My LaraBar Collection

I’m so excited about my small collection of LaraBars that I had to share! These are all natural, no sugar added bars. All of them are gluten-free and some are peanut free. This is a great snack bar to have when doing any endurance sport for a longer periods of time. For me, these bars are a little higher in calories and carbs than I would like my snack to be. That’s why I only like to have them when working out. For an emergency snack when there’s nothing else handy, I might just have half. They are great fuel when cycling or running because they gown down easy and they are so yummy!

Wanna make me happy??? Get me a new flavor of these bars! 😉 Just had the lemon bar yesterday and it was very good! Give these bars a try but be smart about when to eat them!

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

These rainy days call for a treat! If you love anything pumpkin like me, this will be a great shake. Give it a try and let me know. My experienced tester was not too thrilled about this one. 😉

1 cup coconut or almond milk
1 cup pumpkin purée (canned is fine)
1 scoop of whey protein
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg

Sweet Potato Chips

Who says chips are bad for you?? Well depending on which kind you eat! I have read a few recipes on different types of healthier alternatives to chips and sweet potatoes is one.

Using 3 or 4 small sweet potatoes, washed and peeled.

Then slice the potatoes and thinly as possible. If you have a kitchen mandolin it’s even better because the slices will be perfectly even. Please watch your fingers! 😉

Coat potatoes with some olive oil, pepper and paprika to taste. Arrange potatoes in baking dish covered with parchment paper. Make sure potatoes are in a single layer. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes rotating baking sheet once for even baking.

Keep a close eye on them as they can burn quickly. You can see some were a little too crispy but my husband enjoyed the chips with his lunch anyways!

Keep It Simple!

Food choices don’t always have to be complicated. Nor does preparation need to be time-consuming. These pictures are a perfect example of a quick meal or snack. Be creative and pair foods for simple but nutritious meal. Beats eating something that comes in a box!

Avocado and Ham

Apples and Roast Beef

 

Have a great weekend!!!

Zucchini and Carrot Bread

I’m not eating much processed carbs lately. But I do love baking, so once in a while I make breads or muffins to satisfy a little craving and besides, the hubby loves them too!

I found this mix at the organic section of Publix. It is a Gluten free mix.

Ingredients:
2 cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups grated zucchini, blossom end removed
2 cups grated carrots, peeled
1/4 cup apple sauce
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup Splenda
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, apple sauce, and splenda for one minute on medium. Stir in vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients to form a batter. Fold in grated zucchini and carrots.

NOTE: Baked zucchini loaf will be moist. You can lessen moisture by squeezing grated zucchini in paper towels to absorb some of the water before mixing into the batter. Turn into greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

I would have taken a better picture of the bread but it was gone before I knew it! Some friends smelled it from far and drove to the house for some. 🙂

Butter spread on-the-go!

Found these convenient packets that make it perfect for a snack away from home.  Just throw it in your bag and have it with some fruit.  Found these in the organic section at Winn-Dixie. You don’t have to shop somewhere fancy to find good stuff. 

Have a great weekend!!

Snack time!

Usually I don’t like to snack on pre-packaged food but once in a while when I’m short on time it is inevitable. Here’s an option I found that’s not too high in sugar and carbs with 10 grams of protein.

Again, nothing beats having real food. But this is not a bad option.

Got nuts??

Another favorite snack are healthy nuts. I always have some in my drawer at work and at home for when I need a “no-prep” snack. I like to buy them without salt and as natural as they come. These are my favorite ones. I even have a Ziploc bag in my purse for emergencies. 😉

These are rich in Omega 3s, good fat and protein. Nothing wrong with going a little nutty sometimes!

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Greek yogurt

There are so many choices when it comes to Greek yogurt. This is my recent find and one of the tastiest I have tried. They are marketed for kids but the banana honey is my favorite. When you are short on time and need a healthy snack, Greek yogurt is great. It is higher in protein than regular yogurt and lower in carbs. Be careful with the fruity ones as they have syrup and other artificial fruit preserves that are very high in sugar.

Have a great Monday!

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