Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins

We had a halloween party at our gym last weekend and I wanted to make something delicious but not too sweet. Because I knew there would be a lot of dessert and candy to go around. So I decided on a pumpkin muffin with a little bit of icing on top. They turned out PERFECT. Definitely the right amount of sweetness. You can eat a whole one without making yourself sick.

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Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are loaded with protein, fiber and omega-3s. They're also high in a variety of antioxidants, vitamins and mineral, making them a great addition to your diet. Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite ways to consume them. There are so many options and recipes you can create with them. I like to mix them up and put them in the fridge overnight for a healthy breakfast. The fiber and protein are a great way to kickstart your day. But they also make a delicious and healthy dessert if you get a sweet tooth in the afternoon or evening.

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Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Mixed Berry Muffins

Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Mixed Berry Muffins

As I was baking away in the kitchen over the weekend making lots of pumpkin and persimmon cookies for Christmas Day, I thought, what healthy treat can I make to kick off the new year? I love cookies and I'm getting pretty good at baking with gluten free flours, so I decided on a healthy breakfast muffin. I typically train in the morning so I'm looking forward to having this as my pre workout boost. Why sweet potato and quinoa? Well, why not? I'd seen a lot of quinoa muffins circling the internet and it seemed like such a great substitute to traditional oatmeal. And I'd been putting pumpkin and persimmon puree in EVERYTHING, so why not try something different with a similar consistency, like pureed sweet potatoes. Plus, I already had both of them cooked and in my fridge thanks to my most recent order from Trifecta. 

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G3 Chia Seed Pudding

G3 Chia Seed Pudding

Have you ever made chia seed pudding before? It's one of my favorite things to make. And for many reasons. The first of which...it's delicious! It also has soooo many health benefits. It's packed with omega-3's, protein, antioxidants and fiber (a lot of it)! I work with a lot of nutrition clients who struggle to get enough greens and fiber in their diet, so when PurePharma announced their new product, G3, I couldn't wait to add it to some chia seeds pudding. This recipes packs a healthy punch!! With the addition of G3, which is a greens powder made from spinach, kale and parsley, you're loading up on vitamins and minerals from some of the most nutrient dense leafy greens. 

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Zucchini Crust Pizza

Zucchini Crust Pizza

I've had a craving for pizza lately and I wanted to make something that I wouldn't feel guilty eating all of the time with good macros and delicious flavor. I was shopping at the farmers market in Midtown Sacramento last week and they had some really good looking zucchini and I thought that would be fun to use as a vegetable crust base! Most of the zucchini crusts I've seen use cheese to bind it together, but I don't like cheese and I also wanted it to be dairy free. So I played around with a starchy gluten free flour (cassava) and egg whites and it turned out soooo good! I topped it with some asparagus, peppers, spinach and eggs that I bought while I was at the market and bacon of course.

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Sausage, Kale, and Red Pepper Breakfast Casserole

Sausage, Kale, and Red Pepper Breakfast Casserole

What a busy week! But it's been awesome. I started coaching again and I've been driving a tractor to help out my dad so I've had some VERY EARLY mornings! Typically I take my sweet time in the morning drinking cup after cup of coffee and making a really good breakfast. But with some slightly busier days I wanted to cut back on the time I spent cooking in the morning so I could still enjoy my coffee and not feel too rushed. I decided to whip up these breakfast casseroles and baked them in individual dishes so that I could just grab them and reheat them on my early mornings. It's been awesome and they taste amazing!

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Poached Eggs Over Asparagus

Poached Eggs Over Asparagus

There really isn't anything earth shattering about this recipe, but nevertheless it's delicious and a typical breakfast for me. The reason I wanted to share it was because for some reason in the past I found poached eggs intimidating. I thought they were difficult to make and therefore I never made them. Until one day when I was really craving one and I decided to try it, and to my surprise it was so simple. I don't know why I'd wasted so many years fearing the poached egg!

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Mini Breakfast Pizzas

Mini Breakfast Pizzas

I came up with this recipe the morning after I made my Beef Burgers with Cilantro Avocado Mayo. I had made a batch of Zen Belly's Brioche Burger Buns from her Everything Dough ebook (which are by far the best bread rolls I've made) and I had one leftover. I baked everything right on top of the bun and the crust turned out nice and crunchy. It was delicious.

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Quick and Easy Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Quick and Easy Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Nothing too glamours here. I just wanted to share some quick and simple paleo breakfasts that I often make. I love breakfast. It's probably my favorite meal of the day. But I don't want to spend a ton of time cooking in the morning or prepping things the night before. Call me lazy. I don't mind. I still find ways to make healthy, delicious food every morning! My only requirements are quick and balanced. I want meals that give me energy for my day and include a good balance of carbs, fat and protein. Here you go!

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Breakfast Bruschetta on Sweet Potato Slices

Breakfast Bruschetta on Sweet Potato Slices

This recipe is inspired by The Charming Detroiter. I came across her blog recently and she had a post for the most incredible trio of non traditional bruschetta and I just wanted to devour them off of my computer screen. I had most of the ingredients she’d used in my house and I just wanted to make a simple paleo version. I decided to slice up and bake a sweet potato until it was a bit crispy, and then I topped it with all the tasty things I could come up with.

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