RECIPE: Healthy Breakfast Muffin Bars

Tired of spending heaps on “bars” that are packed with sugar?

Need a quick treat that keeps you sated all morning long?

Have a taste of these breakfast cups!

Depending on the kind of oats you use, they can be gluten Free and oh so nutritious. Pump up the protein by adding nuts or seeds. You can also make them more dessert-ish by adding dark chocolate chips to the mix.

granola bars

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375

In a mixing bowl combine:

1 1/2 cup Rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)

3/4 cup coconut sugar (I use TJ’s organic)  or maple syrup to minimize the glycemic load

(though you could use brown sugar if you’re going all desserty)

2 eggs (farm fresh hormone free, of course)

1/2-3/4 cup peanut butter

1/8 cup softened butter

3/4 tsp baking soda

6 oz chocolate chips*

1/4 chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds*

 

* optional

Pour concoction in to greased (I use butter or coconut oil) muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can pour in to greased glass dish and cut in to bars. Either way, viola!, breakfast is made for the week!

 

RECIPE: Green Detox Smoothie

Well, hello there! I’m your new favorite smoothie!

This jar of nutrition is incredibly delicious!  It’s a quick but healthy breakfast and makes enough for two, so share with your favorite morning time buddy or enjoy some as a snack later in the day. This morning I offered a spoon of it my 1 year old, who then enjoyed more than her share! Recipe is inspired by Barre3, my fave workout and health encouraging resource!

Green Detox Smoothie

In a turbo blender combine the following ingredients:

2 cups almond milk

1 cup organic spinach

1 frozen banana 

1/2 organic apple

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp hemp hearts

1 slice dried apricot

1-2 tsp dried ginger or 1/2 inch cube fresh ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp maca powder (optional) 

RECIPE: Pistachio and Spinach Smoothie

One of my coolest girl friends recently shared with me her favorite smoothie recipe. This is a girl who went heli-skiing on her honeymoon and stole Michael Jordan’s retired jersey from the Dean Dome rafters.  (Only one of these actually happened, but this girl would do happily do both, and then some).

So if it’s a Pistachio Smoothie that is her daily tall-glass-o-Bad-Ass, then this is what’s going in my Vitamix tomorrow morning:

Pistachio SMoothie

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic spinach

3/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup filtered water

6-8 almonds

12-14 pistachios

4-6 cubes ice

(1 scoop protein powder, unflavored or  vanilla) optional

(1 tbsp maca powder) optional

RECIPE: Granola Crumble

All aboard the Coconut Oil-is-the-Greatest-New-Superfood-Good-Fat Train!

What can’t coconut oil do? It can remove make-up, heal abrasions, moisturize skin, reduce wrinkles, fight infections and make food taste delicious!

It’s a great oil to use cooking at high heat and it’s great in this Granola Crumble recipe. I dare you not to try it!crumble ingredients

In a bowl/blender/food processor combine:

1 cup Gluten Free Oats

6 Medjool Dates, pitted

1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Cinnomon

Pinch of Salt

crumble

 

Choose a favorite sliced-fruit to crumble this over or bake in to crumble cups to use throughout the week

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Also Delicious with vanilla ice cream. Just sayin’. crumble cups

Rants Rules and Recipes Resolutions:

As there New Year rolls in, and we all make promises to ourselves about how much healthier, kinder, thinner and more fabulous we will become, it helps to look back and see what has kept us from already being better friends, spouses, parents and people.

For me, when I am stressed, over-booked, under-slept or stretched too thin, I cannot be the best version of myself.

So I am making a promise to me, my Well & Balanced Health clients and to all of the folks that visit RantsRulesandRecipes.com. Because when I am happier and healthier and can be better to/for others.

I am determined to become the kindest, most fit, most creative, most mindful Madeleine I can be.

Rome wasn’t built in a day…..so, this could take a while … cut yourself some slack as you employ changes in your own life.

But do hold yourself accountable.

_____________________________________

MY 2014 RESOLUTIONS–I think I did these things and hope to continue to do them

Assume the best in people, Cleaner eating, Restorative and aggressive Exercise, Be More Mindful, Create the Life I Want

I will show gratitude for all the people and blessings in my life.  I will continue to make my family my priority.

I will travel and try new things

2014 recap: I took a Jewelry class and Ballet lessons and Archery. My husband and I took a Wellness Retreat to Varenna, Italy on lake Como and spent devoted time with family; we also have added a family member! We have slowed down and started really appreciating our relationships with friends and our wonderfully loving family and are so grateful for our many blessings.

 

MY 2015 RESOLUTIONS

Avoid being in a Rush,

Nourish myself with new experiences

Take a class in something new/continued learning

Recognize my patterns that are not serving me well

Be as loving and positive as I can be

_________________________________

I am touched that folks read Rants Rules and Recipes and care enough about their health, their loved ones and their communities to share it with others. Thank you.

RECIPE: Grab and Go Gluten-Free Granola Bars

granola bars

How many of you would like something healthy and delicious that you can grab on the go, that doesn’t have a ton of sugar AND doesn’t cost $2.00 a bar?

These delicious energy-packing granola bars are great for a breakfast bite, a hike, a quick nibble, or crumbled over your granola.

You can add dried fruit , coconut, or, if you want a chocolate fix, add cacao powder or chocolate chips!

In a food processor combine:

6 – 8 Dates, pitted

1/2 cup Rolled oats (not instant oatmeal; the slow cook kind, mine were trader Joes organic, all natural and naturally gluten-free)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (don’t use the ones with chemicals and preservatives in them, just plain sunflower seeds– salted ok)
I actually used just under 1/2 c sunflower seeds and through in some chia seeds to complete the 1/2 cup, which is tastier and more healthy, you could also throw in some flax seeds or coconut
2 heaping Tbsp of all-natural Almond butter 
5 dashes cinnamon (around 1/2 Tbsp or 1-2 tsp, because I love cinnamon, and it’s super good for you, and smells delicious!)
pinch of sea salt
Spread in to glass, container with sealable lid.  You could cut them in to cubes and wrap in wax paper so they are ready to grab on the go, but I usually store them in the fridge, and cut in to small cubes when I need a quick, healthy, nutritious snack!