Healthy AMAZING Kettle Corn!

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Alright so your ready to sit down to watch a good movie. You’ve got the lights turned down low, surround sound on, remote in hand & a comfy couch…What’s missing from this picture?? Popcorn! Duh! Who watches a movie without it?
So I’d just like to say, I felt like a genious after creating this recipe because honestly it turned out better than I had anticipated. It’s so good like..I don’t know just try it. If you’ve ever had kettle corn, you know it’s awesome and this stuff I gotta say holds up pretty well against the traditional stuff! Plus it’s good for you, high in fibre, protein etc. So now instead of telling your kids “finish your vegetables they’re good for you!” You can tell them “finish your popcorn!”. Haha..well actually I’m sure finishing it will be no problem. I hope you love this as much as I do.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

-1 large bag of light or unbuttered popcorn(I used orville, it was 260cals/bag)(about 40g I believe)
-2 tbsp melted Coconut Oil(you could sub another oil but this adds a lot of the flavour!)
-1 tbsp + 1 tsp Truvia Sweetener(or more/less to taste) *Best sweetener, most resembles sugar IMO*
-A decent amount of salt(to taste, add less if you are worried about sodium but honestly it makes it taste much better haha)
-Optional but highly recommended: 4-5 tbsp Sugar-Free Syrup (or real maple syrup) (I recommend Sugar-Free Thyme Maple Syrup)

Directions: Pop your popcorn as directed by the package. While warm, pour the popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle with melted coconut oil. Toss with clean hands to coat the popcorn. Next sprinkle the salt/sweetener and toss again. Keep adding the seasoning to your liking. Now portion into 4 bowls and serve with syrup on the side. Right before eating, drizzle a little syrup on top and toss quickly. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 130 calories, 6.5g fat, 14g carbs, 2.5g protein, 2.5g fibre

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Spicy Sauteed Cabbage & Red Onion “Noodles”

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Hey all! This is a super simple recipe…it makes a great side dish to any dinner. Cabbage has always been one of my fav green veggies to cook and this dish also makes a great meal if you throw in some chopped spicy turkey sausage! The cabbage act as noodles so all you low-carber’s(yes I just made that word up..) out there, this one’s for you!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

-1 cup thinly sliced cabbage(like noodles)

-1/3 cup chopped red onion

-1/2 tbsp olive oil

-1/4 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp paprika(or less to taste)

-1/4 tsp chili powder(again more or less to taste)

-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/8 tsp cinnamon

-Salt/Pepper to taste

 

Directions: In a small frying pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the onions/cabbage. Add your spices and cook, stirring often for 7-8 minutes or until the cabbage has started to become soft. Serve! Simple as that.

Nutrition Facts: 103 calories, 7g fat, 10g carbs, 1g protein, 3g fibre

60% of daily Vitamin C requirements.

 

 

 

 

Summer Eats For Today

Just thought I’d share, let me know if you like these “What I’m eating” posts.

These summer meals were all enjoyed outside by the pool while soaking up the awesome summer heat…
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My protein Frosty Recipe with half a banana added!

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AMAZING barbecue chicken salad with fresh herbs from the garden and italian dressing!

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So simple but so delicious, peas, lemon dijon chicken, garlic and olive oil wild rice.

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Ah dessert..the best meal of the day. And who can believe this is actually healthy? One of my homemade double chocolate coconut protein bars heated up with light cool whip and fresh berries. Perfection.

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Strawberry-Banana High Protein Ice Cream

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So here is another recipe to cool you down on those warm spring days we are having this year! It’s beautiful to look at and tastes great too! Best part is..you can eat the whole bowl without an ounce of guilt. Why? Well..because it contains: 255 calories, 3g fat(0g without topping), 21g protein & 5g fibre. This creamy delicious strawberry-banana ice cream is a play off of my original Coconut-Banana-Mango Ice Cream recipe. I decided to substitute strawberry for mango after my mom came home with probably the largest bag of frozen strawberries I have seen in my life(from costco of course). & I have to say, I can’t decide which kind I prefer! They are both completely delicious! Also if you didn’t hear..each bowl of ice cream contains a secret ingredient to increase the protein without changing the taste or texture(no protein powder!) read on to find out more… Take me to the recipe!

Eats For Yesterday…

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Breakfast: Super High Fibre amazinggg oatmeal! Recipe will follow :)(had this with some scrambled egg whites)
HBarbeque Chicken Salad w:kidney beans
Lunch: A delicious BBQ chicken salad w/kidney beans, herbed goat cheese, italian dressing & spices.
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Subway assorted sub! (This was a treat!) with subsauce, mustard, lettuce and cheddar cheese!
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For dessert I made oatmeal raisin cookies! I managed not to eat the batter haha but I made sure to have one after they were baked! They were really, really good!
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During this day I also had half a fig whole wheat bar from costco (really tasty!) and 3/4 cup greek yogurt with a little fruit on top as well as cottage cheese with one tbsp peanut butter before bed!

*Following IIFYM for life!*

What did you eat today?

Favourite Healthy Food Blogs

Hey guys! If you are anything like me then you know you get super excited every time you find an awesome new recipe website! Though it’s hard to find the REALLY good ones. So to help you out a bit I decided to compile a list of all my favourite food blogs! There are probably way more but these are just some that I had written down!

