Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl

chocolate smoothie bowl
I know I should be posting holiday recipes, but I just got home from a great workout and had this recovery protein smoothie bowl that was so delicious I just had to share it with you right away. It tastes just like a chocolate milkshake but is filled with superfood goodness instead of sugar.
I used to have a major sweet tooth and could never imaging not craving chocolate. Now that I take better are of myself by avoiding sugar and sticking to a high protein plant based diet I don't have sugar cravings at all. Part of the road to success in cutting out sugar for me was replacing sugar with nutritious treats like this one when I did want a sweet treat.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe

A delicious healthy hot chocolate or peppermint mocha recipe using cacao powder and stevia. 
healthy hot chocolate recipe

Warm holiday coffee shop drinks are so alluring. It absolutely feels like Christmas with one of those cups warming your hands. As much as I love those sweet drinks, I have a confession to make... I never. ever. order them. Here's why: 
mocha nutrition

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quinoa and Lentil Salad with Butternut Squash

A hearty and nourishing salad of lentils, quinoa, butternut squash, and pomegranate
One of my favorite lunches these days is a sweet and savory salad of quinoa, roasted butternut squash, and arugula. It sounds labor intensive, but it really takes about 2 minutes to throw together because I keep everything prepped in the fridge. I make a batch of quinoa and lentils on the weekend to easily add complete protein to my daily diet. Lentils and quinoa are a couple of my favorite vegan protein sources. I made this particular salad at the last minute to bring to my mom's house on Thanksgiving. Pomegranate seeds added a refreshing juicy sweetness to this hearty salad. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Tuna Recipes with Bumble Bee

A few weeks ago I received a package from Bumble Bee along with a challenge to create festive holiday recipes with their new and classic tuna. When we were in northern Italy over the summer I noticed that almost every restaurant and panini stop we visited had some form of canned tuna on the menu. I often ordered Insalata Tonno, a salad of crisp greens, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, canned tuna in olive oil, and sometimes carrots and corn. So when I heard from Bumble Bee I thought it would be fun to come up with some new ways to use tuna. Canned tuna is an excellent source of Omega-3 and protein that's inexpensive and can be kept in your pantry for a long time.  Here are 3 new ways to use tuna. You'll find the recipes at the end of the post. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Snowman Marshmallows & Olaf Marshmallows

An easy recipe for DIY marshmallow snowmen and marshmallow Olafs! 
When the winter copy of the Williams-Sonoma catalog showed up last month the girls fell in love with these marshmallow snowmen. I knew right away they would be incredibly easy to make at home... and they were! My 4 year old had a lot of fun piping royal icing carrot noses on the marshmallows. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Letter {free printable}

Free printable letter for when your Elf on the Shelf returns. 

Thanksgiving has passed and that means we are full steam into Christmastime! Our mischievous little Elf on the Shelf will be appearing this week so I made a quick little return note from him. Click here if you would like to use the note. You can write in your kids names at the top and your elf's name at the bottom. 

And if you don't yet own an Elf on the Shelf, it's a fun tradition to start! 

How cute is this Elf on the Shelf chef set?! I think our little guy needs an apron for his cooking antics. 


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