5 Ways to Build Easy & Filling Meals

Hey, friend!

Do you ever feel hungry shortly after a meal? Or just not really satisfied at all quickly after eating?

There could be a reason for that! On one hand, you may not be eating enough. On the other, you may not be balancing out your meals.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry I can’t focus on anything else but that hunger.

Have no fear! Today I am going to share with you 5 ways you can build filling meals so you are happily fueled the rest of the day to prevent brain fog and the hangry monster.

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How to make easy meals filling and satisfying
  1. Bulk up the fiber
    And I’m not talking fiber supplements! I mean load up on the PLANTS! Vegetables, fruits, 100% whole grains–add them to your meals! Fiber is a nondigestible carb that helps keep us full for a long period of time. Plus, it can help with prevention and management of chronic diseases, aiding in digestion and weight management.

    Easy ways to add fiber to your meals:

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    easy ways to add fiber to your meals to keep you full
  2. Incorporate a heart healthy fat
    Fat plays an instrumental role for our body (especially us gals) because it is important for hormone production. Back in the 1990s, fat was deemed “bad” by society and diet culture. While fat does have more calories per gram than carbs or protein, it is still a vital nutrient our bodies need. Lots of people avoid fat-and that could be why you’re hungry soon after a meal! Incorporating heart healthy fats into your meals can be a great way to keep your body satisfied until your next meal.

    Ways to add fats to meals:

    Add avocado to you salads/sandwiches
    Mix nuts into yogurt parfaits
    Drizzle salad with Olive Oil based dressings
    Sprinkle chia seeds on your smoothie bowls
    Incorporate fish (like salmon, tuna, mahi mahi) to your meals twice a week

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    Mahi Mahi fish tacos with avocado-perfect easy & filling, balanced meal
  3. Ensure there is enough protein
    To be honest, the protein element in meals is the hardest one for me to plan! I’m not a big meat eater, so I get a lot of my protein from vegetarian sources (like beans, legumes, corn, grains, soy, etc) or dairy…but I can defintely tell a difference in my hunger levels when I am not getting enough protein at meals. Pro tip: plan and prep ahead of time!

    Some of my fave + EASY ideas:
    Boil eggs for the week
    Make dried beans in the crockpot (easy + low maintenance)
    Canned fish – salmon & tuna (easy for on the go protein)
    Frozen pre cooked grilled chicken (easy for busy nights)
    Boil chicken for the week (quick + easily accessible for quick lunches/dinners)
    Greek yogurt (great for breakfast or snacks)
    Make your own veggie burger (then freeze for easy protein source)
    Add nut butters/nuts to meals/snacks

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    Filling snacks with non starchy vegetables (fiber), hummus (protein + complex carb) to keep you fueled and full for hours

     

  4. Include a complex carbohydate 
    Okay, okay…I know the whole craze is to go carb free, but honey…our bodies run off of carbs. We need carbs for energy. Choosing to go “no carb” or even strictly “low carb” is not a sustainable lifestyle choice…so, eat the carbs! Complex carbs (like 100% whole grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, fruits etc) contain fiber in them making them more satisfying than refined, simple carbs (such as sugar, refined white flour/grains, baked goods, soda, etc). The more active you are, the more carbs your body is going to want–so be mindful while you are planning your meals.

    Some ideas on how to add carbs to your diet:
    Add fresh/frozen berries to oatmeal
    Snack on a banana with peanut butter
    Eat raw veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, etc) with hummus for snack
    Mix in brown rice with your cauliflower rice
    Try bean pasta (chickpea, lentil, edamame)

    Easy + Filling Mexican Quinoa Bake
    Filling meal with protein/ complex carb (black beans + quinoa), non starchy vegetables (salad + fiber), and healthy fat (cheese)!

