Decadent Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie

As late summer breezes shift into early fall winds, you’ll start craving hearty breakfast options. Here’s a seductive morning protein smoothie to warm your senses and nourish your body. Half a frozen banana is blended with creamy nut milks and butters, pure vanilla extract (brain food), fragrant cinnamon, spicy ginger, smoky cardamom, and warming cloves. The Indian Chai spices impart an earthy flavor element when infused with alkalizing hemp protein and fiber-rich flax meal superfoods. Move over Starbucks, this morning pick-me-up is guaranteed to invigorate your palate and feed your body – the healthy way.

Harvest Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie

Hello Autumn! Quite possibly the perfect flavor profile when the weather starts to cool. This superfood smoothie is blended with warming, earthy, grounding ingredients guaranteed to warm you soul. Organic pumpkin puree is loaded with Vitamin A for glowing skin and healthy eyesight. It is also rich in folate, the bioavailable form of folic acid vital for maintaining a healthy stress response. Pumpkin puree is low in calories, high in fiber, and excellent for maintaining a slim waistline. This recipe balances muscle-building protein and brain-healthy fat satisfy your morning taste buds. Raw walnut halves add much needed essential fatty acids and a hearty flavor. Greek Yogurt (can substitute for homemade goat’s milk kefir) boosts the perfect "tang" to enhance the flavor and deliver gut-healthy probiotics. Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below. It’s so delicious, you wont want Fall to end.

Chocolate Sunrise Avocado Smoothie

Avocado in a breakfast smoothie?! Heck Ya! Avocados have nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals and act as a “nutrient booster” by helping your body better absorb nutrients from the other superfood elements in this protein smoothie. Avocados improve overall immunity, muscle development, digestion, metabolism, and cardiovascular, bone and skin health. They are also the ideal substitute for healthy-fat nuts for those with nut sensitivities or allergies. They lend the perfect creamy texture of this ultra-filling morning breakfast shake. Memory-improving mixed berries are crucial to nervous system and brain health. As a low-glycemic superfruit, they are loaded with Vitamin K, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory elements. Raw cocoa is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system. Half a banana yields just the right amount of sweetness without tipping the glycemic impact while providing some Vitamin B6 and potassium. This decadent morning treat will have you thinking you’re eating velvety chocolate pudding for breakfast. Consider this your high protein + high fat sunrise indulgence to kick start your fat-burning metabolism for a vibrant body!

Baby Bella Spinach Quiche Cups

Nutritious, high-protein, low-carb, gluten-free breakfast or snack made in a muffin pan with only 6 wholesome ingredients. Baby Bellas (Cremini) mushrooms are ideal for this recipe. You can substitute any high-fat nut milk of your choice or goat's milk (my personal preference for these little delights) instead of using the heavy cream. Feel free to add other "quiche-friendly" sautéed veggies including bell peppers, asparagus, and leeks. Nitrate-free canadian bacon from a reputable brand (Applegate Farms of Niman Ranch) is a great addition meat lovers.

Sinful Raspberry Chocolate Protein Shake

Sinful indeed! You’ll wonder how it tastes so amazing yet provides 100% of the metabolic-burning nutrients you crave to jumpstart your morning (or post-workout) routine. This protein shake balances muscle-building protein, brain-healthy fat, low-glycemic fruit, and the #1 source of fruit fiber to nourish your system and satisfy your taste buds. Raspberries are loaded with 8 grams of fiber per cup. One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Raw cashews are a rich source of copper - a key mineral in multiple body systems. It is vital to building strong tissue, maintaining blood volume, and producing energy in your cells. Not only do raw cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Chocolate in the form of raw cocoa powder is deliciously decadent and also is rich in antioxidants such as flavonols to promote heart health and reduce the risk of cancer. Flavonols may also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Greek Yogurt adds the perfect "tang" to enhance the flavor and deliver gut-healthy probiotics. This recipe is boosted with superfoods including metabolic-enhancing green tea matcha powder and omega-rich chia seeds. One sip and you’ll be adding this to your weekly breakfast rotation. It’s also the perfect “snack” when feeling a need for an afternoon sweet treat! Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below.

Fluffy Blueberry Cinnamon Pancakes – Gluten Free

These healthy pancakes were inspired by a lonely banana on a cloudy Sunday morning. Sitting on my counter, too ripe to eat, but perfect for baking. Realizing that mashed up banana makes a great egg substitute, I decided move forward with Pancake Sunday Funday. I always have frozen blueberries on hand, but you can use any fruit of your choosing as long as they cook well with the batter (eg. apple, raspberry, strawberry). The blueberries add a tart and sweet tang and the heart-healthy cinnamon adds a warm spice to these little cakes. You'll notice there's no sugar added to this recipe because both fruits serve as the source of sweetness while the buttermilk adds the perfect acidity.

Skillet Eggs + Smoked Salmon Hash

Vibrant Method Test Kitchen “Perfected Recipe” adapted from Whole Foods.

Serve this comforting meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a salad of baby greens on the side. If you've got leftover ham, you could certainly substitute, but you really must try it with the awesome salmon. Make sure to purchase nitrosamine-free smoked salmon from a reputable brand such as Changing Seas found at Whole Foods Market. Salmon is an excellent brain-health food rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

Refreshing Mojito Mint Protein Shake

Love the burst of fresh flavor from mojitos at the local cocktail house? This shake has the same flavors with plenty of protein, fiber, and brain-healthy fat to boot! Pear is used as a low-glycemic fruit instead of tropical alternatives to reduce sugar intake. Perfect as a breakfast smoothie or a recovery drink post-workout. Warning, this might inspire a spontaneous dance party in the kitchen. Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below.

Heart Healthy Cherry Pie Protein Shake

Almonds and cherries will make you think you're tasting a homemade cherry pie. Organic spinach might seem like a strange addition, but you won't taste it and you’ll reap its nutritional benefits of fiber, folate, vitamin C and much, more. Perfect as a breakfast smoothie or a recovery drink post-workout. Although, you might crave this for desert too, it's THAT delicious.

Rice and Shine Breakfast Bowl

Vibrant Method Test Kitchen “Original Recipe”.

Similar to oatmeal, or more specifically oat bran, this delicious high-protein breakfast feels like a warm hug and packs a nutrient-rich punch. Its a perfect blend of wholesome protein with a hint of sweetness from banana and blueberries. Loaded with omega-rich nuts for optimal brain health. This breakfast bowl is the ultimate comfort food to kick start an active day.

Easy Baked Eggs + French-Inspired Asparagus

If you like baked eggs and asparagus, you'll love this combination for a quick protein-rich breakfast or a speedy "breakfast for dinner" option. The key is to remember to set your eggs on the counter for a while and get them to room temperature - makes for better baking! You can dip gluten-free toast into the yolks for a whole-grain boost or add leftover cooked quinoa to the asparagus bake.