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Super Bowl Weekend is upon us and I wanted to share 4 recipes that are delicious but also quick and easy to make in case you need something last minute!


When it comes to the super bowl, I find people fit into 1 of 4 categories:

1) your team made it to the super bowl and you’re legit freaking out

2) you’re watching and enjoying a super bowl party

3) you only care about the halftime show

4) you could literally care less

Personally, I’m a little bit of all 4 haha. My husband, Anthony is a Patriots and Packer fan, so by marriage, I guess I’m the same.

Well, we are packers fans because we grew up in Wisconsin. We actually went to St. Norbert College which is like ten minutes from Lambeau Field. It’s a “smaller town” type of life right outside of Green Bay and the Packers actually stayed in our college dorms during the summer for camp. Crazy, right?! We ran into so many players just living up there; it’s very cool if you’re into the NFL (I’m not so much lol).

As for the Patriots… you either love Tom Brady and the Pats or you absolutely despise them haha. Anthony is fan but he gets so much hate from his friend (and random people!). I dislike when he wears his Patriots hat when we go out; just the other day, some guy at the grocery store joked about deflating the ball.

All of that to say… we will be watching and rooting for the Patriots. How about you??

Back to the food… I almost forgot this is a recipe post haha!


THIS RECIPE IS FOR YOU IF: you need to bring an appetizer to a party or make one but you have zero time or if you enjoy a dip that is actually healthier

chips dip and salsa


THIS RECIPE IS FOR YOU IF: you’re looking for a more substantial party snack and one that is actually pretty cute (but also tasty!) to serve


THIS RECIPE IS FOR YOU IF: you want to enjoy! This dip is gooooood and while it’s not super healthy, it’s definitely on the lighter side without taking away the great taste.


THIS RECIPE IS FOR YOU IF: you want a meal to eat during the game. This recipe is so easy because you can actually prep everything when you have time and freeze it. Then, the day of the game, dump everything from the bag into your crockpot and let it do it’s thing!

If you make one of these recipes, let me know what you and your crew thought about it! Happy Super Bowl weekend to you!




Prepare your bellies… I am rounding up the 7 most popular recipes I shared in 2017. I dug into the analytics to see which recipes were your most viewed and most favorited. 

It’s always fun to me to see which meals you enjoyed most so that I can create more of what you like. Based on these, it seems you like things with protein added and containing chocolate – I should have known haha.

I also wanted to do this post for those who haven’t tried many of my recipes.

Healthy eating is so much easier and maintainable when 3 conditions are met:

  1. the recipes contain simple, everyday ingredients (1x did I drove 40+ minutes to a health food store to find some ingredient a recipe I was making called for & I told myself “never again” so I certainly won’t do that to you)
  2. the recipes are quick to prepare (no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen to create a healthy meal)
  3. the recipes must actually be tasty (long gone are the days of bland, cardboard-tasting healthy meals)

If you haven’t tried my recipes before or if you’re wanting to make a health change this new year, these are some great ones to begin with!

Also, the most popular recipe of 2017 blew me away – it racked up 67,000 people viewing it (WHAT!) How cool!

Thanks for taking a chance on my meals – I know they won’t disappoint! XO


chocolate protein healthy muffins


healthy cookie dough on a white plate


healthy Starbucks pink drink in the woodlands, Texas


5. CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PUDDINGprotein pudding with sprinkles on a white plate


peanut butter blossom healthy recipe


chocolate chip green spinach muffins


There ya have it… the most popular, most viewed recipes of 2017. Leave a comment on my latest Instagram post with 1 recipe you’d LOVE for me to make in 2018 because I’ll be giving away a $30 grocery store gift card to 1 winner! 

Healthier Overnight Egg & Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe

This Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a healthier take on a family tradition I enjoyed growing up. This casserole is one my mom made for our family every Christmas morning. The original version is a bit heavier and creamier so I tried to keep the great taste while lightening it up a bit.