     

  5. Choose satisfying foods
    How many of you are guilty of eating salads for lunch but actually hate them?? I’ve been there! I used to force drink kale smoothies in college–plot twist: I HATE raw kale. I hate kale in smoothies. BUT I was trying to be “healthy”. And you know where it got me?? 20 minutes later, in my dorm room, eating all the snacks because I was not satisfied with my food choice. Smoothies are great, but when they contain things you don’t like and there is an imbalance of nutrients, then you’re gonna be munchin’ on whatever you can find shortly after. What are foods that satisfy you? Let me know in the comments section 🙂
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Choose foods that satisfy YOU! Food that brings you joy and nourishes your body

I hope these tips were helpful for you! Comment down below (or on social media) how YOU stay full and fueled at your meals. I challenge you to keep these things in mind while you’re meal planning and prepping so you can build balanced meals that keep you FULL and satisfied.

Easy & Filling meals
Build easy & FILLING meals

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
xoxo
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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6 Tips to Avoid Becoming Hangry

Have any of you ever been hangry?

First off, what is hangry?? By definition, hangry is when someone becomes irritable as a result of hunger. For me, it’s usually a combination of hunger + stressful/annoying situations. I do not automatically become hangry when I am hungry–just when that combination occurs.

Y’all, this is probably my WORST flaw–I have been hangry one to many times, and it not only affects you but also the people around you…so do yourself and your loved ones a favor and follow these tips to AVOID the hangry monster.

  1. Stay Hydrated

    A lot of times hunger can be mistaken for thirst, so stay hydrated! Keep a bottle with you most of the day. Plus, staying hydrated can eliminate headaches, enhance brain  clarity and keep you energized for the rest of the day.

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  2. Eat Consistent + Complete Meals

    What do I mean by consistent + complete meals? Meals that contain all three of the macronutrients (carbs + protein + fat). Each of these macros contain vital nutrition needed that can help you feel full + satisfied until your next meal. Consistency is key–try not to skip meals if you frequently get hangry!

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  3. Listen to Your Body’s Hunger Cues

    If you’re hungry right after a meal, you may just be thirsty…have some water, and wait a few minutes. If you are still hungry, then you likely didn’t feed your body enough during the meal. Add a non-starchy vegetable or piece of fruit to your meals and that should satisfy your hunger. On the flip side, if it is mid afternoon and you are hungry, have a snack! Especially if dinner is several hours away OR you’re hitting the gym soon.

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  4. Have Healthy Snacks on Hand

    This is KEY for success in beating the hangry monster. Keep power bars in your purse or at your desk. Have fresh fruits + veggies readily available for convenience. Pair snacks with protein so it slows down blood sugar spike and keeps you full for longer periods of time. Don’t fear snacking–be mindful in listening to your hunger cues and feed your body as needed.

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  5. Plan Meals

    In order to have consistent + complete meals with all 3 macros + veggies, planning needs to happen. This does not mean you have to prep all your food on Sunday and eat the same thing over and over again (although that does work for some people)–I tend to get bored of the same thing every day. My advice? Take one day of your week and plan your meals and snacks. Write them down, make a grocery list, and stock your fridge with items needed. Prepare (wash + cut) all of your fruits and veggies for easy access, and allow time to cook easy + nutritious meals during the week. If you like cooking everything on Sunday for the whole week and it works well for you, do it! Find your balance.

  6. Avoid Negative Situations

    If nothing else, remember this! My hangry-self is sparked by negativity–if I know I am going into something particularly stressful or annoying, I make sure I have my nourishing snacks on hand and eat well balanced meals. This is my trigger (it may be different for you), but nothing good comes from negativity for me. Find something positive about your day and focus on it–this may help you stay calm. Do your best to stay calm during these situations, and if you’re fueled well, hopefully the hanger will stay away!

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What are some of your tips to avoid becoming hangry? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

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Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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Peanut Butter versus Almond Butter PLUS BONUS PB Granola Recipe

If you’re still not making homemade granola, what’s stopping you??

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I kid you not…it takes less than 5 minutes to whip up all the ingredients with minimal clean up! If you haven’t checked out my other two granola recipes, go take a look!

