hemp protein barsNo CommentsRead more
I know some of you were asking for granola bars, and while these aren’t granola bars per se, they are delicious! Made with four types of seeds, they’re packed with protein, iron, B vitamins, magnesium and omega-3s (those essential fatty acids you keep hearing about that reduce inflammation). Omega-3s are important for baby’s brain development as well as brain health for all ages! Both hemp and chia seeds are complete plant proteins, meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids we need as humans. Hemp is also one of the world’s most sustainable crops because it grows in nearly every climate and is used all over the world as a source of food, fiber, textile, paper and even fuel! To make these bars a little more toddler friendly, I cut them up into bite sized chunks.
red kale, radicchio, pepper & fennel saladNo CommentsRead more
Salads can become boring, but this one never disappoints, in fact it’s kind of addicting. This salad makes me think of the scene in Ratatouille where Remy is tasting food together and there are colors and fireworks going off. All the flavors in this salad just go so well together and create a whole new experience in your mouth! Plus, it’s super healthy and packed with vitamins and micronutrients! There’s no exact ratios for this salad but I tried to give a general idea of what I normally throw together. My husband and I eat HUGE salads which is why I wrote serves 2-4, but it’s a lot of salad and will most likely serve 4-6 if it’s not a main course. Let me know if you make it and what you think by commenting here or on Instagram or Facebook!
roasted cauliflower 3 waysNo CommentsRead more
Cauliflower is probably one of the most overlooked vegetables and has been given a bad rap since the only way our parents knew to cook it was steam it in a pot, bleh. I distinctly remember the cauliflower being the only thing left on the crudite platter at every single family gathering, so it must be gross right? Turns out, it is delicious if it’s roasted! I could literally eat an entire roasted cauliflower in one sitting, it’s that good!
chocolate cauliflower smoothieNo CommentsRead more
This is my go-to smoothie for when I’m running out of the house and need something substantial. It tastes amazing and you would never know there’s cauliflower and mushrooms in it! My two year old is also a fan. So hashtag winning! The cauliflower leaves the smoothie nice and creamy and the chocolate masks the cauliflower taste, I promise!
pumpkin spice overnight oatsNo CommentsRead more
Quick, no fuss, nutrition packed breakfasts are essential to starting your day off right. Before I had littles and worked outside of my home this was true but even more so now that I am a mother of two and work as a health coach on the weekends. Someone always needs me and sometimes even a smoothie isn’t something I have time for. That’s why I always, and I mean always, have pre-made breakfast bars, muffins, or something like these overnight oats or chia pudding in the fridge and ready to grab and go.
pasta with butternut squash & sageNo CommentsRead more
Today I’m sharing a simple weeknight family friendly dinner… pasta! Not white pasta of course, not even whole wheat pasta (bleh), instead pasta made with beans and lentils. If you know me, you know I talk bean and lentil pasta up all the time. It is actually a pretty close second to your regular white semolina pasta, except loaded with protein and cancer fighting nutrients instead of giving you a blood sugar high followed by a crash and taxing your pancreas. If you haven’t tried it yet, do it now!
no waste vegetable stockNo CommentsRead more
Ever feel like you are wasting vegetable scraps? Well stop! Save them to use in a nourishing vegetable stock. You can use whatever scraps you have accumulated, carrot tops, celery leaves, onion or leek scraps, etc. Homemade stock tastes so much better than that stuff in a box. Ever since I started making it myself I will never go back. If you eat chicken, just add your leftover remains to this non-recipe to make chicken stock. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week or you can freeze it.
spaghetti squash with kale & chickpeasNo CommentsRead more
Spaghetti + squash + no spiralizer needed! Yes, you read correctly! If you’ve never experienced the A M A Z I N G N E S S of spaghetti squash, you need to try it STAT. All you have to do is roast it for an hour, scrape it with a fork, and you have sweet buttery spaghetti! It is packed with antioxidants in that bright yellow color. 1 cup of squash will provide you with 59% of your daily vitamin A and 26% of your daily vitamin C.
protein power ballsNo CommentsRead more
These snack balls are perfect for a pre work out snack, post work out recovery, lunch box treat, or in my case “need calories for breastfeeding” snack. They are packed with protein (4-5 grams per ball), good fats and minimal natural sugar from the dates which you can certainly omit if you don’t want any sugar. I’ve made these with sunbutter so that they are allergy friendly but you can use whatever nut butter you have on hand (peanut, cashew, almond, etc).
guilt-free browniesNo CommentsRead more
Yes, these guilt-free brownies actually taste amazing and are good for you! When I make these for other people I always ask them what they think they’re made out of and no one ever guesses the secret ingredient… BEANS! Yes, beans… packed with protein, fiber, and cancer fighting, blood sugar lowering, and stroke reducing properties! The high fiber content in beans prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal as well as lowering cholesterol levels. In other words, you can feel really good about eating one of these brownies! I would love to hear what you think of them!