healthy food

We Can't Stop Making This Snack

I was thinking the other day about what the ratio is of Pinterest recipes I try to Pinterest recipes I like. And it's probably pretty low. So, when I find a winner I want to shout it from the rooftops. Which is kind of what this blog is--a virtual rooftop :-) These are crackers that Nikki makes a lot, and has brought in to share with me a couple of times. They are really good and they satisfy that need for something salty and crunchy in a way that's pretty darn healthy. The recipe is a slightly modified version of one from Nutritious.com.

 
Image Courtesy of Nutritious.com

Image Courtesy of Nutritious.com

 

Seed Crackers

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Flaxseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300-degrees.

Combine all ingredients and let them soak for at least 30-minutes.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon the mixture onto the parchment paper, then cover with a second sheet of parchment paper. Smooth the mixture thin, using a rolling pin.

Bake for 1-hour or until golden and crisp.

 

 

Our Favorite Healthy Fast Foods

We always say healthy food should taste delicious, but have we mentioned it can also be really easy and convenient to eat healthily? In an ideal world would we all be cooking from scratch? Maybe. But how many of us exist in the world of ideal? The key is to recognize that ideal isn't always going to happen and to stock your kitchen accordingly. 

Here are a few of our favorite, convenient, packaged foods. You don't lose much, if any, in the way of nutrients with these.  Maybe you'll see some of your favorites here too...

Microwaveable Rice. Cooking rice from scratch isn't the most difficult thing in the world, but it does take time. And sometimes the 45-minutes to an hour is more time than I have, especially when I haven't given much thought to dinner. So, I usually have a box of microwaveable brown rice in the cupboard (I like Minute brand, which you can get at Target), and a box of jasmine rice from Trader Joe's in the freezer. When I need a whole grain, there they are.

Canned beans and pre-cooked lentils. It's cheaper to buy beans dry and then cook them. But again, time. So, I usually have a variety in the pantry in their canned form. The lentils I get from the produce section of Trader Joe's.

Rotisserie chicken. I mentioned this in another post recently, but Nikki swears by these. Probably more expensive than buying a fresh chicken and cooking it yourself, but way easier. If you take the time to break it down when you get it home, you can add chicken to salads, stir-fry's and burritos, among other things.

Frozen steel cut oats and Instant Cream of Wheat (whole grain version). These are great, quick breakfasts. I get my frozen steel cut oats from Trader Joe's and the Cream of Wheat you can find anywhere. Ready in minutes. 

Sweet potato spears. These are ready for a drizzle of olive oil, some seasonings and 30-minutes in the oven.

Nutter Puffs by PopChips. These are a great snack. Five grams of protein, less than 2-grams of sugar. 

Guacamole cups from Wholly Guacamole. I love guacamole, but I'm never going to make a batch just for myself. I get these from Costco, but they're probably available everywhere. I usually dip vegetables or whole grain tortilla chips in them. 

Fresh whole wheat pizza dough. I always have a ball of this in my fridge. I often make lentil calzones out of it, but you can throw vegetables and a little cheese and/or leftover meat inside too for a quick dinner. 

Jarred sauces. There is nothing like homemade marinara or pesto sauce. But there are some jarred versions that are good in a pinch too. I know I mention Trader Joe's a lot, but they really do a good job stocking pre-packaged food that's fairly healthy. Their roasted garlic marinara is especially good and I've had a pesto from there that's also delicious. Just check the sugar content on any jarred sauce you buy. Sometimes they sneak a lot of that stuff in there. But a little whole grain pasta and some jarred sauce is a quick weeknight dinner. 

Frozen vegetables. You really don't lose many of the nutrients of the fresh version when they're flash frozen. Heat them up with some rice, edamame or some chicken for a quick stir-fry.

There you have it. Some of our favorite ways to make eating healthy as easy as possible. Feel free to share your favorites below!

Recipes You Must Try!

Hi all! We've been cooking up a storm lately and have some new recipes to recommend. These are easy and delicious and healthy. Nope, those things aren't mutually exclusive, we swear :-) What follows is proof. 

These Berry Streusel Bars from Happy Go Lucky blog. As an aside, the berry topping on these would be really good on the Chocolate Fudge Avocado Cake we posted in our April Favorites post...

Egg Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod. These are like omelets in a muffin tin. You can use any fillings you like. Nikki didn't use the exact ingredients in this recipe, but followed the cooking instructions. You can do the same.

Salsa Fresca Chicken from Easy Family Recipes. Nikki suggests salting your chicken the night before. It prevents it from drying out. 

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen. A quick note on these: check the labels on your Greek yogurt. Some are really low in protein and high in sugar. You want the reverse. We like the Fred Meyer brand, but I'm sure there are others that are good too.

Cauliflower Fried Rice from The Recipe Critic. You can save yourself some time on this one if you purchase already riced cauliflower. Trader Joe's sells it, so do many other stores. 

Seed Crackers from Quite Good Food. A really good substitute for chips when you need something salty and crunchy.

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam from the Gluten-Free Vegan Pantry. Super easy. No pectin or gelatin required. 

Coconut Rice with Pineapple and Cashews from Carlsbad Cravings. This one I made often a while back and then kind of rediscovered it recently. It's delicious. 

Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal from Bakerita. 

Let us know if you try any of them and if you do, what you thought!

Amazing (and Healthy!) Recipes You Need to Try

I LOVE food. And I get really excited about my meals. That goes for my healthy meals too, because I won't live in a world where I have to choose between something that tastes good and something that's good for me. I just won't. I try tons of recipes every month, and I'd say if three out of ten are good then it's a win. Here are some of my favorites from the past month.

Lemon-Asparagus Risotto from My Darling Vegan. I left out the peas because, fun fact, I find them revolting. I always have. To me, cooked peas are bitter and I can't understand how anyone can eat them. But if you love them, then toss them in like the recipe suggests. Because I don't eat meat or dairy as a general rule, I throw some roasted garbanzo beans in with the risotto to make it more of a complete meal. Here's my go-to recipe for that from the Oh She Glows blog.

Sweet and Spicy Cauliflower from The Fitchen. Vegetables are hard for me. I really have to either sneak them into my food in a way that I essentially can't taste them, or I have to find ways to cook them with enough flavor that I find them palatable. These are really, really good. 

Easy Lentil Bolognese Sauce from Pasta-Based. Great on pasta or spaghetti squash. Have you guys tried spaghetti squash yet? So good.

Avocado Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction. This one's from Damn Delicious blog. You pour reduced balsamic vinegar on anything and I'll probably eat it. This is so good and full of things that are good for you. And all on toasted sourdough bread. Yum.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Reduction from Platings and Pairings. Again with the reduction, I know. But it really is magic. 

Chickpea and Chocolate Clusters from Nest & Glow. If you need a chocolate fix, there are way worse ways to get it than these. They are a combination of semi-sweet chocolate chips and roasted chickpeas. That's it. So, you get fiber and protein that you don't normally get from a chocolate bar with these things. Really nice snack or dessert when you just need something sweet. 

Frozen Snickers Bars and Bites from Feeding Your Beauty. Yep, I said "Snickers" in a post about healthy recipes. These are a little more work than the chocolate clusters above, but so worth it. 

Chipotle Lentil Soup from Platings and Pairings. This one wins because you just dump everything in a slow cooker and forget about it. I love recipes like that. Sometimes I do corn bread with this, and it's a nice combo. 

Okay, that's the best of the recipes for March! If you've got any you love, feel free to share the links below.