Energizing Green Smoothie

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This is one of my favorite smoothie recipes. I feel so full, fresh, and re-energized after I drink it. A complete meal replacement full of good stuff that your body needs but without the crap you see in other meal replacement shakes. #justsaynotoGMO 😉

3 scoops Nutrimeal Free

1 Tsp Spirulina

1/2 cup frozen apple (I peel and cube it and stick it in freezer bags)

2 tsp hulled hemp seeds

12 oz coconut milk, unsweetened

4-6 oz filtered water

Blend thoroughly and go conquer the world!

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Blueberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie

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I love a good smoothie for breakfast or lunch. This one has the essential fats, good protein, and a balanced amount of carbs and sugar that allow your body to absorb and metabolize the nutrients for optimal absorption and energy! No spiked blood sugar which will help you avoid that dreaded craaaash after you eat. Kid friendly, too!

3 scoops of Nutrimeal Free

6oz coconut milk

6 oz almond milk

Handful of frozen blueberries

1 frozen banana

1 tsp raw honey

1 tsp Great Lakes unflavored gelatin

20 Favorite Breakfast Recipes – Healthy, Easy, and Delicious!

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Hey y’all! Is it just me or does life seem to move faster and faster by the day? We are at a crazy phase of life with an almost 8 year old, 3 1/2 year old, and a 10 month old but it still seems like we’re just whirling through this thing we call life and at a very fast pace! Which has led me to a place of really wanting to stop, assess, and cut out the things that aren’t creating growth, happiness, or peace for my family. But more on that later….

I’m in the middle of re-designing my Operation Lose the Baby Weight program that I launched back in the summer. It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of weight has been lost by some new mommas, but as with all things, there are some tweaks I want to make now that we’ve been doing it for a little while. I’ve had some wonderful feedback from my clients and so with their suggestions and my own thoughts we’re relaunching soon. One of the big things that I like to provide the women who jump on board with this, is access to recipes that are quick, clean, and affordable. My original goal was to create and cook these myself because I absolutely love cooking and being in the kitchen, but due to lack of time and lack of space (we’re renting a teeny apartment right now!), I’ve had to realize that I’m serving everyone better if I just compile recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. I cook almost every, single meal my family eats, so I’m constantly trying out new recipes and have a great list of favorites that we go back to often. I realize that not all of us enjoy cooking and finding new recipes so here’s my gift to you. 20 of my favorite breakfast recipes that are sure to liven up your morning routine while also providing you with the nutrition and energy you need to kick off the day. And for those of you who are in the various stages of sleeplessness with your little ones like we are, Lord knows we need all of the energy we can get! I’ll follow this with 20 of my favorite lunch recipes and then dinner recipes. Et voila, the breakfast recipes:

1. Dill Smoked Salmon and Red Pepper Scamble from PaleOMG. We love this for dinner, too!

2. Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes from Primal Palate

3. Iced Coffe Protein Shake – great when you’re on the go!

4. Avocado Toast always makes me happier in the morning

5. Banana Pancakes from The Fit Bald Man

6. Paleo English Muffins from Running to the Kitchen. Love these with eggs and some avocado.

7. Sweet Potato Hash from The Cozy Apron

8. Vanilla Chia Pudding

9. Paleo Breakfast Casserole from Paleo Effect

10. Paleo Egg Muffins from Healthy Crush. These are so versatile and kids love them. #momwin

11. Apple Butternut Squash Hash from PaleOMG

12. Coconut Flour Coffee Cake from The Coconut Mama. Perfect for Sunday mornings with a big mug of Bulletproof coffee. 🙂

13. Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffin from Nom Nom Paleo

14. Cranberry Walnut Granola from Cook Eat Paleo . Make a big batch ahead of time and eat all week!

15. Espresso Gluten Free Scones from The Spunky Coconut. Bake these the night before and just warm them up in the morning. I use the USANA Nutrmeal Free or Vanilla Nutrimeal in place of the egg protein powder in her recipe.

16. Coconut Flour Apple Pancakes from This Chick Cooks

17. Paleo Apple Fritters from Fed and Fit

18. Overnight Steel Cut Oats from Lovely Little Kitchen. The mix in options are endless!

19. Mini Chocolate Waffles from Savory Lotus (guest post on PaleOMG)

20. Ham, Apple, and Sweet Potato Scramble from Paleo Newbie

And there you have it! 20 delicious, easy, and mostly quick recipes to spice up your breakfast routine and fuel your body with real, whole foods. Enjoy!

xx,

Lauren

Vanilla Chia Pudding

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One of my absolute favorite things is rice pudding. I love the taste, the texture, everything. My dad and I used to always get rice pudding at this cute little diner when I was growing up so I’m sure it’s partially nostalgic for me when I eat it. Not being fans of the sugar and other icky ingredients anymore, my dad and I have both switched to enjoying chia pudding now. I’m happy to report that you can get the same rice pudding taste with this recipe. I eat this topped with fruit for breakfast or as a treat after lunch. Just love it. You can use white chia seeds for a prettier pudding but I usually have brown on hand so I almost always use those. I make mine in individual sized mason jars for an easy to grab treat that’s easy to bring to work.

