Pumpkin Pie Pancakes With Collagen Peptides

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Do you ever wake up on a cold, overcast, fall morning craving pancakes? I could eat pancakes, along with a strong cup of french roast coffee any day of the week. Pancakes can be a wonderful breakfast option, but can definitely make you feel like you just ate 10-cases of sugar dough when made with sugars and fillers. So I got to thinking, I love pumpkin pie and I adore pancakes. Why not make a clean version for you guys? I thought well, I make pumpkin syrup that's clean, I can surely make pumpkin pie pancakes that are clean too! After racking my brain and coming up with various recipes in my kitchen, I've developed the perfect, clean, pumpkin pie pancake recipe for you guys that I think you'll really enjoy! These pumpkin pie pancakes also have my favorite Collagen Peptides in them which I use every day to help keep my skin clear and my energy levels up. 

Bonus: Make these for breakfast for your family the day after Thanksgiving and you'll be the shining star! Plus, these are great to eat before a long hiking day. We don't go shopping on Black Friday instead, we go outside and play! I will definitely be making these Black Friday and I know my family will appreciate having a healthy meal at their fingertips that is of course, pumpkin themed! 

Delicious, Cheesy, Clean, Macaroni and Cheese

I do not know a single person on this planet who doesn't adore homemade macaroni and cheese. Do you know anyone who doesn't just love the stuff? I could eat macaroni and cheese any day of the week, but I especially love it when it's fall, the weather is getting colder and comfort food is my main squeeze. Macaroni and cheese is delicious, but most of the time it's filled with too many ingredients that I cannot pronounce. I know that when I eat this delicious, cheesy pasta, I want basic, simple, clean ingredients that I can pronounce. No artificial flavors or fillers. I want my macaroni and cheese to be cheesy, moist and have some vegetables mixed in so I feel like I'm getting a full meal without having to make other dishes. Usually, macaroni and cheese is considered a "side dish" but with my take on it, you'll have a complete dinner ready to go and then if you make enough you'll have leftovers for lunch, breakfast, brinner, whatever. It's so good, you'll be glad you made a lot for everyone to eat!

Fall Giveaway with RXBar!

You all know I love a good protein bar. And one with minimal ingredients is even better, so when the opportunity came along to host a fall giveaway with RX Bars, I jumped at the chance. The reason why RX Bars are oh so nutritious and delicious is because they only have 4-ingredients in each bar. How many nutrition bars can say that? I have two favorites and they are the Maple Sea Salt and the Pumpkin Flavor! Be forewarned, the Pumpkin flavor is only available for purchase until the end of October and then it's gone until next year! You can find both of these wonderful flavors here: 

The pumpkin flavor tastes exactly like clean pumpkin pie and the maple sea salt flavor literally tastes like a maple donut, but without all of the added calories. You can enter the contest over at Instagram, all you have to do is follow me and follow RX Bar and list your favorite flavor and tag a friend in the comments. The contest ends this Friday, Septmber 23rd. That's it! You can find me on Instagram here.

Let me know if you've tried RXBars and what you think of them. 

XOXO ~Genevieve 

Clean Pumpkin Spice Syrup- The Perfect Addition to your Fall Morning Coffee!

This is hands down my favorite time of the year. The leaves are changing, fall colors are appearing everywhere, red, gold, orange and yellow. The air is getting colder, the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin are in the air. Pumpkin and Halloween decorations are popping up in retail stores. And of course, Pumpkin Spice Latte's are at every coffee shop all over town. Now, you could go fork out almost $4.00 for a latte full of added sugars and fillers, or you could make your own Pumpkin Spice Syrup at home. 

If you adore coffee like I do and you love pumpkin spice, then you are going to adore this clean version of pumpkin spice syrup. You can add this to your morning coffee (you can check out my take on Bulletproof coffee here, this syrup would be amazing in it!) You can top fresh waffles and pancakes with this pumpkin syrup and you can even add this to pumpkin penne pasta! (A recipe for that coming next week!)

