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Pumpkin Cheesecake Granola Bites

Pumpkin Cheesecake Granola Bites 

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There are two things I love in a variety of ways.

Pumpkin and cheesecake. 

These bites combine both.

As a food blogger and recipe developer, we tend to have lots of leftovers.  This was the case with the creation of this recipe. I had some left over items from a few recipes I made and decided to make a treat for the kids lunches.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Ingredients

1 cup almonds

1 cup pumpkin granola

10 dates

2 Tbsp coconut flour

1/4 cup pumpkin pie cream cheese dip

Place all ingredients in processor.

Process till smooth.

Dump mixture into bowl and scoop out teaspoons and roll into balls.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Granola Bites

These were a big hit with the whole family and they worked great for school lunches.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Pumpkin Cheesecake Granola Bites
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Recipe type: Sweet Treat
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
 
A delicious sweet treat that combines pumpkin and cheesecake flavors. 🙂
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pumpkin granola
  • 10 dates
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ cup pumpkin pie cream cheese dip
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in processor.
  2. Process till smooth.
  3. Dump mixture into bowl and scoop out teaspoons and roll into balls.

Crispy Sweet Potato “Steaks” with Spicy Warm Spinach Salad

 

Sweet Potato “Steaks” with Warm Spicy Spinach Salad

Ok, so I am not entirely sure how this recipe came about exactly.  I initially planned on trying sweet potato sliders and this recipe could be called “Crispy Sweet Potato Sliders on yummy Hawaiian Rolls” because that is probably how I would serve them.  As fate would have it, I was craving a nice steak served with a salad and so along came the Crispy Sweet Potato “Steak”  The key to this recipe is to create a sort of brine.  The brine accomplishes two main things.

  1. Helps to remove some of the starch from the sweet potato allowing them to crisp nicely.
  2. Infuses the sweet potatoes with more flavor.

Ingredients:

8 large sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into thick rounds

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Butter

4 cups spinach

1 cup almonds

 

Brine:

Warm Water

2 Tbsp Salt

10 Peppercorns

1 Tbsp dehydrated onions

 

Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup olive oil (1 Tbsp used to roast nuts)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp mustard

2 tsp Sriracha
Directions.

Place sweet potatoes on a large container with a lid.  Cover sweet potatoes with warm water. Add salt, peppercorns and onions.  Let sit for at least an hour.  Overnight is best.

Pat sweet potatoes dry with paper towel.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Place 2 Tbsp of olive oil in the bottom of baking sheet. Spread to cover entire baking sheet.

Place sweet potato on the sheet and then flip to coat both sides of sweet potato with oil.  Repeat until pan is full of sweet potatoes “steaks”.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the “steaks” are fork tender. Flip at 10 minutes.

After 25 minutes raise the temperature to 500 degrees to get a nice crisp.

Roast the sweet potatoes at 500 for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through.

 

 

While the “steaks” are cooking, grab your spinach and place in a large bowl.

Give the almonds a rough chop. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the frying pan and heat until shimmering.  Add almonds, stir to coat in oil, and cook, stirring occasionally until the nuts are fragrant and golden brown.  About 8-10 minutes.

Remove from heat, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of paprika.  Stir to coat nuts evenly. Add the almonds to the bowl with the spinach.

Pour vinaigrette over spinach, nuts and toss to coat.  Serve alongside sweet potato “steaks”.

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Crispy Sweet Potato "Steaks" with Spicy Warm Spinach Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 8 large sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into thick rounds
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 cup almonds
  • Brine:
  • Warm Water
  • 2 Tbsp Salt
  • 10 Peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp dehydrated onions
  • Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup olive oil (1 Tbsp used to roast nuts)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
Instructions
  1. Place sweet potatoes on a large container with a lid. Cover sweet potatoes with warm water. Add salt, peppercorns and onions. Let sit for at least an hour. Overnight is best.
  2. Pat sweet potatoes dry with paper towel.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  4. Place 2 Tbsp of olive oil in the bottom of baking sheet. Spread to cover entire baking sheet.
  5. Place sweet potato on the sheet and then flip to coat both sides of sweet potato with oil. Repeat until pan is full of sweet potatoes "steaks".
  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the "steaks" are fork tender. Flip at 10 minutes.
  7. After 25 minutes raise the temperature to 500 degrees to get a nice crisp.
  8. Roast the sweet potatoes at 500 for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through.
  9. While the "steaks" are roasting grab your spinach and place in a large bowl.
  10. Give the almonds a rough chop. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the frying pan and heat until shimmering. Add almonds, stir to coat in oil, and cook, stirring occasionally until the nuts are fragrant and golden brown. About 8-10 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat, add ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of paprika. Stir to coat nuts evenly.
  12. Add the almonds to the bowl with the spinach.
  13. Pour vinaigrette over spinach, nuts and toss to coat. Serve alongside sweet potato "steaks".

3 Coffee Hacks For a Better Cup of Joe

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3 Coffee Hacks For a Better Cup of Joe

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A recent study found that your daily coffee habit may help boost longevity. Here are 3 coffee hacks to make sure your caffeine habit is benefiting your health and not harming it.

 

Swap nondairy creamers for coconut milk creamer, coconut milk or coconut oil.

Nondairy creamer is made from corn syrup solids and partially hydrogenated oil, better known as trans fats. The havoc trans fats place on your body is something you want to try and avoid. 

My favorite add for my coffee is coconut milk. When blended in the blender the oil emulsifies and you get a nice creamy topping on the coffee.

Swap flavor shots with your favorite extracts.

