Dates worth remembering

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Doesn’t everyone love a good date? One that’s so good you know you’ll never forget it? One that’s perfectly sweet from start to finish? One that’s pure deliciousness in every bite?

Choco-Almond Date Mini-Balls

Oh wait, you didn’t think I was talking about a romantic date, did you?

Choco-almond date mini-balls

In my foodie heart, my only date worth remembering is Medijool. (Okay, that’s not completely true; I’ve had some pretty good romantic dates, but that’s not what we’re talking about today…)

These mini date balls are pure deliciousness… I recently fell in love with Larabars, but I didn’t fall in love with the price tag ($1.79 for a single bar? Yikes!) So, as per usual, I set out to make my own! I based my recipe on this one from Chocolate Covered Katie and made a big batch to enjoy as pre-workout snacks for this week.

Chocolate Almond Nut Balls

Chocolate Almond Nut Mini-Balls
Makes 12 mini balls

  • 2/3 c. pitted dates
  • 1/8 c. raw almonds
  • 1/8 c. roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Mix on high until well blended. (Mine took about three minutes).
  2. Remove and roll into small balls. Enjoy!
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Staying healthy in a crazy busy week

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Wow…what an incredibly busy weekend!

After a short run of Friday afternoon, Andy and I went to a birthday party Friday night and then spent most of yesterday and today at church for various commitments. However, I had a short break yesterday afternoon and was able to go visit my best friend from home on her graduation day!

Michelle's graduationAlthough I missed her actual graduation, I was able to join her and her family for a party back at her house afterwards. Congrats, Michelle — I’m so proud of you!

After a crazy busy weekend, this week likely isn’t going to slow down at all…I have commitments tomorrow until 9:30 and then am speaking at a banquet on Tuesday night back in my hometown, which is about a two hour drive. I plan on staying at home and getting up super early Wednesday morning to drive back for work and then celebrate Andy’s birthday with him!

So, in light of a super busy week, I wanted to do some serious healthy food prep…

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I made apple almond butter pancakes from Detoxinista, cut up fresh pineapple & strawberries (you better bet I’m having some PB & Strawberry J Bowls this week!),  roasted asparagus, and balsamic glazed white pizza.

Need some of your own inspiration to do some food prep? Head over to the Lean Green Bean Blog…I love reading about what everyone whips up; it inspires me to get creative myself!

 

Fit Friday Find: A snack worth sharing

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I promised I wouldn’t mention the “M” word today, so we’re turning out attention to a summery Fit Friday Find!

Fit Friday

Okay, so I didn’t really “find” any revolutionary foods. I’m talking pretty basic stuff here: strawberries, peanut butter, cottage cheese. However, what’s revolutionary is how amazing these things are altogether…

Healthy PB & (Strawberry) J Bowl

Seriously drool-worthy, right?

I call it healthy PB & (strawberry) J bowl. I actually don’t think you even need to like cottage cheese to eat this. And, if you don’t believe me, fine. Eat it with some plain greek yogurt. I think you’ll still be impressed.

Healthy PB & Strawberry J Bowl

I think the secret is the dollop of homemade strawberry jam I added. It lightly coats the strawberries and adds that jelly consistently necessary to call something “PB & J.”

I don’t even think this qualifies as a “recipe,” more as just like the most simple, summery, delicious snack you’re going to eat all week. But, for those of you that like to follow directions, here you go…

Healthy PB & (Strawberry) J Bowl
Serves 1

  • 1 c. strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 c. low-fat or reduced sodium cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. homemade strawberry jelly (optional, but amazing)
  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl. Mix. Eat.

See, told ya it was simple!

How to level up this recipe:

  • For added protein, sprinkle with vanilla protein powder or some flax seed.

How to level down this recipe:

  • Throw in some chocolate chips or sprinkle with sugar for added sweetness.

What types of summery snacks do you love?