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Try Me! I Dare You!

Foods You Think You Don’t Like But you Haven’t Had Them Like This

We all have a no-fly-zone list of foods, right? Some are non-negotiable. But some are just a matter of texture or flavor that can be changed if prepared properly.

 

Here’s a list of common foods people might not like or foods that we should be cutting back on, with substitute ideas or preparation methods that make them alright. If you see one of your “ICK”s on the list, I dare you to try it this way!

 

Cauliflower

 

Paprika Cauliflower Pita Pockets

These delicious bad boys- I made them one night years ago thinking I’d have a some left over for a snack later the next day… Nope. All gone. SO delicious.

 

Try this Buffalo Cauliflower recipe if you want a little kick!

 

Avocado

 

I’ve mentioned this Chocolate Mousse before- it’s heaven! No dairy! It’s decadent and chocolatey without all of the guilt.

Also!- Use avocado as a substitute for butter when baking, in a 1:1 ratio.

 

Mayonnaise

 

Making tuna, chicken, or egg salad? Try this: 2 parts nonfat plain yogurt, 1 part Dijon mustard.

Sugar

 

In most baked goods you can reduce the amount of sugar by one-half. Intensify sweetness by adding vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon.

Affinity for a Morning Muffin?

 

Those can easily pack 400 calories into your day right off the bat. Cut that in half with these delicious, energy boosting 5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

*These 5 minute no bake peanut butter granola bars are not only delicious and nutritious, but they are also vegan, and, if you use gluten free certified oats and brown rice cereal, gluten free!

 

(makes about 12 bars)

Ingredients:

Dry (use scant measurements):

 

    1 & 3/4 C rolled oats

 

    1 C crisp puffed brown rice cereal

    1/4 C pumpkin seeds

    1/4 C sunflower seeds

    1/4 C chia seeds OR 1/8 C finely ground flaxseed (both optional)

    1/4 C unsweetened coconut (optional)

Wet (use generous measurements):

 

    1/2 C brown rice syrup

 

    1/3 C creamy peanut butter

    1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

 

1) Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Mix them together.

 

2) In a separate (microwave safe) bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, then microwave them for about 20 to 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix and add to the dry ingredients since it’s really sticky!

 

3) Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix! Keep mixing until the wet binding ingredients are as well distributed as possible. Put some muscle into it! ;)

 

4) Put the mixture into a shallow pan and flatten it down. Place pan in fridge to let the bars chill/set.

 

5) After about 30 minutes in the fridge (or you can wait until the next day – whatever works), cut them into bars, then wrap them up in foil and store back in the fridge (or in the freezer!) for easy grabbing and go-ing! These bars make great gifts, too.

 

Nutritional stats (when cut into 12 bars and including all optional ingredients): 190 calories, 25g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 9g sugar, 6g protein. 

 

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