healthy chocolate sunbutter crunch

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one of the secrets to eating healthy is to take your favorite naughty foods and make them deliciously good for you.

peanut butter and chocolate is one famous duo that has been tantalizing taste buds for decades. so here at the i won! kitchen we took those basic ingredients and created something even better. introducing our recipe for:

healthy chocolate sunbutter crunch

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preparation:
we stayed away from any kind of nut butter, especially peanut for obvious reasons, and used sunflower seed butter instead. spread each cracker with sunbutter and add just a drop of honey to sweeten and sandwich together. all ready for their chocolate bath.

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after sandwiching two crackers together with sunbutter, dip them into the melted, organic chocolate. this part’s a bit tricky and messy. but then again, it’s chocolate, so who cares!

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place chocolate coated crackers on a flat plate or cookie sheet and place in the freezer for a few minutes to harden. the saltiness of the crackers, the sweetness of the chocolate, and the nuttiness of the sunflower butter is a match made in heaven.

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you’ll have a hard time waiting those few minutes, but once you bite into these crunchy, chocolatey, nutty treats, you’ll be hooked! all it takes is four ingredients and a few minutes of your time, and you’ve got a delicious, healthy, organic snack chockfull of plant-based protein and vegan ingredients suitable for any diet.

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
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ranch veggie burgers

ranch veggie burger

nothing says ‘summer’ quite like a burger, and this summer we’re re-inventing the meaning of the word by going plant-based all the way to the grill! this ranch flavor-inspired vegan burger is just the thing for those hot summer days by the pool, hanging out with the kids and the rest of your family and friends.

for this recipe, we got a little help from one of our i won! organics ambassadors, laura arreola, who was kind enough to share this delicious creation using our i won! ranch flavor protein chips. check it out:

ranch veggie burgers

ingredients:

• 1 bag i won! ranch protein chips, finely crushed
• ½ onion
• ½ zucchini
• ½ large carrot (or 5-7 baby carrots)
• ½ -1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
• 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
• 2-4 tbsp ranch dressing of choice (i used the vegan brand follow your heart)
• ½ cup oat flour
• salt & pepper to taste (i personally didn’t add any!)
• toppings & buns of choice

preparation:
1. heat a large skillet over medium heat and preheat oven to 375 degrees. line a baking sheet with parchment paper. *if you don’t have parchment paper, it’s ok 
2. add onion, zucchini, and carrot into food processor or high-speed blender (i used my nutribullet) and pulse until veggies are finely chopped, place in mixing bowl
3. add rinsed chickpeas to same food processor/blender and pulse until almost all chunks are gone (a few are okay), add to mixing bowl as well.
4. add parsley, garlic powder, ranch dressing, crushed chips, and oat flour to the bowl and mix everything together well.
1. if it is too wet, go ahead and add more oat flour.
2. if it is too dry, add in more ranch dressing
5. taste mixture and add salt and pepper and/or more garlic powder to taste.
6. form into 4 patties and place on lined baking sheet.
7. cook for 30-40 minutes until the patties are lightly browned and feel very dry to the touch. i know it seems like a long time, but these patties have a lot of moisture in them that needs to cook out to hold their shape well and taste just perfect! 
8. (optional) add cheese of choice during the last few minutes in the oven to melt.
9. serve however you would like and with whatever toppings your lovely heart desires!
leftover burgers will keep in the fridge for up to a week and can also be frozen for up to a month 

a great summer treat to make at your next bbq. eating a plant-based diet is nothing new for laura. she grew up in a 95% vegetarian household and is a plant-based fitness enthusiast who loves running. she now works at the college of public health and human sciences in support of healthy children and families. she told us:

i believe nourishing my body with whole foods is what has allowed me to train hard, recover quickly and feel my absolute best!

laura is passionate about cooking and makes her diet a priority, choosing plant-based whole foods to stay healthy. she knows it’s the only body she has, so she wants to nourish it and treat it well. she describes that #iwonfeeling as:

cooking healthy, plant-based foods and feeding them to my family and friends and watching them love it! i know how amazing good nutrition makes me feel, and I feel so happy imparting my knowledge and passion onto those i love.

you can find this recipe and more on i won! organics ambassador laura arreola’s website at my oregon kitchen.

