I have a ton of awesome finds to show you as well as grocery shopping! My mom and my brother took me to supermarkets yesterday (Whole Foods and Fairway) as part of my birthday present. I even dressed up and everything, that’s because we also went to dinner. More on that manana!You know I love food and I can’t resist a trip to the supermarket. Before I get into that, you know I bought stuff for trail mixing; pistachios, cashews, raisins, mulberries, dark chocolate covered almonds and raisins, cashews and dried apricots.
I found another gluten-free version of granola by Nature’s Path; vanilla cranberry. It has coconuts, cranberries, pistachios and coconut flakes. I have to say this is definitely one of my favorite granola by them. They only downside is 140 calories per 1/4 cup. I also got either for a snack or post workout breakfast this protein powder pack from Vega. It’s vegan, gluten-free and has 25g of protein. Oh yeah, I can’t wait to try.Also from Vega? I am in love with these savi seed snacks! My favorite is the karmalized one. I never heard of these seeds but they also have omega 3′s like chia and flax seeds.I found these gluten-free burgers by Sol Cuisine. I’m impressed that they have soy burgers now without wheat. I tried one and it wasn’t too bad but I definitely wouldn’t buy it again. Next by Nature dark chocolate dried apricots with only 7g of sugar per serving? Uh, yes! They have so many other delicious ones to try. Oh my I must find them all.Last by not least? More chocolate. I cannot wait to try this dark chocolate and cocoa nibs with sea salt by Madecasse. Go check out these website, they have an awesome about us.Question: Any fun finds on your end? Enjoy your weekend folks. Tomorrow I head out on a nice drive with my mom and grandma to head back to the MA on my 25th birthday!
So glad that many of you loved the sugar-free chocolate dip. Boy do I have some fun treats for you to try with it. I hope you like them as much as I do!
I’ve been on a nice clean eating streak and have eliminated a lot of added sugars. I was eating milk chocolate like crazy. Heck I was drinking too much of milk anything.
I’m lactose intolerant plus nothing was organic. Meaning more estrogen in my body, meaning off-balanced Sabrina! And too much dark chocolate messes with my bile reflux. What’s a girl to do? Take the sugar-free chocolate dip and get creative, but make sure you cool it for at least five (to ten) minutes. Here are two little “recipes” I did with the dip which have no added sugar, unless you use maple syrup. Feel free to try your own variations.
Maybe try making the clusters maybe with blueberries, coconut flakes and almond slices? That is my next attempt! And for the almond butter cups, maybe try a different nut butter? I think some raw cashew butter would be divine. Enjoy!
Sabrina’s Fruit & Nut Chocolate Clusters Ingredients (Makes 6 Servings)
- 1 Serving of Sugar-Free Chocolate Dip (w/ maple added if desired)
- 1/2 Cup of Frozen Raspberries, Thawed A BIT (or your choice)
- 2 Tbsps of Pepitas (or your choice nuts)
- 1 Tbsps of Raisins (or your choice dried fruit)
Put all the ingredients into a bowl and stir gently to mix. Place the clusters into cupcake liners (mines are silicone, for non-stick action) or drop them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
Remove from freezer and enjoy!
Chocolate Almond Butter Cups Ingredients (Makes 2-4 Servings)
- 1 Serving of Sugar-Free Chocolate Dip (w/ maple added if desired)
- 1 Tbsp of Raw Almond Butter, Divided
- 1 tsp of your choice vegan protein powder mixed into almond butter (Optional)*
Take two big (pictured above) or four small cupcake liners and spread a little bit of chocolate dip on the bottom. Then divide the almond butter between the liners sections.
Then add the remaining chocolate to cover the almond butter. Freeze for at least 30 minutes (or try in the fridge for an hour?). Remove and eat!
Question: Do you have a recipe that is versatile? My chocolate mousse is definitely good for a brownie filling. Even can be used as frosting. Mmmm, mousse frosting!
I know.. the title. But since I am weird, it’s perfectly okay to use.
