Category Archives: Cooking & Food

My Favorite Oven Roasted Carrots

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve partaken in a What I ate Wednesday post. This probably has a lot to do with that thing called summer. When I have a little more alone time that means I get some more time to take random photos of food I’m ingesting – instead of hearing “MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMM”, or “he got more than me!”. Yay school!

Oatmeal with blueberries hemp seeds and pecans | #wiaw #oatmeal

That means I get a little more peace and quiet to eat my breakfast. It’s funny because I’ve found myself eating breakfast now after my kids are out the door. Maybe perhaps because I can sit down and enjoy it a little more once I know everyone is settled and on their way. This particular morning I had oatmeal with bluebs, pecans, hemp hearts, and a smidgen of sugar free blueberry syrup.

These are my favorite hemp hearts by Manitoboa Harvest. People tend to ask me what they are when they see them on my oats. They are yummy tidbits that are full of good for you omegas.

My favorite hemp hearts | #wiaw #healthyeats

Sometime during the last week I had a load of carrots in the fridge that needed to be eaten, so I roasted them up in my favorite fashion. My son whom really isn’t a carrot fan said these were good and that they “tasted like candy”. This is pretty much the way I like to roast a lot of root vegetables actually. So although there not so much a recipe, here’s the how-to.

Oven Roasted Carrots with Thyme | #wiaw #myffmeal

Oven Roasted Carrots with Thyme


  • Carrots
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or oil of choice)
  • Dried Thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 420
  2. Wash, peel, and chop carrots into coin sized bits (however many you wish)
  3. Throw carrots on a baking sheet
  4. Dose with a couple shakes of oil
  5. Salt, pepper, and thyme to liking - toss with carrots (I use my hands)
  6. Roast in oven for about 20 mins. (not your hands, the carrots)
  7. Pull them out give them a toss with a spatula and place back in oven for a few more mins until they are done and roasted to your liking.

And other than the carrots that tasted like candy last week – there was some actual candy going down. In the way of some froyo I had been craving. I had some pralines and banana froyo (mixed) with reeses pieces, heath bar pieces, cookie dough bits, and some sprinkles. I like the candy toppings obviously.

Froyo with all the candy | #wiaw #myffmeal


Do you like roasted vegetables?
What’d you eat that was yummy in the last week?
What’s your favorite froyo topping?

Dark Chocolate Antioxidant No Bake Protein Bars

Everyone loves a good no bake recipe.  Why is that? Maybe I ask because I enjoy baking.  But I guess I can also appreciate a good no bake recipe every once in awhile.

Dark Chocolate Antioxidant No Bake #Protein Bars | | #nobake #chocolate

Let me get your attention right away. These are Chocolate protein no bake bar. A little chocolate always makes everything a better.

Dark Chocolate Antioxidant No Bake #Protein Bars | | #nobake #chocolate

They also have goji’s and blueberries in them (hence the antioxidant part). You could use any dried berries you wish, but that’s what I went with.

Dark Chocolate Antioxidant No Bake #Protein Bars | | #nobake #chocolate

Dark Chocolate Antioxidant No Bake Protein Bars



  1. In a small bowl soak your dried fruit until it has plumped a little. Squeeze excess water from fruit and place into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Combine all your other ingredients and mix well.
  3. That's it. For reals.
  4. Store them in the fridge.

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You’ll notice that my berries look a little smooshy (highly technical term) in the photos. And that’s because I did soak them for a little. You don’t have to do this, but a lot of times gojis are a weee on the hard/very chewy side. You might also need to barely adjust the moisture otherwise (add more applesauce and or peanut butter) if you don’t soak your fruit.

This is mold I use when I make a lot of my protein bars. It’s a silicone mold with 9 spaces. It’s called a “loaf pan” but it’s certainly not loaf size at all. So don’t be fooled by the amazon description.


What’s your favorite no bake recipe?
Do you make your own protein/energy type bars?

Celebrating a #morningwin with belVita and Oikos

Disclaimer: I have partnered with belVita and Dannon to help promote the belvita and Dannon partnership. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program which includes writing about the promotion and product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

If you are one of my friends on FB, you may have seen this complaint from me the other day about early mornings:

Too Early

I am an early riser most days because I’m a busy gal. Well what happens when your Dad is kind enough to keep your kids overnight? You may forgo the early rising thing every great once in awhile (I’ll admit, it was nice). But that didn’t mean I had any less work to get done the next morning, so sometimes a quick breakfast is equally as nice.

belVita + Okios for the #morningwin |

And let me tell you, I’m a firm believer in breakfast. I can’t imagine skipping it, it’s my favorite meal of the day (hello Brinner!), but sometimes schedules aren’t so cooperative. When this opportunity arose, I thought it would be cool to give my busy friends a good quick a yummy breakfast suggestion.

