Healthy Snack

I’m in my second week of my second round of 21 Day Fix Extreme. It’s an amazing program that murders calories and comes with a simple meal plan system in order to get you RESULTS! When being active, you NEED to get your nutrition down in order to get the results you want. Snacking is often taken for granted. You have to keep your metabolism up and by excluding your snacks, that just won’t do.

I wanted to share with you a simple healthy snack. With the 21 Day Fix program you are given colored portion control containers.

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Just follow the code above and you’re golden 🙂

 

I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I went for oats with a touch of dark chocolate, vanilla greek yogurt, and half a purple container or strawberries. Trust me, this was the perfect size!

 

How delicious does this look? Simple nutrition 🙂

People tend to get side tracked, if not completely fall away from their goal when it is too complicated. This program has made it so SIMPLE to follow this meal plan (along with the workouts), stay on track, and get results. What more can I ask for?

If you are interested in a simple and effective program then please contact me for more info! 🙂

http://www.beachbodycoach.com/StephCardozo86

xo

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Hello Kitty & Friends Coconut Oil Fruit Bites

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I’m obsessed with coconut oil and the benefits of consuming it. It’s great for over all internal health. It helps curb appetite, weight loss, helps your digestive system, it’s great for your hair, skin, and nails, and so much more!

A simple way to get your daily dose of coconut oil is making these fruit bites!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Strawberries (Or your choice of berries)
  • 1 cup of Coconut oil (Raw Organic & Unrefined) Spectrum, 365, and Dr. Bronner’s are my favorite brands
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract

Directions:

Melt coconut oil on the stove at medium heat. Once oil is melted, add to food processor (or blender) along with strawberries and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend until mixture becomes smooth. Add mixture to a mold tray, if you don’t have one you can spoon it on to parchment paper, and put it in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until it becomes solid.

Once your mix is frozen, pop them out of the molds, or remove from parchment paper and store them in a container or ziplock bag in the freezer! Enjoy two to three a day to get your dose of coconut oil 🙂

xo

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Apple Crescents

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I always wanted to try these and decided to make a small batch. These are not meant to be eaten in large batches! Remember, moderation is important! One crescent is less than 200 calories so for me this was a perfect little treat to have with some tea 🙂

Let’s jump right into it, shall we?! 😉

Ingredients:

  • Two red apples (or whichever you prefer)
  • 1 eight ounce tin of Pillsbury Crescents
  • Non Stick Spray (I like Coconut oil 🙂 )
  • Cinnamon
  • Organic coconut Sugar
  • All natural almond butter

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Slice your apples into half moons, I did not remove the skin but you can do so if you prefer it that way :). Set them aside and move on to the crescents.Carefully open the crescent container, (I always have trouble with it hehe) and gently pull them apart. It makes it simple as they have the markings on it. Take your baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Open the rolls and lightly spray the coconut oil on each one, add just a bit of almond butter, and a pinch of coconut sugar. Then grab your apple slice, placing it at the widest end of your roll and rolling it until you’ve reached the end. Lightly spray the top of the crescents and add a dash off cinnamon.

Bake these babies for ten to twelve minutes. Ten minutes were not enough for me as I like them a bit more golden brown so i left them in for twelve. They are so soft and oh so good filled with the amazing apple and almond butter goodness! These are so delicious and although you might want to have more than one, enjoy this treat with a cup of your favorite tea and share the joy with friends! 🙂

This is a fun and very simple recipe anyone can take on! I think we might be ready to conquer an apple pie next! What do you think? 🙂

xo

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Homemade Hummus

I’ve been procrastinating on this recipe for a while now but I finally got around to making some hummus!

It’s super easy, healthy, and delicious!! This is a large batch because I made some for my brother to enjoy as well but just modify the amount to best suit your preference 🙂

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Let’s get to it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Garbanzo beans
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Two lemons
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoons of cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 minced red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 purified water

Directions:

Rinse the garbanzo beans and add them to the blender, or food processor, along with the rest of the ingredients. Be sure to squeeze the lemon juice in a separate bowl if you don’t have a lemon squeezer, then add the lemon juice to the rest of the ingredients, you don’t want seeds in your hummus! 🙂

Blend until you reach the consistency you like. ***If it’s still too thick you can add one to two table spoons of water at a time.

Once you’re done blending add it to a bowl and sprinkle a bit of paprika on top. Garbanzo beans are a great source of protein! This is great with pita, as a sandwich spread, and a dip with raw veggies! I like mine with carrots and broccoli.

I hope you all enjoyed this delicious recipe! Enjoy!

xo

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