Cook-Free

No-fuss Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Although I love to cook, I’m really all about those simple but satisfying and flavorful recipes. This is definitely one of them. You don’t have to turn on the oven, it uses minimal ingredients but it’s tasty AF! I love using Tonnino tuna filets because a) it tastes amazing b) it’s low mercury c) it’s wild-caught d) it’s dolphin safe e) the “flavored” ones use such quality ingredients! Like the oregano flavor I used here just has tuna, quality olive oil, water, sea salt, oregano and oregano oil and it takes the work of seasoning out for me. Anyways, this recipe is amazing on crackers, toast (like my magic bread), by itself or on a bed of greens.

Cocoa Cashew No Bake Energy Bites

These energy bites seriously hit the spot… they’re fudgey and chocolatey and don’t require baking (hello summer is coming and I’m pregnant so oven-free will be KEY!). They have minimal sugar (and it’s coming from nutrient-dense sources like raw honey) plus they are packed with all my other faves - fiber, protein, healthy fats! They also have superfoods like cacao which is rich in magnesium, a mineral many Americans are deficient in. I used Thera Treats CBD dark chocolate in this because not only is it super high quality soy-free, organic dark chocolate but it has healing properties. CBD can help with pain management, anxiety, relaxation, sleep and more! You can use code CPRESS on your own CBD treats from their website if you want.

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.

Avocado Hemp Seed Pesto

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This pesto is LOADED with healthy fats and is creamy and delicious to boot. The avocados and olive oil both provide those Mediterranean monounsaturated fats while the hemp seeds provide essential, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. The hemp seeds are also a great plant-based source of protein (one of the few providing all 9 essential amino acids). So this recipe is doing all sorts of good for you! It’s also super decadent tasting and delicious on so many different foods (suggestions below). Bonus, it takes under 10 minutes start to finish!

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.

Cherry Chia Jam

The peanut butter (or almond butter) and jelly classic combo truly never goes out of style in my opinion. However, some store-bought jellies can be full of extra, unnecessary ingredients that aren’t so great for you (refined or fake sugars, inflammatory oils etc.) This EASY 2 minute recipe makes a good sized batch of healthy jam that can be used in so many ways. By pairing the fruit with chia seeds, you achieve my “magic 4” of blood sugar stabilizing foods (protein, fat, fiber and phytonutrients). The cherries have fiber and phytonutrients and the chia seeds have protein, fat and fiber so this will leave you or your little ones feeling full and satiated not cranky and hungry. Bonus is that you get some gut-healthy apple cider vinegar snuck in with your PB&J!

I used “Seal the Seasons” frozen cherries for this recipe but you could also try it with another frozen fruit. I love Seal the Seasons since they source locally grown produce and freeze it at the peak of freshness and are available all over the country! They strive to make quality frozen produce affordable and available to the masses, and that is something I can get behind!

Cherry Chia Jam

Sweet Beet Dip

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. 

Sweet Beet Dip

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Raw Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites

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?!

Basic B***H Balls

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.

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.

Tsquared Sauce

This turmeric tahini (TT AKA T squared) dressing is a great way to add flavor to any dish. It's full of healthy fats, nut-free, and has anti-inflammatory turmeric!

Turmeric Super Seed Bites

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!

Sea Salt Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

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!

Berry Beet-y Bliss Balls

Beets have SO many health benefits. They are full of nitrates, which means they help our blood carry more oxygen. More oxygen means we have improved cardiovascular endurance! Plus they help our mitochondria grow. Mitochondria are the "powerhouses" of our cells so this means more energy AND improved metabolism. Not to mention they are rich in immune-boosting vitamin C, potassium (for nerve and muscle function), manganese (for bones, liver, kidney AND metabolism). The list goes on... long story short, make these beet berry balls!

Raw Cookie Dough Bites

These bite-sized snacks will have you feeling like you're eating raw cookie dough! But you won't get salmonella AND they're super healthy for you - win win :) Made with chickpeas, nut butter, a bit of protein and cacao nibs for that superfood power, they're simple, healthy & delicious.

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)

Matcha Balls

Matcha has SO many health benefits. The caffeine gives us an energy boost, the antioxidants help reduce inflammation and support our immune system, a special component of it called ECG helps boost our metabolism and speed up our calorie burning and help to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, a special amino acid in matcha also helps increase alertness and cognitive function. So basically if we eat matcha we will be more alert, feel  better, be smarter and burn more calories... and who doesn't want all those things! So you better get rolling on these balls :) P.S. they are super low carb and sugar and full of protein and healthy fats!

Turmeric Ginger Recovery Zoats

The superfood combination of turmeric and ginger in these oats work their superpowers on your body to help you recover from those tough workouts! The zucchini just adds some extra nutrients & a fluff factor & you really don't taste it so it's a great way to sneak in veggies (which ALSO help your body recover from workouts!) So try these turmeric ginger recovery zoats... it's easy to mix up a bunch of batches for #mealprep and eat them all week :)

Cashew Maca Cookie Clusters

Maca is a superfood that among many other important things, helps to balance our hormones! And hormones rule the body, so I'd say we want to keep those balanced.  The taste of these little energy bites reminds me of snow ball cookies (if you have ever had those) because the cashews give them a creamy yet crunchy texture. These are also low carb and packed with protein and involve ZERO cooking, hooray! So keep those hormones in check and nosh on these.

Vegan Cashew Pesto

This pesto is dairy-free and delicious. So easy to whip up a batch and eat it in all different ways.  I love to put it on "zoodles" but it is also great on any pasta (my favorite is chickpea), toast or even as a dip for raw vegetables!