Green Zinger Smoothie

I made this smoothie as a light breakfast before a morning hot yoga class and it was perfect - I felt fueled enough to power through the class, but not weighed down or like my belly was overly full.

Green Zinger Smoothie –   Emily Nachazel

Green Zinger Smoothie – Emily Nachazel

Green Zinger Smoothie vegan / gluten free / paleo

Ingredients:

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • Handful of greens (I used kale but spinach or any other mild green will work!)
  • About 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 spoonful almond butter
  • Scoop of vanilla protein powder of choice (I used this one but see this post for all of my protein powder recommendations)
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Small knob of peeled fresh ginger (gives it the ZING!)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • A few ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

  1. All all ingredients to your Vitamix or high speed blender and blend on high until smooth. You may need to add a little extra liquid or ice, depending on how thick you'd like your smoothie.
  2. Enjoy!

Bone Broth Breakfast Soup

This breakfast came about because I was searching for something that was warm, protein packed and easy to make. Enter: healthified egg drop soup!

To be honest, I've never had egg drop soup and I was always kind of scared to order it. But once I tried it at home I was hooked! This soup is so simple and so tasty, and right now it's exactly what my belly wants in the morning (especially since I've been skipping my bulletproof coffee and Superpowers Matcha Lattes).

Bone broth is an essential part of this recipe. Sure, you can use stock, but it won't taste as delicious OR be as beneficial for you bod. For more on the benefits of bone broth, read this post: Bone Broth 101.

Bone Broth Breakfast Soup

Bone Broth Breakfast Soup  gluten free / paleo

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bone broth (I prefer beef, but you can use chicken or turkey, or even a veggie broth)

  • 2 eggs

  • Large handful of greens (baby kale, spinach, watercress, etc!)

  • Sea salt and black pepper

  • 1 tsp ghee (or coconut oil or olive oil)

  • Optional add ins: fresh or dried herbs, leftover cooked veggies, cayenne pepper

Instructions:

  1. Heat the bone broth in a small pot over medium heat. Add the greens and cover to cook for a few minutes.

  2. When greens have wilted, push them off to the sides of the pot as best you can. Crack the eggs directly into the hot broth. Season eggs with salt and pepper.

  3. Continue to cook over medium heat until eggs are done. You can let the eggs poach in the hot liquid, or break the yolks and scramble 'em in (this is what I do most of the time!).

  4. Serve in a small bowl or mug, topped with a drizzle of ghee. Enjoy!

 

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Paleo Apple Pancakes

This recipe was born because I REALLY wanted pancakes, but I was super low on ingredients. I looked in my fridge and saw I had eggs and apples and wondered "Could I make my Paleo Banana Pancakes but with apple instead of banana?"

I decided to try. When I first scooped the pancake batter into my pan, I thought this experimental recipe was going to be a flop, but lo and behold these bad boys turned out AMAZING (and I've made them 3 times since that original creation)!

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Paleo Apple Pancakes  gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

  • 1 small apple, cored

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour

  • Dash cinnamon

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • Toppings of choice: more diced apple, cinnamon, honey or maple syrup, nuts or nut butter

Instructions:

  1. Add apple to your high speed blender or food processor and pulse until apple is shredded. Add all other ingredients except coconut oil and blend until combined.

  2. Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Spoon batter onto hot pan to make 4-5 pancakes. You may need to flatten out or shape the batter with a spoon. Note: The batter will likely not look like traditional pancake batter, and cakes may even appear a little chunky when you first spoon batter onto the pan. This is okay!

  3. Let the cakes cook until edges begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Gently flip and cook for a few minutes until lightly browned on the second side.

  4. Serve with toppings of choice!

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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies

The “breakfast cookie” - sounds like an oxymoron, right? Let’s be real: these do not taste like traditional cookies, but they are naturally sweet and delicious AND good enough for you that you can have a few for breakfast, totally guilt free.

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies // gluten free, naturally sweetened

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • dash sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • optional: 2-3 tbsp maple syrup (I suggest only adding this if your bananas are not super ripe OR if you plan to serve these to friends who may not be used to “healthy” treats)
  • optional add ins: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, cacao nibs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Mash bananas eggs and peanut butter with a fork.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Scoop by heaping tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms just start to brown. Enjoy as is, or slathered with more peanut butter :)

 

Paleo Banana Pancakes

Who doesn't love pancakes?

I remember having friends sleep over in middle and high school - we'd stay up way too late gossiping and watching MTV. In the morning, I'd make pancakes, usually chocolate chip, and we'd eat a TON. Like at least 7 each. Gotta love that teenage metabolism ;)

These pancakes are nothing like those of my childhood but boy are they delicious. The best part? They are packed with good-for-you ingredients so you can eat the entire stack and STILL feel incredible, teenage metabolism or not.

Paleo Banana Pancakes // gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 tsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of baking soda
  • generous dash of sea salt
  • generous dash of cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp coconut oil (for cooking)
  • optional: 1/2 tsp maca powder

Instructions:

  1. Mash banana with the 2 eggs (you can do this with a fork for chunkier pancakes, or blend in your blender for a smoother batter)
  2. Mix in all other ingredients.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, scoop batter into skillet to form 4-5 pancakes.
  4. Cook until the surface of the pancakes start to bubble and edges are browned and then flip VERY carefully (I used two spatulas to do this). Cook another few minutes on the second side.
  5. Top with fresh fruit, nut butter and (if desired) real maple syrup. ENJOY!

Are you a pancake fan? What's your favorite type - blueberry, chocolate chip, banana?? Share with me in the comments below!