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Month: July 2019

Layered Raspberry Smoothie & Vanilla Chia Pudding Pots

Layered Raspberry Smoothie & Vanilla Chia Pudding Pots

The weather has been humid day after day continually reaching the 90s. It’s hard to want any heavy meals when it’s crazy hot. As you’ve probably seen on my Instagram feed, I’ve been switching between different smoothie bowl combos for lunch daily.

Chia seed pudding packs a nutritional punch with omegas and protein. They add texture to the mix and work so well as a base for this parfait.

The key to layering is having a thick smoothie, so thick that you need a spoon! That’s why using frozen bananas and raspberries are key to this. You could also sneak in some veggies to really up the nutrition.

Layering a seasonal berry smoothie between sweet chia seed pudding is not only Instagram-worthy, but a nutritious way to reap benefits. Along with providing fiber for days, (11 grams per ounce, which provides 42 percent of your recommended daily intake) chia seeds are one of the easiest ways to incorporate more whole foods into your diet.

Layered Raspberry Smoothie & Vanilla Chia Pudding Pots

July 16, 2019
: Easy


  • For the pudding:
  • 3-4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the smoothie:
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 date
  • Step 1 Prepare the chia seed pudding first
  • Step 2 Whisk together the ingredients and refrigerate overnight (or 2 hours if in a bind)
  • Step 3 Spoon ingredients into the bottom of the jar
  • Step 4 Blend smoothie ingredients together, adjusting liquid as needed
  • Step 5 Spoon on top and serve
Cherry Bakewell Crumble Smoothie Bowl

Cherry Bakewell Crumble Smoothie Bowl

These little pots are layered with a base of cherry jam then a layer of cinnamon cherry bakewell nicecream and topped with a delicious crumble.

Fresh or frozen cherries would work well for the smoothie and the jam. The juices from the frozen cherries will melt down as you heat them to make the jam and will incorporate well.

The jam is only a matter of ingredients that take little time to come together. Cinnamon and lemon help to elevate the flavors and keep it tart to balance the sweetness of the nicecream.

The crumble is based off the topping in my apple pie overnight oats recipe, but if you’re really feeling indulgent you can use a basic crumble recipe (flour/oats, butter, sugar).

These would be great to prepare ahead of time for a get-together or serve for dessert! You could store them in the freezer after prepping if you are going to eat them within a few hours. Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits and they make smoothies and desserts that much better. Enjoy!

Cherry Bakewell Crumble Smoothie Bowl

July 13, 2019
: 2
: 20 min
: 10 min
: 30 min
: Easy


  • For the jam:
  • 2 cups sweet frozen or fresh (with pits removed, if fresh) cherries
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • For cherry bakewell smoothie:
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cherries
  • 2-3 frozen bananas
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • For the crumble:
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 2-3 tbsp oats
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, room temp.
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • Step 1 Rinse the sweet cherries.
  • Step 2 Pit the cherries, using a cherry pitter or a knife.
  • Step 3 Place the pitted cherries in a pot and cook over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes, until they soften.
  • Step 4 Use a potato masher to mash the cooked cherries.
  • Step 5 Allow to cool in the fridge while you prepare the smoothie.
  • Step 6 Rinse and pit cherries if you’re using fresh cherries.
  • Step 7 Combine all in a blender, adding more liquid as needed.
  • Step 8 Combine all ingredients for the crumble, covering dry ingredients well with coconut oil.
  • Step 9 Microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  • Step 10 Let rest in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to harden.
Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is one of the best ways to start the day with something that can feel indulgent. I rarely make baked oatmeal because of the time it requires to prepare and bake in the oven. When I do, this is one of my favorite combinations because of the perfectly caramelized apples and warming hints of apple spice.


jar of oats

The apple and spices will really remind you of an apple crumble especially if you top it off fresh out of the oven with some yogurt or milk.  There are so many great options to sub for the apples as well if you prefer berries or bananas instead. It’s also an easy switch to make gluten-free by subbing in GF oats!

cinnamon sticks

Additionally, you could easily cut these into squares and freeze them for later. I’ve also tried cutting them into square bites and storing them in an air-tight container for easy access to take as a snack. Oatmeal is so versatile and packs some nutrition no matter how you prepare your oats.

Oats are high in many vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Manganese. Typically found in high amounts in whole grains, this trace mineral is important for development, growth, and metabolism.
  • Phosphorus. This mineral is important for bone health and tissue maintenance.
  • Copper. An antioxidant mineral often lacking in the Western diet, copper is considered important for heart health.
  • Vitamin B1. Also known as thiamine, this vitamin is found in many foods, including grains, beans, and nuts.
  • Iron. As a component of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood, iron is absolutely essential in the human diet.
  • Selenium. This antioxidant is important for various processes in your body. Low selenium levels are associated with increased risk of premature death and impaired immune and mental function.
  • Magnesium. Often lacking in the diet, this mineral is important for numerous processes in your body.
  • Zinc. This mineral participates in many chemical reactions in your body and is important for overall health.


oats and milk


Breakfast is my favorite meal to create recipes and find ways to make healthy swaps. It’s always fun to try new ingredients that can add flavor and nutrition or make a dish totally indulgent. Have you tried baked oatmeal, what’s your favorite spices and fruit to add? Let me know in the comments and enjoy!



