Perfect Protein Pancakes

Hi Everyone!

I have a fun and easy breakfast recipe to share with you all today- protein pancakes! As the school year is back in full swing, mornings have gotten busier and there is less time to make a fun and creative breakfast. So, I have been looking for some healthy and unique breakfasts beyond oatmeal, smoothies, and toast. While those are great options, it is also nice to think outside the box and switch recipes up. Additionally, it is important to eat a protein-rich breakfast before school and sports, so you are full and fueled for the busy day ahead. This recipe is both creative and filling, and takes maybe 1/4 of the time it takes to make traditional pancakes! 

When I first came across a recipe for egg and banana protein pancakes, they turned into a scrambled egg consistency that was not very similar to pancakes. So, after a ton of delicious recipe testing, I’m excited to share this one with you! πŸ™‚

As always, please share with others if you liked this recipe, and enjoy! 


Banana Perfect Protein Pancakes 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed 
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional toppings- almond butter, berries, banana slices, or maple syrup

Steps:

To start, heat the coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. In a separate bowl, mash a banana and mix in the eggs, cinnamon, and flax seed. Once combined, scoop onto skillet and flip once golden. Enjoy and serve with almond butter, fruit and/or maple syrup!

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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! πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ™‚ 

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. πŸ™‚ 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! 

Serving Up Summer: The Healthiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi Everyone!

It’s the beginning of the summer- the season where everyone is off to barbecues, 4th of July celebrations, swimming parties, and family camping trips. All of these events are filled with fun, laughter, games, and plenty of sunshine, but have one more thing in common- the food. While summer is a season perfect for spending more time outside with family and friends, it is also seemingly the season for more sugar and more “junk” than anyone’s body would like.

At the same time, when you are asked to bring a dessert to share to a barbecue or an appetizer for all at a party, you don’t want to disappoint. Finding the balance between a dish being healthy enough and having the right flavor can be hard to do, which is why I’m creating this “Serving Up Summer” series! Each post will detail a nutritious and delicious summer recipe that is a definite crowd-pleaser, so you can enjoy healthier summer treats and meals. While indulging in a treat every once in awhile is perfectly okay, having healthier alternatives is an even better option!

The first recipe I have to share with you all (and I can safely say that recipe testing for this series has been absolutely delicious) is the healthiest oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! The classic chocolate chip cookie is an all-time favorite, but for a twist on the original, many recipes add oats for extra texture. When oats are added, most people think that this makes the cookie suddenly many times healthier. However, most recipes call for between 2/3 and a whole cup of refined white sugar. This recipe is sweetened using only bananas, and takes all of 5 minutes to whip up because of the short ingredient list. Some could even call this recipe a “breakfast cookie,” but that’s up to you. πŸ™‚

So, please enjoy these healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and let me know what you think! Stay tuned for more recipes in this series, and as always, please share with family and friends if you like what you see.

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The Healthiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes 24 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (preferably organic and quick cooking)
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 3 tbs ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite alternative)
  • 1/4 cup melted organic coconut oil (plus an additional tablespoon if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Then, mix in the flax seed and oats. Fold in the chocolate chips, and then scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake each tray for 15 minutes, or until golden brown in color. Enjoy!


 

Strawberry Oat Breakfast Muffins

Hi Everyone!

I came up with a delicious new recipe to share with you all today- strawberry oat breakfast muffins. They are absolutely delicious, healthy, soft, and they give a nice boost of energy in those early morning hours. Not to mention, they are high in healthy fats, omega-3s, and antioxidants. What more is there to love? πŸ™‚

In the early hours before school and work, it can be tough to pack a lot of nutrition in. In fact, often times we resort to eating a chocolate chip granola bar on our way out the door (or not eating breakfast at all). These muffins are a great way to fuel up for the day and pack in plenty of delectable flavor. Also, the texture of oats in these muffins makes them slightly chewier, which I love.Β While you’re at it, try making a double batch to freeze or making these muffins into mini-sized or jumbo-sized muffins. That way, you can pull out fresh, homemade muffins on any day without baking a whole batch!

This recipe in particular is wonderful for spring and the warmer weather. As the days become brighter and warmer, fresh fruit becomes more accessible and therefore is the perfect addition to these muffins!

So, without further ado, please enjoy this recipe and share the foodie love with others! πŸ™‚

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Strawberry Oat Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic whole grain oats (quick-cooking are best, because they are chopped into smaller pieces)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbs. ground flaxseed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup strawberries, roughly chopped

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin of choice. Then, mix together flour, baking soda/powder, oats, salt, and flaxseed. Add in coconut oil, applesauce, honey, and eggs. Once evenly combined, fold in strawberries, and add to muffin tins. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden in color and a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!


 

Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a healthy remake recipe that is absolutely delicious, filling, and easy to make! Not to mention, it is incredibly moist, and has the perfect consistency. While I would certainly categorize this bundt cake as an after-dinner treat, the real ingredients make it a choice that’s really not even so bad for breakfast! πŸ™‚

My mom found a recipe for a similar cake on her Facebook page, but it required 1 cup of unnecessary refined sugar, wasn’t whole wheat, and used many ingredients I would not typically cook with. So, I decided to come up with my own healthier, less processed version that would still be equally as delicious for us to enjoy! I absolutelyΒ loveΒ remaking an unhealthy recipe into a better alternative, haha! πŸ™‚

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This cake is delicious with some homemade whipped cream or naturally sweetened ice cream on top, or you could even add some confectioners sugar for an extra special treat. This would also be great as a birthday cake or even dessert for an upcoming Easter gathering! I hope you enjoy this recipe, and be sure to share if you like it! πŸ™‚ Also, if there is any unhealthy recipes you have that you’d like to remake, let me know in the comments!


Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup organic, whole milk plain yogurt (or organic sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour + another 1/2 tbs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (preferably organic)

Steps:

To begin, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a bundt pan with coconut oil or your choice of oil. Next, in a large bowl, mix together eggs, honey, oil, 2 tsp lemon zest, yogurt (or sour cream), vanilla, and 11/2-2 tbs of the lemon juice. Add in flour, salt, and baking powder, mixing in 1/2 the mixture at a time. Set aside, and in another bowl, add the washed and dried blueberries. Sprinkle on 1/2 tbs flour and 1 tsp lemon juice, and mix to combine. Then, fold in the blueberry mixture, or add 1/2 the batter to the bundt pan, spread the blueberries across, and top with more batter. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden in color and a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

Note: this recipe was adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

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. πŸ™‚

  • 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!Β 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! πŸ˜‰

  • 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! πŸ˜‰

  • 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! πŸ™‚