Fluffy Peanutbutter chocolate Icing

This icing is all delicious with a twist of nutritious. It combines a bunch of fatburning, muscle building ingredients into a delectable treat.

Ingredients:

1tbs butter

1tbs honey

2tsp cocoa powder

2tsp peanut butter

.5 top cinnamon

.5tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Partially melt butter. 

2. Mix honey in with butter.

3. Add in peanut butter.

4. Mix in Cocoa powder. Add more if icing is too thin.

5. Add in cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well then either refrigerate, or serve immediatly on some healthy christmas cookies.

*Add in mashed banana and walnuts for a tasty twist*

Everything Great Granola

This recipe brings together a bunch of health boosting fat burning ingredients that are also among the most delectable of ingredients. Its takes less than ten minutes to throw together and makes for a treat any time of day!


Ingredients


  • One bag of fruit and nut trailmix( with dark chocolate pieces)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup crushed pecans
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded coconut flakes
  • 1.5tbs cinnamon
  • 2tsp vanilla

Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 250°f
  2. Place the oats, pecans, and nuts from the trailmix into bowl, mix well.
  3. Melt coconut oil in microwave for 12 seconds.
  4. Place coconut oil, vanilla, and honey into dry mix. Add more honey if needed to make the ingredients stick together
  5. Once thoroughly mixed, place evenly onto sheet tray.
  6. bake in oven for about 1 hr and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent browning.
  7. once finished, place trailmix into heat resistant mixing bowl. Add in the coconut flakes, raisins, and remainder of the trailmix.
  8. Let cool and store in a gallon freezer bag, or eat immediately.

 

Greek Yogurt Sundae

Ingredients

.5 cup plain Greek Yogurt

6 apple slices

3/4 c. granola

3tbs maple syrup

Directions

1. microwave Apple slices for 30 seconds or until tender

2. place Granola into bowl

3. place slices evenly on top of Granola

4. place plain yogurt onto slices.

5. drizzle the maple syrup on top and serve immediatly

Chocolate lovers granola

Ingredients:

1c crushed walnuts

4c. oats

3tbs butter (or coconut oil)

1/2c raisins

1/4c cacao powder

1/4c maple syrup

1tsp vanilla extract

1tsp almond extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250

2. place walnuts, cocoa powder, and oats into bowl, set aside.

3. melt butter in microwave

4. Mix maple syrup and butter in with oats and walnuts.

5. spread mix evenly onto a sheet pan. 

6. bake in oven for 1hr and 20 minutes, stirring ingredients every 15 minutes to achieve even color.

7. place mix into mixing bowl, and toss in raisins. 

8. let cool then store in pantry.

Detox Salad

This salad is probably gonna be your favorite: it has no lettuce and a lot of dressing.

The ingredients  it does have however are all really good body cleansing produce.

Ingredients:

1//3 tomato

3 tbs chopped green onions

1 stalk celery stick, chopped

3 tbs feta cheese

3 tbs of homemade olive oil based dressing (I used thuggin kitchen dressing for this recipe


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Directions:

1. place all ingredients into a bowl, mix together.

2. toss in dressing and chill for 30 minutes.

3. for a source of natural protein and additional healthy fats, toss in chopped walnuts.

College Hacks: A Students Best Friend

Every College kids around this time has realized that they may need to pull a few all-nighters, because you know, passing the midterms are important.
However it gets extremely cold out this time of year, and no college bear wants to leave the sanctity of their den, with the cozy blankets and the educational power of netflix.

And of course, snacks. Now no one really wants to eat from a box. But also, no one wants to spend a million seconds cooking.

This is why we utilize the amazing wonderous powers of the 21st century microwave.

The microwave-besides the minifridge- is the one thing almost all college kids have. And it is extremely versatile. You can cook practically anything if you are crafty enough.

Frozen mixed veggie bags are fast, and a great alternative to Ramen noodles.

You can easily throw some oatmeal and fruit all together fill it with a little water from that waterbottle you carried all day and voila!

Or mix a banana, along with some oats and make yourself some banana bread.

Feeling a little fancy but don’t want to spend the time converting recipes to microwave format?

Luckily Modern Food Explorer spent a lot of time expirementing so you don’t have to worry about  that. The only problem you’ll have is choosing which one to try!

Microwave Apple Sauce

Peanut butter Protein Pancakes

Lemon Vanilla Protein Cake

Peanut Butter Muffin With Energy Spread

Morning Oat Muffin 

Microwave Granola Bar

Make it In a Microwave: Apple Sauce

Fall is a beautiful and nostalgic season. Leaves are falling, people are preparing for the holidays, and of course, apples are in season.

