Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins

My daughter, Leigh, saw a recipe for Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by Ambitious Kitchen on Pinterest and asked me to make them. I made them today, and I made a few minor changes. They turned out great! I love that they use liquid coconut oil and nonfat Greek yogurt and her idea to put the bananas and liquid ingredients in the blender. This recipe is super quick and easy. They make a great morning or afternoon snack or easy breakfast on-the-go. Thanks to Leigh for finding this one and to the wonderful recipes from Ambitious Kitchen!

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!

Overnight Eggnog French Toast

French Toast

Do you still have any leftover eggnog in your refrigerator? If you do, I have a great recipe for you: Overnight Eggnog French Toast. All of the preparation can be done the night beforehand. Let the bread cubes soak in the liquid mixture. The next day, take it out of the refrigerate and let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle ground over the top and bake according to recipe below. If you’re all out of eggnog, you can substitute 4 cups of skim milk. It comes out tasting fabulous that way too! This makes a great brunch recipe, shower recipe or breakfast for a large group. It also tastes great for several days, so it makes wonderful leftovers too with a warm cup of coffee. My family loves this recipe, so let me know how you like it!

Detox Shots

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These green juice Detox Shots are an amazingly healthy way to start off your day. I made this with my favorite healthy ingredients, and all you need is 5 minutes. Place the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you want the mixture colder or thicker add ice and for added protein, add protein powder. You can drink this as a smoothie/green juice or serve as Detox shots which is a fun twist to get vitamins and minerals naturally. I have had one shot or glass since Sunday, and two friends asked me today why my skin was glowing and looks so even colored. I wonder if it has to do with drinking these, but regardless, I fell energized and not sluggish and I know I am doing something wonderful for my body! For Health Benefits of Kale see my article on MindBodyGreen which has had 83,000 shares and my top benefits of blueberries can be found here.

9 Best Smoothie Recipes

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I am always on a smoothie kick, but especially as the new year has begun. These 9 best smoothie recipes are some of my favorites that I make for the kids all of the time starting with this Spinach Pineapple Smoothie. If you haven’t tried a green smoothie, I promise you’ll love this recipe, and it’s filled with super healthy ingredients to start your day off on the right foot (my kids drink it too). All of these recipes are under 300 calories and healthy, so enjoy without any guilt for breakfast or for a mid morning or afternoon snack.

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

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Mango Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

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Date Smoothie

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3 Ingredient Banana Smoothie

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Kiwi and Kale Smoothie

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Berry Peach Smoothie

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Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls

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Watermelon Kale Smoothie 

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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 

Holiday Breakfast Cake

Holiday Breakfast Cake

I am a huge coffee cake fan, so I decide to try this Holiday Breakfast Cake recipe for my husband and the kids. This is a great recipe for Christmas morning, holiday gift, a brunch, a shower, dessert, or even a special snack to last all weekend. For dessert, you may want to add a simple icing, but it’s wonderful without it too! Serve at room temperature or warm beforehand. My favorite way to enjoy it is with a cup of coffee or for an afternoon snack.

Holiday Breakfast Cake via @alisonlewis

Banana Granola Recipe

Banana Granola via @alisonlewis

We have been making granola again, and my daughter, Leigh, found a Banana Granola recipe on Pinterest which I adapted, and it was a huge hit! Use this granola in your Greek yogurt, smoothies, to top smoothie bowls, or eat as a snack or dessert. It has a great taste and is so easy for words.

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!