Author: Jacqueline King

Healthy vegan chocolate chip cookie

Feel Good Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Oats Almond Butter and Banana (Vegan)

Now that my baby is almost a year old, a shocking amount solid food is passing through those tiny lips. He seems to always be hungry so I thought I better start working on some healthy snack food recipes. These cookies really fit the bill. They’re made with a few simple, nourishing ingredients, and are vegan and gluten-free. They’re also really quick to make, which is a big bonus since time has never felt so precious to me as it does now. These cookies are perfect… anytime you want a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth. when you don’t have time to sit down for a full meal. They’re even healthy enough to eat for breakfast! as a lunch bag treat to take to school or the office. Nutritional Highlights: Eating oats regularly can help lower your risk for heart disease. Oats contain a specific type of fiber known as beta-glucan. Studies have shown the beneficial effects of this special fiber on cholesterol levels for decades. Almonds are a great source of healthy fats, fiber, …

7-Grain Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes with Orange Blossom Honey and Coconut Butter

Big juicy blueberries are in season right now and there’s no better way to enjoy them than first thing in the morning with these moist and fluffy Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes. I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic 7-grain Pancake mix mix which uses stone ground whole grain flours and whole ground flaxseed meal to create a delicious earthy blend. You can find it at natural food markets or online. Fresh rosemary adds a fragrant herbal element and orange blossom honey adds a sweet floral note. Finish them off with creamy coconut butter and you have next-level blueberry pancakes that you can make in just minutes. They are made perfectly moist and fluffy thanks to aquafaba – the liquid from canned beans that can be used in place of eggs in lots of recipes. If you are unfamiliar with aquafaba you can check out this Facebook page to learn more about it and check out all of the crazy inspiring things people are doing with it. These Blueberry-Rosemary Pancakes are perfect for: when you need a quick, but extra …

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats (Vegan)

Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats

This Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats recipe is my favorite that I have come up with so far during my new overnight oat obsession. The flavors are inspired by those chocolate-coconut candy bars that I used to love as a kid, but made with pure healthy ingredients that make it a deliciously nutritious way to start the day. I love that it really fills you up and satisfies any morning sweet tooth. Since it has a great balance of whole-grain carbohydrates, plant proteins, and healthy fats it keeps you feeling strong and energized all morning! It takes only a couple of minutes to throw together at night and in the morning you have a nutty, chocolatey breakfast to enjoy at home or on the run. These chocolate pecan overnight oats are great fuel for a workout and also make a fabulous healthy snack or dessert. They keep a few days in the fridge so it’s nice to double or triple the recipe so you have them ready to enjoy anytime. Chocolate Pecan Coconut Overnight Oats Ingredients: Serves 1 1/4 …

Golden Green Goddess Overnight Oats

These overnight oats are full of so many feel good ingredients, you can’t help but feeling all powerful after eating them! Both spirulina and hemp seeds are plant-based sources of complete proteins, meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs to repair tissue and to keep running like a well oiled machine. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that comes in powder form and has been used as a superfood dating back to the ancient Aztecs.  It is about 60% protein and has a earthy, green taste. Hemp seeds are one of the best balanced sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and have a rich nutty flavor. Both can be found in the superfood or supplement section of your health food market. The  savory flavors are balanced with the sweetness of banana and honey and the tartness of  golden berries. Indigenous to Peru, golden berries have recently gained wide popularity thanks to their high nutrient and antioxidant content, tangy sweet flavor and chewy texture. If golden berries are not available you can …

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Peanut butter and jelly are one of those flavor combinations that is never a bad idea! I love them together so much I ate PB&J sandwiches for lunch every day for years growing up. There’s no reason such a classic pairing should be limited to the confines of a brown paper bag. Here they move into the morning sunshine to dress up a hearty and heart-healthy serving of overnight oats.   Once I posted this on my Instagram it quickly became a breakfast staple for my whole family not only because it is so tasty, but also because it’s so easy to make. In fact, you may even have all of the ingredients on hand, so why not put it together tonight? I promise you’ll have something delicious to wake up to in the morning. Enjoy! Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats Ingredients: serves 1 1/3 cup Old- Fashioned Rolled Oatmeal 2/3 cup Cashew or Almond Milk 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds 1 Tbsp Raisins Pinch of cinnamon Toppings: 1 heaping tsp Peanut Butter 1 heaping …

