Oatmeal Pancakes

Pancakes are such a hit around here and this recipe is such a good way to sneak a balanced meal into the kids. I've even pureed spinach into this recipe to get veggies in too - green pancakes! You can also experiment and add pureed pumpkin or sweet potato. I hope that your family enjoys these as much as we do! ...

Breakfast Burrito

This is one of my hubby's breakfast favorites.  We can definitely fall victim to getting stuck into routine eating the same things day in and day out so this breakfast burrito is a nice change.  Black beans, eggs, spinach, and the whole grain wrap are all good sources of protein and iron making this an energizing breakfast. The salsa adds some spice and the avocado adds a welcome creaminess. This is an easy recipe to make up for a group and is a great option for lunch or a casual dinner too.  You can prep the eggs and bean/spinach mixture and leave the toppings in small bowls so that people can create their own healthy Burritos.  Serve these up with a some vegetable credit and a beautiful bowl of fresh fruit to add even more nutrient density to this meal. Our daughters are always anxious to get their hands into the creation process and like putting together their own.  Getting the kids involved definitely helps to get their buy into eating the meal too!         ...

Avocado Salsa & Guacamole – When Life Gives you (lots of!) Avocados…What to Do?!

First off, in case you didn't know...I love avocado SO much so that when my hubby brought a bunch of big, beautiful Bermuda avocados home from work (THANK YOU Damien!) I did a happy dance. Since they are almost all ripe, I don't want to waste any of their precious monounsaturated fats, potassium, or fiber! It's a good thing that we have my mother and father in-law visiting to help take some of the load 🙂 PS - I used to hate avocado so just goes to show that we need to keep trying new things as now my salads are just NEVER the same without them now! I feel like sometimes we take things too seriously in the kitchen. I definitely like to  experiment in the kitchen to create dishes with whatever I have a lot of on hand. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy Avocado! As always, I'd love to hear your ideas too.       ...

Eggy Crepes

You race in the door for dinner and everyone is hungry and there are no groceries and nothing prepared. You could pick up the phone and get take out but you know that's not the healthiest option and it's still going to take 45 minutes. What do do? Break out the eggs and make these super easy and fast Eggy Crepes. ...

Overnight Muesli Oats

Let's start by saying that I love my oats 🙂 The thing that I love the most about them is that they are satisfying and keep me feeling full throughout the morning, no sugary cereal crash for this gal. I do however get tired of having my oats the same way all the time so I like to get creative and I love them with a Muesli texture without all of the added sugar of store-bought varieties. These are so easy to prep the night before and have ready in the morning. These overnight oats make an incredibly tasty, grab-and-go, well rounded breakfast. I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do around here, they're a family fave! ...

All-In-One Breakfast Smoothie

If you find yourself on the run in the morning, why not take your healthy breakfast to go?!  Here's my favorite way to get my complex carbs, protein, veggies, and healthy fats all in one when I don't have time to have it all separately. ...

Chia’n Berry Bowl

I've been meaning to post this recipe for a looooong time and here it is - finally! If you are looking for a little breakfast variety or you're like me and have breakfast type food any time of day here is a nutritious and delicious idea! Not to mention that it's way cheaper than buying the chia pods in the store and so much better too!! ...

Yumaliscious Pancakes (gluten/grain/dairy free)

I love pancakes for breakfast and love them even more when they're packed full of nutritional goodness. These pancakes are so easy that it's ridiculous and they were a big hit around our house this morning. Here's the recipe: I hope that you enjoy them! ...

Vanilla Berry Blast

This dish is great as a light desert, can be eaten as a snack, or for breakfast 🙂 Recipe *You can skip the vanilla protein powder and it's just as delish. Enjoy! ...

Protein Pancakes

Instead of eating eggs and oats every day these protein pancakes make for a nice change.  As with everything I make, they're super quick & easy.  ...

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free/Egg Free Bread

I had a really hard time finding any decent gluten free/egg free bread for my daughter in the grocery store.  The ingredient list on most of these breads is definitely not Health Fanatic approved :).  I picked up a package of Bob's Red Mill gluten free bread and experimented.  So here's what I did.. I warmed 1 3/4 cups of unsweetened almond milk and let the yeast 'bubble' (although it didn't really 'bubble') for 5 mins Soaked 6tbsp of chia soaking in 3/4 cup of water (during the time the yeast was 'bubbling') Put the dry mix into a large mixing bowl Add chia mixture, 1 tsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, and yeast-milk mix to the dry mix Mix on low speed until all ingredients are blended and smooth and then turn mixer to medium for about 15 seconds until mixture thickens (it got really sticky and was all stuck up in my beaters!) Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray (I also put a piece of parchment paper in the pan and up two of the sides) and scrape the mix out of the beaters and into the pan. Cover the pan with foil and put in your oven on the lowest possible temp (preferably 75-100 degrees) and let rise for 40-45 mins or until the mixture rises to the top of the pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Bake uncovered 60-65 mins and cover with foil again after it starts to brown.  Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5 mins and then remove it from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.   I hope that it works for you as well as it did for us, the kids and hubby all liked it.  I realize that there are two types of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free bread mixes out there and the one pictured here is not the one that I used the first time but I'll be trying this one now as I couldn't find the other one in the grocery store again. ...

Sweet Potato & Banana Pancakes :)

What better way to start your day than with these delicious pancakes which include protein, fruit, veggies, whole grains and healthy fat. ...

Crock-Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instead of waiting for your steel cut oats to cook (since the watched pot only boils over the moment you walk away :)) try cooking them in the slow cooker or soaking them so that they cook more quickly.  If you want to soak them just simply put your steel cut oats in your pot with the specified amount of water, cover and let them soak overnight and they will cook up in half the time in the morning.  To make them in the crock-pot, do as follows: ...

Oatmeal Loaf

Before I travel with my kiddos I am always sure to make something healthy like this great loaf that incorporates protein (eggs), veggies, fruit and whole grains so that I am not at the mercy of airport food.  Here's the recipe for one of my favorite loaves to make for a trip. Oatmeal Loaf ...