Tart Beet Berry Smoothie

Starting off Friday morning with this tart beet berry smoothie bowl on my couch in nyc. Iโ€™m obsessed with the color of this smoothie and the tart beet berry combo is one of my favs. Super excited to go see a functional medicine doctor for a routine visit (said no one ever, right?!) I think functional medicine is so interestingย  even tho I have zero medical background (I am an engineer by degree). Iโ€™ve been waiting for this visit for months so hopefully itโ€™s worth the excitement. Happy Friday!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl

Mint chocolate chip smoothie bowl to start off Sunday! This literally tastes like Iโ€™m eating a bowl of ice cream and Iโ€™m obsessed with this combo ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป ย 

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Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl ๐Ÿฅ•

Carrot cake smoothie bowl! I think this is my new favorite smoothie bowl. Had this for lunch today and I donโ€™t even feel guilty about eating this โ€œtreatโ€ because itโ€™s primarily made of veggies, but still tastes sweet.

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Lentil Meatballs and Zoodles ๐Ÿ

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

Iโ€™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.ย 

I got into the daily routine of eating โ€œhealthyโ€ 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. Shouldnโ€™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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