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Apple Cinnamon Bread Mini Loaves

Apple Cinnamon Mini Bread Loaves

Apple Cinnamon Bread Mini Loaves

Yields 12 mini loaves

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray 12-cup brownie pan.
  2. In large bowl, combine F-Factor 20/20 powder, coconut flour, flaxseed, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  3. In small bowl, whisk 2 eggs. In medium bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, flax milk, FiberYum syrup, and vanilla extract. Add whisked eggs into medium bowl and combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold chopped apple pieces into batter.
  5. Evenly distribute batter into each brownie tin.
  6. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

Disclosure: Manitoba Milling Co. provided me with a free sample of their flax milk to develop this recipe.

Breakfast/Brunch Desserts Recipes

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

high fiber muffins

ffactor muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yields 12 Muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. In large bowl, combine F-Factor 20/20 powder, coconut flour, flaxseed, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  3. In small bowl, whisk 2 eggs. In medium bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, milk, FiberYum syrup, and vanilla extract. Add whisked eggs into medium bowl and combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold chocolate chips into batter.
  5. Evenly distribute batter into each muffin tin.
  6. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Breakfast/Brunch Italian Main Dishes Recipes

Egg, Tomato, & Mozzarella Cauliflower Breakfast Pizza

Egg, Tomato & Mozzarella Cauliflower Breakfast Pizza

Serves 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bake pizza crust according to directions on box. Let crust cool.
  3. Spread pesto on pizza crust. Top with tomato slices, mozzarella cheese and scrambled egg.
  4. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  5. Top with fresh chopped basil and serve.

 

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Breakfast/Brunch Recipes

Mini Greek Egg White Frittatas

 

Mini Greek Egg White Frittatas

Yields 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 12-count muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Crack 12 egg whites into medium bowl and beat gently. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Saute Rooster & Lark Greek Skillet in skillet (follow directions according to package).
  4. Evenly distribute cooked vegetables into each muffin cup. Evenly distribute and pour eggs on top of vegetables into each muffin cup.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, until eggs are set. Let cool and serve.

 

Disclosure: I received free samples of Rooster & Lark Skillets to create this recipe. Get your $1 off coupon here!

Blog Breakfast/Brunch Nutrition Recipes

All About Collagen Peptides (And a Strawberry Collagen Smoothie Bowl Recipe!)

Collagen Peptides are all the rage these days, but what exactly are they and are collagen peptides something you should have in your diet?

What is collagen?

Collagen is a type of connective tissue and protein.  Amino acids make up peptides, and peptides make up proteins.  Protein is one of three essential macronutrients and is a necessary part of our diet.  The other two essential macronutrients are carbohydrates and fats.  Collagen is found in our cartilage, bone, teeth, and skin and provides strength and structure to our cells.  The term collagen is actually derived from the Greek word for glue!  Unfortunately, our body’s production of collagen declines as part of the aging process. Fibroblasts (cells found in connective tissue) degenerate and the tension within collagen complexes both decrease over time.  These factors both contribute to lowered collagen production as we age.  Exposure to free radicals like smoke, UV radiation, and pollution also negatively affect our collagen production rates.

What are collagen peptides?

Collagen supplements are an emerging health trend and aim to solve the issue of decreased collagen production.  The collagen is often sourced from cowhides or bone (think bone broth) which are chemically treated and then ground into a powder.  This process breaks down collagen proteins into smaller peptides.  Collagen peptide powders are similar to other protein powders because they consist of peptides and amino acids.  These substances are the building blocks of protein.  Because these supplements are made from collagen, they will help fulfill the actions of collagen in the body.  Or at least this is the idea that sets collagen peptide powders apart from other available protein powders.

What are the benefits?

These powders come with claimed benefits of improved growth and function of hair, skin, nail, gut, and joint tissues. Unfortunately, there is not much research supporting these claims available.  A study conducted on a group of athletes had positive results indicating an association between collagen supplementation and decrease joint pain.  While small, the study concluded that supplementation can aid in athletic performance by decreasing pain.  Additionally, another study researching skin function and collagen supplements showed significant increases in elasticity, firmness, and thickness of aged skin after 3 months of collagen supplementation!  There have not been many studies in humans studying collagen supplementation and gut health, but there have been some promising results seen in piglets! The results from these studies seem promising, however, much more research is still necessary before anything conclusive can be determined.

