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Mashed Avocado and Peanut Butter Banana Bagels

 
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So you don't have time to make anything "fancy" for breakfast? 

Not to worry. This plate will satisfy your sweet and savory cravings while providing a great combination of healthy fats, carbs and protein to get your day started. 

 

Gather the ingredients and in 5-10 minutes you can have a delicious and gorgeous morning meal to dig into!

 

INGREDIENTS: (two servings)

  • 2 toasted bagels, plain are pictured above
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt/pepper
  • 1 mango, sliced in skin
  • Berries 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Spread almond butter on one bagel and top with bananas, cocoa nibs and sprinkle of cinnamon.
  2. Spoon mashed avocado and press onto other bagel. Place tomatoes on top, drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with mango in skin sprinkled with cinnamon and garnish with berries!
 

Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Coconut Almond Pancakes

 

This morning I had a hankering for pancakes, and didn't feel like leaving home to get them. 

I also wanted to take on the challenge of making healthier cakes than the white flour and sugar-laden versions in most restaurants. These are about as nutritious as you can get while still being thick, fluffy and delicious topped with berries and a warm drizzle of agave nectar or 100% maple syrup.

 

In place of cow's milk, I used an unsweetend almond/cashew blend. 

In place of sugar, spices and vanilla were added for flavor.

In place of nutritionally-void white flour, I quickly made oat flour with rolled oats and a blender.

In place of oil or butter, I used almond butter for healthy fat. 

 

 

Hoping you and your family enjoy these dairy-free and gluten-free pancakes for breakfast or brinner. Please let me know what you think and experiment with good-for-you toppings!

- Jess

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 3/4 cups oat flour (blend rolled oats until flour-like)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond/cashew blend)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • Coconut oil or coconut oil spray for pan

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Add all ingredients into a medium bowl and mix until just combined.
  2. Heat pan or griddle with medium heat. Add a spoon of coconut oil or cover with coconut oil spray.
  3. Spoon batter by the 1/4 cup into pan. 
  4. These do not bubble the same as traditional pancakes when it is time to flip. Look for the bottom starting to firm and flip about 2 minutes each side.
  5. Pancakes are done when lightly browned on either side. Top with a warm drizzle of agave nectar/maple syrup, berries, bananas, nuts or any of your favorites!
 

Summer Smoothie: Rhubarb, Watermelon & Berry

 

My favorite farmers' market just opened yesterday and I could NOT BE MORE THRILLED!

We live in Milwaukee and this market is stretched along a park next to Lake Michigan, with beautiful city views, a playground, beer garden serving farm-to-table fixings, live music and dotted with vendors selling:

fresh produce/meats/homemade items/coffee/hot food! 

It is a food-lover's PARADISE.

 

Shopping healthfully is possible in grocery stores, but nothing compares to the local and seasonal goods you can find at your farmers' market. I bought a few stalks of rhubarb and couldn't wait to experiment with them. Most recipes containing this tart fruit also have a lot of added sugar... but my challenge was to create a tasty drink that did not require any added sugar (natural or refined). 

The result? This summer smoothie was a hit

 

Head down to your local market and whip up this delicious drink PACKED with antioxidants, healthy fats and nutrition minus any preservatives or sugar. This recipe makes enough for two snack-size drinks or one larger smoothie as a meal!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup watermelon, frozen
  • 1 cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1.5 cups spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup rhubarb
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Ice to desired thickeness

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add melon, berries, spinach, rhubarb, coconut water and almond butter to blender. 
  2. Pulse until smooth. Add ice and blend until desired thickness is reached.
  3. Pour into glass and sprinkle chia seeds before serving!
 

Acai & Watermelon Superfood Smoothie Bowl

 

I am extremely excited to share this recipe with you!!!

This exquisite and beautiful bowl is packed with SUPERFOOD goodness and is you guessed it... is so easy to make!

 

For this particular bowl I chose to utilize a watermelon I had frozen as well as other berries. 

If you find other types of fruits that you fancy in your freezer, then substitute away!

However, I would be sure to include the banana for the sake of texture. 

 

Also, choose the milk that suits your tastes and dietary needs best. Dairy-free nut milks work wonderfully (I prefer unsweetened cashew)!

 

As you can see below, I chose the one on the left as coconut is not my friend! On the right is my four year-old's dish who enjoys fruits and honey without the nuts and could be convinced that the Chia seeds were from the kiwi!!

Shhhhhhhh ;)

 

I can't wait to see your own unique take on this nutritious bowl!! 

INGREDIENTS (per full-size bowl):

  • 1 4-ounce Acai frozen puree packet
  • 1/2 cup frozen watermelon, cubed
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/8 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened coconut
  • Sliced fruit: strawberries, kiwi and banana
  • Drizzle of honey

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Run Acai packet under warm water for 10 seconds and break up into chunks.
  2. Add acai puree, frozen fruit, and banana to blender or food processor. 
  3. Pour in half of the milk and start to pulse the mixture. Continue to pulse and slowly add remaining milk.
  4. Blend smoothie to a thick and smooth consistency. Then, spoon into a bowl.
  5. Top your smoothie with sliced fruit, walnuts and coconut.
  6. Sprinkle Chia seeds and drizzle honey as desired. 
  7. Dig in quickly and savor this delectable frozen treat for breakfast, dessert or as a mid-day snack!
 

Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

 

Fruit is nature's candy, but sometimes I like to switch things up a bit!

 

One of my favorite ways to add some variety to a fruit salad is with a honey-lime dressing. The topping takes less than 5 minutes to mix together, adds no refined sugar and a ton of flavor!

My four year-old had to be cut off from digging into this. 

 

I typically create a fruit salad with a couple substantial options such as melons, pineapple or grapes then add berries!

The leftovers will keep in the fridge for a day or two, otherwise you can freeze and use in smoothies. 

Please let me know what you think!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 small pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small dish zest an entire lime and then squeeze juice into dish. 
  2. Whisk in honey and cinnamon. Set aside. 
  3. Layer fruit in large bowl.
  4. Spoon over honey-lime mixture slowly over fruit and lightly toss.
  5. It's best to allow 30 mins to chill and marry flavors, but can also be enjoyed immediately!