Detox Popcorn Recipe

It’s time to *POP* into a healthy, new year! Read more to find out how this Detox Popcorn Recipe will fit into your life in more ways than just a healthy snack!

I’m guessing many of your New Year’s resolutions, like my own, include something along the lines of making healthier choices.  Maybe they’re related to nourishing your body, moving more, or being mindful.  Whatever it may be, I’ve got something to foster your healthier intentions.

For the record, when I speak of being “healthy,” I like to refer to one’s whole self.  There’s not just one aspect that makes a person healthy (ie: diet).  Being truly healthy is being able to balance all aspects of one’s life.  Yes, it’s important to fuel your body with wholesome foods.  Yes, it’s important to be active.  Yes, it’s important to get enough sleep.  Yes, it’s important to manage stress.  Yes, it’s important to check in with yourself and give yourself what you need. It’s a balancing act and something that everyone can always improve upon.

Each day is a fresh start with new opportunities.  Wake up and remind yourself of that.  You’ve got to believe it in order for it to happen.  I talk to my fourth graders about having a growth mindset, and as adults, it’s much harder to make that shift.   Simple mantras can really pay off and change the way you think.  Reflect on the past in order to grow.  Don’t dwell on what has already happened; learn from it.  What went well?  What didn’t?  Move forward with positive intentions.  What will you do differently next time?  The more positive you are, the happier you’ll be.  Negative people generally are not happy people.  Be the best version of yourself.  Plain and simple.

So how in the world does Detox Popcorn fit into this post?  Well friends, let me tell you how.  This detox popcorn recipe doesn’t only deliver as a healthy snack, but it offers a physical cleansing, as well as a mental cleansing.  Before we get into those details, let’s first discuss popcorn as what you eat as a snack.

Popcorn is a seed which was discovered in the Americas thousands of years ago where it has captivated people for centuries with its mythical, magical charm.  Popcorn is a year round snack, but National Popcorn Day is January 19th.  Here are a few corny facts:

  • Popcorn is a healthy, whole grain snack food. Popcorn is a whole grain, which makes it a good carbohydrate choice.  Whole grains contain fiber, providing the roughage needed in a daily diet. Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives and is sugar- free.
  • Popcorn is non-GMO.  There has never been, nor is there currently, any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) popcorn or popcorn seed for sale.
  • Diacetyl was removed from microwave popcorn in 2006, and since then most companies have removed PFOAs from their packaging.
  • Popcorn is gluten-free. Popcorn does not contain wheat, rye, or barley gluten – the types of gluten most associated with gluten disorders.

Check out Popcorn Central for tons of popcorn recipes!

Ready to read about the benefits of and how to make Detox Popcorn?

Lemon essential oil has a multitude of uses and benefits.  It’s known for its purifying properties.  You can diffuse it, ingest it, or use it topically.  (You do want to make sure you are using a high quality essential oil.  There are many brands out there, but dOTERRA is a trusted brand – I used to be a consultant, just not anymore – and their oils are certified pure therapeutic grade.)  Lemon essential oil can aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function.  Specifically, it supports your liver which promotes detox.

So how can you infuse your popcorn with lemon oil?  Simply melt coconut oil and stir in several drops of lemon oil!  Coconut oil has several health benefits that support detox, too!  Coconut oil is mostly composed of medium-chain fatty acids which go straight to the liver.  These fatty acids play a critical role in cleansing the body from toxins. Coconut oil helps to flush your body of toxins.

The last ingredient of Detox Popcorn is black pepper.  You have two options here: black pepper essential oil or real black pepper; you’ll reap the benefits with either.  Black pepper oil is high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes which are known for their antioxidant activity.  Black pepper is good for the stomach and helps facilitate digestion, important in detox!

While the physical cleansing of detox popcorn has been explained, now let’s discuss the mental cleansing.  As aforementioned, having a positive mindset and reciting mantras can have a grand effect.  The affirmation to foster your mental cleanse to accompany the detox popcorn is as follows:

I am reminding myself of this opportunity to have a fresh start where I can rid my body of impurities and nourish it to thrive.

Repeat as often as you’d like allowing yourself to fully believe the words and acting upon it to support a detox, both physically and mentally.

Detox Popcorn Recipe 

  • Melt coconut oil.  Stir in 5 drops of lemon oil per tablespoon of coconut oil.  Stir in 1 drop of black pepper oil per tablespoon of coconut oil OR grind black pepper throughout popcorn.  Drizzle coconut oil on top of popcorn.

