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Nutty Granola with Hemp Seed & Flaxseed

Granola with milk

I’m always looking for a healthy and inspiring way to wake up and kickstart my day.  Solution? Granola without the guilt!  This gluten-free, vegan granola is full of heart-healthy fiber from the oats, hemp seeds and flaxseeds.  It contains heart-healthy fats from the hemp seeds, almonds, almond flour and walnuts.  And it doesn’t contain any artificial sugars. […]

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Homemade Almond Cranberry-Chia Granola (gluten-free)

Granola 2

My sweet sister-in-law, Jenny, has always made the best homemade granola.  It is always healthy tasting and has those nice big clusters we all love in granola.  I finally asked her for her recipe and tested it out myself.  It was easier than expected! So forget overpriced store-bought granola and try this simple recipe which makes […]

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Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Recipe: Southwest-Style Turkey Hash with Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce (+Bonus Recipe)

Turkey Hash

My latest recipe: Southwest-Style Turkey Hash With Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Sauce featured in The Washington Post (11/25/14) Leftovers are given a Southwestern spin in this healthful hash recipe loaded with bell peppers, celery, onions, sweet potatoes, red potatoes and tomatoes. It is perfect for the morning after Thanksgiving and all weekend long. It’s naturally gluten-free and also […]

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Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars (Take 2): Walnut Raisin Almond Bars (gluten-free, dairy-free, oil/butter-free)

Homemade Granola Bars Take 2

I recently posted a recipe for homemade granola bars with chocolate chips and almond slivers.  They were decadent and delicious.  This recipe below is a slight variation on that one.  Instead of chocolate chips I used golden raisins and instead of almonds I used walnuts.  I also tried flax seeds instead of chia seeds just […]

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Baked Berry Pancakes (gluten-free + vegan + oil-free)

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Healthy and pancakes don’t usually belong in the same sentence.  Traditional pancakes contain buttermilk, butter and refined grains drowning in a pool of syrup (and sometimes topped with powdered sugar too).  But not all pancakes have to be that way!  I have revolutionized the pancake concept and created the anti-pancake pancake.  This recipe is gluten-free, […]

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Soft-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookie (easy + oil-free + butter-free + vegan + gluten-free)

Dessert for breakfast??? I think so! The Washington Post recently featured my recipe for Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Almond Breakfast Cookies.  I also wrote about why the cookie was the perfect solution for a quick, healthy and easy breakfast on the go. Below is a variation on the recipe using golden raisins instead of chocolate chips […]

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Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars

Who knew making homemade, healthy granola bars could be so easy?  This recipe is the perfect, portable snack for kids or adults.  They are vegan and gluten-free and full of whole grains, heart-healthy almonds and chia seeds. Ingredients 1.5 cups gluten-free old fashioned oats 1 cup brown rice crisp cereal 1/2 cup raw, unsalted slivered […]

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookie

Pumpkin Breakfast Coookie Healthy

A seasonal breakfast solution perfect for a cool fall morning!  Make the night before for a super portable breakfast or morning snack. Each cookie contains whole grains, heart-healthy walnuts, dried fruit and of course the nutritional powerhouse vegetable, pumpkin.  This cookie has it all!  Plus, it is gluten-free and completely vegan. When you see canned […]

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No-Cook Breakfast: Simple Muesli with Fresh Fruit

No Cook Breakfast - Easy Muesli with Fresh Fruit

A no-cook, healthy breakfast that you can make the night before – no fuss in the morning!  It is full of fiber, fruit and whole grains to start your day on the right track. Ingredients ½ cup unsweetened almond milk 1/3 cup steel cut oats ½ cup fresh seasonal fruit (suggestion: ½ nectarine (diced), blueberries […]

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Watermelon-Lime Berry Fusion

After a Memorial Day BBQ party you are typically left with watermelon and possibly a hangover.  The inspiration for this smoothie came from that very situation.  I wanted to create an incredibly thirst-quenching “cooler” to enjoy on a hot and humid day.  Watermelon is 92% water and 8% sugar, plus it has electrolytes to help […]

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Almond Butter and Berry Smoothie

This morning I woke up craving a refreshing and filling smoothie.  But, oh no!  Out of protein powder… What is a healthy foodie to do?! My protein powder is what gives my smoothies their thick texture so I had to think quick for a substitution… So, I’m thinking thick and then it comes to me: almond […]

