My Healthy Recipe Roundup

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This past year was a great one for me, but it did have a few challenges — The biggest one being a persistent back injury that I was having a really hard time with. This injury really brought my exercise routine to a screeching halt. All of a sudden, I wasn’t able to do Pilates like I used to, and running was out of the question.

As soon as exercise couldn’t be a part of my daily life, I had to make some lifestyle changes and become much more mindful about my diet, and what food I was putting into my body. Not just for my weight, but because I needed to be as healthy as possible if I wanted my back to heal.

The silver lining is that I have discovered so many amazing and nutritious recipes, and now I eat so much healthier than I did before. I have cut out a lot of unnecessary sugar and fat, and have to say that I feel better than ever … Food truly is medicine! It is incredible how much you can influence your body’s health and overall wellbeing by eating nutrient rich anti-inflammatory foods. I have learned first-hand the value in giving your body the tools necessary to fight inflammation through diet.

Today I wanted to share with you guys a roundup of my favorite healthy recipes that I made in the last year on tameramowry.com. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Did you guys try any of my recipes this year? Let me know if you have, and how you liked them!

Xx
Tamera

kale salad

Summer Kale Salad — This salad is so good, and definitely not just meant for summer time. I make it all the time, and if you add some chicken on top, you have a whole meal.

energy ball bites

Three Easy To Make Energy Ball Bites — Still one of my go-to snacks, these energy balls are a personal favorite of mine because they totally cure a sweet tooth. They also freeze really well, so you can make a big batch, and save them.

protein smoothie

My Morning Protein Smoothie Recipe — This smoothie is a lifesaver for when you are on-the-go. It’s full of nutrition, and very quick to make.

quinoa burrito bowl

Quinoa Burrito Bowl — This burrito bowl recipe is a great dinner recipe for my whole family because my husband can eat it in a soft-shell taco and add cheese, and I eat mine in a bowl over lettuce.

avocado crudite platter

Avocado Crudités Platter — This crudités platter is a regular snack for me, whether I am entertaining or not! It’s tastier (and healthier) than a regular veggie platter with dip.

grilled chicken skewers

Grilled Chicken And Vegetable Skewers — Another weeknight dinner staple for me, these skewers go great with a side salad and ensure that I get a big serving of vegetables. If I want to add a carb to this meal, I go for roasted sweet potatoes.

tuna stufed avocados

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados — Probably my favorite lunch ever, I love to make these tuna salad stuffed avocados. You can always change up the tuna salad recipe to keep them from getting boring.

peanut butter apples

Smart Snacks: Peanut Butter + Toppings Apples — This snack is so quick to make and is another one that totally cures any cravings for something sweet (although I usually leave the chocolate chips off for myself). The kids love it too!

zucchini noodle pasta

Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce — Probably one of my favorite recipes I discovered this year, I absolutely love zucchini noodle pasta. This recipe is made with an avocado sauce that is very healthy and beyond delicious.

chia pudding

Almond + Banana Chia Seed Pudding — Last but certainly not least is this chia seed pudding. It may not look like much, but it is so nutritious and tastes incredible. The almonds on top add great texture to this snack.

Three Easy-To-Make Energy Bites

Tamera Mowry Recipe Energy Bites

Energy Bites Recipe

I love a good snack! I especially love a healthy snack that is delicious, quick and easy to make. That is why when I saw recipes for energy bites on Pinterest, I had to start experimenting in the kitchen, and come up with my own version of this very popular recipe!

These little bites are perfect for me, particularly when I am busy because they are not only tasty, but give me a quick protein fix! The recipe requires no baking, and it only takes about 30 minutes to make a big batch of them. They disappeared suspiciously fast in my house, so I think it is safe to say that everyone else enjoyed them as much as I do.

The base of this recipe is really simple — Old fashioned oats, peanut butter and honey. After that, you can start getting creative, and add in whatever other ingredients you feel like! I created three different versions of these bites, and all three turned out amazing!

