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Stop buying granola bars & make these: no bake chocolate energy balls

Stop buying granola bars & make these: no bake chocolate energy balls
Something we spend far too much money on is healthy organic granola bars. At $4.99 for a box of 5, I just can’t justify it anymore! Solution? This. If you’ve ever searched recipes on how to make your own granola bars, you’ll find hundreds of variations of this recipe around but really it comes down to what’s in your pantry. My recipe for the above (I just eyeballed everything…no measuring cups required!). - 1 cup of oatmeal - 1/2 cup peanut butter - 1/3 cup cocoa powder - 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened (or sweetened) coconut - 3/4 cup of pecans (get your children to smash and crush them with a rolling pin!) - 1/3 cup of honey (or blue agave – whatever you have on hand) - 2 teaspoons of vanilla - handful or two of chocolate chips (optional) Mix really well in a med/large bowl, then let chill in fridge for a half hour. Other options: substitute with flax seeds, sesame seeds, ground flax, cooked quinoa, walnuts, almonds, sunbutter, almond butter, pea butter, wow butter, etc. Related:  Snacks

Top Green Chile Recipes Fresh green chiles are harvested from August through October. Fresh is always best, but you can roast them, peel them and then freeze them in an airtight container for use all year long. Fresh green chiles will bring you the best flavor, though frozen or canned chiles or sauces will do in a pinch. Take advantage of local farms or farmer's markets for fresh chiles. 1. Chile Rellenos This recipe for chile rellenos (green chiles stuffed with cheese, dipped in batter and fried) is very simple. 2. (c)2010 Chelsie Kenyon, licensed to About.com Caramelized onions and roasted green chiles come together in creamy sauce that will make your mouth water. 3. The best way to get the skin off of a chile, and give the chile a wonderful smoky flavor is to roast it. 4. This pork stew is a well-known Mexican dish. 5. Chilaquiles This simple yet flavorful breakfast dish uses only 3 ingredients and can be prepared in 10 minutes. 6. Enchiladas Verde Green chile sauce flavors these delicious chicken enchiladas.

DIY Cake Stand It seems as though all sorts of cute party decorating items are “all the rage” these days–cake stands, tiered plates, apothecary jars, hurricane lamps, etc. I love these items, but there is often one big problem! The price tag. Well, thanks to one of the crafty moms in my MOPS group, I now can make my own cake stands for less than $3! Now that is a price that I like. And, not only is the price fantastic, but this might just be the easiest DIY project on the planet. A candle holder, a plate, and some glue! To construct your stand, glue around the rim of the candle holder. You can add a little circle of glue on the underneath side of the plate for good measure. Stick the two together and let dry. Then, voila, an adorable cake stand for next to nothing! How great would these be for a Mother’s Day luncheon/tea?! In addition to the fantastic price & ease of construction, I love that the possibilities are nearly endless! This post may contain a link to an affiliate.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies Remember when I told you I love chocolate? And then I proceeded to tell you I love all things guilt-free and delicious? Well here ya go, all that and more in these bite-sized cookies. Sure these cookies are filled with chunks of delicious chocolate and taste just as sinful as the next cookie, but in reality they are all ONE WW point each! Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers Ingredients 2 Tbsp salted butter, softened 2 tsp. vegetable oil 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/8 tsp. table salt 1 large egg white 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. baking soda 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Nutritional Information Serving Size: 1 cookie • Calories: 30 • Fat: 1.2 g • Carbs: 4.8 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Protein: 0.3 g • WW Points+: 1 pt

The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet | Belly Bytes The following is a "healthy food hot list" consisting of the 29 food that will give you the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck, as well as decrease your risk for deadly illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Along with each description is a suggestion as to how to incorporate these power-foods into your diet. Fruits 01. Apricots The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. 02. The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. 03. The Power: Ellagic acid, which helps stall cancer-cell growth. 04. The Power: Stop aging, live longer and keep your mind sharp with blueberries. 05. The Power: Vitamin C (117mg in half a melon, almost twice the recommended daily dose) and beta-carotene - both powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from free-radical damage. 06. 07. The Power: Lycopene, one of the strongest carotenoids, acts as an antioxidant.

Spicy Baked Green Bean Fries (with Meyer Lemon Aioli) We gotta talk about what you’re doing this weekend. I need to hear what you’re making, and who you’re rooting for…blah blah, we’ll get to it. Before we delve in, I need you watch this video. It’s important. Do me a solid and watch it, please. It’s going to make you laugh. I’m sort of obsessed with her reaction to meeting a baby sloth. There’s nothing crazy about baked green bean fries. They’re healthy, snappy, crunchy. They’re a little healthier since I opted to use multi-grain crackers, instead of bread crumbs. You can do either, if you like. After I ran the crackers through a food processor, I spread the mixture out on to a plate, added a little salt and a good amount of crushed red pepper. Like the typical vegetable fry, they went from flour to egg to crumbs. On a baking sheet and in the oven. While they were going at it in the oven, I made the meyer lemon aioli. Whoa. Spicy Baked Green Bean Fries (with Meyer Lemon Aioli) Print this recipe! 1. 2. 3.

