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Peach and Berry Baked Oatmeal

Peach and Berry Baked Oatmeal

Summery goodness meets balanced breakfast in this delightful recipe. It’s full of juicy peaches and berries, textured with oats and nuts, and flavored with a cozy combination of cinnamon and vanilla. The recipe makes about 6 servings, so it’s perfect for sharing or saving leftovers. 

Superfood Salad Inspiration

Superfood Salad Inspiration

Salads often get associated with being boring and leafy, but this post is here to change that! In my life, salads have tons of toppings and look like an edible rainbow. It’s just such an easy way to create a balanced and flavorful meal!   

Classic Protein Balls

Classic Protein Balls

Energy bites are a popular homemade snack for a reason – they are super easy to make, delicious, and energizing! You can find so many variations on the internet, from brownie flavored protein balls to salted caramel, matcha, and even key lime – the possibilities 

Vegan Huevos Rancheros

Vegan Huevos Rancheros

Feeling like something new for dinner, my sister and I worked together to create this dish. We’re definitely calling it a huge success! A flavorful, satisfying recipe with a Mexican flare, these vegan huevos rancheros are definitely worth a try. They’re full of texture and 

S’mores Chocolate Mug Cake

S’mores Chocolate Mug Cake

Okay, I am officially obsessed with this recipe. In 5 minutes flat, you can have a fudgy, velvety chocolate dessert that looks and tastes like it came from an upscale restaurant. It could be the best elevated s’more you’ve ever tasted, and all you need is a 

Toast 3 Ways

Toast 3 Ways

In this post, you’ll find three of my favorite go-to, can’t-get-much-easier-than-this meals. Yes, TOASTS! But not just any toasts… the kind that are loaded with nutrients and exploding with flavor… a sweet nut-butter based one, a protein packed hummus toast, and of course, avocado toast. 

Vanilla Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Stumbled upon these DELICIOUS tiny cookies while experimenting in the kitchen. It all started with Nilla wafers – one of my childhood favorites and a serious guilty pleasure. My sister and I agree the vanilla sweetness is simply irresistible, so we thought it would be 

How to Make Chia Seed Pudding

How to Make Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite snacks. It’s easy, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious. So, when I was offered the chance to be featured in a Florida Gators Gymnastics social media video, my mind quickly jumped to a chia seed pudding demonstration! I 

Hawaiian Poke Bowl

Hawaiian Poke Bowl

As I’m sure you can relate, being stuck at home becomes monotonous fast. My sister and I came up with an idea to keep things interesting during the COVID19 pandemic: take our family on a culinary trip around the world! We “traveled” around to exotic 

A Year of Great Eats

A Year of Great Eats

Over the course of 2019, I spent approximately 800 hours in the kitchen and about the same amount of time eating. That being said, a good portion of my life (about 18%) revolves around food, and that’s not even counting the time I spend thinking 

Mediterranean Couscous

Mediterranean Couscous

My family used Hello Fresh for about a year, and this Mediterranean couscous recipe was a unanimous favorite. That’s saying quite a bit, because we all have extremely different tastes! Now, it’s made it’s way into my regular dinner schedule. Although it’s not a completely 

Festive Double Chocolate Cookies

Festive Double Chocolate Cookies

Satisfy your chocolate craving with these rich, soft in the middle, and wonderfully indulgent cookies.   They make for the perfect little gift for friends, teammates, or co-workers during the holiday season, as they look quite fancy but are actually super easy to make!  Simply dipping 

Vegetable Chili

Vegetable Chili

For every lazy day, busy day, chilly day, and any day in between, this chili is perfect. My (mostly plant-based) family even made it for Thanksgiving! Nutritious and flavorful, it’s easier than easy to make. Simply let it simmer while the veggies get tender and 

Raisin Challah

Raisin Challah

Raisin challah is a braided Jewish bread made with eggs and baked to golden perfection.  It is typically enjoyed during the Jewish high holidays, and can be found at most grocery stores during those times.  However, many places only carry normal challah the rest of 

Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy Brownies

Brownies… they’re here!  I’ve had a few people request this recipe, so I finally took photos of them before they got gobbled up, and now I’m ready to share them! Before I get into the rich, indulgent nature of these gluten free treats, I wanted 

Orange Cranberry Granola Bark

Orange Cranberry Granola Bark

This healthier side holiday treat will surely waft a wonderful aroma through your home.  With citrus and plenty of spice, the flavor combination delightfully complements the winter season!  Its naturally sweetened with maple syrup and honey, and has plenty of oats and nuts… not to 

Farro Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Farro Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

