Breakfasts

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)

Hemp Heart "Proat" Muffins

Hemp hearts are the center and most nutrient-dense part of the hemp seed.  These muffins pack an extra punch of protein from the hemp seeds sprinkled on top, the greek yogurt inside and the eggs.  They are a perfect, filling AND portable breakfast or snack that won't leave you wanting more. You can customize them with "mix-ins" of your choice as well but I prefer mine plain with some Siggi's yogurt or almond butter on top.

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 :)

Clean Lean Chocolate Pancakes

These pancakes just require one bowl to make, so they are easy enough for busy weekday mornings. However, they are decadent enough to feel like you are indulging in a scrumptious weekend brunch. They're clean and lean just like the name and full of magnesium from the cacao (so they help regulate metabolism, blood sugar and keep your bones strong!)

Classically Clean Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes are a classic breakfast staple. However, these ones are clean as can be, so go ahead and eat a whole stack!

Classically Clean Banana Pancakes

Pr"OAT"ein Banana Bread

Depending on how small you cut up this recipe, it makes a perfect home made protein bar OR a hearty & filling but low carb/high protein/high fiber breakfast.  Gives you that same satisfaction of banana bread but will fill you up and fuel you up.

Golden Chia Pudding

This golden chia pudding is can seriously work wonders on your body.  The turmeric and ginger work double time to reduce inflammation and muscle soreness and boost muscle recovery.  Best part is, there are only 5 ingredients (including the spices) and it takes 2 minutes to mix up!

BBBW (Big Banana Belgian Waffle)

This protein waffle will keep you full without the guilt.  It's big and fluffy and sweetened with banana.  It does not even require any maple syrup.  I think it's best topped with more banana, a glob of peanut butter and some greek yogurt ... but you can experiment for yourself.  You can add fun mix ins like chocolate chips or frozen blueberries. These are also GF/DF/paleo friendly :)

Pumpkin Oats 3 Ways

I love pumpkin and I love oats. So the combination can't be beat.  Which is why I have 3 different ways to prepare this delicious combination.  Pick your favorite below!

Secret Cauliflower Oatmeal

Cauliflower gets a bad rep because it's a white vegetable - and people always say white vegetables have less nutritional value - however, this is totally not true.  The insoles in cauliflower are anti-inflammatory, the sulfur can help prevent/fight cancer, and a serving has almost all your daily Vitamin C needs which boosts immunity! So why not add them to your oats and bulk up your breakfast without bulking on the calories or the lbs.  Trust me - you barely taste them (which is why I call this SECRET cauliflower oatmeal) plus you get tons of vitamins and minerals in first thing in the morning!

ZOATS

Zucchini oats might sound strange but you don't taste the zucchini at all and it bulks up your oats without adding tons of sugar or calories.  You stay full longer plus get your morning nutrients in.  I have a few variations of zoats, but they all have the same general principle.  They're good cold or heated.  Be adventurous and try them out.

Zucchini Banana Almond Butter Power Muffins

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!

Sweet Baked Banana Chia Oats

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! 

Guilt-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

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!

Pumpkin Banana Pancakes

This recipe doesn't need much description, it's enticing enough. Pumpkin + banana + pancakes = heaven.  Make it!

Pretty Pitaya Bowls

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:

  • Magnesium

  • Iron

  • Vitamin C

  • Antioxidants

  • Vitamin B2

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!

Green Smoothie Guidelines

People often assume drinking something green makes it healthy - WRONG! However, I am putting together some of my favorite green smoothie combinations that are actually pretty healthy AND taste good for you to experiment with below.  They can be eaten as a breakfast, snack, smoothie bowl - you just need to alter the quantities and proportion of liquid to solid.

Spinach Waffles

Spinach waffles are a delicious breakfast, lunch or even brinner (when you eat breakfast for dinner - for all you novices out there) ANDthe perfect way to disguise the taste of spinach for picky eaters!  Build strong muscles and bones with these protein, fiber, and nutrient packed, low carb, gluten-free waffles! Heat up that waffle iron, what are you waiting for!?

Bloothies

I do a bunch of variations of the blue smoothie (AKA "bloothie") mix it up and make it your own, see my suggestions below!

Why eat (drink) blueberries? You may have heard that blueberries are full of antioxidants, but what does this really do for us? The antioxidant flavonoids in blueberries protect against UV damage, boost skin elasticity, and can slow memory impairments from aging.

The Bloothie