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I don't know about y'all but my mornings are normally a little crazy! I used to run out the door with a banana and a cup of coffee, but when I was ready for lunch around 10:30 a.m. I decided that wasn't going to cut it anymore. So, I resolved to waking up a little earlier and taking the time to make a good, healthy breakfast.
This is a go to recipe of mine. I eat oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast!
It's so easy, it keeps you full, and tastes absolutely delicious!
Easy Morning Oatmeal
1 3/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Salt
A few drops of Vanilla
Fresh fruit (Blueberries, Bananas, Strawberries)
Brown Sugar (Just a sprinkle)
Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt (Optional - Just a tad on top)
You can make this in the microwave or on the stove. I'm normally running tight on time so I opt for the microwave during the week. Put all of your ingredients in a microwave safe bowl (I normally use a large pyrex measuring cup). Note: the oatmeal will boil over so be sure to use a dish that leaves enough room for it to expand!
Microwave for 2 minutes and then remove and stir. Microwave for 2 additional minutes (keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn't bubble over).
Remove and let cool for 2 minutes.
Serve with all of your favorite toppings!
One of my absolute favorite things about living in South Carolina is our sweet southern peaches! Sorry Georgia friends, our peaches are the sweetest and the best!
And when peaches are in season we try to include them in every meal! One of our favorite ways to eat them is with dessert, so here's a super easy recipe for y'all to try this weekend!
Real Maple Syrup
Vanilla Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the skin off your peaches and slice. Lightly spray a cookie sheet and spread peaches evenly on the pan. Drizzle with real maple syrup and white wine. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for about 25 minutes and serve over vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream. Optional: Top with your favorite granola for a crunch (I like my mom's homemade granola best!). Best served immediately!
Y'all, I'm about to share the best thing ever with you!
This is my go to dessert for every occasion and it will literally make you everyone's favorite person. Not even kidding!
We absolutely love making and eating any variation of a hot fudge sundae! They must always include... some sort of fruit (to be healthy - duh!), yummy frozen yogurt, a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie, and a ton of this homemade hot fudge!
This recipe has been in my family forever and it only takes about five minutes to whip up!
Hope you love it!
1/4 c. Butter
2/3 c. Sugar
2 T. Cocoa
1/4 c. Evaporated Milk (or Heavy Whipping Cream)
1 tsp. Vanilla
Dash of Salt
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium to low heat. Add sugar and cocoa into butter; whisk slowly until smooth.
Add milk and stir until blended. Add vanilla and a dash of salt.
Best served immediately over ice cream!
**Do not overheat! It should never be bubbling or boiling. If it starts to bubble quickly remove from heat and keep stirring until it cools down.**
Since we've been married, Michael and I have been trying to develop some really healthy lifestyle habits! We're training for a marathon (that's next weekend - prayers appreciated!) making green smoothies, drinking more water, and trying to get lots of sleep. One thing that we have not been willing to give up is sweets! We like to have a really yummy dessert every night.
Normally we have opted for an ice cream sundae of some sort... always delicious! But, lately we have been trading our hot fudge for granola and açaí!
We haven't quite gotten to the meal replacement stage yet but these açai bowls are quickly becoming one of our favorite desserts!
Frozen Açai Packets (I use Sambazon pure unsweetened acai from Earth Fare)
1/2 c Frozen Pineapple
1/4 c Almond Milk
2 t. Honey
Yogurt (I used Activia Strawberry Yogurt)
Coconut (lightly toasted)
Place açai packet under hot water for about 10 seconds so you can break it up into smaller pieces. Place in blender and pulse/blend açai, frozen pineapple, banana, almond milk, and honey to a thick and smooth consistency. Spoon into bowls and place in freezer for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. (You can place in an air tight container and freeze it if you're not planning on using it right away.)
To assemble the bowl; start with a generous serving of your frozen açai, drizzle with honey and spoon a layer of yogurt on top of the açai. Add all of your favorite fruits and finish with toasted coconut and granola on top!
Michael and I have been training for a marathon for a couple of months now, so that means Saturday is our long run day! So we're always looking for a healthy easy lunch that we can eat after running.
We have our fingers crossed that one day Greenville will get a Black Bean Company! If you're ever in Charleston you simply must go to the Black Bean! They have the most amazing wraps that are absolutely perfect for a post workout lunch.
Since King Street is a little too far from the Swamp Rabbit, I've been making wraps inspired by BBC and let me tell you, they are delicious!
