Healthy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Surprise your sweet Valentine with this healthy treat! I was at Target aka one of my favorite stores and I couldn’t help but go down the Valentine’s Day aisle. As usual, Target had so many cute things! I wanted to make my boyfriend something this weekend and instead of baking a sweet dessert (like heart shaped Valentines Day cookies that I really wanted to make), I made this healthy trail mix! It’s perfect for any any-time snack, breakfast or a sweet treat. There is a ton of crunchy, chewy and sweet in this mix!

Healthy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Healthy Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Ingredients

2 cups of Kashi® Warm Cinnamon Oat cereal

1 cup of raw almonds

1 cup of strawberry or plain yogurt covered raisins

1/2 cup less sugar dried cranberries

1 cup freeze dried raspberries

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup of Natures Path® Mixed Berries Granola Bites

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy with love!
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Sweet Winter Kale Power Salad

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I have been making this yummy salad for lunch and I love it! Instead of beans, I also use rotisserie chicken breast. This salad is filling and hearty just like a salad should be. I love this because it is so clean, healthy, and every bite is packed with anti-oxidants. You can add your favorite salad toppers to this so there is no wrong way to make this. I also add feta or blue cheese to this occasionally for even more of a perfect salad!

Ingredients:
1 package of cut kale; pre-washed, ribs removed (about 5 cups)
2 tsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 lemon
1/4 cup raisins
1 shallot; finely chopped
1/4 of your favorite nut mix (I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts)
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of corn; drained
1 cucumber; peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Place kale in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add 2 tsp of olive oil. Massage kale )with your hands)  with olive oil and lemon until it feels tender. This is extremely important because it softens the kale so it is easier to eat. The color of the kale will also turn bright green and look very fresh. Continue to massage for about 3-5 minutes.

2. Bring a frying pan to medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and shallots. Sauté for 2 minutes and then add raisins. Sauté for another 2 minutes until shallots look cooked and raisins look plump. Pour mixture over kale and stir until combined.

3. Add your favorite nut mixture, beans, corn, cucumbers, cranberries, and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

****Another great alternative for a salad topper instead of beans, is rotisserie chicken.
*****This is great for make-ahead lunches, the longer the kale sits; the better!
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Cranberry Almond Granola Bars

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I am a huge fan of granola bars, and I am not picky when it comes to all the different flavors and brands. When I was in college they were my grab-n-go breakfast or snack that I would take when I had class all day. Now that I am working full time and my schedule seems to be busier and granola bars are just so conveniently perfect for a healthy snack! This is my first time making them from scratch..because as much as I don’t want to admit it, there are all kinds of granola bars that are loaded with sugar therefore they aren’t as nutritious as you would think. I am proud to say I came up with a recipe that doesn’t have any added sugar in it–thats right, it’s all honey and it is delicious! I am definitely going to be making more granola bars with different flavors, fruits, and nuts so stay tuned!

Yield: 8

Ingredients:
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup krispy rice cereal
2/3 cup roasted dried almonds; coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine peanut butter and honey and stir until melted.
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2.Add in oats, rice cereal, and almonds. Stir in with a spatula until evenly coated.
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3. Then, (almost done!) add in dried cranberries and cinnamon. Mix until everything is combined.
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4.Lighly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish and evenly smooth granola mixture with a spatula until even. Let cool and set for one hour and then cut into 8 even bars. Enjoy for breakfast or for a perfect healthy snack!
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Brownwood Acres Foods Inc

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I recently received a package so generously from Brownwood Acres Foods Inc. The package was full of some of their FruitFast healthy pomegranate goodies including; Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Pomegranate Softgels, and Pomegranate Fruit Supplement Bar. All of their products are 100% all natural, pure, and come from  California’s San Joaquin Valley.
As we are aware of, pomegranates are one of the worlds super foods so it is essential that we include them in our daily diets. Brownwood Acres doesn’t add any sugar, fillers, & preservatives to their products and they also carry flavors of Pomegranate, Blueberry, Red Raspberry, Tart Cherry, Concord Grape, and Cranberry. So as you can already see, they have flavors for everyone’s preference!
I added a splash of the pomegranate juice to a glass of sparkling water and it was delicious, perfectly tart and refreshing. The softgels come in handy on days when I know I won’t be able to get the nutritional resource of antioxidants. Thanks to Brownwood Acres, I luckily just have to simply take the softgel and it is equivalent to one days worth of antioxidants. How perfect is that?! Or, if you are like me and have somewhat of a sweet tooth occasionally….or everyday the fruit supplement bars are outstanding. I had one yesterday on my drive back home and they brought me back to the days of when I would eat fruit snacks, except of course these bars are healthier, all natural, and the only ingredient in it is pomegranates and nothing else.

I want to thank you Brownwood Acres for being so interested in Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog and I highly recommend everyone should do their body a favor and try at least one of these amazing antioxidant-packed products! Your body will thank you later!