This easy Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe is the perfect creamy and flavorful smoothie to add to your morning routine! It uses leftover coffee or cold brew, and is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and SO delicious.
Coffee Banana Smoothie
Looks like summer is here and I am certainly ready! I started off my day with a refreshing shake that contains my morning coffee, protein, and healthy fats (don’t be afraid of fats, you guys!). Oh, and it was DELICIOUS.
This smoothie is a hit with everyone who makes it! To build a perfect smoothie, you want it to be nutrient dense, creamy, and not super thin.
For other healthy smoothie recipes, try these favorites:
Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
Optional: Handful of ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
Blend until creamy.
Taste and add additional sweetener if needed.
*If your shake isn't thick enough for your liking, add the optional ice.
**Photos updated April, 2017.
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These Double Chocolate Muffins are so moist and delicious! The perfect morning treat to wake up to! Eat them plain or top them with some melted chocolate of choice for a delicious dessert option. Grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and done in 20 minutes!
Sometimes you just need a treat (in moderation) and these double chocolate muffins are great for when you are craving chocolate! Just the right amount of sweetness and moist on the inside but crumbly on the outside = muffin perfection.
Pre-heat oven to 350 °F and line a muffin pan with muffin liners of choice.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients and whisk together.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, add in chocolate chips, and mix until well combined. Pour batter into the muffin pan, making sure to fill each muffin liner 3/4 of the way.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
*Frost these with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from page 288 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen cookbook!
** This recipe yields 6 cupcakes, double the recipe to make 12.
** Photos updated May 8th, 2017.
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Ahh…. the stacks are back! I love these because the presentation always looks great, and they are so customizable. This version has purple potatoes, organic farm fresh eggs, roasted organic tomato, and nitrate-free bacon. BUT, you can spin them in so many ways: eggs, salsa, potatoes, and avocado, anyone? Or as a dinner appetizer!
Ingredients: (serves 2)
Note: Quantity may change based on how many stacks you are making
5 purple potatoes
1/2 white sweet potato
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
Himalayan sea salt
6 organic farm-fresh eggs (or more)
1 organic plum tomato
4 strips nitrate-free bacon
Optional: sautéed spinach, avocado, and salsa
Preheat oven to 400
Cut up potatoes, toss with oil and salt, and place on baking sheet
Bake for 30 minutes or until fully cooked
After 15 minutes, slice tomatoes and throw them on the baking sheet for the remaining 15 minutes
Crack eggs and scramble in a pan over medium heat and set aside
Cook bacon as per cooking directions and set aside
Place your cookie cutter or food mold onto the center of your plate
First layer: place potatoes to completely cover the bottom of the mold. Press down
Second layer: add roasted tomato slices covering your potato layer, and press down
These Sweet Potato Buns make for the perfect nutrient-rich bread-alternative! I love how creative you can get with them. Breakfast sandwiches, the traditional BLT, avocado toast… the options are endless!
Sweet Potato Buns are my favorite! You can make them bigger or smaller, you can make them for breakfast, for lunch, or for dinner! You can make them open face sliders or full sandwiches! So versatile!
Simply roast the sweet potato, load with desired fillings, and DEVOUR! Whole30 compliant, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free!
Preheat oven to 400°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Toss with oil, cinnamon, and sea salt.
Lie flat on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until fully cooked, flipping over halfway through.
*This recipe was updated in March, 2017.
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I am speechless over this Easy Salmon Puttanesca. The puttanesca sauce is so flavorful and pairs perfectly with the Wild Salmon. I couldn’t get over how simple it was to make! 10 minutes and very little prep work! Such an elegant and flavorful dish for any night of the week! We paired the salmon with sautéd green beans, but you can use any veggies you have on hand!
I am a big fan of puttanesca sauce and always wanted to make my own version. I am so happy with how this one came out and love saving the extra sauce to use throughout the week! If you are looking for low-carb, simple meals to get you through the week, this is definitely a keeper!
Optional: 1/4 cup kalamata olives, drained and pitted
1. In a food processor or high-speed blender combine all of the puttanesca sauce ingredients and pulse for 1-2 minutes. You don't want it fully smooth, so don't over mix.
2. Once done, transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350 ℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
4. Cut salmon into 6 oz. portions.
5. Rub salmon with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with spices.
6. Heat remaining oil in a medium skillet.
7. Once the oil is hot, gently place your salmon face down in the pan and sear for 1-2 minutes.
8. Transfer salmon to the baking skeet lined with parchment paper, skin side down and bake until the salmon has cooked all the way through. The timing will change based on how thick your salmon is, but should take about 5-10 minutes.
8. Place salmon on a plate, top with puttanesca sauce and garnish. Serve warm with roasted vegetables of choice!
Updated March, 2017
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Ah… Clean eating. It’s about time this post came about! What is it? How do I do it? Why should I eat clean? What about when I eat out? These are questions I get asked often. Don’t be overwhelmed! I am going to attempt to answer all of your questions.
What is Clean Eating?
