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Meal Prep Healthy Breakfast and Snacks

It’s Sunday, are you meal prepping today?

There are different types of meal prepping. Some people make a few large meals and portion them out into containers to eat for lunch and dinner throughout the week. Others prepare and chop veggies and other foods to make it easy to throw meals together throughout the week. Some people just get their grocery shopping done for the week, or even just for the next few days. There is no right or wrong way to meal prep! The best kind of meal prep is the type that works for you. And if meal prepping isn’t your thing, that’s okay too. I personally like to meal prep healthy breakfast and snacks.

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Easy Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies To Your Breakfast

It’s no secret that fruits and veggies are good for you! They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that are so beneficial and necessary for our bodies to properly function. Consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, in conjunction with a healthy diet, can help reduce risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. According to the 2015- 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, adults should eat 2 cups of fruit per day and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day (Dietary Guidelines for Americans). However, according to a study done by the CDC in 2017, only 1 in 10 Americans is meeting their fruit and vegetable needs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). So how can we increase our fruit and vegetables intake? Let’s start with breakfast. See below for three easy (and delicious!) ways to add more fruits and veggies to your breakfast.

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Apple Cinnamon Oats

Have you been apple picking recently? This past weekend, I went apple picking with some friends in upstate New York. I love apple season, so immediately started making some apple treats once I returned home to Brooklyn. I have personally been having my Apple Crumble (gluten free and dairy free) on repeat lately. It’s such a yummy treat, but full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. This week for breakfast I have been making Apple Cinnamon oats! This breakfast recipe is both gluten free and vegan.

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Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

An easy, healthy breakfast that can be made in less than 5 minutes? Look no further! This low sugar smoothie is balanced with adequate protein, fat, veggies, and fiber so it not only tastes delicious, but it also very satiating. I love this breakfast because it keeps me feeling satiated for hours so I don’t feel the need to snack in between meals.

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How to Build A Healthy Smoothie

It is officially summer! I don’t know about you, but over the summer I crave all of the hydrating fruits and vegetables. What better way to eat your fruits and veggies, but in a smoothie?

Smoothies are a staple for me. However, not all smoothies are created equal. My biggest pet peeve is going into a seemingly healthy smoothie shop only to see that their smoothies are basically the equivalent of froyo. In this post, I wanted to lay a foundation of how to build a healthy smoothie. You can mix and match ingredients to your taste preferences, or you can check out the Smoothies Tab on my blog for a variety of different smoothie recipes.

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Blueberry Basil Smoothie

I picked up basil from the grocery store the other week and they only had the basil plant. I decided to pot it in an old, glass peanut butter jar, thinking that it wouldn’t last long in my windowsill. I have tried to grow basil plants multiple times in my windowsill, but every time have been unsuccessful. Maybe because it’s quarantine and I’m home and my basil plant is getting the TLC it needs, but it is thriving in my windowsill! Now, I’m going to have to think about re-potting it in an actual pot..

My new basil plant as well as the warmer weather inspired me to make this Blueberry Basil smoothie. This recipe is gluten free, vegan, paleo, and whole 30. It only requires 4 ingredients to make!

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Carrot Cake Muffins

It may be a little early, but I’m so excited to share my Carrot Cake Muffins recipe! These Carrot Cake Muffins are my favorite spring treat. Like all of my dessert recipes, these muffins are super easy to make. All you need to do is blend the ingredients, place the batter into muffin tins, and bake for 15 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool, and top with the coconut cream “icing”, which can be made with just two ingredients.

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Low Sugar Chocolate Chia Pudding

Looking for a low sugar breakfast idea? Look no further! Even if you’re not looking for low sugar recipes, this chocolate chia pudding makes the perfect breakfast or little desserts. The best part is they are super easy to make! The main preparation step is allowing the chia seeds to sit overnight to form a chia “pudding.” I like making multiple chia seeds at once, that way I have breakfast prepped for multiple days. This recipe makes 2 chia puddings.

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Apple Cinnamon Scones

Caramelized apples are one of my favorite healthy treats. By caramelized apples, I mean apple slices that are sautéed in cinnamon and coconut oil. They get so fragrant and taste incredible! Apple Cinnamon is one of my all time favorite combos.

I wanted to make a healthy apple cinnamon flavored breakfast recipe and came up with these apple cinnamon scones. They are gluten free, vegan, and contain no added sugar. They are very easy to make and make the perfect breakfast on the go.

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