Gluten­-Free – Life by Daily Burn https://dailyburn.com/life Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:21:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 5 Healthy Dessert Recipes for Your Fit Valentine https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-dessert-recipes-valentine-day/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:00:39 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65648 5 Healthy Dessert Recipes for Your Fit Valentine

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, these healthy dessert recipes will give you something extra special to look forward to. And that's why Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Nutritious Life, wants you to hit the kitchen. With diets like ketogenic and paleo in mind, there’s something for everyone and their special someone.

On a recent visit to the set of Daily Burn 365, Glassman shared some of her favorite nutritionist-approved Valentine’s Day recipes. Made with wholesome ingredients, there’s no reason to feel guilty about eating them all on your own — but we suggest sharing the love.

RELATED: 13 Delicious Date Night Recipes for Fit Couples

Sweeten Up Valentine’s Day with These Healthy Dessert Recipes

[caption id="attachment_65650" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Protein Cookie Dough Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

1. If your Valentine is paleo…

Protein Cookie Dough
Do your V-day plans involve a night of takeout and Netflix? Then, prepping a scoop (or two) of this 15-minute dessert is far from a labor of love. Made with plant-based protein powder, almond flour and dairy-free chocolate chips, there’s no better way to woo your paleo pal.

[caption id="attachment_65651" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Avocado Mousse Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

2. If your Valentine is on a ketogenic diet…

Choco-Avocado Pudding
A box of chocolates pales in comparison to this heavenly pudding, which gets a boost of omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. Avocados also lend a creamy, indulgent quality, without weighing you down. Top with sliced almonds, goji berries or your favorite granola.

[caption id="attachment_65652" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Coconut French Toast Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

3. If your Valentine is on a low-sugar diet…

Coconut French Toast
Even if your honey is trying to cut back on sugar, French toast doesn’t have to be off limits. This satisfying recipe relies on vanilla extract, cinnamon, shredded unsweetened coconut and strawberries for flavor — without adding regular table sugar.

RELATED: 6 Sommelier Tips for Choosing Low-Calorie Wine

[caption id="attachment_65654" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Morning Glory Muffins Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

4. If your Valentine is gluten-free…

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins
Skip the trip to the cupcake shop and bake up a batch of these hearty muffins. Comforting spices and dried fruit infuse these portable breakfasts with mouthwatering flavor, while pumpkin puree and maple syrup keep them moist.

[caption id="attachment_65655" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Baked Pickles Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

5. If your Valentine is on a fermented kick…

Baked Pickles
This dish is perfect for a bae who craves salty, rather than sweet. Opt for using fermented pickles, and, like other probiotics, they offer flora-feeding good bacteria. After all, a gut check is necessary when you think you’ve found the one.

Read More
14 Valentine’s Day Desserts We’re Totally in Love With
15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts
9 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes (Microwave Cake Included!)

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5 Healthy Dessert Recipes for Your Fit Valentine

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, these healthy dessert recipes will give you something extra special to look forward to. And that's why Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Nutritious Life, wants you to hit the kitchen. With diets like ketogenic and paleo in mind, there’s something for everyone and their special someone. On a recent visit to the set of Daily Burn 365, Glassman shared some of her favorite nutritionist-approved Valentine’s Day recipes. Made with wholesome ingredients, there’s no reason to feel guilty about eating them all on your own — but we suggest sharing the love. RELATED: 13 Delicious Date Night Recipes for Fit Couples

Sweeten Up Valentine’s Day with These Healthy Dessert Recipes

[caption id="attachment_65650" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Protein Cookie Dough Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

1. If your Valentine is paleo…

Protein Cookie Dough Do your V-day plans involve a night of takeout and Netflix? Then, prepping a scoop (or two) of this 15-minute dessert is far from a labor of love. Made with plant-based protein powder, almond flour and dairy-free chocolate chips, there’s no better way to woo your paleo pal. [caption id="attachment_65651" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Avocado Mousse Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

2. If your Valentine is on a ketogenic diet…

Choco-Avocado Pudding A box of chocolates pales in comparison to this heavenly pudding, which gets a boost of omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. Avocados also lend a creamy, indulgent quality, without weighing you down. Top with sliced almonds, goji berries or your favorite granola. [caption id="attachment_65652" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Coconut French Toast Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

3. If your Valentine is on a low-sugar diet…

Coconut French Toast Even if your honey is trying to cut back on sugar, French toast doesn’t have to be off limits. This satisfying recipe relies on vanilla extract, cinnamon, shredded unsweetened coconut and strawberries for flavor — without adding regular table sugar. RELATED: 6 Sommelier Tips for Choosing Low-Calorie Wine [caption id="attachment_65654" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Morning Glory Muffins Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

4. If your Valentine is gluten-free…

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins Skip the trip to the cupcake shop and bake up a batch of these hearty muffins. Comforting spices and dried fruit infuse these portable breakfasts with mouthwatering flavor, while pumpkin puree and maple syrup keep them moist. [caption id="attachment_65655" align="alignnone" width="620"]Healthy Dessert Recipes: Baked Pickles Photo: Courtesy of Nutritious Life[/caption]

5. If your Valentine is on a fermented kick…

Baked Pickles This dish is perfect for a bae who craves salty, rather than sweet. Opt for using fermented pickles, and, like other probiotics, they offer flora-feeding good bacteria. After all, a gut check is necessary when you think you’ve found the one. Read More 14 Valentine’s Day Desserts We’re Totally in Love With 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts 9 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes (Microwave Cake Included!)

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Healthy Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/red-velvet-overnight-oats-recipe/ Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:15:45 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65662

[caption id="attachment_65663" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

If you’re a fan of the chocolaty flavor and vibrant color of red velvet cake, then we have the perfect healthy breakfast recipe for you. These red velvet overnight oats are a simple yet delicious way to show your Valentine you care. They take less than five minutes to prepare and make a great on-the-go breakfast if you’re rushing out the door. Even better? Enjoy them for breakfast in bed! Top each jar with your favorite toppings, including fruit, chopped nuts, coconut or chocolate chips for some added decadence. This overnight oats recipe makes two jars, so you can share the love, or try a little self-love and save both for yourself.

RELATED: 14 Valentine's Day Desserts We're Totally in Love With

Healthy Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe

Makes 2 jars

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup gluten-free oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoon grated chocolate
2 teaspoon finely grated beets
Pinch of salt
Optional toppings: Raspberries, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut flakes, chocolate chips or chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until they’re well combined.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly between two jars at least one cup each in size. Place the jars in the fridge and leave them overnight.
  3. In the morning, top each jar with your desired toppings and enjoy!

[caption id="attachment_65665" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

For more healthy, no-fuss desserts, check out these quick and easy single-serving treats.

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[caption id="attachment_65663" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] If you’re a fan of the chocolaty flavor and vibrant color of red velvet cake, then we have the perfect healthy breakfast recipe for you. These red velvet overnight oats are a simple yet delicious way to show your Valentine you care. They take less than five minutes to prepare and make a great on-the-go breakfast if you’re rushing out the door. Even better? Enjoy them for breakfast in bed! Top each jar with your favorite toppings, including fruit, chopped nuts, coconut or chocolate chips for some added decadence. This overnight oats recipe makes two jars, so you can share the love, or try a little self-love and save both for yourself. RELATED: 14 Valentine's Day Desserts We're Totally in Love With

Healthy Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe

Makes 2 jars Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup gluten-free oats 1/2 cup almond milk 1/3 cup fat-free Greek yogurt 1 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup 2 tablespoon grated chocolate 2 teaspoon finely grated beets Pinch of salt Optional toppings: Raspberries, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut flakes, chocolate chips or chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until they’re well combined.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly between two jars at least one cup each in size. Place the jars in the fridge and leave them overnight.
  3. In the morning, top each jar with your desired toppings and enjoy!
[caption id="attachment_65665" align="alignnone" width="620"]Red Velvet Overnight Oats Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

For more healthy, no-fuss desserts, check out these quick and easy single-serving treats.

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6 Easy Ways to Make Pickled Vegetables at Home https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/pickled-vegetables-recipes/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:15:03 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65552

 6 Easy Ways to Make Pickled Vegetables at Home

When it comes to pickles, cucumbers don’t always have to be your main squeeze. You can make almost any veggie into that juicy, crunchy bite you crave. And the best part is you can easily make the vinegar-set snack right at home. In fact, long before it was a trend, pickling was common practice for stopping foods (and not just cucumbers) from spoiling.

To start the pickling process, just toss any produce — we’re talking leftover celery, a half-eaten bag of carrots or whatever you have on hand — into a brine (aka salt and water). Let it sit overnight and it creates that crunchiness you know and love. In some cases, the food also ferments, meaning good bacteria forms. That’s the same process that occurs in buzzy foods like kombucha and kimchi, which offer a whole slew of health benefits, from providing probiotics and healthy enzymes to improving digestion and increasing energy.

So pick your favorite produce, stock up on some apple cider vinegar and pop open a mason jar to store your healthy snack, made right at home. Just follow these six recipes for tasty, crunchy combos.

RELATED: 21 Low-Calorie Snacks You’ll Want to Eat Every Day

Healthy Pickle Recipes with Veggies

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Quick Pickled Vegetable Variety

1. Quick Pickled Vegetables

No matter what veggie you choose — carrots, beets, green beans, you name it — this is a good recipe to jumpstart your pickling practice. It really only requires five main ingredients, plus water and the option for adding some dill and spices (which we do recommend!). Bring the liquid items to a boil, then pour over your produce. You can munch on them as soon as the next day. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Spiced Pickled Vegetable Variety

2. Spiced Pickled Vegetables

If you’re still a little suspicious of the whole pickling trend, you’re not alone. Teighan Gerard of Half-Baked Harvest notes on her blog she saw no reason to stray from baking, roasting or sautéing her vegetables until she realized just how easy it is create a flavorful jar of pickled vegetables, customized to your taste. In this recipe, she offers herbs and spices to add to your mix — plus the option to toss in red pepper flakes or chiles for a kick of heat. Photo and recipe: Teighan Gerard / Half-Baked Harvest

RELATED: 15 One-Pot Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Green Tomatoes

3. Pickled Green Tomatoes

Next time your tomatoes become less than ripe, slice them up for this tasty recipe. Toss in a salad, or add as the finishing touch atop a goat cheese crostini or homemade pizza. Pair them with sundried tomatoes for an extra bold flavor. Photo and recipe: Carla Azevdo Cooking

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Vietnamese Quick Pickles

4. Vietnamese Quick Pickles

These pickles are a match made in banh mi (the signature Vietnamese bread) heaven. But the combination of carrots, cucumbers and daikons also make a great side for any grain bowl or even as a simple snack. Photo and recipe: Liz Ingraham / Pumpkin & Peanut Butter

RELATED: 12 Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes That Beat Takeout

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

5. Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

Featuring cauliflower, plus flavoring from lemons, basil, peppercorns and chili flakes, this brine perfectly encapsulates Mediterranean tastes. It has a nice strong kick to finish it off, too. Photo and recipe: Danielle / Fermented Food Lab

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Red Onions

6. Pickled Red Onions

Whether it’s atop a salad, sandwich or tacos, everyone can agree pickled red onions make anything better. Whip these up at home to make taco night feel like you’re dining out. Photo and recipe: Beth Moncel / Budget Bytes

Read More
14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes
9 Veggie-Packed Breakfast On-the-Go Recipes
30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas

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 6 Easy Ways to Make Pickled Vegetables at Home
When it comes to pickles, cucumbers don’t always have to be your main squeeze. You can make almost any veggie into that juicy, crunchy bite you crave. And the best part is you can easily make the vinegar-set snack right at home. In fact, long before it was a trend, pickling was common practice for stopping foods (and not just cucumbers) from spoiling. To start the pickling process, just toss any produce — we’re talking leftover celery, a half-eaten bag of carrots or whatever you have on hand — into a brine (aka salt and water). Let it sit overnight and it creates that crunchiness you know and love. In some cases, the food also ferments, meaning good bacteria forms. That’s the same process that occurs in buzzy foods like kombucha and kimchi, which offer a whole slew of health benefits, from providing probiotics and healthy enzymes to improving digestion and increasing energy. So pick your favorite produce, stock up on some apple cider vinegar and pop open a mason jar to store your healthy snack, made right at home. Just follow these six recipes for tasty, crunchy combos. RELATED: 21 Low-Calorie Snacks You’ll Want to Eat Every Day

Healthy Pickle Recipes with Veggies

Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Quick Pickled Vegetable Variety

1. Quick Pickled Vegetables

No matter what veggie you choose — carrots, beets, green beans, you name it — this is a good recipe to jumpstart your pickling practice. It really only requires five main ingredients, plus water and the option for adding some dill and spices (which we do recommend!). Bring the liquid items to a boil, then pour over your produce. You can munch on them as soon as the next day. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Spiced Pickled Vegetable Variety

2. Spiced Pickled Vegetables

If you’re still a little suspicious of the whole pickling trend, you’re not alone. Teighan Gerard of Half-Baked Harvest notes on her blog she saw no reason to stray from baking, roasting or sautéing her vegetables until she realized just how easy it is create a flavorful jar of pickled vegetables, customized to your taste. In this recipe, she offers herbs and spices to add to your mix — plus the option to toss in red pepper flakes or chiles for a kick of heat. Photo and recipe: Teighan Gerard / Half-Baked Harvest RELATED: 15 One-Pot Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Green Tomatoes

3. Pickled Green Tomatoes

Next time your tomatoes become less than ripe, slice them up for this tasty recipe. Toss in a salad, or add as the finishing touch atop a goat cheese crostini or homemade pizza. Pair them with sundried tomatoes for an extra bold flavor. Photo and recipe: Carla Azevdo Cooking Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Vietnamese Quick Pickles

4. Vietnamese Quick Pickles

These pickles are a match made in banh mi (the signature Vietnamese bread) heaven. But the combination of carrots, cucumbers and daikons also make a great side for any grain bowl or even as a simple snack. Photo and recipe: Liz Ingraham / Pumpkin & Peanut Butter RELATED: 12 Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes That Beat Takeout Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

5. Mediterranean Cauliflower Pickles

Featuring cauliflower, plus flavoring from lemons, basil, peppercorns and chili flakes, this brine perfectly encapsulates Mediterranean tastes. It has a nice strong kick to finish it off, too. Photo and recipe: Danielle / Fermented Food Lab Pickled Vegetables Recipe: Pickled Red Onions

6. Pickled Red Onions

Whether it’s atop a salad, sandwich or tacos, everyone can agree pickled red onions make anything better. Whip these up at home to make taco night feel like you’re dining out. Photo and recipe: Beth Moncel / Budget Bytes Read More 14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes 9 Veggie-Packed Breakfast On-the-Go Recipes 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinner Ideas

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7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/root-vegetables-mashed-potatoes-recipes/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:15:34 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65306 7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

Going keto? Slashing calories? Dialing down on sugar? The better question might be: “Who isn’t these days? Diet pro tip: Cut back on carbs to accomplish all three at once. Since potatoes are one of the highest carb carb vegetables on the planet, a simple skinny swap is to opt for non-spud sides with your meals. Enter: These mashed vegetable recipes that start with something other than potatoes. Whether they’re on top of shepherd’s pies or plated next to a steak, they’ll satisfy just as much as standard mashed potatoes.

