Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Split

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 {Source} Amiright?! I've had many friends and even fitness pros exclaim the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach. I, for one, am strongly on team EAT! The latest research has found that even just a light nosh will help you work longer and harder. So eat dessert first! This clean recipe is healthy enough to be a pre-workout breakfast, but would also work as a snack or a bedtime snack. It packs more protein than ...continue reading

Sunday Morning Special + Bestowed Box Winner

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Whew! Can you believe it's already Sunday again? I had a full, fun week that included a visit to the farmers market and taking home the world's largest zucchini, a couple medical appointments (hopefully I'll be good to go in another couple weeks!) and a few fun outings to explore some uncharted (to me) Des Moines territory. Today I'm planning to whip up some muffins with all of that summer squash and take a stroll around my neighborhood ...continue reading

Protein-Packed Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Fun fact: Strawberries are actually not berries. My all-time favorite fruit, since the edible portion is not produced by the ovary of the plant's flower, is an "accessory fruit" and part of the rose family. You know what are botanical berries, according to the official definition? Bananas, avocados, watermelons and pumpkins. Break that fun fact out at cocktail parties. :) Regardless of the classification, it's prime ...continue reading

Perfect Post-Workout Meal: Tex Mex Vegetable Egg White Scramble

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Breakfast for dinner was one of my favorite meals when I was growing up—and this continues to be the truth. Nearly anyone can prepare a crowd-pleasing spread in less than 30 minutes, plus, there's just something so comforting about a diner-like meal! But one of the best things about this strategy is that it's so simple to switch things up. Does one person in your family prefer pancakes over waffles? Just tweak the batter a bit and cook ...continue reading

Healthy Chain Reaction: Cracker Barrel’s Grilled Chicken Tenderloin Dinner

What do you think of when I say “interstate food”? I’ve been taking plenty of road trips lately, and around my neck of the woods, the options tend to look like this: McDonald’s > Burger King > Arby’s > McDonald’s > Subway > A&W > Wendy’s > McDonald’s. That’s why I generally try to pack a couple healthy snacks to tide me over until I reach my final destination ...continue reading

A Delicious Ice Cream Sandwich Health Upgrade!

They say everything is better with chocolate. This guy sure seems to think so! I don’t know if I could jive with chocolate-covered broccoli or a chocolate, ham and cheese sandwich, but I can surely get behind chocolate and beans. Huh?! Oh yes, chef Rocco DiSpirito coaxed me out of my savory+cocoa fears and I’m not looking back. I’ve seen many sweet recipes using mashed up chickpeas across the blogosphere, but ...continue reading