Cranberry pumpkin seed granola

cranberry pumpkin seed granola

cranberry pumpkin seed granola Granola is one my favourite things for breakfast and snacking. I could munch on it all day long. Its crunchy(I love everything crunchy!), flavourful and delicious on top of everything!

granola with yogurt

I couldn’t find a granola recipe that didn’t use cups full oil and maple syrup, so I decided to experiment myself, and I came up this delicious,wholesome cranberry pumpkin seed granola to share with you guys. I have made a few batches, switching up the different fruits, nuts and seeds but this cranberry pumpkin seed granola has become my go-to recipe. cranberry pumpkin seed granola recipe

This has less oil and maple syrup than regular packaged granola, so it doesn’t come out in clusters. It’s a ‘loose’ granola that is crunchy, nutty and full of flavour. It’s so much healthier and tastier than the store bought stuff. Feel free to switch out the cranberries and pumpkin seeds for whatever fruits and nuts you like. Flaked almonds or hazelnuts with dried coconut works well too!

I chose pumpkin seeds as they are high in Iron (highest iron content of all seeds), rich in omega-3 and antioxidant vitamin E. They are also high in oleic acid which helps to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in the blood.

cranberry pumpkin seed granola jar

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10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

10 healthy breakfast ideas

10 healthy breakfast ideas
Breakfast foods are my favorite and sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed! If you’re trying to get a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning, consider waking up just a little earlier to prepare a healthy breakfast, as the benefits of eating a hearty meal in the morning far outweigh a few minutes of sleep.

Here are 10 of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas. Some take a few extra minutes in the morning, and some can be prepared the night before.

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Oatmeal

1.Oatmeal

I love waking up to a wam bowl of oatmeal topped with honey, fruits and nuts. I never knew there were so many benefits to eating oats until recently… They help lower bad cholesterol, they’re high in fiber, they keep you full for longer and contain tonnes of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Packaged oatmeal usually contains a lot of sugar so I like to make mine on the stove              with jumbo rolled oats. I prefer rolled oats since they contain the whole grain that’s full of nutrients. The number of toppings I can think of are endless but my current favorite is sliced bananas + dessicated coconut + almonds and a drizzle of honey. Yum!

greek yogurt parfait

2.Greek Yogurt Parfait

Throwing a greek yogurt parfait together is just as quick as pouring milk over a bowl of sugary cereal so there’s no excuse to not make this instead! This healthy breakfast idea packs in a bunch of protein, nutrients and healthy carbs. Greek yogurt has almost twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt but with fewer carbs.

I love my greek yogurt with berries, seeds and a drizzle of honey. Berries are my favorite since they are full of antioxidants and apparently they’re great for improving memory (I really need help in that area!!). Use whatever fruits, nuts and seeds you have on hand. If I have time, I’ll make a melon yogurt bowl. However, if I know I won’t have time in the morning, I’ll wash and slice my fruits the night before.

granola

3.Granola

I’ll eat granola by itself, with yogurt, or with milk and fruits. Usually, I’ll wash and slice my fruits the night before. So all I have to do in the morning  is dump the granola and fruits in a bowl, sprinkle some almonds and chia seeds on top, eat, and be out the of the door in no time!

One of my favorite combinations is greek yogurt mixed with diced apples, honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a handful of homemade crunchy granola. So good!! As well as having this as a healthy breakfast, I’ll have it as a snack during the day too!

omelette

4.Eggs

This picture really doesn’t do eggs any justice, but trust me, they’re tasty and good for you (one of the most nutritious foods in the world!). Eggs are full of vitamins and minerals, they contain all 9 amino acids and are protein rich. What more could you ask for in a healthy breakfast?!

I’m really not fussy when it comes to eggs. I’ll have them poached, fried, scrambled.. whatever! But if you want an even more nutritious, healthy breakfast, you can make an omelette and add any veggies that you have on hand. I like spinach, tomato and mozzarella in mine 🙂

protein pancakes

5.Protein Pancakes

If I have time in the morning, I’ll whip up some pancakes. They taste amazing, they’re low in carbs and packed full of protein which keeps you full for longer. Sometimes I’ll have these as a post work-out treat, too 🙂

So far, carrot cake protein pancakes are my favorite. I know carrots in pancakes sound weird but it tastes just like carrot cake …but in pancake form. However, if you don’t like carrot cake you can replace the carrots with blueberries, dark chocolate chips or bananas.   cottage-cheese-pancakes

6.Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I really don’t like the taste or consistency of cottage cheese, but when they’re blended up in these cute little pancakes they taste so damn good!

Cottage cheese is low in carbs yet high in protein and calcium. And if you’re not a fan of oatmeal, you can still get the benefits of oats blended up in these pancakes. The perfect healthy breakfast!

Just blend two eggs, 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, a tsp of vanilla extract together and cook like silver dollar pancakes. I like to top mine with bananas, blueberries and maple syrup. Did you know real maple syrup is actually good for you?!

healthy toast fruit

7.Whole grain bread with nut butter and fruits

Whole grain bread is a lot more nutritious than whole wheat bread since it isn’t refined. It contains all the fiber, iron and B vitamins that whole wheat doesn’t. Whole grains are also more filling, which is great for breakfast, keeping you full until your next meal.

I like my bread topped with peanut butter, blueberries/bananas and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Did you know peanut butter is high in good fats and packed full of nutrients? (I sound like such a nerd!) I’ve also recently become obsessed with chia seeds and have been sprinkling them on everything. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, fiber and omega-3. 3½ tablespoons contain the same amount of omega-3 as a 32-ounce piece of salmon. So if you don’t eat much fish this is a great way to get your omega-3.

overnight oats

8.Overnight Oats

If you’re an oatmeal lover like me and still want to eat oatmeal when it’s boiling hot in the summer , or if you’re in a hurry in the morning (or lazy) – this is the perfect solution! All you have to do is dump everything in a container and stick it in the fridge the night before and you’ll have a glorious serving of overnight oats waiting for you in the morning 🙂

If you don’t have any fresh fruits on hand, you can use frozen fruits. I actually prefer my oats to be soaked overnight with frozen berries, since they will thaw and the fruit juices will soak into the oats. Super yummy!!  Kath Eats has an amazing selection of delicious overnight oat recipes.

smoothie

9.Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to get your fruits and veggies in the morning! They’re so quick to make, especially if you have your fruits and veggies pre washed/sliced and measured out the night before. The only annoying thing about making smoothies is washing the blender after!!

I’m not a fan of eating dark leafy greens for breakfast, so blending them up in smoothies is the perfect way to sneak them into my food! If you add a handful of dark leafy greens like kale or spinach to your usual smoothie mix, you won’t be able to tell they’re in there. I promise! Typically, I like to add berries and bananas to my smoothies for a sweeter, creamier texture.

blueberry quinoa muffins

10.Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa muffins are not only quick and convenient for breakfast, they’re also super rich in iron, vitamin B2, protein and fiber.

So far, blueberry quinoa muffins with chia seeds are my favorite, but you can replace blueberries with dark chocolate chips, bananas, or any seasonal fruit really. As well as having these for breakfast, they’re great on the go and I sometimes have them as a pre workout snack, as quinoa helps to boost energy levels.

Hopefully I didn’t bore you too much with my nerdy nutrition facts but, inspired you to eat a healthy breakfast instead!! I have to admit, I don’t always eat healthy, especially if I’m out. But, when I’m at home I like to start my day with a healthy breakfast and hope you will too 🙂

Emily x

Three minute yogurt melon bowl

yogurt melon bowl

yogurt melon bowl Yogurt melon bowls are so cute I wish I had thought of them earlier! They are perfect to satisfy that summer sweet tooth, amazingly refreshing and healthy (hello bikini body) at the same time, great for a snack or breakfast. Best of all, it only takes three minutes to make and there are no dishes to wash after!! Is this idea genius or what?!

I love this recipe since you can switch it up using different flavoured yogurts and toppings. I used greek yogurt for some protein in the morning, topped with strawberry compote but you can use any yogurt you have on hand and honey, or preserves instead! I also topped the yogurt melon bowl with chia seeds, pumpkin and flaxseeds for an extra nutritious breakfast 🙂

If you’re craving something sweet and refreshing you have to try this!
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Blueberry Quinoa Muffins with Chia Seeds

blueberry quinoa muffins

blueberry quinoa muffins with chia seeds
Move aside regular blueberry muffins. HELLO protein packed blueberry quinoa chia seed muffins. These quinoa muffins make for amazing snacks since they are packed with protein and are healthier than the usual blueberry muffin.

Quinoa muffins have a bit more bite to them, they’re slightly denser but are full of flavour. Quinoa is a complete protein so it keeps you fuller for longer and great as a post work out snack / on the go breakfast.

I added some chia seeds to my batter as they soo good for you (high in omega-3s, antioxidants, great for healthy hair skin and nails the list goes on…) but of course this is optional and if you don’t add them in it won’t change how amazing the muffins taste.

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Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

carrot cake protein pancakes

carrot cake protein pancakes

Protein pancakes are one of my favorite things to have for breakkie since I absolutely love pancakes but I can’t justify stuffing myself full of sugary carbs first thing in the morning. I came up this recipe when I was craving carrot cake (it was easter!) for breakfast so I decided to make healthy carrot cake protein pancakes and they tasted amazing! Yes, I said HEALTHY pancakes. …Now I can have pancakes for breakfast every morning 🙂

Btw, DON’T try to replace the whey protein powder with another type of protein powder. I tried to substitute it with soy protein powder one morning and ended up with a ball of dough instead of batter. Trust me, don’t do it!!

Typically, my favorite powder to use is optimum nutrition’s whey powder in vanilla flavour but I can’t seem to find it in the UK so let me know if you have some good suggestions!

Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients

For the protein pancakes:

  • 1/2 of a Banana, mashed (preferably ripe)
  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 tbsp milk / almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla / flavourless whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • cinnamon powder to taste
  • ground nutmeg to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)

For the easy cream cheese frosting:

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

For the Protein Pancakes:

  1. Mash up half a banana, put it in a bowl and crack in an egg and 2 tablespoons of milk – mix well
  2. Add in a scoop of whey protein powder and mix very well until any lumps have disappeared
  3. Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste, as well as two tablespoons of ground flax seed and mix well.
  4. Add in the carrots, raisins and walnuts or pecans and stir in. (if you want, you can plump up the raisins in some warm water 5 mins before adding them into the mixture)
  5. Add in 1/2 tsp of baking powder and mix well
  6. warm up skillet or frying pan on a medium heat and add some oil or butter (I use extra virgin coconut oil)
  7. pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet and flip as soon as little bubbles appear on the surface or when the other side is golden brown. These pancakes cook a lot faster than regular pancakes so you will want to check that they haven’t browned too much before flipping!
  8. Stack on a plate and serve warm, topped with real maple syrup or with really easy “cream cheese frosting” – takes 30 seconds and requires no whipping!! Do it!!

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Place greek yogurt and vanilla extract in a microwavable bowl
  2. Add maple syrup to taste, mix well and microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.

Serves one.

For more breakfast recipes check out my 10 healthy breakfast ideas and if you want some more protein pancake ideas skinnymom has some great recipes.

Enjoy! xx