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Cinnamon maple chickpea nut – snack hack!

 

Are you ready to try a fun new snack? I saw chickpea snacks in the grocery store but the price was too high for my liking. So I took a look and found a snack hack.

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Cinnamon-maple chickpea nuts

Here is the recipe!

Cinnamon-maple chickpea nut snack

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

2 tsp. white sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1) Rinse and drain the chickpeas.

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2) Pat very dry with paper towels. Discard any loose skins

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3) Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet. I have a Pampered Chef baker that I like to use, because nothing burns when I use it! Don’t worry, it’s supposed to look brown like that, it means it’s well seasoned.

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4) Add olive oil, tossing to coat the chickpeas wellIMG_0805

5) Place in 425 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes total baking time. Remove from oven and shake or stir occasionally, every 10 minutes.

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6) The chickpeas should crisp during baking. Continue additional cooking testing for crispness.

7) Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with seasonings – maple syrup, (my son is part of the Superior Maple Syrup business- give it a try) sugar and cinnamon.

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Toss to coat.

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8) Return to the oven for 5 more minutes to caramelize.

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9) Chickpeas will continue to crisp as they cool.

10) Once cool, enjoy!  They aren’t very sweet and have a really nice crunch.

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11) Store in an airtight container.

The chickpeas have 8 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein, for 1 cup that makes this snack a better choice.

Here’s the link for you to check out. There have other suggested seasonings too, Parmesan-herb, BBQ, Honey-sesame, and Spicy buffalo. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a40814/chickpea-nuts-recipe/

TODAY’S little STEP: Give a new snack a try!

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Delightful pina colada yogurt, too yummy to be healthy?

Pina Colada parfait! Try this delightful combination for breakfast or as dessert. As an added bonus there are 9 grams of protein, which helps us feel full longer. Most women need to eat more protein. Here’s the recipe with step-by-step directions and pictures too!

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Ingredients:

1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks

2 teaspoons of flaked coconut (1 tsp. for garnish)

1 container of coconut flavored Greek yogurt (I like Wal-Mart’s Great Value brand best)

 

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I like to use my mini food processor for this recipe. It’s great for the small quantity.

Place pineapple in processor.

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Add yogurt and 1 teaspoon of coconut.

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Process on high until the pineapple is cut and mixed into the yogurt. Sometimes I thaw the pineapple slightly so that it cuts easier.

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Then place the mixture in a chilled parfait glass.

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Top with the remaining teaspoon of coconut and 1 small piece of pineapple as a beautiful garnish.

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This can be eaten right away or placed in the freezer for ½ an hour.

This is a delicious breakfast on a hot summer morning or a delightful healthy dessert.

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I ate this one as part of my lunch!

Here’s the nutrition breakdown.

Calories 243

Fat         2.5

Sodium   46.6

Carbs.    47

Fiber       1.3

Sugars    44

Protein   9.3

 

TODAY’S little STEP: Try this recipe for breakfast or dessert!

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BEST NEW DESSERT RECIPE OF THE SUMMER!

I just found a delicious low calorie, low fat dessert recipe that I just have to share! It’s rich and creamy and sweet but won’t blow our healthy eating plan! I made it today and took some pictures.

 

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Oreo fluff

These are the ingredients you will need.

1 container of ultra low fat cool whip

9 mini Oreo cookies

1 package of no fat white chocolate pudding mix

 

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Measure out 9 mini Oreos.

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Crush Oreos in a ziplock bag.

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Place cool whip in a large bowl.

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Add dry pudding mix.  Gently fold in pudding mix.

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Add crushed Oreos.

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Fold gently, until well mixed.

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Measure out one ½ cup serving and place in a nice little dish. Garnish with one mini oreo.

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Enjoy!

You could also freeze a ½ cup portion to have instead of ice cream.

A ½ cup serving = 88 calories and 2 grams of fat

TODAY’S little STEP: Try this recipe, it’s delicious!

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EASY KALE SUMMER SALAD

Do you love summer salads?  My husband and I often enjoy a large salad for dinner on a hot summer night. This is our new healthy favorite.

Kale, Chickpea and Feta cheese salad

Ingredient List

1 bunch Kale, washed & dried or a package of chopped Kale

1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained

¾ cup light Feta Cheese crumbled

½ medium red onion diced

Additional vegetables of your choice, diced

 

Dressing

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of mustard

¼ cup of olive oil

½ teaspoon of garlic pepper

If you have a large package of kale you may need to double this dressing recipe.

Method

IMG_7616Combine ingredients of the dressing in order and mix well with a whisk. Set aside for later.

Rinse the chickpeas under cold water and let sit to drain.

 

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Dice the red onion.  I chose red and yellow peppers as others vegetables. Set aside for later.

 

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Prepare kale and place ½ in a large bowl.

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Pour ½ the dressing over the kale and mix well with your nice clean hands. Rub the dressing onto the leaves. I know it’s pretty messy but the kale needs to be well coated.

Then add the rest of the kale and the remaining dressing. Mix well with your hands.

 

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Then add the chickpeas and veggies. Mix well with a spoon this time.

 

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Add ½ the feta cheese and mix well. Then add the remainder of the feta cheese and mix well.

Refrigerate until ready to serve-preferably 1 hour.

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Enjoy as a side salad or alone!

 

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TODAY’S little STEP: Find a summer salad recipe that you love,make it and eat it! Enjoy these beautiful days they are are a gift from God!

Remember our key verse. “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

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