Healthier Apple Berry Crisp

I have always loved this dessert and think that it is great during any season and is super easy to make and full lots of healthy fruit, however when I made it last time I realized that it has a lot more added sugar than it really needs. So, I challenged myself to make a healthier version of this recipe by limiting the added sugar, making some easy substitutes and adding in some healthy nuts for flavor, texture and nutrients!

Health Benefits:

  • Apples are a healthy source of carbohydrates, providing you with energy. They also provide fiber, vitamin C, potassium, polyphenols and more.
  • Mixed berries are packed with antioxidants, which can help protect your cells, and also contain fiber, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin K and are anti-inflammatory in nature.
  • Whole wheat flour contains the bran (providing fiber, minerals and antioxidants), endosperm (mostly carbohydrates) and the germ (containing vitamins, minerals, protein and more). Refined grains like white flour only has the endosperm, so does not provide near as many health benefits as whole wheat flour does.
  • Nuts are a great source of a variety of nutrients and are considered a healthy fat. Healthy fats are important in maintaining a proper hormone balance and they also help to absorb nutrients and are a source of energy.

Remember that not all desserts that you make or eat have to be “healthier” versions. It’s ok to eat normal cookies, brownies, cakes, etc and trust me, I eat them too without guilt. However, when you have a sweet tooth and love baking (like me) it is nice to be able to create desserts that taste delicious, give you some added nutrients and don’t make you feel sick from too much sugar.

Healthier Apple Berry Crisp

  • Servings: 6-8 pieces (may vary on dishes used and serving size)
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This recipe is full of delicious fruit and topped with crispy, crumbly topping that is made healthier by using less sugar, swapping a few simple ingredients and adding nuts for healthy fats and nutrients!

Ingredients

  • 3 apples, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup, walnuts and/or pecans
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cold and diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Lightly toss apples and berries with lemon juice and maple syrup. Add in flour and cinnamon and toss together again. Pour into an 8 x 8 or similar sized pan or dish.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to a medium bowl and cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or fork until mixture is crumbly. Pour topping onto fruit mixture and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes at 350° F. Let cool slightly, as fruit will be very hot, then serve warm and enjoy!

This is a recipe I’ve been wanting to make and post for a while now, so I hope that you enjoy it if you choose to make it or it inspires you to get creative in the kitchen as well! Thanks for checking this out!!

-Brit


Veggie Packed Chili

This chili recipe is perfect for fall and packed with tons of vegetables that taste and smell amazing. Plus it’s a crock pot/ slow cooker recipe so all you really need to do it dump the ingredients in, give it a stir and walk away! There’s nothing better than coming back into the kitchen and being welcomed by the warm aromas of a delicious meal that is waiting for you.

I topped my veggie chili with some plain greek yogurt, diced avocado and some more cilantro. You can also add cheese, tortilla chips or any other of your favorite chili toppings to make it complete. I also paired it with some of my favorite beer bread and the combo was perfect! I’m planning on sharing a recipe for that soon too, so be on the lookout!

Health Benefits:

  • Carrots are good source of beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, vitamin K1 and antioxidants.
  • Red bell peppers contain lots of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate and antioxidants.
  • Tomatoes are a source of lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
  • Black beans and kidney beans both provide plant-based protein, as well as fiber, minerals and more. Choosing plant-based proteins when you can also helps to keep the earth healthier by reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Corn provides B vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • More fiber can be found in sweet potatoes, along with vitamins A and C, manganese, vitamin B6 and more.

Veggie Chili

A delicious, easy and comforting fall chili recipe that packed full of nutrients and sure to please a crowd!

Ingredients

  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 15 oz can corn
  • 1.5 – 2 cups sweet potato, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup broth of choice (or water)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, diced
  • 4 oz can green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cut sweet potatoes, carrots, bell pepper and green onions.
  2. Add all ingredients to a crock pot/ slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7 hours.
  3. Serve with your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!!

Thanks for checking out this recipe and let me know what you think when you give it a try!!

Brit


Healthy & Delicious Enchiladas

I love enchiladas and had really been craving some, so I had my mom send me the recipe that she’s used my whole childhood and looked it over to make some healthy swaps and additions for a more nutritious meal that would keep my tummy happy. For example, I swapped sour cream for plain greek yogurt, used whole wheat tortillas, and added some extra veggies.

This recipe does have quite a few steps but thats because you are cooking the chicken, making the sauce and assembling the enchiladas. Trust me, it’s worth the time spent in the kitchen once you dig into this meal!

Health Benefits:

  • Whole wheat tortillas provide fiber and contain more nutrients than white flour tortillas, making them an easy switch for a healthier option.
  • Subbing out sour cream with plain greek yogurt provides you with more protein and less fat, without sacrificing any flavor.
  • This recipe is also packed with spinach, tomatoes, olives, green onion, and green chiles that all provide lots of their own nutrients (and flavor) to this meal.

Healthy & Delicious Enchiladas

  • Servings: 5 enchiladas
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Creamy, chicken and veggie packed enchiladas that are super delicious while still being a slightly healthier option with a few easy swaps and additions!.

