Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls {Without Corn Syrup!}

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls Made Without Corn Syrup

Did you know you can make popcorn balls without corn syrup?

All natural honey acts as the sweetener and binder in these sweet and spicy popcorn balls.

I’m not kidding when I call these sweet and spicy. They start out sweet and innocent but then they hit you. BANG! Sooooo good and spicy!

Of course, if you don’t enjoy that much spice, you can add less. Or leave it out all together and just have sweet popcorn balls.

But for those of us that love spicy food, these don’t disappoint!

Two things to remember when making these:

1. Make sure there are no popcorn kernels left in your popcorn. They will kill your teeth if they get made into a popcorn ball.

2. Pack your popcorn balls together just like you would a snowball. You’d be surprised at how much pressure you can apply when forming a ball.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls {Without Corn Syrup!}

Ingredients

  • 6 cups popped organic popcorn
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together honey, olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Pour over popcorn and stir gently to coat.
  3. Bake popcorn for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and toss popcorn to evenly coat with melted honey.
  4. Bake 10 more minutes and stir again. Bake a final 10 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before forming 6 evenly sized popcorn balls.
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Once you’ve made the basic recipe, play around with the spices you add. One time I made these with cumin and cayenne pepper. It was the perfect Southwest combination!

What other spice combinations would you use?

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Black Forest Protein Popsicles: Almond Milk Recipe

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Have you purchased Silk Almond Blends before?

One of the diet changes we’ve made in our house is to look for foods with protein that are not animal based. Which is why we’ve been purchasing more almond milk. Almond milk protein is the perfect substitute when trying to cut back on animal consumption.

Since Silk AlmondMilk with Protein and Fiber has both 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, I find it makes for a perfect post-workout recovery food.

My husband is training for a half marathon, my daughter is doing her cross country summer work-out runs, and my other daughter has summer volleyball practice.

When they get home from their training, they are hot, tired, and in the mood for something refreshing. I’ve come up with these Black Forest Protein popsicles as a way to cool them down and give them a post-workout protein boost.

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One thing you’ll notice about the almondmilk is it’s creamy consistency. It makes these popsicles nice and creamy – more like a fudgesicle!

These popsicles are so easy to make and only require a few healthy ingredients.

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Black Forest Protein Popsicles: Almond Milk Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Silk Almondmilk with Protein and Fiber
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet dark cherries
  • 1/4 cup fair trade cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
  3. Once frozen, enjoy!
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This recipe makes between 6 and 8 popsicles, depending on your popsicle molds.

Of course, if you don’t have the patience to freeze these, drink it as a smoothie! It will still be cold and refreshing.

Finally, all you need to do is enjoy a healthy treat on a hot summery day.

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Amazingly Delicious Whole-Grain Brownies

Amazingly Delicious Whole Grain Brownies

I can’t wait to share with you the recipe for these amazingly delicious whole-grain brownies.

Cooking with whole wheat flour can be tricky. It’s heavy taste doesn’t always lend itself well to desserts. So if you are serving a whole grain dessert to what we call a “White Bread Eater,” they can immediately detect that something about the dessert resembles a health food.

This recipe can deceive anyone into thinking it is just a brownie recipe. It is that tasty!

I know that nothing seems easier than making brownies out of a box. But I think you’ll find these brownies take about the same amount of time to whip up, and the results are better than boxed.

About the optional add-ins. I personally feel nuts have no place in brownies. However, if you disagree, you are welcome to add them. You’d be wrong. But you can add them. ;)

A quick note about the butter. If you are vegan, or need a dairy substitute, you can use an equal amount of melted coconut oil with the same delicious results.

Amazingly Delicious Whole-Grain Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease an 8x8x2 inch pan.
  3. Stir together eggs and melted butter.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and vanilla.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  6. Start by adding the eggs and butter to the flour mixture. Next, stir in the sugar mixture. Stir just until all ingredients are moist. Batter will be stiff.
  7. If you are adding nuts or coconut flakes, carefully stir them in.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
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Do you like nuts in your brownies?

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How to Make Deviled Eggs

How to Make Deviled Eggs

Do you know how to make deviled eggs? They are such a quick and easy whole food snack. And this recipe is near impossible to mess up.

There are many variations of deviled egg recipes. This one is a classic. It calls for a combination of mayo, mustard and chives.

If you wish, you can substitute an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt for the mayo. I find I can eat so many of these, that lightening them up with Greek yogurt isn’t always a bad thing.

By the way, I’ve never been able to pipe the filling into the egg white. If you have that talent, it does make for a pretty presentation. However, I find a few shakes of paprika and a few chopped chives can cover up my lack of piping skills!

How to Make Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 12 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mayo or may substitute Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
  • optional: paprika

Instructions

  1. Remove egg yolks from eggs.
  2. In a bowl, mash together egg yolks, mayo, salt, and mustard.
  3. Stir in chives and shallots.
  4. Place egg whites on a platter. Use a 1 teaspoon scoop to put yolk mixture into hollows of egg whites.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle eggs with paprika and additional chopped chives
  6. If you prefer a fancier presentation, use a piping bag and pipe filling into egg white hollows.
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Do you ever serve deviled eggs for a snack? They are excellent for an after school snack. Serve them on days when your kiddos have sports practice, and fill them up without weighing them down.

