I love Thanksgiving and I LOVE Thanksgiving food but most of the traditional holiday dishes can leave me feeling heavy and bloated. I always want to leave Thanksgiving dinner feeling good about myself and my choices, so each year I swap a few traditional dishes with healthier alternatives.
Salads come in all different shapes, sizes, flavors, and believe me I do not discriminate. But if you think about it, all of the different varieties bring something different to the table, literally. So what makes a salad good?
The answer: so many different things. There are many parts to the equation that I cannot imagine my salad without. I am here to share my all time faves for the perfect at home salad.
This recipe is my way of saying F U to my overwhelming cravings. I can have my cake and eat it too (whatever that means, never understood that... of course I'm going to eat my cake if I have it?). These pancakes are packed FULL of protein, antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. And they are EASY AF to make because I used prepackaged collagen protein and this brand new flourless cauliFLOUR to make them.
Have you guys ever tried the bone broth protein from Sports Research? It’s my latest obsession! It’s basically a mixable protein that you can add to recipes and drinks. Each serving has over 20 grams of pure bone broth protein with Collagen and natural amino acids. It’s also non-GMO, dairy and gluten free, certified Paleo and Keto-friendly.
Dinner is definitely one of my favorite meals of the day, but it’s also typically the heaviest. I hate that bloated feeling I sometimes get after eating dinner, so lately I’ve been trying to eat lighter for dinner so I don’t spend the rest of the night feeling sluggish or bloated. This soup is perfect for days when I want to stay feeling light! It’s so yummy and nourishing, plus I can eat an entire bowl and still feel both skinny and full afterwards. I love it!
These breakfast wraps are the best! I love them because they trick my mind into thinking I’m eating bread based wrap when in reality, the wrap is made entirely out of egg! These wraps are also super versatile. I always stuff them with my faves: tomatoes, avocado and spinach. However, you can totally be more adventurous and add ingredients such as sauted veggies, protein, cheese or anything else you want in there because pretty much EVERYTHING tastes good with eggs.
I love fruit dipped in greek yogurt! In case you missed my last fruit + greek yogurt post, I recently
dipped kiwi slices in greek yogurt and froze them. I was pretty much in heaven! It’s crazy how it
tastes like SUCH a treat, when in reality it’s simply fruit and greek yogurt! Two totally healthy
and good-for- you ingredients. I’m so obsessed.
There is nothing quite like a homemade pizza! In fact, it's one of my favorite things. I've really been into replacing bread and potatoes with cauliflower lately and now I prefer the taste. This recipe is super simple and will save you some calories and carbohydrates. It also has a lot of nutritional benefits that a traditional bread crust does not.
Okay guys, here’s a secret, I love a good chocolate chip cookie! I like them soft and gooey and
filled with lots and lots of chocolate chips. However, I’m trying so hard to be good and eat only
wholesome ingredients. Well, guess what? These cookies are made with only the more
wholesome and natural ingredients. They may not be exactly low calorie or low sugar, but I feel
good about each ingredient that I have put into them. Not to mention, these cookies are so
After my juice cleanse last week I was craving something hearty but I didn't want to sabotage all my hard work with a sodium-filled dish out. I had some visitors and was inspired by a friend who mentioned her meal prep. I knew exactly what I wanted at that point and put this dish together and ate it for three days.
You guys! I woke up one morning craving waffles because I had a dream I was eating waffles the night before. I recently just bought this cute little mini waffle maker too so I was SO excited to get in the kitchen and get these babies going. And then, whomp whomp.... I realized I had NOTHING to make a traditional waffle. So I had to get extremely crafty.
Side note: these can easily be made Vegan by using coconut oil in place of Ghee. You can also sub out honey for date sugar.
For those of you that are new to the concept of roasting grapes, I'm with you! I recently read up on different roasted grape recipes and I was totally intrigued. I love grapes, but I usually eat them chilled... So the idea of tossing my grapes in olive oil, roasting them and eating them in a savory dish seemed out of the ordinary. However, the pictures on Pinterest made it look delicious so I had to try it for myself. Well, I am here to tell you that they are amazing!
With Summer still in full force here in Phoenix, I am looking for any and all ways to escape the heat. Weekend getaways, spending most my time indoors, and limiting my use of hot kitchen appliances! In fact, the freezer is my new favorite kitchen appliance this summer. No heat and it can make so many healthy snacks, like this one! These yogurt dipped kiwi slices are really good AND healthy. I love that they are frozen, they are totally the perfect summer snack when you need to forget that is 115 degrees outside.
I am obsessed with overnight oats right now! They are so easy to prep the night before (literally
dump your ingredients into a Mason jar and stir LOL), and in the morning you can just grab and
go. Plus, overnight oats are so nutritious! There's so many option of what to put in your oats, but
my fave combination is chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and nut butter.
Traditionally I have always used table salt while cooking in the kitchen and recently opted to make a healthier switch from table salt, to Himalayan sea salt! Aside from its culinary uses, pink Himalayan sea salt can be beneficial for supplying the body with essential minerals and electrolytes, improving immunity, re-hydrating the body, reducing inflammation and increasing circulation, reduces blood pressure, and aids with weight loss.
Protein is a core nutrient our body counts on; did you know that protein makes up every cell in our body? Our body relies on protein to create enzymes, hormones, bones, muscle, blood, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails. Protein is a macro-nutrient, meaning our body relies heavily on these nutrients in order to be healthy!