Wild Blueberry Coconut Pie Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Coconut Ginger Smoothie Wild Blueberries . . . I’m, well, just wild about them. I stir them in my oatmeal, toss in my salads, and blend up in smoothies – like this recipe for Wild Blueberry Coconut Pie Smoothie I’m sharing today. This smoothie is super yummy, and yes it tastes like a coconut cream pie and blueberry cheesecake collided! In one tall glass, you get natural energy and antioxidants from Wild Blueberries, hydration-balancing electrolytes from coconut water and satiating, muscle-making protein from low-fat cottage cheese.  I love to make this vibrant Wild Blueberry smoothie for a quick breakfast, as post-workout or long run refueling or as a healthier dessert option after dinner or before bed. Wild Blueberry Coconut Ginger Smoothie taste like a coconut cream pie and blueberry cheesecake collided, but it's actually a smart choice for breakfast, a workout snack or healthy dessert.

So, back to the berries. Did you know Wild Blueberries aren’t the same thing as regular cultivated blueberries? I was already stalking the frozen aisle to buy these special berries for their intense sweet-tart taste long before I came to learn of all the healthy attributes. For example, Wild Blueberries have double the antioxidant capacity of regular blueberries and recent research is suggesting that they may play an important role in gut and brain health and also lower the incidence of diabetes and certain cancers. Talk about small but mighty! Handful of Wild Blueberries

Wild Blueberries are primarily grown in Main and Eastern Canada and date back more than 10,000 years!  About 99% of the crops today are individually quick frozen to lock-in nutrition and taste – it also means you can cater to blueberry cravings anytime of the year just by grabbing a bag out of the freezer.  There are many “brands” of Wild Blueberries, and I don’t prefer one over the other — just look for the word “Wild” on the package to ensure you’re getting the most potent and powerful blueberries around!

So, have you ever eaten WILD blueberries? What is your favorite ingredient to put in a smoothie — surprise me, I’m always looking for creative new things to try. Share in the comments below – XOXO, Jennifer 

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Wild Blueberry Coconut Ginger Smoothie taste like a coconut cream pie and blueberry cheesecake collided, but it's actually a smart choice for breakfast, a workout snack or healthy dessert.
Wild Blueberry Coconut Pie Smoothie
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1 serving 5 minutes
Wild Blueberry Coconut Ginger Smoothie taste like a coconut cream pie and blueberry cheesecake collided, but it's actually a smart choice for breakfast, a workout snack or healthy dessert.
Wild Blueberry Coconut Pie Smoothie
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1 serving 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
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  1. Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. Pour into tall glass, garnish with additional blueberries and coconut flakes. Enjoy immediately.
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Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes with Berry Burst Topping #MealtimeSolutions

Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - Horizon Products

June 2103 Jon and Davis LakehouseIn the morning, my three teen boys are as hungry bears coming out of hibernation. You don’t want to mess with them until they’ve gotten their paws on some food. I always try to offer a breakfast that will power them from early morning straight through to lunch. Pancakes are a favorite, and over the years I’ve found different ways to add a little more substance to these typically carb-laden morning meal.  For example, I’ve done protein powder in pancakes,Paleo pancakes and alternatives to sugary syrup.

Products from Horizon help me make yummy goodness for my children – I can rely on the taste and quality of the ingredients time and time again, which just takes more worry out of my day!  One meal solution I came up with for breakfast is an easy recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes (with Creamy Berry Burst Topping). 

Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - TheFitFork.com

horizon super sqeezeThis quick recipe uses a new Horizon product the whole family is loving these days – Super Squeeze Mixed Berry Burst. While these little squeeze packets are perfect for lunch boxes and gym bags, the also make a fabulous swap for syrup on pancakes and waffles. Made with wholesome ingredients like organic skim milk, organic berry puree and organic can sugar, each pouch provides 5 grams of protein and is a good source of calcium. The other cool thing about these single-serve packets is that you can just pop off the lid and squirt as much or as little as desired. Even little toddler hands can be in charge of this fun job!

