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BROWNED BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP BLONDIES

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BROWNED BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP BLONDIES

  Serves 16 bars

The sweetest, most tender low carb blondies you’ve ever had, with the deliciously rich flavor of browned butter and plenty of chocolate chips.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook until the butter is melted and and becomes a deep amber, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F and grease a 9×9 inch square pan (an 8×8 is acceptable but your blondies will take longer to cook).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, sweeteners, baking powder, and salt. Stir in egg, browned butter and vanilla extract until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press dough evenly into prepared ban and bake 15 to 20 minutes, until just set and golden brown. Let cool and cut into squares.

RECIPE NOTES

Serves 16. Each serving has 5.62 g of carbs and 2.5 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 3.12 g.

Food energy: 161kcal Total fat: 14.35g Calories from fat: 129 Cholesterol: 15mg Carbohydrate: 5.62g Total dietary fiber: 2.50g Protein: 3.79g

Gluten Free Picky Kiddo Hack!

I am always on the prowl for healthy fat foods my kid will eat! Now that she has gone gluten free, I am on the prowl more than ever before! So here is a hack that:

Packs 150 calories a Table spoon
14 Grams of Fat per Table spoon
And all kinds of yummy!!

I topped two rice cakes with a Table spoon on each and she downed it!!27654358_988109021337621_5121623756178704668_n

Cauliflower Pizza Crust!

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Omg I finally did it!!! I was craving pizza so badly I made Cauliflower pizza and it was pure Magic !!! This will be a weekly menu item for the Miron house hold !!!

Ingredients

2 cups riced cauliflower

1-1/3 cup reduced-fat, shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 egg

½ Tsp Italian seasoning

1/8 Tsp salt

½ cup no sugar added tomato sauce (such as Rao’s)

10 slices turkey pepperoni

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 ˚F.
Place riced cauliflower in a microwave safe dish, uncovered. Microwave for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool, and then mix in 1/3-cup mozzarella, parmesan, egg, Italian seasoning, and salt.
Form cauliflower mixture into a circle, about ¼-inch thick, onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.*
Bake until edges are browned, about 20 minutes.
Top crust with tomato sauce, remaining mozzarella, and pepperoni slices.
Bake until cheese is melted, about 7 to 10 minutes.
*To prevent crust from sticking, lightly spray the top of the parchment paper with cooking spray. For best results, use a lightly-greased silicone baking sheet (if you have one).

Nutritionals: 330 calories | 32g protein | 15g carbohydrate | 18g fat

16 Ways to Swap Out Crackers and Chips

16 Ways to Swap Out Crackers and Chips

Graham crackers. Animal crackers. Cheese and crackers. Crackers in soup. Crackers and hummus. Chips and dip. Chips and salsa…..

Crackers and chips are two of the snack staples that often end up on the chopping block when you give up carbs, swear off gluten, or clean up your diet. If a change in your eating habits — whether it’s for a gluten-freePaleoketogenic, or low-carb diet — has you missing crackers and their crunchy brethren, you’re in luck.

We have 16 alternatives to crackers (and chips!) you’ll love. These little bites are a perfect swap for traditional crackers laden with refined and processed white flours, salt, and oil.

They’re also a more nutrient-packed way to satisfy all your crunchy cravings.With sweet and savory options, your crunchy, flavor-packed snack dreams are about to come true.

Kale hummus with olives and pita chips

10 Crunchy Swaps for Chips and Crackers

Replacing your favorite foods with cleaner versions is a real test for your creativity in the kitchen. Thankfully, there are plenty of crunchy swaps for chips and crackers that save on carbs, calories, and/or fat.

First, ask yourself why you’re craving those foods: Is it the crunch, or do you want a dry and salty snack?

If you want to keep your mouth occupied with a crunchy snack, the easiest swap is raw veggies. We know that might not work for everyone, every time you crave chips or crackers. But if you just want a vehicle to get guacamolehummus, or both to your mouth, veggies are a suitable sub.

If you’re chomping on them on their own, you can add a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning blend for extra appeal.

