The Rising Spoon

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tropical Fruit Smoothie {Packed with Vitamin C}

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A healthy smoothie recipe with vitamin C-packed tropical fruits like mango and kiwi + protein and healthy fats to create a balanced, nourishing drink that's perfect for a light breakfast, snack, or even dessert.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie {Packed with Vitamin C}

When I shared my egg breakfast muffins recipe last week, I asked if y'all had any favorite on the go breakfasts and whether you relied on fixing fast meals in the morning OR foods you could prep ahead of time. The most popular answers for quick breakfasts were oatmeal, overnight oats, or smoothies. 

To be honest, those responses kinda surprised me! Why? Because...

  1. I don't usually eat smoothies for breakfast. More like an afternoon snack.
  2. I'm constantly blown away at all the creative, yummy meals other foodies (and my awesomesauce readers + followers) come up with and share on social media--especially Instagram. So, I sort of expected fancy-pants responses akin to full spread breakfasts lovingly made at the expense of an extra hour of sleep.

Turns out I was wrong. You guys are normal, non-superhero-in-the-kitchen folks just like me. (Phew.)

Tropical Fruit Smoothies = The Cure For Smoothie Boredom

So, if you're in the camp that drinks smoothies for breakfast (or any other meal), get excited because I'm sharing a super yummy new smoothie today! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tex-Mex Egg Breakfast Muffins

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An easy breakfast muffin recipe with eggs, bacon, cheese, and simple Tex-Mex ingredients. Baked egg cups are a yummy, healthy, and affordable on the go breakfast that you can make the day before and reheat for quick meals all week long.


Tex-Mex Egg Breakfast Muffins

I was recently asked by Save-A-Lot to create a unique recipe for the Back-To-School season since they're one of my local grocery stores. In return for my time and creative effort, I'm being compensated financially for this post. Thank you for allowing me to keep creating great content by supporting partnerships with companies I collaborate with on The Rising Spoon. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

When I have a busy day ahead of me, I always try to eat a good breakfast. It is SO important! Skipping breakfast makes me feel grumpy and distracted a few hours later (not good for productivity), whereas eating a mix of protein, fat + veggies with some carbohydrates (too much makes me lethargic) keeps me energized and focused until the afternoon.

For Lots of Folks, Skipping Breakfast is Counterproductive

I remember back in high school when I'd have to sit through my first, second, and third class without any food on my stomach and it was awful! It's so much harder to concentrate when your stomach is grumbling and your blood sugar is low. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Mango Overnight Oats

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Mango Overnight Oats

One of my favorite make-ahead meals for breakfast is overnight oats. It's super easy, fast, and flexible. A mere five minutes (or so) of prep the night before gives you healthy grab-and-go breakfasts for days. Pretty much perfect for busy mornings or times when you don't want to cook (hangriness and laziness being two legitimate reasons).

I first heard about overnight oats a.k.a. cold oatmeal or summer porridge back in 2012 when I ran across this refrigerator oatmeal post from The Yummy Life. The blogger (Monica) inspired me to give it a try and I fell in love with the cold, creamy, slightly sweet, and filling oats + eating directly out of a mason jar. The fact that you can prepare and then eat a healthy breakfast out of the same container is brilliant. Fewer dishes to wash = happiness!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Strawberry Shortcake & Lemon Curd Parfait

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Strawberry Shortcake & Lemon Curd Parfait

Want an easy dessert that'll leave you fighting over the leftovers? Look no further than these strawberry shortcake and lemon curd parfaits a.k.a. blissful bursts of sunshine and sweetness in a glass. 

I made a pared-down version of this recipe right as strawberries were coming into season three months ago with whipped cream, broken up pieces of buttery scone, and juicy sliced organic strawberries (see it here on Instagram) and I've been daydreaming about it ever since.

That is, until yesterday, when I concluded I could make an even better version without a ton of work. So I ran to the grocery store to grab the simple ingredients for the parfaits. And to the thrift store to pick up tall clear glasses for parfaits. There were tons to choose from, so I snagged these four for 99 cents a piece.