Healthy & Easy Homemade Applesauce

Happy Saturday!

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I woke up this morning with the idea of making applesauce with the gala apples that had become soft. So I jumped out of bed (funny, right?) to start on the sauce.

I actually didn’t intend this to be a blog post, so I didn’t take pictures of chopping and cooking.

I washed, peeled, and chopped apples into large cubes and tossed them into my blender till it reached 6 CUPS.

I then, using my blender, pureed the apples with a little water. If I had a food processor, I would not have had to add water.

After all the chopped apples were pureed, I added it to a pot of 1/2 cup of water, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp of cloves. I turned it to medium high heat and waited for it to come to a boil. After a couple of minutes, I turned the heat down to medium low and let the applesauce simmer for 30 minutes.

DONE!

Store in a glass container like a mason jar.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped apples; washed and peeled
  • 1/2 cup water; plus a little more if you are pureeing in a blender like me
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (more or less)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

 

Need

  • food processor or blender
  • pot

 

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Reasons I would rather make my own applesauce:

  • No added sugar
  • No added preservatives or artificial flavoring
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • I know exactly what I’m putting in it
  • Tastes great on all my breakfast foods and  most snacks
  • A way to get rid of soft apples Smile

 

Happy Applesauce Making!

 

Questions:

  • Have you ever made applesauce before?

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I Love Crackers! (Review)

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

Okay, you guys…I love Crunchmaster. They are certified gluten free and delicious!

I’ve been eating these –>

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…for so long! Like 2.5 years. Ever since we started going to Costco. We tried them once, and haven’t let go since. We have yet to get tired of them.

Anyway, I reached out to the company a while ago, telling them how much I love their crackers. Little did I know, they had so many other flavors. AH! What?

When they e-mailed me, they asked me which ones I’d love to try.

I asked for these…

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I couldn’t wait to try these crackers so, I obviously I had to taste test them all (throughout a few days though). I started with the 7 Ancient Grains first. I loved these! Most definitely my favorite out of all!

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We took these on our Beach Trip and ate them all in no time with some chicken salad!

  • These are not too salty (just a hint of sea salt)
  • They have the best ingredients! There are only like 6-8 ingredients and its mostly things like: Quinoa, brown rice, sesame, etc. So I recommend these for clean eaters!
  • The taste is perfect, not to overwhelming!

grammy crisps

  • These are great for those times when you need a sweet crunchy treat.
  • Great with coffee
  • Great dipped in chocolate
  • Reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch

I definitely liked the Grammy Crisps, these would be my second favorite!

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Hmm, I’m a little iffy on these Cheezy Crisps. I like them but not crazy about them.  So, I asked the family what they thought!

  • My 13 year old sister said she LOVES them! (So I’m guessing kids are going to enjoy these!)
  • She also LOVES the Grammy Crisps. (yes, LOVES is what she said)
  • My mom thought they were delicious!
  • My dad thought they were okay

 

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I actually really like these White Cheddar multi grain crackers! They don’t taste too cheezy which I like…

  • Tastes yummy with hummus or with a piece of cheese on top (cheese overload!)
  • Also tastes great with jalapenos! (MMM, cream cheese would be good too, Laughing Cow!)

 

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These are definitely my next favorite!

  • Not too veggie tasting, just the right amount!
  • Yummy with cheese and hummus!
  • Great to add to a meal or pour in a bowl for snacking before dinner!

 

I really liked the Roasted vegetable so I recommend these for sure!

So, this is a little different on my WIAW, but I thought it would be fun!

Thanks Jenn for always hosting! Smile

And thank you so much, Crunchmaster, for letting me review your crackers!

Questions:

  • What are your favorite crackers?
  • Do you eat gluten free or have you tried Crunchmaster crackers?
  • What flavor do you think would be your favorite?

 

Disclosure: Crunchmaster did not pay me for this post. They kindly sent me samples to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

WIAW 8/27 Clean & Easy Turkey Meatballs with Cilantro & Mushrooms

Hey all! 

Happy Wednesday and WIAW! I had some really Good Eats yesterday…and an awesome clean eating recipe.

Thanks Jenn for always hosting!

I started my morning with fasted cardio in my neighborhood and I was starving by the time I was done.

 

Breakfast

I made overnight oats the night before, put in a ton of pumpkin spice and cinnamon because its so good, a little peanut butter action on top, and some frozen berries that were thawed!

Lunch

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For my second meal of the day, I ate a couple of eggs with hummus on top, a rice cake (not pictured) and half an apple with cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Before I worked my biceps and shoulders, I quickly came up with dinner. We had a package of lean ground turkey so I decided to make meatballs!

Clean & Easy Turkey Meatballs with Cilantro & Mushrooms
Ingredients
 
  • 1 1/2-2 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional) I only put a little bit
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Dash of cayenne and chili powder

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Sauté the minced garlic and finely chopped mushrooms in a pan with olive oil.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine turkey, cilantro, scallions, garlic and mushrooms, egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cayenne and chili powder, and brown rice flour; mix gently with a fork.

  3. Step 3

    With hands, form mixture into balls, each equal to 2 level tablespoons; arrange on a skillet with olive oil (medium high heat) to cook 10 minutes on each side.

  4. Step 4

    Cover the meatballs with a glass lid for 10 minutes on medium low heat and then they should be ready!

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Worked out as soon as I was done cooking! (Biceps and shoulders)

Then it was time to eat! I couldn’t wait to see how these tasted. I loved the cilantro and onion taste together. Made a fresh tasting meatball.

Dinner

I had two of my turkey meatballs, broccoli, quinoa, 1/2 sweet potato with almond butter and a Zevia!

Questions:

  • Do you ever do fasted cardio?
  • What body part is your favorite to work? I love biceps and shoulders day! Which was yesterday

XX Audrey