Today my brother is coming to visit from upstate New York. He hasn’t been to Massachusetts so I am excited to show him around this good ole state. Let’s check out some things from this week, shall we? It was my last week at work and of course, I was sick.Look how pale I look! At least I had coffee to keep me up, but once it was finished, it was back to feeling crumby. Blah >.< Oh, wait it’s not coffee and of course has no coffee. Then what is it? I so happen to find “coffee-free-coffee.” I didn’t realized it had barley in it (which is okay for me, just not very paleo). Doesn’t really taste like coffee but it has coffee essence and taste/ smells really yummy. Oh along with Burts Bee’s samples, you know I will give some of these out. Stay tuned for a soon-to-be giveaway. Let’s see I also tried me a Quest bar. The verdict? This flavor did nothing or maybe even the bar? I was super full because it has 17g of fiber but I wasn’t satisfied what so ever.But something that did have a lot of fiber and kept me satisfied were these lentil burgers that I made. I altered the recipe a lot and I I didn’t use too much oil, but it tasted really good. I did use oregano (my favorite for burgers). The have a ton more lentil recipes on the side, so definitely check them out.Did you try my truffles out yet? Seriously they are balls of yum. Go make them now!Question: Any finds this week for you? If you tried Quest Bars, which flavor do you think is the best?
I’ll be willing to try it one more time… I think.
What has healthy fats, some protein and of course, dark chocolate?
These delicious truffles. They are so rich and decadent, definitely one of my favorite recipes from the blog. Along with the vanilla cake and of course the chocolate mousse, I can’t decide which is my favorite.
Luckily they are all in different categories I suppose? Well now this recipe makes about twelve* little chocolate dipped “truffles” and each one has about 55 calories, 4g fat, and 2.5g protein. This obviously will vary depending on what ingredients you use.
I honestly have nothing else to say about them because they are just that good. They need no words. Just your hands to make them and mouth to eat them. Enjoy!Dark Chocolate & Coconut Almond Butter “Truffles” Ingredients (Inspired by this recipe)’
- 2-3 Tbsps of Smooth Almond Butter (Raw is yummy, but you ultimately can use your choice, maybe some raw cashew butter?)
- 2 tsps of Coconut Butter
- 20g of Melted Dark Chocolate (70% or higher)
- 1 – 1 1/2 Scoop of Vega All Natural or try the Chocolate Energizing Smoothie Powder
- 1 tsp of Agave Nectar (or try honey)
- Coating: 40g of Dark Chocolate + 2 tsp of Coconut Butter (melted together!)
Place the nut butter and coconut butter in the microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds to softened. Then mix the next three ingredients very well to form a soft dough, that can be made into a ball either using your hands or melon scooper. I just use my hands… I like to get dirty.
If too thick, add a little more agave. If too liquid-y, add more of the Vega energizing smoothie powder. Then make into ten to twelve* truffles. Place in the fridge while you prepare your dark chocolate coating. Take the dark chocolate and coconut butter and melt it together to form the coating.
Let it cool for a couple of minutes, then get your truffles from the fridge. Dip them into the chocolate coating and place on a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper. Put into the fridge for about ten minutes and then eat! Or if you are like me and can’t wait, I put it in the fridge for a minute.
But I promise waiting a bit makes it taste better. Maybe even try using white chocolate instead? Sprinkled with some cinnamon, oh yum!Question: Truffles or Chocolate? I’m going to go with truffles on this one. Especially Godiva’s cappuccino one. Pure chocolate and coffee bliss.
