Posts in Healthy Alternatives
Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts & Protein Balls

Thanksgiving is here and I couldn’t be more thrilled, it’s one of my favourite holidays as it’s all about coming together with our family or loved ones and sharing what you are truly thankful for this year.

People often associate holidays with over eating and turkey comas so I wanted to share a little inspiration and healthy recipes so you feel fab through this holiday. Whip and share one or both of these healthy dessert recipes this weekend. Keep reading to grab my new pumpkin spiced doughnut and pumpkin spiced protein ball recipes.

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Back to School Lunch Planner

Can you believe it is September already? It’s that time of year again where the kiddos are heading back to school. It is always a transition coming out of summer mode and jumping back into the routine of the school year. I know for more parents back to school means the dreaded chore of packing lunches. Coming up with healthy lunch ideas can be overwhelming and time consuming. Let’s take the guess work out of it by using a “cheat sheet” or visual template so your kids can help pack their own lunches.

Keep reading to grab my Top 10 Tips On How To Simplify Packing Healthy Lunches and Two Free Printable Templates.

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Matcha Protein Balls

Our family loves energy and protein balls and bars to fuel our adventures. I am constantly trying to come up with new variations to keep things fun and fresh. Lately I have been obsessed with everything matcha. Matcha smoothie bowls, chia pudding, teas and elixirs, cookies and now most recently protein balls.

Are you looking for a healthy snack that is packed full of nutrients your body desperately needs? Sure you are! who isn’t?

These tasty treats are not only delicious, seriously like so good they are also packed with antioxidants, amino acids, fibre and they are highly nutritious. Antioxidants are a powerhouse because they help stabilize harmful free radicals, which can wreak havoc on our bodies by damaging cells. Matcha protein balls are just the thing to help you recharge and energize your mind and body.

Try these energy boosting matcha protein balls today!

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Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eating During Summer Holidays

 

Who else is loving the perfect summer weather we have been enjoying so far? Ummm everyone right?

For us the longer days and warmer weather means more adventures outdoors, beach days and cottage time. I wanted to share that with all of the excitement of summer our family still commits to healthy eating even on vacation, weekends at the cottage and long weekends. I wanted to share how we do this and inspire you to do the same. I am so passionate about helping everyone make healthy eating a lifestyle and keeping it delicious, fun, attainable and works for them.

This is one of the reasons I created my new Community 30-Day Clean Eating Program is to show others ways to create a healthy lifestyle and make it accessible even during the summer months, through BBQ’s, parties and just life in general. I wanted to help coach people through the month and to make healthy eating work for you (with loads of my favourite, most delicious recipes). I am currently running this program and because it has been so life changing and successful we will be running it again Monday August 12th click to register: https://www.pamrocca.com/products/30-day-clean-eating-challenge 

One of the biggest tips to healthy eating is to make it consistent.

Do you eat the same way on Monday vs Friday? That has been one of the biggest factors for my healthy eating journey, I aim to treat weekends and holidays like any other day. Seeing as this is the most popular weekend for vacation I thought it would be a great time to share our Top 10 tips for healthy eating during the summer or on vacation.

Keep reading to grab the Top 10 Tips For Healthy Eating on Summer Holidays

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Buffalo Turkey (or Chickpea Tacos)

I love tacos! I mean who doesn’t?

Our fam could easily have this as a dinner one night per week but to avoid food ruts and boredom I am always on the look out to change up this basic recipe. Last week I posted a new Peanut Taco Recipe in a Lettuce Wrap and this just sparked more inspiration for more taco creations. This week I want to share my new Buffalo Turkey Tacos which again I am serving on a lettuce wrap for myself. As most of you know I am running a 30 day clean eating challenge and we aim to avoid gluten and dairy among other things, and lettuce wraps are a really simple and healthy alternative to wraps. This is one of my favourite recipe for a night where I am craving something a little less “healthy” and a little more fun or daring.

