My Take on Elimination Diets + What Your Body Really Needs

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m writing about a topic I’ve been really excited to share with you all for awhile- my thoughts on all the crazy elimination diets and how to listen to your internal cues. Usually, I like posting recipes, but as I’ve started to become influenced by other bloggers and people involved in this community, I’ve formed my own opinions based off of my own experiences and what has worked best for me! So, I’m going to start posting some more of these article-style posts, which will hopefully clarify some of the buzzwords in the health world and give you all some insight as to how it influences my opinions.

On platforms such as Instagram, many elimination or detox diets have become popular amongst bloggers and the food industry alike. As a promotional, attention-grabbing tool, many people advertise cleanse diets, most of which are short term diets lasting a couple weeks or less. These diets, such as juice cleanses or “tea detoxes,” fasting, and extreme elimination diets are portrayed as a solution or remedy for losing weight and becoming healthier. Using catch phrases and persuasive claims, many companies will attempt to sell you a cleanse, such as popular ones that involve drinking only protein shakes. Similarly, some bloggers or influencers will tell you that a celery juice cleanse, for example, is necessary after holiday eating.

From the messages and inspiration I’ve gathered in this space, I believe that these types of restrictive diets are unhealthy, not only for your body but for your mental relationship with food. In order to truly be healthy, you must be strong enough to fuel yourself with a variety of nutritious foods, rather than deprive your body of what it needs so you can achieve a particular weight or look. Essentially, many of these diets involve nearly starving yourself so you can “cleanse” your body.

Real, healthy food, in my opinion, meaning locally sourced foods that are rich in nutrients and made with just a few wholesome ingredients, are the best way to cleanse your body. In fact, rather than cleansing, I would think of it as resetting your body. When you feel sick, eat the foods that make you feel better. That’s all.

Food is something that’s supposed to be fun, and occasionally it’s important to enjoy unhealthy food here and there with friends. But, if you eat too many heavy foods one day and wake up feeling sick the next, don’t starve yourself. Instead, eat the hearty foods that make you feel strong and energized. For me, smoothie bowls or oatmeal always do the trick. Rather than an artificially flavored protein shake, I believe that whole foods will fuel and repair your body much better.

As far as elimination diets such as gluten free and dairy free diets go specifically, I think each person individually needs to make their own decisions based off of how they feel when they eat certain foods. Does whole grain pasta and bread make you feel strong and healthy? Great, eat it! Does whole milk yogurt keep you feel for hours? Add it to your smoothies! Vice versa, if a certain food or food group makes you feel sick, it’s okay to take a break from eating it for awhile. Personally speaking, I know that I’ve been taking a break from dairy because it’s hard for me to digest, while I still eat whole grains and gluten often.

So, really, my point here is to LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY. Don’t hop on the gluten free bandwagon because a model claims everyone needs to to be healthy, don’t “cleanse” yourself for days after indulging in some ice cream, and don’t ignore how you tend to feel after eating certain foods. Everyone is completely different, so it’s important to decide for yourself what makes you healthiest. As for me, I’ll keep blending up smoothies 😉

Thanks loves and please share with friends and family if you like what I have to say!

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Cracking the Cooking Code: Low-Fat and Fat Free

Hi Foodies!

To finally continue this series, “Cracking the Cooking Code,” I thought I’d explain reduced fat foods and why I don’t believe foods that are fat free or low fat are the healthiest choice. There are a ton of misconceptions that marketers would like shoppers to believe, and often most diet recommendations even suggest low-fat and/or fat free dairy products and other packaged foods. So, why wouldn’t foods with less fat (with the exception of meat) be better for you?

The explanation is actually more simple than one would think- taking naturally occurring fat out of food is a form of processing it, and when the fat is taken out, the flavor tastes much different. This causes manufacturers to then add excess sugar and salt to compensate for the decrease in flavor, which drastically lowers the nutritional value of the food. The extra sugar and salt is the real cause of health problems such as obesity, not the natural fat in food.

In fact, healthy fats are a necessary energy source with lots of health benefits, such as stabilizing blood sugar. When people purchase reduced fat foods, they are actually harming themselves more than helping. If you think back to years ago when low fat foods were not as readily available, health issues, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, were not as common. The presence of these illnesses is directly related to the processed food we consume today.

So, next time you are grocery shopping, remember that you can benefit from eating food like it was naturally created. Whether it is labeled as low fat, fat free, or reduced fat, unprocessed foods are always the healthier option.

Thank you, and please feel free to share with others! 🙂

No-Bake Peppermint Cacao Energy “cookies” + My Holiday Tips!

Happy Holidays everyone!

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this season, it will most likely be filled with delicious treats and homemade meals. Of course, it’s important to indulge in your home-baked favorites and traditions, but it’s also important to find a balance of healthy, real food and sugary sweets.

As you all know, one of my favorite things to do is remake recipes into healthier versions! I also love homemade power bites and bars, such as my recipe for my favorite power bites or my apple cinnamon power bites on my blog! The other day, I was wanting to bake up a new kind of healthy recipe, so I decided to experiment with a cacao and peppermint version. Though this rarely happens, on the first try they were absolutely perfect! So, I had to share the recipe with you all.

These bites can easily be rolled up, cut into bars, or be pressed down with a fork for a healthy cookie shape. They’re also perfect for a healthier treat to leave out for house guests (or santa :)).

As far as my top tips for the holiday season go, I would be sure to drink plenty of water, because it is so dry this time of year and the water will offset some of that sugar (haha), make a healthy breakfast full of nutrients to start the day so that you start the day off with plenty of energy and vitamins (smoothies and avocado toast are perfect) and sharing your healthy creations with loved ones. When spending time with those close to you, it is a great idea to share some of your healthy inspiration and hopefully impact some of them!

So, I hope you enjoy this holiday recipe as much as I do, and stay tuned for one last post detailing all of my favorite things from 2017 in it! Happy holidays everyone, thanks for all of the support. ❤


No-Bake Peppermint Cacao Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup whole grain oats
  • 8 dates, organic and potted
  • 2 tbs cacao powder
  • 2 tbs. organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract (or essential oil)

Steps:

To begin, in a food processor combine the cashews and oats. Process until fine, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until everything is combined, and roll into bites, cut into bars, or shape into cookies (about 10). Enjoy with friends and family!

My Tips for Teaching Kids Cooking Skills

Hi Everyone!

Many people (especially those reading this) enjoy cooking, but how exactly did you learn? Was it watching your grandma bake her famous apple pie or making homemade tacos with your dad as a kid? Was it YouTube videos that you watched when you were looking for a simple recipe to make? Surprisingly, not many people learn to cook at a young age, even though it is one of the most important life skills.

I’ve been lucky enough to have several opportunities to teach kids how to cook, by running a program at my local elementary school, teaching a class at Whole Foods, cooking on my town news channel, and giving individual lessons to a little girl in my town (which is in the picture below.) These are just some of the tips I have found useful, and while I may not be an expert, I hope that they are useful for you too!

So, whether you’re a kid yourself who came across my blog, or someone who knows kids themselves or has their own, consider teaching them to cook! There is tasks for any age in the kitchen, and that way come college, kids will already know how to cook, and it won’t be another new skill for them to learn.

So, please check out my tips for teaching kids to cook and let me know what works best for you! 🙂

  1. Show that cooking is fun and not a chore! When something is seen as unenjoyable and more of a required activity than something that is fun to do, kids will be less apt to do it. So, show them that you are excited to cook and emphasize how much fun it is!
  2. Ask them about their favorite foods and ingredients, and use them to start. Often times when a kid’s favorite food is being cooked, they’ll be more willing to help and see how it’s made, because of the delicious outcome.
  3. Let them have their own tasks, and give them independence. If there’s one thing kids like, it’s being independent and in charge! Let the kids do something on their own, such as mixing in an ingredient, cracking eggs, or measuring an amount of something. They’ll feel more accomplished if they know they worked hard to make the dish.
  4. Emphasize the importance of reading a recipe and have them create their own! Giving kids the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind dish on their own gives them a boost of creativity and lets them think outside of the box. Reading a recipe shows them the chronological steps of cooking and (as a bonus) helps kids who are learning to read!
  5. Share their recipe with others and make sure to give them feedback. Of course, it’s important to give first time cooks or young kids all positive feedback, but after they’ve had some experience, ask them what they think would make it even better the next time. This will get them excited to cook again! It is also great to have them show others what they made, and to make them feel proud of what they’ve cooked!

