If you've been following me for any amount of time you will know that muffins are one of my favorite food groups ;) They are portable, easy to meal prep and if you use the right ingredients, they can be full of energy boosting nutrients. These cinnamon cassava muffins are all of the above, plus they are super delicious! Cassava flour is a grain-free flour, which means it is less refined so it has a slower release of energy (instead of quick energy spike followed by an energy crash), it also does not have any "anti-nutrients" found in many grains and is paleo and gluten-free! Here is a link to buy my favorite brand (Otto's cassava flour) on Amazon and here is a link to buy on their website.
This recipe is a great meatless source of protein and full of anti-inflammatory turmeric! They're great eaten by themselves as a snack or as the protein in a meal. I love pairing mine with veggies and hummus. This recipe makes about 12 "fritters" and I say serves "4" since I usually eat 3 per serving if I want them as a main dish, but you can easily have 1 or 2 as a snack and it will serve more. As with everything else I make, I love meal prepping them for easy access during the week.
These brownies come out super "fudgy" and totally satisfy my chocolate craving! Bonus is they are mostly made out of pumpkin and are grain and dairy free and paleo! Depending on the type of chocolate and sweetener you use, you can make these more or less sweet. They are also loaded with natural heart healthy monounsaturated fats and protein from the tahini!
I call these muffins "cloud' muffins because they are so FLUFFY! They are completely paleo and don't have any sugar added! I love these for a grab and go breakfast or snack. I recommend storing in an air-tight container in the fridge (or else the pumpkin and apple sauce will go bad) or these freeze really well!
This grain-free recipe is fluffy like oats but is a great alternative for anyone trying to avoid oats and grains (paleo, Whole 30, etc.) it's also a great way to fill up on vegetables! I love having these as breakfast or a snack and pairing with some nut butter, fruit, or a roasted root vegetable like delicata squash or sweet potato. The recipe is very simple but takes a little while to make. I like to do it while I'm meal prepping other items so I can multi-task as the liquid is absorbing.
This dip has a touch of sweetness and a thick consistency that makes a delicious snack by itself or paired with toast, veggies, oats and more! Beets have so many health benefits and it's a great way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables. Beets help with heart health, can improve our cardiovascular abilities and can even help speed up our metabolisms.
These baked donuts are super healthy and full of gut-healing nutrients and protein that will keep you full. There is absolutely NO added sugar, they're just sweetened by the bananas. PLUS they're paleo-friendly, gluten/dairy/grain/soy and nut free! I love adding berries or chocolate chips into the batter OR eating them plain! Here is a link to the cassava flour I use (Otto's brand).
This bread is magic for so many reasons! First of all, it's yummy and easy to make. It's high protein, low carb, helps with a healthy gut AND it's free of chemicals and preservatives often found in store-bought bread. It also contains no yeast, dairy, wheat, or any grains and uses a few simple ingredients. I love eating it as toast, making it into sandwiches or even freezing half the batch for later.
Be warned now, these taste DANGEROUSLY close to real cookie dough, and thus are very addicting. However, lucky for you, they're super clean! They really need no other formal introduction other than that, they're basically protein and nutrient rich cinnamon cookie dough. What could be better?!
These are the perfect portable and clean snack to replace store-bought protein bars which can be full of sugar, chemicals and other processed junk. These contain only a few simple, wholesome ingredients and are great for on the go or satisfying that sweet tooth!
This lemon tahini dressing is DELISH and refreshing! Do you need another reason to make it? Plus it's nut-free and massaged into kale it's divine. Enough said, it's easy and keeps for a while in the fridge.
Sweet potatoes (when cooked right) are a great source of resistant starch. Resistant starch acts as a fiber and resists digestion in the small intestine which means it's less calories per gram than regular carbohydrates, it feeds your gut microflora (the good bacteria) and increases fiber intake! Also these waffles are SO yummy, full of real foods, and packed with protein without protein powder PLUS they sneak some zucchini in for extra veggie power not to mention they're 100% grain-free! You can order your own cassava flour here.
I call these balls "basic" in the MOST endearing way possible. They use only basic ingredients that you probably already have in the house, BUT they're not basic in terms of how delicious & nutritious they are. PLUS you can add a bunch of non-basic superfood ingredients if you like, to dress them up. But they're good just plain and simple.
These grain-free cookies are big, fluffy, satisfying and contain NO processed ingredients! So they're clean as can be! Plus added bonus - they fill you up with an extra boost of collagen protein. You KNOW you will want dessert, so why not make it healthy to boot!
I love finding creative ways to include vegetables in my smoothies (or smoothie bowls). Root veggies are some of my FAVORITE to include post-workout, since they get you those good, slow-release carbs to help your muscles recover and rebuild, they're super delicious, and most importantly CREAMY! See below guidelines, but feel free to make it your own.
As most of you know I don't encourage restriction for the sake of it, nor do I encourage diet labels. These waffles aren't healthy because they don't contain grains OR because they are paleo, they're healthy because they're packed with nutrients & real foods & are minimally processed. And they're delicious for all those same reasons, plus they're SUPER fluffy and pack in half a serving of veggies without really noticing - hooray! If you don't have a waffle maker I highly recommend you get one to make these. You can order your own cassava flour here.
Nothing too special about this broccoli recipe except that it is my FAVORITE and I make it almost every week. Simple to meal prep, lasts for a while, and SO rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, fiber, Vitamin B6 and more! You can mix up the spices or the fat to change the flavor to match whatever you're pairing it with.
I really try to avoid packaged snacks, especially protein bars, when possible. They're full of sugar and processed ingredients. This is why I try to make a batch of my own protein-dense snacks each week. I have trouble making things stay in bar form so I usually make a batch of energy balls. They're pre-portioned, portable, and I fill mine with nutrients! These turmeric ones have the medicinal, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting powers of turmeric, protein for healthy bones/joints/skin/hair from collagen, tons of healthy fats, and almost no carbs or sugar. Make a batch and let me know what you think!
I will NEVER get rid of my sweet tooth. So might as well invent some healthy desserts right? I love these dark chocolate almond butter cups because not only are dark chocolate and almond butter two of my favorite things on the planet, but that a hint of salt is the perfect balance to this dessert. I like to customize mine with different types of nut butter or "add ins" like quinoa crisps (think healthy rice crisps) for extra crunch and collagen peptides for extra health benefits. I have made them both mini or big, so this recipe is just approximations, and you can make it your own!