Pumpkin Protein Powerballs

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It’s that time of the year and pumpkins are everywhere. I have really grown to love pumpkins since I’ve been living in the USA and now proudly make pumpkin soups, smoothies and my famous pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving every year.

For a healthy snack, these pumpkin protein powerballs are a big hit in my house. They have been with me everywhere recently from the playground to coffee dates with my friends. They aren’t too sweet and have just the right amount of pumpkin flavor in them. Plus they have added protein making them a great snack after a run or workout when you need an energy boost. These powerballs are dairy free and gluten free and are perfect if you are trying to eat clean or detox. My kids love them for an after school snack when they get a bit grumpy and “hangry.”

The ingredients are simple: pumpkin puree, protein powder, chia seeds, oats and spices. They are simple to make and you can have a batch stored in your fridge all week for impromptu nibbling.

Tip: you can even make these into a tasty breakfast too by mashing everything into a small container. Try half for a delicious filling breakfast which is a super start to your day!

Ingredients

1 cup organic pumpkin puree
1 cup organic rolled oats
4 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder (I love Shaklee’s protein powder)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Method

  • Mix everything together in a large bowl.
  • Form into small balls and place onto a plate.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
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What A 6 Month International Travel Sabbatical Taught Me About Health And Happiness

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Hello! I’m back.

This year, our family took a 6 month travel sabbatical to explore the world, volunteer in local communities and reconnect with each other. I took a bit of a break from my business too and instead, homeschooled my children, learnt all about Latin American cuisine, backpacked through the rainforest, swam in thermal springs in Nicaragua, volunteered at an organic farm, danced salsa in Cuba under the stars, biked around a Danish island, practiced sunrise yoga by lush mountains, rambled through the English countryside, kayaked in a volcanic crater lake and swam in the Pacific Ocean. We started our trip in a small town in Costa Rica, explored the country for a couple of months and then traveled on to Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, Mexico, Denmark and England.

It truly was an incredible trip and we had the luxury of time for our children and for ourselves and to see the world. We loved every minute and are so grateful for the opportunity.

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I still love the stuff. It requires a bit of prep work but you can make a huge batch on the weekend and store in the fridge or freezer. No preservatives or extra sugars like the store bought varieties often contain. I’m lazy and like to keep the peel on for extra nutrients (no, I think it’s just because I’m lazy) but you can peel the apples too so the sauce is really fine and mushy.

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At this point in the year, I think it’s important to take a little step back and reflect on our health.

As they say, September is the new January and with kids back at school and a renewed energy in our workplaces it’s time to set some new health and wellness goals for the fall.

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I think the long summer holiday had done something to my brain though and I had (almost) forgotten what my kids normally eat for breakfast and packed lunch.

Healthy Mama tip: Then I remembered how useful it is to bake something and to have it handy at home.

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Breakfast of Mini Champions

Is breakfast time always a little bit crazy in your house? It is here. On an average school morning, you’ll find me cajoling my 6 year old into getting out of bed on time to get dressed and eat a bit of breakfast before running out the door to school. It can be stressful for everyone. As a nutrition and health coach, I know that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and a time when we can pack in some healthy food and set up good habits for the rest of the day for our kids. So over the past year, I’ve tried something new. I’ve made breakfast a priority and have tried to prep as much in advance for the big occasion. Our mornings have transitioned from cereal and milk to smoothies, egg muffins or sprouted grain bread and almond butter and I can see the difference it makes in my kids’ energy levels and mood. Even though we don’t have much time in the morning to sit down and eat breakfast before dashing out the door, I try to make sure that they have some good quality protein and nutrients in them before they start their busy days.

Here are some ideas to keep breakfasts healthy everyday:

Scrambled egg & veggie muffins

Scrambled egg & veggie muffins

Scrambled Egg & Veggie Breakfast Muffins

These scrambled egg muffins make the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack and are a great way to add extra veggies into your kids’ diet. The vegetables in the recipe are just a suggestion. You could also add cherry tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms and kale.
½ medium onion, chopped
½ medium bell pepper (green or red), chopped
2 handfuls spinach, washed
12 organic eggs, beaten
2 oz grated cheese (gruyere or cheddar)
pinch of sea salt and pepper
olive or coconut oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Saute onions, peppers and spinach in olive or coconut oil until soft.
  3. Combine onion, bell peppers, spinach, cheese and eggs in a bowl, mixing well. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray or line with muffin liners. Fill each muffin cup approximately ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and golden on top.
Superhero Smoothie

Superhero Smoothie

Superhero Smoothies

I’ve become know as the Smoothie Queen in our neighborhood! We just love smoothies in our house. I mix high quality protein powder with an assortment of veggies and fruit for breakfast to set up the day properly. These smoothies are low glycemic and will give your little ones lots of energy for the whole day.

1 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 frozen banana
handful blueberries (fresh or frozen)
handful spinach
1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder

Blend and enjoy. Top with extra blueberries for decoration.

Sprouted grain bread or gluten free bread with almond or sesame nut butter.

We love the sprouted Ezekiel breads or Rudy’s gluten free. My kids have been raised on these breads and love the taste. Make sure you buy sugar free raw nut butters too.

Hopefully these have given you some different ideas for breakfast for your family. What’s your favorite healthy breakfast?