Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls: Protein-Rich And Delicious!

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I was recently experimenting with my favorite chocolate protein powder and came up with a super yummy recipe I think (hope) you’re going to love! These Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls are protein-rich, healthful and keto-friendly. They are excellent for a grab-and-go snack on the run. I made a batch this weekend and took them to Emma’s all-day volleyball tournament. She loved the chocolatey taste and David and I enjoyed them too!

They are quick and easy to make and keep well in the fridge. Feel free to add other ingredients to suit your health goals and taste buds. Here are some ideas for add-ins:

  • dark chocolate chips
  • old-fashioned oats
  • hemp seeds
  • chopped nuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • dried cranberries

The possibilities are endless!

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Ingredients

Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

1 cup natural nut butter, smooth or creamy (I used peanut butter)
2-3 T. honey
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 ½ cups MorelliFit Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate
2 T. chia seeds
3-6 T. water

Heat nut butter and honey for 30 seconds in the microwave and stir. Add all other ingredients and mix everything together. You want them to stick together so you can roll them into balls. You can add more water to adjust the texture.

Roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet or platter. Then put them in the fridge for at least an hour to set.

These are great on the go, muscle-building post-workout or delicious for those times when you’re craving chocolate! 

Related: 12 Surprising Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

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Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

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If you’d like to try a high-quality, delicious protein powder here’s a link to my favorite:  MorelliFit 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein

Be sure to use my code: HEALTHYLIFE to get an extra 15% off!


Do you have a favorite protein powder recipe you can share? 

Please leave your comments and suggestions below. I love hearing your thoughts!


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3 Healthy Breakfast Juice Recipes For Your Family

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Do you enjoy having different juices for breakfast? For most of us who are busy, breakfast usually becomes one of the most avoided meals. Then, consider it as an excellent time to indulge. And moreover, an excellent time to get the most out of nature’s delightful offerings by shaking up amazing yet healthy juices at home.

By the term juices, I do not expect something that we usually buy in packets. Nor am I promoting those fresh fruit juices, which many studies specify are mostly sugar.

Instead, I believe in taking the mixture of vegetable and fruit juices. It works quite well when you do not like a particular vegetable, but want to consume all the nutrients that vegetable has. For example, spinach is a vegetable you might not try otherwise; but in a glass of juice, mixed with other flavors and ingredients, you can whip up an amazingly delicious and nutritious beverage!

Tip: You can always use any combination of fruits and vegetables, but to make sure you come up with a healthy drink, keep the percentage of vegetables higher than fruits. So without further ado…

3 Simple And Healthy Breakfast Juice Recipes For You To Make And Enjoy

1. Apple, Carrot, And Spinach Juice:

It is an unusual method to sneak specific flavors in with the taste of spinach. But you may be surprised to find the drink does not taste like spinach but takes on the flavors of the other ingredients. It is somewhat a pulpy juice, but you can strain this drink and separate the pulp out it if you prefer. However, doing this is certainly less healthy, as the pulp includes all the fiber.

What will you need?

  • 5 to 6 spinach leaves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 apple
  • Cinnamon (for flavoring purpose)

Procedure:

  1. Chop the three main ingredients, and stir into the juicer.
  2. You may want to add a little water to get the required consistency.
  3. Add some cinnamon.
  4. Strain it (not recommended)
  5. Or drink it without straining (highly recommended)

2. Celery And Kale Juice:

Quite determined to include greens in your diet? Let’s take a look at this healthy juice made from parsley, cucumber, kale, and celery.

If it feels a bit too healthy to you, then you can change its taste and make it sweet by adding a few slices of finely chopped pineapple.

Tip: Spinach is an excellent substitute for kale if the kale is not available in the market.

What will you need?

  • 5 to 6 kale leaves (or spinach)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 tablespoon parsley
  • Chopped pineapple (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Chop all the ingredients and stir them into a juicer until you get the required consistency.
  2. Strain or drink it without straining (recommended).

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3. Kiwi And Beetroot Juice:

Beetroot, just like spinach, is a hard-sell root vegetable for some people. However, when you combine it with some lush fruit you can concoct a sweet-tasting, yummy drink.

What will you need?

