snacks

Pureed Pizza Cauliflower Dip

As I was thinking of what my next recipe would be, for some reason I wanted it to be something to do with pizza but I wasn't sure what yet. I told Tanner to go ahead and grab some turkey pepperoni at Walmart when he went this week (which he also randomly got me flowers-THAT GUY! ha). I started thinking about whether I wanted to do a high carb pasta pizza casserole for athletes or if I wanted to do a lower carb "weight loss" cauliflower pizza type recipe. I decided for the most part, people like to see the lower macro recipes just because we all know how to eat high carb. I mean really. hahaha! That's easy. 

So, then the decision was Cauliflower and I was going to make a casserole with cauliflower and pizza. I was thinking like layers almost like a lasagna, then I think my mom was the one that mentioned maybe making a dip and I was like A-HA! YES! So unique! So, that's where the idea came from. 

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So, this is an incredibly low calorie pizza dip. ENJOY! 

It was legit very good and we added garlic bagel crisps with it which was super salty and the perfect combo!!! Add a diet coke to the mix and CALL ME A HAPPY CAMPER! 

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Low Carb Zucchini Bread

Why can I never spell zucchini? I ALWAYS spell it zuchinni. ALWAYS! Uh! Thank goodness for autocorrect or I'd be looking real silly and then all the blog haters would come out like "OMG I don't trust a word she says. Did you see she can't even spell zucchini?" HAHAHA! 

Okay, this is not a new recipe that I made up. I told yall I'd let yall know however this is one that I think that everyone should know. There are certain foods that are volume foods that are good to have up your sleeve. As a marathon runner, I typically focus on foods that aren't quite as volumuous as this because then I would not be able to get in enough calories, however when you are cutting and trying to lose weight, you want to have foods that are going to keep you full and satisfied...foods that make you think that they are super carbalicious but in fact, they are not. This is where zucchini bread comes in! 

I can't even explain how easy this is so here goes. 

I'm actually glad that I made this one day in advance and then I could make sure that it could be stored. It can, but the water from zucchini makes it very very moist (and it starts to be more zucchini and less bread #nomsayin) so I know that a lot of girls will half this recipe and eat it right out of the oven as a single serving. You can still make it in a loaf, but just will be less. If you do put some to the side, put it in the fridge. 

The macros are fantastic!! :) The label below is for one slice with the entire loaf making up 8 slices. It's just basically protein powder macros because zucchini is just water essentially. haha! I took a bite but I get full so fast and this week I'm trying to push as much calories as possible so I didn't want to fill up on this but all that to say that it's filling! :)

Hope you enjoy!!! 

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Sweet Potato Avocado & Nutrition Ramblings

Last night, we had about 20 high schoolers in our house and it was just lovely! ha! They came over to just hang out, watch basketball, and it was good to get to know some of them more. Before they came, I whipped up some pumpkin and peanut butter cookies! But, for me on the side, I prepared this sweet potato, avocado, and peanut butter for dinner part 1! As you all know, I am plant based when I can be so as odd as it is in our society to JUST have a sweet potato, that's what I had.

Give me all the carbs and fat ;) haha! This is so simple. I just popped one of these sweet potatoes in the microwave for about 5 minutes or until it gets soft dependent on your microwave then added some avocado and peanut butter to my preference which means light on the avocado and heavy on the peanut butter!

The amount of peanut butter that we go through is ridiculous but I digress. Tanner knows the deal though so he will say "There's not enough peanut butter for your waffles, but I need to make a peanut butter sandwich for work. Can you bring me one?" hahaha! The beauty is he literally works 0.4 miles from our house (how convenient right?) and the grocery store is on the way. It's funny thinking back to the days in NYC when I had to like walk miles just to get groceries home and Tanner worked an hour away on the subway. Small town living for the win! I also love Shelby because even with our small town living, we have about 5 big cities surrounding us all within an hour! WOOP! 

Okay, now on to my rambles. I discussed this with my team yesterday and I felt it necessary and appropriate to share here. There are wide opinions (actually more so in the "healthy living blogger sphere") that don't agree with tracking of any kind. Obviously, I think of things differently but what I've realized is the beauty in knowing that everyone is different. I used to get all hot and bothered when people didn't agree with the way that I did nutrition...which was just plain silly...it works for me, and it works for others but that doesn't mean that it works for everyone! You have to find your route. 

