Strawberry Kiwi Muffins (Gluten Free)

Strawberries and kiwis are my two favorite fruits and they’re a common flavor combination. I thought it might be interesting to try them together in muffins – blended into the batter. To be honest, the strawberry kiwi flavor is just slightly in the background of these muffins, although I definitely enjoyed them. These muffins are pretty dense and filling made with almond flour, cashew butter, and coconut oil. Try them for a gluten free breakfast on the go or as a snack!

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Raspberries & Cream Protein Smoothie

I don’t drink protein shakes/smoothies all that often. I prefer eating actual food. But every so often, I’ll either crave having a shake or be very pressed for time and need it in a pinch. Eating on the go is definitely not ideal, as we should be relaxed while we are eating in order to properly digestion our food. But, life happens and sometimes this is the only way to get our fuel in.

I included almond milk yogurt to this smoothie recipe to add in some probiotics and creaminess. This smoothie is also great left in the freezer and eaten as a protein ice cream!

The protein powder that I use is Reserveage Grass-Fed Whey.
The collagen I use is Vital Proteins Pasture Raised Collagen Peptides.
The jam I use is St. Dalfour Red Raspberry.
The yogurt I use is Kite Hill Vanilla or Plain.

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Hormone Balancing Smoothie

Hormones got you feeling out of sorts? This smoothie contains hemp seeds and maca to balance hormones. Hemp seeds are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory and promote hormone health. Maca is used for boosting libido, energy, and hormone balance. Together with coconut milk/cacao butter (healthy fat) and banana (healthy carbohydrate), this blend makes the perfect treat for anyone seeking to balance hormones.

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin spice pancakes with pumpkin spice coffee is one of my absolute favorite things about fall! Add some bacon for the perfect breakfast. When I was food shopping, I came across a new grain free, paleo friendly pancake mix and decided to try it and make them pumpkin spice and top them with apple butter for a super delicious fall breakfast!

The flour I used is Pamela’s Grain Free Pancake Mix

Head to the search bar and type in “pumpkin” to see more of my pumpkin recipes!

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Warm Spiced Apple Slices

The fall is just beginning and I’m already into pumpkin spice everything, but since apple picking season comes and goes so quick, I figured I’d do a super, super easy apple recipe! This would be perfect to make after you get home from a day of apple picking and you’re tired but excited to make something with your freshly picked apples. It’s just 3 simple ingredients and 2 simple steps! 

On an exciting side note, look what I found at the Supermarket yesterday:

Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk Creamer

 

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See Also:

Paleo Pumpkin Pie (nut free)
Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Spice CoffeeCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Coffee: My Favorite Ways

If you ever took a look at my Instagram account, it’s pretty clear that I have a strong love affair going with coffee. I love coffee so many ways, for so many reasons. I gave up coffee twice in my life, and both times I actually felt depressed and sad. I love coffee for giving me energy, making me happy, helping me go to the bathroom, and because it is so damn delicious.

During the summer, I am strictly an iced coffee or cold brew over ice girl.

Most summer days I drink a Chameleon Cold Brew blend:

10 oz Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate (vanilla or black)
Pour in some So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk Light
Pour in some Silk Almond Milk Vanilla Creamer
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Splash of MCT oil

I blend all that together in a blender and then pour over ice and enjoy with a straw!

If I get an iced coffee out at a coffee shop, I’ll either get a black iced coffee with a flavor (usually vanilla) or if they have coconut or almond milk I will put that in as well. However, I don’t really care for the taste of almond milk in coffee; I prefer coconut milk.

If I go to Starbucks, I get either an Iced Latte with coconut milk and a flavor, or an Iced Macchiato with coconut milk and a flavor. *(Note that coffee crops are one of most heavily sprayed with pesticides, so it’s best to always strive for organic whenever possible)

When fall rolls around, I go all out with pumpkin spice everything, and start drinking hot coffee again.

Most mornings in the fall I make a coffee blend like this:

10 oz brewed coffee
Pour in some So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk Light
Pour in some Silk Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer
2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
A few shakes of Pumpkin Pie Spice

I add all ingredients to a blender for 30 seconds.

I also have this Pumpkin Spice Coffee recipe that I will treat myself to sometimes in the fall. And I do like to go to Starbucks once or twice a season and get my Pumpkin Spice Latte with coconut milk. And sometimes I’ll grab just a plain coconut milk hot latte from Starbucks or other coffee shops that offer coconut milk.

After pumpkin season, I make myself a Gingerbread Coffee during the month of December.

And then for the rest of the winter, until it becomes iced coffee season again, I’ll usually have a hot vanilla coffee and/or latte with coconut milk. I tend to drink a lot more coffee during the winter than I do in the summer. I believe it is because the cold weather leaves me depressed and drained of energy. Coffee is what gets me through those days… I really need to move to a warm weather state.

So there you have it. I love me my coffee and I love it many different ways. It’s a ritual, a routine, a tradition, and a way of life for me.

 

How do you like your coffee? Or are you more of a tea person? Leave it in the comments!

 

See Also:

Toasted Almond Protein Shake
Toasted Almond “Iced Coffee” 
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Egg-Free Breakfast Ideas

Sick of eating eggs for breakfast? Or maybe you’re avoiding eggs due to an allergy or sensitivity? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of egg-free breakfasts to eat!

