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Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites! I was introduced to these energy balls of goodness through Pinteret and I’m addicted! 🙂 Not only are they easy to make but they are healthy too, gotta love that.
Ingredients
1 cup of dry oatmeal
2/3 cup of sweetened or toasted coconut flake
1/2 cup of peanut butter (I used homemade peanut butter/ I made in a previous post or you can substitute almond butter)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (optional or you can substitute dry fruit)
1/3 cup of honey (caution to using agave, honey keeps the balls together)
1 tsp of vanilla
Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once, chilled roll into balls and store in an air tight container. It’s a guiltless treat that will fix any sugar cravings you may have. Enjoy!


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Yogurt Dots

Another healthy snack and you can make right in the comfort of you own home, is yogurt dots! My addiction to pinterest led me to this cute idea. Literally, you just place a ziploc bag into a glass and fold the corners over. Put your favorite yogurt inside the ziploc bag, pull the bag out of the glass and squeeze yogurt down to one corner (creating a homemade piping bag). Snip the corner of the bag and squeeze the yogurt into small size dots on a baking sheet. I used my favorite honey greek gods yogurt and a strawberry chobani yogurt, Mmmmmm! Place in freezer for an hour and ENJOY! It helps cure a sweet tooth, gives you the impression of ice cream, and would also be good for a teething baby (for all you moms). 🙂


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Birds Nest Breakfast Cups

Good Morning World! Here’s an easy breakfast idea to kick start the day and the best part of it all is any that are left over, you can store in a container and eat tomorrow. Genius! These hash brown breakfast cups with egg whites and veggies of your choice are tasty and easy.
Ingredients
1 24 oz bag of shredded hash browns
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/3 cup of mozzarella (or cheese of choice)
2 tsp salt & pepper
You can choose toppings of choice I added finely diced onion, bell pepper, and a few bacon bits. First, mix hash browns, oil, cheese, and salt & pepper. Divide amongst greased muffin tin. Bake hash browns at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until toasty. Once they are finished, take them out and lower the temperature to 350 degrees. I pour egg whites into my hash brown next or you can crack and egg into each individual one. Then top with veggies and sprinkle with cheese. Pop back in oven and bake at 350 degrees for an additional 15 minutes our until egg are cooked through. Pull out oven and serve!


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Flush Fat

I caught the tale end of Dr. Oz the other day and Kim Lyons (celebrity trainer) was talking about her ultimate 10-day diet plan to lose weight. Needless, to say it caught my attention and this was one of her interesting tips below…
I will be posting a few other of her diet tips to follow as I try them! To make combine 1 slice of grapefruit, 1 tangerine, 1/2 cucumber, 2 peppermint leaves and ice. The grapefruit and tangerine burn fat. The cucumbers help you stay full. The peppermint calms your stomach and is refreshing. Drink as much as flush water as you want, but you must have three 8oz glasses before meals for at least 10 days. 🙂 Enjoy!
My supermarket did not have peppermint leaves so I substituted mint leaves. I also added a whole grapefruit, its not going to hurt and I used some of my left over ice cubes with blueberries and lemon. Why not? It’s going to add to the flavor and taste great!

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Peach Protein Oatmeal

I dressed up my oatmeal this morning with a breakfast high in protein and a peach! Quick, Easy, Tasty, and falls under the category of protein foods! Follow the instructions on the oatmeal container 3/4 cups of oats and 1 cup of water (I added an additional 1/4 cup of water I like the consistency), 1 scoop of protein, and a splash of orange extract. Heat for 2 minutes in microwave. Drizzle with honey and top with a peach! 🙂


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BBQ Salmon & Artichoke

On a whim I decided to make some salmon and artichoke last night with fruit salsa. I bought the wild caught salmon because they claim its healthier for you but I must say I am a bigger fan of the farm raised. It’s lighter in color and seems less fishy in taste. It’s up to you what you choose based on your taste buds.
First, boil a pot of water for artichoke. Then cut the tip and stem of the artichoke, snip the pointy leaves, cut in half (can do before or after boiling), and submerge in pot to boil with lid for 30 to 45min (until leaves easily pull away). Pull out the water once tender and season with olive oil or butter, lemon, & spices of choice (salt, pepper, garlic, onion salt).
Now on preheated grill place the artichoke face down to to finish cooking so they have the grill marks and flavor. Also, place salmon on grill face down first and then flip & finish cooking with skin side down on grill. Once you flip the salmon skin side down then baste with bbq sauce of choice. I mixed vidalia sweet onion bbq sauce, maple chipotle grill sauce, & vidalia onion fig sauce to brush on my salmon. Cook a total a 8 to 10 minutes.
I made a fruit salsa to top fish with which consisted of diced mango, peach, rainier cherries, jalapeno, black beans (rinsed & drained), lime juice, splash of orange juice, and salt & pepper. YUM!
Also, served with asparagus roasted in the oven on 350 degrees until tender with olive oil, lemon, and season. Plus, fingerling potatoes (which have nutty flavor & compliment fish) @ 350 degrees for 30 to 45 min (until tender) with olive oil, seasoning, and fresh rosemary. Oh, and a cucumber sliced and soaked in vinegar & black pepper its a “southern thing” has a little bite but delish! It was all pretty good! 😉


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Protein Shake

Healthy & Flavorful!
Water
1 scoop vanilla protein
1 tablespoon honey
Blackberries
Strawberries
Big Spoonful of Yogurt (optional)
Big Spoonful of Peanut Butter
Blend in Blender for your Lean Protein Shake!


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Fruit Platter

I had some left over fruit from the other night and put together a fruit platter with a fruit cannoli cream. I snagged the cannoli cream recipe from food network star Giada De Laurentiis!
1/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Pinch ground cinnamon
Directions
Stir the ricotta and 2 tablespoons of cream in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1/3 cup of cream, powdered sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl until semi-firm peaks form. Fold the ricotta into the whipped cream. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to stiffen and yield a creamier filling. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) I put the cannoli cream inside the pineapple for presentation.

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Bowl of Cherries

The only hand picking of cherries I do is at the market right into the shopping cart. 🙂 They are so delicious but I never really buy them because they are work to eat. You always need an extra bowl just for the stems and pits but I guess I can’t resist summer goodness even it takes a little extra work!

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Honey Glazed Salmon

I’m a fan of fish especially Sea Bass and Black Cod (MY FAVS) but my third choice is Salmon! I like salmon smoked, cooked, canned, all kinds of different ways! It’s a nutritious fish high in protein, and “good fats” and one of my favorite ways to serve salmon is by creating this simple glaze below:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1/4 cup of honey
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp melted butter
salt & pepper
sprinkle with pecans
Salt & Pepper Salmon. Mix the fist 3 ingredients in a bowl. Coat glaze on top of Salmon. Sprinkle with pecans. Pop in oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with roasted asparagus or veggie of choice. The glazes sweet taste combined with flavor of the fish is INCREDIBLE!

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