Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Mornings can be tough, especially when you are in a rush…so these make-ahead oats come in handy because you can prep them the night before to ensure a healthy breakfast the next morning. I never understand when people say “I don’t have time for breakfast”. We all have time for breakfast, you just need to make the time… These oats are gluten-free, dairy-free, and just about sugar free. What a perfect way to start the day!  They literally only take about 10 minutes to whip up, so get cooking in the kitchen!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Chocolatey and sweet, without the guilt! Every bite is bursting with fresh strawberries.

Ingredients

1 cup of almond milk; unsweetened

1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 cup fresh strawberries; chopped

2 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a small to medium sized sauce-pan, bring almond milk to a light boil.
  2. Add in the oats, honey, and cinnamon and mix until oats are fully cooked...about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Once oats are cooked, mix in chopped strawberries and top with mini chocolate chips. Enjoy! 🙂
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Spinach and Swiss Cheese Breakfast Bowl

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I love a good hearty breakfast to get me through the day. And you know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not make it delicious and healthy!? This breakfast bowl is filled and layered with wilted spinach, scrambled eggs, melted swiss cheese, and salsa. I also love sliced avocado in it too..You can add your favorite breakfast toppings to this! Stay tuned for more hearty breakfast bowls coming soon! 🙂

Ingredients:
My scrambled eggs recipe
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 slice of swiss cheese
1 Tbsp salsa
Avocado (optional)

Steps:
1. Sauté spinach: In a sauté pan on medium heat add a drop of olive oil and then add the spinach. It’s ok to pile it up as it will wilt quickly. It may not all fit in at first. Using a tongs, gently toss and turn the spinach so all of the unwilted leaves make contact with the bottom of the pan. Continue to do so for a few minutes until spinach is cooked down slightly.

2. In a bowl, add spinach to bottom of bowl, then top with a generous scoop of scrambled eggs, swiss cheese, and salsa.

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Easy Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

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One of my favorite breakfasts’ is a bowl of fluffy scrambled eggs. The secret ingredient to make them extra fluffy is milk. They are extremely easy to whip up and they take nearly no time to make!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
4 large eggs
2 egg whites
3 Tbsp whole milk
1 Tbsp butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Whisk together the eggs/ egg whites,  pinch of salt, pepper, and milk until foamy and light.

2. Heat a frying pan to medium heat. Add butter to pan and little it bubble. When it starts to bubble, add whisked eggs to the middle of the pan (right over the butter). Stir slowly with a rubber spatula. You will notice big soft lumps. Bring heat to low and gently fold the eggs

3. As soon as no more liquid egg is running around the pan, scramble your eggs and your done!

*I also like to top my scrambled eggs with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

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I love pumpkins. I love everything about them but my favorite is baking with them! We all know to watch what we eat during the Fall because of all the delicious treats that come our way make the Holiday season so much better. But, not to worry because I have you covered. These healthy pumpkin pie energy bites taste like pumpkin pie except it won’t do damage to your waistline. These chewy little bites of joy has all of the hearty flavors like your favorite chewy granola bars with a nutty texture. I also love to add chia seeds for additional nutrition and fiber as well. When 3 o’clock comes rollin around, a little snack always spikes up the day..at least for me and this is just perfect. Pumpkin is such a seasonal fruit and there’s only so little time we have with them so get cooking!

Yield: 12-15 balls

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup uncooked oats
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 -3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chopped almonds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips; optional
2 Tbsp raisins (or dried cranberries); optional

Steps:
1. In a food processor or in a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients until combined. With a mini ice-cream scooper, scoop mixture into little balls and round into a ball with the palms of your hands. Place on plate or baking sheets and let set and slightly harden for 15 minutes. Be sure to store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy just as much as I do!
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Baby Kale & Zucchini Frittata

imageThere is just something so comforting about a hearty and nutritious breakfast. Frittata’s are so easy to make and you can add any of your favorite seasonal vegetables. If you are unfamiliar with what a frittata is..it’s a Italian omelette, similar to a crustless quiche combined with other ingredients. I like to add a splash of almond milk or milk because I find it makes the frittata more fluffy and when its more fluffy it becomes more irresistible to eat. If I make this for brunch or lunch, I like to add a slice of frittata in-between 2 slices of lightly buttered toast and make a frittata sandwich…delicious! What will you add in your homemade frittata?

Ingredients:
4 whole eggs
1 egg white
2 Tbsp almond milk (or you can use regular milk)
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove; finely chopped
3 cups baby kale
1 shredded zucchini
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium frying pan on medium heat, sauté olive oil and garlic for 1 minute. Add in kale and zucchini and sauté for 5 minutes until veggies are wilted. Be sure to season with salt, pepper, and onion powder and stir.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and almond milk. Add in sautéed kale and zucchini and stir until combined evenly. Lightly grease a baking dish and pour egg mixture. Sprinkle parmesan cheese all over frittata and bake for 35-40 minutes until eggs are firm but fluffy when lightly touching it with your finger, or a toothpick. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy a nice slice with a piece of toast…or fruit 🙂
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