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

i won kitchen: guilt-free chocolate pudding

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chocolate pudding is something no one should have to give up. so make it healthy and you can have it any day of the week. we’ve got a recipe for guilt-free chocolate pudding that is vegan, raw, and gluten-free. not only that but it’s also full of antioxidants and rich in magnesium and healthy fats.

and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, this guilt-free chocolate pudding is perfect for dipping with our cinnamon french toast protein chips. so grab your food processor and let’s get cooking!

guilt-free chocolate pudding

ingredients:

preparation:

  • place all ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth.
  • place in the fridge until chilled – about 1/2 hour.
  • garnish with spirals of orange zest, or if you prefer, a sprig of mint, some cocoa nibs, or raspberries – it’s your choice!

we got the idea for this recipe from i won! organics ambassador mandy vleeming (@mandyvleeming), who loves dipping into chocolate pudding with our cinnamon french toast flavor chips. she says:

they gave it a little crunchy punch to my taste buds!

mandy believes in living a healthy lifestyle and bringing a positive attitude to getting fit. after losing 17 pounds and 8 percent body fat in 3 months, she says getting fit changed the entire course of her life:

i felt inspired and motivated beyond anything i had ever experienced. i knew from that moment i wanted to help others achieve that same euphoric feeling and show people that anything is possible, if you just try.

mandy is now living her dream as a personal trainer and helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. this is how she describes that #iwonfeeling:

i get that #iwonfeeling seeing my clients work as hard as they do to achieve a goal no matter how big or small; it makes me extremely proud. i can provide the tools, but it is ultimately up to them whether they are successful or not. they inspire me to keep going, just like I do for them. we support each other and help each other, and that right there is the greatest gift a person in my position could ever receive.

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

eating the rainbow

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the thing about eating healthy is making sure you’re getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables every day. one trick is to look at the food on your plate and ask yourself if it’s colourful enough to eat. if not, how can you add more color to your food?

here’s one idea from i won! organics ambassadors ashley and brittney from @twinskitchen. they like to ‘eat the rainbow’ every meal. with yummy fresh ingredients and an added protein crunch from our sea salt crackers, this is one plant-based meal to make any vegan proud. check it out:

eating the rainbow from @twinskitchen

ingredients:

  • chickpeas
  • ginger and garlic marinated tofu
  • sautéed kale
  • bell peppers
  • spring mix
  • avocado
  • spiralized carrots
  • i won! organics sea salt protein chips

preparation:

  • assemble ingredients into large salad bowls and use your inner creativity to make a beautiful arrangement of colourful ingredients. it’s that simple, and tons of fun.

following a healthy lifestyle is something twin sisters ashley and brittney love doing every day. they founded @twinskitchen on instagram about five years ago as a creative outlet for their artistic passion and love for healthy food. they believe staying healthy is all about “balance and mindset,” and they “love experimenting with different recipes to make it fun.” they told us:

overall, listening to your body is the best thing you can do to keep a positive mind and healthy soul.

not surprisingly, @twinskitchen has two i won! moments to share with us:

we get that #iwonfeeling after an intense workout when we pushed through on a day we didn’t feel like going to the gym. but also that #iwonfeeling happens when we make someone smile, whether it be through a gesture of kindness, a simple compliment, or a listening ear. it’s the little moments like that in life that count.

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

healthy snacking on the road

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keeping fit on the road is never easy. but when traveling is part of your job, you have to find a way to make it work. if you want to stick to your healthy lifestyle, you can’t throw it all away every time you’re away from home.

i won! organics ambassador timothy smith (aka @timsmith_usmc79) travels a lot for work. as an active duty marine with more than 18 years in the service, his job takes him all over the u.s., sometimes for weeks at a time. he has a few secrets for staying fit on the road:

a few tips for staying healthy on the road

  1. prep your food for your trip.
  2. take enough food to cover you for the trip, as well as a few extras.
  3. pack a meal prep cooler bag with enough food to last you.
  4. pack only healthy snacks with high nutritional value.
  5. always remember to pack some water.
  6. never leave home without a backup workout plan and equipment like resistance bands or trx straps.

when timothy is away, one snack he enjoys that’s easy to pack and take with him, is this one – guac and slaw – a crunchy, guacamole salad dip mashup. check it out!

guac and slaw

meals in the hotel are easy and simple with chicken or fish, fresh veggies, guac or avocado, and protein chips from i won! organics. my favorite is bbq, but ranch is a close second!

ingredients:

  • 1 packet of broccoli slaw
  • 1 serving size of guacamole
  • 1 packet of pink salmon
  • 1 bag of i won! organic protein chips

preparation:

  • you can either layer this salad or mix it all up together. it’s perfect for dipping, and a great meal for on the road.

timothy recommends our bbq flavor chips for dipping into this slaw, though ranch is also amazing. he says that staying consistent with your diet and training while you’re on the road is sometimes a challenge, but the biggest things that help are:

that #nevergiveup attitude, and co-workers who bring the motivation. that’s the #iwonfeeling!

so for your next road trip, make sure to pack a few healthy snacks and some extra bags of i won! organic protein chips. whatever flavor you choose, our protein chips will spice up any salad and take the level of crunch to mind-blowing proportions! are you ready for that?

