BaconAndEggCups

Bacon and Egg Cups

A bacon recipe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Yum!

This bacon recipe is super simple and contains ingredients that are so good for you! Enjoy!

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2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1 Cup Spinach (cut up)
6 Bacon Strips

(Recipe makes 6)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin. Line six of the muffin tin cups with one piece (each) or bacon. combine the remaining ingredients, and divide between the six portions. Bake for 35 minutes, remove from tin, and enjoy! You can mix it up by adding all kinds of spices and sauces for added deliciousness!

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Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins

Who doesn’t love a good, healthy muffin recipe?

The best thing about these coconut flour muffins is that they can be modified so easily!

Chocolate chips instead of cranberries? Do it! Want to add apples? Go for it! This really is the perfect coconut flour recipe if you are looking for healthy ways to switch things up in the baked goods department.

Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins

¼ Cup Coconut Flour

3 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil

3 Eggs

1 Tsp Vanilla

¼ Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Orange Zest (fresh is best!)

½ Cup Cranberries (dried or fresh- whichever you prefer!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients except for cranberries and mix until thoroughly. If you are like me and don’t have a citrus zester, just use the finer portion of a cheese grater and it will work wonderfully! Once everything is combined, fold in half of the cranberries.

The batter will be a little thinner, which caused my cranberries to fall to the bottom while baking; to combat this, just add half of the cranberries to the batter, pour into muffin pan, then add the remaining berries as a topping!

Bake for 15-17 minutes and enjoy! They are absolutely divine when eaten warm.

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Banana Breakfast Quinoa

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; quinoa is the miracle grain!

It’s nutritious and delicious, and can be eaten for breakfast lunch and dinner. It’s that good, and it’s that versatile.quinoa

Since everyone loves a good, filling breakfast recipe, we’ve created a Banana Breakfast Quinoa dish that you will devour! You can follow the recipe exactly, or through in any other toppings that you like and make it totally your own.

Banana Breakfast Quinoa

½ Cup Uncooked Quinoa

1 Tsp Cinnamon

¼ Cup Almond Milk (or milk type and flavor of your choice!)

1 Tbsp Honey

½ Banana

Cook the quinoa according to directions. Once cooked you will have about 1 ½ cups and I usually use only about 1/3 cup in one serving. This should give you a quick breakfast for about 3 (ish) days! Once the quinoa is cooked, add the other ingredients while it is still warm, and enjoy! It serves as a simple dish that can be made quickly on those busy mornings.

For more quinoa recipes and nutrition information visit:

Cocoa Quinoa Bars

Top 10 Quinoa Recipes

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Quick High-Calorie Workout

Who is in favor of a high-calorie workout that doesn’t take a lot of time?

I know I am! Finding ways to push myself to burn a lot of calories in a short time not only helps keep our bodies from plateauing by switching it up, but they are a great time saver, and we all know how important that can be.

If you are seriously concerned about the amount of calories you are burning in your workouts, there are ways to take out the guess work! Rather than plugging your activity into online calculators or trying to somehow trying to calculate it out yourself, I recommend trying out a Polar Fit watch; my husband bought me one a few months ago, and I seriously can’t work out without it. It helps me track my heart rate, and monitors the amount of calories I have burned. This is so helpful when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and making sure the calories you are taking in are being effectively worked off as well.

Here is a great (and quick) workout that is perfect to add into your morning routine, or to finish off a run!

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4 Ways to Love Yourself

This is the time of year when we set new goals for ourselves. With those new goals can sometimes come disappointment for not entirely achieving them.

During the beginning of this New Year, we challenge you to add to your goals ways to love yourself! Resolve to be happier, confident, and excited about your life.

  1. Set New Goals

We always hear people say that we shouldn’t wait until the new year to work toward our goals- they’re right! Think about the goals you have had in the back of your mind all year long and start working on them! Make YOU a priority.

  1. Get Organized

If getting organized isn’t one of your already-thought-about-goals, make it one! Choose just one aspect of your life that you want to de-clutter; whether it’s your daily schedule or a room in the house, having that renewed control over one more aspect of your life with motivate you to stay prioritized and de-clutter your mind.

  1. Be Mindful of the Good

In 2013 the Third Metric published an article titled The Habits of Supremely Happy People. In the article Dr. Susan Weinschenk stated that “when we take time to notice the things that go right- it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day”. Rather than allowing yourself to become quick to anger, remind yourself of how much better it feels to be happy!

  1. Find a Hobby That’s Yours

Having Hobbies with spouses and family members is wonderful; but at some point we need something that is just ours! Having a hobby that you can enjoy on your own gives you time to think and reevaluate without worrying about impressing anyone or doing a good job. It’s your hobby, do it how you want!

