Banana Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Breakfast Muffins

I’m a big believer in breakfast.  As in, I rarely skip breakfast.  Even if I’m running late, I’ll grab something as I’m heading out the door.  What better way to start of your morning than to avoid being hangry? Tone It Up posted this banana chia seed recipe just as I was looking for a new make-ahead breakfast.  I modify mine a bit from their recipe, but I cannot tell you how amazing these are (also, have you tried TIU’s workouts?!).  They’re healthy and make a great light breakfast or mid-morning snack.  I love how you can mix up the add-ins just like you would with banana bread.  You can top them with sliced bananas, add chopped walnuts or eat them without any add ins.  Meet your new favorite breakfast.

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Joy the Baker’s Honey Oatmeal Bread

Homemade bread is one of those things that take a bit of work, but is so worth it.  I made this honey oatmeal bread as part of Joy the Baker’s “baking bootcamp.”  I’ve made honey oatmeal bread before, it’s one of my favorites, but decided to take part in this fun challenge and put a healthier spin on it with one of my favorite secret ingredients: coconut oil.

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Refreshing Ginger Grapefruit Juice

Hi friends! It’s been a while.  What have I been doing? Working, making lots of trips to Home Depot, and a little bit of travel in between.  This year is off to a busy start! This past weekend I busted out my juicer again to make use of all of the extra fruit I have around.  Since I live in Los Angeles, it is pretty much mandatory that I own a juicer.  Aside from the fact that you might ingest too much sugar if you make a purely fruit juice too frequently, I love experimenting with new juices and find that they make a great post-workout treat.  After participating in Cycle for Survival (click here to donate to this awesome cause) and a trip to Home Depot (of course), I recovered with this refreshing juice.

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Roasted Chickpea and Feta Kale Salad

This New Years Resolution-worthy kale salad is one of my favorite quick dinners.  It is healthy and the roasted chickpeas make it filling.  Not to mention the fact that the roasted chickpeas are an addictive snack on their own.  The spiciness of the red pepper flakes add just enough of a kick to balance out the feta cheese.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Chili

I was in Mammoth Lakes, California, with a group of friends for New Years Eve.  We had a great time skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding on the short trip.  I did not grow up around mountains (we traveled from frigid Minnesota to tropical climates), but I always love going to and seeing the mountains covered with snow.  The air is fresh and it leaves me feeling refreshed.  This is what I was working with:

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One night we made this chicken and white bean chili after a long day on the slopes.  This recipe made enough to feed six hungry adults, with some for leftovers.  It is healthy and uses my favorite kitchen tool – the slow cooker.  We served this chicken chili with the blue cornbread muffins.

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Blueberry Protein Pancakes

I didn’t know “protein pancakes” existed until last year.  If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out. Protein pancakes are an easy and healthy way to get additional protein and recover after a hard workout.  The best part about these? Since they’re healthy, I don’t feel bad eating one of these for dinner one night after a good workout.  An excuse to have pancakes for dinner? I’m in.  You can easily make whatever variation you want.  You can substitute raspberries or other fruit for the blueberries, add dark chocolate chips with the fruit or even just use dark chocolate chips depending on how you feel.

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa is healthy and versatile, but I do not eat is as much for breakfast.  Around the holidays, there’s so much baking and dessert-eating that I try to balance it out…a little bit.  So, I made this quinoa breakfast bowl.  This quinoa breakfast bowl is not only filling, but flavorful as well.  And it has bacon. BACON.  You can’t go wrong with bacon.  Toss in whatever veggies you want as well. So easy, so good.

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