The Kelsey Cookie

I had the day off of work and decided to use this time to create the ultimate cookie and I named it “The Kelsey Cookie”. Now, this is not 100% healthy, but it is free of gluten and dairy. It is also extremely delicious! The recipe is below ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened but not melted 
  • 1/8 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup All-natural peanut butter (or any nut-butter, almond works too)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 TBSP almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life’s Dairy Free Mini chocolate chips) 

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the coconut sugar and coconut oil. Add in the maple syrup, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, almond milk, egg, and mix well. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. 
  • Add chocolate chips. 
  • Place tablespoon sized dough onto the greased cookie sheet (I was able to fit about 12 cookies on mine).
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or so depending on your oven.
  • Enjoy!   

Simple Salad Recipe

Looking for lunch ideas? Try this simple salad that takes minutes to make and is super delicious! 

You can add any ingredients you would like for the salad; I just used what I had in my fridge. You can also use more/less dressing depending on your preference. I don’t like a ton of dressing on my salads so mine was on the lighter side. The best part about cooking is that it is totally up to you! 

Salad Ingredients: A handful of spinach, 3 mini cucumbers, 1/4 cup brown rice, and a few kalamata olives. 

Dressing Ingredients: 1 tsp stone ground mustard, 1tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. 

Directions: Chop your salad ingredient and add them to your bowl/tubberware. After mixing all of the dressing ingredients together, pour over salad and mix until the whole salad is covered. There you go! Super easy, super healthy, and super delicious. 

Happy Tuesday! 

 

All Natural Homemade Facewash

To add to all of the weird health problems I have, sensitive skin is included. I noticed that every time I would shower, I would leave with these red, itchy spots on my face and body. They would go away after a while, but were nevertheless very annoying. One day I decided to try using an all-natural/chemical-free face wash and soap to see if I noticed the difference and I did! The bumps completely went away. It was all of the chemicals in the soaps and face washes that I was buying that were causing me to break out. Although I loved what the all natural soaps were doing for my skin, I struggled with spending so much money on the product. After experimenting with my own face wash recipes for months, I decided to just give in and spend the money on the good stuff. Recently, I came across my friend Whitney’s blog post about an all natural face wash and decided to give it one last try. This actually ended up being free for me to make because I already had all of the ingredients at my house. After using it for a few days now, I AM IN LOVE! The best part is that since it contains coconut oil, so you do not need to moisturize your skin afterwards. Now for the soap I use. I have yet to find a recipe that I am in love with, but I have found a product that isn’t too crazy priced and works wonders: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. These soaps come in a bar or liquid form and can be found all over the place; even the Target near my house even sells them. There are several different scents but my personal favorite is the lavender. The best part about these soaps is that I can pronounce all of the ingredients and I even know what they all are. Dr. Bronner’s Soaps are all natural, GMO-free, and vegan. So, for all of you that would like to try these miracle workers, the link to Whitney’s blog and Dr. Bronner’s website are below!

Whitney’s Blog: click here

Dr. Bronner’s Soaps: click here

For the Calorie Counters

In the past I was a strict calorie counter. I would focus on the amount of calories a food had but not what I was actually putting in my body. Over time this became stressful and extremely hard to maintain and almost more of a chore than it needed to be. Once I started eating cleaner, I realized that what I was fueling my body with was much more important than how many calories I was consuming. During my calorie counting days, I used the app & website “MyFitnessPal” which is super easy to use and can log nearly any food that you can think of. It is customizable for each person and helps you set your own personal wellness goals. It also gives you a break down of how many grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that you should try to consume. Not to mention it also tracks your exercise and water intake. ย Although I personally do not calorie count, I do think that this is a great tool for someone that is just getting started in their health and wellness journey. Every now and then I log my foods to make sure I am getting enough protein, carbs, etc, but I try not to worry about the numbers. Like I said, it is way more important to fuel your body with clean foods than worry about the number of calories the food contains. Click HERE for the link to MyFitnessPal. You can also download the app on your iPhone!

Lemon Garlic Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups garbanzo beans (Canned or cooked)
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls of minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup waterย 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Put garbanzo beans in the food processor and process until mixture is thick.
  • Add the water, lemon juice and olive oil and process again. You may need to add more water/lemon juice/olive oil depending on your desired consistency.ย 
  • Once reached your desired consistency, add the garlic and spices and mix for a few more minutes.
  • Pour into a tupperware container and store in the fridge and enjoy!

Roasted Garlic Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or 1 cup of dried chickpeas soaked overnightย 
  • Garlic powder
  • Tarragon
  • Black pepper
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • Parchment paper
  • Gallon sized zip-lock bag

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Pour chickpeas, olive oil, and spices (as much or as little as you would like – I usually use almost a tablespoon of garlic powder!) in the bag.
  • Zip the bag up tight and shake it around until the chickpeas are completely covered by the olive oil and spices
  • Pour the chickpeas out onto the parchment paper lined baking pan
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes depending on your oven
  • Enjoy!

Game Day Guacamole

Note: You may need to double this recipe depending on the amount of people you are serving. Also, if you are making this recipe in a hurry, instead of using the chopped tomato and onion, substitute for a spoonful or two of chunky salsa. Much easier and a similar taste ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, you can always do more or less of each spice depending on your desired taste. This is just what works for me!

Ingredients:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp chili pepper
  • Salt and pepper to tasteย 

Directions:

  • Slice avocado into small chunks and put in a large bowl
  • Smash the avocado chunks until desired texture (I like to make mine a little chunky, but everyone is different!)
  • Add the tomato, onion, and lime juice and combine well.
  • Add the remaining spices and mix well.
  • That’s it!ย