Simple Green Smoothie (sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan)

Hello soon-to-be-smoothie lover!  You may have already seen all over Instagram cute pictures of leafy smoothies, and wonder to yourself why anyone would drink that.  I have to admit, that was my reaction to them until this month.  Going from activity to activity, you need something that’s quick and will power you through – and smoothies are the perfect way to do so.  They’re easy, and the most convenient way to pack in your fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fats.  For smoothie skeptics like me, along with smoothie enthusiasts, this simple smoothie recipe is the tastiest there is :).

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Sweet Potato Coconut Waffles (gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free)

My latest obsession has been sweet potato.  People may think of them as only a Thanksgiving type food, but they’re actually quite versatile, and bring the most subtle natural sweetness to any dish.  What better way to celebrate sweet potatoes than make it into a waffle?

These waffles keep you full, satisfied, and are quite the guilt-less morning treat.  I like to refrigerate them, and pop them in the grill during the week.  Yes, you may be thinking that waffles are all around bad for your – and yes, sometimes they can be, especially when they’re gluten free; manufacturer’s might add unnecessary ingredients like natural flavor, or other heavily processed like corn syrup.

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Cinnamon Spice Steel-cut Overnight Oats

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These past two weeks have been quite packed for me, and I needed a basic, no-fuss breakfast – that’s preferably seasonal too!   Cinnamon spice overnight oats is as simple as it gets, even more than cereal and milk; all you have to do is mix and refrigerate, and you have yourself breakfast for the next 5 days.  And before you discard this recipe because you think it’ll be mushy, I can assure you that with steel-cut oats, it keeps its hearty qualities.  With just a three ingredient base, you can add anything you want – peanut butter, vanilla, pumpkin puree – the options are endless.  Plus, you don’t need an exact recipe 🙂

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Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe (with bonus Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Coconut Yogurt)

Perhaps one of the best food related things about Fall is the beverages: the coffee cups warming your hands on your way to work, the pumpkin spiced latte on your break, the list goes on.  Sometimes, instead of entering out in the cold to get your fix of these beverages, make it at home and make it better health and taste wise!  All you need is a coffee creamer base to transform it into your favorite beverage.

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Homemade Raw Almond Milk

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If you were to guess the ingredients that were in almond milk, you’d probably think just almonds and water.  But if you take a look at the carton of almond milk in your refrigerator, chances are, it has a bunch of ingredients.  That’s why you should make your own homemade raw almond milk!  You won’t believe how easy and delicious it is!  But first, let’s take a look at a popular almond milk pick, Silk’s Original Unsweetened Almond Milk:

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavor.

Although none of their ingredients are considered unsafe by the FDA, (but what even is natural flavor?) why do you need to have more ingredients in your food than you have to?  The truth is, you don’t; just keep it clean and simple, and make your own!

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The Cookie Cupcake

The Cookie Cupcake

Can’t decide between a cupcake or cookie?  You can have your cookie and cupcake with this innovative twist on the classic, the “Cookie Cupcake.”  Not a keen cupcake decorator?  When it came to testing out my brother’s birthday cupcakes, I have to admit they weren’t beautiful.  Luckily, I have discovered the easiest way to decorate a cupcake that is sophisticated looking, and so easy, a little kid could do it!

The Cookie Cupcake

The process is more simple than anything you’ve frosted before – you basically glue a cupcake and cookie together with chocolate.

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Mint Lemon Sorbet (Vegan)

I am often asked what I think is the perfect summertime treat.  Without a doubt – sorbet!  Sorbet is not only an incredibly easy dessert to make at home, requiring very few ingredients, but also, perfect for every age group – children, adults, and elders.  It is especially great for those with many food intolerances and allergies.  It just hits the spot for those who aren’t looking for a dessert that’s too fruity,  too tarty, or heavy (like my family!).  A true crowd pleaser!

In Italy, people generally have “sorbetto” in the summer to finish a meal.  In other fine dining instances, small amounts of sorbet, called the “intermezzo”, are served between courses.  It is considered a palate cleanser, and prepares your taste buds for the next course.  Either way, it is a delicate part of any meal, and with the mint, it instantly places a refreshing taste in your mouth.  At the end of your spoonful, there’s a very subtle tang from the lemon which is softened by the sugar, and if you choose, honey.  You can get this summer hit made within 45 minutes (freezing not included)!

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