The Best Avocado Appetizer I Can’t Stop Eating

Happy Monday!

I wanted to share with you one of my all time Favorite Appetizers. I have many that I can’t live without, but this one is AMAZING. It is loaded up with great antioxidants and I can’t tell you how amazing the taste is. If you are a huge avocado fan, then this is a perfect snack or even appetizer to share with family and friends.

I do add more seeds to this snack, as I love adding different seeds to my diet. They are rich in antioxidants and give just about everything a great taste. You can add chia or hemp seeds to them. It makes for a even more tasty snack.

The BEST appetizer out there !

THE ITEMS YOU WILL NEED:

-Whole grain or Ezekiel bread ( you can also use a loaf and just cut into slices.

-3 avocados ( organic preferably)

-2 cups organic Arugula

-2 tsp coconut oil

-chia seeds and hemp seeds

If you prefer to have your bread toasted, you can put the coconut oil on the slices and place in the over for about 15 min on 350. If you do not mind the toast being warm, then you can just put the oil on the sliced bread, and move to the side. In a bowl , place the arugula in it, and toss with a bit of coconut oil. Just enough , but not soggy. Sit aside. Take your avocados and slice them into 4 slices. Once you have the avocados sliced, place your arugula on each of your toasts. Top with your avocado, and place the seeds of your choice on top. I cant tell you how delicious this snack is. This would be good to add to any dinner appetizer. I have used this so much and people love it. Its your preference whether you want to add the coconut oil to the bread slices if you don’t want to toast them. I hope you enjoy this just as much as I do.

Happy Monday !

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Mini Frozen Yogurt Pops

Happy Friday!

Do you have a sweet tooth? Sure, most of us do, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose candy bars or a huge bowl of ice cream. I make these frozen yogurt pops for my kids, and they love them. Not only are they healthy and not loaded up with sugar and preservatives, they’re quick! I am so thankful for finding this amazing recipe from Woman’s Day Magazine.

-4 cups vanilla Greek yogurt (or combination of chocolate and vanilla yogurt)
-Mini chocolate chips

Divide the yogurt among eight 5-oz cups. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cover each cup with foil, making sure each cup is sealed. Make a small slit in the center of each cup and insert a wooden stick in them. Freeze for at least eight hours and up to three days. Before serving them, remove foil and tear away the cup. Viola!

Image from Woman's Day Magazine

Image from Woman’s Day Magazine

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10 Skinny Foods to Have on Hand!

The new week is upon us, ladies, and that means back to the gym tomorrow, right? Absolutely! To encourage you to stay fueled up and motivated, I wanted to give you 10 healthy snack options to always keep on hand. These will keep you from over-eating at dinner time, and they’re nutrient rich. Try to keep these items always stocked in your kitchen, and alternate them daily as healthy snacks!

  1. Hummus.  This delicious snack is protein rich and fights hunger.
  2. Salsa.  This snack is low in calories, and filled with nutrients.
  3. Eggs.  Eggs aid in fat burning, and fight off belly fat.
  4. Almonds.  I always snack on these due to their richness in vitamin E.
  5. Chia seeds. Nutty, light flavor, but high in omega 3 fatty acids.
  6. Quinoa.  Gluten free and fiber filled.
  7. Parmesan cheese.  Alternate this for any cheese you use regularly. It’s an asset in fighting pounds.
  8. Sprouted grain bread.  Rich in fiber, so you’ll stay fuller longer.
  9. Yogurt.  Belly flattening, and high in calcium.
  10. Bananas.  Rich in potassium.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Scroll down and let me know in the ‘reply’ section! Love, -Melissa

almonds

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Pre-Workout Snacks

Happy Saturday, ladies!

peanut butter and banana on toastJust a reminder: It’s important to have a pre-workout snack to fuel your body for optimum performance. But don’t eat a huge meal; it will weigh down your energy level, and no one likes to be weighed down – especially during a sweat session! Also, make sure to drink a lot of water during your water to prevent dehydration.

Here are some healthy pre-workout snack options to indulge in prior to an amazing workout!

1. Bananas
2. Oatmeal
3. Fruit smoothies
4. Egg whites
5. Dried fruit
6. Whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter
7. Greek yogurt

Enjoy the snack; enjoy the workout!

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