Breakfast for Makers: Energy bars on the go!


Try this easy grab and go breakfast that will both fuel and nourish you! Make a batch once and enjoy them all week long! These oatmeal protein bars are slowly digested by your body, providing you with sustained, high quality energy! So skip spending time in the morning figuring out breakfast or missing it entirely and dealing with that terrible blood sugar crash that is sure to follow. Your body will appreciate the fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, heathy fats and protein. You can enjoy this deliciousness and focus on what really matters... Your work!


Measure Ingrediets

Extra Credit Ingredients

Mix it Up

Ready to Bake


Bare Necessities
2 cups Oats
1 cup Almond Butter
1/2 cup Protein Powder
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 and 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Extra Credit
3 tbsp Flax Seed
3 tbsp Chia Seed
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1/2 tbsp Maca Powder

Gluten Free
Less is more! Only ingredient is Almonds
Only ingredient is Pure Maple Syrup
No Coconut oil? No Problem! Replace with 2 eggs
Pure food grade

The Process
Preheat oven to 350°
Mix dry ingredients into a large bowl
Mix wet ingredients
Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
Spoon the goodness into pan
Bake for 12-15 minutes
Let cool
Store in a sealed glass container in the fridge
Enjoy all week long!

Summertime Salad


Here is a simple yet flavorful recipe to enjoy during the remaining steamy days of summer. Mix it up and feel fabulous by starting or ending your day with this alkalizing, anti-inflammatory goodness! This Summertime Salad is full of fiber, iron, calcium, healthy fats and protein! If you'd like to add meat and cheese, I recommend thin turkey slices and creamy goat cheese. Try adding Lakeside Maple's Ginger Chai Trail Mix for a sweet and spicy crunch that takes this recipe to the next level. No trail mix? No problem! Substitute slivered almonds and raw pumpkin seeds.
Enjoy, Makers and keep on creating!

Summer Salad Ingredients

Summer Salad

Lakeside Maple Trailmix

Romaine Lettuce - 4 large leaves
Curly Kale - 4 Lager Leaves

Thyme- 4 sprigs (1/4 tbsp)
Basil- 12 leaves
Ginger Chai Trail Mix- 1/2 cup (
Pumpkin seeds- 1/4 cup (substitute for trail mix)
Almonds - 1/4 cup (substitute for trail mix)


Kale is full of vitamins and antioxidants! It also provides awesome anti-inflammatory benefits.

Nuts and Seeds give us that yummy crunch along with healthy fats and minerals to support our hard working-bones.

Lemon Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar helps with digestion, detoxification, and even weight loss

Herbs add a blast of flavor to any meal! They also have antibacterial and antiseptic properties!

Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 tbsp
Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
Ground Ginger - 1/4 tbsp
Onion Powder - 1/4 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
Pepper - a pinch

The Process

Tear: Romaine, Kale, Thyme and Basil

Sprinkle: Trail mix or seeds

Whisk then Drizzle: Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Salt, Pepper, Ginger and Onion Powder.

Enjoy! Eat up and feel the power of a healthy meal.

Power Lunch

The weather is shifting and so should your menu! Remember, ingredients that are in season taste better, are less expensive, and are more environmentally friendly! Here is a recipe to help you transition into winter with ease. Being busy is a go-to excuse to eat poorly, but that is when you need wholesome nutrition the most! Along with the change in seasons come sniffling noses and harsh coughs. This meal will provide your badass body with the necessary tools to combat any germs that come your way. Creating this dish requires minimal effort and you will enjoy the leftovers for days!

More than tasty​

Quinoa: Don't let quinoa's trendiness be a turn off. This powerful gluten-free grain has earned it's reputation for valid reasons! Quinoa is slowly digested, contains all eight amino acids (making it a complete protein), and it is full of vitamins, including vitamin B and zinc! This grain will give you the high energy and endurance you need for staying up late to meet those deadlines. Unlike many grains that get soggy, quinoa stays crunch, so it is the perfect candidate for leftovers. It also cooks super fast!

Garlic and Turmeric: These hearts work as natural antibiotics to boost your immune system. They contain B vitamins, zinc, and vitamin C to help prevent you from getting sick and increase your energy. Using herbs is a smart way to get maximum flavor with minimal effort.


The Process

Power Lunch

List of Ingredients

2 cups of Quinoa
1 head each: Garlic, Broccoli, and Cauliflower
8 ounces of Cremini Mushrooms (More Immune System Support)
1 Bunch of Swiss Chard
1 cup of Sliced Raw Almonds (sprinkle some on top and keep extra on the side to be added as desired)
1 tbs Turmeric (add more for increased flavor and health benefits)
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 tbs Coconut Oil

The Process

Toast almonds in a large saucepan on low/medium heat until golden brown. Set aside.