RELATED: 8 Delicious Takes on French Fries (Better Than Fast Food!)

7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing Kabocha Squash Mash

1. Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing with Kabocha Mash

Many mashes call for heaps of butter or plenty of chicken stock, but not this 100 percent meatless side. Roasted squash, non-dairy milk and butter, plus a pinch of salt combine to make the uber-creamy mash that’s a perfect accompaniment to any protein-rich entree. Try it with meatless sausage stuffing, grilled tempeh or tofu. Photo and recipe: Haley Davis / Brewing Happiness

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Beets and Pearl Onions

2. Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Roasted Beets and Pearl Onions

Also known as celeriac, celery root has about half as many carbs and calories per serving as potatoes — and more calcium. Try it blended up with sauteed garlic and coconut milk to create a luxurious yet low-calorie puree. Photo and recipe: Lisa Bryan / Downshiftology

RELATED: 13 Comfort Food Recipes You’ll Feel Even Better About

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Lentil Shepherd's Pie

3. Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

With seven grams of fiber and 100 calories per cup, parsnips are a nutrition-smart (and tastebud-fooling) swap for regular russets. Mix them in a two-to-one potato and parsnip ratio to lighten up this hearty mushroom and lentil casserole. Photo and recipe: Sarah Cook / Making Thyme for Health

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

4. Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

At its core, this cauliflower and spinach combo is keto-, Paleo-, and Whole 30-friendly. Customize the fat source to fit your diet for this low-carb smash. It’s the perfect slim side to any grilled or baked protein—or a meal on its own when you put an egg on it. Photo and recipe: Martha Pesa / A Family Feast

RELATED: 14 Cauliflower Recipes, Including Pizza, Risotto and More

Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

5. Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

This butternut squash and chicken mash has a whopping 54 grams of protein, making it the a satisfying post-workout meal. A pile of spinach adds vitamins while a topping of crushed hazelnuts offers crunch and healthy fats. Photo and recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie

Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Beet Mashed Potatoes with Basil

6. Gluten-Free Beet Potato Mash with Basil

Mix potatoes with beets for a cancer-fighting, heart healthy addition to your vegetable side dish. A half cup of dairy-free cream cheese offers the same decadent texture you know and love from mashed potatoes. If you like it hot, blend in a couple banana peppers. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Cotter / Cotter Crunch

Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower Dill

7. Cheesy Mashed Mashed Cauliflower with Havarti and Dill

This vegetable mash is the real dill! Err, deal. Opt for the florets only from your cauliflower for a consistency that will fool your dinner guests into thinking this dish made with potatoes. Photo and recipe: Maya / Wholesome Yum

Read More
Is Weight Loss Really As Easy As Calorie Counting?
How to Detox the Healthy Way: 16 Recipes You’ll Love
21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes

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7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes
Going keto? Slashing calories? Dialing down on sugar? The better question might be: “Who isn’t these days? Diet pro tip: Cut back on carbs to accomplish all three at once. Since potatoes are one of the highest carb carb vegetables on the planet, a simple skinny swap is to opt for non-spud sides with your meals. Enter: These mashed vegetable recipes that start with something other than potatoes. Whether they’re on top of shepherd’s pies or plated next to a steak, they’ll satisfy just as much as standard mashed potatoes. RELATED: 8 Delicious Takes on French Fries (Better Than Fast Food!)

7 Healthy Root Vegetables to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes

Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing Kabocha Squash Mash

1. Vegan Apple-Thyme Stuffing with Kabocha Mash

Many mashes call for heaps of butter or plenty of chicken stock, but not this 100 percent meatless side. Roasted squash, non-dairy milk and butter, plus a pinch of salt combine to make the uber-creamy mash that’s a perfect accompaniment to any protein-rich entree. Try it with meatless sausage stuffing, grilled tempeh or tofu. Photo and recipe: Haley Davis / Brewing Happiness Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Beets and Pearl Onions

2. Celery Root Puree with Balsamic Roasted Beets and Pearl Onions

Also known as celeriac, celery root has about half as many carbs and calories per serving as potatoes — and more calcium. Try it blended up with sauteed garlic and coconut milk to create a luxurious yet low-calorie puree. Photo and recipe: Lisa Bryan / Downshiftology RELATED: 13 Comfort Food Recipes You’ll Feel Even Better About Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Lentil Shepherd's Pie

3. Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip Mashed Potatoes

With seven grams of fiber and 100 calories per cup, parsnips are a nutrition-smart (and tastebud-fooling) swap for regular russets. Mix them in a two-to-one potato and parsnip ratio to lighten up this hearty mushroom and lentil casserole. Photo and recipe: Sarah Cook / Making Thyme for Health Root Vegetable Mashes to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

4. Mashed Cauliflower and Spinach

At its core, this cauliflower and spinach combo is keto-, Paleo-, and Whole 30-friendly. Customize the fat source to fit your diet for this low-carb smash. It’s the perfect slim side to any grilled or baked protein—or a meal on its own when you put an egg on it. Photo and recipe: Martha Pesa / A Family Feast RELATED: 14 Cauliflower Recipes, Including Pizza, Risotto and More Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

5. Butternut Squash and Chicken Mash

This butternut squash and chicken mash has a whopping 54 grams of protein, making it the a satisfying post-workout meal. A pile of spinach adds vitamins while a topping of crushed hazelnuts offers crunch and healthy fats. Photo and recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Beet Mashed Potatoes with Basil

6. Gluten-Free Beet Potato Mash with Basil

Mix potatoes with beets for a cancer-fighting, heart healthy addition to your vegetable side dish. A half cup of dairy-free cream cheese offers the same decadent texture you know and love from mashed potatoes. If you like it hot, blend in a couple banana peppers. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Cotter / Cotter Crunch Root Vegetable Mash to Swap in for Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower Dill

7. Cheesy Mashed Mashed Cauliflower with Havarti and Dill

This vegetable mash is the real dill! Err, deal. Opt for the florets only from your cauliflower for a consistency that will fool your dinner guests into thinking this dish made with potatoes. Photo and recipe: Maya / Wholesome Yum Read More Is Weight Loss Really As Easy As Calorie Counting? How to Detox the Healthy Way: 16 Recipes You’ll Love 21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes

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Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/whole-30-sweet-potato-hash-recipe/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:15:37 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=65234 Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

[caption id="attachment_65237" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Whether you’re in the midst of Whole 30 or you're transitioning to a Paleo diet, this delicious sweet potato hash recipe offers a new twist on breakfast. High in protein and fiber, this dish is brimming with chunks of sweet potato, crumbled sausage, onion, spinach and perfectly baked eggs. With a prep time of 30 minutes, you can prepare the hash up to two days in advance. When you’re ready to eat, top with eggs and quickly bake them in the oven. If you’re not feeding a crowd, make a batch of the hash on Sunday and divide it into single servings and enjoy with an egg for easy breakfasts throughout the week.

RELATED: 12 Whole 30 Breakfast Recipes That Go Beyond Eggs

Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Makes 1 10-inch skillet, serves 4 

Prep time: 7 minutes
Cook time: 23 minutes

Ingredients

1.1 pounds turkey or chicken sausage
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup spinach
2 cups sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Remove the sausages from their casings and cook in olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausages up into a crumbled texture. Once the meat has cooked, remove it from the skillet and set aside leaving any excess oil in the skillet.
  3. Add the garlic and diced onion to the skillet, sprinkle with salt and cook for four to five minutes until the onion becomes translucent. Add in the spinach and cook for another minute. Transfer everything to the same bowl as the sausage.
  4. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in the skillet and sprinkle with the smoked paprika. Cook for approximately seven minutes until the sweet potato has softened and begun to turn golden brown.
  5. Add the sausage, onion and spinach back into the skillet and stir everything until well combined. Create three to four wells in the mixture and crack an egg into each.
  6. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how runny you prefer your eggs
  7. Remove the skillet from the oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

[caption id="attachment_65238" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

Check out these creative cast iron skillet recipes for more easy-to-prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

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Not a Morning Person? 7 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas
11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day
11 5-Minute Breakfast Recipes for Your Busiest Mornings

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Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

[caption id="attachment_65237" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] Whether you’re in the midst of Whole 30 or you're transitioning to a Paleo diet, this delicious sweet potato hash recipe offers a new twist on breakfast. High in protein and fiber, this dish is brimming with chunks of sweet potato, crumbled sausage, onion, spinach and perfectly baked eggs. With a prep time of 30 minutes, you can prepare the hash up to two days in advance. When you’re ready to eat, top with eggs and quickly bake them in the oven. If you’re not feeding a crowd, make a batch of the hash on Sunday and divide it into single servings and enjoy with an egg for easy breakfasts throughout the week. RELATED: 12 Whole 30 Breakfast Recipes That Go Beyond Eggs

Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Makes 1 10-inch skillet, serves 4  Prep time: 7 minutes Cook time: 23 minutes

Ingredients

1.1 pounds turkey or chicken sausage 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 onion, finely diced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup spinach 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 4 eggs 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Remove the sausages from their casings and cook in olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausages up into a crumbled texture. Once the meat has cooked, remove it from the skillet and set aside leaving any excess oil in the skillet.
  3. Add the garlic and diced onion to the skillet, sprinkle with salt and cook for four to five minutes until the onion becomes translucent. Add in the spinach and cook for another minute. Transfer everything to the same bowl as the sausage.
  4. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in the skillet and sprinkle with the smoked paprika. Cook for approximately seven minutes until the sweet potato has softened and begun to turn golden brown.
  5. Add the sausage, onion and spinach back into the skillet and stir everything until well combined. Create three to four wells in the mixture and crack an egg into each.
  6. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how runny you prefer your eggs
  7. Remove the skillet from the oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
[caption id="attachment_65238" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

Check out these creative cast iron skillet recipes for more easy-to-prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Read More Not a Morning Person? 7 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas 11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day 11 5-Minute Breakfast Recipes for Your Busiest Mornings

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14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-green-smoothie-recipes/ https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-green-smoothie-recipes/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:15:19 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=26641

14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes

Admit it: Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to eat your vegetables. If you’re bored of the same old salads, let us introduce you to our favorite green smoothie recipes. But just because a drink is labeled a smoothie does not mean it’s healthy. Some smoothies are loaded with fruit, juices and sweeteners — far from weight loss-friendly! So we sipped around to find the best green smoothies. These creamy concoctions pack leafy greens, protein powder and fruits to deliver fiber, potassium and iron. You'll curb hunger and feel satisfied, while nourishing your body with anti-inflammatory ingredients. All you need to get started is a blender, so get mixing and raise a glass to good health!

RELATED: 7 Delicious Protein Smoothie Recipes

14 Protein-Rich Green Smoothie Recipes

Green Smoothie Recipes: Pear Green Protein Smoothie

1. Matcha Pear Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Move over, kale — matcha is the hot new green in town. The finely ground green tea powder delivers caffeine, while pears provide a boost of vitamin C and fiber. Protein powder ensures you’ll stay full long, so you won't load up on empty calories that lead to weight gain. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Spinach-Orange Smoothie

2. Spinach Orange Smoothie

Like to start your day with orange juice? This creamy and thick green smoothie recipe uses fresh juice right from the fruit. Citrus flavors can also give you a boost of energy sans caffeine, so try blending this recipe up before you head out the door. Pro tip: Cut up the banana and freeze it the night before, and you won’t have to use ice. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Savvy Sassy Moms

RELATED: 13 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks

Green Smoothie Recipes: Orange Kale Green Smoothie

3. Orange Kale Protein Juice Recipe

Life is hard. Why should you have to choose between a protein shake and a juice? With 30 grams of protein, plus pulverized kale and fresh orange, you can have it all with every smooth sip. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Ginger Orange Green Smoothie

4. Ginger-Orange Green Smoothie

Five ingredients are all you need for this sunshine-in-a-glass smoothie. Make sure to blend the spinach and romaine first, then add the banana, oranges and ginger. You'll fill up on fiber-rich ingredients to keep you full and energized. Photo and recipe: Bridgid / Bridgid Gallagher

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Blueberry-Mint Green Smoothie

5. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie

Don’t be fooled by the purple hue! This violet blend is chock-full of delicious nutrients that’ll make other smoothies green with envy. The extra kick of color — and flavor — comes from a full cup of antioxidant-rich blueberries, nutrient powerhouses that are a significant source of vitamins K and C, fiber and manganese. Photo and recipe: Caitlin / The Merrythought

Green Smoothie Recipes: Spring Detox Green Smoothie

6. Spring Detox Green Smoothie

Give ‘em kale! This veg-tastic smoothie has a mix of savory and sweet flavors, thanks to cilantro, honey, ginger and pineapple. Plus, you’ll get just the slightest boost of caffeine from green tea, a natural way to boost your metabolism and lose weight. Photo and recipe: Henry Happened

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Flax-Smoothie-Duo

7. Flax and Oats Smoothie

If it’s too hot for oatmeal but you still want some whole grains, try this emerald shake that’s got a hearty amount of raw rolled oats. Sprinkle on some homemade granola if you like some extra crunch. Photo and recipe: Kath / Kath Eats

RELATED: 9 Smoothie Bowl Recipes You'll Want to Eat Every Morning

Green Smoothie Recipes: Honeydew-Mint-Smoothie

8. Honeydew Mint Smoothie

Refresh yourself while indulging your sweet tooth with this light and fruity green smoothie. For an extra-cold drink, chill your melon and coconut milk in the fridge before making. Photo and recipe: Willow / Will Cook For Friends

Green Smoothie Recipes: Peachy Green Smoothie

9. Peachy Green Protein Smoothie

With 31 grams of protein, this smoothie works well for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. Sweeten the deal with some peaches and pineapple and you’ve got one satisfying sip! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Kale-Avocado-Smoothie

10. Kale Pina-Covado Smoothie

Taste the tropics and get some veggies, too. This kale blend gets its sweetness from pineapple and its creaminess from half an avocado. Healthy fats, like avocados, can keep you satiated and are essential for weight loss. Share the second serving with a friend, or keep it in the fridge for up to two days. Photo and recipe: Dre / Delicious By Dre

RELATED: 10 Creative Recipes with Kale

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Happy Green Monster Smoothie

11. Happy Green Monster

Put some pep in your step with this pear-based shake. Pear and coconut water pack enough of potassium to keep your muscles working efficiently, plus spinach and kale are chock-full of fiber to keep your digestion as happy as your taste buds. Photo and recipe: Maryanne / the little epicurean

12. Joe Wicks' Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach and “Lean in 15” creator, is all about quick and dirty meals and snacks. In this recovery smoothie recipe, he adds spinach for replenishing vitamin K, protein powder to help rebuild muscles and honey for a touch of natural sweetness. Photo and recipe: Joe Wicks

Green Smoothie Recipes: Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Protein Smoothie

13. Vanilla Matcha Protein Smoothie

Matcha powder is more concentrated than regular green tea, so it packs ten times more antioxidants. Although it's less bitter than green tea, a little goes a long way when incorporating it into a recipe. In this delicious smoothie, it takes well to the creamy sweetness of banana, vanilla and almond milk. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Green Smoothie Recipes: Apple-Kale Protein Smoothie

14. Apple-Kale Green Smoothie

The truth about belly fat? Abs are made in the kitchen. If you want to curb your sweet cravings, this green smoothie features one Granny Smith apple, which is lower in sugar than the red varieties. Along with lemon juice, it balances the bitterness of the cucumber and kale. A scoop of protein powder will help you stay full all morning long and won't be tempted to indulge. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Originally published April 2014. Updated January 2018. 

