Summer Snacking with Bite Snacks

Summer snack idea cricket protein bars

Summer holidays = no more packing lunches, but it does mean we need to keep a cupboard full of snacks. Whether we’re at home or out for the day, I try to keep stocked with healthy, convenient snacks the kids love. Earlier this year I was introduced to Bite Snacks by my trainer, Erin, and as someone who knows her way around health and fitness, I figured if she thought these bars were worth trying, so did I. One catch: they’re made with cricket protein!

These protein bars are a great healthy snack option for Summer

…So what does that mean? It means that each bar is packed with protein from a sustainable, nutritious source from right here in Canada that is eco-friendly and easy to digest: you got it, crickets. Now before you start wondering about the taste and texture of cricket, let me put you at ease. Because the cricket protein is ground up and blended into the bars alongside the other tasty ingredients, you’d never know there was anything different about these protein bars. Proof? My kids love them. 

These bars come in 3 flavours: Jiminy Ginger, Peanut Better, and Chocolate Chirp. Our family tried the variety box so we could compare the flavours, and the Chocolate Chirp and Peanut Better came out the winners. Anytime I can add in another healthy snack into the mix, especially during the Summer months when we’re on the go a lot of the time, I’m happy. These bars are like a cross between a granola bar and protein bar, full of flavour and other tasty ingredients like nuts, dates, and oats- anytime the kids see one they ask to have one, so I feel like we’ve found a winner in the snack department.

Healthy + Sustainable = Win Win!

If you’re looking for a healthy snack for on-the-go and are conscious of where the ingredients in your food come from, Bite Snacks are a great option. Another thing I learned while trying these bars out with the family is that cricket protein is an eco-friendly and sustainable protein option, requiring far fewer resources than other protein sources. For example, cricket protein requires 200x less water to produce, greenhouse gas emissions are 100x lower, and 12x less feed than what is required to produce beef. Now you know! 😉

Even though the thought of eating crickets may not jump out at you, Bite Snacks make cricket protein more appetizing by serving it up in their yummy bars and protein powders. Erin (my trainer over on Muscles and Mommies) used their protein powder to make some delicious protein- packed pancakes and they were a hit with her kids and mine- perfect for make-ahead snacks/ breakfasts. You can find her recipe for Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes here if you want to give it a try. 

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More Good Stuff to know about Bite Snacks

-gluten free

-non-GMO

-Dairy-free

-6G of protein in each bar

-great source of fibre and iron

-made from a sustainable protein source

About Bite Snacks

Bite Snacks provide cricket protein in the form of protein bars and powder with no added fillers or preservatives, using only organic and natural ingredients. You can purchase Bite Snacks products on their website and on Amazon. To learn more visit the Bite Snacks website and find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook

Disclosure: I received product and compensation in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) | Recipe

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Who’s ready for another Summertime treat that’s quick and easy to whip up? My second recipe with Nora’s non-dairy ice cream is an allergy-friendly take on a classic: gluten-free, dairy-free cookies n cream ice cream! Over the years our family has looked for an option that’s allergy- friendly with no luck, so having the chance to work with Nora’s on this recipe was the perfect opportunity to create our own version of this favourite flavour.

Just because something is allergy-friendly doesn’t mean it’s not delicious!

For this cookies n cream ice cream recipe, I picked up a pack of dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free cookies, which were the perfect addition to Nora’s plant-based ice cream that’s made with cashews. Use your favourite non-dairy milk and you’re set! See below for the recipe and click here for another yummy recipe with Nora’s.

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Ingredients

1 pint Nora’s non- dairy Vanilla Bean ice cream

3 allergy-friendly chocolate chip cookies

1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened cashew milk for this recipe)

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Directions

1.Bring the ice cream out of the freezer and allow to soften for a few minutes. While you’re waiting, use a rolling pin to crush the cookies

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

2.When softened, scoop the ice cream into a blender, followed by the crushed cookies. If needed, add 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.

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3. Blend mixture until the crushed cookies are combined. Pour the mixture back into the pint container or another freezer- safe container and freeze. When ready, serve and enjoy!

I hope your family loves this cookies n cream ice cream as much as mine!

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About Nora’s

Nora’s Non-Dairy ice cream is mixed up in small batches in Vancouver, BC. Available in 4 delicious flavours made with simple, whole foods ingredients. Visit Nora’s Non-Dairy online for a list of retailers + find them on Instagram for updates on new retailers, upcoming events, etc.

Looking for more recipe ideas? Check out OHP’s Recipes page for lots more (including gluten + dairy free)!