This recipe is not set in stone.  For a stronger taste, use additional lemon oil or pepper.  For a milder taste, use less.  Simple as that, just as life should be at times.

In what ways do you detox, both physically and mentally?

~Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by ALIVE Influencer Network on behalf of The Popcorn Board.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mom Hour at Costco

Mom Hour at Costco – now that’s where the party’s at!  We all know how wonderful of a place Costco is to look, shop, stock up, and eat.  But did you know that they are hosting a “Mom Hour” just for you, wonderful mommas?!  They are!

The Costco Mom Hour 2016 will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, swag, samples, and giveaways. (You know they’ll be good!)  And yes, 9:00 a.m. is earlier than Costco usually opens.  Beat the crowds and shop at this exclusive event!

costco

Register HERE. Want to become a Costco member, but can’t attend? Click to receive an exclusive membership offer to join.  Existing Costco members are also in for a treat when they refer friends to join! This refer-a-friend offer is only available on the day of the event. If you are a current Costco member and bring a friend to the event who becomes a new member, you will be eligible for a $10 Costco Cash Card. 

Also, Premier Protein is available at Costco.  Their shakes come in chocolate or vanilla and are perfect for busy moms like yourself!  It’s always important to fuel your body, but as moms, let’s be real, sometimes it’s challenging to find time to do so.  Stock your fridge with hormone free Premier Protein for an on-the-go, easy to grab, protein packed option!  Some of the great stats:

  • 30 grams of healthy protein, including all of the essential amino acids
  • Low in fat and one gram of sugar
  • 160 calories
  • 24 vitamins and minerals
  • An excellent source of calcium
  • Protein blend comes from cows that are treated responsibly, without the artificial growth hormone rBST

premierprotein

Spruce up a regular shake by turning it into a chocolate berry shake!

Chocolate Berry Shake

INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 Chocolate Premier Protein Shake
  • ¼ cup of raspberries
  • ¼ cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of granola
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
DIRECTIONS: 
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.

raspberry-smoothie

Who is already a Costco member?  What are your must-have items?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Costco.

Easy White Chicken Chili Recipe

I’ve been in a cooking rut lately.  As in, I haven’t done much cooking at all.  I make eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and dinner…?  Well, dinner is usually the same boring chicken recipe I make or something equally as simple and not nearly as exciting and delicious as the recipe I have to share with you today.  So when the opportunity came about to review Lisa Leake’s newest cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, I jumped at the opportunity!

100daysofrealfood

There’s a lot of things I love about this cookbook.  First, there are a ton of recipes to amp up my weekly meal cooking (or lack of).  The book is separated into ten sections:

  1. Supermarket Staples and Secrets
  2. Breakfast
  3. Lunch
  4. Salads
  5. Sides
  6. Snacks and Appetizers
  7. Soups and Stews
  8. Simple Dinners
  9. Special Treats
  10. Homemade Staples

The Supermarket Staples and Secret category includes cheat sheets for the grocery store, food prep ideas and storage, meal plans, and much more.  This is perfect for someone learning how to cut out processed foods and cooking more with real food.  The other sections are self explanatory, but what is so great about all of  them is that the recipes truly are EASY to make.  Time is not my friend (hello working full time and being a toddler momma!), so I need recipes that do not require tons of preparation.

As a cookbook ambassador, I get to share a recipe with you.  I am choosing the easy White Chicken Chili Recipe as it’s the first one I made and it’s awesome.  It’s hearty and fabulous for the cooler weather that is fast approaching.

white-chicken-chili

White Chicken Chili Recipe

This is an easy recipe that only requires 10-15 minutes of prep time, 30 minutes of cook time, and makes 4 servings.  It’s gluten-free and nut-free.  I highly recommend doubling the recipe, freezing some for later, and sharing with friends!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
  • Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips

Directions:

  1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.

I knew this would be a winner, so I doubled the recipe.  A couple of other changes I made was using ground turkey meat instead of chicken and whole milk in place of heavy cream.  I topped mine with cheese, plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and cilantro.  I’ve eaten it for two days straight for lunch and dinner.  That has to tell you something!

cinnamon-glazed-bananas

My next recipe to try is the Cinnamon Glazed Bananas.  On top of some vanilla ice cream?  Yeah, baby!