This was my first time trying the crunchy belVita biscuits. I picked up the golden oat flavor, although my friends have mentioned the blueberry are really tasty, so I’ll have to try those next too (They are also available in: cinnamon brown sugar, chocolate, and apple cinnamon). I like the crunch of these, and that they weren’t overly sweet. As they were sitting on my desk this morning next to my coffee – I couldn’t help but dunk those suckers in there a few times. Good choice I might add.

19 grams of delicious whole-grain, 3 grams of fiber, and B vitamins. Nutritious sustained energy to fuel you all morning long.

belVita + Okios = #morning win |

And while the belVita (cookies – let’s call em what they are), were a new to me product, Oikos Greek Yogurt certainly isn’t! If I buy a flavored greek yogurt, this is the one I personally prefer. I made the switch to only purchasing greek yogurt a few years ago when I realized it contains twice as much protein compare to regular lowfat yogurt. I love the key lime flavor, and my new favorite has been:

Stamos <3 |
Stamos. I mean pineappple. Clearly pineapple. Really though, great yogurt the flavor selection is good, and they are readily found at any grocery store.

While even I the overplanner, and notetaker, have one of those rushed and overslept days from time to time, Laura Stack (aka The Productivity Pro) reminds us of a few ways to get the most out of our mornings:

Create your own #morningwin |

  • Do as much as you can the night before. Leave as little preparation as possible until the last minute.
  • Spend 20 minutes at the end of each day planning your to-do list. When you download the next day’s activities beforehand, you can devote your morning to enjoyment rather than stress.
  • Be sure to start your morning with a delicious balanced breakfast. Together, the nutritious steady energy of belVita and 12 grams of protein in Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt will help you get more out of your mornings.

And, seriously just try to get this commercial out of your head. I dare you. It’s been stuck in my head for days. That’d be a true #morningwin.


Have you jumped on the greek yogurt bandwagon?
What’s your favorite yogurt brand? Have you tried either of these products?
Stamos just gets better looking with age doesn’t he?!

Disclaimer: Although I was compensated for my time on this campaign, all thoughts, comments, and Stamos photoshopping remain my own.

Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies

Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test; I was not paid for this. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.

Chocolate and spice really isn’t an odd combination for me, my most favorite chocolate ever is Chuao Chocolate Spicy Maya . It is amazing. If you’re familiar with what a lot of people call mexican chocolate you’ll understand this. It’s delicious dark chocolate with hints of spice and cinnamon.

Chocolate Spiced Oats

Chocolate oats with pumpkin spice “frosting” and walnuts.

You may have noticed proof of this favorite flavor combination of mine via some of my instagram oat porn as of late, you can tell I’m a fan of the combination of chocolate and spice. Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies These are such a nice dark color because of the Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa – love that stuff! These are also gluten free, low fat and minimal sugar because I used Swerve. If you’re not familiar with Swerve Sweetener, you can read a previous post where I talked/baked with it here.

Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies

I guess technically these could be called “cupcakes” or “muffins” because that’s the type of pan I used – they’re just so rich and yummy, I’m sticking with brownie.

Double Chocolate Spiced Brownies



  1. Combine oat flour, cocoa powder, baking Soda + baking Powder, Swerve (or other granular sweetener that measures like sugar, instant coffee, and pumpkin spice mix in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl combine pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, water + vanilla extract.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients together, fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Spray a muffin tin and spoon mixture into pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 16-19 mins (mine took 18).
  6. Let cool for a few mins and remove from pan.


I wouldn't suggest using paper liners on these, they would stick - so use an oiled metal tin, foil cupcake liners, or silicone ones.

There quite a few alterations you can do within this recipe to suit your liking.

  • You can use “regular” unsweetened cocoa instead of dark if you don’t have it.
  • Use another sweetener – although I like Swerve a lot. Doesn’t have an aftertaste and it measures like sugar!
  • Leave out walnuts, and chocolate chips if you wish
  • Replace the pumpkin spice with cinnamon, or omit.

You also have the option of making these gluten and dairy free if you use the right chocolate chips like these from Chatfield’s.

Double Chocolate Spiced Chocolate Brownies |

While you can omit and or replace the spice and dark chocolate in these, give it a try. There’s just something about rich chocolate with a warm spice that makes me happy. I think Swerve had it right – chocolate please!

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Do you like dark chocolate?
Nuts or no nuts?
Have you ever tried spiced chocolate?

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