Happy November 1st! Stores are now filling up with Christmas decorations. Aisles are filled with pumpkin, gingerbread, chocolates, peppermint and everything fit for the holiday season. I’m still over here trying to savor each bit of Fall that I can.
While savoring the fact that today is the beginning of November, I made a Banana Berry Chia Seed Smoothie. Does it speak Fall? Not quite. But it’s definitely refreshing!
I, personally, had never bought or tried chia seed before. I kept seeing post after post about chia seeds and was thinking that I needed to try it. So, after several weeks of not giving into the chia seed trend, I finally did it. Can I just tell you that those little seeds are superfoods?! They are a bit smaller than flax seed and you really can’t taste their flavor. They have lots of fiber and other great nutrients, which help to keep you (and me) fuller longer.
The leaves are finally beginning to change in my neck of the woods and it’s so beautiful. Fall is probably my favorite season of the year. With all the fall leaves, it only encourages a trip to the mountains to see the gorgeous changing of the seasons. Which, I have to admit, is one of my favorite things to do. So, if you find yourself going on a lovely hike or walking trails of a nearby park or neighborhood, you will want to keep with you a bag of this delicious, 4 Ingredient Trail Mix. There’s protein mixed with sweetness for a perfect blend of happiness!
Guac. Guac. Guacamole.
As you already know, I love just about anything Mexican. Guacamole is the icing on the cake for me, or should I say the guac on my taco. Okay, I’m not the best pun maker so please give a little grace. 🙂
Sometimes if you go out to eat at a local Tex-Mex or Mexican place, it costs extra for guacamole. It makes you think, “is it really worth it to pay an extra $2 for this guac?”. In some cases, it most definitely is, but in others, why not just make your own! You can invite some friends or family over and have a Fiesta. Plus you can have as much guacamole as you want. Side note – If you make your own guacamole, it generally costs around $3-$4. And that’s a whole bowl of guacamole.
Guacamole is a healthy snack too. It’s made with avocados which are great superfoods. They are full of healthy fats. Avocados mixed with lots of vegetables, how can you go wrong? Fun fact, did you know that it takes an avocado tree nearly 10 years before it produces fruit?! Now, it makes sense why they are sometimes more expensive!
Chips and salsa are some of the best things about going out to a Mexican restaurant. Or wait…chips and queso are THE BEST thing about going out to Mexican restaurant. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to make delicious queso dip yet. But that WILL have to happen.
Sometimes it’s hard to have portion control when eating chips at a restaurant or even in your own home. You end up filling up on them before eating your main entree. A lot of times we mindlessly eat chips, not realizing how many we’re eating, and before you know it the whole basket or bag of chips is gone. That’s why we have homemade healthier corn tortilla chips.
Breakfast all day, everyday, right?! Who doesn’t love breakfast food for any time of the day? Some breakfast food and a good cup of coffee, and I’m a happy girl.
This simple Nectarine Vanilla Maple Oatmeal is lovely for breakfast. But let’s be real, oatmeal is a great mid-day snack too. It’s heart healthy and great for on-the-go.
It still doesn’t feel quite like Fall yet, so I had to add some summer fruits in the mix. Summer fruits are definitely my favorite. But so excited for all the pumpkin, squash, and soup recipes to come!
Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies are some of our all time FAVORITE cookies!
Because there is no baking involved and they’re made all in one bowl! Chocolate and peanut butter are truly a match made in heaven. Yummy cookies and easy clean up for the win! These are a great go-to if you’re craving something sweet. And if you’re trying to control how many sweets you eat, this recipe can be easily halved…or doubled…
Happy Monday! Hope you started off your week with a delicious breakfast and a good strong cup of joe!
Today I have a Basic Homemade Granola recipe for you! It’s super easy to make. You can make it with everyday ingredients from your pantry. Can I tell you how many times I have made this granola and have failed!?! I burnt several batches and others tasted terrible. But after several attempts and many days of eating burnt granola, I have finally found the key! The key, my friends, to good granola is LOW oven temperatures and SLOW roasting. 250F seems to be great temperature for granola making. No 425F here. Otherwise, you will end up with blackened granola, which isn’t good.
Fall is slowly coming! I don’t know about you, but where we live, it is still Summer in full force. I keep seeing all theses recipes for soups, baked goods, apples, and pumpkin galore! You can almost smell them in your house! It makes me just want to make them all even though it’s 90 degrees out. Oh well! Today I have a super simple Crock Pot Quinoa Vegetable Chicken Soup. Just throw all the ingredients into your crock pot and let it do ALL the work. Isn’t that amazing?!?! I think so. Especially if you have kids. No hot burners or ovens to worry about here.
I’m a little obsessed with Mexican food but you probably already knew that. It’s just so good! Well friends, today I have for you an Enchilada Bake. It’s not your average baked enchiladas but more like deconstructed enchiladas. But in casserole form. Doesn’t that sound so yummy and fun?
Cinnamon Maple Peanut Butter Toast.
Your everyday toast taken to the next level.
This is seriously one of the best ways to eat toast. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast or a pre/post workout snack, this Cinnamon Maple Peanut Butter Toast will hit the spot.
You can make this with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. All you need is bread, peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter), maple syrup and cinnamon. Start breaking out that cinnamon because it’s going to be needed with Fall just around the corner! Can’t you smell the pumpkin pie or apple cider coming from your kitchen right now?! Or breathe the crisp cool breeze of the Fall air? Can you believe that Fall is already almost here? This year has flown by. Just try and savor those sweet moments.
For those who are gluten free, you can use gluten free bread and it will be delicious. Mix together peanut butter, syrup and cinnamon in a small bowl to make your spread. Once it’s mixed, spread on top of your piece of toast. You may need to make more depending on how much spread you want to have!
You can add any kind of topping to add a little bit of crunch or extra flavor too. Bananas, chocolate chips, nuts, granola, or dried fruit are great options to add!
A perfect, no-guilt way to snack, which is the best way to snack if you ask me. Hope you enjoy this Cinnamon Maple Peanut Butter Toast with a good cup of coffee, smoothie, or maybe some fruit. Enjoy these last few weeks of Summer then break out those fall sweaters and boots!
Cinnamon Maple Peanut Butter Toast
Easy breakfast or pre/post workout snack made with only 4 ingredients. Perfect for a little extra protein to give a boost of energy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 slices of toast
of your favorite bread
peanut butter or other nut butter
or more depending on how much you like cinnamon
Toast slices of bread.
In a small bowl, mix together peanut butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
Spread mixture on top of toast.
Drizzle with syrup and enjoy! You can add other toppings like nuts, bananas, granola or whatever else you may have on hand.