Donna Martin

Gluten-Free Healthy Brownies

These brownies are amazing! They are wonderfully moist, are slightly cake-like that are not sweet yet have great flavor. The original recipe is from bitesforbabies. I changed the recipe ever so slightly by adding in the 1/2 avocado and walnuts, and removing the vanilla. (I only omitted it because I didn’t have any and the recipe tastes great without it.) Dates provide natural sugar, fiber, …

How to De-Seed a Pomegranate

So I mentioned in my Pomegranate Salads post just how much I  love pomegranate & how I can find just about any way to eat those beautiful little red, juicy seeds – more accurately called arils – whether it be in a smoothie, a salad or by themselves. Pomegranates are in season from October through late November but because they have a very long shelf …

Homemade Nut Butters

Peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter, oh my! Do you have an obsession with these like I do? There are so many ways great ways to eat it.. with fruit, on a sandwich, mixed with Greek yogurt, in recipes, and of course – and probably the best way- just a big spoon of it all by itself! It must run in the family or …

Raspberry Breakfast Cake

Raspberry Breakfast Cake http://balancingforlife.com/?p=604

Every since that darn National Donut Day I’ve been craving some kind of baked good.  I’m really proud of myself for resisting anything processed but I still have a craving.  I’ve made my Chocolate Protein Balls but I still wanted something more cake-like. I refuse to give in to the evil temptation of the sugary-filled, processed, store bought baked goods.. so I made this breakfast …

Coffee Protein Shake

Coffee Protein Shake http://balancingforlife.com/?p=567

Have I mentioned I love coffee..and protein shakes? Well this clean  and nutritious shake encompasses it all! With around 30 grams of protein, potassium, antioxidants, probiotics – and of course caffeine- it proved to be just the fuel I needed for a strong workout today!   You don’t need to drive to your local coffee shop to get a fancy (and expensive) coffee beverage when you …

No Bake, Apricot-Almond-Coconut Energy Bars

Apricot-Almond-Coconut Energy Bars http://balancingforlife.com/?p=512

I’ve been making homemade granola and energy bars for quite some time now but I still love coming up with new combinations. Years ago when I started reading food labels I was amazed at what I saw being put into many of packaged bars – or most pre-packaged foods for that matter.  Looking at the ingredients list,  I couldn’t even pronounce many of the items …

Peanut Butter-Banana Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream http://balancingforlife.com/?p=486

My kids are definitely ice cream-aholics.  They are always asking  for ice cream or milkshakes of some kind. It really drives me crazy. So I am continually looking for new ways to tame their sweet tooth in a natural, healthy way. This post is actually based off of my Banana-Cashew-Coconut Ice Cream recipe posted a couple of weeks ago.  I decided we needed another option and …

Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli Slaw http://balancingforlife.com/?p=384

I don’t know about you but I prefer to buy my vegetables fresh, not frozen or even bagged – and definitely organic. There’s something about seeing all of that beautiful fresh produce right in front of your eyes! Broccoli is one of the staples in this house. We eat it many different  ways… but only the florets. So I’m left with the stalks. They are …

Motivation vs. Inspiration

Today is my rest day – well from the gym anyway – which really means “clean the house, do the laundry and a lot of cooking day”. I started today like every other day, with my coffee in hand, then cozy up in my favorite chair. I like to talk with God and then catch up on some of my favorite apps and social media …

Purple Asparagus and Salmon Salad

Purple Asparagus and Salmon Salad http://balancingforlife.com/?p=341

Now that the hot weather is here.. and here to stay I’m afraid, I’ve been craving a lighter fare and eating more salads. While quite often being short on time it’s easy to get stuck in the salad rut of quickly going through the grocery store and grabbing the same old faithful salad fixings each week, not to mention boring. Sometimes I need a little …

Banana-Cashew-Coconut Ice Cream

Banana Cashew Coconut Ice Cream http://balancingforlife.com/?p=302

Ok, so it’s getting hot out and you’re wanting some ice cream but you don’t want to cheat… this is for you! This is so utterly simple, tastes absolutely amazing and the best part is that it’s clean! No added processed sugars! So go ahead.. indulge and feel good about it!   A quick tip here.. when freezing your fruit, of any kind, cut it …

Pomegranate Salads

Pomegranate Salads http://balancingforlife.com/?p=254

Do you ever get completely obsessed with a particular food and you just want to eat it with every meal? I go through these phases and right now my obsession is with pomegranate arils.. yes the seeds! Did you know you can eat them? Did you know you should eat them? Oh my gosh, these crunchy yet juicy and sweet little guys do not only …

Donna’s Favorite Abdominal Exercises

Although I mix up my routine quite frequently, these are a few of my favorite core-strengthening exercises. They are definitely a bit more challenging and sure to keep you from getting bored from the traditional crunches. Hanging Knee Raises When I first started doing these I was not strong enough to support myself, putting a strain on my shoulders so I started using arm slings …

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING http://balancingforlife.com/?p=154

My aunt sent me a recipe for this pudding a few years ago although I’m not sure where the original recipe came from, but it called for an ungodly amount of white sugar and chocolate chips and who knows what else. It took me a few times making this to get it clean and just right. It is so creamy and satisfying but the best …