To begin, “eating clean” is not a fad diet. Rather, it is a philosophy that encourages YOU to be more aware of the foods you are consuming.
There is no specific science to it and no insane calorie restrictions. It is simple as this, when you begin to replace the processed and unhealthy foods from your diet with fruits, healthy fats, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, your body will respond in remarkable ways.
The definition of clean eating varies from person to person; so take what you will from the core principle (below) and adapt it to your lifestyle.
My version: Clean eating went from a diet to a complete lifestyle for me. It is the way I approach food and the preparation of food. Overall, this has led me to improving every aspect of my life. For me, eating clean and getting my body to where I wanted it to be meant cutting out all gluten, grains, dairy, and soy. This may not be the case for you; you can eat clean regardless of what you choose to restrict from your diet! It’s about being aware.
Here is what you need to know… Clean eating is cutting out all processed foods and replacing them with whole foods. It is simple; you want to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible. I bet if you really look at the ingredients in some items in your kitchen, you’ll be very surprised at what some of the “healthy” products out there are filled with.
What foods are not considered “clean”?
Foods that are processed or contain processed ingredients
Foods loaded with preservatives
Foods with added sugar
Foods with high levels of bad fats (trans fats- cookies, cakes, chips, etc.)
Foods that have been stripped of their nutritional value
Foods that have been injected with chemicals and other additives
So… for example, consider replacing white flour, refined sugar, white bread, and enriched pastas with whole-wheat, brown rice, quinoa, and natural sugars such as raw honey and stevia.
Here’s the deal…
Believe me, I know it’s hard in the beginning. We are used to eating bowls of cereal, drinking soda and sugary juices, and popping in a frozen meal for convenience. But ask yourself, how do you feel? If you are committed to cutting these things out of your diet, you will notice a difference in how you feel AND how you look.
“But it is expensive…”
Actually, eating clean is not more expensive, it just requires more preparation. Often these whole foods are cheaper to buy than processed packaged foods are.
Where do I begin?
Read your labels: ALWAYS!The shorter the ingredient list, the better. A general clean eating rule of thumb is to keep the ingredient list to as few ingredients as possible. If you can’t read or pronounce the ingredients, maybe it’s likely you shouldn’t be eating them, right?
Don’t be fooled by what the food industry deems as “healthy” — you’ll often find it is quite the opposite.
Get your family or roommates on board. Do yourself a favor and remove temptations from your kitchen.
Shop local and organic whenever possible.
Shop the perimeter of the supermarket; if something can sit on a shelf or in your cabinet for months or years, it is HIGHLY processed. Avoid it. (Yes ALL cereal is highly processed, you guys!)
Nobody is expecting you to be 100% all the time! The 80/20 approach is simple; you are consistent with your eating and exercising 80% of the time. The other 20%…. Enjoy yourself. You can go out to dinner and have some of that birthday cake without feeling guilty. If you are eating a clean diet and living a healthy lifestyle 4 out of 5 days you are in good shape.
So… treat yourself occasionally; but define what that means for you. Once a week? Once a month? Treating yourself every single day won’t get you to your goals; And just make sure that your treats aren’t you binging on all the things you’ve been good about all week! Figure out what works for you and stick to it. Remember- you are working at being consistent, not perfect!
I know it may seem overwhelming. But start slow, you’ll get there!
Meal Prep! Preparation is key. Make a meal plan for the week along with a shopping list. Prepare meals so you never have to resort to the vending machine.
You don’t need to overdo it….
It’s great if you’re eating vegetables, but if it’s covered in breadcrumbs and processed cheesed and baked for an hour it’s losing nutritional value. So what can you do? Keep it simple! Lightly steam or roast your veggie with a little extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, himalayan sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.
You don’t have to eat boring! Experiment with spices. All my recipes use clean ingredients and are fully satisfying.
Eat 5-6 small meals every 2-3 hours: Eating small meals frequently will help prevent energy crashes because you are stabilizing your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar spikes, excess calories are stored more readily as body fat.
Watch your portion size. Eating clean doesn’t mean eat as much as you want.
Drink a lot of water!
How do I eat clean when I’m out?
Guess what? You can eat out. No problem! Just be aware… What do I mean? Think about it! Yes, it may not be as 100% clean as a meal you would prepare at home. BUT, If you keep it simple and go with things like seafood, lean meats, and vegetables you’ll be in good shape. An extra plus if the restaurant serves grass-fed, organic meats and wild fish!
I always ask how my food is prepared, and then I order it without sauces/more specifically cream sauces, cheese, breadcrumbs, and certain fats/oils. I always let the staff know about my food restrictions and most places are extremely accommodating. You’ll be feeling great when you leave the restaurant not having ordered that cream-based pasta dish and fried appetizer!
Remember: You do not have to cut a million things out of your diet at once. Ease into it. You’ll constantly be learning more and feeling your body change in positive ways and you’ll want to continue! Make goals for yourself and be consistent; consistent does not mean you have to be perfect 100% of the time!
If you have further questions, feel free to email me at Lexiscleankitchen@gmail.com!