Over the weekend, we went to Louisiana to see our new niece who was just born! It was a whirlwind of a weekend and we were all pretty much wiped out last night when we got back home. After a good night's sleep, I am waking up feeling ready for the week! And it's a BUSY one! One of the ways I prep for a busy week is to make a batch of energy balls! My new favorite combination of flavors and ingredients is my chocolate coconut energy balls that taste delicious and are the perfect snack to get you through the afternoon slump!
During the week I love making dips that I can serve with lots of veggies for healthy snack options in a hurry. One of my favorite dips to have on hand is hummus. It's full of protein and pairs perfectly with a plate full of veggies that my toddler will eat right up! I love switching up my basic hummus recipe from time to time and like to add fun spices and flavors. My everything bagel hummus just might be my new favorite hummus of all time!
This weekend just flew right on by for me. I mean I guess it always does, but this weekend in particular was extra fast despite the dreary weather that has become normal around here. (Which, PS is totally not like normal Texas weather!) I also can't believe that it is almost Valentine's Day already this week! We aren't too big on celebrating Valentine's Day, and usually just stay in and cook dinner at home! I do like to make a few treats around this time of year and if I can make them healthy in the midst of all of the sugar options that are bring thrown in our face, then even better! My gluten free cherry coconut protein bites are the perfect healthy last minute Valentine's treat to make!
Last night I was watching The Voice and trying to talk myself out of going into the freezer and snagging one of these delicious bars. Which, in all honesty wouldn't be so bad except I made a deal with myself that I am not eating snacks after dinner this week (whyyyy???) so I am trying to keep my pact with myself. But when a snack is slightly sweet, filling, and on the "healthyish" side a girl could be convinced to break the no snack rule very easily! Cue my gluten free pistachio cranberry protein bars that just so happen to be the perfect snack to keep on hand for any time of day, especially for that pre-bedtime, I want to eat something hour.
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It is so hard for me to believe that it is already November. October disappeared so quickly, but I am excited for what is to come for the rest of the year! This happens to be my most favorite time of the year for so many reasons! The food, the family, the friends, the gatherings and oh yeah...did I mention the food? I think that during the fall, everyone needs a good snack mix recipe to bring to get-togethers, give away as gifts, or just to keep on hand! My easy garlic ranch popcorn snack mix is going to be a hit in your house and is made super easy with McCormick Garlic Ranch Seasoning!
Happy Monday friends! We had a big weekend including a book signing for my new cookbook First Bites, as well as Parks turning two! First of all, someone please tell me how in the world I have a two year old now? They say you blink and your kids are grown and I believe it! I could get emotional if I think about it too much so let's move on shall we?? We spent the day yesterday just the three of us, doing all of Parks' favorite things, which now includes playing with his new train set! Playing with trains works up an appetite you know...so birthday nibbles were a must! We started the day off with pumpkin donuts (hello October) and rounded out the day with homemade spaghetti and meatballs! Hands down our favorite snack of the day was sliced apples dipped in my homemade vanilla cinnamon almond butter!