My Birthday Chocolate Smoothie with Brownie Bites!

It’s my birthday and I can eat chocolate if I want to, chocolate if I want to

Yup, that is what I am singing today
This chocolate smoothie is seriously indulgent and the brownie bites really take it over the top.
You need to make this. And don’t worry it doesn’t need to be your birthday to have it, but it does make your day a whole lot better. So enjoy it any day of the week.

Chocolate Smoothie
1 cup ice
4 TB frozen pumpkin puree*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TB cashew butter**
1 1/2 – 2 TB cocoa powder
1-2 TB pure maple syrup or 1-2 pitted dates
1 cup milk of choice
1/2 tsp xantham gum (optional)

*The night before I scooped out tablespoons of pumpkin puree onto a pan and froze. I then used four of them for this smoothie. Also, if pumpkin sounds too crazy for you, frozen banana will work great here. I just did not want any banana flavor in this smoothie.
**You can use any nut butter of choice or do without. The nut butter adds creaminess.

Put all the ingredients into the blended and blend till smooth.
To make the smoothie thicker you can add in the xantham gum. I couldn’t locate mine, but I am sure it would help to make the smoothie thicker. Also add in the milk slowly so it does not become too thin.

Brownie Bites
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup almonds
1 cup pitted medjool dates
pinch of salt, if nuts are unsalted
2.5 TB cocoa powder
1/2 TB water, if needed to bind

In a food processor, blend the cashews and almonds till they are small almost fully ground up pieces. Add in the dates, salt (if using), and cocoa powder. Blend again till combined. If it is still crumbly add in the water. When you pinch a small piece of the dough together and it holds without falling apart, it is ready.

Roll into small ball shapes or just push down into a small pan.
Place in the freezer or fridge to firm up.

To Assemble:
Place a few brownie bites into the bottom of your cup. Pour in the chocolate smoothie half way and then add a few more brownie bites. Top with more smoothie and finish with even more brownie bites.
I enjoyed this with a spoon.

The combo of the brownie bites and the smoothie was amazing.

Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

I love green smoothies. You can easily put spinach into any smoothie you make and as long as you add the right other ingredients, you cannot tell it’s in there. Except for the fact that the smoothie itself is green! My kids found it very funny to be drinking this green drink. They liked it so much, that I needed to give them more from my own cup! Luckily I am a good sharer 🙂

Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

1 cup spinach (I used frozen)
1.5 cups milk of choice
2 cups frozen sliced banana
1 TB ground flaxseed
2 TB natural peanut butter
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, but recommended)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of ice
water to thin, if needed

Blend the spinach with the milk till it is blended well.
Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the water.
Blend and if it is too thick, slowly add in the water.
Serve and Enjoy!

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

The other day I bought some beautiful bags of frozen fruit and got super inspired to make a smoothie.
My first smoothie came out so good that I decided I will be making a Smoothie A Day Challenge!
I will be making a smoothie (almost) every day this month and will be sharing the recipes here and on my Facebook Page.
Are you going to join?
It is a great way to get in some fruits and we may even sneak in some veggies for an added boost of healthiness! Of course every recipe will be super delicious and I encourage you to share pictures of the smoothie you make!

Today’s Smoothie: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

2 cups frozen blueberries
.5 cups frozen sliced bananas
2 TB ground flaxseed
3 TB oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups milk of choice
water, to thin if needed
Blend till smooth and Enjoy!
This recipe makes a lot so feel free to use less ingredient’s if only making it for yourself.
My husband, kids, and babysitter loved this one!

30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

These rolls are just too good. Whenever I make these I seem like the best housewife in town, but little do they know it took just minutes to put together. These are also perfect for Rosh Hashanah since they are sweetened and topped with honey, which makes them extra special.

30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Rolls
Makes 12 rolls
1 cup warm water
2 Tb dry yeast 

1/4 cup honey, plus extra for coating

1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for forming
1 egg
1 teaspoon sea salt
3.5 to 4 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13 pan with oil.
In a bowl mix together the warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit a few minutes till it starts to bubble a bit.
Next, add in the oil and egg. Mix.
Add in the flour and salt and mix till the dough is well combined and only a little sticky.
Add more flour if you feel it is too sticky. Do not add too much or the rolls will be dry.
Oil your hands and separate the dough into 12 pieces. 
Roll them into balls and place in the pan.
Let them sit for about 5 minutes. You can egg them but you do not need to.
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Once they come out brush honey over the tops.
These rolls are best fresh out of the oven. If you want to make them in advance that should be fine, but I recommend you warm them up before serving.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.
Shana Tova Umesukah- Have a Sweet New Year!

