Protein-Packed PB&J Cups

Peanut…peanut butter…and JELLY! We all know the song, we all know the sandwich, but what you may not know about is this delightful little creation that we whipped up in the Edible Epiphanies kitchen! It’s jam-packed with protein, provides your tastebuds with a little sweet and saltiness, and comes in a perfect little package that you can get away with enjoying any time of day. This no-bake treat takes just minutes to prepare and we bet you’ll swallow it down even faster!

Ingredients:
  1. 1 Raw Revolution Glo Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
  2. 1 tbsp. Strawberry Jelly
  3. 2 tbsp. Buttery Pecan Arctic Zero
  4. Toppings of your choice!PB&J Cups
Directions:

Take the soft Raw Rev Glo bar and remove it from its package. Use the palm of your hand to flatten the bar on a pan or countertop.

Once the bar is flattened, soft and easy to mold, place it in the cup of a small muffin pan to use as a mold for your peanut butter cup. Use your fingers to shape and blend the bar so it forms a small cup. IMG_3845

Slide a spoon along the edges to slowly slip the protein bar cup out of the muffin pan and grab your strawberry jelly.

Spoon the strawberry jelly into the cup and smooth it out along the inside to create a soft inner layer. Scoop out a large spoonful of Buttery Pecan Arctic Zero (this flavor works best with this recipe because of the buttery, nutty compliment to the protein bar, but feel free to use another variety!) and place it into your protein peanut butter cup on top of the jelly.Now you can add your favorite toppings! We suggest chocolate candies, chocolate peanut butter cup bits, nuts or whipped cream, but the sky’s the limit!Protein PB&J Cups

We hope you enjoy this delicious, protein-packed, sweet and salty treat!

 

Protein Power Toast

Avocado toast is all the rage these days and everyone seems to have their own take on the recipe. After all, this protein, healthy-fat and complex carbohydrate-packed snack is an ideal meal to get your day started or refuel after a tough workout. One of our favorite recipes is quite simple, but we love it because it satisfies hunger and tastes amazing!

Ingredients:
  1. Two pieces of toast (Our pick: Nature’s Own Whole Grain Sugar Free Bread)
  2. One can of white albacore tuna packed in spring water
  3. Two tbsp. of Mayo (Our pick: Paleo-friendly Primal Kitchen Mayo)
  4. 3/4 avocado
  5. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  6. 1/4 lemon
Directions:

Lightly toast the bread and place on a plate. Open the can of tuna and drain the water. In a small bowl, mix the tuna and mayo. Squeeze lemon and sprinkle pepper over the mix. Stir well. Spoon the tuna onto the bread.

Toast with tunaSlice the avocado in half and squeeze a small amount of lemon onto the avocado half. Slice small slivers of avocado and place onto the tuna.

Avocado toast Place thin avocado slivers onto both pieces of toast, sprinkle with a small dash of pepper and enjoy!

Avocado toastFor an added punch of protein, mix lowfat cottage cheese into the tuna/mayo mix or place a small spoonful of cottage cheese between the tuna and avocado slices.

Have an avocado toast recipe of your own that you’d like to share? Send your recipe to us at contactedible@gmail.com.

4 Food Blogs You Need to Follow

When it comes to recipes, tips or even opinions on food, it seems that everyone has something to say these days. Fortunately, we’ve done our homework to compile a list of top food bloggers who definitely know what they’re talking about! We surveyed foodie platforms from around the United States to share our favorite blogs based on content, recipes, readability, photos, and personality, and we’re fairly certain you won’t disagree with our picks. Check out these four blogs you need to follow immediately:

1) Minimalist Baker

Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Why we love it: This easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate blog is beautifully illustrated with food photography that perfectly captures every tiny detail of the recipe. After first glance, you’re immediately drawn to the creation that will soon grace your own kitchen countertop. Our favorite aspect of this blog is that wife-husband blogger team, Dana and John, only create recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl or one pot, or take 30 minutes or less to prepare. The best part? Most of her recipes are vegan and gluten free! One of our favorites is this recipe for Toasted Coconut Pancakes…mmmm…

 

2) Pinch of Yum

Korean BBQ Steak Bowl

Korean BBQ Steak Bowl

Why we love it: Elementary-School-Teacher-turned-full-time-Blogger, Lindsay, takes readers on a culinary adventure through gorgeous snapshots of exquisite creations that make you want to run to the kitchen and pull out your sauté pans. She doesn’t stick to one type of special diet, so her recipes appeal to any and all tastes. Her recipes inspire with influences from all over the world, including Mediterranean quinoa bowls, Korean barbecue steak and Spicy Brazilian burritos, just to name a few of our favorites.

