Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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You guys will be lying to yourselves if you say that your sweet tooth doesn’t start talking to you around mid afternoon/after dinner.  I know I will be honest and say that I have a serious love hate relationship with my sweet tooth.  I love that I am able to enjoy some of these delicious, surgery, creamy desserts that are out there, but at the same time having a sweet tooth that doesn’t back down is like dealing with an ex-boyfriend that just won’t stop calling you.  So, how do you cope with such a bittersweet (no pun intended) relationship…. You find healthy alternatives!

So, it is now my pleasure to introduce to you Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.  YES I said it… BANANA!  These little balls of heaven are something truly amazing for those sugar cravings and they are simple and easy to make!

I pulled my main recipe from skinnytaste but added in some extra ingredients that were a personal choice.

Main Ingredients: 

  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

* I also added in about a tsp of vanilla, sprinkle of cinnamon and some ground flaxseed

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350°F

Mash bananas in a bowl until slightly mushy and then add the quickly oats and chocolate chips and whatever other ingredients you may want to add.

Once combined, spray a nonstick cooking sheet and 1 tbsp of batter onto the cooking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes (keep an eye, because some ovens cooks faster than others)

 

 

 

Lemons the Magical Water Enhancement

 

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Lemons, natures pure flavor enhancement for both food and water, creating a fresher tasting dish or beverage with a simple squeeze.  I have always loved cooking with lemons, simply because it brings such a vibrant and fresh flavor to foods, but recently I have began adding them more and more to my water.

First off you can’t talk lemon water without understanding the importance of keeping your body hydrated.  I cannot emphasize this enough!!  But unfortunately with all this other sugary beverage crap we have circulating around, people find water to taste “too boring” now and therefore they bypass the cup of water for a can of soda or other artificial sweeten drinks.  Well this has to STOPPPPPP

Let’s get one thing clear, you DO NOT just drink water to quench your thirst.  Water has so many more benefits to the inside and outside of your body that people need to become aware of.  Everyday Health has a simple yet great outline for these benefits in your body.  It helps protect your tissues, keeps your skin hydrated, aids in digestion and helping to remove waste on top of a bountiful of other benefits.  So to say water is “too boring” is just ridiculous, because the amount of activity that water does in your body is far from boring.

So, now that you have read the article on the health benefits of water, put down the soda and learn to flavor your water with natural flavors aka LEMONS, yayyyyyy 🙂

Lemons have amazing health benefits as well.  They are a great source of Vitamin C, which helps to boost your immune system and keep your body in check, especially during that cold/flu season.  They also help to improve your digestion.  Drinking water with lemon helps flush out unwanted materials in your body and keep you on a regular track when it comes to bathroom trips (and yes I am talking the big potty bathroom trips, which helps create a flat belly).  And I mean come on, how do you not love that little extra vibrant color floating around in there, it just screams summer and happiness.

So drink up and keep that temple of a body of yours hydrated and feeling and looking good.

Cheers,

Kelliann

Banana Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

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I love to switch my morning breakfast foods around, so this morning I kicked things off with a powerhouse banana blueberry spinach smoothie.  For most people getting their daily dose of vegetables can be a challenge, so it is always great to find ways to sneak your greens in while keeping things delicious and a little sweet.  I always add a big heaping amount of spinach to my smoothies.  Spinach has so many great health benefits, ranging from bone health, protein, iron and plenty of vitamins and minerals.  Most people do not enjoy eating spinach just in plain form, but when you add it to a smoothie with some banana and blueberries you will not even know it was in there.

Since the taste is hidden in there, my ratio of spinach to fruit is higher.  In this case I filled up half of my cup with spinach and then added about 1/4 cup frozen blueberries and 1/2 a frozen banana and about a half cup almond milk along with a spoonful of flaxseed.  I love using frozen banana’s because it creates a creamier consistency as opposed to a watery smoothie (which kind of defeats the purpose of a smoothie)

The beauty of smoothies is that you can add in whatever fruits, vegetables or supplements you want.  just do not skimp out on adding any leafy greens to your drink.

** I also added a little sprinkle of the crunchy coffee peanut butter granola that I made the other day.  You can find the recipe linked in the article.

Cheers,

Kelliann

4 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

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I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE pancakes and I am always looking for new ways to make a healthy twist on this much loved breakfast food.  As much as we all love waking up and having a nice stack of fluffy pancakes waiting for us with some warm maple syrup and fresh fruit, it is not always a practical meal when you are trying to watch your figure.  I found this recipe for these delish 4 ingredient protein pancakes on Willow Bird Baking.

I made these this morning before my workout and they completely fueled me with the enegery to power through my 1 hour strenghth training workout.  I also love the sweetness that maple syrup brings to pancakes, especially as it soaks into them while they are warm. Now yes, maple syrup is loaded with sugar, but a small little drizzle is all you need.  I took a spoon and poured about a tablespoon over the top of my stack and then added some freshly bought organic blueberries for a little extra sweet kick as well as get some extra health benefits (I mean blueberries are packed with loads and loads of positive health benefits for our bodies and minds, so eat them up people).

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana 

2 eggs (I put 1 egg and 1 egg white) 

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 T vanilla protein powder

** For the protein powder I used Vega sport vanilla flavor.  This is a clean and plant-based product that adds that extra punch of flavor and protein to these pancakes **

Cheers,

Kelliann

Crunchy Coffee Peanut Butter Granola

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Granola, one of the biggest misconstrued “healthy” foods that have a lot of people fooled over.  I used to eat granola by the bowls full, spoonful after spoonful, never wondering what made this tasty treat so delicious.  Then one day I decided to look on the back and was astounded by the amounts of added high-fructose corn syrup I was actually spooning into my body!!  Not to mention the hydrogenated oils that were just making my heart stop by reading.  Nobody likes to find out that one of their favorite breakfast foods is actually not a “healthy” way to start your morning.  Once I informed myself of the dark side that granola can be, I decided to start trying out new recipes and cutting back on the added sugars and nasty oils and making healthier versions with organic ingredients that each contributed their own individual health benefits, also ingredients I could pronounce!

I came across this recipe through my cousin and after reading through the ingredients I thought to myself I have to make this right now, no time to wait!  Anything that involves granola and coffee, count me in!  This recipe I got from The Fit Fork Feed is such a creative way to incorporate healthy ingredients while making a granola that taste like a peanut butter espresso chocolate cookie.  I cant even being to tell you how delicious this granola is, and every ingredient is easy to pronounce and has amazing health benefits to be added.i suggest everyone who loves a crunchy granola and also is a caffeine lover give this recipe a try and taste for themselves!

Fork Cheers,

Kelliann 

 

 

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Hello Everyone,

I am just starting this blog that will be sharing all my favorite healthy and fun recipes that I find, leading you to so many new websites and blogs.  Not to mention introducing you to new chef’s and also those who just have a passion for yummy hardy healthy foods.  Keep tuned in because more and more recipes and workout will be added and you will not be disappointed.

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