mint iced coffee

Want to know what’s getting me through afternoons? (Yes, plural. As in every single afternoon.)

Mint Iced Coffee | A Nutritionist Eats

Coffee.

Always cold brew.

Always mint simple syrup.

Always necessary.

Mint Iced Coffee | A Nutritionist Eats

In the beginning of life with Demi, I couldn’t figure out why I was tired even though I was getting about the same amount of sleep (about) per night.

Turns out that interrupted sleep is not the same as ‘normal’ sleep. But it’s our new normal and so I’ll take ALL the coffee. Also, last week when I worked a bit in addition to this interrupted sleep?! Oy.

This coffee isn’t really a recipe, but it’s my new favorite drink and I felt like it had to be shared with all of you. Please join me in my caffeine addiction. ;)

Mint Iced Coffee | A Nutritionist Eats

After the Kentucky Derby, we had an extra container of mint and my mind went from extra mint to mint-simple-syrup-for-iced-coffee. I thought I was recreating a coffee that I had in Minneapolis last fall (the Hendrick’s from FiveWatt) but that was juniper and basil simple syrup…I guess that’s next on my list!

Turns out mint in coffee is as delicious (and scary sounding) as juniper and basil.

It’s so easy to make simple syrup! Combine sugar, water and mint. Boil until the sugar has dissolved, let the mint seep a bit and strain. Store in a jar for easy afternoon (or morning) coffees.

Mint Iced Coffee | A Nutritionist Eats

Then it’s even easier: take your iced coffee (I love cold brew) + half & half + mint simple syrup to taste.

Ahhhhhh.

What interrupted sleep?!

Oh! And have you heard of coffee naps? Must try this soon.

PS. If you’re into cold brew, I had cold brew conversations with two coffee experts and successfully made a delicious batch! They recommend 12 oz FRESHLY ground (as in, immediately) coffee beans and 1 liter of water. I added a bit more water than was recommended and let soak at room temperature for 16 hours. This makes a concentrate which is then diluted with a 1:2 ratio (coffee: water or milk). Soooo happy I finally perfected it!

Mint Iced Coffee
 
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • .75 oz fresh mint (or more!)
  • cold brew coffee
  • half & half
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and mint.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Lower to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit for at least an hour.
  5. Strain out mint and store in the refrigerator.
  6. Use in coffee, tea or cocktails!

 

 

almond butter stuffed french toast

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

Breakfast. Not something I’ve been the greatest at lately.

I was on a great streak of bagel + cream cheese + avocado + tomato slices or a fried egg around 10am each day. I ate it for close to three weeks straight. Then I ran out of bagels and got desperate. Cold pizza at 11:30am? Works. Cold pizza at 3:30pm the same day? Works, but wow.

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So I’ve kind of been craving a real breakfast. One that can really be counted as breakfast. Like a hearty bowl of oats. Or something a little ‘fancier’ like french toast.

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Specifically, this french toast. It’s stuffed with healthy almond butter (high in vitamin E, good-for-you fats and protein) and when made with sprouted bread, it’s a breakfast full of protein and fiber that will keep you more-than-satisfied until lunch.

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

Protein.
Fiber.
Whole grains.
Healthy fats.

Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast - a nutritious, filling breakfast! | anutritionisteats.com

It’s the best way to start your day!

4.0 from 1 reviews
Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 slices sprouted or whole-grain bread
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Whisk together eggs, milk and cinnamon in a shallow baking dish.
  2. Spread almond butter on two slices of the bread and top with other slice of bread.
  3. Add sandwiches to egg mixture, flipping after a minute or two.
  4. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat and add butter to pan.
  5. When the butter melts, add french toast stack to hot pan.
  6. Cook for about two minutes, until golden brown and flip.
  7. Cook for another two minutes.
  8. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 496 Fat: 21 grams Carbohydrates: 58 grams Sugar: 23 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 21 grams

 

lentil pasta with arugula pesto

Lentil Pasta + Arugula Pesto - gluten free, high in protein and a delicious spring meal! | A Nutritionist EatsToday’s pasta recipe and giveaway is sponsored by friends at Uddo’s Kitchen.

Let’s share a bowl of spring-time pasta today, shall we?

It’s not just any bowl of pasta though. It’s LENTIL pasta. (More on that in a minute!) And it’s ARUGULA pesto.

Yums all the way around because it’s absolutely delicious and it’s absolutely good-for-you.

Lentil Pasta + Arugula Pesto - gluten free, high in protein and a delicious spring meal! | A Nutritionist Eats

I’ll start with the pasta. Uddo’s Kitchen lentil pasta is made out of…red lentil flour! That’s it. Just lentils. Which means that in addition to being really high in protein (14 grams per serving!) it’s also gluten-free. Pasta made entirely of lentils may make you a bit nervous, but the texture is great and I think it would be hard to tell that there is anything ‘different’ about it.