However, if you decide to go the macros route that doesn't mean that you have to do it forever. When you make a cake for the first time, you use measuring cups and spoons to get that perfect amount of butter, oil, and vanilla extract to make your cake taste exactly how you want it to. You had GOALS for that cake ;) Once you have made the cake 100 times, you no longer need to measure because you know what it needs to produce the cake. 

That's how macros are. Sometimes, in our society, we are not taught about the actual nutrition in foods so we are either left eating in over abundance (and I don't mean like just listening to your body eating what it wants but like truly gluttony) or being scared to eat enough of it. I think it helps to use those measuring cups and spoons in the beginning to see what a serving size looks like and what a day consists of to give your body exactly what it needs. After you do this for a few months and you decide that tracking is not for you, now you are educated. If you have meticulously tracked for a year then you now know what exactly it looks like and it's not really as necessary anymore. 

Its okay to have goals for your cake. (This might be my new catch phrase because I feel as if can relate to cakes of all varieties HAHAHA!)

With that, let me know if you try this snack! I think you'll love it! :) The flavor combo with the avocado and sweet potato is odd but really good, and tie it all in with the peanut butter! YUM!!

 

 

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Healthy Pumpkin Dip

Oh, how easy this recipe is and how short this blog will be and how much you are going to love this! There was someone on our retreat this weekend that had made this dip (but of course I knew it wasn't the healthy version) and my mind went A-HA! That's how I do most of my healthy recipes to be honest with you. I want everyone to know that I do create my own recipes as I would never like steal someone else's idea. I try to not look at healthy food blogs for inspiration because I never want to accidentally copy someone so normally I'm always thinking of ideas of things I could do to change non-healthy to healthy for the blog! :) Let's just get right to it because I'm so dang excited! 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • One container of fat free Cool whip 
  • One can of pumpkin puree
  • One box of sugar free vanilla pudding mix 

DIRECTIONS: 

  • THROW IT ALL TOGETHER IN A BOWL AND STIR! 

Tip #1: It's the actual powder mix of the pudding. You don't make the pudding. I added like a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to give it more of a spice flavor. 

Tip #2: After this sits in the fridge, it gets more flavor. The spice and pumpkin flavor comes out more, so if it's faint and light, it will get stronger.

MACROS: (This was a hard one to calculate)

One tablespoon should be around 2.6g C 0g F 0g P 

THINGS IT'S GREAT WITH: 

  • Clearly in mini pumpkin pie containers 

The macros on these are 4.5g F 13g C 0g P so they aren't the best for their size, but this is such a delicious combo!

  • Cinnamon crackers

I wish I knew the brand but I could have sworn it was from Trader Joes, however you could make your own and I know they have some cinnamon sugar sticks. The combo of light fluffy dip with cinnamon cranky stick-I.Can't.Even.

  • Apple slices

I thought I'd throw this in here because it's unexpected but a great taste combo. It's such a sweet healthy treat! :) 

As always, let me know if you make it! I'd love to see on instagram or facebook so tag me pretty please! :) 

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Apple Cider Pears & Apples

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But man, oh man, do I have a treat for you? If you are looking for a last minute Thanksgiving recipe, then I am throwing this up today so that you can enjoy this! My mother in law makes something similar so I got the idea from her, and then I really just put my own spin on it with what I had available and it's SO GOOD. 

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My mother in law makes it with only pears with orange juice, butter, and cinnamon. 

My dish today is super easy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Golden Delicious Apples
  • 2 pears 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • Sprinkled cinnamon

Directions: 

  • Cut apples and pears into slices 
  • Melt butter in microwave for 15 seconds
  • Add all ingredients 
  • Microwave for 8 minutes in clear dish with cover

They make for the most delicious sweet treat for any event, but also super fresh tasting! Yes, they have real butter and that's okay ;) 

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I hope that you enjoy this recipe, and many more to come in the soon future! I'm going to be ramping up my recipes with tons of fruits and veggies!!  

With love and fresh eats,

Katie

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