Maple-Almond Granola  

Almond Joy Granola 

All of my granola recipes have the same formula: 2 cups of oats, 1/2 cup nuts, 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed or chia seed, 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and either maple syrup or honey. Additional add ins based on preference: coconut flakes, dried fruit, chocolate chips, nut butters, etc.

This granola features one of my favorite things–peanut butter! Most recently, peanut butter has gotten a bad reputation as peanuts are not actual “nuts” but actually considered legumes. When we think nuts, our brain automatically thinks heart health, protein, and healthy fats…

Here is a comparison for you…

Almond Butter

So, as you can see…According to the USDA nutrition database, Peanut Butter and Almond Butter have very similar macronutrients: protein, total fat, and carbs.

From a micronutrients stand point, almonds are much higher in calcium, iron, and magnesium. However, peanuts have a richer source of niacin (a B vitamin important in cellular metabolism). Peanut butter is a little higher in saturated fat which has been shown to raise cholesterol levels, however, if you eat a balanced diet with plenty of fiber and limited saturated fat intake, peanut butter can fit into your healthy diet.

From a cost standpoint, natural peanut butter is a lot cheaper than almond butter. A 16 ounce jar of natural peanut butter (containing only peanuts + salt) costs about ~$2.50 (in North Carolina, prices may vary depending on grocery stores/states). For an 8 ounce jar of natural almond butter (containing only almonds + salt), it costs around ~$5.00 (in North Carolina, prices may vary depending on grocery stores/states). You get half the amount for double the price. While I do love almond butter, peanut butter is more affordable for me to consume on the regular. I’ll save the almond butter for special occasions! 🙂

 

Peanut Butter Granola

  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (or sub nut butter of choice)
  • 2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Mix oats, chopped walnuts, and chia seeds in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add coconut oil + peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for ~10 seconds or until coconut oil melts.
  4. Add oil + PB to oat mixture.
  5. Add maple syrup and mix well.
  6. Pour granola mixture onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  8. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes.
  9. Store in air tight container.
  10. Enjoy with yogurt, fruit, smoothie bowls, or plain!

Regardless which nut butter you choose on the regular, know that they are both appropriate choices for a balanced, healthful diet. Pro Tip: Choose the natural nut butters that contain only nuts + salt (or no salt); many nut butters contain added sugars.

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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References:
  1. Ndb.nal.usda.gov. (2019). Food Composition Databases Show Foods — NATURAL CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER, UPC: 011110016492. [online] Available at: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45098931fgcd=&manu=&format=&count=&max=25&offset=&sort=default&order=asc&qlookup=natural+peanut+butter&ds=&qt=&qp=&qa=&qn=&q=&ing= [Accessed 10 Jun. 2019].
  2. Ndb.nal.usda.gov. (2019). Food Composition Databases Show Foods — NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER SPREAD, UPC: 041318210453. [online] Available at: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45214016fgcd=&manu=&format=&count=&max=25&offset=&sort=default&order=asc&qlookup=natural+peanut++butter&ds=&qt=&qp=&qa=&qn=&q=&ing= [Accessed 10 Jun. 2019].
  3. Ndb.nal.usda.gov. (2019). Food Composition Databases Show Foods — ALMOND BUTTER, UPC: 858864004029. [online] Available at: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45059935fgcd=&manu=&format=&count=&max=25&offset=&sort=default&order=asc&qlookup=almond+butter&ds=&qt=&qp=&qa=&qn=&q=&ing= [Accessed 10 Jun. 2019].

“Un-Cheese” Dip (Without the Cheese!)

Cheese is one of my favorite things (next to chocolate), and I probably eat some form of cheese most days of the week…cheddar, feta, mozzarella, bleu…I love them all!

One thing my husband and I love to do is order queso at a Mexican restaurant…I have no self control! We don’t do this very often, but when we do, I eat too much and usually feel bloated, wishing I had enjoyed it in moderation versus licking the bowl…

While I am not vegan, I do enjoy switching out animal based foods with plant based foods wherever I can! This recipe uses raw cashews, nutritional yeast, peppers, and tahini to create a similar alternative to dairy cheese dip.

