A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers.
“Clean eating” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s kind of a vague term and if you asked ten health-minded people what it means, you’d likely get ten different answers. Everyone would agree, however, that the central tenet revolves around the idea of eating unprocessed, or minimally processed food. The best, and simplest piece of advice regarding clean eating that I’ve heard is this – when shopping for food, check the labels carefully. The ingredient lists should be short and all the foods on them should be recognizable. Of course, we can’t, nor should we, adhere to this guideline strictly. Some foods, by necessity, and for our safety, contain additives and preservatives, and not all of them are harmful. The key is to strike a balance by choosing whole foods as often as possible and avoiding foods that are highly and unnecessarily processed when it’s practical and feasible to do so. A super easy way to eat cleaner is to make your own mayonnaise. Store-bought mayonnaise is almost always made with refined oil (usually soybean oil) and often contains added sugar. Making your own mayonnaise takes just a few minutes and it’s so much healthier than store-bought. After you whip up a batch you can make Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers, which you can enjoy as a snack or light lunch. (more…)
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We’ve all been there. You have to prepare a meal for your family or bring a baked item to an event but you’re way overdue for a trip to the grocery store and there’s no time to go now. So, you stare into the refrigerator and rummage through your pantry trying to figure out what you can throw together using only the ingredients you have on hand. Such was the genesis for this month’s Recipe Redux theme – Spring Clean the Kitchen. The challenge was to develop a recipe using at least 3 ingredients you currently had in your kitchen – no trips to the grocery store allowed. In keeping with the spirit of the theme, I opted to create a dessert/snack using a few of my favorite healthy baking staples, and to keep the ingredient list short. The result is these adorable and delicious Almond Butter Button Cookies. (more…)
The easiest cake you’ll ever make, incredibly moist cake with intense banana flavor. And bonus – it’s gluten-free and contains no refined sugar!
Last month I posted a recipe for Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes and it was so well received that I decided to post another recipe using bananas. This cake is also made in a blender but it’s much more decadent. Banana Cashew Blender Cake is, hand-down, one of the moistest cakes you’ll ever taste. Made with cashew butter and overripe bananas, it has a soft, pleasantly spongy texture, and intense banana flavor. (more…)
A delicious, nutritious alternative to muffins with only 2 grams of sugar per serving! Gluten-free too.
Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups are a perfect on-the-go breakfast. They’re portable, more nutritious than a typical muffin, and insanely delicious. When I first started seeing recipes for oatmeal cups appearing throughout the food blogosphere I thought “cup” was just another way of saying “muffin”, but once I tried oatmeal cups I realized that they are quite different from muffins and very deserving of their own name. (more…)
A healthy, low-calorie, chocolate dessert, with no added sugar and a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas.
If you’re a banana lover, and consume them on a regular basis like my family and I do, you’ll occasionally end up with bananas that are simply too dark and overripe to peel and eat. Here’s a great use for those old bananas – one that will have you actually wanting your bananas to turn all brown and black! Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes are light, with a moose-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. And they clock in at a mere 107 calories per serving so there’s no guilt necessary! (more…)
Delicious maple infused dessert bars with a soft texture and sweet, tart, cranberry flavor.
Paleo Cranberry Walnut Bars are a delicious treat that straddles the line between cake and cookie. The interior texture is soft and tender with a pleasant chew and just a tad of golden brown crispy-ness around the edges. These bars are a nice alternative to cookies, and because they are cut into bars after they’re baked, they require much less time to make than drop cookies. Made with delicious, nutritious, gluten-free ingredients, it’s bars like these that give “healthy baking” a good name! (more…)
A berry delicious and nutritious breakfast than doubles as dessert!
If you’re in search of a REAL “breakfast of champions” Mixed Berry Flax Cakes might be just what you’re looking for. These wholesome, earthy cakes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and contain 7 grams of protein and more than 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of fiber. How’s that for a healthy breakfast! (more…)
A sweet and salty pie made from one of American’s favorite whole grain snacks.
It’s a little-known fact that October is the official month for celebrating all things popcorn. Back in 1999, the then Secretary of Agriculture proclaimed October National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and ever since, those in the popcorn know have used this month to celebrate the wondrous whole grain that was discovered in the Americans thousands of year ago. Peanut Pecan Popcorn Pie is my nod to National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. It’s a sweet and salty treat that tastes like a cross between caramel coated popcorn (i.e. Cracker Jacks) and Rice Krispies Treats, minus the artificial ingredients and refined sweeteners. (more…)
Beautiful, wholesome cookies with no refined sugar. Gluten-free and paleo too!
If I told you that one of the most delicious cookies you’ll ever taste doesn’t contain wheat flour, eggs, butter, or sugar would you believe me? Probably not, and I was skeptical too until I made Vegan Almond Flour Cookie Tarts. These cookies are amazing. The taste alone will win you over but if that doesn’t then I hope you’ll at least appreciate how darn cute they are! To make these cookies unique, I shaped them like little tarts and made flowers out of almonds, using currants for the centers. So they’re also Vegan Almond Flower Cookie Tarts. (more…)
Twice as much protein, 1/3 less sugar, and four times as much fiber as a regular brownie! A fantastic, healthy dessert!
If you’re a fan of hot and spicy food you’ll LOVE Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Brownies! These gluten-free, vegan brownies contain no refined sugar; instead they’re sweetened with dates, sweet potatoes, and maple syrup. The first bite of Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Brownies is fudgy with sweet, subtle chocolate flavor that is quickly followed by a powerful punch of cinnamon and cayenne. It’s a great combination of flavors that will cause you to completely forget you’re eating a healthy brownie! (more…)