Yup! Your eyes are not tricking you. I know you are probably thinking "How could these be Clean?". I wondered the same thing when I first looked at trying this recipe, but the truth is... they are. I mean yes, moderation is everything and you shouldn't down 10 of these. But everything in these treats are made with whole natural ingredients with a few little secret items to help make them even more nutritious.
[Clean] All-Natural Peanut Butter Balls
- 3/4 cup Organic all natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup Organic oats
- 1/4 cup Organic whole grain brown rice crisps
- 1 tbsp Organic honey
- 1 tbsp Organic Nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1/4 cup 70% Dark chocolate
- A touch of Organic Coconut oil
- Chia seeds
(Inspired by: TheFitnessDish.com)
1) Combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. If your peanut butter is a bit hard, microwave it for a few seconds to soften it up a bit.
2) The "batter" should be thick enough for you to start creating the balls. I used a tbsp to scoop them up and then used my hands to create the balls. Lay them out onto a cookie sheet with wax paper.
3) After you have created all of the balls, place the tray into the freezer for about 30 mins. Before you coat them with the chocolate it is a lot easier if they are almost frozen and hard.
4) Take the tray out of the freezer and start to melt the choclate. You could use a double broiler but i just used the microwave. I actually took a 70% dark chocolate bar and broke it into pieces. I added a touch of coconut oil because it helps the chocolate melt better and have a smoother consistency.
5) Then, you just dip each ball into the melted chocolate and place it back onto the wax paper.
6) I even decorated a few of them by adding some sprinkles :) Chia seeds that is!!!
Store them in the fridge. The brown rice crisps added a nice crunch and the nutitional yeast added a healthy punch that you dont even taste.
Do you know what Nutritional Yeast is?
Don't worry if you don't.. I didn't for the longest time.
Many vegetarians and vegans depend on nutritional yeast flakes to help them meet their recommended daily allowances of protein, fiber and amino acids. One of the great things about the flakes is that they contain the complete set of B vitamins, many of which are difficult to find in products from non-animal sources, such as B12 and folate. If you want more info on Nutritional yeast, check out this link.
Hope you all enjoyed this wonderful recipe! Everyone in my household gives it two thumbs up!!
I am going to leave you with this great new ab workout I have been trying for the past week. Tone It Up is a website I just discovered with Karena and Katrina. They are very motivating and beautiful fit women... take a look and it might help you get up and move!
Lots of love!
I feel like all I am ever doing is apologizing for being so busy and not being able to blog as much. But I am here now and that is all that matters. The weather has been improving! Which I love. I actually got to lay out in the sun last Saturday and wash my truck. Now, with that being said I have to tell you guys about a little mishap I had. So because Saturday was so beautiful, I opened my sunroof. Yah, i think you know where this is going. Somehow I totally forgot and left it open ALL weekend and Monday morning when I went to drive to work....... It was insane. Apparently there was a down pour Sunday night and it was beyond words. I was in shock. I didnt know what to do. It was almost funny since there was nothing I could do. I had to drive to work sitting on a towel and a garbage bag. So it was an interesting week, but I am happy to report I drove home with NO garbage bag today for the first time!
How has your workouts been going? With the warm weather last week I was jogging every day. I was loving it. I love the days when you feel like you could just run for hours and you don't get tired. I have also been trying out a CrossFit class for the first time. A girl I know, Heather W. is having Crossfit classes and it is an amazing workout. I did better than I thought the first couple classes and I feel it would be a great asset to add to my workout schedule once a week. Here is the link to her facebook page in case anyone wants to try it out!
On to the recipe!
As everyone knows, we are slowly seeing more and more local foods becoming available. I love this time of year when you don't have to buy as many items from the grocery stores and you can buy more local foods from places like farmer's markets. As soon as I saw this recipe from KathEats, I knew I wanted to try it for supper. It is such a refreshing dish and perfect for a nice summery night.
Strawberry Basil Pasta Salad
- 1/2 package of whole wheat pasta (cooked according to package)
- 1 cup Organic strawberries
- 1 small cucumber, cubed
- red onion, chopped
- 1 can organic chickpeas (drained & rinsed)
- 1/3 cup pesto
- 5-10 fresh basil leaves (homegrown)
- pinch of sea salt
- Organic spinach & kale to serve the pasta on
- Avocado slices
- Feta cheese
1) Once the pasta is cooked and cooled a bit, mix first 5 ingredients together.