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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Muffin Recipe

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Muffin Recipe

It is impossible to resist a warm muffin straight out of the oven.

Therein lies the beauty of this raspberry chocolate chip whole grain muffin recipe.

You can keep this batter in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Bake only the amount of muffins you will eat hot, fresh out of the oven. Then keep the rest of the batter for the next day. And once again enjoy hot, fresh muffins straight out of the oven.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the two flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. On slow, beat in sour cream and vanilla, scraping sides of bowl.
  5. Once sour cream is well incorporated, add the dry ingredients and beat on low until the batter is smooth.
  6. Mix the raspberries and chocolate chips in by hand.
  7. Refrigerate for at least one hour. At this point, may be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  8. Preheat oven to 400.
  9. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 22 to 26 minutes.
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Raspberries and chocolate chips are only one flavor combination you can use in this recipe. Try skipping the chocolate chips and using raspberries and blueberries. Or try all blueberries and add some lemon zest.

If you come up with a winning combination, let us know!

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Healthy No-Bake Energy Balls Recipe

Energy Balls

This healthy no-bake energy balls recipe is my go-to recipe for active weekends.

Weekends at our house are filled with athletic activities. If it isn’t an all-day volleyball tournament, we love to hike and ski, and I’ve even been persuaded to do a few mountain biking excursions.

These energy balls provide both quick energy from the carbs and sustaining energy from the protein.

Might I add –  they taste a heck of a lot better than anything you buy at the store!

Every weekend I whip up a new batch of these. They are so quick to make I can even tackle this recipe at 5:30 in the morning before heading to the slopes.

“What if I don’t like raisins?” you might ask. You could substitute any dried fruit of choice or go in a whole other direction and substitute coconut flakes.

Healthy No-Bake Energy Balls Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the oatmeal, raisins, peanut butter, chocolate chips and honey.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the ground almonds and cinnamon.
  3. Roll peanut butter dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in the almond and cinnamon mixture to coat.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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To me, these no-bake energy balls taste just like classic trail mix. Only they are easier to eat. You just pop one in your mouth instead of grabbing it by the handful.

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Healthy Snack List: 32 Pre-Packaged Five Ingredient Snacks

32 Healthy Snacks

Have you heard of choosing food with five ingredients or less? It comes from Michael Pollen’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual . Here’s what it says:

“Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.”

That rule is very simple when it comes to eating whole foods. Apples, almonds, apricots, artichokes…. you know the whole foods I’m talking about. Single ingredient, unprocessed.

The rule becomes more complicated as you look at all the snack food out there. So many tempting, delicious choices. Can you really buy pre-packaged snacks and still follow the rule?

A whole food or homemade whole food snack is always going to be the dietary gold standard. I strive to get there 90% of the time. The other 10% of the time, well, life is getting lived, and a pre-packaged snack is awfully handy.

After all, sometimes we just don’t remember to grab an apple before we leave the house. Having a bag of Peeled Snacks in the car or in your purse can keep you on the whole foods track.

Use this list to think about how you can substitute whole food pre-packaged snacks for some of your favorite processed foods. For example, replace the Doritos, which contain ultra processed ingredients such as monosodium glutamate, maltodextrin, and artificial colors, with a healthier snack choice like Eden Spicy Pumpkin Seeds, which contain only organic dry roasted pumpkin seeds, organic tamari, organic garlic, and organic cayenne pepper.

I spent a LOT of time looking at labels and looking for snacks that meet the 5 ingredient or less standard. Those 5 ingredients had to be ingredients that were instantly recognizable.

Some of these you’ll be able to find at your local grocers, some are more specialty and may require a trip to the natural grocers, and others you might find just easiest to order and have at the ready. I’ve linked to everything on Amazon so you can check out the ingredients for yourself, and you can stock your pantry easily.

Healthy Snack List

Alive & Well Kale Krunch, Quite Cheesy

Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks

Bare Fruit 100% Organic Baked Dried Fruit

Brown Rice Snaps

Cat Cora’s Kalamata Olives

Caveman Cookies

Coconut Butter

100% Organic Raw Cacao Bliss, Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter

Dry Roasted Edamame

Eden Organic Dry Roasted Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Envirokidz Organic Gorilla Munch  (good in trail mixes!)

Funky Monkey Snacks

Foods Alive Golden Flax Crackers

GoGo Squeez Applesauce

Go Raw Freeland Super Cookies

Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds

Go Raw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds

Just Tomatoes Just Peas

Justin Nut Butters

Larabars ~ There are quite a few to choose from, so I just picked out those with the least ingredients

Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes

Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s (another great addition to trail mixes!)

Nutty Bean White and Yellow Naked Chickpeas

Orgran Toasted Buckwheat Crispibread

Peeled Snacks

Real Foods Organic Corn Thins

Sensible Foods Organic Sweet Corn Crunch Dried Snacks

Stretch Island Fruit Strawberry Fruit Leather

Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Spread

Suzie’s Whole Grain Thin Cakes, Puffed Brown Rice Crackers

Wedderspoon Premium Manuka Honey

Wonderful Pistachios

Once you have your stock of healthy snacks, why not set up a DIY Snack Station for the kids? Happy Snacking!

If you choose to order at Amazon.com – where I know all of these snacks are available – make sure you never overpay by reading this:

save at Amazon

PS ~ I would love to add to this list, so if you have a product that belongs on this list, please leave it in the comments.

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