Chocolate Chocolate Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Guys I’m a snacker.  Raise your hand if you’re a snacker!!

I have recently started making protein balls and I’m pretty much obsessed with them now because they are so nice to have on hand for a quick, healthy on the go snack, jolt of energy before or after a workout, or when you get the munchies at night.

This is a recipe that is oh so chocolatey (not surprising I know!) and easy to make!  It also uses some of my favorite ingredients!!  Kodiak Cakes and Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter!

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Give these babies a try and let me know what you think!

Protein balls



Honey Chicken with Coconut Brown Rice

This is one the meals that my family will always eat.  It is a “go to” that is easy and ingredients are almost always on hand.  My kids and husband are guaranteed to eat it and it’s healthy!

Honey chicken and coconut brown rice

(Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible)


Coconut Brown Rice

Replace water with coconut milk and cook according to package instructions

Start this first because it takes longest to cook.  I have started the rice too late in the past and then we are all sitting around waiting for the rice to finish so we can eat!  I always make rice in the rice cooker because I can’t seem to ever cook it perfect otherwise. You can use a pan, or pop the rice and coconut milk into rice cooker with plenty of time to cook.  My rice cooker usually takes around 40 minutes for brown rice.

The coconut milk gives flavor to brown rice that is sweet and so yum!  This rice is good with teriyaki chicken or anything that serves well with a sweet rice

Honey Chicken

2 chicken breasts

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ cup honey

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Wash, pat dry, and trim visible fat from chicken breasts

Melt coconut oil in microwave (5-10 sec) and rub on chicken breasts to coat

Combine spices and rub onto chicken breasts to coat

Grill up (I use a George Foreman grill or outdoor grill) to cook throughout (4-6 min each side)

Melt honey in microwave (10 sec or so) and add apple cider vinegar to melted honey and mix.

Brush some of the honey/apple cider mixture onto each side of chicken while grilling

Once chicken is cooked throughout, dice up, place on bed of rice, and drizzle honey mixture over top


Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate zucchini bread

I woke up the other day seriously wanting some chocolate zucchini bread.  Who wakes up craving chocolate zucchini bread?  This girl 🙂  I think I must have seen a picture of zucchini bread on Instagram or something and my subconscious was stewing on it which evolved into CHOCOLATE zucchini bread.

I really like to make healthier versions of food, so I was determined to make a yummy healthy version.  I actually made a whole batch of a not-so-yummy version that ended up straight in the trash but… this version turned out just as I had imagined! Made me a happy girl!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Recipe by Ashlee at Making Health Tangible

1 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 medium finely shredded zucchini

½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl less the zucchini and chocolate chips

Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until mixed throughout without over mixing.

Then fold in Zucchini, and chocolate chips

Place in greased 9x5in bread pan and bake at 350 for 30-40 min until toothpick comes out clean

Making Health Tangible

As long as I can remember, I have been interested in health, fitness, nutrition, exercise, etc. I am always looking for a new idea, healthy recipes, workout ideas, or inspiration. Over the years, I have followed many bloggers, websites, instagramers, facebookers, etc… and I have gotten so much inspiration from them. It can be easy to feel a bit intimidated when searching for healthier options when it seems there is so much focus on eating gluten free, paleo, whole 30, doing crossfit, sprouting your bread, homemade EVERYTHING, and recipes with ingredients you definitely do not have on hand.

I want to share tangible ways to make positive changes for your health today. I believe that small changes today can add up to big changes tomorrow. Anyone can make a change today for a positive outcome in the future. I have always strived for a whole body approach that is not any labeled diet or workout. I believe in listening to your body and acting accordingly. Be in tune with your body… it will tell you what it needs. I hope to encompass a mind, body, spirit approach to help improve health and wellness as it is truly is a journey.

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