Multigrain Pancakes with LOVE

Silicone heart/egg pancake rings
3/4 cup Arrowhead Mills Multigrain Pancake and Waffle Mix
1 Tbsp Carrington Farms unflavored coconut cooking oil
3/4 cup skim milk
1 cup sliced strawberries or raspberries (or more if you prefer)

Using a whisk, stir ingredients until smooth with no lumps. Spray silicone rings with non-stick spray (preferably Carrington Farms Coconut Oil Cooking Spray)  placing them lip side down on pre-heated, lightly oiled pan.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into each heart shaped mold. Cook until set. Remove the ring. Flip pancake to the other side until cooked through.

Place strawberries and raspberries on top of pancakes.

Berry Flax Chia Pudding Delight

1 container plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp Carrington Farms Flax/Chia blend
1 Tbsp all-fruit raspberry preserves (Polaner works well)
2 Tbsp almond milk creamer (unflavored or vanilla)
1 cup chopped strawberries

Set strawberries aside. Mix other ingredients together. Let mixture chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Layer strawberries and pudding in a small glass.

Berry Valentine’s Day Parfait

1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts* or low fat granola
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt in a glass or small mason jar (if you want to eat it on-the-go)

Layer 1/2 cup raspberries
Add remaining yogurt on top of raspberries
Place sliced strawberries on top
Add walnuts or low fat granola
Drizzle with honey

* To toast the chopped walnuts, place on a baking sheet in preheated oven at 400 degrees for a few minutes. Check frequently, making sure to toast and not burn.

Healthy Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed Recipes

Many people like to shower their Valentines with chocolates and candy. But what if your loved one wants to tone down the sweets?

Click on the video link to see some perfect breakfast in bed meals that won’t disappoint those on a diet.


New Year’s Rediscovery

We’ve all made our resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier as a new year begins. We start out strong and then lose steam. Why? The most likely explanation is that our goals are unrealistic. You don’t change a lifetime of behavior just because there’s a new year on the calendar.
I believe we should focus on trying something attainable. Not the usual “I’d like to lose weight” or “I’ll join a gym” resolution. I like to think of the new year as an opportunity to discover something new and fun, either alone or with friends and family.
Try a yoga class or a spin class.  If you don’t enjoy it, try Pilates or Zumba. Continue this until you find an activity you truly enjoy. Or, try something new and fun with family and friends. Turn off the tv on weekends and go ice skating, snow tubing or even skiing.
If you’re already doing these things, look for healthier ingredients to add to the foods you already love. Use Carrington Farms Organic coconut oil instead of vegetable oil or add Carrington Farms Milled flax to your yogurt in the morning.
The goal is to rediscover yourself. Find those things that bring a smile to your face and good health to your body.
Bring on 2015!

You only get one body in this life. Feed it well.