Vegan Coconut Blizzard

I’m highly suspicious of people who don’t like ice cream.

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It’s heaven. Enough said.

And Blizzards? They are in a whole new category. Corn syrup mixes with artificial flavor which mixes with polysorbate 80, carrageenan, algins, and milk and creates something magical. And totally unhealthy. But still magical.

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 What if I told you you could make the same thing with: coconut ice cream, coconut milk, and almond butter? A little easier to pronounce!

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I looove So Delicious Coconut Icecream! It doesn’t hurt that it’s :

a.) vegan  and..

b.) agave sweetened

Mind=blown.

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So without further adieu…

Vegan Coconut Blizzard
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Ingredients
  1. 2 scoops coconut ice cream
  2. 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  3. 1 T. almond butter
  4. shake of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Blend!
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My life is complete ;) Hehe

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XOXO

Sunnie

Ten Happy Things

1.)  Sunsets!!!

The best part of the day is right before the sun goes down, when everything has a hazy golden glow. It only last about ten minutes, but is the prettiest part of the entire day.

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2.) Zazu taking himself on runs. Leash and all ;) Can I have that endless energy pleaseee?

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3.) Larabars. I could live solely off these things.

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4.) Henna. My friend is a henna expert! It looks so easy when she does it, so I asked if I could try. Yeah..it’s a LOT harder than it looks! I’ll stick to letting her do all the drawing!

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5.) Abstract photography. My poor phone is already out of storage again ;)

  abstractcollage2 6.) This horse. He’s 24, and is still so spunky- brings me joy everyday!

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7.) Giant cakes pancakes. This is an older pic, but I love to make them with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten free mix and add chocolate protein, banana,  Greek yogurt, and of course almond butter. Heaven. I’ve got my sister addicted too- hopefully she will start making them for me hehe ;)

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7.) Typical conversations with my crazy friend! <3

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8.) The fact that I have a new cousin on the way!!!!! I’m so excited to meet him! I don’t have a picture of him yet (obviously haha!) so how about some flowers? :)

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9.) My friend’s baby goat! The cutest thing I have seen

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and 10.) My awesome family. Love them to pieces.

XOXO

Sunnie

 

 

tuesday talk: weekend

Hi! Hope you guys had an awesome weekend :)

I know…such an original introduction. Can I admit something? The intros are actually the hardest part of writing the whole blog post for me, so I turned to my good friend Google for some advice on ways to say hi. This is what it gave back to me:

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“What’s crack-a-lackin? ” “Hows it be?”

Yeah…I think I’ll just stick to “Hi” for now ;)

Anyways, this weekend was perfecttt! Lots of sunshine, lots of barn-time, awesome friends, and great runs.

I also got to hang out with my dad, who is one of the most awesome people on the planet. This is his actual nameplate at work:

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It’s pretty accurate haha :)

 After, I had to get a new laptop cord since my last one went to cord heaven (you can read about that adventure here). The cord place was right by Whole Foods and yeah…I bought more RASPBERRIES <3

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I’m addicted to them! I would’ve posted a recipe today but all I eat anymore is carbs with berries. I’m not even kidding..

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Okay, there has been other things too… Like carbs with dried berries ;) :

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Only downfall? It’s a little bit of an expensive obsession (can someone teach me how to grow these things?!) But I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad… the person in the checkout line in front of me spent $800! I’m not even exaggerating I think she bought like ten pounds of almond butter haha!

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Sunday night was gorgeous..

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We watched The Butler and wow.. definitely a  powerful movie.

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Weekends are the best. Zazu agrees.

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Have a great day!! :)

Clean Green Salad

Yesterday I went to unplug my computer and yeah… There’s was a loud pop and sparks went flying. No bueno!

Naturally, now I have this song stuck in my head ;)

Blogging via phone is … challenging haha so bear with me!

But enough about that, let’s talk good things. :)

Like avocado :

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  It gets along with everyoneee (What can’t you put avocado on?)

Toast.  Sandwiches. Soups. Beans and Rice. Omelets.

