Easy Baked Eggs

easy baked eggs

The egg…..in all its glory…..the perfect little protein punch!! Most eggs average 7 g of protein each and I aim for about 20 g at breakfast time. So this am I made 3 baked eggs in muffin tins just to test this idea out.

To make:

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Crack egg into muffin tin (spray if not non stick)

>>>add nothing

>>>add spices

>>>add cheese

>>>add veggies

3. Bake for 15 min.

>Eat now

>Save some for later in the week

>Freeze for even later in the month

>Add to an English muffin with meat, cheese, tomatoes, spinach and wrap up in foil for a grab and go healthy option (no drive thru here) later. (reheat)

Enjoy!! I know we all need constant inspiration  and new ideas to keep going on the healthy train so I hope you will try this and love it!

xo-A

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PNB & Banana Oatmeal

pnb and banana oats

I made this one in my Dutch oven on the stove the other day and I am just finishing up the last batch for tomorrow’s breakfast. Nothing fills me up and sets me up for a good day (nutritionally) like an oatmeal breakfast. It covers all the basis. No cravings and no crazy binge moments because I am all of a sudden starving! Oatmeal and peanut butter “stick to your ribs”, that is for sure! And to think this recipe was created b/c I broke the can opener trying to open the can of pumpkin and I was too cheap to buy pecans to make an official pumpkin oatmeal! I love signs from the universe! This one was, “just use peanut butter and banana silly!”

What you need>>>

2 cups oats

2 c unsweetened almond milk

1 large banana-chopped

2 tsp honey

2 heaping tbsp natural peanut butter

spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger-to your liking

(you could also add chia seeds and or flax seeds….or nuts!)

How to make>>>

In pot or Dutch oven on stove top combine all ingredients over med heat. Let it go for a few min and then stir and simmer for 15 to 20 min.

Makes 5 servings!! Enjoy!! Great for those weekly meal preps or for a family breakfast that morning! xo, A

Overnight Oats

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Version 1 on the left >>>>>Take 1 c oats, 1 c almond milk-unsweetened, 1 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 tsp chia seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg add to bowl and stir. Place uncovered in fridge overnight. When ready to eat add fresh fruit and a few drops of honey-more cinnamon if you want too! Makes 2 servings.

Version 2 on the right <<<<< Take 1/2 c oats, dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, 1 tsp flaxseed meal, chia seeds and coconut flakes-unsweetened, 1/2 c almond milk-unsweetened, 1/2 c mixed berries-fresh or frozen, 2 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt. Stir well and place in fridge overnight. Makes 2 servings.

Enjoy!! A

Healthy Rice/Quinoa Pudding

healthy rice and quinoa breakfast pudding

I love me some rice pudding!

Traditionally it is made with rice, half and half, an egg and sugar.

Mine is made with rice and quinoa, almond milk, fruit, Greek yogurt, honey and cinnamon! I eat mine cold and for breakfast!

How to make:

In crockpot add:

2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk

1/2 c basmati rice

1/2 c quinoa

Cook on high for approx. 1 hour and 10 min

Remove from crockpot and add:

1 c plain Greek yogurt

1/2 c  of each fresh or frozen blueberries and peaches (or other fruit or no fruit)

1 tsp honey

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp brown sugar

Stir gently until well mixed

Store in fridge

This batch made three (3) 1.2 cup servings

 

Simple. Easy. Breakfast is ready. Look in the fridge. Eat.

Enjoy!

xo, A

 

 

Peaches & Coffee Smoothie

peaches and coffee smoothie

Oh man!! I went weeks without having a smoothie and I finally had one this am! I treated myself last week to a pack of Starbucks VIA. I had been out of it for a long time! I forgot how much I loved putting coffee in my smoothies! Also, my body was  feeling off so I finally realized without smoothies I don’t get my dose of flaxseed . I need my flaxseed! That is the number one reason I am so happy I had a smoothie this am!

I went grocery shopping at Aldi last night and got great prices on frozen and fresh fruit! (I highly recommend you doing the same) I decided to go for a peaches and cream like smoothie but with coffee. It was delicious and I drank it down fast!

The ingredients are listed above but if you don’t have or want to leave out the peanut butter and or the Greek yogurt then go ahead and just add a little more protein powder. Or, if you want you can add a little more peanut butter and Greek yogurt and leave out the powder. As always, make it a good balance of nutrients!

Enjoy!

xo-A

 

Protein + Berry Pancakes

protein and berry pancakes

These are to die for!! Hands down one of the best things I have ever whipped up!