 

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Ways to Stay Hydrated

Not staying properly hydrated, especially during a workout, can shorten our endurance and cause fatigue. Since over half of our body is comprised of water, staying hydrated is a key component of maintaining consistent overall health.

While we are told that we should aim to drink half our body weight in ounces every day (i.e. 150 lbs = 75 ounces of water), water at some point just doesn’t taste good anymore. So before resorting to soda or sugary juices, check out our 5 favorite ways to stay hydrated without just drinking water.

1. Fruits and Vegetables

Some fruits and vegetables are primarily made up of water, but also provide us with other nutrients that aid in the proper functioning of our bodies. Fruits like watermelon, honeydew, and grapefruit and vegetables like cucumber, zucchini, and celery are all made up of about 90% water. They also contain beneficial carbohydrates and when eaten in appropriate portions, they can keep you moving throughout a workout.

2. Coconut Water

When we get our sweat on, we lose electrolytes that are necessary for maintaining fluid balance in our body. Coconut water contains natural electrolytes, without the added sugar and carbohydrates that most sports drinks contain.

3. Dry Mouth?

How often do we sit at our desk and stare at the computer in a daze? When we finally snap out of the fog with a dry mouth and dry eyes, it’s time to hydrate! Grabbing a quick drink of water will, believe it or not, get you re energized and allow you to focus for a little longer.

4. Eat Your Water!

If you’re tired of the taste of water, try oatmeal, yogurt, or a smoothie to get that extra bit of hydration in.

5. Add Lemon!

If you haven’t already heard of the benefits of lemon water, you’re missing out! For one week, try having lemon slices available in your fridge and pop them into your water in the morning. The lemon will boost your immune system and your energy levels, increase potassium, aid digestion, cleanse immune system and clean out your mouth and freshen your breath.

 

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Cocoa Quinoa Bars

Cocoa Quinoa Bars

Quinoa. The miracle seed that has sprouted excitement across the foodie community.

As we said in our Top 10 Quinoa Recipes post, quinoa provides a wealth of nutrients, and maintains a decent level of protein even after being cooked. Quinoa is naturally low-fat, and possesses a low glycemic index. This means it has a naturally good impact on our blood sugar levels, unlike many forms of carbohydrates.

These Quinoa Cocoa Bars, adapted from Sugar-Free Mom (if you haven’t checked her out, you need to!) are great options for breakfast, and best for mid-morning snacks! They are filling, naturally sweetened, and actually keep you feeling full.

I know, sounds crazy. But it isn’t, so here’s the recipe!

Quinoa Cocoa Bars adapted from Sugar Free Mama

1½ cups Almond Milk

1 Cup Pitted Dates (I used 7-10 dates)

1 Cup Cooked Quinoa

¼ Cup Applesauce

⅓ Cup Cocoa Powder

¼ Cup Flaxseed Meal

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Throw everything except the Quinoa in a blender, and blend until smooth-ish. The mixture will probably be slightly lumpy.

Once blended, add cooked quinoa and stir. Pour mixture into a greased pan (I used coconut oil), smooth, and top with whatever you’d like! I threw on some extra dark cacao chips, but you can use almond, sunflower seeds, whatever you’d like! You can also add them to the batter if you want, rather than using as toppings.

Bake for 40-50 minutes; mine were great at 45. Let them cool and set for about 15 minutes, cut, and enjoy! The texture will be very quinoa-y and they will be somewhat soft, but will still stay together and taste wonderful!

Fruits to Feast on this Fall

Fall is the time to bake, eat, and enjoy recipes that we don’t make the rest of the year. Included in those recipes are fruits that either aren’t in season the rest of the year, or just not commonly used. To get the most out of your fall recipes this year, check out some of the benefits from the most commonly utilized fruits of the season.

Apples

Apples are loaded with fiber and vitamin C so not only will they taste delicious in anything you bake, they will provide you with antioxidants to fight off those awful winter colds going around! It’s also been said that apples help prevent various forms of cancer, lower cholesterol, increase heart health, and detoxify the liver.

Cranberries

Delicious in salads and and baked goods, cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections, oral diseases, and provide immune support. Not to mention they are great for satisfying those afternoon sweet tooths.

Pears

Pears are an excellent source of fiber, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E. Pears also help promote colon health, proper digestion, and prove a quick source of natural energy. As the fall is often when we lack focus on our health, natural energy and proper digestion can always come in handy!

Pumpkins

It seems that everything comes in pumpkin spice flavor once October hits. But how can you benefit from eating actual pumpkin? Here are a few (possibly) surprising benefits that come from eating pumpkin.

  • Weight Loss- pumpkin is plenty in fiber, which allows for slower digestion, which in turn keeps us fuller longer.