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8 Ombre Smoothie Recipes You'll Want to 'Gram Stat
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14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes
Admit it: Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to eat your vegetables. If you’re bored of the same old salads, let us introduce you to our favorite green smoothie recipes. But just because a drink is labeled a smoothie does not mean it’s healthy. Some smoothies are loaded with fruit, juices and sweeteners — far from weight loss-friendly! So we sipped around to find the best green smoothies. These creamy concoctions pack leafy greens, protein powder and fruits to deliver fiber, potassium and iron. You'll curb hunger and feel satisfied, while nourishing your body with anti-inflammatory ingredients. All you need to get started is a blender, so get mixing and raise a glass to good health! RELATED: 7 Delicious Protein Smoothie Recipes

14 Protein-Rich Green Smoothie Recipes

Green Smoothie Recipes: Pear Green Protein Smoothie

1. Matcha Pear Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Move over, kale — matcha is the hot new green in town. The finely ground green tea powder delivers caffeine, while pears provide a boost of vitamin C and fiber. Protein powder ensures you’ll stay full long, so you won't load up on empty calories that lead to weight gain. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Green Smoothie Recipes: Spinach-Orange Smoothie

2. Spinach Orange Smoothie

Like to start your day with orange juice? This creamy and thick green smoothie recipe uses fresh juice right from the fruit. Citrus flavors can also give you a boost of energy sans caffeine, so try blending this recipe up before you head out the door. Pro tip: Cut up the banana and freeze it the night before, and you won’t have to use ice. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Savvy Sassy Moms RELATED: 13 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks Green Smoothie Recipes: Orange Kale Green Smoothie

3. Orange Kale Protein Juice Recipe

Life is hard. Why should you have to choose between a protein shake and a juice? With 30 grams of protein, plus pulverized kale and fresh orange, you can have it all with every smooth sip. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Green Smoothie Recipes: Ginger Orange Green Smoothie

4. Ginger-Orange Green Smoothie

Five ingredients are all you need for this sunshine-in-a-glass smoothie. Make sure to blend the spinach and romaine first, then add the banana, oranges and ginger. You'll fill up on fiber-rich ingredients to keep you full and energized. Photo and recipe: Bridgid / Bridgid Gallagher  Green Smoothie Recipes: Blueberry-Mint Green Smoothie

5. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie

Don’t be fooled by the purple hue! This violet blend is chock-full of delicious nutrients that’ll make other smoothies green with envy. The extra kick of color — and flavor — comes from a full cup of antioxidant-rich blueberries, nutrient powerhouses that are a significant source of vitamins K and C, fiber and manganese. Photo and recipe: Caitlin / The Merrythought Green Smoothie Recipes: Spring Detox Green Smoothie

6. Spring Detox Green Smoothie

Give ‘em kale! This veg-tastic smoothie has a mix of savory and sweet flavors, thanks to cilantro, honey, ginger and pineapple. Plus, you’ll get just the slightest boost of caffeine from green tea, a natural way to boost your metabolism and lose weight. Photo and recipe: Henry Happened  Green Smoothie Recipes: Flax-Smoothie-Duo

7. Flax and Oats Smoothie

If it’s too hot for oatmeal but you still want some whole grains, try this emerald shake that’s got a hearty amount of raw rolled oats. Sprinkle on some homemade granola if you like some extra crunch. Photo and recipe: Kath / Kath Eats RELATED: 9 Smoothie Bowl Recipes You'll Want to Eat Every Morning Green Smoothie Recipes: Honeydew-Mint-Smoothie

8. Honeydew Mint Smoothie

Refresh yourself while indulging your sweet tooth with this light and fruity green smoothie. For an extra-cold drink, chill your melon and coconut milk in the fridge before making. Photo and recipe: Willow / Will Cook For Friends Green Smoothie Recipes: Peachy Green Smoothie

9. Peachy Green Protein Smoothie

With 31 grams of protein, this smoothie works well for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. Sweeten the deal with some peaches and pineapple and you’ve got one satisfying sip! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day  Green Smoothie Recipes: Kale-Avocado-Smoothie

10. Kale Pina-Covado Smoothie

Taste the tropics and get some veggies, too. This kale blend gets its sweetness from pineapple and its creaminess from half an avocado. Healthy fats, like avocados, can keep you satiated and are essential for weight loss. Share the second serving with a friend, or keep it in the fridge for up to two days. Photo and recipe: Dre / Delicious By Dre RELATED: 10 Creative Recipes with Kale  Green Smoothie Recipes: Happy Green Monster Smoothie

11. Happy Green Monster

Put some pep in your step with this pear-based shake. Pear and coconut water pack enough of potassium to keep your muscles working efficiently, plus spinach and kale are chock-full of fiber to keep your digestion as happy as your taste buds. Photo and recipe: Maryanne / the little epicurean

12. Joe Wicks' Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach and “Lean in 15” creator, is all about quick and dirty meals and snacks. In this recovery smoothie recipe, he adds spinach for replenishing vitamin K, protein powder to help rebuild muscles and honey for a touch of natural sweetness. Photo and recipe: Joe Wicks Green Smoothie Recipes: Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Protein Smoothie

13. Vanilla Matcha Protein Smoothie

Matcha powder is more concentrated than regular green tea, so it packs ten times more antioxidants. Although it's less bitter than green tea, a little goes a long way when incorporating it into a recipe. In this delicious smoothie, it takes well to the creamy sweetness of banana, vanilla and almond milk. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Green Smoothie Recipes: Apple-Kale Protein Smoothie

14. Apple-Kale Green Smoothie

The truth about belly fat? Abs are made in the kitchen. If you want to curb your sweet cravings, this green smoothie features one Granny Smith apple, which is lower in sugar than the red varieties. Along with lemon juice, it balances the bitterness of the cucumber and kale. A scoop of protein powder will help you stay full all morning long and won't be tempted to indulge. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Originally published April 2014. Updated January 2018.  Read More The 7 Best Post-Workout Smoothies for Every Exercise 8 Ombre Smoothie Recipes You'll Want to 'Gram Stat 8 Low-Sugar Smoothies to Get a Veggie Boost

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7 Keto Fat Bombs for a Satisfying Low-Carb Snack https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/keto-fat-bombs-recipes-low-carb-snacks/ Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:15:33 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=64291 7 Keto Fat Bombs for a Satisfying Low-Carb Snack

7 Keto Fat Bombs for a Satisfying Low-Carb Snack

Just a few years ago "keto fat bombs" may not have sounded like the most appetizing or healthiest snack, but thanks to the ketogenic diet, this sweet confection is having a major moment. The ketogenic diet induces ketosis, a state in which your body burns fat for fuel instead of carbs. Fat bombs help dieters reach and maintain ketosis by providing a fuel-rich and satisfying dose of calories with very few carbs. Fat bombs usually have large amounts of fat of course, in the form of avocado or coconut oil and grass-fed butter. The idea with these high-calorie nibbles is to keep you fuller longer. Just remember to stick to one serving!

RELATED: How to Know If the Ketogenic Diet Is Right for You

7 Keto Fat Bomb Recipes for Low-Carb Snacks

Keto Fat Bombs: Fat Bombs Pumpkin Pie Patties Recipe

1. Fat Bomb Pumpkin Pie Patties

These fat bombs include real pumpkin puree and shredded coconut — no fake flavorings here. They also include collagen, which helps maintain healthy bones, joints and nails. Don't skimp on the spices! Ginger, cinnamon and cloves make this snack the perfect afternoon pick me up (like a PSL in food form!). A little Himalayan salt evens out the flavors. Photo and recipe: Leanne Vogel / Healthful Pursuit

Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Lemon Macadamia Nut Fat Bombs Recipe

2. Lemon Macadamia Fat Bombs

Move over, lemon bars and lemon cream pies! These lemon macadamia fat bombs include cacao butter and vanilla, making them taste like a far more indulgent dessert than they really are. Macadamia nuts and shredded unsweetened coconut add even more healthy fats and some fiber, too. Photo and recipe: Hayley Ryczek / Health Starts in the Kitchen

Keto Fat Bombs Recipe: Chocolate Collagen Keto Fat Bombs Recipe

3. Chocolate Collagen Keto Fat Bombs

Sometimes you just have a chocolate craving and nothing else will do. This recipe from Mark Sisson, famed Paleo proponent and founder of Mark's Daily Apple and Primal Kitchen, is the perfect introduction to fat bombs. It's a simple, sweetener-optional chocolate bar with benefits, thanks to the collagen protein and avocado oil. Photo: Primal Kitchen / Recipe: Mark Sisson

Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs Recipe

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

Put down the Reese's peanut butter cup and pick up this delicious and healthier alternative. Instead of coconut oil, this recipe relies on grass-fed, omega-3-rich butter, giving it the creamy texture of fudge. The filling can be made with peanut butter or any nut butter you prefer. Note: You will need to pick up a specialty sugar-free confectioners sugar alternative for this recipe. Photo and recipe: Kim / Low Carb Maven

Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Peanut Butter Fat Bombs Recipe

5. Peanut Butter Fat Bombs Recipe

Peanut butter lovers will drool over this simpe, five-ingredient fat bomb. A touch of vanilla and cinnamon enhance the flavor of all-natural peanut butter without having to add any sugar. Use a mini cupcake mold or cups to prep these delectable treats. Photo and recipe: Tiffany McCauley / The Gracious Pantry

Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Carob Coconut Collagen Cups Recipe

6. Carob-Coconut-Collagen Cups

These quick and easy snacks are just 37 calories with zero grams of sugar and only one gram of carbs total. It's also packed with good-for-you foods, including collagen protein, carob powder and MCT oil. Photo and recipe: Further Food

Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Maple Pecan Fudge Recipe

7. Maple and Pecan Fudge Fat Bombs

Yes, you can eat fudge as a regular, everyday snack. This pecan maple fudge has just a little more than four grams of carbs (mostly fiber) and 26 grams of fat. It's rich flavor comes from maple extract, vanilla and cinnamon — not to mention a whole lot of pecans. Photo and recipe: Martina Slajerova / Keto Diet App

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7 Keto Fat Bombs for a Satisfying Low-Carb Snack

7 Keto Fat Bombs for a Satisfying Low-Carb Snack
Just a few years ago "keto fat bombs" may not have sounded like the most appetizing or healthiest snack, but thanks to the ketogenic diet, this sweet confection is having a major moment. The ketogenic diet induces ketosis, a state in which your body burns fat for fuel instead of carbs. Fat bombs help dieters reach and maintain ketosis by providing a fuel-rich and satisfying dose of calories with very few carbs. Fat bombs usually have large amounts of fat of course, in the form of avocado or coconut oil and grass-fed butter. The idea with these high-calorie nibbles is to keep you fuller longer. Just remember to stick to one serving! RELATED: How to Know If the Ketogenic Diet Is Right for You

7 Keto Fat Bomb Recipes for Low-Carb Snacks

Keto Fat Bombs: Fat Bombs Pumpkin Pie Patties Recipe

1. Fat Bomb Pumpkin Pie Patties

These fat bombs include real pumpkin puree and shredded coconut — no fake flavorings here. They also include collagen, which helps maintain healthy bones, joints and nails. Don't skimp on the spices! Ginger, cinnamon and cloves make this snack the perfect afternoon pick me up (like a PSL in food form!). A little Himalayan salt evens out the flavors. Photo and recipe: Leanne Vogel / Healthful Pursuit Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Lemon Macadamia Nut Fat Bombs Recipe

2. Lemon Macadamia Fat Bombs

Move over, lemon bars and lemon cream pies! These lemon macadamia fat bombs include cacao butter and vanilla, making them taste like a far more indulgent dessert than they really are. Macadamia nuts and shredded unsweetened coconut add even more healthy fats and some fiber, too. Photo and recipe: Hayley Ryczek / Health Starts in the Kitchen Keto Fat Bombs Recipe: Chocolate Collagen Keto Fat Bombs Recipe

3. Chocolate Collagen Keto Fat Bombs

Sometimes you just have a chocolate craving and nothing else will do. This recipe from Mark Sisson, famed Paleo proponent and founder of Mark's Daily Apple and Primal Kitchen, is the perfect introduction to fat bombs. It's a simple, sweetener-optional chocolate bar with benefits, thanks to the collagen protein and avocado oil. Photo: Primal Kitchen / Recipe: Mark Sisson Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs Recipe

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

Put down the Reese's peanut butter cup and pick up this delicious and healthier alternative. Instead of coconut oil, this recipe relies on grass-fed, omega-3-rich butter, giving it the creamy texture of fudge. The filling can be made with peanut butter or any nut butter you prefer. Note: You will need to pick up a specialty sugar-free confectioners sugar alternative for this recipe. Photo and recipe: Kim / Low Carb Maven Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Peanut Butter Fat Bombs Recipe

5. Peanut Butter Fat Bombs Recipe

Peanut butter lovers will drool over this simpe, five-ingredient fat bomb. A touch of vanilla and cinnamon enhance the flavor of all-natural peanut butter without having to add any sugar. Use a mini cupcake mold or cups to prep these delectable treats. Photo and recipe: Tiffany McCauley / The Gracious Pantry Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Carob Coconut Collagen Cups Recipe

6. Carob-Coconut-Collagen Cups

These quick and easy snacks are just 37 calories with zero grams of sugar and only one gram of carbs total. It's also packed with good-for-you foods, including collagen protein, carob powder and MCT oil. Photo and recipe: Further Food Keto Fat Bombs Recipes: Maple Pecan Fudge Recipe

7. Maple and Pecan Fudge Fat Bombs

Yes, you can eat fudge as a regular, everyday snack. This pecan maple fudge has just a little more than four grams of carbs (mostly fiber) and 26 grams of fat. It's rich flavor comes from maple extract, vanilla and cinnamon — not to mention a whole lot of pecans. Photo and recipe: Martina Slajerova / Keto Diet App Read More 14 Energy Bites Recipes That Taste Just Like Dessert 14 Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes 9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

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High-Protein, Low-Fat Eggnog Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/low-fat-eggnog/ https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/low-fat-eggnog/#respond Sat, 23 Dec 2017 14:15:46 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=21979 High-Protein, Low-Fat Eggnog Recipe

[caption id="attachment_64217" align="alignnone" width="620"]High-Protein, Low-Fat Eggnog Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

Getting into the holiday spirit doesn’t have to mean imbibing in calorie-laden eggnog. The traditional drink can be made skinnier by swapping skim milk for cream, reducing the egg count, and cutting down on sugar. Our gift to you this holiday season: a healthier, high-protein, low-fat, low-carb eggnog that’s still rich, creamy and as festive as ever.

RELATED: 15 Cocktails Under 150 Calories (and Better Than Vodka-Soda)

Low-Fat Eggnog Recipe

Serves 4

Active time: 20 minutes (plus 4 hours chill time)

Ingredients

2 cups skim milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated whole nutmeg (plus more for garnish)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white rum or bourbon (optional)

Preparation

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of the milk and the vanilla bean pod and seeds to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, condensed milk, cornstarch, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl until light yellow.
  2. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour it back into the pan. Stir constantly over low heat with a wooden spoon until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Transfer the eggnog to a pitcher; cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Remove the vanilla pod. Spike the eggnog with alcohol if desired, and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Originally published December 2016. Updated December 2017. 

