Healthy Strawberry Lemonade Yogurt Bars

Everyone loves popsicles this time of year!!! The only problem with the majority of store bought popsicles, is the fact that they are packed with sugar and carbohydrates, therefore extremely high on the glycemic index. Some people are still not aware that consuming large amounts of fruit and fruit drinks is a quick way to pack  on the pounds, not to mention, can potentially lead to developing diabetes in the future. The trick to eating fruit for your betterment is to choose fruits that are low glycemic and have little affect on blood sugar. The best low glycemic fruits to consume are berries. I highly recommend staying away from watermelon and pineapple, because these are the two fruits that cause the biggest spike in blood sugar when consumed. Okay okay, back to these delicious healthy strawberry lemonade yogurt bars! The beauty of making these popsicles, is that you can switch up the recipe according to your preferred taste/sweetness liking/etc. If you prefer raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries  in addition or in place of the strawberries…have at it!!! The kids will enjoy helping you make these healthy popsicles…and will love eating them! Gather all ingredients, the popsicles holders, a bowl, blender, and a spoon. Add all ingredients (except the strawberries) into the bowl and mix well with a spoon until all ingredients are mixed well. Add the strawberries into the blender and blend just long enough to chop up the berries. DO NOT COMPLETELY PUREE, leave chunky. Pour the chopped berries into the bowl with the yogurt mixture. Mix well. Pour the healthy strawberry lemonade yogurt mixture into each individual popsicle space, leaving a tiny bit of unfilled space at the top. Secure the handles...

Low Carb Cinnabon Cake Dessert

I used to be obsessed with Cinnabons! If they were not so terribly unhealthy, I would eat one every single day if I could! Unfortunately, this is not the case, therefore I took matters into my own hands. I was unsuccessful in recreating the traditional cinnamon roll shape, but entirely successful in the texture and taste department! Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Gather 2 medium bowls, all ingredients, a spoon, a fork, and a brownie/cake pan. Add all Cake ingredients in a bowl and make sure to mix well until there are no clumps. I use a fork, but feel free to use a whisk. Spray a brownie  pan with coking spray and add the low carb cake batter to the pan. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes on 320 degrees. I use a toothpick or fork to check the center and ensure is thoroughly cooked.     I attempted to roll the cake into a cinnamon roll, but failed miserably! At this point, feel free to simply cut the low carb cinnamon cake into squares if desired. I sprayed with spray butter and then sprinkled with additional cinnamon. Let cool for a few minutes and then place on your plate. Top with icing and additional cinnamon and a drizzle of lite or sugar free syrup if desired. ENJOY your low carb and protein packed cinnabon influenced...

Gluten Free Banana Nut Protein Balls

I am obsessed with the banana  nut flavor of the Quest bars, but  absolutely hate spending close to $3 for just one bar! I know many people love quest bars, but I’m not sure if everyone knows that not all flavors are created equal. By this, I mean that not all flavors are truly healthy. Many of the flavors contain a high amount of sugar/sugar alcohol, therefore make sure to read the label before purchasing. These bars, like many others, are expensive as well. Making homemade protein treats is not only a way to ensure you are eating healthy treats, but you will save a ton of money in the long run. I have experimented with a few different flavor combinations for protein balls, but this was my first attempt at a banana nut flavor. I always take my “projects” to work for my co-workers to taste test, and this protein ball recipe got rave reviews!!! Gather all ingredients, a large bowl, a large spoon, a food processor, and measuring cups. First, place the almonds into the food processor and grind up until the almonds are in tiny bite size pieces. Make sure not to grind up too much, because it will quickly turn from powder into a nut butter. Pour the ground up almonds into  a bowl and set aside for later.   Drain the chick peas and rinse with water. Add all ingredients (except almonds) for the gluten free banana nut protein balls into the food processor and blend well. Make sure to scrape the sides of the processor to ensure all ingredients are mixed well. The...