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What’s Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a vegetarian dietary supplement rich in vitamin B-12 with a faint cheesy flavor–similar to Parmesan. It is a single-cell organism grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to make the yeast inactive (meaning it has no leavening properties).  According to the USDA Nutrition Database, 1/4 cup serving contains 60 calories, 8 grams of protein, 0.5 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and numerous vitamins and minerals including iron, niacin, vitamin B 12, and other B vitamins. Nutritional yeast is one of the few plant-based sources containing vitamin B 12 without fortification.

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What I love about this dip?

A typical serving of traditional queso at a restaurant is 2 tablespoons with 60 calories, 4 grams of fat (mostly saturated fat), 3 grams of protein and no fiber.

Traditional Queso Nutrition Facts (according to MyFitnessPal)

Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Calories 60
Total Fat 4 g
Sodium 200 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2 g
   Fiber 0 g
   Sugar 2 g
Protein 3 g

Vitamin A: 2%   Calcium: 8%

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My “Un-Cheese” Vegan Cheese Dip has just 64 calories per 1/2 cup serving with 3 grams of fat (mostly unsaturated, heart healthy fats), 3 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. What a nutritional win!

  “Un-Cheese” Nutrition Facts (Tracked in MyFitnessPal)

Servings: 8 servings Serving Size: ½ cup
Calories 64
Total Fat 3 g
Sodium 149 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8 g
    Fiber 1 g
    Sugar 2 g
Protein 3 g

Vitamin A: 9%   Vitamin C: 20%   Calcium: 3%   Iron: 5%

 

You can eat over twice the amount of traditional queso when swapping to “Un-Cheese” dip with less saturated fat, sodium and more fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Iron. It’s a nutritional win!

You can get the full PRINTABLE recipe below. Make sure you tag me @livebetterwithkatdetter in you creations!

 

Un-Cheese Dip

  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1-4 ounce jar of pimentos
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs tahini
  • 1 can (15 ounce) of Rotel (I use mild because my palate is weak) 🙂
  • 2 cups of water, divided

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews in 1/2 cup of water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. After cashews have been soaked, add them to a high powered blender with pimentos, nutritional yeast, salt, onion powder, cornstarch, lemon juice, tahini, Rotal, and the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add mixture to a sauce pan and simmer for ~10 minutes until un-cheese gets bubbly and thick.
  5. Serve with fresh veggies or your favorite dipping chip! Would also be good on salads and tacos.
  6. Enjoy!

 

I hope you love this dip as much as I do! While enjoying “the real stuff” is good every now and then, finding healthier, more nutrient dense options THAT TASTE GOOD is the way to go.

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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References:
  1. Ndb.nal.usda.gov. (2019). Food Composition Databases Show Foods — LARGE FLAKE NUTRITIONAL YEAST, UPC: 039978025463. [online] Available at: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45360902 [Accessed 6 Jun. 2019].
  2. Myfitnesspal.com. (2019). Calorie Chart, Nutrition Facts, Calories in Food | MyFitnessPal | MyFitnessPal.com. [online] Available at: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/mexican-cheese-dip-441450166 [Accessed 6 Jun.
  3. Myfitnesspal.com. (2019). Free Calorie Counter, Diet & Exercise Journal | MyFitnessPal.com. [online] Available at: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/view/67379228593837 [Accessed 6 Jun. 2019].

Going Plant Based: Tofu

If you’re looking for another #meatlessmonday meal idea, look no further! This Ginger Tofu Stir Fry is SO good that you won’t miss that meat!

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Tofu is a bean curd made from soybeans used mainly in Asian and vegetarian cuisines. I was about 10 years old the first time I tried tofu and I HATED it…I didn’t like the texture, consistency, or taste…

Fast forward ~14 years and it is one of my favorite protein sources–and I truly believe it is all in how you prepare it. My favorite kind of tofu is extra firm which is found in most grocery stores. The key is straining the liquid out as much as possible. My most used method is placing the tofu block in a clean dish towel (or paper towels) and wedging between 2 small plates. For time effectiveness, I add a heavy canned food item on top to really squeeze out the excess moisture. I let this sit for at least 30 minutes to get as much water out as possible.

