Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chocolate Almond Crunch Bars

I love Nestle crunch bars, but let's face it... their calorie count and high sugar content isn't exactly on my healthy eating plan menu. On occasion I like a chocolate sweet treat and these definitely hit the spot. They're SO simple & SO good and I'm promising you... your whole family will love them!

1/2 cup coconut oil, slightly melted but not hot
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup natural almond butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup puffed quinoa

1. Line your pan with parchment
2. Combine all ingredients and stir
3. Pour into pan and freeze for 10 minutes
4. Cut into bars, either makes 24 small bars
5. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge

21 Day Fix Exchange:
1 bar = 1 yellow container

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bite-Size Chocolate PB Cups

My sweet tooth needs a little chocolate on occasion.  Yes, I do dearly love my daily chocolate shake, but when only one thing will do.... like Reeces PB Cups, these little superfood packed bite-size candies certainly fit the bill with a way more nutrients and a lot less sugar.

Leslie's Bite-Size Chocolate PB Cups

-1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
-3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
-peanut butter or almond butter
-splash of coconut milk, if needed
-1 mixing bowl
-1 silicone mold (I purchased mine at Home Goods)

1. Add 1 scoop of Chocolate Vegan Shakeology to your mixing bowl.  Add in 3tbsp of melted coconut oil.
2. Combine with a fork until mixture is crumbly
3. Press 3/4 of the mixture into your silicone mold.  Set into your freezer for 15m to harden.
4. Remove silicone mold from freezer and add a layer of PB onto the hardened mixture.  Set into freezer for 15m to harden.
5. Remove silicone mold from freezer and layer in the last 1/4 of the mixture into the molds.  Press with a spoon, if needed.  Place back into the freezer for a final 10 minutes to set.
6. Eat & enjoy!!

This recipe makes approximately 22 bite-size candies.  Store in the fridge or freezer in an air-tight container.

21 Day Fix Conversion:
2 bite size candies = 1/2 yellow & 1 oil

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Baked Oatmeal Bars

My girls love sweet treats, but I'm always trying to make them healthier.  They come by it honestly.  I love cookies, cupcakes & donuts, but I know I can't be eating that stuff a lot if I want to reach my goals.  Honestly my favorite splurge is after a few weeks of hard work to go on a date with my husband, order a nice steak and have dessert.  It's the perfect portion for me!  But on occasion I make a sweet treat at home for my family.  They love it and the healthier the treat... the less tempted I am by it.  SCORE!
So try these Baked Oatmeal Bars for your family.  I can't wait to hear what you think.  They would work in a pinch for breakfast although I might omit the chocolate chips or would make a pretty delightful after-school snack!

Baked Oatmeal Bars
3 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. coconut sugar
5½ c. unsweetened coconut milk
½ c. organic peanut butter
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. raisins (or chopped pecans)
1/2 c. dark chocolate chips

1. In a large saucepan, combine oats, coconut sugar, coconut milk, peanut butter, and eggs.
2. Simmer over medium heat 20 minutes, stirring often, until thickened.
3. Stir in raisins.
4. Pour into greased 9x13 inch pan and top with chocolate chips.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until oatmeal is set.
6. Serve warm, makes 18 bars

21 Day Fix Conversion:
2 yellows

Strawberry & Pecan Salad for Two

 Strawberry Pecan Salad for 2! 

This is what Jeff & I are having for dinner tonight along with a filet of salmon & a side of sweet potato.  

Sometimes a simple & easy dinner is in order after a busy Friday!!

 Strawberry Pecan Salad 

• 6 cups of red romaine
• sprinkle of shaved parmesan cheese
• 4 slices of red onion, halved
• 6 large strawberries, sliced
• 1/4 c. pecans toasted & crushed
• top with homemade dressing: balsamic vinegar, bit of olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder & italian seasoning
• Toss & ENJOY!

21 Day Fix Conversion for the salad:
 2 greens
 1 purple
 1/2 orange
 1/2 blue
 1/2 tsp oil

And of course if you have the salmon that is 1 red and the sweet potato, 1 yellow smile emoticon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

 Are you ready?! Ready for Double Chocolate Banana Cake?!

I had a bunch of ripe bananas and decided I should make something that my family would LOVE, but that is still pretty healthy!  

3 medium ripe bananas
¾ cup coconut sugar
½ cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, lightly beaten.
1 cup flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
mini chocolate chips for topping - optional

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat an 8x8 square pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine the mashed bananas and sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
3. Add the applesauce, vanilla and egg. Stir to combine.
4. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared 
baking pan.
5. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes. Makes 16 squares, store in an air-tight container. 

21 Day Fix Conversion:
If you're doing the 21 Day Fix you can have 1 of these and count it as a yellow, ENJOY!

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Starfish Story

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one.” 

And that's why I'm a Beachbody Coach! I started with the dream & a goal to even be able to help one person... one other mama just like me. Today I know I have helped hundreds. Whether it's one person or hundreds, your actions matter & YOU can make a difference.... ‪#‎everyonematters‬