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?
dairy free - gluten free - soy free - nut free - egg free - vegan
There is something about summertime since becoming a mom. A sweet spot I've found in the season that's been my least favorite for years. Now living in the desert, in all honesty, summer has been borderline depressing after living my early adulthood as a California girl. But since becoming a mom, especially a toddler mom, this little man has given me so many reasons to not only tolerate these days easier, but love them and the moments we are creating within them.
Some of my favorite summer moments and activities so far have been splashing in our kiddie pool, enjoying ice cream on the patio, evening nature exploring once the sun has begun to set and the heat has died down, summery crafts and BBQ recipes. But nothing makes it better than his early childhood summer bringing back such amazingly fond memories of my own childhood summers and it's something wonderful.
Speaking of summer BBQ recipes, I know you're all here to see what I've whipped up in the kitchen this week, or shall I say whipped up outside this week, because these babies are cooked on the grill.
I saw a recipe where someone threw cheese on corn and I was like "whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?", so I got to thinking of how I could jump on that with a vegan option and spruce it up to make it a suitable side dish to even the swankiest dinner party BBQ dishes.
And these Grilled Parmesan Basil Corn on the Cobs were born. We paired them with steak, garlic mashed potatoes and a spinach salad, but have also served them with ribs, chicken and for lighter vegan fare with a tossed bean salad and baked potatoes.
The secret is in the cheese. Go Veggie makes vegan Parmesan crumbles that are AMAZINGLY close to the real deal without the dairy and the basil gives the dish a sophisticated taste that tickles the taste buds.
To make these just follow the recipe below and enjoy a side dish that isn't just simply delicious but that plates beautifully.
BASIL PARMESAN GRILLED CORN
4 Ears of Corn on the Cob
3/4 C. Go Veggie! Vegan Parmesan Cheese
2 tsp. Fresh Basil, Chopped Fine
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
3 TBSP + 4 TBSP Softened Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance)
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
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If there's anything most people know about me it's these two facts...
First, I adore creating, eating and sharing healthy food.
Secondly, Fall is one of my very favorite times of the year.
So, it's only natural I go a little crazy in combining these passions. If I'm not outside enjoying the gorgeous weather (finally!) I am in the kitchen cooking and baking with all of falls best gifts.
Gifts like squash, pumpkin, spices and root veggies. This season I'm also into incorporating mushrooms! As a big fan of the online magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, it's their super food of the month, so I got inspired to pick some up.
I ventured to our local Sam's Club to get some of these fantastic fungi to whip up something hearty, healthy and yummy. I also love that I can buy my produce in bulk there since I stick to natural healthy foods as my everyday staples and can always use large quantities of what I find there.
Healthy Living Made Simple is my go-to when it comes to tips on my family's health and wellness, and as a journalist, you know I totally eat up good information, especially when it's combined with my love of food.
I haven't gotten out much since little man arrived, with him still being just 5 weeks old, so I had so much fun planning a tailgate themed party while Mr. Charming and I were out shopping. Being a Sam's Club member for nearly 10 years now, it's a great place to stock up on my healthy eats.
I mean. Their produce section is dreamy. With so, so many options!
After grabbing my mushrooms and other fall vegetables to make my tailgate dinner spread, we headed over to pick up our grilling supplies and grabbed a couple of other fun items that make heading outside to nosh super convenient.
I loved finding fashionable cooler totes, a rolling cooler for drinks and an easy pop up tent to keep baby in the shade while we take in games during dusk.
Look at those striped cooler tote bags! *swoon*
Another perk to shopping at Sam's Club are the free health screenings they offer at their pharmacy the second Saturday of every month. Visit your nearby club on October 8th to check up on your health and then stay and shop to stock up on products that will give you a healthy boost. From fresh produce and heal;thy eats to vitamins and natural beauty products, it's a one stop shop to keep up with your wellness. As a nutritionist who promotes natural health care to her clients, I love Sam's Club's holistic approach to health items.
After grabbing some healthy eats, and tailgate essentials, it was time to head home and whip up a fall recipe for our neighborhood tailgate block party.
I was craving something hearty and healthy and wanted something festive to plate for our friends and family, so I tossed some colorful fall vegetables and herbs in with wild rice and the mushrooms I picked up at Sam's Club.
Served alongside some grilled brats, it made a filling meal bursting with a variety of flavors and color.
You can grab the easy recipe below for your next event!
Aside from their aesthetically pleasing shop, Nuts.com also offers a great guide to satisfy cravings and let me tell you this is a God send right now.
I'm craving all things hardcore and I love knowing there are HEALTHY options when I want something salty, savory or sweet. My body may be asking, or begging, for pie or potato chips, but I know better as not only a Nutritionist, but as someone looking out for the best health for me and my future little. This Pinnable chart on the left is a great reference guide to alternatives to candy, oily snacks or otherwise nutrient bankrupt options.
It's also fun to make your own snacks. Mr. Charming and I invested in a dehydrator a couple of years and make our own beef jerky, dried fruit and more regularly. Especially when we are going to travel or go camping.
You can also "chocolate-cover" your own fruits and nuts for a healthier options, as so many store bought options use added sugar and milk. I like to melt dairy-free, high quality organic dark chocolate and hand dip berries, nuts and organic raisins and chill for a quick and easy snack to grab. Or I top rice cakes and almond butter with them for an alternative to a sweet and savory popcorn option on movie night since we are a corn-free house as well.
I would love to hear your favorite snack options and your favorite way to incorporate nuts into your day. Leave it in the comments below.
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.