Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake

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Oh wow!  If you’re looking for a super simple breakfast that looks nice, is extremely healthy, and is beyond delicious, then you have to try this recipe!!!  I LOVE having eggs for breakfast!  They are such a great way to start your day.  The protein in them keeps you satisfied until lunch time, and their many health benefits make you feel fantastic about putting them in your body!  The following pin gives you some reasons to eat eggs TODAY!

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SUPER good for you!  Many people worry about cholesterol when eating eggs, but the truth of the matter is studies have found that people who eat a moderate amount of eggs do not have increases in cholesterol.  Not only that, but the following is also true about eggs.

  • regular consumption of eggs can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer because of the antioxidants they contain.
  • eggs may help lower blood pressure.
  • eggs are low in calories but still provide a great source of protein and nutrients.

All this in a lil’ ol’ egg!

So, that’s great news, because anybody with tastebuds is going to want to try this spinach and mozzarella egg bake!  It’s so yummy and great for you!

SPINACH AND MOZZARELLA EGG BAKE

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 5-6 cups packed spinach
  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Grease an 8 x 12 glass baking dish with olive oil, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2.) In a large frying pan heat a small amount of olive oil.  Add the spinach and cook until completely wilted.  About 2-3 minutes.

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3.) Once the spinach is wilted, transfer it to you glass baking dish.  Top it with the mozzarella cheese and the green onions.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with the garlic powder until frothy.  Poor the egg mixture over the contents of the baking dish.

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4.) Place the dish in the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes until cooked through.

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5.) Cut into desired size pieces and transfer to a plate.  Season with sea salt and pepper.

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Yum, Yum, Yum!  Enjoy! 🙂

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Strawberry Banana Shake (With Two Full Servings of Veggies!)

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There is no way you would ever guess that this shake has anything healthy in it, let alone two full servings of veggies!  But, I can assure you, it does!  This is a simple shake, but the nutrition this thing contains is anything but simple!  With the three main ingredients being cauliflower, strawberries, and bananas, this should come as no surprise!  Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of these three amigos!

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So there you have it, this thing is basically a cup full of health and wellness!  Now, you may be thinking that cauliflower is delicious, but in a shake?  Seriously though, you don’t taste it, and because it’s frozen, it actually gives the shake a nice creamy texture!  Just try it!  You won’t be disappointed!

STRAWBERRY BANANA CAULIFLOWER SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower (bagged frozen or steamed then frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste

Directions

Place the banana, cauliflower, vanilla, stevia, and 1 cup of almond milk in a blender.  Blend till smooth.  Add the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup almond milk.  Blend till smooth.

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Pour into cups to serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Almond Chocolate Oatmeal with Greens

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YES!!!!  Oatmeal that has veggies in it!  As anybody that follows my blog knows, I am ALWAYS looking for ways to add as many veggies into my recipes as possible.  Well, now I’ve done it with oatmeal…and don’t worry, you don’t notice they’re there!  I got the inspiration for this recipe from the following pin on Pinterest.

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I took it a step further and used zucchini AND spinach in my recipe.  I also made a lot of other changes in the ingredients, but I got the idea of using vegetables in oatmeal from this pin.

This oatmeal has TONS of great ingredients in it, so not only does it give you a few servings of veggies to start your day, but there are some great power foods in here as well to provide you with plenty of energy and healthy benefits!  Let’s face it though, I can talk about the health benefits of this dish all day, but what’s really important?  How does it taste???

Amazing.

That. Is. All.

Seriously, this stuff tastes SO good.  It’s got a sweet and salty flavor that is so satisfying!  You will love it!  So, let’s get to it!

ALMOND CHOCOLATE OATMEAL WITH GREENS

Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)

  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • sea salt
  • 1 small zucchini or 1/2 medium/large zucchini
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach
  • 1-2 Tbsp. raw cacao
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter

Directions:

1.) In a saucepan, bring the almond milk, oats and a pinch of sea salt to a boil.  Reduce heat and cover.  Cook for 10-12 minutes until most of the almond milk is absorbed by the oats.