Healthy Protein Nutella Mousse

A friend of mine asked me to create a healthy Nutella recipe, so of course I accepted the challenge. As much as I love nut butter and eat it daily, I have actually never even tried Nutella spread! I know this spread is not the healthiest of spreads, but had to taste test it before I embarked on a healthy copycat recipe. The only thing I would say about this homemade recipe is that the hazelnut “skin peeling” part of the process is a bit of a pain. If you can find hazelnuts that have already been shelled and skinned, that would be the way to go for sure! Leaving the majority of the skin on will not change the taste, but will simply change the texture from creamy to gritty. I actually prefer a more gritty texture, similar to my natural peanut butter, so I didn’t mind leaving some of the hazelnut skin on. I took this recipe one step further and added additional protein to make it much creamier and delicious…not to mention even healthier than the original “Healthy Nutella Spread” recipe! This Healthy Protein Nutella can be used in many recipes, such as on toast, as a trifle layer, and as a healthy dessert icing. The possibilities are endless…and very scrumptious!!!! Gather all ingredients, a cookie  sheet, a spoon,  a nut cracker, and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the hazelnuts from their shells (by cracking them). Throw away the shells and place the hazelnuts on the cookie sheet and roast for 6-8 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees. Remove the roasted hazelnuts from the...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Balls

I love chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut…so why not put them all together to create a yummy protein packed treat?! Not only is coconut delicious, but it is excellent for one’s immunity. They are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Because of that, if you consume coconut in any form (raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter, etc.), it can help treat some of mankind’s worst and most resilient of illnesses such as influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, etc. These tasty little chocolate peanut butter coconut protein balls literally take 15 minutes to make and you can enjoy them at home or on the go. Although I keep them in the refrigerator, they will be fine if you have them out for a few hours…for those of you that have an on-the-go lifestyle. These chocolate peanut butter coconut protein balls are very low on the glycemic index, meaning that they are lower in carbs and higher in protein, and will not spike up your blood sugar after eating them. This low glycemic treat is higher in calories, mainly due to the good fats from peanut butter and coconut flakes. Feel free to substitute the peanut butter for almond butter is you try to stick to a paleo diet or simply prefer one over the other. Gather all ingredients, a large bowl,  spoon, large blender, and a plate. Drain and rinse the chick peas and place the chick peas into the blender. Add the raw protein powder, peanut butter (or almond butter), cocoa powder, coconut extract, vanilla extract, water and...

Lemon Chia Seed Protein Muffins

Muffins are sooooooo delicious, yet sooooooo high on the glycemic index due to the high carb/sugar content paired with a low protein content. It has been quite some time since I have made a low glycemic/high protein sweet treat, so IT’S TIME! I used to love lemon poppy seed muffins before I cared about nutrition, so I decided to use that as my inspiration. Chia seeds are packed with fiber and are a much more nutritionally beneficial option than poppy seeds, therefore this recipe is for Lemon Chia Seed Muffins:) Gather all ingredients, 2  mixing bowls, a whisk, a spoon, a mini muffin tin, a grater, and an citrus squeezer if you have one. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grate the zest from 1 medium-large lemon, making 1 tbsp of lemon zest. Juice the lemon with a citrus juicer or by simply squeezing the lemon, removing the seeds. Mix all “dry ingredients” in a medium mixing bowl  with a whisk. Add chia seeds in and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix the “wet ingredients” together and whisk well. Make sure to heat the coconut oil for 5-10 seconds in microwave to melt it down to liquid form. Mix/whisk well to ensure no clumps. Pour the “wet ingredients” into the bowl with the “dry ingredients” and mix well with a large spoon. Line a mini muffin tin with mini muffin liners,and fill each liner (to the top) with the lemon chia seed muffin mixture. Use your fingers to push down flat. Bake on 325 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Use a toothpick to check the center of a muffin to...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie Dough Balls

