Posts tagged with "recipe"

Happy National Chocolate Day + Almond Butter Chocolate Sauce

Posted July 7, 2014 in recipe, chocolate, dessert and 5 more

I know you're trying to get back to the real world after celebrating the Fourth of July, but you must keep the party going! It's National Chocolate Day! 

Chocolate is definitely my fave sweet treat - chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream. Mmmmmm. I could eat chocolate every day.

But sadly, I can't sustain myself on chocolatey desserts. So when I'm craving chocolate, I make this amazing, healthier chocolate sauce.

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Double Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Posted August 14, 2014 in smoothie, recipe, drink and 7 more

I whipped up this delicious smoothie to satisfy my sweet tooth one afternoon, and I am totally in love!

This would be perfect post-workout since I used protein powder, or have it for dessert to get your sweet fix.

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Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Posted November 18, 2014 in healthy eating, Pumpkin, holidays and 6 more

Want to enjoy some pumpkin pie without ALL the calories and with lots of good-for-you ingredients?

So do I! Which is why I created a super simple pumpkin pie pudding that tastes just like pumpkin pie. Seriously! This pudding is sooooo good.

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Pesto Caesar Kale Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Posted December 11, 2014 in dinner, salad, kale and 6 more

A few weeks ago, the BF and I went out for a little date night at Sozo, a local modern American restaurant. I ordered a kale salad, and pretty much freaked out over how amazingly delicious it was.

I realized that it was something I could easily make at home (for a fraction of the price)! The restaurant version was topped with crab cakes, but the version I made at home was more of a side dish. You could totally add some kind of protein and make this a whole meal. You could also add some crumbled bacon (or turkey bacon) for a little saltiness - the restaurant version had little bacon crumbles.

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Quinoa and Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Posted January 28, 2015 in recipe, acorn squash, winter and 6 more


I made it through the hardest part of my elimination diet! The first two weeks, I eliminated gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, fish, caffeine, nuts and alcohol.

Find out why I'm doing an elimination diet here.

This week, I've been incorporating foods back into my diet one by one.

One of the perks of this experiment is that I've had to get a bit creative with my cooking. Because I workout so much (I've taught 7-8 classes a week throughout the diet), I need meals that will give me lots of energy.

I loved this stuffed acorn squash because it was super filling, flavorful and full of nutrients.

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Pre-Workout Energy Balls

Posted February 27, 2015 in workout, recipe, healthy eating and 6 more


Earlier this week, I made these delicious energy balls for my essential oils get together. They were a hit!

A perfect little healthy party snack, but an even better pre-workout energy booster. They're perfect to eat before a workout because of the carb/protein combo. (I also like to eat them to satisfy my sweet tooth)

I got the recipe from my office neighbor, Lee. She brings these energy balls to work every few months, and they always go fast! Lee was kind enough to allow me to share her recipe!

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Post-Workout Vanilla Protein Balls

Posted March 25, 2015 in energy balls, protein, healthy eating and 6 more


I've been super obsessed with energy balls lately. It all started when I made Pre-Workout Energy Balls. I loved having a healthy, homemade and convenient snack to grab before teaching fitness classes or before going for a run.

Two weekends ago, I made three batches of energy balls. I ended up making Cashew Coconut Balls, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites and Superfood Cookie Dough.

While all of those were delicious and perfect energy before workouts or treats to satisfy my sweet tooth, I decided to make a high protein version that I could have after a workout.

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Gluten-free Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple Cinnamon Coconut Butter

Posted April 7, 2015 in pancakes, recipe, carrot cake and 6 more


The BF and I are experimenting with our diets a little bit (by diet, I mean what we eat on a daily basis not a diet). I'll tell you more about it later, but we're not eating gluten for a couple of weeks.

As temporary gluten-free eaters, we've been experimenting with new recipes. On Easter Sunday, I made gluten-free baked maple doughnuts that were so so good.

These pancakes, which are made without grains, are so delicious and easy to whip together.

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How to make the perfect green smoothie

Posted May 21, 2015 in green smoothie, recipe, healthy eating and 11 more

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I love love love my green smoothies. It's the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth and feed my body lots of nutrition.

I admit, however, that green smoothies can sometimes turn out slightly….earthy. And there is nothing worse than have little bits of green leaves floating around in your smoothie. So there is a bit of an art to making the perfect green smoothie.

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Orange Coconut Macaroons

Posted June 2, 2015 in recipe, macaroons, coconut and 3 more


I've been hosting a 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge on Facebook, and I'm going to be real...I miss sweets!

The challenge came at the perfect time for me - after two weeks of indulging in sweet treats for my birthday celebrations. Cake, cookies, champagne cocktails, French macarons and more! Once I start having real sugar, I crave it ALL the time.

When I cut out refined sugar, my sweet tooth isn't as crazy. But it does take me awhile to detox from the sugar.

We're about halfway through the clean eating challenge, and while I don't crave sugar like I was after my birthday extravaganza, I've still been craving sweets after dinner. I even caved and had a mini shake from a fast food place. I felt super sick after from the sugar. I am obviously in need of some healthy sweet treats that are made without refined sugar.

So I made coconut macaroons!

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Post-Workout Chocolate Smoothie

Posted June 10, 2015 in smoothie, recipe, healthy and 7 more

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I've been pretty obsessed with turmeric lately. I've mostly been putting it in my morning immunity boosting concoction - orange juice, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and honey (I'm getting ready to travel so I'm getting myself as healthy as possible!).

