Breakfasts

Lemon Chia Seed Quinoa Bars

I have loved lemon poppyseed muffins since I was a kid, and this recipe is a more nutrient-dense twist on that. There are so many ingredients adding protein and fiber that they are really filling and give you long sustained energy while satisfying that ever-so sweet tooth. The bars are sweetened with raw honey, which, adds even more minerals to the mix! They make a great breakfast or snack on the go.

Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding

This recipe is stupid easy. You’ll do it once and be like “that was it?” … which, is one of the many reasons I love it so much. It’s also great for meal prep since it’s easy to make ahead, very portable, and lasts most of the week. This creamy coconut chia pudding can be eaten as a breakfast, snack, or even a topping for another food (ahem waffles and pancakes!) Bonus, it is completely free of processed ingredients and is full of healthy fats, fiber and protein to keep you full for a long while! Can’t wait to hear what your favorite toppings are.

Honey Beet Muffins

Get it it… honey beet like honey bee… ok never mind, I thought it was clever. Anyways, the honey and the beets go together perfectly in these muffins! They really compliment each other’s flavors. There isn’t too much honey, so they aren’t super sweet, but that makes them the perfect blood-sugar-balancing snack for any time of day! And they sneak in a serving of veggies, which is always welcomed! The amazing thing about beets is that they help our blood carry nitrates around our body, which means better oxygen flow, which means better heart health and cardiovascular function overall! That’s a win if you ask me. I used Cece’s Veggie Co beet noodles to take an extra step out of the process, plus they’re organic. You can find them near you here. Now for the muffins…

Cardio Collagen "Zoats"

You may be thinking - what are “zoats”? Zucchini oats of course! The beautiful thing about these is that they are a great way to sneak in veggies without having to taste them. The zucchini just makes the oats fluffier, more voluminous and filling without adding a veggie flavor. It also adds fiber, vitamins and minerals! The oats take on the flavor of whatever you add to them or, if left plain, just taste like plain oats (which, is never a bad thing).

I love adding the Resync collagen blend to my “zoats” not only for the berry flavor but for all the health benefits. Collagen adds protein, supports joints and connective tissue, strengthens gut lining, reduces wrinkles in skin and so much more. And the unique Resync blend (which has been third party tested) contains red spinach, aronia berry and beet extract to improve blood flow and cardiovascular function, prevent oxidative damage, promote restful sleep and more! Hence why these are called “cardio” collagen zoats.

Mini Chocolate Coconut Happy Muffins

You might be thinking, why are these happy muffins? First of all - how can anything mini, chocolate and coconut not make you happy? Second of all - I added “Pretty Mushrooms” bliss blend (no it doesn’t taste like mushrooms). This blend contains medicinal mushrooms which are different than the creminis or shiitakes you buy at the store. These mushrooms are adaptogens, which, means they help our bodies adapt to and combat certain stressors and imbalances. This particular bliss blend contains reishi (which is known for relaxation), cacao (which contains magnesium that also helps with relaxation and tons of antioxidants), eleuthero root (which is known for mood boosting and relaxation) and ashwagandha (which is known to help combat stress). Winning combo if you ask me. Now to this recipe - it’s paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free but not at all flavor free. And I love the mini size for when you just want something small and sweet or you can have a bunch at once for a filling snack.

Veggie Noodle & Feta Frittata

Frittatas are one of my favorite items to meal prep (or just cook in general). They are a great all in one meal (they have protein from the eggs, healthy fats also from the eggs and in this one the feta, and fiber and phytonutrients too AKA veggies). Plus, they’re super versatile - they can be breakfast, snack, lunch, “brinner” and they generally stay pretty fresh most of the week. Oh and they’re delicious! This recipe uses Cece’s Veggie Co pre-made organic veggie noodles to make it EVEN easier to make. You can find some Cece’s near you here.

Blueberry Banana Bread

This banana bread is sweetened ONLY by the blueberries and bananas, and it has the most divine texture! It’s completely gluten, grain, dairy and added sugar free but not flavor-free at all! It’s been a huge hit with everyone I’ve let taste test. I like using the Patience fruit organic dried blueberries since the dried blueberries help the bread stay together better than fresh blueberries and they’re organic and sweetened only with apple juice. You could add other “mix ins” to the recipe too if you like (nuts, chocolate, seeds, you name it!)

Orange Cranberry Bread

The orange juice in this bread adds a touch of sweetness, and makes it so moist, plus the citrus and cranberry together give off all the winter vibes! There is no other sugar sweetening the bread so it’s great for long, sustained energy. Plus the almond and coconut flour add healthy fats and fiber! I love this bread for a breakfast or a snack, either plain or with yogurt and or nut butter on top.

Orange Cranberry Bread

Banana Flax Waffles

I am obsessed with waffles. There, I said it, I LOVE WAFFLES! This is one of my favorite recipes to make a big batch of on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy for brunch, then have extras to pop in the toaster oven for a super easy breakfast during the week. These also freeze well (wrap them tightly in ceran wrap) and can be popped in the toaster oven right from the freezer too. I like to let the banana do the sweetening, but if you want a sweeter waffle you could add a bit of maple syrup or honey to the batter or just drizzle it on top.

Granola Stuffed Banana Bread Cookies

Honestly, the overly long name of this recipe really says it all. These cookies combine all the best things - banana bread, granola, and cookies. I mean what more could you ask for? Bonus is that they are only sweetened by the banana, and have healthy fats, fiber and protein to keep you full. So these are a great sweet treat or energizing snack! Whenever I have ripe bananas I like to make a batch for snacking on the go.

Beet Cranberry Scones

This recipe will also get you in the holiday spirit but you can totally replace the cranberries for something else and make this any time of year! I love adding the SuperBeets beet collagen to these because beets have so many health benefits including helping to support a healthy cardiovascular system. And collagen is essential for helping to support things like healthy skin. The texture of these is more “cakey” thank a traditional scone (less crumbly) but they’re a delicious breakfast or tea time snack regardless! Here is a link to get your own SuperBeets beet collagen so you can make your own! These are paleo-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and refined-sugar free.

Cinnamon Cassava Muffins

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.

Pumpkin Cloud Paleo Muffins

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!

Pumpkin Cloud Paleo Muffins

You can buy your own collagen on Amazon here.

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Cauliflower "No'Oats"

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.

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Banana Paleo Pro-nuts

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).

Shortbread Cookie Protein Bars

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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!

Fluffiest Sweet Potato Waffles

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.

Root Veggie Smoothie

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.

Banana Zucchini (Paleo & Grain-free) Waffles

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.

Simple Chia Pudding

If you like the thick texture of rice pudding - but want something a WEE BIT healthier then this recipe is for you! It's thick and creamy and so easy to make. It's loaded with protein and healthy fatty acids (omega 3s) and is low carb! Perfect snack or breakfast or as a "parfait". Plus SO easy to make! (Added bonus - it's vegan/paleo/whole30 and gluten/dairy-free)