Cacao Peanut Butter Energy Balls

You guys… these cacao PB energy balls are the BOMB.COM. Is that still a thing? Bomb.com? Anyways, they’re so good so I’m excited to share the recipe!

I’ve been slacking on creating recipes lately, but finally had some free time this week to play around in the kitchen. This was inspired by my intense stress/PMS chocolate cravings I had lately *nervous laugh* because OMG it’s been bad. I am trying to stay on track but have had several days where I just HAVE to have something sweet. So I decided to try and come up with a new sweet treat that at least has some goods in there for ya too.

Overall, these are pretty clean since the only added sugar is in the mini chocolate chips (or whatever mix-ins you choose) and the applesauce but only because I accidentally got regular instead of unsweetened. Try and go with a natural peanut butter, as it has fewer ingredients than even the low-fat PBs. Honey is also optional, I just added a tiny bit for taste.

Cacao Peanut Butter Energy Balls

1 cup old fashioned oats, blended in processor for about 20 seconds (could also use quick oats)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 tbsp cacao powder (can sub with cocoa powder)
1/3 cup applesauce (preferably unsweetened unless you’re like me and don’t pay attention lol but either works)
1 tbsp natural honey
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (can use any mix-ins you want! raisins, nuts, etc.)

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, until completely combined. Let sit in freezer for 20-30 minutes, then roll into balls. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Please let me know if you try these and what you think! Hope you have the best day. Be kind to someone today!

XO beth

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Homemade Almond Butter

If you’ve been following my foodie posts for very long you can probably gather that I’m a HUGE fan of peanut butter. Like, it’s basically a food group for me and I honestly have to practice lots of self control when it comes to pb! So when I first tried almond butter – which surprisingly wasn’t that long ago – I was immediately obsessed. I think I went through that first jar in about 5 days #noshame.

So a few months and several *expensive* store bought jars of AB later, I decided to give it a shot at making my own! It turned out really well!

BUT!! Here’s the catch to homemade almond butter that I learned pretty quick. When one tries to be healthy and keep it to minimal ingredients by using the plain, unsalted, natural almonds, one’s almond butter tastes very blah and straight up nasty. But when one wants to add some flavor by using flavored almonds, one adds lots of extra sugar and processed crap. But also more noms. So beware of your choice of almonds you use! Pick your poison. It is nice knowing what goes into your food (by making it yourself) but you have to be careful what almonds you get!

Pretty much any type of almond can be used for this; I tried both vanilla flavored (which was the yummiest but also the unhealthiest), unsalted natural (healthiest but least flavorful), and roasted salted.

For this batch, I went with the middle option and did the roasted ones. It’s super easy:

Put your almonds in your food processor – however much your processor allows at a time – and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until it starts sticking together and becoming hard to blend. Pulse a few times, and then stir it to loosen it up a little. To add a little moisture and sweetness, add a little bit of honey – about 1-2 teaspoons. Then continue to blend until it becomes moist and stuck together, or like almond butter consistency (duh!)! If it’s not sticking together or getting moist enough to the consistency you want it, you may add up to a tablespoon of oil (coconut or olive oil is preferred). I like to store mine in the fridge, just so it’ll last longer. 🙂

That’s it! Super quick and easy! Hope y’all enjoy!

XO beth

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Dip

Hi friends! Hope you’re all having a lovely hump day 🙂

I’m praying for all you peeps in the middle of a blizzard – hope you’re stocked on bread and wine! I’m not gonna lie, it dropped to the 40s this morning here, and I thought I was going to freeze to death. Florida has officially ruined me. Anything below 70 feels like torture now! Eeek.

Anyways, today I threw together something yummy and wanted to share with you all. I came home from running errands and felt a little light headed and realized I hadn’t had any protein today! Yikes. Get it together Beth. So I looked in my fridge and found some plain low-fat Greek yogurt and some apples. Then I decided to make up a dip with the Greek yogurt.

One of my FAV go-to snacks is an apple and PB. So I mixed some PB into the Greek yogurt, along with a little honey, and BOOM. Yum city, trick. High in protein (about 14 grams for the whole bowl!), also high in taste 🙂

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey (can use 2 tsp if not sweet enough)

Mix all ingredients together until fully mixed. Great for dipping fruit in! Enjoy!
*This yields about 2-3 servings, so you can definitely throw it in the fridge and save some for later!

Nutrient breakdown for WHOLE bowl of dip (keep in mind it makes more than 1 serving):
Calories – 265
Protein – 14 g
Carb – 26 g
Sugars – 21 g
Fat – 7 g (this fat is only from the PB, so it is healthy fats! BUT be mindful when choosing peanut butter; go for natural rather than reduced fat, and look at the ingredients. You want one with minimal ingredients!)

Hope y’all like! Happy Nutrition Month!! Thanks for reading.

XO beth

Resolution-Friendly Snacks

Hi babes! I hope this post finds you well! I’m so glad it’s Thursday; this week has been super busy, and this weekend is going to be even busier but in a good way! I am regretfully really behind on Grey’s AND Scandal right now (I know I’m ashamed), and I feel like my Thursday would be significantly better if I could actually watch tonight’s episodes. Ugh. First world problems?

ANYWAYS. Let’s talk about healthy snacks! I’ve seen so many people post about their healthy resolutions for the year, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite snacks that are yummy and nutritious without going overkill in calories!

First is baked apples. GAME. CHANGER.

I have allllllways been an apple a day kinda gal. Like since high school I have eaten apples all the time. Sometimes more than one a day – and let me tell ya, I don’t think it’s true that they keep the doctor away haha. But they are great snacks!

