Rambles

Good morning!!!

Or afternoon. Or night.

Whatever time zone you’re in, breakfast is still a good idea ;) ..

collagebfast  I mean really, I think I’ve made oatmeal for dinner for more than a week now. If you can even call it oatmeal- it swear there’s some oats under the almond butter, cinnamon, bananas, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, coconut shreds, agave- i’t ridiculous. I know :D

 

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Haha I love that.

I screen-shotted that at 6 in the morning the other day and thought I’d keep the ball rolling and take a few pics throughout the day! 

Starting with Zazu. He does tricks to try and get a 2nd breakfast lol…

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 And buddy <3

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At work later I found a gluten-free car that I felt was worth documenting lol- only in the Whole Foods Parking Lot!

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Also worth documenting- this amazing pitaya/banana/mango smoothie

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Tried to get an artsy school pic..

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Love seeing this munchkin when I get home- 

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Being outside makes homework so much better..

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Especially with sunsets like this! 

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 Have a great day guys!!!!

Raspberry Apricot Pancakes {gf, vegan}

I’m a little ridiculously excited about these.

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Vegan pancakes are seriously an art form. When I searched “Vegan Pancakes”, my good friend Google reassured me that it could be done with the 10,100,000 results it came up with.

Yet, two stacks of epic pancake fails and a kitchen full of flour later, I was done. Zazu wouldn’t even eat them!

But third times a charm, because I finally just threw a bunch of stuff into a bowl and BAM. Pancakes! :D And not soggy wannabe pancakes like those egg only ones circulating around Instagram- nope, these could probably be Aunt Jemina- approved.

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Especially with organic  raspberries and apricot marmalade, because I refuse to accept it’s September..

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PS I may or may not have used my pillowcase for this photoshoot ;) Shhhh

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Raspberry Apricot Pancakes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all purpose gluten-free flour (not all are equal, make sure you get a good brand like Bob's Red Mill)
  2. 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 cup almondmilk
  5. 1/4 cup applesauce
  6. 1 T. agave or coconut sugar
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix agave, almond milk, and apple sauce.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, flax, and baking powder.
  3. Slowly add liquid to the dry bowl, and mix just until it's smooth.
  4. Heat a pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  5. When it's hot, drop pancake batter on- you should see bubbles in the pancake mix.
  6. Flip when golden brown, and top with raspberries, cinnamon, almond butter, and apricot jam.
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 The best thing ever is when you see these bubbles- it basically means your pancakes will actually turn out to be pancakes :D  #winning

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 This time, Zaz approved.

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And he even helped me clean up ;)

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 Happy Labor Day!!!

 

Black Bean Chipotle Wraps {vegan}

When something’s really good, I keep it around. 

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 When I bought my UGG boots in seventh grade I wore them for like a year straight. Not even kidding. (I’m turning on the air conditioning just remembering that ;) )

That same year I mastered every level of Angry Birds- serious business guys.

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 I played the song Bloom about 60008917 times the first day I discovered it.

And ate Lucky Charms for breakfast every day of my childhood (at least the marshmallows anyways lol).

Ya get the point.

And these wraps? I’ve made one every day this week and I think the trends going to continue pretty much the rest of the year – I’m honestly kind of scared I’m going to turn into a wrap ;)

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All I can say is thank God they’re healthy!

They get their fiber/protein boost from a black bean hummus  that tastes about 3 trillion times better than it looks. I also use Sprouted Alvarado Street Bakery Burrito Size tortillas, so the wheat is easier to digest and healthier overall.

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 And take 5 minutes to throw together..

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Chipotle Black Bean Wraps
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 sprouted burrito size tortilla
  2. 2 T. black bean hummus (recipe linked in post by can of beans pic)
  3. 1/2 ripe avocado
  4. Tomatoes, lettuce
  5. Vegan Chipotle sauce
  6. other desired veggies
Instructions
  1. Spread hummus evenly over tortilla, then layer with toppings. Drizzle with Chipotle sauce. Press in a panini make or warm in the oven/on the stove. Ta-dah!
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And wala!

Lunch (or dinner) is ready. 

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 Have an awesome day guys!

 

7 Breakfast Toasts + Chicago!

This past weekend I was lucky enough to go to a gorgeous town just outside of Chicago!

