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!
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
- 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.
The weather turned here this week. Last week, we were running around in huge piles of leaves in our T-Shirts. This week, we’re in wellies and big coats and I’m secretly thrilled. I love the colder weather and all the beautiful colors everywhere in the autumn. What better excuse than to pull out my crockpot and make more soup! This is one of those soups takes very little time and yet tastes very rich and delicious and leaves your kitchen smelling superb. It’s vegan and dairy free. The red lentils add extra protein and iron. The ingredients are simple and you don’t need to spend much on them. Simply chop and prepare all the ingredients and pop into your crockpot. And you’ll have a delicious lunch or simple supper ready for you just a few hours later.
Happy Spring! What are your plans for Mother’s Day? I always love that we get to celebrate Mother’s Day in the U.S. in May surrounded by beautiful blossom and spring sunshine.
If someone is going to cook for you this Mother’s Day (hint, hint!) why not try a simple tropical minty salad paired with some roast chicken and a glass of bubbly? This is a simple salad with bold flavors. I love to add fruit to salads and I experimented a with papaya and it worked. You could also add green apple slices or spinach or kale for extra greens and crunch. Have a wonderful time celebrating!
Papaya and Mint Salad for Mother’s Day
1 papaya, peeled and seeds removed and diced into 1 inch cubes
2-3 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 sprig mint, cut into thin slivers
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup black beans
Prepare all the ingredients and combine well in a large salad bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the salad and you can also add an extra drizzle of olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.
It’s that time of the year again when all the shops are full of red and pink candy and boxes of chocolate. Valentine’s Day can be a real problem if you’re trying to stay healthy and stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. I’m here to tell you that you can have chocolate and stay healthy too! This is a decadent chocolate smoothie for your valentine which would be a perfect accompaniment to my strawberry heart gluten free breakfast pancakes. It contains raw cacao, chocolate protein and maca known for increasing libido and fertility. Raw cacao is full of antioxidants and great for heart health and it adds a really delicious deep chocolately flavor to this smoothie too. Make this smoothie and everyone will fall in love with you!
My family absolutely loves roast chicken and when I first heard about this recipe from Jamie Oliver’s recipe collection, I was intrigued. Roast chicken, milk and lemon? That seemed to be a curious combination and I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out. Since we don’t consume much dairy and we love coconut milk, I decided to substitute some of my own herbs and spices and add coconut milk instead.
Try my Summer Greens Smoothie (recipe below!)
Have you joined the smoothie craze?
There are so many benefits to starting your day with a delicious smoothie including glowing skin, improved digestion, more energy and extra vitamins and minerals all in one lovely glass.
Unfortunately, so many people add too much fruit and extra sweetened milk drinks into their smoothies. When you throw in a banana, mango, pineapple and sweetened almond milk into your blender the end result may be delicious but you are going to cause a spike in blood sugar and you will have a huge crash in energy hours later.
That’s not what drinking a smoothie is all about.
I believe in adding very high quality pure protein powder and more greens than fruit. This way, it’s a low glycemic meal and your energy levels will be sustained for several hours after drinking the smoothie.
Here are three helpful ways to add more greens and goodness into your morning smoothies:
- Throw in a handful of spinach, kale, watercress or chard into the smoothie. Steamed broccoli is also delicious. You don’t have to measure exactly but a small handful is what I go for. Tip: add this into a berry smoothie (blueberries, blackberries etc.) and you won’t even notice that there is anything green in there. This is a great tip for fussy kids.
- Do you like salad? Add your salad to your smoothie! Romaine lettuce, parsley and cilantro are all wonderful choices and provide additional flavor.
- Add green powder. I like a teaspoon of spiraling or wheatgrass powder to my morning smoothie for an extra concentration of protein and iron.
Here is a simple recipe for a summery green smoothie that I’m loving right now:
Summer Greens Smoothie
1 small handful spinach
1 small handful kale, roughly chopped
1 sprig cilantro (or to taste – it’s quite a strong flavor!)
1/4 ripe avocado
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder: I love Shaklee 180 protein powder
Blend together until smooth and enjoy immediately
Yummy protein snack balls perfect for parents and kids!
If you are like me, you’re always on the look out for healthy snack options for yourself and your kids. My son is ravenous when he comes home from school at 3pm (this must be something to do with the fact that his school has lunch at 11am!) and if I have healthy treats on hand, he gets a nutritious snack and I’m a happy mama. I made these protein bites for a party this weekend and everyone – adults and kids alike – just loved them. The recipe is so easy and adaptable. You can add in any nut or seed butter depending on preferences and allergies and add extra ingredients and toppings too. Enjoy!
▪ 1 cup peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter or any nut or seed butter.
▪ 2/3 cup raw runny honey
▪ 1/2 cup ground flax or 1/2 cup shredded raw coconut
▪ 1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
▪ 1 cup vanilla protein powder (I love Shaklee 180 powder)
▪ Organic dark chocolate chips
Other options for toppings: sunflower seeds, dried pineapple bits or cherries, or roll in raw shredded coconut.
Mix nut butter and honey together in bowl. Add in all the other extra ingredients. Roll into 1 inch balls. Press down on a plate until slightly flattened. Press a chocolate chip into the middle of each cookie. Refrigerate or keep at room temperature.