Category Archives: Healthy Snacks

The BFF To All Your Veggies: Tzatziki Dip

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It’s pretty much 24/7 bikini time and I’m trying superrrrr hard to be really good!

Of course when I do really well, I’ll reward myself with a few cheats during the week and on the weekend.

I just cannot go without things like FRIES, pizza, nachos and my Aunt Michelle’s amazing blonde brownies. I also cannot live without wine or margs so it’s pretty important that I eat as healthy as I can.

So many fun BBQs coming up in the warmer months and apps at these BBQs can get pretty unhealthy. Tasty, but unhealthy.

I love love love to bring this dip with some whole grain hummus and sliced up veggies.

Other people really seem to love it as well bc it’s so delish and much much healthier for you!

It’s also super easy to throw together!

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Tzatziki Dip:

 3 cups greek yogurt

1 lemon, juiced

2-3 TBSP shaved lemon (or lime!) rhine

1 large cucumber, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 TBSP pink himalayan salt

2 TBSP fresh dill (or more if needed)

Black pepper to taste

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Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Have a few taste tests and add more dill or lemon if needed. I like to mix it up and do half lemon and half lime for a different flavor. Be sure to let it chill for a bit before serving.

Next time you’re asked to bring an appetizer, try this out!

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CinnaYUM Sweet Potato Chips!

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I’m trying really really hard to not have any refined sugar at all anymore. That stuff is in everything + it’s freakin’ nasty. Sometimes I can’t help myself + I’ll indulge in a little but it really messes up my body. It’s sooo not good for the skin – hellooo pimple face! Yuck.

I do have such a huge sweet tooth at times so it’s hard to stay away! I’ve learned that prepping yourself for these nasty cravings saves lives. I love to keep frozen bananas in the freezer + blend it up with a little almond milk + cacao. It’s like an amazing ice cream smoothie. Another favorite is fresh organic raspberries with a little unsweetened dark chocolate chip stuffed into them – SO GOOD! I easily convinced Jor to not have ice cream last night + have the Choco Rasps instead. WIN!

<<We both like to do our best to eat healthy so it’s always a good day when one of us picks the healthier option.>>

These CinnaYum Chips are pretty good too. They totally satisfy the sweet tooth. + they also satisfy that whole hand-to-mouth crunch thing we all get. You know when you’re sitting at table with chips + salsa/guac (insert any food here) in front of you + you just can’t stop eating no matter how full you are because you have to be putting something into your mouth?! Yea, that. But these guys are healthy so you can feel a little less guilty.

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CinnaYum Sweet Potato Chips:

1 small organic sweet potato

1 TSP organic honey

1 TSP organic cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375• + slice the SP into the thinnest slices you can possibly do. Lay each slice on a baking sheet + bake for about 15 minutes. Check to see that they are not burning. You may even want to flip them at this point. Put back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

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These are tricky lil suckers. Not all of my slices are ever done at the same time. After about 25 minutes of cooking, I check on these guys every couple of minutes. + every time I check on them, I usually have to pull a few out so they don’t burn. I just put them all into a bowl.

Once all slices are cooked + crisp, I mix them with the honey + cinnamon + enjoyyyyy!

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Don’t be afraid to eat sweet potatoes. They are a good carb + have some great benefits! They contain vitamins B6, C, D, Iron, potassium, magnesium, + carotenoids. They give you the energy you need to get through your day + help to keep you full + satisfied. Just remember, everything in moderation, so don’t overdo it!

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Banana Chia Pudding

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SO I love banana errrythang. But like, the real banana taste. Soo not down with that nasty, fake banana flavor. You know, that kind that banana runtz taste like? EW.

When my mom was preggerz she craved nanerz. Like, CRAVED. So maybe that’s where I get it from?

My dad kind of gets annoyed because all the healthy desserts I make have nana in them. Totally not my fault though! I just got lucky that bananas are so versatile and he got errrr…unlucky.

J/K – he just doesn’t loveee nanerz like I do. Maybe I owe him some non-banana cranberry bread or somethin’.

So I love chia pudding + make it quite often. It’s a great snack because it’s delish and soso healthy for you! You can experiment and make so many different types.

