[Morning Meals] Cherry Lavender Smoothie

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It’s been hot, hot, hot here in DC lately! [Ironically, as I write this its a cool 70° and rainy outside, but this is a total anomaly.] Ranging anywhere from the high 80s to almost 100° by midday, the temps have me reaching for smoothies over and over again on the daily. We’ve also been flooded with cherries this season, so I’ve been snacking on them endlessly. I wanted to jazz them up a bit, though, and this Cherry Lavender Smoothie hits the spot as the perfect morning meal to cool me down before I conquer the…

[Morning Meals] Alkalizing Berry Smoothie

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Lately I have been C R A V I N G Springtime – I know I’m not the only one! Sunshine, flowers, and warmer temperatures. We finally have had a little taste of springtime in DC this past week, so I’m ready to shed dark winter days and feel alive again. Which is why after feeling quite sick [nausea, upset stomach, and fatigue – yuck, no thank you] for a couple weeks, I followed my intuition to alkaline foods – I’ve been craving more meditation & yoga, less stress & winter blues; more veggies, less meat; and…

[Morning Meals] Banana Bread Quinoa Bake

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Winter is in full swing around here! Temps in the teens, wind chill of zero, and snow on the ground. But I think I’m finally coming around to winter [I think] – it just took a vacation to get me back to my happy, loving self – the happy, loving self that’s crazy about life, no matter the temperature. Last week was so draining, so when it was time to hop on a flight to Colorado for a few days I could hardly stand it! I met my boyfriend, who had flown in the weekend before, and 14…

[Morning Meals] Gingerbread Pancakes

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Holiday love is in the air! Despite the stress of the holiday season, there is something super special about the tree lights, family festivities, and the smell of cinnamon & hot cocoa in the air. No matter what holiday you celebrate, the cheer in the air is contagious for everyone! We’re on the last day of our trip now, and its been an incredible time away. Brunch is a specialty of my boyfriend & mine, so we decided to make a fun morning spread for my family as a last hoorah before we head back East….

Roasted Veggie Frittata with Sweet Potato Crust

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Fall is in the air!! Leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and pumpkin is everywhere! I love cool days when I can enjoy some tea with the patio door cracked. I love the coziness of it all and how fall just feels so good. I also love enjoying something that screams comfort on my plate – like a frittata. Frittatas, to me, are the absolute perfect meal – you have farm fresh, protein-packed eggs with veggies galore, and a tasty crust, if you choose, [like this sweet potato one] that adds a little bit of sustenance to make this dish a…

[Morning Meals] CocoNutty Granola & My 4 Fave Cookbooks

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Has anyone else noticed how chilly its been in the mornings lately? I’ve been sleeping in my fleecy pants! To be honest, I’m really looking forward to autumn – beautiful colors, new veggies in season, and back to a normal work schedule – but I can’t say I’m ready to feel chilly yet. So, to warm me up in the mornings this past week I’ve been eating foods that are a little heavier and keep me feeling cozy, like my superfood porridge, eggs with sautéed kale & avo, and this delicious homemade granola I’m sharing today. It’s also been…