Healthy Protein Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls | A Bit of Bees Knees
Bliss Balls | A Bit of Bees Knees
Little protein bites! They’re so easy to make and they hit the spot when I need a sweet fix. I’ll roll them in whatever sounds interesting… chocolate covered cacao nibs, matcha green tea powder, pecans, roasted coconut flakes and sesame seeds. The base is made from soft medjool dates, organic peanut butter, coconut butter, vanilla and almond extract, honey, garbanzo bean flour and splash of water. Lots of protein and a healthy dose of good fats to keep you going. They’re silky smooth!

Ingredients:
8 soft dates
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
2 tbsp smooth organic peanut butter
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 tbsp water (may need more)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp almond extract
*desired toppings for rolling

Warm the coconut butter in a glass bowl set over a small saucepan of simmering water until it’s semi-soft. Remove from the heat, and add to a food processor with the rest the the ingredients. Blend until mixture resembles a smooth paste. Ingredients vary, so add a bit more garbanzo flour or water if necessary. Using your hands, roll the mixture into 12 balls, then roll each one in your desired topping. Coat thoroughly. Place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set. Story any leftover truffles in the fridge.
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Burn Boot Camp and Post Workout PB Oats

Burn Bootcamp
Four weeks ago my friend called me up… “Hey do you want to join a boot camp with me?” Sure why not!? It was a great deal – $30 for 30days so I jumped on it. It’s been a month and I’m already thrilled with the results I’m seeing. Burn Boot Camp workouts are similar to circuit training – an intense 45 minute workout with stations designed to target specific areas of your body and get your heart pumping! Some days they’ll focus on calisthenics, arms or legs etc. Each day has a group warm up, then splits into rotating sections for the workout and ends with a “finisher” and stretching. It’s creative, it’s tough, it gets results + it’s a great place to cheer on other ladies who are all working to become stronger and healthier.

Things I love about Burn Boot Camp that are different from any other gym I’ve been to:

Accountability– “Focus meetings” are one-on-one meetings with your trainer where you can discuss your goals, weigh-in, take measurements and devise a plan to help you reach your BEST self. I really think the whole accountability aspect works wonders for me… just knowing that I have to check-in every other week, kicks my booty in gear – I’ve got to do my best! It’s all about feeling stronger, more energetic and confident. We talked about nutrition and meal planning and my coach gave me a shopping list of goodies to stock up on (lean meats, veggies, foods high in protein and low in bad fats etc.). I’m calling this “the year of Britt” working on myself and all the things I want to achieve and improve on before D and I try for a kiddo. So I’m starting here at Burn Boot Camp. We came up with an action plan for working towards my goals and finding foods high in nutrients and protein; “remember ladies you have 30-40 minute window to get 20-30 grams of protein in after your workouts” all day everyday 😉 I’m excited about this new adventure and I think having accountability has a huge impact on results.

Women Only– It’s fantastic to be surrounded by women and moms of all ages, sizes and athletic abilities. I feel like Burn Boot Camp is a safe environment – one that challenges me, but doesn’t force me to perform above my level. It’s not easy by any means, but it’s not the drill sergeant boot camp you are imagining. The coaches are wonderful, knowledgeable and supportive. There are co-ed classes available in the evenings and free classes open to the public on Saturday so I can bring my husband and friends.

Free Childcare– Huge plus! Not many gyms offer free childcare! My friend can drop her kids off in the room right next to our workout area. The kids play games, watch movies and color during our 45 min workout. It’s nice to not worry about the added cost of childcare and safety of the little ones.

But best of all, you can try out BBC right now! There are only a few spots open for $30-30days! – Hurry up the deal ends soon! And if you want to follow my journey I’ll be working on a few Burn Boot Camp posts paired with healthy recipes in the months to come!

Burn Boot Camp
2675 Irvine Ave
Costa Mesa, California 92627
Email: costamesa@burnbootcamp.com
Phone: (949) 632-7873

and a post workout pick-me-up…

Creamy Peanut Butter Oats with Yogurt, Herbs and Honey
Creamy PB Oats with Greek Yogurt and Ayurvedic Herbs

Healthy eating goes hand-in-hand with working out! So I thought it would be fun to share a post workout recipe! This is my go-to snack (rather a small meal) after a tough workout. I love these creamy pb protein oats. I mix mine with non-fat Greek yogurt, a spoonful of peanut butter,  ayurvedic herbs, honey and hemp seeds. It’s packed with protein, vitamins and belly friendly probiotics! This recipe is truly divine! Here’s how I make my mornin’ bowl.