One of the best things to make with the apples is of course, Apple sauce. Most recipes call you to peel several pounds of apples, cut then all up into bits, boil for several  minutes, and it’s just a big mess.

This recipe makes things easier by taking traditional recipes, condensing them down to a single serving size, and utilizing the microwave. This way those without a full kitchen (or college kids who have a few apples they grabbed from the dining hall)can still participate in fall festivities.


INGREDIENTS

2 apples

1/4 c water

.5tbs cinnamon


DIRECTIONS

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3. Place slices in bowl. Add water and cinnamon.

4. Mix all ingredients then microwave for 2 minutes.

5. Check apple pieces. If they are squishy and not crunchy, they are done.

6. Take a potato masher, bottom of a cup, or what ever you have, mashe the apple slices until the desired consistency.

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Nadamoo: The Icecream You’ve Been Waiting For

With a world full of unhealthy foods, the option seems to be ‘quit whole turkey and your healthy ‘. But you don’t have to! Well yes, those unhealthy things are OK in moderation, what I’m here to tell you is that there are healthy alternatives that taste just as good!

For the case of Nadamoo, it’s not good.. It’s Fantastic!

 

The company prides itself in using organic ingredients as much as possible. checking the nutrition facts, its apparent that they also use as little ingredients as possible. As a bonus, those ingredients are natural, not chemical( meaning one could easily find them in a grocery store). It actually started out in 2004 as a couple from Austin creating a frozen treat for their dairy free friends and family. It is needless to say that it was incredibly popular and soon boomed in sales.

All are made with a coconut milk base. This ingredient is very healthy, and adds a ton of fiber to the icecream. Unlike other ‘healthy’ non-dairy icecreams, Nadamoo has swapped out one certain ingredient: Sugar. Instead the majority of their flavors use Agave nectar to naturally sweeten the frozen delectable treats.


Nadamoo comes in 12 different flavors. Of those,  Modern Food Explorer tested four, and the concluding research confirmed tasty-Ness.


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This flavor is reminiscent of fall. The flavor of the base is a noticable maple flavor. Not too strong, but certainly  ot lacking. Throughout are real walnut pieces that add a nice crunchy texture.


Vanilla-AHHH

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Hands down, this was the best vanilla icecream tasted by Modern Food Explorer, dairy-free or not. The vanilla was sthong, and yet sweet(thanks to the agave)


Gotta Do Chocolate

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The name says it all. You just gotta do chocolate. This icecream is simple, straight to the point sweet cocoa flavor. No gimmicks. No distracting textures.


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Lotta Mint chip is right! Packed with lots of chocolate chips, this icecream also gives huge mint punch. After each spoonful your breath is left minty fresh!


Find a flavor that suits you?

Well, Nadamoo has generated several Healthy recipes coinciding with each flavor. this way you can stay on track and still enjoy dessert! For those who really love fall, they have a deliciousPumpkin Spice Mug Cake and outrageously tasty Pumpkin Protein Smoothie . Or if you have come up with an ingenious recipe that must be shown to the world, you can share it with Nadamoo!  Just click on the link below the recipes to submit it.

So you’ve read the article, and tastebuds are just going absolutely crazy, wher on earth do you find Nadamoo?!

This delectable treat is available at most organic/health foods stores nation wide. Also it is carried in the chain store Called: Whole Foods Markets for about $6.99 per pint. A little expensive yes. However it is worth the spendature considering the ingredients, and the flavor being than many regular icecreams, not just the dairy free.

Want to explore more about Nadamoo? Click here to find out!

 

 

 

Young Living: More than Just Oils

When people think Essential oils, they think of diffusers, lemon scents, homemade lotions. Which, to be fair, is the majority of essential oil companies.

Young Living Essential Oils started out in 1993 will a small ogranic farming operation by Gary and Mary Young. Business was starting to rise, so in 1994 they established the business. Staying focused on there goal to use only the purest ingredients, they formed  a new process to help maintain that goal, called: Seed to Seal®, which is not just what they label their production process, but also their committment to being sustainable. In addition Young LivingEssential oils lists all of the farms that they source their ingredients from right on the website! This obvious commitment to the planet has cought the eye of consumers everywhere,  and now they are a widely popular essential oils company.

One such Essential oil blend product is the Thieves oil. it is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, radiata, and rosemary. The story behind this amazing blend is very interesting. This blend actually was derived from a blend that French thieves used while robbing the dead in the 15th century.