Meyer Lemon Bacon Penne Pasta!

I'm Italian and every Sunday night I would go to my Grandmother's house for traditional Italian Sunday dinner. I can still smell the scent as I walked in the door of her beautiful beach house in Montara, California. Fresh bread baking in the oven, pancetta sizzling in the frying pan, and the soft scent of chocolate shavings still out on the counter from her amazing Tiramisu. I grew up on pasta, pasta, and well you guessed it, more pasta! Of all of the things I love, coffee, running, weight lifting and rock climbing, pasta is at the top of that list. Fall is practically here and everyone need's a good, go-to pasta recipe for those nights when cooking tons of food seems daunting. This delicious pasta dish has everything you need for a cozy, fall night by pumpkin spice candles and a good Netflix show. So get your spatulas ready, because I've got the perfect fall pasta recipe for you! 

If you don't have one already, you'll want to buy a Citrus Zester. These are cheap on Amazon and are an essential tool in the kitchen. 

Pasta, Pasta, and more PASTA!

Eat all the pasta and enjoy this cozy, fall meal anytime you want a quick, easy comfort food meal. 

Bonus! Add nutmeg for even more fall flavor! 

La Bella Vita! 

Bulletproof Coffee and Why It's So Good For You

I drink anywhere from 3-4 cups of coffee per day. That's a lot you say? That's nothing, considering I used to drink anywhere from 5-9 cups of coffee per day. That is until I started drinking my version of bulletproof coffee every day. 

The benefits to drinking bulletproof coffee are endless. Bulletproof coffee helps to trim the fat around your waist, gives you energy for hours, helps you have clearer skin, and drinking it daily can actually help curb afternoon coffee cravings. I know what you're thinking, "this girl is crazy, I cannot get past 3:00 pm without my afternoon coffee!" But seriously, if you drink bulletproof coffee every day in the am, you won't feel the need for multiple cups throughout the day. Why? Because the mixture of healthy fats from MCT's (medium-chain triglycerides) with coffee gives you the added energy boost you need to get your brain and body going through the afternoon. 

There are several different versions of bulletproof coffee out there, but I feel like my version is the best. I also think you guys will love it too, and it can work as a meal. For example, instead of a huge breakfast (I'm not a big breakfast eater) I whip up my bulletproof coffee recipe and it keeps me satisfied until lunch. My version of bulletproof coffee also works as a wonderful pre-workout. 

What you'll need:

Step 1: Add 2-tbs of coconut oil to an immersion blender cup, next add all of your spices-cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. 

Step 2: Add 1-2-tbs of raw honey and half-n-half. 

Step 3: Pour in coffee (use the darkest roast possible that you can find, the darker the roast, the better) and blend with your immersion blender on the medium setting and blend until frothy. Your coffee should look like a latte and you can find immersion blenders on Amazon. I bought mine here: 

I call this stuff liquid gold and it's the best concoction I've found for putting an extra pep in my step and giving me the energy I need to last me throughout my busy days of photographing weddings and blogging about all things health and fitness related. 

Check out the video version of this recipe here: 

Paleo Protein Pizza

When I get a hankering for protein and pizza at the same time, the hankering comes on strong and doesn't go away. The craving always comes at a time when I'm starving, hangry, motivated, and annoyed all at the same time. I played scavenger hunt with my fridge and dug out all the things I could find to make this fantasy a reality. Then, I grabbed my spiralizer and went to town on all the veggies. 

What you'll need: 

  • Organic Yukon Gold and Red Potatoes 
  • 4-stalks of organic celery
  • 1-cup of organic shredded carrots
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 4-organic eggs 
  • 4-strips of organic bacon
  • A Spiralizer and two frying pans  (You can find Spiralizers cheap on Amazon.) 
  • Spices of choice (I used Trader Joe's Seasoning Salute, basil, and oregano.)

