Get Glowing Power Muffins

Who would have thought there was such a thing as 100% healthy, energy infusing, get-glowing-skin muffins?  Packed with antioxidents, omega 3 fatty acids, protein and fiber, these guys offer a lot of bang for your nutritional buck.  Dense, slightly crunchy and lightly sweet.  And.  Low in calories as well as filling.

Sound like a dream?  Its not.

Here’s the recipe.  And its an easy one at that, so get excited!

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Cocoa Quinoa Brownie Bites

Do you love the taste of raw brownie batter?  Or fudge?  Or Crunch bars?  If yes to any of the previous questions, then this dessert is for you.  However unlike brownie batter, Crunch bars or fudge, all of which are loaded with sugar, calories and dairy, these are grain-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.

They also take just 5 minutes to make.

How bout that 😉

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PS.  Sometimes I just pour the chocolatey brownie-like batter onto the puffed quinoa and eat it like that straight out of the bowl.  Tastes EXACTLY like brownie batter, but without all the bad-for-your-body ingredients.  No guilt and major deliciousness.

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Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

Hi, all you health conscious folks!  And even those who aren’t.  Banana + peanut butter + chocolate = deliciousness and childhood nostalgia, am I right!?

So, the only three ingredients needed for these yummy guys are:

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Four Ingredient Chocolate Muffins

Happy Sunday, all!

An exciting lazy afternoon prospect isn’t it?  A chocolate muffin to go with your steaming mug of coffee or tea.  With only four ingredients needed, its likely you have them already on hand.  These babies are grain-free, lactose-free, and sugar-free.  They also take just five minutes to whip together.

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Get your Glow On Potato Boats

Hi all,

Ready to get your glow on with these sweet, delicious, childhood nostalgic treats?  Plant based and loaded with filling, glow-inducing ingredients, along with just 5 minutes to make, you cannot go wrong with these guys.  They taste like a dessert but are GREAT for you!

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Mango Crumble- Whole30 Approved

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

I have a recipe for you that hits all the major checkmarks of an awesome dish.  Ready for it?  This one takes less then five minutes to make, its gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, raw, AND mouthwateringly yummy.  I bet I have your attention now.  Oh, the cherry on top: only five items needed to make it.

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Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Bowl

I realize this is a slight cheat as this isn’t exactly a recipe.  It is however one of the most bomb snacks in the world.  The perfect combination of slightly tart, juicy goodness with little bits of dark chocolate mixed in making for one ultra healthy and really dang delicious treat.

Pomegranate is AWESOME for you, in case you didn’t know.  They help with clearer skin and reducing inflammation.  They have antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-tumor properties.  To check out more of the benefits this super fruit offers, here you go.

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How to make this snack

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Quinoa Apple Cinnamon Bowl

Happy Sunday evening, all!  For recipe #48, I decided on something light, sweet and, shocker, healthy.  I know, I know.  Typically the words “sweet” and “healthy” tend to hold opposite ends of the court.  Not in this dish though.  This can be enjoyed as a snack when in need of refueling, or a delicious breakfast.  Tastes subtly nutty, sweet and cinnamon-y, with the crisp crunch of apples.  So yum.

Exact measurements are not required here.  More like loose guidelines.  Again, I recommend making 2 or 3x the amount of quinoa you need for this dish and then storing it in an airtight container to be used over the next few days.

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Ingredients

1 or 1.5 cup of quinoa, cooked (follow instructions on the package).

1 apple (I like Gala apples)

3-4 tablespoons of coconut milk (the kind you drink, not the one in a can) or regular milk if you prefer.  Either one work just as well.

Honey, to taste

Cinnamon, to taste

  1. Prepare the quinoa according to instructions on packaging.
  2. Meanwhile, slice up an apple into bite sized pieces.  I personally do not peel mine as that’s where most of the nutrients and vitamins lie, in the skin.  However you can of course peel yours beforehand if you prefer.
  3. Spoon the cooked quinoa into a cereal bowl.  Add in the chopped apples.
  4. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and drizzle with 3-4 tablespoons of honey.
  5. Stir well to distribute natural sweeteners.  Taste.  If sweet enough, enjoy!  Or if you prefer, add additional cinnamon and/or honey.

This recipe is enough to serve one person a hearty snack or breakfast.

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Woo hoo!!!  To break into the big number 4-0 recipe, I decided on this super simple, lightly sweet, lovely chia pudding.  First things first, Chia seeds are AWESOME for you.  They are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein, they can improve exercise performance as much as a sports drink can (but without all the added sugar and empty calories), the list goes on.

And yet, this dish tastes similar to Tapioca pudding, YUM!!!  A dessert type dish that’s truly healthy? You bet.  I recommend topping it with any type of berries, as I have in the photo of my own breakfast.  This recipe is lactose-free, gluten-free AND refined sugar-free.

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Watermelon & Feta Salad

This simple, light and lovely dish (#38) is inspired by Amsterdam, the city in which I first sampled it.  Reading the description on the menu, I thought it sounded repulsive.  Watermelon paired with cheese and walnuts!?  Gross.  So on that premise, my friend and I decided to give it a go.

I was shocked.  The flavors paired together perfectly.  The light juicy sweetness of the melon balanced beautifully with the subtly strong cheese.  The walnuts added a fabulous crunch, another layer of texture variety to the dish.  I was surprised to find myself loving it!!

The ingredients needed are simple:

-Watermelon, cut into bite sized cubes.

-Feta cheese

-Walnuts (I imagine pine nuts would also be rather tasty…)

-Fresh Mint

-Balsamic dressing.

Directions: combine the first four ingredients in some semblance that is pleasing to the eye.  Drizzle on a bit of balsamic vinaigrette.  Enjoy!!  This dish is not only delicious but its beautiful, the colors vivid and eye-catching.  Serve it at your next dinner party to give off an adventurous and trendy vibe 😉

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Absolutely one of my top three favorite European cities.  Dreamy, like a fairy tale, romantic, unique, laid back and lovely.  I snapped this picture during my visit there last May, 2016.

To see all of the adventures, wanderings and amazing edibles I experienced on my recent trip to Amsterdam, look no further.  Here is smattering #1 of photos and stories, and smattering #2.  Enjoy!  I hope it may inspire a future trip for you 😉 as Amsterdam is without question one of the most underrated and awesome cities in Europe.