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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.

Breakfast/Brunch Desserts Recipes

Chocolate Cheesecake Granola Bars

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Chocolate Cheesecake Granola Bars

Yields 12 bars

Ingredients

For crust

For filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In food processor, add granola and pulse for 10-15 seconds or until granola is coarse. Add fiber syrup and pulse until syrup and granola have thoroughly combined.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup of granola mixture. Spread remaining granola mixture evenly onto 8×8 baking pan.
  4. In medium bowl, add greek yogurt, cream cheese, Choc Zero, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix ingredients well until completely smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread yogurt mixture evenly on top of granola.
  6. Crumble remaining granola mixture evenly over yogurt mixture.
  7. Bake in oven for 35 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 12 squares.
  9. Store bars in sealed container in refrigerator.

 

 

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.

Breakfast/Brunch Desserts Recipes

Triple Chocolate Waffle with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese

Triple Chocolate Waffle with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese

Inspired by the original F-Factor Pancake/Waffle

Serves 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add first four ingredients together into a bowl and mix together. Add egg whites, milk, and vanilla into bowl and mix all ingredients together.
  2. Fold in chocolate chips and mix well.
  3. Spray waffle maker with non-stick spray. Pour batter into the hot waffle maker. Close lid.
  4. Cook until waffle maker indicates waffle is done.
  5. Top waffle with scoop Melanie’s Medleys Salted Caramel Cream Cheese.
  6. Drizzle with Choc Zero Chocolate Syrup and Caramel Syrup, and top with fresh raspberries.

 

 

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 on your order.

Breakfast/Brunch Desserts Recipes

Two-Ingredient Granola Cookies

Two-Ingredient Granola Cookies

Yields 1 cookie

Ingredients

Optional ingredients

  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins
  • Nuts

Directions

  1. Add 1/2 cup ProGranola and 1 tbsp of Fiber Syrup into food processor. Pulse several times until granola is coarse and syrup is thoroughly combined.
  2. If adding additional toppings, place into food processor and pulse a few more times to combine all of the ingredients.
  3. Remove mixture from food processor and set onto parchment paper.
  4. Using your hands, gently form mixture into a 2-3 inch round cookie. Mixture will be sticky, so take your time when forming the cookie.
  5. Let cookie harden up on the parchment paper at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy as a snack on its on or serve with greek yogurt and berries for breakfast!

If you are wanting to make multiple cookies, simply double, triple, quadruple, etc. recipe to make desired amount of cookies!

Breakfast/Brunch Desserts Recipes

Strawberry Cheesecake Granola Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Granola Bars

Yields 12 bars

Ingredients

For crust

For filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In food processor, add granola and pulse for 10-15 seconds or until granola is coarse. Add fiber syrup and pulse until syrup and granola have thoroughly combined.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup of granola mixture. Spread remaining granola mixture evenly onto 8×8 baking pan.
  4. In medium bowl, add greek yogurt, cream cheese, fiber syrup, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix ingredients well until completely smooth.
  5. Spread yogurt mixture evenly on top of granola.
  6. Spread fresh strawberries evenly on top of yogurt mixture.
  7. Crumble remaining granola mixture evenly over strawberries.
  8. Bake in oven for 35 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 12 squares.
  10. Store bars in sealed container in refrigerator.

 

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 20% discount.

Breakfast/Brunch Recipes

Egg Waffle with Scallion Cream Cheese

Egg Waffle with Scallion Cream Cheese

Serves 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat waffle maker and coat with non-stick spray.
  2. Mix eggs in bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Once waffle maker is heated, add eggs evenly to waffle maker and let cook until waffle maker indicates they are ready.
  4. Meanwhile, spread GG crackers with scallion cream cheese.
  5. Remove eggs from waffle maker and cut into 4 pieces. Add each egg waffle to each GG cracker.
  6. Sprinkle each egg waffle with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.

Optional: Add any cheese and vegetables to eggs to make an egg waffle omelette.

 

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 20% discount.

Breakfast/Brunch Recipes

Egg Bake with Sautéed Spinach, Onion, and Cheese

Egg Bake with Sautéed Spinach, Onion, and Cheese

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use non-stick spray to grease 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Sauté onion and spinach in medium skillet with non-stick spray.
  3. Beat eggs in medium bowl. Add onion, spinach, cheese, milk, and salt and pepper to bowl with eggs. Mix together.
  4. Add egg mixture to baking pan.
  5. Bake for 33 minutes or until fully cooked.
  6. Let cool and cut into 16 squares.
Breakfast/Brunch Desserts Recipes

Raspberry Chia Jam

Raspberry Chia Jam

Adapted from a The Kitchn recipe 

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chopped raspberries in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook fruit until it becomes syrupy, approximately 5-10 minutes. Mash the raspberries.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat. Add in lemon juice and fiber syrup and mix well.
  3. Stir in chia seeds.
  4. Let the jam sit for at least 5 minutes to thicken.
  5. Transfer jam to jar or other storage container. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.