Can you believe it’s the end of January in a couple of days? Like what the hell… where did the time go? I think I am having a quarter-life crisis here because the time is going so fast and it’s FREAKING ME OUT! Breathe Sabrina… breathe. *Fakes a smile*I finally did some real grocery shopping, I think. I got some veggies, fruit, black beans, wraps, butter, yogurt and such. You know… the “Sabrina basics.”Once I got home from the grocery store, I made some of the breakfast cakes and topped them with almonds and some pumpkin/ sunflower seeds. So delicious.I also got back into my gym routine because since going to the ER, I haven’t really been doing anything strenuous. It felt good to get back on it.One of the days this week, my friend and I went for breakfast in Salem. I had a mean craving for french toast. Yes I did eat it. No not the sausage and bread but the french toast; wheat and all. It was so good and worth it but how did I feel? Not too bad, but it did hit me after a while.Then I had this obsession with eating my allergens. I went on a complete binging rampage and I ate
17 mini peanut butter cups and chocolate peanut butter ice cream. What the hell, Sabrina? I felt like complete crap. The room was spinning and I was breathing heavy. It was so horrible as I just knocked out on the bed and woke up at like five in the morning.I declare I will never, EVER do that again. Ever. So on Friday I cleaned up my diet and ate back on schedule; low-fat, low-acid and clean. Except of a few fries. I’m also doing more greens and less carbs at dinner. It felt really good and I am happy to be back on track. My tummy thanks me.Question: Do you ever get off track or worse binge? Okay, I know we all do, but how about those with allergies? I have been binge free for almost two years and I was not happy about this one bit. Time to snap out of it for sure. But in terms of my allergens, sometimes traces just sneak in on me. I hate it, but I know I must control it because why would I want to feel crappy?
Hello everyone and happy What I Ate Wednesday! For today I bring you my eats from a day last week where I show you my new low-fat lifestyle. On average I have about 50g of fat. Before I was eating about 80g, which I calculated via Slim Kicker. If you don’t know what WIAW, check it out at Peas and Crayons!Breakfast: I made a little “cake” using the pancake batter from the non-vegan option. I topped it with 2 tsps of almond butter and two almonds. It had a total of 6g of fat, whoot!Since I figure most of my meals can be 8-10g max of fat, it still gives me the opportunity to have cheese (like this rice cheese stick) and nuts/ seeds, I just do half a serving. I also had a pear with this snack.
For lunch, I did a black bean burger spinach salad with 1/2 serving of cheddar cheese, pumpkin and sunflower seeds that I made using this Veg Time’s recipe. I didn’t use onions, and I subbed the quinoa for white rice, the tomatoes for broccoli and added a little egg whites to it. It’s my go to black bean burger recipe.I had another Stonyfield yogurt for snack. I am in love with this yogurt, totally!
For dinner, I had a baked potato with a little Earth Balance and melted cheddar cheese, spinach and parsley flakes. It was nice, quick and delicious. This meal only had 10g of fat.Dessert? I had a scrumptious chocolate protein cookie with raspberries and whip cream. I know it’s chocolate and probably about 6-8g of fat but, it was my treat. I’ve been chocolate deprived and I am not going to be eating copious amounts anymore…just once or twice a week!Question: Tell me this isn’t the healthiest you have ever seen me eat? Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise Pretty sick and evil disguise, but I feel so much better, except for the chocolate withdrawal. Okay, that was more of a statement then a question, ha!
Food makes me happy. I don’t know about you but a yummy piece of organic cheese or a delicious bowl or soymilk and maple granola just puts a smile on my face.
As usual, before going back to Massachusetts, my mom took me grocery shopping at my favorite supermarket, Fairway. I got a few different things then normal, but yet still very tasty looking.
For the pantry stuff I got, some teas, soymilk, buckwheat products, granola, Justin’s almond butter, beans and a couple Luna bars. Expect a “buckwheat” fun finds Friday. I got a ton of things with that.For the fridge/ produce, I got Earth Balance, gala and red delicious apples, pears, organic mozzarella and cheddar cheese and a So Delicious coconut milk plain yogurt.Lastly the freezer items were some Applegate products, baby Brussels sprouts and Alexia oven fries. Oh can’t forget some sweets! I’ve been into coffee (as you may have remember) and got this espresso dark chocolate from Newman’s Own Organic. Also some So Delicious coconut milk no sugar added ice cream. Mmm, butter pecan!Oh and I got the last bit of goodies for the giveaway (don’t forget to enter). Question: Any foods you’ve just gotten hooked on? Coffee is definitely the first things that comes to my mind. How about you?