Category Archives: breakfast.

heavenly carrot cake muffins.

carrot cake muffinsFair warning: I’m about to get all overly-emphatic-blogger-chick on you. You know the type that gush on and on about how A-MAZ-ING every single thing they ever make tastes? The type that knows all about grammar and proper word usage but somehow loses all desire to care if the sentence is written correctly because, yum. Forgive me? Because, yum.

But seriously. These carrot cake muffins. Heavenly may be a bit of a stretch, but I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful they are. You just have to taste the perfection yourself. It’s a good thing they are healthy because I could have eaten every single one of them. It was love at first bite. 💕 Sigh… It really is unfortunate that “healthy” doesn’t equate to “calorie-free” isn’t it? But I digress… Continue reading

spiced banana smoothie.

Spiced Banana Smoothie

A spiced banana smoothie is one of my favorite rehydrating, energizing drinks. It’s great after a workout, after or during a dehydrating illness, or if you’re just feeling a little sluggish. It’s so simple that I feel a little silly sharing a “recipe,” but I will anyway! Read more about the benefits of bananas here. Continue reading

orange chia seed muffins.

orange chia seed muffins

Being a whole-foods, plant-based cook in a fast-food, meat-based world has left me as a cook that rarely follows a recipe. This is not always a good thing. And I have three very tough (translation: “picky”) food critics around here. But I am happy to report that this new recipe for orange chia seed muffins passed the toughest of reviews with flying colors today. Continue reading

blueberry bliss smoothie.

blueberry bliss smoothie

Sometimes breakfast calls for something fast, easy, delicious, and as always, nutritious. This blueberry bliss smoothie meets all the requirements! It only takes three simple ingredients: blueberries, bananas, and coconut water. Continue reading

sunrise mango smoothie + a little macronutrient discussion.

sunrise mango smoothie

Today feels like a day for a little discussion about what fuels our bodies, doesn’t it? No? Just me? Well…if you just came for the smoothie recipe and you don’t care about why they are so awesome…click here to skip ahead to the recipe for the refreshing, delicious sunrise mango smoothie.

If you’re game for a little brush up on your nutrition smarts, thanks for humoring me… Continue reading

vegan convenience foods.

apples

A common complaint in American society today is that there just isn’t enough time to eat well. While I understand that it can be difficult to shift your habits and that everyone has different circumstances to work around, I want to encourage you to make your health a priority. One of the best ways to make sure you stay on track and eat well is to be prepared and have a plan. But let’s be honest. Sometimes we forget to plan. Sometimes the plan doesn’t work out. Sometimes…life just happens. Just so you know, NO ONE always has it all together. I have yet to meet a perfect person. So today I thought I’d share a couple of quick, convenient ideas to have around as a backup plan for the busy mom/executive/student that suddenly finds themselves without time to prepare anything. Continue reading

pumpkin spice waffles.

pumpkin spice waffles

Waffles are a favorite breakfast food in our house. They’re quick, easy, and covered in sweet, sticky, maple syrup – what’s not to like? Pumpkin spice waffles are dense, hearty waffles that pack a nutritional punch and never leave us hungry for lunch before it’s time. Using fresh pumpkin, the flavor of pumpkin is very subtle. If you only have canned pumpkin to work with, your waffles will likely have a more pronounced pumpkin flavor. Continue reading

vegan lunchbox muffins.

vegan lunchbox muffins

If I told you that for lunch I served my kids roasted zucchini and carrots over a bed of fluffy rice, millet, and oats, topped with toasted nuts/seeds and served with a side of sliced apples and bananas, you might think I was super-mom. If I told you I made them muffins for lunch and called it good, you might think I need to work on fine tuning my super-powers. A lot. BUT…what if it could be a best of both worlds sort of situation? Sometimes you need a simple lunch to pack that still fits the bill for eating well. Enter vegan lunchbox muffins!! Continue reading

how to live a plant-based life.

life.unlabeled. 6-week challenge

I am so excited to share this with you today! (Even if it’s l–o–n–g after I’d hoped to share it!) I am the organized planning type, so making meal plans, schedules, and lists is just part of my world. I used to think sometimes that I was wasting my time and I should just go with the flow, but then one day I realized that the work I do to plan for my own family could really help someone else who would like to learn a new way of eating well without the headache of figuring it all out. So alas, my efforts aren’t in vain!

Trying your hand at a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle has never been so simple. Change is never easy, but I have taken the guess work and planning out of the equation for you to help you get started. You CAN learn how to live a plant-based life. Using the recipes and information in the life.unlabeled. 6-week challenge, all that’s left for you is to follow instructions to learn what to buy and how to prepare delicious and satisfying food to fuel your healthy life. After 6 weeks, you should have a good idea of what you like, what you don’t, and how to bring it all together. At first, every day may feel like a new culinary adventure, but after you’ve made it through 6 weeks, you’ll have new “regulars” that you are comfortable preparing quickly and easily and you can start to add new dishes to your repertoire as your time and creativity allow. Continue reading

all fruit berry smoothie.

all fruit berry smoothie

One easy way to include a serving or two of fruit in your day is with a quick smoothie. If you’ve got a decent blender and some frozen fruit, it takes only minutes to put something together.  For my family, the secret ingredient for a winning smoothie is pineapple.  With equal parts pineapple to other fruits, I can pretty much get away with any combination of fruits (and an occasional handful of spinach!) without adding any sweeteners or dairy substitutes.  Our favorite combination is blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple.  Give it a try.  Let me know what you think and share your favorites below! Continue reading

chocolate banana strawberry parfait.

The first time I made this for breakfast, my boys were just sure I was crazy.  Chocolate pudding for breakfast?  Awesome!  But of course I wouldn’t give them just any pudding for breakfast.  No dairy.  No added sweeteners, preservatives, or other chemical “enhancements.”  Just fresh fruit and cocoa.  Rich in antioxidants.  Delicious.  Top with easy homemade granola or eat it as is.  Makes a great breakfast or dessert.

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easy homemade granola.

easy homemade granola

When I was growing up (which I guess assumes that I’m all grown up now…hmmm…), my younger sister took cake decorating classes.  My mom took pictures of the cakes to keep a record of the decorated masterpieces.  Unfortunately for her, digital photography was not yet available.  Weeks later when the film had been developed and the pictures returned, we would flip through the pictures to find that once again the cake had “moved” and part of it was cut out of the photo.  I’m quite certain I got some fun out of teasing my mom about her photographic skills and the “case of the moving cake.”  But after trying my hand at food photography lately, I feel I must apologize to her and give a shout out to all of the amazing photographers out there! Taking pictures of food is trickier than it sounds.  How is it that an inanimate object can be so stubborn when it’s time to sit still and look pretty?  And who knew you could take 83 pictures of a single dish and still not have what you’re looking for?  I’d like to say I’m exaggerating, but I’m afraid I’m not.  Today I am grateful for digital photography, my delete key, and the fact that off-center, partially focused shots are trendy.  (Well, at least the purposeful off-center, partially focused shots…not sure mine qualify just yet…but practice makes perfect…).

Something not so tricky: making heart healthy homemade granola.   Continue reading