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Spicy Baked Plantain Chips

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Plantains, oh how I love you so! Especially when crispy and delicious! If you aren’t too familiar with plantains, these spicy baked plantain chips are a good place to start.

This was my first time making plantain chips at home. No, not because I don’t eat plantains often. On the contrary, my gf and I are quite addicted to making tostones which are another delicious snack made with green plantains.

Green plantains! That’s right. Make sure you buy the green ones if you want your chips to be crispy and delicious. The ripened yellow ones will not work for making chips or tostones.

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Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

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Chocolate, mmmmmm! Everybody loves it, well, almost everybody. I certainly do.

Chocolate comes in many many different forms. Some good, some, not so much.

People love to grab a chocolatey snack in the afternoon. Some people grab a Kit kat, and some people, like myself, grab one of these chocolate almond energy balls.

This is a much healthier option of course, and a whole different type of delicious.

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Coconut Cashew Apricot Energy Bar Recipe

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When I am hungry, really hungry, I need to eat ASAP. When we get to this point when we absolutely need to eat something, we tend to go for whatever is easiest and closest. This is often when we grab something less than ideal health wise just to satisfy our hunger.

A very common solution while at work is to head over to the vending machine around 3 pm for a little pick me up to get through the rest of the day. I know I used to do this when I worked in an office.

This energy bar recipe or others like it are a great way to avoid falling into that trap. When you are prepared for the hunger you can reach for something healthy that is still delicious! And I promise you that these coconut cashew apricot energy bars are just that.

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Spiced Nut, Seed and Date Energy/Power Bars Recipe

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These are a great mid morning or afternoon snack.  Replace that un-healthy snack such as a chocolate bar, cookie, donut, muffin etc with these delicious bars.  They are a much healthier way to tide you over to your next meal, as well as satisfy your sweet tooth without turning to a processed snack.

There is currently a 30 day challenge taking place at Moksha NDG which is where I practice  yoga on a regular basis.  While not participating in this 30 day yoga challenge myself, I have previously completed 30 day challenges on 2 separate occasions and am well aware of how demanding they can be in many ways.  Proper nutrition is always important but especially so when doing 30 days in a row of hot yoga.  These bars are a great snack for those taking part in the 30 day challenge or anyone else who does a lot of physical activity. Continue reading

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White Bean & Dill Dip Recipe

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This is one of the easiest dips I have ever made. It doesn’t require many ingredients and takes very little time.

The idea for this dip came to me when I was standing in front of the dill at the grocery store.  I was thinking to myself, “I love dill but never  manage to use it all up before it goes bad”,  which is why I don’t buy it that often.  Then I thought, why not make a dip using a whack load of dill.  A real blast of dillicious flavour. Get it?  Cheesy, I know. Continue reading

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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges Recipe

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Sweet roasted goodness.  Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.  These are so easy and so good.  They can be made for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime  you are hungry and want a snack.

This is a great reason to always have some sweet potatoes on hand.  I feel like this is the type of thing that everyone likes but not many people actually make.

So this is a reminder to everyone how easy the are to make and how yummy they are to eat.

Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges, pop them in the oven, flip once and boom.

A healthy and delicious snack or addition to any meal.

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

2 medium sweet potatoes
coconut oil
Fine grain sea salt

Preheat oven to 425F.

Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges.   Try to keep the pieces the same size as much as possible.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush the parchment paper with a little bit of coconut oil.  Lay the pieces out on the parchment paper.   Sprinkle with a little sea salt.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked. Flip the wedges over half way through.

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Almond and Hemp Seed Granola

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Granola has been something that I have been wanting to make for quite a while. This week I finally did.

So many different ingredient combinations possible for granola. I kept it pretty simple for my first time. It turned out great and I can’t wait to try more variations. Continue reading

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Cocao Pecan Pumpkin Seed Energy Balls

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Do you like chocolate?  Did you know that raw cocao is on the the world’s best sources of anti-oxidants.  If you have never tried raw cocoa this is a good place to start.

If you are looking for a nutritionally dense snack that is easy to make and incredibly delicious then look no further.  These energy balls are made with soaked pecans, raw cocao nibs, raw pumpkin seeds, ground flaxseed, dates and shredded coconut.  Continue reading

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Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars

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How often do you find yourself feeling hungry and/or tired during the day? What do you do when that moment hits? Your stomach is asking for food and you don’t have anything healthy close by. The majority of easily available food isn’t very healthy. Even a lot of the so called “healthy” options such as store bought energy bars contain lots of added sugar, among other things I would prefer not to eat.

These homemade energy bars are made from 100% whole food and are 100% raw. Meaning you are getting more nutrients from your bar.

Did I mention these bars taste delicious too. They are really easy to make as well.

Although these bars contain better quality ingredients that are more expensive and more nutritious than the ingredients in most store bought bars you will save money by choosing these bars over store bought bars.

Better quality more nutritious food for less. Sounds good to me. What do you think?

They taste so good you could almost serve them as dessert. I know that might get some of you more interested.

Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars

1 cup almonds
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw cocoa nibs
5 medjool dates, pitted

In a food processor, process almonds until they are ground up. Not so much that they are fine powder but enough so that there aren’t any major chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is ground up and well mixed.

The mixture should stick together when you pinch a little bit between your fingers.

You can either make the mixture into balls or bars. To make bars I layed the mixture onto some parchment paper and lay it into a 8 x 4 loaf pan. Flatten out the mixture by pressing it with your hands.

Once you have an even flat rectangle put it in the fridge and let cool for a few hours. Cut into bars all at once or as your want to eat them.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds

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I love cooking with butternut squash.  Its sweet taste is a great addition to all types of different dishes. If you haven't tried my sweet potato butternut squash recipe I suggest you give it a try. The seeds that you find inside the squash are a delicious bonus.  If you have never tried roasting butternut squash seeds, or the seeds from any other pumpkin or squash you like to use then you are missing out.

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