This particular day, I’m craving bananas (SHOCKER) soo I threw in a little nanerz.

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Banana Chia Pudding:

1 cup almond milk

1/2 banana

splash of pure maple syrup

splash of pure vanilla

couple shakes of cinnamon

1/4 cup chia seeds

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Blend everything together except the chia seeds. Pour chia seeds and blended mixture into a mason jar. Mix well. Screw mason jar lid on tight and shake a few times to make sure it is all well combined. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, top with a few banana slices and a dash of cinnamon. YUM

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So we all know that bananas and chia seeds are really good for you, yea? Let’s learn the deets on the how/why.

Bananas (details here)

→ Help overcome depression

Prevent muscle cramps

Counteract calcium loss

Reduce PMS symptoms

High levels of vitamin B6 aid weight loss, protect against type II diabetes, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells

Strengthen blood and relieve anemia

High potassium levels help lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke

Aid in digestions

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Chia seeds (details here)

They pack a powerful nutritional punch without the calories

Loaded with antioxidants

Almost all carbs in chia seeds are fiber

High in quality protein

High fiber/protein aids in weight loss

High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Lower risk of heart disease and type II diabetes

High in bone nutrients

They can improve exercise performance as much as sports drinks

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No Bake PB Delites

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A couple of weeks ago, JorBabe + I were nearing the end of Sober/Sugar Free January + the cravings were getting UNREAL. We were sooo tempted to just give in + down a margarita + some ice cream. We probably would have just blended the two together + been so happy. That’s how intense those cravings had gotten.

Thankfully, we made it all the way to Feb. 1st! + then we celebrated with a few too many margs + blonde brownies + had never felt SO GROSS. It’s amazing how your body gets used to the good stuff + as soon as you put some bad stuff into it, you feel so sick! Needless to say, we will not be doing that again:)

Back to the intense cravings…It was January 30th + JorBabe + I were going crazy. We needed a quick fix + these were the perfect things to whip up because they were ready in no time! It literally took me about 5 minutes to gather everything, mix + shove into the fridge.

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No Bake PB Ballz:

1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup organic creamy PB

2 TBSP + 2 TSP maple syrup

1/4 TSP pink himalayan salt

2 TBSP almond meal/flour

cacao nibs

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Combine all ingredients + mix until well combined. Roll into balls + refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes. + then try not to eat them all in one sitting because they are superrrr addicting!

I had to grab the plate away from JorBabe after his fourth ball + take them back to the refrigerator because it’s so hard to stop with these guys!

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They make a great dessert or a great anytime snack! They’re the perfect pick-me-up because the PB + cacao give you a little energy. I popped one the next morning before our hike + it held me over really well!

I like to workout super early before my body realizes that it’s hungry but sometimes we sleep in or I wake up starving + need something light.

These were AMAZEBALLS

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Banana Nut Bread: Vegan friendly, no refined sugar + no oil!

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It makes me so flippin’ excited to see so many amazing, healthy versions of our favorite snacks/meals/desserts!

I absolutely love banana bread + crave it quite often but never give into that craving because it’s really not that good for you.

And then I found Sara Hargo’s recipe. This girl is the real deal when it comes to HEALTHY, Vegan options (remember those delightful snickers??). There is NO oil, NO refined sugar + NO animal products in this. WINWINWIN♥

The only change I made to Sara’s recipe was using walnuts instead of pecans. I’m saving the pecans for a lil vegan, oil-free, refined sugar-free pecan pumpkin bread. YUM.

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Banana Nut Bread:

♥ 1 1/2 cups fine oat flour

♥ 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

♥ 2 1/2 TSP baking powder

♥ 1 TBS cinnamon

♥ 1 TSP pink himalayan salt

♥ 2 very ripe sweet bananas

♥  1 1/4 cups gooey, pitted dates (soak in hot water for 15 minutes to get them super soft)

♥ 1 cup almond milk

♥ 1/4 cup applesauce

♥ 1 TSP pure vanilla

♥ 1/2 cup coconut sugar

♥ 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (1/4 cup into the mix + 1/4 cup on top)

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Combine the first four ingredients in a medium bowl + mix well. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor or blender until completely smooth. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in your bowl. Pour into your baking pan + top with remaining walnuts. Bake at 350• for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Once it is done baking, let it set in your fridge for 30 minutes.