2) Serve on top of greens and top with chopped basil leaves.
3) Garnish with avocado and feta cheese and serve.
OH and I also have to share with you a couple pictures of the supper I made for myself tonight. It is not only nutritious but sooo beautiful! Just look at all the ingredients: organic spinach, organic carrots, avocado, organic quinoa, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, organic chickpeas, cucumber, topped with feta cheese, balsamic vinigar and EVOO. YUM!!
Happy Friday everyone!!
lots of love,
Wowzas!! What a busy week and a half I've had. I know I have been saying that a lot lately but it's true. We had 2 big events last week for the Granola Girls and both went beautifully! Last week was a lot of prepping. I had to work a full work day as usual and then every night I would meet my mom at the commercial kitchen we bake our bars in and baked until we couldn't bake any more! We had to prepare 400 bar samples for the Fundy Food Festival this past Saturday. It went great! The coordinators did a really nice job this year and we had tons of positive feedback.
As you can see above, since it was a fancy event... we had to fancy up the bars a bit. We would put a bar on the plate, then drizzle dark chocolate on top and finish it off with a strawberry. I must say, it looked pretty cute! A lot of people were saying they were too pretty to eat LOL. All in all it was another great year and we would like to thank Margret @Opera Bistro and Tracy @UptownSaintJohn for inviting us.
As you all know, I love quinoa. Since I have been going vegatarian these days, I like to keep as much plant based protein in my diet and I find quinoa is a great solution. I always try to keep my eye's peeled for unique quinoa recipes but usually when it is any type of baked good, it just calls for the quinoa flour. So when I spotted these quinoa muffins using the actual grain, I was thrilled. It was inspired by the Martha Stewart recipe but I made many changes to almost veganize it. As you will see, I ended up keeping the 1 large egg option so they didnt turn out TOO different. You have to remember, I still have Sean to please and if something is too funky, he just won't eat it LOL.
Whole Wheat [Quinoa] Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 2 cups of cooked organic Quinoa (1 cup uncooked, rinsed)
- 1/4 cup Vegetable oil, such as grapeseed oil
- 1 cup Unbleached All Purpose flour
- 1 cup of Whole wheat Pastry flour
- 3/4 cup Organic Dark Brown Sugar
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup Grain sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips (I use Sunspire)
- 3/4 cup Almond milk (or you could use skim milk)
- 1 large free range Egg
- 1 tsp pure Vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp Ground flax
1) Cook 1 cup of quinoa as directed on package. (1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water. Turn on high and set the timer for 10 mins. When 10 mins is up, turn heat off and let set for 5 minutes)
2) Meanwhile in a medium bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients; flour, brown sugar, baking powder, sea salt, ground flax, choc chips and then your 2 cups of cooked quinoa. ONLY use 2 cups of quinoa, if it cooked a bit more, store for other use.
3) In a small bowl, combine all of your wet ingredients; veg oil, almond milk, egg, and vanilla.
4) Then add your wet mixture with your dry mixture and stir just until combined. Do not over do it!
5) Place your batter into a greased muffins tin OR paperlined.
6) Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.
The thing I was most suprised about this recipe is how much you would never know there was quinoa in it. The texture was very nice and dense yet moist. Very delish and even Sean has been taking them in his lunches without knowing there is quinoa in them!! lol He hates quinoa! Shhhh
I hope you guys enjoy this one. I have a feeling it will be a favorite.
Have a great Wednesday!
LOts of love,
Happy short week you guys! Yahh I love these sort of weeks. However, it is going to be a very busy Granola Girl week even though it is short. Thursday, we will be having a table at the Irving Energy Health and Wellness Fair so if you are an Irving employee, please be sure to come out and support us! We will also be featured our new granola bar we just came out with along with our original.
My weekend was nice. We had a house guest as you can see below. It is so funny, because Bella and Lady get along so well. As I had mentioned before, Lady is my mom's dog and whenever she needs us to, we doggie sit. She is a nice little buddy to have around. Especially the days when Sean is working, so I have someone to take around with me. Actually, Lady and I both went to the Kingston Market on Saturday morning. It was nice to get there for the first time this season. Granola Girls will be there in June!!! :) Until then, we are waiting for the weather to warm up lol.
