No-Bake Chocolate Chunk Quinoa Bites

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First off, happy Halloween! Secondly, my office is in candy overdrive. We have a bit of a Reese’s and Kit Kat addiction around these parts, with 3lb bags constantly hiding in the office kitchen cabinet. So dangerous, and anyone who knows me knows that I have zero control in such scenarios.

To attempt to combat this dilemma, I concocted these little guys for you all to try. They really do hit the spot for when I’m craving something chocolate-y after lunch, yet are packed with protein and fiber, with as little sugar as I could get away with. The fact that they’re no-bake makes these a great little snack.

Stay tuned for more editions of these, because I’m in love and want to see what other kinds I can whip up!

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Ingredients
(Makes 12 bites)

1 cup white quinoa, cooked
1 cup quick rolled oats, uncooked
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt

To Make
To prep, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside, then pour your coconut flakes on to a plate and set aside.

To begin making, pour your cooked quinoa, oats, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Using your hands or a spatula, thoroughly mix ingredients until well incorporated. Once batter is complete, add your chocolate chunks and fold into the mix.

Using your hands, roll your dough into golf ball sized spheres and place on your parchment paper. Once you’ve rolled all of your dough, roll the bites once more into the coconut flakes until fully covered. Place back onto your baking sheet and set into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Once chilled, store in tupperware in the fridge for up to a week.

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Mexican Protein Bowl

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Recently I’ve been trying to log my daily food intake, mainly to get a better sense of my overall nutrition to see what areas could use improvement. One of the main regions I definitely lack in is protein — for some reason it’s always the last thing I think to add to my food, as I tend to base my meals more off of fiber and vegetables.

In an attempt to kick this habit I whipped up this little protein-packed salad bowl with all sorts of tasty goodness to keep my belly full and taste buds excited. This also makes for an great on-the-go lunch to prep for the weekdays, see below for details.


Ingredients (makes one salad):

For the Salad:
1 handful of chopped romaine
1 handful of chopped & de-stemmed kale
1/4 cup quartered grape tomatos
3 tbsp cooked quinoa
2 tbsp thawed frozen corn
2 tbsp rinsed and drained canned black beans
2 tbsp crumbled feta
1 small sliced grilled chicken breast… I’m lazy and purchase the pre-made lemon chicken breasts at Trader Joe’s, they’re always perfectly cooked!

For the Dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
1/8 tsp minced garlic
A pinch of salt & pepper


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To Make:

Prep all ingredients according to above list and set aside on the cutting board. In a large salad bowl, mix your kale and romaine together. Top with the remaining salad ingredients and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, pour the dressing contents together. Whisk well until it becomes an opaque consistency. Pour over your salad and dig in!

If you’re prepping meals for the week, I actually put my ingredients into my tupperware  upside down, so that the romaine doesn’t get soggy from the tomato juice.

For this method, put your dressing into a small tupperware, and place on the bottom of your larger one. Put all salad ingredients into your tupperware except for the kale and romaine, then top off with the greens. Store in the fridge for the rest of the week for an easy lunch on the go.


 

Happy Weekend!

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Yay, it’s Friday! We’re counting down the hours until our G&M weekend in Boston! Our friend Brittany (last seen here), will be joining us, and we literally can’t stop talking about how excited we are to get Union Square Donuts, ha! Christa cut out treats for the month of January, but obviously this is the 1 exception, and how sweet it will be!

For all of you out there getting hit with the massive snow storm, stay warm and safe! We’re a little sad we won’t be getting much (or any) snow, but our time will come. Cheers to a fabulous weekend! xo G&M


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