Are you a lover of Thin Mint Cookies? Or, do you enjoy the refreshing taste of mint chocolate chip? Then, you will absolutely love my Thin Mint Chia Seed Pudding. This is Keto, Paleo, gluten and dairy free. Enjoy!
I love making this or any of my overnight chia seed recipes for an easy breakfast. I simply meal prep this on a Sunday, and multiply the recipe for however many upcoming days I need it for. This overnight recipe takes the guess work out of what you will serve for breakfast, and it sets itself. Just dump the ingredients into a bowl, whisk, and then it does it’s magic as it sits in the refrigerator. Breakfast doesn’t get any easier than that!
As I have mentioned before, I opt for a chocolate protein powder that has a collagen complex to it. I use Ancient Nutrition or Primal Kitchen chocolate collagen blends, which you can find in my “Shop” section, Amazon, or at your local Whole Foods store. Chia seeds are an amazing superfood that is rich in fiber, healthy fat, protein, calcium and manganese. Chia seeds also pack a punch with omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. All-in-all this dish is a well balanced breakfast that will keep you fueled throughout your morning and ready to tackle to day ahead. Enjoy!
I love a good jam that is free from sugar and extra junk. This recipe is super easy to make, and it is kid and adult approved! Serve this on top of toast, yogurt, or ice cream to add some berry flavor to a simple snack or dessert! This is Paleo friendly and gluten free!
My son Samuel has a PB & J sandwich every day, and I use berries on top of my yogurt or smoothies frequently. Berries in general are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but if you look at the added sugars and ingredients on the traditional jams and jellies found at your local food store they overpower the nutritional content of the fruit. So, I decided to make my own jam at home that is super easy to make, and it maybe takes 5 minutes to make from beginning to end.
The more I cook the more I realize it is more cost effective and healthier to find easy alternatives to packaged items to make right in your own kitchen. This jam not only has the antioxidants from the mixed berries, but it has extra nutrients from the chia seeds. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, energy, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are also great for skin health, bone and joint integrity, and they help balance blood sugar levels. For more information click here for my go-to source on all things health and wellness on Dr. Axe’s website.
I love this recipe. I use this as a garnish to my Lemon Bar Muffins. There is something about the blend of berries and citrus that makes everything make sense. I also use this on top of some coconut yogurt with nut butter for a little PB&J vibe. You can also spread this on top of some sprouted toast in the morning, or just make a classic PB&J sandwich with your nut butter of choice. You can’t go wrong here. The sky is the limit. Enjoy!
Combine all of the ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium heat.
Stir the berry mixture frequently, and gently smash the berries with a fork into smaller bits (depending on how much texture you like in your jam).
Once thickened and warmed through remove the jam from the heat and transfer to a glass storage container. Serve immediately, or allow the jam to completely cool before you store it in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
Tired of the same breakfast routine on repeat? Try this recipe for a sweet and savory breakfast that will keep you fueled for the day ahead. This simple dish has a lovely blend of cinnamon and sage, which is complimented by the savory sausage. Serve up this gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly dish for a healthy brunch or breakfast option any day of the week.
I have recently limited my grain, dairy, and egg intake during The Inflammation Spectrum protocol designed by Dr. Will Cole. I have to admit that I feel less bloated without grains. I already knew going into the plan that I was not big on dairy. The hardest part for me was limiting eggs. I love eggs, and every Sunday I would boil some to keep on hand for during the week when I needed a healthy snack. So, I set out to develop more breakfast options that were free of gluten, dairy, added sweeteners, and grains. Enter, my Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sausage Bowl.
Start by making the sweet potato discs, because they will take the longest to cook. While the discs are roasting in the oven you can simply prepare the remainder of the meal. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, several vitamins and minerals, and they held stabilize blood sugar. You can even make this portion of the recipe to go alongside grilled chicken and roasted veggies for another simple dinner option.
The brand of breakfast sausage I use is ButcherBox, which is a meat delivery service that only uses quality meats sourced from ethical farmers. Their breakfast sausage is free from sugars and only has salt, pepper, and sage as the ingredients. You could also substitute the pork for ground turkey if that is your jam. When you brown the sage be sure to move it around the pan frequently to avoid burning, and you only need to fry them until tender and lightly crisp. The smell that will fill your home from this dish will be amazing. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
Need a little bit of energy in the morning to tackle the day ahead, or a post workout smoothie? Then you will love this cold brew smoothie bowl that has a beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee. This is gluten free, dairy free, and it is paleo and Keto friendly.
Sometimes after a morning workout I can’t decide what to have first. Do I grab the coffee, or make a smoothie? This smoothie bowl hits both spots, while only needing my effort to make one when I am in a pinch. I also love making this on the weekends when I have the luxury of time to sit down and enjoy a little treat to start my day.
I used Tone It Up protein powder for this bowl, but whatever chocolate protein powder you prefer will work. Just be mindful of the ingredients, because there are a lot of brands that use a substantial amount of unnecessary fillers. For the cold brew I sometimes grab one from the grocery store or make a quick cup of coffee the night before, and store it in a mason jar for the next day. Cheers to a good morning! It’s a good day, for a good day.
Add all of the smoothie ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until combined. Depending on your protein powder portion you may need to add more water, however do so in small increments so it’s thick enough to eat with a spoon.
Pour the thickened smoothie into a bowl.
Top with banana slices, cacao nibs, hemp seeds and shredded coconut. I always add a drizzle more of nut butter on top, because, why not?
This Breakfast Bowl recipe is nice to have on a nice weekend morning or brunch for a nutrient packed meal to keep you fueled for the day ahead. This recipe is gluten free and Whole 30 compliant.
Breakfast is my favorite meal. I will often have breakfast for dinner during the week when I am just cooking for myself and my two boys. I love eggs, which are loaded with nutrients and healthy fats. The avocado adds healthy fat in addition to fiber alongside the spinach. For the bacon you want to make sure you choose a brand such as Nature’s Rancher that is Whole 30 compliant and sugar free. If you do use butter I would recommend a good quality such as Kerry Gold, which is made from grass-fed cows, or you can use ghee for Paleo or Whole 30 friends. You will also want to avoid using nightshades if you are on a strict Paleo diet.