Breakfast cookies are the perfect grab-and-go meal for those busy mornings we all have. If you’re someone who likes a little something sweet in the morning with your coffee, consider adding this recipe to your arsenal. These breakfast cookies are packed with protein and fiber and sweet enough to take care of those morning sugar cravings. Plus, they won’t have you crashing before 10AM like those donuts typically do. And to top it all off, the kids will love them so much they won’t even realize they are eating something good for them.
It’s that time of year again…the holidays are over, and everyone is recommitting to their plans to eat healthy and get in shape. This typically means eliminating processed foods and added sugars, and including more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Smoothies are a great way to get your recommended fruits and vegetables, but they are so often done wrong. You start with such good intentions and end up with a finished product that has more sugar and calories than a dish of frozen custard.
So, I am giving you a foolproof “build-your-own” smoothie recipe you can use daily as a breakfast or lunch meal replacement. Packed with protein, fiber, and a variety of fruits and veggies to choose from, you won’t be bored and you will easily be able to stay on track. Feel free to mix and match, and play with different combinations of flavors. Make healthy eating fun.
Plus, most of these combinations are kid-friendly as well. You can get your kids all of their veggies for the day in a delicious smoothie. What’s better than that?
**I prefer to keep my smoothies plant-based, grain free, and dairy free.
The end of the holiday binge is near. It’s time to think about those New Year’s resolutions of eating better and getting healthy. Pureed vegetable soups are a great way to detox the body after the holidays, and this spicy Asian green soup is another one of my favorites. Though, it is definitely not for the faint of heart, it packs a serious spicy punch. You can adjust the spice level, but I suggest trying it spicy if you can handle it. The added heat has so many health benefits. It will excite your taste buds as well as nourish your body. Start your meal with a bowl, or eat it on its own for a light vegan lunch or dinner.
The outside temperatures are finally starting to drop. We’ve had our first official snowfall, and there’s no denying that winter is alas on its way. Our bodies are calling for warm, hearty comfort foods to heat us up from the inside. Unfortunately, many of those foods, like delicious homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes, are also conducive to fattening up for hibernation. And since humans don’t hibernate (binge watching shows on Netflix doesn’t count), it is necessary to have some balance on your dinner table. Or you may be kicking yourself when spring and summer inevitably come around.
Pureed vegetable soups are a great way to strike this balance. Occasionally, I will even eat pureed soup for a day or two just to reset my body after a particularly bad food fest. This curried ginger soup is one of my favorites. Rich and creamy without added fats, a little sweet from in season squash and carrots, and a touch of spice from the mix of curry and ginger. It will excite your taste buds as well as nourish your body. Start your meal with a bowl, or eat it on its own for a light vegan lunch or dinner.
Over the last few years, sweet potatoes have invaded. They’ve taken over our homes, our restaurants, even many fast food joints now offer an alternative to the traditional potato. As for me, this is now the third recipe involving sweet potatoes on my blog. So, you can decide for yourself where I stand. Sweet potatoes are simply a delicious, healthy choice for my family. And as much as I still love traditional French fries, sometimes I crave something a little different. These sweet potato fries are so easy to make, and they are addictive. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, salty, smoky, and just a little bit sweet. The kids love them, and they work well as a side dish for nearly every meal. Try sweet potato fries the next time you find yourself reaching for another bag of frozen French fries or tater tots.
I live for soups and stews in the colder months, and this is one of my favorites! Tender chicken breast and a seemingly endless variety of beans will ensure that you leave the dinner table satisfied. There is nothing better than a crusty piece of buttered sourdough bread alongside a steaming bowl of this stew. I love to fill my home with the fragrant aromas of garlic, onions and tarragon as I makeup an extra-large batch on a Sunday afternoon. Even the kids get excited as it simmers on the stove. You can easily freeze the leftover stew for another day, or eat it for lunch throughout the week. But be sure to make a lot because you are guaranteed to love it as well.
**Don’t eat meat? Check out the vegan option at the bottom!
Are you looking for an exciting and flavorful alternative to traditional mashed potatoes? One your entire family can get behind? Try mashed sweet potatoes. Besides the fact that they are delicious, versatile, and beautifully rich in a color perfectly suited for fall, they are also healthy. There are more than a few benefits to including them in your family’s diet. Since my family loves them so much, I have created two equally delicious recipes. The first is sweet enough to feel like dessert but without all the sugar, and it pairs especially well with pork dishes. The second recipe is savory and a bit spicy. I keep it milder for the kids, but you should feel free to crank up the heat if you so desire.
This recipe is a variation of my black beans recipe which turns it into a full vegan meal or a hearty side dish for any protein. As with the black beans, you can make it as spicy as you like. For the kids, I keep it on the milder side and simply add a dash of hot pepper sauce on my own plate. It is very inexpensive, full of protein and fiber, and (as I mentioned before) vegan.
Who doesn’t love chili in the fall and winter? This dish is a staple in our home once the leaves on the trees start to change colors. I grew up with a similar version my mother made. I have tweaked her recipe slightly by adding more of a variety of beans. It is so easy to throw together. The longer it simmers on the stove or in a crockpot, the better it tastes. It even makes great leftovers, so I always make a lot. You can make it super healthy or heap on the toppings for a “free day” treat. Read more
Pop Quiz: What is the first thing your children say when they get home from school?
- “I love you!”
- “I missed you!”
- “Guess what I did at school today.”
- “I’m hungry!”