Recipe Inspiration to Put a Spring in Your Step

By Ashley Danielson, RDN, LD

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through a blog, or pinning multiple recipes that look beautiful? One of the most popular requests I receive as a dietitian are recipes. I love to spend time in the kitchen, but I can fully admit that it is easy to get in a routine and eat the same thing, over and over again. When I share recipes, my goal is to share those that are tried and true, and that I love to use personally. As March is National Nutrition Month, I’m excited to share some of my favorite recipes with you. Not only have I found these to be easier to tackle in the kitchen along with everything else in life, but they are recipes that have amazing taste, provide ample nutrition, and will keep you coming back for more.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

There’s no excuse for not having time to make breakfast with this recipe! If you don’t like peanut butter, you don’t have to use it; but this is an awesome breakfast that you can definitely prep ahead of time either each night, or in a batch during the weekend. Oats contain soluble fiber to help keep you full; they also can support and stabilize blood sugars and lower your cholesterol levels. This recipe has 15 grams of protein per serving, which would be a perfect post-yoga option. The best part about this recipe is that it takes 5 minutes to prep, and it only has 5 ingredients.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken with Simple Slaw

This comes from one of my favorite blogs, developed by Registered Dietitians! They focus on nutrient dense and whole food recipes that are delicious. Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken with Simple Slaw is an easy meal that you can incorporate into your weeknight, and perfect for leftovers or double batching for meals throughout the week. This is actually a staple in our home, because of how easy it is. Did you know that most barbecue sauces contain added sugar? Tessamae’s Organic BBQ Sauce is incorporated into this recipe, which I love because of the simple ingredients. If you can’t find the Tessamae brand, Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Classic BBQ Sauce is a perfect substitution.

Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon

This is a recipe for two, but you can easily purchase a salmon plank and feed your family. Ambitious Kitchen is a go-to blog for me. I can find recipes that fit my everyday lifestyle, with some that are indulgent but with a better for you twist. Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which supports brain health, as well as cholesterol levels. Add a side of vegetables like roasted zucchini, peppers and asparagus and some whole grains like quinoa. The recipe uses the oven, but with Spring coming, the grill seems to be calling my name with this one!

Sweet Potato and Egg Oven Bake

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can get your veggies and protein in with this dish. I love this recipe, because it is family friendly, it provides variety and so much color! If you don’t like some of the vegetables in here, you can always switch them out for what you prefer.

It’s easy to prep and clean as it is a one-pan meal. Pop it in the oven, and enjoy! 

Buddha Bowl

Another weekly go to for my family, this is great because you can make your dinner quickly, and prep meals for the week as well. Using any roasted vegetables, with a sunny side up egg to top it –  the yolk breaks and runs into the dish. This recipe calls for brown rice, but we have also used quinoa or cauliflower rice as a base. The Buddha Bowl checks a lot of things off of the list: protein, healthy fats, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and more. 

Black Bean, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Here’s a plant-based recipe that covers a vegetarian option, and you can also make it vegan by omitting the cheese. Don’t fret though! These Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers still provides a lot of flavor, protein, fiber and vitamins that are chocked full of antioxidants. It only takes 20 minutes to prep, and 25 minutes to cook. Easy enough! 

Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut butter AND hummus? Seriously, two of my favorite things. Here’s a better for you dessert and a dipper; using garbanzo beans to make dessert brings in protein and fiber, to keep you full and satisfied. Instead of your typical cookie dough dip that is loaded with sugar, this recipe doesn’t have any added sugar. Use assorted fruit or whole grain pretzels to dip into the hummus.

Low Sugar Paloma

If you haven’t had a Paloma before, you are missing out! Palomas are a lighter cocktail that are perfect for sipping on as we have warmer temps in our future. This recipe is a low sugar version but still offers great taste. Be aware of alcohol drinks that are sweet – the sugar definitely adds up in them, and its nice to have something very comparable to what you love! If you are celebrating post sweaty yoga class with beverages, here’s a friendly reminder to continue to stay hydrated with water. The American Heart Association recommends drinking alcohol in moderation, which means 2 drinks per day for men, and 1 drink per day for women. Cheers!

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About Kirk: 

Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life. 

Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.  

Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters. 

About Christen: 

Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.  

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  • Two Light garage located directly north of the studio. Please bring your ticket inside for validation.

  • Three Light garage at Main and Truman. Garage entrance on Truman. Please bring your ticket inside for a validation sticker.

  • Power & Light garage at 13th and Grand. Please ask for a parking pass at the studio front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)

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  • We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:

    • Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.

    • Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).

    • Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.

    • Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!

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    • The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!

    • This option is valid once per day per license plate.

    • Please do NOT park in the Crescent Moon lot − you will be towed!

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