The Best New Real Food Cookbook (and sneak-peek recipes!)

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing an especially exciting post with you… Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food (www.100daysofrealfood.com) is coming out with her new cookbook titled “100 Days of Real Food Fast & Fabulous,” in just a week! I am so excited to share a little bit about her new book with you all- make sure to pre-order your copy now for the guaranteed lowest price (right now it is just $16.00)! She has been working on this project for two years now, and I am so impressed. She has always been an incredible role model for me (she inspired me to create this blog in the fifth grade!) and this book and the last show how much talent she and her team has!

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So, do you remember her last cookbook, and how amazing it was? It was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and for good reason, as it was packed full with a guide to transitioning to eating real food and tons of helpful recipes. Well, imagine an even more awesome (if there is such a thing) book and guide to cutting out processed food! As a an active, busy 14-year-old, I love finding recipes that are quick and easy to make, because it allows me to cook them more often. I found this cookbook especially helpful in finding what recipes are perfect for me to make on a weekly basis with my schedule, and it even has a special mini-guide at the beginning of the book about how to begin cutting out processed food. So, this book is perfect for everyone who is looking to make real food accessible and delicious.. check it out!

On to what’s inside… there are numerous breakfast recipes, work and school lunch recipes, simple dinner recipes, dessert recipes, and snack recipes for readers to enjoy, as well as Lisa’s family’s staples. I was so excited to receive my advanced copy of this cookbook, so I could immediately get cooking! Every recipe I’ve tested so far has been delicious, but I am going to share a certain one with you today- Cinnamon Glazed Bananas!

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This is a photo I took after making the delicious treat- it is amazing how delicious it tastes with such a short cooking process! So, try this recipe out for yourself (I know you’ll love it) and preorder Lisa’s new book today for even more amazing ideas!


 

CINNAMON GLAZED BANANAS

“This dessert is similar to Bananas Foster. It’s fabulous by itself and even better over vanilla ice cream. Such a tasty real-food treat!”

Difficulty: Super easy

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Makes 4 or 5 servings

GLUTEN-FREE

DAIRY-FREE (IF COCONUT OIL IS SUBSTITUTED FOR THE BUTTER)

VEGETARIAN

NUT-FREE

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 large bananas, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

Vanilla ice cream (optional), for serving

In a skillet, combine the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla and set over medium heat. When it starts bubbling, add the bananas and cook for 30 to 60 seconds, stirring to coat. Serve as is or over vanilla ice cream.

LISA’S TIP: You could try this cooking method with other fruits as well, such as apples, pears, or blueberries!

“ You should totally put this recipe in your new cookbook—it’s my new favorite dessert!”

—SIENNA LEAKE, AGE 9

*This recipe is copied out from Lisa’s new cookbook, and I have not modified it or changed it in any way! Please order her new book for some of the best recipes I’ve ever made!


 

Please visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Park Road Books (for a special signed edition), iBooks, Indie Bound, Books-a-Million, and Walmart to preorder your copy with the lowest possible price! 🙂

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Beyond the Breakfast Cereal- 15 School Morning Breakfast Ideas

Hi Everyone!

It’s about that time of year again. Sports are starting up, homework will soon be handed out, and buses are pulling down the street. Going from carefree summer days at the beach and pool to chaotic, jam-packed school schedules can be a challenge, but with a little prep, it can be easy and manageable. While school morning breakfasts aren’t always considered gourmet meals (“We have five minutes.. Go!”) there are plenty of healthy and delicious ideas that get you going, which I am sharing today. So, set the alarm ahead a bit, and sleep in. Breakfast is made! 🙂

Personally speaking, this year I am starting high school, which means that I will likely have before-school swim practices early in the morning. In this case, try having a small snack before practice (think hard-boiled eggs, bananas, applesauce pouches, and baggies of dried fruit and nuts/seeds) and then refueling afterwards with one of these ideas. Even though school days are busy, the last thing you want to do is go without breakfast! So, without further ado, please enjoy these on-the-go ideas, and let me know in the comments your favorite school breakfast idea.

 

Cold Breakfast Ideas (Made in Advance)

  1. Smoothie Pops: Smoothies are great as is, but for mornings where there just isn’t enough time, try freezing leftover green smoothies like this one in reusable silicone tubes. In the morning, take this out of the freezer and enjoy it for a frosty treat. Also, this is a great post-practice breakfast, as you can let it thaw for a smoother texture while you are practicing. Yum!
  2. Overnight Oats: Okay, this could easily be my favorite before-school breakfast. You can customize your jar to create a unique breakfast each day, and can make this ahead- you could even make enough for a whole week and store it in the fridge! Simply mix together equal parts milk/plain yogurt and organic rolled oats. Add in your favorite fruit and some honey for a creative touch! The result is a creamy, filling breakfast that can be eaten cold or warmed up for a few seconds- try making this in a paper cup covered with plastic wrap for a disposable wrapper!
  3. Hard-Boiled Eggs: Easy and filling. Simply make a half-dozen or however many you desire at the beginning of the week, and refrigerate for snacks and breakfast all week long. This is especially protein-rich with healthy fats!
  4. Make-It-Yourself Yogurt Tubes: Remember those silicone tubes? We’re using them once again! Fill them up with some plain yogurt mixed with a little pure maple syrup and fruit for a healthy, delicious snack or small meal.
  5. Homemade Fruit and Nut Energy Bars or Bites: Make a batch of homemade granola bars, such as 100 Days of Real Food’s peanut butter oat bars. Or, make something different by mixing dates, nuts, seeds, and other add-ins in your food processor for energizing breakfast bars/bites. Additionally, you could stock your pantry with store-bought bars like Larabar.

