Loaded Apple Slice Recipe

It’s apple season, and I’ve recently created some simple, healthy apple snack recipe I can’t wait to share with you.

Using apple slices and delicious toppings, you can have a seasonal snack you’ll love within minutes.

Cut your apple into slices. Using a small cookie cutter, cut the core from the center so that it’s shaped like a bagel — round with a hole in the middle.

Lather your apple ring with your favorite nut butter such as almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter or cashew butter.

Next, add toppings of choice (and mix it up each time!) — some of my favorites include:

  • dark chocolate chips
  • raisins
  • coconut flakes
  • granola
  • finely chopped nuts

 

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe

Now that autumn has arrived, and colder temperatures will only increase through the coming months — having this slow cooker oatmeal recipe in your arsenal will benefit you for months on end.

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe:

  • 1/2 cups gluten-free, organic, steel-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Spray slow cooker with olive oil spray, so it doesn’t stick to sides. Combine all ingredients and add to slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring every hour or so. When desired thickness has occurred, your oatmeal is ready to enjoy.  Add any fresh fruit or raw nut toppings you desire.

 

At Home Healthy Pumpkin Spice Coffee

When that first autumn chill is in the air, a favorite ways to warm up is with a pumpkin spiced latte.  No, not the kind you get at Starbucks that’s loaded with sugar.

There’s actually an incredibly simple way to make your own at home, without all the sugar. It’ll make your kitchen smell like pumpkin pie, and warm you from the inside out with the grounding spices.  It’s a win-win, and I can’t wait for you to try it!

If you just want pumpkin spiced coffee (no latte), it’s as simple as adding your favorite coffee to your coffee machine and sprinkling pumpkin pie spice into your coffee grounds. Start with 1/2 teaspoon at first and increase to your taste level. Brew the coffee with the pumpkin pie spice in the basket with your coffee grounds.

If you’d like to make a latte out of it, use your handheld milk frother to froth almond milk. Pour over your freshly brewed coffee, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice, and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

A Formula for Making the Perfect Salad Every Time

When someone mentions the idea of having a salad for lunch or dinner, your first reaction may not be excited. You know salads are “healthy,” but you seem to never feel satisfied after eating them. I have great news — salads can be incredibly filling and packed with interesting, delicious flavors. The perfect salad should contain a balance of micronutrients and macronutrients. This will keep you satisfied for a long time and will provide you will all the essential nutrients that you need.

1. Carbohydrates (Fiber!)
While carbs might make you think of bread, pasta, and pizza, this macronutrient contributes a lot to your salad as well. Fiber is a component
of carbohydrates that your body is unable to break down and absorb. It is broken down by the bacteria in your gut, meaning that this carbohydrate won’t increase your blood sugar levels. Salads are loaded with fiber. Dark,  leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, and spinach are the very base of your salad, and these veggies contain a lot of fiber!

2. Healthy Fats
This is the part that will keep you full for a long time. Fats will also help you focus as they play an essential role in fueling the brain. They also keep your skin looking bright and youthful and are important for hormone production and balance. If you skip the healthy fats, you’ll end up with a sad salad! Add some avocado, olives, or salmon to your salad to really make it a satisfying meal. You should also toss your salad with olive oil and top it with crunchy nuts at the very end to add an additional source of healthy fats.

3. Protein
Proteins break down into amino acids, which are the building blocks of most molecules in your body! Add a source of lean protein to your salad, such as chicken breast, tofu, fish, chickpeas, or beans.

4. Probiotics
You’ve already added your prebiotics (fiber) which will feed the healthy bacteria, but now it’s time to make your salad extra nutritious by adding the healthy bacteria itself. Probiotics are found in all fermented foods, such as kimchi and even pickles. You can also make a kefir dressing to add some extra good bacteria.

5. Extra Toppings
This is the fun part—add whichever toppings you like! Play with textures and flavors, such as adding crunchy nuts and seeds, chewy dried fruits, or freshly chopped herbs. Instead of adding cheese, which can be high in fat and might trigger intolerances in some individuals, try adding some nutritional yeast. It has a very similar taste and contains lots of essential vitamins!

6. Dressing
No salad is complete without dressing, but this is often where store-bought salads go from being healthy to unhealthy. As previously mentioned, add olive oil to your dressing for some extra healthy fats. Lemon, apple cider  vinegar, and tahini are also great and healthy liquid bases for your dressing. Finish it off with some sea salt and pepper, and you have yourself a substantial meal.

What’s your favorite salad toppings? Comment below and let me know. I’m always looking for some new ideas I may not have thought of yet.

It’s apple season, and with so many different ways to enjoy apples, it’s an exciting time of finding new recipes and enjoying them all season long.

One way to use apples (that you may not have ever thought of!) is sautéing them with Brussels sprouts.

Sauté your chopped Brussels sprouts and apples in olive or coconut oil.  If you’d like to spice them up, sprinkle with cinnamon and a dash of pure maple syrup when they’re nearly finished cooking.

Enjoy!

Pick Your Favorite:  Air Fryer, Instant Pot, or Slow Cooker

They’re all helpful time-savers in the kitchen, and they all serve very different purposes.

The Air Fryer circulates hot air around whatever you place in it, cooking it without dropping your food into a vat of bubbling grease.  Vegetables are DELICIOUS in the air fryer!

The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker that traps the heat in a small enclosure, cooking your food at a rapid pace.

The Slow Cooker can be helpful for you to toss ingredients in and cook throughout the day, so you have a meal waiting on you when you get home from work.

If you had to pick a favorite, which would you pick?

You’d be surprised how many sneaky ways there are to hide fresh produce into meals — you can even do so with desserts.

For example, a standard replacement for egg in recipes is unsweetened applesauce.  To substitute one egg, use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce, and you’ll never know the difference!

You can also add vegetables like zucchini and carrots into your batters or breads without ever having your dessert taste like vegetables.

Avocado is another excellent replacement in recipes to give a creamy, rich flavor.

 

Have you jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? Just when you thought a slow cooker was the most helpful time-saver in your kitchen, along comes the Instant Pot with limitless options.

It’s incredible the things you can make with an Instant Pot.  Things like:

– steel cut oats

– sautéed veggies

– boiled eggs

– homemade yogurt

– custard or cake

You can use your Instant Pot to sauté, roast, make soups — you can do it all.  It does come with a bit of a learning curve, but with all of the resources available on Pinterest, YouTube, and Google, you’ll pick it up in no time.

What’s your favorite thing to cook in the Instant Pot?

 

Do you have a love or hate relationship with mushrooms?

I’ve noticed that’s one of the foods people either stick their tongue out at or absolutely love.  What’s your stance?!  I don’t like them.

Mushrooms are packed full of antioxidants, boasting anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that are beneficial for your health.  They’re so versatile and can be thrown into nearly any recipe, so pick up a carton of mushrooms next time you make a grocery trip.

If you’re a mushroom lover, here’s an excellent recipe for you to try.

1 Carton Mushrooms (any type)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

3 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter (or vegan spread)

4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Tablespoon Pesto

Generous Amount of Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Heat butter/vegan spread and oil in a pan until melted. Toss in mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes.  Add pesto and black pepper, stirring to coat mushrooms thoroughly.  Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, until cooked through.  Enjoy!