Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Homemade Energy Balls

Protein snacks. They come in all shapes and sizes. Just like stepping into the cereal aisle where there is an endless selection of cereals boxes , I get the same feeling when I choose protein bars. Not all are created equal though . Some are great tasting and some will leave you wondering if you ate a piece of card board. Truth be told, I go for inexpensive ones.

 When hubs and I decided to change our lifestyle, it did worry me a little. How will it affect our budget. Why are some healthy and fitness products so expensive? That..I can't completely comprehend. One thing is for sure though that the benefits will be greater.  I did quite a bit of research and note taking on how we can substitute some healthy recipes so it can still be budget friendly.A few months ago, I shared the Clean Eating Turkey Chili. I cooked that chili when we were doing the Insanity workout. Buying a can of turkey chili can easily add up.

I was happy to come across this recipe over at Beachbody's website. The recipe was actually for Homemade Energy Bars. I did some revisions based on the ingredients that I already have. I also did not use Shakeology , again hubs and I are testing out ways to loose weight within our budget. Beachbody highly recommends taking Shakeology while doing their workouts because of its benefits...which I certainly agree.  However, not all can afford it, right? This  recipe can also be used for 21 day fix.

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1 cup whole pitted prunes
1 cup dried figs
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 scoops Shakeology ( I used EAS whey protein powder)


You can process the walnuts first using a blender or food processor.  Set aside . Place dried prunes,  figs and half of the chopped walnuts in a food processor. Pulse for 1 to 2 minutes scraping the sides.  Pulse until mixture resembles like this.

Form the processed fruit and nuts into a ball. I was able to make around 12 balls. Using half of the walnuts, roll the balls into the walnuts. Place in a parchment lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

If you want to make these yummies into energy bars, press mixture into a cellophane lined 8x8 pan , cover and refrigerate for 1 hr. Cut into 12 bars.

One bar, has 148 calories and 6 g of protein.

You can definitely add your own flavors but note that it will change the nutritional value.  If you are doing 21 Day Fix, 1 serving   will be:

yellow  1/2 blue 

Recipe adapted from: Beachbody Blog

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Wise Guys - Book Review + Giveaway

I was going into first year high school when my father died, unexpectedly. He was the only man in my life that I look up to. Growing up, there's my mom , teachers and sisters who I see as my mentors. Even though , our dad was taken away from us very early..there are a lot of things that I learned from him. Putting your family first, working hard for your loved ones and fighting for what is right to name a few.

In  today's society, growing up without a father as a result of a divorce is becoming such a norm.These such sensitive and disturbing statistic was discussed in this book. There is indeed a decline of fatherhood-- the real, present and intentional fatherhood. This book is geared towards men.  While most of my readers are women however I highly recommend that you give this book to the special man in your life.  I appreciate the strong message of the importance of having a father in a family. The author also emphasized the importance of mentors in his life--men.

Millennials today do not appreciate the value of growing up with a mentor just because we are so technologically well informed. I mean, just ask Mr Google right?  We refused to learn from other people. But learning valuable lessons from other men ( or women) who can instill wisdom in your life will greatly lead you to what God has made you to be.

       For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions anyway?
But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys. Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?
Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him all the back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the guys in your own circle.

About the book:
Paperback: 164 Pages
Publisher : City On a Hill Studio

About the author:

KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men.  Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life.  Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men.  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blogger Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party #24

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party # 24

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8 Clean Eating and 21 Day Fix Seasonings




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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Healthy Living Link Party #64

Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party #64
 We had another great party last week.  We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.

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 The Benefits of Protein Shakes

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