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A Complete Breakfast Solution

Shown without wild blueberries Part of finding your way to a healthier you starts with breakfast. Why is breakfast important?  It kick-starts your metabolism for the day and helps give your body the energy it needs to think faster and more clearly while preventing overeating later in the day by keeping you satisfied.  I cannot […]

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Nutty Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

Who doesn’t love a good breakfast muffin?  It is a great on-the go option because it is so portable.  And, depending on the recipe, it can offer some excellent nutrition benefits all in one tiny package. This recipe packs loads of nutritional goods including a variety of whole grains, fiber, protein, heart healthy fat and […]

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Avocado Crostini with Pistachios

This recipe’s inspiration came from an appetizer at an excellent restaurant in downtown DC – Cork Restaurant & Wine Bar.  It combines four rich and satisfying ingredients that balance each other out well from both a taste and texture perspective.  It can be served as a unique appetizer or a healthy, high-fiber snack (or even […]

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

With no added sugar, these vegan muffins pack a lot of health punch without losing any flavor. These muffins contain whole grains, protein and fruit making it great for a complete and satisfying breakfast on the go. Makes 12 muffins Ingredients Dry ingredients 1.5 cups oat bran ½ cup 100% whole wheat flour ½ cup […]

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Morning Mango Smoothie

Grab-and-go with this lusciously-creamy (and super healthy) smoothie!  It is a cinch to prepare in the morning and will help you start your day right! Serves 2 (less than 100 calories per serving) Ingredients 1 cup frozen mango 1 cup ice cubes 1 cup milk (regular, soy, almond) – I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk ½ […]

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Gluten-Free Energy Bars

I’m a busy person with a ton of allergies… so allergy friendly recipes that provide on-the-go healthy energy is important.  This recipe is very flexible in terms of the type of nuts and other fun ingredients you can add to switch it up.  It is full of whole grains, healthy protein and naturally sweetened by […]

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Breakfast Quinoa

Are you in search of the ‘perfect breakfast’?  Well look no further… this breakfast solution includes the must-haves for an all-star breakfast: a combination of lean protein, whole grains and fruit.  Plus, it tastes creamy and a bit like dessert (something to look forward to in the morning). For those of you who say “But […]

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Breakfast Sausage Patties

Start your day with lean protein!  These mango-apple “sausage” patties will give you energy (and flavor) without all the greasiness.  For weekday breakfast, I recommend preparing these the night before so you can heat and go the next morning. Makes 20-25 patties 1 lb. ground white turkey meat ½ apple, diced ½ mango, diced ½ cup […]

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Farina “Breakfast Porridge”

Farina was my husband’s favorite breakfast growing up.  His wonderful mom made this for the family on snow days.  So, you can imagine some fond memories were made around farina.  I personally never had farina much growing up so was excited to experiment with this so called “breakfast porridge” and see how to best add […]

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Vitamin C Slushy

We all know Vitamin C strengthens your immune system.  And who doesn’t need a little boost of Vitamin C this time of year? When I get bored of the standard glass of OJ in the morning, I mix it up a bit with this Vitamin C Slushy recipe which uses fresh juice from oranges, paired […]

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Strawberry Walnut Bread

What’s better than banana bread?  Strawberry walnut bread . . .  a nutritious dessert or even breakfast treat! Dry Ingredients 1½ cup whole-wheat flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp cinnamon ½ cup chopped walnuts (raw, unsalted) 1 tsp Stevia extract or ½ cup Splenda Wet Ingredients 2 cups strawberries, pureed […]

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Berry Vanilla Smoothie

Smoothies are a refreshing way to start the day or refuel after a workout.  Here is my most basic and favorite kind… Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 cup unsweetened frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries) 1 cup ice 1 scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder Directions Add all ingredients into blender Mix […]

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Lean ‘n Green Smoothie

Honeydew is the sweetest of all the melons.  This recipe balances the sweetness of the honeydew with the tartness of kiwifruit and tanginess of a granny smith apple to create a refreshing and crisp tasting smoothie.  It is full of mouthwatering flavor and boasts a whole lot of nutrition too! Ingredients ½ honeydew melon 2 […]

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