Sometimes a carrot stick just isn’t going to cut it, like when you want the crunchy, salty richness that a chip or cracker delivers. Here are a few of our favorite stand-ins for chips and crackers:

baked apple chips

  • Mixed Nut and Seed Crackers: Feeling nutty? Opt for these rich crackers, which turn your favorite nuts and seeds into a crunchy cracker. They are quite dense calorically, so you’ll only need a few to feel satisfied. (In Portion Fix, nuts count as a blue container, while seeds are an orange one.)
  • Endurance Crackers: This seeded cracker is vegan, and it cleverly uses chia seeds as a binder. Spice them up for a filling snack. We love them as is, or with an added teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary, thyme, or curry powder. Keep in mind that these are calorically dense, so a little will go a long way. If you’re following Portion Fix, one cracker is one orange container.
  • Baked Corn Tortilla Chips: We haven’t forgotten you chip lovers out there — sure, corn is a starchy vegetable, but these are baked so they’re lighter in calories and fat! These homemade corn chips clock in under 100 calories, and they take only 10 minutes to make. Bring on the queso!
  • Kale Chips: This crunchy, savory snack is a win-win. It sneaks in a serving of dark leafy greens, and it tastes delicious, too.
  • Spiced Nuts: Turn simple nuts into a crave-worthy snack by adding cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne. Bonus: They have only 106 calories per serving.
  • Maple Chai Roasted Chickpeas: Chickpeas are a versatile pulse. They can be coaxed into creamy hummus or baked to crispy perfection. You’ll love crunching on these!
  • Cinnamon Spiced Popcorn: This 21 Day Fix-approved popcorn gets a dose of flavor from spices, and you can customize it with your favorite seasoning combos.
  • Apple Chips: Craving something sweet? Try these thinly sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon, baked to a crisp. Bonus: They count as a purple container in Portion Fix.
  • Animal Crackers: We know that not all crackers are salty. If you’re craving something sweet and crunchy, try these animal crackers made with almond and coconut flours. (Note: Almond flour and coconut flour count as blue containers if you’re following Portion Fix.)

Zucchini fries

6 Savory Swaps for Chips and Crackers

When you have a hankering for something savory but not necessarily crunchy, reach for these instead of chips and crackers. From sweet potato and zucchini fries to stuffed mushrooms and salmon jerky, we have a savory snack to tickle your taste buds no matter the occasion. Which one will you make first? Decisions, decisions…

  • Cauliflower Bread: OK, so it’s not crunchy, but this grain-free bread is about as savory as can be. It would make a tasty swap for crackers alongside a serving of tomato soup.
  • Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms: Craving spinach and artichoke dip? Try these instead. They’re just as cheesy, packed with spinach, and have only 51 calories per serving.
  • Zucchini Fries: Move over, zoodles! This warm and crunchy side dish is guaranteed to “squash” your cravings for only 74 calories per serving. You can use this same technique for other veggies, like carrots, parsnips, summer squash, or even butternut squash.
  • Spicy Sweet Potato Fries: Spicy and sweet? Yes, please! These sweet potato fries are awesome on their own or dipped into Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip.
  • Sweet Potato Skins with Turkey Bacon and Tomatoes: Speaking of sweet potatoes, pack yours with turkey bacon, Greek yogurt, and tomatoes for a healthier spin on a sports bar favorite.
  • Salmon Jerky: This high-protein snack is a real winner, and it’s easier on your wallet than store-bought jerky. Boldly spiced and easy to prepare, this snack is chewy and satisfying.

The Bottom Line

Chips and crackers can have a place in a healthy meal plan, especially if you choose lower-sodium, baked, or homemade varieties. But if you’re watching your carbs or have a dietary restriction that takes them out of your healthy eating equation, try one of the satisfying swaps we’ve shared instead of diving into a greasy bag or salty box of snacks. The oils used in chips tend to be less healthy than the the fats found in some of these alternatives.

Sometimes the urge to snack on crunchy foods is a sign of stress eating. Here are some ways to cope with emotional eating.

Need more snack inspiration? Try one (or more!) of these 55 snacks under 150 calories or these healthy snacks from FIXATE 

9 Pantry Staples for Healthy Eating

 

 

9 Pantry Staples for Healthy Eating

Between work, school runs, errands, and generally busy schedules, cooking a healthy meal after all of that probably makes you tired just thinking about it.

But before you succumb to the siren song of ordering in or heating up a frozen dinner, check out how easy it is to throw together a delicious meal with everyday foods that are probably sitting in your pantry and fridge right now.

1. Brown Rice

Cook up a giant batch of brown rice on Sunday night as part of your meal prep for the week and you’ll have the base for a slew of filling meals for lunches you can take to work and dinner when you get home.

(Pro tip: Check out these 7 easy tips that will have you meal prepping like a pro in no time!)

You’re probably thinking, “ugh, brown rice takes forever to cook,” “it always ends up sticky,” or “it always ends up chewy/under cooked/etc.” Don’t be afraid of the rice: Here’s exactly how to cook fluffy, nutty, perfect brown rice every time.

Here are just a few of the recipes you can use with brown rice:

Spanish Brown Rice: This is a side you can eat like a meal. Add chicken, tofu, or your protein of choice and dinner is served.