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Seriously guys, this was gone in about 24 hours. We even had a friend make us some homemade banana bread around the same time…+ it’s still sitting on the counter waiting to get eaten.

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5 Sec Jam: #IDontThinkYoureReadyForThisJelly

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I’ve never been super into jelly. I liked the PB part of the PB & J.

While everyone was gettin’ down on Uncrustables (EW), I was gettin’ down on PB & Bananerz. P.S. one of the best breakfasts is ezekial toast with organic PB, bananas + cinnamon. Tastebud explosion.

I hated (still hate but like x a trillion) jelly filled donuts, centers of oreos, + cream filled anything. Bottom line: I can’t take all the nasty jelly creamy stuff that’s basically all sugar.

That’s why I was super excited when my Spirit Animal (nobody steal her from me) posted her version of the 5 sec jam. She’s a genius + I’m kinda annoyed that I had never thought of this.

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5 Sec Jam:

  • slice of ezekial toast or veganic toast (One Degree makes an amazing veganic sesame sunflower bread!!)
  • handful of raspberries (blueberries + blackberries work great too)
  • about 1 TBS chia seeds (protein protein protein!)
  • 1 TSP coconut oil BC duhh!!! (remember how great coconut oil is for you?!) {INSERT LINK HERE}
  • sweetener (I don’t use anything but if you need it, use honey, stevia or coconut sugar)

Put the raspberries, chia seeds + coconut oil into a small bowl, grab a fork + mash away. Once mashed, spread onto your toast.

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See how freakin’ easy that is?! + how much healthier?!

Berries are full of antioxidants + antioxidants are $$$. These babies help fight disease.

Berries also: keep you mentally sharp, help manage diabetes, boost heart health, help with weight control, lower blood pressure, fight cancer, help prevent Alzheimer’s, + fight UTIs.

Next time you go to buy jelly, take a look at the ingredients list. There really isn’t anything in there that is good for you.

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Put down the jar + go grab some berries! It takes all of..uhh…5 seconds to keep your body in good shape. Don’t get lazy on me ppl!

Any other yummy things you like to put on your toast?!

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The best dang guac ever!

I’m all about avocados. + I’m even more about that guac. In college my girlfrans and I would go for dinner and drinks before we headed out to the bars every Thirsty Thursday and I would legit order guac for my meal (+ a freakin’ HUGE A** skinny marg- YUM). Little did I realize how bad it was. I will never understand why people take perfectly yummy + healthy things only to add a bunch of unnecessary crap to them. Like WHY would you add sour cream to guac?! I know it’s a money-saving thing + you can spread the guac amoungst more peeps but COME.ON. Eww.

Just a weeee bit upset at how we’ve crashed + burned as a country when it comes to providing wholesome, healthy food.

Anyyyyways, back to the best dang guac ever. This really is so amazing + so simple! We all love simple! No more of that packaged pre-made guac with who knows what in it. Just grab some avos, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, +  fresh garlic from your local grocer + you’re golden.

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Guac:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos (or hatch green chili if you really love spice + are feeling like livin’ life on the edge-my fave!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • cilantro (optional)
  • pink himalayan salt (optional)

Scoop the avos into a medium sized bowl + mash. Next, add the rest of your chopped up goodness + the lime juice. Season with as much black pepper as your lil heart desires + stir. I always taste test to make sure I have the right amount of everything there. See how easy that was?? This goes so well with so many things: organic tortilla chips, on burgers, in burritos, with eggs, carrots, etc.

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Now try really really super duper hard not to devour it all. Yes, it’s healthy but everything in moderation!

+ then I totally got distracted taste-testing + forgot to take a picture of the end result…oops, my B.

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| Hatch Green Chile here |

Hope you aren’t hangry: Spicy Lime Mashed Yams

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Seriously though, this is the best dang mashed anything I’ve EVER had. I lovee spicy, I lovee lime and I lovee yams! + it is sooooo easy to make!

