Had fun with this prep as I face a week of here, there and everywhere.  I wanted, as always Simply Yum, quick to do and easily portable.  I found it by checking in with two online food folks concentrating on healthy and tasty recipes.  I have tried several recipes thus far from https://kalejunkie.com.  I have not been disappointed, and this week is no different – made her Gut Healthy Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies and they are delicious…. for me, they are not breakfast but rather desert – who says desert can’t be healthy?    A newer find for me is https://healthygirlkitchen.com.  I like both of these providers because they are approachable, use ingredients, that while maybe new to me, are not things I have to spend a fortune on or go to 20 out of the way specialty shops to find.  They share the knowledge behind the ingredients as well which I like and then on my own learn more about.

There are so many quality resources out there helping me further develop my knowledge of food, flavors and trying ingredients on my own, I would not likely pursue.  Even if you don’t want to do full preps for the week ahead like I do – this works for me and my issues and it’s not for everyone – try something new now and again.  Expand your information base about good ingredients and their impact on your body, mind and overall health.  You will be doing good for yourself while making some tasty food for yourself.

I don’t always get it right, nor do I always eat completely healthy, and I certainly don’t make my prep as pretty as some of the recipe photos, but I do have fun trying and doing the best I can as much as I can to keep me well and care for my body and mind.  I will say, this week’s prep was pretty successful.

This week’s menu:

  • Breakfast:                   Berry and Banana Smoothie
  • Lunch/Dinner:            Grillable Black Bean Burgers from @healthygirlkitchen
  • Side:                          Vegan Potato Salad from @healthgirlkitchen
  • Desert:                       Gut Healthy Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies from @kalejunkie
  • Water:                        Always

Berry and Banana Smoothie:  I enjoyed my last concoction so wanted to stick to the dark berry family for this week’s breakfast smoothie.  As always, I began with my base of ginger, turmeric, spinach and kale.  This week I used soy milk.  For whatever reason, my local grocery store has been lacking greatly in the almond milk specifically, but other plant-based milks as well.  This one container was honestly my only choice unless I wanted flavored or sugary milks.  To that base I added carrots and broccoli along with psyllium powder and chia seeds and then I added just a dash of cinnamon.  Once that was all blended, I added a small container of fresh blackberries (remember I make 4-5 servings), a lot of blueberries, a few pieces of fresh pineapple and some red raspberries. The final addition was about ¾ of a frozen banana (I keep a bag of frozen bananas in my freezer to have at the ready) and a small bit of frozen mixed berries to thicken it up a bit.  Topped it with a red raspberry and some rushed almonds and viola – breakfast in a jar.  Quite tasty.

Grillable Black Bean Burgers:  I have to say, I have tried a few bean based burger recipes and this one is by far the best.  Not only are they delicious; but unlike other recipe’s I have tried these really hold up – literally.  Some other recipes were very mushy and hard to cook, these were sold and while they are fit for grilling – I pan cooked them inside.  I did one thing the recipe didn’t call far…I chilled them in the frig for a few hours before cooking them.  Still, they were easy to make, took just a few minutes and are very good.  I will certainly make them again and grill them for even more flavor.   Ingredients include, black beans, brown rice, breadcrumbs, BBQ sauce, pecans, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

The full recipe is available here:  https://healthygirlkitchen.com/recipes/grillable-black-bean-burgers-oil-free/.    Give it a try.   To serve, I bought multigrain buns, put a bit of Dijon mustard (w/horseradish) on the bun, along with lettuce, tomato and low-fat cheese and had a great bite.

Healthy Vegan Potato Salad:  As an accompaniment to the burger, I made this potato salad, also from Healthy Girl Kitchen.  I love me some potatoes – this recipe was easy and instead of mayonnaise, uses avocados, mustard (I used Dijon with horseradish rather than yellow), red onion, celery, dill, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.  The only thing I had to buy for this was the dill and the potatoes. One bowl, easy mixing and done.  The full recipe is available here:  https://healthygirlkitchen.com/recipes/healthy-vegan-potato-salad-no-mayo/

Gut Healthy Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies:  These tasty treats are, in my opinion, good for breakfast and desert or a snack at any point in the day.  They are full of good for me ingredients, were super simple to make and are delicious.  This is one I will make again as well.  Ingredients include, oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, apple sauce and oat flour.  The full recipe is available here: https://kalejunkie.com/gut-healthy-trail-mix-breakfast-cookies/

Water:  This week I added to a mix of sparkling water and still water, lemon, lime, ginger and pear.  Simple and tasty and important.  Please remember to stay hydrated each day.

Have fun, be well.

#StrongisBeautiful #SweatisSexy #HealthisHappy


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