Healthy Chocolate Chips

Ingredients

2 tbs coconut oil

1 tbs honey

4 tbs cacao powder

1tsp cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin spice

 

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a bowl. Mix until well blended.
  2. put mix into a pastry bag( if you dont have one of these, take a plastic sandwich bag and make a small cut to one of the corners.
  3. Take a paper plate, or wax paper lined sheet tray, and place small dots of chocolate onto it.
  4. Once all chocolate has been put onto wax paper, place in freezer for at least 3 minutes.
  5. Take out chocolate chips, and gently scrap them off. Place them into small container and refrigerate( due to them being made of coconut oil, they will melt in temperatures about 75)

calories: ~300

click here to watch how to video

 

 

Spinach Potato Soup

Ingredients

18 white potatoes( peeled, diced, and boiled)

1 can spinach, 1 cup plain greek yogurt

2 c. whole milk

1.25 c. water

2 tsp turmeric

1.25 tbs black pepper

1.5 tbs red pepper flakes

5 tbs italian seasoning

1 yellow onion, diced

2 tbs. veggie broth powder

 

Directions

  1. Puree potatoes and spinach. add to large sauce pan
  2. add in remaining ingredients, stir
  3. Heat until boiling, reduce heat.
  4. Keep on stove for about 5 more minutes.
  5. Let soup cool, then enjoy

Potato Carrot Soup

Ingredients

1 can diced potatos

.5 c. canned carrots

.5 c. whole milk

2.5 tsp black pepper

2.5 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into food processor
  2. Blend until all ingredients are pureed.
  3. Empty contents into bowl, and microwave for 3 minutes, or until hot.
  4. Let cool, and enjoy

 

Chocolate P2B Icecream Sundae

Ingredients

2 c. frozen banana

 

4 tbs P2B

1.5 tbs Cacao powder

.5c. frozen pineapple

4tbs. almond milk

1 pkt ProtLife chocolate protein powder

1tbs coconut oil

.5tbs honey

Directions

  1. Place banana, P2B, 1 tbs. cacao powder, frozen pineapple, and almond milk into blender.
  2. Puree ingredients until texture resembles that of ice cream.
  3. Place contents into bowl, and set in freezer.
  4. Take the coconut oil, honey, remaining cacao powder and half of the protein powder and place into bowl. Mix until dough like substance forms.
  5. either place into bag and squeeze small drops onto plate, or roll small chocolate chip size pieces and place onto sheet.
  6. Freeze the chocolate chips for 3 minutes.
  7. Take ice cream out of freezer. Place remaining protein powder on top.
  8. Take chocolate Chips out of freezer and place onto sundae.
  9. Enjoy ice cream!

calories: ~615

Click here for video on how to make banana ice-cream

 

Banana Icecream Video

Dont feel like reading a whole novel of a recipe?

Would you rather watch a quick video on how to make a healthy dessert?

Look no further!

Click the link to watch a  video on how to make a basic protein banana icecream!

Banana Protein Icecream

Microwave granola Bar

Ingredients

2/3 c. oats

2 tbs coconut oil

2 tbs honey

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbs. P2B

.25 c. sunflower seeds

dash turmeric

1 tbs. cacao powder

dash Pumpkin spice

Directions

  1. Put oats, coconut oil, and honey into mixing bowl. Stir until they resemble a dough of sorts.
  2. add in remaining ingredients. If the mix does not stick together, add a little bit more honey.
  3. divide mix in two.
  4. Place one part onto a microwave plate In a square shape about .25″ thick.
  5. Microwave at half power for 1 minute.
  6. If it is not yet cooked, put back into microwave for another minute at half power.
  7. Let cool, then repeat steps 4-6 for the other portion of mixture.

calories: 670(335 per granola bar)

Icecream Alternatives

Homemade banana ice cream is a great alternative to the famous frozen treat. Its full of nutritional benefits, and actually helps people to lose weight. But it also takes a lot of time.

So what is one to do when they cant freeze the bananas? Maybe they are out traveling, or don’t have a food processor.

 

Well, luckily some companies are picking up on this, and decided to put out a few healthy alternatives to the famous frozen treat. I have gathered my three  favorite options, and listed the info for each down below.

