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Five Pumpkin-Inspired, Healthy Breakfast Recipes

So my love for pumpkin everything continues since I posted my Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Protein Bites! Even though the temperatures aren’t quite reflecting the season here in Florida, Autumn is officially here which to me equates incorporating pumpkin in so many of my meals.  Pumpkin, being a cultivar of the squash plant, is loaded with vitamins such as A, C and K, minerals such as Magnesium …

Meal Prepping

The old adage by Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, plan to fail!” is such a cliche yet certainly true when it comes to meeting your fitness and nutrition goals.  Being a busy mom always on-the-go, getting the kids to and from all of their activities is extremely time consuming, so meal prepping not only keeps my nutrition in line but saves time and …

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites

  September is finally here and I am so ready for the fall weather. Even though we don’t really get a true autumn season and it’s still 90 degrees here, my brain is switching from summer foods to fall foods. These awesome little bites of goodness are not necessarily an autumn food, but somehow I associate it as such.  Maybe it has to do with …

Cranberry-Orange & Chocolate Raw Protein Bars

I was really in the mood for that amazing combination of orange and chocolate, so as usual I head to the pantry to see what I can come up with to keep it as clean an natural as possible. I knew I had the necessary ingredients but before trying to reinvent the wheel and possibly wasting some pricey ingredients, I figured I’d take a peek …

Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt Cookies

I saw this recipe on Instagram the other night and had to try it.  It’s like eating your morning oatmeal but as a cookie! It looked simple, quick and not only do I love blueberries, but had all of the ingredients in stock and I knew these would make a great “Foodie Friday” treat to bring into my local gym. (Yes I bring samples of …

Dark Chocolate Covered, Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

  There really isn’t much to say about these bars other than they’re awesome. Really. They are soft yet the nuts, seeds and chocolate provide a wonderful crunchiness to them! They are loaded with protein, omega 3’s, fiber, natural glucose, vitamins and minerals and thanks to the dark chocolate, high levels of antioxidants.  Yes, dark chocolate is nutritious and full of health benefits! So these …

Four Fabulous Mango Recipes

Mangoes, often referred to as “The  king of the fruits,” are typically in season from March through July, in other words – right now!  They are one of the most popular, nutritionally rich fruits,  are an excellent source of vitamin A, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin.  Fresh mango is also a good source of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E.  When I see them in my …

No Bake, Apricot-Date Energy Bars

  After making my Apricot-Almond-Coconut Energy Bars I was left with quite a bit of Apricots, pumpkin seeds and white chocolate chips.  I really like to use up everything I buy and like most organic foods, are too expensive to let go to waste!  I also had some left over dates from my Chocolate Protein Balls so I figured they were all the perfect combination …

No-Bake, Cranberry-Cashew Energy Bars

These energy boosting bars are not only delicious but loaded with omega 3’s, 6’s, natural glucose, vitamin E, fiber as well as small amounts of iron, potassium and vitamin C.  They are similar to my Apricot-Coconut-Almond Energy Bars , in fact, all of my granola/ energy bars start with the same four ingredient base and change from there.  I mentioned before that I prefer a soft bar …

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, …

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 …

No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls

I’m not sure if there are enough words to describe just how much I love these little bites of goodness! Seriously, they are just simply divine! I have to confess, I love them so much I have to hide a stash in the back of the refrigerator so everyone doesn’t eat them! I know, I’m a horrible person. Anyway, these are so amazingly delicious! I …

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 …