Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes

Sweet potatoes are hands down one of my favorite foods. Today I am sharing a different way to prepare them that works very well in the summer because you can make ahead and eat cold on top of salads or as a side! The recipe is VERY easy to make and takes little to no time 🙂

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes 

Makes about 10-12 cakes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium baked sweet potatoes (no skins)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • optional: add a dash of red pepper flakes or cayenne for a spicy kick

Directions

Step One: Bake your sweet potatoes thoroughly or if you are short on time microwave the sweet potatoes until they are fully cooked and can easily be mashed.
Step Two: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with tin foil or parchment paper and spray or coat with coconut oil.
Step Three: Place prepared sweet potatoes in a large bowl and mash the potatoes until they are a good consistency (some people prefer small chunks).
Step Four: Stir in the two cups of cooked quinoa, onions, garlic, salt and pepper
Step Five:Using your hands, shape the quinoa mixture into small palm-sized patties and place them on the baking sheet.
Step Six: Brush or spray some additional coconut or olive oil on the top of each cake and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown!

These sweet potato cakes are a great salad topper, side dish, appetizer or quick snack 🙂

10 EASY Guidelines to Eating Clean

One of the easiest & best ways to kick off your personal journey to health is to start “eating clean.” What does “eating clean” really mean? Below are 10 EASY guidelines to follow that will help you navigate through the grocery store and create a new clean eating lifestyle! 

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  • Eat Real – If it can grow out of the ground or be raised on a farm, it’s clean food.
  • Just One – If a food has only one ingredient, it’s clean food.
  • Eat Naked – Think foods that don’t come in “packages” – if it is something that can be bought from the butcher or seafood counter, fruits, vegetables, grains & beans you can buy in bulk; it’s clean food.
  • Organic – When you can and/or there is a little price difference, go organic. This ensures you are getting the cleanest version of food possible.
  • Pronounceable – Can you read all the ingredients? If not, it’s probably not clean.
  • Prioritize Plants – Vegetables are some of the most nutrient rich foods, eat as much as possible daily!
  • Eliminate White – Avoid sugar in its many “disguises.” Look for foods with only natural sugars & sweeteners; like maple syrup, honey, or agave.
  • Home Cook – Cooking at home allows you to control the quality of food you are eating. Incorporate as much home cooking as possible; you would be surprised to what ingredients restaurants sneak into “healthy dishes.”
  • Focus on YOU – Forget what the media is saying and listen to your body! As long as you are eating clean foods 80% of the time, choose what “diet/way of eating” is right for you.
  • ENJOY – Enjoy every bite of your food, really I mean it! Clean eating is about discovering how delicious real foods can be. Experiment with new recipes and if you don’t like it, don’t force yourself to eat it.

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adapted from prevention.com

Big Changes

Happy Monday Everyone!

I have some news to share with all of my readers..

Justin and I are moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the end of this summer! Justin took a great job opportunity within Boston Scientific, so we are both relocating to our office there. I am very sad to be leaving all of you in the Boston area (don’t worry, I will be back often) but very excited to explore a new city of fitness studios and juice bars 🙂 Nothing will change here; you will still get a weekly health and wellness related blog  and now I will get to share with you some new concepts and culture from MN!

Thank you to everyone who is supporting us in this move 🙂

Banana Bread: Paleo Friendly

What is better than some warm banana bread right out of the oven? Today I am sharing a new recipe I recently tested out for some delicious banana bread… it might just happen to be healthy version (of course) and paleo friendly! The recipe is very easy and takes minutes to prepare…

Paleo Banana Bread

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup of almond flour
1/4 cup of coconut flour
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 large eggs
2 very ripe medium to large bananas, mashed
1/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
optional: chocolate chips, blueberries, walnuts/pecans

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Spray/line a small bread baking pan and/or muffin tins with coconut oil
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Add in the wet ingredients and mix well
  • Pour the batter into your baking pan/muffin tins
  • Top with crumbled walnuts (optional)
  • Bake in the over for 15 minutes or until golden brown 🙂