Please share with others if you like these tips, and stay tuned for some more! 🙂

Razzy Peach Paradise Smoothie + Laney and Lu Cafe Collaboration!

Hi Everyone!

Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to takeover Laney and Lu Cafe’s Instagram account and share a brand new smoothie recipe. If you haven’t heard of Laney and Lu, it is a cafe located in Exeter, NH, that is all about sharing and promoting a love of real food. As one of Laney and Lu’s “Blends with Benefits,” I shared my story (and the recipe I’m about to share with you) for a day, and my Razzy Peach Paradise smoothie was sold in their cafe for the week. It was such a fun experience, and I would highly recommend checking out their inspiring mission and menu at http://www.laneyandlu.com.

This smoothie is perfect for late spring, as it is hydrating, packed with healthy fruits, and has a fun, refreshing flavor. Not to mention, the electrolytes in the coconut water make this smoothie a perfect post-workout choice or hydrating start to the day. Please check out Laney and Lu and their website, and sorry for the delay in posting. 🙂 Enjoy!

Razzy Peach Paradise (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup coconut water

Steps:

To make, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of chia seeds, if you would like, and enjoy!

An (Updated) Guide to Eating Real Food on Vacation

Hi Everyone!

So, this past week, my family has been in Florida, and I came up with even more new ideas for eating healthy on vacation. While traveling and managing to keep up a real food diet does seem tricky, once you have a few insider tricks up your sleeve it can be done. After all, you want to enjoy your vacation, not be worrying about what’s in your food! Be sure to check out my previous post on this subject as well, listing 5 Tips and Tricks for Eating Real Food on the Road.

So, let’s get on with the new tips that I have found helpful! Please share and don’t forget to comment your top tips when you travel. 🙂

  • Flexibility is key

Before traveling, know that you will have to be flexible, and be willing to compromise for the better option even if that is not something you usually would buy/order. Typically, stores away from home do not sell the same things, as with restaurants, so look for the best option and aim for over 50% of your food being “safe bets” (knowing where it came from, clearly a clean food like fruits and veggies) and the other portion being the next best choice you can find.

  • Pack it up for the airport

Typically, it can be difficult to find something truly healthy and “real,” in an airport, and especially on the plane. My advice is to at least pack something for when you are flying- I love packing dried fruit, bars like Larabars, popcorn, and whole grain crackers. I stick to foods that don’t have a ton of liquid to keep it safe. That way, I have enough food in case I can’t find anything decent. If you do buy food, go for something simple like oatmeal. Don’t forget to pack some snacks for your trip and for the way home! img_5280

  • Go for the vegetarian option when you’re unsure

It can be difficult to know where your meat is sourced while traveling, unless you find a local, farm-to-table restaurant. When you don’t know, try to go for the vegetarian option or choose from several side items to make a meal, such as a baked potato, veggies, fruit, etc. It is pretty hard to mess up a veggie entree! 😉

  • Buy some food when you get there

Especially when you are staying for a longer period of time, buying food from a nearby grocery store when you arrive at your destination is a great idea. Sometimes, you even luck out and find a health food store! Stocking up on breakfast foods, healthy snacks, and fresh fruits and veggies will save time and money on vacation.

  • Call ahead and find some options

If you are planning on going out to eat and have a little extra time, its worth giving a few places a call and asking where they source their food and if it is whole wheat, homemade, etc. This can help narrow down which restaurants have the most wholesome offerings, if any at all. Of course, we all run into times where we have to just pick somewhere without an advance plan, but calling ahead can give you an idea of the best place.