Once the moisture is out of the tofu, I cut it up and place it in my marinade. Adding 1 tablespoon of cornstarch really makes a difference in cooking tofu as well–it gives it a crunchier texture after its  been baked.

What’s good about tofu?

According to the USDA nutrition database, a 1/2 cup serving of tofu contains 94 calories, ~10 grams of protein, ~6 grams of fat, 2.32 grams of carbohydrates, 0.4 grams of fiber and numerous minerals including calcium and iron. While animal protein is a fine choice, tofu is lower in calories, saturated fat and contains fiber (which no animal protein source contains). A 2017 study published in Current Developments in Nutrition concluded that consuming ~3% less animal protein and replacing it with plant protein potentially results in 19% lower risk of death from a chronic illness. Incorporating more plant based proteins (and foods) into your diet may help decrease development of chronic diseases resulting in longevity.

 

On to the meal recipe! This Ginger Tofu Stir fry can be whipped up in no time as long as you have your ingredients prepped! Biggest tip: cut up all your veggies ahead of time so you can just throw it all into the wok.

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Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

Marinade:

  • 1 block of Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoon Ginger Dressing (I used Makoto’s brand-only 1 gram sugar per 2 T)
  • 1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground Black Pepper

Stir Fry:

  • 1.5 cups of Asparagus (washed and chopped)
  • 1 cup of Broccoli florets (washed)
  • 2 medium Zucchini (washed and chopped into half moons)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (or oil of choice)
  • 1/4 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Directions:

  1. Squeeze out excess moisture from tofu (directions found above in blog post). Let sit for 30 minutes. Cut tofu block into cubes.
  2. Put tofu in mixing bowl and add cornstarch, ginger dressing, low sodium soy sauce and black pepper. Stir and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 15 minutes on each side.
  4. In the meantime, stir fry your veggies using a wok. Add butter and garlic to wok. Add asparagus in first (as it takes longest to cook). Then add broccoli and water, cover and allow to steam until tender. Add zucchini last, uncover to let moisture evaporate.
  5. Add low sodium soy sauce and let simmer.
  6. Add baked ginger tofu to stir fry. Serve over brown rice + cauliflower rice, or your favorite starch.
  7. Enjoy!

You can truly make this meal versatile by adding different veggies to it.

Some other suggestions:

  • bell pepper
  • mushrooms
  • onion
  • water chestnuts
  • baby corn
  • squash
  • cauliflower
  • bamboo shoots
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • bok choy

This meal is 100% hubs approved, so try it for your family the next time you wanna incorporate some plant based proteins! This recipe makes great left overs, too! 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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@livebetterwithkatdetter

 

 

References:
  1. Ndb.nal.usda.gov. (2019). Food Composition Databases Show Foods — Tofu, raw, regular, prepared with calcium sulfate. [online] Available at: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show?ndbno=16427 [Accessed 3 Jun. 2019].
  2. Monique Tello, M. (2019). Eat more plants, fewer animals – Harvard Health Blog. [online] Harvard Health Blog. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eat-more-plants-fewer-animals-2018112915198 [Accessed 3 Jun. 2019].
  3. Micha, R., Peñalvo, J., Cudhea, F., Imamura, F., Rehm, C. and Mozaffarian, D. (2019). Association Between Dietary Factors and Mortality From Heart Disease, Stroke, and Type 2 Diabetes in the United States.

 

CHICKPEA Brownies (no added sugar)

Okay, so I joined the chickpea craze…

Actually, I’ve been on the chickpea craze for a while now…chickpea pasta, chickpea pizza crust, roasted chickpeas, chickpea curry…lot’s of savory chickpea dishes!

I have seen many people make “chickpea blondies”–a healthified, fiber filled dessert…so I decided to make my own version of chickpea blondies + dark cocoa powder…so essentially making brownies!