But after a run recently, I had a random idea to throw some turmeric in my chocolate smoothie. Sounds weird, I know. Especially since turmeric is a savory spice used in curry. But turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds (source), so I thought it would be the perfect smoothie add-in after a workout. Because inflammation occurs in muscles after workouts, I try to eat anti-inflammatory foods to prevent soreness.

I also think turmeric is a magical healing spice. Seriously!

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Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding

Posted June 12, 2015 in chia pudding, chia seeds, recipe and 8 more

Chia pudding is one of my favorite sweet snacks. I always crave a little sweet treat in the afternoons, and a bowl of chia pudding always satisfies my sweet tooth.

Chia seeds are packed full of fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, so I'm also getting a nutritious little snack.

I'm currently obsessed with berries. Berries are finally flavorful and affordable enough to buy, so I've been buying them all!

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Hydrating Watermelon Cucumber Slushie

Posted July 30, 2015 in recipe, summer, hydration and 5 more


During the hot and humid summer months, I'm always a lot more conscious of how much water I'm drinking.

Year round, I aim to drink three of my 30-ounce bottles of water a day (more if I've had a tough workout). But I find myself feeling more thirsty in the summer or getting a dull headache when I'm out in the heat for too long. It just takes more effort to stay hydrated in the summer, especially if you're spending a lot of time outdoors.

Although I love water and don't usually have trouble drinking lots of water throughout the day, I know there are people out there that don't love water. Lucky for you, there are lots of foods that can help with hydration!

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A calorie-torching workout that gives back - Life Equals Charity Boot Camp

Posted September 2, 2015 in Life Equals, supplements, workout and 8 more


*Life Equals offered to give away samples of their supplements to people who attended my morning boot camp. I'm a Life Equals Ambassador. When you make a purchase using my coupon code, I receive a commission. All opinions are my own!

I've been leading a morning HIIT-style boot camp since late June. I started the workouts because I wanted to add some high intensity interval training into my workout routine.

I'm not super motivated to workout on my own, so I asked the Facebook world who wanted to get out of bed before the sunrise for a free workout. Luckily, there were actually people who wanted to join me!

We've been meeting at the Yanney Park Outdoor Fitness Pad. So the workouts combine bodyweight movements with the machines that are available at the fitness pad. The workouts are always super sweaty, and I'm usually sore the day after!

Recently, Life Equals contacted me and asked if I would want to do a charity workout. I love the folks at Life Equals so I was immediately in!

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How to make and freeze pesto

Posted September 15, 2015 in recipe, pesto, healthy eating and 5 more

The BF and I planted two basil plants in our garden this year, and we an have an abundance of basil.

I had grand plans to make batches and batches of pesto, then freeze it so that we could enjoy fresh pesto all winter long. But it hasn't happened yet.

I've made pesto for the past few summers, and it's always delicious. It's perfect to use as a turkey burger topping, on whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash, on chicken or on roasted vegetables.

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Frappé

Posted September 24, 2015 in Fall, Pumpkin, healthy and 5 more


It's pumpkin spice everything season!!

I am not ashamed to say that I am totally into the pumpkin spice trend. I love pumpkin!

However, it can be easy to get sucked into all the pumpkin spice marketing out there and buy all kinds of unhealthy snacks and treats. Check out my post, How to Survive the Pumpkin Spice Craze, to find out how to choose the heatlhiest pumpkin spiced products.

I love creating my own pumpkin spice recipes at home. They're so much healthier! I'm sure you've heard of a little thing called the PSL. Well, this is a cold, frothy, protein-packed version of the PSL.

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Pear Gorgonzola Walnut Salad

Posted September 29, 2015 in recipe, salad, Fall and 8 more


To be honest, I don’t love eating salads in the fall and winter.

During the summer, salads are my fave. I could eat one every day. But when the weather starts to cool off, I start to crave comfort food - warm, cheesy, carby comfort food.

But I feel better when I eat lots of produce. So to make sure I eat enough fresh produce during the fall and winter, I try to get more creative with my salads.

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Parfait

Posted September 30, 2015 in Pumpkin, Fall, recipe and 9 more


I recently made one of my favorite recipes that I created last fall - Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding. It's so delicious, and very pumpkin pie-like.

But I realized it could be even more like pumpkin pie if it had whipped cream on top! My whipped cream addition turned into the perfect little fall dessert that will satisfy your craving for pumpkin pie, but without tons of sugar.

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Eggnog Oatmeal {dairy-free}

Posted December 16, 2015 in breakfast, oatmeal, eggnog and 7 more


Oatmeal is my absolute favorite breakfast. It's sweet, delicious and satisfying, and it keeps me energized for hours.

Oatmeal is such a great breakfast option because it's high in fiber, can help lower bad cholesterol, slows digestion, keeps your blood sugar stable, has cancer-fighting properties and contains tons of great nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, iron, manganese and magnesium.

Lately, I've been getting bored of my usual oats + chia seeds + honey + + apple slices + almond butter combination. 

I recently bought Silk Almond Nog to add to my coffee or make cocktails with, and I had a random idea to use the nog in my oatmeal in place of almond milk. Genius!

I ended up doing half nog and half almond milk, but if you wanted a stronger eggnog flavor you could do a whole cup of almond nog. You probably wouldn't need to sweeten your oatmeal as much if you used more nog.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Posted January 19, 2017 in recipe, healthy recipes, Roasted Winter Vegetables and 4 more

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Roasting vegetables is by far my favorite way to cook veggies. They always turn out so flavorful and delicious. 

While I usually stick to roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes - my faves - I also love roasting a variety of root vegetables together. This is especially delicious this time of year when sweet warming foods taste super comforting.

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