  • Look out for vegan and vegetarian restaurants/smoothie shops

I myself am not vegan or vegetarian, but most restaurants that do specialize in vegan and/or vegetarian food are very health-conscious and offer several local, fresh options. While it is important to watch out for added refined sugars and refined grains at these restaurants, vegan restaurants typically have some good options, so it can be nice to check out which of these restaurants are nearby. When in doubt, smoothies are a good bet! 😉

  • Start the day off with a healthy breakfast

If all else fails, don’t forget to start off the day with a healthy breakfast. I love oatmeal, plain yogurt topped with fruit and nuts/seeds, or a smoothie alongside a whole grain muffin for breakfast both while I’m traveling and at home. Using the groceries you’ve purchased, making a filling breakfast that will give you fuel for hours is a great idea, because when you aren’t as hungry throughout the day, you reach for healthier options.

 

I hope these tips help you while traveling, and have a nice vacation! 🙂

 

Cracking The Cooking Code: Gluten Free

Hi Everyone!

Today I thought it would be a good time to share with you a new series of posts called “Cracking the Cooking Code.” In today’s world, there are so many false health claims, and it is impossible not to feel overwhelmed by all of the advertising and diet trends, or healthy buzzwords. So, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the real definition of gluten-free, and a recipe for those who are gluten free!

Nowadays, companies are desperate to appear like the most healthful brands and attract customers. Buzzwords like “gluten free” lead customers to believe that gluten is unhealthy for their body, but really it is very natural and doesn’t harm anyone unless the have an intolerance or Celiacs disease. Gluten is the naturally occurring protein of the grain, which doesn’t have much effect on the body, unless you have a sensitivity or allergy.

So, gluten free products are actually more processed because most go through the process of taking out the gluten part of the grain. If you have an allergy, I would absolutely recommend using a flour like almond or coconut, but otherwise, whole wheat is perfectly.

So, I’d love to share a recipe with you for gluten free pancakes that are real food if you can’t eat whole wheat flour. This is definitely a recipe that takes a few tries to  perfect your skills with, but is delicious and packed with protein. Enjoy!
Protein Power Banana-Berry Pancakes 

SERVES 1

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Ingredients:

  • 1 very ripe banana (or 2, depending on size)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tbs. raspberries
  • 2 tbs. blueberries
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil

Steps:

To prepare, mash the banana and mix in an egg. Add in the cinnamon, and grease a griddle or saucepan with coconut oil. On the pan with medium heat, add in small pancake sized circles of the banana mixture, and sprinkle in berries. Cook until golden brown on each side and serve with more fresh berries and a touch of maple syrup. Enjoy!

My Definition of A Foodie

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m not sharing a recipe, but rather my opinion on what it means to be a true foodie and to eat healthy. Ever since I have become passionate about healthy cooking and writing, I have worked on coming up with my own definition of healthy food, or “foodie food,” which is very similar to the ideas of other blogs that I have seen, with a few differences. While my blog is recipe based, I thought I’d like to share with you what I think healthy eating consists of, as well as why I am a foodie and what that is.

In my opinion, eating a whole food diet consists of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables (preferably organic), as well as some local meats and dairy, and proteins like seeds, nuts, and beans. As far as whole grains go, I always opt for whole wheat, and, like most other blogs write, I believe that as few ingredients in a prepackaged food there are the better- that is, if the ingredients are wholesome and don’t have any refined sugar or oils. This is very similar to what other bloggers may believe, but my key belief is that I think the most important thing is choosing the best choice at the time. For example, in a situation less than ideal at a restaurant, it is better to choose the slightly better option rather than go for deep-fried fast foods simply because you are there anyway, and you have already had some processed food.

I bet you’re still wondering why a fourteen-year-old girl would choose to do all this. Most, of the time, parents make their kids eat healthy, right? For me, it is both a passion and something that I think I have to do if I want to be my best. As a student and busy athlete, I notice a difference when I eat healthy, whole foods versus the processed stuff. Additionally, I am trying to encourage other kids my age to do the same (or at least take some steps in the right direction) because our generation will only be able to do some amazing things in the future if we are healthy. Take a look at this chart, which shows the increases in childhood health problems and obesity.

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According to the CDC, people who are obese are far more at risk to and prone to “Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and mental illness.” (https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/effects/)  So, if more and more of our population is getting sick, then we won’t be able to achieve great success and innovate in the future. This is why I am on a mission to inspire other kids to eat healthy (on a serious note!)