Rinse off quinoa, combine with water, bring to boil, then let simmer for 15 minutes. Quinoa comes with its own built in "pesticide" called saponin. It is harmless to ingest, but will leave a bitter taste if it is not rinsed off before cooking.

Bring pan used for almonds to medium heat. Peel and slice garlic, then combine in pan with 1 tbs coconut oil, 1 tsp turmeric, and a pinch of salt.

Chop broccoli and cauliflower. Layer on top of garlic without stirring. Add 1 tbs of coconut oil. Sprinkle 1 tsp of turmeric and add a pinch of salt. Cover with lid for 4 minutes. Stir and cover, repeating until broccoli is tender. Set aside in a large bowl. Don't over think the details... Chop the veggies so they are a nice bite-size and mostly uniform so everything cooks at the same pace.

Chop mushrooms and chard (remove most of the stalk by slicing down the middle or just tearing the leaf from the stalk). Combine with 1 tbs of coconut oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and 1 tsp turmeric. Cover, steam, and stir for 5 minutes.

Serve Layered: Quinoa, Veggies, and Almonds on top!

Alternative Dessert:Crustless Cheesecake with Berry Compote


February is the perfect month to show someone special, maybe yourself, a little extra love. It’s easy to get lured into purchasing expensive, processed candy and treats. These may look enticing, but they will leave you feeling sluggish. Instead, take the time to hand-make something special. Why consume when you can create? You are a maker afterall!

This recipe is a good example of a delicious dessert that you won’t feel guilty about indulging in! Stop restricting yourself with low fat or sugar-free options. These products rely heavily on unhealthy, unnatural ingredients and your body deserves better. Start looking for healthy alternative recipes for your favorite desserts. Flavor and quality are easily maintained with simple ingredient swaps. For example, try using pure honey instead of sugar.

When it comes to dessert, having the real thing instead of a lower calorie mystery version leaves you feeling satisfied. Cravings begin to fade when you don’t feel deprived. A happier healthier you is the best gift you can give your sweetheart. There may not be vegetables in this recipe, but you are still gifting anti-inflammatory and antioxidant awesomeness from the fresh berries and vanilla.

Warning: This dessert is very messy. You may need to assist your special someone with kisses for clean up instead of napkins.


The Process

Cupcake Liner Template

Cupcake Liner Template

Cupcake Liner Process

Final Product

What You'll Need

When gathering your ingredients, always try to find a balance between price and quality. There is a good chance you already have eggs, salt, and maybe even lemon juice at home. Treat yourself to a pure bottle of vanilla instead of vanilla imitations. Vanilla isn't an everyday ingredient so one bottle will last a long time.

Crustless Cheesecake:
8 oz of cream cheese
1 cup of coconut milk yogurt
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs pure vanilla
a pinch of salt
2 eggs
2 egg whites

Berry Compote:
2 cups of berries
1/2 cup of honey
4 tbs of lemon juice

Design your own cupcake liners to add a personal touch!

Cut out a 5 x 5 square fold it in half, cut out a rainbow shape (templates below).

Loop the strip of paper into a circle and adhere the ends together with a bead of glue.

Suggestions: Create your own design or print an image or pattern that you like. Maybe draw an anatomical heart or add some X's and O's. Have fun!

Now arrange your dessert! Place you unique liner on a plate. Gently loosen the edges of the cupcakes with a spoon. Spoon cake into the cupcake liner and top with compote!

Serve, enjoy, and feel good!

The Process

Set aside 2 cups of berries to defrost. If your climate allows for fresh berries, go for it! Remember to shop seasonally to support the environment.

Beat 8 oz of cream cheese (standard package size) and gradually add 1 cup of coconut milk yogurt, 1 tbs lemon juice, 1 tbs of vanilla, a pinch of salt, 2 eggs, and 2 egg whites. If you don't have an electric mixer, just mix everything by hand. Be sure to let the cream cheese get to room temperature before mixing.

Preheat over to 325°, generously grease muffin pan with coconut oil, add cake mixture, cook for 25 minutes. The edges of the cake should be set while the center will be soft.

Using a toothpick, gently trace the edges of each cupcake to loosen them from the pan. Allow the pan to cool and leave it in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours to achieve that familiar cheesecake consistency.

Heat berries, a pinch of salt, and 4 tbs of lemon juice on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in 1/2 a cup of honey, simmer for 8 minutes, and transfer to bowl.

JoAnn Ballone

JoAnn Ballone is an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach with a background in Culinary Arts. Her series of healthy recipes will be a great addition to your daily routine! With each recipe, you will learn more about which foods can help energize the body, relieve inflammation, boost brain power, or help you relieve stress and anxiety. If you have any questions related to JoAnn's recipes or would like to tell her how much you love them, reach out to her at! Please check back later for more delicious recipes!