What kind of recipes are you most in need of?  For me, it’s dinner!

sweet and salty fall trail mix

This sweet and salty fall trail mix is the perfect treat for when the weather begins to cool, the leaves start to change colors, and pumpkins begin appearing every time you turn.  Heck, this sweet and salty fall trail mix is good any time of year, but it’s especially festive in the fall.  How ’bout that?

sweet salty fall trail mix

When Brach’s candy corn miraculously make their way to store shelves letting the general American public that Halloween is near (just two months away), it’s no surprise that a bag (or eight) make it home with me.  However, I’ve always been a big believer in practicing moderation.  So instead of downing the whole bag in one sitting, I mix the sugary goodness with a few other items.  Then, it takes longer for me to finish my stash and run back to the store for more.  Genius, I tell ya.

sweet salty trail mix

This particular sweet and salty fall trail mix has the perfect combination of sweet and salty and chewy and crunchy to satisfy any and all cravings.  Brach’s has a “mellowcreme autumn mix” bag that is seriously the best of every world.  It has regular candy corn, chocolate candy corn, and those cute little pumpkins.  So much goodness in one bag.

fall trail mix

Sweet and Salty Fall Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup Brach’s mellowcreme autumn mix
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Store in an airtight container.

sweet and salty fall trail mix

That, my friends, is how we kick off fall in the sweetest way possible.

What’s your favorite part about fall?

easiest pot pies

Who loves comfort food?  <<raises hand>>  Maybe the real question should be who doesn’t love comfort food?  One complaint of comfort food that I hear often is that it’s not healthy.  Another popular complaint is that it takes too long to make.  Womp, womp.  Well, friends, I’ve got a solution for you today.  These are, by far and away, the easiest pot pies ever to make.  Yes, I said ever.  And they’re delicious.  And they come in the most perfect portions, so you don’t have to worry about overindulging.  One option is a beef pot pie made with garden vegetables and flaky pastry crust.

blakes beef pot pie

Want the recipe?  While I can’t quite give you that, I can give you the secret.  The secret is Blake’s.  Blake’s does all the hard work for you.  All you have to do is pop the pot pie in the oven (or microwave!), sit down, relax, and enjoy.  Their pies are made from scratch in small batches by wonderful happy people (not machine) and feature garden vegetables, potatoes, a savory signature gravy, and a flaky pie crust.  Home cooking has literally never been easier!

I’ve made these pot pies both in the oven and the microwave.  The microwave is easier, and I think they turn out great both ways.  I do like to pop it under the broiler for a few minutes to make the crust (best part) a bit crispier.  Blake’s pot pies come in beef or turkey, both the beef and turkey are raised without antibiotics.

blakes pot pie

Other noteworthy facts about Blake’s pot pies:

  • no antibiotics used
  • 0 grams trans fat
  • no artificial flavors
  • fed no animal by-products
  • no artificial colors
  • no preservatives

Yes, y’all, these are frozen meals.  No, I don’t rely on them for daily lunches or dinners.  However, sometimes I am in a pinch or sometimes I am craving something that I don’t feel like making.  That’s when Blake’s comes into the picture.  I feel good about eating these since there are only real ingredients used.  I also love how they are the perfect portions, so I don’t go crazy overboard with these delicious comfort food meals.  I try to compliment them with a fresh side, such as this kale salad I ate alongside the turkey pot pie.

blakes turkey pot pie

Blake’s pot pies are brand new and came to Meijer and Publix stores this month, with more to come over the summer and early in the fall including Sprouts and Acme.  There are many other organic, all natural, and family size meals that come in a variety of options.  Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, and local groceries are just some of the other stores that carry Blake’s.  (Check their store locator to see what’s by you.)  I always keep a few Blake’s meals in my freezer for those emergency, gotta have moments!

What’s your all time favorite comfort meal?  Mine is probably shepherds pie or macaroni and cheese, both of which Blake’s makes!

This post is sponsored by Blake’s.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mamma Chia Giveaway

You know when you love something you just have to take a duck-faced selfie with it?  No?  Just me?

mamma chia drink

Oh c’mon, you know you do it, too!

Mamma Chia, the leader of the chia revolution, has created a delicious new beverage that combines the powerhouse of chia with healthy, vibrant greens.

Chia & Greens is a delicious, fun on-the-go beverage with one of the lowest amounts of sugar and the highest amount of nutrients in the green drinks universe. In fact, each bottle delivers 2500mg of Omega-3s, seven grams of fiber, four grams of complete protein, 25% RDA of Vitamin A, and 95mg of calcium. Enjoy it as a kick-start to your day, as a revitalizing mid-afternoon pick-me-up or anytime you want that feeling of rejuvenation!  It comes in four tasty flavors:

  • Soulful Greens (Cayenne and Lemon)
  • Love Greens (Beet and Ginger)
  • Grateful Greens (Kale and Mint)
  • Joyful Greens (Ginger and Lemongrass)

People always ask me if chia drinks are good.  YES!  The texture is different since obviously they are filled with chia seeds which forms a gel-like consistency, but if that doesn’t bother you, then the taste is amazing.  Not to mention the awesome nutritional benefits that, Mamma Chia especially, chia drinks deliver!

I’ve always been a huge fan of Mamma Chia.  They recently sent me a huge package which William and I both have been enjoying.

mamma chia bar

The chia vitality bars are great to throw in your purse.  I took this one out when I was getting my hair done at Preston Salon (the best in St. Louis!).  These chia vitality bars are extra amazing since there are only four grams of sugar in them.  This is VERY low compared to other snack bars and the flavors are awesome!

I also received some chia vitality granola clusters which is the crunchiest granola I’ve ever had.  The flavors are: Wild Blueberry Clusters (my favorite!), Vanilla Almond Clusters, Cinnamon Pecan Clusters, and Honey & Oats Clusters.  I’ve been topping my smoothies with them, adding granola to yogurt, and eating it straight out of the bag.  The wild blueberry flavor tastes like a blueberry muffin!

~ linking up with healthy diva ~

William has been demolishing the chia squeezes.

mamma chia squeeze

William is a picky eater (aren’t all toddlers?!), but always loves pouches.  I try to reserve them just as treats, and the chia squeezes are definitely treats with their fun flavors.  William gets an extra punch of nutrition when he eats one of these squeezes.  Audrey approves of them, as well, and now always asks for one when she comes to my house.  Check out these fun flavors: Cherry BeetBlackberry BlissGreen MagicMango CoconutStrawberry BananaWild Raspberry.

Now for the best part: Mamma Chia is graciously giveaway away one gigantic package of Mamma Chia goodness to one of YOU lucky readers!  You’ll receive the same package that I did (plus a couple extra chia squeezes that aren’t pictured since William got to them before I snapped the photo!):

mamma chia

To enter this giveaway, comment on this blog post and tell us which Mamma Chia  product you’re most excited to try (mandatory!).  For additional optional entries:

  • Follow Itz Linz and Mamma Chia on Twitter and tweet the following, “AMAZING @MammaChia giveaway on @ItzLinz’s blog! Check it out –  http://wp.me/p2WMfo-3E2 #SeedYourSoul #FitFluential”
  • Follow Itz Linz and Mamma Chia on Instagram and like my Mamma Chia Instagram post.  Tag up to three friends for additional entries!

Be sure to comment on this post to have your additional entries counted!  This giveaway will be open until Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm CST.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, June 10, 2016.  CLOSED

Congratulations #18,  Gia E. Please email me with your shipping information, so we can get your package of Mamma Chia goodness to you ASAP! 🙂

~Disclaimer: Through my partnership with FitFluential, I received these products at no cost in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups

I love breakfast.  It’s a meal that I could definitely eat three times a day and never get sick of.  The possibilities are just endless and breakfast foods are the best.  Simply put.  Lately, I’ve been getting sucked into those fast-paced videos on Facebook that show you how to make a recipe really quickly.  You know the ones.  Particularly from Buzzfeed’s Tasty are what impress me most, so I started following their Facebook page.  Well, one Sunday morning I watched one, and William and I headed to the grocery store.  At 6:00 a.m.  Seriously.

