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July 22, 20160

The next time you’re jonesing for a sweet treat, try this easy Cinnamon Bananas recipe. It’s made with naturally sweet bananas, healthy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and uses a touch of honey.



Total Time: 21 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 6 min.
Makes 4 servings, about ⅓ cup each


2 tsp. raw honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Nonstick cooking spray
2 large ripe bananas, cut into ½-inch slices

1. Combine honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
2. Heat medium nonstick skillet, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.
3. Add bananas; cook, gently stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add honey mixture; cook, gently stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bananas are well coated and soft.
5. Serve immediately.

Tip: Use a nonstick coconut spray for additional flavor.



July 20, 20160

Everyone deserves dessert now and again. But with these brownie cupcakes you’re actually having a treat that is PACKED full of healthy goodness. Rather than using flour, chickpeas are the secret weapon of these yummy cupcakes. And you may think that the frosting is full of sugars, but it only has four ingredients…with one of them being Shakeology! Give these a try…you’ll be surprised at how delicious they are!


Flourless Brownie Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting

1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
3 large eggs
⅓ cup + ¼ cup pure maple syrup, divided use
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
⅔ cup Vanilla Shakeology

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
3. Place chickpeas, eggs, ⅓ cup maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
4. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
5. Top each cupcake with about four chocolate chips; push into batter.
6. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Cool completely and enjoy!
8. To make frosting while cupcakes are baking, whip peanut butter in a medium bowl; beat on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy.
9. Add almond milk; beat until well blended.
10. Add Shakeology; beat until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally.
11. Slowly add remaining ¼ cup maple syrup while beating on medium speed. (If frosting is too stiff, add 1 to 2 tbsp. additional almond milk.) Set aside.
12. Once cupcakes are cool, evenly spread with frosting.



*recipe adapted from TeamBeachbody.com

July 18, 20160

I tried these this weekend and LOVED them! So easy, filling and everyone gobbled them up!



  • 1 very large sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • ½ small red onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained (about 1½ cups)
  • ½ cup frozen sweet corn kernels, rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon groun ancho chile, or to taste
  • Sea salt
  • 12 to 16 corn tortillas
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

1. Cut the sweet potato lengthwise into 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick sticks.

2. Place a steamer basket in a sauté pan, and add 1 to 2 inches of water to the pan. Cover and bring to a simmer. Place the sweet potato wedges in the steamer, cover, and steam until the sweet potato is cooked through but not too soft, 7 to 10 minutes, making sure not to overcook. Remove the sweet potato from the pot and set aside.

3. In a large skillet, place the onion, garlic, and 2 tablespoons water. Cover and cook over low heat until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

4. Add the reserved sweet potato, beans, corn, cumin, ancho chile, and salt to taste. Gently fold to coat the sweet potato with the spices. Cook over medium-low heat until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

5. Line a plate with a damp large, clean dish towel. Warm the tortillas one at a time for about 20 seconds on each side in a dry skillet set over medium heat. Or, if you have a gas stove, place a tortilla straight over the flame for a few seconds on each side. As you heat the tortillas, stack them on the damp towel and cover the tops of them with the towel to retain moisture.

6. Place the avocado in a small bowl and use a fork to gently mash it.

7. To form the taco, spread some avocado on half of each tortilla. Spoon some beans and sweet potato on top, and then add the tomato, scallions, and cilantro. Drizzle with some lime juice. Fold each tortilla in half. Serve at once.

Recipe adapted from Forks over Knives Family

July 14, 20160

Now that summer is well underway, I find myself preparing more and more salads as the temperature gets hotter and hotter! This salad is a fresh twist that just tastes of summertime!


8 cups fresh baby spinach
1 medium orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup sliced fresh strawberries
¼ cup slivered almonds
8 Tbsp. Strawberry Vinaigrette (recipe below)

1. Combine spinach, bell pepper, blueberries, strawberries, and almonds in a large serving bowl; toss gently to blend.
2. Drizzle salad evenly with Strawberry Vinaigrette; toss gently to blend.
3. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Vinegrette 

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar)
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. raw honey
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1⅓ cups sliced fresh strawberries

1. Place vinegar, oil, honey, salt, pepper, and strawberries in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Spinach and Berry Salad Calories

July 12, 20160

Doesn’t that just sound too good to be true? Well it’s NOT! Below is a healthier version of a favorite meal…no cream, no butter but ALL the flavor! The secret weapon?? Cauliflower!