Vanilla Chia Pudding 

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup full fat coconut or almond milk (unsweetened is best)

3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup vanilla greek yogurt

1/2 cup fresh fruit of choice, I like peaches and berries best.

Mix your milk with 2 tbsp of the maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add in chia seeds. Pour the mixture into a large mason jar, or a few smaller sized mason jars with lids and let sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, mix in your yogurt (make sure you divide the yogurt evenly if using smaller mason jars). Put your peaches and berries in a bowl and mix with the remaining 2 tbsp of maple syrup. Top your pudding with the fruit, a dash of cinnamon and enjoy!

Veggie Packed Meatloaf

My oldest is a fantastic eater. She has a better palette than most adults and does’t bat an eye at beets or kale, brussels sprouts or squash. I used to think this was the result of my brilliant parenting. However, with the arrival of pickiest child ever, Tommy, I realized that I had, in fact, just lucked out the first time around. With Mr. Picky able to sniff out green pieces, garlic, and any other food item he’s decided to hate, I’m always trying to find ways to pack hidden vegetables into our food. This is especially true with dinner recipes since breakfast and lunch are usually more rushed because we always seem to be on the go.

One of my favorite meals that’s loaded with nutrients and that everyone loves is my meatloaf. Make no mistake. This ain’t your grandma’s meatloaf. I pack my meatloaf so full of veggies it’s ridiculous. This recipe is also extremely versatile in terms of the veggies used so I make this at the end of the week and clean out my fridge with any remaining, random vegetables for the meatloaf. I’ve used everything from diced squash and sweet potatoes to tomatoes and mushrooms in this recipe. Waste not want not!

Another plus, you can make this in the morning and keep it wrapped in the fridge and then have the nanny put it in the oven 45 minutes before you get home from work and you feel like super mom when you walk in the door to aromas of a just-about-cooked dinner ready to set on the table. Little victories, people.

Veggie Packed Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 1/2- 2 lb grassfed, organic ground beef

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 carrots, finely chopped (the smaller the chop the more sneakily they hide from children!)

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1/2 red or yellow pepper, finely chopped

1 small/medium yellow onion, finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic

1 large handful spinach or kale, finely chopped

1 piece of Ezekial bread crumbled into crumbs (I use a food processor)

1/2 cup milk

2 pastured eggs

Salt, pepper, and any herbs of choice (I like a little thyme and oregano)

Ketchup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375

Put your breadcrumbs in a small bowl with the milk. Let sit so that the bread crumbs absorb all of the milk.

Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet melt your coconut oil. Add in carrots, onion, pepper, and celery. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant. About 5-7 minutes. Add in garlic and your greens. Cook for another minute or two. Season with salt and pepper and any herbs you’re using. Set aside and let cool

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In a large bowl add the meat, eggs, cooked veggies, breadcrumb mixture, and 2 tbsp of the ketchup.
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Mix well and add in a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Scoop the mixture into a loaf pan and add a quarter cup of water on top. Top with ketchup.

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Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Enjoy with mashed leeks and potatoes!

Charleston

We’ve lived in Charleston for just over a month now. I pinch myself everyday when I wake up to palm trees, warm weather, and the ocean (a few miles away). Now that we’re here, it’s hard for me to remember what living in the Midwest was like and how in the world I braved through 26 winters with sub zero temperatures.

I feel at home here. The opportunities that God has given us since we moved have been downright incredible and I have no doubt we are in the exact place we are supposed to be right now. Pretty much everyone who I talk to on a daily basis is shocked or in awe that we packed our kids up (including our 2 1/2 month old) and moved. It was definitely scary, but I know that hopes and dreams are divinely placed within us, and I don’t want to be someone who doesn’t give them room to blossom.

The things we’re hoping for, working towards, and saving for are BIG. Big dreams that are going to take lots of hard work, commitment, and a heck of a lot of God’s blessing, but we’re excited. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Avocado Toast

Just a quick post today as I’m running in a million and one directions getting used to balancing my new job, mom duties, and my health & wellness biz- while still trying to have a clean house- HA! Anyways, avocado toast is all the rage amongst clean eaters lately and for good reason. Healthy fats, sprouted grains, and veggies = energy for your body that doesn’t sacrifice the yum factor. There are tons of ways you can modify avocado toast. This is just one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.

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Recipe (if you can call it that since there’s no cooking involved!)

1 piece of sprouted grain toast (Ezekial is my fave brand)

1/2 organic avocado

1 tsp chia seed

2 slices organic heirloom tomato

Sea salt and pepper to taste 

 

1. Toast your bread

2. Score the avocado and scoop it out onto the toast

3. Spread (smash) the avocado onto the toast with a knife and sprinkle with salt and pepper and the chia

4. Top with tomato and sprinkle again with sea salt

And that’s it! I like mine with a little side of fresh greens and balsamic. Like I said, an easy, super healthy meal option. As always, enjoy!