Posts Tagged ‘healthy food’

Easy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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I only say this like everyday, but I love easy recipes. The kind that involve only a handful of ingredients and take 30 minutes or less from start to finish. Unless it’s for a special occasion, I normally don’t have the patience (or the cooking expertise) to spend like nine hours in the kitchen whipping up some kind of gourmet concoction.

Now, there are all different types of easy recipes, but my favorite kinds are dessert recipes. Because let’s be honest, if there’s no dessert after dinner (or at any time of the day, actually), well that’s a major problem as far as I’m concerned. So since these cookies are both those things, obviously I had to share the recipe.

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Favorite Food Finds Friday: Hungry Runner’s Favorite Healthy Snacks!

Hit play on this week’s Favorite Food Finds video to find out what kind of healthy eats have been hanging out in my kitchen this week… Including two new healthy snacks that totally blew my mind when I discovered them at Food Fete on Monday.

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Favorite Food Finds Friday: Ricotta Cheese Edition!

Two weeks ago I started Favorite Food Finds Friday on Hungry Runner. I wanted to make it a weekly event where I share my favorite grocery store finds of the week with you all.

Unfortunately, I totally forgot to share my Favorite Food Finds last week. (Bad blogger!) So, in my second attempt to make a weekly habit out of this, I’ve made a Favorite Food Finds Friday vlog instead. As long as I get my act together (which I totally plan on doing), you can expect a new Food Finds Friday video every week. Yay!

So, press play and check out what my favorite foods of the week are!

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Food Shopping Showdown: Trader Joe’s vs. Whole Foods

I shop at Trader Joes almost exclusively. I do my weekly food shopping trip, get everything that I need to prepare my meals and snacks for the week, and I’m done. It’s convenient and affordable, and even though shopping at Trader Joe’s in Manhattan sometimes feels more like trying not to suffocate in a mosh pit, I’ve shopped there long enough to know my way around the store just as well as a runner knows their favorite route. And I also know the best  non-peak food shopping hours, so these days I can get my grocery shopping done in 25 minutes or less. I’m a Trader Joe’s Pro.

But after moving to Manhattan, since I just chose to blindly believe that Trader Joe’s was the best, most affordable, and most convenient grocery store for me, I started to wonder, what about Whole Foods? While living on Long Island I had shopped there occasionally and found it to be pricier than stores like ShopRite or Stop n’ Shop. Plus, everyone in New York calls it “Whole Paycheck.” So I just unquestioningly assumed that I couldn’t afford to do my weekly food shopping there.  Except, I know that I shouldn’t ever unquestioningly assume anything. I was mostly basing my decision off of a stereotype and I wanted to put those judgements to the test and find out if my assumptions were true. So last week when it was time for me to restock my kitchen, I headed for Whole Foods on a quest to answer the question of all questions, is Whole Foods more expensive than Trader Joe’s?

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Favorite Food Finds Friday and a ViewSPORT Coupon Code Gift!

Since I normally go food shopping on Fridays (I know, I’m the epitome of cool), and I’ve been finding a ton of totally-tasty new, healthy foods during my weekly excursions to Trader Joe’s, I thought it would be a fun idea to reserve Fridays on Hungry Runner for sharing my favorite weekly finds at the grocery store.

Does that sound fun to you? I think you’re totally nodding your head right now. Maybe even salivating waiting to find out what my favorite foods of the week were. Wipe that drool off your face, I’ll pretend I didn’t see.

Alright, now that you’re all cleaned up, let’s get started! Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the new items I threw into my grocery basket at Trader Joe’s this week.

Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Wheat Germ: Giveaway {CLOSED}

At the risk of sounding like a health food newbie, I’m going to start off by saying that up until a week or two ago, I actually didn’t even really know that wheat germ was a thing. I mean, I guess I had heard of it before, but I definitely didn’t have any idea what it was or what you could do with it.

But now, thanks to some new friends at Kretschmer, that has all changed. And since my job is to inspire and empower all of you to be healthier and happier, I’m going to fill you in on what wheat germ is, how adding it to your diet can be beneficial to your health, and how to make some super awesome dishes using it. That is, unless you already know all about it. In which case, way to go! You’re so ahead of the Healthy Curve.

So far, I’ve only tested out this newly discovered super-food as a topping for my oatmeal at breakfast (pictured above) and a Greek yogurt mix-in for an after dinner snack. (Creative, I know!)

Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt with raisins, crumbled graham crackers, and of course, wheat germ.

Usually, I mix my yogurt with granola and almonds or fruit, but after trying this out for the first time a day or two ago, I’m totally sold on wheat germ. It added a perfect not-too-sweet crunch to the yogurt and now I’m just dreaming up all of the other ways I can make use of it.

Like say, in a roasted vegetable dish or a batch of pancakes!

But before I start testing out a dozen new recipes (which, you know I will), first let’s find out why this stuff is so good for you.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Wheat Germ

1. Wheat Germ is the part of a wheat plant that sprouts and grows into a new plant and though it’s actually teeny tiny, it’s packed with protein and a ton of essential vitamins and minerals.

2. It contains vitamin E, an antioxidant, and folic acid, an essential B-vitamin. Both help protect and make new cells so that your body can fight off disease.

3. It’s full of magnesium, which works to keep your heart, bones, AND your immune system strong.

4. Wheat germ contains the B-vitamin Thiamin, which helps the body convert carbs into energy. Necessary for runners and all athletes alike!

5. It’s packed with phosphorus too. An important mineral that aides calcium with building strong bones and teeth.

6. Keep counting the minerals! Wheat germ is also filled with Zinc, which has many functions, like healing wounds and fighting off viruses.

7. Protein punch! That’s right. Bet you didn’t know that wheat germ is an excellent source of plant-based protein. Plus, it only contains healthy polyunsaturated fats.

Wow, can you say, SUPER-FOOD? I’m a little bit upset that I’ve only just been introduced to this powerhouse of a food. If you’ve never had a chance to try it before, I don’t want you to have to wait any longer. So, I’m giving away a jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ + one Organic Oikos Greek Yogurt to one lucky Hungry Reader!

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