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12 Jul

6 Recipes to Jumpstart Your Health Kick from Bubble Girl

Posted by Bikini Owner

By Kait Turshen of Bubble Girl Bakes

It happens to the best of us...

This time last year, you decided to turn over a new, healthy leaf. You worked hard all spring, working out, eating right, overcoming your daily chocolate cravings, and successfully ignoring your ever-nagging sweet tooth. Summer comes and you're beach ready. For once, you're proud to be in a bathing suit in public. Fall comes, your sweaters are a little baggy, and you're in the market for new [smaller] leggings. Then the holidays hit. Hard.

So maybe this isn't your story [for which I commend you!], but if it is, you're not alone. This is my story, too. After a year of hard work and making good food decisions, I laid it all to rest once Thanksgiving dinner was on the table. And now, woe is me.

But instead of beating myself up, I'm going to put one foot in front of the other starting today, and not look back. I'm committing myself to working out four times a week, not eating after 9:00pm, and most importantly, going back to making proper food decisions.

This doesn't mean there won't be fabulous sweets and treats on the blog all year long, it just means I won't be licking every bowl and tasting multiple samples along the way. It's back to logging my food intake and lacing up my sneakers on a regular basis. So if you're in for a new leaf to start the year, here are some of my favorite healthy, gluten free, allergen free, vegan recipes to jumpstart your health kick for 2014!


Homemade Bubble Bars

Here's my allergy friendly version of Larabars, those healthy snacks you're to buy at the grocery but can't due to their chock-full-o-nuts factor. This recipe takes just minutes to make and is the perfect [healthy] mid-afternoon snack.


Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

I know, I know. Autumn is long gone. But that doesn't mean you have to stop eating pumpkin. In fact, I eat pumpkin all year round. It's a fabulous vegetable with nothing but health benefits, not to mention it adds great texture and taste to baked goods.

 


Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

By far, my favorite smoothie of the year. This liquid pie powerhouse has just 3g of fat and 43g of carbohydrates with 27g of protein and 6g of fiber. Now that's some nutrition you're not going to get in your usual sugar-loaded Frappuccino.


Stuffed Red Peppers

For those of you who thought you'd never be able to live off of vegetables, this recipe will prove you wrong! This is a meal in and of itself, low in sodium, low in fat, full of flavor, and filling; not to mention, oozing with nutrients.


Ratatouille

Contrary to popular belief, "health kick" is not the politically correct cover for starvation. Ratatouille is a great [and easy!] side dish that will fill your tummy and satisfy, unlike empty carbs with hidden bad fats to flavor.


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I've made this soup a good dozen times since I posted the recipe just a few weeks ago. Everyone loves it. It's the perfect appetizer or snack that leaves you warm and full of veggie goodness without the calories and fat that many other soups do. Not to mention, it adds a great pop of color to the table!

Check out more healthy recipies HERE