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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie Bowl Healthy Recipe

I am a little late to the smoothie bowl party. For a long while, I saw all sorts of LG Sisters enjoying their smoothies in a bowl, but I didn’t think it way my style. Smoothies are my quick and easy go-to in the morning; I blend and then I enjoy it while getting ready or in the car… rarely do I sit down to eat my smoothie.

However, one of my 2017 resolutions (wow, remember setting New Years goals lol) was to be more intentional with meals: sit down, enjoy the meal not just rush through it.

Last week, I decided to try a smoothie bowl, sitting at the table and eating it with a spoon. I was surprised by how much I liked the switch up. Call me crazy but I swear it tastes different in a bowl haha. What do you think? Are you a fan of the smoothie bowl idea?! Either way, this one tastes great in a bowl of a cup!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Pour into 2 bowls and sprinkle with a few oats and blueberries. Enjoy with a spoon.

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HEALTHY YOGURT TOAST RECIPE

If you haven’t had yogurt toast before, you’re in for a real treat with this one! PB Toast has been one of my breakfast staples for as long as I can remember… I’ve been eating it for so long that I can recall my mom making it for me day after day before I headed off to school as a youngster lol. Anyways, I’ve always been a toast in the AM type of gal.

 I’m also sure to include protein with my toast. To share another something about my mom… she was huge on us having protein for “brain power” before school haha. I guess that stuck with me. I’ll do a protein shake, eggs or greek yogurt with my toast, which is what made me think to top my toast with… yogurt!

It then evolved into adding chopped fruit, shredded coconut and chocolate because why the heck not haha.

This is just a personal little goal of mine… I’ve also been trying to add in extra beneficial foods like flax to my smoothies or in this recipe, I added acai powder. If you want to stretch yourself to try it too, go ahead! But, this recipe is still great without it!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup blueberry or flavored Greek yogurt

2 tsp acai powder

2 slices Ezekiel bread (or bread of choice)

1/2 cup chopped strawberries

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and acai powder

Toast bread lightly. Spread yogurt mixture between slices.

Top with strawberries, chocolate and coconut.

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HEALTHY PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE

Is it just me, or are the
days actually getting shorter?! As we head into the holidays, I’m constantly
feeling that my spare time is scarcer. You too?? I think it’s why so many women
struggle to stay healthy over the holidays. But, not us!!
Today’s recipe was inspired
by a lack of time and a love of fall foods ((if you can’t tell already how much
I enjoy pumpkin everything))
Last week, I posted a Sweet Potato & Squash Soup Recipe and I included in it ginger for it’s laundry list of health
benefits. So, I was looking for what I could incorporate into this meal. Thanks
to it’s lovely pumpkin orange color…tumeric took the vote!
Health Benefits of Tumeric:
REDUCES INFLAMMATION –
tumeric’s main ingredient is curcumin, which has been used in India for
thousands of years as a medicinal herb as an anti-inflammatory treatment
MOOD ENHANCEMENT – some
studies have shown tumeric helping in the treatment of depression, linking it
to boosting brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels ((low BNDF levels are
linked to depression)) & some studies have cited curcumin can boost
serotonin and dopamine levels
SKIN IMPROVEMENT – tumeric may
help improve some skin conditions like acne
DIGESTION – gas and bloating
can often be controlled with tumeric
^^I’m down!!!
These overnight oats come
together in just minutes, so you can grab it and go first thing in the morning!
Or even anytime during the day!!
Don’t you just love easy
meals?! Plus, with this one, there’s some room to add in other things you
love….sliced almonds, peanut butter, or chopped pistachios ((what I did))
Ingredients:
½ cup (gluten-free)
old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup unsweetened vanilla
almond milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon kosher salt
*Recipe makes 1 serving

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Instructions:
Mix together the oats,
almond milk, puree, yogurt, turmeric and salt in a medium bowl.
Refrigerator overnight.
Enjoy at room temperature,
or heat briefly in a microwave to desired temperature.
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HEALTHY PUMPKIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

 Two things I love when it
comes to a meal: flavor & fast. It’s why I love making smoothies. And this
one is another special seasonal recipe because doesn’t fall mean pumpkin
everything?!
Consider this a little bit
of a blank canvas. Do you like cinnamon? Add some in. Do you want some berries?
Add some blueberries in. Are you craving some greens?  Add a handful of baby spinach like I did.
It’s delicious.
The other wonderful thing
about this smoothie… the color matches the beautiful fall landscape!
Ingredients:
1/4 cup plain, nonfat Greek
yogurt
1/4 cup chilled pumpkin
puree
1/4 cup baby spinach
((veggies, why not :))
1/2 ripe banana
¼ tsp vanilla extract
½ teaspoon allspice
1 cup unsweetened almond
milk
½ cup ice
1 scoop vanilla protein
powder
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Instructions:
Combine all the ingredients
in a blender with some ice. Blend until smooth.
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HEALTHY PUMPKIN PROTEIN BAR RECIPE

