Breakfast

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Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Chia Smoothie

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday! After a late night of grilling, fireworks, swimming and drinks by the fire pit at a friends house I woke up ready for something nutritious and delicious! Enter the Chocolate Chia Smoothie – a rich blend of almond butter and cocoa powder that tastes so decadent you would think it was a milkshake!   Chocolate Chia Smoothie vegetarian,...

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Sage French Toast with Apples and Maple Chicken Sausage

Sage French Toast with Apples and Maple Chicken Sausage

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Friday night’s Crossfit workout really beat me up. 21 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 42 Pull-ups 15 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 30 Pull-ups 9 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 18 Pull-ups All in under 15 minutes… So it’s no wonder why I haven’t been able to move my arms all weekend. I even slept in until noon on Sunday…quite unlike me. So Sunday brunch was a little later in the afternoon than planned, but...

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Maple Nut Granola

Maple Nut Granola

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If you haven’t yet noticed, one of my favorite things to make for breakfast is granola. There are really are no rules for making granola – simply throw together any nuts, cereals, and dried fruit you can find left over in your cupboard and have at it! It’s like making soup at the end of the week with all of your old leftovers and wilted veggies. My obsession with fall continues, with...

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Cherry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cherry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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Don’t let the word “cookie” fool you. These little bites are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and the most important nutrient at breakfast – protein! Don’t let a busy schedule be your excuse to skip breakfast. These make the perfect portable breakfast for anyone on the go! Cherry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies  soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, shellfish-oil,...

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Easy Breakfast Frittata

Easy Breakfast Frittata

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Making a frittata is not only one of the simplest breakfast meals you can make, but also a great way to start your morning off with some fresh veggies! Any leftover vegetables you can find in your fridge will do. Easy Breakfast Frittata gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, seed-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, bean & legume-free Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive...

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Mango Agave Granola

Mango Agave Granola

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Based on the calendar, spring is officially here. Based on the current cold snowy Chicago weather, winter doesn’t want to leave. In the spirit of spring I made some homemade granola, mango agave granola to be exact! Granola is one of those things that can be expensive at the supermarket, but is so easy and cheap to make at home. As long as you have oats, you are in business. You can use...

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Soaked Oats

Soaked Oats

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Soaking or fermenting grains before using them to make porridge, breads, cakes, and casseroles is an age old tradition. Here are a few reasons why you should should jump on the ‘”soaked oats bandwagon” and give your digestive tract a break! All grains contain phytic acid in the outer bran layer. Phytic acid is an organic acid that combines with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron,...

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Pumpkin Pie Granola

Pumpkin Pie Granola

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I wanted to make some homemade granola to enjoy for breakfast this week and in lo and behold, in the spirit of fall, I have created Pumpkin Pie Granola! I pulled out everything from my cupboards that reminded me of fall and got to work. Pumpkin Pie Granola  vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free, bean &...

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Healthy Morning Glory Muffins

Healthy Morning Glory Muffins

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After juicing a whole bag of carrots last week I wanted to find a use for the left over pulp. Naturally, I went on an online search for a healthy morning glory muffin and low and behold came across a fantastic recipe by Angela from Oh She Glows! I had to make a few changes of my own to the recipe based on what was available in my kitchen this morning, but nevertheless the muffins turned out...

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Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

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Earlier this week I made my own homemade granola! I figured since I had all the right ingredients, why buy it at the grocery store? I took this basic recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. Making granola allows you to be creative. Any kind of nuts and dried fruit will work. You can also experiment with adding things like coconut, vanilla, nut butter, ginger, nutmeg, or...

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Raspberry Cornmeal Pancakes

Raspberry Cornmeal Pancakes

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Sunday morning called for pancakes! I was feeling adventurous so I went with a recipe for Raspberry Cornmeal Pancakes out of Eat Drink and Be Vegan! Raspberry Cornmeal Pancakes vegetarian, vegan, grain-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, fish-free, nightshade-free, bean & legume-free Ingredients: 1 Tbsp flax seed 1 cup + 2 Tbsp soy milk 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp oat flour 1/2...

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Eggsperience

Eggsperience

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Yesterday morning, after a 5 mile run in the gorgeous summer weather, I went to brunch at Eggsperience Pancakes & Cafe in the River North area of downtown Chicago. Eggsperience is a newly opened 24 hour breakfast/lunch/dinner restaurant that I had hear nothing but great things about, so I had to check it out! Eggsperience was bustling on a Saturday afternoon (picture above from...