Simple Sweet Treat!

These photos are sooooo old, I think I took them on Valentines day this year! I decided to post them anyways because this past weekend I had fresh berries and some dark chocolate, chocolate chips – so I whipped up this simple sweet treat to fix my sugar tooth! I didn’t even think about taking photos, so I decided to use some of these ones!

Since berry-picking season is upon us, this is the most perfect, easy, after dinner treat! And you only need just a few to satisfy your craving!

All you need is fresh raspberries and some dark chocolate chips! Simply wash the raspberries and place a chocolate chip inside! Instant perfection! And at least you are getting some antioxidants! I usually throw some raspberries in a little bowl and put chocolate chips in 1/4 – 2/3 of them! This is just the right amount – especially since raspberries are good on their own! Remember – everything in moderation!

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Have an amazing day!

xx

With Love, Meg

Corn & Quinoa Salad

The main reason people struggle with healthy eating is because they find healthy food to be boring, plain, and unexciting. This is the farthest thing from the truth! Healthy eating is so easy and simple! Sometimes you just need a little inspiration – but once you have it, you can make healthy food taste more flavorful, interesting, and it will make you want to have more!

I’ve mentioned before that I have been doing some volunteer work creating recipes for a kids cook book! While I can’t share the exact details of the recipe I created, I can share where I found the inspiration from. I tried this recipe here, and was so inspired by the flavors that I created a corn and quinoa Salad with a lime and honey vinaigrette. The vinaigrette they used in the recipe is so versatile and I found the flavors so powerful and springy (? if that makes sense) that I knew I had to use honey and lime in my own creation.

For the corn and quinoa salad – just cook your corn and quinoa how you usually would (for quinoa, follow the instructions on the side of the box). Remove the corn from the cob, and combine with the quinoa in a salad bowl. Then chop a selection of fresh veggies up and add them in! It really doesn’t matter which ones you choose, pick your fav 🙂 I used onion and red pepper! Finally, make the vinaigrette and toss the salad! Top with freshly cut cilantro! Divine!!

This salad is so easy to make! And, if you make a large quantity of it, you have some for a whole week! Perfect for those days when you don’t have time to make something for lunch! You can just grab-n-go!

Also, if you want to make this salad into a meal, cook some chicken, dice it and toss it in as well! Perfecto!

Check out the photos below and let me know what you think!

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I hope I was able to inspire you a bit this morning! Healthy eating isn’t hard – you just have to find something that interests or inspires you and give it a try! Pinterest is a great place to find healthy recipes! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to comment below!

xx

With Love, Meg

Smoothie Series – Bumbleberry Smoothie

Happy Tuesday beautiful people! Since I kinda have an obsession with smoothies (they are my go to breakfast), I thought it would be a good idea to create a series of blog posts featuring different smoothies I have made. This way, if you are new to the whole smoothie train, or just need some inspo for new recipes, maybe I can help! Also, if you have seem my instagram, you will agree that I have an obsession.

I’m going to start off this series by posting about this Bumbleberry smoothie. Bumbleberry is a mixture of berries – for this smoothie I included raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (soooo many antioxidants!! 🙂 )

I am never really strict about measurements – I just eye it out using the blender – but I am going to give you some approximate measurements to work with!

– 1 1/2 cup of bumble berry mixture (or any kind of berry really) – as I stated above I used raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

– 1 small handful of organic, slivered almonds (these make the smoothie extra creamy – I use the equivalent of about 8 almonds)

-3 spoonfuls of 0% Greek yogurt (I either use plain or vanilla flavored)

-1-2 tablespoons chia seeds (ground or whole)

– 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

– 1 tsp matcha powder (if I have some on hand, I run out of this quickly so it is not always and option)

-Liquid – I switch this up regularly! For measurement, I fill to just about the top of the berry mixture (when in the blender). If you add too much liquid it may not blend as well and will be too watery. If you put a little less liquid in, it will become super thick – almost like a ” nice cream!” For liquids I usually use either nonfat milk, 1/2 almond milk 1/2 water, 1/2 soy milk 1/2 water.

Hopefully that last bit made sense. For the almond milk and soy milk, I find their flavor very over-powering, so I use half almond or soy milk and half water so that the main flavor is the berries!