Breakfast has always been a tough choice for me. I normally wake up wanting nothing to do with food, but I’ve been forcing myself to eat breakfast because after skipping it for about a year, I realized that skipping breakfast was not doing me any favors. I personally don’t care much for eggs (although I do eat them a couple times a week – scrambled with spices & organic ketchup), so figuring out some egg-free alternatives that aren’t super sweet (I love sweets, but not in the morning) was important for me.

So, if you’re avoiding eggs for whatever reason, or just need a break for a couple days, here are some suggestions:

  1. Leftovers: Eating leftovers for breakfast may seem weird at first when you’re used to eating bagels, cereal, muffins, donuts and other typical starchy grain breakfast foods. Although back in the day, there were times I’d eat chinese food and pizza for breakfast, so the idea of leftovers for breakfast was never weird to me. If it sounds weird to you, give it a try – you might be surprised. tupperware
  2. Steel Cut Oats: If you’re able to tolerate grains, properly prepared (soaked overnight before cooking) steel cut oats can be a satisfying breakfast. Balance out the carbs by cooking the oats in full fat coconut milk or grass-fed whole milk (if you tolerate dairy). steel cut oats
  3. Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is high in protein, contains natural dairy sugar, and fat – all your macronutrients in one convenient food! Look for a high quality, grass fed yogurt, such as Maple Hill Creamerymaple hill creamery greek yogurt
  4. Chia Pudding: Chia pudding is another easy breakfast – add some protein powder to help keep you full until lunch! There are lots of chia pudding recipes out there, like this delicious one from PaleOMGchia pudding
  5. Fruit & Nuts: Fruit with nuts or nut butter is also an egg-free breakfast option. Some examples: banana with almond or sunflower butter, paleo granola with coconut or almond milk topped with fruit, fruit and nuts with coconut or almond milk. fruitandnuts-1
  6. Sausage & Veggies: Grab some high quality breakfast sausage (or some other type of meat you like), cook some veggies, and you’ve got yourself an easy, nutritious, egg-free breakfast! sausage and veggies
  7. Smoothie with Protein: Blend up some veggies and fruit with your choice of protein powder (grass-fed whey, grass-fed collagen, pea protein, or grass-fed beef protein) for a nutritious egg-free breakfast on the go. vegetable smoothies
  8. Paleo Pancakes or Waffles: Paleo pancakes can be as simple as bananas mixed with coconut flour and heated on a griddle! Just google “paleo pancakes” or “paleo waffles” and you’ll find tons of easy recipes. Note: some recipes do contain eggs. If you’re avoiding eggs due to a sensitivity, don’t use those recipes 🙂 blueberry pancakes

 

Have a thought to add or a question? Leave it in the comments!

Need some more ideas? Check out these recipes/ideas from my friend Joy of Joybird Wellness!

 

See Also:

The Salad Dressing Formula
The Problem With Juice Cleanses
How to Use Magnesium to Ease Menstrual CrampsCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com




Gingerbread Coffee

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the seasonal coffee flavors. Back in the day I lived for going to Starbucks and getting either a Gingerbread Latte or an Eggnog Latte (never a Peppermint Mocha because I despise mint chocolate). Now that I’m more conscious about what I put into my body, I make my own versions of these delicious coffee treats! Gingerbread Latte’s were my usual go-to, and this year I finally made my own version 😀 I included collagen peptides in mine, but this is optional. If you want to include it in yours, I use this one from Vital Proteins.

To make my Eggnog Coffee, I use So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog so that it’s dairy-free. While I normally don’t encourage drinking coconut milk from the carton (canned coconut milk doesn’t have all the added fillers that the carton has), this works fine when you want a Christmas treat. You can also use a grass-fed, dairy-based, real eggnog, such as Organic Valley, if you tolerate dairy well. I don’t have an actual recipe for this, I just pour it into my coffee & add 2 scoops of collagen 🙂

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Toasted Almond “Iced Coffee”

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Dandy Blend is an instant “coffee alternative” made from dandelions. It tastes similar to coffee, but it’s caffeine-free. Dandelions are great for the liver and detoxifying the body. I like to drink Dandy Blend when I’m craving coffee later in the day. I normally only drink two cups of coffee in the morning, so I’ll have this toasted almond flavored drink at night for a treat.

It’s also a great alternative to people who love coffee but can’t drink it.

Get yours here –> Dandy Blend Single-Serve Packets

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Pumpkin Butter Recipe

pumpkin butter 2pumpkin butter 3Fall is in the air! I get so excited when fall rolls around because that means it’s time for PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! I love all the fall treats and apple cider, apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall fashion and just about everything fall has to offer. The only downside is that it’s followed by winter- which I hate.

This pumpkin butter recipe was inspired by the pumpkin butter that was served with the bread at a restaurant I ate at when I was in Virginia for NTA’s Business Summit this past August. My best friend was nice enough to join me on the 8 hours road trip to Virginia (even though she was not attending the Business Summit with me- best friend award goes to her) and since we’re both pumpkin-obsessed this was pretty much the highlight of our night. We even each bought our own container of it to-go. Since I pretty much know that stuff was not in any way a health food, I got to work on creating my own version made with nutrient-dense ingredients. My first attempt was not the smooth sailing win I expected it to be- the butter rose to the top in the fridge and hardened on top of the pumpkin mixture that remained. My next thought was, “okay, let me add an egg yolk and see if I can emulsify the mixture and make it blend together that way.” Boom. Nailed it. This stuff is delicious and the texture is perfect. This goes great on any gluten/grain-free breads, paleo bagels, crackers, etc. It’s also delicious in your coffee.

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