 

Step 1: Cook your bacon in a frying pan over medium heat. Don't over cook your bacon! And make sure to save your bacon grease. Don't throw away your bacon grease as it can be used for so many things when cooking, You'll also want to save two tablespoons of it for your hash. Set cooked bacon and bacon grease aside. 

Step 2: Spiralize your potatoes and chop your celery and onions and mix together. 

Step 3: Grab your second frying pan and cook your potatoes, celery, carrots, and onions over medium-high heat in two tablespoons of bacon grease. 

Step 4: Once your hash is cooked thoroughly, crack 4-eggs over the hash and place your cooked bacon pieces around your hash to create the "crust" around the pizza. 

Step 5: Cover and cook on low for 5-minutes. 

Step 6: Add cilantro or fresh herb of choice and cut pizza into "slices" Your pizza should keep in the fridge for 3-days. 

Enjoy! 

Peanut Butter Espresso Chocolate Smoothie Delight

Yesterday, while coming up with new recipes for you guys, I got a hankering for peanut butter. I was about to do my workout and knew my body needed a quick, protein-packed pick me up. I grabbed some ingredients from my pantry and whipped up this delight.

What you'll need: 

  • 2-scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Whey (the cocoa flavor is my favorite!)
  • 1-cup of unsweetened coconut-almond milk. (Califa Farms make's a great one.)
  • 2 tbs of organic, clean peanut butter. (I buy mine from Trader Joe's made with Valencia Peanuts, salt and that's it! )
  • 1-tbs of clean hazelnut spread (You can find this at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods)
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds 
  • 1 whole organic banana
  • 1/2 a cup of unsweetened, shredded coconut  
  • 1-cup of ice

Make it:

  • Add coconut/almond milk, along with Vital Proteins Collagen Whey to a high powered blender. 
  • Next, add your peanut butter, hazelnut spread, and chia seeds, along with your banana and unsweetened shredded coconut. 
  • Add ice, and blend until your smoothie is thick and creamy, similar to a milkshake consistency.  

As many of you who follow me on Instagram know, how in love with Vital Proteins I am and I post about them a lot on my feed. Their Collagen Peptides are tasteless and are fantastic in bulletproof coffee as we as everything else. A few of the benefits I have noticed from taking Collage Peptides every day are:

  • My hair and nails grow at an exorbitant rate. 
  • My skin's elasticity has approved and retains moisture better than prior to me taking Collagen Peptides. 
  • My energy levels have increased and I'm not as sore post workouts. 
  • I do not get as hungry as often, and I seem to maintain a satisfied state throughout the day. 

I recently started adding 2-scoops of Vital Proteins Collage Whey Cocoa flavor to my pre-workout smoothies and I love it! It adds a creamy, chocolatey texture and flavor to my smoothies without any additional sweeteners. It makes my smoothie taste like a milk shake, but without all of the junk. This is also the only collagen whey powder I have found on the market that does not contain stevia or added sweeteners. Vital Proteins Collagen Whey is sweetened with coconut water and dutch cocoa. No added fillers or sweeteners at all! It is also gluten free, rBGH free, ractopamine-free and non-GMO.

Perfect Roast Potatoes

You know those simple recipes that only use a few ingredients but are life-changing for your taste buds? Well, not to fear because I have one for you here! (See what I did there?) If you don't have potatoes in your household you need to go out and get them right now and stash them in a wooden crate to always have on hand. Potatoes are so good for you and come from the earth. They are a sustainable carbohydrate that burn up in the body differently than say, pasta. They do not spike your blood sugar can be consumed at every meal without guilt. As long as they're not drenched in oil or fried, they are a perfect staple in any clean diet. 

This recipe was sort of an accident of sorts as it was improvised on the fly, but it's so simple and easy to make that these potatoes now make a regular appearance during my weekly meals. Oh and I bet kiddos would love these potatoes too, because you can dip them in almost anything, as long as it's healthy of course! 