Poached Eggs With Greens and Brown Rice: Who says eggs are for breakfast? In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a simple, flavorful, and healthy dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Southwestern Rice and Bean Salad: Everybody loves a rice bowl, and this one will bring out the Tex-Mex lover in you. It’s got a medium-spicy kick, plus bright flavors of cilantro and green onions.

More brown rice recipe ideas:

Vegan Buddha Bowl With Spring Vegetables

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Zesty Chicken With Brown Rice

Vegetarian Paella

Bowl of black beans

2. Beans

Beans of all shapes and sizes are rich in protein and fiber. Keep a variety of canned beans in the pantry, or cook a big batch that you can quickly heat up and toss with a few spices for a quick meal. Or try one of these bean-centric recipes:

Savory Slow Cooker Beans With Rice: Let’s all take a minute to praise the inventor of the slow cooker, the busy person’s (and lazy person’s) best friend. What could be easier or better than throwing a bunch of ingredients in a slow cooker in the morning, and coming home to a hot meal at the end of the day?

Baja Black Beans and Rice: Remember that big batch of brown rice and beans we suggested you cook to use later? Mix them together with cumin, chili powder, tomatoes, and queso fresco. Dinner. Done.

Chicken and Black Bean Burrito Bowl: What’s better than a burrito? A burrito in a bowl. This burrito bowl takes 20 minutes and it’s endlessly customizable, so skip the calorie-bomb takeout versions and make your own at home.

More bean recipe ideas:

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Double Bean Chili

Arugula Salad With Chicken and Black Beans

Oats in a bowl

3. Oats

Oats can turn your boring breakfast into a fiber- and protein-packed meal to keep you fueled all morning. Say goodbye to sugary cereals and protein bars, and explore all the ways you can use oats:

Fruity Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge. Oatmeal gets a makeover with hearty whole grains and dried fruits in this slow cooker recipe.

Irish Oats With Turkey Bacon, Cheddar, and Chives: Prefer savory instead of sweet? This robust bowl of healthy goodness is the perfect way to break your fast in the morning.

Strawberry Shakeology Overnight Oats: This is the ultimate grab-and-go breakfast that will fill you up and fuel you right for the day.

More oatmeal recipe ideas:

Baked Oatmeal Cups With Berries and Banana

Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal

Baked Vanilla Oatmeal With Nutmeg

No-Bake Shakeology Breakfast Cookies

4. Canned Tuna

You can add this versatile ready-to-eat protein into salads, casseroles, and sandwiches. It’s inexpensive and packed full of vitamins and healthy fats; just make sure to look for tuna canned in water, not oil.

Tuna Noodle Casserole With Veggies: This definitely isn’t your mother’s tuna casserole. Made with whole-wheat pasta, kale, and tuna, this dish is packed with protein and makes great leftovers.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich: Typical tuna salad can be a heavy, mayo-filled gut-buster. This version, however, is light and bursting with the flavors of lemon, red onion, capers, bell pepper, and more.

Make a big batch and you can get even more meals out of it: Mix a scoop with greens, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, or raw veggies.

Salad Nicoise: Turn your kitchen table into a European bistro with this classic French salad. It’s filled with the goodness of tuna, green beans, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, olives, and more — and it’s only 291 calories per serving.

5. Frozen Shrimp

Enjoying “fancy” seafood meals doesn’t mean you have to buy expensive, fresh-off-the-boat fish. With a package of frozen shrimp, you can create a variety of dishes that are inexpensive and fast.

Shrimp Coconut Curry in a Hurry: If you buy frozen shrimp already peeled and deveined, this gorgeous dish can be ready in 10 minutes. We repeat: 10 minutes.

Garlic Basil Shrimp With Zucchini Noodles: This is the perfect opportunity to bust out that new spiralizer, but if you don’t have one, a vegetable peeler will work just as well. Garlic, basil, and pesto combine to create a rich, flavor-packed “pasta” dish. (Not a fan of zucchini? Try this shrimp bowl with carrot and squash noodles instead.)

Shrimp Tacos: Mmmm tacos. We’ve never met a taco we didn’t like, and these tacos are no exception. These are easy to make and tasty to eat; each taco is bursting with ingredients like cumin, chili powder, cilantro, avocado, lime — and more.

More shrimp recipe ideas:

Shrimp Noodle Bowl

Shrimp Stir-Fry

Shrimp With Couscous

6. Pesto

Believe it or not, you can make pesto in 10 minutes flat. This is another one that you should make in a big batch and freeze for later. Even non-chefs can master this easy recipe for basil pesto.