This oil blend is not just for aromatic purposes, you can injest it by placing a small amount in a capsule(2 drops with 8 drops of carrier oil), or add it to your smoothies, banana icecream, or even add it to the companies own Ningxia drink.

What is Ningxia? Well,  Ningxia Red is a liquid energy blend containg juices from major superfoods, included but not limited to: aronia, plum, blueberry. In addition, it contains several fruit oils to help keep you balanced. According to their website, the health benefits of taking this are not just increased energy, but “… normal eye health, cellular function...”

Looking for more ways to add essential oils to your own food, but dont know how to include the essential oils? Young Living has that covered. On their website are videos for cooking a variety of goodies, like the Guilt Free Peppermint Brownies . A very tasty way to give your body the healing ingredients it needs.

Want to know more about Young Living Essential Oils other products, like the household and personal care? Just click this link to find out more about the amazing health company!

 

College Hacks for Health: Dunkin Donuts

Every college kid does it. Thats right, the morning ‘Im gonna be late but yolo’ run to dunkin donuts before class.

There is no avoiding it, its just part of college tradition.

While you may be singing sad Nickleback songs in your head because you eat healthy?  Well rejoice and switch your playlist over the Justin Beiber because I have news for you!

The menu has been healthy hacked, and you can be a proper college kid, and do the dunkin run like the greats.


Drinks

Here is the line up, starting with drinks. All of these are the lowest in sugar and fats, while still providing a high level of caffeine. When researching the nutrition facts, I recorded the large sizes(minus tea, which will have a negligable difference in sodium) so that you wont worry about what size to get. Go big or go home. Unincluded are the hot versions of regular coffee, which will have relatively the same amount of nutrition, provided that you skip the sugar.

Item Total Fat Sodium Total Carb Fiber Sugar Protein Vitamins
Iced Coffee 1gram 15 3 0 0 1 none
Iced Coffee with Almond Milk 1gram 75 9 0 6 1 vitaminA(4%), calcium(10%)
Iced Coffee with Milk 2 gram 45 6 0 3 3 vitamin A(2%), Calcium(8%)
Black Tea/green Tea 0gram 15 0 0 0 0 none

Bakery

I cant kid myself, if youre going to dunkin donuts, there is a high chance that youll cave and get the donut. However, armed with that knowledge, I cherry picked the donuts/baked gooods lowest in fat, sodium, and most importantly, sugar( 10 grams or less). So this way, you dont have to fall completely off track! The muffin, bagel and croissant were calculated as plain, no spreads.

Item Total Fat Sodium Total Carb Fiber Sugar Protein Vitamins
Apple n’ Spice 14 340 29 1 9 3 vitamin a(2%), calcium(2%), iron(6%)
Bavarian Crème 15 350 31 1 9 4 vitamin A(2%), Iron(6%)
Guava Burst 15 340 29 1 9 3 vitamin A(2%), Vitamin c(20%),iron(6%)
Old Fashioned Cake 22 300 33 1 9 3 Vitamin A(4%), Calcium(10%), iron(6%)
Sugared Raised 14 330 22 1 4 3 vitamin A(2%), Iron(6%)
English Muffin 0.5 110 30 6 1 4 calcium(2%), Iron(10%)
Multi Grain Bagel 7 450 63 8 8 15 calcium(6%), Iron(50%)
Plain Croissant 18 350 37 1 5 6 Vitamin c(10%), Calcium(2%), Iron(15%)

Sandwiches

Lets not kid ourselves, donuts dont always cut it. sometimes, you just got to get that protein! Here are some carb and meat craving satisfiers.

Item Total Fat Sodium Total Carb Fiber Sugar Protein Vitamins
Egg and Cheese on English Muffin 13 440 32 7 2 13 vitamin A(8%), vitamin c(2%), calcium(15%), Iron(15%)
Egg and Cheese wake-up wrap 11 400 13 1 1 8 vitamin A(4%),calcium(10%), iron(4%)
Egg White Veggie wake-up wrap 11 380 14 1 1 11 vitamin A(8%), vitamin C(6%), calcium(20%), iron(2%)

 

As you can see, the name ‘Dunkin Donuts’ can be misleading. Despite a common misconception, it does actually have healthy foods, and does not need to be avoided! Dont go over-zealous and eliminate certain restaurants. going there will not make you unhealthy, its the food choices that really matter.

Breath, and enjoy life. Enjoy food. Eat Dunkin Donuts.

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