When I first tell people that I am a dietitian, they tend to ask some typical questions:
“What do you think of X diet?”
“How much should I be eating to lose weight?”
“Am I getting enough protein?”
One of my favorite questions to help answer is “How can I eat a healthy breakfast when I’m super busy during the week?” If you guys follow me on Instagram, you know that I LOVE breakfast! I always have a filling meal to start the day, whether that be peanut butter and banana toast, a loaded sweet potato yogurt bowl, or oatmeal with a hasselback baked pear. When we sleep, our bodies use up some of the glycogen we store in the liver as energy. It’s important to replenish those lost stores upon waking with breakfast! Including some carbohydrates like whole grains, fruit or dairy helps replenish these stores and allows our bodies to use the glucose in these foods for energy. As with every meal, pairing these carbs with protein, fiber, and healthy fats makes for a balanced meal that will keep us feeling full.
Preparing breakfast the night before to take with you to work is an easy solution to skipping breakfast because you are too busy. Some great options include overnight oatmeal, egg muffins, and chia pudding! Each of these choices are balanced mixes of the macronutrients + fiber.
If you’re not keen on the gelatinous texture of chia pudding, try blending it! Blending turns it into a creamy, smooth pudding that is so dreamy. This recipe will turn any chia pudding skeptic into a lover! It really tastes like a rich dessert. In fact, I would definitely make this for dessert and be completely satisfied! It’s naturally sweetened with just dates, gluten free and paleo friendly. I hope you guys give it a try!
¼ cup chia seeds
1 ½ cups water
5 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 ½ tbsp creamy almond butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
Dash of sea salt
Toppings of choice: I used banana, pomegranate seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds and pepitas.
Combine chia seeds and water in a jar, close lid and shake very well. I shake the jar a few times, wait a minute, and shake again. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Add chia gel to a blender along with the other ingredients. Blend on high speed until creamy.
Divide between two bowls and add any toppings you desire! This can is easily prepared ahead of time – just store in a jar in the fridge, so it’s ready to grab and go in the morning.
This recipe makes 2 servings.
*I actually made this entire recipe in my NutriBullet Balance blender. It was super convenient just adding all the ingredients to one container – easy cleanup!
What are your favorite breakfast on-the-go recipes? I would love to hear! If you guys try this chia pudding, tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see your creations 🙂
Do you ever wake up with very specific cravings? The other morning, I immediately began thinking about chewy ginger spice cookies. I almost always choose classic chocolate chip when it comes to cookies, so it was quite out of the blue for me! Maybe I had seen some scrolling on Instagram the night before, but I knew I wanted to make them that very day!
As you guys know, I have a sweet tooth and I am an advocate for eating “real” sweets on occasion to satisfy those cravings. I’ll never turn down my mom’s homemade cookies or a slice of birthday cake. However, I really do enjoy experimenting in the kitchen with alternative ingredients and creating more nutritious versions of my favorite treats! I’ve recently been experimenting with almond flour. It bakes up quite well, and I love that it adds healthy fat, fiber and protein to baked goods!
These cookies offer up a double dose of almond, as I also used almond butter. Because of the high fat content in almond butter, there was no need for any added oil or butter to this recipe! I slightly under baked them so they are SUPER soft, and the turbinado sugar coating adds a delicious crunch to every bite. They are the perfect gluten free, paleo treat to bring to your holiday gathering! They stay super moist when you store them, and become even more flavorful a day or two later.
What’s your favorite appetizer to snack on at parties? One of my go-to choices is a hummus! It’s a humble yet nutritious food, packed with plant based protein and healthy fats. You can use veggie sticks, better-for-you crackers or whole wheat pita for dipping to up the nutrition factor. Pulses, which include beans, lentils, peas (and the chickpeas found in hummus) are substantial sources of important minerals like iron, magnesium and potassium, and they are also rich in fiber. Many of the world’s longest living populations eat diets rich in pulses!
Recently, someone asked me to bring an appetizer to a holiday party. When bringing a dish to a gathering, I like to choose something nutritious to balance out some of the heavier foods that will be served. Naturally, I thought of hummus! Store bought hummus usually gets the job done, but homemade is ALWAYS better. If you haven’t made your own before, you are missing out! Think about how creamy, smooth and fresh the hummus is at your favorite Mediterranean restaurant. You can have that at home in about 5 minutes with this recipe! To up the “wow” factor, I added some delicious toppings to this hummus, so it was a really beautiful presentation to show off. Your guests will never know this took you less than 20 minutes to make 🙂 This recipe makes A LOT of hummus, so make sure you have a hungry crowd ready to dig in.
1 28 oz can low sodium chickpeas, drained and liquid reserved
Happy Holidays, friends! I absolutely love the holiday season – especially Christmas! I’m looking forward to cooking family recipes with my mom and spending time with my sisters who live in different cities.
I put together a little gift guide this year to share some of my favorite products with you guys! While it looks like my life revolves around food on Instagram (and let’s be honest, it pretty much does), I also enjoy other things, like finding new beauty products and interior decorating! I’ve been trying to live an uncluttered lifestyle since moving to Boston, so items I don’t use frequently get the boot. You can be sure I regularly use and love the items on this list, save for a few goodies that I don’t own, but have been coveting 🙂 I also included a wide price range, so many of these gifts are quite affordable!
What are you guys looking forward to most this holiday season?
I was given this as a birthday gift, and pretty much haven’t stopped wearing it since! It is THE most comfortable bra I own. I actually have not worked out in it – I wear it under regular clothes! It is definitely better suited for smaller chests and low impact workouts like yoga. I went to order more, but they were sold out in my size!
I also received this bag as a gift! I absolutely love it. It is the perfect size to hold all your skincare and makeup essentials for traveling. I love the smaller pouch it comes with – I’ve been using it to organize my purse!
Those closest to me know that I’m always cold, which makes winters in the Northeast quite the challenge. I love layering this scarf under my jacket. It is super warm, covers your face, and can be used as a shawl or blanket if your destination is chilly. I use to bring this to the NYU library to study when I was a student there!
This is one of my recent beauty finds! I’ve been dealing with perioral dermatitis and very sensitive skin for the last 6 months or so. My usual cream moisturizer was no longer working for me, as it left my skin feeling stingy. My sister happened to have this product, and it’s been a total game changer. It’s pure rosehip seed oil, and is incredibly moisturizing. I use 5-6 drops on my face once or twice a day, and after every shower. It really sinks into my skin, so it doesn’t look or feel greasy, and I can easily layer my powder mineral foundation over it.
This is another gift I recently received, and I’m already in love! This Himalayan pink salt lamp is a gorgeous addition to our apartment – it looks like a giant crystal! I love that this lamp has a dimmer, so we can lower the lighting for movie night.
Resistance bands are one of my essentials for at-home or hotel room workouts. I bring these with me when I go visit my family on Martha’s Vineyard and work out in our yard. They take up no space in your suitcase, you can do so many moves with them and they can make your workout more challenging than using just your body weight.
I’ve become such a plant mom since moving to Boston. We already have 11 pants at our place, and that number will be growing! A plant lover will always find room in their home for more plants – so a few pretty succulents would be a welcome gift. I follow Fairy Blooms on Instagram, and they have the most beautiful, unique succulents! You can also find them at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or local plant stores.
This is one of my new favorite kitchen tools. This blender connects to a smartphone app using Bluetooth. The base acts as a scale to measure the ingredients as you add them in real time, and calculates nutrition information of your blend. I think this is such an innovative learning tool for those people in your life who are looking to make some healthy lifestyle changes! PLUS, my friends at NutriBullet were so kind to offer you all a discount code. Get 20% off your order until December 19 using the code 'ALEX'.
Because who doesn’t love getting pretty jewelry as a gift!? These hoop earrings are the perfect size – not too big, not too small, and super lightweight. I have sensitive ears – these are 14k gold-filled and don’t bother me!
I seriously use Primal Palate organic spice blends every day! Some of my favorites include adobo seasoning, seafood seasoning, and apple pie spice. They now have a Spice of the Month Club, which ships 3 spice blends quarterly. The perfect gift for the healthy chef in your life!
I LOVE my weighted blanket. They were developed to help with anxiety, stress and even Autism Spectrum Disorder. The weight mimics deep pressure touch, and is similar to a strong hug. As someone who struggles with anxiety, this tool was a welcome addition to my home, and it really helps me feel calm and grounded when I use it.
I don’t wear a lot of make-up, but these are two products I use regularly. I use Boy Brow every day to shape and add fullness to my brows, and use Haloscope to add a little bit of shimmer and dewy-ness when my complexion is looking a little “blah”. I have Boy Brow in brown and Haloscope in Quartz.
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The holiday season is in full force! Hanukkah began Sunday evening, and Christmas is just a few weeks away. I feel extremely grateful this year to be in Boston, so I don’t have to miss out on spending time with family. Both my parents and Ben’s live in the area, so we’re able to celebrate with everyone.
One thing I’m looking most forward to is helping my mom prepare everything for Christmas Eve and Christmas. I already spent a weekend helping her make homemade raviolis and decorating the house. She also follows a pescatarian diet, and we have a few other vegetarians coming to celebrate, so I wanted to create a quick and delicious meat-free entrée. I think being vegetarian for so many years, I am extra in-tune with dietary restrictions of others. I always appreciate when others go out of their way to make sure there are veggie friendly options for me, so I try to do the same!
These sweet potatoes are a perfectly balanced meal in themselves: they have filling fiber (sweet potatoes) and protein (chickpeas) paired with healthy fat (avocado) and a pile of greens for a little extra nutritious kick. The chickpea avocado filling takes 5 minutes to prepare, and you can prep the sweet potatoes the night before and just reheat. They’re also meat-eating boyfriend approved, so everyone at your table is sure to enjoy these.
Are you guys preparing food for people with dietary restrictions this year? I would love to hear what you are making!
What do you guys include in your weekly meal prep sessions? A couple protein sources, roasted veggies, and a big batch of grains are key. But how do you make your meals super flavorful and eliminate boredom as the week progresses? Sauces and dressings! I love to include one or two different sauces in my weekly recipe round up. It may seem intimidating, but you really can make your favorite peanut sauce at home in less than 10 minutes. I sometimes even wait until the night I cook a meal to whip up a sauce to go with it.
Why make your own sauces, instead of buying them pre-made? Making your own sauces/dressings at home is empowering from a nutrition standpoint, as it allows you to control exactly what ingredients you’re adding. You can eliminate pro-inflammatory oils, excess added sugars and preservatives.
I currently have a batch of mustardy champagne vinaigrette and this delicious Green Goddess Tahini Sauce in my fridge. This is the first time I’ve made this sauce, and Ben and I can’t get enough! It’s wonderful used as a dressing for kale salads and drizzled over roasted veggies. It would also be a great dipping sauce for homemade falafel or sweet potato fries. There are only a few simple ingredients, and all you do is add them to a blender! I created the recipe in my NutriBullet Balance blender and smartphone app, which calculated the nutrition information in real time! So, so easy.
1/3 cup olive oil
½ cup smooth tahini
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 small cloves garlic, roughly chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Drizzle over just about anything!
This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. If you make it, tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see you creations! 🙂