The videos always make recipes look so easy.  This one really was.  And then I had breakfast all week.  I made Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups and was pretty proud of it.  After Instagramming my masterpiece, I group texted my family who was instantly jealous.

bacon wrapped cheesy egg biscuit cups

So while I call them Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups, Buzzfeed called them “Bacon Egg Cups.”  (My name is much more descriptive. lol)  Original recipe can be found here.  Buzzfeed definitely photographed them better than I did, but I’ve never claimed to be a food blogger, so that’s alright.  Now I’m noticing they added chives and a dash of pepper.  Definitely prettier.  Noted for next time.  Anyway, here’s what I did:

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups

Ingredients:

  • 6 mini refrigerated biscuits
  • 12 pieces of bacon
  • 12 eggs
  • cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Spray muffin tin and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place HALF of one biscuit in each muffin cup.
  3. Line the muffin cup with bacon.
  4. Sprinkle cheese inside.
  5. Crack an egg in each cup.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes (or until bacon and eggs are fully cooked).

These Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Egg Biscuit Cups are so unbelievably filling.  After eating them for a couple days in a row, I decided I needed to be a liiiiittle healthier with what I’m eating most of the time.  Haha, I love splurging, but there’s nothing healthy about these.  Just being honest.  It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them though!  Give them a try for brunch when you have other people coming over to help you consume them…

linking up with peas & crayons for what i ate wednesday ‘

Last weekend, I went to check out Revel Kitchen with one of my foodie friends.  The St. Louis Cardinal’s nutritionist is the owner.  There are two locations in St. Louis, and we were excited to check it out.  We shared:

revel

  • Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Bisque: This was the BEST and definitely the hit of the meal.  It was so incredibly flavorful.  It makes me want to try to recreate it at home. (Anyone have a recipe for something similar?!)
  • Cali Club: This was your typical chicken, bacon, avocado sandwich.  Honestly, it didn’t do much for us.
  • Gotta Thai Try: We added shredded beef to it.  This bowl had a lot of potential as it was a mix of cabbage, edamame, carrots, bell peppers, scallions, toasted sesame seeds, but the Thai dressing was a little too salty for our liking.

Honestly, we weren’t quite impressed with Revel Kitchen as we’d hoped.  However, the soup was so good, that we’d definitely give it another shot and order different items.

The dinner I’m highlighting is sushi because I can’t ever have enough sushi.  Though I’ve never tried / don’t have an interest in making it, I could eat it all day long everyday.  Along with breakfast, of course. 😉  And in case you missed my Cucumber Crab Bites Recipe, those are perfect for sushi lovers who don’t want to make their own sushi!  Sushi for dinner from a couple of weeks ago:

sushi

All sushi is good, but especially if it contains cream cheese and / or tempura anything.

Soooo, these definitely weren’t the healthiest meals I highlighted today, but just a glimpse of some fun meals I’ve been eating lately.  Now to get back on track with eating a little healthier…

But before I do, I’ve got to finish my Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix I still have left!

What’s the best not-healthy thing you’ve eaten lately? (Hey! It’s all about moderation, like I always say…)

Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix

Jelly beans.  Just like last year, I find jelly beans difficult to come up with a recipe for.  Last year, I made Chocolate Pretzel Jelly Bean Bites and White Chocolate Raspberry Jelly Bean Bark.  While both combinations were unique and good, this year’s Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix blows them both out of the water!  I made this over the weekend and keep sneaking my hand into the bag for a bite.  Or two.  Or twelve.  Everything in the mix compliments each other so perfectly, and it’s sure to please since there is a little of everything.  Sweet and salty.  Chewy and crunchy.

spring jelly bean trial mix recipe

Colorful and pretty, too!  So let me tell you something funny about these eggs.  As I’ve mentioned before, my toddler William LOVES playing in his kitchen.  While we have a few different Melissa & Doug food sets, what he loves best is “real” stuff from the kitchen like oven mitts, measuring spoons, and egg cartons.  Well, I was out and about yesterday running errands and of course all stores right now are stocked for Easter.  We don’t celebrate Easter, but I thought the plastic eggs would be PERFECT for William to play with to fill his egg cartons.  Then, as I was assembling the mix, I realized they would also serve as the perfect prop!  Double win!  Here’s the “recipe.”  (Literally, just combine six foods together!) Check it out:

Spring Jelly Bean Trail Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Brach’s tiny jelly bird eggs
  • 1 cup Branch’s speckled jelly bird eggs
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted
  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 2 cups pretzels (minis or sticks)
  • 2 cups mini Nilla wafers

Combine all ingredients together.  Set out to enjoy or store in an air tight container.

brachs spring jelly bean trail mix

This recipe was developed for SimpleRecipes.club on behalf of Brach’s.  Simple Recipes not only has tons of free… simple recipes… but also daily coupons!