And of course, salad…

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chicken

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Basically just a “throw everything in a bowl” kind of recipe, this is a super simple salad you can make ahead for lunch or for an easy dinner

  • 1 bag spring mix
  • tempeh (like tofu but a jillion times better)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • lemon juice
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  •  Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Sweet potato or garbanzo beans
  • olives
  • sunflower seeds or almonds

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Protein? Check.

Healthy fats? Greens? Fiber? Check, check, check!

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 1 day till Friday whoop whoop!

Have a great day :)

Run Forrest Run!

I used to avoid running like Lady Gaga avoids anything normal ;)

I dreaded the PE mile, which always seemed to fall on  the coldest or hottest days of the year!

But when we got Zazu two years ago, I started taking him on little jogs to tire him out. Eventually, jogs turned into runs. Runs turned into long runs.

Somewhere along the way, the impossible happened. I fell in love with it.

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Sometimes I wonder why I like it so much.

I mean, I could drive the same distance about a bajillion times faster.

I love it for many reasons, but there’s one that is probably the biggest. It could be getting  to find and see new places..

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Or it could be because I love the energy you have after. Gotta love Endorphins!

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It could be because it tires Zazu out.. (all of our furniture/clothing/shoes appreciate this too) ;)

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or it could be because he makes me push myself and get stronger (usually by dragging me ;) )

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I might  love running because of  post run protein smoothies….

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and basically anything after a run  (Long runs make me hangry lol)

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…or it might be the fact that I love listening to music and only thinking about every step and every breath.

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But I think the biggest reason I run is because with every run, that moment where you “hit the wall”..

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…gets farther and farther away. The can’ts turn into cans and the should turns into did.

A mile. 2 miles. 5 miles. 7 miles- Every run becomes easier and better until you feel like you could run forever.

And that is why I run :)

Have an awesome weekend!

Tuesday Talk

Morning! :)

Or afternoon, or evening, or whatever time zone you’re in!

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I had Spring Break last week, and it was magical. This is how I feel about it ending…

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To be honest, too many nights past midnight called for a sloth day on Sunday. I never have been able to take naps, but I fell asleep Sunday afternoon and didn’t wake up until about 6pm, to which I was like:

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Hehe I love that polar bear :)

And after a ridiculous amount a little too much Spring break gelato, salad has been where it’s at lately:

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Sorry if you’ve seen this pic on my Instagram already!

Ahhh Instagram. It is so addicting. With all it’s filters, hashtags, and completely random stuff, it swoops you up. You go on there to kill 5 minutes and see what friends are up to, and 20 minutes later you’ve just followed a cat that has 343,000 more followers than you lol.

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Granted, most of my pics are of food:

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 flowers

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Zazu..

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and other random stuff I find enlightening..

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Typical ;)

But enough about Instagram, let’s talk about something else. Hmm. Hmmmm.

Okay I’m resorting to the weather ;)

  Seriously though, it’s been gorgeous! Even though Spring just got here it feels like summer!

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The gardens a’ growing- broccoli, lettuces, and carrots right now. Everything is good :)

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What about you guys? How have you been?

Have an amazing day!

Sunnie

Healthy Cinnamon and Coconut Granola

I have finally found the answer to all my questions. Cooking questions, that is ;)

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It’s egg whites.

They are magical protein filled things that make everything better. Enough said.

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For years, I have tried to master healthy granola. But they always turned out dry and gross without all the yummy oil and sugar.

Until now. I just discovered that egg whites hold the granola together and make it super crunchy. And add a protein boost!

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So *drumroll please* I present to you…

Healthy Cinnamon and Coconut Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • about 1/4 cup  oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • almonds, cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, dried fruit (you pick)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • big pinch of salt
  • shake of cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. Mix dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix egg white, oil, honey, and vanilla. Pour over granola. Lay foil or parchment paper on a pan, and spread the granola evenly over it.

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Cook for about 30 minutes, checking every now and then. Take out of the oven and LET SIT for 15 minutes. I mean it ;) Patience is key haha. Sitting makes the granola harden and form clusters.

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I think I am turning into granola. I have topped anything and everything with it in the last 24 hours- yogurt, cereal, even salads.