It’s fall! It’s finally
fall! I grew up in the Midwest, so fall to me, means pumpkin everything. I love
to decorate with pumpkins and I love to cook with pumpkins. Using seasonal
ingredients, like pumpkin are a great way to keep your meals feeling fresh and
new as well as keeping them budget-friendly!
I don’t know about you, but
I have a difficult time finding a protein bar that serves as a complete meal
replacement. My ideal protein bar would not only have protein, but also a
source of fat and carbohydrates to complete the meal and to fit the Eat Your
Way Lean guidelines.
Well, when you can’t find
it….create it 🙂
These Healthy Pumpkin
Protein Bars are going to be my go-to all fall long for meals that I eat
outside of my home or when I’m short on time…I hope you love them just as much
as I do!
Ingredients:
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 large organic eggs
1 ½ cups gluten-free oats
½ cup raisins, roughly
chopped
½ cup vanilla protein powder
¼ cup pecans, roughly
chopped
¼ cup organic maple syrup
1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
*Recipe makes 9 bars (1
serving = 1 bar)
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Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350
degrees.
Whisk the eggs in a medium
bowl. Then, combine the eggs with the pumpkin, and add the rest of the
ingredients. Stir very well to mix.
Place a piece of parchment
in a 9×9 baking dish. Spoon the pumpkin mixture into the dish, and level with a
spatula.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or
until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let the pan cool on a drying
rack.
After 20 minutes remove the
parchment from the baking dish and let the bar mixture cool completely before
cutting. Cut into 9 bars.
These bars last for about 1
week if stored in a plastic container in the refrigerator!

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HEALTHY HASH BROWN, DAIRY-FREE QUICHE RECIPE

 

When I first came up with this idea, I was going to make a quiche in a pie pan as it normally is. But then it dawned on me,
how adorable these would be as mini-quiches?!

 
Mini-quiches it is! And, they’re so practical for a meal prep!
 
These are perfect to reheat when you’re running out the door. They’re so cute that they make me want to host a fancy little brunch to serve these on a platter. They can be easily doubled or tripled.
 
They’re a little spicy from the cayenne, but if you don’t like heat – feel free to leave that out.
 
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup shredded frozen
potatoes
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground
black pepper
2 large organic eggs
½ cup almond milk
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack ((or dairy free cheese alternative – Trader Joes & Whole Foods have great options))
½ cup cherry
tomatoes, quartered
½ small red
onion, diced
2 tablespoons
chopped cilantro
¼-½ teaspoon
cayenne
 
*Recipe makes 6 mini-quiches (1 serving = 6)
 
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Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
 
Grease the mini-muffin tins with olive oil. ((If you want, you can use a regular muffin tin and size it down to 3 muffins))
 
Place potatoes in a small microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on low for 1 minute. You just want to get the chill off them.
 
Add the salt and pepper, and stir well.
 
Press the potatoes into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin tins. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
 
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and almond milk. Add the cheese, tomatoes, onion, cilantro and cayenne (you could use other veggies and seasonings to switch up this recipe).
 
Divide the mixture between the tins. Return the muffin tin to the oven and cook until the eggs are set, about 25 minutes. They’re done when you insert a toothpick into them and it comes out clean.
 
Let cool for a couple of minutes before removing from the tins.

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HEALTHY GRAB & GO EGG MUFFIN RECIPE

So many of you have been asking for more grab and go food options. Breakfast is almost always a meal I eat on the fly as I’m sure it is for you too! Still, it’s so important that meal 1 aligns with the Eat Your Way Lean guidelines to give you energy and keep you craving-free all day long!

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These little egg muffins are
filled with protein from the eggs and ricotta, and radiate color because they’re loaded
with summer tomatoes. It’s just an added bonus that these couldn’t be
easier to make, and they’re incredibly delicious!

I made them with rosemary,
but use whatever herbs you really enjoy.

Just whip them up, bake
them, and refrigerate until ready to reheat on your way out the door, so you can start the day with flavor
and convenience! ((No fast food restaurants required :))

PS – I’m also a huge fan of “breakfast” for dinner and these muffins are perfect for any time of the day!



Ingredients:
6 large eggs (preferably
organic)
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
½ cup whole milk ricotta
1 tablespoon rosemary,
roughly chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt salt
½ teaspoon white or black
pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil 

*Recipe makes 6 muffins

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Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk the
eggs and milk together. Add the ricotta, tomatoes,
rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.

Grease 6 muffin tins with
olive oil. Then, pour the batter ¾ of the way up
of each muffin cup.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until
golden brown and cooked through.

Let cool and refrigerate.To reheat, microwave for 1 ½
minutes on high.

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