Protein French Toast

Protein French Toast

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI tend to stick to my go to avocado toast and eggs on a busy morning, but when I have the time I love to experiment with healthier versions of pancakes, waffles, French toast and all of those sugary breakfast comfort foods. Cold weather is coming and there’s nothing better than a warm plate of French Toast for those mornings when it’s hard to even leave your bed! This recipe is full of protein and immune boosting sweeteners to help your body fight the chill!

Ingredients:

4 slices of sprouted bread or seed bread (I love Ezekiel bread, but you have to lightly toast it beforehand as it comes frozen!)

½ Premier Protein Shake Vanilla

2 eggs

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla

1 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey

Directions:

Mix together protein, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup or honey in a wide shallow bowl. Place a piece of bread into the mixture and soak for at least 30 seconds on both sides. Cook in a pan coated with coconut oil on medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side or until the toast is golden brown and slightly crispy. Top with berries and pure maple syrup or raw honey.

Makes 2 servings

Tip: using pure maple syrup or raw honey is so important! They contain more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Maple Syrup has nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Both raw honey and maple syrup can fight inflammation and raw honey has antibacterial properties which is why some people use raw honey in face masks or as a topical skin treatment!

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Paleo/Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Coconut Icing

Paleo/Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Coconut Icing

12C397F6-089F-45A6-8B41-E14302C54083.JPG

I Last fall my roommate and I consistently made and ate a whole loaf of pumpkin bread a week for 6 weeks. No, I’m not kidding. I stocked up on wayyyyyyy too many boxes of Trader Joes pumpkin bread mix and made one after the other. Although the TJ’s pumpkin bread IS the bomb.com I wanted to switch it out for something with super clean ingredients. This recipe is one of my favorites and gives you soft, moist pumpkin muffins that make your kitchen smell like a pumpkin spice latte.

Ingredients

For the muffins:

1 c almond flour

3/4 c coconut sugar

1/2 c canned pumpkin

1/4 c coconut oil

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ginger

1-2 tbsp water (if needed)

1/4 c pecans optional

For the coconut icing:

2 cans of full-fat coconut milk (chilled overnight)

2 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl & all wet ingredients in a separate bowl, excluding the water. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients mixing as you go. If the batter is still too dry add 1-2 tbsp of water. Spoon into a lined muffin pan pan & bake 15-20 min.

While the muffins are baking, open the canned coconut milk and spoon the coconut cream solids into a cold mixing bowl. Add honey and cinnamon and beat with an electric mixer for about 7-10 minutes or until desired consistency (I did about 5 minutes to achieve more of a glaze).

Once the muffins have baked and cooled, spoon on coconut icing and top with cinnamon and pecans!

 

Vegan Nachos

Vegan Nachos

96693C17-E302-4761-A1FA-3D5AED893CB4.jpeg

So it’s obvious I’m not a vegan, but I do like to play around with vegan recipes from time to time and dairy is a big no-no for my stomach. Yesterday’s football game was the perfect excuse to remake these vegan nachos!

Ingredients:

  • Siete Foods grain-free tortilla chips
  • 1 small head of cauliflower (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 c Chopped walnuts
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Taco seasoning (salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin)
  • Cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 c Almond milk
  • 1/4 c Nutritional yeast
  • Mashed avocado
  • Black beans
  • Pico de gallo
  • Olives
Instructions:
Cook cauliflower and walnuts in a pan with olive oil on medium heat. Add taco seasoning and continue cooking until cauliflower has softened a bit (about 10 min). Boil butternut squash until soft. Then drain water and add butternut squash to a blender or food processor with salt, garlic powder, almond milk, and nutritional yeast. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Spread out chips on a pan and load up with your butternut squash cheese, cauliflower/walnut “meat”, then throw on avocado, pico de gallo, black beans, and olives!

Zucchini and Chickpea Cakes with Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Dressing

Zucchini and Chickpea Cakes with Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Dressing

zucchini post.JPG

These crispy cakes make the perfect side dish or appetizer for any meal! The first time I made these I didn’t make the sriracha sauce and let me tell you… big mistake. The dipping sauce is what absolutely made this dish 10/10 it’s spicy and refreshing and the perfect partner for these cakes.

