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Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Chia Cookies

I’ve been wanting to make some good oatmeal raisin cookies for a while now since we had some raisins in the pantry. After a recipe fail with some protein cookies, I was determined to make a great batch of cookies! After looking around the Internet for some inspiration, I stumbled upon this recipe and knew it was the one to base mine off of. Her recipe had flax seeds in it, but since Hungry is allergic to flax, I used chia seeds instead. This helped the cookies have a great texture and a good extra dose of protein. These oatmeal raisin chia cookies are healthy AND delicious! There is not much sugar in these, so no guilt necessary.

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Deliciously Easy Sundae Crumble Topping

Here is a super simple recipe for a somewhat natural/healthier but still insanely delicious topping for your ice cream sundaes. (Because we all know how much Hungry & Fit love their ice cream sundaes.)

Ingredients

Ingredients

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We always buy clearance…

Before

Before

and after!

and after!

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Delicious Cinnamon Sundae Crumble

A healthier way to spruce up your sundae without sacrificing taste


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Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
10 min

Prep Time
5 min

Cook Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. Cereal – you see that we used a healthier cinnamon crunch cereal. Chex would be great because they taste amazing and would absorb the flavor of the other ingredients well.
  2. Cinnamon – Whatever kind you like.
  3. Honey – High quality honey!
  4. Maple Syrup – REAL, dark maple syrup. The good stuff.
  5. Sesame Seeds – any color that you want.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to bake at 350 degrees.
  2. Crush the cereal in its original bag.
  3. Pour it into a large mixing bowl. Preferably glass.
  4. Add the maple syrup for an initial coating.
  5. Now coat with the honey as well.
  6. Add the cinnamon while folding together gently.
  7. Spread the mixture across a baking sheet. (You may treat it with oil or butter to prevent sticking. I did not and had no problem with sticking.)
  8. Add the sesame seeds over the spread out mixture and place in the oven.
  9. Bake until golden brown or your kitchen smells amazing
  10. Stir and top on your ice cream
Notes
  1. I did not use brown sugar but that would taste amazing. It would just be a little more difficult to evenly spread in this mixture because of it’s tendency to stick together, even with a nice little moisture bear in your jar
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I hope you enjoy this homemade sundae topping. Feel free to add fresh fruits, especially berries or bananas on top. As always, stay hungry and fit!

*Question of the Day: What are your favorite toppings for ice cream sundaes?

Chocolate Spinach Brownies

The first thing my dad said when I told him I made spinach brownies was “Eeew!” almost exactly. And I don’t blame him. Spinach…and chocolate…? It sounds like a weird combo, but it works. I wanted to make some sort of healthy treat for our management meeting today, and I remembered a recipe that I had bookmarked from Brooklyn Farm Girl. Perfect! Plenty of chocolate without the guilt. Now, that is something I can get behind. Especially after the cleanse, I’m trying to be good and stick to my macros (post on that coming later this week).

Whisk that mixture!

Whisk that mixture!

The dry mixture you stir into the wet...

The dry mixture you stir into the wet…

To put in the oven for 30-ish minutes

To put in the oven for 30-ish minutes

To come out like this

To come out like this

CHOMP

CHOMP

Things got a little weird in the kitchen...

Things got a little weird in the kitchen…

  • Chocolate Spinach Brownies

    A healthy version of the traditional brownie


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    Prep Time
    15 min

    Cook Time
    33 min

    Prep Time
    15 min

    Cook Time
    33 min

    Ingredients
    1. 1/2 cup regular flour
    2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    3. 1 cup pureed spinach
    4. 1/4 cup melted butter
    5. 3/8 cup (little less than half) regular sugar
    6. 3/8 cup brown sugar
    7. 2 tsp vanilla
    8. 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips
    9. 1/3 cup chocolate chips
    10. 1/2 tsp baking powder
    Instructions
    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease up a 8×8 (or a cake tin) pan
    2. Puree the spinach in a blender or food processor, using a few tablespoons of water
    3. Mix the melted butter with the regular sugar and brown sugar
    4. Melt the chocolate chips and mix into the butter/sugar mixture
    5. Mix in the spinach puree and the vanilla extract into the buttery sugary mix
    6. In a smaller bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, or cocoa powder
    7. Slowly, add the dry mix to the wet until it’s all in
    8. Fold in the non-melted chocolate chips into the mixture
    9. Put in the oven for 30-35 minutes and let cool
    Adapted from Brooklyn Farm Girl
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 Mine didn’t turn out as fluffy as I had intended because first off, I didn’t have as much spinach as I needed and second, I accidentally omitted the baking powder. OOPS! Hey no worries, they still taste divine. They’re my little short adorable brownies and I love them. Play around with the recipe and have fun! Bake spinach brownies to stay hungry and fit! 

