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Chocolate PB “Milkshake”

Chocolate PB “Milkshake”

I’ve been reading the book “Someday, Someday Maybe” by Lauren Graham. Yes, Lorelai Gilmore- love her. I finished the book last night, and stayed up much later than I should have- I had to finish the book though!! Lots of coffee is on my agenda this morning. Anyone else have any good book recommendations? I’m reading the Happy Project now- I’ll let you all know how it is!

Books aside, this recipe is one of my favvvvvorite and easiest things to make. It tastes so good, and it is packed with protein and nutrients. I drink it after an intense workout such as cycling, hot yoga, or HIIT.

Ingredients

1 Banana (frozen preferred, but I never have any bananas frozen so I throw in 3-4 ice cubes instead)

1/2 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I use Quest, but whichever powder you prefer- or even Cacao powder!)

1/2 to 1 tbsp Organic Peanut Butter (Depending on how nutty you like it)

2 biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig handfuls of Spinach

1 c. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender, blend, and enjoy!

See, I told you super easy! You will think you are drinking a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup milkshake with how yummy this is. You can also add in some Vanilla Extract if you don’t have Vanilla Almond Milk!

It's such a satisfying treat that is still so good for you!
It’s such a satisfying treat that is still so good for you!

Egg White & Veggie Breakfast Muffins

Egg White & Veggie Breakfast Muffins

Cue the time where New Years Resolutions may be loosing steam. We may be a little more lenient with ourselves and may be looking for some inspiration to stay motivated. One of my resolutions was to be way more organized & clean. Currently, I’m reading the book called The Magic of Tidying Up. I have heard it is life-changing and you all will probably hear about it in my Book Bites: January 2016 Edition. As for being overall healthier, which was a “Graduation Resolution” before it became a “New Year Resolution”… That is going alriiiiiight. However, these Egg White & Veggie Breakfast Muffins are very easy to make, customize-able and great make-ahead breakfasts. Make one batch on Sundays and be ready to start your day off on the right foot all week.

I highly highly HIGHLY suggest adding a bunch of veggies to these. It is such an easy way to start your day with protein and vegetables. I added green peppers and spinach. However, some more add-ins could be red or yellow peppers, onions (sweet, yellow, green-whatever works), tomatoes, mushrooms, ham, or turkey bacon.

These muffins are similar to any other type of muffin or cupcake. You need to cook them until a toothpick or other testing utensil comes out clean. That time is roughly 20 minutes. Depending on your oven, it might be more, it might be less.

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Egg White & Veggie Breakfast Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp veggies of choice
  • 3 tbsp egg whites
  • 1/2 tbsp shredded cheese, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 and grease your muffin tins
  • In each muffin tin, put in your 3 tbsp veggies, 3 tbsp egg whites and top with your 1/2 tbsp shredded cheese
  • Repeat these steps for as many muffins as you wish to make
  • Put your muffin tin in the oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

This isn’t JUST Spinach Artichoke Dip…. no, no, no no. It is Spinach Artichoke dip ammmmmmmped up. Get ready for this… Spinach Artichoke Dip with Roasted Garlic, Bacon and Jalapenos. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhmmmmmmmm.

Seeing as though this Sunday was incredibly gloomy, (but 60 degrees in Chicago, in the middle of December- like whaaaaat?)  and that I hadn’t eaten all day, I decided to make a big batch of this. I added slowly but surely to the dip to develop my own recipe. With cooking, not including baking, it is very easy to create your own meals/dips/whatever you like. Spinach Artichoke dip in general, has the possibility to be suuuuuuper unhealthy. Yes, this dip does have bacon in it, but there are many healthy alternatives. I would love to had made this dip healthier than I did, but we already had majority of the ingredients, and well I didn’t feel like being wasteful, so I used what we had.

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Here’s how you could make this dip healthier

Bacon– Turkey Bacon, Veggie Bacon, or you could leave out the bacon. In all honestly, it does add a really nice crunch and flavor to the dip.

Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese– Low-Fat or Fat Free cheese, or you could use veggie cheese (such as Go Veggie!)

Cream Cheese– Low Fat Cream Cheese is probably the only option for going healthier… if any one else has any ideas- feel free to comment!

Butter– I used Coconut Oil instead of butter, that doesn’t neccessarily lessen the amount of calories, or fat, but it is a healthier alternative to butter. You could use any other butter/oil substitute that you like. I’ve used SmartBalance, as I’ve mentioned before, with added Omega-3… that worked great too!

Below you will find the printable recipe- so you can make this amazing dip for yourself!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese, half a block
  • 1 c. Greek Yogurt, plain
  • 1 c. Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 c. Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 7 oz. Artichokes (roughly 4-5 hearts), chopped
  • 1 c. Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 4 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, chopped

Instructions

  • Using a large frying pan, cook your bacon. Once cooked, place on a plate covered with a paper towel. Let the bacon cool. Don't touch the grease in your pan.
  • While the bacon is cooling, chop your garlic and jalapeno into tiny pieces.
  • Your bacon should be cooled enough to chop. Chop your bacon into tiny pieces.
  • Dump the grease into the garbage. Leave whatever grease residue there is left over on the pan.
  • Using your bacon-greased pan, dump your garlic, jalapeno, and bacon onto the pan.
  • While this that mixture is cooking in the pan, get a large pot out.
  • In the large pot, over medium heat, heat your cream cheese, greek yogurt, mozzarella, parmesan and coconut oil. Stir until the mixture is completely melted together.
  • Stir in your artichokes and spinach
  • Stir in your bacon, garlic, and jalapeno mixture
  • Stir for a few more minutes, add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
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