Oatmeal Cookie Shake, Green Pina Colada and a Whole Foods Giveaway!

As the temperatures continue to climb here in Texas, I find myself looking for cool, refreshing meals and snacks in place of warm ones. We previously talked about how much sugar can be in store bought smoothies. Homemade smoothies are usually a healthier and cheaper way to get your daily dose of nutrients. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what to put in your smoothies, but I usually try to make sure my smoothies are balanced with protein, carbohydrate and fiber to keep me feeling full and satisfied.

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Better for you Blueberry Pancakes

There is nothing like diving into a warm stack of pancakes with a steaming cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. Pancakes have always been more of a weekend breakfast for us, as they take longer to prepare, and I used to think they were too indulgent to be eaten on a daily basis.

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Now a few years later,  I found myself with a finicky one year old, looking for new recipes to try. One morning, I whipped up a batch of blueberry pancakes for her and she inhaled them. She has eaten a pancake almost every day for the last year (yes, we do offer plenty of other options, but she requests pancakes).

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Protein Packed Quinoa Broccoli Bites

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is an ancient grain from the Andes region in South America. It was domesticated 3,000-4,000 years ago and has gained popularity in the last few years for use as a gluten free, higher protein starch alternative. Quinoa contains 5 grams of protein for each 1/4 cup dry or 3/4 cup cooked. 1 cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked. [Read more…]

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