Tuesday, September 23, 2014

30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Rolls

These rolls are just too good. Whenever I make these I seem like the best housewife in town, but little do they know it took just minutes to put together. These are also perfect for Rosh Hashanah since they are sweetened and topped with honey, which makes them extra special.


30 Minute Honey Whole Wheat Rolls
Makes 12 rolls
1 cup warm water
2 Tb dry yeast 
1/4 cup honey, plus extra for coating
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for forming
1 egg
1 teaspoon sea salt
3.5 to 4 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13 pan with oil.
In a bowl mix together the warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit a few minutes till it starts to bubble a bit.
Next, add in the oil and egg. Mix.
Add in the flour and salt and mix till the dough is well combined and only a little sticky.
Add more flour if you feel it is too sticky. Do not add too much or the rolls will be dry.
Oil your hands and separate the dough into 12 pieces. 
Roll them into balls and place in the pan.
Let them sit for about 5 minutes. You can egg them but you do not need to.
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Once they come out brush honey over the tops.

These rolls are best fresh out of the oven. If you want to make them in advance that should be fine, but I recommend you warm them up before serving.



Delicious!
Hope you enjoy this recipe.
Shana Tova Umesukah- Have a Sweet New Year!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Butternut Squash Kugel (whole wheat/naturally sweetened)

Wow, I have been off this blog for quite some time. Did you miss me?
This summer has been a busy one for us. We moved to a different neighborhood and between a new home and new schools for my kids, life got too busy to work on healthy recipes. I am still not fully settled in, but with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) in just a few days I thought i'd stop by to share some great healthy recipes perfect for the holiday.

Some great ideas are:
Creamy Carrot Zucchini Soup
Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup
Real Honey Cake
Healthy Apple Pie

And a new favorite here- Healthy Butternut Squash Kugel


Butternut Squash Kugel
1 heaping cup of butternut squash puree
2 TB melted coconut oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 medium eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 TB nondairy milk of choice
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, divided


Preheat oven to 350F. 
Mix together all the ingredients just using half of the cinnamon. Pour into an oiled 9x6 pan. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon on top.
Bake for 30 minutes until firm. I like to serve this warm. Cut into squares and enjoy!


Oh, and you will want to probably double this recipe.
I hope to be back with another recipe soon ("hope" is the key word here!).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Winner of the Protein Powder Giveaway

The previous winner of the giveaway did not respond and since I have allowed enough time to respond, I am now going to announce the new winner!



The Winner of the Growing Naturals Protein Powder Package is....
Blima N.

Congrats! Please be sure you email me at nowaythatshealthy at gmail.com with your address. This needs to be done within the next 3 days or I will need to choose a new winner.

Thanks everyone and I plan to have new posts up this week so stay tuned!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Last Week of the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan

To see the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan Intro- CLICK HERE
To see Week 1- CLICK HERE
To see Week 2- CLICK HERE
To see Week 3- CLICK HERE
To see Week 4- CLICK HERE
To see Week 5- CLICK HERE
To see Week 6- CLICK HERE
To see Week 7- CLICK HERE

I want to start off by saying I am sorry I did not post sample meal plans last week. I do hope in the future to give you some more meal ideas, but I think you get the point. 
Now, for the winner of the protein powder giveaway.
The winner is:
Blima N.
Congrats! Please email me at nowaythatshealthy@gmail.com with your address so the products can be mailed to you.

For the last week of this plan there is just one thing to remember. You do not need to be perfect. If you go somewhere and want to indulge in something you usually wouldn't, enjoy it!
If you do not allow those moments to eat foods that are not "clean" then you will just end up frustrated. The same thing goes for working out. A day or two without it, is fine!
It is good to look at this with an 80/20 rule.
80% of the time you should try to eat clean and stay on track. The other 20% you can let yourself do as you please. Enjoy the cake. Enjoy sleeping in and skipping the workout. 
This will make the other 80% much more doable.


Well, that is the end of the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan. 
I really hope you enjoyed these posts and I am glad to hear the great feedback.

Remember, I have two more of the health packages to give away to two lucky readers. 
One for a US reader and One for an international reader.
To be one of the winners please comment below with how this plan has worked for you. Please write where you are located so I can be sure the package can be mailed to you.

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Week 7 of the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan

To see the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan Intro- CLICK HERE
To see Week 1- CLICK HERE
To see Week 2- CLICK HERE
To see Week 3- CLICK HERE
To see Week 4- CLICK HERE
To see Week 5- CLICK HERE
To see Week 6- CLICK HERE

Welcome to Week 7! I hope you have been able to keep up with this plan and have been seeing some great results from it. 

Week 7 is very simple. Take all you have learned from the previous weeks, bring it together and work on making balanced meals.
I will be posting some sample meal plans later this week, but here are the basics:
Each meal should have-
Either a fruit or vegetable on the side. 
A portion of good for you carbs.
A portion of protein.
Be sure that when cooking your meals you stick to using a little oil, don't go overboard.
I love cooking with coconut oil, but olive oil is great as well.

Here is a great portion control guide:
Veggies- two fists worth
Fruit- one fist
Carbs- one fist
Fats- Size of your thumb
Protein- Size and thickness of your palm

This way you don't need to stress about measuring everything. Just eyeball it and don't go to crazy.

Another important part of this week is to work on enjoying your meals.
Be sure you are never standing when you eat. We tend to eat mindlessly and keep snacking all day without ever realizing we are full.

Therefore you need to always sit and eat slowly. Enjoy your food!

So your goals for this week are:
1-Have balanced meals.
2-Watch your portions but do not stress over it!
3-Sit while eating.
4- Eat slowly.
5- Enjoy your food!

