About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

Hi Friends-

These muffins. I am obsessed. I am not exaggerating when I say I’ve eaten at least one of these Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins every single day for the past month or so.

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If you’ve been paying attention to my Sunday food prep, you may have noticed these little guys making repeat appearances. I’ve been making a batch of them every weekend and tweaking the recipe a little bit each time with the goal of reducing the amount of added sugar without losing flavor.

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Since pregnancy has made breakfast a little bit of a challenge, i’ve been sticking to cereal and milk when I first wake up…but mid-morning I tend to get hungry so I’ve been eating a muffin for my snack, along with lots of water!

I’ve finally adjusted the recipe enough and gotten it to a point where I’m super happy with the ingredients so I’m ready to share with you guys!

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Here’s the recipe:

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins
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Low in added sugar and full of fiber and flavor, these make a great snack.
Serves: 10

  • ½ cup mashed bananas (approximately 2 medium)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chocoalte chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine bananas, butter, yogurt, peanut butter, egg, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop into muffin liners and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Feel free to add an additional few tablespoons of sugar if you like your muffins a little sweeter.

Like I mentioned in the notes above, I made these several times, reducing the amount of sugar from 1/4 cup to 2 Tablespoons and increasing the peanut butter from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup. If you like your muffins sweeter, feel free to add a couple extra Tbsp of sugar.

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Also, if you want to leave out the chocolate chips, feel free…although I’ll probably call you crazy icon wink Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins

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Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

This post was sponsored by French’s Yellow Mustard. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Hi Friends!

I feel like there are two kinds of people in this world- those who love all condiments and use them regularly and those who tend to focus more on the food and less on what goes on top. For most of my life, I’ve fallen into category number two. Growing up I ate my hot dogs plain, didn’t need anything to dip my fries into, hated having anything smeared on the bun of my sandwich, etc. It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve come to appreciate what a good condiment can add to a meal.

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The problem I have with a lot of condiments, however, is that many are loaded with unhealthy and unnecessary ingredients like salt and sugar. I prefer homemade versions of most condiments for this reason. But, when French’s reached out to me about creating a recipe using their #naturallyamazing mustard, all it took was a quick check of the ingredients to get me on board.

Here are the ingredients in their Classic Yellow Mustard:

Distilled vinegar, water, no. 1 grade mustard seed, salt, tumeric, paprika, spice, natural flavors and garlic powder.

That’s an ingredient list I can get on board with! Mustard is great year round, but it’s especially great for adding flavor to summer foods. With all the grilling we’ve been doing, I can think of tons of dishes I’ll be adding mustard to in the future for a pop of flavor!

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Plus, my hubby loves mustard and it’s not something I do a lot of cooking with, so I thought it would be a fun challenge to create a recipe using it! Hubby and I have been talking a lot this summer about how we need to start marinating our meats before we cook them for some added flavor and that got me thinking about using mustard in a marinade!

I developed this marinade to use on pork tenderloin and it turned out really well!

Here’s the recipe:

Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin
A simple, flavorful marinade to use on pork or chicken prior to roasting or grilling.

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup French’s Classic Yellow Mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon worchestershire sauce
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin

  1. Combine first six ingredients in a large ziploc bag.
  2. Add pork tenderloin and squeeze to remove excess air from the bag.
  3. Marinate pork at least 4 hours or overnight, turning the bag occasionally to ensure all meat is coated in the marinade.
  4. When ready to cook either 1) remove pork from bag and cook on the grill or 2) remove pork from bag and sear on all sides in a hot pan, then transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until pork reaches a temperature of at least 145 degrees.

If you pan sear the pork, you may end up with some excess liquid in your pan. Just drain and continue to sear until pork gets a nice golden brown outer coating.


We’re both big fans of this recipe. It made the meat super tender and added a wonderful flavor to the pork, which is something we usually eat pretty plain.

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Plus it was delicious with some crunchy summer green beans! I cooked this one in the oven but it would also be super easy to do on the grill.

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Oh, and one more thing before I go. I know how many of us are Pinterest fans so good news!  French’s is on Pinterest!

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Click the image above to follow French’s for delicious summer recipes, backyard BBQ ideas, kitchen hacks, cooking tips and all things mustard.

  • Grilling season is here! French’s is sharing memorable meals and great ideas for the perfect summer BBQ.
  • Find recipes for any occasion: graduation celebrations, picnics, summer BBQs, light lunches, and more.
  • Need help in the kitchen? French’s has time-saving kitchen hacks and useful cooking tips.
  • Look out for memorable mustard-inspired items that’ll make you smile: French’s Halloween costumes, vintage condiment ads and yellow mustard home goods.


Let’s chat:

What’s your favorite way to use mustard?!






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Hi Friends!

As promised, we’re back today with Bean Bytes. Sorry for the delay. Hopefully it was worth the wait.

