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Foodie, Main Eats

Real Food Fruit and Nut Yogurt Bowl

January 20, 2015


One of my favorite quick and easy breakfast (or lunch) solutions is this awesome yogurt bowl. It’s chock full of protein from the greek yogurt, nuts, seeds, and chia. It has just the right amount of sweetness from the fruit and honey. Plus, it keeps your belly full for several hours.

This is my go-to post workout meal choice. The protein and fat content are great for muscle recovery.

*I cannot stress enough how important full fat dairy products are. However, it’s almost impossible to find full fat AND organic varieties of greek yogurt. Ideally, you can just make your own (but even I don’t make yogurt). I almost always choose full fat over organic when it comes to yogurt. End Rant.*

Here is what you’ll need:

-1 cup of Plain Greek Yogurt; full fat variety like Fage

-1 sliced up peach or a handful of berries

-1/4 cup of mixed nuts and seeds; my favorite is chopped walnuts with raw pepitas and raw sunflower seeds

-2 tbs chia seed

-1 tsp of raw honey; local is the best. Go find a good “Honey Guy” this week. 

*add more or less sweetener depending on your palate. I like the tartness of the plain yogurt, so I only add a scant amount of honey. However, some people may prefer their yogurt bowl a bit sweeter.

Throw all the ingredients into a bowl. Devour.

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Foodie, Sweets

Salted Chocolates (with Almonds and Pepitas)

January 15, 2014


I love chocolate.

Like, really love it.

It makes my heart sing.


However, buying chocolate adds up really quickly; especially when you’re buying really high quality chocolate.

These chocolates use items bought in bulk, so it cuts down on the cost immensely. It also doesn’t hurt that these are ingredients we always have on hand anyway.

I love these little chocolate bites because they are also full of tasty (and healthy) raw nuts and seeds.

If you’re going to eat chocolate on the daily, it might as well pack a nutritional punch, right?



Here’s What You’ll Need:

2 cups of high quality dark chocolate chips 

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw pepitas

sea salt

Melt chocolate chips over low heat. Spoon out tablespoon size dollops on to a parchment lined baking sheet.

Top with raw almonds and pepitas. Sprinkle the tops with sea salt.

Place in freeze for about 30 minutes; or until the chocolate has cooled and solidified.

Store in an air tight container.




Foodie, Recipe, Snacks

Monster Bites

January 21, 2013


Coming up with fun and healthy snack ideas for a picky toddler has become a true test of my creativity, intelligence, and patience.

In JBird’s ideal world, I would feed her nothing but cheese and products that contained cheese (preferably cheese in cracker form). Umm, no.

On a daily basis, not only am I trying to appease the demands of my impossibly picky toddler, but I am also trying to cram as much nutrients into her little body to make up for all the crackers, cheese, and lollipops that somehow keep showing up in her mouth (Where did you find those crackers?! I have not bought crackers in nearly 2 weeks?!)

Enter: Monster Bites.


Part Cookie. Part Granola Bar. Part Supplement Aisle at the co-op.

All Deliciousness.

I call them Monster Bites because:

a)They are monsters (right?)

b)They are chock full of “monster” nutrients

c) If you were to eat one in a single bite…that would be one monster bite.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

-1 cup nut butter (I used unsalted peanut butter)

-1 cup of raw sunflower seeds

-1 cup of raw oats

-1/2 cup raw honey (I added more like 3/4 cup of honey…because I couldn’t justify leaving 1/4 cup of honey in the jar)

-1/2 cup chia seeds

-1/2 cup hemp protein powder

-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

-1/2 cup dried cranberries

-1/2 cup dried apricots; chopped

-1/2 cup raw walnuts; chopped

-1 tbs pure maple syrup

-1 tbs vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients and stir until everything is well mixed. **It is going to be STICKY…use a strong spoon*.

Form into bite-sized squares (or balls). Place squares in a parchment lined dish. Refrigerate for at least an hour to “set up”.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.


These little snack bites are great for kids and grown-ups alike! They are a “clean” snack that will give you a protein boost (and raise blood sugar in the late afternoon…without having a sugar crash).


We enjoy ours with some herbal tea; perfect for chilly winter days 🙂


Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of…Mokki?

June 25, 2011

What in the world is a Mokki Ball? It’s a little slice of heaven; that’s what it is!

I was first introduced to Mokki Balls at a Holistic Mom’s Network meeting. They are like a “no-bake cookie” of the raw/unprocessed variety. After eating what seemed like 10, I was hooked…and needed more. I actually bought the HMN cookbook almost primarily for this recipe (but there are a lot of truly great things in there; so the purchase was well worth it).

The recipe is out of the “Many Paths, One Journey to Health”  cookbook; put out by the Holistic Mom’s Network. The recipe was submitted by Lisa Rooney of the Chicago Western Suburbs, IL chapter (Way to go Lisa!). The original recipe is good: (also known as Rooney Snuggle Bugs’ “Gone Before You Know It” Mokki Balls)

1 c. raw nut butter

1/2 c. raw agave

1/3 c. raw cacao or carob chips 

1/2 c. ground flax

1 c. raw oatmeal

But I’ve tweaked it to perfection (in my opinion):

1/2 c. All Natural No-Stir Roasted Almond Butter (I’m a big fan of Maranatha brand)

1/2 c. All Natural No-Stir Roasted Peanut Butter (same goes for the peanut butter)

1/2 c. honey

1/3 c. 60% cacao chocolate chips

1/4 c.  natural cocoa powdered

1/2 c. powdered ground flax

1 c. old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 c. ground almonds (for rolling)

Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Using a melon baller (or in my case, an espresso scoop) make walnut sized balls. In a separate bowl, roll formed Mokki Balls in ground almonds until fully coated. Place Mokki Balls on a parchment lined baking sheet and put in the freezer to “set up”; about 30 minutes. Transfer chilled Mokki Balls to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator. 

They literally taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; but without all the guilt! They are definitely not a low calorie snack, but the protein and fiber content (and the fact that there’s no partially hydrogenated oils in them) make them WAY better then any store bought peanut butter/chocolate snack. The raw version is very tasty as well, but I only had non-raw products in my pantry; so those are what I used.

They make a great protein packed snack! I plan on bringing a batch on all our camping trips this summer!

*they do tend to get pretty sticky when NOT chilled…but still really really tasty.