2 tsp olive oil

1 lb. turkey sausage

6 slices sprouted bread, roughly chopped

8 large eggs

 2 cups skim milk

1/2 tsp ground sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp paprika

4 oz. grated cheddar cheese


Grease a large baking dish with olive oil.

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook turkey sausage until browned. drain on paper towels.

Place break in the bottom of the prepared pan and top with sausage.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and paprika.

When well mixed, add the cheese to the milk mixture.

Pour over bread.

Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Remove pan from refrigerator while preheating oven.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake uncovered until golden brown and eggs have set, around 40 minutes.

Serve immediately.


healthy egg and sausage breakfast bake casserole



healthy egg and sausage breakfast bake casserole

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe

This Cinnamon Roll Casserole is definitely a special occasion breakfast perfect for a holiday, birthday or weekend morning. As you know, I’m about “healthier” options and treats in moderation. This is a breakfast option I would not eat regularly but it’s definitely a treat I wanted to share for your enjoyment.



2 tsp olive oil

1 (17.5 oz) can refrigerated cinnamon rolls

4 large organic eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp organic whipped cream cheese

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground sea salt


Grease a 1-quart baking dish with oil.

Roughly chop the cinnamon rolls and place then in the prepared dish. Reserve the prepared frosting in the refrigerator.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream cheese, cinnamon and salt.

Pour mixture over the rolls and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Remove baking dish from the refrigerator while the oven is preheating.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Drizzle with reserved frosting and enjoy.





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Cheeseburger Mini Muffins Recipe

These Cheeseburger Mini Muffins are so fun to make and eat. I always gravitate towards meals that allow me to feel like I’m indulging but really I’m not lol. I like that I could eat almost 10 of these. They would also be perfect for a healthier dinner for kids and even as a finger food appetizer for a get together. 

On last week’s recipe post, I shared 10 things I do around the holidays. Today, I wanted to share 5 random things. I don’t know why I’m so into this but it’s just a fun way for us to get to know each other better…. read them while you’re eating and enjoying these cheeseburger mini muffins hehe.


1. I’ve been getting highlights since I was in 7th grade and I normally stick to the shame shade/color of blonde (except for when I’m lazy and don’t go haha). About 3 times now, I’ve tried going more ashy and each time, I  end up disliking it 5 days later. Well, I tried again this year anddd don’t like it again. Will I ever learn?! lol. Do any of you do that? I want to be adventurous but I guess I just like my classic color. 

2. Almost all of the Christmas gifts I’m giving this year have a clever little twist. Some of them are plain silly. Some of them are personalized. Some of them are things people would say, “I can’t believe you thoughts of this.” I’m always into giving gifts (I can thank my mom for that!) but this year, I really can’t wait to see the reactions. You knew I had to slide a little Christmas into this list lol. 

3. I am in a tiny bit of a workout rut this week. I’ve gone to the gym every day but my focus isn’t really there. What I’ve done each day is begin with 10 minutes of walking and turn on fast paced music. It’s been helping pump me up a bit. I’m hoping after the holidays I’ll be back to my usual excited self for lifting.

4. You know how I was on this dip manicure vs shellac debate?! I posted about it here. Well, I went back to my regular manicurist and she told me “I believe nail salons are pushing dip because most charge $10 more per manicure. I think they’re both equally as good.” She also claims that dip is not less damaging. She always tells me that if it’s taken off properly (no peeling!) thats how you create less damage. I’m no expert on this so don’t quote me; I’m just passing along what Tracy told me. 

5. Organization has been my thing lately. Every day or two, I take on a shelf or cabinet. I’ll take everything out. Toss what is junk. Then I organize it. Taking it little by little prevents it from feeling like an overwhelming task and you know that I actually enjoy organizing so it’s a fun little something to add to my to do list. 

cheeseburger mini muffin healthy recipe



8 cups frozen, shredded potatoes

1 large egg, beaten

1/2 tsp ground sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper


1 lb ground turkey, beef or chicken

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp ground sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)



Preheat oven to 450 degrees

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with the egg and salt and pepper

Divide the mixture between the cups of a 36 mini muffin tin

Press down with a spoon to create an indentation

Bake until starting to brown ~10-12 mins

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the meat.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat and cook the meat; season with salt and pepper

Drain any drippings

Divide meat between potato nests. Top with cheese

Bake for 8 mins or until cheese is golden brown





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In my food critique book, there is “healthy good” and “good good” – these peanut butter blossoms are “good good” Plus, they’re healthy and protein packed!

