Clean Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips Recipe

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Healthy potato chips!? Yes, it’s possible!! Thanks to my amazing boyfriend, I got a food dehydrator for Christmas. He got me a Waring Pro Food Dehydrator, and I’ve been trying recipes with it for about a month now. This is the first chip recipe I’ve tried, and it actually worked pretty well!

I found this Sour Cream & Onion Chips recipe from Emily at JoyfulAbode.com, and adapted it slightly to make it perfect for clean eating. Thank you so much, Emily! Her blog has tons of recipes, so be sure to check it out!

This recipe made a pretty large batch. I got five trays of chips in my dehydrator, and I even had leftover potato paste. I ate it like mashed potatoes, and it was so delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup 2% (reduced fat) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbs. dried parsley
  • 2 Tbs. onion powder
  • 1 Tbs. salt (more or less to taste)

You will also need:

  • Food dehydrator
  • Nonstick dehydrator mats or PARCHMENT paper cut to size (Do NOT use waxed paper; it will stick to the chips)

Directions:

  1. Cook the potatoes any way you like. I poked mine several times with a fork and microwaved them for about 12 minutes.
  2. Let the potatoes cool enough to peel them, and remove the skin. (I would like to try this again, but leave the skin on to add more fiber, but I’m not sure how it would work.)
  3. Cut or break the potatoes into chunks and combine all ingredients in a food processor. If you have a small food processor (like I do), you might have to do separate batches. I had to do three small batches and then stir it all together by hand in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Puree all the ingredients until it turns into a potato paste. If it’s too thick, add a little more water.
  5. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, spread the potato paste onto the nonstick mats or parchment paper. Spread it pretty thin, but don’t make any holes. It is pretty hard to spread it thin enough without making it see-through, so next time I make these I will spread it a little thicker.
  6. Dehydrate your chips at 145° or medium setting until they are crispy and dry. Mine took about 8 hours total. Every couple hours, check them and rearrange the order of the trays (the bottom trays tend to dry out faster). After about 6 hours, I flipped the big sheets of chips so the wet side was up. The thicker your chips are, the longer it will take for them to dry completely.
  7. Once all the sheets are dry and crispy, break the big chips into smaller pieces.
  8. Store in an air-tight container. (Emily says they will keep for a couple days, but they taste best fresh)

Enjoy!! These don’t taste like store-bought chips, but they do taste good! Remember, your chips don’t have any nasty preservatives, additives, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or artificial flavors. These are all natural, healthy, and perfect for clean eating!

I plan on trying different chip flavors in the future. What kind should I try next? Let me know in the comments!

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Clean Eating Super Bowl Snack Ideas!

The Super Bowl is less than a week away! You know what that means: lot’s of greasy food, beer, junk food, funny commercials, and an entertaining halftime show (hopefully). I usually only watch the game to see the commercials, and of course, I love pigging out on some junk food.

It’s totally fine to treat yourself for this special occasion, but at least try to eat something healthy while you watch the game. Eat a few veggies or a fruit bowl. Have a handful of nuts. Grab some olives and a pickle. Balance out the good with the bad, so your body doesn’t get mad at you for feeding it too much garbage.

I’m not sure how many of you readers will tune in for the big game, but I’ve compiled a collection of my clean eating recipes that will be sure to please your football crowd!

“Fried” pickles with southwest dipping sauce

Fried Pickles

Zucchini poppers with marinara sauce

zucchini poppers

Sweet potato fries

sweet potato fries

Baked tortilla chips

Clean tortilla chips

Black bean and corn salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Guacamole

Guacamole

Frozen peanut butter cocoa balls

Picture of Peanut Butter Balls

Rice Krispies treats

rice krispies treats

Black bean brownies

brownies

Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili

chili

How do you celebrate while you watch the Super Bowl? Do you watch for the commercials, the halftime show, or the game itself?

Clean Up Your Thanksgiving Menu

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Who’s excited for some food!? I know I am! If you read my post last week, you know that I don’t plan on eating very clean on Thanksgiving. I don’t think my grandma and extended family would go for a clean eating menu for our dinner, so I’ll be eating the regular traditional menu that day.

Once I have my own family and I’m in charge of planning Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll prepare the entire menu with clean foods only! I’m sure some of you plan on doing that this year, or maybe you just want to clean up a few recipes for dinner. Either way, I’ve compiled a collection of clean eating versions of all your Thanksgiving favorites!

Some of these recipes are ones I made myself, and some are from other clean eaters around the web.  I tried to account for almost all of the traditional foods at Thanksgiving dinner, with some substitutions or recommendations on how to clean them up if the recipes aren’t totally clean already.

Green Bean Casserole 

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Thank you zee lemons for this vegan green bean casserole recipe! It is clean except for the crispy, fried onions. But how could you eat green bean casserole without them!? Be sure to use olive oil and whole wheat flour.

Mashed Potatoes

mashed cauliflowerInstead of mashed potatoes, try this garlic mashed cauliflower instead! You’ll avoid the starchy potatoes and get an extra serving of veggies instead!

Sweet Potatoes

mashed potatoesI love this mashed sweet potatoes recipe! They taste so sweet, it’s almost like eating dessert, but it’s completely clean!

Rolls

roll16This whole wheat dinner roll recipe comes from An Oregon Cottage. Be sure to use either skim, unsweetened almond, or soy milk. You could also try substituting coconut oil or olive oil for butter, but I haven’t tried it myself.

Biscuits

biscuitsThis is my fluffy whole wheat biscuit recipe! The recipe is already 100% clean, so enjoy!

