Coconut Oil in Coffee? Swishing it around in your mouth? WHAT?!?!

The benefits to coconut oil are wide as well as what all you can do with it!

I have been using coconut oil for a few years but I just started back putting it in my coffee a couple of months ago! I put just a small amount – usually around 1 tsp. and it melts right in. It gives a nice creamy texture to the coffee! I still add my warmed frothed milk but that is it! I use to drink coffee with sugar and milk but I taught myself to drink with just milk and now I add some coconut oil. Why? Well why not? I need a little good fat in my diet and (TMI here) I don’t use the bathroom a lot (use to be like 2 times a week – yep imagine how bloated my stomach always looked) so it keeps me going which makes me feel better and my stomach looks better.

My mom uses it in her mouth. I have done it some as well. She puts some in let’s it melt, swishes it around and spits it out. Don’t let it go to the back of throat because all the bacteria will got to the back. (also spit it in trashcan because the oil can solidify and mess up pipes after a while. See the benefits of oil pulling below as well as some more uses etc…

Go pick some up on your next grocery store visit and see how it works for you!

* at the bottom of each pict is the place where I got the information above*

PROTEIN BALLS

YUMMY YUMMY PROTEIN BALLS

protein balls

I make on the weekend and take to work to eat as a snack!

So I have been making these for months and months and just keep forgetting to blog about them! UNTIL I made them for one of the girls I am helping and she wanted the recipe so I said I would share them on my blog!

Russell and I eat these things up! I get so excited about eating them (I know, that is a little sad) ha!

I usually try to make these on the weekend so that we have them for the week! They are so great to grab on the go! We take them to work and leave them in the fridge for our snacks. I have even eaten these for breakfast some days when I just don’t have time! They are sweet tooth satisfying, feel me up, and give me the extra protein I need after a hard workout!

Anyways, we eat them so much that I have to make “protein balls” for the boys to eat. I use all of the same ingredients except I leave out the protein powder! Below are the ingredients I use but feel free to play with it and change them up! I have put pecans and walnuts in them before as well as heath bar chips that I had left over! 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of shredded coconut 

1 to 1 1/2 cups of raw old-fashioned oats

2 scoops of whey protein powder (I use vanilla flavor)

 1/4 cup of ground flax-seed

1/2 to 1 cup of creamy peanut butter

1/2 to 1 cup of PB2 mixed up

semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate mini or regular size morsels (I use whatever I have in the house) the amount really depends on how much chocolate you want in there! I estimate I use about 1/2 cup to 1 cup

Directions:

Put coconut, oats, flax-seed and chocolate morsels all in a bowl and stir up then add your peanut butter. I usually end up using my hands to mix it together. Once I am done I roll them into balls and store them in a Ziploc bag or an air tight container in the fridge! Our usually don’t make it longer than a week but I have eaten them after sitting around 2 weeks in the fridge and they were fine!

I can’t tell you exact measurements because I just toss and go! When I am making it I add a little more here and there to the consistency of what we like. I will say you do want a good bit of peanut butter because they will be dry if not- though still good! Don’t add to much peanut butter because then they are too sticky! I really love the PB2 in it and think you will to! I usually use more PB2 and less regular peanut butter to help reduce the calories so feel free to play with it!

As far as nutrition I don’t know how much they have- it depends on how big each ball you make is as well as how much you put of each ingredient! The PB2 really slashes the calories!

1 to 1 1/2 oats – 300-450 calories

coconut – 280ish 

2 scoops of protein powder – 200ish

flax seed-  194

1 cup of creamy peanut butter – 1,518

1 cup of PB2 (prepared) – 360ish

semi-sweet morsels – 1/2 cup 400ish 

estimated total calories of the entire batch: 3,400 calories –  I make around 20 balls (rather large too) and so that makes them about 170 each

The calories are just an estimate! Depending on how much you use the calories can go less or more! If you could do all PB2 it would really slash some calories! I haven’t been brave enough yet to try it simply because of time! I have to make these really quick while Grey is napping or right before bed! Nobody wants to deal with a mess up with that going on right?!? BUT eventually I do want to see how the strictly PB2 ones taste!

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Homemade Hummus Guide

For more exciting hummus flavors. | Eat Healthier:

I have had my chickpeas/garbanzo beans for a few weeks now but I just haven’t had the time to make my homemade hummus! This weekend I am going to attempt it though! Super excited and can’t wait! I will let you know how it turns out next week.

I got this from pinterest!

 

On the go breakfast – in my RED SOLO CUP

Who doesn’t love to wake up with breakfast ready in a cup to go?

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This has been simply fabulous! My red solo cup of oatmeal is my new BFF!

I have been getting a red solo cup and putting 1 cup of steel-cut oats  in it, pouring about 1 1/2 cups almond milk (unsweetened 30 calorie per serving one) stirring in 1 scoop of whey protein powder (my flavor of choice has been vanilla) and blueberries (mine were fresh and I froze them). I stir everything up and put a piece of foil on top. That is it! I wake up and throw a disposable spoon in it and go! I know some people put in the mason jars but that is just one more thing for me to have to worry about getting back home and washing after the oatmeal has sat and crusted all day. I know it’s not very earth friendly but for now with 3 small kids this is what I have to do to make sure I eat breakfast!

Russell doesn’t like the protein powder in his oatmeal but it doesn’t bother me! Gives it a sweet flavor and I get extra protein. Now there are a lot of ways to make them you can use vanilla, almond, caramel flavorings and so forth, different berries and fruit, different protein powders (or no protein powders) nuts, soy or regular milk just get creative and build it to your taste! I have made it with water instead of almond milk and of course it isn’t quite as tasty but hey water if free and has less calories! The one I have done above is so easy that I just keep going back to it! For a while I was making this hot but then decided to try the cold way in the fridge. (If you make it hot: Make your oatmeal as normal add a little extra water or almond milk when it comes out of microwave or stove top to stir in the protein powder and then stir in blueberries.)

UMM LOVE THIS, no cleanup! I just grab it on the way out the door, I eat it walking up the stairs to work or while pulling up someones pants to get them dressed and to school. Trying to get 5 people fed and dressed in the morning can be quite a chore for Russell and I. Sounds pretty easy to feed a kid and dress him but between meltdowns about not wanting to watch what the other kid is watching, packing lunches, fights about going to school, baby who just wants to be held and fed plus dirty diapers things get crazy quick! Not to mention if they hear the shower going you better believe a kid is about to join you, which makes the process even slower.

This has been so easy and has kept me full until lunch..you heard me I have been skipping my morning snack because I am just not hungry!

Now go to the grocery store and buy what you need to make next weeks breakfast healthy, easy, and fast!

Here are a few sites with different overnight oatmeal recipes to help you get creative:

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Overnight-Oats-Recipe-34698639

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2015/05/13/overnight-oats-for-breakfast/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/overnight-oat-recipes-oatmeal-cold#.mhZAa0yVy

http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/easy-overnight-oats-recipes/

thanks to genius.com for the image

Broccoli Cauliflower Quinoa Bites

Broccoli Cauliflower Quinoa Bites

We had these Wednesday night and everybody loved them, even the kids! They make a lot – I tried to re-heat them the next day and that was not so good! So you may want to cut the recipe in half if it is just you and your significant other!

These are from Sugar Free Mom and I must say she did a wonderful job!

Click the link to get the recipe:

http://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/broccoli-cauliflower-quinoa-bites-low-carb-gluten-free/#_a5y_p=2450629

Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 7
  • Serving size: 6
  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 5.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Sugar: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 339mg
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 9.3g
  • Cholesterol: 89mg