You know by now, I’m obsessed with the holidays. I thought it would be fun in this post to share 10 things that I do during the holiday season.

If you’re not interested, feel free to scroll down for the recipe 🙂

1. CHRISTMAS CARD – I go all out on our Christmas card. We schedule a family photo shoot. I take time planning coordinating outfits & a location (typically I have to plan around my husbands outfit because go figure he is the most picky). I typically go through Shutterfly but this year I chose Minted for our cards #notsponsored I even do a photo stamp which is my favorite part. I’ll be sure to share our cards when they arrive! 

2. 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – I get the 25 days of Christmas schedule as soon as it comes out and I record all the movies I love. I’m not a big movie person but I could easily watch a Christmas movie every day. Elf & Christmas Vacation are my favorite.

3. FAMILY PJs – this is a tradition I’m beginning this year. For as long as my kids will put up with it (haha!), I will be buying family Christmas PJs. I already got ours this year (these). I give them for St. Nick and then we can wear them all throughout the season.

4. XMAS EVE – I host Christmas Eve at our home and I have every minute planned: gingerbread house contents, cookie decorating, yummy food, and of course we watch Christmas Vacation to end the night. Oh yeah… and you’re only allowed in the door if you’re wearing your Christmas PJs! Even my dad wears red sweatpants lol.

5. MONEY ON MEMORIES – Anthony and I have been together for 11 years now, so gift exchanging feels like an everyday activity. About 5 years ago, we came up with a “money on memories” gifting approach. Basically, the only “gifts” we can give each other are if they create a memory (examples: concert tickets, weekend getaways, dinner/movie gift cards, etc.) It’s so much better than material things!

6. CHRISTMAS MUSIC DANCE PARTIES – every morning we blast and I mean BLAST Christmas music as we get ready and eat breakfast. Leo loves it! We have little dance parties in the family room and he is just all smiles.

7. DECORATING – oh, I almost forgot to mention my husband’s decorating timeline. He says: November 1st we can begin decorating inside. The day after Thanksgiving we can put up exterior decorations. It’s so premature but I will soak up the red and green for as long as I can! 

8. CAR COSTUME – yes, I did! I am one of those crazy ladies who bought a car costume this year. Red nose on the front. Tail on the back. Antlers. Again, until my son says “mom take that off that’s embarrassing… I’ll enjoy it.

9. WRAPPING PAPER – I plan out my wrapping paper style. OCD gal meets Christmas. Last year, I had a brown paper theme. I used all brown paper and really dressed it up with ribbons, bows and I even added in greenery. I’m not sure what style I’m going for this year. Paper Source is my favorite place to find stuff.

10. GIVING > RECEIVING – I so look forward to giving gifts over the holidays and I put a lot of thought and care into what I get for other people. My mom is the ultimate gift-giver and I believe I inherited part of her gift giving style. She just has a ways of gifting things (even inexpensive things) that make you feel like she truly cares and knows you inside and out. Can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to what I got them this year!

lauren gleisberg's healthy peanut butter blossom cookie recipe


1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

12 Hersey’s kisses

Sea salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, egg and protein powder.

Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

Divide the mixture into 12 balls

Place on parchment. Using the tines of a fork, flatten into a disc. Turk the fork to create a criss-cross pattern.

Place the chocolate in the middle of the cookies.

Bake 10-12 mins o until golden brown.

Season with a bit of salt and let cool on a cooling rack.


healthy peanut butter protein blossom recipe



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Healthier (+Oh So Tasty) Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Buttery mashed potatoes. Creamy green bean casserole. Sweet side dishes. The Thanksgiving staples. You know I’m all about a splurge and totally cool with treat meals. I believe the Thanksgiving meal is to be enjoyed.