What you'll need: 

  • Rustic Baked Potatoes
  • Himalayan sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil.
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

What to do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees
  • Slice up the rustic potatoes length-wise (so they look like potatoes wedges) 
  • Place all spices in a mixing bowl with EVOO and combine
  • Place sliced potatoes wedges on a baking sheet and brush the EVOO and spices mixture on the potatoes.
  • Place in the oven and book for 30-minutes or until lightly browned. 

The lovely folks at Primal Pantry gifted me with some samples to try of their delicious mayo's and dressings that are all paleo friendly! I dipped my potato wedges in the spicy, creamy chipotle lime mayo made with avocado oil.

You can purchase these dressings and mayo's here: https://hp224.isrefer.com/go/clmayosingle/LadyGLifts/ 

You can also check out the other amazing products Primal Kitchen offers here: https://hp224.isrefer.com/go/kitchen/LadyGLifts/

Detox Bone Broth Chicken Soup

Hi Guys! Here's my recipe that I promised you. I've partnered with http://www.boneandcompany.com/ this week. Please go check them out and give them a like, especially if you're into Bone Broth. Also, use offer code: GenevieveLifts for 10% off your order. That's a great deal on this amazing broth! Check out my recipe below.
 

Clean Detox Chicken Soup
•What you'll need:
Bone & Co Chicken Bone Broth, you can purchase it here: http://www.boneandcompany.com/Organic Ginger
Organic Garlic (5 or 6 cloves chopped)
Organic Lemon
Organic Radishes
Organic Crimson Mushrooms
Organic Celery
Organic Baby Carrots
Organic Whole Snap Peas
1-Organic Red Onion
Organic Broccoli Florets
Organic Kale
1-Organic Zucchini
2-Organic Chicken Breasts
Fresh Turmeric, oregano, and fresh organic cilantro
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Step 1: Sautée the chopped garlic, red onion, fresh turmeric, oregano, and chopped garlic in EVOO until lightly browned. Set aside.

 

  • Step 2: Using a stew pot place the organic chicken breasts with 4-tbs of EVOO and simmer on low. Next, add your chopped garlic, red onion, turmeric, oregano, and ginger to the chicken and keep simmering on low.
  • Step 3: Add your Bone & Co Chicken Bone Broth (make sure it's thawed and use the entire package)
  • Step 4: Add all of your chopped veggies-broccoli, carrots, radishes, kale, zucchini, snap peas, celery, mushrooms, and bring to a boil.

•Step 5: Place half of a fresh organic lemon in the stew. (You'll remove the lemon at the end.)

•Step 6: Bring temperature down to low, cover, and let cook for at least 60-minutes. The longer it simmers, the better the flavor.

Once you're satisfied with how the soup tastes, take out the lemon and add fresh chopped cilantro. The soup can be kept in the fridge for up to 7-days and will last in the freezer for up to 6-months.

 •Comment below and let me know if you're going to make this. What did you think of this recipe? What other recipes would you like to see on here?

Please feel free to share this recipe with friends and family. ENJOY! 

Bone and Co graciously offered me product in exchange for my recipe/review on their bone broth. 

 

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Perfect Banana Bread

Do you guys like banana bread? I know I do! What I don't like about most banana breads on the market today is they're filled with high sugar and sodium content. Fear not, my health-conscious friends, I've got the perfect clean banana bread recipe for you. This bread is delicious, healthy and moist! I find with most recipes, the bread dries out almost immediately, but not with this spin on it. The bread should stay moist for 5-7 days at least and will last even longer in the fridge. Now, are you guys ready to make some delicious and nutritious banana bread bonanza? Let's do this!



  1. Preheat Oven to 350º and grease a loaf pan or square brownie pan with coconut oil spray
  2. Mash 4-5 bananas well! If they are super ripe, the mashing should be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!
  3. In a large mixing bowl (stainless steal ones are my favorite) combine dry ingredients: Coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt (set aside.)
  4. In another large mixing bowl, combine mashed banana's, eggs, vanilla extract, coconut cream, softened butter, honey and coconut sugar. (I mixed the wet ingredients in a kitchen aid mixer, but hand mixing is fine too!) 
  5. Add the dark chocolate chips to the wet ingredients, along with the dry ingredients and mix everything in the kitchen aid mixer or hand mixer on setting 2 and mix until smooth and creamy.
  6. Remove from mixer, pour into lightly greased loaf or brownie pan and top with crushed walnuts and organic shredded coconut.
  7. Place in preheated oven for 60-minutes or until a fork inserted into the loaf and it comes out clean. 

