Lemon Ginger Coconut Chocolate Bites

This weekend I created a bunch of healthy desserts with my boyfriend’s mom and my absolute favorite of the bunch was these Lemon Ginger Chocolate Bites. The batter alone tastes like lemon meringue pie filling. Originally the recipe was for “bars” with no chocolate but we decided that turning them into balls and putting dark chocolate on them made them much more fun. This was my first time using a food processor and it was amazing, going to have to splurge for one myself. The best thing about this recipe is that it is completely clean and raw so you can eat like 50 of them and not feel guilty (minus the chocolate). Let me know if you try out this recipe by tagging me @hautehealthy!

lemon ginger coconut bites_haute and healthy

Ingredients
1 Cup softened Coconut butter (warm jar in microwave)
60 grams fresh ginger root diced or Chop up 3 inches (you can also grate it)
Zest of 2 lemons
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chia seeds, ground
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1/3 cup raw honey
2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut (add this last)

Instructions
Line a 9 x 9 pan or similar with parchment paper that hangs over 2 sides like handles.

In a food processor or mixing bowl, add the coconut butter and ginger root. Mix well to a smooth paste.

Add all the remaining ingredients except shredded coconut: lemon zest, lemon juice, chia seeds, coconut oil, vanilla/almond and honey.

Taste the mixture, add more sweetener (honey) if needed, and mix well.

Pulse in the shredded coconut last, and very briefly so it remains chunky.

Spread the mixture into your pan and press flat. Chill for 2 hours. Remove the whole sheet of bars to a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch squares and serve. OR cut into small bars and roll each into balls. Warm up dark chocolate with coconut oil and dip the tops of each ball in the mixture. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

xx, Beth

Baked Polenta Fries.

I stopped eating Tofu after reading way too much about soy and freaking myself out so since then I have been on a hunt for another “meat” alternative. Then I read about Polenta. Polenta is basically ground corn meal with some spices but it can be made a variety of ways and tastes pretty amazing. Did I mention that it is raw and vegan too? I found Polenta at my farmer’s market in the organic aisle – it comes in a variety of flavors and does not need to be refrigerated until opened. Read below for how I made these delicious Baked Polenta Fries and let me know how you use Polenta!

baked polenta fries

Directions:
Cut up Polenta roll into “fries”
Sprinkle with Himalayan salt + pepper + cumin
Bake at 450 for 25 minutes or until browned
Enjoy!

xx, Beth

Red, White & Delicious!

For the Fourth I thought I would create a simple and healthy option for you that you can enjoy while everyone else is stuffing their face with potato chips and dip. Just layer some Chobani vanilla yogurt with your favorite patriotic-colored berries, chill and enjoy! This recipe was made in conjunction with my friend’s bikini company Indie Swim, who is currently offering a sitewide sale with code JULY4 until the 6th. Enjoy your parfait, check out some amazing Indie Swim bikinis and have a great Fourth of July!

4th of july parfait recipe
{Layer Chobani low fat Vanilla yogurt with your favorite berries}

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Sambazon Acai Smoothie Pack Giveaway!

If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I LOVE acai bowls. Obsessed. Well today is your lucky day as I have partnered with Sambazon to gift one lucky reader some free açaí. Life doesn’t get much better than this, unless it was free açaí day for the entire world. Hey, a girl can dream.

Harvested in the rain forests of Brazil, açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is a berry packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids, which is why so many people call it a superfood. Many juice bars and cafes now offer açaí bowls and they are usually creating them with a Sambazon smoothie pack. Sambazon is a leading provider of açaí powders, smoothie packs and juices – all of which you can find at your local Whole Foods or health food stores. For where to buy Sambazon, check out their locations list here.

