Friday, June 20, 2014

#RECIPEFRIDAY: Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bites For You and Your Dog!

As I've been investing more time in myself...

I've also been spending some good quality time in the kitchen...

Making treats for the puppies!


After a slew of articles indicating that there are certain dog treats out there that may be...

Posing health risks to our FUrry pals...


I didn't want to take a chance with ours! (I usually get the Chicken Strips jerky from Costco. The brand isn't one that is currently being investigated but, I took it as a sign that I should make my own puppy treats for the time being. Plus, it would be a FUn way to get creative in my baking, for the puppies...and maybe me...you know, for taste testing purposes! hehe)

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Now...

Before I share my recipe that is good for you and your puppy(ies)...

Let me recap a little bit from the week alright?

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Blogging and being connected...

You may noticed that I've slowed down on the blog a little bit (just a weeeee bit, not much)...

If anything...

It's been both intentional and unintentional.

Intentional in a sense that...

I want to spend a little less time in front of a computer and...

Unintentional in a sense that...

There are days that go by that I just don't end up on the blog.

Essentially, I guess you can say that I've been spending more time....

Being present, looking up, and not down (at my phone or straight ahead at a screen lol)! (It's so easy to get distracted by our phones that it becomes more difficult to stay FUlly present, and in the moment if we don't make a point to 'disconnect' from time to time.)

So far...

It's been doing me lots of good!

Soaking it all up...
Just like my Bear ;)

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Training...

I felt like I was due for a little lifting break so...

I listened to my body and embraced the rest! (7 days worth!)

If anything...

I felt mighty strong this week! (Taking a break really did me good!)

I spread my bat wings and flew...
My way to the gym :)
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On the run....

After getting back to...

Running and all back in April...

I must say that...

I've really been enjoying it! (I have to admit, I have had some 'not-so-amazing' runs but, not all runs (just like days) are (can be) great ones so, you do what you can!)

And, since I've been taking my time...

Getting into my groove...


You know...

Just going with the flow and stuff...

This has really enabled me to savour every single stride taken!

It has also eliminated any pressures or stress  to keep up to a certain pace etc so...

With this no pressure frame of mind...

I woke up one morning this week (yesterday) with the intention to run for a couple of hours...

And...

I ended up running the distance of a half marathon! (21.1kms)

It was soooo nice out I couldn't resist! (No humidity!)
Last 3 kms were a little tough but, I got through it!

If anything...

It (I) felt awesome! (Minus the armpit burn on my left side lol)

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But...

Enough about me...

Let's get to my (and your!) recipe of the week for this edition of #RECIPEFRIDAY!


If there's one thing I know for sure...

The puppies absolutely LOVE them...

Another bite sized recipe for another day ;)

And...

As do I! (I may have had one right before my long run ! hehe lol)

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bites 4 You and Your Dog!

by *CaNdY FiT*
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 small apple, diced (apple core removed)
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to bake at 375F
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in the microwave until cooked (each microwave is different. Mine takes approx. 8 minutes) Or, bake the your sweet potatoes in the oven at 350F until the interior is soft.
  3. Once cooked, slice open the sweet potatoes and spoon the insides out into a bowl
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined
  5. Take an ice cream scooper and scoop the 'batter' into small bites onto your a lightly sprayed (with olive oil) baking sheet (feel free to use your hands too, making sure the 'batter' has cooled slightly)
  6. Bake the bites at 375F for about 15-20 minutes
  7. Remove from oven, place on cooling rack and enjoy one (or two) with your pet(S) once cooled!

Optional
  • Feel free to do a no bake version. Simply scoop out the 'batter' into balls, place them on a baking sheet or plate enjoy about an hour later.
  • Also, feel free to make brownies (baked or not). Just spread the 'batter' in a baking pan and put it in the oven at 375F for about 15-20 minutes. Or place them in the fridge for about an hour or so for the no bake version.
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Alright your turn...

If you have a recipe you've been making and loving...

Share it!


I can't wait to see what you've cooked up!



Have a great weekend everyone!

And...
Perhaps a restFUl one too ;)
Questions FU You...

Do you ever just go with the flow when it comes to running?
Do you make treats for your FUrry friend(s)? (Share them!)

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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19 comments:

  1. That's an impressive time for half a marathon and it seems you 've have been really happy that day to just Go put and run for so long.

    Thanks for hosting once again!

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  2. I love how strong I feel after taking some time off, too! Glad you're finding a good groove with everything.

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  3. Those bites sound good! I'm not sure I'd share with Tiger Lilly!

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  4. I make sweet potato apple patties but hadn't thought to try it out as convenient little bites. I don't have a dog so i guess I have to eat them all myself :)

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  5. ohhhh yes. my dogs would be ALL over these.

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  6. i make sweet potato treats for my dog because she has so many allergies! our allergist says sweet potatoes are the safest thing you can give dogs!

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  7. I think those not-so-good-runs help us better enjoy those great runs right?

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  8. Good for you for stepping away a bit. Now that my kids finish school today, I'll be doing more of that myself for the next couple of months. And your treat recipe is perfectly timed--I started training with Tori and next week we are supposed to bring five different kinds of treats. Here's one of them!

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  9. I just made homemade dog treats for my little pup, and just did flax + applesauce + cinnamon, but I am loving the sound of these! I will definitely have to make them next time!

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  10. You just made my dog's day! Food she can eat along with me - love it!

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  11. These bites sound delicious!! And I know Mr. Chow is going to like them too :) It's nice to find healthy homemade dog treats that aren't just made of a bunch of peanut butter. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Got to love hitting 2 birds with one stone :)

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  13. I always loved to bake treats for my pooch too. Such a good idea I think. Mine loooooved peanut butter.

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  14. Your pups are SO cute! I seriously want that batman shirt!
    This recipe looks SO good! I love that it doesn't have eggs in it! pinning!

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  15. Love the look of those! Some of my favourite ingredients all in one place ;) I like the idea of sharing them with your furry friend too!

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  16. Love it! And I'm sure my dogs will too!

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  17. I am loving your messages about taking time to enjoy & be present.. I really am!!!! Love that you are going with what feels right for you!!!! And of course I love the doggie pics & the recipe!!!!!

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  18. going with the flow can be good for the soul.. yes, i feel ya! and i love this recipe!

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  19. I love that it's been both an intentional and unintentional slow down. Me too. I think we underestimate the importance of slowing down

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