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Energy Bites

Energy Bites
Nut butter, oats, nuts, dried fruit, honey and other mix-in’s of your choice rolled into a delicious yet healthy bite size treat. There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite. The perfect pick me up breakfast, snack or desert for both adults and the kiddos.

I am so addicted to these no bake energy bites! Imagine being able to eat peanut butter cookie dough without all the guilt 😉 Well this isn’t exactly cookie dough (no flour here), but they do have a similar nutty, sweet and scrumptious taste. These energy bites require no baking, can be made in minutes and put in the freezer for a quick snack when needed (or to help satisfy that sweet tooth). There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite.

They also make a great and healthy snack for your kids or babies. Our little Noelle just loves munching on them.  🙂  I typically give her some that are easier for her to chew with less nuts and she does great with them.   Easy to pack up in a snack bag and go! They’re also perfect for the lunch box and much cheaper than packaged bars. What makes them fun is how versatile they can be with whatever flavors and fillings you like. Get creative! I’ve seen some other recipes for Nutella, Almond Joy or Trail Mix energy bites. Yum yum!

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Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa

Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs.  A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!
Chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and quinoa baked in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. A lightened up and fresher version of chicken casserole without all the salt and butter!

Happy Labor Day! We are enjoying our weekend so far just relaxing around the house, visiting with family,  playing outside in the pool and eating lots of yummy food.  I love to cook on the weekends, especially big breakfasts.  This morning we had whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes. (yes I’m already getting my pumpkin fix- hah) Mmmm.

For dinner last night I made Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa. We’ve had this meal plenty of times not only because it’s tasty and healthy, but also I can usually get little Noelle to eat it! It’s always a win when I can find a healthy vegetable dish she likes. It has just enough homemade cheese sauce and crunchy toasted breadcrumbs on top to make this a mouth watering yet nutritious comfort food.

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Cilantro Hummus

Cilantro Hummus
Cilantro Hummus- a tasty twist on traditional hummus, easy to make, and tastes so much better homemade!

I had my first taste of hummus about 10 years ago when my brother-in-law took us to this small Middle Eastern restaurant in Tempe called Haji-Baba. I was hesitant. Dipping pita bread in this light brown paste did not look appetizing. But then I had my first taste and I was surprised how flavorful and amazing it was! Besides just eating it with pita bread, it is delicious as a spread in a sandwich or wrap, on pizza, or served with fresh or grilled vegetables. This is also a fun dip for kids and a great way to sneak in some veggies 😉

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Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins

 

Apple Sauce Carrot Cake Muffins
These carrot muffins are so moist, easy, kid friendly and they don’t contain any butter or white sugar!

Finally. Finally after spending a lot of time creating this blog, trying to learn how to properly use my camera (and still learning), working part-time and being a busy mommy, I am able to write my first post!

I’ve made these applesauce carrot cake muffins many times before and thought it would be a great recipe to share. What I love about them is that they not only taste like moist carrot cake, they are healthy too! They are super easy to make and contain no butter or white sugar. Not to mention, they fill your kitchen with the comforting aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spices. It actually makes me a little excited for fall time, which is right around the corner. 🙂 I’m trying to think positive thoughts because today in Phoenix we just hit our record high for the year… 114 deg! Yikes.

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