Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins

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I am a huge fan of bananas. It's safe to say I enjoy a banana or two every day. Whether it's for a quick on-the-go snack, added to smoothies, smothered in nut butter, whipped up in the food processor for banana soft serve, added to chia pudding, or snuck into baked goods... I'll put a lil nana in just about anything! But I'm kinda weird when it comes to bananas. I do not enjoy them very ripe. In fact, I prefer them with a lil green around the edges, and absolutely no brown spots! blah! But … [Read more...]

Summer School I Abhor You

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Summer school has begun... dun dun dun. And I have senselessly packed my summer schedule with more classes than I can realistically handle. But alas, too late now, I'm just going to give it my best shot and run with it. Summer school is crazy because they pack an entire semester (about 16 weeks) worth of material into a condensed summer period (6 to 10 weeks, depending on the course). So instead of 1 or 2 chapters a week, each class covers 2, 3 or even 4 chapters a week. A WEEK! Oh yes, and … [Read more...]

vegan quinoa cakes

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Ever since I picked up Heidi Swanson's latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, I've been dying to make quinoa cakes. Heidi has an easy looking recipe, that has been calling my name for weeks and weeks. Her recipe, along with every other one I stumbled upon within the blogosphere, is vegetarian, and still incorporates eggs. So I knew I had to try my hand at vegan quinoa cakes. But what a surprise to me when my first recipe trial turned out perfect. I literally squealed in delight when I took my … [Read more...]

Chia Rice Pudding

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So I made dinner for a boy the other night.  Once a girl lets it slip to a guy that she loves to cook, experiment with new recipes and flavor combinations, and uses baking as the ultimate form of stress relief... she pretty much better step up her game in front of said male sometime in the near future. I'll spare you the juicy details of my cooking date, but I can't help but point out the ironic aspect of my night. As a girl who is pretty much obsessed with all things kitchen-ware … [Read more...]

This is what happens…

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This is what happens when a greens-lover discovers a local hydroponic picking farm with all-you-can-pick greens. She goes buck-wild. And the last time I did anything buck wild was probably college, so that's saying a lot. ;) I used to buy greens by the bunch. Now I hoard buy them by the pound. At around $1.50 a pound, I stock up until my little heart is content. Since the farm is about an hour drive for me, I'm sticking to bi-weekly trips. And this time around guess what was finally … [Read more...]

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

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After several days of my nose being glued to my books, I've finally come out of my shell and back to reality! Three tests in three days, and each test was 1/3 of my grade for the entire class. How's that for freakishly annoying prime numbers? Arg! But there is a calm after the storm and I'm trying to ease into it. I had my bff girl over for a dinner and a movie night for some de-stressing! I made these freakin' fabulous pull-me-out-of-my-funk sweet potato fries that you really must try. I … [Read more...]

Eating enough & healthy snacking

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How does it make you feel when somebody tells you, you don't eat enough, or how can you eat so much!? Does it make you feel like you want to curl up in the fetal position and pick at the carpet in the corner of the room? Yeah, well that's how it makes me feel. Part of me wants to scream It's none of your damn business! And the other part of me wants to whimper if only you knew how much I have struggled with intuitive eating over the years... then you'd leave me alone. ::::sigh:::: I feel like … [Read more...]

Star fruit in all its glory

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After work today I decided to swing by the Famer's Market to snag some fresh fruit! I've become quite a fruit-eater lately. (Like multiple times a day, everyday.) I suppose it's because fruit is so easy to carry along to work or school for a snack, and the natural sugar content is a great pick-me-up during the morning and throughout the day. Plus it's so darn good for you it's ridiculous. When I'm buying fruit I try to go with what's fresh, local and in season. I grabbed a giant Florida … [Read more...]

Chocolate coconut chia pudding

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Time for another Chia seed pudding recipe! I promised to post this for you all in my last #WIAW post. Oh geez I just hash tagged without intending to. I'm such a dork. Obviously I've been tweeting too much this week. :/ This recipe is super easy to make, and full of some tasty nutrients like omega-3s, protein, fiber and more. It's sweet enough to be dessert, but healthy enough to be breakfast or a tasty snack, and uses minimal added sugar. Chocolate Coconut Chia … [Read more...]

Ch-ch-ch-Chia!

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For awhile now I've been a skeptic of the chia seed. I've read about all the amazing nutritional stats in these lil buggers and I've wanted so badly to like them. But up until today, they were still mediocre in my book. Sure, I'd toss them into smoothies and sprinkle them over oatmeal once and awhile for that boost in Omega-3s, Protein, Calcium, Fiber and a plethora of other vitamins and nutrients. But they never wowed me.And sometimes they even bothered me. Can we say chia seeds stuck in the … [Read more...]