Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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These muffins came out perfectly moist with just the right amount of sweetness!  I’ve been on a banana frenzy lately and ended up with three perfectly browned small bananas by the end of the week and couldn’t resist wanting to bake with them.  I chose muffins over banana bread only because bread takes a little longer and I was one sugar craving, tired, and hungry lady!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

(makes about 9 muffins)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

2 tbsp melted butter

1 cup mashed overripe bananas (aprox 2-3 bananas)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup oat flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients until smooth.  Pour batter into greased muffin pan or paper cups until about 3/4 full.  Bake for 14-16 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean.  And voila! You have yourself a healthy and tasty breakfast, snack or dessert!

Tip: Add walnuts, dried cranberries, raisins, or coconut for a flavorful twist!

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Goat Cheese Salad

Healthy Goat Cheese Salad

It’s probably no surprise that I have been trying to cut back on dairy and wheat.  However, I have not completely eliminated these foods.  I truly believe in the power of balance and try not to label any food as “bad” or “forbidden”.

Goat’s milk and sheep’s milk tend to be more gentle on the human digestive tract than cow’s milk because they are slightly lower in lactose.  However, everyone is unique and there are some people that are sensitive to all types of dairy so it’s best to find out what works for you as an individual.

With that being said, I was craving a cheesy indulgence and bought some goat cheese the other day.  I made a yummy goat cheese pizza with brussels sprouts and used the extra for a salad the next day.

The colors in this salad make me long for spring time!  And with Groundhog’s day right around the corner there IS a possibility that spring will come early…right?

Either way, this salad will lighten your step, brighten your mood, and keep spring on your mind no matter what that groundhog sees on February 2nd.

Goat Cheese Salad (serves two)

Ingredients:

4 handfuls of romaine lettuce

1 avocado, sliced

1/2 cup goat cheese

1/2 red onion, sliced

sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Toss romaine and red onion in a bowl. Top with goat cheese, avocado, sea salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!

Tip: Include sliced beets or dried cranberries for a sweet addition.

I would love to hear about your favorite salad recipes and tips below!

Acai Energy Smoothie

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I usually do smoothies with a little protein powder after my workouts, but I’ve honestly gotten sick of the taste.   I’ve been craving cleaner and fresher smoothies and decided to try out these Acai smoothie packs I’d been eyeing at Whole Foods.  So the other day I ended up creating this Acai Energy Smoothie.

This smoothie is so great because it’s not only packed with antioxidants, but it keeps you energized and satisfied.  Also, acai berries are basically magical.  The antioxidants in acai berries have been shown to improve blood circulation, aid in digestion, increase libido, prevent aging, and even improve skin.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1 acai berry smoothie pack

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp almond extract

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 dates

Directions:

Blend and do a happy dance!

Tip: Add a ripe banana if you’d like it sweeter. Add 1 heaping tbsp of cacao if you’d like a chocolatey treat.