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Lemon poppy seed pancakes with Greek yogurt

Spring mornings just scream for bright and sunshiny breakfasts like these lemon poppy seed pancakes. They’re not too heavy, and the fresh citrus taste is so enjoyable to wake up to. But let’s face it: breakfast for dinner is always a delicious option. You’ll look forward to these homemade pancakes no matter what time the meal. This fun pancake recipes use a full cup of Greek yogurt for added protein, plus plenty of lemon zest and crunchy poppy seeds so you know you’re eating something special. Trust me, the flavor does not get lost here. If you’re a fan of lemon poppy seed anything, these won’t disappoint. A simple, quality maple syrup drizzled on top is a perfect touch, but a fruit flavored syrup like raspberry, blueberry or strawberry would go great, too. Try adding a cup of any of these fruits fresh to your batter for something a little different. This batch makes a whole…

Creamy avocado, mango, smoothie with hemp hearts

Hemp hearts have been on the health food scene for quite a while now, but, for whatever reason, many people still haven’t given these delicious nutty seeds a chance. If you wish you could add even more nutritional oomph to your smoothies, salads and yogurts, it might be hemp seeds that you’re looking for. Hemp hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds. They are said to have many health benefits because of their rich and diverse nutritional content. For starters, hemp hearts are a complete protein, so for vegetarians, or those trying to eat less meat, hemp hearts are a easy dietary substitution. They also contain essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3 as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. They’re packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E as well as the minerals calcium and iron. But wait. There’s more! The combination of complex carbohydrates, protein and calories in…

These are the 100 best brunch spots, according to OpenTable users

Nothing says “I love you Mom” more than a Bloody Mary and eggs benedict. Or maybe the new spring weather has just put some pep in your step and you’re feeling more energized to actually put on pants before noon. Either way, OpenTable is here to help. The restaurant reservation app has rounded up the top 100 brunch spots for 2018. Nearly 45,000 restaurants were considered based off of 12 million customer reviews. The top restaurants were then sorted into different categories like “great for brunch,” for example. From California cool brunch spots to which New York dining destinations, the list includes winners from 24 states plus Washington, D.C. California took the most top spots with 19 winning restaurants, followed by New York with 15, D.C. and Pennsylvania, each with nine a piece. Here are all of the 2018 Best Brunch winners listed by state. California Beachcomber Cafe – Crystal Cove – Newport…

Sweet potato muffins with pecans and raisins are perfect way to use up leftovers

There’s something about using veggies in baked goods that feels so smart. Zucchini bread and carrot cake are two classics, but if you like those, you should try making these sweet potato muffins. They’re a great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes whether they be baked, mashed or casseroled. You can always eat leftovers the next day same way, but isn’t it more fun to make something new? Here’s a simple recipe for sweet potato muffins. They have a mild flavor, and can be dressed up with honey, a pat of butter or an extra drizzle of syrup, but if you’re fine with a clean and healthy tasting muffin, you’ll gobble them up as-is. *Note: If your sweet potatoes aren’t already well-mashed, or if they’re in a casserole, mash before using in recipe. (If casserole is covered in marshmallows, consider scraping some off before mashing.) Sweet Potato muffins with raisins and pecans Makes…

Carrot cake pancakes are perfect for spring brunch

If you’re a fan of carrot cake, these orange-hued silver-dollar pancakes will hit the spot. With all the spices of traditional carrot cake, and a sweet cream cheese drizzle on top, these tiny breakfast bites taste just like the real thing. Try them for an Easter brunch or even just to celebrate a bright, spring morning. *Note: Pancakes don’t cook that long, so it’s important to only have extremely fine pieces of carrots in the batter. Use the fine side of a cheese grater to get the right size texture. Carrot Cake Pancakes Serves about 4 Pancake Ingredients 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup light brown sugar 3/4 cup buttermilk (or substitute Greek yogurt) 1 tsp vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 tsp quality vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups carrots, finely grated 1/4 cup walnuts,…