Also, if you refer to this blog post, I discuss what the components of a healthy breakfast include. This smoothie recipe fits those components perfectly! To summarize, a healthy breakfast should include foods from at least 3 of the 4 food groups. In this recipe we have berries (galore) – so we have covered our Fruits & Vegetable food group. We also have chia seeds and flax seeds – with are a Grain Product. We have almonds, from the Meat & Alternatives food group. And finally, we have either regular milk, soy or almond milk – which is from the Milk & Alternatives food group. SO, not only did we cover 3 of the 4 food groups, we covered all 4! This is an awesome breakfast and should keep you energized for quite a while! woo!

Here is the result of this smoothie recipe! Of course I had to put it in a mason jar and take some pretty pics of it 🙂

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Well, there you have it! What do you think of this smoothie?! Try it out and let me know! Also, comment below if you have any smoothie recipes you want me to try or to post about!

Have an inspiring rest of your day!

xx

With Love, Meg

Healthy Study Snack

With the last week of classes starting and exam time around the corner, I felt this post was perfect! I have 3 big dogs at home and can never find a quite time to study, so I spend a lot of time at the library at my school. While I am there, the amount of unhealthy food I see people consuming is quite disgusting! This time of year, we are mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted. We have been studying hard for 8 months and it is critical to give our bodies the nutrients we need and crave! Yet the amount of chip bags I see in the garbage and fast food containers says that we aren’t doing that at all. I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across this recipe for Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas and I thought that they looked so good that I made them right then and there. Yum!

This got me thinking, if I got up in the morning and whipped up this recipe (legit takes 1.5 min to prepare) and put it in the oven, by the time I would be ready to leave, the chickpeas would be ready too! And not only that, I could have these as my salty, healthy study snack later in the day! It is soooo simple to find healthy alternatives to the unhealthy things we want to eat. This is my sub-in for chips! So yummy and so versatile. I followed the recipe to a T, but I’m sure you could get a little wild with them and try out some different flavours.

So, I challenge you! Next time you are feeling like snacking on something unhealthy – whether your sitting down to watch tv, study or work! Try making some of these instead of opening that bag of chips! I promise you that you will not be disappointed!

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So yum! Let me know what you think!

xx

With Love, Meg

Having a Healthy Breakfast – Greek Yogurt Style

Recently, I did a volunteer presentation to some kids about having a healthy breakfast. I realized that the information I was presenting to these children is extremely relevant to adults as well. The amount of people who chose to SKIP breakfast is shocking. Those who believe that by skipping breakfast will help them to lose or maintain a certain weight are sadly wrong. I’m going to share with you some of the information I presented to the kids, and why it is important to get a healthy breakfast. Also, I have an example of a healthy breakfast to show you! Read on people!!

To start, the main reasons people skip breakfast are because they don’t have enough time in the morning, they don’t have any breakfast food, and because they are not hungry. These are not excuses! If you don’t have time in the morning, wake up earlier! I know this seems impossible to most people, even myself! But, by setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier and making a quick bite to eat, you will feel 10x better than you would have from that extra 15 minutes of sleep!

Another thing you could do to try avoid skipping the most important meal of the day is to eat breakfast as soon as you get up! Sometimes we think we have enough time to do things in the morning, and so we take our time getting ready, and then we realize we have to catch the bus in 5 min so we decide to skip out on breakfast. This is not good! Eat breakfast as soon as you wake up in order to avoid doing this.. OR, when you wake up, make your breakfast and bring it with you to get ready. This is what I do! I make a smoothie every morning and bring it with me when I go do my hair and makeup, then whatever I don’t finish, I put in a to-go mug and take it with me!

If you feel like you don’t have enough time, you can make something the night before, or pack some leftovers, or a granola bar to take with you on your way to school, work, or wherever it may be.

Now… you may be wondering why it is so important to eat breakfast. The list goes on and on and on. For people in school, it is shown that students who consume breakfast have better grades and attendance! This can be applicable to those who work- you are on time more often, and you are more successful in your workplace.

To continue, when you eat breakfast, it is easier to maintain a healthier weight. When people skip on breakfast, they tend to overeat in the later hours of the day. It is harder to burn off this energy, and therefore people who skip breakfast tend to GAIN weight rather than lose weight.

One more point I wanted to bring up is that by eating breakfast, you are helping to supply your body with the vitamins and minerals it craves and needs. For example, calcium from ilk & alternatives, fiber from grains. These are only two of the tons you get through eating breakfast food.

