Organic Homemade Thumbprint Cookies 

Organic Homemade Thumbprint Cookies 

Hey guys, Shelbie here! This weekend I made organic peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies. Not only are they delicious but they’re simple to make! Here’s how I made them! Ingredients:

1/4-1/2 c. Seedless Raspberry Jelly (or any kind you like)

1 c. Whole Wheat Flour 

3/4 tsp. Baking Powder

1/8 tsp. Salt 

1/2 tbsp. butter (unsalted)

1 Egg White 

4 1/2 tbsp. peanut butter (i used smooth natural peanut butter)

1/2 c brown sugar 

Water 
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set it aside.

3. In a medium bowl, melt the butter and let it cool for a little. Then add the egg white, peanut butter and brown sugar in. 

4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix.

5. Drizzle in water, just until the dough comes together. You do not want it to be sticky or wet. 

6. Roll dough into small balls and put them on a cookie sheet. Make a small indentation in each cookie with a 1/4 teaspoon and fill with jam. 

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
   
   

No Sugar November Challenge — DAY 3 (FOOD DIARY)

No Sugar November Challenge — DAY 3 (FOOD DIARY)

Happy Friday, guys!

Don’t give into temptation this weekend; stay strong with your No Sugar lifestyle and in a few more days it will pay off. Today was way easier and I feel like I have more energy. This may be a placebo effect, but I’ll see how I feel in a few more days.

I think the trick is to be consistent with what you’re eating. That’s why I have developed a routine and try to eat the same things daily.

Here is what I ate as of 6:02pm EST

According to a story that I found on CNN, cutting sugar in just 10 days has amazing results for children. So if you started doing this, it may be time to get your kids involved, too.

Also, check out this really cool chart from AssociatedContent.com on how soda affects the body, take a look
(scary isn’t it?!):

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No Sugar November Challenge — DAY 2 (Food Diary)

No Sugar November Challenge — DAY 2 (Food Diary)

Hi guys,

Soooo, I made it! It’s almost the end of day 2 and I didn’t give into temptation. I know it might seem silly to some of you, but you’ll be surprised at how many things I can’t eat because of the added sugar.

Here are the things I ate today (minus a pink lady apple that I forgot to take a photo of). I also drank another can of seltzer water and filtered water throughout the day.

According to The American Heart Association, the daily recommended intake for “most American women, is no more than 100 calories per day and no more than 150 calories per day for men (or about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men)”. I used to eat WAY more than that!

I found this really cool infographic from the DailyMail showing how much sugar is in some of the common foods that we eat. (Also, don’t mind the fruits, your body can’t function without sugars, but they should be natural).

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How is it going for you guys?

Hashtag me! #SabrinaNoSugar

No Sugar November Challenge — Day 1 (Food Diary)

No Sugar November Challenge —  Day 1 (Food Diary)

Hi all,

Today is the first day of my No Sugar November challenge! I’m really excited and also kind of scared because I’m not sure if I will actually be able to complete this. I filmed a quick introduction (see below) to this challenge so please check it out and be sure to subscribe to my channel! I’m going to be sharing my entire experience with you all.

I thought it would be helpful if I showed you what I ate today so that you can get some tips/ inspiration for your own meals, too.

What I ate today (as of 5:30 PM EST)

Also, if you want to see the study that I was referring to, click here: What Happens to Your Brain on Sugar, Explained by Science (via MIC) .

Thank you so much for reading and if you do this challenge as well, use the hashtag #SabrinaNoSugarNovember!

I look forward to seeing your progress!

xo,
Sabrina

Cornmeal Fried Tofu with Spicy Tomato Sauce — Guest Post From Mini Chai

Cornmeal Fried Tofu with Spicy Tomato Sauce — Guest Post From Mini Chai

Hi guys!
My sister, Shelbie made this awesome appetizer and she wanted to share this recipe with you all. She’s such a creative little chef, so stay tuned for more recipes from her!

Ingredients:

Extra-Firm Tofu (I used Nasoya)
Stone-Ground Yellow Cornmeal
Cornstarch
All-Purpose Season (I used Trader Joe’s Everyday seasoning)
Onion
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Crushed Tomatoes (mine had Garlic, Basil and Oregano)
Cayenne Pepper
Canola Oil
Olive Oil

Steps:

1. Heat up a small pan with 2 Tbsp of olive oil.
2. Cut up 1/4 of an onion into a small dice and let sauté on low heat with a pinch of salt, some all purpose seasoning and chili flakes. After 5-10 minutes add in crushed tomatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes
3.Heat up oil in a pan on medium heat
4. Combine 3/4 cup of cornstarch and 5 Tbsps of cornmeal together in a bowl and set aside.
5. Open tofu and thoroughly dry it off with paper towels, the drier the better. Cut tofu into 1/2 inch cubes and dredge in dry mixture. Fry for 2-4 minutes.
6. Place cooked tofu on a paper towel to absorb any excess grease. Sprinkle with salt immediately!

(Recipe by: Shelbie Bachai, follow her on IG for more recipes @shelbieebachaii)

Jar Salad: Easy On-The-Go Lunch Or Dinner

Jar Salad: Easy On-The-Go Lunch Or Dinner

Hi guys!

Jar salads have become super popular over the past few years and I never realized how easy they were to make. Usually when I come home from a long day I don’t want to make a complicated dinner. So I’ll have a salad, some fruits, veggies, or anything that doesn’t require cooking.

Instead of just munching on boring veggies, I decided to spice up my dinner with this fun salad. If you’re interested — keep reading!

Ingredients:

1.Belgian Endive
2. Cucumber
3. Pear
4. Tomato
5. Balsamic Vinegar
6. Feta

**TIP: Add the wet stuff first and then layer the rest.

Faux Zucchni Pasta Recipe Using A Veggetti

This dish seriously took me less than 10 minutes and I only used three things: my veggetti, a zucchini and store bought pasta sauce (any organic one will do)! It’s the perfect meal since I get home pretty late and I’m in no mood to whip up an elaborate meal.

Before I did anything else, I put a pot of water on the stove and turned the heat on high so that it would boil. Unlike conventional wheat pasta, I didn’t add salt because the pasta sauce already had enough seasoning.

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While the water was heating up, I spiralized one zucchini. I had originally wanted to make two, but one of them had mold on it (yuck).

20141202_195916I used my veggetti (click here for link to buy, I bought mine at Bed Bath & Beyond for $14.99, but Amazon is cheaper if you have prime shipping) on the whole thing, until the zucchini got too short twist.

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When the water was almost boiling, I dropped the zucchini in the pot and let it sit for about 3 minutes. The next time I do this, I’m going to leave it for less because the zucchini got a littler softer than I would have liked.

After I strained the water, I heated up my pasta sauce in the same pot, and added my zucchini back to the heated up sauce. I had to put some broccoli in it, too because there wasn’t enough of the zucchini pasta (stupid mold).

You can add cheese or anything else to top it off, but I liked it just the way it was.

Try this quick and easy recipe and let me know how it turns out for you!

xoxo,
Sabrina