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14 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories
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High-Protein, Low-Fat Eggnog Recipe

[caption id="attachment_64217" align="alignnone" width="620"]High-Protein, Low-Fat Eggnog Recipe Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption] Getting into the holiday spirit doesn’t have to mean imbibing in calorie-laden eggnog. The traditional drink can be made skinnier by swapping skim milk for cream, reducing the egg count, and cutting down on sugar. Our gift to you this holiday season: a healthier, high-protein, low-fat, low-carb eggnog that’s still rich, creamy and as festive as ever. RELATED: 15 Cocktails Under 150 Calories (and Better Than Vodka-Soda)

Low-Fat Eggnog Recipe

Serves 4 Active time: 20 minutes (plus 4 hours chill time)

Ingredients

2 cups skim milk 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk 1/4 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated whole nutmeg (plus more for garnish) 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup white rum or bourbon (optional)

Preparation

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of the milk and the vanilla bean pod and seeds to a simmer over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, condensed milk, cornstarch, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl until light yellow.
  2. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour it back into the pan. Stir constantly over low heat with a wooden spoon until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Transfer the eggnog to a pitcher; cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Remove the vanilla pod. Spike the eggnog with alcohol if desired, and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
Originally published December 2016. Updated December 2017.  Read More 14 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories 9 Healthier Starbucks Swaps for the Holidays 13 Healthier Takes on Your Favorite Holiday Cocktails

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Instant Pot Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/instant-pot-pork-shoulder-recipe/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:15:03 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=64180 Instant Pot Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder Recipe

[caption id="attachment_64181" align="alignnone" width="620"]Instant Pot Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder Recipe - Mark Sisson Primal Kitchen Photo: Courtesy of Mark Sisson[/caption]

Recipe by Mark Sisson, founder of Primal Kitchen

As we officially head into the cold nights of winter, you’ll want to have a few soup recipes up your sleeve. A mix of savory, spicy and sweet flavors, this paleo-friendly Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder recipe is a nice change of pace from your usual dinner soup. And, the best part is you don’t have to do any cooking at all because your Instant Pot does it for you! By slow cooking a large cut of pork until it’s tender, you’ll fully infuse the meat with the aromatic flavors of ginger, garlic and coconut milk. Coconut milk adds a creamy richness to the broth and enhances the coriander and cumin seasoning in the pork.

RELATED: 10 Healthy Pork, Turkey and Beef Recipes You’ll Drool Over 

Instant Pot Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder Recipe

Serves 8

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil
3 to 4 pounds boneless pork butt/shoulder roast
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, peeled and cut into 8 chunks
1/2 can of coconut milk
Lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix together the coriander, cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. Rub the seasoning mixture over the pork roast.
  3. Coat bottom of your Instant Pot with one tablespoon of Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil. If you don’t have it, use extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. Place the meat in the Instant Pot and add onions, garlic, ginger and half a can of coconut milk.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes. The roast will give off moisture and fat while cooking, doubling or tripling the amount of broth by the time the roast is ready.
  6. Serve the pork into bowls and garnish with lime.

The Skinny

Want more quick and healthy Instant Pot recipes? Check out these delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert ideas

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Instant Pot Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder Recipe

[caption id="attachment_64181" align="alignnone" width="620"]Instant Pot Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder Recipe - Mark Sisson Primal Kitchen Photo: Courtesy of Mark Sisson[/caption] Recipe by Mark Sisson, founder of Primal Kitchen As we officially head into the cold nights of winter, you’ll want to have a few soup recipes up your sleeve. A mix of savory, spicy and sweet flavors, this paleo-friendly Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder recipe is a nice change of pace from your usual dinner soup. And, the best part is you don’t have to do any cooking at all because your Instant Pot does it for you! By slow cooking a large cut of pork until it’s tender, you’ll fully infuse the meat with the aromatic flavors of ginger, garlic and coconut milk. Coconut milk adds a creamy richness to the broth and enhances the coriander and cumin seasoning in the pork. RELATED: 10 Healthy Pork, Turkey and Beef Recipes You’ll Drool Over 

Instant Pot Coconut Ginger Pork Shoulder Recipe

Serves 8 Prep time: 4 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil 3 to 4 pounds boneless pork butt/shoulder roast 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 onion, peeled and cut into 8 chunks 1/2 can of coconut milk Lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix together the coriander, cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. Rub the seasoning mixture over the pork roast.
  3. Coat bottom of your Instant Pot with one tablespoon of Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil. If you don’t have it, use extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. Place the meat in the Instant Pot and add onions, garlic, ginger and half a can of coconut milk.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes. The roast will give off moisture and fat while cooking, doubling or tripling the amount of broth by the time the roast is ready.
  6. Serve the pork into bowls and garnish with lime.

The Skinny

Want more quick and healthy Instant Pot recipes? Check out these delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert ideas

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Whole 30 Pork Chops with Squash Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/whole-30-pork-chops-recipe/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:15:11 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=64008

[caption id="attachment_64009" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Pork Chops Recipe with Squash and Green Onions Photo: Courtesy of Ghazalle Badiozaman[/caption]

Recipe by Melissa Hartwig, author of The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook

Pork gets a bad rap for having fatty cuts of meat, but this pork chops recipe features one of the leanest cuts and boasts 52 grams of protein per serving. Pork chops are also a good source of B vitamins, iron and magnesium. And while this nutritious recipe gets the Whole 30 seal of approval, it hardly lacks in flavor. Lemon and thyme infuse the pork with mouthwatering flavor, and the green onions enhance the juices when roasted in the oven. Paired with squash, which becomes caramelized on the outside and sweet and tender on the inside, prepare yourself for a Whole 30 feast.

RELATED: 10 Healthy Pork, Turkey and Beef Recipes You’ll Drool Over

Whole 30 Recipe: Pork Chops and Squash Over Green Onions

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 bunches green onions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
20 fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
4 (3/4” to 1” thick) bone-in pork chops (about 2 pounds total)
1 1/2 pounds peeled and chopped butternut squash (or other hearty squash such as delicata, which doesn’t need to be peeled if using)

Ingredients

  1. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush a large rimmed baking pan with one tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the green onions on the pan to cover. Sprinkle the sage on top of the green onions.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper, the thyme and lemon zest. Sprinkle the seasoning on the chops and place the chops on one side of the pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the squash with the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat. Place the squash on the other half of the pan.
  4. Roast the pork and squash for 20 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil four inches from the heat source for five minutes, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F. Let the pork rest for five minutes before serving.

The Skinny

Want to learn more about The Whole30? Check out our ultimate guide, plus other delicious recipes.

This recipe is from The Whole30 Fast & Easy. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Hartwig. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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[caption id="attachment_64009" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Pork Chops Recipe with Squash and Green Onions Photo: Courtesy of Ghazalle Badiozaman[/caption] Recipe by Melissa Hartwig, author of The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook Pork gets a bad rap for having fatty cuts of meat, but this pork chops recipe features one of the leanest cuts and boasts 52 grams of protein per serving. Pork chops are also a good source of B vitamins, iron and magnesium. And while this nutritious recipe gets the Whole 30 seal of approval, it hardly lacks in flavor. Lemon and thyme infuse the pork with mouthwatering flavor, and the green onions enhance the juices when roasted in the oven. Paired with squash, which becomes caramelized on the outside and sweet and tender on the inside, prepare yourself for a Whole 30 feast. RELATED: 10 Healthy Pork, Turkey and Beef Recipes You’ll Drool Over

Whole 30 Recipe: Pork Chops and Squash Over Green Onions

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 bunches green onions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces 20 fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon coarse salt 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 4 (3/4” to 1” thick) bone-in pork chops (about 2 pounds total) 1 1/2 pounds peeled and chopped butternut squash (or other hearty squash such as delicata, which doesn’t need to be peeled if using)

Ingredients

  1. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush a large rimmed baking pan with one tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the green onions on the pan to cover. Sprinkle the sage on top of the green onions.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper, the thyme and lemon zest. Sprinkle the seasoning on the chops and place the chops on one side of the pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the squash with the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat. Place the squash on the other half of the pan.
  4. Roast the pork and squash for 20 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil four inches from the heat source for five minutes, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F. Let the pork rest for five minutes before serving.

The Skinny

Want to learn more about The Whole30? Check out our ultimate guide, plus other delicious recipes. This recipe is from The Whole30 Fast & Easy. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Hartwig. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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Guilt-Free Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/matcha-chocolate-truffles-recipe/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:15:24 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63905 Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63908" align="alignnone" width="620"]Guilt-Free Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

What happens when you combine not one but two superfoods into a delicious treat? You get these matcha chocolate truffles! The green center of each truffle is made with just a handful of ingredients, including shredded unsweetened coconut, matcha and avocado, which lend them their creamy texture. On the outside is a rich dark chocolate coating for a decadent crunch. Make a batch of these truffles to give to friends this holiday season! This is one festive edible gift that everyone will enjoy.

RELATED: 17 Amazing Matcha Recipes You’ll Drool Over

Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Makes 25 truffles

Prep time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon matcha powder
1 medium avocado
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
150 grams dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the matcha, avocado, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup. Mash the avocado until it’s smooth and well combined with the other ingredients.
  2. Add in the shredded coconut and stir.
  3. Roll the mixture into 20-25 small balls. Place them on a tray and put them in the fridge to slightly harden.
  4. Put the chocolate in a bowl and microwave it for one-minute intervals until it has completely melted.
  5. Dip each truffle into the chocolate to coat and then place them back on the tray. Sprinkle the top of each chocolate truffle with a pinch of matcha and let them harden in the fridge.

[caption id="attachment_63909" align="alignnone" width="620"]Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

For more bite-sized treats, try these dessert energy balls.

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Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63908" align="alignnone" width="620"]Guilt-Free Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] What happens when you combine not one but two superfoods into a delicious treat? You get these matcha chocolate truffles! The green center of each truffle is made with just a handful of ingredients, including shredded unsweetened coconut, matcha and avocado, which lend them their creamy texture. On the outside is a rich dark chocolate coating for a decadent crunch. Make a batch of these truffles to give to friends this holiday season! This is one festive edible gift that everyone will enjoy. RELATED: 17 Amazing Matcha Recipes You’ll Drool Over

Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Makes 25 truffles Prep time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon matcha powder 1 medium avocado 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 150 grams dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the matcha, avocado, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup. Mash the avocado until it’s smooth and well combined with the other ingredients.
  2. Add in the shredded coconut and stir.
  3. Roll the mixture into 20-25 small balls. Place them on a tray and put them in the fridge to slightly harden.
  4. Put the chocolate in a bowl and microwave it for one-minute intervals until it has completely melted.
  5. Dip each truffle into the chocolate to coat and then place them back on the tray. Sprinkle the top of each chocolate truffle with a pinch of matcha and let them harden in the fridge.
[caption id="attachment_63909" align="alignnone" width="620"]Matcha Chocolate Truffles Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

For more bite-sized treats, try these dessert energy balls.

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Whole 30 Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Cabbage https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/whole-30-recipe-rosemary-garlic-chicken/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:15:32 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63821 Whole 30 Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Bacon-Wrapped Cabbage

[caption id="attachment_63823" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Cabbage Photo: Courtesy of Ghazalle Badiozamani[/caption]

Recipe by Melissa Hartwig, author of The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook

Whole 30 recipes don't have to be complicated, and this rosemary chicken recipe proves you can have a delicious meal on the table without too much chopping and prepping. If you’ve never roasted cabbage before, this recipe will inspire you to make it part of your regular repertoire. The wedges turn tender and buttery at high heat — with crisped, lightly browned edges. Wrapping them in bacon before roasting makes them even better! Who said Whole 30 recipes had to be bland?

RELATED: Want to Try the Whole 30 Diet? Here’s Your Guide, Plus Recipes

Whole 30 Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Bacon-Wrapped Cabbage

Serves 2

Prep time: 20 minutes
Roast time: 35 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (8 to 12 ounces each)
1/2 small green cabbage, core intact, cut into 4 wedges
4 slices Whole30-compliant bacon
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, sage, lemon zest, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper in a small bowl. Rub the seasoning over the chicken and underneath the skin with your fingers.
  2. Place the chicken, skin side up, on one side of a large rimmed baking pan. Roast the chicken for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, wrap each cabbage wedge with one slice of bacon. Place the cabbage wedges on the other side of the baking pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  4. Roast until the internal temperature of the chicken is 170°F and the cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes more. Drizzle the chicken and cabbage with the lemon juice and serve.

The Skinny


Once you’ve completed Whole 30, try these delicious Paleo recipes to help you stick to a clean eating routine.

This recipe is from The Whole30 Fast & Easy. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Hartwig. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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Whole 30 Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Bacon-Wrapped Cabbage

[caption id="attachment_63823" align="alignnone" width="620"]Whole 30 Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Cabbage Photo: Courtesy of Ghazalle Badiozamani[/caption] Recipe by Melissa Hartwig, author of The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook Whole 30 recipes don't have to be complicated, and this rosemary chicken recipe proves you can have a delicious meal on the table without too much chopping and prepping. If you’ve never roasted cabbage before, this recipe will inspire you to make it part of your regular repertoire. The wedges turn tender and buttery at high heat — with crisped, lightly browned edges. Wrapping them in bacon before roasting makes them even better! Who said Whole 30 recipes had to be bland? RELATED: Want to Try the Whole 30 Diet? Here’s Your Guide, Plus Recipes

Whole 30 Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Bacon-Wrapped Cabbage

Serves 2 Prep time: 20 minutes Roast time: 35 minutes Total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (8 to 12 ounces each) 1/2 small green cabbage, core intact, cut into 4 wedges 4 slices Whole30-compliant bacon 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, sage, lemon zest, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper in a small bowl. Rub the seasoning over the chicken and underneath the skin with your fingers.
  2. Place the chicken, skin side up, on one side of a large rimmed baking pan. Roast the chicken for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, wrap each cabbage wedge with one slice of bacon. Place the cabbage wedges on the other side of the baking pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  4. Roast until the internal temperature of the chicken is 170°F and the cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes more. Drizzle the chicken and cabbage with the lemon juice and serve.

The Skinny

Once you’ve completed Whole 30, try these delicious Paleo recipes to help you stick to a clean eating routine. This recipe is from The Whole30 Fast & Easy. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Hartwig. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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6 Easy 20-Minute Parchment Paper Recipes https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/easy-parchment-paper-recipes/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:15:57 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63780 6 Easy 20-Minute Parchment Paper Recipes

6 Easy 20-Minute Parchment Paper Recipes

When you want to sound like a Michelin-starred chef, but don't really want to put the work into "julienning" or cooking "sous vide," cooking "en papillote" is the way to go. That's French for, "No dishes to wash but still totally juicy, delicious and easy."

Cooking en papillote is simply cooking in a parchment paper pouch. Creating a parchment paper packet keeps your ingredients — especially fish — from drying out and helps the flavors all marinate together. The best part is the easy cleanup: Simply unwrap the parchment paper and plate the food. Kids will enjoy unwrapping them like presents at the table. We decided to make things even more effortless and rounded up our favorite parchment packet recipes — ready in 20 minutes or less!