Grilled Veggie Quesadilla: Most people think of pesto as a sauce, but you can use it as a spread, too: A dollop of pesto elevates this roasted veggie quesadilla, and can do the same with any sandwich.

Breakfast Caprese With Pesto: Add pesto to your next egg dish for a savory twist to breakfast. This protein-packed egg-white omelet gets an extra boost with a drizzle of homemade pesto sauce.

Quinoa With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pesto: The combination of sun-dried tomatoes and pesto sauce is zesty, earthy heaven for your tastebuds. This is a hearty dish you can eat hot or cold, and it’s perfect to pack for an office lunch.

7. Sweet potatoes

Packed with vitamin A and rich in fiber, sweet potatoes bring a natural sweetness to so many fast and simple dishes. They can be cooked in batches in the oven, microwaved if you’re short on time, eaten plain, or turned into mash, pies, or fries.

When a dish calls for white potato or grains, sweet potatoes are often a great substitute that provide even more nutrients and antioxidants than their counterparts.

Barbecue Chicken Baked Sweet Potatoes: Stuffed baked potatoes are great for when you don’t have the energy to cook multi-ingredient/course meals. With only five ingredients, this dish creates a spin on classic comfort food that will satisfy the whole family.

Sweet Potato Latkes: The traditional latke recipe calls for white potatoes, oil, and sour cream, but this dish swaps in sweet potatoes for a healthier version of this classic recipe.

They’re great for the holidays, or as a side dish along with chicken or fish. They can also be topped with applesauce for a sweeter snack.

Hearty Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Apples: This easy-to-make recipe is a great way to use up extra chicken. In less than 30 minutes, you can create this hearty, fall-flavored dish in the cast-iron skillet that can be stored for easy leftovers.

More sweet potato recipe ideas:

Sweet Potato Skins With Chicken and Spinach

Zucchini, Red Pepper, and Sweet Potato Frittata

Sweet Potato Egg Cups

Scrambled Egg Whites With Steamed Sweet Potato

8. Squash

There’s a squash for every single season, and they are all so useful in the kitchen: Butternut, delicata, kabocha, spaghetti, and others provide endless options for incorporating more veggies and nutrients into a variety of meals.

Beyond simply being diced and sliced, squash provides the perfect healthy substitute for noodles, tortillas (yes! see the zucchini recipe below), and a variety of other grain-based dishes.

Pad Thai with Spaghetti Squash: Looking for a healthy twist on this traditional dish? Make your own pad thai with spaghetti squash. Making “noodles” out of shredded spaghetti squash allows you to pack even more veggies into your meal without sacrificing flavor.

Roasted Butternut Squash With Cranberries and Feta: This savory dish is great for any fall or winter meal, and makes a tasty addition to your Thanksgiving spread. Winter squash varieties include butternut, acorn, and pumpkin. They are harvested in the fall and can be used all winter to create flavorful, nutrient-rich meals.

Mexican Chicken Zucchini Boats: What better way to cut down on processed carbs and boost vitamin intake than using fresh zucchini as the base of your dish?

More squash recipes:

Barbecue Spaghetti Squash Sliders

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Zucchini Noodle Breakfast Bowl

Pesto Zucchini Noodles With Chicken

9. Eggs

Eggs are nutritional powerhouses that can be part of any meal — add hard-boiled eggs to make a not-sad-desk salad, bake savory vegetable frittatas, or use them to craft your favorite meat and cheese quiche.

(Bonus: Pairing eggs with vegetables is a great way to get more veggies in before lunch.)

Vegetarian Eggs Benedict: Tired of scrambled or over-easy eggs in the morning? This vegetarian dish uses a healthier version of hollandaise sauce combined with mushrooms and asparagus for a veggie-packed start to your day.

Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash With Eggs: Garnished with cumin, chili, paprika and cilantro, this savory dish is perfect for breakfast, dinner, or anything in between. The combination of sweet potato chunks, over-easy eggs and beans creates a nutrient-packed, satisfying dish that will keep you satisfied for hours.

Mini Denver Quiches: These mini quiches are yummy for a bite-sized breakfast or brunch, and are great for on-the-run mornings when you need a grab and go option! Packed with protein from eggs and ham and a hearty serving of bell pepper, this dish will start your day on a balanced foot.

More egg-cellent recipes and tips:

12 Ways to Make Egg Muffins With 5 Ingredients or Less

Avocado Egg Salad Toast

Mozzarella and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

3 Easy 21 Day Fix Egg Cup Recipes

Stock your kitchen with these key staples and you’ll be prepared for a healthy meal any time of the week.

 

 

source: Beachbodyondemand 

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