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 I fell in love with this baby horse- he was so sweet!

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Sunsets were amazing too …

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And between the plane rides/busyness (Yes thats a word ;) ) I seriously lived off of PB sandwiches while there- best travel food!

But really, when is bread ever a bad idea?

It’s an empty canvas.

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Especially now that school’s started, a slice or two of good sprouted bread with whatever toppings I can find in the fridge is my 5 minute go-to breakfast.

Here are some ideas!

#1: PB, banana, organic strawberries, cinnamon, and a drizzle of coconut oil and agave.

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 CARBS <3

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 Sometimes a terrible thing happens and we run out of nut butter. 

HAVE NO FEAR- avocado is here ;)

#2: 1/2 ripe avocado, cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, and balsamic

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#3:  Coconut yogurt+Blackberries+Coconut Flakes

#4: Healthified French Toast

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 #5: Sprouted Toast with Cast Iron Eggs

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 anddd #7: Raw almond butter with fig jam

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 And because it’s just so amazing, here is the toast song for ya ;) When my sister and I were like 6 and 8 we used to make my poor dad play that song on the way to school over and over and over haha.

 Have a great day guys!!! :D

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Don’t Fear the Fruit!

GOOD MORNING!

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I love that sky pic- I got a a new phone this weekend and the camera is amazzzinggg!

I thought selfies might start turning out a little better now that there’s no delay when I take a picture. At least, a little less awkward.

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And the verdict?!

Nope. Hopelessly awkward. What is he even doing lol?! 

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I’m just going to stick to food pictures- pitaya makes smoothies so pretty!  

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I’ve been making one every.single.morning- 2 frozen bananas, a pitaya {dragonfruit} packet (get them at Whole Foods in freezer section), kiwi, Garden of Life Raw Flavor protein, some coconut butter and a little water.It’s life changing :D

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And speaking of fruit, what’s the deal with fruit?

Sometimes when I post my three-banana smoothie recipes, people drop subtle comments like “3 bananas for one serving?” 

Basically the polite way of saying.. “THE SUGAR! THE CARBS! ERMYGAWD!”

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But really. There’s so many contradicting diets and theories out there. One minute fruit is super healthy, full of vitamins and minerals and the next it’s sugary stuff to be avoided?

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Case in point:

From Dietitian Cassie:

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From Medical News Today:

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Confusing right?! 

These past few months I’ve been eating more {organic} fruit and not worrying about the sugar. Here’s what I’ve found: FRUIT IS AMAZING. I think that carbs are our natural source of energy. It’s quick energy, but also has fiber, which makes it digest more slowly.  And it’s loaded with so many nutrients per calorie. Potassium, vitamins, minerals and especially antioxidants.

Form Fox Magazine by Cynthia Sass, RD:

“In addition to affecting skin pigment, they also improve circulation, which boosts blood flow to the skin surface, imparting a natural glow. Antioxidants also fend off compounds that damage skin from the outside in, including free radicals produced by sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke.”

Andddd it’s flat belly food.  I was on the ‘low carb’ train of thought for so long that I never even considered that high carb fruit would be flat belly food.

So those are my ramblings on fruit, what do you guys think about it?!

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XOXO

Sunnie

Beet and Sweet Potato Salad with Balsamic

Morning! Long time no blog talk!

This almost last week of summer I have realized that there are certain amazing things in life that I take for granted every day.

Like waking up at 5, looking out the window at the cloudy and still asleep street, and realizing that I have another entire hour to stay curled up in bed and listen to my sister making coffee downstairs. 

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Like taking a minute to sit in Lego’s stall and just be close to him.

 

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Let’s be real he only wants one thing from me, though haha:

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And finally, vegetables. After a weekend of amazing but rich travel food, all I want is rabbit food :D

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Thus, this salad was born- filled up with sweet potato, beets, tomatoes, and of course avocado <3

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Sweet Potato and Beet Salad

Sweet Potato and Beet Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 roasted red beets
  2. 1 roasted sweet potato (1 hour at 400 is how I make mine)
  3. 2 cups organic greens
  4. 1/2 avocado
  5. cucumbers and tomatoes
  6. organic balsamic vinegarette
Instructions
  1. Chop all ingredients and layer over greens. Drizzle dressing over salad and BAM. Done.
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I love writing the directions for salad posts haha. #lazyblogger

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Have an awesome week!