Lately, I have been in such an experimental breakfast mood. It's great trying out new things. Last week, I went to Costco to look around and see what organic foods they have. I read alot of blogs, a lot of American blogs at that. And I get so jealous seeing them buy tons of organic fruits, veggies, products, etc from Costco. Truthfully, we don't even have half of what the American costco's carry for organic products. Which is upsetting. So, I tried to do my part. I went to the customer service desk and put in a request and left my number in case they had questions regarding more details. I haven't received a call yet :( But hopefully soon we! But in the meantime, I did find a few things I didn't know was there. A huge container of all natural organic peanut butter as well as an organic cereal. It is called Nature's Path Heritage Ancient Grains Almond Granola Cereal and it consists of kamut khorasan wheat, spelt, quinoa and amaranth. For a box of 2 bags inside, it only cost $6.99. I have been addicted to it this week and I add a tbsp of Chia seeds, sliced strawberries and organic almond milk.
Can you see the chia seeds floating in there? I love chia seeds... and did you know in just 1 tbsp there is a whopping 5g of fiber!!! Wow, what a powerful little seed. And I am still staying away from meat and dairy these days, hence the almond milk. Truthfully, I don't taste much of a difference and with the great taste of the cereal and strawberries, it makes the perfect combination. If you do want to try an almond milk, it is best to stick with the unsweetened original variety.
Well, have a great Tuesday! I will be back this week with a new recipe to share.
Oh and I was very glad to see how much you guys enjoyed my beauty products post :)
I am going to cuddle with Sean and watch The Bachelorette!!
Lots of Love,
Today I thought I would show you guys some natural products I use on a daily basis that are for your outer bodies instead of a recipe. Yes! What we put into our bodies is VERY important, but we should also really think about what toxins we should be eliminating on the outside. It's stuff you wouldnt even think about!
Before I got into this lifestyle, I never would have thought twice about picking up my toothpaste at Walmart when I was out. But one day, I was brushing my teeth and my eyes focused on the tube. That's when I noticed the words "DO NOT SWALLOW". I couldn't believe it. A product we clean our mouth with at least twice a day is all of a sudden not ok to swallow. This definitely made me think and that same day I made a trip to The Feel Good Store (www.thefeelgoodstore.ca) to talk to Anne. She pointed me in the direction of a Green Beaver product she carries and I havent looked back since. It has the same flavor and effects as a regular toothpaste, but with no toxins and is fluoride free.
Next up! Deodorant. Again, this is something I have never second guessed before. I use it on a daily basis and as soon as I run out, I pick up a new stick at my closest drug store. Over the past couple years, I heard whispers that the "anti-perspirant" that is readily available to us is not good for you at all. It clogs your pores so you DON'T sweat at all. Which we all know is not good. When your body sweats, it is trying to get rid of toxins. By blocking that, you are keeping those toxins in. The turning point for me was seeing the video that Naturally For Life (www.naturallyforlife.com) uploaded onto their facebook page one day (Video below). Terri Ann mentioned that this is a big cause of breast cancer... which made complete sense to me! So, on the spot I bought this Tea Tree Aluminium Free deoderant stick and I love it. I want to mention what Teri Ann said to me though! For the first 2 weeks or so... your body will be flushing all the toxins out. SO don't be alarmed if you are sweating more than normal or a slight smell of BO. It will go away, I promise. It is worth it!
Shampoo & Conditioner... so over the last couple years something weird started happening to my hair. I have always had very thin fine hair but it grew very long. However, due to bad hair products, dyes, crappy shampoo's and conditioners, it literally broke off and without going for a haircut... my hair was shorter one day. It was so weird and I hated it. I finally realized I needed to start treating it with the best out there to help it grow. I started with Aveda products. I have to give them a big applause because that is what got me on the right path. It helped reconstruct my hair and repair it with quinoa protein. Yup! I not only eat it but it also goes in my hair! lol But Aveda is verrrry expensive. I used it for a few months and then came across this L'oreal product with natural botanicals, SULPHATE FREE, and reconstructs your hair. It was the closest "affordable" product to Aveda I could find and it is really working great. The one thing you want to find in a shampoo and conditioner is sulphate free. Also, be kind to your hair when it is wet. This is when it is most fragile.
Dry brushing. This was a new concept to me. I had never heard of it before but when I read a post on EdiblePerspective's blog one day, she explained the benefits. Dry brushing is something you do daily right before you get into the shower. It actually helps with circulation and really detoxifies your skin. Some even say it helps with those "cellulite" areas. I will let you read Ashley's post and get the full description http://edibleperspective.com/2011/01/you-ask-i-answer-swimming-dry-brushing/ ... I got this one at Lawtons actually for about 10$.