RELATED: 9 Delicious Foil Packet Recipes to Pop on the Grill

6 Quick and Easy Parchment Paper Recipes

Parchment Paper Recipes: Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packs

1. Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packets

Dealing with picky eaters? This lemon garlic chicken recipe is perfect for people who don't love fish (even if the rest of the family is having fish en papillote), and the veggies can easily be swapped out for whatever's fresh and local. To keep things Whole 30- and Paleo-approved, we like enjoying this dish with cauliflower rice or zoodles. Photo and recipe: Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Parchment Paper Recipes: Lemon Dill Salmon with Vegetables

2. Lemon Dill Salmon with Vegetables

When you're exhausted from work, the last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen. This easy and healthy salmon recipe gets dinner on the table in 20 minutes. Squash and zucchini can easily turn out bland, but when cooked en papillote with salmon, they're packed with flavor and not too soggy. Dill makes for the perfect finishing touch that's as pretty as it is delicious. Photo and recipe: Averie Sunshine / Averie Cooks

Parchment Paper Recipes: Greek Fish En Papillote Recipe

3. Greek Fish en Papillote

Greek salad, meet fish fillet. This easy Greek fish en papillote recipe can be customized with the white fish of your choice. For an explosion of flavor, add dried herbs, lemon and of course, tomatoes and kalamata olives (skip the oregano sprigs to make it a true five-ingredient recipe). This fish could easily be served solo, atop a bed of greens or alongside rice or potatoes. Photo and recipe: Anetta / The Wanderlust Kitchen

RELATED: 7 Foolproof Ways to Cook Salmon (Recipes Included!)

Parchment Paper Recipes: Baked Fish in Parchment Paper

4. Baked Fish in Parchment Paper

Looking for a fish dish with sides baked right in? Turn to this satisfying baked fish recipe that includes tomatoes and zucchini. White wine is the magic ingredient that keeps everything juicy and deepens the flavors as it bakes. P.S. This recipe includes a helpful how-to video if you're still nervous about the method. Photo and recipe: Jaden Hair / Steamy Kitchen

Parchment Paper Recipes: Baked Tilapia with Radish

5. Baked Tilapia with Radish Recipe

This crazy-quick recipe is so simple you can whip together the relish while the fish is cooking. Tilapia may get a bad rap, but the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch program actually rates it as one of the best choices. Tilapia is a good source of lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. While the recipe calls for tilapia, feel free to swap for any other white fish. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Parchment Paper Recipes: Ginger Mango Chicken

6. Ginger Mango Chicken En Papillote

Mango, fresh ginger, jalapeno and cilantro infuse vibrant flavors into the chicken juices of this delicious en papillote dish. Use this recipe to prepare chicken tacos for an easy weeknight dinner that feels special. Since the chicken has so much flavor, you don’t need to add the typical fixings of cheese, salsa and guac, which can add calories. Photo and recipe: Emily Caruso / Jelly Toast

Read More
9 Easy Sheet Pan Recipes for Crazy Busy Weekdays
15 One-Pot Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners
9 Healthy Casserole Recipes to Make Once, Eat All Week

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6 Easy 20-Minute Parchment Paper Recipes

6 Easy 20-Minute Parchment Paper Recipes
When you want to sound like a Michelin-starred chef, but don't really want to put the work into "julienning" or cooking "sous vide," cooking "en papillote" is the way to go. That's French for, "No dishes to wash but still totally juicy, delicious and easy." Cooking en papillote is simply cooking in a parchment paper pouch. Creating a parchment paper packet keeps your ingredients — especially fish — from drying out and helps the flavors all marinate together. The best part is the easy cleanup: Simply unwrap the parchment paper and plate the food. Kids will enjoy unwrapping them like presents at the table. We decided to make things even more effortless and rounded up our favorite parchment packet recipes — ready in 20 minutes or less! RELATED: 9 Delicious Foil Packet Recipes to Pop on the Grill

6 Quick and Easy Parchment Paper Recipes

Parchment Paper Recipes: Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packs

1. Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packets

Dealing with picky eaters? This lemon garlic chicken recipe is perfect for people who don't love fish (even if the rest of the family is having fish en papillote), and the veggies can easily be swapped out for whatever's fresh and local. To keep things Whole 30- and Paleo-approved, we like enjoying this dish with cauliflower rice or zoodles. Photo and recipe: Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo Parchment Paper Recipes: Lemon Dill Salmon with Vegetables

2. Lemon Dill Salmon with Vegetables

When you're exhausted from work, the last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen. This easy and healthy salmon recipe gets dinner on the table in 20 minutes. Squash and zucchini can easily turn out bland, but when cooked en papillote with salmon, they're packed with flavor and not too soggy. Dill makes for the perfect finishing touch that's as pretty as it is delicious. Photo and recipe: Averie Sunshine / Averie Cooks Parchment Paper Recipes: Greek Fish En Papillote Recipe

3. Greek Fish en Papillote

Greek salad, meet fish fillet. This easy Greek fish en papillote recipe can be customized with the white fish of your choice. For an explosion of flavor, add dried herbs, lemon and of course, tomatoes and kalamata olives (skip the oregano sprigs to make it a true five-ingredient recipe). This fish could easily be served solo, atop a bed of greens or alongside rice or potatoes. Photo and recipe: Anetta / The Wanderlust Kitchen RELATED: 7 Foolproof Ways to Cook Salmon (Recipes Included!) Parchment Paper Recipes: Baked Fish in Parchment Paper

4. Baked Fish in Parchment Paper

Looking for a fish dish with sides baked right in? Turn to this satisfying baked fish recipe that includes tomatoes and zucchini. White wine is the magic ingredient that keeps everything juicy and deepens the flavors as it bakes. P.S. This recipe includes a helpful how-to video if you're still nervous about the method. Photo and recipe: Jaden Hair / Steamy Kitchen Parchment Paper Recipes: Baked Tilapia with Radish

5. Baked Tilapia with Radish Recipe

This crazy-quick recipe is so simple you can whip together the relish while the fish is cooking. Tilapia may get a bad rap, but the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch program actually rates it as one of the best choices. Tilapia is a good source of lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. While the recipe calls for tilapia, feel free to swap for any other white fish. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Parchment Paper Recipes: Ginger Mango Chicken

6. Ginger Mango Chicken En Papillote

Mango, fresh ginger, jalapeno and cilantro infuse vibrant flavors into the chicken juices of this delicious en papillote dish. Use this recipe to prepare chicken tacos for an easy weeknight dinner that feels special. Since the chicken has so much flavor, you don’t need to add the typical fixings of cheese, salsa and guac, which can add calories. Photo and recipe: Emily Caruso / Jelly Toast Read More 9 Easy Sheet Pan Recipes for Crazy Busy Weekdays 15 One-Pot Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners 9 Healthy Casserole Recipes to Make Once, Eat All Week

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13 Healthy Handmade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/holiday-handmade-gift-ideas/ Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:15:29 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63521 13 Healthy Handmade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

13 Healthy Handmade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

‘Tis the season for giving, and there’s no gift that keeps on giving like one that’s made with love and care. These healthy edible gifts will nourish with superfood ingredients, like Macadamia nuts, dark chocolate, goji berries and anti-inflammatory spices, while still feeling like a decadent treat. Whether you’re looking to gift a Paleo foodie friend, the vegan hostess with the mostest, or a co-worker who’s on a vanilla kick, we have something for every Secret Santa and white elephant on your list. Just make sure you know who’s nutty or spice! Check out these tasty handmade gift ideas.

RELATED: 11 Super-Easy Mason Jar Recipes for DIY Gifts

13 Heartwarming Handmade Gift Ideas

Handmade Gift Ideas: All-Natural Homemade Limoncello

1. Healthier Homemade Limoncello

When life gives you lemons…make limoncello! This classic Italian drink is perfect for infusing some holiday cheer in the dark days of winter. To prepare this yuletide drink, steep lemon peel in grain alcohol for at least 20 days before sweetening it with low-glycemic agave nectar and zero-calorie Stevia extract. Traditionally, limoncello is a post-dinner aperitif to help with digestion and served chilled. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Desserts with Benefits

RELATED: 7 Skinny Sangria Recipes to Make Happy Hour Sweeter

Handmade Gift Ideas: Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Star Cookies

2. Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Star Cookies

Attending a cookie swap? Bake a batch of these festive star cookies, made with ground almonds, vanilla powder, coconut sugar and cinnamon. The vegan-friendly treats also feature maple syrup to keep them moist and give them heartwarming flavor. Chia seeds substitute eggs to help bind the dry ingredients. We can’t think of a healthier handmade gift idea to wish for! Photo and recipe: Lynn Hoefer / Heavlynn Healthy

Handmade Gift Ideas: Paleo Cookie Mix in a Jar

3. Paleo Cookie Mix in a Jar

If Santa decided to go Paleo one day, he would approve of this gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix. A blend of almond meal and coconut flour boosts the cookies with healthy fats, protein and fiber, while infusing it with a sweet, nutty flavor. When it comes time to bake, all your gift recipient needs to do is add coconut oil and water. Prepare several batches a few days in advance of gifting and decorate the jars with ribbons and stickers. Enlist the help of your elves (aka your little ones). They’ll love to get on Santa’s “good” list! Photo and recipe: Megan Gilmore / Detoxinista

RELATED: 14 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories

Handmade Gift Ideas: Superfood Dark Chocolate

4. Superfood Chocolate Bark

Charlie Brown on Christmas once said, “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” We couldn’t agree more. In fact, we bet this dark chocolate bark will cure all holiday blues. Packed with goji berries, orange zest and mulberries, the tantalizing flavors will turn every Scrooge into a glowing Rudolph the Reindeer. Photo and recipe: McKel Hill / Nutrition Stripped

Handmade Gift Ideas: 10-Spice Mix

5. 10-Spice Mix Gift Jars

Spice mixes are expensive, so when you can save a friend major bucks and give them flavorful meals for life, it can only mean good karma. This Oh She Glows recipe calls for smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, onion powder, dried basil, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Store the spice mix in mini tea jars, tied with a bow. ‘Tis the seasoning! Photo and recipe: Angela Liddon / Oh She Glows

Handmade Gift Ideas: Homemade Vanilla Extract

6. Homemade Vanilla Extract

As the flavor base of many dishes, from desserts to overnight oats, a little vanilla goes a long way. And this small gift will, too. Simply cut vanilla beans in half and place them in each jar. Funnel in vodka, bourbon or your choice of alcohol and let the mixture sit for at least two weeks. Be sure to shake the jars occasionally. On the day of your party, hand these mini favors out to guests. Photo and recipe: Natasha Kravchuk / Natasha’s Kitchen

RELATED: 8 Healthier Hanukkah Recipes

Handmade Gift Ideas: Whole-Wheat Jelly Donuts

7. Baked Whole-Wheat Jelly Donuts

Latkes aren’t the only foods you can bring to a Hanukkah feast, though we love a potato pancake or two. These whole-wheat jelly donuts are a healthier take on sufganiyot (Jewish donuts), which are deep-fried in oil. Instead of frying them, this recipe blogger lightly brushes the donuts with coconut oil and then bakes them in the oven for eight to 10 minutes. Fill the donuts with a little jelly and finish off with a dusting of powdered sugar. Photo and recipe: Neta / Neta Cooks

Handmade Gift Ideas: Cranberry Holiday Jam

8. Cranberry Holiday Jam

Cranberries and pears are totally our jam, especially during the holidays. Seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest, this fruity spread is great with whole-grain muffins, oatmeal and just about anything a morning Grinch desires. Photo and recipe: Foolproof Preserving / Daniel J. van Ackere

Handmade Gift Ideas: Spiced Holiday Nuts

9. Spiced Holiday Nuts

Making spiced nuts at home is way easier and faster than making a shopping trip to a crowded mall to buy boxes of chocolate. In this simple recipe, you place nuts in a slow cooker with the spices and other ingredients. Let the nuts cook for about two hours, or until they're dry and the moisture from the spicy-and-sweet mixture are absorbed. Photo and recipe: Kelly Smith / The Nourishing Home

Handmade Gift Ideas: Peppermint Bark Popcorn

10. 5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark Popcorn with Toasted Coconut

If you’re looking for healthy party finger foods, popcorn makes a delicious whole-grain snack. The combination of toasted coconut, sea salt, dark chocolate and crushed candy cane will satisfy salty and sweet cravings with one handful. Prepare a big batch and wrap it in some parchment paper in a festive tin. Photo and recipe: Lisa Lin / Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Handmade Gift Ideas: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

11. Healthy Cookie Dough in a Mason Jar

This healthy dessert is made for the nutrition-conscious eater with a sweet tooth and a weakness for cookie dough. The good news is you just need five ingredients to prepare the mix: oat flour, salt, cinnamon, pecans and dark chocolate chips. In a note attached to the jar, remind your recipient to mix the dry ingredients with a banana, peanut butter and honey. Photo and recipe: Kylie Mitchell / Imma Eat That

RELATED: 12 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Handmade Gift Ideas: Holiday Chai Cranberry Nut Loaf

12. Holiday Chai Cranberry Nut Loaf Cake

When you combine the delicious spices of chai tea with dried cranberries and nuts, you get this heartwarming loaf. The comforting aroma of the spices is sure to ease the stress of the party planning for a busy hostess. Wrap it in parchment paper and tie it with a festive ribbon and poinsettia for a jolly touch. Photo and recipe: Ella Leche / Pure Ella

Handmade Gift Ideas: Flavored Salts

13. Flavored Salts

You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate this set of three flavored salts, which can also be individual stocking stuffers. Red wine sea salt pairs well with steak and veggies, while the rosemary lemon sea salt tastes great with baked chicken and fish. For someone who likes to kick the flavor up a bit, consider the Sriracha lime salt. Photo and recipe: Meredith Steele / Steele House Kitchen

Read More
9 Ways to Fight Holiday Bloat (and Still Enjoy Your Eggnog)
The Best DIY Holiday Gifts for Fitness Lovers
12 Vegan Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

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13 Healthy Handmade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

13 Healthy Handmade Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

‘Tis the season for giving, and there’s no gift that keeps on giving like one that’s made with love and care. These healthy edible gifts will nourish with superfood ingredients, like Macadamia nuts, dark chocolate, goji berries and anti-inflammatory spices, while still feeling like a decadent treat. Whether you’re looking to gift a Paleo foodie friend, the vegan hostess with the mostest, or a co-worker who’s on a vanilla kick, we have something for every Secret Santa and white elephant on your list. Just make sure you know who’s nutty or spice! Check out these tasty handmade gift ideas.