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

 

i won! kitchen: black bean quinoa soup

i won! kitchen Black Bean Quinoa Soup

while some of you are just coming around to the idea of quinoa and eating more plant-based proteins, the rest of us are exploring new recipes with red quinoa. yes, it comes in different colors! as a complete source of protein, quinoa is unique in that it offers all nine essential amino acids.

on top of that, quinoa is high in lysine – an amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties that helps to balance out arginine. red quinoa is higher in fiber than white quinoa and has a slightly firmer texture. it will set you up with a healthy dose of iron, copper, thiamin and vitamin B6. copper assists the absorption of iron, so quinoa is truly perfect for any fitness enthusiast looking for an energy boost.

this rich and hearty black bean and quinoa soup is ideal for batch cooking or meal prep and will take about 30 minutes to create. paired up with i won! organic protein chips will give you all the muscle-building power you need to perform at your best.

so let’s get cooking!

i won! kitchen: black bean and quinoa soup

ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbsp pure olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • dash of fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of red quinoa, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of tomato puree
  • 1 can diced tomatoes in tomato juice

finishing touches:

  • ¼ cup sweet corn (per serving)
  • 1 tbsp sweet red pepper, finely chopped (per serving)
  • sprig of fresh cilantro to garnish

directions

  1. heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat, and add the garlic, onions, green pepper, carrot, and jalapeno pepper
  2. cook for about 6 minutes
  3. add the chili powder and ground black pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes
  4. add the vegetable stock, bay leaves, quinoa, black beans, tomato puree, and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil
  5. reduce heat, partially cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is done
  6. remove the bay leaves
  7. add the corn and sweet red pepper to each bowl before serving
  8. finish with a sprig of cilantro and grated cheese (optional)
  9. serve with your favorite flavor of i won! organic protein chips

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

 

i won! kitchen: sriracha carrot hummus

i won kitchen sriracha carrot hummus

trust us to break with convention and come up with a recipe for hummus that contains no chickpeas! that’s right! we’re mixing things up again and as always, we find ourselves in the kitchen with a few choice ingredients and a craving for dip. white beans, roasted carrots, and tahini – what about a creamy hummus spiced up with everybody’s favorite i won! sriracha protein chips.

for an extra creamy texture, you’ll want to roast your carrots for this recipe. roasted carrots offer a sweeter, richer flavor than raw carrots and blend better too. packed full of dietary fiber, vitamins a, k, and b6, and manganese, carrots are a powerful antioxidant high in carotenoids with cancer-fighting qualities. a smart addition to any diet.

white beans also contain antioxidants and are a rich source of iron, potassium, and magnesium. high in fiber and protein, white beans will promote heart health and help to regulate your metabolism. that’s good news for anyone who’s diabetic or trying to drop a few pounds.

so let’s get cooking…

sriracha carrot hummus

ingredients:

  • 2 cups baby carrots, roasted
  • ½ orange pepper, roasted
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • 1 large can white beans
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

preparation:

  • heat the oven to 400F.
  • sprinkle some olive oil and salt onto the carrots, orange pepper, jalapeno pepper, and garlic cloves
  • roast in the oven for 20 minutes, or until tender.
  • drain and rinse the white beans.
  • blend in the blender with the remaining ingredients.
  • add cooled, roasted carrot medley to the blender and blend until smooth.
  • you might have to add a little more olive oil or lemon juice to get the desired consistency you want.
  • add salt to taste.
  • sprinkle with paprika and drizzle with sriracha sauce for an extra kick.
  • serve with i won! sriracha protein chips.

that’s a healthy snack packed full of protein and no added sugar.

