I wanted to come back to blog world with something fun...AND healthy! ...and super easy, btw. Perfect for tricking your children into eating some healthy stuff, without them even realizing the massive micronutrient content in these, rather than artificial food dyes. #suckerrrrrs
This week, while resting between squats one day, I came across a spinach-based muffin to inspire some festive St.Patrick's Day health.
Let's keep full transparency here, alright? This is a "healthy," galette. Why? Because there's a bit of whole wheat flour and some ground flaxseeds. That's about it. There's still a cup of butter in this recipe...so let's keep it real and not mistake this recipe for something to feed your friend that doesn't enjoy buttery goodness. Deal?
It's been a while. I know. Life happens, right?! So, I was finally able to get a little creative in the kitchen....mostly because there were some old bananas staring me in the face at a friend's house. Time to make something happen! If we're keeping it real, these could've been tastier, had they been sweeter (#sweettoothrighthere!)...so, if you're like me and need your banana muffins to also satisfy a sweet tooth, toss a little honey in them like a #boss.
Whole30 week 3 is upon us! It's been fine, really. I'm super proud of my girl Megan (and her fiancé Nando!) for not only inspiring me to experience Whole30, but for leading by example and completely embracing the experience. The two of them have impressed me countless times with their creativity, eagerness to experiment, and excitement to achieve a successful lifestyle change. As for me...I've challenged myself to post something weekly, to keep things fresh for me, and to share some recipes with you! :)
One week down....3+ to go! In all honesty, Whole30 aint easy. I've learned just how habitual I can be....because I can no longer enjoy my "triple ginger thin" cookies with my morning coffee, or have my random Trader Joe's snack mid afternoon or before bed. SO...frozen grapes are my JAM! But...when noshing on some mini peppers, I realized I could be dipping it into some baba ghanoush! Most variations of the recipe are Whole30 compliant....so I thought I'd whip some up, and share it with you!
Why do we all continue to pay $4 for a small tub of hummus? Sabra, Engine 4, Hummmm, or my personal favorite, Perfect Pita (local DC! woot!) It's just another one of those things that we can soooooo easily make ourselves, exactly to our personal preferences, and for easily half the cost of what you shell out to Whole Foods when you're having a snack attack. Check out this insanely easy Garlic and Lime Black Bean hummus recipe that'll knock your socks off!
So....my next powerlifting competition is less than 2 weeks away. What does that mean for me? #cutting. I usually walk around at about 135-136 pounds. But, I'd much rather get rid of a couple of those and compete in the 132 lb. weight class (60kg) rather than bulk up a bit and compete with girls that are 148 lbs. Cutting is never easy. Cutting while trying to maintain strength is even more difficult. But somebody's gotta do it, right?!
Bone broth started buzzing amongst the masses of general population America last winter. You and I both know that all the housewives get pumped about something as soon as Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek start talking about it. Then there was Shailene Woodley who shared her beloved recipe on David Letterman, catching the mainstream late night crowd. New Yorkers even have the opportunity to check out Brodo - a walk-up window dedicated solely to serving high quality broth to the East Villagers.
I love taste tests. Period. I think my fascination with them began back in my Frankfurt days, when I thought it'd be fun to have all of my roommates participate in a "chocolate hazelnut spread" taste test, since there were a solid 5 that I could easily choose from. Since then, I've done various fruit comparisons (aka which of these million types of apples from the farmers market tastes best?), a white fish taste test, and even cool whip (yes, the frozen hydrogenated unknown substance. Don't judge!).
Yesterday was my lucky day when my friend/colleague surprised me with a huge mason jar of honey that his family had harvested. This stuff is GOOD. Sort of a wildflower honey taste, very clean, with mini crystals formed inside. Heaven! Of course, my mind starts running wild, thinking of all kinds of things I can bake up with this phenomenal honey. First on the list? Some honey cookie bites...mini, of course. :) These are simple, but bring some sunshine to life on a cold, rainy autumn day.
Tired of overnight oats? Egg muffins are great (I feel like I've consumed hundreds)....but sometimes you just want something with a different texture, right? I was able to find something as quick as egg muffins, with a less redundant texture, and a pretty solid macronutrient ratio. Full. Of. Customizable. Flavor! I was going for a primarily savory, with a hint of sweet flavor combination (as you'll see below)...but take the opportunity to mix in whatever add-ins get you most excited!
So I enjoy discovering inspiration via what my friends and family are craving. After hounding my med school buddy Bianca for ideas...she confessed her curiosity of creating gluten free alternatives for tortillas and crackers. Since the last time I attempted a flax cracker was a tasteless disaster, I thought I'd give crackers another go, to prove to myself that one can, indeed, make a deliciously savory crunchy snack for all of your gluten-free buddies. The best part? It's actually simple.
I'll admit it. I've been on a pickle kick. Mostly onions. Since I broke the pickle seal when I made my first refrigerator dills a while back....I LOVE PICKLING! I absolutely love the bread & butter pickles from the pickle guy at Eastern Market...so I figured my next pickled cakes would be some sweet, crunchy bread & butter slices. Off we go!
Biscotti days were long ago for me...but, after having a conversation about preferred biscotti texture with someone...I decided (since I typically can't stand biscotti I taste in most coffee shops) to bring mine back around!!
Finally settled into the humble, tree-lined abode in the land of Mount Pleasant...I've finally had some time to get back in the kitchen! I wanted to create some carbohydrate goodies for my mornings, so I'm not stuck trying to figure out how to get 210g of carbs at the end of the day. Plus, I had a ton of blueberries that a client of mine had brought after she spent the weekend in her West Virginia house, picking a million berries. Tough life, eh? These are pretty simple, with the help of Trader Joe's Gluten Free Baking Mix. I thought they might turn out a bit dense, but they're quite nice!
Challenge accepted. While out to dinner last night with the better half, my aunt and my cousin in town...it was mentioned that I should do something with cardamom. Fast forward to this morning, with my good friend/client Kim, who surprised me with a stash of fresh cherries from this week's DuPont farmers market. Hmmm....what to do, what to do? Read more...
What happens when I'm at GNC for a quick quest bar on my way to have a coffee and do some programming? I come across GNC's Daily Powdered PB...basically PB2 on steroids (aka protein). I'm not much for peanut butter on its own, so naturally I wanted to bake something interesting with it. While traveling home and doing a mental checklist of what might be in the house already...I decided to stick with some simple ingredients and make something easy. Lucky for me, they turned out great! Read more...
I'm sure recently you've seen all kinds of weird avocado recipes. I've dabbled in mousse, pudding, and a couple of brownie recipes, and feel as though I've finally reached perfection on these babies. Rich, moist, easy, and you'd have no idea they were made with avocado. Total win for me! Read more...