Sweet and Salty Banana Chips

When I moved out, I definitely missed having my dehydrator.  I used to make dried apples and dried bananas almost weekly!  Not only did I use my dehydrator to dry whole fruit, but it was also great for fruit leather!  Since I have no storage space for more appliances, I had to find another way to make the banana chips I love to snack on!  Luckily, there is a way!!  And I’m about to show you!

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Piña Colada Popsicles

Okay, so I’m not entirely sure why I am apparently obsessed with piña colada flavors lately but apparently I am because this is the second recipe I’ve posted within a week that has that theme. I mean I like the flavors but I don’t want you to think all I do is sit around thinking about piña colada’s all the time because that might seem a bit strange. I will say this though, I do love coconut milk and I strive to use it whenever possible. If you go back and look at my recipes you will find that quite a few contain it. There’s just endless things you can make and I intend on making every single one apparently. I made these popsicles alcohol-free and now I’m not sure why because I could really go for a boozy one. You can definitely add rum if desired, in fact I would encourage it!

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Coconut Chips Two Ways

Coconut chips are my latest obsession.  If you are a fan of coconut and you haven’t tried these yet, you are in for a tasty surprise.  Adam and I are in Portland this weekend and I decided to make some healthy snacks for the road.  It’s always tempting when you’re driving a long distance to stop for fast food or gas station snacks.  Although it doesn’t always happen, I prefer to be prepared with some healthy snacks so that we can just get to where we’re going and feel good when we get there.

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Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars

Adam went to the grocery showcase this past weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre and picked up a ton of delicious, organic products and samples.  One I was really intrigued to test out was Naked Coconuts Raw Organic Coconut Nectar. If you haven’t heard of coconut nectar before it is a low glycemic, low fructose natural sweetener. This particular brand is gluten free, GMO free and vegan. I have never even tried it before and I have to say it was surprisingly tasty but if you’re wondering, it doesn’t taste like coconut at all. I’ve been meaning to make some quinoa granola bars for a while never ever since I was given a sample on my way to work a while back. Now I had the perfect opportunity to see how this nectar panned out as a sweetener and it worked perfectly!

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Roasted Asparagus with Sliced Almonds and Parmesan

Three days of chocolate and now I have for you the much adored Asparagus. Wait, what? That doesn’t seem right does it. Unfortunately chocolate has yet to be recognized by the Canada food guide as an official food group, although I would protest the fact that it isn’t. It goes without saying that if chocolate contained all the nutrients of vegetables I would eat it all the time. But nope, got to get your vegetables in folks! As far as those pesky vegetables go, asparagus is up there with the best for me. If you love roasted asparagus like you should, you’ll love it even more with some smokey toasted almonds and salty Parm.

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Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Try saying that recipe name five times fast! Ever since Candice posted this Chia Seed Pudding recipe a few months back I’ve been dying to try one of my own. I wanted to be a bit adventurous with the flavours but not go too overboard. I’ve seen a few coconut chia puddings floating around so I thought I might as well add chocolate and cayenne to the mix to give it an extra kick! If you haven’t heard of chia seeds, they’re packed with nutrients and the most important one for me is protein because I am well aware I don’t get enough of it. Add it to a liquid and it thickens it up to be a crazy consistency. Not all chia seeds are created equal – if you can, buy the more expensive organic kind. Trust me you won’t regret it as there is a vast difference in the way they swell up (note the ones I used here are not organic).

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My Favorite Trail Mix

Remember as a kid when you used to buy some trail mix and pick out the M&Ms because they were the only thing you thought was good in there?  Don’t even deny it, we all did it.  I mean I’d pick out a few peanuts here and there but the M&Ms were the real reason for even eating it in the first place.  Well, I’ve recently started making my own trail mix to take as a snack to work and M&Ms are not one of the ingredients because even though I am supposedly an adult now, I’d probably still end up picking them out and not eating the rest.  You can make it with a million different ingredients but I’d like to share my favourite recipe here today!

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites

I’ve been on a bit of a bad food binge lately. When I say a bit, I mean QUITE a bit. For instance – remember when I made that Skinny Oreo Milkshake last week? Well I ended up pretty much eating the whole box of Oreos in three days, so so much for the “skinny” part of that! That was just the half of it though. I’m not going to go into more nitty gritty details of the past week, but I’m happy to inform you all that I am getting back on track. One thing I’ve noticed since I went a little off-the-track of healthy eating is that my workouts are really wearing me out. Usually I feel great after my workouts and since I always do them on my lunch break it gives me the extra boost of energy to get through the afternoon. For the past week or two though I’ve been wiped when I get back to my desk. I’m hoping that the return to healthy eating will help. Another thing I’ve decided to try which I’ve hoped will help are these Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before, but it is such a great idea that I found and modified from Gimme Some Oven.

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Crispy Garlic Sweet Potato Fries

This is my (Sonia) first post for Fiesta Friday with the Novice Gardener.  Last week Candice partied with Orecchiette with Sausage and Kale.  Kicking off this fiesta, I’ve got a cure for soggy sweet potato fries!! Sweet potato fries and I have been frienenemies for quite some time now.  Every time I try to make them something goes wrong.  I’ve done everything from cut them really thin, cut them bigger, drench them in oil and for some reason I could never get them to the crispness of my liking.  They would either not crisp up and then all of a sudden burn or become instantly soggy when I pulled them out of the oven.  This all changed one cold, fateful February evening when I discovered the secret – something as simple as a wire rack changed my sweet potato fry relationship forever.  Trust me, you can have this kind of sweet potato love too.

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Parmesan Herb Almonds

Is it safe to say I am obsessed with roasted flavored almonds? Well yes my friends it is (check out rosemary roasted almonds here).  The truth is I bought a ton of almonds with big plans of making almond milk and almond butter before I went away on vacation but never ended up getting around to it.  Those are two recipes I still plan to carry out, just not today.  Today was a long, tiring, headachey day and this left me in need of some of my favorite foods, cheese and almonds.  I was skeptical at first but am now chowing down on them very happily.  Seriously, they’re so good I want to eat all of them but my very near future bathing suit wearing self is telling me not too.  So I will enjoy the small portion I am having right now and dream about making them again when I get home.

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