Clean Eating Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Although cinnamon roasted almonds make it onto our table for our Christmas morning brunch, they don’t last long!  I LOVE these little bits of heavens.  For me, it’s almost worth it to brave the crowds at the mall just to smell the cinnamon roasted almonds that show up at those little kiosks this time of year.  ALMOST!  Now the wonderful aroma can fill your kitchen at home! Ingredients: 2 cups whole raw almonds (you can also use roasted...

 

Clean Eating Nachos

My family is a football family.  On Sunday you will find us smack in front of the TV watching football - GO BEARS!  There is nothing better than football and ‘snackie’ things.  Popcorn, chips and dip (see recipe here and here) and of course nachos!  I love this recipe because it is so easy to throw together and tastes wonderful!  I use a clean refried bean as my protein but you can always substitute with ground turkey or lean...

 

Clean Eating Calling All Chocolate Brownie Lovers!

It doesn’t matter how little or how much I eat at dinner, I have to end my meal with something sweet.  I’m not picky so most of the time fruit does the trick.  But every now and then I need to step it up a notch and break out the heavy hitters - cookies, brownies and cake.  Not only does this recipe satisfy my sweet tooth but it is a powerhouse of nutritional benefits!  Each brownie comes packed full with the benefits of black...

 

Clean Eating Whole Wheat Pretzels

Warm, soft and salty, dunked in a little bit of stone ground mustard. What a great snack. I’ve tried several recipes for a clean soft pretzel and either they are as hard as hockey pucks or turn to mush but this one is pretty good. It’s easy and fun to have little helpers roll out the dough for shaping. The recipe only makes 6 medium size pretzels but they are best eaten right away so the amount is just right. Ingredients: 1 1/2...

 

Clean Eating Banana Bread

Banana bread, the ol’ standby for what to do with over ripe bananas. This banana bread is so good that you won’t be able to wait for those bananas to turn dark and spotty. To keep this bread clean I’ve used date sugar as the sweetener. The result is a dark, moist and flavorful sweet bread that is good for breakfast or as a snack. Just top with a little Delicious Fruit Dip (see recipe here) or do an “Elvis” and spread...

 

Clean Eating Fruit and Nut Truffles

When I hear truffles I think soft, melting chocolate confections. What I have here are not that classic kind of truffle but they are a soft, melt in your mouth sweetness that can be rolled in cocoa powder or even drizzled with melted chocolate and will make you think you are eating a piece of forbidden fruit. The best part is that they are not forbidden as they contain only fruit, nuts and spice.  I have three varieties made with classic...

 

Clean Eating Happy Halloween Pumpkin Seeds

Happy Halloween October is a very festive month for my family.  Not only is Halloween my favorite holiday but both of my kids celebrate their birthdays this month!  Each year we take the kids to a local pumpkin farm where we have a day of outdoor play and pumpkin picking.  Then we bring our pumpkins home and its on to the best part - pumpkin carving which equals PUMPKIN SEEDS!!! My daughter Keegan picking out her pumpkin Ingredients: Pumpkins Sea...

 

Clean Eating Walnut Pate’

This pate’ is great on crackers, spooned in celery, mushroom caps or endive, or in tomato stacks (recipe in notes). It’s a great appetizer, snack or light lunch. The walnuts require soaking before preparing the pate’ so plan ahead. Soaking is easy, just place the nuts in a mason jar, fill with cool water and screw on the lid. Soak for 4-6 hours. 1 cup of walnuts will yield 1 1/4 cups soaked. This recipe is from “Raw Food...

 

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Power Bars

When out training for a marathon or half marathon or just a long run, I like to take something along with me to get me over that 8-10 mile slump.  For those days when you’re  falling asleep at your desk at 3 in the afternoon these honey sweet peanut bars will pick you up without the crash and burn that a sugar filled candy bar would give you. They are easy to make with no baking involved. Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent...

 

Clean Eating Best Ever Trail Mix

One of the most popular items in my house for snacking is nuts.  Seriously, we are nuts over nuts.  My husband is a fan of every kind there is and my daughter was saying ‘crunchie’ (her word for nuts) shortly after ‘momma’ and ‘dadda’.  We buy tons of different nuts and seeds and separate them into snack bags for a super easy snack on the go.  You can usually catch me snacking on almonds for my afternoon snack...