Monday, November 30, 2009

Frozen Cinnamon Banana Walnut Treat

Note: OK, I am loving my frozen banana, nut and cinnamon mixes. I tried walnuts this morning.

Ingredients:
- Banana
- 1/2 oz walnuts
- cinnamon

Directions: Slice banana rounds. Top with crushed walnuts and cinnamon and freeze.





IT WAS SO GOOD, I MADE SECONDS! This time I nixed the walnuts, though.





Mary's Gone Crackers and Hummus (Product Review)

Note: Thanks to Mary's Gone Crackers for sending me their caraway crackers. These definitely had the flavor of caraway in them. Mary's gone crackers has many likable features :) They are organic, non-GMO, whole grain, vegan (dairy free), no hydrogenated oils or trans fats, and contains 450 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per serving.

13 crackers has:
Calories: 140
Fat: 5 grams
Carbs: 21 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sugars: 0 grams
Protein: 3 grams

I topped mine with hummus and veggies (cucumber, tomato and onion) for a nice snack.





Egg Salad and Hummus Open-Faced Sandwich

Note: Hummus makes a good substiture for may in egg salads.

Ingredients:
- 2 slices bread
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 2 tablespoons hummus
- veggies: tomato, onion, cucumber

Directions: mix hard boiled egg whites, hummus and diced veggies. Top mix on bread and eat.


Chicken, Egg and Hummus Salad

Note: Using the hummus Wildwood Organics sent me, I made a lower carb chicken and egg salad mix.

Ingredients:
- 3 oz chicken
- 2 hard boiled egg whites
- 2 tablespoons hummus
- veggies: tomato, onion, cucumber

Directions: mix ingredients together.



Chicken Salsa "Bean Sprout Spaghetti"

Note: Bean sprouts make the perfect substitute for pasta. A low carb alternative. I subbed salsa for spaghetti sauce.

Ingredients:
- 3 oz chicken
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- tablespoon salsa
- tomato, diced

Directions: Cook bean sprouts, chicken, salsa and diced tomato in non-stick skillet. Top with more salsa.





Peanut Butter Chicken "Bean Sprout Pasta"

Note: Bean sprouts make the perfect substitute for pasta. A low carb alternative

Ingredients:
- 3 oz chicken
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- tablespoon teriyaki sauce
- tablespoon peanut butter

Directions: Cook bean spouts, chicken and teriyaki in non-stick skillet. Once Cooked, mix in peanut butter.



Frozen Cinnamon Banana Almond Treat

Note: OK, I am loving my frozen banana, nut and cinnamon mixes. I tried almonds this morning.

Ingredients:
- Banana
- 1/2 oz almonds
- cinnamon

Directions: Slice banana rounds. Top with crushed almonds and cinnamon and freeze.






NuGo Chocolate Bar (Product Review)

Note: Thanks to Nugo for sending me this low fat, high protein energy bar to sample. These was very good. They are also all natural, too, and low glycemic! However, it still satisfied my sweet tooth. If you like rice krispy texture bars, you will definitely like this bar. The bar is made of real milk chocolate. If you had told me it was healthy, I wouldn't have known. I definitely recommend you try this bar!

Calories: 180
Fat: 3 grams
Carbs: 26 grams
Sugars: 13 grams
Protein: 11 grams

INGREDIENTS: CRISPED SOY NUGGETS (ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, RICE FLOUR, MALT AND SALT), SWEETENED CONDENSED SKIM MILK (BEET SUGAR, WATER, MILK SOLIDS NONFAT AND MILK FAT), CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, MALT EXTRACT AND SALT), MILK CHOCOLATE (DEHYDRATED CANE JUICE, WHOLE MILK POWDER, UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, SOYA LECITHIN (AN EMULSIFIER), AND VANILLA), CORN SYRUP, OATMEAL, BROWN RICE SYRUP, FRUCTOSE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, COCOA POWDER, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY FIBER, ACACIA GUM, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, GUAR GUM. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE (CALCIUM), ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), d-ALPHA TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), NIACINAMIDE (NIACIN), VITAMIN A PALMITATE (VITAMIN A), PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (PYRIDOXINE), THIAMIN MONONITRATE (THIAMIN), RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID, CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B-12).



