Vegan Pancakes with Date Sugar

Hey healthy bunnies!

 

I made some quick and easy pancakes this morning and wanted to share the recipe with you. I’m slowly working on taking refined sugar out of my diet, and right now I am experimenting with date sugar. I found it online, and what I love is the only ingredient on the package is dates! It is quite good and worked very well for this recipe.

 

You will need:

 

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. date sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Makes eight 4″ pancakes

Whisk together dry ingredients, then add liquid. Cook on medium low heat for best results.

 

heart shaped vegan pancakes

 

 

3 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When I start the morning with good choices, it is easier to follow throughout the day with more good choices. I’ve created 3 delicious and simple recipes that should suit you if you need something fast, or if you’ve got a little more time to treat yourself in the kitchen. Two out of the three recipes are completely vegan, and one includes eggs and leaves a lot of room for variation for your tastes.

I have created a mini frittata, smoothie, and avocado toast. I hope you will try out the recipes!

xoxo

Fifi

Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oats

It’s only Monday morning and I already know this is going to be an extremely busy one! Since I’ve been up rather early this morning, I’m taking a breather and enjoying breakfast in bed and watching a little of Populaire on Netflix.

Mondays are a mixture of anxiety and excitement for many because most are looking to accomplish a whole lot, but also sad the weekend has come to an end.

As far as health goes, Monday is usually the day people say they will begin eating right. It’s a fresh start!

If you follow my Facebook fan page, you know I eat a lot of oatmeal. A few people asked me recently for some new ideas because oatmeal can get rather boring.

This time I had my steel cut oats with lots of ground cinnamon, diced sweet and tart apples, and roughly chopped walnuts.

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This was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend you try it soon!

Wishing each of you healthy bunnies a prosperous week!

xoxo,
Fifi

Simple AM Detox Drink

You may have heard me say this before…ABC: always be cleansing.

Sometimes we have a day or two of poor eating habits, not enough sleep, or are very much affected by the environment. There are so many reasons we can benefit from detoxing. I like to keep it simple.

Before breakfast, try this. 12oz hot filter water, 1 tbsp lime juice, 2 pinches of cayenne pepper. Add a few lime slices if you like. Lime is acidic, but it is actually alkaline forming in our bodies. Cayenne can soothe a sore throat, calm an upset stomach, and help allergies to name a few!

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Greek Yogurt with Fresh Raspberries and Granola

Yesterday I enjoyed an outdoor event with family and friends. It was a large gathering of food trucks, music, drinks and I think I may have gone a little overboard on sampling the food!

I find that when my week is most stressful, the end of the week is most difficult to eat healthy. By the end of the week I’m tired and have given up on meal prepping or any forethought for nutrition had home out the window.

I know better than this, because I usually know my week will be busy at the very beginning. It’s very important that I stock my fridge with easy-to-grab fresh fruits and vegetables as well as making sure my pantry is stocked with oats and other whole grains that will keep me full and give me the nutrients I need.

This Saturday morning I enjoyed a very simple breakfast of plain Greek yogurt, granola, fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of honey.

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With the portions I had of 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt and only 1/4 cup of granola – the entire meal was only 257 cal, but 19 g of protein. I purposely made the meal small so that I will be hungry in the next 2 to 3 hours and can really rev up my metabolism.

I hope your weekend is going well – I’m in for another busy day! Talk to you soon, healthy bunnies!

XOXO,
Fifi

Blueberry Oats and Barley

I recently mentioned how important it is to understand what you’re eating, and to pay careful attention to low sugar options. This is very relevant when it comes to breakfast cereal. Many cereals are seemingly healthy, but the added sugar content often makes it so the fiber and nutrients you get, are offset by very high sugar amounts.

Oatmeal is a good example of this, since it has so little flavor without sugar. Some of the best tasting oatmeal has reined sugar and LOTS of it!

At home, I make my oatmeal with only natural ingredients. Sometimes it is a sweet treat later in the day if I haw sweet craving. Dried fruit such as raisins or dried blueberries work perfectly. They are very sweet, so just 2 tablespoons added is enough to add sweetness in every bite.

For this barley and oat combination, I added:
*1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
*1/8 cup dried blueberries
*1/4 cup rolled oats
*1/4 cup dried barley cereal
*1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
*1/2 to 1 cup boiling water

Slowly add boiling water until well combined. Let sit for about 5 minutes before enjoying.

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Peach Pecan Overnight Oats

Good morning, healthy bunnies! I hope you’re doing well and you had a great weekend. My weekend was action-packed from start to finish! I recorded videos, practiced recipes, exercised, and more. Also, I think I partied a little too hard in the eating department. I blame it on “market research” since I had to make sure the recipes were suitable for you all!

In any case, as I meal prepped last night I made sure to keep things simple, yet hearty. My breakfast this morning was AWESOME. You probably know by now I’m a fan of overnight oats, and this particular combination has no sugar added. Peaches are not in season, so you can use frozen or canned if you have trouble finding good ones.

You will need:

¼ cups diced peaches
½ cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon rough chopped pecans
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup filtered water

Mix all ingredients in a container with a seal, and they are ready to go the next day. They can be eaten cold, or warmed in the microwave for about one minute. I take mine to work and enjoyed them there.

Have a wonderful and fit day!
Xoxo
Fifi

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Blood Orange and Rainbow Chard Smoothie

Over the last year I have had a surprising amount of people tell me they just can’t get into green smoothies because of the color. I would hate for people to miss out on the nutrients, so I created this delicious drink which has so much rich color added, it masks the green! Before this, I never put rainbow chard in my smoothie. I’m usually partial to baby spinach because it blends up so smoothly. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a hearty leafy green with red veins and stalks. It is really beautiful!

Blood oranges are my currently obsession, so I couldn’t leave those out.

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To make this smoothie you will need:

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen mango
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 kiwi
1 blood orange
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup shredded rainbow chard

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The Master Cleanse Green Smoothie

This morning I woke with the intent to drink my variation of the Master Cleanse– I do warm water, the juice of half a lemon, and two dashes of cayenne. Basically, I leave out the maple syrup. An hour later, I go and enjoy breakfast. The cleansing properties of the lemon, cayenne, and warm water are often enough to help me feel energized, and give myself a little reboot if I ate anything I shouldn’t have. I decided to convert this into a green smoothie, and I’m sharing because it was absolutely delicious! It’s always awesome when you choose function over flavor, but end up with good flavor anyway.  Imagine that same drink cold, with fruit and a little greens. I hope you try it!

divine hostess green smoothie master cleanse

 

 Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 dashes of cayenne
  • the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • filtered water as needed

Blend till smooth and enjoy!

 master cleanse green smoothie drink

Berry Amazing Smoothie

Berries are pretty amazing fruit! They help improve memory, they help slow down the cognitive decline that is usually associated with aging, they are low in sugar, and they taste delicious! There are so many more benefits, so I would encourage you to do your research and learn more!

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Ingredients:
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk