November 2015 Archive

No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Snowballs

These No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Snowballs make the perfect healthy treat for the holiday season. With their rich and indulgent taste, no one will ever guess that they’re a healthier option! 

No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Snowballs | Haute & Healthy Living

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

This past weekend, we had lots of fun celebrating my mom’s birthday. We all went out for dinner as a family and then came back home and had this super delicious homemade fudge-y chocolate cake.

Y-U-M.

My weakness is chocolate cake. I don’t know what it is about chocolate cake, but it’s deadly.

If it’s rich and fudgey…..even better.

No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Snowballs | Haute & Healthy Living

SO my general rule is, unless it’s a special occasion, I try to keep chocolate cake out of the house, or I’ll be wayyyy too tempted to have a slice…..Every. Single. Night.

Instead of keeping chocolate cake around, I try to make healthier treats that remind me of chocolate cake, but are much more waist-friendly options. Like my Fudge-y Almond Protein Cups for example.

Strategic, right? ;)

My latest concoction are these No-bake Chocolate Mocha Snowballs.

No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Snowballs | Haute & Healthy Living

They are rich, chocolate-y, fudge-y and have a hint of mocha flavouring, with less than 5 grams of sugar per bite!

Not bad for a sweet treat, eh?

Plus, they have rolled oats for some good ol’ fibre and unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips for a burst of antioxidants.

The best part is, you can store them in the fridge or freezer for a quick and healthier sweet treat!

I also love how they look like little fluffy snowballs. A great option if you’re looking for some healthier treats to put out at Christmas time.

No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Snowballs | Haute & Healthy Living

Who doesn’t like to eat a chocolate snowball? Plus, they’re no-bake, which means one less thing to put in the oven!

I bet you anything…no one will ever guess that they’re healthy!

Enjoy!!

No-Bake Chocolate Mocha Snowbal

Yield: Makes approximately 24 snowballs

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tbsp. oat flour*
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. brewed coffee
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
  • *Make your own oat flour by blending oats in a food processor or blender until they become a fine powder. Measure after blending)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix until well combined. In a cup or small bowl, combine all liquid ingredients.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until fully incorporated.
  3. Roll into small balls and roll in coconut until well coated. Refrigerate or freeze for a quick and healthy snack or dessert option.

Nutrients per serving (for one snowball):

Servings: 24 • Calories: 60 • Fat: 3g • Carbohydrates: 8g • Fibre: 1 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 4 g • Sodium: 13 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Cranberry Apple Walnut Wild Rice Stuffing

This vegan and gluten-free wild rice stuffing is a definite crowd pleaser and must-have at any holiday get together! It is bursting with flavour and makes the perfect healthy side dish for any feast!

Cranberry Apple Walnut Wild Rice Stuffing | Haute & Healthy Living

Hey friends!

For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend….HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I hope you have a great time celebrating with family and friends!

While we’re on the topic of Thanksgiving, let’s chat about stuffing.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Wild Rice Stuffing | Haute & Healthy Living

I don’t know what it is about stuffing, but I’ve never been overly excited about it.

When the stuffing is being passed around the table during the holidays, I could take it or leave it. Is that weird??

Maybe it’s the texture of it, or the fact that it just looks…. kinda dull??

With turkey and mashed potatoes, which are also pretty much colourless, I need to spruce up the plate a bit with a splash of fall colour!

My mom made this wild rice stuffing several years ago because my aunt doesn’t eat red meat, so she wanted to provide an alternative for her so that she didn’t feel left out. I remember actually liking the wild rice stuffing even better than the typical bread and sausage stuffing.

So this year, I tried to re-create her wild rice stuffing! And it didn’t turn out too shabby!

Cranberry Apple Walnut Wild Rice Stuffing | Haute & Healthy Living

Not only did this side dish add some nice fall colour to the plate, it also added this wonderful flavour that complimented the other components of the meal PERFECTLY.

To add some flavour to the rice, I used a combination of some unsweetened apple juice and low-sodium chicken broth. Best combo EVER.

And then, to add some further texture, I incorporated some ch0pped walnuts, dried cranberries, apple and mushrooms.

This dish makes a great vegan and gluten-free option if you have guests with certain dietary restrictions. After all, you don’t want them to feel left out from all the goodness, right??

Cranberry Apple Walnut Wild Rice Stuffing | Haute & Healthy Living

Plus, it incorporates some quality fibre from the wild rice, dried cranberries and mushrooms, and some healthy omega-3’s from the walnuts!

This dish is a definite crowd pleaser!

Cranberry Apple Walnut Wild Rice Stuffing

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice (no sugar added)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Bring broth, apple juice, mustard, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper, dried thyme, oregano, parsley and bay leaf to a boil in a large nonstick skillet. Add rice, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 45-60 minutes or until rice is tender and almost all of the liquid has been absorbed. Check rice for doneness at 45 minutes. Once cooked, drain rice and leave in fine hole strainer.
  2. Over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the now empty pan. Increase heat to medium high and add onions, apples and mushrooms. Saute for 5-7 minutes, or until mixture is tender. Add garlic and saute for 30 more seconds.
  3. Return rice to skillet along with cranberries and walnuts. Toss to evenly combine. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Adapted from Carlsbad Cravings

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 6 • Calories: 242 • Fat: 8 g • Carbohydrates: 35 g • Fibre: 4 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 12 g • Sodium: 344 mg • Cholesterol: 2 mg

Elysia, XOXO
DIY Christmas Apothecary Jar

This Christmas DIY project is so simple and creative! All you need is an apothecary jar, some fake snow and little decorative Christmas objects of your choice!

