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Healthy recipes we learned from TikTok

Not interested in learning a TikTok dance? That’s ok, because it’s all about fun recipes when I use this app!! I have learned so many food hacks and mouth-watering creations from TikTok over the last bunch of months and they are very user friendly (you do not have to be a chef to create any of these). There are millions of #foodhacks videos featuring meal-prep shortcuts, simple ingredients and healthy options guaranteed to save you tons of time. 

TikTok has really ended up the place for the most innovative recipe ideas and cooking hacks. My advice in short: if you’re not already on the social platform, you should be!

Here are 3 of my faves that I found inspiration for on TikTok that I have also created my own videos for – you can find the recipes there. I have a sweet treat, a socially distanced party And the great news- they are healthy and easy to make!

1.) Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge

This fudge is different from regular fudge in the fact that it is much lower in sugar (and uses more natural sources of sweetener), is totally dairy-free and vegan, and is packed with healthy fats thanks to a good chunk of coconut oil. Coconut Oil is a great dairy free and gluten free healthy swap. Both are pantry staples that are so versatile – so many Tik Tok favourites agree! Coconut does not only lend an amazing taste and creamy texture but so nutritious – ideal healthy fat – filled with fibre, MCTs and antioxidants. This freezer fudge also only has 5 ingredients! 

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish

Whisk all ingredients together until they are super smooth – I pour the mixture into lined muffin tins and freeze for an hour. I like to cut mine in half so I get 12 servings

2.) Apple Nachos

Ready in under 5 minutes, apple nachos make a great snack, breakfast or light lunch. They are a well loved classic loved by kids and adults alike!

Apple nachos are an easy way to get in a good dose of protein too, easily giving you about 8 grams for every 2 tablespoons of nut butter you use. Not too bad at all!

Gather some of your favorite apples and get ready to enjoy a simple, healthy and delicious treat. They are naturally vegan, gluten free & grain free!

2-4 apples of choice depending on if you’re sharing!

Toppings:

  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup natural nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)
  • small handful chocolate chips 
  • small handful shredded coconut
  • small handful slivered almonds
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Apples: Wash, core and cut your apples into 1/4 inch slices. I like to cut mine into quarters, take a small paring knife and carefully remove the core and upper and lower end where dirt may still be collected (even after washing). Lay apple quarters on a flat surface with the inside of the apple facing up, carefully slice your apple into 1/4 inch slices, even 1/2 inch slices is good too. Whatever thickness you prefer, no rules here! Place apple slices in a small bowl with the lemon juice, toss to coat (this will stop them from browning)

Nut butter: Heat your nut butter just until warmed and somewhat runny, it should be warm enough to drizzle. Stove top or warm in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds.

Assemble: On a serving plate, lay your apple slices in a single layer around the outside edge, then layer another small layer over those but towards the inside center of the plate. Drizzle the nut butter in a circular motion, from the middle of the plate to the outside edge. You can also just zig-zag the butter from one side to the other if you like. Again, no rules – just do what you feel is best! Top with chocolate chips, coconut flakes, almonds and sprinkle of cinnamon (or whatever you’ve chosen to use as your toppings).

Serves one generously, or two as a small plate.

Enjoy this simple yet delicious treat!

3.) Deconstructed Sushi Bowls

After many failed sushi roll attempts I was over the moon when I came across this idea on TikTok! All of the best parts of the sushi rolls I love simply put in a deconstructed “SUSHI” bowl, yes please!

I always love making a large batch of brown rice for the week to use for meals and this has been one of my favorite “hacks” to play with for lunch and dinner, the bonus is you can also keep it veggie if you like and the simplicity of it is mind blowing!

This is a great pre or post-workout meal, it’s filling but I never feel weighed down. This deconstructed sushi roll salad is quickly and easily assembled with leftover brown rice. Highlighted with Japanese-inspired textures and flavors, it offers a fresh perspective on the definition of salad. Great for lunches and or dinner, this all-in-one bowl is not only pleasing to the eye, but the stomach too.

A salad version of a deconstructed sushi roll, this dish is quickly assembled with leftover brown rice and simple things like avocados, cucumber & shrimp. 

Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL)pickling liquid from jarred pickled ginger
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL)seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL)toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Salad:

  • 1 cup (250 mL)cooked, U.S. short grain brown rice
  • 1/2 lb (250 g)cooked shrimp or sliced crab (Pollock) or salmon or tuna
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • cucumber slices
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL)wasabi peas (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL)crumbed or sliced nori (roasted seaweed)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together ginger pickling liquid, vinegar and sesame seeds. Set aside.
  • In two small bowls, divide rice. Arrange seafood or fish, avocado and cucumber slices decoratively over rice. Drizzle dressing over each.
  • Top with wasabi peas and nori.

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