 

Prep Time: 20-minutes Cook Time: 60-minutes Serves: 10

What you'll need:

  • 4-5 very ripe bananas  (Nanner's as ripe as you can stand!)
  • 2 cups of organic coconut flour.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda, baking powder, and a pinch of sea salt.
  • 4 tablespoons of raw, organic honey.
  • 1 cup of organic coconut sugar.
  • 1/2-cup of grass-fed Irish butter (we love Kerry Gold)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
  • 2 organic brown eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of organic coconut cream or organic half-n-half. The coconut cream makes the bread super creamy and moist.
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate baking chips. (We love to use Guittard's extra dark chocolate chips).1-cup of crushed, organic walnuts.
  • 1-cup of organic shredded coconut.

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Let the bread cool in pan for an hour (I know this is the hardest part, but it will be well worth the wait!) 

After bread is cooled, place onto cutting board and slice into thin slices, eat and enjoy life! 🍌

Perfect Cuppa Coffee

I’d like to think of myself as a coffee connoisseur. But first, let’s go back to when I first my forever, faithful friend: Coffee.

Fifteen-years-old, puffy-eyed and exhausted from swim practice and studying for finals the night before, my dad told me to "drink this stuff, it will help." He assumed that would be my first and only cup during my vibrant teenage years. He was wrong. Very wrong. Years and 1,000 cups later, I’m a coffee addict. I drink it every day, multiple times per day and because of my job, sometimes well into the night. I live for coffee! I scour the states searching for the best coffee on the market from the best roasters. I’d like to think I know a thing or two about good coffee. Throughout my fitness journey, coffee has always been a staple. I use it as my pre-workout, I use it when I need an energy boost, oh who am I kidding, besides water the next thing I’m constantly drinking is, you guessed it, coffee!

A few years ago I discovered something akin to “bulletproof coffee” where one mixes grass-fed butter, and dark roast coffee using a blender. Here’s my spin on this delectable delight, and what I’ve coined my coffee version as liquid gold. Since I’ve started making my coffee this way, I’ve noticed more energy throughout my day, less lulls and cravings for crappy stuff, better skin, and a kick ass energy boost. I’ve also noticed the need for less cups of coffee throughout my day since this stuff is like a meal. No promises, though, this has been my personal experience with this liquid gold. So, why not give it a try and see for yourself! 

What you'll need:

  • Organic Dark Roast Brewed Coffee (the darker the roast, the better the taste.)
  • Organic Raw Honey 
  • Organic Coconut Oil 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Homemade Pumpkin Spice (recipe for that coming soon!) 
  • Turmeric
  • An immersion blender (you can find them cheap-cheap on Amazon.) 
Homemade Pumpkin Spice:  Cinnamon Turmeric Cardamon Ginger 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice:  Cinnamon Turmeric Cardamon Ginger 

Immersion Blender with immersion cup filled with organic honey, coconut oil, and pumpkin spice.

Immersion Blender with immersion cup filled with organic honey, coconut oil, and pumpkin spice.

Let's make it!

  1. Grab your immersion blender cup and add a tablespoon of raw honey and 2-tablespoons of organic coconut oil.
  2. Add 3-teaspoons of pumpkin spice and a 4-teaspoons of turmeric. I usually load the turmeric in since it's tasteless and it's oh so good you! 
  3. Add your heavy whipping cream and 1-cup of dark roast coffee. 
  4. Blend on the high setting for 40-seconds until nice and frothy. You want it looking like a latte. 

What did you lovelies think of this coffee? Did you love it? What's your version? Any special spices I should use next time?