5 Healthy Mothers Day Recipes

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For Mother’s Day tomorrow, here are 5 healthy Mothers Day breakfast recipes (all smoothie bowls). All of these recipes are easy, healthy and filled with raw, sweet fruits just in time for spring and Mother’s Day. A few of these recipes are in my new cookbook, 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes published by Robert Rose Books. I am so thrilled about all of the media attention my book is getting! I will be on television on ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama on Monday morning, May 9th between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. making smoothie bowls and offering tips to make smoothie bowls all summer long, so please be sure to tune in! The recipe above is my Pomegranate Berry Smoothie Bowl which was featured on Momspark today! Happy Mother’s Day!

Berry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl

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Watermelon Tropic Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

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Everyone loves oatmeal at my house, so I thought I would make my life easier by making this Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal. With only 5 minutes of preparation time, this tasty breakfast is a ready when you wake up in the morning (the kitchen smells amazing too). Feel free to use your favorite apples and add honey, nuts, flaxseed or dried fruit to top off your morning oatmeal, but it’s also so good on its own. I used my new slow cooker below, which is my favorite new culinary toy. It’s so cute, useful and inexpensive too!

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Mini Pumpkin Muffins with Greek Yogurt

Mini Pumpkin Muffins with Greek Yogurt

Who is ready for fall? I know that I am, and I was in the kitchen today working on some pumpkin recipes. I had some leftover pumpkin so I made these Mini Pumpkin Muffins with Greek Yogurt. These are so easy and require no mixer. They make a great on-the-go breakfast treat, after school snack, desert, or healthy addition to your lunchbox. I cut the butter in half and used nonfat Greek yogurt which adds protein, no fat and creates a moist center, so enjoy!

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

I just got my hands on a FABULOUS vegetarian cookbook: Vegan Everyday by Douglas McNish, a vegan executive chef who has a strong commitment to health and organics. Published by Robert Rose Books, this cookbook is filled with 500 recipes that are bold, innovative, fresh and wonderful for vegans and non-vegans. You’ll find recipes for every occasion and every meal of the day. I love the Peach Cobbler, Mini Quinoa Croquettes, Singapore Summer Rolls, and these Vanilla Chai Power Bars. These energy bars are a great item to keep on hand for snacking on the go, or enjoy them as a quick breakfast with a cold glass of milk. Filled with millet, chia seeds and spices, these bars are too good! My kids went wild over these, and they are awesome for travel too. If you’re looking for puffed quinoa and millet, you can find them in most well stocked supermarkets and natural food stores. Enjoy and be sure to check out this amazing cookbook!

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Green Pistachio Smoothie

 

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I have something healthy for St. Patrick’s day morning. How about a delicious and nutritious Green Pistachio Smoothie that will nourish and energize you in preparation for the fun-filled day? Combine fresh spinach or kale, banana, and almond milk in a blender; top it off with Pistachio Chewy Bites (one of my kid’s favorite healthy snacks).  Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium. They have a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy with 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat. They add a tasty crunch on top of this smoothie recipe.

Thank you to Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind for sharing this recipe with me!

Essential Coconut Pancakes

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When I saw The Complete Coconut Cookbook was coming out this month, I was so excited. Besides the fact that it is also by my book publisher, Robert Rose, I have been a fan of coconut way before it’s popularity. If you’re looking for a great breakfast recipe, try these Essential Coconut Pancakes. Few things top homemade pancakes, and this coconut variation is a winner with kids and adults alike. You’ll stay satisfied for hours, too, thanks to the high protein content of the chickpea flour (10 grams in 1 cup compared to 8 grams in wheat flour) and the high fiber content of the coconut flour. They also taste amazing. If you’re like me and super busy on the weekdays, you can make these ahead of time and refrigerate them between sheets of waxed paper, tightly covered in plastic wrap, for up to 2 days or freeze, enclosed in a sealable plastic bag, for up to 1 month. Let thaw at room temperature or defrost in the microwave.

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This book is fabulous! You will enjoy 300 all-natural, easy-to-make coconut recipes by Camilla Saulsbury, a great cookbook author. She discusses the differences in coconut oils, uses of coconut, health benefits and so much more.

