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Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas and honey.  They are quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snack time! I live about 30 miles from the school that I teach at, which means that I spend a decent amount of time commuting to and from work. It's frustrating to think about the hours I spend commuting as lost time, so I try to find ways to make my commute more enjoyable. I used to listen to audiobooks that I'd check out from the library, but lately I've been listening to podcasts and loving it. My favorites are podcasts about blogging and motherhood. Since returning to work after my maternity leave I've been catching up on episodes ... [Continue Reading]

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie. Only 4 ingredients in this healthy smoothie!

Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie

Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are mine alone. This Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie is so smooth and creamy, you'll think you're drinking a milkshake. But really, you'll be enjoying a healthy 4-ingredient smoothie made with just frozen fruit, milk and yogurt. “Do you guys want a smoothie?” I mention those words in my house, and in an instant Julia and William will be pulling chairs up to the kitchen counter. Smoothies are a favorite snack (and breakfast) around here, and now that the weather is warming up we are making them more and more often. Julia likes to help by adding the frozen fruit to the blender, and William ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies - boost your energy with these soft, chewy cookies!

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies

Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too! Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet baby girl is quite the understatement. Where did the past four months go? Nothing can make up for the fact that I won't be home every day with my little ones, but if I try to look on the positive it is only three days a week, my baby will be with family while I'm at work, and I only have five weeks until summer vacation. I'm trying to look on the positive side. But it's still hard. ... [Continue Reading]

You'll love the hint of orange in this Orange Chia Seed Granola!  #breakfast #oats

Orange Chia Granola

You'll love the hint of orange zest in this Orange Chia Granola, loaded with healthy oats, chia seeds, and nuts! What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is most definitely breakfast. Maybe that's partly due to the cup of coffee that I get to drink at breakfast time. But it's also the breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, and toast... I love them all. My favorite go-to easy everyday breakfast, though, is homemade granola. I love making (and eating) granola so much that last year I devoted a whole week to sharing granola recipes here. I've written about the 5 reasons why you should make homemade granola. Basically, I'm a granola addict. I never get tired of dreaming up ... [Continue Reading]

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking - start doing these today!

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking

I am all about the healthy snacks. Click the snack category in my recipe index and you'll find plenty of evidence. Snacks give me the energy I need to take care of my kids, work, and home, and I find myself hungry and wanting a snack multiple times each day. Without plenty of healthy snack options, and some planning ahead, I'd be reaching for the cookies and cereal all day long. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help me keep my healthy eating goals and snack for energy. I hope these simple tricks for healthy snacking will help you stay on track with your nutrition goals, too. Life is busy, and these tips are things that you can easily incorporate into your packed schedule. 1. Fool ... [Continue Reading]

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{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars

These chewy No-Bake Granola Bars are packed with oats, crispy rice cereal, and toasted coconut. You can mix up a batch in just 10 minutes, and then comes the hard part – waiting for them to chill in the refrigerator before you can dig in! These No-Bake Granola Bars have been a long time in the making. I think it was about a year ago when I tried my first no-bake granola bar recipe. Unfortunately, those bars did not work out so well. They were way too sweet, and fell apart when you tried to eat them. Since then I've done quite a few experiments with no-bake bars. My first big success was these Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. If you haven't tried them yet and you're a peanut butter ... [Continue Reading]

Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins - So good, you won't believe they're healthy too!

Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins

A whole grain muffin that not only tastes amazing (hello dark chocolate chips!), but also is packed with good-for-you ingredients like flaxseed and almond butter.  Bake up a batch of these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins today! Muffins. Almond butter. Dark chocolate. These are three of my very favorite things. Today we're combining them into a skinny muffin that's perfectly snackable. These Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins are a new favorite in my house and I think they will be in yours too! I made these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins with almond butter because I wanted Julia to eat them and she won't touch anything made with peanut butter. Almond butter, however, she likes ... [Continue Reading]

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking - start doing these today!

Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars {No Bake}

These Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars have a rich peanut butter flavor and take just 10 minutes to make. Those of you who are regular readers know how much I love to make (and eat!) homemade snacks. So it should come as no surprise to you that I've used some of my rare moments of free time lately to create these no bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. These no bake bars are the perfect thing to make when you are short on time yet still want a satisfying and delicious snack. You can make them in just minutes and you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. The only thing that you might not have is the puffed brown rice cereal, but once you make these bars I think you'll be ... [Continue Reading]

A healthy whole-wheat muffin made with flaxseed, these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins are bursting with chocolate chips and topped with crunchy almonds.

Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias A healthy whole-wheat muffin made with flaxseed, these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins are bursting with chocolate chips and topped with crunchy almonds. I have a serious thing for muffins.  What's not to love?  Muffins work for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert in the case of these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins.  They are incredibly quick and easy to make, often requiring no more than two bowls and a spoon.  And they are freezer-friendly, making them a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. One of my favorite things about muffins is ... [Continue Reading]

Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie. This healthy breakfast smoothie tastes like apple pie!

Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie (aka the “apple pie” smoothie)

This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is a deliciously healthy way to start your day. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure vanilla extract bring the flavors of apple pie to this creamy oat smoothie.   Have you joined in the oatmeal smoothie craze yet? Ok, maybe it's not so much of a craze, but they are crazy good! Oat smoothies are great for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast, and they also make a nutritious snack later in the day. My Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is one of my most popular recipes, so I figured you guys might like a new breakfast smoothie to add to your rotation! This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is loaded with healthy ingredients, including oats, Greek yogurt, apple, ... [Continue Reading]

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies - keep them in the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks!

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

These Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grains and flaxseed, and naturally sweetened with honey. They keep well in the freezer, for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack. As I type this, I am 38 weeks, two days pregnant and waiting for my baby girl to arrive. It could be any day now, or she could take her sweet time. Either way, I'm praying for a healthy little girl who I just know will complete our family perfectly. In the meantime, I'm enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. (I'm one of those who actually enjoys being pregnant, even despite the normal aches and pains, at least once the first trimester icky feelings go away.) I'm enjoying spending time ... [Continue Reading]

30 incredible homemade snacks, to satisfy any craving.  Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy - I've got you covered!

30 Healthy Snacks You Will Crave!

30 healthy, homemade snacks to satisfy any craving.  From sweet to salty to crunchy to creamy, there's something on this list for everyone! I love snacks.  I pretty much eat all day long, with a meal or snack at least every couple of hours. (Even when I'm not eating for two!)  I have my go-to favorite snacks, but I also like to mix things up once in a while and try some new ideas. With my recent commitment to stop buying packaged snacks, I decided a list of my favorite homemade snacks plus lots of new ideas would be a great resource going into the new year. I've searched through some of my favorite blogs to put together an awesome collection of healthy snack options for you (and me, ... [Continue Reading]

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Cocoa-Almond Protein Smoothie

A healthy smoothie made with Greek yogurt, almond butter, banana, and cocoa powder.  Full of protein and nutrition, and guess what?  It tastes like dessert! Happy New Year!!! Are you making any new year's resolutions this year? I'm not setting too many goals, other than figuring out how to balance being a mom of 3 (only a few weeks until baby girl arrives!) with all of my other work and household responsibilities. I do want to remember to slow down and enjoy each day. I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my to-do lists that I sometimes forget to enjoy all of the little moments along the way.  I want to remember 2015 as a year filled with memorable moments with my kids and ... [Continue Reading]

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Granola Bars - a chewy, healthy snack! - Kristine's Kitchen

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall.  Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats... these bars have it all! As you know, homemade snacks are one of my favorite things to make.  Lately I've been especially loving homemade granola bars and breakfast cookies.  I've tried a number of granola bar recipes, and even have a few new ones that I'm excited to test out.  My latest creation are these Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars. These bars are full of good-for-you ingredients, including oats, flaxseed, apples, and cinnamon. They are lightly sweetened with maple syrup as well as natural sweetness from the apples and raisins. If ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Graham Crackers - easier than you think to make! | Kristine's Kitchen

Whole Grain Graham Crackers

These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves.  Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers! It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find. I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie - a healthy fall smoothie! | Kristine's Kitchen

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie

Pumpkin and apple are the perfect pairing in this fall breakfast smoothie. This healthy Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is made with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and will keep you full for hours! Pumpkin this and pumpkin that have been all over the internet lately. The same goes for apple treats. I decided the natural next step was to put the two seasonal favorites together! This smoothie. It is good. It tastes like dessert, even though it's full of healthy ingredients. It will keep you full for hours, making it the perfect breakfast for yourself and your kids. My two absolutely love this Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie, and I can blend it up in less than 5 minutes - a must for busy ... [Continue Reading]

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles - a refreshing and healthy treat | Kristine's Kitchen

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles

These Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Cool, creamy, and refreshing, you will love these popsicles! Happy Friday!  I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Kelly over at The Pretty Bee today!  Kelly's blog is one of my absolute favorites.  She shares healthy and delicious recipes, many of which are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.  I am always learning new kitchen tricks from her! These healthy pineapple-peach yogurt popsicles are made with just 4 ingredients.  Easy to make, and fun to eat, you will love these popsicles!  Head on over to The Pretty Bee for the recipe! ... [Continue Reading]

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt {plus a new series - Healthy Bites for Kids!} | Kristine's Kitchen

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt {Healthy Bites for Kids}

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt are a nutritious snack that can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.  This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks.  While I've designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too!   I'm starting a new series on the blog today!  I am super excited about this Healthy Bites for Kids series, because it allows me to combine my passions for cooking, healthy eating, and kids (I am a mom and teacher, after all!).  We'll get to these Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt in a minute. (Don't they look scrumptious?!)   If you don't have kids or grandkids, you'll ... [Continue Reading]