It's been about 3 months of opening this page, typing a few sentences, backspacing, and closing my computer, once or twice a week. A lot has been brought to the surface for me in the past few months. As I draw closer to graduation later this year, my so-called "career" is no longer a hypothetical question but instead a very real and looming reality. With school, work, relationships, and adventure at the top of my priority list, I began to find comfort in simplicity and meal-prepping, and evolved into a creature of habit, putting the same three things on rotation for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I've felt less than inspired by food, and more so by travel, adventure, and re-defining what health and happiness means to me.
Do you ever think back to (one of) the person(s) you used to be, and think about them sitting in your place today, if you had chosen a different path instead of the one that got you to where you are today? I often imagine one of my past selves, sitting here, and I analyze them fondly, but also with pangs of distaste and regret like an old friend I lost touch with, wondering what my life would look like if my path hadn't altered so drastically so many different times.
My smoothies and smoothie bowls are such a fixture in my life, and are so simple to master, so it was only natural that they would be next up in my Back to the Basics series. I've posted below my ritual recipe, as well as suggestions for modifying it to your liking or changing it up to stay out of the begrudged smoothie rut. Enjoy!My smoothies and smoothie bowls are such a fixture in my life, and are so simple to master, so it was only natural that they would be next up in my Back to the Basics series. I've posted below my ritual recipe, as well as suggestions for modifying it to your liking or changing it up to stay out of the begrudged smoothie rut. Enjoy!
I decided to do a 5 week series that I'm calling Back to the Basics, where I share my staple recipes that I make every single week with you guys. These 5 recipes are my go-tos, in regular rotation for breakfast, lunch or dinner; they're what I crave most often. They're easy, quick, filling, and super versatile.
This week, I will be sharing my most requested recipe: Chia Pudding! I make this all the time on my Instagram story and get so much feedback, and requests for the recipe! I love how excited you guys get about chia. It's seriously a lifesaver on busy mornings: packed with protein and healthy fats, ready to just grab and go in the morning on your way out the door, and it's such an amazing canvas for any flavor combination or topping you desire. I'm seriously so addicted, and I hope you will be too after reading this!
Boulder, Colorado. A bustling yet grounded, cozy city nestled in the mountains, run by "educated hippies," and hand-crafted specifically for me, or so it felt. I landed in Colorado at 8 a.m. a few weeks ago with a starving appetite for breakfast and adventure. My very best friend was waiting for me curbside, and as I ducked into her car we exchanged excited screams.
I don't know about you guys, but I feel like 2016 has been drastically different than any other year to date. It has brought some of the highest highs and also the lowest lows I have ever experienced. While many people have been vocal about their excitement that 2016 is over, I haven't been able to help but let my thoughts linger just a bit longer on all the amazing opportunities, experiences, and accomplishments the past year brought.
I am so excited to be participating in my first ever Blogger virtual #cookieswapparty!
These gingerbread cookies were among one of my first successes when I began developing allergy-friendly recipes two years ago. Soft, chewy, and deliciously spicy, no one would ever guess that these are probably the healthiest Christmas cookies you will ever eat! Made with almond and coconut flours and no refined sugar (besides the icing), these babies are Paleo AND Vegan and also absolutely addicting. This is my third year making them and I am so excited to finally share a perfected recipe with you all!
This number has all of the components of a umami, textural experience that you will savor every bite of. Thick, fluffy toast, slathered with a healthy layer of smooth, rich hummus, a bed of steamed kale (or not) for extra greens and nutrients, and finally, the star players: mushrooms sautéed in garlic powder and olive oil, with some fresh thyme tossed in at the last minute, and drizzled with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of flaky salt + red pepper flakes to finish it off...oh my GOSH you guys. For a quickie on the go lunch...this really does feel gourmet. For the past week I've had it every. Single. Day. Sometimes for breakfast too. I really do have a lot of mushrooms and hummus to use up...
I've been playing with different combinations of spices, fruits, and nut butters to achieve a perfect balance of texture, sweetness, and coziness that tastes like a hug in a bowl. And let me tell you folks, hazelnut butter + pears + pomegranate+ cinnamon and cardamom has won my heart. I'm usually the type of gal who makes something different for breakfast and lunch every day (I have surrendered to batch cooking for dinners during the week, however). But this combo...I just can't get it off my mind! It's even got a sort of festive look to it, and puts me in all the Christmas feels. So, if you take anything away from this post, fuel yourself with this delicious breakfast, and then go do whatever it is that has been gnawing at you in the back of your mind, the pit of your stomach, that you keep telling yourself you'll do tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.