The same 4 or 5 (Healthy) ingredients can turn into a wide variety of dishes with slightly different flavor profiles. Experiment with different herbs and seasonings- like basil, rosemary, garlic and others. The possibilities are endless! Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. Spice it up!
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When cool weather rolls around, I tend to crave flavored coffees. I like adding spices (such as pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg), cocoa powder, and natural vanilla and/or almond extracts to create my own little flavors right in my kitchen without having to use caloric or artificial chemical-laden coffee syrups. The trick is to add your flavorings to the grounds BEFORE brewing so that they brew with the grounds.
Some mixtures I've tried (for 8 cups coffee): Chocolate Almond: 2 tsp Cocoa powder, a few drops of vanilla and almond extracts Cinnamon Praline: A few drops of vanilla and almond extracts, 2 tsp cinnamon Coconut Almond: 2 tsp cocoa powder, few drops coconut extract Have fun experimenting!
Sometimes I just have to have that sweet candy, especially the seasonal - Spice drops, candy corn, jelly beans, mini chocolate eggs, etc. I put a serving in a container and leave it on the kitchen counter and allow myself just one piece each time I go to the kitchen. This way I know I really want it rather than eating it mindlessly, plus I burn a couple calories before I eat it. This also works with M-n-M's; skittles, almonds, anything that has smaller pieces.
There are SO many awesome protein bars on the market but at $2 and up a clip, they get expensive! My secret has been experimenting in my own kitchen and making them myself. Not only do I save money but I get exactly what *I* want in my bars!
A simple Google search will yeild you a ton of results, but don't be afraid to play and come up with your own options! Our favorite combination was the result of "a little of this, a little of that" from what we had in the house!
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