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Everyone could probably use one of these:
Lessons From A Digital Detox via Cotter Crunch

The Loss Nobody Talks About- Miscarriage via Itz Linz

Adore these:
I Choose Love via Fit Mama Real Food
The Joy of Writing Letters via Love Life Surf

Tips and tricks:
A Guide To Vegetarian Grilling via Oh My Veggies
Are You Really Dressed Business Casual via Hubspot
How To Fly Happily With A Toddler via Our Freaking Budget
How To Use Hootsuite via SITS Girls
20 WordPress Plugins For A More Powerful Blog via Buffer
Top 12 Audio Books For Runners via Run To The Finish
30 Dumbbell Exercises Missing From Your Routine via Greatist

Your thoughts?
It’s Not OK To Do Things “Like A Girl” via Lifting Revolution
Why It’s Ok To Say No To Your Child About Food via Raising Healthy Eaters


Good read:
Yes You Should Eat 1200 Calories via Peace Love Oats

Tips and Tricks:
How To Make Your How-To Content More Helpful via Hubspot
9 Shopping Sites Worth Visiting via Daily Worth
Tips For Flying With A Baby via Itz Linz
5 Step Sock Bun via Girl Gone Veggie
How To Set Up Gmail Filters via Hubspot
My Best Blogging Tips via A Healthy Slice of Life
18 Must Read Links For Food Writers and Bloggers via Will Write For Food

Ever wondered?
Fitness Routines of Personal Trainers via Fit Knit Chick

Take Off The Cape via The Lunchbox Diaries


Tips and Tricks:
Our Keys To Making Married Finances Work via Our Freaking Budget
8 Simple Hacks To Undo Tech Mistakes via Hubspot
Instagram Tips To Make Your Posts Pop via Katrina Elle
Tips for New Moms via Itz Linz –> great advice
Three Ways To Get Kids To Eat Vegetables via Brighton Your Health

Get your workout on:
1000 Rep Workout via Blonde Ponytail

Love these:
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Turn Down For What: A Guide via Vox

Great info:
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Tips and Tricks:
How To Find And Fix Broken Links via The SITS Girls
Building A Healthy Pantry: All About Vinegar via Healthy Seasonal Recipes
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Do this:
What’s Your Blogging Call To Action via Katy Widrick

Why Impatience Is A Virtue via Brazen Careerist

Lots of good info:
Protein Supplements- Do I Need Them? via Food Pleasure Health

Check these out:
5 Zen Apps To Bring You Peace via Zen and Spice
13 Yoga Poses For Runners via Energy We Bring
Homemade All Natural Bug Spray via Back To Her Roots
Kettlebell Style Variations vai Fitfluential

From those who have been there:
30 Tips For Your First Triathalon via Healthier Happier Bear

Haven’t mastered this yet:
10 Tips For The Perfect Pour Shot via Pinch of Yum

Love this:
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Greek Meatballs
Spicy Bacon Guacamole Dogs
Blueberry Coconut Waffles for Two
Blueberry Lime Protein Muffins
S’mores Rice Krispy Treats
Caprese Salad Focaccia
Spicy Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Honey Pear & Gouda Grilled Cheese
Paleo Double Chocolate Cookie Dough
Caprese Lentil Salad
How To Grill Pizza
Grilled Salmon Ciabatta Sandwiches
Healthy Frozen Yogurt Roundup
Blueberry Mojito Popsicles
Chocolate Coconut Bacon Doughnuts
Spicy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Fish Tacos with Pineapple Slaw
Baked Apples on the Grill
Microwave Cherry Crisp
Fresh Feta Spread
No Bake S’mores Bars
Turkey Sandwich on Sweet Potato Buns
Caprese Pastry
Granola Avocado Fries with Strawberry Yogurt Dip
5 Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Pops
Shrimp Sandwiches with Jalapeno Peach Salsa
Roasted Peach Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Peach Cobbler Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Biscuits
Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chocolate Coconut Blended Coffee


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I got a fun delivery from my friend Nicole last week.  We connected through blogging and she has her own business called Blissful Eats. She sells granola and bars and she sent me some to sample. They’re delicious. The granola comes in 3 flavors: Maple Nut Crunch, Blueberry Honey and No Nut Chocolate Chip. So far I’ve tried the chocolate chip and the blueberry- both amazing. The bars are chocolate and cookie dough flavored and I can’t wait to try them.

If you’re looking for a new granola to try, check out her products. You can buy them on Amazon! Added bonus: They’re non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, soy-free and dairy-free!

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Baby things:
- Our family friends gave us this bike trailer! Can’t wait to take baby for rides when he’s big enough.
- Our crib came!
- Couldn’t resist this outfit when we were at Costco.
- There’s nothing better than seeing the excitement on hubby’s face when he feels the baby move. He gets SO excited every single time. It never gets old.

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27 week bump pic and breakfast with hubby.