Ingredients:

For the cakes:
2 zucchini squash
1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 egg
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
½ tbsp. za’atar seasoning
avocado oil for cooking

For the dressing:
1/3 cup chosen foods avocado mayo
1/2 tbsp sriracha
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Shred your zucchini with a cheese grater and drain with a cheese cloth or towel (try to get as much water out as you can!). Pour chickpeas into a food processor and pulse until you get small chunks. Mix the shredded zucchini, chickpeas, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning in a bowl until well combined. Heat avocado oil in a skillet on medium to high heat and cook the zucchini cakes for 3-5 minutes on each side. Remove the cakes from the pan and place on paper towels to soak up the extra oil. Mix  the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, garnish with fresh parsely, and serve.

Travel Guide: San Francisco

Travel Guide: San Francisco

For Your Instagram

 

 

Golden Gate Bridge- This one seems self explanatory, but the bridge is the perfect place for some really awesome photos. You might want to check the weather since it can get REALLY foggy. When we went there was really low visibility, but we were still able to get some really awesome pictures! We drove to the other side and hiked up to Battery Spencer which was much less crowded and in my opinion a way better view.

 

The Painted Ladies/Alamo Square- You know those super colorful Victorian houses in the intro of Full House… yeah those ones. They’re right across the street from a beautiful park that’s great for picnics and lounging when the weather is nice.  Tons of people bring their dogs out to play and it’s really beautiful part of town to take pictures.

For Good Eats

 

Jane on Filmore/Jane on Larkin- We loved this spot we went twice. Great coffee, very cute interior and their food is great too! I would recommend trying their Nutty Bird Bread, Avocado Mash, Vegan and Gluten Free Granola.

 

Bluestone Lane- this little Australian-style cafe reminds me so much of one of my favorite spots in New York, Two Hands. Order the Avocado Toast, Banana Toast, the Breakfast Bowl, and the Golden Latte.

 

Pressed Juicery- This was something I had my eye on forever. I had seen so many bloggers in California and New York raving about how amazing Pressed Juicery was and I was really really really excited to try it myself. Definitely try their freeze (it’s like soft serve ice cream but it’s made with the best ingredients! Their chocolate freeze is made with only filtered water, dates, almonds, cacao powder, and sea salt. I really liked their Orange Turmeric Apple Lemon Juice and their Grapefruit Aloe Vera Mint Juice.

 

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse- This could also be listed under the “For Your Instagram” Category” because this place is so darn cute for pictures. Filled donuts, massive cookies, a matcha croissant, and their famous “Cruffin” (a crosse between a croissant and a muffin).

IMG_8578

Mixt- This restaurant has awesome fresh sandwiches, grain bowls, and salads that you can order from the menu or make your own! We went the first night we got there and again one of the last nights because it was so good and right around the corner from our hotel!

Things To Do

Shop at Westfield Mall- This upscale shopping center has NINE STORIES and houses shops like Lululemon, Adidas, GUESS, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Madewell, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Sephora, and Zara.

 

 

Spend a Night at Pier 39- Great Seafood, an amazing view of the water (and Alcatraz!) and fun little shops!

Catch a baseball game- AT&T Park is a beautiful setting for a baseball game. When the weather is nice and sunny you can look out over the field right into the bay. Even if you’re not the biggest baseball fan, like myself, this can be a great experience!

 

Collagen Donuts

Collagen Donuts

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Donuts are yummy, fun and super cute for the ‘gram… AND they can be made with whole food ingredients baked to fluffy perfection that won’t ruin your hard work in the gym. These donuts are low in sugar and have collagen to add a little bit of protein and keep your hair, skin, nails, and joints super healthy!

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 scoops collagen

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp almond extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350º. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until it forms a batter. Spoon the batter into a greased donut pan (only fill it about half way so it has room to rise!) and bake for 8-12 minutes.