Hot Breakfast Recipes (Made in Advance and Reheated)

  1. Pumpkin Muffins: This is one of my personal favorites! The next time you make a batch of homemade muffins, double the batch and stock your freezer with them. You can defrost individual muffins overnight in the refrigerator, or you can heat them  up in the morning. Yum!
  2. Waffles and Pancakes: This idea is especially great for picky eaters! Pre-made frozen waffles are filled with chemicals, additives, and fillers; something you don’t want to have for breakfast (or at all). So simply freeze your leftover homemade, whole-wheat pancakes and waffles, and you can reheat them for a “pancake sandwich” (with cream cheese, nut/seed butter,  etc.) or you can drizzle some pure maple syrup on top. Breakfast is served!
  3. Egg Cups: If you love scrambled (or another kind) eggs, try this! Whisk up 12 eggs and add in your favorite vegetables and cheese, and then pour the mixture equally into muffin tins. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Freeze the egg muffins, and you have a protein-rich breakfast all week! 
  4. Crockpot Oatmeal: This recipe is perfect for chilly fall mornings- you basically mix oat groats, whole milk, water, pure maple syrup, and some cinnamon in a crockpot and cook it overnight or while you are at school/work. Then, you can enjoy it fresh and warm or divide up the oatmeal into half pint mason jars to reheat all week for breakfast. Stay tuned for my favorite crockpot oatmeal recipe- posted next week!
  5. Homemade Banana Bread: Similar to the pancakes and muffins, bake this bread in advance for a deliciously quick breakfast. I like to spread some 1-ingredient peanut butter (my favorite brand is Teddie) on the whole wheat bread, and then top it with some banana slices.  

Morning-of Breakfast Ideas 

      1. Green Smoothies- This has been a favorite of mine for a long time, and if you have a few minutes in the morning, it is a great choice! I love making smoothies to go, because there really isn’t a better way to get a rush of much-needed energy and nutrition in the morning. Try my Peach Mango Green Smoothie or create your own recipe with 1-2 cups leafy greens, 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit, 1 cup liquid, and healthy fats and proteins (coconut oil, avocado, rolled oats, chia and flax seeds). 
      2. Toast Varieties- Avocado, banana, berry, nut butter, hummus; the possibilities are endless! Spread your favorite topping on whole grain toast and then top with fruits and veggies- yum! This is a photo-worthy breakfast. 
      3. Banana Sushi Bites- Spread nut/seed butter on a whole grain tortilla and place a peeled banana in the wrap. Roll it up, and cut for sushi bites. Creative and filling!
      4. Egg Roll-Ups- If you’re cold and looking for a unique breakfast, try this! I make a modified version of a friend’s  go-to breakfast and it is easy and perfect for picky eaters. To cook, simply whisk 1 organic egg, grated cheddar cheese, and spinach, tomato, or your favorite egg add-ins. Pour it into a bowl, which you should put a tortilla into. Then, microwave for 70 seconds and enjoy! 
      5. Yogurt Bowls- Plain Greek, whole milk yogurt is the base of this tasty dish. Top with fruit, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, honey, chopped larabar, spices, or your favorite flavors. Yum! 

      I hope you enjoy these breakfast ideas, and please comment your favorite go-to morning meals. Bonappetit!  

      A Day with The Mini Foodie

      Hi Everyone!

      Now that schedules, school, and sports are in full swing, I have been cooking up a lot of great, healthy on-the-go snacks and meals. Ever since I have started this blog (3 years ago) I have been sharing my favorite recipes and lunch ideas, so I thought it’d be interesting to what I eat in an average day. Now that I am up and out earlier in the morning for school, it is especially important that I eat nutritious and healthy food throughout the day!

      Of course, this is just one example of what I might have- please keep in my mind that I did not make anything special or out of the ordinary for this day! Also, I play multiple sports and usually have breakfast around 6:30- something that may not be normal for some people!

      What are some of your favorite daily recipes? Please stay tuned for an upcoming post on my recommended lunch containers (by age). Enjoy!

      Breakfast: (around 6:15-30 am)


      I had a green smoothie made with banana, mango, pineapple, plain yogurt, spinach, and coconut water for breakfast, alongside a piece of whole grain toast with 1-ingredient peanut butter and chia seeds. This is the whole wheat bread from Vermont Bread Company, and is my favorite brand. 🙂
      Lunch: (around 11:15am- we have early lunches!)


      For lunch I had ww pita, mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and carrots with balsamic onion hummus (only 7 real ingredients and the best I’ve found!) along with an apple ring/pb sandwich and a Siggis brand yogurt.

      Afternoon Snack (3pm):

      Before volleyball practice, I had peeled snacks brand dried apples and a whole grain brown rice cake topped with peanut butter.

      Other small snack:


      I was hungry after practice, so I had a handful of almonds to hold me over.

      Dinner: (7:30 pm)


      For dinner, my family had this salad with strawberries, goat cheese, red onion, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, and a drizzle of olive oil for the dressing.

      Treat:


      After dinner I had some homemade hot cocoa (made with whole milk, pure maple syrup, and raw cocoa powder).