Nourishing Zen

Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Save Some $$$ – Make Your Own Pouches for Your Baby/Toddler!


The food pouches you buy at the store can be  so expensive especially when you have a very hungry toddler like we do! These pouches can be anywhere from 1 to 3 dollars each! So, it really helps to be able to make our own! We often buy organic fruits or veggies that are frozen to help cut down on costs as well. We also have reusable (BPA Etc. free) pouches that you can put in the dishwasher to clean! 

For the pouches above I used two medium sized sweet potatoes, one large pear and one large apple. Steamed them, blended, then used the Infantino Squeeze Station to make the pouches! Easy!

And of course our little guy loved them!

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Starting Mother’s Day Off Healthily! 


With… My favorite morning shake!


1 cup Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt 

1 cup ice cubes

1/2 cup sliced organic strawberries

1/2 cup raspberries 

1 tablespoon chia seeds 

Additions: 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder of choice, 1 cup spinach or kale, or more ice to make it more of an iced shake/sorbet! 

Blend and enjoy! 

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL past, present and future mamas! ❤️❤️❤️


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Kind Bars 


  
Have you tried these? If you haven’t, you probably should. The dark chocolate and sea salt are my favorite! Sweet and salty and only 16 grams of carbohydrates! What’s not to love?

This pack is found at Costco – thank goodness for Costco!


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New Favorite Protein Shake


A protein shake that ACTUALLY tastes good??  Yes please. 

I drink a shake every morning and afternoon and I’m really starting to like this new routine. Try it out!  You can get them on Amazon and also at the Vitamin Shoppe. They also have a larger sized shake that has 40g protein!  I will be getting those too 🙂

   

 


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Oven-Roasted Chickpeas: A Crunchy… Salty.. HEALTHY snack!


If you’re like me, and LOVE salty, crunchy delicious snacks, then this is the snack for you. Often times I have difficulty finding the right snack that doesn’t overload your body with salt, fat, grease, or carbohydrates.

This recipe is for Oven Roasted Chickpeas.
Carbohydrates: 18 per 1/2 uncooked beans
Calories: 120

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It is easy, and addicting once you make it!

Here’s what ingredients you’ll need:

-2 Cans of Garbanzo Beans. I usually use the Whole Foods 365 Organic, no salt added ones.
-2 Tablespoons of Olive/Avocado/Coconut Oil (Or whatever kind you prefer)
-Sea Salt (to taste)
-Any additional seasonings you love such as seasoned salt, ground herbs, cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper etc.

Here’s what kitchen tools you’ll need:

-Cookie Sheet
-Strainer
-Paper towels
-Bowl large enough to fit the beans
-Spoon

Here’s how to make it:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
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2. Open your cans of beans and put directly into strainer.

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3. Rinse those bad boys thoroughly with some warm water.

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4. Line the cookie sheet with paper towels.

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5. Empty beans from strainer to the lined cookie sheet.

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6. Take a paper towel or two and cover the beans. Gently press and roll your hand over the beans making sure to press lightly.

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7. You’ll then see the skin of the beans come off which is what we want! Keep rolling the papertowel over the beans so that more of the skins come loose. Remove any skins that come off.

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8. Take those beans and transfer them into a bowl. Discard the paper towels.

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9. Add the oil of your choice to the beans and stir gently with the spoon.

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10. Place back onto cookie sheet. Make sure that they are spread out across the cookie sheet.

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11. Bake for 40 minutes or until desired crunchiness. We like ours crunchy so we usually put it in for about 40-45 minutes. Once while the beans are baking, take the cookie sheet and shake it slightly to make sure they aren’t sticking to the sheet.

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Sh-sh-sh-shake it!

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12. Once they are crispy to your liking, remove the beans and put them into a bowl. Add sea salt or any other seasonings. Let them sit for about 5-8 minutes if you can and enjoy!

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