Banana Honey Muffins

Banana Honey MuffinsIf you’re wondering what to do with leftover bananas, these Banana Honey Muffins are for you. At my house, we go through bananas like monkeys, but my neighborhood grocery store often packages overripe bananas and marks them way down. I typically freeze them for smoothies or smoothie bowls, or often make my famous One Bowl Banana Bread recipe (which is made with nonfat Greek yogurt). My husband found a recipe for Honey Banana Muffins so he and my daughter made these yesterday. They are not too sweet, light and fluffy, and they make a wonderful morning or afternoon snack or light breakfast idea with a cup of coffee. My husband likes them drizzled with honey over the top 🙂

Bananas are naturally fat and cholesterol free. Bananas well known for their high potassium content, with over 400 mg potassium in a single medium-size banana (this is great for muscle function and providing a healthy balance of fluids in the body). Bananas are also easy to digest and a good source of vitamin C, fiber and B6 vitamins.  Did you know you can use mashed bananas as a substitute for some or all of the butter or oil when making cookies or some baked goods? This recipe is going to be a keeper when school starts, so enjoy!

Banana Honey Muffins

Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars

Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars

My sister, Julie, called me this morning and raved about a granola bar recipe she tried from Giada’s cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food. I had all of the ingredients on hand so I tweaked the recipe slightly and made these Super Easy Healthy Granola Bars, which came out awesome! I used liquid coconut oil instead of the safflower oil, added additional oats and vanilla, used golden raisins and added a combination pecans and walnuts instead of just walnuts. These are a fabulous gluten free healthy breakfast or mid or afternoon snack recipe. Since my daughter does not get a lunch break at school, this is the ideal blend of protein, fiber, carbohydrates to help her energized though her day. These also make a great travel snack, so try them now and thank me later!

Memorial Day Smoothie Bowl

Memorial Day smoothie Bowl

 

Making a healthy smoothie only takes 5 minutes to prepare and turning it into a smoothie bowl only adds 1 or 2 minutes more. Perfect for a breakfast at home or on the go, this Memorial Day Smoothie in on our family weekend list! I think this recipe will be a wonderful, fun way to kick off summer with the kids  This smoothie bowl recipe is made with dairy products which adds calcium important for bone strength. Strawberries are also the star of this recipe which are filled with antioxidants and said to rival spinach in their health benefits helping protect the heart, aiding in reducing cholesterol, boosting the immune system and reducing risks of cancer, arthritis and even gout. Free free to add some of your favorite toppings, granola, hemp seeds, unsweetened coconut, you name it. The sky is the limit this Memorial Day so be healthy and safe!

Apple Snack Mix

apple snack mix

Are you looking for something new for an afternoon snack mix? Or how about a healthy snack your kids can take to school? This Apple Snack Mix recipe has all of my favorite ingredients, and it’s made with freshly homemade dried apples. This snack recipe has been my go-to back to school snack for the kids. This would also make a great holiday gift idea, holiday open house snack. or fun idea for holiday school parties. For the apples, you can use almost any type such as Honeycrisp, pink lady or Braeburn or Granny Smith.

Spinach Mango Protein Shooters

My 3 kids and I have been really into smoothies lately, and yes, they honestly do drink “green” variations. I made these Spinach Mango Protein Shooters for breakfast, and they were quite the hit!  I ended up making this again after a tough “Insanity” workout yesterday, and it was an amazing pick-me-up. It’s perfect filled with spinach, mango and a protein boost from Greek yogurt. I love using frozen mango and don’t forget: Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as fresh. They are actually picked at their peak and flash-frozen (see more on this at Easy Home Meals). I used my newest kitchen equipment addition for this recipe: The Nutribullet, which makes it so easy to make a smoothie for one (or for small amounts). Enjoy!

Salmon Burgers with Greek Yogurt

Now that Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is on our heels, it’s tough to stay on track. I have been trying to come up with what’s for dinner as I multi task work, the kids, and extra holiday related tasks. These Salmon Burgers with Greek Yogurt are always worth preparing, and my 3 kids always love them. Feel free to serve on a bun or just on a bed of greens. Canned salmon is one of the most calcium-rich, non-dairy foods. One 3.5 ounce serving with the bones contains two thirds as much calcium as a cup of milk. For women and children especially, consuming plenty of calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones and reducing the risk of bone fracture later in life. Alaska canned salmon provides high quality protein that is easy and safe to digest by people of all ages. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have something super healthy for dinner for the entire family.

Banana Smoothie Recipe only 3 Ingredients

Looking for a breakfast or afternoon snack recipe? My daughter, Leigh was at it again in the kitchen and made this Banana Smoothie recipe for my son, Zachary. Zachary will eat pretty much any cuisine and even drink kale smoothies. Believe it or not, he doesn’t like berries (who doesn’t like berries?).  Anyway, this smoothie tasted awesome, and I ended up drinking the entire thing. With only 3 ingredients, this banana smoothie is effortless, fabulous and gluten free. Feel free to add 1 (6 ounce) container of nonfat plain greek yogurt to increase the protein. Enjoy 🙂

Vegetarian Pasta: Clean out the Freezer

I cleaned out the freezer this weekend, and I created the most awesome Vegetarian Pasta dish. My kids loved it, and they asked me if we were having company coming over. This is so easy and quick, under 30 minutes to prepare. Feel free to use any frozen vegetables in this recipe or add leftover cooked chicken or shrimp if you wish. People tend to forget that frozen foods and vegetables are picked at their peak and then flash frozen so they are just as nutritionally healthy and sometimes even more economical. Read more about the use of frozen food tips on Easy Home Meals and NFRA.

Also, check out my television appearance last week in New York on Fox & Friends First and  Fox & Friends on “What to Toss and what to keep”. It was such a blast! Video is here.

Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie: Kid-Friendly

How many smoothies do y’all make a week? I can’t even begin to count over at my house. My kids are always trying new creations, and I am trying to keep up with their creativity. This Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie was a recent favorite. I had some leftover pumpkin, and I thought why not try it with peanut butter? It sounds a little weird at first, but it works. Happy Halloween! Here’s to a great fall 2012!

10 Awesome Rice Krispie Treats: Kid and Adult Friendly

My daughter, Leigh, has a “Hoedown” party where she dances tonight. Since we had to bring a dessert, I decided to make Cowboy Rice Krispie Treats using a cowboy hat crispy cookie cutter. This is Leigh’s favorite easy dessert, and she said they taste even better like this. Here are 10 other fabulously creative ideas for Rice Krispie Treats.

Crispy Rice Candy Corn Treats via Paula Dean

Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats via Love From the Oven

Rice Krispy Cake by Yummy Tasty Recipes

Gluten Free Rice Krispy Treats via Gluten Free Goddess

Crispy Rice Treats with Almond Butter via Whole Foods

Caramel Turtle Rice Krispies Treats via Glorious Treats

Easy Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats via Food Family & Finds

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispy Treats via Browneyed Baker

Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats via Glorious Treats

Chocolate Dipped Krispie Treats via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe