Summer Watermelon with Mint & Feta Cheese

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I recently just starting eating this treat and it definitely makes me feel like summer is here..well almost. There is nothing better than a cold watermelon right out of the fridge on a hot sunny day. The combination of the 3 flavors go together so perfectly its amazing to say the least!

All you need:
Sliced watermelon
Fresh mint; coarsley chopped
Feta Cheese

Sprinkle mint and feta cheese all over fresh watermelon and enjoy! Easy perfection.

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Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast so I try my best to make time for it. Carrot cake is one of those foods where you either love it or hate it for most people, and I loooove it…but my waist doesn’t. This hearty breakfast definitely cures my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. I love recreating the original oatmeal recipe because the new flavor creations are endless and this recipe is completely good for you. This is so good and full of flavor you will easily forget that it’s healthy!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk; unsweetened
1 shredded carrot
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Sprinkle of almonds or pecans (optional, I prefer almonds!)

Steps:
1. In a small or medium saucepan, heat almond milk and add carrots and raisins. Stir consistently for 5 minutes..this will soften the carrots and plump up the raisins.

2. Once milk is warm, add honey, oatmeal and steel cut oats. Stir with a spoon and add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Stir until oatmeal thickens (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, spoon into bowl, sprinkle with almonds and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy while its hot!

Check out my other Healthy Oatmeal Recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal
Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal
Overnight Peanut butter & Nutella Oats

Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Smoked salmon is one of my favorite indulgences so I did not waste any time to make this! I first starting eating it when I was little with my bagels and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I was inspired to make this flatbread when I took my Nana out to lunch as a late Valentine’s gift at this cute little restuarnt called Cafe Rustica in Carmel Valley. We ordered a smoked salmon flatbread as an appetizer and it was delicious! I love finding and trying great dishes at restaurants and making a copycat version of my own.

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:
5-6 ounces smoked salmon or lox
2 Tbsp Boursin garlic herb cheese spread
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
1 Tbsp capers
5 thinly sliced red onions
1 sheet of lavish bread
Pepper
Lemon (optional)
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Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place lavish bread on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until slightly crispy.

2. Spread cheese on bread evenly, now here is the fun part…add your smoked salmon, capers, onions, and chives. Sprinkle with black pepper and a squeeze of lemon (optional)! You can add as much or as little to any of the ingredients, its totally up to you. Cut into 6 pieces and enjoy this mouthwatering appetizer!
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Chocolate Chia Berry Protein Smoothie

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What better way to start your morning by drinking this antioxidant packed smoothie! This morning after my workout I wasn’t all that hungry and wanted something to drink like a Jamba Juice. Instead, I looked in my fridge and saw all kinds of fruit to make a smoothie and for protein I just added a scoop of protein powder. It was delicious and the combination of the berries and chocolate tasted like a dessert..too good to be healthy, but it is 🙂

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1 cup blueberries
1/2 banana; sliced
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup vanilla almond milk; unsweetened
4 ice cubes
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

Steps:
1. Blend all ingredients until combined and enjoy!