Or just enter to win free Sambazon smoothie packs for free here! Deets below.

sambazon acai giveaway

Enter to win Sambazon Acai Smoothie Packs:

1. Leave a comment below telling me how you would make your dream acai bowl.

2. Receive an extra entry for sharing this giveaway on social media. Make sure to tag #sambazon and #hautehealthy!

{Winners will be announced on Thursday, July 3rd}

xx, Beth

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Who doesn’t love raw chocolate chip cookie dough? No one. Ever. But with a traditional cookie dough mixture you are eating a load of calories and a ton of crap you can’t pronounce, nor should you be eating. So in an effort to recreate this amazing treat with a healthier twist, I created a simple recipe that tastes very similar to the real thing by using just a few natural ingredients (minus the chocolate chips).

healthy raw chococlate chip cookie dough_haute healthy

Ingredients: {One serving}
2/3 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup oats
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips or substitiute

Directions:
+ Blend cashews and oats until they are a powder
+ Add the honey, vanilla extract and blend. It will start to form a “dough” like substance.
+ Scoop dough out of mixer into bowl and stir in chocolate chips by hand.
+ Place in the freezer for a bit to harden up.
+ Serve & enjoy!

xx, Beth

{Closed} Purely Elizabeth Granola Giveaway!

To celebrate my absolute favorite granola Purely Elizabeth now being carried in Target stores nationwide, I have partnered with Purely Elizabeth to do a giveaway for two lucky haute + healthy followers to each win two bags of Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola.

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola not only tastes amazing, but I love it because each ingredient is hand selected for its superior nutrient value. They mix in ancient grains, oats and superfood seeds along with chewy dried fruit, organic coconut oil and low-glycemic organic coconut sugar for a perfectly crunchy, salty-sweet taste. The gluten-free granola is then baked by hand in small batches, not to mention it is gluten-free, vegan and made with organic and non-GMO project verified ingredients.

And the winners are…Karen Delaney & Sarah Wagner! Please email me your mailing information. xx

Purely Elizabeth Target hautehealthy

If you happen to be at Target this week, they have a great promotion running: Buy One Bag of Purely Elizabeth Granola, Get One 50% Off (runs until June 22nd)

Purely Elizabeth Granola Giveaway:
1. Leave a comment on this post and let me know how you stay haute + healthy with granola. Do you create unique desserts or make elaborate acai bowls? Let me know how you get creative with granola or how you plan on getting creative if you win some Purely Elizabeth!

2. For an extra entry, share that you entered this giveaway on your fave social media by using the picture in this post and hashtag #purelytarget #hautehealthy

3. That’s it. Check back on June 23rd for the winners to be announced!

xx, Beth

My Clean Eating Weekly Diary.

After a week of indulging here and there (not to mention eating my version of a Pop Tart for breakfast) I felt like I needed to get back on track this week with some serious clean eating. With my cousin graduating high school we had a celebratory dinner out that I knew would include lots of Italian food and alcohol so I accounted for that to be my cheat meal for the week. Everyday the only liquids I consume are water and Nespresso decaf coffee with almond milk, that is it. I try to drink half my body weight in water a day! Anyway, for those interested here is a peek into my weekly clean eating diary. I don’t always give measurements on fruit and veggies because I just eat enough of them until I am full so when I say blueberries or watermelon as a snack I might have eaten like 1/2 a watermelon depending how hungry I am.

clean eating raw 80 10 10_haute healthy{mango, avocado + chia salad with mixed greens and honey dressing}

MONDAY
Acai bowl with banana, strawberries & Purely Elizabeth granola
Banana (1)
Mixed greens with (1) mango, (1) avocado, chia seeds & honey as my dressing
Fruit Bowl: Apple, blueberries & strawberries
Blueberries before the gym
(1) Potato slices baked with Himalayan sea salt + Salad

TUESDAY
(4) Protein Muffins
(1) Banana
Mixed greens with (1) mango, (1) avocado, chia seeds & honey as my dressing
(1) Apple and (2) Protein Muffins
Salmon with Himalayan salt + asparagus
Watermelon (tons!)

WEDNESDAY
Fruit Bowl: Mango, strawberries & blueberries
Tomato + Avocado for snack
White bean veggie soup + all natural fruit smoothie with almond milk
Apple
Italian Dinner out + Rose (not clean!)

clean eating meals_haute healthy{I am obsessed with potatoes for dinner!}

 THURSDAY
Fresh squeezed orange juice
Bananas + Blueberries
(3) Eggs scrambled with avocado & fresh salsa
Apple
Lean steak with grilled peppers + sautéed spinach

FRIDAY
(2) Bananas
(1) Apple

I am still working on my clean eating for today but I will come back and update the post so you can see how I finished out my clean eating week. Have a great holiday weekend!

xx, Beth