Haylee Buckles

I am a current graduate student, studying Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley State University! I enjoy eating food, photographing food, making food, learning about food, and teaching others about food! I am passionate about overall health, beauty, and fitness.



My Favorite Recipes

My favorite go-to healthy recipes!

Vegan Taquitos

Delicious and very similar to the real thing but much better for you! Make them and see for yourself!

Buffalo chickpea “filling” :
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15 oz can, drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tbsp hot sauce (franks buffalo)
2 tbsp plant-based milk (almond)
1 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
Spice mix: 1 tsp onion powder, 3/4 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar), 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp ground cumin, sea salt, ground pepper, and 1 tbsp chili powder to taste

Using a fork, roughly mash the chickpeas in a bowl.
Heat oil in a pan/skillet over medium heat and add the chopped onion and bell pepper. Cook for 3 minutes, then add garlic and spice mix and sauté for a further minute.
Add all other sauce ingredients + chickpeas to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Let simmer on low heat for about 2-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat.
Taste the mixture, if you want it spicier, add more chili powder to taste.
Preheat oven to 410 degrees F (210 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place about 2 tbsp of the filling onto each tortilla and roll them up tightly. *(Microwave for 15 seconds if they are ripping)
Place every tortilla seam-side down on the baking sheet, next to each other.
Brush them with a little bit of vegetable oil (to make them even more crispy).
Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
Enjoy with your favorite dip! Mine is Frank’s red hot !

Pumpkin cherry chip cookies

Inspired by fall and my aunt Megan 🧡
1 box cherry chip cake mix
1 can pumpkin (15oz)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Mix all 3 ingredients and use ice cream scooper to form cookies on baking tray
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes

Protein Oatmeal Bake

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 eggs
1tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup raw honey
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk (unsweetened vanilla almond)
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons protein powder
Optional - flax and chia seed teaspoon each

Mix apple sauce, egg, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and salt, baking powder, protein powder
Add to greased 11x7 or 9x13 pan
Add milk
Fold in oats and blueberries
Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes

Energy balls

1/2 cup natural peanut butter( nut butter of choice)
1 cup quick oats
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup raw honey
1/3 cup flax seed( ground if possible)
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp protein powder

Refrigerate for 20-30
Roll into balls

Sourdough Avocado Sandwich and Tomato Soup

2 pieces sourdough bread
3 slices deli smoked turkey
1 slice provolone cheese
1/4 avocado mashed
1 can tomato soup (I use milk in it not water)

Grill one slice of bread with butter on a skillet
Then add toppings and cover with other slice
Flip the sandwich to grill on the other side
Remove from skillet, cut, and dip in your prepared tomato soup

And of course some pickles on the side!
If you struggle with gut health pickles are a fermented product that provide good gut bacteria for proper digestion👌🏽

Healthy snack

Sliced Cucumbers with laughing cow original Swiss cheese spread over each slice and topped with everything bagel seasoning! 🥒