Chickpea Cream Pies!

If you’ve ever liked Oatmeal Cream Pies, you’re gonna LOVE our latest unique dessert submission! Check out these “Chickpea Cream Pies” by Maria & Savannah of “BusyGirlsEatClean” in Las Vegas, Nevada; it’s a great healthy & delicious twist to an American classic sweet treat, and we were surprised at how food conscious one of these yummy cookies actually was. You’re getting 31% of your DV of fiber, 13.8 grams of protein, 10% DV of Calcium, and much more! Calorie count is low too, at only 243 per serving. Give this dessert recipe a try, and share your thoughts with us by leaving a rating & comment below; we know you’ll enjoy it. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 243 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 64 grams.

 

What you need:

 

  • Cream Pie Ingredients

1 Can of chickpeas

1/4 Cup almond butter

1/2 Cup oats

2 Tbsp. honey

2 Tbsp. vanilla whey protein

  • Frosting Ingredients

1/4 Cup almond butter

2 Tbsp. vanilla whey protein

2 Tbsp. non-fat Greek yogurt

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 20 minutes; Servings: 8-10)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.

  2. Next, mix all of the Cream Pie ingredients together in a blender or food processor.

  3. Take the Cream Pie mixture, and fill a large, lightly greased muffin tin, using enough mix to fill each individual muffin tin 1/4-1/2 of the way full. (Quick Tip: It’s easier to make the “pies” with a muffin tin, but you can also use a cookie sheet.)

  4. Bake in the oven for 13 minutes; while the Cream Pies are baking, mix together your Frosting ingredients by hand in a small bowl.

  5. When Cream Pies are done, remove them from your muffin tin or cookie sheet; next, add “cream” to one side of Cream Pie, and make sandwich with the other; Serve immediately, or refrigerate for a later date.

  6. Eat & enjoy!

  Thanks Maria & Sav for sending in this wonderful arrangement to Tasty25 Magazine! What’s your Tasty25 creation? Send in your recipe, and be featured on Tasty25 by going to the “Submit Your Tasty25 Creation” page.

“Summer Of The Superfood”: Salmon (4 of 50)

We’re wasting no time; the “Summer Of The Superfood” continues with our selection #4: SALMON!

 

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 To understand the nutritional significance, we need to go a bit more in-depth than usual; but we promise, everything we say in this article will only make you better aware of how awesome salmon really is for achieving your best health! Not too long ago, people came to believe that fat was a horrible, murderous monster, and that the ideal healthy diet was completely absent of fat; we’ll call it, “the era of fat-free”. You know what we’re talking about… Salad dressings, cakes, casseroles, soups, even FRUIT JUICES proudly marketed themselves as being “fat-free”. Basically, we all needed an education in dietary fat and, bit by bit, we got one. In a nutshell, we learned that we derive four basic types of fat from food: saturated fat, trans-fat (partially hydrogenated oils), monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat. The news on saturated fat hasn’t changed a bit: saturated fat—which is found primarily in red meat, full-fat dairy products, and some tropical oils—has well-established negative health effects, such as increasing your risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and obesity. Trans-fats— which are listed on food labels as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil”—are also bad, probably even worse than saturated fat. Trans-fats were created by chemists seeking a fat that would store better than animal fats. (Avoid these whenever humanly possible!)

 

 Now, let’s switch gears and remember that there are also GOOD fats. The good guys in the fat family are the monounsaturated fats—the kinds found in olive and canola oils. These fats not only protect your cardiovascular system, they also lower the risk of “insulin resistance”, which is a physiologic state that can lead to diabetes & possibly cancer. And to round it off, we come to polyunsaturated fatty acids. Both omega-6 & omega-3, are the so-called essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (EFA’s). Our bodies can’t manufacture these two fats, and therefore we have to rely on getting them from our diet to avoid being deficient in these fats that are essential for life. Omega-6 fatty acids are currently overabundant in the typical Western diet; we get them from corn, safflower, cottonseed, and sunflower oils.

 

Did you know… Salmon live in both freshwater & saltwater regions? Truly a highly adaptive, exceptional fish!

 

  Unfortunately, many of us are currently DEFICIENT in the omega-3 class of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids—the ones that help make salmon a superfood—haven’t been included in adequate amounts of our diet, partly because we’ve lacked knowledge, and also because they’ve been “processed out” of our modern diet. That’s why this superfood is so special, and is included in our “Top 10”, because salmon is one of the richest, tastiest, readily available sources of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids! Period. Tasty25 recommends including wild salmon in your diet 2-4 times a week, to achieve optimal protection against a multitude of diseases that have been associated with low intakes of these critical fats. Do this, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff

 

 Wanna know a few ways to incorporate salmon into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain salmon:

 

Rainbow Veggie Wrap!