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2.) While the oatmeal is cooking, place the spinach and zucchini in a food processor.  Pulse until finely chopped.

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3.) Once the oats are cooked, add the greens to the oatmeal, and stir to combine completely.

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4.) Add the cacao to the oatmeal and greens.  Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes over medium heat.  After done cooking, add the vanilla and stevia to taste.

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5.) Transfer to a bowl, and top with the almond butter.  Allow the heat of the oatmeal to melt the almond butter a bit, then sprinkle with sea salt.

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That’s right, oatmeal with vegetables that tastes AMAZING!  YAY!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

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So, I looked up the definition of “Au Gratin”, and it says that it means sprinkled with breadcrumbs, shredded cheese, or both.  Well, I don’t do bread crumbs, but um sprinkled in shredded cheese – yes…please…no really…please!  I decided to get a little creative for a dinner side dish.  I had some brussels sprouts, so I made my own rendition of Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin…however, I think this could easily be called brussels sprouts with homemade cheese sauce and cheese.  Au Gratin makes it sound so much more fancy though, don’t you think?

Of course, I used all goats milk cheeses and other healthy ingredients, so even though it tastes like cheese heaven, it’s actually quite good for you!  Especially since the main ingredient is brussels sprouts.  These guys are full of healthy benefits!

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That’s just 14 of the health benefits of this tiny little cabbage!  Anyway, a cheesy treat that has all these health benefits?  Like I said…um, yes…please.  Let’s get to the recipe!

BRUSSELS SPROUTS AU GRATIN

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts, washed, ends chopped off, and halved
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided, plus more for greasing a pan
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp. brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1 cup shredded hard goat cheese, divided
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8 x 11 baking dish with olive oil.  Add the prepared brussels sprouts, top with 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil and garlic granules.  Toss to coat.  Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  Remove from oven and stir/turn the sprouts.  Put back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

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2.) While the brussels sprouts are baking, heat the remaining 1/2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan.  Add the onion, and cook till onions are soft (about 4 minutes).  Add the flour and stir for 1 minute to coat the onions.  Add the almond milk and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.  The sauce will begin to thicken slightly.

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3.) Add the 2 oz. of soft goat cheese and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese to the sauce and stir until the cheese is completely incorporated in the sauce and it is smooth.  This will thicken the sauce even more.

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4.) Top the brussels sprouts with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the fresh thyme and a bit of sea salt.  Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

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5.) Place the dish back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.  When done, transfer to a plate, season with sea salt and pepper, and serve.

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Au Gratin!!!  Yum!  Enjoy! 🙂

Anti-Bloat Smoothie

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It’s that time of year!  New Year’s day has passed, and we’ve all been there, when we feel like we’ve overindulged over the holidays, meaning we feel pudgy and bloated.  YUCK!  Well, I’ve got great news!  This smoothie doesn’t just taste awesome, it is also perfect for beating the bloat!  All of the ingredients in this gem of nutrition have anti-bloating properties!  From bananas helping to reduce bloat caused by consuming too much salt to celery, which acts as a natural diuretic.

  • Bananas: help to reduce bloating caused by too much salt intake.
  • Celery: acts as a natural diuretic.
  • Mixed leafy greens: loaded with fiber and helps ease water retention
  • Almond Milk: Adds a punch of protein helping to fill you up and keep you from overeating.
  • Plain greek yogurt: filled with good bacteria that aids in digestion and moves things through more smoothly.
  • Cucumbers: Hydrating and acts as a natural diuretic.
  • Ginger: The creme de la creme of solving gastrointestinal duress.

The following pin links to a site that lists 25 anti bloat foods, these ones included.

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Of course, another plus is that this is a smoothie, which makes it SO easy to make.  It’s basically just a matter of throwing everything in a blender and pushing blend! 🙂

ANTI-BLOAT SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 small chunk ginger
  • 1/3 cup greek plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 7-8 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

1.) Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth.

