- handful of kale
- handful of spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup frozen mango
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk/water
- squeeze of lemon
Every morning I drink either lemon water or apple cider vinegar water. It’s so important to hydrate your body first thing in the morning, and adding 1 tbsp. of ACV has so many amazing benefits. Check out my post about lemon water too if you’re interested!
This year we planted and incredible variety of tomatoes in our garden! Over the summer I have gotten to enjoy the most amazing tomatoes of my life! So sweet, juicy and addictive.
Health benefits of tomatoes:
I made caprese salad with them! Check out my Instagram for more pictures!
I made these amazing chocolate chip cookies! They use whole, healthy ingredients and definitely satisfy a sweet tooth.
Preheat oven: 350 degrees F
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, combine. In a small mixing bowl, blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Combine with creamed mixture. Fold in chocolate chips (I usually start with 1/3 cup)
Form into balls, line greased sheet pan, bake: 10 mins
I love using raw honey as a sweetener instead of processed white sugar! I use it in my oatmeal, pancakes, tea, baking desserts and even using it as a nightly face cleanser. It is a versatile ingredients that has so many amazing health benefits. Raw honey is better than processed honey because all the vitamins, nutrients and enzymes are all intact.
Health benefits of raw honey:
– 1/4 lemon, squeezed
– 1/2 inch ginger
– 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
– 1 tbsp. Raw honey
I love making this tea when I wake up in the morning or before bed. It is very soothing and creates a warming sensation. The honey gives it the perfect amount of sweetness.
Dear reader, this is seriously the best banana bread I have ever made. I am so excited to share this recipe with you because it turned out amazingly! 🙂
I’ve been interested in baking lately so I went to Whole Foods and picked up some ingredients to make this delicious vegan banana bread. Here are the ingredients that you will need:
Health benefits of spelt flour:
Health benefits of coconut sugar:
Gardening has been a tradition at our house for as long as I can remember. My parents have tended a family garden every summer, and each year we have an abundance of fresh produce. As a kid it seemed like no big deal, but now I am realizing how fortunate I am to be surrounded by homegrown veggies. Of course my dad does all the hard work, and I take credit by taking pictures and cooking amazing meals. 🙂
There is so much beauty in growing your own food. Taking care of a plant or watching something grow from a seedling is more rewarding than I have ever imagined. It takes hard work, patience and dedication. Watering, weeding, harvesting – and chasing away bunnies takes a lot of energy.
I love being able to wake up every morning and pick out veggies for my breakfast, or get home from work and pick out my dinner for the evening. It’s an amazing feeling to have so much variety at my fingertips.
This year, I started paying attention to all the labor that goes into having a garden. I became passionate about growing my own vegetables and using them different recipes. I definitely want to carry on the tradition and have a garden of my own one day to share with those I love. My boyfriend and I even planted a couple of potted vegetables to experiment with.
This summer my family planted a plethora of vegetables, as usual. We have more cucumbers than we know what to do with and our tomatoes have just started ripening. I am amazed at how much everything has grown in just a few short months.
I love sharing my passion with him and I love watching him get excited about plants. We ran into some trouble with the bunnies and squirrels (it turns out we weren’t the only ones who were waiting for our veggies to grow) but we still have so much amazing produce! Pesto and salsa are definitely on the menu this summer. It’s a learning experience for the both of us and I can’t wait to do it again next summer.
Post run pick-me-up! Smoothies are great for a breakfast as well as a snack. I had this before my internship at Spoonriver Restaurant!
Health benefits of Kale:
Health Benefits of Blueberries:
I ran out of pretty much everything in my fridge so this is what I had for breakfast! Smoothies are great because you can add any leftover fruits/veggies you have on hand.
Smoothies are a great way to start the day! They are packed with essential nutrients and necessary fiber. They are convenient to take with you on the go and can be prepped ahead of time. It’s also a great way to incorporate more greens into your diet!
I never measure anything that goes into my smoothies and I rarely make the same one twice! I just use whatever fruits and veggies I have in my fridge. There are infinite combinations so get creative!