HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Clean Eating Crepes

My sidekick an I made some clean eating crepes and I was so impressed with how they turned out. The things that first come to mind to fill them with aren’t necessarily clean..but we filled ours with fresh raspberries that we heated up, thin sliced bananas and vanilla Greek yogurt.  Heavenly!

Clean Eating Crepes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used coconut/almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp. oil (I used coconut oil)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk everything together.
  2. They should be thin, like a tortilla…the batter will be runny.
  3. Ladle some batter slowly into an oiled, non-stick pan. Rotate the pan to get the batter to spread thinly over the entire base of the skillet.
  4. Cook on low to medium heat, flipping as needed until cooked.
  5. Place the cooked crepe on a plate, add your favorite fillings, and either roll them up like a burrito or fold them into quarters

 

Easy peasy <3 This recipe is great for a special breakfast or a healthy dessert.  SO many things you could put inside…berries, pears, peaches, bananas… mmmmm!

Enjoy!
XOXO,
Jess

A Healthy Fruit Tart ❤️

Well I should’ve posted this earlier…it would make for a nice Mother’s Day dessert if you’re looking for something yummy but on the healthier side. (Happy Mother’s Day all you awesome mom’s out there!!)

I made my dessert in a pie plate, but an actual tart pan would be great as well, especially if you are going for a thinner crust.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup crushed up cereal flakes
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Fruit: whatever kind you’d like & amount is up to you! I used strawberries and raspberries but blueberries, kiwi, bananas, peaches….lots of combos would be awesome 😊

Direction

Mix oats, crushed cereal and maple syrup together in medium sized bowl. Grease pie pan (or tart pan) with butter, coconut oil, or olive oil.

Spread oat mixture in pie dish and bake at  375F for 10 minutes (until golden brown). Cool crust completely before adding remaining ingredients.

Mix cottage cheese alone in food processor until creamy (it’s delicious like this!). Add Greek yogurt, honey & vanilla and mix gently.


Spread mixture over crust once it has cooled.


Chill dessert in the fridge for an hour then add your desired fruit and there you have it…yummy stuff! Great treat on a hot summer night.


Enjoy!!!

XOXO, Jess

Homemade Greek Yogurt Pops

Who doesn’t love a creamy popcicle? Is that what these are? Maybe a creamcicle? Anyhoo….they make for a delicious and healthy treat! Simple ingredients (heck there are only 3!), cheap to make and perfect for a sweet something when you’re having a craving but offers something that you can feel good about.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fruit (we used strawberries and bananas)
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (we used vanilla)
  • 2 tbsp honey

Directions:
Blend fruit & honey in a food processor or blender. We left ours slightly chunky, but you can blend yours more to make it more smooth if desired.


Gently stir in Greek yogurt. Pour or spoon mixture into popcicle molds and freeze about 6 hours. They come out of the molds easier if they are frozen solid (I tried at around 4 hours and that did not work out so well).
**we got a cheap set of popcicle molds at TJ Maxx**


Run the mold under warm water in order to loosen the frozen pop from mold and get your treat outa there and into your mouth!
Next we will try layering the fruit and yogurt rather than mixing and see how that turns out!


Enjoy!
xoxo, Jess

Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

Delish
Delish!

I will be honest…I don’t like substituting lots of stuff in my baking.  I use real sugar, real butter, and the whole egg (unless the recipe actually calls for egg whites).  There was a time when it was all applesauce, egg whites…pureed something or other.  Now, I do add some healthy stuff (flax is a favorite), but I don’t do things that will really change the texture and taste of the recipe to the degree that I just don’t genuinely like it anymore!  I’d rather make it how I want it and not eat the whole batch!!

I use a baking stone for my cookies.  I find it bakes them far more evenly than using a regular cooking sheet.  Just personal preference!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup craisins

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350F

2. Beat all wet ingredients and sugars until light and fluffy.

3. Mix in flours and remaining dry ingredients on low until well blended.  Stir in oats, chocolate chips & craisins.

4. Place 2 inch balls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake 16-18 minutes until edges are golden!

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Fruit & nut cookies

Well…I tried a new clean eating recipe.  It really wasn’t that far of a stretch for me since I love baking…so, way more my speed!

Breakfast Fruit and Nut Cookies:

 

Yup, I know, they look much tastier in the cookbook!  Why is that the way it always works?  Ha!  So, although I usually say that I am not a breakfast eater, the truth is that I do eat it.  I just don’t eat right when I get up.  Or even within the hour.  Normally I get showered, feed all the beings in my house furry and otherwise, get Ashton’s lunch together, chug down some coffee and off we go.  It’s in the car when my whirlwind has slowed down a bit that I realize, “Hey…I could use a bite of something”.  Well, these “type” of cookies are a typical fare for my on-the-go breakfast.  I admit, my usual go-to recipe has butter and a “bit” more sugar… 🙂 I do usually use whole wheat flour and flax though, so, points for that.  Anyhoo, here’s the recipe from the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook (pg 33):

Preheat oven to 350F

Ingredients
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. melted Olivina (recipe for this in the cookbook) or light oil
3 egg whites
1/4 c. finely chopped dried figs
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. bran flakes
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 c. slivered almonds

Combine sugar, oil and egg whites in large mixing bowl. Stir in chopped dried fruits and vanilla.

Lightly spoon all-purpose flour into measuring cups and level with a knife.  Combine whole-wheat flour, bran, baking soda, flax seed and spices.  Stir with a whisk or fork.

Add flour mixture to egg mixture, stirring until just combined. Fold in almonds.

Drop by tablespoon full onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper or Silpat.  Bake for 12 minutes or until almost set.  Cool on pans and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutritional Info per cookie:
Calories 154
Protein 2g
Carbs 22g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugar 12g
Fat 6g
Sodium 26mg

These are pretty tasty little things.  They are a good substitute for my typical “breakfast cookie” since they are very similar, just less sugar and oil instead of butter.  I tend to try to use what I have on hand, so I used craisins for all of the dried fruit instead of dates.  Also, I used kashi cereal as a substitute for the bran flakes because it also had slivered almonds in it!  Am I an improviser or what?!  The important thing is that they are super yummy.  You should try them.

 

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