Ways of incorporating into food

In powder form, adding collagen to your daily meals is easy!  There is no definitive proof of the benefits of collagen peptide powders, but there are no major health concerns either.  If you wanted to try these products out for the proposed benefits, there is little risk.  As an animal product, you should use these powders in the same moderation you would meat or dairy.  Collagen peptides add protein to your diet without an excess of fat or carbohydrates!  The powder can be added to your everyday staples, such as a latte, as well as oatmeal or a smoothie bowl.  Collagen peptides can make your meals more filling with the addition of protein, without a surplus of calories!

Want to try collagen peptides in a recipe? Here is a smoothie bowl recipe that I developed which is loaded with fiber and protein!

Strawberry Collagen Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

Ingredients

Smoothie

Toppings

Directions

  1. Add smoothie ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend together until smooth. If necessary, add additional milk.
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with ProGranola and chia seeds.

 

Learn more about the benefits of collagen peptides on the Further Food website.

Disclosure: I am a Brand Ambassador for Further Food. Use code BROOKEZIGLERNUTRITION10 on the Further Food website for 10% discount on your order.

Desserts Recipes

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

strawberry cheesecake popsicle

strawberry cheesecake popsicle

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Yields 6 popsicles

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place cream cheese and yogurt into food processor. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  2. Place chopped strawberries into food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour cheesecake mixture into Zoku Mod Pop Molds,  leaving one extra inch in each pop mold. Add granola crumcles into each pop mold. Place pop sticks and drip guard into each pop mold.
  4. Freeze popsicles overnight. Once frozen, remove each popsicle and individual mold from the base. Run the mold under warm water for a few seconds. Once loose, remove popsicle from mold and serve.

 

Disclosure: I received free samples of cream cheese from Melanie’s Medleys to create this recipe. Use code BROOKEZ18 on the Melanie’s Medleys website for $15 discount.

Italian Main Dishes Recipes

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce

cauliflower gnocchi with pesto sauce

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto Sauce
  • Olive Oil Spray

Optional

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil

Directions

  1. Heat large skillet to medium heat and coat with olive oil spray.
  2. Add package of cauliflower gnocchi into skillet. Pan sauté for approximately 10 minutes or until gnocchi is thoroughly cooked, constantly moving pan to ensure gnocchi does not stick to pan.
  3. Add pesto sauce to gnocchi and mix well.
  4. Plate gnocchi and garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil (optional). Save remaining sauce for other uses.
Asian Main Dishes Recipes Side Dishes

Beef and Broccoli Cauliflower Fried Rice

cauliflower fried rice

cauliflower fried rice

Beef and Broccoli Cauliflower Fried Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In ziplock bag, add beef and Soy Vey marinade. Marinade in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up until overnight.
  2. Heat large skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 tsp of canola oil and eggs. Scramble eggs until cooked. Set aside on plate.
  3. Add marinated beef into skillet. Cook until desired at temperature. Set aside on plate.
  4. Add 1 tsp canola oil to skillet. Saute broccoli until soft. Add bag of Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry and 1 tsp sesame oil. Stir fry for 5-7 minutes. Add half of the scallions into skillet and stir into the rice.
  5. Add beef and scrambled eggs into rice. Mix together and heat up additional minute. Add remaining scallions as garnish when serving.
Italian Main Dishes Recipes

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Vegan Bolognese Sauce

cauliflower gnocchi

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Vegan Bolognese Sauce

Serves 2

Ingredients

Optional

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil

Directions

  1. Follow directions on package of Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles to cook.
  2. Once beef crumbles have cooked, add marinara sauce and let simmer.
  3. Meanwhile, in medium skillet, preheat to medium heat and coat with olive oil spray.
  4. Add package of cauliflower gnocchi into skillet. Pan sauté for approximately 10 minutes or until gnocchi is thoroughly cooked, constantly moving pan to ensure gnocchi does not stick to pan.
  5. Plate gnocchi and top with the faux bolognese sauce. Save remaining sauce for other uses.
  6. Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil (optional).
Desserts Recipes

Strawberry Basil Popsicles

strawberry popsicle

strawberry popsicle

Strawberry Basil Popsicles

Yields 6 Popsicles

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chopped strawberries and torn basil leaves into a food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth. Add Fiber Syrup and chia seeds into food processor and pulse a few times until well blended.
  2. Pour strawberry mixture into Zoku Mod Pop Molds. Place pop sticks and drip guard into each pop mold.
  3. Freeze for 8 hours. Once frozen, remove each popsicle and individual mold from the base. Run the mold under warm water. Once loose, remove popsicle from mold and serve.