Cornbread

cornbreadI don’t usually eat cornbread on Thanksgiving, but I know some people do. If you’re one of those people, be sure to check out my clean cornbread recipe since it’s so healthy!

Corn Casserole

lighter-corn-casserole_thumb_3Thank you to Chocolate Covered Katie for this lightened-up corn casserole! It’s even gluten free. Use whole grain cornmeal if you can find it. Be sure to use all natural chicken broth, skim/unsweetened almond or soy milk, honey as a sweetener, nonfat Greek yogurt instead of tofu, and coconut oil for the buttery taste.

Deviled Eggs

90564642477118316ggnz2qhlcThis clean deviled eggs recipe comes from Build Lean Eat Clean! Be sure to use Greek yogurt like they recommend.

Coleslaw

coleslaw-1I found this healthy coleslaw recipe on PBS. It’s already 100% clean!

Stuffing

img_1903Thank you to Freeze Your Way Fit for this copycat Stove Top stuffing recipe! Be sure to use whole wheat bread. I’m excited to try this one!

Pumpkin Pie

IMG_0245This clean pumpkin pie recipe comes from Blogilates. She even has a video in case you don’t feel like reading. I love me some pumpkin pie!

Pecan Pie

clean-eating-pecan-pie-v-I also love pecan pie! I love any kind of pie actually. Anyway, this clean pecan pie recipe comes from The Gracious Pantry!

Apple Crisp

picture of apple crispI don’t usually eat apple crisp on Thanksgiving, but I might this year! I love my clean apple crisp recipe, so try it out!

I hope all of you have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving! Let me know in the comments what your favorite Thanksgiving food is!

Healthy Gourmet Oatmeal Combinations

Here’s a handy chart to help you create amazing gourmet oatmeal combinations! Just mix and match, add what you want, stir in some goodies, and eat up! Oatmeal is a great breakfast. It’s quick and easy, and you can even make it the night before, keep it in the fridge overnight, and grab it in the morning as you’re walking out the door.

So print out this chart, stick it up on your fridge, and make some fancy combinations!

Comment below and let me know what combinations you came up with! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy my oats!

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Clean Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

apple cinnamon muffins

Ingredients:

(For 12 muffins)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup chopped apple

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place paper liners in 12 muffin tins, or grease them very well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and set aside.
  5. In another small bowl, combine almond milk, olive oil, vanilla, and honey until smooth.
  6. Fold egg whites into the wet mix.
  7. Add wet mix and apples to dry mix and stir until combined, but don’t over mix!
  8. Pour batter into each muffin tin, about 2/3 full.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the muffins turn golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool a little. These taste great while warm!

Clean Sweet Potato Pumpkin Biscuits Recipe

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Ingredients:

(For 12 biscuits)

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. raw honey

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a small cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Poke the sweet potato several times with a fork and place on foil. Don’t wrap it up.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until very tender.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Meanwhile, turn oven up to 425°F.
  7. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in a small mixing bowl.
  8. In a food processor, puree sweet potato (including skin), pumpkin, and honey until smooth.
  9. Add wet mix to dry mixture in bowl and stir by hand until a soft dough forms.
  10. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  11. Bake 7 to 10 minutes, until the biscuits start turning golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and serve while warm!

Clean Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Ingredients:

(For 2 dozen cookies)

  • 1.5 Tbs. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 Tbs. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbs. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Whisk together all wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (The first 6 ingredients, not pumpkin)
  3. Add all dry ingredients except oats.
  4. Add pumpkin puree and mix until completely combined.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy!!!

Clean Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bars Recipe

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This is the perfect fall recipe! It’s easy and delicious, and the best part is it’s clean! I got the inspiration for this recipe from The Oven Diaries. Thank you! View her original recipe here.

Ingredients:

(For 16 bars)

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. Pour batter into a greased 8″x8″ baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Top with drizzled honey, peanut butter, maple syrup, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or raisins! I used sliced almonds and they were great!

 

Clean Honey & Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe

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Ingredients:

(For 16 bars)

  • 1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup oat flour, packed
  • 1/4 cup all natural vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 Tbs. water

Directions:

  1. In one bowl, combine puffed rice, oat flour, protein powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, peanut butter, and honey.
  3. Gradually stir the dry mix into the wet mix. I used my hands for the most part.
  4. When the wet mixture starts to get crumbly, gradually add water to keep it sticky.
  5. Continue adding dry mixture and water until it is a sticky consistency (kind of like cookie dough).
  6. Put the dough into an 8×8 baking dish.
  7. Using the back of a spoon, press the dough firmly to flatten it into the dish.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars.
  9. Store in refrigerator.

These are great for an afternoon pick-me-up, some pre-workout fuel, a post-workout snack, a quick breakfast, or a midnight snack! You can always roll these into balls instead of putting them in a dish and cutting them into bars. Enjoy!!

Dorm Recipe: Clean Apple Pie Oatmeal Balls

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Ingredients:

(For 15 balls)

  • 2 small apples
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 Tbs. ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup oats

Directions:

  1. Core apples and cut into medium-sized chunks.
  2. Put apples, cinnamon, and dates in a food processor and blend until smooth. It will be pretty runny.
  3. Stir oats and flaxseed into apple mixture and refrigerate for about 10 minutes until it reaches a sticky dough consistency. (Depending on how soft your apples are, you might need to add more oats.)
  4. Roll mixture into 1″ balls.
  5. Store in refrigerator and grab it as a quick snack!