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According to the USDA food composition database, 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) contains ~135  calories with ~7 grams protein and is a good source of fiber (~6 grams per 1/2 cup, aids in digestion), phosphorus (works with calcium to build bones + teeth), potassium (regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions+nerve signals), folate (forms red blood cells in bone marrow + prevents neural tube defects), and vitamin K (aids in blood clotting).

I promised you all some sugar free + artificial sweetener free dessert recipes–here is one! If you haven’t read “The Sugar Debate” blog yet, take a look before making these brownies! It’ll give you perspective on why we should limit our added sugar intake.

These brownies are sugar FREE, artificial sweetener FREE, vegan, and nutrient dense. Using smashed banana + dates as the main source of natural sweetener + stevia sweetened chocolate chips, you won’t miss the added sugars! Full FREE printable recipe down below. Share with your friends and be sure to tag @livebetterwithkatdetter in your creations!

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Chickpea Brownies

  • Servings: 12 brownies
  • Difficulty: easy peasy
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Ingredients: 

  • 1 (15 ounce) can of Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 T cocoa powder, dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup almond butter, unsweetened (or nut butter of choice, almond butter is a neutral flavor)
  • 3 T almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips + 2-3 T to sprinkle on top 🙂

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a high powered blender, add chickpeas, dates, banana, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, almond/nut butter and almond milk and blend until smooth. *NOTE: add more almond milk as needed to blend mixture; batter will be thick
  3. Pour batter into a mixing bowl and add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into a lightly greased baking dish and top with more chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for ~30 minutes at 350 F (or until brownies cooked all the way through).
  6. Allow to cool for at least ~30 minutes before cutting and serving.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

Even my 7 year old nephew loved these brownies–and he has quite the sweet tooth! Your family will love them 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Follow me on social media!

@livebetterwithkatdetter

 

 

 

References:
  1. Ndb.nal.usda.gov. (2019). Food Composition Databases Show Foods — Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt. [online] Available at: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/16057 [Accessed 28 May 2019].

ALMOND JOY Granola

It’s been a hot minute since I made homemade granola! Who else loves a good crunch with a yogurt parfait or on-top of a smoothie bowl? This girl does!

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Granola oftentimes gets a bad rap because many store bought ones are high in fat, calories, and sugar. While all of that is true, you can make granola in the luxury of your own home CHEAPER than you can buy it and you can make it more nutrient dense!

In this recipe, I use old fashioned oats (complex carb + soluble fiber), chia seeds (rich in omega 3 fatty acids + fiber), whole almonds (healthy fat + protein), and dark chocolate (antioxidant) as the base. Some other additives: maple syrup (only 2 tablespoons for the whole batch), unsweetened coconut flakes, stevia sweetened chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Find full FREE printable recipe down below!

NOTE: If you like things a little sweeter, feel free to bump up the maple syrup to 1/4 cup instead of 2-3 tablespoons.

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ALMOND JOY Granola

  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted + cooled
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips ( I like using stevia sweetened )

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix oats, chia seeds, almonds, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix melted coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  4. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour mixture on to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring granola halfway through.
  6. Add in coconut and chocolate chips and bake for additional 5 minutes.
  7. Allow granola to cool for 15 minutes and store in air tight container up to a week.
  8. Enjoy with some mixed berries + yogurt, on top of a smoothie bowl, with milk, or plain!

 

I hope you all enjoy this quick and easy granola recipe!  Add it to your meal prep for breakfast on the go!

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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@livebetterwithkatdetter

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Bunny Pancakes

It wouldn’t be a holiday if I didn’t post a bunch of festive favorites 🙂 Today I am sharing my PERFECTED pancake recipe–they’re fluffy, golden, cook perfectly, and don’t crumble when trying to flip!

The best part? These pancakes taste like regular pancakes BUT are filled with fiber and protein! Score.

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Simply make the pancakes and top with a ball of shredded coconut for the “bunny tail” and use sliced banana and chopped walnuts for the bunny feet. Your family will love these this weekend!