XOXO

Sunnie

 

Balance Shape Up and Walmart Giveaway

Happy Saturday! :D  

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It’s giveaway time!

 Balance Bar is having a Summer Shape Up Challenge in combination with personal trainer Holly Del Rosso and Walmart, and they sent over a gift card so I could stock up on some summer essentials. They also hosted a Twitter Party so people could ask Holly questions directly!

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I picked up a case of the newer Dark Chocolate Peanut bars, which have a simpler ingredient list and less sugar than the original bars- my sister loved these and the case didn’t last long!

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All you have to do is leave a comment below!

Have a great weekend :D

( This is a sponsored post, I was compensated a gift card to giveaway and a gift card to spend on summer essentials.)

Inspiring Blogger Award!

Guess what day it is..

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 Just kidding haha! But seriously am I the only one who gets their days completely mixed up in summer?!

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 The other day the amazing Leigha tagged me in her Inspiring Blogger post. 

The rules are-

  • Link to the blogger that nominated you
  • List 7 facts about yourself
  • Tag 5 Inspring Bloggers

Here are my facts!

1.) Sunsets are my favorite thing ever. 

sunsetcollage! 2.) I could hike every single day <3

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 We even find waterfalls in Vegas ;)

3.) I usually eat 6-8 bananas a day, usually in the form of banana ice cream and smoothies. #dontjudgeme :D I think that carbs are the body’s natural source of energy, and they’re loaded with potassium and other amazingness.

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 4.) I have a sister who is probably the nicest person you’ll ever meet. It’s actually really weird haha.

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 5.) This pony has a special place in my heart. I first got him when he was around 20 and now he’s 28- so happy I still get to see him every day <3

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 6.) The best show ever is Modern Family.

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 anddd 7.) I love this quote so much. It is 100% true.

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 I nominate….

Kathleen at Vegas Hungry Girl

Katherine at The Peanut Butter Lover

Sarah at Shh Fit Happens

Emily at Smile Mile Girl

Liz at Carpe Diem and Run

Brittany at Blissful Britt

Gahhh there’s so many more I want to nominate but it’s like 12:30 already haha- I should have been done with this post already but Youtube, Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, and Pinterest might have something to do with my procrastination ;)

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 have a great day!

XOXO

Sunnie 

 

 

Easiest Curry Ever {vegan}

It’s been so hot that I just want to make smoothies and watermelon for breakfast lunch and dinner. Watermelon is life :D

But the other day a miracle happened and it actually rained. Big droplets on the windshield, lighting, and that rain on the pavement smell.

And then the unthinkable happened- we needed jackets ;)

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Naturally, I pretended it was 40 degrees instead of 80 and deemed it necessary to make something warm..

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I love having these sauces in the pantry! You literally just have to make some brown rice or quinoa, vegetables, and some sort of protein and BAM. Dinner is ready.

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Easiest Curry Ever
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Ingredients
  1. 1 jar of healthy curry sauce (I love the Curry Love brand at Whole Foods)
  2. Vegetables- kale, mushrooms, peas, spinach, carrots, etc)
  3. 1/2 package organic tempeh
  4. Brown Rice or Quinoa
Instructions
  1. Saute vegetables and tempeh with a little coconut oil until heated through. Pour in curry sauce and let simmer. Cook desired amount of brown rice. Place brown rice in bowls and pour the curry over top.
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Literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish if you buy the frozen brown rice- that’s the time it takes me to figure out how to turn on the microwave much less use it! ;)

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 XOXO

Sunnie

 

5 Reasons Summer Needs to Stay Forever

1.) SMOOTHIES.

Nothing better than giant smoothies on a hot summer morning!

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I usually do 3 frozen bananas, a cup of strawberries, almond milk, maca, and a date or two. SO GOOD.

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 2. Summer nights.

I love that it’s still warm out at night. Makes good weather for nighttime adventures ;)

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 3.) Sunsets.

I love sunsets especially in the summer. Everything gets that golden glow <3

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 4.) Salads.

Giant bowls of veggies w/ hummus and lemon= fastest lunch ever.

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5.) Getting to hang out with this munchkin :D

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Happy Friday!!! <3

 

 

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