And finally, soap! Not only do I look for a natural product but also a local one! This soap (as well as the deoderant) are both local... which makes me feel better about my carbon footprint. I love this soap. I get it at The Feel Good Store also and Anne carries many different scents. My favorite! Chocolate Mint.... yum!
Well, I hope this was just as good as any recipe. I thought it would be neat to show you guys how a clean lifestyle goes even beyond your food. We are fortunate to have stores like Feel Good store and Naturally for life that carries a whole bunch of items like these. Just talk to both Anne or Terri Ann and they would be happy to answer any questions I'm sure. Or feel free to post questions here and i will do my best!
Lots of love,
Fancy meeting you here!
Sorry I have been a bit slack these days guys. My regular laptop is on the fritz and the new [old] laptop I am using was having problems being compatible with uploading my photos. But I got something rigged so I can get it going again.
Last week was great. I really buckled down like I promised on Monday and ate very clean and worked out every morning. Its so funny because it makes such a big difference not only physically but also mentally when you change your eating habits back to your normal [clean] ways. You wonder why you ever went off the track to begin with. But it happens, and we have all been there! My tip to you... is that if you ever have an off meal, drink as MUCH water as you can for the rest of the day. It helps flush out the toxins and gets you back to normal in no time.
I will share some photos with you this week of some meals I was having last week. Some amazing big salads, lots of quinoa, beans and bunches of fruit! For today, I thought I would share with you a yummy dessert/breakfasty dish. It is a vegan strawberry apple crisp. Yummy! And if you make the homemade banana ice cream I posted a few weeks ago to go with it... you will get lots of smiling faces :)
- 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup organic Sucanat (or organic cane sugar)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup raw almonds, processed until chunky
- 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
- 1/4 cup Sucanat (or organic cane sugar)
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Inspired by: OhSheGlows
1) Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 1.4L casserole dish. Peel and chop the apples and slice the strawberries. Place in a medium bowl along with all the rest of the filling ingredients and stir. Miz well.
2) In a food processor, place the almonds into the bowl and process until chunky. Add the rest of the ingredients for the topping and pulse just for a few seconds until just mixed. Do not over over mix. Pour half of this mixture into the apple mixture and stir.
3) Pour the apple mixture into the casserole dish and then sprinkle on the remaining almond topping on top of the filling.
4) COVER with tin foil with poked holes for 40 mins at 400F. Allow to cool for 10 mins before serving.
Speaking of apples!! If you are ever feeling like something sweet, and you don't want to munch on chocolate or something else unclean... here is the perfect solution for you! Apple slices and natural almond OR peanut butter. Sooo satisfying and its the perfect little snack. Just thought I would pass along this treat :)
Have a fabulous Monday!!
Lots of love,
Happy Monday Everyone!
How was your weekend? Mine was very nice. I spent it relaxing with my hunny which was nice since we don't usually both have weekends off. I have been in a bit of a "workout rut" though. I guess I am just like everyone else and do go through them. I just read an interesting post about "ruts" on OhSheGlows blog that I found quite interesting. So, I didn't manage to get my morning workouts in at all this past week which I am very upset about. BUT that just means this coming week will be that much more active with as many workouts I can get in each day. So wish me luck! Is there any tips you guys can offer for when you are in a workout rut? Please feel free to share with us.
So I have come across some interesting news and wanted to share with you. In the past few months, I have been reading and researching a lot about becoming a Vegan. Like I said last week, I have basically become a vegetarian and have slowly been taking steps to becoming a vegan... but not 100%. I always had oatmeal for breakfast, and then in the past 6 months I have been having my Yogurt breakfast which is very healthy and nutiritious. Slowly more and more though in the past 6 months, I was noticing my skin was breaking out quite a bit. I was never understanding why though. Then, about 2 weeks ago I started a new breakfast routine that I am about to share with you. As you will see, it does not have dairy in it (like the yogurt did) and it is so weird... in just 2 weeks I have noticed such a difference in my skin. It is so clear now and it just feels so much nicer. I still didn't put two and two together until this weekend when I realized that it is quite possible that there is a link between my not eating as much dairy every morning and my clear skin. In the book I just recently read, "The Kind Diet", Alicia Silverstone has a whole chapter dedicated to Dairy and how your body benefits from not comsuming it. I know it is weird to think of dairy as a negative but after reading her arguments, it really makes sense.
