Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie | Swirls and Spice

Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger whirl together with the cherries, cocoa and coconut to yield a deliciously satisfying smoothie that’s practically a meal on its own. Now I finally have a workout routine to go along with all the protein smoothies I’ve been enjoying!  After reading about how to raise healthy daughters, I recognized that I need to do a better job of leading by example and … Continue reading Cherry Chocolate Chai Smoothie

Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie | Swirls and Spice

Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie

I’ve found the perfect breakfast and post-workout smoothie!  No expensive whey protein or other powder is required, thanks to the yellow split peas contained within. Yellow split peas  are a mild-tasting type of pulse that helps boost the protein and fiber in a super healthy way. This week’s Pulse Pledge challenge is to include pulses for breakfast.  And this smoothie is such an easy, delicious way to … Continue reading Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie

Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter and Lentil Frosting

Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Lentil Buttercream Frosting

Tender coconut cupcakes topped with fluffy chocolate peanut butter frosting are the home-baked version of candy aisle bliss.  However, unlike candy, these treats have a hidden healthy twist! Chocolate and peanut butter are an inspired match.  So are chocolate and coconut.  These cupcakes fuse all those crave-worthy flavours together in each tender bite.  And the frosting is both sweet and healthy!  How can anyone resist … Continue reading Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Lentil Buttercream Frosting

Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies | Swirls and Spice

Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies {GF}

Even though it’s January and I’m on a salad kick, no way am I going to give up cookies.  They are my favourite.  And what about some chocolatey cookies that taste amazing?  Sign me up!  Oh, and they’re healthy too!  Morning, noon, or night, you won’t find me hesitating to take a bite. What’s in these cookies that counts as healthy?  Almost everything.  Starting with superfood … Continue reading Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies {GF}

Peanut Butter Cookie & Brownie Bites

Peanut Butter Cookie ‘n’ Brownie Bites

What could be better than a homemade peanut butter cookie or a rich chocolate brownie? Both, fused together in one sweet bite!  No one else will notice the healthy ingredient hidden in the dark side of these tempting treats. Brown sugar, honey, and (spoiler alert) carrots lend sweetness to the two-in-one bites you see here.  The results are healthier than your typical candy, yet still delicious–and, I would … Continue reading Peanut Butter Cookie ‘n’ Brownie Bites