Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Raspberry Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl

Raspberry Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl

Eating my meals out of a bowl is one of my favorite things. Whether it's a big salad, a Buddha bowl, fruit, pasta, smoothies, breakfast, etc. you name it, and I’ll throw it into a bowl. You know, I like to get fancy. This Raspberry Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl is a no-exception, no fuss meal that tastes like a tropical paradise in your mouth. 

 Although I feel like I'm pretty good at mixing up my meals I'd have to say that I if I’m having warm cereal it's either steel cut oats or the quick 1-minute oatmeal.  So, having breakfast quinoa is a nice change. I cooked mine in coconut milk to help add more coconut flavor, but water or any type of milk will work just as well. One tip that I recommend is to make more than the recipe calls for.  Having leftover quinoa is the best because you can store it in your fridge, and then take it out over the next few days.  It pairs really well in a bowl with roasted veggies, black beans, and some sautéed greens, a casserole like this Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole, or cuts the time for this Raspberry Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl recipe down to like 3 minutes from start to finish. 


After it was done cooking and transferred to a bowl, I decided to make it into a superfood explosion with a bunch of raspberries, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs. Not to mention, this combination together tastes like a tropical paradise..ah..summer come sooner! Another great thing about this recipe is that you can make it your own by switching up the toppings.  Some suggestions include blueberries, bananas, almonds, peanut butter, and chia seeds. So much goodness and nutrition in one bowl. 

I also added a little sweetness with coconut sugar, but you could use maple syrup, agave, or brown sugar. A while ago I started using coconut sugar in place of refined sugars (white & brown sugars, high fructose corn syrup) because it's a low glycemic alternative to those and other common sweeteners. Not only that, but it has a caramel flavor all its own that is both sweet and unique. Believe me, you won't miss your other sweeteners if you make the switch! Coconut palm sugar also contains more minerals than brown cane sugar, such as potassium and phosphorus, all while being 100% natural with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  It looks very similar to brown sugar and has a moist, crumbly texture.  It's the perfect sweetener for desserts, drinks, and breakfast quinoa. 


Add the warm quinoa to a serving bowl, and top with raspberries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, and any other toppings you’d like. Give it a taste and drizzle a little sweetener over top and enjoy! 

Raspberry Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl
Yield: 2 Power Bowls

  • 1 1/4 c. coconut milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Coconutmilk)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs
  • 1-2 Tbsp Honeyville organic coconut palm sugar

  • Directions:

    1. Add quinoa and coconut milk into a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's creamy and the quinoa is cooked.
    2. Transfer to two bowls and top with coconut flakes, raspberries, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs, and coconut sugar.

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    Hi, I’m Marisa Christensen! A certified personal trainer and soon-to-be Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). I’m a lover of health, wellness, travel, and happiness sharing my tips and tricks for a balanced lifestyle, and affordable travels. I provide nutrition and fitness services while inspiring you to eat happily, and live fully. 

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    10 Healthy Recipes that Fit Your New Year's Goals

    10 Healthy Recipes that Fit Your New Year's Goals

    With a new year comes a new start, a new beginning, and a new pledge to be better. For many of us that includes fitting into those pants or that dress from when we were just a bit younger. Life can get busy; long days at work, busy schedules with kids, endless laundry, and the list goes on. It can be easy to forget to continue to maintain our own healthy lifestyle. Sometimes just finding the energy to prepare a healthy meal is the problem holding us back from meeting our goals.

    To help, we've compiled a list of 10 healthy recipes that fit your New Year's goals. Go ahead, bookmark this page and revisit it anytime you need some healthy recipe inspiration. Having a game plan to reach our goals makes us so much more successful, so use this as a tool in your game plan!

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    Gluten-Free Almond, Poppy Seed Scones

    Gluten-Free Almond, Poppy Seed Scones

    Rediscover a delightful morning breakfast in these Gluten-Free Almond Poppy Seed Scones drizzled with a sweet almond glaze.  

    This easy, gluten-free scone recipe has a special place in my heart, and in my recipe box. Out of all my gluten-free baking recipes, this one is my #1 favorite of all time!! They're soft, tender, and packed full flavor!

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Peanut Butter Protein Snowballs

    Peanut Butter Protein Snowballs

    I pretty much crave some type of nut butter on the daily and now with all that holiday fever around us, having healthy, filling snacks and treats around has been on my mind. These Peanut Butter Protein Snowballs are super simple and easy to make, plus they have protein powder in them for an added bonus. I officially am addicted to them. We can eat snowballs aka truffles and get our nut butter and protein fix in all at once, helllllo holidays!

    Friday, December 15, 2017

    Almond Flour Holiday Shortbread Cookies

    Almond Flour Holiday Shortbread Cookies

    Greetings and Happy Holidays! This is always such a fun time of year for baking! I am so happy to be guest posting here again at Honeyville today and sharing another delicious recipe from Gourmet Girl Cooks. The recipes I create are low carb, grain and gluten-free and contain no added sugar.

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    7 Holiday Baking Hacks to Save Your Life

    7 Holiday Baking Hacks to Save Your Life

    With the Holidays right around the corner, juggling all of the tasks at hand can be a bit daunting. So, to help save you time, and maybe even your life, here are 7 Holiday Baking Hacks!

    1. Chocolate Curls Made Easy with a Potato Peeler

    Maybe you've wondered how people get those perfect chocolate curls that top their cakes, pies, and hot cocoa. It's really pretty simple. Just grab a potato peeler and a chocolate bar and gently use the potato peeler to peel away perfect chocolate curls, every time.

    Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Freeze-Dried Fruit Chocolate Bark

    Hi - I'm Jenny Finke, the blogger behind Good For You Gluten Free. I write about living a healthy and gluten-free lifestyle.  

    As someone with celiac disease, I know firsthand the challenges holiday parties pose. We want to participate in all the festivities and sample all the festive treats, but alas, we cannot unless they're gluten-free.

    On top of it all, many of the holiday party invites require us to bring a potluck treat. 

    Whenever I'm asked to bring something to a holiday party, instead of wasting my energy trying to whip up a gluten-free cookie or cake to compete with the massive amounts of cookies and cakes already on the table, instead I make something that is naturally gluten-free and something I know everyone will love... chocolate bark.