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Fresh Food Friday: 100 Healthy Snack Ideas

Fresh Food Friday: 100 Healthy Snack Ideas
Join our page on Facebook for our latest recipes and projects! Happy Friday! I did pretty well this week . . . I have only caved on one day to a sugary treat (I will be posting the treats later- they were so good! Snacks right around 3 pm each afternoon are my downfall. I am trying to train myself to reach for healthier snacks, but I just forget. So, I have complied this list that I am printing out and putting on my fridge. Here is my list: 1. If you would like to print this list out, you can either click on the "Print Friendly" button on the bottom of this post, or for a printer friendly version that will fit all 100 snack ideas on one page. *Please note that these are just ideas . . . my opinion of a healthy snack! I know that some are not the healthiest options out there, but there are definitely a lot worse things that you could eat! If you are trying to be Healthier...Try using Spark Natural Essential Oils! Here is our simple list of 25 Easy Ways that you can use Essential Oils! Related:  snacks

103 Healthy Snack Recipe Ideas Boldly flavored ingredients like briny olives, cured meats and smoky cheeses are perfect when you're jonesing for some salt -- and a little goes a long way. 1. Cheesy Kale Chips: Tear kale leaves into large pieces and arrange on a baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil and bake in a 350° oven until crisp. While still warm, sprinkle with grated parmesan. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Continued on page 2: CRUNCHY SNACKS Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites 610K+Add bacon to anything and it will fly off the table. That’s what a caterer once told me and I believe it. Certainly applies here. Whether you’re planning a cookout this weekend or cooking indoors (rain predicted here in Texas), grill up a few of these sizzling treats for a quick appetizer or serve as an entree. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a big plate of these spicy and cheesy, smoky and crispy chicken nuggets. If you don’t like hot, leave out the jalapenos or skimp a bit. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites Author: Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood 8 chicken tenders, flattened and cut in two3-ounce package softened cream cheese1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped8 slices bacon, cut in half Dab ½ teaspoon (more or less) of cream cheese on top of each chicken tender. Be sure to wear plastic gloves when handling fresh jalapenos.

Fresh Food Friday: 20 Tried and True Freezer Meals Happy Friday! I have to be honest . . . the holidays are SO crazy around my house that the last thing I want to do at the end of a busy day is cook dinner. Between class parties, work parties, family gatherings, and holiday programs (and my husband's brother is getting married the weekend before Christmas!), it is a super busy time! And that is why I am such a fan of freezer meals. At the end of a long day, all I have to do is pull one out of the freezer, pop it in the oven, and dinner is done! When I make freezer meals, I usually set aside 2-3 hours on a Saturday morning and I can whip out 3-4 meals. You will notice that a lot of these recipes are also made in your slow cooker- it is so easy to double a slow cooker recipe (if you have a big enough slow cooker! So here is my collection of some easy and delicious freezer meals . . . you will have to try some out and see what you think! (Click on the link below each picture to go to the recipe) Have a great weekend!

The Londoner: Slutty Brownies Now I don’t want to over sell this, so I’m going to be conservative and simply say, that these are… The Best Brownies In The WORLD. I know, big statement. They’re called Slutty Brownies because they’re oh so easy, and more than a little bit filthy. They’re best served warm from the oven, with good quality vanilla ice cream (devastatingly I didn’t have any in the freezer this time, so I guess I’ll just have to make them again). They take about 45mins to make, including baking time. The ultimate comfort food, whipped up within the hour. You will need… 1 Box of cookie mix, 1 Box of brownie mix, 2 Eggs, 2 Packs of Oreos (double stuffed ones are even better if you can find them) Some oil & your favourite ice-cream (optional) Preheat your oven to 350F, 180C, gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Squidge (technical term) the cookie dough into a lined baking tray, until it covers the bottom. Cover this layer with your Oreos. Mix up your brownie batter. & pour over your Oreos. Bake for 30mins.

Healthy Summer Snacks and Salads June 12, 2012 Summer is the BEST season for salads and snacking. Snack Girl is so inspired by all the fruits and vegetables that are in season. In fact, I found myself with writers block in January when there was like 30 feet of snow piled outside my window (slight exaggeration). Back then, I liked writing about cookies. The best snacks for summer are simple: watermelon, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, etc. - just munch on them! For the folks on a tight budget, summer is the season where you find your bargains on fresh produce. These recipes are for those of you who want to dress your summer fruits and vegetables up a bit. Check these out: Skip The Ice Cream: Grill Your Dessert Why Watermelon Makes Us Feel Good A Tomato Salad For Tomato Lovers Who Else Wants Bacon? 63 Calories of Salty, Sweet, Sour, Spicy and Veggie Goodness for a Dime Elegant, Easy, and Under 100 Calories Got Watermelon? Fall In Love With A New Whole Grain You Don't Need Sugar For A Refreshing Summer Drink

Parmesan Spread This stuff is addictive when you slather it on crusty slices of Italian bread. It uses ingredients that are the basis of so much of my cooking – fresh Parmesan, garlic, basil and olive oil. You’d think I was Italian or something! I’m not but many years ago my husband swore that with enough garlic and olive oil I’d become Italian. My skin’s not olive yet but, after 25 years, I’ve become an honorary Italian. At least I’ve got the cooking down! Parmesan Cheese, one big brickGarlic, 6 to 8 cloves depending on how garlicky you want itOlive OilCrushed Red PepperFresh Basil Leaves Crush and peel the garlic. Cut the cheese into cubes or chunks. Whirl the garlic in the food processor until it’s just barely chopped. Pulse until the cheese is coarsely crumbled. Gradually pour in a bit of olive oil and pulse until it’s mixed. Add a handful of basil leaves and a dash or two of crushed red pepper. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight before serving. Tagged as: basil, cheese, garlic, parmesan

