Pineapple Overnight Oats

Introducing you to my all time favorite warm weather oatmeal combo- Pineapple Overnight Oats! I know this combo sounds kind of weird, but it seriously tastes so good. The overnight oats are served cold and combined with the pineapple tastes so refreshing and delicious! These overnight oats are so easy to make- all you do is combine ingredients, let it sit overnight, and then enjoy the next morning! As much as I like oatmeal, who wants to eat warm oats over the summer? Not me. Plus it make it that much easier to make!

These Pineapple Overnight Oats are mixed with nut milk and of course fresh cut pineapple for a sweet and delicious flavor. It also contains both chia seeds and flax seeds for a dose of healthy fat and fiber. This combination helps keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. It is sweetened with coconut nectar. Coconut nectar is a similar color and consistency of maple syrup, but tastes slightly different- it is delicious! I topped the overnight oats with goji berries for added crunch (optional).

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Creamy Avocado Pesto Sauce

Red lentil pasta topped with creamy avocado pesto sauce! 🥑🌱 I’ve been on a veggie pasta kick and used lentil pasta for this recipe. The lentil pasta is topped with a creamy avocado pesto sauce and grape tomatoes. This sauce is soo creamy and delicious, I may or may not be dreaming about it for the rest of the day.. 😴💁‍♀️ This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. See below for details on how to make the creamy avocado pesto sauce!

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Veggie Cauliflower Rice Paella 🥘💃🏼

Veggie cauliflower rice paella! 🥘💃🏼 You definitely need to check this one out. This dish is made 100% with veggies- riced cauliflower, onion, red bell pepper, tomato, peas, artichokes, parsley, garlic, and spices. It is completely grain free, gluten-free and so easy to make and freaking delicious! The recipe below makes about 2 servings.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl

Mint chocolate chip flavor literally reminds me of summer. It’s so refreshing and delicious, yet it tastes like an indulgent treat. This instantly became one of my favorite smoothie bowl recipe combos. It tastes like and has the consistency of froyo yet is packed with fruits, veggies, and healthy fats to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer.

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Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl 🥕

Carrot cake smoothie bowl! I think this is my new favorite smoothie bowl. Had this for lunch today and I don’t even feel guilty about eating this “treat” because it’s primarily made of veggies, but still tastes sweet.

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Lentil Meatballs and Zoodles 🍝

This is hands down one of my favorite recipes. It is a plant-based take on a comfort food. I love that this dish takes like a comfort food, but is still super lite. See recipe below, it makes about 2 servings.

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4 Watchouts for Eating at Vegan Restaurants

I’m not a vegan, but I lean towards the plant-based side of the spectrum. My favorite type of quick food places are raw vegan/ juice bar type places. When I first started consulting, I was disappointed to largely give up cooking, but then got over this quickly when I started researching all of the raw vegan juice bar esq places in my first city of work travel. 

I got into the daily routine of eating “healthy” vegan food for every meal. At first it was great. I was trying all new kinds of vegan meals, getting great recipe ideas to cook at home, and eating delicious plant-based sweets that would require me so much more effort for me to make at home. I was ecstatic, until I started not to feel well anymore. I started gaining weight. I felt super full but was still hungry at the same time. I was lethargic. I was off. I wanted to get back to feeling good so I knew I had to make a change. But I wasn’t quite sure where I went wrong? I was eating at the most seemingly healthy types of restaurants I knew. Shouldn’t I be feeling great? I took a step back and made a few observations at what I was eating. These learnings have helped me flag certain items on the menu and have enabled me to order more wisely:

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