Chia Seed Protein Pudding: Two Recipes

Chia Seed Protein Pudding: Two Recipes

I was introduced to chia seed pudding a few years ago and instantly fell in love. A healthy alternative to regular pudding? Yes, please! I love “healthifying” my favorite foods that aren’t so healthy for you so this was right up my alley. I tried a few chia seed pudding recipes and started to develop my own. Most of the recipes I found didn’t have protein added to them so I decided to boost mine with protein. Chia seed protein pudding packs a healthy punch. It’s loaded with healthy nutrients which makes it a great option for either breakfast or a healthy dessert.

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3 Easy Low Carb Egg Muffins

3 Easy Low Carb Egg Muffins

I love easy breakfasts. If you’re like me, breakfast time is busy. I’m getting ready for work, feeding animals, answering any last minute emails and trying to get out the door to go to work. Needless to say, the easier I can make my morning routine, the better. When I meal prep and am prepared, everything seems to run a little smoother.

I also like to start my day off with protein, fat and some veggies. It seems to help me balance out my blood sugar levels a little better and I’m starting the day off with some good nutrition rather than a bunch of carbs or a sugary treat (although many times that’s what I want!). These are low carb, gluten free and grain free making them friendly to a lot of “diets” out there today.

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Pineapple Jalapeno Detox Smoothie

Pineapple Jalapeno Detox Smoothie

I love smoothies for many reasons. They can provide so many nutritional benefits in one glass. They can pack vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, macronutrients and more into one meal or snack. They’re easy to take on the go if you’re in a rush or you can enjoy them at home. You can make them a complete meal with protein, carbohydrates and fat or you can stick to more of a fruit/veggie smoothie.

Smoothies are often packed with nutrients which help fill nutritional voids and detox your body of anti-nutrients. I love this pineapple and jalapeño green smoothie (or any green smoothie for that matter) when I need to fill my body with nutrients, benefit from it’s energy producing effects and rid my body of impurities. Plus, as a benefit, jalapeño can be a major fat burning influence.

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Seafood Kale Salad

Seafood Kale Salad

Superfood – it’s one of the biggest phrases in nutrition right now. Superfood indicates a food that is nutrient dense and will benefit the body on a deep nutritional level. Everyone wants superfoods these days. Our guests that come to our fitness retreat love to talk about superfoods and how they can get more of them. It’s a great conversation because there is some confusion out there. There are like a zillion shake diets out there (I will not name any of them) who claim to be selling “superfoods”. I’m here to tell you that superfoods don’t come in the form of a processed meal replacement shake. They just don’t.

Superfoods are -> Whole, unprocessed, colorful foods.

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Low Carb Fajita Bowl

Low Carb Fajita Bowl

Mmmmm…anything fajita inspired makes my stomach say yes, please! I love fajitas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas. Oh yea, and I also love chips and salsa. I think I mentioned in a blog post recently that I love food. I love good food and I love great tasting food. So my mission has become to make some of my favorite food in a healthier version.

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Cheeseburger Salad

Cheeseburger Salad

I love cheeseburgers. I know there are others out there who love a good burger. Give me a medium rare, high quality beef (or grass-fed beef) burger and I’m so happy. I love a delicious, juicy burger and fries. I’m just like everyone else and I have my “comfort food” loves. As much as I love a burger and fries, I also know that a burger and fries combo isn’t the healthiest out there for me. So I created a perfect, low carb and healthier option to a burger!

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Protein Breakfast Parfait: Two Ways

Protein Breakfast Parfait: Two Ways

Easy, balanced breakfasts are sometimes hard to come by. I know if you’re like me and my family, we need things that can be eaten easily without a lot of preparation in the morning. Or we need an option when we’re running out the door that can grabbed quickly and taken on the go.

It seems like protein is hard to add into breakfast if it isn’t something that’s cooked like eggs. I wanted to come up with a recipe that was balanced, had protein and is easy to take on the go. These protein breakfast parfaits are perfect for busy mornings and they can also be enjoyed slowly even if you aren’t in a rush. Plus, you can meal prep them ahead of time and use them as a healthy treat or snack too.

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Banana Bread: Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free

Banana Bread: Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free

Mmm…I love banana bread! It’s warm and delicious and reminds me of growing up. I love bananas in general so it’s no wonder that I love banana bread. Bananas are one of those food items that tend to go ripe really quick. How many times have you had left over bananas and let them go to waste? I am guilty as charged! But this time, I decided to put those bananas to good use and made a delicious gluten free banana bread.

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