Dr Oz actually just had a show this past week about Diet Changes to Lower Disease Risk. It basically outlined a vegan diet and proved that eliminaing things like animal protein, dairy and processed foods will reduce your risk of disease. If you would like to view the videos uploaded on the Dr. Oz website, click here.
ANYWAYS... lol That was my speal for the day. Just some interesting things I have come across that I wanted to share with you. Now.. onto the Breakfast of Champions recipe I promised you. I came across this from the Eat Clean Diet and modified it alittle bit. Here goes...
Breakfast of Champions Porridge
- 1 cup organic quinoa, uncooked
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1/4 sea salt
- 3 cups of water
- 1/2 chopped cranberries OR dates, chopped
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp ground flax
- 1Tbsp chia seeds
1) Place first four ingredients in a pot with a lid. Covered, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining 6 ingredients and mix.
2) Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
I serve mine for breakfast with sliced banana, strawberries and a few chopped walnuts.
This breakfast is the perfect mix since it provides the protein from the quinoa and the fiber from the oats. Then the fruit offers up the perfect balance. It is also very convenient because this makes up a big batch and I keep it in the fridge in a large glass container and just heat up my servings as I need them. YUM!!
Have a great Monday morning!!
Lots of love,
A short work week!! Could we ask for anything more?! lol It's been very busy at work these days and I am more excited to have a break, can ya tell?!
So last week while Sean was away, I was able to really have some fun with my suppers. He likes to try new things, but only to a certain extent :) One night, I was feeling very hungry but of course I wanted something very clean. I chose an organic veggie burger on an ezekiel sprouted hamburger bun. On the side I made a huge spinach salad and a few slices of avocado. YUM!!
Then, the next night I wasn't feeling as hungry but still wanted to have something just as good. I made one huge kale avocado salad. I massaged the kale first with extra virgin olive oil and then added chickpeas, walnuts, cranberries and feta. It proved to be one of the best salads yet.
Finally, on Sunday I made one of my famous quinoa dishes so I would have lunches throughout the week for work. Lately, I have been craving coconut milk AND quinoa. I had researched a couple recipes but came up empty. But that didn't stop me. I thought I would just play around with something and see what happens.
Coconut Veggie Quinoa
- 1 cup uncooked organic quinoa
- A bunch of kale, chopped
- Organic broccoli, steamed, chopped
- Can of organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed.
- Half - full can of organic coconut milk
- Feta cheese
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt & Pepper
1) Cook quinoa with 2 cups water. For directions on cooking quinoa, see here.
2) Once you had let the quinoa sit for a few minutes, start adding in all your veggies. Before you add the kale, massage it with a dash of extra virgin olive oil. Steam your broccoli and then chop it into small pieces and then add to quinoa. After all your veggies are in, add half - full can of coconut milk and mix.
3) Add your spices and feta cheese and combine until it is all well incorporated.
I always find quinoa a bit dry, so the coconut milk really gave it a great texture and a great taste! I love it. And then I slice up some avocado as a side and it is the perfect dish!
OH!! And thanks to Chantal Beam, one of our faithful blog readers I found the most amazing deal on quinoa and wanted to share it with you guys. She told me a few weeks ago she found Organic Quinoa at Costco. It is a large bag for only $8.99 BUT the day I went last week, it was on sale for $6.99. An amazing deal since quinoa is usually on the pricier side. So! Thanks girl and everyone else should go take advantage of this buy. I may even approach Costco to see if they would be able to bring in more organic items. I have blogger friends in the USA and their Costco's have SOOO many more organic food items. It would be nice if we could get the fraction of what they have. Wish me luck!
Well, I hope you guys all have an amazing Easter weekend. Happy EASTER!!!!
Lots of love,
I hope you guys had a nice weekend! Mine was quiet and lazy. I finally got sick with a cold. I take pride in the fact that with my clean eating and active lifestyle, I haven't gotten sick in well over a year. But it finally happened. Friday night and Saturday was the worse but I quickly shook it off and I am feeling much better. Last week at the SFL event, Bruce had spoke of Cayenne Pepper and its powerful effects. So, I took his advice and added it to my quinoa lunch everyday and I think that helped me get healthy quicker.
