breakfast

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

I always look forward to my go-to breakfast, a tofu scramble loaded with veggies, cashew cheese, a drizzle of hot sauce and a slice of toast, but there’s something about Sunday mornings that makes me crave sweet indulgences. This weekend, I decided to try to whip up strawberry chia seed jam. I can’t believe I haven’t tried it in the past, it was so quick and easy and tastes absolutely delicious! It was amazing on sprouted grain toast with Earth Balance butter, but I can’t wait to try out thumbprint cookies for Christmas using the fresh jam! The fact that it’s guilt-free makes is an added bonus! 

  • 1 Bag Organic Strawberries, frozen 
  • Agave Nectar (I use Organic Agave Five, only 5 calories!) 
  • Chia Seeds

Place a bag of frozen organic strawberries into a pot and mash with a potato masher as they begin to cook. Once cooked through and mashed, add agave nectar to taste. Next add a generous amount of chia seeds until a thick consistency is reached. Transfer to a glass jar or bowl and let cool. Once cooled, seal the chia seed jam and place in the fridge to let flavors marry, for best taste! 

Fixate Cookbook

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I can’t express how much the 21 Day Fix & 21 Day Fix Extreme meal plans have been a game changer. They aren’t a “diet,” they’re a guide to living a healthy, portion-controlled lifestyle, with room for indulgences.

Autumn Calabrese came out with 101 recipes from breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, salads, dressings, side dishes, snacks, desserts and cocktails. They include Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian recipes. Each recipe labels the amount of containers, so it makes your life even easier. I love that she included a ton of kid-friendly recipes also, perfect for busy moms!

Here’s a sneak peek of four Fixate recipes here!

Fixate is available today on the shop section of my coach website! If you don’t have containers, you can purchase it with containers also.

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Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Loaves

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

For a sweet fix in the midst of our weekend projects, I used up the fresh blueberries I had on hand to make muffins. I came across a recipe that was vegan and gluten free (We’ve also tried her belgium waffles, they’re so yummy!) I switched up a few things, like substituting Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour for the flour blend, and organic brown sugar instead of white sugar. I also sprinkled a little brown sugar on top before I stuck them in the oven, as well as the last 2 minutes they were baking.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

Covering the blueberries (fresh or frozen) in 1 T of the flour blend was a great tip in the recipe, preventing any juice and color from entering the batter.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

I used mini loaf pans, which are great for a brunch and for gifting. Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

They turned so delicious! This will definitely be a brunch staple for upcoming weekends.

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

I’ve been so inspired by Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella lately. She’s always posting delicious smoothie bowls on her instagram, so finally, on Friday I decided to whip of a version of my own. I’ve had one every morning since! They are absolutely delicious, and packed with protein and superfoods.

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl
Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

1 C Frozen Blueberries
3/4 Banana
1 Packet of Perfect Fit Protein (or scoop of protein of your choice)
2 t Cinnamon
1 T Hemp Hearts
1 T Ground Flax
1 T Chia Seeds
1 T Almond Butter
1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk

Place all ingredients in blender, and combine until smooth. Top with flax seeds, hemp hearts, unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, and the remaining banana.

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Lucky Fabb West Day 2

 
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The day started off with a fabulous breakfast with keynote speaker, Vanessa Flaherty, VP of Brand Devlopment Digital Brand Architects.

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Sarah from Raving Fashionista and I.
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I’m so excited for the new styles debuting this June and July at JustFab.com.

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L’Occitane showcased their lovely new fragrances.

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AG Jeans displayed a colorful array of Spring denim.

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An adorable Dylan’s Candy Bar display was set up for their new collaboration with Lesportsac.

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Rachel Nguyen, from That’s Chic conducted a breakout session.

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Jacket: Loft (similar) | Top: Vince (similar) | Skirt: DVF | Necklace: Anthropologie (similar) |  Shoes: Prada | Bracelet: TJ Maxx (similar) | Watch: Michael Kors | Lips: Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick#18 | Nails: CND Hot Pop Pink
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How fabulous is Sarah’s statement necklace?

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DIY Homemade Christmas Loaf


DIY Holiday Loaf GiftI love to bake, so I love sharing baked goods around the holidays. Sugar and gingerbread cookies are a must, but I love including a Christmas loaf and of course adding some festive packaging. I usually buy a set of 6 mini decorative loaf pans and one recipe usually fits the bill to fill each one. Search Pinterest or Google to choose your family & friends’ favorites, cinnamon is usually a safe bet. I found a recipe for Cinnamon Bread on Julie Blanner’s blog and her adorable packaging inspired mine, as well!

