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 https://www.purecapspro.com/nourishednutrition/pe/products/product_details.asp?ProductsID=2340.  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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Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash

Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash This lemon garlic roasted yellow squash was delicious!  It is easy to prepare, about 10 minutes, and really was quite good.  I love finding new ideas to put more veggies in my life! I was challenged a couple of weeks ago by one of my clients who asked me for more ideas for side dishes.  I was stumped.  I realized that my side dishes are often quite boring!  I decided to come up with some new, interesting, tasty, and easy ideas for vegetables sides.  This…

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Chili Kale Chips

More Sides Please! I had a request this week from a client for some more ideas for side dishes.  This request really got me thinking and wanting to do my own side dishes with a little more flare this week.  Today I decided to make my kale into something different and it ended up being truly amazing!  There are a couple of tricks to this.  1.  Make sure you bake them at a high temperature.  2.  The amount of time you bake them for is very important as you don’t…

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Vegetable Lasagna in your Pressure Cooker!

New Ideas Wow!  This vegetable lasagna turned out so much better than I could have hoped for!!!  It was amazing! It started with an idea from a recipe in Diabetic Living.https://www.bhg.com/shopping/subscribe-to-diabetic-living-magazine/  I like getting these magazines because often they have fun recipes to try!  The recipe caught my eye since I had a Nutrition Genetic Profile done in August through Nutrigenomix https://www.nutrigenomix.com/.  The test showed that my body (especially my metabolism and my heart) do better eating less saturated fat (animal fats).  This made me really consider eating more vegetarian meals. …

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Mindful Eating: Using the Hunger Scale

Resisting Temptations Throughout our day, we have many temptations that lure us away from eating health and taking care of our bodies well.  Think about your typical day.  How often do you see, smell, or consider a not so healthy food options?  In my typical day, I come across temptations like this at least 6-8 times each day!  How can we help ourselves to strengthen our self-control muscles to resist most of these temptations? One of the most practical ways to resist temptation and to resist falling into bad eating habits…

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Home Made Crispy Chicken Salad with Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing

Home made Crispy Chicken Salad with Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing I don’t know about you but I truly love a good salad.  This Crispy Chicken Salad is delicious!  Summer is ending now and there is an amazing harvest of tomatoes, so I wanted to find a new way to use my tomatoes.  This salad definitely hit the spot.  It is tangy and sweet and the dressing is different than my typical go-to balsamic vinaigrette.  You can also take it to go easily, so for busy nights when you are out…

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Salmon Cakes

These Salmon Cakes are so amazingly delicious.  The sweet potatoes give them a really nice sweet flavor.  They are a little higher in fat than some of my other recipes, but that is because it is salmon!  Salmon is packed with the amazing omega-3 fatty acids that are so good for your heart!  They also reduce inflammation and can help prevent other chronic diseases like diabetes.  I never used to like fish, but lately I am finding so many wonderful recipes to incorporate it more into our weekly meal plans.  …

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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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Triple Berry Smoothie

This berry smoothie recipe is amazingly fresh and delicious!  You can make these the night before also and refrigerate until you are ready to drink it!  Breakfast in a flash! ½ cup Greek yogurt 1 cup Coconut Milk 1 cup fresh Kale 2 cups frozen mixed berries Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Enjoy! Nutrition Information:  Total Calories: 280, Total Fat: 5 g, Total Carb: 42 g, Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 15 g

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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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