RELATED: 11 Super-Easy Mason Jar Recipes for DIY Gifts

13 Heartwarming Handmade Gift Ideas

Handmade Gift Ideas: All-Natural Homemade Limoncello

1. Healthier Homemade Limoncello

When life gives you lemons…make limoncello! This classic Italian drink is perfect for infusing some holiday cheer in the dark days of winter. To prepare this yuletide drink, steep lemon peel in grain alcohol for at least 20 days before sweetening it with low-glycemic agave nectar and zero-calorie Stevia extract. Traditionally, limoncello is a post-dinner aperitif to help with digestion and served chilled. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Desserts with Benefits

RELATED: 7 Skinny Sangria Recipes to Make Happy Hour Sweeter

Handmade Gift Ideas: Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Star Cookies

2. Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Star Cookies

Attending a cookie swap? Bake a batch of these festive star cookies, made with ground almonds, vanilla powder, coconut sugar and cinnamon. The vegan-friendly treats also feature maple syrup to keep them moist and give them heartwarming flavor. Chia seeds substitute eggs to help bind the dry ingredients. We can’t think of a healthier handmade gift idea to wish for! Photo and recipe: Lynn Hoefer / Heavlynn Healthy

Handmade Gift Ideas: Paleo Cookie Mix in a Jar

3. Paleo Cookie Mix in a Jar

If Santa decided to go Paleo one day, he would approve of this gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix. A blend of almond meal and coconut flour boosts the cookies with healthy fats, protein and fiber, while infusing it with a sweet, nutty flavor. When it comes time to bake, all your gift recipient needs to do is add coconut oil and water. Prepare several batches a few days in advance of gifting and decorate the jars with ribbons and stickers. Enlist the help of your elves (aka your little ones). They’ll love to get on Santa’s “good” list! Photo and recipe: Megan Gilmore / Detoxinista

RELATED: 14 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories

Handmade Gift Ideas: Superfood Dark Chocolate

4. Superfood Chocolate Bark

Charlie Brown on Christmas once said, “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” We couldn’t agree more. In fact, we bet this dark chocolate bark will cure all holiday blues. Packed with goji berries, orange zest and mulberries, the tantalizing flavors will turn every Scrooge into a glowing Rudolph the Reindeer. Photo and recipe: McKel Hill / Nutrition Stripped

Handmade Gift Ideas: 10-Spice Mix

5. 10-Spice Mix Gift Jars

Spice mixes are expensive, so when you can save a friend major bucks and give them flavorful meals for life, it can only mean good karma. This Oh She Glows recipe calls for smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, onion powder, dried basil, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Store the spice mix in mini tea jars, tied with a bow. ‘Tis the seasoning! Photo and recipe: Angela Liddon / Oh She Glows

Handmade Gift Ideas: Homemade Vanilla Extract

6. Homemade Vanilla Extract

As the flavor base of many dishes, from desserts to overnight oats, a little vanilla goes a long way. And this small gift will, too. Simply cut vanilla beans in half and place them in each jar. Funnel in vodka, bourbon or your choice of alcohol and let the mixture sit for at least two weeks. Be sure to shake the jars occasionally. On the day of your party, hand these mini favors out to guests. Photo and recipe: Natasha Kravchuk / Natasha’s Kitchen

RELATED: 8 Healthier Hanukkah Recipes

Handmade Gift Ideas: Whole-Wheat Jelly Donuts

7. Baked Whole-Wheat Jelly Donuts

Latkes aren’t the only foods you can bring to a Hanukkah feast, though we love a potato pancake or two. These whole-wheat jelly donuts are a healthier take on sufganiyot (Jewish donuts), which are deep-fried in oil. Instead of frying them, this recipe blogger lightly brushes the donuts with coconut oil and then bakes them in the oven for eight to 10 minutes. Fill the donuts with a little jelly and finish off with a dusting of powdered sugar. Photo and recipe: Neta / Neta Cooks

Handmade Gift Ideas: Cranberry Holiday Jam

8. Cranberry Holiday Jam

Cranberries and pears are totally our jam, especially during the holidays. Seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest, this fruity spread is great with whole-grain muffins, oatmeal and just about anything a morning Grinch desires. Photo and recipe: Foolproof Preserving / Daniel J. van Ackere

Handmade Gift Ideas: Spiced Holiday Nuts

9. Spiced Holiday Nuts

Making spiced nuts at home is way easier and faster than making a shopping trip to a crowded mall to buy boxes of chocolate. In this simple recipe, you place nuts in a slow cooker with the spices and other ingredients. Let the nuts cook for about two hours, or until they're dry and the moisture from the spicy-and-sweet mixture are absorbed. Photo and recipe: Kelly Smith / The Nourishing Home

Handmade Gift Ideas: Peppermint Bark Popcorn

10. 5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark Popcorn with Toasted Coconut

If you’re looking for healthy party finger foods, popcorn makes a delicious whole-grain snack. The combination of toasted coconut, sea salt, dark chocolate and crushed candy cane will satisfy salty and sweet cravings with one handful. Prepare a big batch and wrap it in some parchment paper in a festive tin. Photo and recipe: Lisa Lin / Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Handmade Gift Ideas: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

11. Healthy Cookie Dough in a Mason Jar

This healthy dessert is made for the nutrition-conscious eater with a sweet tooth and a weakness for cookie dough. The good news is you just need five ingredients to prepare the mix: oat flour, salt, cinnamon, pecans and dark chocolate chips. In a note attached to the jar, remind your recipient to mix the dry ingredients with a banana, peanut butter and honey. Photo and recipe: Kylie Mitchell / Imma Eat That

RELATED: 12 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Handmade Gift Ideas: Holiday Chai Cranberry Nut Loaf

12. Holiday Chai Cranberry Nut Loaf Cake

When you combine the delicious spices of chai tea with dried cranberries and nuts, you get this heartwarming loaf. The comforting aroma of the spices is sure to ease the stress of the party planning for a busy hostess. Wrap it in parchment paper and tie it with a festive ribbon and poinsettia for a jolly touch. Photo and recipe: Ella Leche / Pure Ella

Handmade Gift Ideas: Flavored Salts

13. Flavored Salts

You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate this set of three flavored salts, which can also be individual stocking stuffers. Red wine sea salt pairs well with steak and veggies, while the rosemary lemon sea salt tastes great with baked chicken and fish. For someone who likes to kick the flavor up a bit, consider the Sriracha lime salt. Photo and recipe: Meredith Steele / Steele House Kitchen

Read More 9 Ways to Fight Holiday Bloat (and Still Enjoy Your Eggnog) The Best DIY Holiday Gifts for Fitness Lovers 12 Vegan Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

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3-Ingredient Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/vegan-matcha-latte-recipe/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:15:45 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63613 Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63615" align="alignnone" width="620"]3-Ingredient Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Matcha lattes are taking over coffee shops, and don’t show any signs of stopping. The antioxidant-rich, green-hued drink makes it a cheery drink for the holidays — and every day. But if you want to curb your latte-spending addiction and avoid hidden sugars in cafe drinks, this matcha latte takes less than five minutes to make and requires just three ingredients. Although matcha has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, it'll energize you — without those java jitters. Matcha also contains L-theanine, which has been shown to promote relaxation and combats stress. Win-win!

RELATED: 17 Amazing Matcha Recipes You’ll Drool Over

3-Ingredient Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon matcha powder
2 drops liquid stevia
1 tablespoon hot water
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. In a coffee mug, combine matcha powder, stevia and water. Using a bamboo or metal whisk, mix the powder until it has completely dissolved.
  2. Pour the almond milk into a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  3. With the metal whisk or a handheld milk frother, whisk the almond milk into a nice froth. Alternatively, you can also steam the almond milk using your espresso machine.
  4. Pour the almond milk into the mug and stir. Enjoy!

[caption id="attachment_63616" align="alignnone" width="620"]3-Ingredient Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

Want to step up your latte game? Get more delicious superfood latte recipes here.

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Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63615" align="alignnone" width="620"]3-Ingredient Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] Matcha lattes are taking over coffee shops, and don’t show any signs of stopping. The antioxidant-rich, green-hued drink makes it a cheery drink for the holidays — and every day. But if you want to curb your latte-spending addiction and avoid hidden sugars in cafe drinks, this matcha latte takes less than five minutes to make and requires just three ingredients. Although matcha has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, it'll energize you — without those java jitters. Matcha also contains L-theanine, which has been shown to promote relaxation and combats stress. Win-win! RELATED: 17 Amazing Matcha Recipes You’ll Drool Over

3-Ingredient Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe

Makes 1 serving Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon matcha powder 2 drops liquid stevia 1 tablespoon hot water 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. In a coffee mug, combine matcha powder, stevia and water. Using a bamboo or metal whisk, mix the powder until it has completely dissolved.
  2. Pour the almond milk into a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  3. With the metal whisk or a handheld milk frother, whisk the almond milk into a nice froth. Alternatively, you can also steam the almond milk using your espresso machine.
  4. Pour the almond milk into the mug and stir. Enjoy!
[caption id="attachment_63616" align="alignnone" width="620"]3-Ingredient Vegan Matcha Latte Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

Want to step up your latte game? Get more delicious superfood latte recipes here.

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Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Stuffing Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/gluten-free-acorn-squash-stuffing-recipe/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:15:03 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63517 Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Stuffing Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63591" align="alignnone" width="620"]Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Stuffing Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for anyone on a restrictive diet, since just about every comfort food dish on the menu has meat, butter, cream or gluten. But this delicious stuffing recipe is the exception the rule. Made with gluten-free bread, mushrooms, dried cranberries and loads of herbs, the stuffing is the perfect choice for guests who are gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan. Moist in the middle with a crunchy crust, it might just outshine the turkey itself. Serve this dish as a Thanksgiving side and top with gravy or cranberry sauce!

RELATED: 17 Quick and Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Stuffing Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 1 hour

Ingredients

2 acorn squash
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
7 ounces chestnut mushrooms, diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups stale gluten-free bread cubes (if the bread is fresh, bake it in the oven for 15 minutes)
1 cup vegetable stock
2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut the acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and drizzle the insides of each with olive oil.
  3. In a skillet, heat one teaspoon of olive oil on medium, and then add the diced onions, celery, garlic and mushrooms. Season them with salt and pepper. Sauté the veggies for approximately 10 minutes until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms have softened.
  4. Add the bread cubes to a bowl along with the cooked veggies, vegetable stock, herbs and dried cranberries. Stir them until well combined.
  5. Place the acorn halves on a baking dish and fill each with the stuffing mixture.
  6. Cover the entire baking dish in tin foil and bake them in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the flesh of the squash is tender. Remove the tin foil and bake for a few more minutes uncovered until the top of the stuffing is golden in color. Sprinkle each acorn half with the chopped parsley before serving.

The Skinny

Want more delicious squash recipes? Try these flavorful butternut squash recipes.

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Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Stuffing Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63591" align="alignnone" width="620"]Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Stuffing Recipe Photo: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for anyone on a restrictive diet, since just about every comfort food dish on the menu has meat, butter, cream or gluten. But this delicious stuffing recipe is the exception the rule. Made with gluten-free bread, mushrooms, dried cranberries and loads of herbs, the stuffing is the perfect choice for guests who are gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan. Moist in the middle with a crunchy crust, it might just outshine the turkey itself. Serve this dish as a Thanksgiving side and top with gravy or cranberry sauce!

RELATED: 17 Quick and Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Stuffing Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 1 hour

Ingredients

2 acorn squash 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 onion, diced 2 sticks celery, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 7 ounces chestnut mushrooms, diced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 cups stale gluten-free bread cubes (if the bread is fresh, bake it in the oven for 15 minutes) 1 cup vegetable stock 2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely chopped 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut the acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and drizzle the insides of each with olive oil.
  3. In a skillet, heat one teaspoon of olive oil on medium, and then add the diced onions, celery, garlic and mushrooms. Season them with salt and pepper. Sauté the veggies for approximately 10 minutes until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms have softened.
  4. Add the bread cubes to a bowl along with the cooked veggies, vegetable stock, herbs and dried cranberries. Stir them until well combined.
  5. Place the acorn halves on a baking dish and fill each with the stuffing mixture.
  6. Cover the entire baking dish in tin foil and bake them in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the flesh of the squash is tender. Remove the tin foil and bake for a few more minutes uncovered until the top of the stuffing is golden in color. Sprinkle each acorn half with the chopped parsley before serving.

The Skinny

Want more delicious squash recipes? Try these flavorful butternut squash recipes.

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Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/vegan-no-bake-pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:15:14 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63389 Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63390" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe Photo: Alyssa and Maria Tosoni / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

This holiday season, whipping up a pumpkin dessert just got easier and healthier. In this vegan-friendly pumpkin cheesecake recipe, we keep the crust gluten-free with pecans, almond flour and dates. And the secret to preparing the deliciously smooth pumpkin filling? Vegan cream cheese (such as cashew or almond cream cheese). Warm fall spices, like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, enhance the flavor of the dessert, so you don’t need much sweetener. The best part: There’s no baking at all, so you can save more room in the oven for the turkey and other sides. Your vegan and Paleo guests aren’t the only ones that’ll thank you for this guilt-free treat. Even your dairy-eating friends will love it, too!

RELATED: 7 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes Under 200 Calories

Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

For the crust:
3/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 heaping cup soft pitted dates
Dash of sea salt

For the filling: 
8 ounces vegan cream cheese (such as Kite Hill) or cashew cream cheese (see below)
1 (15-ounce) can organic pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

For the topping:
1 can organic coconut cream

Instructions

  1. Add the pecans, almond flour and cinnamon to a food processor or high-speed blender and pulse the mixture a few times until the pecans are broken down.
  2. Add the coconut oil, dates and sea salt, and process the ingredients until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Grease the bottom of a seven-inch springform pan, and then press the dough into the bottom of the pan until it’s even.
  4. Rinse out the blender and add all of the filling ingredients. Blend the ingredients on low until they’re well-combined.
  5. Pour the filling into the pan, cover and set it in the freezer for at least three hours.
  6. Allow the cheesecake to thaw slightly before serving. Top the cheesecake with dollops of coconut cream. Store leftovers in the freezer.

Cashew Cream Cheese Recipe

  1. Soak 1 1/2 cups of cashews in water for at least four hours.
  2. Drain the cashews and add them to a food processor or blender with two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice and a dash of sea salt.
  3. Process the cashews until they’re smooth and creamy. Add a tablespoon of water if you need to thin it out.

[caption id="attachment_63393" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe Photo: Alyssa and Maria Tosoni / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny


Want more meal ideas for canned pumpkin? Check out these delicious and healthy pumpkin recipes.

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Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63390" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe Photo: Alyssa and Maria Tosoni / Life by Daily Burn[/caption] This holiday season, whipping up a pumpkin dessert just got easier and healthier. In this vegan-friendly pumpkin cheesecake recipe, we keep the crust gluten-free with pecans, almond flour and dates. And the secret to preparing the deliciously smooth pumpkin filling? Vegan cream cheese (such as cashew or almond cream cheese). Warm fall spices, like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, enhance the flavor of the dessert, so you don’t need much sweetener. The best part: There’s no baking at all, so you can save more room in the oven for the turkey and other sides. Your vegan and Paleo guests aren’t the only ones that’ll thank you for this guilt-free treat. Even your dairy-eating friends will love it, too! RELATED: 7 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes Under 200 Calories

Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

For the crust: 3/4 cup pecans 1/4 cup almond flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/2 heaping cup soft pitted dates Dash of sea salt

For the filling:  8 ounces vegan cream cheese (such as Kite Hill) or cashew cream cheese (see below) 1 (15-ounce) can organic pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

For the topping: 1 can organic coconut cream

Instructions

  1. Add the pecans, almond flour and cinnamon to a food processor or high-speed blender and pulse the mixture a few times until the pecans are broken down.
  2. Add the coconut oil, dates and sea salt, and process the ingredients until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Grease the bottom of a seven-inch springform pan, and then press the dough into the bottom of the pan until it’s even.
  4. Rinse out the blender and add all of the filling ingredients. Blend the ingredients on low until they’re well-combined.
  5. Pour the filling into the pan, cover and set it in the freezer for at least three hours.
  6. Allow the cheesecake to thaw slightly before serving. Top the cheesecake with dollops of coconut cream. Store leftovers in the freezer.

