We went to Disneyland this past weekend, and I really wanted to prepare ahead of time and get into the kitchen to create some snacks that would FEEL indulgent but wouldn't cause inflammation and sugar crashes like so many theme park snacks do.
These Paleo Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites, are JUST sweet enough to pass as a dessert, but not too sweet to where they overwhelm. I made the first batch WITHOUT chocolate chips, as my strict Paleo treats, and for Grey I threw in some Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips to stand in for a classic cookie.
My first attempt at this recipe, I used coconut sugar and they just weren't sweet enough, very bland with the flour mixture. Once I swapped it for maple syrup, it made them JUST right and easy to roll into balls after chilling.
Where will you be adventuring with this easy, healthy snack?
Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere.From lattes to muffins, body scrubs to pies, it seems everyone is finding ways to celebrate the start of fall weeks before its due to arrive. Which I am JUUUUST fine with. With temps still hitting over 100 degrees, I’m ALL about pretending it’s here. Crank up the AC and give me all the cute boots, scarves and fall themed eats because I. AM. READY.
To read the full post + get the items we chose for our board, click here.
So from time to time I have friends who knock out amazing Paleo recipes and I make them come over and share. And then I beg them for the recipe to share with all of you, haha.
Mine and Mr. Charming's best friend, Sheldon, is a fellow Christian and blogger as well. His blog www.TwithJ.com inspires me daily. His worldwide travel and deep connection with God through it all is profound and beautiful and I'm hoping he will be a guest poster in this space with his insights, travel tips and yummy healthy recipes while I'm on maternity leave.
The other night he came over for our weekly dinner and game night and he brought these little beauties pictured below. He has his own garden and grows delicious organic zucchini. A sucker for fried zucchini I loved his healthier spin on the classic favorite.
The recipe is below and pairs as a great side dish to a grilled chicken, a salad or on their own as a snack.
1 Medium Zucchini
3/4 c. Almond Meal
1 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp Pink Sea Salt
1/2 tsp 6 Pepper Blend
2 Large Eggs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Crack and whisk eggs in a small bowl. Mix pepper, almond meal, salt and pepper blend in a separate bowl.
Thinly slice zucchini and dip in egg wash. Coat thoroughly in almond pepper mixture. Place on cookie sheet and bake on one side for 5 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Let cool and serve alone or with a Paleo ranch dip.
I've always been an avid believer in snacking. Eating throughout the day, instead of consuming three large meals, not only keeps your blood sugar levels more stable, but it allows your energy to last throughout the day and not dip and spike drastically.
Now that I'm expecting a little of my own and my metabolism is on overdrive, I've been searching for ways to stay full throughout out the day, while staving off morning sickness and getting the minerals and nourishment I need.
Since week 6 of my pregnancy, almonds have been a must-have when I'm out and about. They keep me full, have helped the nausea and are a great source of fiber, protein and healthy fat.
Nuts (and seeds too!) have always been a must when creating snacks that are healthy and filling. My most popular snack recipes being my Blueberry Pumpkin Trail Mix, my delectable & warm Maple Cinnamon Almonds and my Double Chocolate Protein Balls.
Nuts.com offers MANY healthy, nutty snack ideas as well. With options for kiddos, work, holiday parties and vegan options, there is something for everyone. I love shopping their extensive shop of organic chocolate, nuts, seeds and dried fruit to make crazy trail mixes. I'm not down with what's sold in regular stores and I love creating my own concoctions. Like a mix of sunflower seeds, fresh dried coconut, cranberries and dairy-free dark chocolate. It's a rich, sweet and decadent treat with plenty of nutrients and vitamins for me and baby.
Mixing cashews with dried fruit is always a yummy fruity/salty combination as well and gives me good energy when I'm working on tight deadlines. Nuts make for great brain fuel.
Making your own applesauce is super easy & can save you plenty of money. You can also store it in small containers to make it easy to take on the go and safer than buying the applesauce packets that can contain mold.
3-4 Lbs of organic fuji or gala apples, peeled & cored.
1/2 c. filtered water
Once apples are peeled and cored, slice them into wedges. Place them in your slow cooker and pour in filtered water. Cook on the low setting for 6 hours. Once the apples are extremely soft, use an immersion hand blender (or transfer to a conventional blender) to puree into applesauce. Store for up to seven days in the refrigerator or freeze for up to five months.
2 Lbs. Organic Sweet Potatoes
2 Organic Bosc or d'Anjou Pears
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. maple sugar (optional, omit for AIP and Whole 30)
Pepper (optional, omit for AIP)
Preheat over to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes in oil, cinnamon, sage, and maple sugar. Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, saving liquid.
Meanwhile, place pears in reserved bowl of liquid mixture and toss until coated. Add pears to baking sheet with potatoes and continue to bake until pears are golden and potatoes are fork tender, about 25 minutes.
*recipe credit: Sprouts Farmers Market
A great dish to serve to celebrate the beginning of Fall. Serve with sweet italian sausage and additional veggies for a filling home-cooked meal. Or, if you're vegan, a plate of root veggies and hummus alongside this dish goes wonderful too!
2 bunches small carrots, peeled, trimmed
2 tbsp Grade B, high quality maple syrup
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
Salt to taste
Heat a small amount of sea salt water in a medium sauce pan. Cook carrots until just tender.
Drain well, place in bowl and toss with maple syrup, thyme and salt. Kids also enjoy the slight sweetness of the carrots.
These little sliders are great for a picnic or a sports party. Serve with a grilled chicken salad for a full meal with gluten-free cupcakes.
•2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
•1/3 cup olive or melted coconut oil (olive oil suggested)
•1 Tablespoon lime juice (the juice of 1 lime)
•zest of 2 limes
•small bowl of chopped basil
•small bowl of thyme
•9 strips of bacon (omit for vegan)
•2 organic roma tomatoes, thinly sliced (omit for AIP)
•romaine heart leaves
•paleo mayo (Or Egg Free Vegan Mayo) (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.In a small mixing bowl, combine the oil, herbs, lime juice, and sea salt. Set aside for a few minutes while you slice the potatoes.
3.Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds, about 1/4 inches thick and place them on a baking sheet. Brush the oil mixture onto each slice of potato. Sprinkle some additional sea salt on to each oiled round.
4.Bake the sweet potato rounds 35-40 minutes. (Flip them once halfway through baking. And spoon some more of the oil /herb mixture on top)
5.While baking the sweet potatoes- slice your tomatoes and avocado and cook your bacon until crispy. (Note: to keep the avocado from turning brown drizzle a little lime juice on each piece.)
6.When the sweet potatoes are done cooking -make your sliders. Place pieces of bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado in between two slices of potato. Smear a little mayo on one of the potatoes. (mayo is optional) Use a toothpick to hold the slider together, serve and enjoy!
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.