So, what does a healthy breakfast look like? And what can you do if you are not a breakfast eater? Well.. lets answer the later question first.

If you are not a breakfast eater, don’t worry!!! You can train yourself to crave breakfast. Start off slow – incorporate food from one of the four food groups into your diet every morning. This could be – a glass of milk, an apple or a banana, maybe a piece of toast. For a while, continue eating from one of the food groups. After a few weeks, start eating from two of the four food groups, and then eventually work up to eating from three! Your body will adjust to your morning meals, and eventually, you will wake up WANTING breakfast!

A healthy breakfast consists of THREE of the FOUR food groups. I usually stay away from meat and alternatives in the morning, but lots of people like eggs, sausages, BACON (evil!!). Examples of healthy breakfasts include a bowl of cereal (milk & grains) with an apple on the side (fruit). A piece of toast with peanut butter (grains  & meat alternative) with a pear, or a peach). Whatever you eat, make sure its healthy and from 3 of the food groups.

One of my go to breakfasts is Greek Yogurt (milk alternative) with berries (fruit) and ground up flax seeds and chia seeds (grains). In this breakfast, I have covered three of the four food groups. Not only is it a healthy breakfast, but it takes all of 2 minutes to make. I always grind a large amount of flax and chia seeds so that I can just grab them when I need them. Flax seeds have AMAZING health benefits, which I will be posting a blog about soon (stay tuned!!) and I recommend incorporating them whenever you can. However, you can only gain the benefits of eating Flax seeds if the seeds are GROUND! Human bodies do not have the enzymes required to hydrolyze the hard coating off of the seeds, and therefore they become useless without being ground. See below some pics of my favorite go-to breakfast (other than smoothies – which you can find on my Instagram )

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What are your healthy go-to breakfasts?! Do they have three of the four food groups? Comment below to share!

xx

With Love, Meg

Playing With Perrier – Blackberry Edition

I recently published a post about how I am not into drinking alcohol. I don’t like the thought of the sugar intake I am getting, or the feeling I have the day after a little too much. So, I posted a drink creation I made – a somewhat mock-tail like drink involving fresh fruits & Perrier. Perrier is 0 calories, and you cannot go wrong with fresh fruit, so I feel as though I have mastered the art of making a healthy mock-tail.

I decided to try something new recently. I am a lover of all things mojito. If I am going to drink, this is my poison. So my mock-tail ideas are definitely mojito inspired. I decided to muddle blackberries with lime, add a touch of cane sugar, and pour Perrier over it. DIVINE. So refreshing, so perfect. My own little version of a mock-tail. It was a bit more bitter than the last version I made, but still so so soooo good. Here is the result!

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Have you tried any healthy mock-tails? I would love to hear about them!

xx

From Meg, With Love

Pink Pancakes

How would you feel if you could make HOT PINK pancakes using natural coloring agents? By this, I mean how would you feel if I told you that you could make Pink Pancakes using BEETS and that they would taste pretty darn awesome.

Do you have a health nut in your life? Or are you a health nut? Make these for your special somebody!! I made these before Valentines Day for my fam and they were a hit! If you have a picky eater in your family, this is a great way to sneak some veggies into their diet !

I made my own take on this recipe for a volunteer project. They are publishing a recipe book using it, so I cannot post the EXACT detail that I used. I will however tag the recipe that inspired me to make my own! This recipe can be found here (** Disclaimer: I did not look at recipe until after I developed and sent away my own; I only looked at pictures on Pinterest and the one they had posted inspired me. I used MY OWN FAMILY PANCAKE RECIPE and added pureed beets, I assume you could do the same**).

For children who love pancakes, but hate their vegetables, this recipe can help make sure they get there recommended vegetable intake!

Why should you be eating beet? They are super high in a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. They are a natural laxative. SERIOUSLY. Feeling constipated? EAT SOME BEETS (Note: Do not be surprised if you have see pink in the toilet bowl… lol. ). Beets legit work every time. Beets give you a boost of energy and are tasty in soooo many recipes. Need more convincing ?? Check out these links here and here for more info on the benefits of eating beets!

Check out my PINK PANCAKES below!

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If you end up trying these, let me know! Also, do you have any hidden veggie recipes?? I would LOVE to hear about them! Comment below!

xx

With Love, Meg