(makes 16 bites total, 2 bites per serving) Ingredients: 1 cup pitted dates Warm water ½ cup raw pecan halves (or pecan pieces) ⅓ cup canned pumpkin puree ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, reserve small amount for garnish 1 tsp. pure hazelnut extract (or pure maple extract) 1 tsp. pure maple syrup 2 tsp. pumpkin… Continue reading Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
(Serves 4) Ingredients: 4 cups peeled, sliced apples 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, divided use 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided use ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (use gluten-free oats if desired) ¼ cup finely chopped raw walnuts Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 2. Combine apples, 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, and ½ tsp. cinnamon… Continue reading Apple Crisp
(makes 16 servings, 1/4 cup each) Ingredients: ½ cup 100% orange juice ½ cup unsweetened apple juice 1 tsp. finely chopped orange peel ½ tsp. ground cinnamon ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground ginger 1 (12 oz) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed 1 cup chopped raw pecans ½ cup raisins ⅔ cup canned crushed pineapples,… Continue reading Cranberry Sauce
(serves 6) Ingredients: 3 lbs. thin green beans, ends trimmed 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 Tbsp. olive oil Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 2. Combine green beans, garlic, and oil in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. 3. Place green beans on a baking sheet. Bake, shaking pan occasionally, for 20… Continue reading Roasted Green Beans with Garlic
(serves 10) Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 medium shallots, chopped 2 medium celery stalks, chopped 2 medium red (or green, orange, or yellow) bell peppers, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1 medium yellow squash, sliced 1 cup sliced mushrooms ½ cup chopped fresh parsley ½… Continue reading Zucchini Stuffing with Mushrooms & Garlic
(makes 13 servings, 3 tbsp each) Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil ½ medium onion, finely chopped ¼ cup mushrooms, finely chopped 3 gloves minced garlic ¼ cup cornstarch 3 cups low sodium veggie broth 1.5 tsp low sodium soy sauce Black pepper, to taste Directions: 1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. 2.… Continue reading Mushroom and Garlic Gravy
Staying on a path to health isn’t always easy, especially with 2 kids, busy schedules and quickly approaching holidays. And lately I’ve noticed myself giving in, more and more, to the urge to snack – even when I’m not hungry.
Republican, Democratic or 3rd party affiliation, we can all agree that the election has been fueled by some pretty high emotions and it all comes to a head this evening with the election! Channel all of that election energy for a good cause and get in a burn while you await the results of who will… Continue reading Election Night Workout
My family has been traveling a lot lately. We have been in more states and more hotels in the last few weeks than we have in the last couple of years combined. All of this travel has made my regular fitness routine almost impossible. When at home I know when I will exercise, when I… Continue reading Working Out On The Go
Cupcakes make you skinny … and weight lifting bulks you up!
Oh wait, I got that backwards 😉 But honestly, that’s what I used to think! Ok, not the cupcake part … but the weight lifting? Yeah!
Here are 5 reasons you should be lifting weights!