Chocolate Protein Shake

11282689_1656925587859863_1578550085_nThis is one of my go to’s. I’ll drink it as a snack, breakfast, or post workout small meal. This chocolate shake is great because it has protein and curbs my sweet tooth cravings. I have a vegan alternative recipe I use now because of my milk allergy and a regular that I’ll make for my husband. This was another one of the things I make for him a night when he has a “hankerlin” for something sweet. I add greens to it like spinach or kale. I told my husband and he said he could tell, but it still tasted good.

Vegan

  • frozen banana
  • almond milk
  • chia seeds
  • almond butter
  • quinoa
  • ground flax seeds
  • vanilla extract
  • cocoa powder]
  • leafty green like kale or spinach

Non-Vegan

  • frozen banana
  • vanilla protein powder
  • peanut butter
  • cocoa powder
  • skim milk
  • leafy green like kale or spinach

For the vegan version, before hand I put the chia seeds, quinoa, and flax seeds in a coffee grinder and make into a finer, powdery like substance. Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Add more milk if smoothie is too thick. I hope this brings you as much join as it brings me.

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Apple Nachos

Every night without fail, after our son has been put to bed, I’ve made lunches, and gotten things organized for the next day, my husbands asks “Do we have anything sweet to eat?” And look at him rolling my eyes and say, “we have fruit.” Remember how I said on my “About” page that I didn’t want to be the annoying person who shoves being healthy down peoples’ throats?” Well, that rule doesn’t apply to my husband. He has no choice in the matter, I didn’t get married to end up a widow by the age of 40 due to him having a massive heart attack or stroke. Nevertheless, I grew tired of his pitiful face, thus apple nachos (and a couple more brilliant ideas that I will share later) were born!

It really is quite simple. You just chop your favorite kind of apple into slices, for me nothing beats a honeycrisp. Melt a 1-3 tablespoons of peanut butter, depending on how peanut buttery you want it. Melt 1-2 dark chocolate bars. I use 70% dark chocolate, that’s my limit any darker and it tastes like charcoal. I use the microwave the melt in 10 second increments, making sure the chocolate doesn’t scorch. If you want to be fancy you can use a double boiler. Take a spoon and drizzle the peanut butter and chocolate over the apple slices. I also drizzle a little honey for added sweetness and dust with cinnamon. So now both parties are happy. I’m happy because we have a healthy snack and he gets something to satisfy his night time sweet tooth. He still ate fruit, though.

apple nachos

Vegan Tacos

I made these earlier in the week after “ODing” on some leftovers from Easter. I decided I needed to take it easy on the meat, that added with my milk allergy gave birth to vegan tacos. The picture was popular on Facebook and Instagram so I decided to share the recipe here.

Ingredients:vegan tacos

  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • sweet potato
  • eggplant
  • corn
  • black beans
  • half avocado
  • cilantro
  • EVOO
  • salt and pepper
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • oregano
  • spinach
  • medium picante salsa

Directions:

Main filling- Dice up half a sweet potato and half an eggplant. I used reduced sodium canned corn and black beans. Fill free to use fresh or dried black beans. Place
the sweet potato, eggplant, corn, and beans on a pan. Drizzle with EVOO and toss. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, and oregano. Bake on 400 for 25 minutes. My husband was not having the no meat thing so a browned some ground turkey with corn and black beans with the same seasoning for his tacos. He also had fat free Greek yogurt and reduced fat cheese.

Guacamole- This is a simple guacamole. I just put half a guacamole in the food processor with cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Blend, and done.

The rest is easy. Take the whole wheat tortilla, scoop some of the vegan filling, add guacamole (I like a lot), salsa (not homemade, I was lazy that day)
, shredded spinach, fold and that’s it. Delicioso!

 

Healthy Fish and Chips

Tonight for dinner I made fish and chips, but with a healthy allergen free spin.We had Almond Crusted Tilapia and Baked Sweet Potato Fries with a zesty aioli sauce (my fancy spin on mayonnaise). The recipe includes:

  • tilapia fillets
  • almond flour
  • mayonnaise
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • chili powder
  • EVOO(Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • sweet potatoes
  • lemon juice
  • italian seasoning

Almond Crusted Tilapia:

Season fish with salt and pepper. For the “breading”, mix about a half cup of almond flour with salt, pepper, garlic power, onion power, and Italian seasoning. To make the almond flour mixture stick I used mayonnaise with a little water so I wouldn’t be wasting a whole egg ( I know I’m not supposed to be eating eggs at all but it was either egg or yogurt so I chose the lesser of the two evils). First coat the fish mix mayonnaise/water mixture, then coat with almond flour mixture. Make sure the fish are covered with the almond flour, but not too thick or it won’t get crispy. Bake in the oven at 425 for about 20 minutes, or until it starts to brown.

Sweet Potato Fries:

Cut the sweet potato into strips. This is pretty difficult and dangerous for me because I don’t have a sharp knife and those babies are hard to cut threw without one. So don’t be like me use a sharp knife. Drizzle with EVOO, and toss to evenly spread it. Season with salt, garlic powder, and chili powder. Bake in oven at 425 for about 30 minutes or until fries get crispy.

Zesty Aioli Sauce:

It’s probably not really aioli, I just want to sound fancy. I just mix mayonnaise with a littler water, lemon juice, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

So There you have it!  Healthy fish and chips safe for someone with milk and wheat allergies. I know mayonnaise is not the healthiest thing in the world. But you’ll be saving a ton of calories, sodium, and fat from not frying everything, so a little drizzle of watered down mayo won’t hurt. You’ll hear me say this a lot, but I believe in all things in moderation. I don’t (other than what I’m allergic to) cut anything completely out. I just try to be as healthy as possible and add a little of the not so good stuff in there. I hope you can make this and enjoy it as I did. healthy fish and chips