Healthy Pancakes…say what?

Yes! The rumor is true! You CAN have yummy, delicious pancakes that are healthy. Mind boggling, right?! Even better news, I will be posting a recipe of these rumored healthy pancakes so you can try them yourself. Now that you’re totes excited, let’s make some pancakes! tumblr_muljx65Nax1qkpc62o1_500

Recipe

  1. in a bowl, mash up one banana with a fork
  2. crack in two eggs
  3. add in 1/4 cup of oat flour (you can also grind your own oats with a food processor)
  4. lastly, a few dashes of cinnamon
  5. cook these babies up in a pan with a bit of coconut oil
  6. add some fresh fruit and 100% maple syrup, and always treat them with love <3

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Claire

 

 

 

Modern Twist On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is round the corner…wow, that’s freaky to think about. For my “last minute” people, this is the post for you. These recipes are quick and delicious. Instead of the classic green beans, turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and potatoes, I decided to create a fun twist on the classic Thanksgiving dinner. Warm-Rosemary-Apple-Wheatberry-Salad_04

What’s on the menu:

Salad: I love wheatberry’s. They are a great staple to have in your pantry and are extremely versitile.

http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/11/vegan-thanksgiving-warm-rosemary-apple-wheatberry-salad/ 

Soup: Soup is nice to have on Thanksgiving because it is a bunch of flavors combined into a liquid. I love how soup keep you full, but not too full.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/pumpkin-soup-with-brown-butter-and-creme-fraiche.html?cm_src=RECIPESEARCH

Turkey: What’s Thanksgiving without the turkey?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/herb-roasted-turkey-breast-recipe/index.html

Drink: This cranberry, pomegranate, and green tea spritzer will sure impress your guests (and yourself!) Feel free to add alcohol of so desired.

http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/11/cranberry-pomegranate-green-tea-holiday-spritzer/ Holiday-spritzer-2

Dessert bars: Alas, my favorite part of Thanksgiving, or any day for that matter, dessert. I recently made these after sampling them in Williams Sonoma. These pumpkin bars can simply be described as a more flavorful version of pumpkin pie, in bar form.

http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/ooey-gooey-pumpkin-bars/

Lentil Salad Lunch

I have been making this lentil salad for about a year and I finally decided to post it. I included a lunch suggestion to have with this. For this recipe you can add as many of each ingredient as you would like, that’s the beauty of vegetables! Hope you enjoy! x lentil salad

Ingredients

  1. (no sodium / low sodium) black lentils
  2. shredded cabbage
  3. shredded carrots
  4. edamame
  5. sunflower seeds
  6. green/red onion
  7. olive oil
  8. lime

Recipe:

  • Add all ingredients except olive oil and lime to a bowl and mix
  • Measure out 2 tbs of olive oil and stir in 1-2 juiced limes
  • Drizzle dressing on salad and serve

lentil meal

OPTIONAL: To make this a meal, add grilled chicken and pineapple salsa

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite meals to make because it is low carb and, well, low everything! It also is light on your stomach and can be paired with different seasonings. Feel free to mix it up with toppings like; marinara sauce and basil or olive oil and parmesan cheese. spegttt squash

How to cook the squash

  1.  Use a sharp paring knife to pierce the spaghetti squash in 10 to 15 places, spacing the cuts evenly apart.
    • It is very important that you pierce the squash before microwaving it. Otherwise, it could overheat and explode in the microwave. (that may or may not have happened to me before)
  2. Place the whole squash on a paper towel and microwave for 10-12 minutes depending on the size of your squash.
  3. Let the squash cool for about five minutes
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut the squash open lengthwise, from top to bottom.
    • Wear oven mitts or hold the squash with a towel as you do this. It usually is still hot.
    • Cutting the squash open should be very easy. If it isn’t, you may need to microwave it for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Scrape out the seeds with a fork and/or spoon into a bowl and discard.
  6. Now, on the good stuff: Get a dish ready to put your “pasta” in and scrape out the inside of the squash. With the flesh-side facing up, use a dinner fork to scrape the flesh of the squash away from the shell and toward the hollowed out center.
    • Move around the entire perimeter of the shell, gently pulling the flesh away in spaghetti-like strands and “fluffing” those strands toward the center as you work.

Recipe

  • Add about two to three tablespoons of good olive oil and season with black pepper, Ms. Dash, and parmesan cheese
  • Add desired amount of marinara sauce and top with fresh basil

 

If additional help was needed, this video is very helpful to give a visual representation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPFErHz6zOM 

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Cook-Spaghetti-Squash-in-Microwave 

Protein Waffles

These protein waffles are a staple to my everyday breakfast and super easy, yet mouth-watering flavors!

Yield: two waffleswaffles

Recipe: 

  1. Heat waffle iron to medium-low heat
  2. Mash one banana
  3. Add two whole eggs, one scoop (1/4 cup) Perfect Fit Protein, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, one tbs ground flax seed, and a couple dashes of cinnamon
  4. Mix. If the batter is still a little too thick, add nut milk
  5. Spray waffle iron lightly with coconut oil spray
  6. Pour and let sit for about one to two minutes
  7. Add preferred berries and optional maple syrup/honey/agave

Purchase Perfect Fit Protein here: http://perfectfitprotein.com/

Blissful Chicken Burgers

These chicken burgers are mostly vegetables! Sense they are made with chicken, the burgers are full of protein and virtually no carbs and low in fat. The perfect simple dish for dinner! bliss chicken

Recipe: 

  1. Chop up kale, broccoli, green onion, red onion, and bell pepper
  2. Add vegetables to organic ground chicken (preferably white meat)
  3. Add one whole egg to the mixture (optional but recommended) and cracked pepper
  4. Spray a grill pan with coconut or olive oil spray, put the burgers on the grill pan and flatten out with a oil-coated spatula
  5. Cook for four-five minutes on the first side and about three minutes on the second or until done

Three Quick Snack Ideas

With everyones busy life, food is put to the back, and healthy food is looked at with taking a long time. I hope you can add some of these go-to snack ideas into your every day diet.

1. Banana and Almond Butterbanana and butter

  • My favorite brand of Almond Butter is Justin’s, because you can buy them individually packed so you don’t overeat. The chocolate is a nice treat. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Store-bought juice

  • Store-bought juices are quick and easy. I love the Evolution Fresh brand, all of their juices are amazingsuper green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Smoothie

  • This option takes a little more time then the other two, but is still a speedy pick. Just make it with this background: ice, nut milk, fruit, (optional) greens, super foods, (optional) vegan protein.super smoothie

How To Ripen Bananas Fast

I don’t know about you but I am constantly making recipes with bananas and I frequently run into a problem of the bananas being too raw. Of coarse I usually like to have the bananas ripe naturally, but this is great fast trick to help get you there when you don’t have days to wait.bananas

Recipe: 

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Place desired amount of bananas on a pan with foil (spread them out so they have “breathing” room)
  3. They only take a few minutes, so after about 2 minutes check them and turn them for another minute, then take out
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