Cashew Cream Cheese Recipe

  1. Soak 1 1/2 cups of cashews in water for at least four hours.
  2. Drain the cashews and add them to a food processor or blender with two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice and a dash of sea salt.
  3. Process the cashews until they’re smooth and creamy. Add a tablespoon of water if you need to thin it out.
[caption id="attachment_63393" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe Photo: Alyssa and Maria Tosoni / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

The Skinny

Want more meal ideas for canned pumpkin? Check out these delicious and healthy pumpkin recipes.

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12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-peanut-butter-recipes/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:15:03 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63320 12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet

12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet

Everybody's favorite legume often gets outshined in the health food world by trendier picks like almond and cashew butter. And thanks to the rising rates of food allergies among adults and peanuts being a top allergen, many people are wary about eating peanut butter. But for those of us who are able to enjoy the complex flavors of peanut butter and relish its smooth texture, it’s one of the most versatile ingredients. You can enjoy it in a sandwich, overnight oats and even as part of a salad dressing. Here are some of our favorite peanut butter recipes in both classic and totally unexpected new ways.

RELATED: 11 Healthy PB2 Recipes for Peanut Butter Lovers

12 Irresistible Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut Butter Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Chocolate peanut butter overnight oats sound (and taste) so much more indulgent than the ingredients really are. The chocolate flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder, so the only sweetener is a little maple syrup, honey, or your choice to taste. Pro tip: If you're using natural peanut butter that's difficult to stir, blend the peanut butter and other wet ingredients in a blender first before mixing in the oats and remaining dry ingredients. Photo and recipe: Cassie Johnston / Wholefully

Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Recipe

2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

Save your money and skip the Whole Foods bulk aisle. You can easily make a big batch of tasty peanut butter and jelly granola to top oatmeal, yogurt, salads or enjoy straight up. This recipe is super-easy to make and calls for a few basic ingredients: peanut butter, rolled oats, salted peanuts, raisins, cranberries, oat bran and salt. Then, just mix and bake! Photo and recipe: Averie Sunshine / Averie Cooks

Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins Recipe

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Muffins

Turn the childhood favorite into a more nutritious, fiber-rich meal with this PB&J muffin recipe. White whole-wheat flour ups the fiber and protein content, while bananas help reduce the amount of added sugar you need. Instead of sugary-sweet jam here, you'll find fresh chopped strawberries. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 14 Banana Recipes Beyond the Typical Baked Goods

Peanut Butter Recipes: Vegan Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers Recipe

4. Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers

Even vegans cave to cravings sometimes. And if you're anything like us, those moments of weakness are at the junk food aisle staring at packages of peanut butter and cheese cracker sandwiches. So how do you make cheese crackers vegan? Nutritional yeast is the star ingredient, infusing an intensely savory flavor, into the crackers without the dairy, gluten or guilt. Photo and recipe: Dana Shultz / Minimalist Baker

Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter Cups Protein Bites Recipe

5. Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bites

Reese's cups just got a major healthy upgrade! We love that this protein ball recipe satisfies your sweet tooth and packs nearly 11 grams of protein (thanks to the protein powder and quinoa) and over seven grams of fiber per serving. Plus it's so easy to make: Just mix, roll and enjoy. The hardest part is sticking to two balls per serving! Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn

Peanut Butter Recipes: Thai Chicken Wraps Bistro Box

6. Thai Chicken Wrap Bistro Boxes

Here’s some food for thought: Instead of making a pitstop at Starbucks for a quick lunch or snack, meal prep this bistro-inspired box at home. The sauce pairs salty-sweet peanut butter with other classic Asian ingredients, including Sriracha for an unexpected kick of heat. This recipe also packs in tons of veggies, including vitamin C-rich red peppers. Photo and recipe: Layla Atick / Gimme Delicious Food

RELATED: 6 Healthy Bento Boxes Better Than Starbucks

Peanut Butter Recipes: Sweet and Spicy Cold Peanut Noodles Recipe

7. Sweet and Spicy Cold Peanut Noodles

Cold peanut noodles are the ideal meal when you’re really pinched for time (under 15 minutes and no stove required!). You can throw this dish together faster than you can assemble that same old ho-hum sandwich. This take on the classic is at least half veggies, which we love for their fiber and the vitamins they add. Photo and recipe: Ana Stanciu / Hello Glow

Peanut Butter Recipes: Chili Sesame Zoodles Recipe

8. Spicy Sesame Zoodles with Crispy Tofu

Want to make your cold peanut noodles just a little heartier? Enter: Crispy, spicy fried tofu in this take on spicy sesame zoodles. Using zoodles instead of noodles boosts the fiber and nutrition of the dish without needing to add other veggies. The peanut butter chili paste brings the dish to life with a touch of sweetness and spiciness. You’ll crave this dish on late nights more than your usual take-out. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Ostrom / Pinch of Yum

Peanut Butter Recipes: Mango Peanut Tempeh Tacos Recipe

9. Mango Peanut Tempeh Tacos

This colorfully bright and delicious taco recipe works with any protein as a base because the star is really the toppings — especially the coconut peanut sauce. Sriracha adds a bit of spice to the sauce, while mango makes for the perfect sweet addition. Photo and recipe: Jeanine Donofrio / Love & Lemons

RELATED: 12 Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes That Beat Takeout

Peanut Butter Recipes: Skinny Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

10. Skinny Chicken Peanut Stew

Peanut butter in soup might sound like a strange twist, but it adds a surprising amount of depth to the flavor of the soup, not to mention creaminess and extra heartiness. This stew is also chock-full of veggies and spices to make it even more satisfying. Prepare a big batch to enjoy it throughout the week. Photo and recipe: Anetta / The Wanderlust Kitchen

Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles Recipe

11. Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles

While chocolate and peanut butter are the classic dessert combo, peanut butter's other BFF, jelly, can actually carry her weight in the sweets department, too. We love these peanut butter and jelly popsicles, which offer a more refreshing option for a post-dinner treat. They feature wholesome ingredients, like yogurt, honey, fresh raspberries and sesame seeds. Plus, they're just 200 calories per serving with eight grams of protein. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Peanut Butter Recipes: Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

12. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

These "cookie dough" bites are technically baked, but that makes them so much better, because baked equals warm ooey-gooey chocolate chips. They're also naturally grain free, as they're made with chickpeas (yes, actual chickpeas — not chickpea flour). They come out to right around 100 calories per serving, which makes for a perfect last bite before bedtime. Photo and recipe: Erin Dooner / Texanerin Baking

Read More
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10 Irresistible Protein Cookie Recipes
12 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes

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12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet

12 Crave-Worthy Peanut Butter Recipes You Haven’t Tried Yet
Everybody's favorite legume often gets outshined in the health food world by trendier picks like almond and cashew butter. And thanks to the rising rates of food allergies among adults and peanuts being a top allergen, many people are wary about eating peanut butter. But for those of us who are able to enjoy the complex flavors of peanut butter and relish its smooth texture, it’s one of the most versatile ingredients. You can enjoy it in a sandwich, overnight oats and even as part of a salad dressing. Here are some of our favorite peanut butter recipes in both classic and totally unexpected new ways. RELATED: 11 Healthy PB2 Recipes for Peanut Butter Lovers

12 Irresistible Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut Butter Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Chocolate peanut butter overnight oats sound (and taste) so much more indulgent than the ingredients really are. The chocolate flavor comes from unsweetened cocoa powder, so the only sweetener is a little maple syrup, honey, or your choice to taste. Pro tip: If you're using natural peanut butter that's difficult to stir, blend the peanut butter and other wet ingredients in a blender first before mixing in the oats and remaining dry ingredients. Photo and recipe: Cassie Johnston / Wholefully Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Recipe

2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

Save your money and skip the Whole Foods bulk aisle. You can easily make a big batch of tasty peanut butter and jelly granola to top oatmeal, yogurt, salads or enjoy straight up. This recipe is super-easy to make and calls for a few basic ingredients: peanut butter, rolled oats, salted peanuts, raisins, cranberries, oat bran and salt. Then, just mix and bake! Photo and recipe: Averie Sunshine / Averie Cooks Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins Recipe

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Muffins

Turn the childhood favorite into a more nutritious, fiber-rich meal with this PB&J muffin recipe. White whole-wheat flour ups the fiber and protein content, while bananas help reduce the amount of added sugar you need. Instead of sugary-sweet jam here, you'll find fresh chopped strawberries. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 14 Banana Recipes Beyond the Typical Baked Goods Peanut Butter Recipes: Vegan Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers Recipe

4. Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers

Even vegans cave to cravings sometimes. And if you're anything like us, those moments of weakness are at the junk food aisle staring at packages of peanut butter and cheese cracker sandwiches. So how do you make cheese crackers vegan? Nutritional yeast is the star ingredient, infusing an intensely savory flavor, into the crackers without the dairy, gluten or guilt. Photo and recipe: Dana Shultz / Minimalist Baker Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter Cups Protein Bites Recipe

5. Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bites

Reese's cups just got a major healthy upgrade! We love that this protein ball recipe satisfies your sweet tooth and packs nearly 11 grams of protein (thanks to the protein powder and quinoa) and over seven grams of fiber per serving. Plus it's so easy to make: Just mix, roll and enjoy. The hardest part is sticking to two balls per serving! Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn Peanut Butter Recipes: Thai Chicken Wraps Bistro Box

6. Thai Chicken Wrap Bistro Boxes

Here’s some food for thought: Instead of making a pitstop at Starbucks for a quick lunch or snack, meal prep this bistro-inspired box at home. The sauce pairs salty-sweet peanut butter with other classic Asian ingredients, including Sriracha for an unexpected kick of heat. This recipe also packs in tons of veggies, including vitamin C-rich red peppers. Photo and recipe: Layla Atick / Gimme Delicious Food RELATED: 6 Healthy Bento Boxes Better Than Starbucks Peanut Butter Recipes: Sweet and Spicy Cold Peanut Noodles Recipe

7. Sweet and Spicy Cold Peanut Noodles

Cold peanut noodles are the ideal meal when you’re really pinched for time (under 15 minutes and no stove required!). You can throw this dish together faster than you can assemble that same old ho-hum sandwich. This take on the classic is at least half veggies, which we love for their fiber and the vitamins they add. Photo and recipe: Ana Stanciu / Hello Glow Peanut Butter Recipes: Chili Sesame Zoodles Recipe

8. Spicy Sesame Zoodles with Crispy Tofu

Want to make your cold peanut noodles just a little heartier? Enter: Crispy, spicy fried tofu in this take on spicy sesame zoodles. Using zoodles instead of noodles boosts the fiber and nutrition of the dish without needing to add other veggies. The peanut butter chili paste brings the dish to life with a touch of sweetness and spiciness. You’ll crave this dish on late nights more than your usual take-out. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Ostrom / Pinch of Yum Peanut Butter Recipes: Mango Peanut Tempeh Tacos Recipe

9. Mango Peanut Tempeh Tacos

This colorfully bright and delicious taco recipe works with any protein as a base because the star is really the toppings — especially the coconut peanut sauce. Sriracha adds a bit of spice to the sauce, while mango makes for the perfect sweet addition. Photo and recipe: Jeanine Donofrio / Love & Lemons RELATED: 12 Delicious Asian-Inspired Recipes That Beat Takeout Peanut Butter Recipes: Skinny Chicken Peanut Stew Recipe

10. Skinny Chicken Peanut Stew

Peanut butter in soup might sound like a strange twist, but it adds a surprising amount of depth to the flavor of the soup, not to mention creaminess and extra heartiness. This stew is also chock-full of veggies and spices to make it even more satisfying. Prepare a big batch to enjoy it throughout the week. Photo and recipe: Anetta / The Wanderlust Kitchen Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles Recipe

11. Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles

While chocolate and peanut butter are the classic dessert combo, peanut butter's other BFF, jelly, can actually carry her weight in the sweets department, too. We love these peanut butter and jelly popsicles, which offer a more refreshing option for a post-dinner treat. They feature wholesome ingredients, like yogurt, honey, fresh raspberries and sesame seeds. Plus, they're just 200 calories per serving with eight grams of protein. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Peanut Butter Recipes: Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

12. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

These "cookie dough" bites are technically baked, but that makes them so much better, because baked equals warm ooey-gooey chocolate chips. They're also naturally grain free, as they're made with chickpeas (yes, actual chickpeas — not chickpea flour). They come out to right around 100 calories per serving, which makes for a perfect last bite before bedtime. Photo and recipe: Erin Dooner / Texanerin Baking Read More 21 Protein Powder Recipes for Chocolate Lovers 10 Irresistible Protein Cookie Recipes 12 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes

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Vegan Baked Chickpea Pie Recipe https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/baked-chickpea-pie-recipe/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:15:23 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63223 Baked Chickpea Pie with Onions Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63229" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Baked Chickpea Pie with Onions Recipe Photo: Courtesy of Rosalba Gioffre[/caption]

Recipe by Rosalba Gioffre, author of Vegano Italiano

Your Paleo and gluten-free dinner guests will appreciate this chickpea pie like no other. Baked to a thin, crunchy crust, this protein- and fiber-rich dish is made with simple, yet flavorful ingredients. All you need is chickpea flour, sweet red onions, fresh thyme and oil. It doesn’t get any easier than that. In Livorno, Italy, they put a piece of this pie on bread and call it Five and Five, because once upon a time, bread and chickpea pie used to cost five cents each. Perfect for the holiday dinners, baked chickpea pie is best when eaten piping hot.

RELATED: 10 Sweet and Savory Pie Recipes Your Guests Will Devour

Vegan Baked Chickpea Pie Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan
3 cups cold water
2 cups chickpea flour
Salt
2 sweet red onions
Leaves from a few sprigs of thyme
Peanut oil, for frying and the baking pan
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a 9" by 13" baking pan.
  2. Slowly add the cold water to the chickpea flour to a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk to stop lumps from forming. Add the oil and a pinch of salt. Leave the mixture to rest for about an hour, allowing the foam that formed on the surface to dissolve.
  3. In the meantime, peel the onions and cut them into rings. Heat oil in a medium skillet and fry them in the hot oil until they’re golden brown.
  4. Remove the onions with a skimmer, leave them to dry on paper towels, and then sprinkle with some salt.
  5. Pour the chickpea flour mixture into the prepared baking pan, then layer the fried onion on top along with the thyme. Bake the pie until it turns a nice golden color. This will take around 25 minutes. Serve with a good sprinkle of pepper on top — it goes great. If you want to enhance this pie even more, add some pitted olives.

The Skinny
 

Want more holiday recipe inspiration? Bake up these healthier holiday cookies for family and friends.

