Triple Berry Smoothie

Happy New Year! I wonder how I got through my days before smoothies… It is such an easy meal or snack. And they always make me feel good. I try to prepare our smoothies for the whole week so we can grab them on the go, in the morning, or whenever we need a quick meal.

There is one thing you will definitely need before you get started on your smoothie making skills. You have to have a good quality blender. I LOVE my NINJA! I have the old model and love it.

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Triple Berry Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of Spinach or kale or both(I use spinach)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Chia seeds(Or Flax seeds or both)
  • 1 Banana(I keep plenty in the freezer peeled and cut in half, so when I need them I have them.)
  • 1 cup of Mixed Berries(I get the big bag of triple berry blend at BJ’s. You can use whatever variety you like. There’s tropical blend or just strawberries. Sometimes I put the fruit that is gonna go bad in a day or two in the freezer and use that.)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of Almond milk( I can’t live without the Califia Toasted Coconut. It’s really tasty and healthy)

Optional ingredients:  

  • 2 tablespoons of 2% Greek yogurt- (plain, vanilla or coconut)
  •  1 scoop of protein powder
  • a splash of leftover coffee
  • 1/4 cup of quick cooking oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons of nut butter(I prefer almond or peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Directions

  1. Dump all of your ingredients in your blender and blend until it is a smooth consistency.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love these:

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Overnight French Toast with Pecans

I LOVE Christmas morning. How could it get any better? The Christmas tree is lit, presents are everywhere, the kids are happy and my coffee is brewing… Let me tell you, Overnight French Toast with Pecans will make Christmas morning even more magical as the smell of cinnamon fills the air as breakfast bakes. I hope you give this a try and start a new tradition for your family. Merry Christmas 🤶🏼

I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes for overnight french toast and really had to try it myself. I am a big fan of french toast because it is such a simple, budget friendly meal that the whole family loves. So to think I could prepare it the night before and just bake it the next day was amazing.

This recipe was adapted from several recipes I found online. So, a big thanks to all those bloggers that tried this before me. Some of the recipes were just too sweet and heavy for us in the morning. I definitely cut out some butter and sugar. And the pecans take it to the next level.

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There are a few items you will need before you begin your french toast…

Rectangular Baker

Mixing Bowls

Bread Knife

Sugar Shaker

Overnight French Toast with Pecans

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Challah bread
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp. of cinnamon sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • powdered sugar
  • syrup

Directions

  1. Add the brown sugar to the butter and stir.
  2. Spread the mixture on to the bottom of a baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.
  4. Slice the bread into thick slices.
  5. Transfer the whole sliced loaf to the baking dish.
  6. Pour the egg mixture over the loaf of bread while separating each slice so the mixture goes on evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the whole loaf.
  8. Top with the chopped pecans.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and leave in the fridge until the morning.
  10.  Preheat the oven to 350.
  11. Take the french toast out of the fridge for about 15 minutes so that it comes to room temperature.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes covered.
  13. Take aluminum foil off and bake for another 15 minutes.
  14. The top should be crispy and the bottom should be soft.
  15. Serve with a side of fruit. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with syrup.

Enjoy!


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Bread, Milk and Eggs!

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Bread, Milk and Eggs!

This is one of those things that my mom made us for breakfast, lunch or dinner when we were kids. And I do the same. My kids are still on holiday vacation and I am literally cooking from morning to night.  I’m getting tired of it, and I can’t keep my fridge and pantry stocked enough!  But I always have bread, milk and eggs!

I keep sliced bread from Publix in the freezer all the time. I use the Italian sliced bread for my kids. But you can substitute a healthier bread or even something like Challah bread! That’s really good  And this takes 10 minutes.

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French Toast

Ingredients

  • sliced bread(3 slices)
  • eggs(2 eggs)
  • half and half, milk, or almond milk

Directions

  1. Put a little butter in a pan and heat on low to medium heat.
  2. Crack two eggs in a bowl.
  3. Add a drop of half and half(or milk or almond milk) and whiskThat is all I add.  Some people might prefer to add in a little sugar or vanilla at this point, but we like it simple just like this.
  4. Place bread in egg mixture and coat both sides. You don’t want to drench it, just coat it and let the extra egg drip off.
  5. Put it in the pan and brown both sides. It should be brown and a little crisp on the outside.  You don’t want soggy french toast.

I usually top it with powdered sugar and a little syrup. And I serve it with a side of fruit.

A few years back I changed the syrup I was using due to the caramel color. I will never go back to the other kind. This syrup (Log Cabin all natural table syrup) is tasty and way healthier. My kids love it and we don’t even like the taste of the other kind with all the added crap.