***If you have your own healthy food blog you are trying to get noticed please leave a comment below and I will be sure to include your link in my next post to give you a little boost!***
Two of My Favourite WordPress Blogs(I have many..so I will just start with two 🙂 ):
Do you have any to add to my list?? Please let me know in the comments! I will love you forever if you can give me another awesome one that I may have missed!
~Sam~

Surprise Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Pudding

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Woah, that title is a mouthful! So, I’ve got another great recipe for you all. This one contains a special “surprise”… Actually it’s not much of a surprise but I added spinach to this pudding! It’s my new favourite thing to do because you get all the goodness of greens but without the taste. This is perfect to use up all that spinach that you just can’t bring yourself to eat! Don’t like spinach? No worries, you will like this pudding! It is creamy and delicious, it feels like you are eating dessert for breakfast. Topped with a few crushed pecans and mini dark chocolate chips, this is absolutely decadent.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder( I used designer whey french vanilla)
1/2 tbsp natural almond butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup quick oats
1 tsp flax seed
1/4 tsp xanthan gum (could possibly sub flax seeds)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 handful of spinach
2 drops stevia (or honey/agave/maple syrup/splenda)
8-9 ice cubes

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender(start with ice) and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little extra xanthan gum if necessary or more/less ice and almond milk depending on how thick you want your pudding! Top with pecans/mini chocolate chips or sugar-free chocolate syrup( recipe coming soon to the site!).
Enjoy!

Calories: 287 (my protein powder is 100cals a scoop)

I also made these delicious skinny chocolate protein pancakes with my own sugar-free chocolate syrup, peanut butter and bananas for breakfast the other day. They were so good! (Recipe from dashingdish.com)
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Diet/Lifestyle Changes, How I Eat -UPDATED

I am so excited to do this post! A while ago I posted an outline of how I eat on a day to day basis and while I still follow many similar rules, I have changed lots of little things! I felt that my post was getting pretty out of date so here is just a little info to fill you guys in on my new changes :).

1.) I have brought back grains into my diet, I still eat fairly low-carb naturally but I have no problem including a slice of whole wheat bread or oats for breakfast or some brown rice with dinner after a hard workout! I find that I  just feel better eating some grains/carbs.

2.) This is a big one!…I no longer count calories. Yup you heard me right! The only time I count now is for my posts to give you guys an estimate for the meals I create. It took a while to get away from counting everything and granted I still think of the numbers in my head at times but I no longer write things down and worry about every little detail. Instead I have learned to focus on portion size.  Portioning food is my new best friend! I just make sure I am eating enough to fuel my body but not enough to stuff it. This means that I can eat higher fat, high calorie foods (that are of course made of clean ingredients) and not worry about it because I know I will not over eat with them!

3.) I am currently changing my diet to be all natural, all clean foods. So this means..no highly processed foods, no refined sugars( no low-fat italian salad dressing! 😦 ), no ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS (this is a tough one for me because I am still debating over my stevia extract!). But so far eating only clean whole foods has felt amazing and I never knew how good they could taste without all the added sweeteners and extras!

4.) Lowering my salt intake. This has got to be the worst for me haha. I absolutely love, love, love salt. If you can add salt to it, I will. But lately I have been very conscious of the amount I put on food and I am slowly decreasing it. For example, I had egg whites this morning with absolutely no salt and they weren’t even bad to me like the first time I had tried them without salt! I think your tastebuds just naturally adjust after awhile.

 

I hope that clears things up. That’s about it for now! If you have any questions about my diet or just nutrition/fitness in general please feel free to ask! I am happy to answer :).

Hopefully I will have time to post some new recipes.. for now here’s just a sample of what I had today, it was an amazing sweet snack that is 100% clean.

Peach raspberry yogurt

 

Dethawed/warm peaches, raspberries and mango over 0% plain greek yogurt with a 5 or 6 crushed pecans. Delicious.

 

Clean Eating, Meals for today…

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Another late night! Lots of homework today 😦 but I still wanted to get a post in. Today my breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack were similar to yesterday’s so I didn’t get any photos but I did take a picture of my amazing dinner..One of my favourite meals! Burritos! I used a super yummy elzekiel wrap with extra lean ground beef(with taco seasoning), avocado, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, 0% plain greek yogurt and lime juice, green onion, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes for topping! (I like things spicy!). It was so, so good!

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For a pre-workout snack I had another fruit bowl with almonds.

Post Workout Bed time snack

And..for my post-workout snack…the usual cottage cheese and natural peanut butter on the side haha. I always talk about this but I never post a picture so I figured why not. It’s not exciting but as you can tell I eat quite a bit after my workout!

Back From Vacation!

Hey guys! I got back from my vacation yesterday! I had such an awesome time. The weather was amazing and so was the food and the people! I just wanted to share with you a few pics of some of the delicious dinners I had!

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This was a delicious cracked conch sandwich served with onion rings(my favourite!) and tartar sauce.

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Next is of course..a Pina Colada!

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This was probably my favourite dinner of the vacation, fresh grouper in a tempura batter served with lime and fries/mango slaw on the side. Soo soo good! I felt bad I could only finish 1 piece of fish, if I had more room I would have finished it all haha.

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Another night I had grouper yet again, (I really like grouper..). But this time it wasn’t battered, it was served in some really nice spicy sauce with cucumber yogurt sauce and fluffy rice!

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We ended up getting dessert to share that night which included an interesting form of cheesecake and a warm apple tart with ice cream! It wasn’t exactly what we’d had in mind but it was still pretty good :).

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Lastly I had this beautiful snapper with the best mashed potatoes ever! Topped with shrimp, lots of veggies and a great sauce. Yum!

Overall the food in turks was amazing and I would go back just for that itself! But my vacation really was amazing, I had so much fun and I loved just spending time alone with friends.

P.S I also bought this really cute mug for my tea, I love that it comes with a mini spoon!

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