Recipe: Coconut Banana Smoothie

 

Smoothies – they’re great for breakfast, as a snack or post work out replenisher! You can put so much into a smoothie that’s great for you without really being able to tell from the delicious taste!

1.11.15-Banana-Coconut-SmoothieYour taste buds will love this coconut and banana smoothie mixed in with your favorite protein powder. This recipe from Sarah Skalzub shared with Vega, just might turn into your new favorite smoothie.

INGREDIENTS

1 serving Vanilla Vega Protein & Greens
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
1Ž2 cup water
Juice of half a lemon or 1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 large banana
1/2 cup ice

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make this smoothie, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought!

 

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Recipe: Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

If you’re looking for a winter meal staple, it has to be soup. Soup can be served for lunch, before dinner, or even as dinner itself. You can make big batches and freeze it for later, and it re-heats easily to take on the go with you to work and beyond! The great thing about soup is that there are so many different recipes, so many things you can put in them, that you’re bound to find one for everyone’s tastes.

greek-lemon-chicken-soup-5Broth based soups are often thought of as not being as filling as a cream soup, but we beg to differ! It’s all about what you put inside! This soup recipe from A Spicy Perspective has so much going on, we know it will fill you up and warm you up at the same time!

INGREDIENTS

10 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoon olive oil
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 sweet onion
1 large lemon, zested
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup israeli (pearl) couscous
1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
2 ounces crumbled feta
1/3 cup chopped chive
Salt and pepper

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make this soup, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought!

 

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Recipe: Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

We are firm believers that breakfast is such an important meal of the day. It’s a great way to get your day started and your metabolism rolling! When you start your day off on a healthier foot, it helps set the pace for food choices for the rest of the day, don’t you think?

apple-bananaHaving some items that you can grab quickly in the morning when you are feeling rushed, or to eat on the go, don’t tend to be the healthiest options. That is why we love this breakfast cup recipe from Becoming Your Personal Best with Coach Amy Amidei, it is something that you can make ahead, and have on hand for your weekly breakfasts!

INGREDIENTS

½ cup applesauce
1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
1 banana for slicing
1 cup cooked quinoa (about ½ cup dry)
2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup almond milk
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 apple, peeled and chopped

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make these breakfast cups, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought!

 

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Recipe: Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Most people tend to think of salads as a summer food, but they don’t have to be! There are some great recipes out there for warm salads. Yes, warm salads!

Warm-Kale-Salad-427x641Kale seems to be everywhere, don’t you think? This warm kale salad by A Food Centric Life looks good and is so good for you! We just had to share!

INGREDIENTS

1 large bunch of kale
1 large shallot
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic
minced a handful of dried cranberries
a small handful of chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to season

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make this salad, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought!

 

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

Sweet-Potato-Turkey-Chili-2With the cooler weather, we tend to gravitate towards more comfort, warming, filling foods. One comfort food that has lots of variations is chili. It is great after a day out in the snow, for group gatherings and makes great leftovers!

With the holidays just past us, and since we are always trying to bring you healthy recipes to make, we really loved this version of chili from The Healthy Maven that has turkey in it!

INGREDIENTS

1 lb ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2½ T chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup tomato sauce (ideally no-sugar-added)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 large sweet potato, cubed

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make this salad, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought!

 

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Recipe: Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad

wf_orange_cranberry_quinoa2New Year’s Eve is almost here and we were in search of a great recipe that you could take with you to New Year’s parties, dinners and pot lucks. Keeping in mind the flavors and colors of the season – oranges, cranberries, nuts and pomegranates – we think that this recipe from Family Spice will be a hit visually, for the palate and on your digestive system!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup quinoa
2 cup water
2 large leaves of kale
2 cup cranberries, fresh
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
2 TBS orange zest, grated
6 small oranges
1/4 cup mixed nuts
1/4 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup mint, fresh, chopped

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make this salad, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought!

 

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Recipe: Paleo Cranberry Flax Stuffing

Stuffing! It’s a holiday staple, am I right!? We’ve been on the lookout for a way to update the age old way that stuffing is made and we think we might have found it with this recipe from HealthfulPursuit.com.

Whether you are paleo, gluten free, egg free, or vegan – this recipe has options for everyone!

INGREDIENTS

1 loaf of grain-free bread (recipe below and also here)
½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries
1 cup apple juice – I used homemade
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 red onion, diced – yield 1 cup
2 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon dried ground sage
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make this stuffing and grain free bread, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought!

 

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Recipe: Gingerbread Smoothie

The holidays are full of treats but that doesn’t mean that you have to feel guilty about having them! There are lots of ways to enjoy the flavors of the season in a more healthy way!

Let’s take gingerbread, for example. If you love it but don’t want to indulge in the cookies, you can still enjoy it in alternative ways! We found this recipe over on Peanut Butter and Peppers and think it is a great way to have the taste of gingerbread in the form of a smoothie! Something that everyone is bound to enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups coconut milk from carton or milk of choice
1 small banana, frozen
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ginger, ground
⅛ tsp. cloves, ground
1tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. molasses
¼ tsp. stevia or sugar to taste
1 cup ice

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make them, head on over here. And, if you do make it, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought of them!

 

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Recipe: Fall-Inspired Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars

Finding healthy snacks that you can enjoy on the go can be difficult but it’s a worthwhile exploration through very delicious territory.

To help you fill your gym bag with yummy, and energy-inducing, snacks, we’ve sourced a fantastic recipe that you’re going to want to try this Fall: Vegan Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars.

We found this recipe over on Nutritionist in the Kitch and happily put it to the test. Needless to say, we were blown away by the flavor that was packed into these little bars of goodness. As a side bonus, these bars look super pretty, too!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pitted dates
½ cup raw cashews
2 Tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
⅓ cup vegan vanilla or pumpkin protein powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup pure pumpkin puree

Bars Garnish:

2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons toasted coconut flakes
2 tablespoons chopped pecans

To get the rest of the recipe, and complete instructions on how to make them, head on over here. And, if you do make them, leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought of them!

Here’s to holding onto pumpkin-everything for a little bit longer…

 

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