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Baked Chickpea Pie with Onions Recipe

[caption id="attachment_63229" align="alignnone" width="620"]Vegan Baked Chickpea Pie with Onions Recipe Photo: Courtesy of Rosalba Gioffre[/caption] Recipe by Rosalba Gioffre, author of Vegano Italiano Your Paleo and gluten-free dinner guests will appreciate this chickpea pie like no other. Baked to a thin, crunchy crust, this protein- and fiber-rich dish is made with simple, yet flavorful ingredients. All you need is chickpea flour, sweet red onions, fresh thyme and oil. It doesn’t get any easier than that. In Livorno, Italy, they put a piece of this pie on bread and call it Five and Five, because once upon a time, bread and chickpea pie used to cost five cents each. Perfect for the holiday dinners, baked chickpea pie is best when eaten piping hot. RELATED: 10 Sweet and Savory Pie Recipes Your Guests Will Devour

Vegan Baked Chickpea Pie Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan 3 cups cold water 2 cups chickpea flour Salt 2 sweet red onions Leaves from a few sprigs of thyme Peanut oil, for frying and the baking pan Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a 9" by 13" baking pan.
  2. Slowly add the cold water to the chickpea flour to a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk to stop lumps from forming. Add the oil and a pinch of salt. Leave the mixture to rest for about an hour, allowing the foam that formed on the surface to dissolve.
  3. In the meantime, peel the onions and cut them into rings. Heat oil in a medium skillet and fry them in the hot oil until they’re golden brown.
  4. Remove the onions with a skimmer, leave them to dry on paper towels, and then sprinkle with some salt.
  5. Pour the chickpea flour mixture into the prepared baking pan, then layer the fried onion on top along with the thyme. Bake the pie until it turns a nice golden color. This will take around 25 minutes. Serve with a good sprinkle of pepper on top — it goes great. If you want to enhance this pie even more, add some pitted olives.

The Skinny  

Want more holiday recipe inspiration? Bake up these healthier holiday cookies for family and friends.

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Not a Fan of Pasta? 10 Carb-Loading Meals for Runners https://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/carb-loading-meals-runners/ Sat, 04 Nov 2017 13:15:15 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63096 Not a Fan of Pasta? 10 Carb-Loading Meals for Runners

Not a Fan of Pasta? 10 Carb-Loading Meals for Runners

For most runners, the days leading up to a big race involve picking up your bibs, choosing what clothes to wear, and indulging in giant bowls of pasta. But if you’re following a gluten-free diet or aren't a fan of noodles, there are plenty of quality carbs that’ll fuel your muscles past the finish line.

“Brown rice, other grains and even whole-wheat pasta are great alternatives. But there’s nothing wrong with regular white pasta as long as you make it a well-rounded meal with a protein source, like chicken, ground beef or turkey,” says Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD, a sports nutrition counselor, and author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook.“ Whatever you choose, look for a balance of carbs to fuel your muscles, and protein to build and repair the muscles,” Clark says.

RELATED: Carb Loading for Runners: How to Prep for Race Day

A Quick Runner’s Guide to Carb Loading

Fruits and veggies are excellent sources of carbohydrates, but to avoid gastric distress on race day, space them out in your diet. Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, owner of Active Eating Advice and co-author of Run Your Butt Off, says, “I recommend increasing carbs slightly at every meal three days prior to an event or long training run.” Bonci says to add one serving of carbs to each meal, like a half cup of rice, fruit or a slice of bread. She also recommends eating salty foods, like soy sauce or pickles, to help replenish your sodium levels. With that said, here are 10 carb-loading meals to enjoy a week before your race.

RELATED: 50 Running Resources for Speed, Strength and Nutrition

10 Healthy Pasta Alternatives to Carb Load Pre-Race

Carb Loading Meals for Runners: Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

1. Quinoa Pilaf

In addition to being gluten-free, quinoa is high in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium and protein. To ensure that it’s packed with flavor, cook it with chicken or vegetable broth instead of water, as this recipe suggests. Peppering some carrots, red peppers and other veggies in the ancient grains gives it more antioxidant power, while keeping you fuller longer. Photo and recipe: Kathi and Rachel Kirk / Laughing Spatula

Carb Loading Meals: Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe

2. Oven-Baked Chicken and Rice

As basic as it sounds, you can't go wrong with chicken and rice, two classic staples for a wholesome meal. But this perfect combination of carbs and protein is made tastier with garlic, chicken broth and flavorful spices, like paprika, thyme, garlic powder and onion powder. Photo and recipe: Nagi / RecipeTin Eats

Carb Loading Meal: Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Spinach Recipe

3. Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Spinach

Barley is a lesser-known whole grain that's packed with B vitamins and magnesium and has a similar hearty texture as pasta. Made with dry white wine, a little butter and chicken stock, this delicious barley risotto is a healthier alternative to fettuccine Alfredo, while still tasting indulgent. Spinach and cremini mushrooms provide Popeye-superpower strength to carry you through each leg of the race. Photo and recipe: Erin Clarke / Well Plated

RELATED: 9 Nourishing Buddha Bowl Recipes

Carb Loading Meals for Runners: Salmon and Potatoes Foil Packets Recipe

4. Salmon and Potato Foil Packets

What's the next best comfort food to pasta? Potatoes, which are another favorite of runners. In this dish, they're paired with omega-3-loaded salmon for a balanced meal that'll fuel and repair your muscles. Bonus: These foil packets cook in just 30 minutes, and you can prep them ahead to make post-run meals a breeze. The last thing you want to do after a run is chop, cook and clean. Photo and recipe: Averie Sunshine / Averie Cooks

Carb-Loading Meals for Runners: Roasted Vegetable Whole-Wheat Pizza Recipe

5. Roasted Vegetable Whole-Wheat Pizza

If you go the homemade route and use a light hand on the cheese, pizza is just what the marathon gods ordered. In this vegetarian-friendly recipe, top a whole-wheat crust with roasted artichoke hearts, mushrooms, caramelized onions, red peppers and eggplant. If you don't have time to prepare the dough, opt for whole-wheat pita bread or tortillas. Photo and recipe: Sally / Sally’s Baking Addiction

Carb Loading Meals: Steak and Avocado Roasted Sweet Potato Bowls Recipe

6. Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls

These super filling bowls are a real treat after a hard training run. Sweet potatoes are give runners the extra push they need by fueling their bodies with muscle-loving carbs, vitamin A and fiber. And if you want a larger boost of protein, steak is the way to go. (You've earned those calories!) In this recipe, a soy sauce-ginger marinade infuses the steak with mouthwatering flavor, while the avocado-cilantro dressing rounds out the tastes and the meal with healthy fats. Photo and recipe: Kristin Porter / Iowa Girl Eats

RELATED: 9 Healthy Steak Recipes to Beef Up Your Dinners

Carb-Loading Meals for Runners: Mediterranean Farro Salad Recipe

7. Mediterranean Farro Salad

If you love a good Greek salad, this Mediterranean-inspired farro bowl is for you. Brimming with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, olives and artichoke hearts, you’ll get an array of essential vitamins and nutrients. The lemon vinaigrette ties all the ingredients together with tangy red wine vinegar and oregano. Photo and recipe: Elena Tomasi / As Easy As Apple Pie

Carb Loading Meals: Vegetable Fried Brown Rice Recipe

8. Vegetable Fried Brown Rice

Don’t let the word “fried” fool you! You use only a little coconut oil and some eggs to fry the brown rice. To save time in the kitchen, we suggest defrosting a bag of mixed vegetables during the day and then steaming them. This fried rice dish is perfect with everything, but we like eating it with salmon, chicken or steak. Photo and recipe: Aggie Goodman / Aggie’s Kitchen

Carb Loading Meals: Broccoli and Bell Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

9. Broccoli and Bell Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are another versatile dinner option that can be packed with carbs and key nutrients. And the great thing is you can prepare them just about any way you like them. Here, we cook broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini and chicken thighs in a large wok, and then dressed them in a honey and ginger sauce. Enjoy this dish with a side of rice, and you’ve got all your pre-race nutrition bases covered. Photo and recipe: Natalie Gruendl / Tastes Lovely

RELATED: 8 Quick Stir-Fry Recipes for Healthy Weeknight Dinners

Carb-Loading Meals for Runners: Almond Parsley Pesto and Asparagus Freekah Recipe

10. Almond Parsley Pesto Asparagus Freekeh

This dish is freakin’ good thanks to freekeh, a nutty-tasting grain, that pairs well with the almond pesto and garlicky asparagus. We guarantee this recipe will satisfy your runger needs, but it will be tough to keep leftovers! Be sure to make extra to enjoy throughout the week and share with your running buddy. Photo and recipe: Gaby Dalkin / What’s Gaby Cooking

Read More
How to Tame Your Runger (aka Running Hunger)
Inside Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s Run Fast. Eat Slow
Carb Cycling: Should I Match My Diet to My Workouts?

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Not a Fan of Pasta? 10 Carb-Loading Meals for Runners

Not a Fan of Pasta? 10 Carb-Loading Meals for Runners
For most runners, the days leading up to a big race involve picking up your bibs, choosing what clothes to wear, and indulging in giant bowls of pasta. But if you’re following a gluten-free diet or aren't a fan of noodles, there are plenty of quality carbs that’ll fuel your muscles past the finish line. “Brown rice, other grains and even whole-wheat pasta are great alternatives. But there’s nothing wrong with regular white pasta as long as you make it a well-rounded meal with a protein source, like chicken, ground beef or turkey,” says Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD, a sports nutrition counselor, and author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook.“ Whatever you choose, look for a balance of carbs to fuel your muscles, and protein to build and repair the muscles,” Clark says. RELATED: Carb Loading for Runners: How to Prep for Race Day

A Quick Runner’s Guide to Carb Loading

Fruits and veggies are excellent sources of carbohydrates, but to avoid gastric distress on race day, space them out in your diet. Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, owner of Active Eating Advice and co-author of Run Your Butt Off, says, “I recommend increasing carbs slightly at every meal three days prior to an event or long training run.” Bonci says to add one serving of carbs to each meal, like a half cup of rice, fruit or a slice of bread. She also recommends eating salty foods, like soy sauce or pickles, to help replenish your sodium levels. With that said, here are 10 carb-loading meals to enjoy a week before your race. RELATED: 50 Running Resources for Speed, Strength and Nutrition

10 Healthy Pasta Alternatives to Carb Load Pre-Race

Carb Loading Meals for Runners: Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

1. Quinoa Pilaf

In addition to being gluten-free, quinoa is high in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium and protein. To ensure that it’s packed with flavor, cook it with chicken or vegetable broth instead of water, as this recipe suggests. Peppering some carrots, red peppers and other veggies in the ancient grains gives it more antioxidant power, while keeping you fuller longer. Photo and recipe: Kathi and Rachel Kirk / Laughing Spatula Carb Loading Meals: Baked Chicken and Rice Recipe

2. Oven-Baked Chicken and Rice

As basic as it sounds, you can't go wrong with chicken and rice, two classic staples for a wholesome meal. But this perfect combination of carbs and protein is made tastier with garlic, chicken broth and flavorful spices, like paprika, thyme, garlic powder and onion powder. Photo and recipe: Nagi / RecipeTin Eats Carb Loading Meal: Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Spinach Recipe

3. Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Spinach

Barley is a lesser-known whole grain that's packed with B vitamins and magnesium and has a similar hearty texture as pasta. Made with dry white wine, a little butter and chicken stock, this delicious barley risotto is a healthier alternative to fettuccine Alfredo, while still tasting indulgent. Spinach and cremini mushrooms provide Popeye-superpower strength to carry you through each leg of the race. Photo and recipe: Erin Clarke / Well Plated RELATED: 9 Nourishing Buddha Bowl Recipes Carb Loading Meals for Runners: Salmon and Potatoes Foil Packets Recipe

4. Salmon and Potato Foil Packets

What's the next best comfort food to pasta? Potatoes, which are another favorite of runners. In this dish, they're paired with omega-3-loaded salmon for a balanced meal that'll fuel and repair your muscles. Bonus: These foil packets cook in just 30 minutes, and you can prep them ahead to make post-run meals a breeze. The last thing you want to do after a run is chop, cook and clean. Photo and recipe: Averie Sunshine / Averie Cooks Carb-Loading Meals for Runners: Roasted Vegetable Whole-Wheat Pizza Recipe

5. Roasted Vegetable Whole-Wheat Pizza

If you go the homemade route and use a light hand on the cheese, pizza is just what the marathon gods ordered. In this vegetarian-friendly recipe, top a whole-wheat crust with roasted artichoke hearts, mushrooms, caramelized onions, red peppers and eggplant. If you don't have time to prepare the dough, opt for whole-wheat pita bread or tortillas. Photo and recipe: Sally / Sally’s Baking Addiction Carb Loading Meals: Steak and Avocado Roasted Sweet Potato Bowls Recipe

6. Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls

These super filling bowls are a real treat after a hard training run. Sweet potatoes are give runners the extra push they need by fueling their bodies with muscle-loving carbs, vitamin A and fiber. And if you want a larger boost of protein, steak is the way to go. (You've earned those calories!) In this recipe, a soy sauce-ginger marinade infuses the steak with mouthwatering flavor, while the avocado-cilantro dressing rounds out the tastes and the meal with healthy fats. Photo and recipe: Kristin Porter / Iowa Girl Eats RELATED: 9 Healthy Steak Recipes to Beef Up Your Dinners Carb-Loading Meals for Runners: Mediterranean Farro Salad Recipe

7. Mediterranean Farro Salad

If you love a good Greek salad, this Mediterranean-inspired farro bowl is for you. Brimming with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, olives and artichoke hearts, you’ll get an array of essential vitamins and nutrients. The lemon vinaigrette ties all the ingredients together with tangy red wine vinegar and oregano. Photo and recipe: Elena Tomasi / As Easy As Apple Pie Carb Loading Meals: Vegetable Fried Brown Rice Recipe

8. Vegetable Fried Brown Rice

Don’t let the word “fried” fool you! You use only a little coconut oil and some eggs to fry the brown rice. To save time in the kitchen, we suggest defrosting a bag of mixed vegetables during the day and then steaming them. This fried rice dish is perfect with everything, but we like eating it with salmon, chicken or steak. Photo and recipe: Aggie Goodman / Aggie’s Kitchen Carb Loading Meals: Broccoli and Bell Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

9. Broccoli and Bell Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry

Stir-fries are another versatile dinner option that can be packed with carbs and key nutrients. And the great thing is you can prepare them just about any way you like them. Here, we cook broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini and chicken thighs in a large wok, and then dressed them in a honey and ginger sauce. Enjoy this dish with a side of rice, and you’ve got all your pre-race nutrition bases covered. Photo and recipe: Natalie Gruendl / Tastes Lovely RELATED: 8 Quick Stir-Fry Recipes for Healthy Weeknight Dinners Carb-Loading Meals for Runners: Almond Parsley Pesto and Asparagus Freekah Recipe

10. Almond Parsley Pesto Asparagus Freekeh

This dish is freakin’ good thanks to freekeh, a nutty-tasting grain, that pairs well with the almond pesto and garlicky asparagus. We guarantee this recipe will satisfy your runger needs, but it will be tough to keep leftovers! Be sure to make extra to enjoy throughout the week and share with your running buddy. Photo and recipe: Gaby Dalkin / What’s Gaby Cooking Read More How to Tame Your Runger (aka Running Hunger) Inside Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s Run Fast. Eat Slow Carb Cycling: Should I Match My Diet to My Workouts?

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