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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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Crispy Chickpeas

I love crispy, seasoned chickpeas! They are crunchy and delicious and make the perfect savory snack. I eat them like chips or like topping them over a salad. This simple recipe only requires chickpeas, avocado oil, and spices. You do need an air fryer to make this recipe. Recipe is gluten free and vegan and can be made in less than 20 minutes!

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Cauliflower Nuggets

My air fryer is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I love my air fryer because you can do so much with it. It enables you to air fry foods which requires much less oil than traditional frying. Additionally, my Ninja air fryer has a roast, reheat, and dehydrate option. I love roasting veggies in my air fryer because it takes much less time than roasting in a pan or in the oven and requires no stirring! I probably use my air fryer at least once per day. I recently used my air fryer to make these Cauliflower Nuggets. This recipe is a vegetarian spin on chicken nuggets. If you’re looking for a healthier chicken nugget recipe, also check out my Air-Fried Chicken Nuggets recipe.

These cauliflower nuggets taste delicious and are so easy to make. This recipe only requires three ingredients and is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and whole30.

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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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Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

As the weather gets warmer and we approach summer, I love fresh, hydrating recipes. This Shrimp With Mango Avocado Salsa is one of my favorites! It is so simple and delicious and tastes so refreshing.

The shrimp is cooked in honey and garlic for flavor. It is then topped over a mango avocado salsa and served cold. You can substitute the mango for 1 cup cubed pineapple as well and it tastes equally delicious. This dish is topped with a fresh squeeze of lime juice.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Pizza is hands down one of my favorite foods. A few years ago, I began dabbling with making cauliflower pizza crusts. The biggest issues that I found was that the crusts didn’t stick together or primarily consisted of cheese. I wanted to make a cauliflower pizza crust that 1) actually stayed together, 2) was made with simple, wholesome ingredients, and 3) was dairy free and paleo friendly.

This cauliflower pizza crust is only made with four ingredients and is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and whole30! This crust is very simple and tastes plain, similar to how a regular pizza crust would also taste plain by itself. I like to think of the crust as the canvas and and the toppings are like the paint.

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Black Bean Brownies

I’m not gonna lie, I had seen Black Bean Brownies before and was a bit skeptical about how they’d taste. Since it’s quarantine time due to COVID-19 in NYC and I have some extra cans of black beans, I decided to give it a try. I was honestly so surprised how easy it was to put this recipe together and how much the batter tastes like brownies! Only this recipe is gluten free, vegan, contains no refined sugar, is rich in fiber, and made with real food ingredients!

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