Ingredients

  • 5 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 oz.) green chiles
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can (4 oz.) sliced olives
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, diced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and shred cooked chicken.
  2. In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and add garlic and green onions.
  3. In a bowl combine plain greek yogurt and flour, then add it to the saucepan and stir together.
  4. Add chicken broth, green chiles and spinach to the mixture and continue to cook on medium heat until mixture thickens and simmers. Then, remove from heat and add shredded cheese, stirring until combined.
  5. Warm tortillas in the microwave or oven so that they can be easily rolled.
  6. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of the sauce into a bowl with shredded chicken and stir together. Divide the chicken evenly between the tortillas, approximately 1/4 cup each, and roll them up. Place them in an 8 x 8 pan with the seam down and top with the remainder of the sauce. Cover the pan and cook for 20 minutes, or until heated through.
  7. Remove from the oven, top with olives, diced tomatoes and a light covering of cheese if desired, then cook for another 5 minutes, uncovered. Once finished, serve with your favorite chips and salsa and dig in!!

I highly encourage you to try this recipe if you’re ever craving some enchiladas like I was because I don’t think they’ll disappoint. If you try them, let me know wha you think!

Brit


Air Fried Cinnamon Apple Chips

This is the perfect recipe for apple season and makes for a very healthy and tasty snack!

These apple chips are a super easy recipe to make in an air fryer and are made even tastier with a little bit of cinnamon. If you want to get in the mood for fall, or just love cinnamon apples, make this recipe and fill your kitchen with the scent of a fall cinnamon apple candle- trust me, it smells so good! This is even better than a candle though because you actually get to eat what smells that good!!

I made these apple chips with McIntosh apples from the farmers market and though they aren’t picture perfect, they are local and taste just as great! For this recipe you can use whatever apple you have available to you, is in season, or is your favorite! As always, recipes are a great guide and way to get ideas, but you should let your creativity flow and create food that you actually enjoy.

Health Benefits:

  • Apples are a nutritious fruit and a popular choice when meeting the daily recommendation for fruit intake, which is 2 cups. They are a source of carbohydrates to give you energy and also provide fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, polyphenols and more!
  • Cinnamon also provides health benefits, as it is spice that is packed with antioxidants, works to support metabolism and can act as an anti-inflammatory.

Air Fried Cinnamon Apple Chips

These are the perfect snacks to make at home during apple season. They're easy to make, healthy, delicious and as a bonus they make your kitchen smell like a candle!

Ingredients

  • 2 apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Wash apples and thinly slice with a knife or mandolin slicer, then remove seeds, stem and core.
  2. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and toss to ensure it is evenly distributed.
  3. Place apple slices in your air fryer and try to spread them out as much as possible.
  4. Begin by air frying at 300° F for 25 minutes, setting the timer for 5 minute increments to toss and turn the apple slices.
  5. In order to get them crisp, air fry at 350° F for 2 minutes, then toss, turn and repeat for another 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from air fryer and enjoy warm! They are best fresh, but you can also store them in an airtight container once they have cooled. I recommend air frying them at 300° F for a couple minutes to re-crisp them and heat them up if you are storing them.

I hope this recipe turns out great for you if you choose to make it and that it gets you ready for fall as we near mid-September already! Thanks for being here and reading this much!!

-Brit


Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

I think this is going to be the last zucchini recipe for a while, but I’m not making any promises! With all of the zucchini from our garden this season, we’ve had to get more creative than just eating it as a side or baking some bread. So, we bought a spiralizer (the KitchenAid attachment one) and got cooking!

Zoodles are such an easy way to get in some great nutrients for a meal (and use up a zucchini or two). I love the zoodles and think they taste great, but remember that real pasta, carbs and all, are also totally okay to eat without justification or modification to your diet. I love pasta in all of its many forms and want to remind you that a balanced diet includes ALL foods, even if diet culture tells you differently! So now that I’m off my soap box, if you don’t have or like zucchini, feel free to try this recipe with regular noodles- the sauce is the best part so it’ll be great either way.

Health Benefits:

  • Zucchini is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Shrimp is a great protein option that provides selenium, vitamin B12, iron, phosphorus, iodine and more. However, it is higher in cholesterol than other seafoods, so be aware of this if you need to watch your cholesterol.
  • Though there is not an abundance of lemon in this recipe, it is still a good source of vitamin C.

Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

These zoodles are fun to make and are a great base for this delicious and flavorful shrimp scampi sauce!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups zoodles, 1 medium zucchini
  • 3 cups shrimp
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Spiralize one medium zucchini to make around 5 cups of zoodles.
  2. In a skillet pan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook shrimp until it is pink, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove shrimp from the pan and place it in a bowl. I covered mine in the microwave, but you will reheat them again at the end.
  4. To the same pan, add the white wine, parmesan, lemon juice and the rest of the butter. Let simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove a few tablespoons of the sauce and place it in a small bowl. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of corn starch to the liquid, depending on how thick you would like your sauce, and stir together until corn starch is incorporated and mixture is thickened. Add this back into the pan with the rest of your sauce and mix until it reaches your desired consistency.
  6. Once sauce is done, add in your zoodles and cooked shrimp. Toss to coat everything with sauce and cook only until zoodles and shrimp are both warm. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think! Once again, thanks for checking it out and making it to the end of this post!!

