A Ridiculously Easy Snack Idea

Today, I have an easy, healthy snack idea for you! In fact, it’s so ridiculously easy, it can’t really be called a recipe. It’s more just a combination of foods. But in my experience, those random combinations sometimes make the best snacks!

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I threw this together a few weeks ago when I was in the mood for a single serving snack and it hit the spot.

Ingredients:

1 rice cake (the flavor I used was apple cinnamon)
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 c. blueberries
2 sliced strawberries

Spread peanut peanut on the rice cake and top with blueberries and sliced strawberries. Easy as that! Happy snacking. 🙂

The combination of the berries with the peanut butter give this snack an old school “PB&J” feel, but the rice cake keeps it low in calories. I guess you could call it the grown up’s peanut butter and jelly. 😉

Easy, healthy snack idea

What have you been snacking on lately?

Zucchini Noodle Chicken Parmesan

All right, y’all. I’ve got a recipe for you today. It features zucchini noodles made with the spiralizer! We received a spiralizer attachment for our mixer for Christmas and I’ve used  it no less than twice a week since then. Zucchini, sweet potatoes, potatoes — I’m spiralizing it all! So here it is, my recipe for zucchini noodle chicken parmesan!

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Zucchini Noodle Chicken Parmesan

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make zucchini noodles with the spiralizer. I’ve been having so much fun thinking up new dishes, and replacing pasta in some of our favorites. If you are familiar with the Tone It Up nutrition plan, you know they recommend to limit starches after your midday meal. This dish is a great way to still have “pasta” without all the carbs packed into traditional pasta. And since the chicken is breaded in quinoa flour, this meal is approved for your Meal 5 on the TIU plan! 😉

 

Ingredients: 

2 chicken breasts, 4-6 oz.
1 c. quinoa flour
2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, whisked
1 c. pasta sauce
2 medium zucchini
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. mozzarella cheese
Salt, pepper, & granulated garlic to taste

Steps:

For the chicken: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix quinoa flour, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese
Dip chicken breast in egg, followed by quinoa flour mixture and arrange on a sheet pan sprayed with cooking oil
Bake chicken breast for 30 minutes, or until cooked through

For the zucchini noodles: 

Spiralize zucchini into noodle form
In a skillet over medium-high heat, combine zucchini noodles with olive oil, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic
Cook until noodles are soft and heated through
Plate zucchini noodles and top with chicken breast, pasta sauce, and mozzarella cheese — enjoy IMMEDIATELY! 🙂

My husband will eat just about anything, but he’s very picky when it comes to “healthy” food. In other words, he won’t really eat it. This dish, however, he devoured and went back for seconds. 🙂

Do you have a spiralizer? What new recipes are you cooking up in your kitchen?

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Chocolate Almond Post Workout Smoothie

Hey, friends! Any of my teacher friends heading back to school today?! I started back last Friday, but my kiddos come back today. So on this first day back to school, here’s a post workout smoothie recipe you can make as you’re running out the door. This post workout smoothie is easy, fast, and tastes great!

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For most of us, mornings are crazy busy. When I’m trying to head out the door and get to school, a smoothie is sometimes the easiest thing to grab. Over Christmas break, I threw this together quickly after a workout and I know I’ll be going back to it again and again. Post workout or snack time smoothies are a great way to get in your macronutrients with some micronutrients thrown in too. 🙂

Ingredients:
8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp. almond butter
Small handful of sliced almonds
~1/2 c. spinach
1/2 c. ice

Simply blend ingredients together until smooth and you’re ready to go!

For this PWO smoothie, I used our Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ. We received it as a wedding gift and I love it! It’s been one of our most used items.

Do you have some favorite go-to recipes after a workout?