Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

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I came up with this creation today when I was debating on whether or not to have a piece of toast with peanut butter or to make french toast for breakfast..so why not combine the two?!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
4 pieces of bread (I used whole wheat and removed the crust)
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp buter
2 tsp (or more!) powdered sugar
3 Tbsp maple syrup

Steps:
1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. With a butter knife, spread each piece of bread with peanut butter. With a fork, poke bread and place in egg mixture for 20 seconds on each side until well coated. Butter skillet and place each piece of bread to cook for 3 minutes on each side. Coat with maple syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar!

Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Bites

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If you like oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough, you will love these! Plus, they are healthy for you and packed with protein. My go-to snack during the mid-day if I need some energy before I workout or if I have a sweet tooth is usually granola bars but I think I found my new snack. These no-bake bites only take minutes to make!

Yield: 4 (my recipe only makes 10 bite size balls so you might want to double the recipe)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup roasted cinnamon almonds; crushed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup ground flax seeds

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. With a mini ice-cream scooper,scoop dough and roll into golf ball shapes. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes until they are firm. They are great for a grab and go snack if your on the run at work!

Southwestern Bean & Corn Salad

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First off, Happy New Years!  One of my new years resolutions is to eat and be healthy–just like every other year. So of course the first thing I think of is all the “healthy” recipes I will be making!  The holiday season and food seemed like it was never coming to an end so I decided to do a 14 day detox challenge.. BUT that doesn’t mean starving yourself. I am just staying away from all kinds of white breads/starches, processed foods, dairy products, and alcohol. Also, I will be eating extremely “clean”. I will be positing all kinds of healthy, delicious, and satisfying dishes Stay tuned!

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
1 can Kidney beans; rinsed & drained
1/2 can sweet corn; rinsed & drained
1/2 medium red onion; chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper (about 1/4 of large pepper); chopped
1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp basalmic vinegar
1/2 lemon

Steps:
1. Rinse and drain corn and beans. Mix in bowl with bell pepper, cilantro, salt, pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, and vinegar. Mix until combined and then squeeze in 1/2 of lemon.

Smoked Salmon, Avocado, & Spinach Panini

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After my workout this morning I was craving my favorite bagel, a lox bagel! I try to stay away from bagels as much as possible and almost never buy them just because of all the carbs..but that doesn’t stop me from creating a healthier version of my favorite breakfast/lunch. This panini sandwich can almost be eaten for any meal of the day….not to mention it is healthy for you and it is a great way to end 2013! Happy New Years Eve!

Yield: 1 or 2 (depending on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 laughing cow cheese wedge (I used French Onion flavor)
3 ounces smoked salmoin
1/2 avocado; sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 cup spinach; about 8-10 leaves
1 tsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Heat a skillet with olive oil. Spread 1/2 cheese wedge on each slice of bread. Add avocado, smoked salmon, and spinach and grill on skillet on each side for about 2 minutes (or until grill marks are made). I used the bottom of a frying pan to press on the sandwich while grilling to get good looking grill ridges! Flip sandwich and repeat for 2 more minutes. Slice in half and enjoy!

Homemade Protein Bars

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup plain oatmeal
1 Tbsp flax seeds
2 Tbsp almond butter
3 Tbsp honey
1 egg white
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk

Steps:
1. Mix ingredients together until well combined and spoon into greased cupcake tins (I used heart shaped silicone muffin tray) and bake 350 for 25 mins.