Butternut Squash Porridge

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Okay, this is my new favorite breakfast (until I come across my next new favorite breakfast ūüėČ ) ¬†But for now, this is it! ¬†I LOVE that butternut squash is a vegetable! ¬†It’s SO versatile, and has so many uses. ¬†And now, I’ve got a new one for you – porridge, or hot cereal, you could really call it either or, but once you try it, you will definitely call it delicious!

Yes, I have professed my love for butternut squash many times before on here, but I can’t help it! ¬†Check out this pin with some great health benefits of butternut squash!

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Look at all those nutrients!  No wonder why I love this stuff!  Oh, and as a HUGE added bonus, when you are baking the butternut squash for this recipe, it will fill your house with some amazing smells!  Your house will smell like a bakery or doughnut shop, and your mouth will be watering!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH PORRIDGE

Ingredients – makes one serving

  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 2-3 fresh strawberries chopped
  • handful of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, add your butternut squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia.  Toss to coat.

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2.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread out the butternut squash on the sheet.  Bake for 50-60 minutes till the squash is tender at 350 degrees.

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3.) Place in a bowl, add the vanilla, and mash with a fork.

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4.) Add the almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, coconut, and chia seeds.

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Now get ready to have a new favorite, because you will be so addicted once you try this! ¬†YU-UUU-UUUUM!!! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Blueberry Banana Ginger Smoothie

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Of all the berries in all the world, I think blueberry might be my favorite!  Why, you ask?  Well, blueberries are a power fruit packed with antioxidants!  There are a number of different ways that blueberries are beneficial to our health!  The following pin explains some of the health benefits of blueberries, and if you follow the link, you can see even more health benefits of these little morsels!

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So we have all these awesome health benefits, and on top of all that, they taste amazing! ¬†I love freezing a big batch of blueberries and just having them as a snack to munch on! ¬†This smoothie recipe has blueberries as it’s main ingredient, but there are also some other powerhouses in there such as chia seeds, ginger, and banana! ¬†At any rate, the smoothie is delicious and with it packed with nutrients like it is, it is the perfect way to start out the day!

BLUEBERRY BANANA GINGER SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 – 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 small chunk of ginger (about 1/2 inch cube)
  • pinch of stevia (optional)

Directions

1.) Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

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2.) Transfer to a glass

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YUM! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

 

Carrot Apple Cake Smoothie

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This is an extremely healthy smoothie that tastes like an extremely unhealthy cake in a glass!  No kidding!  I saw the following pin for a recipe for Apple Carrot Cupcakes.

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That sounded delicious, but of course, the recipe called for sugar and glutenous flour, etc. So, I decided to make a smoothie inspired by this recipe. The result?  AMAZING!  Gluten free, veggies, fruit, power foods all in a glass of delish!  Believe me when I say you need this smoothie in your life!

CARROT APPLE CAKE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 3/4 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 honey crisp apple, cored
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of stevia, or a bit of honey (optional)
  • small handful of walnuts (optional)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

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YUMMY!

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Now you can have your cake and drink it too! ūüôā ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Neapolitan Overnight Oatmeal

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So I made this awesome Neapolitan overnight oatmeal that looks so pretty and cute, and is DELICIOUS! ¬†Best part? ¬†It’s packed full of super foods: chia seeds, raw cacao, gluten free oats, almond milk (or coconut milk)‚ĶThere’s so much great nutrition in this beautiful display! ¬†Check out these pins showing the benefits of some of these power foods!

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Neopolitan Oatmeal

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Look at all those health benefits in this yummy meal! ¬†And that’s not all the great ingredients in this stuff! ¬†Since it is overnight oatmeal, it is extremely easy to make, and it’s great to wake up knowing that breakfast is waiting for you rather than having to get up and make something! ¬†The fact that this stuff looks like neapolitan ice cream certainly doesn’t hurt when trying to get your kids to eat something healthy either! ¬†let’s get to this recipe!

NEAPOLITAN OVERNIGHT OATMEAL

Ingredients:

For the Vanilla:

  • 1/3 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt
  • pinch of stevia (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut milk

For the Chocolate:

  • 1/3 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. raw cacao
  • pinch of stevia (to taste) or a small bit of honey
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut ¬†milk

For the Strawberry:

  • 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 3 large strawberries, cut up and mashed with a fork
  • 1.5 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt
  • pinch of stevia (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk

Directions:

In three separate bowls, combine the ingredients for each of the flavors together. ¬†Stir each bowl’s contents to combine well. ¬†Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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In the morning, take bowls out of the refrigerator and uncover.  Stir each bowl.

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Using a spoon, layer each flavor into a small glass.

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Enjoy! ūüôā

SUPER HEALTHY CLEANSING SMOOTHIE

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Continuing on with our cleansing for the week after Halloween! ¬†This smoothie that I made as a snack today is SO good for you, but it is so yummy that you would never know it! ¬†It’s quite simple, but contains quite a few super foods making it a nutritional powerhouse. ¬†You will feel great after drinking this! ¬†Some of the ingredients along with their benefits are as follows.

Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds are a super food that are packed with nutrients.  Some of the health benefits of chia seeds are

  • combats diabetes
  • Helps prevent Diverticulitis / Diverticulosis
  • Strengthens teeth and bones
  • Improves heart health
  • Fights belly fat
  • Because Chia seeds are a complete protein, they provide all day energy

Collard Greens

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Collard greens are an extremely healthy cruciferous vegetable. ¬†In recent studies, collard greens outshined steamed kale, mustard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage in¬†some of it’s health benefits – particularly in¬†its ability to bind bile acids in the digestive tract. ¬†Some of it’s other health benefits include

  • detox support
  • antioxidant benefits
  • anti-inflammatory benefits
  • cardiovascular support
  • digestive support

Ginger

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For over 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems. It is known to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate.  Some additional health benefits to those listed in the pin above include the following.

  • maintains normal blood circulation
  • improves nutrient absorption in the body
  • combats stomach discomfort
  • colon cancer prevention
  • fights common respiratory problems
  • ovarian cancer prevention

As you can see just these three ingredients alone pack a punch when it comes to health benefits. ¬†The remaining ingredients add even more health improving properties to this shake. ¬†It’s super easy to make! ¬†Just throw the ingredients in a blender then serve! ¬†Wa-lah! ¬†Well being in a glass!

SUPER HEALTHY SMOOTHIE

Ingredients: feel free to play around with the amounts of each ingredient.

  • 2-3 large collard green leaves, rough stems removed
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • small chunk of ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 3/4 unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2-3 ice cubes

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Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth, then serve!

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Enjoy! ūüôā

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