Chocolate PAncakes with Cottage Cheese  and Horizon Berry BurtsIn addition to the 5 grams of protein coming from the Super Squeeze, I’ve also pumped up the pancakes with protein from Horizon Low-Fat Cottage Cheese.  Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein and calcium, and while many kids can’t stand the texture, I’ve run it through the blender to be super smooth and creamy. Blended with cocoa powder and a bit of stevia sweetener, it actually tastes like a decedant cheesecake!  I’ve used a traditional convenience pancake mix as my base, but if you are following a gluten-free diet, just swap in a gluten-free baking blend with a teaspoon of baking powder. Bite of Chocolate Cheesecake Pancake - TheFitFork.com

Find out more about Horizon’s New Super Squeeze Mixed Berry Burst and their other delicious, family friendly products by following them on Twitter, Facebook , or the Mealtime Solutions Board on Pinterest.

What is your favorite topping for pancakes?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - Horizon Products
Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes with Berry Burst Topping
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This breakfast recipe is a easy mealtime solution that uses low-fat cottage cheese in pancakes and milk-based berry burst packets from Horizon as a topping.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - Horizon Products
Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes with Berry Burst Topping
Print Recipe
This breakfast recipe is a easy mealtime solution that uses low-fat cottage cheese in pancakes and milk-based berry burst packets from Horizon as a topping.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add milk, cottage cheese, cocoa powder and stevia into blender. Blend for approximately 30 seconds until ingredients are combined and smooth.
  2. Pulse in pancake batter until combined, taking care not to over blend. Heat skillet to medium, add approximately ¼ cup batter in center of skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until bubbles appear on top and edges have set. Use spatula to flip pancake over and cook for an additional minute or until cooked through. Repeat for remaining pancakes (makes approximately 16 pancakes).
  3. To serve, stack 4 pancakes on a plate and squeeze one packet of Horizon Super Squeeze Mixed Berry Burst on top. Top each stack with ¼ fresh berries.
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Skinny Mama Beef & Veggie Manicotti Recipe Makeover

Beef & Veggie Manicotti Pasta

I’m always looking for a way to lighten comfort food because, I’ll admit it; emotional eating is a friend of mine. Whether celebrating or wallowing in sorrows, getting my mouth around a good meal always makes things better.  Everyone at my house agrees that pasta is a go-to comfort food; spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, raviolis – you get the picture! This carb and cheese fest doesn’t really fit my higher protein day-to-day diet, typically if we’re doing spaghetti, I just take a taste of the noodles and a heaping helping of the sauce.

Man, oh man; wouldn’t it be comforting to have some manicotti for dinner tonight? These long tubes of pasta stuffed with meat and cheese — the word is derived from an Italian diminutive for “sleeve,” which is exactly what they are! At restaurants, I’ve had “manicotti” wrapped in zucchini and eggplant instead of a noodle, but I didn’t want to scare the kids off immediately. Instead, I stuck with a traditional recipe and made some healthy swaps. For example, I chopped up zucchini and other veggies into almost a mince so they would be discretely hanging out in the filling – like, “who me, a piece of squash? Ya, no big deal.”  I also substituted the heavy ricotta cheese with low-fat cottage cheese and kept the mozzarella to a minimum –just a skosh in the filling and a bit sprinkled on top. And, of course, our family favorite lean ground beef (more nutritious than ground turkey, people) was the meaty, mouthwatering source of protein.

The recipe makeover turned out scrumptious. The kids ate some unchartered-territory vegetables (red bell pepper) with nary a complaint – even from my youngest who likes to share his disgusted opinion about everything!  The other beauty of this family meal is that you can make ahead – or double the batch and keep one in the freezer for next month!

Healthy Manicotti

Skinny Mama Beef & Veggie Manicotti Recipe

  • 1 8-ounce package manicotti (14 tubes)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped veggies of your choice (I used sweet onion, red onion, red bell pepper, and zucchini)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces low-fat cottage cheese*
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 6 ounces low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 1 16-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • Garnish: red bell pepper rings.
  1. In large pot, bring water to boil. Carefully add manicotti tubes and boil for approximately 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef in skillet over medium heat, drain off any liquid. Set beef aside and add olive oil to skillet. Sauté chopped veggies until soft-crisp, approximately 3 minutes. Add in garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and continue to cook for 1 more minute, stirring continuously.
  3. In large bowl, add cooked ground beef, sautéed veggies, 16 ounces cottage cheese, whisked egg, and 3 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Spread approximately 2/3 cup sauce in bottom of 9”x13” baking dish.  Carefully, stuff each tube with beef and cheese mixture using a teaspoon. Line up stuffed manicotti in baking dish. If any mixture remains, spoon it into sides of baking dish.
  5. Top with remaining marinara sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Garnish with red bell pepper rings, if desired.
  6. Bake in 350 F degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is bubbling on top.Serves 7 (2 each)

manicotti nutrition

Since this was a makeover recipe, I ran the nutrition information — my version cuts the calories in half with 326 calories per a two manicotti serving versus 668 for traditional manicotti! Plus, 12 grams of fat is totally reasonable for a recipe so gooey and comforting. Plus, with everything I’ve learned about protein consumption, the 29 grams of protein is in the optimal range amount for any given meal.

