Happy Sunday! Actually, it’s mid-Sunday evening and back to the grind tomorrow, so some of you might not be so happy. But, you know what? It was a beautiful day, I had a great workout this morning, I visited a friend at her new digs, had a date with my nephews, completed two articles, got a bunch clothing donations ready for the Red Cross (#fortmcmurray) and I made a delicious, healthy dinner, and just threw a pan of healthy brownies in the oven! The day has been great.
Seriously, whoever said that healthy eating is gross or boring obviously was just looking for excuses.
First up I made this gorgeous summer vegetable dish:
I found this dish on Pinterest a long time ago and have been wanting to try it. I finally got around to it today. It was so good. And cheap. And easy. And other than a little added cheese, it’s completely healthy.
I got the recipe here: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/08/summer-vegetable-tian/. The only change I made was I swapped out white potato for sweet potato – simply because I could only find bags of white potatoes and I only wanted one. I was able to buy a single sweet potato so that’s what I went with.
I added some spices too. The next time I make it I’ll likely avoid the cheese. I don’t normally have cheese in the house and I wanted to use up what I have because I’m starting another Whole 30 again soon and wanted to use some of it – the less I have to waste.
The reason I’m heading back to a Whole 30 again, aside from I love how I feel when I’m on it, is that my sugar cravings have been outrageous lately. And that’s the thing with sugar. The more you have, the more you crave. The purpose of the Whole 30 program is to eliminate those cravings (and rid your body of systemic inflammation). I look forward to my 30 and I don’t miss the sugar when I’m on. AND, I love eating whole foods: fruits and vegetables and lean meats. My body really does thank me when I’m on the program.
But, because I’m not ready for my 30 yet (you really have to be ready) and I’m craving chocolate like it’s going out of style, I decided to make a pan of healthy black bean brownies. Yep, you heard me, black.bean.brownies.
I have made these brownies several times in the past and they are soooo good.
I get the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/01/06/homemade-protein-bars-chocolate-peanut-butter-vegan/). Katie is a healthy food blogger I’ve been following for years. She makes incredibly delicious and drool-worthy healthy recipes. I’ve tried a ton of them (including her crispy avocado fries…you.must.try!).
I don’t follow Katie’s recipe 100%. I omit the sugar. I amped up the vanilla. And I added more coconut milk (unsweetened) to make them extra moist and gooey. And I use dark chocolate bits and organic hazelnut almond butter.
The brownies are currently still in the oven but I’m bunkering down to watch The Walking Dead so I’m sure I’ll have one (or two!) later. The rest of them are going to be individually wrapped as pre-workout snacks.
Now….doesn’t all that make you want to go out and try a new recipe – something with fresh produce or a healthy alternative to your favorite treat?