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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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!

Iced Coffee Protein Shake

Now that school is in full swing mornings are crazy around here. Between getting everyone breakfast, lunch packed, putting a semi coordinated outfit on the oldest and making sure the middle boy isn’t getting in the car completely nude (It’s happened. Don’t ask.), my beloved cup of coffee often ends up sitting out on the counter until I return from dropping my daughter off at school. After too many mornings of this happening and not being a big fan of reheated coffee, I decided to make a protein shake centered around my favorite beverage. And I must say, it turned out to be quite delicious.

This shake is especially good if you work out in the morning because it’s packed with protein and it will keep you full for hours. Another plus, there’s no artificial sweeteners, soy, GMO, or any other c.r.a.p. in this recipe! I’m *almost* back to my pre-baby weight so I am working really hard to get these last 10 pounds off. I’m having two meal replacement shakes a day to get there and it has really helped kick started my weight loss again because I had totally hit a plateau. I usually pack my lunchtime shake full of veggies, probiotics, etc. so it’s nice to spruce my morning shake up a little.

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Recipe:

3 scoops Nutrimeal Free

16 oz coconut or almond milk

16 oz brewed coffee, cooled

Sweetener of your choice (I used 1 tbsp raw honey)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Big handful of ice

Sooooooo yum. You can also play around with it by adding a tbsp of cocoa powder, or other extracts, too. Just make sure they’re REAL extracts and not imitation. That’s just chemical, artificial stuff that you definitely do not want to put in your body!

Let me know if you try the recipe!

-Lauren