Starting Clean

I’ve realized over the last few weeks the hubs and I have really slipped in the healthy living department. Don’t get me wrong, we have been plenty active thanks to all the renovations we have been doing in secret for my mom. But our eating habits have suffered and it has been months since I have seen the inside of a gym. I can tell the difference in my body. Where things were once starting to firm up and thin down, they are soft and full again. My back aches sitting at my desk at work, my ring is fitting tighter again and I can tell the hubs is feeling it as well.

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So this is it. I am recommitting us to healthy status once again. I will push for gym dates instead of ice cream dates. For fish and turkey instead of burgers and pasta. For jogging with the dog instead of leisurely strolling around the neighborhood. I will pick up those weights again and again and again, I will make this happen. I will make this happen for the both of us. We are starting clean today.

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Homemade Granola – Protein Bars

Okay, it’s official… I suck. Haven’t posted in like 2 weeks because well.. I’ve been busy.

Hubs finally returned from the trip-that-never-freaking-ends last Saturday so we haven’t spent the last week trying to remember who we are and what we are doing in life, and I spent every waking hour of the week before either at the gym, walking the dog, sleeping or working. So.. anyway enough excuses. My sister and I made these the other night and they are SO FREAKING GOOD. And not horrible for you!

Homemade Granola (minus the granola) protein bars!

Delicious and good for you!!

Delicious and good for you!!

You’ll need…

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 almond butter

Line a 9×12 pan with parchment paper (baking paper).

In a blender, nutri-bullet, food processor whatever you’ve got combine the nuts (feel free to change these around to fit whatever you might have on hand or whatever is on sale, I think next batch I will swap cashews for walnuts) coconut, and dates until they are a coarse like sand. You could also add in dried fruit if you are feeling so inclined!

Melt together the honey, almond butter and vanilla, just enough that you can pour it and it will mix in easily with the other ingredients. Combine with the nut/date mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Now this is where sis and I took a wrong turn. We thought, “oh, those are a bit big for chocolate chips lets add them to the food processor with the nuts..” “oh, that does’t look like very much chocolate… lets add more…”, well let me tell you that after we mixed it together with the warm honey/butter mixture the chip pieces all melted and now the bars are SUPER chocolaty this time. Don’t let the 1/2 cup fool you.. it’s plenty!

Anyway, once everything is mixed together, pour mixture into the prepared pan and smush it into an even layer. Place in the frige until cooled, remove, slice up bars into desired size (I made 12 from my last batch). You can either wrap them individually, or layer them in a container with wax paper or parchment paper between layers. I keep mine in the fridge because with all the chocolate in them they tend to get melty/soft if left out. If you didn’t double the chocolate and then melt it like I did, they should be fine left in an air tight container (mason jar individually wrapped and ready to grab perhaps??), in a cupboard or on the counter.

There really are a ton of different ways to change this basic recipe around, different type of butter (peanut, sunflower, nutella??), different nut combinations, dried fruit, white chocolate chips?? Obviously I was trying to go for the healthiest version I could with almond butter and dark chocolate.

Delicious and good for you!!

Delicious and good for you!!

Enjoy!!

Spinach & Feta Quesadilla

Spinach & Feta Quesadilla

Adapted from Budget Bytes original recipe, I changed just a tweak to make it a little skinnier version. 

I was searching for something yummy with spinach in it, since I got a big lovely bag at the farmers market last Saturday and found this. I tweaked a few things from the original from BB, but overall it’s the same idea. By the way, I thought when I started making this that I had large regular tortillas, but turns out all I had was spinach flavor.. go figure right? So I had spinach on spinach.. but it was still so delicious! Also, not the best photo because I was starving and forgot until I had already started eating.. and in the dark. So yeah, there’s that.

Spinach & Feta Quesadilla

You’ll need…

  • 1/4 lb spinach (fresh like I did, or frozen works too)
  • 2 large tortillas, whole wheat
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 1 oz feta cheese (also you could use my favorite cheese, El Mexicano Queso Panela the part skim milk version is best)
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (whatever flavor suits your fancy, I used original this time)
  • coconut oil (just a dash)

Cook the spinach over med heat with just a tad of coconut oil in the bottom (if you are using frozen, just throw it in no need to defrost!) season lightly with your Mrs. Dash or just plain ol’ salt and pepper if you’d like. Scoop the spinach out into a bowl or onto a plate, but leave your flame going. Toss your tortillas in so each one has half the pan and they meet in the middle. Add 1/4 cup mozz to each tortilla, add 1/2 the spinach to each one, next crumble the feta up, 1/2 oz to each tortilla, and then the rest of the mozzarella. Fold the tortilla to make your quesadilla and let it go on each side for just a few minutes. You just want the cheese to melt and the tortilla to get a little crispy.

There are so many other extras you could add in if you wanted too. Add a little chicken to each one for some extra protein, add in extra veggies or olives, yum! Also you could get yourself a marinara dipping sauce like BB recommends, super yum!