Spinach, egg, artichoke breakfast casserole

We could all use a few more low-carb, protein rich recipe ideas, especially for breakfast. The first meal of the day makes us gravitate toward toast, cereal, energy bars, muffins and donuts — one giant carb load. This spinach, artichoke and feta casserole is a combination that can’t go wrong. It’s primarily veggies and protein. Baked spinach, gooey cheese and salty artichokes, it plays off of the appeal of the popular party dip but transforms it into a healthy meal anytime. If the word ‘casserole’ scares you, call it crustless quiche or even an omelet. Either way, it’s an easy recipe that makes for fantastic reheated leftovers for several days. So break out of your breakfast rut and get crackin’ on this delicious egg casserole. Spinach, egg, artichoke breakfast casserole Ingredients 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach or 1 (8-ounce) package of froze spinach, thawed and patted dry 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped 1…

Eggs 18 different ways

Eggs are arguably the most versatile protein on the planet. That’s why they show up in so many recipes. They only have about 70 calories each, and they’re one of the few foods that are naturally a good source of Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin, which helps the body maintain healthy bones and teeth, along with a healthy immune system, brain and nervous system. But they taste great too, and are perfect for just about any meal of the day. Here are 18 new egg recipes to try: One Pot Spicy Eggs and Potatoes https://www.pinterest.com/pin/419960733981926428/ Avocado Egg Salad https://www.pinterest.com/pin/99782947976749202/ Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs https://www.pinterest.com/pin/217932069449192427/ Baked Eggs with onions and cheese https://www.pinterest.com/pin/372602569156687411/ Baked Eggs in Sweet Potato https://www.pinterest.com/pin/342062534182953850/ Omelet Waffles https://www.pinterest.com/pin/362187995023456978/ Avocado bacon & eggs https://www.pinterest.com/pin/9781324170940254/ Egg Shakshuka https://www.pinterest.com/pin/157555686944884400/ Cloud breakfast eggs https://www.pinterest.com/pin/244812929722968279/ Spinach and bell pepper egg bake https://www.pinterest.com/pin/219620919306444107/ Healthy Egg muffins https://www.pinterest.com/pin/315040936425175733/ Deviled Eggs dip https://www.pinterest.com/pin/295830269261074934/ Eggs in Hell https://www.pinterest.com/pin/86272149094413396/…

Pick pizza over cereal for a healthier breakfast

Grabbing that cold, leftover slice of pizza in the morning might not be such a bad decision after all. It turns out, there are tons of pizzas out there that could be better for you than your favorite breakfast cereal. Registered dietician Chelsey Amer told The Daily Meal, “You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories. However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.” Sure, pizza isn’t exactly a health food. But when you compare it to the nutritional profiles of most common store-bought cereals, it is a more balanced way to start a day. Amer said, “A slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.”…

Pink, raspberry crepes perfect for Valentine’s Day, every day

Guys, listen up. If you’re going to serve breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day, it should definitely be these pink, raspberry crepes. They’re sweet and delicious, and definitely photogenic — think: mad props for your efforts posted on her Instagram account. With just a few ingredients on the list, they’re way less difficult to pull off than they appear. Plus, you can fill with any of her favorite fruits, or drizzle with warm chocolate sauce to really heat up the holiday of love. *It helps to have a crepe maker, but any non-stick pan or griddle will work.  Simple Raspberry crepes Crepe Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 tbsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups milk 4 eggs 3 tbsp. melted butter 5-6 drops red food coloring, (Add more if you like a darker pink or red crepe) 1-2 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed Whipped Creme Ingredients 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 2-3…

15 Sweet breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day morning

There’s no better, or easier, way to score big points on Valentine’s Day than with a delicious breakfast-in-bed spread for your sweetie. Wake up a few minutes early and sneak off to the kitchen to whip up wondrous red velvet waffles, or keep it light with light pink smoothies and yogurt bits. Keep these 14 sweet recipes on hand for your most unforgettable Feb. 14 morning yet. Nutella and Strawberry stuffed french toast Nutella and strawberry is a match made in breakfast heaven. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/233272455673397780/ Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls Cinnamon rolls are even sweeter when when they’re reshaped like little hearts. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/207306389072827213/ Banana Pancakes Aside from the romantic song Jack Johnson wrote about them, banana pancakes are just a delicious morning meal. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/102034747785964220/ Strawberry Cream Cheese breakfast pastries These would be a sweet breakfast no matter what shape they are, but you’ll definitely get bonus points for the extra heart-shaped effort. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48343395978352965/ French Toast Churros Serve…