Jul
24

These pumpkin chocolate chip protein oat muffins are absolutely delicious! They’re made with a scoop of protein powder and greek yogurt to provide extra protein. Plus no refined sugars added and they’re gluten free!

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Jul
14

Zucchini season is HERE because my Pinterest feed told me so. I even made a board devoted to all things zucchini (shameless plug so you can follow me!).

If you’re thinking that you would never put zucchini in a baked good, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone because these muffins are MIND-BLOWING and full of chocolate love with zero zucchini taste.

I love when vegetables can taste like chocolate, don’t you?

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May
14

 A delicious smoothie made with wild blueberries, banana, almond milk and spinach for a nutritional boost. Finished with a sprinkle of chia seeds for a healthy dose of omega-3.

A blueberry power smoothie packed with wild blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond milk, spinach and chia seeds. The perfect pick me up or breakfast! Hello. Let me proceed to tell you about how weird I am.

Last night I had this out of control craving for broccoli after my workout. Just steamed broccoli with sea salt and pepper. Quite ridiculous really, but I absolutely had to have it. So off to Target I went. Except you know when you walk into Target, it’s not like you’re walking right out. Nope, you’re going to be there for at least an hour filling your cart with things you never knew you needed. Classic example: Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish. They basically taste like sweetened little animal cracker cookies. And if you’ve been here a while, you know how I LOVE animal crackers (especially frosted). Oh and also, coconut milk conditioner. YUM.

I finally managed to leave Target with two bags full. By the time I got home I WAS STARVING. Do you ever get to the point where you’re so hungry that you can’t even think? I thought about breaking open a jar of peanut butter in my car on the ride home, but knew that wouldn’t lead to anything good.

Once home, I basically destroyed an entire bag of steamed broccoli for dinner. Obviously that filled me up, but only for one episode of The Vampire Diaries, so of course I had to make something else. Since I’ve been really trying to clean up my diet (minus the goldfish), I opted for one of my favorite power smoothies.

 Wild Blueberry Banana Spinach Power Smoothie

Lately I’ve been really into blueberries in just about anything. WILD blueberries to be exact. I like the name and I like the flavor. In fact I kinda feel like Tarzan after eating them.

Really though, they’re SO much better then the conventional ones. I usually purchase mine from Trader Joe’s, but if you can’t find them there, opt for organic blueberries. I promise you’ll notice the flavor difference.

A power smoothie packed with wild blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond milk, spinach and chia seeds. The perfect pick me up or breakfast!

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May
05

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes - fluffy & tender pancakes!

Mother’s day is right around the corner. Each and every day I thank God how lucky I am to have a Mother who is kind, selfless, caring, and encouraging.

My mom lifts me up when I’m down, encourages me to always be the best person I can be, and absolutely loves me unconditionally. After my father passed away several years ago, my mom and I became inseparable. I’ve learned to keep the people you love close, let the little things go, and be appreciative of what you have.

Giving back to Mothers is such a hard thing to do. How can you give someone something who has given you everything? You really can’t. But making her pancakes is pretty close. They’re made with love after all.

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes - fluffy & tender pancakes!

These pancakes are incredibly fluffy, moist, and absolutely melt in your mouth. And there’s actually TWO secret ingredients that keep them light, fluffy and tender:

Buttermilk: The tang and richness it brings to baked goods is undeniable. I promise you’ll notice the difference. It’s slightly acidic and so when mixed with baking powder, it will allow the pancakes to rise and keep them from breaking down. The result is a tender fluffy pancake that will leave you speechless – promise.

Greek Yogurt: Adding greek yogurt to pancakes makes them the holy grail of breakfasts, I swear. It helps to thicken up the batter, but still leaves you with the lightest pancake. Pretty magical.

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes - fluffy & tender pancakes!

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Apr
28

Healthy breakfast burritos stuffed with sweet potatoes, black beans, egg whites, and avocado. You’re going to love this protein-packed breakfast! 

Healthy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos

When I was younger, my mom used to make me the best burritos. All she did was place refried beans, cheese, and hot sauce inside of a wheat tortilla. She’d warm them up until the cheese was perfectly melted, warm and gooey. The creamy texture of the refried beans with the melty cheese was always my favorite kind of comfort food; so simple, yet so dang good. We’d happily enjoy our giant burritos together on the couch while watching movies.

I remember noticing she would always eat her burritos with avocado slices that were sprinkled with salt and pepper. Sure enough, it didn’t take me long to get hooked on that. The creaminess of the avocado mixed with cheese and beans? Well, it was perfection.

Those memories came back to me, and I decided to make these. A simple, healthy twist on an old favorite made especially for the mornings. They’re packed with protein, super delicious, and will certainly keep you energized through the morning.

Healthy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos

These burritos happen to include most of my favorite things:

Sweet potatoes. I eat them almost everyday so here’s another way to get their deliciously sweet flavor in.

Black beans. Name a better bean. Oh wait, you probably can’t.

Avocados! Creamy. Full of healthy fats. Just heavenly.

Eggs. Gotta get that protein in. I used egg whites in this recipe but you do your thing!

Enchilada sauce. Drizzle it on baby.

Cheese. Just a little bit of ooey-gooeyness. We need the melt, yo.

Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas. I always use La Tortilla Factory but regular whole wheat tortillas will also work great.

Healthy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos

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Apr
17

Quick and easy gluten free oatmeal pancakes made in the blender! These healthy pancakes are topped with the most incredible creamy peanut butter maple syrup then finished with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Cinnamon Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes with Salted Peanut Butter Maple Syrup

I’m on another one of my pancake kicks. This obsession is ridiculous.

But until I run out of pancake making ideas (and toppings), I’ll keep bringing them to you. Because really, who doesn’t love pancakes?

Cinnamon Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes with Salted Peanut Butter Maple Syrup

In reality, I’ve been eating pancakes more than what should be considered normal.

What do I eat for breakfast? Pancakes, obviously. With blueberries to start the day out right.

Lunch? Ugh, guess I should do a salad to get some veggies in. Note: The entire time I’m thinking about breakfast and ways I can top my pancakes.

Dinner? PANCAKES ON MY MIND. Again. Wouldn’t you agree that breakfast for dinner never gets old?

Cinnamon Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes with Salted Peanut Butter Maple Syrup

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Mar
31

Chewy protein-packed granola bars made with almond butter, protein powder, dark chocolate and cherries! These gluten-free and vegan-friendly bars are the perfect snack or breakfast.
Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

Did I tell you that Sundays are a big day for me? Usually I wake up, hit the gym, then head straight to the grocery store. After that I go home and cook until my kitchen is trashed and I can’t possibly dirty another dish. It’s kind of my little ritual.

Of course Sundays are also big because I’m determined to start the week out on a good note. To me, being healthy is a big part of this. I forget the incredibly delicious carrot cake cupcake I ate last week when I was stressed and remind myself that this week is brand new and full of healthy opportunities.

To encourage healthy eating, I chop up celery, cucumbers and carrots for nibbling during the day, but sometimes I need something a little more satisfying. So I decided to make ridiculously good granola bars. With protein powder to keep me full.

Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

I made these last week and was slightly obsessed. So obsessed that I had to give them away to a friend because they I kept finding myself eating more and more out of the pan. I think the whole dark chocolate + cherry + chia seed combo really spoke to me.

I’m actually a huge fan of several brands of protein and/or granola bars. The chewy ones, the nutty ones, the extra crunchy ones. Heck, just give me ALL THE BARS.

Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

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