Pomegranate Yogurt Parfait

Pomegranate Yogurt Parfait

Pomegranate Yogurt Parfait These pomegranate yogurt parfaits are so wonderful for a snack or for breakfast! Here is a helpful tip: Make the crumble ahead of time and use it all week long!  I like to store the right portions in a mini muffin tin in my refrigerator.  Storing the crumble in the refrigerator helps keep the healthy fats fresh! Nutrition benefits: a daily dose of probiotics can help keep your gut in tip top shape!  This parfait has wonderful antioxidants in the pomegranates to help you reduce inflammation and…

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Ginger Berry Smoothie

Ginger Berry Smoothie

Ginger Berry Smoothie This ginger berry smoothie recipe is amazingly fresh and delicious!  I just love the added zip of fresh ginger.  It has really become one of my favorite spices! Ginger has tons of helpful benefits!  It is anti-inflammatory, naturally relieves pain, improves digestion, and lowers cancer risk.  Of course, there are many other benefits of ginger, but these are the most well researched. Smoothies are a great way to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine.   They are also a great way to get your daily…

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins I just love baked goods!  Who is with me?  But usually they are full of sugar and don’t have much nutrition benefit.  These chocolate banana muffins are a wonderful option for a healthier breakfast of snack!  My kids love these and so does my hubby.  I make them fairly regularly, but last time they actually fought over them! They are a good source of fiber and potassium.  They also have higher B vitamins than many other baked goods because they are used with whole wheat flour.  So…

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Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Jalapeño Poppers This jalapeño poppers recipe is truly one of my favorite appetizers or snacks!  I love the spicy taste of the jalapeño with the creamy texture of cheese and the bacon on top makes it absolutely irresistible!!! This time of year, all kinds of peppers are being harvested her in New Mexico.  Of course we love our green chile here, but I also love jalapeños!   Jalapeños are a vegetable that is really popular further south in Mexico.  They are a medium spice pepper with tons of amazing flavor! …

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian lettuce wraps

Trying New Recipes If you know me, you know that I can’t just follow a recipe.  I almost always modify it to increase the nutrition or to fit the tastes of my family.  I was bored and looking for something new to try.  I LOVE Asian food and a friend posted this recipe for lettuce wraps and I thought I would try it.  The recipe I used as a base was this one.  My modifications included adding more vegetables and decreasing the amount of turkey.  I also modified the sauce a…

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Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies

Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies Because who doesn’t want a breakfast cookie for breakfast?!  This summer I have an overabundance of basil growing in my garden.  I am not tired of it yet, and so I am experimenting with it in a lot of ways!  These strawberry basil breakfast cookies were one of my experiments, but they really were delicious.  I do get bored with breakfast sometimes, and so I always like to try new things.  I am delighted when they come out really yummy! Ingredients for Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies…

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Avocado, Tomato, and Parmesan Crackers

Avocado, Tomato, and Parmesan Snack Crackers Snack choices can often get boring as “snack ruts” are very common.  Most of us just eat the same thing day after day because it is easy, and it is harder to come up with a new idea.  Today I was bored.  I was bored with my snacks.  My refrigerator was starting to be empty as it was time to go grocery shopping.  But I did have avocado, tomato, and Parmesan cheese.  I wanted a savory snack and this is what I came up…

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Chocolate Almond Mini Muffins

Chocolate Almond Mini Muffins These mini muffins are so full of yummy chocolate flavor, and they are gluten-free and high-protein too!  I used my new favorite protein powder from Pure Encapsulations called Pure Lean Ultra.  This one contains pea protein.  You can try using any protein powder that you like with this recipe, and let me know how it turns out! Prep and bake time are minimal for these muffins, so they are easy and fast to make.  They can make a great snack or they can be added to…

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Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

My smoothie kick continues!  I love to make a smoothie for breakfast and take in on the go.  This smoothie recipe tastes like dessert and it is also high in protein!  This recipe also tastes amazing with almond milk in place of coconut milk.  See below for tips in purchasing a protein powder or shake. 1 cup Coconut Milk ½ frozen banana 1 Tbsp almond butter ½ scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder (to equal about 10 grams of protein) 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 3 ice cubes Directions: Place all…

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Tropical Mango Smoothie

Another amazing and easy smoothie recipe with a hint of the tropics.  The cucumber gives it a nice refreshing flavor, and you will be amazed at how delicious it is! ½ cup Greek yogurt 3/4 cup Coconut Milk ¼ cup Orange juice 1 cup fresh cucumber, chopped 1 cup frozen mango 1 cup frozen pineapple Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Enjoy! Nutrition Information:  Total Calories: 221, Total Fat: 5 g, Total Carb: 40 g, Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g, Protein: 15 g

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