Homemade French Fries Why there is no need to purchase pre-made fries in the freezer aisle – in pictures and rhyme: One potato (find a potato) Two potato (cut the ends off) Three potato (cut slices) Four (cut fries from slices) Five potato (Toss in herbs and olive oil) Six potato (Bake) Seven potato (Eat!) More! See how easy? Baked French Fries Author: Erin Alderson Recipe type: Side Dishes Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Serves: 2 1 large Potato1 tablespoon olive oil1 tablespoon garlic1 teaspoon black pepper1 tablespoon oregano1 teaspoon mustard powder1 teaspoon parsleysalt to taste Preheat oven to 425˚.Before cutting potato, rinse well under water. Related Rose and Feather Hair Clip Tutorial I love this hair pin, so sweet. Fit for tea time, no? Or maybe stopping to smell the flowers… or the blue spruces…whatever suits your fancy. One things for sure, it will surely upgrade any ponytail. You have no doubt seen these everywhere, they are so easy to make. Supplies: fabric at least 25 inches long and 1½ inches wide for one flowerfeathershair clip,hot glue gun The bigger flowers I made were made with 32″ x 1½” pieces of silk, but for the smaller flower that my little one is using I used a 24 inch long piece. Start by folding the strip of fabric in half. Now run a thin strip of glue around one side. Working fast, twist the strip and pull around the hot glue. Now we have a rose. From a piece of scrap fabric cut a circle just smaller than the flower then drizzle hot glue on the back… And press the piece on. Depending on what hair clip you decide to use, you may need to add a little fabric. Using hot glue, open the clip and glue the fabric to the inside… It should look like this. And so cute!

serves up its own ‘Plate’ The Healthy Eating Plate, a visual guide that provides a blueprint for eating a healthy meal, was unveiled today by nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications. Similar to the U.S. government’s MyPlate, the Healthy Eating Plate is simple and easy to understand — and it addresses important deficiencies in the MyPlate icon. “Unfortunately, like the earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful agricultural interests, which is not the recipe for healthy eating,” said Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH. “The Healthy Eating Plate is based on the best available scientific evidence and provides consumers with the information they need to make choices that can profoundly affect our health and well-being.” “Unfortunately, like the earlier U.S. Fruits: Choose a rainbow of fruits every day.

Detox Foods | Detox smoothies Toxins-free for life Looking to increase your energy levels, to lose weight, get clearer skin, prevent premature ageing and to help preventing diseases? Then look no further! Price: $47 Price: $27 Smoothies are a great way to boost your fruits and veggies daily intake. Flat Tummy Rich in digestion supporting ingredients, this smoothie will help prevent bloating and digestive stress that can sabotage your tummy flattening efforts. 3/4 c. papaya 3/4 c. sliced peaches 1/2 pear, sliced 1 tsp fresh ginger 2 mint leaves Water to thin Skin Saver Antioxidants in berries are known to help to fight wrinkles and other skin ageing signs. 3/4 c blueberries 3/4 c pitted cherries 5 strawberries 1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted 2 tsp wheat germ (optional) 2 tsp ground flaxseed Water, to thin Peanut Butter Energy Booster This protein-rich and minerals-filled smoothie will give you long-lasting energy. Bone Lover Immune System Booster Natural Skin Tanner Antioxidant Power

Grilled Guacamole Recipe Grilled Guacmole? Ummmm. Heck yes!! And… wanna hear something really exciting. Okay….here’s the step by step for Grilled Guacamole: You need to prepare either your indoor or outdoor grill. Once the avocados have some grill marks, throw a few slices of red onion on the grill to char. Next up, let’s grill some tomato quarters! Once we’ve got everything grilled and set aside, place the avocado into a bowl and give it a quick mash. Next, grate some garlic over the avocado. Be sure to get all that fabulous garlic from the bottom side of your grater. Next, juice a lime or two over the avocado. Add the chopped red onion. And then the tomatoes! Throw in some chopped cilantro. Season the guac with some salt and a few turns of freshly cracked black pepper. And serve it up with some of your favorite chips!! Check out Tasty Kitchen for the full recipe of Grilled Guacamole!

A Two Bite Breakfast: Bacon & Eggs in Toast Cups * Updated post from archive: Originally posted March 29, 2009 If you where to ask me what is my favorite meal of the day without a thought my response would be breakfast! I love breakfast! I love brunch! I love bacon! I love breggs! These little goodies are all of the above in a little two bite package. The other day I was scanning through my copy of William & Sonoma’s: Tools and Techniques. And, they are crazy easy to make. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Trim the crust and the corners off the bread, making wonky looking circles. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay the bacon strips on it. Shape the cooled bacon into the toast cups, with the meaty side out. Also, if you aren’t a fan of creamy delicious runny eggs you can beat 4 eggs with a bit of milk, season and spoon into the cups. Lower the temperature of the oven down to 350 degrees. Run a knife along the edges and use a small spoon to pop them out. For the love of eggs, bacon and toast! Ingredients 6 slices of bread 6 eggs

How to wrap a gift: Use tissue paper for a... Photo by Roberto Caruso I’m giving away trade secrets here. You know those beautiful floral looking decorations you sometimes see in magazines hovering over a festive table? Or in a kid’s room, re-invented as a mobile? They’re little more than a few sheets of tissue paper and take about ten minutes of your time to create. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create your own pretty decoration: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. At this point, you can either tie it onto the top of a gift for a big impression. Or try hanging it from a ribbon over a Mother’s Day brunch table.

50 Smoothies : Recipes and Cooking 1. Banana Blend 2 bananas, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice. 2. Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice. 3. Strawberry Shortcake Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup crumbled pound cake, 1 1/2 cups each milk and ice, and sugar to taste. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 18 foods that fight common ailments Cheese Why it's good: Studies have found that women with PMS have lower levels of calcium around ovulation than women who don't experience PMS symptoms, so amping up your intake of cheese and other dairy products is worth a shot if you're prone to cramps and mood swings. Eat Up! Make sure you're getting at least the recommended amount of calcium daily—experts say only 10% of us are getting it through diet alone! Women under 50 need 1,000 mg; if you're 50 or over, 1,200 mg. Pineapple Why it's good: This fruit has three things going for it. Eat Up! Almonds Why they're good: Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, another mineral that may provide some PMS relief. Eat Up!

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