In this grain bowl, a tasty and exotic blend of fruits and vegetables is served over a nutritious base of farro, sweet potatoes, and kale.  The flavor complexity and multitude of texture bring a wow factor to the dish.  It’s filled with healthy carbohydrates to 

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

I was enjoying my last piece of pumpkin banana bread the other day, and let me tell you – I was savoring that slice!  I just kept thinking, “wow, I need to bake more of this!”  Of course, going a day without pumpkin spice in October 

Berry Pomegranate Chia Parfait

Berry Pomegranate Chia Parfait

Mornings are so much better when you have a cute and delicious parfait to enjoy – starting your day fresh with a vibrant and healthy jar of goodness just feels so good. With plenty of textures to enjoy, this berry pomegranate chia parfait is so 

Sweet Chi Curry

Sweet Chi Curry

On top of the regulating health benefits of SWEET CHI by aha Pure Foods, this curry is a balanced meal in itself!  It has plenty of whole grains, healthy carbohydrates, fiber, and plant-based protein to make for a satisfying and nutritious meal. The chickpeas and 

Apple Pie With Crumble Topping

Apple Pie With Crumble Topping

Apple pie a la mode is such a classic dessert, and it has always been one of my favorites.  Although it takes quite a bit more time to make from scratch, it is 100% worth the work!  This recipe features a crust that is nothing 

Burrito Bowl with Peach Salsa

Burrito Bowl with Peach Salsa

Whenever I fail to plan dinner, or I am a bit short on time, I find myself cooking up a good old grain bowl.  To be honest, I probably have a mixture of grains, veggies, and beans all mixed together with some sort of yummy 

The BEST Zucchini Bread

The BEST Zucchini Bread

Who doesn’t love a slice of sweet, flavorful, and moist zucchini bread?  I have had several versions of (very good) zucchini bread, but this one surely tops them all.  I just can’t resist grinning and letting out a huge mmm hmm when I take the first 

Vegetable Dumplings

Vegetable Dumplings

I am not exaggerating when I say I eat at least 10 of these in one sitting!  They are just the tiniest bit addicting.  Thank goodness the recipe makes 48 – enough for several days worth of snacking!  With a fusion of Asian flavors mixed 

Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers

These black bean burgers are healthy, delicious, and a tad bit spicy.  They are great with the simple sauce included in the recipe, but are delicious (and vegan) on their own as well.   I love making a big batch and freezing them for later use.  

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Red bell peppers create a vibrant base, the quinoa adds a hearty fluffiness to the dish, and the chickpeas provide a great source of plant-based protein.  Meanwhile, scallions, dried apricots, and a Middle Eastern inspired spice blend add an incredible depth of flavor to this 

Chocolate Cherry Chia Parfait

Chocolate Cherry Chia Parfait

Cherry season is coming up, and that means it’s time for some cherry creations!  I was inspired by my love of chocolate covered cherries and my regular parfait regimen to create something like this: a parfait complete with loads of cocoa, chia seeds, yogurt, and 

Oatmeal 3 Ways

Oatmeal 3 Ways

Yes, I’m the type of person who eats oatmeal most mornings, and I love it for several reasons.  Its cozy, it’s satisfying, and it’s delicious.  However, eating the same old bowl of oats everyday can get pretty boring and redundant, but creating variety through toppings 

Greek Yogurt Brownies

Greek Yogurt Brownies

Yes, I’m the type of person who always likes to finish off a meal with a bit of dessert.  Whether it’s a square of dark chocolate or a spoonful of ice cream, I always like to leave my taste buds with something sweet.  More often 

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

Instead of simply raving about the recipe, I thought I would bring in some inspiration.  So, I will be introducing a quote and adding my personal insight before discussing how it relates to your life.  Ultimately, it all ties back to this delightful strawberry banana bread and 

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Parfait

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Parfait

Another day, another parfait!  Seriously though, these things are awesome.  Besides being totally balanced with whole grains, protein, fruit, and flavor, parfaits are one of the easiest things to put together.  It’s like instant dessert for breakfast (you can even leave it in the fridge 

Berry Chickpea Salad

Berry Chickpea Salad

Spring always calls for fresh greens, and this dish complements the season perfectly!  With vibrant berries and a bit of goat cheese, there is a great balance of sweet and tangy.  However, the real star is these sweet curry roasted chickpeas!  With an Indian inspired 

French Toast Four Ways

French Toast Four Ways

I absolutely love French toast, and I am always searching for new ways to make it!  Below you will find four of my favorite preparations.  They each came from creative kitchen moments, but have all made their way into my weekend breakfast routine.  Each is 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Bananas and chocolate – a classic yet decadent combination, especially for breakfast, and especially in banana bread.  However, making a loaf of bread can be a time consuming task because it takes nearly 60 minutes to bake.  But what if you are short on time, or you 

Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

Switch up your breakfast or snack with this super easy chia seed pudding parfait! Perfect for a pre/post-workout snack, chia seeds offer many benefits such as omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. In addition, the chia seed pudding parfait is vegan, dairy free, paleo, and gluten 

Green Smoothie Bowl

Green Smoothie Bowl

Ahhh – the green smoothie.  The first time I saw my health focused coach drinking one several years back, I was appalled.  Why would someone want to drink something green?  I thought green was for vegetables, not a smoothie. When I finally tried one, much 

Cinnamon Pear French Toast

Cinnamon Pear French Toast

It was a chilly December day in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Snowflakes were falling, and my stomach was growling.  It was the morning after a gymnastics competition, and my family was speed walking through the cold to a local breakfast restaurant. Once we settled inside, pulled 

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

“A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant” The first time I made these, I messed up.  Yup, it happens to everyone.  I wasn’t careful enough when writing out the recipe, and I failed to add enough wet 

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Berry Smoothie Bowl

I’m not sure I have met a smoothie bowl I don’t like, but this one is definitely my favorite.  I eat this after almost every hard workout for recovery, and I never seem to get tired of it.  There is something about berries and banana that 

French Toast Scramble (with Apples, Peanut Butter, and Banana)

French Toast Scramble (with Apples, Peanut Butter, and Banana)

A little story about this French toast… I woke up Monday morning feeling revitalized after a rough weekend.  I had come down with a bug on Saturday, and it forced me to miss my team’s competition.  I watched what turned out to be the last 

Sweet Potato Apple Salad

Sweet Potato Apple Salad

I make this salad every time I have any leftover sweet potatoes, without fail!  I’ve even roasted some sweet potatoes just to make this salad.  It has become one of my favorites, due to its balanced nature and sweet flavor.  Overall, this vegan meal is delightful, colorful, and 

Avocado Toast, Eggs, and Facing Failure

Avocado Toast, Eggs, and Facing Failure

Writing something like this is never easy.  Unfortunately, my team had a rough end to our season, as it was cut short before we could fight for our ultimate goal: winning the NCAA National Championships.  We had been pushing and pushing, committing everything we had 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Are healthy peanut butter cups a thing?  Probably not, but these energy balls come really close.  I mean, memories of Reese’s instantly popped in my mind when I tried the first bite. With only 5 simple ingredients, they come together in a flash.  It’s almost 

Vegetable Lettuce Wraps

Vegetable Lettuce Wraps

Iceberg lettuce was the only kind of lettuce I would eat when I was younger.  I loved the crunch of the white part, even though it had virtually no flavor.  Things have completely changed now, as I usually opt for more leafy greens, thanks to 

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

One of my favorite things about energy bites is how many flavors you can create… and these coconut chocolate ones certainly do not disappoint.  Thanks to the dates and cocoa powder, they are a healthy snack that tastes like dessert! With only a few ingredients, 

Chickpea and Vegetable Pasta

Chickpea and Vegetable Pasta

Although I love making more extravagant dishes, I usually have minimal time to spend cooking dinner (or I’m hungry right away).  Reality is, I often opt for quick and easy dinners, and this is one of my go-to meals.  In 15 minutes flat, you can 

Hawaiian Roll French Toast

Hawaiian Roll French Toast

Say “aloha” to a new breakfast favorite!  This quick and easy recipe is delightful start to any morning.  Hawaiian rolls make for a soft and sweet twist on traditional French toast.  Plus, they are mini and cute, perfect for sharing a large batch.  Tip: serve 

Double Chocolate Cookies

Double Chocolate Cookies

  These cookies are one of my personal favorites, and they are sure to be any chocolate lovers dream.  The first time I made these ooey-gooey, super-chocolatey, “I-think-I-might-eat-seven, delicious cookies, I shared a few with friends and even gave one to my hairdresser.  She loved 

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

“Be the energy that you want to attract” I came across this quote the other day.  Although it may seem commonplace, it is oh-so true.  Plus, it relates to these cranberry almond energy bites! Energy is contagious, both positive and negative.  How many times have 

Lucky Bones Noodle Bowl

Lucky Bones Noodle Bowl

This warming noodle bowl will soothe your mind and body while exciting your taste buds.  The recipe stars the lucky bones soup blend from Aha Pure Foods, a natural, plant-based soup company.  It has rosemary, bok choy, and great gut-cleansing properties.  Get yours here.