Lentil Pasta + Arugula Pesto - gluten free, high in protein and a delicious spring meal! | A Nutritionist Eats

Want to try it out? (Of course you do!) You can find it at Sam’s Club nationwide and Costco in the midwest. And you can enter to win two cases of it below!

Lentil Pasta + Arugula Pesto - gluten free, high in protein and a delicious spring meal! | A Nutritionist Eats

As for the pesto, when I thought about what I liked to eat with lentils, arugula topped the list.

Lentil Pasta + Arugula Pesto - gluten free, high in protein and a delicious spring meal! | A Nutritionist Eats

After a lot of research (during those middle-of-the-night feedings) I decided to try out a pesto made with arugula, instead of basil. We loved it! (Richie actually said it was the best pesto he had ever had.) The addition of lemon juice and zest makes it really bright and flavorful, and it’s a delicious addition to the standard parmesan, pine nuts and garlic. You could definitely use a different nut if you don’t have pine nuts – I think almonds or cashews would both work well!

Lentil Pasta + Arugula Pesto - gluten free, high in protein and a delicious spring meal! | A Nutritionist Eats

In addition to being tasty, pasta and pesto meals are so easy to make. (The best kinds of meals, right?) Throw the pesto ingredients into the food processor and you’re done. Toss with the pasta, top with some parmesan and red pepper flakes and dinner is ready. (Leftovers are also delicious!)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Lentil Pasta with Arugula Pesto
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups arugula
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 oz Uddo's lentil pasta
  • shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes for serving
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta as directed.
  2. While pasta is cooking, process garlic cloves in food processor until finely chopped.
  3. Add arugula (two large handfuls), lemon zest and juice, nuts, oil, parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Process until desired consistency.
  5. Toss with pasta and top with shredded parmesan and red pepper flakes if desired.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 397 Fat: 20 grams Carbohydrates: 38 grams Sugar: 1 gram Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 19 grams

 

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4 easy trader joe’s meals

Last year, I shared a 5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less) and it’s been one of my most-popular posts ever since! It seems like we are all looking for quick meals that come together in minutes – I get it.

And I’m back with some more. I visit Trader Joe’s a LOT. It’s two blocks away and now that shopping involves schlepping a stroller + car seat up stairs…I’m there even more because I can only carry one bag (max) at a time. (Is it ridiculous that I still get a bit nervous to leave the house?!) Maybe you shouldn’t answer that…

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

Ideally, each of these meals would have a vegetable component, but some of these are lacking a bit. So to add a quick vegetable side, try salad greens with dressing (I love their refrigerated Cilantro Dressing), roasted broccoli, or sautéed green beans. If you are really desperate, carrot sticks always work in a pinch, too!

Country Potatoes with Eggs:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

The Country Potatoes with Haricots Verts & Wild Mushrroms is one of my new favorite items from Trader Joe’s, it’s SO good! Simply prepare the potatoes as instructed and fry or scramble an egg to serve alongside. It is suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Turkey Bolognese Pizza:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

You know I love my tortilla pizzas! (Pesto Pizza / Healthy Taco Pizza) and I thought trying the bolognese sauce would be a great way to switch up flavors, and get an extra boost of protein. Simply bake the tortilla until crisp (at about 400 degrees), top with sauce (drained as much as possible!) and cheese and bake until cheese has melted. (Brown rice and sprouted tortillas are my favorite to use.)

Falafel Sandwiches:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

If you’re looking for a vegetarian lunch or dinner, this is about as easy as it gets! Whip up a quick cucumber sauce, heat up the falafel and pita and your meal is on the table. Combine one container of greek yogurt, a minced clove of garlic and 1/2 cup shredded cucumber with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried dill, salt & pepper in small bowl and set aside. Heat falafel (takes 2-3 minutes in the microwave) and pita (in oven or microwave) and serve with cucumber slices.

Penne Peperonata with Sausage and Spinach:

Easy Trader Joe's Recipes - 5 ingredients or less! | anutritionisteats.com

I branched out and tried some of the frozen pastas that Trader Joe’s stocks in it’s freezer cases. I didn’t have high hopes going into it and frozen pasta has always seemed a bit ridiculous – it’s so easy to make! Well, it’s delicious. And it’s easy. Remove casing from hot italian sausage (or use sliced chicken sausage) and heat over medium heat until cooked through. Drain and set aside. Prepare pasta as directed. Toss hot pasta over spinach (or try arugula!) and top with sausage.

PS. Looking for more? 5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less)