Simply Clean Zucchini Muffins

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CHOCOLATE + FRESH ZUCCHINI = HEAVENLY SUMMER GOODNESS

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Blackberry Balsamic Spinach Salad

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Dinner is served. And in 20 minutes too! Fresh blackberries, spinach, apples, cucumbers, walnuts, Craisins, cheese, and easy balsamic chicken all thrown together in a bowl and boom. You have a delicious meal right in front of you.

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Lemon Pepper Avocado Delight

 

3:00 drag got you dreaming of food jumping over the moon? Same here. Sometimes you just need a snack to keep your brain functioning during those last couple hours of productivity before it’s time to unwind at home. Here’s a quick 1 minute idea of a tasty bite to tide those hunger pains away.

I first learned about the lemon pepper + avocado combination on a family vacation to Lake Powell. Aunt Marianne fed us very well throughout the entire trip, but this particular snack was a favorite of mine. The freshness of the avocado with an added zang of lemon juice was unforgettable.

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Post-Run Recovery Smoothie Bowl

 

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Wake up. Get out. Sweat your heart out. Finish strong. Go to school. Go to work. Work out round 2. Spend time with family and friends. Sleep. Wake up and start again.

The routine of an athlete can be demanding, no matter what level of athleticism you are striving to achieve. We live in a fast paced world where we rarely get to stop and breathe. Recovery can be a second thought most days even though it’s a vital part of performance.

One of the most important aspects of recovery is what you put back into your body after you break it down. Studies have shown that performance is positively impacted when a proper recovery regime is maintained. Eating something small within 20 minutes of exercise and then something larger and more substantial within 2 hours of finishing is the ideal range of time to refuel. Meals should have a proper carbohydrate to protein ratio of 3:1 respectively.

One of my favorite meals to recover with is this chocolate peanut butter green smoothie bowl. Greens only add color but don’t distract from the taste in the slightest. And what can go wrong with a melt in your mouth combo of chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas?? The bananas provide your main source of carbohydrates while the peanut butter and chocolate protein powder provide that essential element of protein needed for refueling. This particular bowl has about 60 g of carbohydrates and 20 g of protein, a perfect 3:1 ratio.

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Berry Blast Smoothie Bowl

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Summer bliss in a bowl. Heaven on a spoon. That’s what I think of when I think of smoothie bowls using freshly frozen raspberries from my family’s garden. Mmmm.

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Vanilla Almond Granola

I’m a granola girl. And not for complicated reasons…yes, I love the mountains and Chaco tan lines and all of that, but the simple satisfying crunch of a granola bite is honestly enough for me.

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Chia Seed Cookie Mini Pazookies

 

There aren’t too many things more delicious than a pazookie in this world, let alone one that can fit in the palm of your hand! For those of you who are thinking “Pa-zoo-what??” just trust me. They’ll change your life. Warm and gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream or yogurt and a drizzle of honey or chocolate. Easy way to impress your friends at a get together.

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