Chickpea Pancakes Wraps and Review of BeetsBlu Heart Rate Monitor

You know me, I am not really one to do a lot of reviews but seeing as how hubby and I have made this commitment to get healthy together right when BeetsBlu contacted me about wanting me to review their device it just felt like a good fit. I have talked before about my difficulty in finding the time to work out so since my time is so limited I think it is best that what little time I do have is used to its fullest. So knowing what activities is getting my heart rate up and how much more I need to push myself is beneficial.

DISCLOSURE:
I was kindly supplied this item free of charge, to test and evaluate. In exchange, I agreed to provide an honest review detailing my thoughts. This is said review.

My first impression about the BeetsBlu was it was very comfortable to wear. I remember reading a reviewer saying they actually forgot they were wearing it and I had a hard time believing that to be true but it really was true. I ended up wearing it most of the day when I got distracted after my DVD workout in the morning that moved straight into feeding and playing with baby, didn’t even notice I still had it on till later.

Both the iPhone and the Android that was used to test this device connected to it quickly enough although we did struggle at first switching it from the iPhone to the Android. I believe this might have been an issue with the device being paired to the iPhone so my Android wasn’t able to find it at first. Unpairing it with the iPhone seemed to fix this issue. I found the Beets Blue app is fairly basic, and doesn’t provide any options of storing or tracking your heart rate over time, it simply shows you your current BPM, and the amount of calories you’re burning per minute. Which is great but when are you trying to track these things it would be nice to have the function available. However, this device can be used in conjunction with other major fitness tracking apps, my favourite one being Endomondo so that wasn’t a big issue for me. All in all it is a great product as it is simple to use and easy, comfortable to wear so that even a novice like me could get use to using it during my work outs.

So now onto the delicious food, because that is really why we are here. My mother-in-law introduced us to Chickpea pancakes, that she served as a wrap and we were so excited at how tasty they were, even toddler was sold on them. They are high in protein plus about half the amount of carbs in flour so if you are after something lower carbs too this is a great option. We found it to be quite versatile, we had it as wraps for lunch and toddler loves them with peanut butter for a healthy snack. My next attempt with them is going to be without the garlic and see if I can make these into a high protein substitute for crepes, maybe with some fresh strawberries and cream.

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Chickpea Pancakes

100g (1 c.) chickpea flour
1 egg
118mL (1/2 c.) water
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

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Paprika Roasted Chickpeas

While it is never good to have the goal of losing weight when you are pregnant I am determined that I won’t put on any unnecessary weight during this pregnancy. Not only am I motivated to stay healthy and keep a healthy weight gain for reasons that I don’t want to have a lot of weight to loss after the baby is born but it helps ensure a healthier pregnancy and birth. So in order to make sure I am able to stick to my goals I have been loading myself up on lots of high protein, lower fat snacks. I am a big stove top popcorn lover and while that is already a lower fat snack I wanted more ideas so I don’t get bored and get tempted to indulge on less healthy options. These roasted chickpeas have very quickly surpassed my love for popcorn, which is saying something because I am a big lover of popcorn. They are crunchy and full of flavour and just perfect for movie night.

Did you have any health goals for your pregnancy?

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Paprika Roasted Chickpeas

2 500g tins (15 1/2 ounces each) of chickpeas
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp hot or sweet paprika

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Homemade Queso

I really don’t like velveeta so when I would go to people’s homes for parties I often skipped the queso dip even though it is my favourite dip. So last year when I put together this queso dip for the first time I was so excited. This dip is so creamy and has fantastic flavour. I can’t wait for an excuse to bring it to a party.

Homemade Queso

1 small jalapeño, seeded and diced
1/2 onion, minced finely
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
2 Tbsp flour
226g (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
340g (12 oz) mild cheddar cheese, freshly grated

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Kettle Corn

Game night has played a part at every different stage in my life in very different ways. Growing up we lots of nights of playing games like Risk and Phase 10. I also have fun memories of my dad teaching us how to bridge shuffle. I remember laying on my parents bed as my dad showed up how to do a bridge shuffle, which I thought was absolute magic. It took me a long time but once I learned how to do it I would show off to my friends feeling so magical.

In my early 20’s game night meant showing up at my co-workers house and playing poker and blackjack until 2 or 3 in the morning. My co-worker who was obsessed with poker, he even studied techniques and even played online in hopes of one day quitting his job and playing professional. He always won but I do remember the one night after months of getting my butt kicked I beat him. He wasn’t too happy but that might have been because we gave him a hard time. I do wonder what ever happened to him and if he achieved his goals.

Now games are just as big in my life as ever only my husband and I love finding unique games like, Pandemic, Small World and Quiddler. The thing I love about games is it can be a fun evening, doesn’t have to cost anything and it is engaging rather then passive like watching tv is. Why am I talking about games instead of food? Because I am all about family and budgeting and there is nothing I love more then finding things to do with my family that doesn’t cost a lot. Having family game nights where you focus your attention on each other and just having a good night is so important and it is becoming increasingly rare for families. I can’t wait until Morgan is a bit older so we can start planning our family game nights with her.

So today I wanted to share with you my attempt at making homemade Kettle Corn as a perfect addition to a family game night. I have been trying to perfect the art of making sweet popcorn since it is what my husband prefers but up until now I just couldn’t get it right. I never knew how they made kettle corn but I knew it tasted a lot like what sweet popcorn in the UK tastes like. So after some research I decided to give it a try. I did find it a bit difficult to get the timing right and please be careful as you are dealing with very hot oil.

Kettle Corn

1/2 c. popcorn kernels
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
Salt to taste

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Plum Fruit Leather

I had just picked my last harvest of plums from my tree and I was looking for something unique to make with them. So I have been wanting to make my own fruit leather for a while now. So when I stumbled onto Natasha’s Kitchen I was inspired to finally do it. I had previously attempted fruit leather and it didn’t turn out, after successful making this batch I now know what I did wrong, I didn’t let it dry out long enough. This recipe takes time and patience, and if using the oven method like I did it will take up oven space for at least 8 hours so plan ahead. What I did was started it in the morning and had it in the oven during the day so the oven was then free for the dinner time rush.

How much sugar you need depends on the fruit you use and your own personal taste. We like things quite tart in this house I tend to use less sugar. The best advice I can give is make sure when you are adding the sugar that you do so slowly and taste it until it is right. This is a perfect treat for lunch boxes and the best part is rather then the store bough ones, you know exactly what went into it. Because I up until now I have never had fruit leather turn out I followed Natasha’s recipe to the letter and I am happy to say it was perfect first time around.

Plum Fruit Leather

7 lb plums (around 5 quarts bowl)
3/4 cup granulated sugar

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