Pumpkin Spice Creamer and Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Energy Bites and everything nice

Fall has finally come to Arizona and it is a beautiful 81 degrees today.

The new puppy woke me up at 6 am and I had a can of pumpkin, so what better way to start a Sunday then with a good cup of coffee and some protein packed energy bites to get me through the week.

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

1 TBS Canned Pumpkin

1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie spice

4 oz of Non-Dairy Milk (your choice)

Stevia or Monkfruit to desired sweetness

Place all ingredients in a small mason jar and shake until well mixed.

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Pumpkin Energy Bites

1 Cup Dates

1 TBS Molasses

1 TBS Maple Syrup or Honey

2 TBS Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Oatmeal

1 Scoop Protein Powder

2 TBS Hemp Seed

2 TBS Chia Seed

2 TBS Flaxseed (ground)

2 Tsp Pumpkin Spice

Salt (to taste)

2 TBS Dried Cranberries

2 TBS Raw Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

In a blender or food processor mix dates, molasses, syrup, nut butter and vanilla. Then add dry ingredients and pumpkin, mix again. Scoop out into a bowl and fold in cranberries, seeds and chocolate chips. Roll into balls and refrigerate.

Meal Prep Sunday

Sunday, Football, Meal Prep, Mimosa!

Who says you can’t have fun while you plan for success.

I prepped dinner for tonight- Chicken Breasts stuffed with Herbed Ricotta wrapped in Bacon for the family. Potatoes scrubbed and ready for the oven and using frozen green beans. (I will be having salmon and veggies)

Cleaned and cut-up veggies for snacks for football today and also for the week. Plus some grapes and whipped a batch of Deviled Eggs for today.

Saved some hardboiled eggs for grab and go breakfast for my hard-working husband and son.

Cut-up chicken into strips and seasoned for fajitas (I will make Jackfruit tacos for myself that night) and have a batch of Spanish rice ready to warm up plus frozen cauliflower rice. Bought a bag of frozen bell pepper strips to make dinner quick and easy that night.

Now its time to enjoy some healthy snacks, sit down to watch some Football and just maybe enjoy another mimosa. What are you Meal Prepping today?

Meal Prep Monday- Marinated Tofu

Started out this Monday with a quick and easy meal prep to help me stay on track this week. Steamed asparagus with fresh lemon. Roasted sweet potatoes and marinated baked high protein tofu. High protein tofu is very firm and has little water so it doesn’t need to be pressed. It is easy to slice and holds it shape well while baking. For the marinade I used tamari sauce, liquid smoke, Siracha and olive oil. Soaked the tofu on each side for a few minutes and baked at 375 for about 30 minutes flipping halfway through. Quick and easy to pull together for lunch or dinner.

I tried Celery Juice…and I liked it!

So I have been hearing all this hype about Celery juice and how amazing it is. It can reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, detox your kidneys, help with skin conditions like acne and eczema, the list goes on and on. Earlier this week I was having some stomach issues and thought I would give it a try. I drove to my local favorite juice shop and picked up a bottle. After 30 min, my stomach did feel better. At 6 dollars a bottle I decided to find a cheaper way to keep drinking it and really see how it worked. I picked up some organic celery for $1.99, some fresh mint and headed home to make a batch. I added some water to my blender, chopped up the celery and some of the mint, squeezed in some fresh lemon juice to copy the juice I had earlier. I also grated some fresh ginger in since its an anti-inflammatory I figured it could hurt. Blended it all up and poured it through a strainer pressing the pulp with the back of a spoon. It turned out good but was time consuming. So I ordered nut bags on Amazon. Today after blending I placed one of the bags inside a juice pitcher poured the juice into the bag. Then squeezed all the juice from the pulp. The pulp left behind in the bag was pretty dry and I was able to get quite a bit of juice. The last 2 days I have started my day with celery juice instead of lemon water, I don’t know if I am noticing a huge difference but I am going to stick with it and report back. I did also take some to the gym as a post workout recovery drink. With high water content of celery plus the fact that is has sodium and potassium electrolytes it makes sense that it would be a great way to rehydrate after a workout. You also get some Vitamin A,B,C and K, all seems like positives to me.

So my verdict, I think it tastes good, I am getting some extra water and vitamins and I am willing to stick with it and see if I notice any more changes. Plus, now I have the pulp to start playing with some recipes.

If you have tried celery juice, tell me what you think.

Lentil Collard Green Tacos

Happy Taco Tuesday! I am loving collard greens as wraps. They are heartier than lettuce and keep all your delicious ingredients together. Having some pre-cooked ingredients on hand make these plant powered tacos a breeze to put together.

Lentils (I seasoned these with paprika, cayenne and garlic)

Sweet potatoes

Tomatoes

Spinach

Avocado

Green onion

Cilantro

Drop your favorite taco recipe below.

Leveled Up Pancakes

Just in time for the weekend, my Leveled Up Pancakes. Super simple and super easy. All you need is your favorite pancake mix and a little magic. I think Pamela’s is the best gluten free pancake mix. Fluffy pancakes without the rice flour taste ( you know what I mean). I had some Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate chips on hand so I threw those in but these would still be delicious without. PB2 is powdered peanut butter and is amazing in smoothies and baking so definitely worth making a pantry staple. I had coffee creamer leftover from the holidays so it added some depth of flavor. You could always stick with unsweetened almond milk or whatever flavor creamer you enjoy. All you need is a little creativity and some simple substitutions to take a box mix to the next level. Added bonus, these are gluten-free and vegan, but taste like happy, yummy, Sunday Morning pancakes.

Chocolate Cinnamon Cupcake Smoothie

Yesterday was National Chocolate Cupcake Day. I decided to whip up a healthy chocolate treat to get me through my busy morning of workouts. I used Organic Cacao Powder with Maca by Himaiania  and Veggie Protein by MRM but please feel free to use your favorites. I also keep batches of oatmeal premixed with cinnamon, ground flax seed and chia seed for quick breakfasts. I added a 1/4 cup of my ready to go mix but just plain oatmeal and cinnamon will work just fine here. The stevia packet can be eliminated if you don’t want your smoothie as sweet or monk fruit, maple syrup, any natural sweetener will do the trick. This smoothie is full of superfoods for energy, cinnamon to help stabilize blood sugar, fiber to keep you full and cut your net carbs to a low absorption rate and 25 grams of protein (your protein powder and mix-ins can change this number). I hope the next time you are craving a chocolate cupcake for breakfast, this smoothie hits the spot.

Chocolate Cinnamon Cupcake Smoothie