Who doesn’t enjoy a little cookie dough from time to time? I used to eat it all the time as a child, despite the fact that it had raw eggs and was super unhealthy for me! I have been wanting to make a healthy cookie dough recipe for some time now…so this is what I came up with. I have to say, this is one I will make on the weekly! Gather all ingredients and a blender. Drain and rinse the chick peas as well as possible. Add all ingredients, except the chocolate chips, into the blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. The peanut butter protein mixture will be very thick, similar to cookie dough, so feel free to use your hands if need be.  After the peanut butter protein mixture is blended, pour in the chocolate chips and mix well with a spoon or hands. Using your hands, roll the peanut butter chocolate chip protein dough into balls. I made larger protein cookie dough balls, but feel free to make smaller ones. Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat. These delicious little puppies have over 8 grams of protein and under 3 grams of sugar per peanut butter chocolate chip protein cookie dough bite! Also, they are safe to eat because they contain NO RAW...

Vanilla Peppermint Protein Balls

I am always looking for ways to combine protein snacks with scrumptious desserts. I bought candy canes today for the Christmas tree and decided to use this as my inspiration! These vanilla peppermint protein balls are a cross between a protein bar and a dessert…so feel free to eat them at any point in the day. If you are trying to lose weight, do without the candy cane topping or just limit the amount. Gather all ingredients and combine all ingredients (except the candy canes) in a large bowl. I use my hands at the end to ensure that the “protein dough” is mixed well. If you feel the dough is too dry, simply add a tiny bit of water to the mixture and mix well until you reach desired texture. The dough should resemble cookie dough in texture. The size of the protein powder scoop is different for everyone, therefore you may have slightly different textures. Place the dough in the freezer while you crush the candy canes in the food processor. Let sit in freezer fro at least 5 minutes. NEED A FOOD PROCESSOR? Click here to view some of my favorites! Remove the bowl of vanilla peppermint protein dough from the freezer and roll the dough into balls. I made about 10 large balls from this recipe. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and place the balls on the paper. Dip the top of each ball in the candy cane crumbs and place back on the cookie sheet/paper. Place the balls back into the freezer for at least 15 minutes and then enjoy! Store in a sealed container in the...

Gluten Free Pumpkin Gingersnap Protein Balls

My good friend requested I make a healthy pumpkin dessert recipe. I have made pumpkin gingersnap truffles before, and they were amazing! The only problem with this recipe is that they were very unhealthy and I would not suggest that recipe for anyone trying to lose weight. I tweaked the original recipe and came up with a much healthier version. These are gluten free, do not require baking, and the entire recipe can be completed under 30 minutes! Shall we get started?!?! Gather all ingredients, a large bowl, mixing spoon, and a food processor. Scoop the pumpkin puree, protein powder, water, vanilla, stevia, and spices into the large bowl. Stir. Click here to view this product on Amazon! Place the cookies and oats into a food processor and grind up well. You can do the 2 separate or together. Pour into the large bowl and slowly stir the ingredients. The mixture will not be easy to stir and will seem too dry…this is ok!!! Now place about 3/4 of the mixture into a food processor with the cream cheese and blend well. Scoop out the mixture and place back into the bowl with the remaining mixture. At this point, MIX WELL WITH YOUR HANDS!!!! If you feel the mixture is too thick, add water. If you feel the mixture is not thick enough, add more protein powder. At this point, either roll the dough into balls or press into a pan  and cut into bars. Melt dark chocolate in a bowl in the microwave and scoop into a ziploc baggie. Trip off the edge and pipe onto each bar/ball,...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pudding

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and I have recently created a super easy concoction that is now my mid morning snack…every morning!!! I truly can not get enough of this little snack, and I can eat it at any point of the day without feeling guilty. I definitely need my sweet fix from time to time, and now I get to enjoy an amazing treat every day if I want!!! Seriously, you need to try this! Gather all ingredients. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. If you would like a thinner pudding, add more almond milk or water to the bowl and keep mixing. For those of you who would like to stick to the paleo diet, simply use almond butter to replace the peanut butter. You can eat this pudding plain or add a small dollop of lite cool whip, add 1/2 banana slices, and/or add a drizzle of peanut butter....

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