Clif Bar- Cranberry Orange Nut Bread (Product Review)

Note: The last Clif bar I got to sample, thanks to Dean Mayer from Clif bar. As expected, this bar met my taste buds needs. It was sweet, but also a little tangy too. I like the cranberry orange combination, definitely felt like thanksgiving. I know I sound like a broken record, but it felt like I was eating a cookie and not an energy bar... except without the nasty trans fat! I definitely recommend you try this bar. It's only available for a limited time, so take advantage :)

Calories: 240 calories
Fat: 6 grams
Carbs: 42 grams
Sugars: 23 grams
Protein: 9 grams

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Cranberries (Organic Cranberries, Organic Apple Juice), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Walnuts, ClifCrunch® (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Soy Butter, Organic Date Paste, Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Organic Flavors, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt, Citric Acid.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mashed Butternut Squash with Almond Butter and Bananas

Note: I know I am a nutbutter addict, but this is so good. Tastes like dessert and not a side dish.

Ingredients:
- butternut squash (whatever amount you want)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- banana
- cinnamon

Directions: Cook and mash butternut squash with cinnamon. Once cooled a bit, top with almond butter and sliced banana and more cinnamon.



Butternut Chicken Apple Soup

Note: My intention was to make a soup, but I didn't add enough water and it ended up turning into a thick mash. I was going to add more water, but I liked it really thick, so I left as is. Also, most recipes call for you to blend all ingredients in the blender, but I like the big chunks of apple and chicken.

Ingredients:
- 1/2 butternut squash
- 2 cups broth (I used that amount and it cooked down), but if you want more, use 4 cups
- small apple
- 1/2 onion
- 3 oz chicken

Directions:
In one pan, boil and mash butternut squash. In soup pot, saute onions. Add butternut squash and broth. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add chopped apple and chicken and mix through. Cook for another 2 minutes. (you want apples soft, but not mushy).



Egg White and Tofu Scramble

Note: This is a nice high protein meal. Tofu is a great alternative to chicken. I used to be afraid of it, but now it's one of my favorite meat alternatives.

Ingredients:
- Block of tofu
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 zucchini
- 1/2 onion
- tomato
- 2 tablespoons salsa

Directions: Saute onions in pan. Add zucchini. Crack in 4 egg whites and mix until cooked though. Add tofu and salsa. Add tomato and continue to cook cook until tomaoes are soft, but not mushy.



Smoked Tofu and Almond Stirfry

Note: Using the tofu wildwood organics sent me to sample (thank you!), I made a stir-fry. This is versatile because any tofu/nut mix will work. I used smoked BBQ tofu and smoked almonds, but you can use a different flavor tofu and use regular almonds or peanuts. Also, you can almost use any veggies... I just used what I had in the fridge.

Ingredients:
- Wildwood Organics Smoked BBQ tofu (any flavor tofu will work)
- frozen broccoli
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 zucchini
- 1/2 ounce almonds
- salt and pepper

Directions:
Saute onions and zucchini. Once 90% cooked, add tofu and broccoli. Once done, remove from heat and top with almonds and salt and pepper.



Saturday, November 28, 2009

High Protein Blueberry Yogurt

Note: This was a sweet, high protein treat. Any berry flavor protein powder will work ...

Ingredients:
- 1 container Chobani non fat plain yogurt
- 1/2 scoop protein powder (any berry flavored)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Directions: Mix protein powder and yogurt thoroughly. Add frozen blueberries and freeze for another 10-20 minutes (I showered and blow dried my hair).

YouShake

For the protein powder, I used YouBars Blended Bliss. Visit www.youbars.com to learn abot customixing your own shakes. The blended bliss is a popular flavor that you can order if you don't want to customize your own.

Nutritional info: One package has 110 calories, 1 gram fat, 13 grams carbs, 12 grams sugar and 14 grams of protein.

Ingredients: whey protein, organic cane juice, organic strawberries, organic bananas, organic vanilla.

**If you are interested in a 5% discount, use the coupon code "eatoxygen" when you order**







Clif Bar- Iced Gingerbread (Product Review)

Note: Thanks to Dean from Clif Bar, I got to try the Iced Gingerbread Clif bar. This was super delicious. My sister, another marathoner who loves her clif bars, had tried a piece and agreed. The texture and nutritional value are similar to other clif bars. I had this pre-workout and it fueled me for my run. This bar also had a nice sweet icing topping.... unlike the spiced pumpkin cookie, the icing (made of soy white chocolate) was drizzled over the top rather than coated. Even though there wasn't as much icing as the spiced pumpkin cookie, I thought this bar was sweeter tasting. I loved it. It also had a nice spicy flavor that I think was due to the crystallized ginger in the bar, as well as other spices, including cinnamon. In addition, this bar also contained raisins, which are my fave. I have still yet to meet a clif bar I absolutely did not love. Again, the Iced Gingerbread is available only for a limited time, so take advantage and stock up :)

