Blueberry Muffins

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The weather in New York City has been so out of whack these days. Two days ago I was walking around in my favorite ripped jeans and a white t-shirt and today its pouring rain and I was freezing walking down the block in my winter jacket. Thank god I don’t have many places to be today because it is definitely one of those I just want to sit in my apartment in sweatpants catching up on my favorite blogs and TV shows. On that note, I decided to bake some clean blueberry muffins to snack on, on this lazy day. These muffins are made with almond flour and sweetened with dates and ripened bananas for some extra protein and flavor. Eat one plain or smear it with homemade almond butter or some jam and you’ll have the perfect comfort food without the guilt or fat.

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Homemade Almond Butter

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One of my favorite memories from childhood is sitting in the school cafeteria and unfolding the shiny foil of my lunch to find a crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a handprint embedded in the Wonder Bread. Knowing how deeply I loved my sandwich extra thin, my grandma, who made my lunch, would press down as hard as she could on the bread to flatten it, leaving a surprise engraving for me every day. It was the perfect symbol of her love. Although the peanut butter and jelly from the jar on white bread has morphed into healthful homemade natural almond butter spread on something a bit more nutritious- the feeling of enjoying a nut butter sandwich has reminded me to appreciate the simple things in life and remember the special love my grandma had for me.

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Baked Spiced Chickpeas

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These are hands down my favorite recipe I’ve made in a while. Normal old chickpeas become the crunchiest, tastiest most amazing snack ever in the span of 30 minutes. I promise you these will satisfy your salty potato chip craving while giving you a dose of protein, fiber & iron. These are salty and savory but I can’t wait to try this recipe with a sweet variation, cinnamon-sugar anyone?

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Quinoa Pasta with Superfood Pesto

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I call this “Superfood” pesto because I have replaced the usual ingredients of pesto with some unbelievably nutrient rich ingredients. Not only do kale and spinach have zero fat and are high in fiber they are both filled with powerful antioxidants and high in vitamins K, A, C, high in calcium and high in iron. As a matter of fact kale has more iron per calorie than beef! Walnuts are high in fiber, antioxidants, magnesium and vitamins. They are high in protein and contain healthy fats that your body craves including Omega 3.

This recipe is perfect for a side dish or for a quick and easy meal!

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Avocado Toast

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Yes, avocados are high in fat but it’s the incredibly good for you kind of fat. The nutrients in an avocado have the power to protect you from heart disease, have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. Plus, they are packed with Vitamins A, B, C & E, have more potassium than a banana and a lot of fiber which means it will keep you fuller for longer. AKA they are a SUPER FOOD.

 This recipe for avocado toast is one of the simplest, quickest most delicious and healthiest recipes ever and is perfect for lunch or even a snack. So, no excuses!

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