Fasting

Water, fasting, self-control, and discipline

Fasting History of Lent Do you celebrate Lent? The first record of early Christians started observing Lent probably in about 325AD following the Council of Nicea. (The Council of Nicea also developed the Nicean creed. This creed has become foundational in many reformed theology churches even today. Search for it yourself to read it.) However, Christians were likely practicing lent as early as the second century. The genesis of lent comes from the desire to engage in some type of fasting following Jesus’ 40 days and 40 nights in the…

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Savory Oatmeal

Who said oatmeal has to be sweet? This savory oatmeal will be the healthy highlight of your morning routine. With a little veggie prep the night before, you can whip up a serving of this delicious oatmeal in under 10 minutes! I don’t know about you, but I definitely need fast and filling ideas for my mornings. This recipe below is for 1 serving of savory oatmeal, but of course, you can double or quadruple it so it can feed the whole family! Let me know what you think! Makes…

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Meal Planning 101

Meal plan

Meal Planning 101 Have you wished someone would just create a meal plan for you, shop for you and cook for you? I have! I have had so many people ask me lately, “Do you have a “meal plan” I can follow? The answer to this question is, “yes, I do have meal plans available through Living Plate.” There are many options including a 5 day Anti-inflammatory Meal Plan, a Diabetes Meal Plan, a 28 Day Refresh Plan, and a Plant Based Meal Plan and More! Don’t get me wrong,…

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Sweet Potato Egg Cups

Sweet Potato Egg Cups

Sweet Potato Egg Cups These sweet potato egg cups are one of my favorite make ahead breakfasts! The slight sweetness in the sweet potatoes pairs really nicely with the onion and pepper flavors! They are full of protein and vegetables to help you have sustained energy throughout the day! Pair a Sweet Potato Egg Cup with a Chocolate Banana Muffin and you have a complete breakfast! This is a wonderful high protein make ahead breakfast! Makes 12 Egg Cups Prep Time: 20 minutes Bake Time: 17 minutes Ingredients 6 Large…

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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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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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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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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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