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Often times I get frustrated because I cannot find a recipe that is exactly what I want. So what do I do?? Make up my own recipe! Such is the case for this one. I have been craving this kind of muffin since I LOVE cranberries and it is such a festive holiday food, not to mention very good for you. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, among many other important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Add heart healthy walnuts, vitamin C rich orange juice, and healthy whole-wheat flour and these muffins are a delicious and guilt-free treat. Eat them warmed spread with a little bit of butter and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Zest of one orange
  • Juice of one orange
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins with muffin cups (of course I use festive Santa ones :))
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, gently combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Mix together eggs, vanilla, sugar, canola oil, orange zest, and orange juices. Slowly add in flour mixture. Then gently add in walnuts and cranberries.
  4. Scoop into muffin tins- I filled them up to the top using one scoop of a big spoon. It will look like a lot but they do not rise too much.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure they are fully cooked.

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Since Christmas is just upon us, I wanted to make something healthy for brunch because who knows what I will be eating over the next few days. 🙂 I saw a similar recipe to this and decided to make my own. With the bowl of fruit, it was filling, healthy, delicious, and very satisfying. I can’t wait to make this again soon!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cooked broccoli (this may seem like a lot but I love broccoli; if you don’t, use 1/4 cup or however much you want to)
  • 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice swiss cheese
  • Salt & pepper
  • Pat of butter

Directions

  1. In a small frying pan, melt butter.
  2. Crack eggs in and whisk up. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Let eggs cook, when they start to firm a bit, add cheese on top. I cut cheese slices in half and alternate them so that they mostly cover the egg (picture will follow next time I make this :)).
  3. When you can tell eggs are cooked through and cheese is mostly melted, top with broccoli. Fold the omelet in half and enjoy!!

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I woke up this morning after a little too much tequila last night craving something cold and healthy. I looked in the fridge and noticed I had a ton of fresh berries as well as as fresh spinach so I decided to put together this smoothie. I was a little unsure since I have never had spinach in a smoothie before but to be honest you couldn’t even taste it! It made me feel so good knowing that I was drinking up all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in this smoothie. Berries are full of vitamin C, fiber, and powerful antioxidants and spinach is a huge super veggie that is high in vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, folate, and iron. Definitely a super healthy smoothie and super delicious!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flaxseed
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  • Place all ingredients in blender and bled to desired consistency. Enjoy!
Note: You can always swap in other berries if you would like. I think strawberries would be yummy too but I didn’t have any! 

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Here is a yummy recipe for a tropical smoothie that reminds me of Hawaii 🙂

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 container canned pineapple (I use the little Dole 4 oz. cups)
  • 1 container coconut yogurt (I use the Liberte brand and it is so yummy!)
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flaxseed
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency. Enjoy!!!

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Okay people here is today’s healthy smoothie recipe! I made this up with the fruit in my refrigerator and I am very happy to say that it turned out super yummy! Like all of my other fruit and flax smoothies, it is super healthy and provides a ton of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your diet. I also LOVE the beautiful purple color when everything is blended together! Try it… I guarantee you will love it too!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flax
  • Drizzle of agave
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Put all ingredients in blender and mix until desired consistency. Drink up and ENJOY! 🙂
Nutrition 411:
  • Blackberries are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber.
  • Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and fiber and also provide vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
  • Kiwis are super high in vitamin C. Just one kiwi provides your whole daily requirement of vitamin C!
  • Flax, as we ALL know from my other posts has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3′s into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3′s, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! A Lignans nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food!
  • Agave is a natural sweetener and it much better for you than traditional sugary sweeteners that people like to add into their foods.
  • Nonfat yogurt is full of vitamin D and calcium to promote bone health. Whenever possible, always choose nonfat yogurt since it contains less fat and calories than other yogurts with just as much nutritional value.

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Hi everyone! Here is this week’s smoothie recipe. 🙂 I was at the grocery store the other day and ALL of the fruit looked so delicious so I bought a little bit of everything. Surprise surprise right?? I can never say no to yummy fresh produce!! I put together this smoothie with some of the fruit. And don’t worry, more recipes will follow this weekend with the rest of my yummy fresh fruit!

Here is the recipe!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 large fresh strawberries
  • 1 container Dole peaches in 100% juice (or 1/2 cup if you use fresh peaches)
  • 1 nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flax
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Wash and prepare fruits (cut if necessary). Place all ingredients in blender and MIX IT UP! Enjoy. 🙂
Note: You can always use fresh or frozen fruit in my smoothies. I just love fresh fruit but if/when it is not in season I definitely use frozen. I just think fresh tastes better but that might just be me. 🙂 

All blended up and ready to DRINK!

Nutritional Info:
  • Bananas are FULL of potassium.
  • Strawberries and raspberries contain LOTS of vitamin C and fiber.
  • Peaches are high in vitamin C and vitamin A.
  • Agave is a natural sweetener and it much better for you than traditional sugary sweeteners that people like to add into their foods.
  • The nonfat yogurt provides calcium and vitamin D without all of the added fat in low-fat or full-fat yogurts.
  • Flax, as we ALL know from my other posts has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3′s into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3′s, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! A Lignans nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food!

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For some reason I was craving this the other night so I decided to make it. 🙂 I usually buy something similar to it at a local bagel shop but I am on a kick of MAKING all of the things that I spend too much money on so I went to the grocery store and then got to work! It was super easy and quick to make and a whole lot cheaper in the long run than what it costs to buy one of them. Now I am obsessed and have eaten several of these in just the last few days for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole wheat bagel
  • Cream cheese
  • Cucumber slices
  • Smoked salmon (buy it pre-sliced this makes it MUCH easier!)
  • Salt and pepper if desired
Directions:
  1. Put bagel in toaster and while it is toasting, slice cucumbers.
  2. When bagel is finished toasting, spread cream cheese on it, top with cucumber slices, and then smoked salmon.
  3. Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy!
Nutrition info:
  • Salmon is FULL of healthy omega 3’s.
  • Whole wheat bagels provide healthy fiber.
  • Cucumbers are low in calories and provide potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
  • Cream cheese is really not GOOD for you, but just use a little. Or use light, low-fat, or fat-free if you like. I like to use the regular kind and I just make sure not to overdo it. 🙂

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