5 Breakfast Recipe Ideas for Back to School

I know you have heard it a million times, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is even more important for those parents with kids, especially since school is starting. Ours starts tomorrow, and I can’t believe it! Plenty of healthy breakfast ideas exist for the whole family to enjoy so it makes it easier on everyone. Here are the 5 breakfast recipe ideas for back to school:

1. Smoothies-Who doesn’t love a fresh fruit smoothie? You can buy a huge variety of smoothies off the shelves in supermarkets, but can often be high in sugar. If you want to ensure that your kids are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need, create their favorite smoothie before school. Try my Three Ingredient Banana Smoothie.

2. Bagel, Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese- Kids get bored of toast, so mix it up by offering them a bagel instead. You can get all sorts of different flavors. Try my recipe for Smoked Salmon Dip that works great as a breakfast spread.

3. Cereals-Children tend to tire of eating the same thing, so while healthy cereals such as granola are a great option, make sure you have plenty of variety. You can alternate different cereals and add fruit and/or Greek yogurt to offer something new each day. Try my Blueberry Yogurt Parfait.

4. Eggs-Eggs are a great source of protein, and my kids love this recipe for Oatmeal with Egg Whites that has a good source of protein and carbohydrates.

5. Breakfast Sandwiches- Breakfast sandwiches are a great change of pace. Create breakfast sandwiches with your kid’s favorite ingredients. Check out my recipe for Breakfast Wraps.

 

10 Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

Most of you know that my life has been upside down the past month or so, moving and getting settled. I appreciate all of the emails, messages, and tweets from all of you during my tough time. Carolyn, a gluten free maven and blogger from All Day I Dream About Food asked me if she could put together a “guest post” on gluten-free breakfast recipes to help me out with my workload during this busy time. I am so thankful and honored to share these 10 gluten free breakfast recipes that she has put together below. Take it Away Carolyn..

Whether you gluten-free by choice or by necessity, breakfast can be one of the toughest meals of the day.  Many breakfast foods like toast, cereal and pancakes are traditionally made with wheat flour and so are off-limits.  And sometimes the gluten-free versions are so full of sugar, they aren’t much healthier!  But I’ve rounded up some great gluten-free breakfast ideas that are healthy, easy to make, and low in sugar.  These will keep you full until lunchtime and you won’t miss the wheat one little bit! Enjoy these 10 gluten-free breakfast recipes starting with Alison’s Grain Free Granola via Ingredients, Inc (pictured above).

Walnut Flax Pancakes Via All Day I Dream About Food

Chocolate Grain-Free Granola via Gourmande in the Kitchen

 

Creamy Amaranth Porridge from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Fresh Cherry and Almond Muffins from Ingredients, Inc.

Almond and Yogurt Waffles via Roost

Peanut Butter Flax Power Granola via All Day I Dream About Food

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast via Anja’s Food 4 Thought

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes via With Style and Grace

Almond Crusted Butter Cake via All Day I Dream About Food

 

Gluten Free: Grain-Free Granola

One of my food weaknesses is definitely granola so I thought I would develop a recipe for a Grain-Free Granola for all of those who can’t have grains, are gluten-free, are following the Paleo Diet or are watching their carbohydrate intake. This recipe for Grain-Free Granola is super easy to make, and it’s full of my favorite seeds and nuts. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand as all of the nuts and seeds are easily interchangeable. This granola makes a great breakfast idea stirred into nonfat Greek Yogurt or with almond milk. It also makes a great afternoon snack, a healthy sweet to put in your children’s lunch, or a wonderful dinnertime dessert served with fruit.

Chia Seed Banana-Nut Muffins

Have you heard of Chia Seeds? If you haven’t, read on. These wonderful seeds are on my list of top super foods of 2012. Chia seeds have more calcium and fiber than flaxseed, and they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. They are also said to boost energy levels. They have a nutlike flavor, and they add flavor and crunch to baked goods, oatmeal, cereal, salads and in yogurt. Try them in this recipe for Chia Banana-Nut Muffins. It’s so easy, with no mixer needed. I made these on sunday, and before I could turn around, all of them were gone. My kids went wild over these. Feel free to use mini muffin pans for variety. If you use mini pans, bake them at 350F for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Enjoy, and check out this powerful seed.

Chia picture from Pinterest