Healthy Vegan Shamrock Shake

Minty Feel Good Shamrock Smoothie

With St. Patty’s Day coming up I was hit with a touch of nostalgia today. I was remembering my days as a kid when March was a particularly exciting month because it meant I got to get a Shamrock Shake at my weekly trip to Mc Donald’s. I haven’t had fast food in years, but the memory left me craving a cold minty-vanilla beverage with a preternatural hue. So, of course, I decided to create a version using all natural feel good ingredients. It turned out to be so  delicious, it was hard to stop myself from drinking it all before I took pictures! Below you’ll find the recipe for this sweet, creamy, Shamrock Smoothie. It’s vibrant color looks all the more beautiful when you know it’s not made with a bunch of artificial food colors. Instead we use a touch of blue-green algae called Spirulina that is quite possibly the most nutritious food on the planet. You can find it in the supplement or superfood section of natural food markets and health food stores. …

Spanish White Bean and Vegetable Stew

Hearty Spanish White Bean and Vegetable Stew

This hearty, spicy dish is inspired by a traditional Spanish stew called Fabada. It has all of the warm, comforting flavors of the original, but with an extra helping of veggies and plant-based meaty goodness in place of pork sausage and bacon. This recipe is perfect… comfort food on a cold winter’s night. to feed a group without breaking the bank. to serve to people who think a meal is not complete without meat. This will change their minds! when you want a filling, replenishing meal after a workout. Nutritional Highlights: The beans, soyrizo, and seitan bacon make this a very protein rich dish with all of the essential amino acids. Studies have shown that plant protein can be more filling and satiating than meat sources. One teaspoon of paprika has 37 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A which can help protect your eyes bright and your skin clear. Beans are considered heart healthy because they contain an abundance of soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels when you make …

Superfood Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Feel Good Chocolate Covered Superfood Strawberries

When I was a little girl I used to look forward to going to the shopping mall with my mom on occasion. I loved smelling the perfumes at Macy’s and looking at the latest fashions worn by mannequins with expressionless faces. The highlight of these outings, however, was a trip to the chocolate shop near the food court. There, alongside the truffles and bark, they sold big, juicy strawberries in a thick coating of dark chocolate for what I considered to be a small fortune. Looking forward to that melt in your mouth pairing of bittersweet chocolate and fresh berries would keep me on my best behavior all day. It wasn’t until years later that I found out how easy chocolate covered strawberries are to make, and for a fraction of those shopping mall treats. The best part about making them at home is you can use a variety of superfood toppings that dry into the chocolate. These add flavor, texture, and color resulting in berries that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Now …

Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers with Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers with Avocado Ranch Dressing

 I made these Spicy Buffalo Tofu Fingers for Super Bowl last year and they were a big hit with vegetarians and meat eaters alike, so I wanted to share the recipe before the big game this Sunday. Now, you don’t have to be watching a sporting event to enjoy these, but they do happen to have a spicy kick that stands up nicely to a cold beer and a loud television. I like to use Wildwood Organic Tofu made with sprouted soybeans because it is vacuum sealed rather than packed in water, but any extra-firm tofu will work. I use an organic Jalapeño Hot Sauce, but you can use any hot sauce you like, Just make sure vinegar is listed as an ingredient, to ensure that you get the right flavor. My favorite Sriracha comes from Organicville.  All of these ingredients are available at Whole Foods or other natural foods markets. Try them with my creamy Avocado-Herb Ranch Dressing.  It’s the perfect cooling compliment to these spicy treats. Nutritional Highlights: Tofu is a complete protein, containing all …

6 Easy Veggie Swaps to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrition

10 Easy Veggie Swaps to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrition

We know by now that eating a diet rich in vegetables is good for our health, our mood and even our looks. Here’s a list of the veggie swaps you can make to get more of them into your meals while lightening up on calories. If you’re worried about feeling deprived, don’t. Because they’re so nutritionally dense, you may actually fuller with the veggie versions! 1. Instead of Flour Tortillas use Collard Greens- Swap out the refined flour for a crunchy collard greens next time you make a wrap and save over 100 calories while getting the anti-inflammatory benefits of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids. How-to: Cut off the thick stem and carefully slice the rib so that it is flush to the leaf. That way it won’t break when you roll it up. Remember to always cut with the knife cutting away from your hand to avoid accidents. Add your filling in the center of the leaf, perpendicular to the stem, then fold in the sides and roll it up like a burrito. Try a …