DIY Christmas Apothecary Jars | Haute & Healthy Living

Lately I’ve been all over Pinterest exploring lots of fun DIY projects for the Christmas season.

I have LISTS of projects that I would like to tackle, but unfortunately, I only have so much time to work on these little crafts. AND, as we all know, Christmas comes and goes pretty darn quick! So I decided to spread out the DIY love and work on a few projects every year….rather than all at once.

These days, I’ve been loving apothecary jars. I’m absolutely fascinated by all that you can do with them.

Fill them with pretty decorations, put flowers in them, put gems in them OR put little decorative snowmen inside!

How cute are they?!

DIY Christmas Apothecary Jars | Haute & Healthy Living

When it comes to DIY projects, I like something that’s quick and easy.

And these Christmas apothecary jars couldn’t get any simpler.

First, I went on a quest to find some fake snow. I was planning on using some coarse salt, but when I was browsing in the dollar store, I happened to notice some of this vase filler. I thought it looked like little ice crystals.

Perfect!

DIY Christmas Apothecary Jars | Haute & Healthy Living

Next, I was planning to put a little sparkly house ornament in the jar with little sparkly birch trees that I once again found at……you guessed it…….the dollar store.

BUT when I tried to put the house in the jar, it didn’t fit into the hole!

So onto plan B.

My mom had these cute little decorative snowmen that she wasn’t using, so I decided to plop the little snowmen inside the jar. I knew these guys would fit.

DIY Christmas Apothecary Jars | Haute & Healthy Living

In fact, they all looked like they were having such a jolly good time in the jar that I decided to make it their new home! :)

DIY Christmas Apothecary Jars | Haute & Healthy Living

Here is what you need to make your own Christmas Apothecary Jar:

  • Apothecary jar
  • Vase filler or course salt
  • Little Christmas themed decorations

Just make sure that your decorative items it fit inside the jar! ;)

Enjoy!!!

Elysia, XOXO
Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler

These gorgeous virgin spiced pomegranate sparklers are healthy, festive and a great alcohol alternative! A must-have for the holiday season!  

  Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler | Haute & Healthy Living

Christmas is officially in full swing for me!

This past weekend, all of the decorations went up at Matt’s place.

The tree, the mantel, and the lights.

I’m pretty sure we’re all set for Christmas…now all we need is the food!

I’ve been brainstorming new Christmas meal ideas like crazy, and this week I decided to focus on beverages.

Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler | Haute & Healthy Living

I’m not gonna lie, but I’m not really into alcohol. Call me crazy, but I’ve just never been a big fan of it.

So my beverage options at Christmas are pretty limited.

Generally, I like to stick to sparkling water, but even that can get a little boring at times.

SO I decided to make my sparkling water a little more festive with this Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler.

Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler | Haute & Healthy Living

Doesn’t it scream Christmas?!

And I swear…it smells like it too! When you boil the pomegranate juice with the cinnamon stick, it creates this amazing aroma.

Mmmmm…yeah.

I think my favourite part about this drink are the pretty ice cubes with pomegranate arils and rosemary. The rosemary reminds me of Christmas trees, and the red juicy pomegranate seeds add a nice burst of flavour….and antioxidants!

Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler | Haute & Healthy Living

Plus, this beverage is fairly low in calories and contains no added sugar. Just the natural sugar from the pomegranate juice and arils.

It’s not overly sweet, which I prefer, as I find too much sweetness tends to be a bit sickening, especially with all of the other holiday goodies! The taste and look of it actually reminds me of a glass of red wine.

Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler | Haute & Healthy Living

Soooo take note…

If you have any non-alcohol-drinkers at your Christmas party, you could definitely serve them up some of this beverage. It’s so refreshing and pretty, they won’t even miss the alcohol!

Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 100% pure pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups sparkling mineral water
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate arils (the seeds of the pomegranate)
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig

Instructions

  1. Evenly distribute ¼ cup of the pomegranate seeds in an ice cube tray, reserving the rest for garnish. Cut little equals sprigs of rosemary and place in ice cube tray along with pomegranate seeds. Fill ice cube tray to the brim with water and place in freezer until frozen.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat pomegranate juice to near boiling, add cinnamon sticks, and simmer for 10 minutes. The mixture will reduce in volume. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely, at least 1 hour. Remove cinnamon sticks. Divide the spiced juice between 4 tall glasses; add 1 cup sparkling mineral water to each glass. Stir, and add pomegranate rosemary ice cubes. Garnish with additional pomegranate seeds, if desired.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Servings: 4 • Calories: 56 • Fat: 0 g • Carbohydrates: 14 g • Fibre: 0 g • Protein: 0 g • Sugar: 11 g • Sodium: 0 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Spiced Pomegranate Sparkler | Haute & Healthy Living Elysia, XOXO