This was the first time I tried Brach’s speckled jelly bird eggs.  They are, hands down, my absolute favorite jelly beans.  Most likely, I won’t ever buy any other kind.  Particularly, the blue and the pink ones.  Yes, I pick them out of the bag.

While William is still a bit too young, I know my niece and nephews would love putting this trail mix together.  It’s different than traditional trail mix, but perfect for spring.  Obviously, there’s no chocolate in it, but that’s ok for spring, summer, and the warmer months. You don’t have to worry about it melting.  Even if you make it with the kids or intend on serving it to the kids, be ware: this stuff is addicting for everyone, adults included!

spring jelly bean trail mix

What ingredients are a MUST to include in trail mix for you?

 

Cucumber Crab Bites | Easy Appetizer

Put your hands in the air if you like sushi!  [Stands up, waves hands wildly, shouting, “Me! Me!”]  I love sushi.  However, I’ve never made it, nor do I have a real desire to attempt it.  It seems way too labor intensive for a short return, although incredibly delicious.  I’d probably spend an hour creating a roll that takes me four seconds to shove in my mouth.  Yeah, I’ll just enjoy my sushi out at restaurants or for take out.

So when I picked up Crab Classic at the grocery store, the first thought that came to mind was SUSHI!  And then I remembered my aforementioned thoughts about the reality of actually trying to make sushi and decided, instead, to think about what ingredients I love best paired with crab in sushi.  Well, that’s easy.  Avocado.  Cream cheese.  Cucumber.  Because any roll that includes those is sure to be a winner.  Topped with some sweet chili sauce?  Oh yeah, now we’re talkin’!

cucumber crab bites

Easiest appetizer (or Sunday afternoon snack) ever.  The cucumber crab bites are actually a lot like sushi… without the intense labor or the rice, which is a win in most people’s book.  You’ve even got to cram the whole bite in your mouth, just like sushi, because it’s too hard to just eat half of or take a bite.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Very ladylike, I know.

So here’s the deal with how to “make” these delicious little cucumber crab bites.  You slice a cucumber.  You give each slice a shmear of cream cheese.  You add a hunk of crab.  You add a bit of avocado.  And you pour a dollop of sweet chili sauce on top.  Eat.  Repeat.

cucumber crab bites appetizer

What’s this Crab Classic that so wonderfully sat on top of my cucumber bites? Crab Classic is the #1 surimi seafood brand nationally, made from wild Alaskan Pollock and King Crab meat. It is also gluten-free, fat-free and certified by the American Heart Association as heart healthy. Besides that, Crab Classic is also certified by the MSC as a sustainably sourced seafood.

Crab Classic comes in a variety of different forms including flakes, chunks, legs, shreds, and single servings, though my grocery store was limited and just had chunks.

crab classic

The legs would have been perfect for a roll-up type thing I made with the same ingredients as the cucumber crab bites just wrapped up in lettuce.

crab rollup

And not nearly as dainty or pretty. 😉

cucumber crab bites recipe

Have you ever made your own sushi?  What must-have ingredients would you pair with crab?

Disclaimer: I received coupons for Crab Classic free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

35 Coconut Flour Recipes

Coconut flour is not an easy thing to bake or cook with.  It’s not one of those flours that you can swap regular flour for in recipes without putting some thought into it.  It’s really dense and requires more liquid which can totally throw a recipe off if you’re unsure how to adjust.  I’ve made my fair share of coconut flour pancakes that have completely fallen apart or have been way too dry to consume.

However, coconut flour is extremely healthy, so it’s worth learning how to use it.  For one thing, it’s free from wheat and other grains making it perfect for people who eat gluten-free, low-carb, or paleo.  Also, it’s high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats.  So, how might you bake or cook with it in the kitchen?  Well, I’ve got 35 Coconut Flour Recipes from FitFluential Ambassadors coming at you!

35 coconut flour recipes

35 Coconut Flour Recipes

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There ya have it.  Something for everyone.  Sweet.  Savory.  Strange.  (Some might say.)  If you’re a big ol’ coconut hater, don’t swear off coconut flour forever quite yet.  Coconut flour actually has a really mild taste, so there’s a good chance you may not even taste the coconut in some recipes.  I do recommend you take a look at these though, as there are tons of delicious ways to incorporate coconut flour into your meals!

Do you cook or bake with coconut flour?