I have a post in the works right now with a list of all of the green products I use on a daily basis that isn't food. Stuff like beauty products, hair care, homemade facials and lastly green cleaning products for around the home. I just thought it would be nice to give you guys ideas on ways to stay [clean] not ONLY with the things you eat. Hopefully, it will be on its way soon :)
Today I thought I would start the week off with a yummy recipe I got from The Kind Diet that is a twist on an old classic - rice crispy squares! Have a look...
Crispy Almond Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips
- 1 box of brown rice crisps cereal
- 1.25 cups of brown rice syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- 3/4 cup natural almond butter
- 1/2 dark chocolate chips (or vegan grain sweetened choc chips)
- 1 Tbsp ground flax
1) Pour the brown rice cereal into a large bowl.
2) Heat the brown rice syrup with a pinch of sea salt in a sauce pan over low heat. When it liquefies, add the almond butter until well combined. Then pour over the rice cereal and mix with a spoon.
3) Once the mixture has cooled, stir in your chocolate chips and ground flax. Make sure your mixture has cooled or else your chocolate chips will melt.
4) Pour the mixture into a 9" x 13" baking dish and with a wet spoon, press the mixture evenly into the pan. Then place into the fridge and let it cool for an hour before cutting into squares.
Why Brown Rice Syrup??
Brown rice syrup is made by fermenting the cooked brown rice by adding sprouted barley to it that has active enzymes. Brown rice syrup has a low glycemic index and does not cause a sudden spike in blood sugar after consuming it like most refined sugars. It is also a good source of minerals, magnesium, potassium and iron. Brown rice syrup is very similar to honey and you can substitute it for refined sugar in most recipes. For more information on Brown Rice Syrup.
Lots of Love,
Happy Wednesday Guys!!
It has been a great day. It was so beautiful out and the sun was shining all day. I got home and felt very tired after a busy day at work... I worked out this morning but a little voice inside kept telling me I should go for a jog. There I lay.. on the couch not sure if I was able to actually get my butt up. Then I remembered a post on the Eat Clean website this week that said "when you are feeling tired and having a blah day.. really PUSH yourself to get that work out in and it will make you feel better." So.. I got my workout gear on and went for a jog. It was such a nice night and then as I was doing my cool down walk towards the apartment building I came face to face with 4 beautiful deer!!! What a sight! They are such amazing animals and in the Greek culture they are very good luck to see. So all in all, I couldn't have made a better decision to get out and go for that jog tonight.
Today's recipe is a dish I LOVE to make on any occasion. It is great when I am home alone and just want to make something quick, and it is even good for both Sean and I paired with a nice side salad. Pita pizza's are just how they sound... a mini personal size pizza you make from pita bread. The combo is as follows:
[Superfood] Veggie Pita Pizza
- Organic whole wheat sprouted pita bread
- organic salsa [medium]
- organic chickpeas
- kale, chopped
- avocado, chopped
- light cheese
- feta cheese
Preheat your oven to 350.
1) Put about 2 scoops of salsa onto the pita bread and with a spoon, even it out.
2) Place your chickpeas on first. As many as you'd like! I get the canned organic chickpeas from the organic aisle. Make sure you drain and rinse them so you get rid of all the sodium.
3) Next I wash about a leaf of kale and chop it up into pieces and place it onto the pizza.
4) Then, I cut about a quarter of an avocado into cubes and place it on top.
5) Lastly I sprinkle for shredded light cheese on top. Don't put too much! You don't want to ruin the healthiness of the pizza. I also top it off with a tiny bit of feta... cause... i love it :)
6) Place it on a small pan and into the oven for about 10-12 minutes. Until the cheese is nicely melted and the pita bread crisps up. The base almost turns into a pita chip consistency.. so yummy!
7) Cut it into 4 triangles and it feels like a very satisfying meal.
This pizza is made with all organic foods (except the cheese, but you can fix that) and it is the perfect quick dish. If you have a partner that doesn't love clean foods... make them this and they will think you stopped at a pizza place on the way home!
*Tip - The organic sprouted pita bread is a great find at Sobey's in the freezer section. Only 99cents!! That is cheaper than most regular packages of pita bread!
I also wanted to share this find with you. I was at the bulk barn after work and found these All Natural Kamut puffed cakes.. they had a few different kinds but I grabbed the kind sweetened with Agave. They were $3.29 I think and thought I would give them a try. They are great! I put a little bit of almond butter on one and they almost tasted like a healthy version of the caramel rice cakes. I think it was a great purchase!!
Well that's it for today. I hope you are all having a great week.
Lots of love,