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2.) Transfer to a glass.

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Now get ready to beat that bloat!  Enjoy! 🙂

Magic Chicken Soup

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Winter is definitely in full swing!!!  For winter lovers like myself, this is fantastic news!  The only downfall is that the winter season also marks the beginning of cold and flu season.  YUCK!  Anyone that has suffered through a cold or the flu knows how miserable it can be.  I’ve got good news though!  One of the most natural and effective remedies for these ailments is good old chicken soup!  The following pin links to a site that explains the benefits of chicken soup in helping colds and flus.

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Studies have shown that an amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine.  This drug is used in the treatment of colds and bronchitis!  Also, common ingredients such as garlic and vegetables have bacteria and virus fighting properties that can aid in fighting a cold or flu.  On top of these things, the steam that we inhale while eating a nice hot bowl of chicken soup can help to clear up sinuses and just make us feel more comfortable in-between all our sniffling and sneezing!

I’m going to share my magic chicken soup recipe with you all.  Anytime I feel under the weather, I make a big batch of the chicken soup, and it always helps!  It’s an incredibly simple soup, but that’s one of the reasons that I like to make it when I’m not feeling well. It’s easy!  Nobody wants to be slaving away over the stove when they feel sick.  The taste is amazing, and it feels like a hot bowl of hug.  It’s that comforting!

MAGIC CHICKEN SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups of celery, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups of carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions

1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken breasts and cook for 45 minutes.  When done, take the chicken breasts out of the water and set the water you used to cook the chicken in aside.  Once the chicken has cooled some, cut into small bite size pieces.

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2.) In another large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, celery, and carrots.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

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3.) Add the chicken pieces, garlic powder, and sea salt.  Stir to combine.

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4.) Pour the water that you cooked the chicken in into the pot until it just covers the chicken and veggies.

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5.) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl, and enjoy it’s healing powers!

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Ahhh, a big bowl of hug!  Enjoy! 🙂

Double Chocolate Cherry Bites

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It’s the holiday season, which means lots of goodies and treats that taste delicious, but aren’t the greatest for us or our waistlines!  I’ve got good news!  I made these double chocolate cherry bites, and they taste just as good, if not better than all of those not-s0-good-for-you treats, but they are fantastic for you!  They only have five ingredients, and every single one of them have loads of health benefits!  Let’s take a look!  Each of the following pins lists the health benefits of each ingredient, and links to the site responsible for the pin that goes into more detail if you’re interested!

RAW CACAO

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DARK CHOCOLATE / SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE

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MEDJOOL DATES

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DRIED TART CHERRIES

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All of this in a sweet treat!!!  This is my go to holiday treat, and they always go over well at holiday parties and get togethers!  Not to mention, they’re really simple to make!  Speaking of which, let’s see how to do just that!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHERRY BITES

Ingredients – organic is always best for each ingredient!

  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds, no salt
  • 1 1/4 cup dried tart cherrys
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Raw Cacao powder
  • Stevia, to taste (optional – I’ve made these with and without, and both are equally great…just depends on just how sweet you want these to be.
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1.) Put the almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

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2.) Add the cherries, raw cacao powder, medjool dates, and stevia (if using).  Process on high until the mixture starts to clump together.  This can take a few minutes.

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3.) Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Form bite size balls with the mixture and place on the wax paper.  If you want, you can stop here.  These taste great with or without the chocolate coating.  If you want to forego the chocolate coating, just place these in the fridge now and allow to set for at least 1/2 hour.  Otherwise, just go to the next step.

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4.) Heat the chocolate chips over medium/low heat in a small sauce pan.  Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

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5.) Dip each of the balls into the melted chocolate and coat, one by one.  Place back on the wax paper.  Allow to sit until the chocolate coating hardens (you don’t need to put them in the fridge, but you can if you want to speed things up a bit).

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Look at those!  How can you resist!  You’ve gotta try these things!  Super good for you, and oh my gosh, SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