Snickerdoodle Protein Bars

It’s no secret that I’m a foods-first dietitian. Mostly because I believe nature intended for foods to provide us with all of the nutrients we need, but also because there could be safety risks associated with supplement intake, if they are purchased through an unknown distributer or manufacturer. In today’s post I’ll be delving into why supplements may be needed sometimes, and how to know when you can trust what’s on the shelf. Plus, after giving you plenty of pre-workout energy bar and bite recipes, I’m finally sharing an easy homemade post-workout protein bar!

Vegan homemade protein bars

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Lentil Walnut Stuffing

Ah, stuffing. The main reason I look forward to Thanksgiving food. It was my favorite as a child and while other sides are close contenders, still is now! I love the texture and flavor of a classic stuffing both on Thanksgiving Day, and afterward mixed with protein and veggies for new meal creations.

lentil walnut stuffing

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Garlicky Sauteed Baby Kale

A good sauteed spinach is a delicious side dish that often is only enjoyed at steak houses – I rarely find people make it at home with fresh greens, plenty of cooking fat (you know that’s what makes the dish!) and lot’s of fresh garlic. This Thanksgiving, or any day, you can please a crowd with a 10 minute dish and give it a nutrient upgrade without anyone taking notice!

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Pumpkin Cilantro Pesto Sauce

Pesto is one of those things that I can put on pretty much anything {like hot sauce}… and I do. Serve it drizzled over roasted fall vegetables, with your favorite protein (like crispy salmon!), or whole grains. It’s even delicious on a baked potato or toast, and I’ve been known to add it to eggs before scrambling. You may be thinking of pasta, so hopefully this has opened your eyes to the possibilities!

cilantro pumpkin pesto

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Small Batch Honey Apple Crisp

This post is a quick one. I teased this apple crisp on Instagram and had so many messages asking for the recipe that I decided to get it up right away! It’s meant to be smaller than most recipes since we live in a house with only two adults, so if you need, feel free to double and cook in a larger baking dish than recommended.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

I am a huge hummus lover –  as a dip, on wraps & sandwiches, to make potato salads, for a creamy dairy-free risotto, or even for some raw zucchini rollatini. Let’s be honest though… the same old hummus gets pretty boring and it can get pricey when you have a whole family or party full of people who want to snack on it.

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35+ Taco Recipes Without Ground Beef

Tacos are (or should be) a part of everyone’s diet and are a super quick weeknight meal. While I personally don’t eat beef, it’s still eaten by many of my clients and those I reach in other ways. So for those of you like me, you need options, and for those of you who eat beef – let’s make your taco experience more creative!

So, to expand your palates and increase your intake of plants, I’ve rounded up over 35 easy taco recipes from dietitians that are free of beef (and pork!). You can even make your own tortillas if you’re feelin’ adventurous. Need vegan options? Any recipe below with a “*” can be made vegan {some may require eliminating cheese}.

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Sprouted Grain Pizza and Calzone Dough

When it’s football season, whether you love watching the game or not, you’re bound to be around someone who does and wind up at a game watch or tailgate. Chances are, at those functions, you’ll be running into some beer, and what goes better with beer than pizza? Confession: I prefer red wine with pizza, but I bet some of you might choose a calzone over a pizza if it was easy to make. Your kids might think it’s pretty fun and yummy, too.

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Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich

I’m finally getting into a groove balancing being a new Mom, working and making yummy meals. So much so that I’ve got normal blogging, Facebook lives and newsletters on the schedule! There’s so many recipes and thoughts I have to share and I’m excited to finally have the time to!

buffalo tempeh sandwich

So let’s get right to it! I’ve been experimenting with a breaded buffalo tempeh and just can’t seem to perfect it yet. In the meantime, the flavor combo of Franks Red Hot and Miyokos double cream chive non-dairy spread is my new favorite thing, so I wanted to share this simple dish with you.

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On-the-Go Pancake Tacos, 4 Ways!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me and it’s because life is just plain busy! So, something that’s been making it a bit easier is making way more meals with simple ingredients… many of which are able to be eaten without utensils in one hand, like these pancake tacos.

On-the-goPancake Tacos

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