  • 1 kiwifruit
  • 1 beetroot (medium or large)
  • A couple of celery stalks
  • Lemon (for flavoring)

Procedure:

  1. Peel and chop the kiwifruit. Mix it with the beetroot and celery stalks.
  2. Stir into a juicer.
  3. Squeeze one to two drops of lemon and the juice is ready!

Tip: It’s not recommended to use an overly sweet fruit (like papaya or mango) while making this juice. Doing so might cause the drink to be too sugary.

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To Sum Up

This is all about preparing healthy and simple breakfast juices for your family. Whether you’re a busy husband or wife who goes to the office early in the morning or a mom or dad who takes your kids to preschool or secondary school early in the morning, then these juices are a must-have for you. I hope you enjoy!

The Nutribullet is a special blender that uses Nutrient Extraction to process foods in a way that makes them highly absorbable to the human body. You can check out the Nutribullet here.

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Easy Low Carb Keto One Pot Meal: Healthy And Delicious

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Last night I was craving beef and veggies and remembered a recipe I recently pinned to my Pinterest Ketogenic Low Carb Eating Plan board. Realizing I had most of the ingredients on hand I decided to go for it. And boy am I glad I did! The recipe was quick and easy to make in one pot. It’s super healthy too, full of antioxidant-rich veggies, garlic and ground beef for protein power.

I originally found the recipe over at BudgetBytes.com but I altered it a bit based on what I had in my fridge. I substituted a bag of coleslaw mix (which includes different types of cabbage and shredded carrots) to make it super fast and easy.

Also, I didn’t have the sriracha for heat so I left it out and added plenty of cracked black pepper. If you like spicy dishes like I do I think the sriracha would really kick it up a notch, so I’m going to buy some the next time I’m at the store. I’m also going to add in some chopped broccoli the next time I make it just because it sounds good.

I ate a huge bowl full and my craving was wholly satisfied. One of the benefits of doing intermittent fasting nearly every day is that I no longer have to count calories (though I track my macros on the MyFitnessPal app). I can eat until my hunger is satiated. And who doesn’t love that?! So, without further ado, the recipe:

Easy Low Carb Keto One Pot Meal

EASY ONE POT BEEF AND VEGGIE STIR FRY

Yield: 8

EASY ONE POT BEEF AND VEGGIE STIR FRY

Ingredients

    STIR FRY
  • 1 16-oz bag tri-color coleslaw mix
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp neutral-flavored cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
    STIR FRY SAUCE
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp sriracha
    GARNISHES (OPTIONAL)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Prep the sauce first. In a small bowl stir the sesame oil, soy sauce and sriracha together and set aside.
  2. Slice the onion. Mince the cloves of garlic. Peel and finely grate the ginger.
  3. Heat a larger pot or skillet over medium heat. Once it is heated add the cooking oil, ground beef, onion, ginger, garlic and salt and pepper. Cook until the beef is browned.
  4. Add the bag of cole slaw mix and continue to cook and stir until the cabbage is slightly wilted, or more if that's your preference. Add the stir fry sauce and combine completely. Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds if you like and serve.
    RECIPE NOTES
  1. Feel free to add broccoli or any other vegetables you like.
  2. Prep Time: 15 minutes
  3. Cook Time: 15 minutes
  4. Servings: 8 - 1.5 cup servings
  5. Author: Adapted from BudgetBytes.com
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If you’re interested in the macros and nutrition information per one serving, I ran the recipe through MyFitnessPal and the results are as follows:

Calories: 194
Carbs: 7 g
Fat: 12 g
Protein: 13 g
Sugar: 3 g
Fiber: 2 g
Net Carbs: 5 g

Here are 6 Easy Ways To Cut Carbs And Lose Weight


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Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food!

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Are you sick of eating salads for lunch in an effort to be healthier this year? Do you long for comfort food that not only nourishes your body, but also your soul? Then you might want to try this Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup.

There’s not much I enjoy eating more than a bowl of piping hot soup, brimming with colorful veggies in a flavorful broth. Even people who don’t normally crave soup (like I do) reach for this nourishing comfort food, especially when it’s cold outside.

So this detox vegetable soup is perfect to eat anytime. And, best of all, it’s loaded with colorful, antioxidant-rich veggies.