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tbsp creamy organic peanut butter
1 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
*Optional* Add your choice of herbs, vitamins or protein powder
I like to use a combo of ayurvedic plant powders – brahmi and ashwagandha for inflammation and stress relief. Please consult with your doctor before using dietary supplements, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Directions:
Boil 1 cup water in a small pot. Add oats and simmer until oats are soft and water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt, peanut butter and honey until the porridge is smooth and creamy. Add, herbs, vitamins or protein powder if desired. Sprinkle with hemp seeds for a healthy dose of omega 3 & omega 6! Super easy, yummy and filling! The perfect fuel food for post BBC!
Creamy PB Oats with Greek Yogurt, Brahmi & Triphala


This Bar Saves Lives Apple Cashew Cream Cups

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Cashew Cream, Green Apple & This Bar Saves Lives Parfait | A Bit of Bees KneesHomemade, cinnamon vanilla bean cashew cream layered with tart green apples, crumbled This Bar Saves Lives and a “salted caramel” date drizzle on top! I made this little baby to-go and tucked it safely in the passenger seat on my way to work. Precious cargo 😉

Any flavor of @thisbar will do! Wild blueberry pistachio, dark chocolate cherry & sea salt, Madagascar vanilla honey & almond or peanut butter strawberry & sea salt. I used wild blueberry pistachio + Madagascar vanilla honey & almond. All of them are fantastic!

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Cashew Cream
1 cup raw unsalted cashews (soaked in water over night)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
pinch of salt

Directions
Drain the cashews. Pour 1/4 cup of fresh water and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add more water depending on the consistency you desire.

“Salted Caramel Sauce”
3 soft medjool dates
2 tbsp water
pinch of salt

Directions
Blend in a food possessor or mash with the back of a fork (whatever is easiest for you) until smooth. Strain sauce through a mesh sieve to remove any hard bits of date.

Crumble up your This Bars and layer it up! If you want to learn more about This Bar Saves Lives check out my post or head over to their website! Their Non-GMO, gluten free, fair trade, bee friendly snacks will make your tummy happy and also provide food for children in need all over the world. We eat together!
Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Cashew Cream, Green Apple & This Bar Saves Lives Parfait | A Bit of Bees Knees


This Bar Saves Lives X A Bit of Bees Knees | Giveaway

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This Bar Saves Lives is making its debut in all California Starbucks! This is great guys…REALLY GREAT! These yummy bars actually do save lives. Here’s how it works. For every bar you buy, their non-profit partner makes a life-saving packet of food. Then they send that food to where it’s needed most. Boom. You helped save a child’s life. How cool is that?

This Bar Saves Lives has partnered with Edesia and Action Against Hunger to provide malnourished children with vital nutrients needed to treat and prevent stunting – a condition caused by a diet lacking in essential calories, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals – which not only affect a child’s growth, but also their lifelong health and productivity. 2.6 million children die from severe acute malnutrition each year. And “This Bar Saves Lives” has distributed 1,000,000 bars and counting! Let’s keep it up and save more lives!

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GIVEAWAY!

We’ve got a GIVEAWAY contest for you (on my instagram)! In celebration of their launch at Starbucks, This Bar Saves Lives is giving away a box of bars and a $10 Starbucks gift card to a lucky winner at random. I will notify the winner via insta message next week. Contest ends the night of November 16th! US citizens only please. By entering you are confirming that you are 13+ years of age, agree to Instagram’s terms of use and release Instagram from any and all responsibility. Here’s how you play:

#1  Follow @thisbar  on Instagram
#2 Tag 2 friends  (in a comment below) to help spread the word on This Bar Saves Lives and ending world hunger!

That’s it! Have fun friends! I wish you luck!

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This Bar Saves Live – We eat together.  A yummy snack for you and life saving meal for a child in need.


Healthy Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

Healthy Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | A Bit of Bees Knees
Twice baked spaghetti squash with lean turkey, roasted gaaahlic sauce and low fat mozzarella. Hub says it’s better than pasta! I agree!

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash (cut in half)
4 oz lean ground turkey meat
preferred seasonings to taste (I used Cavender’s All Purpose Greek seasoning)
1 cup Emeril’s All Natural Roasted Gaaahlic Sauce (you can find it in the store or make it from scratch)
1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
fresh basil

Directions:

-Cut a spaghetti squash in half. Scoop out seeds and place face down in a deep dish pan with 2 inches of water. Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350F.
-Remove squash from oven, drain water and use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti strands. Place the strands in a bowl and set aside. Keep the squash shells.
-Cook turkey with preferred seasonings and then mix with spaghetti squash “noodles”
-Repack the spaghetti squash shells with the “noodle” and turkey mixture making sure that each shell is evenly packed
-Top each squash half with 1/2 cup of roasted gaaaahlic tomato sauce, and 1/2 cup low fat mozzarella cheese and fresh basil
-Place back in the cooking pan and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.
Healthy Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | A Bit of Bees Knees