 

Zucchini Pie

This is more than a zucchini pie to me. It brings back memories of my Grandma when we were little. Every week she drove from Brooklyn to Long Island to spend the day with my mom, my sisters and I. She either brought a car full of paper towels and tissues, a weeks worth of fresh Boars Head cold cuts with fresh made mozzarella that was still warm, zucchini pies or all of the above. I can go on and on about what a special lady she was, but I will stop there.

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My mom, me, and my grandma (before the selfie even existed)

I actually have the recipe card she wrote this recipe on.

This isn’t her typical cooking.  I feel like she must have gotten this recipe from a neighbor or the newspaper. But anyways, its delicious. It’s definitely a woman’s meal. Great for brunch or to bring to a friend’s house. I’ve eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

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Zucchini Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of zucchini chopped(you can spiralize also)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 eggs(beaten)
  • 1 cup of bisquick
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • pepper to taste
  • a bunch of chopped parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup of EVOO
  • 1/4 cup of grated cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease the bottom of a pan
  • In a large bowl mix all the ingredients except the zucchini.
  • Then add the zucchini and stir to mix.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brown.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Smoothie Bowl

So, I love my smoothies and I love my acai bowls and I really love make ahead meals that are healthy! This is basically a smoothie made into individual servings and frozen till you are ready to eat, just like the acai. Or make your smoothie and pour it over peanut butter and granola. And eat immediately!

There is one thing you will definitely need before you get started on your smoothie making skills. You have to have a good quality blender. I LOVE my NINJA! I have the old model and love it.

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Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spinach or kale or both(I use spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds(Or Flax seeds or both)
  • 2 Bananas(I keep plenty in the freezer cut in half so when I need them I have them. Make sure you peel them first.)
  • 2 cups of mixed berries(I get the big bag of triple berry blend at BJ’s. You can use whatever variety you like. There’s tropical blend or just strawberries. Sometimes I put the fruit that is gonna go bad in a day or two in the freezer and use that.)
  • 1 cup – 2 cups of almond milk(I can’t live without the Califia Toasted Coconut. It’s really good!)

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients in your blender and blend with as much almond milk as needed to get it to the consistency you like.
  2. This should make enough to prepare 4 plastic containers (2-cup containers filled halfway).
  3. Cover and store in the freezer so they will be ready to go. We grab these for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dessert!

Top with peanut butter, granola and your favorite fruit.

Enjoy!

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Acai Bowl

It is a new year and we all are trying to shed some pounds from enjoying sweet treats like Aunt June’s Cream Cheese Cookies. These Acai bowls are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dessert! They are filling, refreshing and healthy!

I tried it at a new Acai Bar that opened up near my house and copied what they did. The only difference is their acai is more frozen like ice cream. If you like your acai frozen you can put the acai, frozen banana, chia seeds and almond milk in your blender and freeze until ready to eat. Otherwise follow the recipe below to enjoy right away.

 

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Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (you can use almond butter, soy butter or whatever you prefer)
  • 1/4 of a cup of your favorite granola (I try and buy one that is lower in sugar and on the healthier side. Some can be loaded with junk)
  • 1 packet of frozen unsweetened acai (found in the freezer section at any grocery store)
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana (I keep bananas that are a little too ripe in the freezer in a storage bag peeled and cut in half for smoothies)
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk or any milk you prefer (I use Califia Farms coconut almond milk. There is no sugar and it is healthy and delicious)
  • 1/2 of a banana, sliced
  • Fresh berries for the top of your bowl

Directions

  1. Spread a layer of the peanut butter at the bottom of your bowl.
  2. Sprinkle granola on top of peanut butter (The best part is the peanut butter and granola at the bottom!)
  3. Put the acai, frozen banana, chia seeds and almond milk in your blender.
  4. Blend until combined.
  5. Pour the acai mixture over the granola in your bowl.
  6. Top with sliced banana and fresh berries of your choice.

Enjoy!

Other healthy breakfast options…

Triple Berry Smoothie

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Tropical Delight Smoothie

 

 

 

 

Homemade Bagels

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Bagels

Being from long Island, I am very picky about my bagels. It’s very hard to find a good bagel in Florida. When we visit New York we always make an effort to get bagels. And as good as it might be, it’s not really giving me any nutrition.

My mother in law was visiting and said she tried to make these healthier bagels and that they were really good. I didn’t think they were going to be good. So, we got the ingredients and made them. The link to the recipe is below:

https://www.skinnytaste.com/easy-bagel-recipe/

We used half white flour and half whole wheat flour and topped them with everything bagel seasoning.

They were super easy to make! And delicious! We really enjoyed them. Maybe next time we’ll throw an egg and cheese in the middle for the real Long Island deli breakfast I miss so much!

These were good warm out of the oven. They were also delicious the next day toasted with butter. This is a great, easy, healthy recipe.

Enjoy!