POST WORKOUT WRAP
Salt and Pepper
Wraps ( I like whole wheat, Wellness Wraps from Publix)
Avocado Ranch Dressing
Cook chicken on low in a crockpot for four hours with 2 bay leaves and salt and pepper.
Chop all veggies and prepare the rice.
Heat wraps on a skillet just to warm.
Assemble with chicken, rice, veggies, shredded cheese, and dressing to taste.
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I know all of y'all are busy getting ready to go to a party or have friends over to watch the big game so, I thought I'd share my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that I'm making for our friends today! These cookie will make you your Super Bowl party hero! Seriously, these are the absolute best chocolate chip cookies!
I got this recipe from my cousin and changed it up just a tad. The trick is to add LOTS of chocolate chips and to under bake them a smidge... no one likes a crunchy cookie!
And GO PANTHERS!
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 1/2 Sticks Butter
1 c. Brown Sugar
1/4 c. White Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Salt
2 c. Flour
2 c. Chocolate Chips (Or more... the more, the better)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix butter until creamy. Add brown and white sugars and beat well. Add egg and vanilla. Mix until fluffy. Add dry ingredients. Lastly, add the chocolate chips... don't be shy!
Form into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to continue cooking on the hot cookie sheet on top of a cooling rack for a minute or two. Then move over to cooling rack to cool completely. Best served immediately! :)
Michael and I were starting to feel kind of "blah" after being snowed in for two days, so we decided to make a green smoothie! After drinking it, we both felt so much better and so energized!
This recipe is absolutely delicious! I LOVE ginger and would even add more the next time I make it, but if you're not a ginger fan then you could easily leave it out and it would still be fantastic!
PINEAPPLE PEAR SMOOTHIE
1 1/2 Cup Water
2 1/2 Cups Ice
1 1/2 Bananas
1 Pear (core removed)
2 Cups Spinach
1 Cup Pineapple (chunked)
1 Inch Cube Fresh Ginger Root (peeled)
Blend water and spinach to fine consistency. Add banana, pineapple, pear, and ginger. Add ice and blend to desired consistency.
My entire family is Scandinavian, so I grew up with a lot of Finnish traditions and delicious food! One of my favorite recipes is for Finnish Oven Pancakes, we call it Pannukakku, try and pronounce that!
Anyways, this is such an easy recipe that I love making for a quick dinner or a Saturday morning brunch! And the great thing about it is that you probably already have all of the ingredients!
1 tsp salt
1/4 c sugar
2 c milk
1 c flour
1 tsp vanilla
lemon zest (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together well. I combine them in order with a hand beater or a whisk if I'm wanting a good arm workout.
Pour batter into a greased 9" x 13" pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Serve with a little bit of butter, fresh fruit, maple syrup, whipped cream, or powdered sugar.
Note: The pancakes will puff up with large air bubbles. I like to bake it until the top turns golden brown.
Michael and I did a 30-day green smoothie challenge in November and we've been hooked on them ever since! I've never been a huge kale fan, but I found out that I absolutely love it in smoothies! So I thought I'd share one of my favorite recipes with y'all!
Don't let the kale scare you! It's absolutely delicious and you feel great after drinking it! We like to make our smoothies at night and drink it in place of our dessert when we're feeling extra healthy!!
Oh, and if you want to get really crazy, you can add a pinch of cardamom! I love it in my smoothie, but Michael doesn't like it in his so I just add it to the top of mine!
PEAR KALE SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Coconut Water
2 1/2 Cups Ice
1 Cup Water
2 Cups Kale
Blend waters and ice to fine consistency. Add bananas and pears (remove the core). Remove the stems from the kale and add to the smoothie. Blend to desired consistency.
So here's something that you may not know about me, in addition to painting, I absolutely LOVE cooking and baking! One of me and Michael's favorite things to do together is cook! We love good food!!
Especially when it's as tasty as this Frozen Peppermint White Mocha!
Since it was 80 degrees in South Carolina for Christmas this year, my little brother asked me if I could make a frozen version of hot chocolate and I am so glad he did! This recipe is definitely going to be a Christmas tradition in our house! Although it would be yummy any time of the year!!
Frozen Peppermint White Mocha
White Mocha Mix (I used Ghirardelli)
Vanilla Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
1/2 cup - Milk
2 cup - Ice
Peppermint Sticks (the soft kind)
1/4 cup - Strong Brewed Coffee
In a blender, chop the ice and one peppermint stick until fine.
Warm milk on stove top or in microwave, add white mocha powder and stir to dissolve.
Add white mocha to blender, along with coffee and ice cream. Continue adding ice cream to the desired consistency.
Pour into the cutest mug you can find and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint!