Super Green Pancakes

Green pancakes have become baby girl’s favorite breakfast. I was looking for a way to get more veggies into our diet on the mornings when we weren’t in the mood for a smoothie. These hit the spot, so we share a stack of pancakes almost every morning. Greencakes are so simple to whip up, packed with super clean ingredients, and full of healthy nutrients you can feel GREAT about serving every single day! Wonder how long until my babe figures out that not all pancakes are green….shhhhh, don’t let the secret out!

Ingredients: (makes 1 batch – about 6 small pancakes)

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup almond flour (or flour of choice – I’ve also made with oat, coconut, and quinoa flour)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • optional: 1-2 scoops collagen peptides, fresh or frozen berries, or even chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients and heat up your large pan. I use my Vitamix to blend, Greenpan’s non-stick pan (the best pans!) and Chosen Food’s coconut or avocado oil spray to ensure there’s no sticking – they come out perfectly that way. Just flip, cook, and top with your favorites – we like grass-fed butter or coconut butter, and sometimes, organic maple syrup for a treat.

One Healthy Breakdown: Hope you and your family enjoys greencakes as much as we do!

Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops

It’s that time of year when everyone around us is coming down with the sniffles, a cold, or even the flu. While the change of seasons welcomes healthy change, fresh, crisp air, and lots of fun activities, a sore throat and/or congestion pretty much comes with the territory. Luckily, Beth Schlendorf shares her go-to kid-friendly remedy, Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops, below!

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Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops:

Cover the bottom of a small pot with one cup of honey and fresh-squeezed lemon juice from half of a lemon. Use a candy thermometer to reach hard-crack temperature (about 300 degrees.) Spoon the liquid onto lollipop sticks on parchment paper. Refrigerate until cool and hard. Serve or enjoy as a natural alternative to throat lozenges or just a kid-approved sweet treat!

One Healthy Breakdown: the perfect remedy for a sick kid: (or adult!) a lollipop!

Kid-Friendly Breakfast Ideas

Back to school means back to our routines, alarm clocks, and catching the bus. Although it can be tough to get the kids to have a decent meal before school, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Children need fuel for school, both for their brain and body to function. Eating a healthy breakfast stabilizes blood sugar, energy, mood, and increases focus.

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While there are hundreds of packaged “breakfast” foods on the market, making breakfast at home ensures much healthier ingredients as opposed to sugar and chemicals you’ll find in most pre-packaged options (ie: Pop-tarts, granola bars, and most kid-friendly cereals.)  All of these kid-friendly ideas take 10 minutes or less to make and can be taken on-the-go!

1. PB & J Smoothie (makes 1 serving):

In a blender, combine:

  • ¾ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • optional: ½ frozen banana
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Instructions: add ice cubes for desired temperature/consistency and serve in a glass once blended. Cheers!

2. Healthy Pancakes or Waffles (makes 2 servings):

In a bowl or blender, combine:

  • ¾ cup whole-grain flour of choice ( or try coconut or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: dash of cinnamon

Instructions: lightly coat heated pan/skillet with butter/coconut oil/cooking spray and add pancake mix in small circles. Flip once pancake solidifies (typically 4-5 minutes) and let cook until desired crispness (2-3 minutes.) Plate pancakes and serve with a small amount of honey, natural syrup, or butter. Tastes like a treat, but healthy enough for everyday!

3. Overnight Oats (prepare the night before, makes 2 servings):

In a bowl, jar, or Tupperware, combine:

  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • optional: 1 tablespoon chia seeds (to help thicken and adds nutrients)
  • optional: add fruit and/or nuts/nut butter

Instructions: simply stir together the ingredients and refrigerate overnight for an instant healthy breakfast in the morning!

If you’d like more individual nutritional advice for you or your family, please contact kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to set up a meeting. Kiley is certified in nutrition and clinical social work with women, children, and families.

One Healthy Breakdown: fuel for school!

Delightful Banana Pancakes

As far as pancakes go, these puppies are game changers, proving that healthy pancakes can be yummy pancakes. Delightfully full of protein, fiber, and only a few simple ingredients, they’re the perfect weekend pick-me-up and were a huge hit during our Antigua Adventure!IMG_0247

Ingredients: (makes 1 large/2 small pancakes, simple double/triple recipe for larger batch)

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend or whip all ingredients until consistent – add water or almond milk if needed for consistency. Blending the batter as opposed to stirring it will make the pancakes light and fluffy. Pour batter into pan and top with a few slices of banana (optional.) Flip and serve with maple syrup, butter, or nut butter and/or berries of choice. Enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: simplicity is delightful…and delicious!

 

AB + J Superfood Smoothie

I have BIG news for you. Brace yourself, you may want to sit for this one…it’s pretty life-changing. Guess who is the proud owner of a brand new Vitamix? Yup, this girl. It’s pretty freaking exciting. The first item on my wedding registry now lives in its permanent parking spot on my kitchen counter, prime real estate indeed. More days than not, I make a green smoothie for breakfast and this Ferrari-of-all-blenders instantly blends anything in seconds. Here’s a new favorite of mine. (No, you do not need a Vitamix to make this smoothie, any blender should do!)

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Almond Butter + Jelly Superfood Smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup organic strawberries, blueberries, or berries of choice (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 handful spinach, romaine, or kale
  • 3 spoonfuls almond butter
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • ice if desired

One Healthy Breakdown: classic flavors that never get old…only healthier!

All in One at Dockside

One of the many (many, many) reasons I consider myself lucky to live in Sag Harbor is the quick trip to Dockside Bar & Grille, an all-American favorite (appropriately located in the American Legion building on 26 Bay Street.) Dockside has great food and service, and a low-key, no pressure feel that’s a nice escape from the Hamptons ‘scene.’ Dockside welcomes anyone and everyone, it’s family and kid-friendly, and has a great all-in-one kind of flare. Looking for fresh seafood? Beer and wings? Organic mesclun? Long Island duck? a good old burger? Dockside’s the place to go for all of the above and more, including and a full bar.

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The few times that I’ve been to Dockside, I’ve sat outside, which brings a fun summer ambiance to the meal. The front patio seating is super popular, as it provides a great view of the boats in the harbor as well as everything going on on Bay Street. If the weather’s nice and you want to dine outside, get there a bit early and have a drink (you’re not alone and may have a short wait.)

Dockside’s menu truly has something for everyone, even those healthy folks following the Wellness Challenge. I wouldn’t label Dockside a healthy restaurant necessarily because the menu is packed with comfort food, but the variety definitely offers options to those seeking something light…as well as not so much.

I went for the Spicy Lulu Salad (a favorite creation – one we’ve tried to recreate at home many times) with a side of the shaved brussel sprouts, which are some of the best sprouts I’ve had. The Lulu Salad is a satisfying, well-balanced meal in itself, with chicken, brown rice, and veggies all in one. The brussel sprouts made quite the impression on me last year, I was so sad when I saw that they had taken them off of the ‘sides’ menu, but luckily they met my special request! I think I could live off of these babies.

My accompaniment (Nick and his mom) both opted for the fish tacos (following a cup of chowder and a steamed artichoke, both of which were also well-received.) I have to say that the steamed artichoke caught my eye and is definitely on my list for my next trip to Dockside. And I’m pretty sure that will be very, very soon.

In addition to the great food and atmosphere, I have to reiterate the warm and friendly service. Start to finish at Dockside, the hostess, servers, and bartender, everyone is kind and helpful. It’s hard not to get a good family vibe when eating at Dockside. All in all, if you’re looking for a fun meal, whatever that may be to you, Dockside has you covered.

One Healthy Breakdown: Dockside is Hamptons one-of-a-kind all in one!