To make this dish, you start off by cooking your pasta. We opt for a whole-grain fettuccine for added fiber. Once the noodles are cooked, you’ll want to reserve some of the pasta water for the sauce. If you don’t normally add pasta water, it’s a great trick to use when making pasta sauce. As the noodles cook, they’ll release starch into the water. By keeping and using some of the leftover water for the sauce, you can thicken it without the need for added oil or flour.

Next, you’ll prepare the fettuccine sauce. Start by cooking the cauliflower in vegetable broth (for extra flavor). While it cooks, lightly sauté garlic and olive oil together. Once the cauliflower is cooked, add it to the blender alongside the garlic, nutmeg and reserved cooking water. A quick trip to the blender will turn the cauliflower into a silky white sauce. Add the sauce back to the pan, stir in some unsweetened almond milk, and just like that you have a healthier fettuccine sauce that’s full of flavor. You’d never guess there’s cauliflower inside, but it always feels good sneaking in extra vegetables. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, if desired.


Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo
Total Time: 40 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 25 min.
Yield: 4 servings

8 oz. dry whole grain fettuccine
3 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
1 medium cauliflower, chopped (about 1½ pounds)
2 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley (for garnish; optional)

1. Cook fettuccine according to directions on package. Before draining, reserve 2 cups of cooking water; set aside.
2. Bring broth to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower. Reduce heat; cook, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes, or until soft.
3. While cauliflower cooks, heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.
4. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute, or until garlic is soft. Remove from heat and strain.
5. Place cauliflower in blender (or food processor) with 2 cups of reserved cooking water, garlic, and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Blend in two or more batches if necessary; cover with lid and kitchen towel. Blend until very smooth. Add additional cooking water if needed.
6. Heat cauliflower mixture in same medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
7. Add almond milk; cook, stirring frequently, 5 to 7 minutes. Consistency should be that of a thick soup.
8. Add fettuccine; mix well.
9. Divide fettuccine evenly between four bowls. Top evenly with cheese and parsley (if desired); serve immediately.

Calories in Healthier Fettucine Alfredo | BeachbodyBlog.com


*Recipe from Beachbody.com

July 8, 20160

It’s HOT here and its only going to get hotter over the next couple of weeks. These tasty treats hit the spot every time! With 6 grams of protein and no artifical colors, flavors, dyes or sugars, they are good for you! Easy to make and packed with superfoods, these Super Berry Shakeology Pops are healthy for YOU and for the kids!




  1. Place cranberry juice, orange juice, raspberries, and Shakeology in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into ice pop molds.
  3. Freeze for at least four hours, or until set.

July 6, 20160

Oh my goodness! If you haven’t heard of cloud bread yet, let me be the first to share the good news. This low-carb, wonder bread (see what we did there?) is amazing! Cloud bread gives you the satisfaction of eating bread, minus the carbs. Made up almost entirely of protein, it is light and fluffy, but sturdy enough to bookend a sandwich or act as toast. And, this recipe has only 47 calories per slice.













Most cloud bread recipes call for eggs, cream of tartar (a natural thickener), and cream cheese, which despite being delicious, is not very good for you. We decided to try making it with several healthier dairy options, including Greek yogurt, ricotta cheese, and whipped cottage cheese. In our testing, all of these ingredients yielded great results, but we found that the breads made with Greek yogurt had the best texture. The sandwich-sized rounds came out of the oven with a crisp exterior and fluffy – you guessed it – cloud-like interior. When stored overnight, they become soft and chewy.

Cloud bread tastes faintly of egg. We found that adding a pinch of salt made it taste more like bread. You can adjust the flavor to your liking with a sprinkling of crushed herbs like oregano or basil, a dusting of paprika or cumin, or sweeten the batter with a dash of honey.   

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 dash cream of tartar
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt) (to taste, optional)
  • ⅓ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt

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  1. Heat oven to 300° F.
  2. Lightly coat large baking sheet with spray. Set aside.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Place whites in a medium bowl. Place yolks in a separate medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat with a mixer on high until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Add salt and yogurt to egg yolks. Beat with a mixer on medium until blended.
  6. Gently fold ⅓ of egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture until just incorporated, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Using a spoon, transfer a scoop of egg mixture onto prepared baking sheet, gently spreading into a thick pancake shape about 3 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and exterior is crispy to the touch. Immediately loosen cloud breads with a spatula; allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container.

Recipe Adapted from Beachbody.com