BUT… if we could make a dish just as great as the original but lightened up just a little – why not, right?!

healthy thanksgiving side dishes recipes

If you’re doing some of the cooking this year for Thanksgiving, check out the lightened up options below. I made sure they’re still tasty.

Just a little something I’ve found… when serving these, tell your guests you tried a new recipe but don’t advertise the dish as “healthy.” Don’t you feel when you serve people a “healthy” meal they seem to judge it more harshly; I often get “well it’s good for a healthy meal.” Yet, when I don’t share the meal is a healthier version, no one ever notices lol. Do you find that too??

What are you up to this Thanksgiving??

This is our first Thanksgiving as a family of three. We decided to take a family trip to Naples, FL where Anthony’s grandparents (Leo’s great grandparents) live. It will be their first time meeting him. My in-laws and brother-in-law will also be joining! I’m so looking forward to lots of family time and Leo’s first trip to the beach.

I’ve worked so hard lately in the gym and with what I’ve been eating, so I’m going to try my best to keep that a priority while we are away. I feel like that’s what the Fitmas Challenge is all about; we all have more celebrations, trips, etc. so doing the best you can with what you have available will be the theme for the next few weeks.

Okay, enough rambling… I am excited for you to try the recipes below and please please please let me know what you and your guests think!


green bean casserole healthy recipe on white plate

This is my all time favorite Thanksgiving dish. It’s normally super creamy and high in fat but I found a way to lighten it up while still keeping it delicious! 


mashed potato recipe made of cauliflower

I feel like the faux-tatoe craze is pretty popular. I was eating at Tommy Bahamas restaurant last week and they actually served that with the steak I ordered! I loved it and you can barely taste a difference. I loveeee the version I created… it’s all about the spices and herbs used!


healthy thanksgiving slaw recipe in a white bowl

This side dish was tastier than I ever expected. I feel like it’s the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving staples and super easy to make, so if you’re looking for a little somethign extra to whip up but don’t have a lot of time, try this one! I also will be enjoying this well beyond Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Slaw Healthy Recipe

The perfect Thanksgiving side dish that requires just a few minutes of your time to put together. I love the sliced almonds and dried cranberries on this especially with the easy, homemade dressing!

healthy thanksgiving slaw recipes



1/4 cup olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

1.4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tbsp finely diced shallots or red onion



1 (2 1/2 lb.) head purple or green cabbage, cored & thinly sliced

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley




Combine the oil, vinegars, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Stir in the shallots.

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, almonds, cranberries and parsley.

Drizzle with dressing and toss well.




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Super Fast Garlic Rosemary Cauliflower Mashed Potato Recipe

That recipe title is a mouthful lol. 1) This recipe is quick to prepare 2) The garlic and rosemary combination is beyond tasty 3) cauliflower has officially created the faux-tatoe which is equally yummy 4) it’s a healthier Thanksgiving side dish you and your guests will actually enjoy

lauren gleisberg healthy cauliflower mashed potato recipe


1 large head cauliflower, chopped into florets

3 oz. Neufchatel cheese

2 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee

2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (optional)

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp garlic, diced

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Drop in the cauliflower and cook for 8 mins or until tender.

Drain and place in a food processor. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.



lauren gleisberg healthy cauliflower mashed potato recipe



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Healthy Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Green Bean Casserole… my favorite Thanksgiving recipe! This Thanksgiving side dish staple could use a bit of lightening up. Butttt, I’m not willing to compromise taste for that. I’m super impressed with how this dish came out. It’s definitely healthier than the original but still delivers on the delicious-ness. 


5 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee

3 tbsp unbleached flour

3/4 cup chicken broth

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 (48 oz.) bag frozen green beans, thawed

1 (3 oz.) container French Fried Onions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour and stir for 1 min.

Stir in the broth and milk, bringing to a light simmer. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the green beans and cook for 5 mins or until warmed through.

Great a 13×9 inch baking dish and pour in the green bean mixture; top with fried onions.

Bake for 20 mins or until bubbly. 




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