Healthier Peppermint Hot Cocoa (that is still delicious)

Hi Everyone!

Today I’d like to share this recipe for a slightly healthier hot cocoa recipe, with the twist of peppermint! Yum! This is so delicious, and much healthier than any kind of processed hot chocolate mix at the store.

Around the holiday season, hot chocolate is a popular drink of choice for a special dessert or treat.  But when hot cocoa mix is filled with chemicals and unnecessary additives, it really isn’t hot cocoa. After all, it is hot cocoa, not hot artificial flavoring!

In one hot cocoa mix box, I found these ingredients:


Yuck! I don’t know about you, but usually I don’t cook with modified whey, diglycerides, and sucralose. Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t sound like a tasty mug of cocoa.

I have tried many recipes for a homemade hot cocoa, but this is by far my favorite. The slight mint flavor is something I love, but you could add cinnamon instead or leave it out all together. For a tasty treat, try adding a dollop of homemade whipped cream on top- yum!

Without further ado, enjoy this recipe, and please stay tuned for my new Facebook page and Pinterest account coming soon! 🙂 As always, please share with family and friends if you love healthy food too, and Happy Holidays!

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa

SERVES 2- 10 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 – 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbs. special dark cocoa or cacao
  • 1 tbs. local maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • 1 tbs. good quality dark chocolate (preferably higher than 70%)
  • 1/2 tbs. coconut oil

Instructions:

Start off by making the chocolate sauce with the dark cocoa and maple syrup. Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate, and add that to the sauce. Next, warm the milk in a pot on the stove or in the microwave, and add in the chocolate sauce with the peppermint and whisk to combine. Pour into holiday mugs and top with homemade whipped cream and enjoy! 🙂

 

Apple Spiced Oatmeal (a perfect winter breakfast!) 

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a new healthy, easy recipe for a warm, hot breakfast. Oatmeal is one of my favorite meals to make any time of the year, but when it is snowy and the temperatures dip down low, it is an especially perfect choice. There are so many varieties out there (honey raisin, pumpkin, blueberry, the list goes on) but this is by far my favorite. The carmelized spiced apples are a great addition, and this keeps me full for hours.

This is also a great recipe to make for a crowd- double or triple the recipe for family that is visiting and a healthy, delicious recipe will be ready in minutes. You could also halve the recipe and microwave the oatmeal, if you’re short on time. All in all, this is just one of my favorite meals to make and I hope you enjoy it too!

Happy Holidays! What’s your favorite winter breakfast to make and share? Please leave in the comments below! 🙂


Apple Spiced Oatmeal  

SERVES 2- 20 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole grain oats
  • 2 cups whole, organic milk (see my post on this subject for why)
  • 1 organic apple, chopped (preferably the honey crisp variety)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1-2 tbs. pure maple syrup or honey (however much you like)
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil (or grass fed butter)

Steps:

In a small saucepan, add the coconut oil and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer on medium low heat, and then add in chopped apples and half of the spices. Cook for 5 minutes, or until apples have softened to your liking. Set aside, and add the milk and oats to a small pot. Bring to a light boil, and then turn to medium low, simmering for 10 minutes. Add in the rest of the spice, and pour into your favorite holiday bowl or mug. Top with the chopped apple mixture, and stir to combine. Optionally, top with sliced raw almonds, raw apples, and chia seeds or enjoy on its own. Share with friends, and bon appetit! 🙂

Beet Berry Blast Breakfast Smoothie

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my new favorite breakfast smoothies, Beet Berry Blast! It is so delicious and the most beautiful color, plus it has all of the amazing benefits of beets. Any kind of green smoothie packs a lot of nutrition into a small drink, and in my opinion it is one of the best ways to start the day. Not to mention, picky eaters and young kids will love this green smoothie because of its pretty pink color and berry taste- I did not like beets so much until I tried to experiment with adding them to a smoothie.

After all, you never should give up on a certain food- you could end up liking it in certain ways! This smoothie has several ingredients, in effort to add as much nutrients as possible, and serves about 2-3. However, feel free to add more of one thing and skip something you don’t have on hand; add what you like!

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The benefits of a smoothie like this include:

  • source of Folate, Potassium, and Vitamin C
  • source of fiber, which keeps you full
  • yogurt and chia seeds add protein for sustained energy
  • banana balances blood sugar

 

So, without further ado, please enjoy this Beet Berry Blast Breakfast Smoothie! 🙂 Thank you!