Calories: 250
Total fat: 6 grams
Carbs: 43 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Insoluble Fiber: 3 grams
Sugars: 22 grams
Protein: 10 grams

For more information, visit www.clibar.com

Clif Bar- Spiced Pumpkin Pie (Product Review)

Note: The first of my three samples of clif's new seasonal bars... Spiced Pumpkin Pie. It was very tasty! I wasn't sure if it was going to be less sweet than the other clif bars, but it was equally as sweet. The flavor of pumpkin comes from dried pumpkin, one of the ingredients listed below. I like pumpkin, but not if it's overbearing. This was just perfect. I was pleasantly surprised raisins were in the bar (one of my favorites!) The texture is similar to other clif bars- moist and delicious. It tasted more like a cookie than an energy bar. I also liked that is had an icing coating (made of soy white chocolate) on the bottom of the bar (see pics below). As far as nutritional value goes, the bar is comparable to other non-seasonal clif bars. See the nutritional info below. Overall, I would give this bar two thumbs up! This bar is only available for a limited time, so make sure you go out and try it!

One Bar:
Calories: 240
Fat: 5 grams
Carbs: 45 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams
Insoluble fiber: 4 grams
Sugars: 23 grams
Protein: 10 grams

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Soy White Chocolate (Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Flour, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Dried Pumpkin, ClifCrunch® (Apple Fiber, Organic Oat Fiber, Organic Milled Flaxseed, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Raisins, Organic Date Paste, Organic Soy Butter, Organic Dry Roasted Almonds, Natural Flavors, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Colored with Annatto.



Clif Bars - 3 New Seasonal Flavors!

Note: Thanks to Dean from Clif Bars for sending me these 3 seasonal clif bars to sample. As you all know, clif bar is one of my favorite energy bars. Not only have all the bars I sampled taste like delicious cookies, but they are so good for you as well. They are perfect treats before working out (or any time of the day). Clif bars contain 70% organic ingredients and 23 vitamins and minerals. Reviews to come (very) shortly :)


The three seasonal flavors are:
Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Iced Gingerbread

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread


Dried Cranberry and Tuna Salad

Note: i forgot to take pics of all the ingedients... not sure where my mind is lately.

Ingredients:
- green cabbage
- red cabbage
- carrot
- celery
- 3 oz tuna
- 1/2 ounce dried cranberries
- 1/8 cup yogurt (I used Pulmuone Wildwood Soyogurt)
- truvia

Directions: Cut up cabbage, carrots and celery in minced pieces to make a coleslaw base. Mix yogurt, tuna, stevia and cranberries. Top this mix on coleslaw. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar if not enough dressing.


Hummus and Veggie Wrap

Note: Hummus makes a good spread on lots of wraps. This is plain hummus and veggie.

Ingredients:
- one wrap (I used Rudi's Organic Spelt Flour)
- 2 tablespoons hummus (I used Pulmuone Wildwood Organics)
- veggies (lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumbers, green peppers, pickles)



Chocolate Eggs with Almond Butter and Cocoa Sunflower Topping

Note: A lot of people won't try nut butter and chocolate flavored eggs, but believe me, it's goood..

Ingredients:
- 4 egg whites
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 ounce of kaia foods cocoa mole sunflower seeds
- truvia

Directions: mix egg whites, truvia and cocoa powder. Cook in microwave until cooked through. Top with almond butter and sunflower seeds.



Egg White, Veggie and Sunflower Seed Scramble

Note: Breakfast in less than 10 minutes. I used Kaia foods garlic and sea salt sunflower seeds. You can sub garlic powder and sea salt as a sub. I didn't have access to a stove, so I microwaved my egg whites.

Ingredients:
- 4 egg whites
- veggies (tomato, green pepper, onion)
- 1 ounce sunflower seeds (I used Kaia foods garlic and sea salt)

Directions: Dice veggies in minced pieces. Microwave for a minute to soften. In a separate bowl, microwave egg whites until cooked. Stir in veggies. Microwave again for another minute. Top with sunflower seeds.



