Breakfast

One of my goals for ValerieCogswell.com is to create a bunch of fast and easy balanced meals, so you have options when life gets crazy (you know…like every day!)  Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats is a deliciously sweet and satisfying breakfast (or dessert) to help...

  I’m obsessed with eggs!  Eggs are an inexpensive source of complete protein (read:  metabolism boosting, lean muscle building protein), incredibly versatile and super easy to make.  Add a small, shallow mason jar, ramekin or mini oven safe bowl (you'll need six of them for this...

Pumpkin bread was never something I craved.  But then I started messing around in the kitchen to create the perfect pumpkin bread and I fell a little bit in love. My Pumpkin Vanilla Spice Bread is spicy, buttery (yes, I used real butter- I like...

There is something about banana bread baking away in the oven that feels like home.  This easy and ridiculously flavorful Smashed Banana Bread is everything you remember without all of the excess fat, white sugar and white flour. I replaced the white sugar with extra...

Step up your sweet potatoes with a hash! This carb-rich side dish yields enough to pair with your favorite proteins all week long. Remember, it’s the combo of protein, carbohydrates and fat in every meal that will help you to stabilize your blood sugar, burn...

This is one of those recipes that isn't really a recipe; just a few casual ingredients thrown together for a deliciously easy breakfast, dessert or snack!  It's also a great way to use up leftover fruit (banana and strawberries) you have on hand and load...

This recipe is part of my Forever Young & Fit Series.  To get particular this recipe along with others from the series, just sign up for my email list at the top or bottom of my website. It's all FREE!   Now a bit about this...

So my mom's been making me this smoothie for years and I love it. I'm not sure where she came up with this combination of fruits and carrots, but it works and now it's one of my favorites.   Raspberries and blueberries are loaded in...

I LOVE this smoothie- it's so simple and sweet and just easy.  Plus it has a great balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat to help boost your energy and metabolism.  Most smoothies are loaded in fruit (which is a good thing) but too much fruit...

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