Full printable recipe listed below–tag me in your creations! @livebetterwithkatdetter

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  • Servings: 10 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup PLAIN Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 1-2 tablespoons almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil (for griddle)

Directions:

  1. Preheat griddle to 350 degrees.
  2. In a high powered blender, blend oats and almonds until flour like consistency.
  3. Add flour to mixing bowl and mix in salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, add eggs, Greek yogurt, almond milk, and vanilla.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add more almond milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
  6. Grease griddle with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Add 1/4 pancake batter to griddle (cooking 3-4 pancakes at a time.)
  7. When pancake begins to bubble, flip and cook on the other side (about 3 minutes each).
  8. Serve with your favorite toppings!

 

 

Get a little festive this weekend and make your pancakes into little bunnies! You’re family is going to love them!

HAPPY EASTER!
Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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HEALTHIFIED Reese’s PB Eggs

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Easter is just a few days away, and if you’re looking for a more nutritious dessert to take to the family Egg Hunt, I’ve got ya covered!

One of my favorite Easter candies is Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs…why are they better than regular Reese’s? I have no idea…they just are! And I am thrilled that I was able to make a healthier version to fuel my body with healthy fats + natural sweetener + protein for a great sweet treat.

This recipe is essentially refined sugar  free (except for the sugar in the 85% dark chocolate I used) using medjool dates as the sweetener. Using natural peanut butter gives this recipe healthy fats and protein with no added sugars. Pro tip: look for nut butters that only have “nuts & salt” as the ingredients.

 

Below is the decadent recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs! Feel free to substitute recipe ingredients to what you have in your pantry. This is my version. Make sure you tag me in your creations! @livebetterwithkatdetter

 

HEALTHIFIED Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

  • Servings: 15 Eggs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour***
  • 1 dark chocolate bar***
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. In a high powered blender (or food processor) add dates, peanut butter and coconut flour. Pulse until smooth consistency.
  2. Form candy dough into egg shapes (you could also use a candy mold).
  3. Freeze eggs for 45 minutes.
  4. Chop dark chocolate and add to a microwave safe bowl with coconut oil.
  5. Microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth consistency.
  6. Fully dip eggs covering all sides and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Freeze additional 10 minutes.
  8. Add decorative chocolate topping to look like “Easter Eggs”. (optional)
  9. Freeze a final 20 minutes.
  10. Serve at room temperature.
  11. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
  12. Enjoy!

 

***coconut flour: you may substitute almond flour or whole wheat flour; if dough is too runny, add additional tablespoon

***dark chocolate: 70% or above has antioxidants (highly recommended); 100% will not have added sugars

 

This is such a fun holiday recipe and something you can feel good about serving to your family! Get the kids involved 🙂

 

Happy Easter!
Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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Homemade Granola Bars

Another one of my go-to mid day snacks! Perfect for a pre-workout snack or dessert.

This recipe is a variation of my chocolate chip peanut butter energy bites  , and they are  even easier to make.

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Essentially using the same ingredients with different ratios, this recipe does not require any ball-forming but just a simple mixture of ingredients and placing in a baking dish to refrigerate for a few hours.

This recipe contains oatmeal, natural peanut butter, honey, unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, and dark chocolate chips. Protein + carbs + heart healthy fat to get you going.

*Nutrition Fact on Chia Seeds: high in fiber (good for digestion & feeling full), protein, calcium (for bone health), manganese (antioxidant to protect body from free radicals-damaging cells in body), and magnesium (protein production, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation). Great addition to any baked good, smoothie, or jam.

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Homemade Granola Bars

  • Servings: 20 small squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients listed above and mix well.
  2. Pour mixture in a small baking dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.
  3. Once mixture is a firm consistency, cut into squares.
  4. Store in air tight container for up to a week (if they last that long).
  5. Enjoy for a pre workout snack or dessert!

 

I wanna know which one you all like better! The homemade granola bars or the energy bites 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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