Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WIAW & Naked Puppy Chow

Hi greenies! It's "What I Ate Wednesday" time again and the lovely Jenn, from Peas & Crayons has a fun new WIAW theme for the Month of October..."Spooky Snacks & Healthy Halloween Treats". 

So today I'm sharing with you one of my favorite treats that I've tried to make a tad bit healthier, I call it "Naked Puppy Chow." It's gluten-free, vegan, and  much lower in sugar than it's traditional counterpart because it's missing it's usual outer-powdered sugar coating...hence the name "naked!" 

Let's get right into my gluten-free, vegan food for the day, as well as some adventures with Avery!

5:00 AM: warm water with the juice
from half a lemon
I love starting my day with this!
5:15 AM Pre-workout snack: 1 "Gluten-free Vegan Blueberry Muffin"
Gluten-Free Goddess.

Workout: 1 hour of yoga with Shiva Rea Yoga Shakti's like a vacation in a workout with this rockin' video!

7:30 AM Breakfast: Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie 
Raw cacao powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds, spinach,
rice milk, frozen strawberries, and frozen bananas.
9:15 AM: AM Morning Snack: Peanut Butter Larabar

10:15 AM: "Sneaky Spinach Pancakes" with organic maple

12:15 Lunch: "Broc and Mac" as we call it...
The cheese recipe is "Cheezy Mac" from Vegan Diner
with 1 pkg. gluten-free Tinkyada noodles, and 1 head of broccoli.
I like to top mine with ketchup, yum!
2:15 PM: Green juice: 1/4 of a pineapple, 1/2 a lemon,
1 apple, 2 stalks of kale, 2 stalks of celery
3:15 PM: Chips and Baked Beans. Sometimes if I have leftover
BBQ baked beans from earlier in the week, and I'll dip some Kettle chips 
in them and for a little afternoon snack.  Kind of
random, but I love the combo of chips and beans!

Then I got home just in time to do one of Avery's favorite things...sweeping leaves on the back porch with Daddy!

"Got leaves to sweep? I'm your girl!"

She's pretty good...

...when she's not laying in the leaves!
"Brooms are fun to jump over!"
"What? The leaves are all gone?"

Then we came inside to have a smoothie...

5:00 PM Pre-dinner snack:
"Chocolate Vanilla Smoothie": 1/2 cup vanilla
coconut milk, Chocolate Sun Warrior Rice Protein Powder,
1cup of spinach, 1 1/2 frozen bananas, 3 frozen strawberries

Except I had to battle these two to get to it!
And the winner was...Avery!
Then we headed back outside while dinner was cooking
to play with the dogs.
She's such a Daddy's Girl! ( :

7:00 PM Dinner: "Cheesy Mushroom Broccoli Skillet"with
brown rice, mushrooms, broccoli, and a homemade vegan
cheese. I had some Rudi's Multigrain Gluten-free toast on the
While playing we found some "big bows" as Avery calls them,
and she insisted she wear one for dinner.
She even convinced me to wear one! "Mommy bow!" she kept saying.
What a fun night, with a fun girl!

Now onto that puppy chow...
I've been a big puppy chow fan for many years now, but I started to notice that like most things full of sugar, I didn't feel so great after eating it. Aside from the sugar, all the extra butter wasn't super friendly for my waistline either. So I set out to make a little healthier alternative with no butter, no powdered sugar, but still the same yummy peanut butter-chocolate taste! Enter "Naked Puppy Chow". As I said, above I call it "Naked Puppy Chow" because it's missing it's usual powdered sugar it's just naked.

Something else I love about this recipe is that it's quick and easy to make, with only 3 ingredients that can all be mixed up in about 5 minutes. When I'm craving chocolate after a long day at work, I don't have time to make elaborate desserts, I want something that's quick and easy, and this puppy chow is perfect for that. Let's see how to make it...

Naked Puppy Chow

Makes 2 small servings

  • 3/4 cup Rice Chex
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (gluten-free, vegan) can use any type of  chocolate chip you like
  • 2 Tbs. natural peanut butter
My peanut butter looks different from the usual jar you get
at the grocery store because I get mine from my local
health food store,  and it's been just "grinded".
Now this puppy chow isn't perfect, there's still some sugar in it from the chocolate chips and some fat from the natural peanut butter, but at least it's an improvement. Curious what's in these gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free chocolate chips? See below..

Gather your ingredients...1, 2, 3!

1. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave for 1-2
minutes and stir until smooth.

2. Now stir in the peanut butter.
3. Add the chocolate/peanut butter combo to the Chex...
...and stir!

Time to eat!
With a spoon is probably the only way
to eat this yummy treat!

Any other puppy chow fans out there? What do you think about this "naked version"? I know it's different without the usual powdered sugar coating, but it's just enough peanut butter and chocolate to really hit the spot. Hope you like it!  See you next week.

This post was also recently linked up to "Healthy Vegan Fridays" which you can find on any of these three blogs: Everyday Vegan GirlVeggie Nook, and Carrie On Vegan. So get your "vegan on" and check out some of these great recipes and vegan cooking tips!

Recently this post was linked up to Frugally Sustainable as part of the "Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Blog Hop." So check it out and find more ways you can green your plate, your body, and your home!

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