8.20.2014

Coconut Popcorn Trail Mix


You guyyys. This is one of my very favorite snacks. It is so easy and a little addicting, but healthy at the same time. I'm a big fan. 


A while back I posted my coconut popcorn, which has become a staple in the house and it is husband approved. Friend approved. And me approved.

Approved all around.


This is coconut popcorn all jazzed up.


Most of the time, when I am making a batch of popcorn, I just make a little extra so I can make this trail mix for the week.




Also, popcorn salt. Not necessary, but so necessary.


Any way, this is a perfect sweet and salty snack when you get those stupid 3:00PM sluggies.

(Sluggie = acting effectively like a slug because you are so out of energy).



Coconut Popcorn Trail Mix
This slightly addicting sweet and salty healthy snack will help get you through the day.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons popcorn kernals
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut chips, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons roasted, salted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
1. Start by toasting your coconut. Add the coconut to a skillet on medium heat. Toast coconut until golden brown and stir to cook evenly. Watch closely as this can burn quickly. 

2. Next, make your popcorn. I use an air popper, but you can use the stove top method as well. Once it is popped and hot, add the melted coconut oil and coat thoroughly. Use your hands if needed and salt generously to taste. 

3. Let the popcorn cool for 5-10 minutes then add the apricots, cashews, sunflower seeds, and chocolate. 

4. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

If you don't like apricots, go ahead and switch them out with whatever dried fruit you desire. Same with the seeds. Make it own and enjoy!

Details:
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings























Cheers,

Erica

7.31.2014

July Adventures


July Life. What can I say...you were full of running and eating. Per usual. This will be life until November. I am totally OK with that.

7.22.2014

Grilled Green Beans


Seriously, I can't remember why I was such a bratty, awful kid and who didn't like veggies. It is a little embarrassing and kinda sad that I missed out of stuff like this. I totally think I am making up for lost time in my adult years though, so I'm OK with that. 


And lately, I'm grilled obsessed. Maybe its the hot afternoons, the long sunny summer evenings, the fact that if I touch my stove my house heats up 15 degrees. Yeah, probably all of those things. 


Either way, I think I am getting pretty good at this grill stuff. Over the past month, I've been wanting to share these grilled green beans, but I eat them all too quickly to snap a photo and post it. Whoops. But I found some self control and finally got some.  


These are probably one of the easiest side veggies I've ever made. All you have to do it trim em, toss up in some oil, sprinkle with some salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and grill. 



I preheat my grill to medium high and make a little tin foil tray. If you have a grill basket that would work too. 


Add your beans and close the grill for 7-10 minutes. Toss them a bit to help evenly cook them. They should start to get charred. Cook for another 5-7 minutes and your done.


These have become husband approved too! Always a bonus. We had these last night next to some pan seared salmon, grilled corn and farro. A perfect summer dinner.


What are some of your favorite veggies to grill? 

Cheers,

Erica


7.10.2014

Protein Oats with Banana and Toasted Coconut


I'm a little breakfast obsessed. It is by far, my favorite meal of the day and I basically can't function without it. Or I won't function with out it. Period.


Thinking about this post, I noticed that through the years, my breakfast cereal choices have slowly matured and evolved. Frosted Flakes turned into Special K, which turned into instant oatmeal, then into rolled oats, granola made its way into my life, and now I'm all about steel cut oats. They are hearty, chewy, and warm me up from the inside out on these cool foggy July mornings we have here in the Bay Area.


7.01.2014

June Adventures.

Since I got back from Florida, June has been non.stop.go.time. What happened? I was waiting for summer then BAM! July hits you right in the face. I'm just going to stop for a second a savor the month as I go through these pictures because before you know it, Target is going to put up Santa decorations and I just can't handle that yet.

So, here's my June life. Enjoy!


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