Must Have Mango Green Smoothie Bowl

Every wonder what is in the bright green smoothie bowl that just loves to pop on my Instagram every few weeks. My mango green smoothie bowl is one of my favorite morning pick-me-ups and a great way to start the day feeling fantastic. I love starting the morning with a serving of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fat already under my belt. It almost takes a little pressure off for the rest of the day (not that I don’t try to get in fruits and veg the rest of the day… I just feel a little more confident in meeting the 5-a-day recommendations!). In my eyes, you can never have enough green in your life ๐Ÿ™‚

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My mango green smoothie is super easy and super fast to whip up and enjoy. My toppings of choice typically are:

  • sliced bananas
  • whole or slivered almonds
  • chia seeds
  • frozen berries such as blueberries or raspberries
  • a little high-protein granola

I usually stick with 3 or 4 toppings unless I am feeling super creative (or a little extra hungry!). For the smoothie, you will need:

  • 1/2 banana, frozen or unfrozen
  • 1/4 of a medium avocado
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
  • ~ 1-1.5 cups frozen mango chunks
  • ~1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Place all of your ingredients into a a good blender (I use a Ninja) and blend until smooth. Make sure you stop after a few seconds and scrape down the sides to assure all little bits of spinach break apart and blend.

*Tip — Always add your liquid first so it is in the very bottom of your blender. It help the blending process quicken and gives you a smoother consistency faster!

Once your smoothie is blended without lumps or chunks, place into a large bowl and add the toppings of your choice. I always like a little crunch on my smoothie bowls! Enjoy and keep being creative in the kitchen!

 


Simple Snacking, Nutty Energy Bites!

Happy Sunday everyone! Life has been crazy recently. Juggling school and working is a lot more difficult than I expected, but I finally think I’ve got a good groove going! At least I hope…

Ya’ll know how much I like my snacks! I am not one to skimp when it comes to snacking. When I don’t have good snack choices on hand is when I tend to make bad choices…like heading to the vending machine or picking up that delicious cookie from Starbucks on my lunch. When I have options available that I enjoy and that I know will make me feel good throughout the day, I am golden!

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I know I have posted some energy bites in the past. I believe my last one was for pumpkin energy bites! This recipe will probably mimic a few I’ve done in the past or have a lot of the same ingredients. That is primarily because I usually use the same base when making any type of energy bite/ball. Try out this recipe and feel free to add your own twist to it! It is quite delicious and will satisfy mid afternoon tummy grumbles with something a little sweet and tasty!

Nutty Energy Bites:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup chunky, no added salt peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • cinnamon to taste

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until your ingredients are sticking together. If you would like to add any other flavors such as nutmeg, vanilla, cocoa powder, etc. please feel free to do so at this time.

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Roll your balls. I usually make min a little smaller than a ping pong ball. Stack in a bowl or on a small plate, and cover with just a small piece of parchment or wax paper. Allow you energy bites to chill in the refrigerator overnight. This helps the chia seeds form a little bit of a gel with the wet ingredients which will keep your bites in their ball shape form and hold them together.

Store in a plastic container for up to a week in the refrigerator. Your quantity will depend on how large you choose to roll your balls. Enjoy!

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Raw Pumpkin Pie Balls

Ok, it’s time! I’m going to give you the recipe for the delicious little morsels that I released a few days ago! These raw little bites of heaven started out as something I thought was going to be a big flop and turned into perfection. I was so pleased with the taste, I couldn’t wait to share them with friends and co-workers and boy were they a hit! Packed with the perfect combos of fall, these pumpkin balls are flavorful, pungent, and calling your name to come back for 1 more (or 2 or 3)!


ย If you choose to made these lovely little treats, don’t panic when your batter feels too wet during your rolling process. That is what it is supposed to feel like! This recipe DOES require a full 12 hour to chill in the refrigerator for best results. Once they have set, keep chilled unless serving. They will keep for ~5-7 days chilled!

