Inspiring fitness lovers to have their cupcake and eat it too!

Daily Archives: May 13, 2013

Hello!

Oh boy, do I have a treat for you guys!

I got an awesome shipment in the mail the other day.  I ordered two jars of Nikki’s Coconut Butter.  I got the Macadamia Nut Cookie (which is my favorite) and the Vanilla Cake Batter.   These are an amazing healthy snack even if you want to just eat it straight from the jar like I do!!

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How do you melt/cook with it?

Depending on the climate these coconut butters can be pretty rock hard or pretty crumbly.  I have microwaved it before, but not long, maybe 15 seconds because coconut butter tends to burn easily. You can also make a warm water bath and stick the entire jar in it.

You can even make your own homemade coconut butter!

Here is the nutritional info:

Macadamia Nut Cookie
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
Servings per container: 12
Calories 197
Total Fat 17
Saturated Fat 13
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 23mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g

Source

Vanilla Cake Batter
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
Servings per container: 12
Calories 210
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 43mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g

Source

What is the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil?

Coconut butter includes the meat of the coconut, while coconut oil does not.  Coconut oil is JUST the oil that is extracted from the meat.  Coconut butter may also be called coconut cream concentrate.

What else can you do with coconut butter?

  • Eat it straight from the jar
  • Blend it with peanut or almond butter and spoon it over anything!
  • Topping for sweet potato
  • Add it to a smoothie
  • Melt and drizzle over berries
  • Protein Maple Pecan Syrup (topping for protein pancakes or waffles)

The options are endless!

Benefits of coconut oils and butters:

  • Coconut oil, like human breast milk, is rich in lauric acid, which boosts immunity and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses. In fact, coconut oil is one of the closest foods on the planet to breast milk.
  • Coconut oil/butter helps to stimulate the metabolism, so you burn more calories each day, which helps with weight loss and energy levels.
    (Source)

Here is an amazing cookie recipe using coconut butter that has only 3 ingredients!!

{Single Serving} Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookie

microwaveable

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Nikki’s Coconut Butter- Macadamia Nut Cookie Flavor
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chunks- or chips
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until egg is incorporated
  • Pour batter into a separate bowl that has been coated with non stick cooking spray
  • Flatten in bottom of bowl to form a cookie shape
  • Microwave for 90 seconds.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

cookies n milk

I enjoyed mine with a glass of almond milk!  Delicious.  Feel free to leave out the chocolate chips for less sugar because the coconut butter itself has an awesome flavor!

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Do you ever cook/bake with coconut oils/butters?

Check out Nikki’s Coconut Butter for some awesome flavors!

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Good Morning!  

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s day filled with lots of RELAXATION and good food 🙂

I made the EASIEST pasta salad ever.  I got this recipe from my friend Lindsey and it has been a hit ever since!  You basically just throw all the ingredients together in a bowl and wala, you are done!

Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Salad

pasta

Ingredients:

  • 26 oz. Cheesy Tortellini – I used one big pack and one small pack
  • 1  (5 oz.)  package grape tomatoes
  • 1  container basil pesto- (I made my own from Wildtree)
  • 1  (10 oz.) package Fat Free or Low Fat Feta Cheese

pasta salad

Directions:

  • Cook Tortellini according to package instructions.  Drain and Cool.
  • Slice Grape Tomatoes in half and add to salad.
  • Mix in feta cheese
  • Add pesto last, stir to incorporate all the ingredients
  • Enjoy!

This makes a HUGE batch, enough for probably 10-15 people.  We have tons of leftovers for tonight’s dinner!

We also had veggies and BBQ pork Sandwiches.

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I use Stubb’s BBQ sauce because it is All natural and doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup.  I love the flavor!

stubbs

Dessert:

Almond Power Cookies that I made yesterday and Lightened up Blueberry Crisp adapted from this recipe

power cookies

Lightened Up Blueberry Crisp

bb crisp

After baking I turned on the broiler to brown the top and I left it in too long and the top burned! 😦   I scraped off most of the black topping but still had some crumble left.  It still tasted great according to everyone.

Topped with a little bit of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream (no sugar added)

bb crisp 2

And the rest of the week’s menu is the following:

weekly meal and fitness plan

Monday:  Leftovers

Tuesday:  Talapia

Wednesday:  Pizza for the boys (I work 12 hours)

Thursday:  Spaghetti with turkey meatballs

Friday:  4 Course Dinner at BLEND!

Saturday:  Out to Dinner in Utah

Sunday:  Dinner at the airport or in the airplane?

Fitness:

Monday– Crossfit

Tuesday- Crossfit

Wednesday–  OFF

Thursday-  Run or Crossfit

Friday- OFF

Saturday- Bootcamp/and Hike At BLEND

Sunday- Bootcamp at BLEND

I don’t really have any questions today, but I hope you all have a good week and I can’t wait to see everyone at BLEND!



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