Coffee Chocolate RXBAR

If you have yet to try an RXBAR, you’re missing out! These are exactly as advertised: protein packed with no B.S. ingredients. Unfortunately, they are pretty expensive ($2-3/bar), but they can be made easily at home.

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Just six ingredients and a food processor is all you’ll need for this nutritious, raw snack. These bars are chocolaty, coffee-infused, protein packed, and nutty.

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COFFEE CHOCOLATE RXBAR

Prep time: 10 minutes

Author: Envi Eats

Makes: 8 balls or squares

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup cup packed & pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup unflavored egg white protein powder
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 4 tsp raw cacao nibs or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (sub cold brewed coffee or espresso, but add less water)
  • 2-4 tsp water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor, and pulse until a dough is formed. Add enough water so that the dough sticks together when you press it between your fingers (I added about 3 tsp). Add less water if you are using espresso or cold brewed coffee.
  2. Roll into tight balls or press into a pan and cut to desired size.
  3. Store in the refirdgerator for up to a week, or on the counter top for up to 3 days!

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ZESTY CAJUN FRIES

Cajun spice + lemon + freshly baked red & sweet potatoes. Yes please!

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These fries are crispy, spicy, zesty, and smokey, and pair well with foods like black bean burgers, gumbo, or a seafood boil. And they only take 25 minutes to make!

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ZESTY CAJUN FRIES

Prep time: 5 minutes

Baking time: 20 minutes

Author: Envi Eats

Type: Side

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large or 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 3 large or 5 small red or yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Cajun spice*
  • Generous sprinkles of salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Slice the washed sweet and regular potatoes into wedges. Add the potatoes to an oiled baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Once the potatoes are crisped on the edges and tender, remove them from the oven and sprinkle them with Cajun spice, salt, and pepper. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over top for extra zest! Stir well, and serve while warm.

*I buy my Cajun spice from my local Food Co-op in the bulk spice isle (I get salt free). Cajun spice can also easily be made with:

  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder

 

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ROASTED VEGGIES WITH PAPRIKA ADOBO CREMA

I eat roasted veggies every day. Seriously. I love mixing vegetable flavors and textures with different spices and sauces, and I adore the crispiness you get when you roast the veggies.

One of my favorite veggie combinations lately has been sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts with paprika, so I decided to turn that up a notch by creating a zesty, spicy, creamy paprika sauce to put on top.

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These veggies are crisp, spicy, and zesty, and they pair well with almost anything. Try them with southwest veggies burgers, a big salad with cilantro dressing, or even on their own.

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ROASTED VEGGIES WITH PAPRIKA ADOBO CREMA

Prep time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 25 minutes

Author: Envi Eats

Type: Side

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

ROASTED VEGGIES
  • 2 large or 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 3 large or 5 small red or yellow potatoes
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts
  • Generous sprinkles of salt and pepper
PAPRIKA ADOBO CREMA
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp chili in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 lime, juiced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Slice the washed sweet and regular potatoes into wedges. Add the potatoes to an oiled baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Flip the potatoes after 10 minutes and add the trimmed and halved brussels sprouts to the tray. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  4. While the veggies are roasting, combine the greek yogurt, adobo sauce, paprika, pepper, and lime juice until incorporated. Set aside.
  5. Once the veggies are crisped and ready, remove them from the oven and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Serve with crema on top or on the side.

 

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GRAZE BOX REVIEW

I was recently offered a subscription to Graze, a ship-to-your-door snacking company. I like the idea of their customizable, healthy, on-the-go snacks, and love the convenience of it.

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When the free sample box came to my door, I was happy to see that is was made of biodegradable wood. The snacks that I received were spot on with my taste profile; I got Graze’s popping corn, Booster Seeds, Honeycomb Flapjack bar, and Pro Power mix. Unfortunately, there is a lot of plastic packaging inside the box. The plastic is recyclable, but the peel off top isn’t. I also highly prefer reusing and reducing plastics and other recyclables before discarding them, but these plastic containers are not very versatile.

I enjoyed the Booster Seeds on top of plain greek yogurt with blueberries and honey (an cold brew, of course). The pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds were a great, raw energy boost for the day. It was a good enough serving that I was able to use it for 2 snacks!

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Next, I tried the honeycomb flapjack bars. They were too sweet for my taste, and had an odd, crumbly texture. This is the snack I got with the most ingredients (all clean) and sugar (16 g!), which is not my snacking style. I split the bars with a friend because they were too sweet.

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Next, I enjoyed the popcorn. There was a plastic wrapper covering the microwavable popcorn bag. The popcorn tasted great, with no synthetic butter taste. I paired the popcorn with a bowl of roasted chickpeas, avocado, and greek yogurt for a filling treat.

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My 4th and final Graze snack was the Pro Power nuts. The chickpeas and soy beans were crunchy and peppery, but I don’t think they paired well with the soft texture of the cashews. This was a crispy, peppery, protein-packed snack.

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Overall, Graze was a C for me. The snacks were tasty and the portion sizes were good, but the excess of packaging was too much for me. Many of these snacks can be made simply at home with no waste (namely the popcorn, nut mix, and seed mix). Graze is a good option if you are on-the-go and do not have time to pack snacks, but I would rather spend less money and a few minutes to prepare these goodies on my own with zero waste.

Thank you for the snacks, Graze!

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