Energy Bites Recipe 3

Recipe Base (makes approximately 20 energy bites, rolled into 1 inch balls)

  • 1 cup of dry old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup of all-natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of organic honey

 

Chocolate Chip and Hemp Hearts Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips, divided into 1/2 cups
  • 1/3 cup of shelled hemp hearts

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and set ½ cup of chocolate chips aside. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm.

Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like, and place them on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. I rolled mine into balls that were about 1 inch in diameter. Next, melt ½ cup of chocolate chips in the microwave (about 20 seconds on high), and stir until the chocolate is smooth. Finally, drizzle a little bit of chocolate on top of the bites and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 more minutes until the chocolate hardens.

Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

Blueberry and Almond Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • ½ cup of organic dried blueberries
  • ½ cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm. Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like. Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

Chocolate Chip, Chia Seed and Coconut Energy Bites

  • Recipe Base
  • ½ cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of dried coconut flakes, divided into 1/4 cups
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, and set aside ¼ cup of dried coconut flakes in a small bowl. Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes so that the batter gets a little firm. Roll the batter into whatever sized balls you would like. Dip the top half of each ball into the bowl of remaining coconut flakes. Place into an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week!

 

I hope you all love these as much as I do! Let me know if you make your own version of this recipe!

Xo

Tamera  

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Healthy On The Go Snack Ideas

Today’s post is by Agatha, the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls. This month, she’s sharing her favorite on-the-go snack ideas that your little ones will go crazy for. 

Nutrition-packed snacks fill in the gaps between meals, and ensure that kids of all ages gets all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fats, protein and fiber needed for developing brains and bodies. This makes snack time a big part of their lives, especially since some have as much as three snacks a day.

‘Snack food’ is not just about nutrition, it is a great opportunity to help train our kids palette when they are younger to enjoy a wide variety of healthy flavors. Those foods that they might not eat on the table they sometimes will eat on the go. There’s a whole world of deliciousness out there just waiting to be tried! When my boys were younger every weekend we would try a different fruit and vegetable from all over the world that we could find at our farmers market. Those of you following me on social media see videos of my kids eating raw veggies, including okra, like candy. Here is what has worked for us… and a few of our all time favorite snacks that are perfect on the go:

Healthy On The Go Snacks

My #1 rule when it comes to snacks: Avoid calorie-dense, low-nutrient foods such as desserts, sugary, overly-processed and salty package snacks. Instead, I turn to fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade bake goods like muffins, chips, breads, etc. that are sweetened with raw honey and fruits. I know this doesn’t sound very convenient but trust me, healthy snacks take just a little preparation and the payoff lasts a lifetime.

(If you are totally not into homemade snacks make sure you look for some that are high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but relatively lower in calories, total fat, saturated fat (no trans fat), sugar and sodium. And read labels and fine print.)

Our Favorite On The Go Snacks:

Raw-licious veggies. Raw vegetables provide variety, like romaine lettuce leaves, cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini ribbons, broccoli etc. If your kids are into dips you can make an easy plain yogurt dip with a pinch of sea salt. (Steam veggies for the younger kids like asparagus tips, sweet potato, squash chunks, whole green beans, broccoli florets, etc.)

Fruity snacks. Raw organic fruits, dried fruits, fruit leather, and frozen purees can all be pre-packed and ready for on the go snacks.

Homemade/baked goodies. Muffins sweetened with fruits and veggies and packed with nutrient dense seeds like flax, hemp and chia. Tortillas filled with nutritious goodies, whole grain cookies, toast, granola bars, protein bars, popcorn balls, roasted nuts, boiled eggs, avocado/nut butters/homemade jams on toast, etc.

Dairy or non-dairy yogurt. Watch out for flavored yogurt and milk, though—even organic brands often contain loads of sugar. Buy plain yogurt and sweeten you’re your own fresh fruits and/or raw honey.

Remember you can never go wrong with nature’s best snacks: fresh fruits and vegetables made at home or baked at home can be made into an on the go snack. The possibilities are endless. Explore with your kids and always remember that quality matters. Check back later when we’ll share our favorite wholesome snack here on TameraMowry.com!

Love and light,
Agatha
www.yummyspoonfuls.com