chop onion

If you’re using onions as one of your veggies in this recipe (or any recipe), check out this video from Cooking Light that shows how to easily chop an onion. I never thought to slice an onion lengthwise first – genius!  Now, my tip on chopping onions is to dip your knife in water with every few slices – this will cut down on the noxious fumes that make eyes water. Yay, no more crying!

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Cottage Cheese, Please! Lemon Chia Tea Cakes with Berries Recipe #GlutenFree

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese.

Today, it’s cottage cheese, please! But, as I kid, I expressed my displeasure with this curd-style dairy product with the same gusto that was reserved for having blood drawn, getting grounded, having to babysit my brother instead of hang out with friends  — no, please, please, please don’t do this to me!  Crying, screaming, gnashing of teeth and so on. Boy, how times change! I barely wince at a needle prick, never get in trouble with my parents anymore and would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with my brother.  And . . . as you probably have guessed, I now love cottage cheese!

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When I headed down to the store to get my carton of Daisy Cottage Cheese, I noticed that the brand has rolled out new packaging – it’s so catchy with the white carton, blue lid and signature flower. It’s easy to figure out if you’re buying delicious full-fat Daisy (dark blue lid) or low-fat Daisy (light blue lid) — these little details matter, especially if I’m in a rush! But a great carton isn’t the only #DaisyDifference when it comes to stacking up this product against similar seeming cottage cheese brands on the shelves.  Daisy Cottage Cheese just plain uses better ingredients (and fewer) than the competition. Made from only four ingredients, this stuff is straightforward and simple – just the way it should be. I feel confident serving Daisy to my family knowing it isn’t gunked up with unnecessary additives, preservatives and thickeners.

Nutrition Label for Daisy Low-Fat 2% Cottage Cheese

Nutrition Label for Daisy Low-Fat 2% Cottage Cheese

What I’ve found as a mom and athlete is that cottage cheese is a great way to pack a wallop of protein into any meal of the day– even snacks and treats! Did you know that a ½ cup serving of 2% Daisy Cottage Cheese has just 90 calories and 14 grams of protein – getting me well on my way to achieving my daily protein requirement.  As a runner and fitness enthusiast who often works out two times a day, I require extra protein to help my body recover and rebuild muscle.  It’s so easy to add cottage cheese to a smoothie, a salad, or on top of a baked potato – I even blend up cottage cheese to transform it into a creamy sauce and silky, smooth baking ingredient.  Plus, since our family is on a budget, I really appreciate the value that cottage cheese offers as a protein source.

In honor of spring and all its fresh flavors, I whipped up this yummy batch of Lemon Chai Tea Cakes with Berries. It’s a healthy dessert that is balanced with protein – actually, I think it would also be great for breakfast!   As a bonus, this recipe is gluten-free and doesn’t have a lot of added sweetness – only a bit of honey and lemon curd. 

lemon cake cottage cheese

Lemon Chia Tea Cakes with Berries Recipe

  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup 2% Daisy Brand cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup lemon curd
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Sauce and Garnish

  • ½ cup 2% Daisy Brand cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup lemon curd
  • Blackberries and raspberries
  1. In large bowl, mix together oat flour, baking powder, chia seeds and salt until combined.
  2. In blender, mix together cottage cheese, lemon juice, lemon curd, honey, vanilla, eggs and oil until smooth.
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stirring until just combined but not over mixing.
  4. Spoon batter into 4 free-standing paper baking cups (4” diameter) or 8 standard size muffin tins.
  5. Bake for approximately 20 – 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center pulls clean.
  6. While muffins are baking, make sauce by adding ½ cup cottage cheese and ¼ lemon curd in blender; blend until smooth.
  7. To serve, spoon sauce over cooled tea cakes and top with berries. Serves 4.

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