One more week until I have my 28 week appointment. We’ll get to take a peek at baby again and I also have to do my glucose test! Overall I’m feeling ok. I have a few good days, a few really bad days, and most days I just feel average. I’m still working out 3-4 days a week, walking the dogs daily, etc.


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7 Considerations Before Going Vegetarian or Vegan
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7 Uses for Overripe Bananas
How To Be Better About Feeding Your Food Allergic Child
Are You Making These Google+ Mistakes?
In Defense of the Indispensable Dad
I Want To Compost But
How To Make A Behavior Chart That Actually Works
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Stop Basing Your Self Worth On Your Physique
How To Cut Down On Your Kids’ Screen Time
6 Reasons Why Clean Eating Isn’t Working For You
Protein Bars vs Whole Food Meals
DIY Dry Shampoo
Why Parents Shouldn’t Force Their Kids To Go To College Right Away
6 Tips To Improve Your Swimming
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Interview with Kacy Catanzaro
How To Live With Purpose When Balance Is Elusive


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Looking for some simple summer meals?
Check out these 5-Ingredient Summer Meals

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Put that crockpot to work!
Try one of these Slow Cooker Summer Recipes

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Want to use your grill more?
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or learn how to Grill Fruits & Vegetables

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If you like recipe contests, check out Cabot’s latest contest.
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That’s all for today!


Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes

Hi Friends!

Don’t panic. I know it’s Monday and Monday is Bean Bytes day…but this particular Monday also happens to be my Recipe Redux posting day. So we’re doing a little switcheroo. Recipe today. Bean Bytes tomorrow!

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So, this month’s Redux theme was:

A Spirited ReDux

From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?

Being that alcohol isn’t really my thing right now…I went the plain jane route with vanilla extract. But it’s actually one of my favorite pantry staples so it worked out well for me. I knew I wanted to do something breakfast-related but didn’t want traditional pancakes or waffles, so I decided on crepes! A few years ago I posted a recipe for Buckwheat Crepes which were delicious, so this time I decided to play up the flavors a little more and add lots of cinnamon and vanilla.

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The result? Super simple to make and full of flavor!

Here’s the recipe:

Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes
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Packed with flavor and simple to make, fill these with anything your heart desires for a tasty breakfast or snack!
Serves: 8-10

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons vanilla extract (depending on flavor preference)
  • Butter or oil for greasing pan
  • Optional fillings: yogurt, fruit, chocolate chips, etc

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well mixed.
  2. Grease pan.
  3. Pour a small amount of batter (I used 3-4 Tablespoons at a time) into a saute pan over medium heat.
  4. Pick up the pan and swirl batter so it reaches the edges of the pan and forms a thin circle.
  5. After 30 seconds, gently use a spatula to lift up one edge and flip over.
  6. Cook another 30 seconds and remove from pan.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Roll or fold crepes on a plate until all are made.

Crepes sounds fancy but they’re actually really simple to make. Play around with the amount of batter you use to get them as thick or thin as you want. If they start to stick to the pan, just regrease it!

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Once you’ve got your crepes all ready to go, you’re ready for the fun part- filling them! Choose whatever fillings you like best. I went with plain yogurt, fresh nectarines and chocolate chips the first day and then went the pb&j route the next day!

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The possibilities are endless my friends!

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Let’s chat:
What’s your favorite filling for crepes?


Check out the rest of the spirit-inspired redux recipes below!


Sunday Food Prep Inspiration 74

Hi Friends!

Time for another round of food prep. Here’s what I did last weekend:

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I prepped:

  • Corn
  • Quinoa breakfast bars
  • Shrimp- just sauteed with some pepper, sriracha and thai chili sauce
  • PB Banana muffins- recipe coming soon!
  • Got my pork tenderloin marinating- recipe coming soon
  • Veggies
  • Hard boiled eggs

Not a huge prep, but I had a lot of recipe development on tap for last week and I knew I’d be making some things for use to eat as well so it was plenty.

Here’s the only submission I got last week:

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I focus on having all the fresh items ready to go so I can easily throw dinner together after work. Additionally, when the veggies are already cut up and prepped we are more likely to eat them! Here is what I did on Sunday:
 - washed and cut up fruit (strawberries, kiwi and lemons)
 - washed and prepped zucchini (to make zucchini “fries”) and yellow squash (to quickly throw in the oven and roast with olive oil and seasonings)
 - trimmed green beans and diced onions
 - cooked and seasoned diced chicken for salads to bring to work
 - diced and cooked chicken apple organic and nitrate free sausage for breakfast
 - scrubbed sweet potatoes, ready to throw in the oven and bake
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Are you food prepping this weekend? Send me your pic! I’m out of submissions!

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!


Want more inspiration and tips? Read these:

Top 10 Foods for Sunday Food Prep
How to Prep Food on the Weekend

Weekend Prep for Easy Weekday Meals
How to Eat Healthy in College
How to Eat Healthy During the Week

And check out the Food Prep Tab for links to all the previous Sunday food prep posts!


Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?