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Cuties

Cuties

Homemade Scones and Cream Recipe

This recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day if you want to create a treat for the special day! Some of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories involve my dad putting those little candy hearts allll over the house and me getting to look and find them. Onto the yummy stuff. I have watched my mum make her scones year after year growing up throughout my childhood, but I never actually made them myself. Sure, I helped her put on the jam or whip the cream, but I was just helping, not creating. I was thinking of what I wanted to bring to work for Valentine’s Day (I’m not a huge proponent of this day because it’s normally too gushy, but I always like an excuse to make something yummy), and then it came to me! Mum’s scones! Simple, delicious, and not too sweet. Looking back, I have to laugh, because when I asked mum for the recipe, and then when we were FaceTiming while I was making it at 6:30am (5:30am her time–sorry, Mum!), the way she actually did it was completely different. Here is a family recipe, rooting back in New Zealand that promises to not be too heavy or sweet but a definite crowd-pleaser.

The finished product

The finished product

Scones

  • Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Baking Time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 20 scones (40 halves)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 level tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 1/4 cup milk

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degree F
  • Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in a big bowl
  • Heat the butter in the microwave for 5 seconds and then chop up into itty bitty pieces. Throw those pieces into the flour mixture and start rubbing it in until it gets gritty similar to bread crumbs
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Pre-rubbed

  • Now slowly pour the milk in, mixing as you pour. It should end in a dough-like consistency

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  • Put a dusting of flour on a large cutting board and knead it out, but not a lot. You want them an inch, inch and a half thick

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  • Now cut them all at once, vertical lines and then horizontal lines into two inch pieces. Place on the baking sheet, no greasing needed

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  • Check on it after 8 minutes and until 10 minutes. Check the bottom of them, don’t let them burn. After you take them out of the oven, they should cool for at least 10 minutes before you put the toppings on them
All cooked!

All cooked!

Okay, so while they are cooling….let’s make some cream! Super easy.

Cream

  • Creation Time: …1 minute 

Ingredients

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sugar

Directions

  • Put ingredients into bowl and beat them until it turns into the whipped cream you know and love

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NOW to put it all together! This is what you’re going to need to finish these puppies up…

  • jam (any kind you like)
  • chocolate 

Directions

  • Cut open the scones into halves and lay them out
  • Spread jam on each one (yes, takes some time)
  • Dollop the cream on each one (you can make it pretty by spreading it out, I didn’t)

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  • Use a grater that can grate super finely and grate chocolate over the scones. I added some red sprinkles to make it more Valentine-y

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And you’re done. I know this was a long post, but it actually doesn’t take that long and is worth it ten times over. These were a HUGE hit at work and they don’t leave you feeling guilty because they are certainly not heavy nor are they too sweet. That’s why Americans sometimes don’t like these kind! I am very proud to have successfully produced these, they taste very close to my mum’s. Whip these up for this lovey-dovey weekend and make people happy! You can thank my mum, not me! And as always…stay hungry and fit!

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Sleeepy baby

Sleeepy baby

Healthy Greek Yogurt Mini-Cheesecake Recipe

I’ve been wanting to make these for a loooong time. First, the problem was I couldn’t find one ingredient anywhere. Then, it was that I was prepping for the contest, so I stayed away from dairy. Finally FINALLY, both those problems are over. I found the ingredient (Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese) at Wal-Mart (unfortunately) and this past Monday, my contest was complete!

I can hear you saying, HEALTHY cheesecake?! Give me a break! Sure, it may not be better for you than a protein shake, but hear me out. This magical ingredient cuts half the normal fat of a cheesecake and deals twice the protein. Can you say SERVE ME ANOTHER?! I thought so. I got this recipe from here and cut it in half. It was very easy and so so good. Creamy, delicious, and light—and it doesn’t leave you feeling like you have a bowling ball in the tummy, which I appreciate. This is a recipe I will often go back to as Chris and I love cheesecake. You could do it with or without the lemon twist (we happen to like it).

You pretty thang

You pretty thang

  • Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

 Macros

  • Serves: 6 (you can always double it for a bigger party)
  • Calories: 182
  • Fat: 8.9g
  • Carbs: 19g
  • Protein: 6.8g
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Ingredients

  • 3 cinnamon graham crackers
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 8-ounce package of Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese & Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners (I used ones that were waaaaaaay too big)
  • Ground your graham crackers finely—I used the bottom of a glass and a bowl…and eventually my fingers

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  • Mix in the butter with the graham cracker crumble
  • Put the crumble at the bottom of each cupcake liner, try to make it even

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  • Bake for about 5 minutes and let cool
  • Grate some lemon zest
  •  The recipe asks for a stand mixer, but we don’t have one of those. So I used a whisk! Mix all the rest of the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Make it smooth.

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  • Pour into muffin liners about 2/3rds full. Mine definitely were not all even. Do what you can.

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  • Put in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Mine were good at 23. A little cracked, but after refrigeration, they smoothed out.

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  • Make sure to let them cool. Then pop them into the refrigerator for about 3 hours before you serve.

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Oh so goooood

Oh so goooood

That’s it! You can garnish it if you’re feeling fancy, but I like ’em plain. These are just so good and mini…it’s perfect. And the macros don’t leave you feeling bad. It’s easy to make, easy to eat–what’s better than that? Use this delicious recipe to stay hungry and fit!

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