Fitness Crazed Foodie
Lover of all things food and fitness related
I love being in a routine, but I also get bored very easily. This translates directly to how my eating habits are- it's easy and healthier to stick to a routine, but my palate craves diversity with food. For example, basically every weekday morning the past 5 months I have had oatmeal, fruit and peanut butter for breakfast. I go to bed excited that I get to have this delicious, peanut-buttery breakfast that keeps me full for hours. But, every once in a while I feel the need to switch it up juuuust a little bit.
This Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal hits the spot in more ways than one. It is decadent and filling, yet healthy and packed with superfoods and each macronutrient. It is simple to make and has 4-6 servings (depending how hungry you are in the morning), so it can last you all week! Just bake on Sunday, and add whatever toppings you are feeling that day.
2 cups oats
1/2 cup water
1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Rootz Nutrition Paleo Protein-Superfood powder
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2 tbsp flax seed
1/3 cup sugar free maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 mashed banana
Pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients in a big bowl and transfer to a pie baking pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a knife can come out clean. Let it sit for 10 mins and drizzle with any toppings you want. For my everyday breakfast, I top with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 1 tbsp of chia seeds. If I'm feeling my sweet tooth coming on strong, I'll top with a 1 tbsp of mini chocolate chips too :)
When re-heating throughout the week, I put a slice in a bowl and add 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk to re-moisten the oats. Heat for 1 min 15 seconds and top with whatever you want! Other great options to top it with are:
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 sliced banana
1 tbsp sliced unsalted almonds
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut
Let me know if you have other great toppings you enjoy on your oatmeal! Enjoy!!!
I know, I know... Meatballs usually don't have veggies and seeds. But, before some of you back away from the recipe, just hear me out. The main ingredient is still turkey and you will not taste the nutritious add-ins!
These meatballs are the perfect balance of everything nutritious. You get sources of Vitamin C and K from the cauliflower, omega-3 fatty acids from the ground flaxseed, and about 1/2 of your daily protein needs from the turkey.
Enjoy with some no-sugar-added marinara sauce over a bed of whole-wheat pasta, chickpea pasta, zucchini noodles, or any other veggie of choice!
1 lb of 99% fat-free ground turkey
1 cup of chopped spinach (tip: freeze in zip lock bag, then crunch with your hands)
1/2 cup of riced cauliflower (put in blender and pat dry)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 cloves minced garlic
Salt, pepper, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, garlic salt to taste
Spiralized zucchinis, whole wheat pasta, chickpea pasta, etc.
No-sugar added marinara sauce
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients except zucchini and marinara sauce in a bowl. Form turkey mixture into golf size meatballs and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 mins.
While these are baking, make your base. Usually I spend 15 mins spiralizing zucchinis and then I end up chopping up the rest of it because I'm too impatient. But this time I bought pre-made spiralized zucchini and I could not be happier. This whole container probably has 8-10 servings and was only $4! Sooo worth it. All I had to do was spray a saute pan and cook up about 2 cups with the cover on for 5 mins.
Lastly, I found this amazing no-sugar-added and organic marinara sauce at Foodstuffs in Glencoe. Top your veggies or pasta with 1/2 cup of this and 3-4 meatballs, and you will have a very healthy twist on an Italian classic! ENJOY
After a long summer break from blogging, I'm baaaackkk!!!
This summer has been filled with lots of traveling, enjoying time outside, and moving up the career ladder-- I went through over 50 hours of education through the Equinox Fitness Training Institute to work towards becoming a Tier 3 Personal Trainer, and I also became Pre and Post-Natal certified.
I put blogging on the back burner, but now I'm back with more content than ever. I have recipes, travel and food posts, and general lifestyle advice coming in strong the next couple months!
Ok time to get you drooling over this Veggie Breakfast Quiche...
I decided to meal prep this quiche to have for breakfast every day this week because I was getting sick of my usual oats and peanut butter. I needed to get out of that same old routine, and this was the perfect fix. It is packed with protein and veggies, while sitting on a gluten-free sweet potato crust that is to-die-for.
Makes 6 servings
1 large sweet potato
1/2 white onion
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 heaping cups of spinach
1 cup broccoli
4 egg whites
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup 1% fat cottage cheese
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray. Slice the sweet potato into very thin circular slices and spread the slices on the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Add the leftover pieces on top (it doesn't have to be a perfect crust, it will get messy!). Bake in the oven for 25 mins.
While these are baking, prepare the veggies and egg mixture. Spray a saute pan with cooking spray and add the chopped white onion. Cook for 3 mins, then add the tomatoes and spinach. Quick steam the broccoli in the microwave (just add a little water to a bowl and cover it with a paper towel for 2 mins), then add to pan. Once the spinach is wilted down, turn off the heat.
In a big bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, almond milk and cottage cheese. Add a couple dashes of salt and pepper (and red pepper flakes if you want some heat!).
Once sweet potatoes are done, add veggie mixture evenly on top. Then, pour over the egg mixture carefully- it will fill all the way to the top!
Pop in the oven and bake for 35 mins. Top with a salt, pepper and any other spices you like. Serve with some slices of avocado, salsa, ketchup, or it's great exactly how it is! ENJOY!
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