Brit


Easy Breakfast Egg Muffins

These egg muffins are packed with veggies and protein, making them a healthy, quick and easy breakfast meal prep option for the week. They’re super easy to make and can be quickly reheated and eaten before you head out the door, but they’re also a great option to make if you have time for a sit down meal in the morning.

This recipe is the combination of add-ins that I like best and works for me, but it is a great recipe to customize! You can pack in more veggies, take out or swap the meat, use dairy free alternatives and more. That’s the great thing about cooking, if you have a base recipe, you can get as creative as you want!

Health Benefits:

  • Eggs are a great source of protein, are packed with nutrients and boost HDL cholesterol (the good one).
  • Spinach is rich in fiber, along with containing carotenoids, vitamin K1, folate, iron, calcium and more.
  • Tomatoes contain vitamins C, A and K, along with other nutrients and green onions provide an array of antioxidants.
  • Ham is another good protein and iron source, just know that it is usually higher in sodium.

Easy Breakfast Egg Muffins

These veggie and protein packed egg muffins are a great breakfast option and great for meal prep!

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup ham, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease 9 muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl, then add all other ingredients and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Pour mixture evenly into greased muffin tins and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy warm or let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

I hope you find these as easy and delicious as I do and enjoy them for breakfast (or any meal of the day). As always, let me know if you make them, how they turn out and if you have any questions!!

Brit


“Avocolada” Smoothie Remake

This creamy green smoothie is inspired by Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s “Avocolada” smoothie. It’s packed with lots of nutrients and is a great summertime drink, even if you don’t consider yourself a green drink lover!

These reusable “Hip” straws are flexible and have a seal that can open/close for the easiest cleaning ever!

Health Benefits:

  • Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats that your body needs to function properly, along with containing fiber, vitamin K, folate and more.
  • Coconut water is about 90% water, but it also contains electrolytes, making it a great option for hydration.
  • Spinach and kale are both healthy greens, offering lots of vitamins A, K and C, iron, calcium, folic acid and more.
  • Bananas are known for being a source of potassium, but they also provide other antioxidants and carbohydrates which provide energy.
  • Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and manganese, aiding with growth, metabolism, maintaining a healthy immune system and more.
Not pictured: banana and ice

This green smoothie is creamy, delicious and packed with lots of great nutrients to fuel your body!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. or 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 avocado, ripe
  • 1 cup spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup kale, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ice to reach desired consistency

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If needed, and depending on whether you use fresh or frozen ingredients, add ice to reach your desired consistency.
  3. Pour into two glasses, top with coconut flakes and add your reusable straw for a fresh and easy green smoothie!

I hope you get the chance to remake this green smoothie full of goodness sometime this summer and if you do, let me know how it turns out and compares! As always, thanks for being here and checking out this post!

Brit


Kale & Greens Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

This is a healthy and delicious caesar salad recipe that is now my new favorite side salad with dinner. It’s pretty simple and makes for an easy side, but can be built up to make it a meal. For example, you can add salmon or chicken to it along with some roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts and whatever other toppings you like and have available.

Health Benefits:

  • Kale is a nutrient dense food that contains high quantities of vitamins A, K and C. Along with this, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron can also be found within these dark leafy greens.
  • Chickpeas provide carbohydrates for energy, fiber that aids in digestion and gut health and are a plant-based protein.
  • Bolthouse Farms Creamy Caesar Yogurt Dressing is a better alternative to many dressings, as they use no artificial preservatives or flavors, have less total fat than the leading brand and are also a small source of protein.

Kale & Greens Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

A healthy and delicious caesar salad recipe that can be eaten as a side or built up to a meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 4-5 cups chopped kale and greens
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Creamy Caesar Yogurt Dressing
  • grated parmesan, to taste 

Directions

  1. Start by heating a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil and add in the drained chickpeas. Sprinkle in the paprika, garlic powder and cumin, then stir gently to coat all of the chickpeas. Continue to stir occasionally on medium-low heat until chickpeas are hot and begin to crisp.
  2. While chickpeas are roasting, wash and chop greens, then mix in bowl with 1 tsp olive oil and lemon juice. Gently massage greens in this mixture to lessen the bitterness of the kale.
  3. To put the salad together, add your caesar dressing (I recommend Bolthouse Farms) and toss your salad to incorporate it evenly. Next, add and toss the majority of the roasted chickpeas and your desired amount of parmesan. Top it off with the rest of the chickpeas and another sprinkle of parmesan for visual appeal and enjoy!

As always, I’d love to know if you try this recipe and hear any feedback you might have from it! I hope you enjoy and have a great rest of your day!!

-Brit