Perfectly Roasted Chickpeas

I love making my own roasted chickpea snacks. After lots of practice I have finally mastered the cook time to get the perfect crunch! I have discovered that the key to getting the chickpeas crunchy everytime is to place them in the oven while it is still preheating.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1-2 cans chickpeas (540mL cans)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or olive oil spray
  • Optional: ground sea salt or paprika/chili powder or cinnamon sugar

Directions:

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas.
  2. Pour the chickpeas onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil or spray with olive oil. Distribute evenly.
  3. Turn the oven to bake at 425F. Place the chickpeas in the cool oven.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes. Mix the chickpeas regularly to ensure even roasting.
  5. Remove from the chickpeas from the oven and allow to cool for 45-60 minutes.
  6. After cooling, you can add ground sea salt, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon sugar…whatever you feel like to season! My favourite way to eat these is with just a little bit of ground sea salt. I also use these as salad toppers to add a crunch.

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Salmon Skewers

Want a quick, easy, and HEALTHY bbq meal? Salmon a lean source of protein, high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in heart health.

Since summer is here, we are always looking for new ways to use the BBQ at dinner time. These salmon skewers can be made on the bbq or even in the oven if you do not have one.

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What you will need: 

  • 1 large salmon fillet (I usually get my salmon from costco.. or you can buy multiple smaller salmon fillets at your local grocery store. However, try to buy a thicker one for easier “skewer-ing”.)
  • 3-4 lemons, slices thinly into large coin shapes.
    Olive oil to drizzle.
  • Whatever spices you may like. I used a touch of paprika, chili powder, cracked ground pepper, cajun, and garlic powder.

Directions:
1. Create your skewers first using double skewers as seen in the picture. In between each salmon piece, place a folded lemon on the skewer.
2. Preheat the barbeque or oven while you begin to spice your skewers.
3. Drizzle the skewers with olive oil and add your desired spices.
4. BBQ or bake your skewers wrapped in tinfoil drizzled with olive oil. This will help to avoid sticking to the grill or loss of salmon.
5. Remove from the grill/oven after ~15-25 minutes. When your fish fillet begins to flake easily when touched with a knife or fork it is cooked and ready!
6. ENJOY!

I love to pair my grilled salmon with grilled asparagus. Especially local fresh Ontario asparagus.

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Date Squares [Paleo, GF, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free]

Ahhhh …. #wayback Wednesday is dedicated to these squares of deliciousness!! If you haven’t tried my Healthy Date Square recipe…. you must. It is a family favourite.

A Teaspoon of Bliss

Date Squares

Ingredients:
Top & Bottom Layer:
2 cups oats (I used Hilary gluten-free)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch cinnamon

Date Filling:
375g dates (the packed and pitted packages)
1 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp lemon
Pinch salt

Instructions:
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, add the dates and water.
2. You want to mix around the dates and water to make a paste. Add in the rest of the filling ingredients. Continually stir and mix to make a paste.
3. While this is sitting, in a bowl combine all the ingredients for the top and bottom crust and mix.
4. Preheat oven to 350F.
5. In a greased small pan, add the oat mixture to create the bottom layer. Pack it down!!
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Travel Snacks

Eating healthy while traveling is very difficult sometimes. It takes you out of routine and makes it difficult to find fresh food to grab on the go. 

When I am traveling I usually go to Bulk Barn or a local grocery before I leave. I pack my carry on with filling , protein-packed snacks to keep me satisfied. Choosing foods like nuts/seeds, or bringing brown rice crackers crackers with a travel size package of almond butter, picking up a Greek yogurt at the airport, making homemade energy cookies/granola bars, or grabbing a HEALTHY bar. 

This one is my new favourite. The Simply Protein Bar. 

  

Do you know why? 

I know EVERY ingredient on the label. The ingredient label does not contain more than 7 ingredients. It has less than 3g of sugar. Contains 16g of protein!! Also, is only 160 calories and tastes great. They have a variety of flavors to cater to everyone’s taste buds. 

When choosing a protein bar or granola bar – if the ingredient list is fine print, very long, and contains ingredients you can’t pronounce/have no idea what they are….Why would you buy it?! 

Always make sure to choose a bar with at least less than 8g of sugar. 

Look for natural sweeteners to be used in bars: organic cane sugar, maple syrup, honey, dates.

The first ingredients should always be something whole grain, oats, brown rice crisps because the first ingredient is the main ingredient. It should NOT be the sweetener, especially sugar. 

Try to find a protein bar with greater than 10g of protein if you’re looking to stay satisfied for longer.