Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Healthy Valentine's Day Recipes

healthy valentine's recipes
vegan cheesecake

Valentine's Day is this weekend! It's such a fun time to celebrate love and pink and hearts and did I mention love?  I've rounded up some of my favorite heart recipes in case you're in need of some healthy Valentine's Day inspiration. Or just some eye candy. Sugar makes me feel absolutely awful and makes my kids a little nutty, so these recipes are all free of refined sugar. And that means you can have more than one. 

From the top, drum roll please... 

1. Valentine Avocado Toast. I posted this one on Instagram, not here on the blog yet. I simply cut pretty pink and purple radishes into hearts by cutting a "v" into the top and then slicing vertically. 

2. Fry an egg in a piece of toast with a heart shaped cut-out. 

Enjoy my loves! What is your favorite Valentine's Day treat? 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Healthy Hearts {and Giveaway!}

chocolate strawberry hearts
February has a bad rap for being the time of year when New Year’s resolutions dwindle and Valentine’s Day chocolate is excessively consumed. But it doesn't have to be that way - I'm so excited to share a recipe that my kids (and everyone else) absolutely love. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts seem like such an indulgence, but they are actually guilt-free! Cacao is a superfood - packed with antioxidants and even protein - but turns into something unhealthy when sugar is poured into it. Here's how to make adorable and healthy chocolate covered strawberry hearts. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Raspberry Raw Vegan Cheesecake Slice Recipe

A healthy raw, vegan, paleo dessert everyone will love. 
raw vegan slice
With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away I thought it time to make you a sweet pinkalicious treat. But I love you too much to give you refined sugar and processed ingredients. And they are just not necessary. It's beautiful organic food like this that reminds me how amazing nature is. I mean, this dessert is 100% plants! Cashews are a common ingredient in vegan and raw creamy recipes. Once soaked, they can be pureed into a smooth "cream" that can be flavored however you like. If you've never tried a cashew based cheesecake it may sound a little suspicious, but I promise it's just as tasty as the real thing. Yummy Hubby had no idea this was a healthy dessert. When I asked him what he thought this was made out of he was sure it was cream and sugar. Nope, it's just pure fiber, protein, plant-y goodness. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Crispies

A healthy recipe for chocolate peanut butter crispy treats made with puffed quinoa or millet. Vegan and gluten free. 
healthy chocolate peanut butter cups
I've made these chocolaty little morsels three times in the past couple of weeks. My whole family loves them and I personally can never eat just one. Ordinarily inhaling chocolate treats is a problem, but with these babies? I don't feel guilty (or nauseous). In fact, they are great little energy bites, loaded with protein from nut butter, cacao, and quinoa. I made a batch for my first grader's class only I used sunflower seed butter, as there are children with nut allergies in her class. There wasn't a single one left and when I arrived for afternoon pickup the kids asked if I had any more of those yummy chocolate krispies. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

10 Best Healthy Smoothie Recipes

healthy smoothie recipes

Let's start the weekend with a refreshing batch of smoothie inspiration! I am feeling so much better now that I'm back to my normal eating habits, which often includes a smoothie a day. I definitely got a little of track during the holidays and noticed a big difference in my energy and mood. Not to mention my belly - oopsie! Here are my 10 Best Smoothie Recipes to get us all feeling great this year. Aren't they beauties? Each of these smoothies is packed full of plant based nutrients that will help keep you healthy this winter, and always. And unlike many smoothie shop smoothies, these don't have any refined sugar. Just pure goodness. 


  1. Orange Protein Smoothie 
  2. Tropical Kiwi Smoothie
  3. Tropical Chia Smoothie
  4. Green Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie 
  5. Chocolate Smoothie Bowl with hemp and pomegranate seeds 
  6. Green Mint Chip Shake 
  7. Pitaya Rainbow Bowl 
  8. "Green" Immune Boosting Berry Smoothie
  9. Acai Smoothie Bowl with granola and berries 
  10. Favorite Green Smoothie 

If you make one of my recipes, I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @Marina_YummyMummyKitchen

Orange Protein Smoothie

Orange Protein Smoothie

Many of you have been enjoying my smoothie recipes here and on Instagram so I'm excited to share one of my favorite post-workout smoothies today! It's incredibly simple and healthy, but tastes like 50/50 ice cream. Did you ever have a 50/50 bar as a kid? They are so good... but so bad. My kids love this smoothie as much as I do and with two tangerines and probiotics it's a great immune booster as well. Plain greek yogurt is a very strong source of protein. The yogurt I have right now, Wallaby Organic Plain Greek yogurt, has 23 grams of protein per cup! The notion that vegetarians don't get enough protein is just nonsense, and this recipe is just one example of how easy it is to get plenty of protein in our diets. This smoothie is just as tasty green - try adding a handful of kale to the blender!

Enjoy this sweet but refined sugar free smoothie for breakfast on the go, after a workout, or an after school snack. 

If you make one of my recipes I'd love to see it! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @Marina_Yummymummykitchen 

Orange Protein Smoothie

Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 1 minute
Total time: 2 minutes
Yield: 1 smoothie

  • 2 medium seedless tangerines or mandarin oranges
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced prior to freezing
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • to taste stevia, honey, or coconut syrup
  • 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • small handful ice cubes
Cooking Directions
  1. Place all ingredients except for the stevia into a blender, starting with the oranges. Blend until smooth. If you don't have a high powered blender, you may need to add a little water. Sweeten to taste with stevia, honey, or coconut syrup. Add more ice if you would like your smoothie to have more of a frozen texture. Enjoy!

*Make it green! I love adding a cup of kale to this one for a green smoothie.
*Vegan option: use coconut yogurt and vegan protein powder. 


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