Somehow, I have never really thought to bake them, I’ve always just sliced them up and eaten them with peanut butter or almond butter. One night my dear friend Nora mentioned something about baked apples for dessert and I immediately thought, “okay I need that in my life.”

So here we are, a few weeks later, and I have baked many an apple since. Thanks Nora 🙂 It’s such a great cure for those nights when your PMS is screaming at you to eat all the dessert in the world but you don’t want to cheat on your meal plan so you bake an apple, melt some PB, and if you really wanna get crazy with it, serve them warm with Halo Top ice cream. Thank me later.

Recipe:
1 apple (if single serving – more depending on # of people)
cooking spray
stevia (1 packet usually does it)
cinnamon (to taste)

Slice up your apple (my current apple of choice is the Fuji; they’re big so even one is shareable! this recipe is husband approved). Spray a baking dish, glass is best, and line your apples on it. Sprinkle your apple slices with cinnamon and Stevia. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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Next up we have rice cakes. Which sounds really boring. However, if you top it with the right things, it’s actually amazing. My toppings of choice for rice cakes are peanut butter (or almond butter or PB2) for a sweet one and avocado for a savory!

Now, if you’re on a strict meal plan and don’t want as many calories, then consider just using PB2 on this one. These rice cake snacks are healthy, but they are high in unsaturated fats – the good fats! but still fats, which means calories. So if you have the room in your plan, these make a great post-workout snack!

Tip: buy the UNsalted unflavored rice cakes 🙂

For the sweet one, I just spread nut butter of choice on the rice cake, throw on a few slices of banana for extra nutrients, and about a teaspoon of chia seeds. If you want extra sweetness, drizzle with honey!

For the savory one, simply slice and mash up about half of an avocado, spread it on the rice cake, and sprinkle with a tiny bit of pink himalayan salt (I get mine from Trader Joe’s, it’s lasted a while) and pepper. If you’re into spicy foods, add some red pepper flakes! I’m not brave enough for that, but if you are I admire it about you.

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That’s all for now! Hope you make it to Friday in no time! You are beautiful. Thanks for reading!

XO Beth

No-Bake Energy Balls

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Happy Tuesday y’all. Hope your Monday was short and your week is off to a great start!

I go through phases with food, where I get addicted to something and eat it nonstop for a month or two. So that’s where I’m at right now with these energy balls. Holy YUM. Except this one isn’t just a phase, because I will probably be eating these for the rest of my life. They’re that good.

They make a great pre- or post-workout snack, because the peanut butter provides you with energy and protein, while the fiber and chia seeds keep you fuller longer! They’re easy to make, and it’s great to grab out of the fridge on the way out the door. Plus they just taste like dessert. I’m a big dessert person, so since I’m trying to tone up my beach bod, these are a great dessert substitute.

Here’s the recipe (yields about 13-15 energy balls):

1 cup oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1-2 tablespoons chia seeds *can substitute with flaxseed
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips *can use regular choc. chips if desired; may also use raisins instead. add 1/3 cup if you want extra sweetness.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour (if you’re impatient like me, stick ’em in the freezer!). Remove from fridge, have a couple sample bites if you want, and then roll into balls. Place in a sealable container and store in the fridge!

Hope you guys enjoy – let me know what you think! Have a great week.

XO beth

 

happy national nutrition month!

Hi friends. If you don’t know, now ya know, March is National Nutrition Month – yay!

Sidenote – If you’re new to the blog, I studied Nutrition in college (inspired by my own past personal health experiences) and have a degree in it, so Nutrition Month is exciting for me ha. 🙂

I woke up around 5 this morning UGH, and couldn’t go back to sleep to save my life. So I decided to throw together some of my favorite healthy snacks, in honor of this month. It’s also National RD Day today so to all my RD/RD-to-be friends, cheers to you.

I’ll start with my all-time FAVE, my go-to, my I-eat-this-too-much snack…

1. Apple + natural peanut butter/almond butter. I eat at least one apple a day, usually two. And while it hasn’t exactly kept the doctor away (lol), it is the perfect snack. The fiber in the apple makes it filling, and apples are so low-calorie that you don’t really have to worry about it. Just don’t over-do it with the PB! Healthy fats found in PB are great, just keep it to a tablespoon or two.

2. Greek yogurt + rice cake. This gets you some whole grains (go for the whole grain, lightly salted rice cakes!) plus dairy from the yogurt. What I love about Greek yogurt is how much protein it packs in, so you also get that as well! It’s a great pre/post workout snack.

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3. Whole wheat tortilla + PB + banana. This one is such a yummy combo – and it’s also great with a little bit of honey drizzled on top. You can make it plain, or make it warm like a quesadilla. Either way, you’re getting whole grain + carb from the tortilla, protein + healthy fats from the PB, and the potassium + vitamin B6 of the banana (and of course a serving of fruit).

4. Fruit + yogurt parfait. I love this for breakfast, especially because you can tailor it to what you’re craving. You can use regular greek yogurt, or strawberry yogurt, or vanilla… Whatever flavor you want that day! Just try to choose low- or non-fat yogurt. Slice up whatever fruit you’re craving to go with it (I usually do strawberries, banana, and sometimes blueberries or raspberries). Then top it off with your choice of low-fat granola and YUM. I may or may not be eating one right now..

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That’s all I’ve got for now, kinda short and simple sorry! I hope to be posting more recipes on here soon. Cooking has become a new love, right up there with shopping 😉

What are your favorite healthy snacks?! Please share!

XO beth