Gluten-Free Cranberry Oat Breakfast Cookies

Cookies – For Breakfast!

If you’re bored with your usual breakfasts, maybe you need to start eating cookies first thing in the morning. Breakfast cookies are the perfect way to shake up your morning routine, and they can be quite healthy too. These soft, crispy-edged cookies are made with protein- and fiber-packed almond and coconut flour, as well as oats, dried cranberries, and maple syrup. They’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and the ultimate grab-and-go breakfast. A homemade cookie and a cup of coffee feels indulgent and luxurious, but the healthy balance of protein, fat, and slow-burning carbs these cookies provide will fuel you for your busy day and help you avoid a blood sugar crash midmorning. If you have a little extra time, crumble a cookie into a bowl of Greek yogurt. Instant cookie granola!

Vegan Rainbow Lemon Curry Salad

A Fresh, Nutrition-Packed Spring Lunch

For many of us, spring means that the weather is warm enough to make salads sound appetizing again! However, this bright salad still includes warming elements like curry powder and roasted beets to ensure that it’s comforting and crave-worthy even on rainy wet days – a true ‘rainbow’ of nutrition to brighten the middle of your day. It’s easy to double the ingredients in this recipe and pack them up separately as a lunch meal prep for your work week, and thanks to the generous portions of protein-packed chickpeas and pumpkin seeds, you’ll feel satiated all afternoon.

Chickpea Protein Coconut Brownies

The Perfect Pre- or Post-Workout Treat

Pre- and post-workout fueling is so important, but it’s easy to let it get swept aside as your busy schedule takes over – after all, just finding time for a workout is challenging enough. Wondering how to create the motivation needed to stay on top of your nutrition game? One word – brownies! Make up a batch of these brownies at the beginning of your week and you’ll have the perfect grab-and-go pre- or post-workout snack ready and waiting in your refrigerator. They’re super easy to make as all the ingredients simply get thrown into the blender and blended up!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Blender Apple Muffins

Easy Allergy-Friendly Comfort Food

A vegan AND gluten-free muffin may seem like an oxymoron to anyone used to traditional baking methods, but it can be done – and taste great too, believe it or not! This simple recipe comes together in the blender, making it the perfect quick baking project when you have a few extra minutes during your day. You can also use a food processor if you don’t have a high speed blender.

Roasted Vegetable Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

A Plant-Based Spin on a Traditional Dish

Spaghetti Bolognese is typically as hardy and calorie-dense as it gets – a mountain of refined carbohydrates (in the form of spaghetti noodles) topped with a fatty meat-based sauce. Cheese usually shows up in copious amounts too. It’s certainly delicious, but tends to trigger an immediate food coma. It’s definitely not a food-allergy friendly or health friendly meal. This simple take on spaghetti Bolognese changes the game by replacing the pasta with spaghetti squash and turning the meaty sauce into a lentil-based, veggie-packed, slow-cooked savory dish. The resulting combination is filling and flavorful – as well as entirely plant-based. It’s rich in fiber, protein, and micronutrients, making it the ideal weeknight supper. Leftovers are easy to pack up for lunch the next day too.

Sweet Potato, Asparagus, and Broccoli Egg Bake

Egg Bakes = The Easiest Way to Eat Eggs for Breakfast

If you love to eat eggs for breakfast – or you’re simply in need of a protein-packed, grab-and-go breakfast option for busy weekday mornings (and who isn’t?!) – egg bakes are the way to go. Vegetables, cheese, and other mix-ins are layered into a 9” x 13” pan, blanketed with a mixture of eggs, half and half, and seasonings, and baked until just set. The resulting bake can be cut into squares and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to simply heat and eat. This particular recipe includes a unique and tasty ingredient – spiralized sweet potato noodles! This makes the egg bake a complete meal, with protein, vegetables, and healthy carbs. You’ll be satiated, energized, and ready to tackle whatever the morning brings.

Veggie Packed Quinoa and Beef Chili

This colorful, satisfying, nutrient-packed chili is the ultimate one bowl meal. It’s a fresh take on traditional chili, emphasizing veggies as much as meat. With three different forms of tomatoes creating the base of the broth, it’s an amazing source of disease-fighting lycopene. It also contains three healthy carb sources – quinoa, corn, and sweet potatoes! It freezes and reheats well and it’s so nourishing on wet and snowy spring days (although light and fresh enough for warmer days as well). Make a batch at the beginning of the week and you’ll have a quick and filling lunch option available for when you’re on-the-go. Nothing improves your Sunday like a pot of fragrant soup simmering on the stove!

Vegan Curry Veggie Balls

Veggie Balls: A Super Satisfying, Nutrient-Dense Alternative to Meatballs!

Veggie burgers are fairly ubiquitous these days, but they can be challenging to make at home. They tend to fall apart either during preparation or cooking, and the resulting frustration can be enough to make anyone never want to cook them again. Veggie balls, however, essentially smaller, near-bite size veggie burgers, are easier to prepare, store, and portion out (especially for children!). They’re more versatile too, serving as a perfect topping for salads or macro bowls, a great filling for tacos or wraps, or an awesome snack all on their own with a side of hummus or salsa. Keep a batch on hand in the freezer for a quick week night meal (or an easy meat replacement if you avoid meat and the rest of your family is eating it for a meal). They’re similar in appearance and taste to falafel, but since they’re baked instead of fried, they’re better for you.

Sunshine Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowls: Perfect for When You Want to EAT Your Nutrition (Instead of Drinking It!)

Smoothies are one of the best ways to get large quantities of fruit, greens, and superfoods into your diet…but all of that drinking your meals, instead of eating them, can get old fast. Smoothie bowls offer the perfect solution. They’re composed of a thick smoothie (with the consistency of sorbet) layered in a bowl with colorful, crunchy toppings. Smoothie bowls are eaten with a spoon instead of a straw and they’re more of a celebration than a chore to eat. Plus, they’re ideal for kids since they can top their own smoothie bowls according to personal preference!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

A Grab-and-Go Snack for your Busy Life

If there is one thing we could all use, it’s more healthy, simple snacks. When the day gets away from us and hunger strikes, it’s all too easy to reach for something quick and loaded with sugar, salt, and trans fats. Keep these protein balls in your refrigerator (either at home or work) or pack a few into a Tupperware container and toss it into your purse or gym bag. You will be prepared with a protein-packed, all-natural, balanced snack when your stomach begins to growl – they taste delicious too!