Blueberry Pie Kefir Smoothie

What’s not to love about frozen blueberries, bananas, crushed graham crackers, pecans and toasted coconut. Add some blueberry kefir for a delicious boost of calcium, protein and gut-friendly probiotics and you’ve got yourself a refreshingly creamy summer treat.        

A Twist on British-Style Beans on Toast

I first learned about this British meal from my daughter who studied for semester in London. Beans on toast makes for a hearty, fiber-rich meal or snack anytime of the day, whether it’s to rev-up your sleepy metabolism in the morning or as a “mini-meal” snack that could easily sub for a quick lunch or…

Kamut Hot Cereal with Apricots, Toasted Pecans and Coconut

Need a break from oatmeal? Here’s a delicious, high protein, high fiber, nutrient-packed alternative, Kamut cereal. I’ve used Kamut in salads (see my Kamut Salad with Arugula and Strawberries post) but Bob’s Red Mill sent me a sample of Kamut cereal to try. It has a nutty, crunchy texture, which I love. Here’s another nutritious…

Mediterranean Quinoa Egg Cups

Here’s a protein-rich, savory breakfast or a fast, “grab and go” snack, lunch or dinner. These quinoa egg cups are fast, easy and delicious in one cute little package.      

Mediterranean Cranberry Bean Dip

Getting a little tired of hummus? I know I am so here’s a solution. Bean dips. By using any variety of beans and seasonings, you can create an endless array of dips and spreads. I used cranberry beans in this recipe (thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for sending me samples to try) but any cooked or…

Protein Power Waffles

One nutritional dilemma with eating waffles or pancakes for breakfast is how to balance out the carbohydrate with enough protein. Using whole grain flours and adding nuts or seeds to the batter will help, but they still fall short of my 20 gram protein breakfast goal. Recently, a client of mine introduced me to this…

Tropical Overnight Oats

Overnight oatmeal makes your busy mornings a little less hectic. You mix the ingredients the night before, refrigerate overnight and eat the next morning. No cooking required. Adding chia seeds and Greek yogurt balances the protein, healthy fat and fiber for longer satiety and less mid-morning snacking. Plus, here’s another way to incorporate dried plums…

Maple Almond Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

  We can all use a nutrient nudge in the morning. This gluten-free breakfast bowl is packed with fiber, protein and calcium. Best of all, you can eat this cold or warm and you can make it the day before so it’s ready when you are.

Labneh (yogurt cheese)

I learned about strained yogurt many years ago at one of my earliest cooking classes. We did not call it Greek yogurt or Labneh, but rather yogurt cheese or yogurt cream cheese. Labneh is a Middle Eastern strained yogurt. It is similar to Greek yogurt (which is also strained yogurt) but because labneh is strained…

Chilled Cucumber and Dill Buttermilk Soup

I seem to only use buttermilk in pancake batter or muffins. That’s unfortunate because buttermilk, like yogurt and kefir, is a cultured dairy product rich in calcium, protein and healthy probiotics. Since most of us are not going to start drinking buttermilk, I wanted to find another way to incorporate it into more recipes. Here,…