Here’s a colorful & delicious vegan meal for you to chow down on! Check out this Rainbow Veggie Wrap recipe submitted by Sophie MacKenzie of Cambridge in Waikato, New Zealand; it’s a 10-minute, 401 calorie creation that looks even better for you than it looks; 44% DV of fiber, 11.6 grams of protein, 139% of your DV for Vitamin A, and 152% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C! Share your thoughts on this awesome recipe by leaving a rating & comment below, and we know you’re gonna enjoy this one. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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Every recipe has a story! Sophie shared hers with us: “When I don’t know what I want to eat, this always is my top go to meal because it has everything you need for health, and tastes divine! You can easily change the the flavours with what type of hummus you put in; hope you enjoy it as much as I do!” –Sophie

 

CALORIE COUNT: 401 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 354 grams

 

What you need:

1 Large spinach tortilla wrap

1/2 Cup avocado (mashed)

2 Tbsp. hummus

2 Lettuce leaves

1/4 Cup spinach (chopped)

1/2 Cup purple cabbage (chopped)

1/4 Cup carrots (sliced in thin strips)

1/2 Cup bell pepper (sliced in strips)

1/4 Cup cucumbers (chopped)

1/4 Cup tomatoes (sliced)

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 10 minutes; Serves 1 adult.)

  1. Spread the avocado & hummus on one side of the spinach tortilla wrap.

  2. Next, add the soy sauce, salt, and black pepper (if desired) to the veggie mixture; Cook on high heat until cooked through and a little tender, but still crunchy.

  3. Pour the drained beans into a medium bowl, and add the cooked veggie mixture. Add Italian dressing if desired.

  4. Serve immediately.

  5. Eat & enjoy!

 Thanks Sophie for sending in this wonderful arrangement to Tasty25 Magazine! What’s your Tasty25 creation? Send in your recipe, and be featured on Tasty25 by going to the “Submit Your Tasty25 Creation” page.

“Summer Of The Superfood”: Blueberries (2 of 50)

Many of you will scratch your heads at first, but our #2 selection in our “Summer Of The Superfood” series goes to BLUEBERRIES!

 

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 We know what you’re thinking; “of all of the foods you could have selected, why these?” Well, you’re not alone when it comes to underestimating blueberries; for many years, nutritionists & researchers ignored the tiny blueberry because of its relatively low vitamin C content. However, what they failed to understand was that the health benefits of blueberries stem mainly from their incredibly high levels of antioxidant phytonutrients.

 

 “Phytonutrients” are non-vitamin, non-mineral components of food that have significant healthful benefits. There are literally THOUSANDS of different types of phytonutrients, and each is unique in both its physical characteristics and its function in the body.

 

Did you know… Although their known best for their anti-aging properties, blueberries, while tiny, are a powerful figure-friendly eat also: A 1-cup serving is only 80 calories, and actually helps you feel fuller for longer with 4 grams of dietary fiber. Interesting.

 

 Countless studies have shown that phytonutrients aids cell communicate in the body more efficiently, prevent harmful mutations at the cellular level, prevent the spread & production of cancer cells, much more… In fact there is still much more that experts are learning about the powers of phytonutrients every single day. Now here is why blueberries are simply amazing… Blueberries are so rich in phytonutrients, that even though they are not filled with the antioxidant Vitamins C & E, they still provide as much antioxidant protection to the body as 1,733 milligrams of vitamin E, and more than 1200 milligrams of vitamin C! That’s OVER 10 to 15 TIMES MORE THAN YOUR DAILY RECOMMENDED INTAKE! Pretty crazy, eh?  We recommend 1 to 2 cups of fresh blueberries whenever you can, to fully take advantage of the great health benefits this superfood can give; do this, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff

 

 Wanna know a few ways to incorporate blueberries into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain blueberries:

 

 

Healthy Blueberry Pancakes with Coconut Cream!

A healthy, balanced breakfast is ESSENTIAL to kickstarting a food conscious day! It’s important to get our metabolisms going early, and replenish our bodies with good fuel. These Healthy Blueberry Pancakes with Coconut Cream submitted by Yelitza Velazquez of Plymouth, Connecticut feeds 5-6 people at a low 240 calories per serving, contains a whopping 9 grams of protein per serving, and they’re packed full of fiber, calcium, and Vitamin C! Let us know what you think by leaving a rating & comment below, and we hope you enjoy. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 240 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 105 grams.

 

What you need:

 

  • Ingredients for pancakes

1 Cup multigrain pancake mix

1/4 Cup oats

1/2 Cup blueberries

2/3 Cup 2% milk

2 Tbsp. banana

1 Tbsp. ground flax seed

3 Tbsp. water

  • Ingredients for coconut cream

1 Cup fresh coconut

1/2 Cup almonds

2 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 Tbsp. water

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 15 minutes; Serves 5-6.)

  1. Preheat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium/medium-low heat.

  2. Next, mix all of your pancake ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

  3. Pour batter onto your preheated skillet or griddle, until you see bubbles on the top (3-4 minutes); Then, flip the pancake to other side, cooking for 1-2 minutes.