Yams are great for you! They’re the healthy kind of carbs with lots of dietary fiber. This keeps you fuller longer + keeps your blood sugar levels even. Aside from fiber, they also provide good amounts of Vitamin C (think infection fighting, quick wound healing, anti-aging, strong bones + healthy immune systems), potassium, manganese + B vitamins (hellllooo increased metabolism!).

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So I found this recipe + had to make it right away. Ciarra used Sweet Potatoes but I only had yams on hand + like I said, I had to make it right away. Plus, IMO, yams > sweet potatoes. I also mixed the recipe up a bit to fit the needs of my lil taste buds because they get pretty dang demanding. ESP when the hangry hits.

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Spicy Lime Mashed Yams:

  • 3 yams
  • 2 TBS coconut oil <<< seriously the best thing to ever hit planet earth
  • 3 TSP lime zest (BC I LOVE LIME)
  • Juice of 1 lime (^^^)
  • 1 TSP pink himalayan salt
  • 1/2 TSP  ground coriander
  • 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper (I used 1 TSP bc spice is just tooo good)
  • 1 TSP ground black pepper
  • 1 TSP garlic powder

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Peel + cube the yams so that they cook a little faster. Put these in a pot with water + boil for about 30 minutes or until they are tender enough to mash. While the yams are cooking, mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl. Once the yams are tender enough, drain the water from the pot + add in your little spicy, limey, coconutty goodness . Get your masher + mash away! Garnish with a little lime and try not to eat the whole dang pot. You’ll learn how much self-control you have with this recipe. Serious NOMS.

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Enjoy! xx

Coconut Oil found here | Himalayan Salt found here

Skinny Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip kicked by cayenne

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So I made this for one of my favorite days ever- The USC vs. UCLA football game. It’s like my fave fave. JorBabe loves UCLA + I’m a huge SC groupie. We have shirts + everything. + we make bets against each other. It just gets real competitive (playful competitive) + fun!

This year we celebrated it at my girlfran’s house + of course you never show up empty-handed! I decided this was the perfect game day grub!

I think my favorite guilty pleasure is spinach artichoke dip. I loveeee to let myself splurge on it when we go out to eat. Like, I am the happiest girl in the restaurant when I’ve got my spinach dip. + I’m not too talkative because I’m too busy stuffing my face. Cute, huh? But it’s gotta be perfect- not too cheesy, not too greasy + not too spinach-y. Some restaurants really eff this up + TBH, all restaurants (well, 99.99%) make the most unhealthy version of this.

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I’m always thinking of ways to make the most unhealthy dishes a little more healthy so that I can feel less guilty when eating them. Bing bang bam.

This one is bomby. Like so so so so good. I need one of those Kitchen Safe lock boxes (<<< saw this ish on Shark Tank – SO RAD!)  to put it in so that I don’t eat it all.

For this recipe, I took a risk + used all greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Anyone else think sour cream + plain greek yogi taste the same? Because I do. + I’d rather put greek yogi into my body than sour cream.

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Skinny Kale Spinach Artichoke Dip (serves 8-10):

  • 1 bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed + chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale
  • 2 cups finely chopped spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper (I add 2 tsp bc I like things w/ a lil more kick in them + helllloooo revved up metabolism!)
  • 1/2 TSP turmeric (I add 1-2 tsp bc it’s turmeric + turmeric is amazing for you – see why here) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 TSP pink himalayen salt
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 TBSP organic mayo (This is optional but makes the dip, really…trust me. I don’t like mayo but it’s good here.)
  • 3 TBSP raw parmesan + extra for the top
  • coconut oil to grease the baking dish

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Heat oven to 375 degrees. Throw everything into a bowl + mix up! Place into your greased baking dish + bake covered for 35-45 minutes. I bake it for about 45 min. because I like the top to crisp up a bit. Let this set for 5-10 min. + serve w/ some tasty pita chips!

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I tend to add more artichokes because I’m an artichoke heart fanatic. Like, I’m that girl at Whole Foods with the $15 salad from the produce bar because it’s pretty much all artichoke hearts + damn are those things heavy.

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Anywhooo- everyone loved this because what’s not to love? Especially with a little college football, best friends + good dranks?!

Anyone else have any healthy apps you love to serve at your parties?

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