Artic Zero

This is my absolute favorite. It contains 20 grams of protein(per pint), 8 grams soluble fiber(per pint) and 4 grams insoluble fiber( also per pint). It is also fat free, low on the glycemic index, certified gluten free, and lactose free.  As if it was not enough, the calorie count is listed on the front: about 150-300. this count is not per cup, is is a total for the entire container!!! So no feeling guilty for eating every last  bit.  Artic Zero comes in many flavors as well: Cookie dough, chocolate peanut butter, cookie shake, salted caramel,snicker doodle, and more!

It is available mainly at Walmart, in the ice cream section.

Halo Top

This line of healthy ice cream is also high in protein. They are low in carbs, sugar, and fat. While it does contain dairy, it does not have any synthetic growth hormones and is gluten free. Caloric value is also calculated by the pint, ranging from 240-280. They have a variety of flavors, ranging from the classics: strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla bean to the more interesting  kinds, like birthday cake.

It is available at many grocery stores and health food places. Personally ive seen it mainly at Wegmans and Walmart. However the website conveniently has a store locator that tells you what stores in your area sells it. Pretty nifty if you ask me.

 

So Delicious Coconut milk Ice cream

This is a little more on the cheat day side. But I listed it because it is lactose free, and contains lots of fiber. They contain no GMOs, gluten free, made with organic coconut, and certified vegan! They have a variety of flavors, including: turtle trails, strawberry, cherry amaretto, cookie dough, and many more.

Don’t like coconut? Well you’re in luck. The So Delicious company also offers soy and almond milk ice cream , which are both lactose free. So you are in luck!

 

This brand is available at pretty much any major grocery store, and health food stores.

Hope this helped you all stay on track this summer! if you have any questions about the brands or wanted to do more digging on your own, I included hyperlinks to the websites in the titles for each.

Healthy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1 c. almond milk

1 tbs. honey

1.3 tbs. cacao powder

1 tsp cinnamon

dash of turmeric

Directions

  1. Heat almond milk in microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Add honey, cacao powder, turmeric, and cinnamon, stirring until ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Let cool and add to ice, or enjoy immediately

calories: 120

 

Sugar Alternatives

As you know, many foods contain highly processed sugars. These sugars are as addictive as cocaine.

Some people try to lose weight by elminating it from their diets, only to be met with major fallout, and weight gain.

Bad news to some and good news to others is: The body NEEDS sugar. It is a vital macro-nutrient that gives the body energy.

However, here is good news all around: there are better alternatives.

For those trying an all natural and paleo diet there are two main sweetening options. One is raw honey, the other is: maple syrup( the natural stuff, not Mrs. Buttersworth, or other similar brands)

Honey is beneficial for several reasons. One is that it it contains trace amounts of B-vitamins, calcium, potassium, iron, and several others. It tastes extremely sweet, like candy, but actually helps your body boost its energy and lose weight!

It is also a great antibiotic. If you are feeling slightly under the weather or have a sore throat, take some honey, mix it in with tea, etc. Or if you have a small cut and no neosporin, mix a little bit of honey with a little bit of water and spread it on the wound( I’ve done this several times and it works)

Maple Syrup is not exactly a raw food option, but it is really good for vegan diets. It also has very great health benefits. These include:boosting the immune system, maintaining heart health, and preventing cardiovascular disease, and is rich in antioxidant properties. It contains zinc and manganese which help fight colds. As if the list wasn’t long enough, maple syrup also fights bloating, as well as fights cancer!

 

So if you are desperate to shed weight, eat sugar! But make sure its the right kind. Go for honey or maple syrup to fill the cravings, and actually boost the transformation! In addition, be kind and patient towards yourself. You are baby stepping and learning. Breaking habits are never easy, but look at you! You are making the effort to break those habits, and that means more than anything else.good luck on your health adventures!!!

Orange Dreamsicle Protein Icecream

Ingredients

1 c. Frozen Chopped banana

1 orange

1 scoop vanilla whey isolate protein

.25 c. whole milk

1 vanilla bean, scraped

Directions

  1. Peel orange and pull apart sections
  2. add orange, banana, and milk to food processor, blend well
  3. Add in protein powder and vanilla bean
  4. Process until all ingredients are mixed.
  5. Place contents into bowl. Freeze for 15 minutes
  6. Take out and enjoy

Calories: 270

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