It even has one of my favorite healthful ingredients, apple cider vinegar. But you’ll never even know it’s there. It’ll be our little secret. 😉

You can add beans, shredded chicken or beef if you want a powerful protein boost. Or, just eat some beef jerky or, my personal favorite, a big blob of nut butter. However, even though I’m a meat-lover, I find this soup to be hearty and sustaining all on its own. So you may not find it necessary to add an extra protein source.

Just call it your meatless main dish.

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Also, feel free to add extra veggies. If you have some leftover vegetables in the fridge, throw them in too. Make it your own! The more, the merrier!

Also, I like to make this in my Crock Pot. But, you can also make it in a stock pot on the stove top. It turns out great either way.

Please note that the broccoli should be added towards the last 30 minutes of cooking time to prevent over cooking.

Nobody likes soggy broccoli. Unless you do, in which case you can add your broccoli sooner.

As you can see, this isn’t rocket science friends. It’s based on your personal preference.

I tend to like my veggies more crisp tender. But if you prefer mushy, then go for it! Just keep in mind that the longer the veggies cook, the more the nutrients seep out. But I figure if we’re comparing eating smushy, mushy veggies to eating no veggies, the mushies are gonna win every time

So, here we go with the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Delicious Detox Vegetable Soup: Lori Geurin

Ingredients

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 to 4 cups red or green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • fresh baby spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. Clean, peel and slice all the vegetables.
  2. Add all ingredients, except the broccoli florets and baby spinach, to the crock pot or large stock pot.
  3. If using a crock pot, cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Add the broccoli florets during the last 30 minutes of cooking time and cook until crisp tender or to your liking.
  5. Serve the soup over a generous bed of fresh baby spinach. The spinach will wilt when you pour the soup on top of it.
  6. Feel free to add chicken, beef or beans to the soup for a healthy serving of protein.
  7. Enjoy!
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The Takeaway

This Detox Vegetable Soup is full of fiber, antioxidants and deliciousness! It will fulfill your veggie requirements for the day (if you eat as much as I do), and help flush toxins out of your body.


Do you love soup? What other comfort foods do you like?

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My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

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Do you enjoy eating breakfast foods anytime of day?

Because I’m doing intermittent fasting (more on this in a later post), I’m often hungry for breakfast foods even if I eat my first meal of the day at 1:00 in the afternoon.

Oatmeal And The Days Of Yore

To me, oatmeal is a comfort food. I have fond memories of my mom or dad cooking a big pot of oatmeal with raisins and butter. Sometimes we would put brown sugar in it. And we always topped it with creamy milk.

When my husband and I were first married I found it interesting that he had never heard of putting milk on his oatmeal. He thought it was strange that anyone would. And I was perplexed as to why anyone wouldn’t add milk.

Ah, young love…

In my mind oatmeal goes with milk, like peanut butter goes with jelly.

Consequently, I’ve tried eating oatmeal without milk, but can’t stomach it. I have some texture issues and oatmeal without milk is one of them!

Can you say, “gloppy mush”?

But, I digress…

Oatmeal is full of fiber and healthy whole grains. If you are on a gluten-free eating plan you might be interested to know oats are gluten-free. But please be aware that you must read the side of the package to make sure the oatmeal was processed in a gluten-free facility.

Over the years I have eaten my oats with different toppings including chopped apples, pecans, walnuts, almonds, blueberries, strawberries, butter or coconut oil, raisins, or if I really want to indulge, brown sugar.

Protein Oatmeal

I like adding protein to my oats. This essential element satisfies even the hungriest appetite. Best of all, the added protein gives you satiety.

There are many forms of protein that make healthy additions. My wise husband likes to add a scoop of peanut butter to his. And, really, how could something as delicious as rich, creamy peanut butter not be a plus?

Nuts and seeds are a also good source of protein. Nuts have also been shown to increase longevity.

Or, you can add whey protein powder, like the one I used to make My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake.

In addition, you could add a dollop of Greek yogurt for the added protein and essential probiotics.

Currently, this is my favorite way to eat them:

My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

My Favorite Protein Oatmeal With Coconut And Almonds

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • stevia, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. Mix the first four ingredients.
  2. Cook this mixture either on the stove top or in a microwavable bowl in the microwave.
  3. After oats are cooked, stir in milk.
  4. Add cinnamon and/or stevia to taste.
  5. Top with coconut flakes and slivered almonds.
  6. Enjoy!
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I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Pass the milk and eat up!


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