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On another note, I changed my blog look again! I’m still figuring some things out, though- all these computer codes are making me dizzy! ;)

Have a great day!

Cinnamon Pear Breakfast Chia

How do Food Network people keep their kitchens so spotless? I don’t understand!

I mean, half the people’s spices are alphabetized. Dishes vanish during commercial breaks. Cookie pans don’t have a single stain. chiapudding44

I would like to say that my kitchen is perfectly organized, but yeah no. It has…character ;)

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This is the typical scene mid-photoshoot….

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But the dishes and the chia spills are all worth it for that one picture :)

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…and of course, for the recipe!

This chia pudding is cool, creamy, and full of fiber, protein, and super healthy fats. Cinnamon and pear sweeten the whole shebang and candied pecans top it off.

Cinnamon Pear Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2  heaped tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (I used cashew milk)
  • 1 t. honey
  • 1 pear, cut into cubes
  • shakes of cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 spoonful pumpkin (optional)

Directions:

1.) Mix chia seeds, milk, honey, innamon, and pumpkin in a bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes. Top with cinnamon, banana, pecans, and pear. Drizzle with more honey. This is even better if you make it the night before!

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  1. It’s the perfect grab-and-go breakfast:

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I hope you all had an awesome St. Patrick’s Day yesterday! I forgot to wear green of course haha.

Last night I took Zaz for a run and then went to dinner with the fam- my little cousins are growing up super fast!

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I also picked a winner for my Anjolee giveaway! The random winner was comment #17- Smile Mile Girl!

“Those earrings are BEAUTIFUL-I love anything sparkely!! ”

Congrats girl!

Have a great day!:)

Happy {Apple} Pi Day!

There are certain things that are the definition of comfort.

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Soup on a cold day. My sister giving me her sweater, which smells like coffee and the faded scent of Warm Vanilla & Brown Sugar perfume.

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A kiss from Zazu. The smell of my grandma’s house. Watching Forrest Gump for the 876th time ;)

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And of course…APPLE PIE!

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In honor of Pi Day(3/14 whoop whoop!), I present to you a healthy Apple Pie with a Peanut Butter Crumble. We actually get points for bringing in a pie to school. No complaints there!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup agave or honey
  • 4 T. Peanut Butter
  • about 5-6 apples, peeled and sliced
  • cinnamon
  • more agave for drizzling
  • salt

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Directions:

1.) Put half the oats (1 cup) in a blender and blend until its a flour. (about 20-30 seconds)

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2.) Add half the agave (1/4 cup) and half the peanut butter (2 T.) and a pinch of salt and blend with the oats.

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3.) Press into a pie pan. (Bonus points if you can spot the paw in this picture haha)

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4.) Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes, until its a little hard.

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5.) Add apples, cinnamon, and about a tablespoon of agave to give the apples moisture.

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6.) Repeat blending process with remaining ingredients. Crumble over the top of the apples.

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7.) Cover with tin foil and bake for about 20 ish minutes (really depends on your oven, keep checking every now and then)

When the apples are soft, take the tin foil off and cook for another 5 min so the top can get crispy.

And wala!

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Happy Pi Day!!!

California and an Anjolee Review and Giveaway

California is so beautiful. Yes, it might have high taxes and small parking spaces, but it’s still my favorite place! ;) We went down this past weekend and I didn’t want to come home!

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The market stands were out and about,

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and the weather was gorgeous.

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I got to meet the Brad Pitt of the horse world haha! ;) He was stunning

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The cookstand at the competition made the best salad ever. And the best french fries.

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And at around 3 o clock- ish everyday the ocean breeze picked up.

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I rode in these hoop earrings, which Marla over at Anjolee sent over. You can customize your jewelry right on their website!

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I’ve never reviewed jewelry before, but I don’t even think these need a review! They speak for themself! They never fell out, and were very easy to clasp.

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To own a pair, leave a comment below and I will pick a random winner next Tuesday!

For an additional entry, follow Modern Girl Nutrition on Instagram and let me know you did.

It was an awesome weekend and competition, but I’m happy to be back to this little mutt :)

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Have a lovely day!

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