goat cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates

I don’t even like dates.

I mean, I didn’t like dates until yesterday. Somehow though, when they are stuffed with creamy goat cheese and wrapped in salty bacon, I kind of changed my mind.

The sweet, salty and creamy flavors all come together perfectly for an easy, yet fancy appetizer that clocks in at about 100 calories per date.

They can be assembled ahead of time and baked when you need them, perfect for a fun party appetizer or you know, an afternoon snack for one.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

 

Ingredients (8 dates, 4 servings)

  • 8 fresh dates
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 Tbsp goat cheese

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slit the dates and remove pit.

Cut the bacon slices in half.

Stuff about 1/2 Tbsp of goat cheese into dates.

Roll dates in bacon.

Bake for about 20 minutes.

Turn oven to broil for 2 minutes to brown bacon if necessary.

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add this: beans

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What:

  • Standard Beans: Lentils, Garbanzo, Kidney, Great Northern, Black Beans
  • Try these: Adzuki, Black-Eyed Peas, Pinto Beans, Edamame

Why:

  • Full of protein and fiber
  • Contain B vitamins, iron and other vitamins and minerals
  • They are cheap!
  • Canned beans can be high in sodium, so rinse them before using

How:

How do beans play a role in your diet? 

daily eats: 2.09.12

Wow, it has been a really busy week! I’m glad that I’ve been busy, because to be honest, things have been a little slow lately, but I am feeling the effects today and am so glad the weekend is here (and that I’m not working this weekend).

I had an early wake-up call and a full day yesterday. I’ve been working on a Social Media Portfolio this week so my early mornings and evenings have been filled with that.

Coffee: Lots of coffee + coconut creamer. We just picked up the new Starbucks Blonde Roast – like it so far!

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Breakfast: 2 eggs + 1 slice sprouted toast + earth balance.

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I was invited to a Blogger Fitness Event put on by Jamba Juice to try out some of the newest fitness trends yesterday. I wasn’t expecting to actually work out that much, but oh did we work it! It was a really fun day, there were tons of new fitness classes that we were able to try out, along with some of Jamba Juice’s new smoothies and oatmeal bowls.

I thought I would categorize and tell you about the various classes I tried by a ranking of how awkward I looked while doing them.

8. Jump Rope Cardio – I am pretty good at jumping rope. It is all I did from about 1st-4th grade so I’ve had my fair share of practice.

7. Pop Physique (Ballet Barre) – this class was all about small movements and it slightly reminded me of pilates/old-school mat work ala Jane Fonda.

6. ViPR Training – this class was an aerobics/strength class done with a 4 foot weighted tube – my arms were shaking but I was able to follow along.

5. SurfSET – surfing inspired movements done on a wobbly surf board. It required lots of stabilizing muscles and now I want to try surfing! I kind of look like a natural, right?

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*Picture courtesy of Jamba Juice

4. Hoopnotica (Hula Hoop) – I was NOT looking forward to this class, but after a few falls of the hoola hoop, I got into a rhythm and it was pretty fun. Swinging the hoop with your arms is hard work.

3. Cardio Carnivale (Hip Hop/Afro Caribbean Dance) – The instructor was a professional dancer. I am not. But I had a blast trying and I couldn’t see myself in the mirror so I was shaking away with abandon! (Out of all three dance classes, I *think* I did the best on this one).

2. Bollywood Aerobics – I am pretty much obsessed with India so I LOVED this class. I also have a DVD and I can now bollywood dance all. the. time. I totally looked foolish, but I think I’ll improve quickly. :)

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*Picture courtesy of Jamba Juice

1. Juicy Athletic Moves (Samba-ish Dancing) – Words cannot even describe my awkwardness.

I sipped on some of the Berry UpBEET Smoothie in between classes, a blend of strawberries, blueberries, mixed berry juice, red vegetable juice (carrots, beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, lettuce), mangos, ice. I liked it – it wasn’t overly sweet and someone suggested that getting it without the fruit juice makes it even better so I’ll definitely try that next time. I’m glad a mainstream smoothie shop has jumped on the vegetables in juice and smoothies train!

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Lunch: Was from a local food truck – I had a pesto chicken wrap with a beet salad. The food was great – I ate the wrap sans tortilla, mainly because I was paranoid about getting pesto in my teeth. :)

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Then, as if my day hadn’t been interesting enough, it got really interesting. I had to run by a mall to pick up a shirt and I scraped the front of the car on a cement pillar in the parking garage. I knew my husband would freak out so I went right from the mall to the car wash to have them fix it. “Can you make that disappear so my husband doesn’t know it happened?” were my exact words.

While they were working on the car I went to get a coffee (theme of the week) and then ran into Kristin Cavallari. When I say ran into, I mean, I saw her as she was also getting her car washed. Stars, they’re just like us!

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Pregnant Kristin was looking good yesterday, I loved her jumpsuit! (Source)

I came home to work and snacks.

Kale chip crumbs.

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Apple + raw almond butter.

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And finally, some cheese and crackers while I was making dinner.

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Dinner:  Old-school Chicken, Broccoli & Brown Rice Casserole. I had two small bowls.

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Dessert was a serving of Cake Batter Ice Cream (disappointing)  and I’m ready to crash – enjoy your weekend! Fun plans?

quick 1-minute snack ideas

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There are times when you need a snack.

Immediately.

Or is that just me?

There are often a few options – plain carrots (sometimes boring) or processed vending machine snacks (sometimes not very healthy, rarely filling). And then there are the snacks that fall somewhere in between. Ideally, they’ll contain a combination of fresh foods, protein, a bit of fat and some fiber so that they stick with you for longer than 5 minutes.

Here are some of the quick snacks I rely on, please add your own to the list, I’m always looking for new snack ideas!

Quick 1 Minute Snack Ideas: 

  • tortilla + pesto + cheese  - microwaved for about 30 seconds
  • apple slices + nut butter
  • hot pita bread + hummus
  • tortilla chips + salsa + refried or black beans
  • toast + nut butter
  • frozen waffle + apple slices + slice of cheese – broiled until cheese melts
  • cottage cheese + fruit chunks
  • smoothie: frozen fruit + spinach + milk + greek yogurt – blend until smooth
  • slice of whole grain toast + smashed avocado
  • handful of almonds + square of dark chocolate
  • sliced cheese + triscuits
  • greek yogurt + granola, cereal or fresh fruit
  • quick deviled egg – halve hard boiled egg, mix yolk with 1-2 tsp mayo + salt + pepper, put mixture in egg whites