Jazz up your pumpkin balls with any added flavors you feel you’d enjoy. You may also roll them in different topping before chilling such as ground or chopped nuts, coconut, coco powder, peanut butter powder, etc. Please share any interesting or delicious flavor combinations that you find! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Raw Pumpkin Pie Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 regular 12oz can pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbsp PB2
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tspย vanilla
  • little less than 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I broke mine down a little more in a bag before using to get smaller, finer pieces)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine all your ingredients until your oats are moistened. Yes, the batter will seem overly wet. It’s ok!!


Roll your batter into small 1/2-1 in balls (a little smaller than a ping pong ball). Place on wax paper on a flat surface such as a plate or tray and refrigerate over-night or for at least 12 hours. These delectable little treats are free of animal products as well as gluten (trace amount of oats in each ball should be fine in small quantities!). Serve at aย Halloween party, as an after school snack for your kids, or just as a delicious finish to a perfect fall day. I hope you try them! Please let me know what you think!



Easy Peanut Butter Cranberry Banana Breakast Muffins

If you’re an on-the-go breakfast type of person, this could be just the breasfast for you. With only a few, simple ingredients, these muffins and be taken in the car or thrown in your bag for work for an easy, low-cal breakfast. Need a little more substance to your breakfast? Warm up and add little slab of your favorite nut butter or grab 2 instead of 1!  Have your muffin accompany a small fruit smoothie or make 1 egg on the side. However you choose to eat these delicious little treats, just know they are the perfect fiber-filled addition to start off your morning in a healthy, happy direction!

Ingredients: (makes 11 muffins)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 slightly brown bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, loosely patted
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

120kcal/muffin

   
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, saving the chia seeds for the last second as a mix in (if not they can begin to form a gel with any liquid, causing your batter to become a little too thick or stiff). Evenly distribute batter into pre-greased muffin liners. Bake on 350 for about 10 minutes. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes and enjoy while still slightly warm!


Easy like Oatmeal

Good morning!

I use to be an oatmeal every morning type of person, but I was always using oatmeal from a packet. Now I will give myself some credit because I was choosing a “weight controlled version” to avoid loads of excess sugar. After taking some time off of the oatmeal train, I had a packet a few weeks ago and realized that there was an off flavor that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but it just tasted a little…. artificial? I don’t know if that was quite it, but I just wasn’t feeling the flavor anymore.

I decided a few days ago to test my luck making homemade oatmeal. Now, that sounds like such an easy task right? Well, every time I had tried in the past I hated it. I couldn’t even choke down 1 spoonful. I just haven’t been able to achieve the flavor that I desired, so I started over.

I finally found the perfect combination of sweet, savory, warm, and flavorful. This oatmeal recipe is a perfect blank slate that can be transformed into multiple other recipes based on the toppings you choose.

Actually….. let’s talk about toppings really quick!

Here are some of my favorites:

  • berries
  • bananas
  • nuts (almonds and pecans are my favorite!)
  • chia seeds
  • nut butters
  • greek yogurt
  • granola

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When choosing toppings for your oatmeal, get the biggest bang for your buck! Choose things that you like, but that will also add a little extra nutritional value to your food (yes this is the dietitian coming out of me!). For example, we all know that protein is important for fullness and satiety, so why not add a little extra protein to your oatmeal with a spoonful ofย greek yogurt, chia seeds, or nuts? Or add a little extra fiber from a few berries, granola, or chia seeds (see why I love chia seeds so much). When it comes to flavorings, chia seeds, berries, mashed banana… they will all add an extra sweetness to your oatmeal without added sugar.

Now back to the recipe…

Enjoy this simple, easy, basic oatmeal recipe and make it your own! Play with toppings, play with flavors, and enjoy your new, improved, homemade oatmeal! Bump up that breakfast!

Easy Oatmeal:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 banana, smashed
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon

Put all ingredients into a bowl, mix, and microwave for ~2 1/2 – 3 minutes, mixing about every 30 seconds.

For banana bread oatmeal: top with a few sliced bananas, 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter, extra sprinkle of cinnamon, and a few chopped pecans if you’d like a little added crunch! (one of my favorites!!!)