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    Scotchie Bars: A Childhood and Midwest Staple

    Since I’m terrible at sleeping in these days, I figured I might as well be productive this morning and bring back a childhood classic in the form of “Scotchie Bars”…essentially peanut butter rice crispies with chocolate, but so much more than that haha. They constituted almost every birthday “cake” in my family growing up (our choosing), unless we could get ice cream cake. Then that would usually win. After moving South, I was shocked that no one here had ever even heard of them! Thus they were introduced:) By now I know the recipe by heart, but here it is if you want to give it a try: Scotchie Bars…

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    Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes (with Chocolate Chips of course)

    Here’s a new pancake recipe I tried because I had cottage cheese in the fridge I wanted to use up…and who doesn’t like pancakes?!? This was super simple, clean, high in protein and not overly sweet, which works well for me:) Although I did add chocolate chips…of course. But you could try a variety of additions…blueberries, bananas, apples, etc. Ingredients: 1c egg whites 1c cottage cheese (I like Nancy’s Organic Cottage Cheese because it was the only one I could find without any additives or thickeners! It only contains the following – Organic skim milk, organic cream, organic nonfat dry milk, L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, and 4 strains of lactic cultures,…

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    Sweet Green Egg Scramble

    I found my new favorite breakfast! It may look a little crazy, but try not to judge until you try;) All you need is the following: 3/4c liquid egg whites 1 banana Lotsa spinach (1-2c depending on personal preference) Vanilla and cinnamon to taste Put all ingredients in a blender. Then scramble on a skillet. Once cooked through (there will be a little excess water from the spinach), I like to mix in 1T of almond butter and you’re done! Here’s the approximate nutrition breakdown: 310 calories 33g carbs 9g fat 27g protein You can up your healthy fats by adding more nut butter or decrease carbs by using a…

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    Simple Tuna Salad

    I’ve been in a little time crunch lately (or is that always? haha), so I needed something quick but healthy for lunch today…bring on a basic tuna salad – fast, simple and high in protein! The general structure I follow for any tuna salad is: Canned (or fresh cooked) tuna – I used Trader Joe’s No Salt Added (you can also substitute chicken, tofu, etc) ***1 – 4oz can contains 26g of protein with only 120 calories and 70mg of sodium! Veggies – I used Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix, which has red and green cabbage, carrots, broccoli, jicama, bell peppers, radishes and celery (using diced celery and red or green onion…

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    Crafty Snacking

    This weekend I was out of town, so my eating routine gets a little thrown off, but such is life! I’ve been really hungry lately with doing more heavy lifting, so I picked up a few snacks from the grocery store to hold me over between meals. My main purchases were Van’s Ancient Grains Gluten Free Frozen Waffles (The best I’ve ever tried! See nutritional information below), Chobani greek yogurts and bacon…plus some spinach, green onions and goat cheese to scramble with eggs:) One of my creative snacks was a frozen waffle topped with natural crunchy peanut butter and bacon…carbs, fats and protein all in one and it was delicious!   Van’s Ancient Grains Gluten…

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    Dinner in a Pinch: Homemade Chicken Salad

    When it’s late on a Monday night and I feel too hungry (slash lazy) to cook…it’s time for dinner in a pinch. Usually some sort of random salad with protein and veggies. Tonight: Spinach Trader Joe’s Simply Roasted Chicken Combo of a local chicken salad dressing, plain Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard Celery Dried cranberries Tomato

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    Panera’s Hidden Menu: A Gluten-free Goldmine!

    Having celiac disease and not being able to eat gluten makes it a little difficult to eat out at times when I’m on the go. But there are always options! When I think of Panera I almost immediately go straight to those delicious cinnamon crunch bagels. But those are unfortunately rather glutinous haha. I didn’t think they would have anything I could eat besides a few salads, but then discovered Panera’s “Hidden Menu”. It features several power breakfast bowls full of protein, veggies and gluten-free goodness! With traveling this weekend, I needed a spot to set up my computer to work, while also grabbing breakfast since I was up at…

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    The Salad Hash

    I almost always bring my lunch to work. And it almost always is a salad made up of random leftovers that I think might taste good together haha. I like to call it “The Salad Hash.” Today’s consisted of: Spinach Arugula Beef burger Roasted brussels sprouts Carmelized onions Avocado Goat cheese Balsamic vinegar I never know quite how it’s going to turn out, but I must say this one was exceptional:)

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    Raw Kale Avocado Salad

    This is one of my favorite kale recipes because it is so simple, yet so good. I always get lots of kale in my produce box, so I need other ways to use it besides juicing! And I usually don’t plan ahead very well, so this works perfect for that, since I most likely have all the ingredients already:)   All you need is: Bunch of kale Avocado Balsamic vinegar Lemon juice Dried cranberries (or raisins, etc) Sliced nuts or seeds (optional but good) – I usually do almonds or pumpkin seeds Veggies (optional but good) – I add whatever I have on hand, usually tomato, bell pepper or shredded carrots All of…

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    This (bar) is going to be Epic…

    I love Whole Foods. It’s bad (or should I say pricey), I know. But I can’t help it. I particularly like strolling through the aisles and checking out random new foods. One I came across recently was the Epic Bar. I had heard about them and was curious enough to give them a try. I often need snacks at work or while on the go, so bars can come in handy. This seemed like a nice change of pace from my go-to Lara or Kind bars. I decided to try the Beef and Turkey, but they also have Bison (bacon+cranberry) and Lamb (currant+mint) varieties. They are all gluten-free, 100% grass fed and have no…