******Don't forget to enter to win the GIVEAWAY******
It will end Wednesday night, so be sure you have entered for a chance to win!
CLICK HERE to enter.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Protein Powder Review plus Recipes and a GIVEAWAY!

Last week was officially the 1 year blogiversary for No Way That's Healthy! So to thank all my amazing readers I knew a giveaway was in order. I will get to that soon, but first let's talk protein shall we?

Since this week is dedicated to getting in more protein I figured I would share my new favorite protein powder with you.
I have tried many protein powders. Some good and some bad.
There are many different kinds like whey, soy, pea, and brown rice.
Since I usually try to limit my dairy I decided to look into a non-dairy alternative. I found out about Growing Naturals and they were kind enough to send me some of their products to try.
I tried their chocolate brown rice protein as well as their chocolate rice powder drink.
This was the first brown rice protein that I enjoyed! So many others I tried were overly chalky tasting and no matter what I added to my smoothie, they just tasted odd.
Growing Naturals brown rice protein blends amazingly and tastes great.
I will give you a heads up though, most brown rice proteins do have a slight chalky taste. But with this brand, it is very very little. It is amazing in smoothies and the nutrition stats are so great! With 24 grams of protein, 0 grams fat and hardly any sugar per scoop, this is the perfect protein in my mind.
I enjoyed this brand so much that I ended up ordering the vanilla brown rice protein as well. Delicious!

I have not had a chance yet to try the pea protein, but I doubt Growing Naturals can go wrong.

I am also a HUGE fan of their rice milk powders. Instead of having to buy a heavy container of rice milk which you need to use before it goes bad, they have this powder that all you need to do is add water to it and voila- rice milk!
You can make one portion at a time so no worries about wasting your precious rice milk.

Here are two recipes I have made using this protein powder. I plan to make more recipes using it and will of course post them so you can try them too.

I spy someones chubby fingers on my smoothie- eh hem, didn't she know I'm on vacation!
Vacation Smoothie
This smoothie reminds me of a nice Hawaiian vacation. So sit back and pretend you're on some great beach far away from your hectic usual schedule (only you definitely are not and your daughter ends up drinking most of it).

1/4 cup pineapple chunks
Half of a frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2-1 full scoop of vanilla brown rice protein powder
about 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk. Use less for a thicker smoothie. You can use any milk you'd like.
Blend and enjoy!
After I took the smoothie away...

and when I gave it back...


Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl
I love putting thick smoothies in a bowl with toppings. It is like a big bowl of ice cream. So good!
1/2 frozen banana
1/2-1 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder
1 Tb cocoa powder
Almond milk
a large handful of ice
toppings such as shredded coconut, sliced almonds, mini chocolate chips, berries etc.

Blend till smooth. Taste and add some stevia or honey if you need it sweeter. I did not need anything added as the protein powder adds enough sweetness for me.
You can pour into the bowl right away or place the smoothie in the freezer for about 10 minutes to get it even more ice cream like.
Place in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings. I used unsweetened coconut and sliced almonds.
Take a spoon and dig in!

 *****GIVEAWAY TIME*****
Now you are thinking- great, recipes with protein powder, but I don't have any! Well, the super nice people at Growing Naturals offered to give one "No Way That's Healthy!" reader a great package that includes:
One brown rice protein
One pea protein
and a Growing Naturals bag

Woohoo!
For a chance to win, all you need to do is:
Comment below- please be sure you use your name.
This will give you one chance to win.
For one more entry be sure to like the No Way That's Healthy! Facebook page and comment about that as well.

So 2 comments = 2 entry's into the giveaway.
This Giveaway will end Wednesday June 18th at 12 Midnight EST.

Sorry but this giveaway can only be sent to the US. But if you would like to order Growing Naturals Protein you can do so at iherb.com. They ship internationally! Use this code at checkout for a discount on your purchaseSHW911

Thanks again to my amazing readers and supporters. I am so thankful that you read my blog and would love to hear suggestions for future posts. Feel free to comment below or contact me via the contact tab above.

*Growing Naturals sent me these products to review, but as always all opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Week 6 of the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan!

To see the 8 Week Get Healthy Plan Intro- CLICK HERE
To see Week 1- CLICK HERE
To see Week 2- CLICK HERE
To see Week 3- CLICK HERE
To see Week 4- CLICK HERE
To see Week 5- CLICK HERE

Welcome to Week 6! Did you manage to get in any exercise last week? If not, that is fine just try again this week. Please report back with how it is going.

Since we introduced exercise last week I thought a good thing to add in now is protein.
Yup, protein. Including lean proteins into your meals will help repair and build muscle as well as keep you full till your next meal. Now, don't run away just yet. I am not saying you need to turn into a body builder. By gaining muscle, which by the way we all need- to lift our kids and groceries, we are able to burn fat much faster. 


Here are some protein options to add into your meals:
Whole eggs or egg whites
0% plain greek yogurt
Low fat cottage cheese
Low fat string cheese
Chicken breast
Lean ground turkey
Lean ground meat
Tofu
Fish

These are basically your best options. There is also protein in nuts so a tablespoon of nut butter can be a great addition to help boost the protein in your meal. Just remember it is high in fat so try to be careful to not devour the whole jar :)


Here are some recipes that I love that are protein packed:
Greek Yogurt Parfait- This is great as a snack or breakfast
Eggy Oats- This is a full breakfast and is very high in protein between the egg and cottage cheese
Protein Packed Omelet- The name says it all...
Protein Smoothies- I really like this Mocha Frappuccino. You can use protein powder, but I have a recipe that uses cottage cheese instead and is super good and creamy.

One other way to get in protein is with protein powder. Many of you have asked me what kind I use and how I use it. I will be back later this week with an answer as well as a recipe and a GIVEAWAY!