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Raspberry Almond Smoothie

Raspberry Almond Smoothie

February is American Heart Month and although the month is almost ever, I say it’s never too late to be thinking about heart health! Driscoll’s is celebrating Heart Health Month and asked me to create a recipe using their delicious berries!

When it comes to heart health, raspberries are one of the best foods you can eat. They are packed with fiber and vitamin C. Red raspberries contain a compound called anthocyanin. Some studies have shown that anthocyanins reduce the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Anthocyanins are also good for protecting your eye sight from deterioration. Raspberries can also prevent and help regulate blood sugar levels. Raspberries have so many health benefits!

Raspberry Almond Smoothie

I have been making lots of coconut almond smoothies lately. It’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s so creamy it tastes more like dessert. For this smoothie, I swapped out the coconut milk for almond milk and added lots of fresh raspberries! This smoothie is the best of both worlds because it is still creamy and dessert-like, but it also has a nice fruity flavor from the raspberries. And also, look at the pretty color! It’s so girly, I’m kind of obsessed and it makes me want to pile on a bunch of sprinkles.

Breakfast Brownies

Breakfast Brownies

Sayyyyy what? Brownies. For breakfast. And if it’s not a thing now, I hereby declare that they are a thing. Starting now.

These brownies are all kinds of amazing, yet they are totally healthy which means that you can eat them pretty much whenever you want, including breakfast! You’re welcome.

Breakfast Brownies

Seriously, look how chocolatey they are! And you don’t need any butter, eggs, or sugar to make them. These are brownies you can feel good about eating!

If you have been to my blog before, you know I love making breakfast cookies. They are easy to bake up and portable so you eat them anywhere! And if you give a girl a cookie, she’s going to want…a brownie.

These brownies are made with everything I love about my breakfast cookies: oats, banana, applesauce, coconut oil, flax, and sweetened with agave nectar. But then, there is the chocolate! All kinds of good stuff. They are under 150 calories each which means you can eat two (maybe 3!). I actually have also been stealing them for a dessert or snack too. I like eating them straight from the fridge and they almost have a fudge-like texture which makes them seem like they should be so wrong!

Breakfast Brownies

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

I think I could eat tacos every single day of my life and be totally happy. The ingredient and flavor possibilities are basically endless which means I’ll never get tired of them.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

I want to stuff these sweet potato and black bean tacos in my face right now. For breakfast. That’s how good they are.

They are also ridiculously easy to prepare so they are great for lunch or an easy weeknight meal. Done and done in just under 30 minutes. Obviously, they are also meatless which means your veggie and vegan friends will love you forever and always. But you carnivores need not worry, you don’t need the meat. Sweet potatoes and black beans are plenty filling, trust me, okay? I had some shredded cabbage in my fridge so I threw it on top and it was pretty much perfect because it added some crunch. Oh, then cilantro, I know some of you hate it, but I piled it on. I didn’t even need to add cheese, and that’s saying a lot my friends! I did have to add some sour cream though, because I cannot just not be stopped there.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Mug Cakes. They can be totally awesome because 1. You can make just one cake and are not left with an entire cake on the counter. This is good because it will not result in the totally awkward situation where you know you should just toss the left over cake in the garbage so you do and then you actually feel compelled to go back to the trash and retrieve said cake. Then, once you realize how disgusting you are, you pour dish soap on it to keep yourself away from it. You know, à la Miranda Hobbs.

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

And 2. Mug cakes be prepared, cooked, and in your mouth in 5 minutes. You really can’t ask for more than that, right?

I have been trying to figure out how to make a good mug cake for a long time. Most of them have ended up in the trash. They are not easy to get right and more often than not, they are dry and spongy and the texture is just all off. One thing I’ve learned recently is that adding an egg never works for me and adding things like mashed banana, peanut butter, or in this case, Nutella, makes it all right. This cake is rich, moist, and oh so chocolatey!

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

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Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Yield: 1 cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (can also use peanut butter)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or coconut oil)

Directions:

  1. In a mug, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and the cocoa powder. Then whisk in the milk, chocolate hazelnut spread, and the vegetable oil until well-combined.
  2. Place the mug into the microwave and cook on high for about 1 minute and 20 seconds or until the cake is cooked through. Top with powdered sugar, fruit, frosting, anything you want!

Five-Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Croque-Monsieur

Croque-Monsieur

Have you guys been watching the Olympics? I’ve been totally sucked in. I usually just watch some of the figure skating, but this year we have been watching it all. Curling- what’s up with all the noises and yelling? Biathlon – Shooting and skiing, how does one get into that?! I have also been loving all of the snowboarding stuff. All of the tricks are crazy and I can’t stop thinking that if I ever tried that, I would throw up and then I would fall down all the live long day.

All the Olympics watching has made me want quick dinners so I don’t miss anything and they also having me thinking it’s cold out and we need lots of grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. Instead of making regular grilled cheese, I opted for the French version, a Croque-Monsieur!

I didn’t have my first Croque-Monsieur until about a year ago at a little cafe and I couldn’t believe what I was missing out on all this time! A Croque-Monsieur is made with ham, Gruyere cheese, mustard (which I had to leave off because I just can’t do mustard), and it’s topped with a gorgeous Béchamel sauce and is then broiled in the oven until perfectly bubbly and gooey. Gah, I’m drooling just thinking about it right now!

Chicken Broccoli Slaw

Chicken Broccoli Slaw

Happy Valentine’s Day! This recipe is not romantic or decadent, but it is healthy, fresh, and really tasty!

Although I am totally and completely dreading it getting to hotter temperatures here, I am ready for spring foods. Light, crisp, fresh. These are all the things I want right now when it comes to food.

I have been getting kind of bored with my salads lately and wanted to change things up a bit. When you think of a slaw, you probably typically think of it as a topping or maybe a side dish, but it can be so much more! Why not eat it as a salad?! By adding some extra veggies and chicken, this slaw easily stands on its own and is filling enough for lunch. I added some extra crunch with Chow Mein noodles! This little salad also has 17 grams of protein so eat it up!

Chicken Broccoli Slaw

Chicken Broccoli Slaw

I topped it with some of my spicy peanut dressing which I make quite frequently for a number of dishes including my spicy peanut chicken wrap. I think if I could put this dressing on everything, I would. I like to use crunchy peanut butter because it adds texture and well, I’m kind of obsessed with crunchy peanut butter, but you can use plain if you’d prefer.