Additionally (on a lighter note), I want to inspire other kids to get in the kitchen and make healthier choices because health food sometimes has a bad rap, but it can be really delicious! Most people don’t realize how many delectable healthy recipes are out there, but when you take a little time and look, you may find that the homemade version is much better than the boxed, prepackaged mix.

So, my goal is to inspire and reach as many other kids, teens, and adults (but specifically my age group) to get cooking! In my opinion, the more people that know the truth about what we eat the better, because the more people who choose to cook and eat healthier food, the bigger the “real food revolution.” If you agree, please share with others, as I am trying to share my thoughts with as many kids as I can. Let’s spread the real food revolution and passion!

 

The Best Lunch Container to Purchase (by age)

Hi Everyone!

Almost every week I see a new lunch box or container being advertised. “Leak-proof!” “Good for the environment!”  and “Easy to Wash!” are all claims being made, but what lunch packing system is really the best? Quite honestly, that’s up to you and your lifestyle! There is no perfect lunch box for all age groups, rather it depends on what you need when! So, I decided to come up with the ideal lunchbox for every age group- after all, preschoolers need a different kind of container than adults or high school students who pack their lunch each day. So, without further ado, here is the best lunch container for every age!

Preschool (ages 2-4)

Yumbox Original Divided Container:

 This lunchbox is the perfect choice for any young child who is just learning about how to pack healthy lunches and cook. At the preschool age, this container is especially fitting, as it has labels for each food group in individual compartments, and it is both leak-proof and dishwasher-safe. This lunch container is the perfect one to invest in for a long-time student or lunch-packer!

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LunchBots Duo:

This container is also great for the younger age group, as it is made of sturdy stainless steel and is dishwasher safe. While it is not leak-proof, small side containers that are can be purchased, and it is the perfect size. This is a sturdy container that will last for years!

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Elementary (ages 5-10)

Yumbox Original and Panino Containers:

Like the original (which is also great for elementary school kids) the Yumbox Panino is a leak-proof, durable, and dishwasher safe container. It has one larger sandwich/salad compartment and two smaller ones, so its the perfect choice.

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Lunchbots Cinco Lunch Packing System:

Like the smaller duo container, this is a sturdy, stainless steel choice that is easy to wash and has five compartments. It easily has enough space for small portions of several different foods, and is available in a number of different lid colors. Overall, this is an excellent option for the elementary age.
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Middle School (ages 11-14)

Yumbox Panino Container:

Like I stated in the elementary category, this is an amazing container that truly is leakproof, and it is bigger than some of the smaller containers which is great for the middle school age. This container does not have labels for different food groups, therefore making it a little bit of a more mature design.

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Planetbox Rover:

This is another stainless steel option, and I personally love this container because it is dishwasher safe (though it is easy to wash), spacious, and durable. It is definitely on the pricier side as far as containers go, but it is worth the money because of its long-lasting quality.

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Ziploc Divided Container:

This is a perfect, budget-friendly option for any age, but particularly the older kids/adults age group. It is now easy to find in many stores, and is the least expensive option, though they do last a slightly shorter time. I have found that these containers work great for me as they fit the right amount of food and are dishwasher safe!

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High School (ages 14-18)/ Adult

Ziploc Divided Container:

As I wrote above, this is an excellent, money-saving lunch container that fits the right portions for lunch and is dishwasher safe, as well as BPA-free.

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Lunchbots Bento Trio Container:

A bigger sized container like the duo and cinco, this is a sturdy and reliable choice for packing lunch for the high school and adult ages. Like the Ziploc containers, it has three compartments, one bigger and two smaller, and it is easy to wash. It also comes in a variety of designs for the lid, and it is a great choice- the only con with this container is that it is not leakproof.

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Planetbox Launch:

This is also a durable stainless steel lunch packing container that will last for years, like the Rover pictured above. It includes a tall dipper container for dressings and dips, and is easy to clean, though it is dishwasher safe. It is 30% larger than the Rover, and holds 7.5 cups of food, which I think is more than plenty for an adult-sized portion. This is a great container that I highly recommend!

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I hope this post has helped you decide what lunch container is best for you, and Happy Thanksgiving from The Mini Foodie! 🙂

 

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!