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5 Healthy & Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

If you are busy mom, always on the go, or your professional life leaves you little time to prepare healthy meals…dust off your slow cooker! No need to stress about making time to cook. Your slow cooker has your back! 

Here are 5 easy slow cooker recipes to incorporate into your meal plans…

1.     Fajita Chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp pink himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup salsa
  • Place all ingredients in slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

 Serve in a sprouted grain wrap or over a bed of dark, leafy greens for a chicken fajita salad.  Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite dairy-free substitute), fresh diced tomato, and avocado slices. YUM!

2.     Banh Mi

This is traditionally served as a Vietnamese sandwich. Here is a healthier...

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How to Eat More Vegetables

We all know we should eat our vegetables, because they are good for us! It sounds so easy, but why is it such a struggle to get them in?  Maybe your kids (and spouse) are picky eaters, it’s a texture thing, or you just aren’t sure how to add more veggies to your diet.  Here are some easy ways to make vegetables front and center on your plate!

 Swap Them!

  • Substitute your dinner roll for a baked sweet potato (You don't have to have a grain at all of your meals). 
  • Instead of pasta use spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles, I love this zoodler because it's small and compact.
  • Try cauliflower rice instead of regular rice! It can easily be found in the frozen veggie section or sometimes by the bagged salad in the produce section!
  • Skip the mayo on your next sandwich and use creamy avocado as a spread! 
  • Sub out your flour tortilla for a raw collard green leaf or romaine lettuce wrap.

 Chop Them!

  • On meal prep day chop up a bunch of raw veggies like...
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Keto Peppermint Fat Bombs

Keto Peppermint Fat Bombs

Trying to follow a higher fat diet? Getting your macros in line with a ketogenic diet? Try these "fat bombs" for a quick, easy and yummy way to boost your healthy fats for the day!
Keep them in the freezer, and let them sit room temp for a few min before diving in!
Here is the recipe!
Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup coconut butter (creamed coconut) 
* 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
* 2 Tbs MCT Oil
* 1 tsp peppermint extract
* ½-1 teaspoons liquid stevia
* ½ cup dark (70%+ cocoa) chocolate chips
* cup coconut oil
* Muffin liners-12

Instructions:
1. Soften coconut butter by putting bag in warm water or removing from container and microwaving.
2. Mix together coconut butter, 2 Tbs MCT oil, shredded coconut, mint and stevia.
3. Distribute evenly among 12 muffin liners. Set in freezer to harden.
4. Once hardened, combine coconut oil and dark chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl (or double boiler) and cook until smooth.
5. Distribute evenly over...

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No Sugar Added Pumpkin Pancakes

A yummy treat for yourself and your little one- guilt free!

No Sugar-Added Pumpkin Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • 2-3 Tbs water

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in blender except water and blend until smooth.
  • Add water if it is too thick (you don't want to thin it out too much). If you are making it for yourself (not a baby) you can use honey or pure maple syrup in place of water (babies should never have honey).
  • Heat skillet on low. Add cooking spray.
  • Cook pancakes on low heat, about 8 minutes per side. The pumpkin makes it a thick & sticky texture- perfect for little fingers!.
  • This is a great food to introduce as part of Baby-Led Weaning when introducing solids! Make sure baby has tried each ingredient separately before combining them to make sure there are no allergens. Cut into finger pieces for baby; no butter or syrup needed for your little one!

Let’s try to not let this next generation...

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

While there is still some sugar in this recipe (maple syrup), there is a lot less sugar than normal cookie dough, cookies, or treats that taste like these! These are delicious & will fool anyone at your party! They will never know there is a “secret” ingredient!

 Chickpeas!

 

Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

Yields 20

A healthy & nutritious treat using only the best ingredients!

Prep Time10 min

Ingredients

1 can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 Tbs vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tbs coconut oil


Instructions

 

  1. Put chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in food processor, blender or vitamix. I used my vitamix. Blend well. This is a very thick mixture and takes some time to blend well.
  2. Take 1/4 cup chocolate chips and chop finely. Stir this into the mixture.
  3. Place in refrigerator for an hour or so to harden the "dough."
  4. Once chilled, form small balls with...
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