Veggie Cracker Bites

Veggie Cracker Bites

No matter where you are on your health journey, there is always room to grow and make tiny tweaks here and there. One area I’ve been placing more attention to is my vegetable consumption. I love to pair my dinner entree with a large salad, but I noticed I could incorporate more veggies as snack options throughout the day.

Veggie Cracker Bites

For instance, I found myself gravitating towards a handful of nuts or cheese and crackers as an afternoon snack. While these are satisfying options, I thought I could make a delicious snack that would sneak a few more veggies into my day. After testing a few flavor combinations, I arrived at these veggie cracker bites. They offer everything you want in an afternoon snack. They are salty, packed with flavor and have a bit of crunch. Yum!

Veggie Cracker Bites

Veggie Cracker Bites

Ingredients:

  • Rice Crackers
  • Cucumber
  • Scallion cream cheese
  • Shredded carrots

Directions:

  • Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over the rice cracker
  • Top with a slice of cucumber, a dollop of cream cheese and a sprinkle of shredded carrot
  • Plate and serve!

 

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January 22, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

If there is a way to sneak chocolate into breakfast, I’m on board! I’ve spoken about my love of the chocolate and orange flavor pairing, therefore, I’m shocked it took me so long to come up with this muffin recipe. Even with the few dark chocolate chips thrown into the batter, these muffins lean on the healthier side so you don’t need to feel guilty treating yourself to something sweet.

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you want to enjoy the “right out of the oven” pleasure each time you tuck into one of the muffins, just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. When they come out they will be nice and warm with slightly melted chips. Perfection – am I right?!

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you have never indulged in a Jaffa cake or a Terry’s chocolate orange, let these muffins be your first step on your orange chocolate journey. Trust me, you won’t regret it! Follow the simple recipe below to enjoy these at home!

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/3  C honey
  • 1 C dark chocolate chips
  • 3.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C orange juice
  • 1/4 C coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbs orange zest

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line muffin tin with liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients together.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.
  • Slowly add in the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until well combined
  • Spoon the muffin mixture into the tins until they are 2/3 full
  • Bake in the oven for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Remove from the oven and let cool before serving

January 15, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Month in Review: December, 2017

Month in Review: December, 2017

Happy new year, everyone! The month of December was a whirlwind as we celebrated the holidays both in Wisconsin and Florida. As we catch our breath, I’m flooded with gratitude. December was filled to the brim with holiday traditions and friends/family gatherings. As we enter the new year, I can’t wipe the smile off my face and here are a few reasons why.

Month in Review: December, 2017

First, Ian and I discovered a wooded trail a few steps from our apartment. Our weekends are now filled with early morning nature walks. I’ve fallen in love with this new tradition and have invested in thermal leggings and face masks to keep us warm as the temperature begins to drop!

Month in Review: December, 2017

Another highlight was attending a weeknight Buck’s game. After watching the Buck’s win against the Cavalers, Ian and I sat back and appreciated the opportunity to hang out with friends – on a Tuesday! After four years in the Green Bay area, we became accustomed to driving to Milwaukee on sporadic weekends to visit friends. Therefore, a casual weeknight gathering is something that still feels surreal to us!

Month in Review: December, 2017

Then there was a Christmas miracle! December has a few flurries here and there, but nothing stuck. Then Christmas Eve morning we woke up to a blanket of snow outside. Ian and I quickly got bundled up and walked around the village before piling in the car and driving to my parent’s house for the weekend.

Month in Review: December, 2017

We wrapped up December down in Florida with Ian’s family. During our stay we cheered on the Badgers at the Orange Bowl, dipped our feet in the ocean, and watched fireworks on New Years Eve. I couldn’t think of a better way to say farewell to December and the holiday season than to be surrounded by family.

Here is a short video composed of one second from each day in December. Enjoy!

January 10, 2018 at 3:11 PM

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