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Vegan Cheese Recipe by April Norris

Vegan Cheese Recipe by April Norris

Looking to make the most delicious non-dairy cheese?! You've found it right here in BennerFit with guest blogger April Norris.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

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USANA 5day RESET High Fiber Cleanse

USANA 5day RESET High Fiber Cleanse

USANA 5day RESET High Fiber Cleanse

Quinoa "Fried Rice"


I've been egg hankering like crazy lately.  Breakfast burritos for dinner, a fried egg on a veggie burger, and I always secretly love me some pad thai with a little bit of egg hiding behind the peanutty noodles. Which leads me to fried rice. PUT AN EGG IN IT! I've been spying on quinoa fried rice recipes for the last few months and finally pieced together my very own combination which was light, fluffy and super flavorful. Enjoy!!




1 cup cooked quinoa (for this I used 2  pre-made packages from Fresh and Easy)

1 1/3 cup of peas & carrots (add any additional veggies you like as well!)

3  green onion shoots (leaving the whites behind, or adding for a stronger flavor)

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. ginger

salt and pepper to liking

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. (and a splash) of soy sauce

3 drops of sesame oil

3 eggs (add more to your eggy liking)

Optional: Add meat, tofu, or veggie patties





If you dont have the pre-made quinoa, visit the Kitchn for the  lowdown on how to cook a cup's worth of this tasty "grain".  (Quinoa is actually a seed posing as a grain. It's playing all of us. Nerd up on your quinoa facts here.) If you are lazy like me, heat up your pre-cooked quinoa so it's rarin' to go!

Crack your eggs into a bowl, add a splash of soy sauce along with 3 drops of sesame oil and beat it! Give a pan a quick spray with (preferably) coconut oil so the eggs don't stick,   and scramble them up.  Set aside, once cooked.

It's a good time to say if you are adding meat, tofu or veggie patties - prep these now!

On high to medium heat, add coconut oil to a pan and stir-fry your veggies (peas and carrots), ginger, garlic, salt, pepper. Once the veggies are cooked, fold in the quinoa, eggs, green onions and any other additions you like (I included some Morning Star Chicken Patties). Add soy sauce to the dish and mix until everything is happily blended, and warm.

Eat it up, nice and hot!







{Thanks to my hubby who helped me take pics while I cooked!}

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins Are Yum In My Tum!

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Syd's Visit To Our Nation's Capital

"BEEP BEEP BEEP," went the alarm! Up and at em at 4:30 am in Los Angeles Sunday morning to take off to DC to visit my boyfriend and to sight-see around one of the most incredible places in our country. As our plane began to land in DC there was a heavy cloud cover and then all of a sudden the Washington Monument was breaking through the sky to my left. I felt a jolt of emotion, because here I am landing in a city where all of our presidents have stepped foot. It's overwhelming even as I write this... I'm going to switch gears for a second here. In California, there is an 8th grade trip to Washington, DC that all students are able to take over Spring Break. When I was in 8th grade, my daddy was very sick with cancer, so instead of taking the trip, I spent time with my family. To be here fourteen years later - for the first time - is deeply emotional for me and I feel like I can appreciate it all the more at this point in my life. As I walked up to the White House tears dropped down my face... I was just overcome with emotion. How amazing to be in front of a home where all of our presents have lived (except George Washington, but he had the place built!) To walk around the National Mall or to stand in front of the Washington Monument, I am walking in history. As my mama said, "you can see it, touch it, believe it...it is not a fable!" It is all real and I am honored to be here...

Yesterday I slept in and slowly woke up to start my day. I looked up various yoga studios around the downtown DC area and found a place called Sculpt DC which is a spin/yoga studio. I popped into a 12:15 pm yoga sculpt class. The studio was super chic and urban. You walk in upstairs and the studios are located downstairs. There are gorgeous bathrooms, showers, and even a lounge area for all the fitness goers to freshen up or relax. I like a booty kicking workout, this particular class was a bit more relaxing but certainly a nice way to start my day.


Following my yoga class I popped into Le Pain Quotidien for a fresh lentil salad with a cup of vegan black bean soup, yum!


I decided to head to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History which is on Pennsylvania Ave and part of the national mall. Most museums here are free, which is a big plus! I could have spent hours in here but having limited time to get all of my sight seeing in, I tried to get as much in as I could before I walked over to the Washington Monument. They had an award winning animal photography section and below were a couple of my favorites.


The Washington Monument shines high above all the downtown DC buildings. It's not a city that is built tall like New York or Chicago, but it's architecture doesn't need height to make it beautiful. Here I am in the FREEZING windy weather in front of the Monument.


What I love most about being here, is that this city is so easy to navigate. You walk everywhere because you can and in the midst of all the national landmarks you get a 3 to 5 mile walk in! Total health bonus! No wonder DC is one of the fittest cities in the US.

This is just day one here and I have a day and a half to go! I can't wait to see what I can fit in, in just a few short hours...

Love you America!


Healthy Superbowl Snack #2: Zucchini Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pizza Bites on Benner Fit Do you remember sleepovers and stuffing your face with Bagel Bites and drinking endless amounts of soda and bouncing off the ceiling and then taking incriminating photos of whoever fell asleep first?

Me either.

Ok for reals - I was big into sleepovers back in the day. And sleepovers always meant a pizza party followed by a sugar frenzy. We would cram our little faces with as many cookies as possible and line the window sill with cans of Mountain Dew. (The ultimate challenge - how high of an aluminum pyramid could we build this time?)

This was way before I even knew what trying to be healthy was.

I don't know if it's because I live in L.A. where healthy living is a priority, or if the world has just become hyper aware since the early 90's of what we should be putting into our bodies, but there have been numerous occasions when I've been out to eat where I hear a request from a child that goes something like this:

"Mom, I'd like the spicy tuna roll with a green tea." Huh? "Dad, I think I'll have the saag paneer with some basmati rice." Woah, really?

Or the most shocking of them all...

"No, I don't want a burger. I just want a salad."

Children craving salads?! WHAT?! Seriously, who are these little creatures?

These little folks will probably go their entire child life without knowing of Mountain Dew's florescence, that Mallow Mars explode after 30 seconds in the microwave or that Bagel Bites even exist.

And to that I say, "Bravo, universe."

I hope one day my child (who will be insanely perfect and polite and adorable in every way) comes to me and says, "Mommy, can I have more Zucchini Pizza Bites?"

Yes, imaginary daughter. Yes you can.

Because this recipe is super easy and much more healthy than the alternative (that extra large pizza you were going to consume in one sitting. Ok, so when I say, 'you' I really mean, 'me.' Why is pizza SO easy to eat?! ).

Here you go! {a la Skinnytaste}

Zucchini Pizza Bites on Benner Fit


  • 1 zucchini - sliced 1/4 inch thick or so
  • Pizza sauce
  • Non-fat/Reduced Fat cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Spray Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper


Zucchini Pizza Bites


Slice zucchini about 1/4 inch thick. Spray both sides of the slices with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper.

Throw these in the oven. If you are lucky enough to have a broiler - broil them for 2 minutes on each side. If you are like me and have a Broiler setting that doesn't really do anything - put the zucchini slices in for about 5 minutes on each side.

Take the zucchini and top with sauce, cheese, and basil (to your liking). Throw them back in the oven. If broiling - 2 minutes will do. Careful not to burn that cheese! If simply baking - another 5 minutes, or until your cheese has melted and crisped to your liking will do.

Serve while hot!

Zucchini Pizza Bites on Benner Fit