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instagram roundup / saturday sales

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Fresh fruit has been a serious go-to craving as of late. [macbook cover / wallet]

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I made my Best Banana Bread Recipe into fresh muffins & it’s even better (update: use 3 overripe organic bananas for best consistency) they’re vegan & gluten free

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My favorite hue I shared last week lasted me 9 whole days! My usual run is 3-4 with polish. This polish & top coat are amazing.

WEEKEND SALES

Old-Navy-Sale

Old Navy is having a 30% off sale today only online! Stock up on Spring staples, and cute sandals for a fraction of the price, no code needed!

denim | sunglasses | slides | top

field jacket | poncho | mules

cold shoulder top | lace up gladiators | sunglasses | shorts

Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase, until 12pm PST, Code: BRSPRING

Gap: 35% off your purchase until 12pm PST, Code: HELLODAY

Anthropologie: Extra 25% off Sale Clothing, Code: XTRAXTRA

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

I’ve been so inspired by Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella lately. She’s always posting delicious smoothie bowls on her instagram, so finally, on Friday I decided to whip of a version of my own. I’ve had one every morning since! They are absolutely delicious, and packed with protein and superfoods.

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl
Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

1 C Frozen Blueberries
3/4 Banana
1 Packet of Perfect Fit Protein (or scoop of protein of your choice)
2 t Cinnamon
1 T Hemp Hearts
1 T Ground Flax
1 T Chia Seeds
1 T Almond Butter
1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk

Place all ingredients in blender, and combine until smooth. Top with flax seeds, hemp hearts, unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, and the remaining banana.

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Delish Squash Bisque

Right around this time last year, I read The Beauty Detox by celeb nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder. It’s an amazing approach to healthy eating and the order of food consumption. Her book is filled with tons of yummy recipes that are antioxidant filled to promote a radiant glow. With cold, rainy weather the last few days, I’ve been craving her Delish Squash Bisque. It’s the perfect Fall soup for a chilly day. I made it today, along with Tone It Up’s 3 Ingredient Cookies. What are some of your favorite comfort dishes for cold weather?

Delish Squash Bisque

1 medium acorn squash
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large sweet onion, minced
1 Tbs. coconut oil or vegetable broth
3 celery stalks, cubed
2-3 full carrots, cubed
1 tsp. ginger, grated
½- 1 Tbs. of Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, as needed to taste
¼ tsp. black pepper
2 cups of water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  1. Cut the acorn squash open, remove seeds and peel, and cut into cubes.
  2. Heat coconut oil or vegetable broth in a large cooking pot.
  3. Lightly sauté the garlic, then add the onion and the grated ginger.
  4. Do not overcook! Use medium rather than high heat.
  5. Add salt and black pepper and stir in.
  6. Add the rest of the vegetables and gently cook over low heat, until they lightly start to soften.
  7. Add water and cover, simmering the vegetables for 30 minutes or so, or until tender.
  8. Pour mixture into blender and puree. Add the unsweetened almond milk. *(I use an immersion blender instead, to avoid transferring the soup back and forth. Great investment!)
  9. Add back to the cooking pot and keep on low heat.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

 I made these simple cookies (with a not so simple taste!) from the Tone It Up blog for a mid-morning snack. I added cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and carob chips. They’re delicious! If you follow the Tone It Up Program, they’re a great option for Meals 1-3.

Tone It Up 3 Ingredient Cookies

2 Medium Ripe Bananas
1 Cup of Oats
1 Scoop/Packet Perfect Fit Protein Powder (or other favorite brand!)

*Optional: I added Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice & Carob chips

  1. Mash your peeled bananas in a bowl with a fork ~ mash well! Add in the scoop of Perfect Fit and keep mixing. Depending on how ripe your bananas are, you may need to add a few drops of almond milk or water to make your dough the right consistency. Lastly, mix in the oats.
  2. Use a spoon to drop the dough on your cookie sheet ~ be sure to coat it with non-stick cooking spray ~ and lightly press down to flatten. This helps it bake better!
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown! If they are still a little mushy, just bake for a little bit longer.

Other great optional add-ins include: raisins, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, cranberries, walnuts, slivered almonds

Strawberry Banana Faux Yogurt

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The perfect combination of yogurt, layered with fresh fruit and granola is a hard treat to resist. I’m all for the health benefits of probiotics, but the 18+ grams of sugar per serving is a major downside (probiotic supplements are a calorie-free alternative). What may seem like a “healthy” breakfast or dessert, can surely be filled with added sugars and unwanted calories (at least vegan options). After discovering Chef Chloe’s vegan blog, I had to try her recipe for Summer Smoothie Parfaits. I added frozen strawberries and almond milk, and refrigerated overnight for a refreshing breakfast the next day, sans sugar. I was surprised to find out that the taste and texture were almost identical to yogurt! So yummy!