I bought some cinnamon sticks a while ago, which served as unique decor. I always keep a spool of twine on hand, it never fails with pretty packaging.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

xo Brittany

Delish Squash Bisque

Right around this time last year, I read The Beauty Detox by celeb nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder. It’s an amazing approach to healthy eating and the order of food consumption. Her book is filled with tons of yummy recipes that are antioxidant filled to promote a radiant glow. With cold, rainy weather the last few days, I’ve been craving her Delish Squash Bisque. It’s the perfect Fall soup for a chilly day. I made it today, along with Tone It Up’s 3 Ingredient Cookies. What are some of your favorite comfort dishes for cold weather?

Delish Squash Bisque

1 medium acorn squash
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large sweet onion, minced
1 Tbs. coconut oil or vegetable broth
3 celery stalks, cubed
2-3 full carrots, cubed
1 tsp. ginger, grated
½- 1 Tbs. of Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, as needed to taste
¼ tsp. black pepper
2 cups of water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  1. Cut the acorn squash open, remove seeds and peel, and cut into cubes.
  2. Heat coconut oil or vegetable broth in a large cooking pot.
  3. Lightly sauté the garlic, then add the onion and the grated ginger.
  4. Do not overcook! Use medium rather than high heat.
  5. Add salt and black pepper and stir in.
  6. Add the rest of the vegetables and gently cook over low heat, until they lightly start to soften.
  7. Add water and cover, simmering the vegetables for 30 minutes or so, or until tender.
  8. Pour mixture into blender and puree. Add the unsweetened almond milk. *(I use an immersion blender instead, to avoid transferring the soup back and forth. Great investment!)
  9. Add back to the cooking pot and keep on low heat.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

 I made these simple cookies (with a not so simple taste!) from the Tone It Up blog for a mid-morning snack. I added cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and carob chips. They’re delicious! If you follow the Tone It Up Program, they’re a great option for Meals 1-3.

Tone It Up 3 Ingredient Cookies

2 Medium Ripe Bananas
1 Cup of Oats
1 Scoop/Packet Perfect Fit Protein Powder (or other favorite brand!)

*Optional: I added Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice & Carob chips

  1. Mash your peeled bananas in a bowl with a fork ~ mash well! Add in the scoop of Perfect Fit and keep mixing. Depending on how ripe your bananas are, you may need to add a few drops of almond milk or water to make your dough the right consistency. Lastly, mix in the oats.
  2. Use a spoon to drop the dough on your cookie sheet ~ be sure to coat it with non-stick cooking spray ~ and lightly press down to flatten. This helps it bake better!
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown! If they are still a little mushy, just bake for a little bit longer.

Other great optional add-ins include: raisins, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, cranberries, walnuts, slivered almonds

Friday Finds

To do list: find a great printed pant. (Don’t you love Emily Shuman’s ultra-chic take on the peplum top?)

To do list: Breakfast in Paris

 

To do list: Plan a Summer picnic. (styled by the talented Ashlina Kaposta)

 

To list: Make Macarons

To do list: DIY these chic glasses & vessel.

Broiled Grapefruit

If you aren’t a fan of grapefruit, after trying this recipe you might just become one. I love grapefruit, but this version is the right amount of sweetness/tanginess.

  • 1/2 packet of Stevia
  • 1/2 Grapefruit

Sprinkle grapefruit with stevia, and place in oven/toaster oven. Broil at a high temperature for 8-10 minutes.

Calories: 41

Health benefits of grapefruit include a great source of antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, increases metabolic rate, and it’s high in fiber.

Healthy Tofu Scramble

After my morning workout, I decided to switch up my usual breakfast of a Green Protein Smoothie for protein packed tofu scramble and ezekiel toast.  I found this recipe at Post Punk Kitchen.  With just the right amount of spices, the healthy dish was full of flavor.  The amazing health benefits of adding cumin to your meal can be found here. Turmeric, a superfood, is a great anti-inflammatory, and nutritional yeast is abundant in B12 and folic acid. I substituted Lite Firm Tofu and I omitted the salt, yielding the nutritional content – Calories: 150 / Fat: 9.6g / Sodium: 44mg / Carbohydrates: 4.7 / Fiber: 4g / Protein: 14.1g.