Butternut Squash Kugel (whole wheat/naturally sweetened)

Wow, I have been off this blog for quite some time. Did you miss me?
This summer has been a busy one for us. We moved to a different neighborhood and between a new home and new schools for my kids, life got too busy to work on healthy recipes. I am still not fully settled in, but with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) in just a few days I thought i’d stop by to share some great healthy recipes perfect for the holiday.

Some great ideas are:
Creamy Carrot Zucchini Soup

Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup
Real Honey Cake

Healthy Apple Pie

And a new favorite here- Healthy Butternut Squash Kugel

Butternut Squash Kugel
1 heaping cup of butternut squash puree
2 TB melted coconut oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 medium eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 TB nondairy milk of choice
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, divided

Preheat oven to 350F. 
Mix together all the ingredients just using half of the cinnamon. Pour into an oiled 9×6 pan. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon on top.
Bake for 30 minutes until firm. I like to serve this warm. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Oh, and you will want to probably double this recipe.

I hope to be back with another recipe soon (hope is the key word here!).

New Winner of the Protein Powder Giveaway

The previous winner of the giveaway did not respond and since I have allowed enough time to respond, I am now going to announce the new winner!

The Winner of the Growing Naturals Protein Powder Package is….
Blima N.

Congrats! Please be sure you email me at nowaythatshealthy at with your address. This needs to be done within the next 3 days or I will need to choose a new winner.

Thanks everyone and I plan to have new posts up this week so stay tuned!

Last Week of the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan

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I want to start off by saying I am sorry I did not post sample meal plans last week. I do hope in the future to give you some more meal ideas, but I think you get the point. 
Now, for the winner of the protein powder giveaway.
The winner is:
Blima N.
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For the last week of this plan there is just one thing to remember. You do not need to be perfect. If you go somewhere and want to indulge in something you usually wouldn’t, enjoy it!
If you do not allow those moments to eat foods that are not clean then you will just end up frustrated. The same thing goes for working out. A day or two without it, is fine!
It is good to look at this with an 80/20 rule.
80% of the time you should try to eat clean and stay on track. The other 20% you can let yourself do as you please. Enjoy the cake. Enjoy sleeping in and skipping the workout. 
This will make the other 80% much more doable.
Well, that is the end of the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan. 
I really hope you enjoyed these posts and I am glad to hear the great feedback.
Remember, I have two more of the health packages to give away to two lucky readers. 
One for a US reader and One for an international reader.
To be one of the winners please comment below with how this plan has worked for you. Please write where you are located so I can be sure the package can be mailed to you.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Week 7 of the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan

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Welcome to Week 7! I hope you have been able to keep up with this plan and have been seeing some great results from it. 

Week 7 is very simple. Take all you have learned from the previous weeks, bring it together and work on making balanced meals.
I will be posting some sample meal plans later this week, but here are the basics:
Each meal should have-
Either a fruit or vegetable on the side. 
A portion of good for you carbs.
A portion of protein.
Be sure that when cooking your meals you stick to using a little oil, don’t go overboard.
I love cooking with coconut oil, but olive oil is great as well.
Here is a great portion control guide:
Veggies- two fists worth
Fruit- one fist
Carbs- one fist
Fats- Size of your thumb
Protein- Size and thickness of your palm
This way you don’t need to stress about measuring everything. Just eyeball it and don’t go to crazy.
Another important part of this week is to work on enjoying your meals.
Be sure you are never standing when you eat. We tend to eat mindlessly and keep snacking all day without ever realizing we are full.
Therefore you need to always sit and eat slowly. Enjoy your food!
So your goals for this week are:
1-Have balanced meals.
2-Watch your portions but do not stress over it!
3-Sit while eating.
4- Eat slowly.
5- Enjoy your food!

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