My favorite is vanilla or almond extract. During the winter, I opt for peppermint. Peppermint Mocha anyone?

Many of the flavor shots are loaded with sugar as well as artificial flavors and colors. 

Swap some or all of the the sugar for cinnamon.

Adding a couple teaspoons of sugar to a few cups of coffee can quickly get you to your sugar limit. Adding cinnamon to coffee gives it a natural sweetness. The cinnamon works for you in other ways too. It is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial spice, so it is the perfect addition, especially during the winter months.

Adding a couple teaspoons of sugar to a few cups of coffee can quickly get you to your sugar limit. Adding cinnamon to coffee gives it a natural sweetness. The cinnamon works for you in other ways too. It is an anti-inflammatory… Click To Tweet

Swap fat-free milk with organic whole milk.

Whole milk from grass fed cows offers omega-3  benefits as well as keeping you full longer.

What is your favorite way to “healthy-fy” your coffee?

7 Natural Items That Produce Healthy Skin

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What you put in your mouth is essential to having healthy skin and a glowing complexion. What occurs on you skin is a mirror image of your internal health. Eating the right foods will not only improve the texture of your skin, it can also protect against wrinkles and premature aging. Here are seven foods that will help produce and support healthy skin.  Healthy skin is a product of your diet, so let’s see what you need to eat so you can attain that youthful glow.

Blueberries

These deep purple berries are among the richest of all fruits in antioxidant compounds.  That means adding these beauties to your daily diet adds little warriors that will gobble up those horrible free radicals in the body.

Blueberries are a deliciously sweet way to add daily fruit to your diet. You can add them to your oatmeal in the morning, have them with a salad at lunch or my favorite a blueberry crumble for dessert. Click To Tweet

Blueberry Crumble

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Blueberry Crumble

Taste the Rainbow – Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Carrots 

These items are rich in carotenes. These foods replenish the skins supply of antioxidants, vitamin C and E and research shows they aid  in ridding the body of free radicals that can damage cells and are known to contribute to dry skin and wrinkles.

These foods are fun to play with and add nutrient content to your diet. They add a palate of color that allows your to eat with your eyes before digging in.

Sweet Potatoes are easily substituted for regular potatoes. Excellent sweet potato dishes include curries, pasta, casseroles and soup.  We love them simply baked and loaded with black beans, cheese, Greek yogurt, and avocado. 🙂

You may also like these sweet potato pancakes that are a family favorite.

Vitamin Water with blueberries and strawberries.
Vitamin Water with blueberries and strawberries.

Water

Being hydrated keeps skin plump and gives a natural glow. It also keeps winter dryness from showing up on your face. Pure water is best.  Have fun playing with it by adding fruit, lemons, oranges or cucumbers.

This is my version of Real Vitamin Water.  It is packed with nutrients, and you can juice the berries when you are done making the water.

 

 

Fatty Fish – Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Sardines

The Omega-3 found in fatty fish helps to reduce the production of inflammation that can damage skin. These oils help skin to feel softer and give it an additional glow.

The weekly goal for fatty fish is two 4-ounce servings.  A few alternatives if you are not a fish lover (like my husband;0) is avocados, walnuts, flaxseed and chia seed.

Green Tea

Green tea has catechins that are beneficial for reducing inflammation as well as detoxify cancer-causing free radicals. Tea also has a wealth of polyphenols that can improve skin elasticity and reduce signs of aging associated with sun exposure, including skin cancer.

The daily goal is one to three cups of green tea daily to maximize the health benefits.

Citrus – Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit

Spiced "Apple Cider" Lemonade
Spiced “Apple Cider” Lemonade

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is abundant in citrus. Research shows they also help to keep the collagen in your skin functioning properly.

Lemons offer a great amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium which help keep the body hydrated and skin looking fresh and healthy.

Lemons offer a great amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium which help keep the body hydrated and skin looking fresh. Click To Tweet

Some Additional Tips:

Keep Your Diet Fresh and Simple: Skin ages more quickly when your diet consists of a high amount of processed foods and refined sugars. For healthy skin aim for 80-90 percent of daily food being vegetables, fruits, and lean meats

 

Skin ages more quickly when your diet consists of a high amount of processed foods and refined sugars. For healthy skin aim for 80-90 percent of daily food being vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. Click To Tweet

 

Green Juice Anyone: If you struggle with getting your veggies in try adding a green smoothie or juice as a mid-day snack.  You can get multiple servings of fruit and vegetables.  Try these for inspirations: Smoothie Mastermind.

If you struggle with getting your veggies in try adding a green smoothie or juice as a mid-day snack. You can get multiple servings of fruit and veggies. Try these for inspirations: Smoothie Mastermind. Click To Tweet

Source of information:

Axe, J. “7 Health Benefits of Blueberries – Dr. Axe.” 2014. <http://draxe.com/health-benefits-blueberries/>

“Blueberry Recipes – Antioxidant Fruits & Superfoods.” 2012. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.refinery29.com/blueberries-skin-care-antioxidants>

Slide show: Add antioxidants to your diet – Mayo Clinic.” 2015. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/multimedia/antioxidants/sls-20076428>

Gibson, LE. “Foods for healthy skin: Top picks – Mayo Clinic.” 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/healthy-skin/faq-20058184>

“Your Body On Green Tea – Prevention.” 2015. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.prevention.com/food/5-health-benefits-drinking-green-tea>

“Eat your way to fabulous skin | BBC Good Food.” 2013. 22 Nov. 2015 <http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin>