Yields 12 Servings, 1 cupcake each

Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes

These strawberry-banana flavored frozen yogurt cupcakes are a perfect sweet treat and less than 100 calories each!

10 minPrep Time

4 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 3½ cups unsweetened coconut yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 6 medium strawberries, pureed
  • ½ medium ripe banana, pureed
  • 36 dark chocolate morsels (about 2 Tbsp.)

Instructions

  1. Place 12 silicone baking cups on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Combine yogurt and honey in a medium bowl; mix well.
  3. Place 3 Tbsp. yogurt mixture in each baking cup.
  4. Top evenly with strawberries, banana, and 2 additional Tbsp. yogurt mixture.
  5. Top each cupcake with 3 morsels.
  6. Freeze for 4 hours, or until firm.
  7. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Tip: You can make this recipe using silicone baking cups, a silicone muffin pan, or a regular muffin pan. When using the regular muffin pan, to remove cupcakes, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for 20 seconds.

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Yields 1 Serving

Cinnamon Apple Cider Smoothie

Apple cider and cinnamon are evocative fall flavors, and you can enjoy them both in this Cinnamon Apple Cider smoothie. Look for all-natural cider with no added sugar.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup all-natural apple cider
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place water, apple cider, Shakeology, cinnamon, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
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Yields 4 Servings

Grilled Peach Panzanella

Fresh peaches are startlingly good in this Italian bread salad with tomatoes and basil.

5 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil, divided use
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 3 slices whole-grain bread
  • 3 ripe medium peaches, cut in half, pits removed
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Combine tomatoes, shallot, 2 tbsp. oil, vinegar, salt (if desired), and pepper (if desired); whisk to blend. Set aside.
  3. Toast bread on grill for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Cool; tear into bite-sized pieces. Place in a medium serving bowl. Set aside.
  4. Brush cut side of peaches evenly with remaining 1 tsp. oil. Place cut side down on grill. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until just charred but still firm. Remove from heat. Cool; slice into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Add tomato mixture, peaches, and basil to bread; toss gently to blend.
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 187 Fat: 9 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 75 mg Carbohydrate: 25 g Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 11 g Protein: 5 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions (per serving) ½ carb/grain 1 fruit

Body Beast Portions (per serving) 1 starch 1½ fruit

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Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk or almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Pureed Pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Organic Honey (i use stevia or vanilla stevia and a little bit of honey)
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg or Allspice
  • 1/2 Cup Strong Coffee or Espresso (or 1 serving of instant coffee)
  • Pinch of Cocoa Powder
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  • P.S. Coffee is better organic...lots of pesticides are used to grow coffee so keep your body clean by investing in organic. 🙂

Instructions

  1. Brew your coffee or espresso first however you like. I used Organic regular coffee (the organic instant coffee to save time) and used about 2 Tbsp ground coffee to every 1 Cup of coffee.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat, add milk, pureed pumpkin, and raw honey until your coconut milk is steaming. Then remove from heat, stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Pour into the bottom half of a coffee cup, then pour in your strong coffee or espresso on top of it.
  4. Top it with whipped cream if you want-i prefer coconut whipped cream! then sprinkle with some cocoa powder.
  5. and ENJOY!
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Losing weight, slimming down and getting healthy is on everyone’s mind this time of year and we know that sometimes slimming down alone can be a little frustrating (especially when you don’t have the necessary knowledge).  Let’s take a look at the best way to start your day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — at least, that’s what everyone’s been telling you since you were a kid. But unless you have a Leslie Knope-sized appreciation for waffles, you might be inclined to skip the first meal of the day. After all, mornings are hectic enough as it is — and a calorie saved is a calorie earned for dessert later, right?

Do You Really Need to Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight?

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But skipping breakfast isn’t actually a foolproof way to cut calories. “Even if you do ‘save’ calories, you’ll blast right through any deficit when you finally do get the chance to eat,” says Abbey Sharp, R.D., and owner of Abbey’s Kitchen. “When you let yourself get ravenous, it’s difficult to make mindful decisions at that next meal.”

Eating breakfast can help you establish healthy eating habits and give you an edge in the weight-loss game — as long as you do it right. Here are a few things you need to know to get the best breakfast benefits.

4 Things to Remember About Breakfast When You’re Trying to Lose Weight

A healthy breakfast can set the tone for a healthy day.

When you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning and barely have time to brush your teeth, the last thing on your mind is whipping up a fiesta omelet. But it could be worth waking up a few minutes earlier to make time for breakfast.

“When you start the day with a healthy breakfast, you’ll be more likely to continue the theme later on,” Sharp says. And people who eat breakfast in the morning tend to choose foods throughout the day with lower “energy density,” which is the number of calories per gram of food. (Beans, veggies, and lean protein are all examples of foods with lower energy density.)

Not all breakfasts are equal.

In theory, any food eaten in the morning could qualify as breakfast. But that doesn’t give you carte blanche to start your day with a hot fudge sundae. According to at least one study, a healthy, high-protein breakfast can increase your energy levels… unlike that bowl of cereal. Consider adding eggs, beans, skinless chicken, or salmon to your breakfast routine. They’ll give you more lasting fuel than marshmallows will. Yes, even the star-shaped ones.

Find your own breakfast groove.

Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Despite findings like the study above, some researchers have suggested that breakfast may not deserve all of the credit it gets. If you eat a midnight snack and aren’t hungry again until noon, this might not be any better or worse than “fasting” from dinner until dawn. That’s because we tend to grab less healthy grub when we’re tired. Research has also shown that limiting nighttime snacking reduces total calorie intake for the day.

So if you have no appetite in the morning, ask yourself why. “If you’re not hungry because you were out late or had a big dinner the night before, acknowledge that, and wait until your body tells you to eat,” Sharp says.

But don’t wait ’til lunch before you reassess your hunger: “Check in with yourself and ask, ‘Am I hungry for something, even just a glass of milk or a peach?’ and respond accordingly,” Sharp adds.

Breakfast is not a magic bullet.

Some researchers have noted that in a “free-living” study — where people weren’t told what to eat for breakfast — there was no notable difference in weight loss between breakfast eaters and skippers. This suggests that the simple act of eating breakfast isn’t enough to make you lose weight — as with any meal, you need to pay attention to portion size, calorie count, and nutrients.

Sharp’s go-to breakfast picks are avocado toast and protein pancakes; if you need more inspiration, check out any of our favorite breakfast recipes.

Here is a list of my go to breakfast favorites:

Eggs – Sunny side up, scrambled, poached and omelettes are my favorite ways to prepare eggs.  They give you a variety of options and you can mix in any veggies you like.

Fruit – I prefer a variety of fruits and usually shop seasonal

Pancakes – When I choose to follow a completely Paleo/gluten free/dairy free lifestyle, this was one of the things I was really going to miss.  But I was wrong! Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix is AMAZING! I pair that with Walden Farms Maple Walnut Syrup on Sundays when I make Sunday morning breakfast for my fam.

Shakeology – When I’m in a hurry to get out the door, I just wake and shake.  Shakeology offers