What do you get when you mix cold oatmeal, soy protein powder, and peanut butter together? An amazing meal that is loaded with lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Add a piece of fruit or some spinach to the side, and you've got yourself a solid meal.
I'm really in love with breakfast that is easy, especially since my mornings are so crazy! I'm up at 4AM to workout, and then after working out, I "work" for a few hours before noshing on breakfast. Sometimes, I get hungry while working and it is such a lifesaver to have something portable.
My new favorite grab it and eat breakfast is the burrito. I don't eat grains like wheat, so I usually wrap mine up in a collard leaf, but I've included a tortilla in this recipe because tortillas are just so darn delicious.
You can make this egg burrito several days in advance. I make a few of them at a time so there is always something in the fridge.
Fifty eight million pounds of chocolate are bought around Valentine's Day each year. Can you believe that! And most of that chocolate is sugar-laden and not the best kind of chocolate for you in the world. I mean chocolate is delicious, but it not all chocolate is created equal. These healthy chocolate truffles will appease your cravings for chocolate without all of the other junk.
Curry gets in a lot of trouble for having a heavy fat content and loads of calories, but you know what we like to say over here at Nutrition Feminist? Screw that notion. Why? Fat is good for you. It is necessary for a healthy body in so many ways that we wonder how somebody thought it would be okay to say that fat was bad for you.
Fun Facts About Fat
With all of that good ju-ju, we wanted to celebrate cauliflower red curry because it is packed with smart fats, vitamin A, potassium, protein, vitamin C, calcium and iron. Do we need to go on? And our cauliflower curry only has nine grams of fat per serving. It won't bust your diet to shreds; in fact, it can fit into even the lowest-of-the-low low-fat diet.
Sixteen hundred calories isn't a lot of food, but for some men and women looking to reduce their calories or live a sedentary lifestyle, it can be enough for awhile. Of course, a 1,600 calorie plan should be used for no more than 12 weeks. After that, you should start adding in more calories until you get to your maintenance range. Remember, no human was born to eat the exact same number of calories every day. You can use a calorie calculator to figure out an appropriate calorie range (if you are the calorie counting sort).
Tired of peanut butter banana smoothies? Or maybe you just don't want to cook steel cut oats. No worries. I've built this heart-healthy vanilla pumpkin protein smoothie that's ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or after that hard core sprint workout.
Before you go running for the door, just hear us out about this tangy, earthy raw red beet salad. This raw red beet salad is vibrant and cleansing. The combination of apples, celery and beets marry together in a way that is unspeakable. Perfect for winter when beets are at their freshest or a twist on the everyday picnic coleslaw.
And if that doesn't do it for you, then how about these little facts:
Our potstickers are absolutely scrumptious. To please all the diners, we've provided meaty and vegan filling options
Summertime means heat. And heat means that cooking isn't so much fun as it is when it's freezing outside. To keep you healthy and lean without slaving over the stove this summer, sip on this smoothie for breakfast or after a workout.
Want a lot of protein, antioxidants and long-lasting carbs to start your morning? Consider gulping down a peanut butter chocolate banana smoothie for breakfast. My smoothie loads you up with 59 grams of protein to keep you full until lunch. And it delivers the nutrients you need to maintain a balanced diet as you work toward your fitness goals.
Bonus Fact: Studies show that a protein-rich breakfast can prevent you from overeating throughout the rest of the day.
The quickest way to gain weight is a havoc-induced trip to the local grocery store to buy and then consume a pint of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (unless you are a Cherry Garcia sort of person). Hello 1,500 calories. Goodbye workout efforts. Repeat after me: Snacking is unnecessary.
How you do solve the "snacking" problem?
Have on-the-go prepacked meals ready to go in the fridge. Prepacked meals are ideal because they are easy to take with you when you know you won't be home in time to stave off an empty belly. Flexible meals can be packed into bento boxes, Tupperware, or any other storage containers that you have. Segment the portions using little cups, containers or plastics bags.
The Paleo world has really taken a stab at a lot of foods. I was speaking with a friend the other day who tried to tell me that oatmeal is off her list. She doesn't eat oatmeal. Okay, fine. But why? All she could tell me was oatmeal wasn't paleo; oatmeal was a toxic substance.
Oh jeepers. Okay. While I am not a fan of toxic substances, namely boxed foods, processed sugars and the like, I love oatmeal.
Banana bread is special treat, or at least it used to be. We hacked up our old banana bread recipes and came up with this gooey, healthy banana bread that deserves to be eaten every morning.
Go ahead, eat your heart out!
I grew up in a small town. I didn't have any fruit trees, but I did (and still do!) have a grandmother with acres of cherry trees. To this day, I can still remember the bowls of fresh cherries sitting poolside or on the porch on hot summer days.
Cherries are rich in potassium, iron, manganese, and copper. Cherries are also packed with melatonin, which means they calm the nerves. All around good things when it comes to cherries.
Now combine the powerhouse that is a cherry with chocolate and you've got a win-win situation. Chocolate and cherries were made for each other. The sweet tartness of cherries blended together with the delectability that is chocolate. Damn! Blend them into a smoothie that does wonders for your post-workout body and you can secretly call it a milkshake.
Go on. I won't tell :)
If it looks like pudding and it tastes like pudding, then it must be pudding, right? Not always as we recently proved when testing out a new recipe for you all! We stumbled upon a delicious peanut butter and chocolate pudding using three ingredients: tofu, peanut butter, and cocoa powder.
Sweet potatoes and yams are starchy and delightful -- full of fiber and vitamin A too. These little delights are for the sweet at heart and 100% vegetarian, but everybody will want one. Makes 24.
Pancakes for breakfast? Talk about our kind of morning! And yes, sometimes we put maple syrup and butter on our pancakes! And that's okay. We call this a Sunday morning breakfast after a long week or working out and being busy. Because we all know that we are busy, and that we deserve a little sweetness added to our lives.
Our pancakes combine rich nondairy yogurt, juicy blueberries and the warmth of nutmeg. The result? Pancakes that are light fluffy and protein-rich.
Build a better day with a protein-packed breakfast that isn't loaded with eggs. After all, eggs, if you consume them, can get mundane. To add diversity to your mornings, swap in this healthy, customizable tofu taco breakfast. These tacos are under 250 calories.
It's 5AM. Okay, it's 5:30 AM and I am starving. I just woke up and I need something to hold me over for a few hours while I work, but I don't want use the blender because everybody else is still sleeping. I walk into the kitchen, open the fridge, and thank myself for being proactive because there is a delicious jar of cold berry chia oatmeal at the front of the fridge.
Oh Thank God.
Since my schedule is so hectic, I have to have portable, quiet breakfasts that don't make me cringe. I don't eat eggs. I don't eat bacon. I'm not into premade smoothies (have you seen what a banana looks like a few minutes after you've opened it? Yuck.).
Cold oatmeal works for me. It has a nice texture, a crunch, and sweetness. I like to make cold oatmeal with chia seeds (or pumpkin seeds), nuts, berries, and every now and again, a whopping scoop of peanut butter. Check it out.
We love dessert. What really love though, is dessert for breakfast. You heard us right. This overnight chia chocolate pudding is made the night before it's ready and because it is so gosh darn delicious (and healthy!), we eat it for breakfast.
This recipe serves for small portions, but we won't tell anybody if you split it between two glasses instead.
Don't have enough time to even think about cooking? Well, don't pull out your credit card and head out just yet! You can make quick dinners with the following ingredient pairings: