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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN MUG CAKE

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN MUG CAKE

Rich, fudgy chocolate cake in minutes?!  Count me in! Especially when it’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast!  Yup, this sexy single serving sensation is packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, fibre, and protein. It’s also nut-free and suitable for vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and keto diets.

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SMOKED SALMON, MUSHROOM & SPINACH FRITTATA

SMOKED SALMON, MUSHROOM & SPINACH FRITTATA

This is the kind of dish I can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It’s quick, easy, and well-balanced, not to mention super tasty and satisfying. I love the combination of smoked salmon, mushrooms, greens, and creamy vegan cheese. Sometimes I cut it up and serve it on homemade paleo bagels — cream cheese & lox frittata sandwiches are my jam!

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MISO CILANTRO EDAMAME DIP

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This fresh & flavourful dip has been on repeat at my house.  It’s super easy to make and packed with antioxidants, fibre, and tasty gut-healthy ingredients like ginger and miso. I love to use it as a dip for crackers and crudités, a topping for toast, pizza, salad, eggs, baked potatoes and roasted vegetables, or a flavour booster for proteins.

More About Miso

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning paste made from fermented soybeans and sometimes rice, barley or other ingredients (so be sure to confirm gluten-free if needed).  It has a salty, tangy, earthy, umami flavour that works well in savory dishes like soups and stews as well as glazes, marinades, sauces, and salad dressings. Because it undergoes a fermentation process, it is rich in probiotics.

There are numerous different types of miso, some with stronger more pungent flavour than others.  Here I used Shiro miso, which is the mildest kind. It has a slightly sweet taste and is very versatile.  

The Story with Cilantro

Cilantro is one of those foods that people seem to either love or hate.  It has been shown that approximately 10% of the population carries an olfactory-receptor (smell) gene that makes cilantro taste like soap!  If you find cilantro hard to handle, you can substitute fresh parsley or basil. If you do like cilantro, give it a whirl here. It is incredibly nutrient-dense, being low in calories, but rich in vitamins such as C, A & K.  Cilantro is also a good source of several essential volatile oils and minerals as well as disease-fighting antioxidants.

Recipe for Miso Cilantro Edamame Dip

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Ingredients for approximately 1 cup:

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame beans

  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro (mainly leaves)

  • juice of one lime

  • 1 Tbsp Shiro miso paste

  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger, adjusted to taste

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Put edamame in small pot of boiling salted water and cook for 7 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. Add edamame, cilantro, lime juice, ginger, and miso to food processor or blender container and blend well.  

  3. With machine running, slowly drizzle in olive oil, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides with a spatula as needed.

  4. Season to taste and add additional lime juice, ginger, miso, or olive oil as needed for desired taste and consistency.

Miso Cilantro Edamame Dip can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week.

"REESE'S" PEANUT BUTTER EASTER EGGS

"REESE'S" PEANUT BUTTER EASTER EGGS

I absolutely love these healthier copycat candies. They’re rich and creamy with that chocolatey peanut buttery goodness we all know and love.  You’ll barely believe that they’re refined sugar-free, vegan, low-carb/keto, and easily modified to be paleo and nut-free, too!

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CHOCOLATE CHAGA BARU BUTTER

CHOCOLATE CHAGA BARU BUTTER

I was recently introduced to Baru seeds and I love them! They taste like a cross between peanuts and cashews except they are nut-free & school-safe. Baru seeds are rich in plant-based protein as well as fiber and vitamin E.

This is a recipe for a chocolate & adaptogen baru seed butter that my whole family loves!

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ALMOND BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHUNK PROTEIN COOKIES

ALMOND BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHUNK PROTEIN COOKIES

Cuz who doesn’t love freshly baked chocolate chunk cookies?!?  Bonus is, these tasty low-carb treats are grain, gluten, & refined sugar free, and packed with healthy fats and protein.  Know what that means? Go ahead a have a couple for breakfast!

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BLUE MYLK LATTE CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING

BLUE MYLK LATTE CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING

I absolutely love chia pudding. It’s nutritious and delicious and can literally be thrown together in just minutes the night before for a quick and easy breakfast, snack, lunch, or dessert.

Not only does this Blue Mylk Latte version look pretty, but it tastes great and is packed with antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, protein and pre & probiotics, too!

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MATCHA SUPERFOOD CHIA PUDDING

MATCHA SUPERFOOD CHIA PUDDING

Chia pudding is an easy make-ahead, grab-and-go breakfast staple at our house.  It is nutritious, delicious and versatile, and can literally be thrown together in minutes the night before.

Here I have made my chia pudding wonderfully creamy and satisfying by using coconut milk and collagen peptides for extra healthy fat and protein.  It has also been amped-up a couple notches thanks to antioxidant-rich matcha and chlorella powders.

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SUPER SEEDY PROTEIN PORRIDGE (sweet or savoury)

SUPER SEEDY PROTEIN PORRIDGE (sweet or savoury)

This is a great low-carb grain-free nut-free breakfast option.  It’s packed with antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats and protein and works well with sweet or savory toppings (hello poached egg and avocado!).

Super Seedy Protein Porridge has a wonderful mix of textures thanks to the toasted seeds and creamy coconut milk. What a wonderful way to start the day!

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VANILLA BLUEBERRY CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING

VANILLA BLUEBERRY CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING

I absolutely LOVE this vanilla blueberry chia pudding. It tastes great, looks pretty, and just so happens to be packed with micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants), fibre, healthy fats, protein, and pre and probiotics, too. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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SUPER SLAW

SUPER SLAW

I absolutely love this colourful coleslaw. It’s bright and beautiful with a wonderful variety of textures, and it’s bursting with fresh flavour and health benefits. My three chicklets gobble it up every time, shaved brussels sprouts and all!

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"NUTELLA" COOKIE DOUGH (OR COOKIES)

"NUTELLA" COOKIE DOUGH (OR COOKIES)

I first made this uber-tasty edible double chocolate hazelnut cookie dough for World Nutella Day. Not sure who comes up with all these food holidays, but this is one I would be happy to celebrate every week!

Good news is, “Nutella” Cookie Dough is so healthy you don’t need an excuse to eat it. It’s packed with healthy fats, fibre, and protein, and is vegan, gluten-free, paleo & keto-friendly, too!

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PRETTY IN PINK PUDDING (aka strawberry coconut chia pudding)

PRETTY IN PINK PUDDING (aka strawberry coconut chia pudding)

I absolutely love chia pudding and this strawberry coconut combination is one of my all-time favourites.  It’s nutritious and delicious and can literally be thrown together in just minutes the night before for a quick and easy breakfast, snack or lunch.  

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AZURE ABUNDANCE (Blue Majik Chia Protein Pudding)

AZURE ABUNDANCE (Blue Majik Chia Protein Pudding)

Chia pudding is a great make-ahead no-cook breakfast option.  It is prepared in just minutes the night before, so it is ready to go in the morning whenever you are.

I absolutely love this version.  It looks beautiful (I mean, that azure blue is kinda surreal, no?!?) and is wonderfully creamy and satisfying.  Better still, it contains no refined sugar, dairy, or grains yet provides an ABUNDANCE of fibre, protein, healthy fats, and anti-inflammatory antioxidant goodness!  Doesn't get much better than that!

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