Jalapeño Peppers

Last week I received these peppers in my box of organics. Not knowing what to do with them I just opted for an easy snack idea.

Ingredients:
3 Jalapeño peppers
Cream cheese
Turkey bacon

Method:
Cut top of pepper and cut lengthwise. Clean out inside removing all seeds. Make sure you wash your hands immediately after.
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Fill each half with a teaspoon of cream cheese.

Wrap with turkey bacon and secure with a toothpick.

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I’m not a fan of spicy foods and this was great. The cream cheese helps to tone it down some… Enjoy!

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Kale Chips

Now that I’m receiving my box of veggies and fruits from the organic club, I get some items that I never really cooked with before. So I get to experiment and here’s my first try with Kale. This was really easy to make and a fun way to include greens in your diet.

Method
-Wash and dry the Kale.
-Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
-Then cut the leaves out from the thick stem. Cut them in a large size as they will reduce when cooked.
-In a bowl mix all the leaves with some olive oil, rubbing the leaves to make sure they are covered well.
-Sprinkle some sea salt.
-Place them on the baking sheet in a single layer.
-Bake at 300 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until crisp. Keep an eye on them as they burn quickly!

Enjoy

Paleo Banana Bread

Found this yummy recipe online and I just could not resist. The good news: it’s made with almond meal so there are no processed carbs! Give it a try, it was very easy to follow.

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup flax-seed meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup chopped nuts (I left this out)
4 really ripe bananas (mashed well)
2 tbsp raw honey
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, eggs, honey, and vanilla and mix well.

4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
5. Fill greased muffin tins, baking cups, mini-loaf pans or big loaf pans about 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 23-25 minutes and loaves for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I enjoy a piece every morning with a cup of green tea! YUM!

Update!!!

I have made this recipe a little cleaner by replacing honey for 1/4 tsp of stevia extract and adding 2 scoops of whey protein. I also used 3 bananas instead of 4. Same great taste!!! 😊

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Tea Time!

Maybe about six months ago or so I started drinking tea in replacement for coffee. At first I was not a big fan but by trying out different brands and flavors it quickly became part of my daily routine. Green tea being my favorite, I would buy flavored (blueberry, mango or orange) tea and sweetened it with a bit of honey. Little by little I realized the honey was not needed and now I have my tea without adding anything else.

A few months ago my cousin recommended me Adagio Teas. It took me a while to get around to it but just last week I ordered my first batch.

I bought a few sampler boxes of green and black teas to start and try different flavors. Ohhhh myyyy! These teas are so delicious. You can really taste the difference in quality vs. the store-bought tea bags.
So far, I’ve tried the Citron, Apricot, and Raspberry green tea flavors.

Check it out and give them a try! I’m enjoying mine as I type! 😉

Roasted Red Pepper Paleo Crackers

I came across this recipe on Facebook and I just had to try it out. I do miss eating something crunchy once in a while. When having people over I can think of 10 dip recipes I would like to make and then think to myself “and what do I eat it with?” Crackers and chips are not a part of my regimen so I was very excited when Jenna posted this online. Her blog is The Paleo Project.

Ingredients:
1 cup of almond meal
1 red bell pepper
2 tbsp ground flax
1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp + 1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut red bell pepper into slices and drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil, place on sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients, add 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Combine into dough.

Remove peppers from oven and place right into a blender. liquify peppers for about 1 minute.

Add roasted pepper sauce into bowl of dough. Stir to combine.

Lower oven to 350 F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place dough on paper and place another sheet of parchment paper over the dough.

Roll out the dough until it is even and forms a thin layer on baking sheet.

Score dough into squares.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

I was so happy I could now enjoy a tasty dip!

My Kind of Oatmeal!

I was never a big fan of cereal so I would only have it once in a while. What I was always a BIG fan of was Oatmeal. I would wake up just thinking about that warm bowl of tasty oatmeal to get my day started. And then….(as you may know) my eating habits have changed a bit and I had to say goodbye to oatmeal. When I think about it I’m rather surprised that I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. Just like with coffee, I think that I don’t miss the real food but the feelings that go with it. Yes, the feelings… You know, when you eat something you enjoy and you all of a sudden have a smile on your face without knowing. Now in retrospect I think I just miss having something warm in my hands and filling to my belly. Specially on that one night a year that Miami weather gets to 40 degrees. So what to do?? I have my mango green tea handy and this recipe below for when my mood craves something warm.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almonds pulverized
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk, plus more to taste
Fresh berries

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and add 1/4 cup milk. Microwave for a minute or until warm. Take out and mix, add more milk to your liking.

Add in the fresh fruit. Eat! 🙂

I have seen other variations of this so feel free to experiment. Others like to add in half a banana mashed into the mixture and/or add another 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Try different options until you get the consistency and taste you wish.

Egg Muffins

I’ve experimented with this idea of the egg white muffins I saw on Jungle Fitness‘ blog.

Here I mixed three whole eggs with one cup egg whites and added some Al Fresco sweet chicken sausages. All you have to do is cook the sausages on a skillet until brown and chop them up.

Place some chopped sausage into each cup and pour in the egg mixture all the way to the top. Easy enough! Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. It helps to have a silicone tray because once it has cooled down you can just pop out each muffin. I keep them all in the fridge and reheat 2 for breakfast everyday. It’s a great option when on the go!

Ham and Egg Cups

I found this very easy breakfast or snack idea and I loved it! All you need is a silicone cupcake baking sheet, slices of low sodium han and eggs.

Place each slice of ham on a cupcake mold and make sure it sits just like a basket. Then crack one egg in each cup. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes if you want the egg completely cooked. If not try for less to get a softer poached egg consistency.

This was my end result…

Have a great day!!!

Chocolate Almond Cups

I saw this idea online and I immediately had to give it a try. Luckily I had both ingredients at home. For this you will need dark chocolate of 65 percent cacao or higher, almond butter ( I used the crunchy kind), a kitchen brush and a silicone mini cupcake or square bite size tray. This is such a great dessert or even a snack when you want to have a treat. Give it a try!

Melt the chocolate in sauce pan on medium low.

Brush the chocolate onto each cupcake mold. Be generous and make sure enough chocolate is on all sides.

Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Than take it out and place a teaspoon of almond butter or just fill up each individual cup. Cover by brushing on more melted chocolate to completely seal the almond butter.

Place back in freezer for another 15-20 minutes. I like to leave them in there and eat them straight from the freezer.

It’s Not Just Any Almond Butter

Hi, my name is Khania, and I can’t live without almond butter. Now that I got that off my chest, let me tell you about the BEST almond butter I have ever tasted! At first, any time I would eat almond butter was because I knew it was better than peanut butter and I would almost force myself to eat it. Until I found this brand. Now I actually enjoy my almond butter and usually have it in my protein shakes. So good you guys have to give it a try!

I usually make my protein shakes with 4 oz. almond milk, 4 oz. water, vanilla protein powder, a tbs of almond butter and strawberries. If I’m having it after a long run or intense cardio session I switch to chocolate milk and add half a banana. So good!

Enjoy your holiday weekend everyone! For those doing the 30 day challenge with me, take tomorrow off but please don’t forget about all the hard work you’ve done so far. Indulge with moderation!! I will be running 10 miles with Jungle Fitness so I can have my piece of pie. 🙂