Healthier Cinnamon Rolls

healthier cinnamon rolls

December is the perfect time for great breakfast whether you’re cooking Christmas morning, New Years day or just want to serve something healthy, warm and comforting for family and friends. Put these Healthier Cinnamon Rolls on your list and enjoy these scrumptious breakfast treats without any guilt! Here are some of my other favorite cinnamon roll recipes I can’t wait to try! Happy holidays to you!

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies via Creme de la Crumb

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls via The Hopeless Housewife

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Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars via Cooking Classy 

Chicken Sausage and Kale Stew

Chicken Sausage  and Kale Stew

My husband, Doug, is an amazing cook and surprises me with his multiple talents every single day. Last night he made this Chicken Sausage Kale Stew, which he has been making for several years for his parents. This soup is one of his dad’s favorites. As soon as there’s a nip in the air and the weather gets cold, his dad is asking for this stew for dinner. Doug adapted this recipe from Men’s Health Magazine, changing a few things such as grilling the sausage (although you can also brown it in the pan), substituting smoked sausage instead of andouille and adding 2 cans of cannellini beans instead of one. This soup is comforting, hearty and so flavorful. Serve with some crackers or rolls, and dinner is done. This has become our favorite winter stew too!

Date Smoothie

Date Smoothie

Okay it may sound weird at first. Dates in a smoothie? Yes, it is true… Combine milk, pitted dates, almond butter, and cacao powder with ice, and you’ll have a breakfast or dessert smoothie that is so filing and good! Dates are sometimes overlooked but they provide energy and are great when you’re craving something sweet. They do have calories but also fiber so they are good to help regulate digestion and contain vitamins such as B 6 and niacin. Paired with milk, almond butter and cacao powder, this recipe can be a healthy breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re not familiar with cacao powder, you can find it at specialty grocery stores. It’s healthy alternative to chocolate with great flavor but without sugar and any processing. It’s also raw, vegan and a source of antioxidants, iron and fiber. This only takes 5 minutes to prepare, so blend and enjoy!

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins via @alisonlewis

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you can tell that we have been into making muffins lately at my house. Over the weekend my daughter, Leigh and I made these Healthy Banana Nut Muffins for the week for breakfast, lunches and afternoon snacks. We made regular size and mini muffins so the directions for the different baking times are below. These are really light and filled with flavor, and you won’t even believe they are whole wheat. No mixer is needed, so these are so easy and fun to make with the kids. If you make mini muffins, each muffin has 140 calories, 2.2 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates and 3.7 grams of protein per serving, so enjoy!

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!

Tuna Zucchini Kabobs

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Zucchini recipes are so hot right now on the internet, so why not try something a little out of the box and combine them with fresh tuna, bell peppers and a citrus marinade such as in these Tuna Zucchini Kabobs. The Moroccan flavors of the marinade pair well with the grilled fish and vegetables. Easy to prepare and a party showstopper, these are low in calories, fat and carbohydrates. They are also a paleo-friendly and gluten free, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia, known as a superfood is wonderful in this Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe. Packed with potassium, fiber and magnesium, these seeds are great for energy, endurance and digestion. While it’s easy to toss them in lemon water (see my recipe for Lemon Water with Chia Seeds). Chia seeds are a great addition in this dessert (or as a healthy breakfast). I used cacao powder which is also a healthy superstar, rich in antioxidants. Make this recipe the night before, and you’ll have a nutritious nondairy creamy chocolate dessert. Happy Friday!!

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon and Kale are two superfoods that (believe it or not) my three kids love! Last week we went out walking in our fun Alabama 97 degree heat, and I made this Watermelon Kale Smoothie topped with chia seeds and fresh watermelon and OMG it was so good! I know, I know. It looks weird at first. Trust me on this one. You just have to try it! For 152 calories and 3.6 grams of protein, this recipe also is very high in vitamin C and manganese as well as potassium, Vitamin A and B6! For health benefits of watermelon click here. For health benefits of kale click here.

Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls

Greek yogurt smoothie Bowl

This past Saturday I posted my breakfast on social media. SO many people wrote to me wanting the recipe for my Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls. As you have seen from my recent posts and social media feeds, we are huge fans of this type of breakfast. It’s filled with protein, fresh fruits, healthy seeds and nuts. Cheers from my home to yours.

 

Watermelon Grapefruit Slushie Recipe

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It has been so warm here the past few weeks where 97 degrees is the new norm. I made this chilling, refreshing Watermelon Grapefruit Slushie which was a home run. My kids were skeptical about me adding the grapefruit, but they ended up loving it and asking me to make more. This recipe is healthy, detoxing, and refreshing. It is perfect to make after a tough workout or as a lunchtime or dinnertime dessert. With 98 calories per serving, this recipe is high in B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium and Manganese, so sip and enjoy!

 

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