Baked Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

July 9, 2019
: 6-8
: 10 min
: 40 min
: 50 min
: Easy


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups milk of choice
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apples diced
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp raw cane sugar (if desired)
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 375F and grease a 9in. square baking dish
  • Step 2 Prepare flax or chia egg and set aside (for about 3-5 mins)
  • Step 3 In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients until combined
  • Step 4 In a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients
  • Step 5 Reserve 1/2 cup of the apples for topping, then arrange the remaining on top of the dry ingredients in the baking pan
  • Step 6 Cover the dry ingredients and fruit with wet and ensure it soaks through while patting down the dry oats on top
  • Step 7 Scatter the remaining fruit on top and sprinkle on raw cane sugar for extra sweetness and crunch if desired
  • Step 8 Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving
  • Step 9 This will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days, best served warm with coconut yogurt or milk poured on top

Cake Batter Protein Blondies

Cake Batter Protein Blondies

There are many protein blondie recipes out there that start with a can of chickpeas. While I am a fan of chickpeas, especially for recipes such as protein cookie dough, sometimes you just want a denser yet still healthier blondie.

I know that protein powder is not for everybody and that whole foods are a better go-to. However, I am a shake fanatic. I love having a thick protein shake filled with frozen bananas, greens, peanut butter, and more. It’s great after a hot workout or if I need to run out the door. I’ve recently switched my protein powder of choice due Orgain upsetting my stomach and have found that Vega (shout out to the salted caramel flavor) as well as Ghost not only tastes fantastic but is easier to digest.

These blondies use Ghost pancake batter protein which, in my opinion, tastes like cake batter. It works so unbelievably well in this recipe and these blondies will melt in your mouth. It wouldn’t be a blondie recipe without chocolate chips. You can always omit them, but really chocolate makes everything better, doesn’t it?

This recipe is also very customizable. While protein powder can dry out the batter–some may need more or less liquid–you can switch out which powder, flour, sugar, and nut butter you use. I have made this recipe with whole wheat flour before and that works just as well, but the oats really help make this denser and more blondie-like.

What’s your fave protein powder flavor? Do you like baking with it?

Cake Batter Protein Blondies

July 5, 2019
: 9
: 10 min
: 25 min
: 35 min
: Easy


  • ½ cups oat flour
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop (20g) ghost pancake batter protein powder
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup peanut or almond butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 350F
  • Step 2 Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper
  • Step 3 In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients together
  • Step 4 Add vanilla, milk, and peanut butter, chocolate chips and whisk together (batter should be sticky)
  • Step 5 Transfer to pan and spread evenly
  • Step 6 Bake for 25 mins till edges are brown or until you can pull a toothpick out clean

Chili Lime Tacos

Chili Lime Tacos

Oh tacos, how I love you. You go great with just about anything, are great finger food, heck you don’t even need a plate and can fix just about anything.


All jokes aside, tacos are great for meal prepping and a quick dinner during a busy weekday. It’s really just a matter of throwing together your favorite protein, veggies, and spices. If you mix the right ingredients you can even pack a punch in nutrition and taste.

These always call for guacamole, which is another avenue to up the taste. I’ve mixed it up with grilled pineapple, fresh cilantro, some Tajin seasoning, and lime. There are so many great ways to play around with it as a topping! Even just your basic mashed avocado with some pico de gallo will do just as well.

Refried beans are my protein choice for this recipe because of how easy they are to make from scratch or heat up from a can. Even from scratch it only takes a matter of minutes and you can keep them low fat!

I always have fresh cilantro growing in my kitchen which must be added in abundance to my salsa and guacamole. I’ve started growing fresh herbs in my kitchen and it’s honestly a game-changer for my recipes. Plus, the fresh herbs you get from the store tend to go bad within a matter of days.

To top it all off is a variation from my tofu tacos recipe. The cilantro crema from that recipe is kicked up a few notches with green chilies and lime.

Chili Lime Tacos

July 2, 2019
: 4
: 10 min
: 5 min
: 15 min
: Easy


  • 1 can refried beans (from-scratch recipe below)
  • 1-2 avocados (for guacamole)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1-2 tsp Tajin seasoning
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3 sprigs of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 6-9 tortillas of choice
  • For crema:
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp green chilies depending on taste
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1-2 tsp of water, if needed
  • Step 1 For refried beans:
  • Step 2 Place can of drained and rinsed pinto or black beans into a can
  • Step 3 Squeeze in juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a few tablespoons of water
  • Step 4 Let simmer and roughly mash
  • Step 5 Guacamole:
  • Step 6 Dice tomato, onion, and finely chop cilantro
  • Step 7 Mash together with lime juice and tajin seasoning
  • Step 8 Crema:
  • Step 9 Combine avocado, lime, green chilies, and tsp of water into blender
  • Step 10 Blend until desired consistency, adding more water if needed
  • Step 11 Tacos:
  • Step 12 Assemble with desired toppings and serve over warmed tortillas


What’s your must-have addition for taco Tuesday? Let me know what spices or veggies you would add!