Easy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (no fancy equipment needed)

Jessica Penner, RDDrink, Recipes7 Comments

A mug of homemade pumpkin spice latte with a spoonful of spices and a bowl of pumpkin puree.

Enjoy this easy Pumpkin Spice Latte all year long. It’s much cheaper than Starbucks! No fancy equipment needed. Vegan version listed too. When does pumpkin spice latte season start? Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte usually makes its first appearance the last week of August or the first week of September. In my opinion, that’s much too early! At that time I’m still desperately holding on to the last shreds of summer I can. Remember, I live in glorious Winnipeg, Canada where we only get a solid two months of hot summer weather! But maybe you’re the opposite and are already itching … Read More

Big Batch Protein Muffins [peanut butter chocolate chip]

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Snack5 Comments

With 7g protein and 3g fibre, these protein muffins are great to keep in the freezer for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast! Makes 60 muffins. This post contains affiliate links. As a kid we always had muffins in the freezer, ready to defrost for a quick breakfast. It only occurred to me the other day that this was a form of “batch cooking”… or batch baking, rather. Yeah, my mom was the original mealprepper, 30 years ahead of her time. #mymomiscoolerthanyourmom I pretty much always double a muffin recipe. If I’m going to take the time to bake muffins, … Read More

Vegetable Smoothies: make ahead freezer packs!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes3 Comments

Make mornings easier & healthier with these grab ‘n blend vegetable smoothie packs in 4 delicious flavours: Chocolate Beet, Vanilla Green, PB Banana, and Blueberry! Just add your choice of milk! Mornings are hectic! People always tell me they want to eat healthier breakfasts, but don’t have the time to prep food in the morning. Breakfast ends up being a quick slice of toast before running out the door. This is a lost opportunity for fruits and veggies! Nearly 90% of Americans are NOT meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie intake!  What are vegetable smoothie freezer packs and how … Read More

Apple Nachos – hot & cheesy!

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Apple Nachos -hot and cheesy! #applenachos #apples #applechips #nachos #afterschoolsnack #snack #kidsnacks #kidfriendly #funfood

This apple nachos post is sponsored by Martin’s Apple Chips but, as always, my opinions are entirely my own.  He just started kindergarten this fall, but it’s happening already. “Mama, all the other kids get Jell-O/yogurt drinks/other-fun-heavily-marketed-food in their snack evvvvvveryday!” Welcome to your life, kid. Sorry. I’m a dietitian mama who makes things from scratch. The snacks I send you are going to be lower in sugar than the other kids’. They’re gonna be mostly homemade. It’s going to be a long school career for you. I totally feel for him. My mom always sent me to school with … Read More

Breakfast Banana Split – healthy, decadent, easy!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

a healthy breakfast banana split, high in fibre & protein!

 Take 5 minutes to wow your guests (or family) with a special breakfast banana split! They’re so easy to make, and yet… they feel so fancy to eat! My husband is definitely a creature of habit when it comes to food. When I met him his grocery shopping routine was fairly mindless… simply because he bought the same foods every single time! It’s been a bit of a stretch for him to marry me, the food blogger and kitchen experimenter, who’s always making new dishes and recipes! His food habits run deepest at breakfast time. Whenever I make something new for … Read More

Homemade Instant Oatmeal: an Easy, Healthy Recipe!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Recipes, Snack4 Comments

homemade instant oatmeal packets

This homemade instant oatmeal recipe makes convenient packets that are lower in sugar, carbs, and sodium than store-bought oatmeal, but higher in protein and fibre! A quick and easy way to make healthier choices on the go! If life were perfect you’d always have time for breakfast. You’d always pack a well-balanced, nourishing lunch. But life happens and sometimes you sleep in. I get it. That’s why my goal is to give you easy ideas for eating healthier. Are instant oatmeal packets the absolute healthiest food on the planet? No… but this homemade instant oatmeal is healthier than the boxed … Read More

Blueberry Brain Food Smoothie

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes, Snack4 Comments

blueberry brain food smoothie

Filled with blueberries, walnuts, and spinach, this blueberry brain food smoothie is the tastiest way to keep your brain healthy and active for years to come!  my new favourite smoothie I used to make new smoothies all the time. I have a bunch on my site and they’re all delicious! chocolate pb smoothie carrot cake smoothie pumpkin spice almond smoothie peaches n cream smoothie tropical green smoothie Then I discovered THE WORLD’S BEST GREEN SMOOTHIE! And I must confess… for about a year I had no desire to create any new recipes. All I wanted was this green smoothie! That … Read More