These muffins are made from the most wholesome ingredients and make the perfect breakfast or snack since they are definitely filling (in a good way). Moms, these are a perfect way to trick kids into eating vegetables (since you don't taste the zucchini)! Not to mention that they're paleo-friendly, gluten and dairy free and contain no refined sugar. They're loaded with fiber, vitamins and protein AND if you top them with goji berries like I did, you can add an extra bit of protein and superfood power!
If you have a ripe banana you must make this nourishing and scrumptious breakfast. Since I work out in the mornings (usually) I like to prep it all ahead of time, workout, then pop it in the oven while I shower. It seems like a long wait for a breakfast to cook but it is SO worth it! No added sweetener except the banana so it's good for your blood sugar, PLUS the bananas are high in potassium, the chia seeds give you those super important omega-3s, oats provide fiber and keep you full. Comes out tasting like banana cake! My favorite topping is nut butter (duh) but it's great plan as well!
Mug cakes are amazing because when you're craving a cake, you have a single-serve cake in a matter of minutes! Then, you can eat the entire thing, and still feel great after (not bloated or guilty) and fill your body with nourishing foods! This chocolate mug cake is perfect to satisfy your chocolate craving at breakfast, for dessert, or as a snack! It's grain, dairy and gluten free and packed with protein!
Cauliflower rice is such a versatile side dish! Not to mention it can be cooked into oatmeal and other breakfasts to get your morning veggies and you won't even notice (but that's a separate post). It's so easy and can reduce the carb and calorie load of any meal while still giving you the hearty satisfaction you get from eating rice or another grain! I like to season mine with turmeric, it has a great flavor and reduces inflammation in the body.
Zucchini + Noodle = Zoodle (for those who are unfamiliar). They are my FAVORITE way to make an easy, lean dinner taste comforting. You must first own some kind of spiralizer (to make the noodles), however, you can find these for under $20 at Amazon.com or Bed Bath & Beyond, you really don't need anything fancy. The zucchini fills you up at only about 30 calories per zucchini (vs. a serving of whole wheat pasta at around 190). Plus it is a great source of calcium and potassium. I love zoodles for lunch or dinner and they store pretty well if you want to pre-make them and keep them in the fridge.
These little bites are loaded with protein, and the cacao gives them tons of magnesium, iron and antioxidants and low on sugar. These use dried mulberries, which are about 1/10th the sugar of dates and contain tons of phytochemicals themselves - including iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, and plenty of dietary fiber. Now to the important part - they taste like little bites of fudge with bursts of crunch inside. Satisfy your sweet tooth here without the guilt.
For those who don't know, pitaya is dragon fruit. I use "Pitaya Plus" packets (they come frozen) since pitaya is a super fruit indigenous to South America ... so unfortunately I can't find them locally in Michigan. These packets are organic, non-GMO and only contain one ingredient and are easy to pop in the blender to still get the same great health and taste benefits. Pitaya is low in sugar AND a great source of:
So blend away! Below are some suggestions of different combinations I've done with my bowls - some may sound strange, but be adventurous and give them a try! Get creative and let me know if you mix up any amazing creations!
You can definitely switch out the berry in this jam and use raspberries or strawberries. I love it because it's quick and unprocessed and perfect on some Ezekiel toast for peanut butter or almond butter and jelly!
I find I often have half used cans of pumpkin in my kitchen... not sure if that's just me but most recipes don't call for the entire can. I created this recipe to use up the rest and it is a pumpkin peanut butter party in your mouth! For people with kids who won't eat vegetables but will eat peanut butter, this is a great way to disguise some of those veggie vitamins!
If you love almond butter even half, or a quarter or an eighth as much as I do you will LOVE this dressing. It's great on salads, buddha bowls, "zoodles", any type of cooked or raw vegetable, plain chicken/fish etc. the list goes on! It's full of healthy fats and Vitamin E from the almond butter, no sweetener, has anti-inflammatory properties from the ginger, is low in sodium and has omega 3 fatty acids from the flax seeds.
Hemp hearts are the center of the hemp seed and are full of raw nutrition. You may have heard them talked about but WHY are they so good for you? They contain all the essential amino acids (building blocks of protein) and essential fatty acids and tons of other vitamins and minerals. AKA why they got labeled a superfood. These little cookies also have another superfood friend - goji berries - which are low on sugar, high on protein and antioxidants. I mean come on, protein from a berry, that's super! Anyways you won't be disappointed by these cookies - they barely have any added sugar and are loaded with nutrients so they make the perfect snack or dessert (or smoothie topper!)
The inspiration from this recipe was from in it 4 the long run blog. I just increased the protein and reduced the sugar a bit, still came out super yummy! Thanks girl!