It's here! I know, you've been waiting so patiently for this recipe and all that waiting has finally paid off. The protein waffle is a gift tossed down from heaven. It's fluffy on the inside, yet crisps up & holds its own on the outside. It's sweet, but packs a nutritional punch. It's decadent AND guilt free. HELLO, I'LL TAKE ONE AND ONE MORE AND MAYBE ONE MORE AFTER THAT!Read More
It's Valentine's Week in my house.
Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year so to ensure I get in all my Valentines Day lovin' I'm spreading the day out and approaching the week with a sort of "treat yo' self" mentality. That being said, I don't go too crazy and pig out all week either. It's all about balance.Read More
Well isn't this the cutest take on a fruit & yogurt parfait you've ever seen? Homemade jam, cinnamon studded greek yogurt, & fresh fruit in a fun & crunchy cup...Read More
Everybody loves a good smoothie and this strawberry quinoa treat is no exception. It's naturally protein packed and made from wholesome ingredients. It'll satisfy a sweet tooth without undoing any hard work you put into eating healthy. Actually, this smoothie would be perfect post workout as a recovery shake thanks to its greek yogurt, hearty whole grains, and antioxidant packed berries. Want an extra boost of flavor? Replace half the strawberries in the recipe with raspberries! Mmmmmmmmm, yes.
It's also the perfect pink for valentine's day which means it's the perfect treat to make for your sweetheart. Whether you're into giving the gift of post wod gains, everyday health, or a special sweet treat, this smoothie will cover all your bases.
Strawberry Quinoa Smoothie
KID FRIENDLY & COMES TOGETHER IN 15 MINS OR LESS!
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 1/4 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
- 1 splash vanilla extract
- 2 ice cubes
If quinoa is not already cooked, place uncooked quinoa and water into a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cover and let cook until all the water has absorbed (5 mins).
Add quinoa, milk, yogurt, berries, vanilla, & ice cubes to a high powdered blender. Blitz everything together until smooth. If your smoothie is too thick, add a splash of milk & blitz again until desired consistency is achieved. Pour into a glass & sip.
* The strawberries in this recipe can easily be replaced with your favorite berry. I personally love raspberries & blackberries here. The quinoa can also be replaced with oats, but won't contribute quite the same nutritional punch. Happy snacking!
- Adapted from myfussyeater.com (aka even the pickiest of eaters will love this one!)
It's really hard to find healthy store bought jams & jellies. Like, really hard. They've all got fillers and loads of added sugar. Honestly, I sometimes even question the integrity of the fruit used. That being said, I'm a jam girl. I love some jelly spread on my pancakes, swirled into a cake, or sandwiched between some peanut butter & bread. I can make healthy versions of all those other things, but I struggled with the jam... until now!Read More
Sometimes you have no idea you're in the midst of greatness. By greatness I'm referring to an amazingly successful recipe and by no idea you're in the midst of it, I mean I didn't realize I should have been documenting until after I stuffed one of these in my mouth. Luckily, these muffins were a take on an old favorite of mine: the sweet potato blender muffin.Read More
Blueberry pancakes are such a feel good food. They can slow a weekend morning to the perfect lazy day pace or add a glimmer of hope to an ominously jam packed work day. My favorite kind of pancakes are of the blueberry banana variety and are sturdy enough to be made on a weekend and hold up on trips to work during the week.Read More
Mmmmm pancakes. They're the one fluffy breakfast comfort food that just can not be overlooked. Other breakfast treats I could pass on. A scone? No thanks. A croissant? I'm good. I'd even pass on waffles as long as they weren't covered in fruit & ice cream... but pancakes, no way no how.Read More
Today I'm coming in hot with a quinoa granola bar recipe that'll knock your socks off! That is, if you're wearing any. They're sweet, nutty bars made from oats & quinoa (which you don't even have to cook first!). Great as a snack or a healthy sub for all those Christmas cookies you probably have or will have lying around the house this week!
Quinoa Granola Bars
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used tri-colored)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds (half whole, half chopped)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup flax seeds (or a handful chia seeds)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
- sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large saute pan, toast the oats and quinoa over medium high heat until fragrant. Remove and combine with cashews, almonds, coconut flakes, dried fruit, and flax seeds in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, heat and stir the honey, agave, coconut oil, and nut butter until hot & melted. Pour over quinoa and oat mix in the large bowl and fold to combine.
Line a 9x13 or 8x8 baking dish with parchement paper (depending on how thick you want your bars; I used 8x8 to get a thicker bar). Pour mix into pan and flatten with the back of a spoon or spatula. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden and the edges are toasted. Sprinkle top with sea salt & allow to cool at room temp for 15 minutes. Place in the refrigerator and let cool for another 20-30 minutes before slicing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Let's keep things rolling right along with another smoothie for today's 25 Days of Snacks recipe! This one is a little different than the last. My Carrot Cake Smoothie is sweet, thick, & creamy. It reminds me of a big ol' hunk of carrot cake and who wouldn't want their smoothie to be reminiscent of dessert?Read More