  • Better Vision- pumpkin contains great amounts of beta-carotene, which also contributes to its orange color. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in our body, which is essential for eye health.

  • Immunity- because of its high iron and vitamin A levels, pumpkin can boost your immune system and help you stay away from nasty colds in the cold weather

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Sweet potatoes contain so many vitamins, it’s crazy. Starting with vitamin B6, which helps prevent degenerative diseases, including heart attacks. They are also a huge source of vitamin C and D, which (like pumpkins) helps keep our immune system working.

We all have our preferred dishes this time of year, so try to incorporate these awesome options into yours! Your body will thank you for sure.

 

 

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Thanksgiving for Special Diets | Vegan Thanksgiving

Approximately 1 million Americans eat a vegan diet (Vegetarian Times). While that is only .5% of the American population, it is still a large group of people who will have to do a bit more planning for Thanksgiving than the average person. Thanksgiving is coming up quickly, so if you haven’t planned your vegan Thanksgiving dinner yet, don’t fret! Check out these top notch delicious vegan recipes we’ve gathered from different blogs and websites. They are sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner both delicious and within the guidelines of your lifestyle.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Appetizer
Pumpkin Seed Cranberry “Cheese” Log with Thyme from Rawmazing
Hot Artichoke Dip from C’est La Vegan
Spiced Carrot Hummus with Garlic Oil from Daily Bites Blog
Eggplant “Caviar” from Ricki Heller
Garlic Mushroom Kabobs from Damn Delicious
Pumpkin Pie Hummus from Peanut Butter & Peppers

Main Dish
Harvest Pie from Vegan Dad
Wellington with Fennel Braised Seitan, Thyme Roasted Mushrooms and Kale from Veggie Belly
Toasty Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters from Lunch Box Bunch
Lentil Shephard’s Pie with Parsnip and Potato Mash from Food52
Vegan Baked Turkey from All Recipes
White Lasagna with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach from Chef Chloe

Sides
Classic Green Bean Casserole from Eat the Love
Green Bean Casserole from PETA
Boozy Cranberry Sauce from Livin’ the Pie Life
Vegan Stuffing from Bakeholic Mama
Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms from Homemade Levity

Rolls/Bread
Fluffy White Dinner Rolls from Oh She Glows
Vegan Dinner Rolls from Savvy Vegetarian
Pumpkin Sage Biscuits from Minimalist Baker
Soft Vegan Pumpkin Bread from Averie Cooks

Desserts
Sweet Potato Casserole from Oh She Glows
Raw Caramel Apple Pies from Oh, Ladycakes
Raw Pumpkin Pie from Oh, Ladycakes
Pumpkin Spice Mousse from The Primalist
Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Minimalist Baker
Pecan Pie Bars from Without Adornment
Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey from Skinnytaste
White Chocolate “Mousse” from Fork and Beans

 

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Thanksgiving For Special Diets | Vegetarian Thanksgiving

If you’re skipping on the meat, you don’t have to skip the flavor. There are thousands of delicious vegetarian recipes all over the web and we’ve compiled some of our favorites for your vegetarian Thanksgiving!

26 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Appetizer
Baked Acorn Squash with Chestnuts, Apples & Leeks from Food and Wine
Pear Parsnip and Fourme d’Ambert Tartines from Food and Wine
Guacamole Deviled Eggs from Primal Bites Blog
Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecans from The Cafe Sucre Farine
Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic & Thyme from Cake’s Cottage

Main Dish
Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower from Pure Wow (this is pure wow for sure!)
Pumpkin Lasagna from Food and Wine
Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Butternut Squash Baked Risotto from Martha Stewart
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Sage Brown Butter from Aida Mollenkamp

Sides
Classic Green Bean Casserole from Eat the Love
Green Bean Casserole from PETA
Garlic & Herb Smashed Potatoes from Linda Wagner
Pear and Blue Cheese Roasted Brussels Sprouts from The Cookie Rookie
Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta from Peas & Crayons
Vegetarian Onion Gravy from Kitchen Treaty

Rolls/Bread*
Heavenly Rolls from Lil’ Luna
No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls from Food Network
Pull-Apart Fluffy White Dinner Rolls from Oh She Glows
Vegan Dinner Rolls from Savvy Vegetarian

*some of these recipes call for milk. If you don’t drink milk, simply substitute a non-dairy milk such as almond milk or soy

Desserts
Pumpkin Spice Mousse from The Primalist
Pumpkin Pie from Minimalist Baker
Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse from Oh, Ladycakes
Chocolate Hazelnut Tartlets from Oh, Ladycakes
Raw Caramel Apple Pies from Oh, Ladycakes
Raw Pumpkin Pie from Oh, Ladycakes

 

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