3) Cooking Classy

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Why we love it: Food enthusiast and Recipe Developer, Jaclyn, is clearly passionate about everything she whips up, and her enthusiasm is contagious through her posts. While her recipe repertoire is extensive, she really shines in her ability to create and photograph sweets. She has dedicated sections that showcase brownies and bars, cake and cupcakes, cookies, desserts, ice cream and chilled desserts, and many more! Only downfall – because the site is so graphic heavy, loading is a bit finicky, but trust us, the recipes are worth the wait!

 

4) Budget Bytes

Jewel Pasta

Jewel Pasta

Why we love it: Let’s face it: most of us are not millionaires. We don’t have wads of cash lying around to spend on high-end ingredients from natural food stores. We live on a budget, just like food lover and number cruncher, Beth, of Budget Bytes. Beth helps you create meal masterpieces within reasonable budgets that many of us are accustomed to. Take this Jewel Pasta recipe for example…your guests will think you spent many jewels on the ingredients, but it will really only cost you about $4.50!

Whether you’re cooking on a budget, looking for ways to spice up your next date night, or need a sweet treat to impress your kiddos, these food blogs will provide you with the know-how to get cookin’! Didn’t see a blog on this list that you feel everyone MUST know about? Send us a note at contactedible@gmail.com.

Happy Cooking!

We’re Going Bananas Over THIS Sweet Treat!

Bananas are a wonderfully versatile fruit that perfectly compliment many sweet and savory dishes. On top of that, they are loaded with potassium and fiber, making them a heart-healthy snack that helps you manage cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of heart disease. In fact, a study referenced by MindBodyGreen showed that when long-distance cyclists consumed half of a banana every fifteen minutes, their energy levels were equivalent to those when consuming energy drinks. And think about all the sugar and calories they saved!

It’s clear bananas are a healthy choice when it comes to feeding your body right, but the super bonus is that they can also be incredibly delicious! Especially when coated with creamy peanut butter, packed tight with crunchy coconut bits or delightfully sweetened with dark chocolate. We’re talking about the incredible snacks made by Barnana.

Barnana Barnana snacks come in all shapes, sizes and flavors, giving your taste buds an experience they soon won’t forget. Our favorites are the Organic Peanut Butter Chewy Banana Bites and the Organic Chocolate Chewy Banana Bites (pictured left). But you don’t have to just stop with these two. For those of you who want to skip the creamy coating, the Organic Original Chewy Banana Bites taste like candy but fuel your body with 800mg of Potassium per serving! For a more tropical treat with a hint of crunch, snack on the Organic Coconut Chewy Banana Bites – after one bite, you’ll swear you’ve been transported to a Hawaiian island.

We love these bites between meetings, post-workout or during that mid-afternoon dive when the brain needs a supercharge to get through the rest of the day.

The best part? You can find them at your local health food store, including Whole Foods and Sprouts! Want them to come to you? You can order them online by clicking here. Happy snacking, friends!

5 Herbal Remedies for a Healthy Spring Season

Did you know most common health problems can actually be resolved without over-the-counter or prescription medications? It’s true! Natural herbal remedies – from those found in nearly every garden to the ones often used for cooking – can be just as effective, or even more beneficial, than most prescription drugs. So before you head to the pharmacy counter, consider the following natural herbs and plants to treat what ails you.

prepared-ginger-teaGentle Ginger

Ginger has been considered the universal medicine for centuries, because it is gentle on the stomach and often used to relieve symptoms of nausea, indigestion, fever, and infection. Some research even shows that it can be used for heart health, digestive health, cold and flu prevention, and weight management.

Tough Thyme

Thyme is considered one of nature’s most powerful antiseptics and is commonly used in mouthwash and decongestant products. Thyme can be added to teas and herbal drinks to help relieve a sore throat, cough, bronchitis, and laryngitis.

Garlic the Guardian

Garlic contains various active components, including allicin, alliinase and sulfur compounds, which make it a potent antibiotic, anti-viral and fungicidal medicine. For this reason, garlic is highly effective in lowering high blood pressure, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and boosting the immune system.

Mellow Mint

Mint doesn’t just smell great, it also has the ability to settle the digestive tract to decrease the severity and length of stomach aches. Mint can be added to teas, salads or eaten on its own to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and thwart the growth of toxic bacteria in the stomach.

Luxurious Lavenderlavender

Lavender is another fragrant herb that is used in a variety of medicinal and cosmetic products. The natural oils found in the lavender plan are known to calm nerves, alleviate headaches and reduce stress.

Using herbal remedies over the common prescription drugs is an affordable and effective way to maintain your health, while building your immune system. Before the spring time sniffles wreak havoc on your household, look to your garden for inspiration on healing your body!