Spicy Chickpeas Recipe- A healthy alternative to potato chips

Hey guys!

I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying the last few days of February! It was great, but I am ready for spring!

Today I have an amazing snack recipe for you! Spicy chickpeas! This is really is a favorite for me. It is for the salty fix you crave. They taste better than chips and are definitely healthier. They are protein and fiber packed so it will keep you full until the next meal.

The best thing about this snack is its so easy to make and they are a perfect when you are on the go.

chickpeas

Spicy chickpeas

 

Ingredients:

chickpeas ingredients

1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon (to taste) salt

1 teaspoon (to taste) Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425

Drain the chickpeas and pat with paper towel to ensure all liquid is absorbed.

Put chickpeas on cookie sheet and cook for 10 min.

Take the chickpeas out of oven and put in large bowl. Add olive oil, creole seasoning and salt. Shake it up!

Put back on the cookie sheet and bake for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Note: I love the spicy taste the creole seasoning gives it, but you can use any seasoning you like! You can try cinnamon if you want a sweeter snack.

Give this snack a chance, I promise you will love it!

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1000 rep leg and core challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend and are ready to fight off the Monday blues with the serious 1000 rep leg and core challenge.

I have been on a little bit of a hiatus from exercising because I have had the crud and I have been trying to gain a few pounds. Moving around constantly with Joseph and him being strickly breastfed has taken somewhat of a toll on my body and made me lose a little more weight than I feel comfortable with. Now that I am back at a healthy weight and am feeling healthy I had to get back to the grind!

This was extremely challanging for me, but I know it was partly because I haven’t worked out in two weeks.

Do as much as you can and make modifications as needed.

I hope you enjoy this workout and have a great week!

1000 rep challange

Pinterest recipes that won’t expand the waistline

Okay, I love Pinterest! It is such a great place to get fashion inspiration and any d.i.y. project you could ever dream of. I love getting ideas for holiday decorations and gifts, and I have also found some great recipes.

Today I want to review a few healthy recipes that I have seen floating around pintrest with so you can decide if you want to spend your time and money on them.

Banana Based Pancakes

pancakes

http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/38657925508

This recipe only calls for three ingredients, a banana, an egg and blueberries. It is extremely easy and they are so tasty! I was skeptical about this and thought it would taste like a burnt mashed up banana, but I was wrong! It tasted like an actual banana flavored pancake. They make about three or four pancakes and there is so much you can do to spice them up. Add peanut butter or chocolate chips, whatever your taste buds desire. The only downside is they are hard to flip, but even if they are a little messy the pancakes are delish.

To get the recipe, hop over to the undressed skeleton.

Peanut butter oat banana breakfast cookies

peanut butter cookies

http://watching-what-i-eat.blogspot.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-banana-oat-breakfast.html

These banana and peanut butter based cookies are egg and flour free. They call for protein powder so the cookies are filling and do your muscles some good.

I personally did not like them at all. I read reviews on the website and there were many who loved them, but it was not my cup of tea.

They were easy to make, but there were a fair amount of ingredients the recipe called for. Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, or would be easy to find at your local market (i.e. bananas, peanut butter, quick oats).

They tasted really bland to me and the banana flavor was really strong and I couldn’t even taste the peanut butter. You can cook them from anywhere to 15- 25 minutes depending on how chewy or crunchy you want them.

If you are expecting them to taste like cookies you will be disappointed. Some people compared them to protein bars. To me they tasted like bland granola bars. They have potential, but not my favorite.

For more on this recipe, check out watching what I eat.

Martha Stewart’s oatmeal smoothie

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http://www.marthastewart.com/851771/oatmeal-smoothies

This simple smoothie recipe is filling and easy to make. There are only a few ingredients involved and it makes for a healthy breakfast, lunch or after workout snack.

This smoothie tastes great and is a base recipe that can be tweaked to your fancy.

Get the recipe at marthastewart.com

Frozen peanut butter banana bites

banana bites

http://www.fitsugar.com/Frozen-Banana-Peanut-Butter-Recipe-24047720

These yummy little morsels are a great alternative to a less healthy snack or dessert. With only three ingredients this recipe is easy as pie and tastes just as good. Bananas, Greek yogurt and peanut butter is all you need. They are filling and I promise you won’t miss your late night ice cream indulgence with this one.

Fitsugar.com is where you can find the recipe.

The next one is a bonus and definitely not considered a ‘healthy’ dessert, but it is such a great treat for Valentine’s Day and extremely easy. Plus, they are small so you can still watch your calorie intake with them. I made them last year and Charlie and I ate them up within days.

Valentine Pretzel Buttons

pretzel bites

These are so good! I love them and it’s another 3fer- only three ingredients. All you need is pretzels, kisses and M&M’s. It is the perfect little treat to give your Childs teachers, neighbors or co- workers.

Check out G*Rated for this recipe.

If anyone else has a Pinterest recipe that has become their favorite feel free to share with us!