HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites

I am passionate about snacks (in case you don’t already know this about me). I can blame it on blood sugar issues, but really, I love food. I also love creating new snacks that I can take with me, that taste good and are still good for me! Here’s the latest and I have to say, my new favorite flavor!


INGREDIENTS

  • 6-7 pitted dates 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (go for the no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (minus the shell)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until it is a sticky dough consistency. I use my little cookie dough scoop and for individual balls with it. You could also press the dough into a small pan and cut them into squares. 

Wa-la! That’s it! My new fav!

ENJOY!

xoxo Jess

Mexican Brunch Pie

I make this every Christmas morning and sometimes Easter.  It’s a hit, supper yummy AND EASY!!! Great for those watching carb intake but wanting something tasty at a brunch.  This is a very calorie dense recipe, so I cut the slices smaller than some might.  Adding veggies would be an excellent way to cut calories and add fiber & variety.

5 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 (8 oz.) ctns. cream-style cottage cheese
2 c. (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or Pepper Jack which is a fav at my house!)
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F.
Mix beaten eggs with butter (melted) & baking powder & flour in a large mixing bowl at medium speed until mixture is well blended. Stir in cottage cheese, shredded cheese & green chilies. Spoon into a well-greased pie dish.
Back uncovered 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350F & bake 20 minutes or until set.
 
 
Serving Size: 1 slice
Number of Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
  • Calories197.9
  • Total Fat13.0 g
  • Saturated Fat6.8 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0.7 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat2.3 g
  • Cholesterol197.6 mg
  • Sodium524.4 mg
  • Potassium87.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate5.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber0.2 g
  • Sugars1.1 g
  • Protein16.0 g
*I used Sparkpeople to input my recipe and get the nutrition value.
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