Guest Recipe: Power Nut Smoothie

A smoothie is a quintessential meal-on-the-go when you’re running out the door in the morning, need some nourishment after a tough workout or just want a healthy late-afternoon treat. The great thing about smoothies is that they are completely customizable and cater to anyone’s taste! I love creating my own unique concoctions in the Edible Epiphanies kitchen, but what I enjoy even more is having my Edible followers share their fabulous recipes!

Edible fan, Caitlin, recently shared this nutty, protein-packed creation with me and I just had to spread the word. It is incredibly easy to make, provides a sweet balance of nuttiness, with a crunch of inflammation-reducing seeds, and is sweet enough to satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving! See the recipe below and have fun making this one at home:

Ingredients:
  1. 1 scoop Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder
  2. 1 Frozen Banana
  3. 1/2 cup Ice
  4. 1 cup Almond Milk
  5. 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  6. 1 tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
  7. Optional: 1 tbsp. Almond Butter
Directions:

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into your favorite mug, glass, mason jar or bottle, and enjoy!

Quest Protein Powder

Guest Recipe: Mango Protein Bread

One of my amazing Edible Epiphanies community members, Fit Wise Nation, recently shared this incredibly tasty high-protein gluten-free snack that I just couldn’t resist. It’s perfect on its own, as a warm morning meal topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, or as a creative dessert that completes a perfectly healthy meal. However you decide to enjoy it, I welcome you to give it a try and let me know what you think!

mango protein bread

Mango Protein Bread

Ingredients:

– 1 cup of oat or almond flour
– 3 eggs
– 3 ripe bananas
– 2-3 scoops of banana protein powder
– 1 tsp baking powder
– shredded coconut
– 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
– 1-2 ripe mangos

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees
  2. Mix all of your wet ingredients together in one bowl
  3. Mix all of your dry ingredients together in another bowl
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well
  5. Bake in a non-stick loaf tin for 15-20 minutes

If you stick a knife into the center and it comes out clean, you know it’s ready to enjoy!

BONUS: For an added protein boost, serve with plain Greek yogurt!

Nutrition Fact Per Slice:

✔️ Protein: 8.5g

✔️ Fat: 4g

✔️ Carbohydrates: 7g

✔️ Calories: 98

Your Guide to the Garden

lettuce

As a salad fanatic, I have mastered the art of carefully crafting the perfect plate of mixed greens topped with veggies and packed with proteins. Variety makes this deliciously healthy meal a masterpiece, and the best part is that it’s completely customizable!

Depending on your mood, the time of day, the ingredients that are in season or available to you, or the crowd you are serving, you can turn a salad into the ultimate centerpiece.

The foundation of any good salad is the right type of lettuce. This may sound like a simple step, but the type of lettuce you use truly determines the taste and texture of the meal. For example, everyone knows that Romaine works best in Caesar salads…can you imagine making it with the light and fluffy Butter variety? What would that do to the texture and feel? Would the Caesar dressing make the Butter lettuce too heavy and damp?

A common lunch time favorite of mine is a walnut, cranberry salad made with fresh spinach leaves, dusted with Feta cheese and drizzled with a light Balsamic Vinaigrette. The solid stems and specific taste of the spinach leaves pack a pungent punch, the solid leaves are strong enough to cradle the walnuts, and the Feta pairs perfectly with this unique garden variety.

If you want the greens to take the spotlight in the salad rather than the added ingredients, use a Spring Mix that includes baby Romaine and oak leaf lettuces, Swiss chard, arugula, frisée, and radicchio. This will send your tastebuds into a whirlwind of excitement and allow you to keep the additions to a minimum.

If you want the ingredients to take charge, however, you may want to stick to a more bland variety, such as a basic Iceberg. This leaf can be piled high with sauteed vegetables, sprinkled with fresh Parmesan and tucked between fresh fruits or grilled chicken.

Whatever your taste, let the garden be your palette and create your masterpiece! Click here for a simple guide to lettuce varieties from the Huffington Post.

What’s your favorite lettuce? COMMENT BELOW to share!

Guest Recipe: Arctic Cookie Mash

Edible Epiphanies recently ran a “Healthy Dessert Contest” for the chance to win a FREE pint of Arctic Zero! I was overwhelmed with the incredibly delicious and creative recipes that my community members submitted, and it was nearly impossible to choose just one. A unique recipe by Ralph Esposito of Danbury, CT made my mouth water and I knew this was the recipe I had to try. The contest winner was kind enough to share his creation with the Edible Epiphanies community, so check it out, try it out and let me know what you think!

Quest into the Arctic Cookie Mash

Quest into the ‘Arctic Cookie Mash’

Ralph Esposito

Ingredients:

Cookie Dough Quest Protein Bar:
     – Cut into small circles uses an apple corer
Cookies & Cream Arctic Zero
Protein Frosting:
     – 1/2 scoop chocolate pea protein
     – 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
     – 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
     – Sprinkle of cinnamon
     – Add water to frosting consistency 1 tsp at a time

Directions:

Top the Quest cookie dough and Arctic Zero with the frosting, and mix. You have your smart Arctic Cookie Mash! This is one of my favorite pseudo-cheat meals. It takes a quick five minutes to prepare, it’s a great study break snack for your brain, and it won’t put you in a sugar crash moments later. Enjoy!

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TGI…National Cereal Day!

I am so excited that today is National Cereal Day, because cereal is my most favorite carbohydrate-filled food. It is perhaps one of the best late-night, fiber-filled, satisfying snack that comes in so many varieties and flavors.

Gluten-free enthusiasts are fortunate to have many options today, and if you’re like me, you can be quite picky about which selection to make! I am also a huge fan of not just having one type of cereal in my bowl, but rather, creating an amalgamation of different cereals that dance together with just the slightest splash of milk to give them a little soak.

You may have seen one of my all-time favorite cereal varieties in my post, “Bed Time Bites,” which is Barbara’s Multigrain Puffins. This is even better when paired with freshly sliced bananas or a small handful of raisins.

Nature's Path Honey'd Corn FlakesAnother cereal that I absolutely adore is Nature’s Path Honey’d Corn Flakes. I was hooked at first bite, as these gluten-free flakes are thicker than the standard brands and are lightly sweetened with a touch of honey to give it that dessert-like feeling.Glutino Apple Cinnamon Rings

Finally, a sweet little secret I’ll share with you is our recent find – Glutino Gluten-Free Products. While they carry an entire line of snacks, frozen meals and baking mixes, their cereals are absolutely delicious. One of my favorite varieties is the Apple & Cinnamon Rings cereal, which is great as a before-bed snack and doesn’t require any additions (except for a splash of nonfat milk!)

I am a firm believer of eating cereal at any time of day – not just in the morning as a breakfast meal – so these varieties are my favorite options for enjoying in bed to my favorite show.

What’s your favorite cereal? COMMENT BELOW!