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Do you feel too busy to eat healthy and wish you had easy healthy recipes?

Do you feel too busy to eat healthy and wish you had easy healthy recipes?
Lunch in the garden, Urubamba, Peru By Michelle Ramirez

Whether you are a busy professional or a busy mom, we all struggle to find time to prepare healthy nutritious meals. Often times we may end up choosing unhealthy snacks or meals just because it is faster and easier to get these. Many of you have asked for a few easy healthy recipes that you could prepare for yourself and your family. With that in mind, I thought I could share three of my favorite recipes that are also liked by the whole family.

I will share my fave go to snack which can also double as a desert, a healthy version of my favorite breakfast my mom made when I was growing up and a fall appropriate easy soup. In case you were wondering, all the ingredients I use are organic and local whenever possible and available (read here why).

Two of these recipes are made in the blender. You can use any blender, but after having gone through various blenders, I use the Vitamix. It is the strongest I have seen and has so many functions that it just simplifies my cooking life (no, I don’t get anything for supporting them, this is just my honest opinion). Anything that makes my life simpler will get some love from me 😍

Easy Healthy Recipes

Easy healthy recipes

This was may favorite growing up! It was this thick, creamy, sweet conction that my mom used to make topped off with cinnamon. Yum! The original recipe has a good amount of milk and a LOT of sugar, as I later found out. This is probably why I liked it so much! My version uses stevia and maple syrup instead of sugar and coconut or almond milk instead of cow’s milk. The stevia makes it sweet enough that you don’t really need the syrup, but my daughter likes the swirl. She absolutely loves this breakfast!

The trick is to put the ingredients in a pot when you wake up and leave it simmering for a while as you get ready because it does take a bit to absorb all the milk and change from watery to creamy. Adjust amounts depending on desired quantities, this will serve a little more than the bowl pictured above.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cup of your favorite milk

1 piece of orange or lemon peel

1 clove

1/2 cinammon stick

1 dropper full of liquid stevia

Splash of vanilla extract

Maple syrup to top

Ground cinammon to top

Combine all ingredients (except the topers) in a small sauce pan at high heat and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, bring to a simmer and leave for about 20-25 minutes until consitency turns from liquid to creamy. Make sure it doesn’t dry out, you may add more milk of needed. Top with cinnamon and a thin swirl of maple syrup.

Easy healthy recipes

Every fall, as soon as butternut squash can be seen, my daughter asks me to make this soup! I make it in the vitamix on the week-end or a week-night and store or freeze because, depending on the size of the squash, you will get a lot. I will give you a smaller quantity, good for four without left overs, but you can adjust ratios as desired.

Ingredients

1/2 peeled butternut squash

1 small yellow onion or large shallot

1 garlic clove

1 – 11/2 cups of your favorite broth (vegetable, chicken, bone)

1 tsp of avocado or grapeseed oil

Sea salt to taste

Ground nutmeg to taste

Dash of cinammon

Pepper (optional)

Steam or boil the squash until soft. Peel and cut the onion and garlic into large pieces and cook until soft in a small pan with a little avocado or grapeseed oil. Once squash, onion and garlic are cooked, place in a blender with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more broth for desired consitency. In the Vitamix, I put it in the soup setting so that if comes out hot and ready to eat. Top with a little cinammon or nutmeg. Refrigerate or freeze unused portion.

Easy healthy recipes

This last one is a great snack when you need something sweet and somewhat carby, but don’t want to reach for those cookies! It can also double up as a great dessert. I make it with Japanesse yams because it makes it easier to tell my daughter it’s vanilla pudding, but you can make it with any variety of sweet potato or yam. I usually make a large batch and put it in individual containers in the fridge to eat over 2-3 days.

 Ingredients

2 large peeled Japanesse yams

1+ cup of water

1 tbsp of coconut manna/butter

1/2 dropper of liquid stevia (adjust to taste)

Splash of vanilla extract

1/4 tsp of ground cinammon (adjust to taste)

Ground cinammon to top

Steam or boil the yams, place in the blender or vitamix with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Depending on desired consistency, may need to add more or less water.

Ok guys, so there you have it, three easy health recipes you can make at home for yourself or your family! Hope it helps simplify your weekly meal planning. What are some of your favorite easy healthy recipes? Share below!

Have an amazing nutritious week!



7 thoughts on “Do you feel too busy to eat healthy and wish you had easy healthy recipes?”

  • For chocolate lovers like me… these Coconut protein balls are a good healthy go-to snack or when you have a sweet craving! Kids approved! 🙂

    http://ifoodreal.com/coconut-protein-balls/

    Coconut Protein Balls
    Ingredients
    3 cups dates, pitted
    4 scoops (120 g) whey protein powder, unflavoured & unsweetened
    1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips
    1 + 1/2 cup almonds
    2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
    1/2 cup warm water
    2/3 – 1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

    Directions
    Combine dates, almonds and water in a food processor and grind. Small chunks are fine. Add to the mixing bowl along with protein powder, carob ships and cocoa powder. Mix with spatula until well combined. Mixture will seem dry in the beginning. If necessary add more water.

  • Love healthy options and I’m trying as well to eat organic. I love oats and I usually do them overnight. Mixing oats, almond milk, honey, chia seeds and fresh fruits of some kind (favorite are fresh mango). Do it just before bed, put it in the fridge and enjoy in the morning . Yum

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