  

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad | Recipe

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
Now that we’re headed into the warmer time of year, heavy cooking and turning on the oven for meals is becoming less of a thing. It’s time to make room for lighter dishes and a hearty salad is a perfect option for Summer. Pasta salad is a big hit in my house and it’s even better when made with homemade dressing, so I thought to finish up my 3-part recipe series with reebee this Mediterranean pasta salad would be perfect- and just in time for Summer entertaining.

This Mediterranean pasta salad is great as a side dish or as a meal on its own, perfect for Summer

Thanks to reebee, you can find everything you need for this recipe at the lowest price, just click on the links below to see the best prices on the ingredients in your area. 
 
Great to serve at a BBQ, pack up for a day at the beach, picnic, and afternoons at the spray park, this Mediterranean pasta salad is light and filling. It takes a few minutes to make, and the dressing is well worth skipping buying the stuff from the store. 
 

Find everything you need for this recipe (+ more!) for the best price thanks to reebee!

All you have to do is download the app and enter your location to receive current and upcoming flyers from a variety of stores for your area.  To show you how it works, simply click on the items in the ingredient list below and reebee will do the rest, showing you what ingredients are on sale and where to find the best prices this week. Savings at your fingertips! 

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing

Ingredients

For the salad

2 cups pasta (gluten-free or regular), uncooked

1 large tomato, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 cucumber, diced

1 cup pitted kalamata olives

1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled for topping

For the dressing

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

juice from 1 fresh lemon

2- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp Italian seasoning (or the equivalent of finely diced fresh herbs)

Directions

1. To get things started, boil a pot of water and get your pasta cooking. While that’s on the go prep your veggies and set aside.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
2. When the pasta is ready, drain and allow to cool. You can speed this up by rinsing under cold water. Put pasta into a large mixing bowl and add your veggies and olives. Toss until everything is combined.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
3. To make the dressing: In a mason jar combine all of the dressing ingredients and shake well (if you want to, you can make the dressing a little bit ahead of time to help the flavours develop). Add in the dressing and toss until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with the crumbled feta or put it on the side for people to add themselves.
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Like this recipe? Check out my other recipes with reebee:

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup

Rainbow Vegetable + Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Want to try reebee with your family? Download the app today!

About reebee

Reebee puts finding the best price for everything your family needs right at your fingertips. Simply download the app and enter your area to find the best prices on everything from groceries to appliances, seasonal items, and more. reebeefeatures flyers from favourite stores including Costco, Superstore, Walmart, Canadian Tire, just to name a few.

Features include:

  • Search option to help you quickly find exactly what you’re looking for and compare prices
  • Shopping list- stay organized and create lists within the app to keep track of what you need
  • Sync Reebee across devices for seamless use for everyone in the family

For more information about Reebee and how it works, visit the reebee website and find them on social media: Facebook| Instagram

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Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

There’s something about a good, warm muffin right out of the oven that’s hard to beat. Even more so when it’s gluten-free muffins that are just as good (if not better!) than the regular version. We’ve experimented with a variety of recipes over the years but this one for gluten-free blueberry banana out muffins has been a hit on many levels: Healthy? Check. Tasty? Check. Liked (loved) by the kids? Check. Easy to make? You guessed it, check!

I’ve made these muffins with both regular unbleached flour and GF flour and you can’t tell the difference, they’re that good

If you’re gluten-free, you know how satisfying it is when you find a recipe that doesn’t taste like cardboard, isn’t loaded with sugar, and is as good (maybe better?!) than the regular version. Whip up a batch of these for weekday breakfasts or snacks, or add them to your weekend brunch selection. Whatever way you make them, I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does! PS for more GF recipes like this one, make sure to check out the blog’s Recipes page!

PPS- if you like this recipe, you’ll also love this recipe for chocolate chip banana bread, which is also amazing gluten-free

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

See below for the easy recipe for these yummy gluten-free muffins!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup gluten-free flour (I used a combination of brown rice and coconut)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup gluten-free oats

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners (silicone liners also work great for these).
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas and add the egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and fold into the wet ingredients a  little at a time until everything is added.
  4. Stir in the blueberries until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  5. Scoop batter into liners and bake for 20- 25 minutes (test with a toothpick to check when ready).
  6. Pop out of the oven and enjoy!

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

 

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

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Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

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Easy Gluten Free Apple Crumble Recipe

gluten free apple crumble recipe

Comfort food season is right around the corner and what’s better on cozy evenings than a plate of warm, yummy apple crumble? Top with some vanilla ice cream for extra decadence… yummmmm. A friend brought one over a few weeks ago and when a neighbor gave us some apples from her tree I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them. Gluten-free crumbles are an easy way to combine all the goodness of a pie without having to fret over perfecting the crust (something I’m trying to find a good gluten-free recipe for).  View Post

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