Banana with Almond Butter and Chocolate Sunflower Seeds

Note: another yummy banana treat. I used Kaia foods cocoa mole sunflower seeds, but if you don't have them, you can mix cocoa with sunflower seeds.

Ingredients:
- Banana
- 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 ounce of Kaia Foods cocoa mole sunflower seeds

Ingredients: Slice banana lengthwise. Top with almond butter and sunflower seeds. Freeze and eat.



Thanksgiving Feast

Note: This was my Thanksgiving side dishes :) Yes, I ate the whole plate...and then some :) Recipes are linked below.





Sweet potato with almond butter and bananas--> http://eatoxygen.blogspot.com/2009/11/sweet-potato-with-almond-butter-and.html

Butternut squash with almond butter --> http://eatoxygen.blogspot.com/2009/11/butternut-squash-with-almond-butter-and.html

Cranberry sauce with dried fruit --> http://eatoxygen.blogspot.com/2009/11/cranberry-sauce-with-dried-fruit.html

Butternut squash with dried fruit --> http://eatoxygen.blogspot.com/2009/11/butternut-squash-with-dried-fruit.html

Homemade Lara Bar (PB and J Flavor)

Note: If you love lara bars, you will love this recipe. I have seen many versions of these online, but I used this version from Camilla at http://enlightenedcooking.blogspot.com/2008/02/home-made-lara-bars-energy-bars-part-3.html. They boy loved it, I loved it... wil definitely be making again! Thanks Camilla.

Ingredients:
- 1/8 cup raisins
- 1/8 cup cranberries
- 1/6 cup peanuts

Directions: In a food processor, process the raisins and cranberries until a paste forms. Remove from processor and place in bowl. Next, process the nuts. Place in bowl next to raisins and combine peanuts and raisins until thoroughly mixed. Place ball on saran wrap and shapen into a bar.





Nibmor Crispy Dark Chocolate Bar with Almond Butter! (Product Review)

Note: OK, this is the perfect way to satisfy chocolate cravings. I always have a bar of chocolate in the freezer. And then when I want to have a piece of chocolate, I break off a piece of the bar and eat it. Sometimes, if I am feeling crazy, I might top it with some almond or peanut butter :) I apologize for the fuzzy pic, I think my vision was blurred with alcohol :)

Nibmor: Thanksgiving's chocolate bar craving is courteous of Nibmor. Thank you to Nibmor for sending me their crispy chocolate bar to sample. This bar was delicious. Despite being dark chocolate, it wasn't bitter. They use gluten free lightly toasted brown rice to make the "crispy." Nibmor bars are raw, organic and vegan. In addition, they are daily, gluten and GMO free.

One bar:
Calories: 380
Total fat: 31 grams
Trans fat: 0 grams
Carbs: 27 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Sugars: 18 grams
Protein: 5 grams

Ingredients: Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Agave Nectar, Gluten Free Puffed Brown Rice Crispy, Raw Vanilla Powder, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Non-GMO Soy Lecithin (an Emulsifier)

From their website: At NibMor we believe that the food we eat should be as simple as possible. That means using ingredients made by Mother Nature, not someone in a lab coat. What happens in our kitchen? We combine the best of it all. Our ingredients are All Natural and Organic, plus we work in small batches to meticulously create artisan perfection.

We kicked refined sugar, dairy, gluten and GMO to the curb (bye bye off you go!). The result? A light chocolate bar that is simple, healthy and delicious.
As close to nature as it gets!

For more info, visit www.nibmor.com



Sweet Potato with Almond Butter and Bananas

Note: OMG this taste more like dessert than a side dish. Only 4 ingredients.

Ingredients:
- small sweet potato
- banana (very ripe)
- almond butter (1 tablespoon)
- cinnamon

Directions: Bake sweet potato in oven. Once baked, top with almond butter, sliced banana and cinnamon.



Cranberry Sauce with Dried Fruit

Note: This is a twist on cranberry sauce. I loved adding the dried fruit and letting it 'plump' back up overnight. Also, this recipe is pretty versatile. I think almost any dried fruit would work.

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- apple
- truvia
- small handful of dried apples (I used Newman's Own Organics)
- small handful of dried cherries (I used Peeled Snacks Cherries)

Directions: Cook cranberries in water (enough water to cover cranberries). Boil until all cranberries pop. Once cooked, drain excess water and mash cranberries. Add in chopped apple and simmer on low heat. You want apples to soften, but not turn to mush. Once soft, add truvia and dried fruit.