Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vegan One Minute Chocolate Muffin

Amazing vegan muffins that can be prepared and cooked in a matter of minutes!

A few months ago I attended the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo.  You can read about my time there here.  During the few days I spent several hours in the expo hall - and let me tell you they put together one heck of an event.  There are hundreds of vendors present, offering information and samples on their various products.  Since the conference was local I took full advantage and might have picked up a few samples.

One of the samples I picked up were these nifty microwaveable muffin makers from Kellogg's. The muffin makers came with a recipe to make whole grain muffins, but I wanted to make something with chocolate (that was healthy of course).  Over the past few weeks I have been experimenting with some different microwaveable chocolate muffin recipe creations.  Unfortunately they were all epic fails.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Goodbye 2014,Welcome 2015!!!

Happy New Year to all!!  Hope everyone is enjoying 2015 so far!

As I welcome in 2015, I want to also reflect on the year 2014. Todays post reviews the highlights that happened here at 360FamilyNutrition in 2014.  The best thing that ever happened in my life took place this past year!

The highest point of the year (and probably my lifetime)!
Welcome Baby Max!!

On Television twice
Atlanta Plugged In
Atlanta and Company

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roasted Apple Sweet Potatoes

A delicious lower calorie recipe for sweet potatoes the whole family will love this holiday season!

Meet my new favorite holiday recipe!  A few weeks ago I prepared this recipe for my family's Thanksgiving feast (yes I have been hoping to share this recipe for a few weeks now).  The roasted Apple Sweet Potato recipe was an instant hit and loved by all.  The tart and sweet flavors provided by the apple bring the sweet potatoes to a whole new level.

When most people think of sweet potato recipes for the holidays they picture mashed sweet potatoes with a layer of melted marshmallows on top.  In my opinion you either love or hate the mashed sweet potato recipe.  I happen to love them, but that love is not shared by all my family members.  Of note I have only recently come to love mashed sweet potatoes.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ATLANTA PLUGGED IN Television Interview "Pantry Staples"

A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to tape (thank goodness not live) a television segment on "Must-Have Food and Beverage Staples to Survive the Holidays" on a local show, Atlanta Plugged In (on CBS46).  I never want to turn down the opportunity for a television interview because I always have a blast being interviewed and want to gain more experience in the media. My recent childbirth made me question if I was up for this at the present moment. Would I get sleep before the interview? Could I find clothing that actually fit?

I decided to give it a shot and the planning went underway.  It was a blast planning for the segment. First I had to decide on what pantry staples I would choose.  Here is what I chose:

1.  Whole Grain Crackers - Who doesn't attend a holiday party that doesn't have crackers?  It's important you choose crackers that are made with 100% whole grains. This can be verified by looking at the ingredients on the side panel and the first ingredient should say Whole Grain (will likely specify the exact grain).
2.  Canned Tomatoes - A versatile pantry staple packed with nutrients such a lycopene (an antioxidant that may help prevent certain cancers and heart disease).  Perfect to have on hand for a last minute dinner preparation or for appetizers.  Try to choose lower sodium or no added salt varieties.
3.  Lower Calorie Beverages - Having lower calorie options other than water will certainly please the guests over the holidays.  Vitamin Water Zero is a delicious option for those who want some flavor in their water. For the soda loves consider Coca-Cola mini cans or the new Coca-Cola Life (a reduced calorie cola).
4. Nuts - Pantry staples would not be complete without a protein source.  Nuts can be eaten alone, added to baked goods, mixed in salads, and much more.  In addition to protein, nuts are packed with heart healthy fats that may reduce the risk of hear disease.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Rice Cake Ornament

Happy Friday!!

Since the arrival of Max I have not been able to spend any time creating recipes for upcoming blog posts.  I miss this creative time I used to have (of course the adorable baby is a better trade), so it felt good to get back into the kitchen yesterday and let my mind go.

Today's recipe does not involve any cooking or baking, but I still was able to come up with a treat the whole family will enjoy.  The creation is a Rice Cake topped with peanut butter and candy to resemble a Christmas tree ornament.  The peanut butter not only creates a layer for the candy to adhere to the rice cake, but also adds protein to the snack.  I choose chocolate coated chocolate candies and red licorice to create the ornament design, however you could choose any of you favorite candy pieces.

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