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Hearty Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

Hearty Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

      This Sweet Potato and Kale Soup was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: soups on repeat in the winter months. When we talk to people about getting started with cooking healthier foods at home, soup is generally where we start. Why? Soups are a tasty, easy way to eat a ton of vegetables without realizing it, and they’re simple to put together. This sweet potato and kale soup combines ingredients we use quite a bit in our cooking in a new way. It’s a vaguely Mexican stew, with black beans thrown in and flavored with oregano, cumin, and just enough lime juice so that it pops. Sliced green onions stirred in at the end of cooking keep it tasting fresh, and with sliced radish and a dollop of Greek yogurt as a garnish, it’s a delicious way to load up on nutrients. (Want more ideas? Here are some of our favorite soup recipes.) We developed this soup recipe using ingredients available through our new partner, ALDI, who is committed to carrying better-for-you ingredients and expanding their organic product offerings. ALDI’s new Hello, Healthy blog has healthy living resources including recipes, […]

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Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Bars That Pack 17 Grams of Protein

Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Bars That Pack 17 Grams of Protein

Your alarm goes off, and you barely have enough time or energy to slip out of your PJs and into a decent outfit, let alone prepare a nutritious (and tasty!) breakfast. Boom! This recipe has your busy morning’s back. Make it the night before, and you’ve got breakfast for the week.

Each chewy, nutty, and subtly sweet bar is 176 calories and offers 8.4 grams of fiber but only has 5.5 grams of sugar. Munch down two bars, and that’s a 350-calorie breakfast with almost 17 grams of protein.

And did I mention they taste like cookies? Easy, quick, and yummy. Check out the simple recipe below.

Gluten-Free Almond Oatmeal Protein Bars

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup almond butter
  2. 3 ounces vanilla plant-based protein powder (I used Vega)
  3. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  6. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-by-11-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, use an electric mixer to mix almond butter, protein powder, and maple syrup. Beat in the eggs.
  3. Stir in rolled oats, coconut, and baking soda, and mix well.
  4. Firmly press stiff dough into the pan using the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until the top browns slightly.
  6. Cool pan on a rack, cut into 18 squares, and store leftovers in an airtight container.

Source: Calorie Count

Information

Category
Snacks
Yield
18 bars
Cook Time
20 minutes

Nutrition

Calories per serving
176
Hot Wings Hummus Jars & Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Hot Wings Hummus Jars & Healthy Road Trip Snacks

This post is sponsored by State Farm®. All opinions are our own. Each year in December, we pack our car with presents and our Pomeranian and drive the 10 hours to Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s a serious trek, but we do it because 1. we love our family and friends, 2. it’s $700 cheaper than flying, and 3. we get to bring said Pomeranian. It’s been Alex and my tradition going on 16 years, but it wasn’t until 2 Christmases ago that an appreciation of our safety kicked in. That year, after driving 10 hours with under 5 miles left to our final destination, we were T-boned. If you’ve ever been in a car crash, the sound of the impact of metal on metal is unforgettable. While everyone walked away from the scene without injury, it’s been blazed into my memory ever since. So when State Farm approached us to get the word out about their highway safety program, we were quick to jump on board. While it’s a little different than our typical food post, we’re 1,000% passionate about driving safety. Plus, we’ve got a great car-themed recipe and a few other road trip snacking ideas. First, the program: State […]

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17 Amy’s Staples Every Busy Person Needs

17 Amy’s Staples Every Busy Person Needs

Vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free folks, and health-conscious eaters alike turn to Amy’s Kitchen for convenient canned soups and frozen dinners. The organic, non-GMO company offers dozens of items, but which ones are truly the best? Our editors weighed in on their favorites, so on your next grocery run, you can rest assured the $6 meal you just picked up is bound to be comfort food at its finest.

Satisfy Cookie Cravings With These Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies

Satisfy Cookie Cravings With These Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies

If you’re trying to eat less sugar and less processed junk, this cookie recipe fell into your lap at the perfect time. These are only made with three ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen: bananas, rolled oats, and vanilla protein powder. That’s it!

Each 62-calorie cookie offers 1.6 grams of fiber and almost 2.8 grams of protein. And you won’t be missing the white sugar in these soft and chewy cookies. They’re totally sweet enough, but they have only 2.6 grams of sugar thanks to the bananas.

These cookies come together in less than 20 minutes, which is perfect when you’re craving cookies right now! They’re healthy enough for breakfast or a snack and sweet enough for an after-dinner treat.

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients

  1. 2 ripe bananas
  2. 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  3. 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (about 20 grams Vega Performance Protein Powder)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mash bananas with a fork.
  3. Add oats and protein powder and mix well.
  4. Spoon out 12 cookies onto a lightly greased pan.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly brown.

Source: Calorie Count

Information

Category
Breakfast/Brunch
Yield
12 cookies
Cook Time
20 minutes

Nutrition

Calories per serving
62
4 Amazing Nourish Bowls

4 Amazing Nourish Bowls

This post was created in partnership with ALDI. All opinions are our own. Eating healthy, real food is top of mind at the top of the year—and for good reason. On our podcast, we recently learned that what we eat contributes roughly 80% to what our bodies look like. In other words, food has a huge influence on how we look and feel. Enter nourish bowls: a fun, simple way to load up on nutrients and real food while going big on taste. You may have seen them floating around the interwebs. Typically, nourish bowls consist of a whole grain, a bunch of veggies (cooked or raw), nuts and seeds, and a flavorful dressing. Here, we’ve got a few concepts that are variations on the traditional nourish bowl. These four bowl meals are part of a meal plan we developed for a new partner: ALDI! ALDI is committed to carrying better-for-you ingredients and expanding their organic product offerings (high fives, ALDI!). To kick off 2017, they’ve started a Hello, Healthy blog with healthy living resources including recipes, tips, meal plans, videos, and eating guides. From January through March, the blog will feature content created by us, including meal plans and a few […]

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