Less-Loaded Potato Soup: Recipe Makeover The Irresistible Trifecta of starchy, creamy, and comforting pleasures found in loaded potato soup makes this warming bowl a restaurant and home-cooked favorite, especially on chilly, wintry days. The challenge with lightening is obtaining that luscious, creamy texture without any cream. Potatoes are a tricky starch. Cauliflower, however, has a smooth flavor and a skinnier, less starchy profile. When roasted, it develops a creamy interior (and nutty flavor) that becomes delightfully smooth when blended with reduced-fat milk; this is the light, earthy base for our chunky potato soup. Classic525 Calories per bowl16g Saturated Fat1,143 mg Sodium Makeover223 Calories per bowl2.7g Saturated Fat478mg Sodim View Recipe: Creamy, Light Potato Soup

Tropical Mango Salsa Recipe Executive Chef Damian Gilchrist of Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo brings us this tropical mango salsa recipe from Key Largo, Florida. Sweet mangos, spicy jalapeño, fresh lime juice and cilantro add some Mexican flavors to this light and refreshing appetizer. Ingredients: 2 large Florida grown mangos, finely diced 3 green onions, minced 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded, ribs removed, finely diced 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed 2 pinches salt 2 pinches black pepperInstructions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and toss gently. 2. Zuccotto (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Primal) I think I might be having too much fun with desserts. I haven’t developed a new sweet-tooth, but am fascinated and challenged by just how many recipes there are to create without grains. I fell in love with this dessert many years ago, when I bought a copy of Everyday Italian. Zuccotto is a fancy-looking dessert made from everyday ingredients. Zuccotto (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal, Gluten Free) Ingredients 1 coconut cake, completely cooled (I used this recipe and baked the cake batter in a loaf pan at 325ºF for 30 minutes, or until golden brown) 1/4 cup brandy 2 cups heavy cream (or very cold coconut milk, using this method to whip it) 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 tablespoon honey (I used clover) 1/2 cup slivered almonds, chopped Unsweetened cocoa for dusting Instructions Line a 1.5 quart mixing bowl with plastic wrap, so that the wrap hangs over the side. Whip 1 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form. Copyright 2013 Deliciously Organic

Three Types of Gumbo Recipes - Louisiana Life - January-February 2013 Three Different Gumbo Recipes Stanley Dry Eugenia Uhl Photographs I never cease to be amazed by the infinite varieties of gumbo, some of them born of necessity, others of premeditation and still others that emerge from someone’s inspirational flight of fancy. All one has to do is look at early Louisiana gumbo recipes to realize that originally people made gumbo from whatever was at hand. Today, seafood and non-seafood gumbos constitute two of the most common categories, but some of the earliest recorded recipes for gumbo use a combination of meat or poultry and seafood, the Louisiana version of surf and turf. Each of the three gumbo recipes this month illustrates a different approach. All of these gumbos are served with rice, which for most will be white rice, though, personally, I’ve come to prefer brown rice in my bowl. This gumbo can be prepared, from start to finish, in less than an hour. Cut the steak away from the bones.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE “RIGHT” WATERMELON (AND WHY TAPPING DOESN’T WORK) « What About Watermelon? In many ways, a watermelon is a lot like a Christmas gift: You’re pretty sure you’re going to like what’s inside, but you’re never really sure until you open it. Unlike a Christmas gift, however, with a watermelon, you’ll like what’s inside 100 percent of the time. (I’m about 75 percent with Christmas gifts.) Since you can’t stealthily peel back the wrapping of a watermelon in the grocery store to sneak a peek at what’s inside, you’ll have to employ some different techniques to determine its “ripeness.” Personally, I use the following three-step process to find the right watermelon and I have to admit, it hasn’t failed me yet! 1. 2. 3. Now I know what a lot of you are thinking: “What about the sound test? Some say a ripe watermelon will produce a hollow sound, while a “thick” or “solid” sound indicates a watermelon that’s not ripe or too ripe.

Chicken Parmesan (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal) For years, my Sunday night ritual centered on a bowl of noodles. Garlic noodles to be exact – buttery, creamy, a little salty and sweet. Since going grain free, I stopped my ritual and I occasionally miss that bowl of noodles. It’s not necessarily the taste I miss, but the comfort of a meal in a bowl, turning a fork round-and-round to collect a mass of goodness, and the spaghetti sauce. Have you seen people talking about the vegetable slicer? I’ve served the noodles with other sauces and vegetables, but pairing them with chicken parmesan is my favorite. Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles (Grain Free, Paleo, Primal, Gaps, Gluten Free) I prefer to use ghee in place of olive oil in this dish because ghee has a higher smoking point. Ingredients For the Noodles: 2 pounds zucchini, cut into noodles using a noodle slicer 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt For the Chicken: For the Spaghetti Sauce: Instructions Place zucchini noodles in a colander and season with salt. Preheat broiler to high.

Chocolate Hazelnut Morning Coffee [oops, sorry. I mean] Smoothie I don’t know about you, but I can’t start the day without a good cup of coffee. Not that I am a BIG coffee drinker, but I do need at least one cup as soon as I get out of bed, followed by another one a little later in the morning. In fact, on week days, I drink my first cup of coffee while working out, and I often wonder if there are others like me out there. I mean, coffee isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of a refreshing drink to have during and intense work out… I know, I’m weird sometimes… OK, make that often! Anywho, this here would be the ultimate post work-out smoothie for me, as it combines 2 of the things that I like the most in the morning: strong coffee and chocolate! Oh, and it has hazelnut butter in it. Need I tell you this is one of my favorites? Like all smoothies, this one comes together in a breeze and is highly portable. While your coffee is brewing, toast a dozen hazelnuts and dump them in your cup of coffee when it’s ready.