Snack

Frosted Orange Carrot Cookies

To continue with my carrot themed recipes, here is one for cookies.  However, when I made these I realized the title of the recipe was a lie! These have the texture and taste of a cake much more than a cookie but still super good. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

·       1 cup butter

·       1 cup grated carrots

·       2 cup flour

·       1 tsp. vanilla

·       ¾ cup sugar

·       1 egg

·       2 tsp. baking soda

·       ¼ tsp. salt

FROSTING:

·       ½ c. juice from orange

·       1 Tbsp. orange zest

·       2 c. powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.   Cream butter and sugar together.

3.   Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.

4.   Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray.

5.   Drop cookies on cookie sheet.

6.   Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Oven times may vary.

7.   Mix together frosting ingredients while cookies are baking.

8.   Remove cookies and let cool on a wire rack.

9.   Frost the cookies with frosting when cookies have cooled.

Happy Hour: Grapefruit Mocktail

So, I saw this on Facebook a few weeks ago, and thought I would try it. Not sure if it is carving my body into bikini-worthy standard, but it is a wonderful pick me up first thing in the morning and it has become my daily go-to.

I have to admit full on grapefruit juice is too much for me (a bit of a weeny) so I do equal parts water to juice. Also, I prefer the flavor of maple syrup to honey and it still has that low glycemic index quality so no nutritional benefit lost.  At first the flavor of apple cider vinegar was a little tart, but I know it is really good for you so I persisted and now my taste buds have gotten used to it.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Chia Seed Pudding

This is really yummy and has the added advantages of being full of protein and Omega 3 fatty acids - both of which we need more of.  It’s delicious and filling, good for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Here's What You'll Need 

2 cups of coconut milk (homemade or natural)

1/2 cup of chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 cup (or less) of maple syrup (or sub in any sweetener)

Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Fruit of your choice for topping

Instructions

Blended/Smooth Version

Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until completely smooth.

Whole Chia Seed Version

Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender until smooth (including any added flavors, fruits or chocolate). Whisk in chia seeds. 

Continue with these final steps for either version

Pour mixture into a jar or glass container and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight so the mixture can set. 

When ready to serve, top with fruits and/or nuts of your choice. 

Enjoy!