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

 

love to dip

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sharing a bowl of dip with your favorite hunny is one of those tantalizing occasions that brings couples together. our chips bring healthy people together, because they’re wholesome, organic, and perfect for dipping. plus they taste good!

i won! organics ambassador christina thompson, aka ms. fit foodie, agrees. she likes to celebrate her love for her favorite guy with some i won! chips and homemade dip:

do you have a special someone who guacs your world? let’s all make homemade guacamole to celebrate each other!

love to dip guacamole

ingredients:

preparation:

  • mash the avocados.
  • add remaining ingredients.
  • dip with i won! high protein chips.

christina’s favorite flavor chip is cinnamon french toast, even with guacamole. she says the sweet and savory flavors complement each other. for a lovers’ dip, you need a little sweetness:

i won! organics cinnamon french toast chip is the perfect sweet snack for a midday bite! also, paired with all natural, homemade guacamole, a unique savory, sweet flavor is created and I love that!

as a group fitness instructor and student, christina is always looking for healthy snacks to get her through classes, homework, and late-night study sessions. i won! organics snacks are perfect because they’re low in carbs and high in protein.

as an advocate for healthy lifestyles, i love motivating and inspiring my friends.

christina believes in clean eating and learning about the food you put into your body. her priority is focusing more on being healthy and keeping fit, and less on working out to lose weight. she say’s she feels incredibly happy and thankful for the things she’s accomplished in her life. it’s that #iwonfeeling. she says:

when i’m exploring the world with my family and friends, through missionary work, studying abroad, and immersing myself in other cultures, i’ve gained an appreciation for my life and the wonders of our world. when i go out and take in the sun and adventure outdoors, i feel at one with myself, the earth, and my surroundings.

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

 

i won! kitchen: orzo salad with feta cheese

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salads are a great way to get into that summery fresh #iwonfeeling and brighten up your meal plan. salads that have crunch are even better!

when you’re into eating healthy and living an active lifestyle, high protein meals are probably going to be at the top of your menu. so it pays to learn a few new recipes to keep you from losing your mind. the i won! kitchen has just the thing.

treat yourself to this delicious mediterranean orzo salad. served chilled, it tastes so good, you’ll want to dip into it with some i won! chips.

orzo salad with feta

ingredients

  • orzo pasta
  • asparagus
  • charred sweet peppers
  • herbed feta cheese
  • fresh baby spinach
  • sea salt, cracked black pepper to taste
  • i won! organics chips – sriracha flavor

preparation

  • cook, drain and chill your orzo pasta.
  • grill the asparagus with your sweet red, yellow or orange peppers.
  • wash, drain and dry your fresh baby spinach.
  • add all ingredients to the chilled orzo pasta.
  • crumble feta cheese on top and season to taste.
  • serve chilled with sriracha i won! organics chips.

with just one bag of chips, you’ll boost the protein on this vegetarian delight by 20 grams. that makes it a high protein, healthy salad and a smart choice for your lifestyle.

check out more of our healthy, delicious recipes at the i won! kitchen.

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics

what runners eat to refuel

what runners eat to refuel

runners know that after a long run, you need to fuel up and replenish those hard-working muscles. you need nutrient-dense foods with enough carbs, protein and fats to aid in your post-workout recovery.

here’s one suggestion from i won! organics ambassador and nutrition health coach, edith agoston that we like to think of as a redefined huevos habaneros:

what runners eat to refuel

i sautéed some onions and added in organic refried pinto beans, then fried a pasture raised egg from @greenbowfarm and seasoned it with sea salt, pepper and hungarian paprika. (i always have a mishap in this step!) then i added in half of an avocado, sunflower shoots from my local @seattlefarmersmkts, a scoop of island salsa from @traderjoeslist and some of the bbq flavored tortilla chips from @iwonorganics.

packed full of healthy carbs, fiber, good fats and of course, protein, this recovery meal is exactly what a runner needs after a grueling workout. edith likes to buy local, organic foods and incorporates this healthy way of eating into her overall fitness program. she told us:

i stay healthy by listening to my body, drinking ionized alkaline water, eating local seasonal and organic produce that i buy at my local farmer’s market, sleeping well, practicing meditation and of course, getting plenty of exercise!

besides running, edith enjoys biking, swimming, and paddle boarding, and she’s been practicing bikram yoga for the past 15 years. for edith, that #iwonfeeling is all about staying active and living life to the fullest. she told us:

i am most happy when i feel that i am following the correct path, the path that was intended for me. these days that means connecting with more people in the health and wellness world, and living my healthiest life, spending time on the beach in west seattle with those closest to me, continuing to learn and improve my skills as a health coach, and nourishing my body with nutrient-dense foods.

you can follow i won! organics ambassador edith agoston on instagram @edithagoston

it’s that #iwonfeeling!
i won! organics