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Ricotta Breakfast Bowl

ricotta bowl

If you’re stuck in your breakfast routine, give this ricotta bowl a try.  It is so easy to throw together and you can top it with whatever you like. The whole milk ricotta is so creamy and delicious… and without the tartness of yogurt.

I scoop about 1/3 cup ricotta in a bowl, drizzle it with 1 tbsp of honey and top it with fruit, nuts, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flax seeds, granola, etc…. whatever I have on hand. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and your breakfast will taste like ice cream or cannoli.

ricotta bowl

ricotta breakfast bowl

ricotta bowl

Be sure to use really good whole milk ricotta. Low-fat is not the way to go. It’s healthier for our bodies to eat foods in their purist form, so go for the full fat.

ricotta bowl

Summer is the season for peaches. This peach and pistachio bowl just bursts with flavor. With only three ingredients (plus a drizzle of honey)  you are going to have a delicious and energizing breakfast no matter what else you decide to add.

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Try this breakfast. It’s not too heavy and it gives you a great energy boost to start the day.

 

Refreshing Kale And Mango Smoothie

Kale & Mango Smoothie

 

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that lately, I’ve been eating a lot of mango and kale. Both are so affordable, healthy and delicious. Most days, Aldi has mangoes for $ 0.69 a piece. I usually stock up on mangoes and freeze a bunch. I always like to have some fruit in the freezer. We are smoothie junkies over here – we make smoothies almost daily.

Mangoes help lower blood pressure and boost brain health. The list of health benefits of kale goes on and on. Kale fights cancer, relieves pain, improves heart health, etc. It”s a true super food.

Even if you don’t like kale, I am positive you’ll enjoy this kale and mango smoothie. This smoothie is refreshing and healthy, and offers relief from the summer heat. It’s been so hot in Nashville, which makes mowing and any outdoor work very hard. After mowing, I enjoy this smoothie so much. I cannot tell you how good it feels. It’s also a great way to get in some extra greens.

Kale & Mango Smoothie

To start the smoothie, you are going to need:

2 cups chopped kale

1 cup frozen mango

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk or any other milk

Directions:

Place ingredients in blender. (I use this blender.) Pour and enjoy.

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Perhaps you don’t like green juices and smoothies, but, I want to challenge you to try something new this week.

Keep cool and have a great week. xo Sabine

 

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Cost-Effective Snacks: Energy Balls

Energy Balls

Energy BallsEnergy Balls If you’re  looking for a cost-effective snack (we all know how expensive Larabars are) try these no bake energy balls. They are delicious and so easy to make.  I love to eat them after I mow the lawn or exercise. Simple energy balls like these are my favorite. I keep them in the fridge so they stay nice and cold and last for about a week. Energy Balls The internet is full of Energy Balls recipes and this is the one I really like. I tweaked it slightly by adding coconut oil and cutting the amount of honey and chocolate chips. I found the original recipe too sweet for my taste.

No Bake Energy Balls

Ingredients:

I cup rolled oats

1/2 cup flax seeds

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

Shredded coconut and chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

I usually take about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball using my hands. If it’s too sticky you may need to wet your hands with a little water first. Roll the balls in coconut or chopped nuts (optional). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.Energy Balls