The London 2012 games are well underway, and it seems like everyone is getting into the Olympic spirit. We were feeling inspired by the Olympic rings, and rounded up some healthy recipes for foods that remind us of this iconic symbol (with gluten free and vegan picks!). Click the pictures for full recipes.
STRAWBERRIES & CREAM WHOOPIE PIES
These gluten-free treats are made with corn flour, brown rice flour, fat-free ricotta cheese and unsweetened coconut milk. Throw in fresh strawberries and you’ve got yourself a gold medal-worthy healthy dessert.
Image via Family Fresh Cooking
COCONUT SOUR CREAM MUFFINS
I love coconut. And I love healthy baking. So naturally, I love these muffins. There’s no butter to be found here—just coconut oil, light sour cream and an egg. The perfect combination of sweet, tart and nutty.
Image via Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
VEGAN BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE CUPCAKES
So maybe they’re not technically “cheesecake,” but these vegan blueberry cupcakes still look absolutely mouthwatering with cashew-based cream on a prune-almond crust. The best part is, you can store them in the freezer to thaw out in perfect single servings.
Image via Cara’s Cravings
ZUCCHINI FETA OLIVE OIL MUFFINS
I really like the idea of a savory muffin, so I was immediately drawn to this recipe. Zucchini, feta and basil are just excellent together, and it gets major points for using whole wheat flour and olive oil.
Image via Running to the Kitchen
SUMMER SQUASH & RICOTTA GALETTE
Take a super-simple, butter-free homemade pie crust, layer it with creamy ricotta cheese and fresh zucchini and yellow squash, and pop it in the oven. It’s kind of like a squash pizza…but better.
Image via Eats Well With Others
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE
SWEET POTATO BREAKFAST COOKIES
It may be summer, but these vegan breakfast cookies are like Thanksgiving in baked good form: they’re made with sweet potato puree, pumpkin pie spice, pecans and cranberries, plus whole wheat flour, oats and flaxseed for a healthy dose of whole grains.
Image via Live Laugh Eat
COLLARD GREENS, APPLE, PECAN & GOUDA OMELETTE
This light egg white omelette would make a perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner. The egg whites give a neutral base for the sweet apple slices, smoky Gouda and crunchy pecans, while the dark leafy greens pack tons of vitamins and minerals.
Image via The Healthy Foodie
I love how simple and healthy this idea is. Just cut and core slices of apple and decorate with your favorite nut butter and toppings! Such a clever name, too. 🙂
Image via Steph’s Bite by Bite
For more Olympic link love, check out these articles from some of our favorite blogs:
“5 Food Secrets from Olympic Athletes” (Bite Size Wellness)
“5 Lessons to Learn from Ryan Lochte” (Surviving College)
“Olympics Travel: Best Day Trips Out of London” (Travel Freak)
“Karl Lagerfeld’s Olympic Gold, A Look at His New Collection” (Haute Talk)
Have you been following the Olympics? What has your favorite moment been so far?