  4. Remove from skillet/griddle, and set aside.

  5. Next, mix all of your coconut cream ingredients in a food processor or blender, and serve over pancakes while hot.

  6. Serve immediately. (Feel free to top with fruit & nuts!)

  7. Eat & enjoy!

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“Summer Of The Superfood”: Oats (1 of 50)

It’s summertime, and we wanted to give our food conscious community a bit of “summer-school” to keep us all educated about the things we put into our bodies, and what we’re getting out of it. There are tons of sources, from stores, fitness & health gurus, all the way down to your next door neighbor that claim to know exactly what “the best” foods are for you to eat; but who really knows? Well have no fear! Our team has hand-selected 50 “superfoods” that we’ll talk about each day through mid July, as we learn a bit of the nutrition that goes along with these incredible foods we recommend chowing down on.

 

So, without further ado, here’s #1 of 50 in our “Summer Of The Superfood” series: OATS.

 

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 Before we jump too deep into how great this superfood is for your body, it’s important to know that any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain, is a grain product. The common oat is one of the most common species of grains that we consume each day.

 

 Back in 1997, the FDA allowed a label to be placed on oat foods, which claimed that there was an association between eating a diet rich in whole oats, and a reduced risk for coronary heart disease—our nation’s number one killer. The overall conclusion from this review was that oats could lower serum cholesterol levels, and that “the main active ingredient that yielded this exciting positive effect is the soluble fiber found in oats called “beta glucan.” (Beta-glucans are a diverse group of molecules, which can be found in the “bran” of oats, and aid in normalizing cholesterol levels in the body.)

 

Quick Tip: Oats are rich in fiber, so a serving can help you feel full throughout the day! Just a half of a cup packs 4.6 grams of “resistant starch”, which is a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat. Pretty awesome, eh?

 

 The combination of all the nutrients found in oats, makes them one of the most outstanding superfoods, and a big reason why we chose to talk about this one first! In addition to their power to reduce disease and extend your health span, oats are also great for practical reasons: they’re inexpensive, readily available, and incredibly easy to incorporate into your life; which is what we’re all about at Tasty25 Magazine. We suggest eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and cooking with oat bran or oat flour as a practical way to get a solid dose of this hearty superfood. Remember to eat a bowl of oats regularly, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a food conscious individual! – Tasty25 Staff

 

 Wanna know a few ways to incorporate oats into your diet? Check out these great Tasty25 creations that contain oats:

 

5-Minute Açaí Super Foods Bowl!

Spring brings us a new healthy & delicious recipe that’s great to eat for any meal! Check out this 5-Minute Açaí Super Foods Bowl submitted by our Tasty25 contributor Amber Constant of New Orleans, Louisiana; a tasty blend of granola, fresh berries, bananas, and the wonderful açaí fruit! This yummy bowl feeds 2 people at 298 calories per serving, contains 34% of your daily recommended intake of dietary fiber, and it’s absolutely packed full of Vitamin’s C, B6 & B12! Make sure to let Amber know what you think by leaving a rating & comment below, and we hope you enjoy. Happy Cooking! – Tasty25 Staff

 

Quick Fact: Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life’s stressors, and the açaí berry is full of them! They also play a role in the body’s cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by our bodies; eating a diet rich in antioxidants lessens the destructive power of free radicals, and may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer!

 

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CALORIE COUNT: 298 Calories Per ServingSERVING SIZE: 219 grams.

 

What you need:

1/3 Cup 2% milk

1/2 Cup banana

1 1/2 Cup frozen berries

1 1/2 Tbsp. açaí berry freeze dried powder

1 1/2 Tsp. maca powder

1 Tbsp. cacao powder

1/2 Cup raw organic granola

1/4 Tsp. baking powder

Optional Toppings:

Fresh blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries

Honey

Chia seeds

Hemp seeds

Dried fruit

Directions: (Approximate cook time: 5 minutes; Serves 2 adults.)

  1. Take a medium-sized glass bowl, and stick it in the freezer to remain cold during the preparation process.

  2. Choose your toppings (OPTIONAL), and wash/prepare them; Set aside for later.

  3. Next, mix your 2% milk, 1/2 Cup of banana, frozen berries, acai powder, maca, and cacao powder in a high speed blender until smooth. (Tip: The puree will be thick; don’t mix too much, because this will sometimes cause it to liquify! – Amber)

  4. Now remove your glass bowl from the freezer, and spread 1/4 Cup of granola evenly into the bottom of the bowl.

  5. Then pour your thick, frozen smoothie puree onto the granola evenly. (Tip: If your puree has started to liquify, put into the freezer for a few minutes until it gets a bit hardened. – Amber)

  6. Finish the recipe by topping with the additional 1/4 Cup of granola, adding your optional fruit & seed toppings!

  7. Eat & enjoy!

 What’s your Tasty25 creation? Send in your recipe, and be featured on Tasty25 by going to the “Submit Your Tasty25 Creation” page.

 

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Amber Constant is a Tasty25 Magazine contributor from New Orleans, LA.