Beet Berry Blast Breakfast Smoothie


Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium beet, chopped (or whole if you have a strong blender)
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries and strawberries
  • 1 cup baby organic spinach or kale
  • 3/4 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 2 tbs. chia seeds
  • *optional* 1/3 cup fresh/frozen pineapple
  • 11/2 cups milk (any kind), coconut water, or filtered water

Steps:

To begin, blend liquid and fresh greens until smooth. Then, add in other ingredients and blend once again. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 24 hours or a thermos for up to 6. Enjoy and share! 🙂

Easy Homemade Banana Berry Ice Cream

Hi Everyone!

Have you ever been looking for a breakfast that felt like a dessert? Or a healthier dessert on a hot day? Well, here’s the answer! When I saw the 2-ingredient banana ice cream recipe on several blogs, I wondered, “How can I make this even more flavorful AND add a colorful boost of flavor?” So, I came up with this Banana Berry Ice Cream. All you need is a blender, some frozen fruit, and a splash of milk for a tasty treat!

Often times, I like to make this delicious recipe for breakfast topped with fresh berries and almonds or pecans, or add more milk to create a smoothie out of it. Not only do I enjoy this, but my younger brother, Liam, has given this recipe a thumbs-up- and he is definitely a picky eater! If you are trying to win over reluctant foodies, make this ice cream!

I hope you enjoy this healthy yet delectable treat (especially in the summer heat!) and please subscribe for weekly email notifications of blog posts and all things “Mini Foodie!” Enjoy! 🙂

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Easy Banana Berry Ice Cream (serves 2)

Ingredients: 

  • 21/2 bananas, sliced and frozen 
  • 1 cup mixed berries (my personal favorite is raspberries!) 
  • 2 tbs. to 1/4 cup local, whole milk (not low fat- more on this subject in the next post!)
  • Optional 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Prep:

Add bananas, berries, and milk and blend until you reach a soft serve ice cream texture. Serve immediately for a frosty treat! 


The Perfect Healthy On-The-Go Breakfast: PB and “J” Overnight Oats

Hi Everyone!

Have you ever had a morning where you just don’t have enough time? You’re rushing out the door, the bus is driving by your driveway, and you hardly have time to think about breakfast. If you’re like me, this probably happens more often than not. So, I came up with the best recipe I could  make for overnight oats. You’re probably wondering what overnight oats are, and they are exactly what their name is. Basically, overnight oats is oatmeal made overnight in the refrigerator while you are sleeping, and is a creamier version of traditional oatmeal. This oatmeal will keep you full until lunchtime, and is certainly one of the most delicious breakfasts you can make. So, without further ado, here is the recipe!

 

Peanut Butter and “Jelly” Overnight Oats      Serves Two

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup organic whole grain oats
  • 1/2 cup whole milk plain (unsweetened) greek yogurt
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup organic milk (almond, soy, or regular is fine)
  • 4 tbs. (1/4 cup) organic peanut butter
  • 4 tbs. pure (local if possible) maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh organic strawberries and/or raspberries
  • 4 tbs. organic raw chia seeds

Steps:

First, divide your chia seeds and oats evenly among two mason jars or airtight containers. Add 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt to each jar and divide the milk evenly. Mix together to combine. Then, add in 2 tbs. peanut butter to each jar, and stir until there is a thick consistency. Add in two tbs. pure maple syrup to each jar and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight. The next morning, add in strawberries and/or raspberries, and enjoy! Optionally, use almond or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

 

 

 

Peach Mango Delight Green Smoothie

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you a new favorite recipe of mine for green smoothies, Peach Mango Delight! This recipe is the perfect afternoon snack or breakfast on the go, and it is most certainly kid approved! My younger brother, Liam, loves this smoothie, and is pretty picky about green smoothies. Though it is green, you’d be surprised how delicious it is! Additionally, the coconut water in this recipe provides a great boost of electrolytes.

Peach Mango Delight, Serves 2

  • 2 cups spinach (or another green if you’d like)
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen peaches and mangoes
  • 1/2 to 1 cup coconut water
  • *optional* 1 tbs. chia seeds

Blend all the ingredients in your favorite blender (I like the NutriBullet) and enjoy! Please comment your favorite green smoothie recipes down below, and give this recipe a try.