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Peanut Chicken or Chickpea Tacos In a Lettuce Wrap

 This past week I was feeling really creative in the kitchen and I took one of the recipes from my new cookbook - The Peanut Slaw Bowl and I wanted to make a spin on it and turn it into dinner. The chicken and chickpea tacos were the outcome and I couldn’t be more pleased with how easy and delicious this recipe is. Honestly dinner is ready in under 20 minutes and it can be a hit with the whole family. I do mine in lettuce wraps which makes it gluten free and lower in calories which suits my nutritional needs (as I am currently running a 30 day clean eating challenge if you want to join the fun click here https://www.pamrocca.com/custom-meal-plans) and my family enjoys their tacos in whole wheat wraps with no cilantro which suits their needs.

This recipe shows that you can eat clean and your food can and should be so flavourful, I would never post something that was bland or boring. That’s just not me. I want to get everyone excited to eat more veggies, to think twice about what we are putting in our bodies and make it so simple that there really are no excuses to not eat healthier. Because honestly you guys, what we eat affects how we feel each and every day…and I want you to all feel fantastic!

I created two versions of this recipe both are yummy! Pick the one that suits your nutritional needs and goals and enjoy.

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Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins

As a mom one of the biggest struggles during the school year is keeping lunch packing fun and fresh. I use to struggle hard with wondering what the heck to pack in my kids lunches. My goal this year was to avoid packaged snacks and lunch options to not only know what is in their food but to also help with environmental waste. In turn this has allowed me to save money on our groceries as well. A lot of the processed snacks can add up!

We buy bananas every week and if we ever have any really ripe ones left that always equals fresh muffins. We try to avoid food waste by using up what we can. So a few weeks ago I had some really ripe bananas and created this awesome recipe for school lunches and an after school snack. They were such a hit with the neighbourhood kids that they disappeared right away. In that moment I knew I had to share this recipe with all of you. I know it’s May and we are nearing the end of the school year and this is usually when our lunch creativity is at it’s lowest, so hopefully this recipe helps you out moms.

If you are not a mom and pack lunches for kids I am happy to say these are kick ass snacks for adults too!

Keep reading to grab this easy and delicious recipe.

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Lasagna Stuffed Portobellos

If you love a good lasagna but hate the heaviness you feel after eating it this recipe is for you. I am sharing a traditional/keto version and a vegan variation both nutritious, delicious and easy to make.

This is the perfect transition meal from comforting winter food to fresh summer food. This dinner is loaded with veggies and fresh flavours, yet baking it is so warming to the body on those damp rainy days.

You will notice a trend with all the recipes I share here on the blog – Ideally they take under 20-30 minutes to make, made with real food and they have to taste amazing! Honestly, if it’s not good….I won’t post it. I save you the time and energy so you can spend more time doing the things you love.

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Healthy Chocolate Doughnuts

Have your cake and eat it too with this healthier dessert alternative.

I am scheduling this weeks blog post on Good Friday this year so you can have a day or two to whip these doughnuts as a healthy dessert for Easter if you celebrate this Holiday. This recipe is in my cookbook but we like to decorate them up for Holidays and wanted to share this with all of you. I know not everyone celebrates Easter but I do know most people love a healthy chocolate recipe, so either way - enjoy!

Keep reading to get this easy and delicious recipe.

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Hemp Seed Granola Bars

As a mom of 3 packing lunches can sometimes feel like a daunting task. The balance between packing something healthy, convenient, while ensuring the kids will actually eat it can seem impossible. That was one of the reasons I wanted to create this school-safe bar recipe.

My daughter told me the other day that she got teased at school because she didn’t have any treats or fun stuff in her lunch. So I took this challenge on to make a fun, healthy treat for their lunches. If you follow my stories on Instagram @Prepwithpam you will see it took me a few tries to perfect this recipe. I am really proud with how it turned out and even more stoked that my kids LOVE these bars. A huge bonus is that my husband and I enjoy them for breakfast bars so even if you don’t have kids I know you will appreciate this recipe.

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