Absolutely in love with them! Great way to crank up your protein intake!

Here is the recipe:

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4 oz unsweetened applesauce

1 c unsweetened almond milk

1 and 1/2 c all natural pancake mix

1/2 c chocolate protein powder

1 c mixed berries

1 dash nutmeg and 2 dashes cinnamon

Mix well and cook about 2 to 3 min on each side-they will not really bubble up as an indicator to flip so keep an eye on them and flip about 2 to 3 min on each side.

Makes about 15 to 16 small/med sized pancakes.

My 4 year old son gobbled them up too!

I drizzled some honey on mine and made enough for left overs the next day!

Heavenly!

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Enjoy!!!

xoxo-A

Egg Muffins

EGG MUFFIN COLLAGEINGREDIENTS:

1/3 C MILLET FLOUR

1/3 C UNSWEETENED ALMOND MILK

8 EGGS

2 COOKED CHOPPED SWEET SAUSAGE LINKS

4 STRIPS COOKED CRUMBLED BACON

1/2 SMALL JALAPENO PEPPER-CHOPPED

1/3 C CHOPPED ONIONS

1/3 C CRUMBLED FETA CHEESE

1/2 C ROUGH CHOPPED TOMATOES

1 SMALL SWEET CHOPPED ORANGE PEPPER

1 TBSP CHOPPED BASIL LEAVES

Steps:

Pre-heat oven to 350

Cook your bacon and sausage (or completely omit these all together and go meatless)

Wisk together in a large bowl the eggs, flour and milk

Add all other ingredients into bowl and stir together

Season lightly with garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano

Spray muffin tins with spray and fill cups 3/4 of the way with egg mix

Bake for 20 to 25 min-try poking with a fork to make sure they are done

Let cool for a few min and then remove from tins to cool completely

Store some in freezer and take out as needed. Yields 18 muffins.

These are extremely versatile! Try making them with spinach, any type of different peppers, mushrooms and different cheeses!   I can’t wait to try again with a different combo of ingredients! Also great to make ahead for the week so you have a delicious and nutritious grab and go breakfast everyday for you and your family. No Excuses! Always eat breakfast!

Enjoy!!!
xoxo-A

Ultimate Oatmeal

Ultimate Oatmeal w/ greek yogurt, almond butter, almond milk, protein powder, strawberries and cinnamon!
Ultimate Oatmeal w/ greek yogurt, almond butter, almond milk, protein powder, strawberries and cinnamon!

Mix together:

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Microwave for 1 min

Add and stir in:

1/2 scoop vanilla creme protein powder

1 tsp plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp almond butter

As much cinnamon as you want-about 1/4 tsp or so

Microwave for another 1 and 1/2 min (oatmeal is tricky so you have to keep an eye on it when it is in the microwave or it will explode-not fun to clean up but not the worst thing that can happen in your day!)

Slice your favorite berries or apples and top off (about 1/2 cup chopped)

Essential to a balanced breakfast, you have your clean oats (complex carbs) and protein (Greek yogurt, almond butter and powder) with a kiss of natural sugar from the berries!!

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!!!

xoxoxo-A

 

Chocolate, almond, coffee & cranberry smoothie

Chocolate, cranberry, almond, banana, coffee smoothie!
Chocolate, almond, cranberry & coffee smoothie!

You will need:

1 pack instant coffee-I used Starbucks VIA Blonde Roast in this one

1 scoop chocolate protein powder-I used GNC Wheyabolic Extreme 60

1 tsp Glutamine (optional-I use it to help with muscle soreness from tough workouts)

2 tsp old-fashioned oats (dry)

1 small banana

1 tsp flax or chia seeds

1/4 c frozen cranberries (can use any “berry”)

1/4 c almonds (that’s about 8 almonds)

1 tsp honey, almond butter or natural peanut butter (pick one)

3/4 c milk (almond or skim)

4 ice cubes

 

Blend until smooth and Enjoy!!!

xoxoxo-A

Apple Tart Smoothie

Ingredients:

3/4 c Plain Greek yogurt (can sub with a banana and 1 scoop protein powder…will be less “tart’ though)-which you may like even better!

1 small granny smith apple chopped-skin on

1/2 c almond milk, soy, skim or whatever you like-but keep it on the lite side

3 tsp oats

1 tsp chia seeds

2 tsp flax seeds

throw in a few of each: walnuts and almonds

3 ice cubes

Blend

Enjoy!

xoxoxo-A

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