Friday, January 23, 2015

quick snack series:

I have a confession to make: about two years ago I was on a mission to lose 60 pounds. Once I lost 50 pounds though, I decided to start a baking and beauty blog. So, needless to say, the last 10 pounds have stayed quite happily as I've baked, friedroasted and froze my way to not losing any weight. And then in October I broke my toe, so exercising was a non-option and then the holidays came annnnnd.... now I have 15 pounds to lose!

My toe is completely healed and I'm reenergized and committed to eating healthier and working out regularly. But please, don't worry. Even though I'll feature some healthier food options (which I've done before, I might add) the heart and soul of this blog will forever come from butter, sugar and vanilla. Oh, and some beauty tips thrown in.

These healthy snacks have saved me from eating one too many of Ruby's 'Nilla Wafers (and I don't even really like them...what's that all about?!). I have also eaten these snacks for breakfast, because they're full of nutrients that give me the energy to keep me going.

 Cinnamon Ricotta with honey, almonds and fresh fruit:

The addition of drizzled honey brings out the natural sweetness of the Ricotta, making the berries and almonds a perfect compliment. And since cinnamon is a natural appetite suppressor, this dish leaves you feeling full and satisfied.

Cinnamon Ricotta with honey, almonds and fresh fruit
1 Cup skim Ricotta cheese
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbs. almonds
½ Cup berries
2 Tbs. honey

-Place ricotta in a bowl, and top with cinnamon, almonds and berries. Drizzle with honey and enjoy!

Open-faced p.b. and fresh "j":

This is a fresh, lighter version of the typical pb & j. There is so much sugar in jelly, and you don't really need the extra bread. Getting your whole-grains, protein and a serving of fruit will stave off any hunger pains for hours. Since this recipe is basic, it doesn't really require a recipe.

Here's what I do: toast 1 whole-wheat piece of bread then spread about 2 Tbs. of peanut butter (I prefer the chunky kind). Top the peanut butter with your favorite fruit- I love sliced strawberries or raspberries.

Ground Chia Seed Vanilla Pudding: 

I know there are so many varieties of Chia puddings and while this is my favorite version yet, I'm still not obsessed with it. There's a silky, slippery texture that can only be masked with lots of crunchy things, like walnuts and roasted coconut chips. That's also the reason I ground my chia seeds; leaving them whole in the pudding is like eating roe on top of sushi... all that popping in my mouth just kinda freaks me out. It's worth a try though: Chia seeds are so good for you and it'll keep you going and going.

Ground Chia Vanilla Pudding
Recipe adapted from here
Serves 2-3

Recipe Notes-
- Since I don’t love the texture of whole Chia seeds, I prefer them ground, which involves placing them in a blender for a minute, until finely ground (I did this for the Chia seed egg replacer). Any leftover Chia seeds can be placed in the freezer for 3-4 months.

2 cups unsweetened almond milk, homemade or store bought
½ Cup ground Chia seeds (see note above)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 Tbs. pure maple syrup or raw honey
Seasonal fruit for topping (optional)
Almonds or other nuts for topping

1. Combine almond milk, Chia seeds, vanilla and sweetener in a bowl. Mix well until combined, and the mixture begins to thicken. Store covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, or overnight.
2. Stir well before serving and add a bit of water to the pudding if it becomes too thick. Top with fresh fruit and nuts of your choice. It will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.


  1. What healthy and yummy snack ideas! I'm always looking for something like this to make for after school snacks, or for me. Love the idea of pb sandwich with fresh strawberries, open face! Smart.

    1. Thanks Tracy, yes these also make wonderful after school snacks! Especially if you add fruit to these, they're naturally sweet, which I think will appeal more to kids (and of course adults too!)