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banana bread blondie…cake!

Good morning bloggy boos! How are you?

I am quite the snuffalupagus this morning, I am pretty sure I have sneezed up a tornado. I think it may be appropriate to bring my own box of tissues to class. Whaddup, nasal decongestant!

I loved hearing all of your weird food stories and advice about college! In case you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here. Long story short, I won an indoor triathlon and am choosing between two AMAZING colleges, and one that I am wait-listed to.

Finally it is sinking in that this is a decision that will determine my life path for the next four years. And possibly my life course for the rest of my life. Not going to lie, it’s a bit heavy but I am ready for it. No matter where I go, I know I will have a fun four years, at one more so than the others:) Sorority, here I come!

So what’s a girl to do with such a heavy decision on her shoulders? Um, eat.

Specifically, Banana Bread Cake.

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That’s what happens when you’d rather have banana bread that looks like a slice of cake than a slice of bread. Chickayeahhhh 🙂

As a child, banana bread was my favorite thing that the Madre would make. It has a soft spot in my heart, and obviously I had to replace the sugar, eggs, and gluten with high-protein alternatives. You could basically eat this for dinner.

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What, you don’t eat cake every day?

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Because that’s just wrong. Make this, and have cake every day for the rest of your life.

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Or should I say, ten times a day for the rest of your life.

Not that I would know or anything.

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Banana Bread Blondie Cake

Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free

Adapted from my Orange-Cranberry and Raspberry Amaretto Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 + 1/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup NuStevia Baking Blend
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1.5 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened So Delicious Coconut)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cake pan with coconut oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mash both of your bananas until almost liquidy, and then add the extractives and 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.
  4. Add wet to dry, and mix thoroughly. Add more non-dairy milk as needed to make a dough that is stirrable, not tough or stiff. You want your dough to be wet enough to spread itself into a cake shape.
  5. Pour dough into your cake pan, and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Cook it more if you want a less dense center.
  7. Try not to burn your tongue eating a slice of this straight out of the oven.

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Dense like a blondie, banana-y like banana bread, and sliced like a cake. What more could a girl want?!

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I enjoyed a (few) large slices with apple spread frosting, coconut butter, and chopped banana. It doesn’t get any better:)

No picture of that though because it just looked narsty.

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^^ See my oven mitt thumb print? Aweeee presh, my cake has a beauty mark!

That’s all for today loves! Tomorrow you will have a delicious macaroon/ball recipe and some sweet protein socca! See you on the flip, chickadees:)

Tell me some of your college stories/advice!!

Please and shank you:)

How do you handle big life decisions? Are you a worrier or a planner?

I am a huge planner. Although things can worry me a little bit, my viewpoint is that there is a plan, and you will end up where you are supposed to be.

Favorite childhood food?

Banana bread and oat cakes:) Recipe for those son of guns coming soon!

xoxox,

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Don’t You Want Me? + Vermont Food!

Hi love doves!! How are you?

I am not going to lie, I am rather sleepy and on a slight raisin burnout. I do not know how it happened, I am freaking out basically so I am laying off the raisins for the day. Tomorrow I will be back to my raisin-inhaling tendencies.

Yesterday I got home from Vermont and hit up the produce section of Weggie’s, and then put together a salad, quinoa, and some cinnamon-raisin socca that was a giant FAIL. Totally fine though, at least it tasted good:) Expect a recipe coming your way soon!

Pee ess (ew never typing that again), be sure to send in your Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures!! I am going to do a post soon with some of the ones I have received recently so don’t wait!

Slash I LOVED hearing about all of your addictions! (but not to drugs, thank goodness!) You can hear about my latest one here🙂 Oh and that is also where you can see hilarious pictures of me, myself, and I as well as some randoms I found around Burlington. Have a looksky!

Anywhos, the title is because I am OBSESSED with Glee. Like, it’s unhealthy. Just watch this video and try to tell me you are not obsessed too.

I have said this a million times and I will say it again. I AM MARRYING BLAINE he is so gorgeous, I will turn him from gay to straight, he can serenade me every night:) Will you all come to our wedding and bring me a Vitamix present?

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Lock me up and throw away the keyyyyy:) I would die for one of these babies! I told the Padre I would not mind getting one as a graduation present:)

Okay, now onto the Vermont food! Get ready to lick the screen.

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Burlington Food:

Dinner on Thursday was had at Zebby & Elf’s Stone Soup.

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We walked in to the smells of yummy deliciousness, happy customers, vibrant owners, and delicious baked goodies🙂

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The atmosphere was nothing short of warm and friendly. I could have eaten every meal of my life here!

The food consisted of a serve-your-own hot bar and salad bar. Below is the salad bar, I forgot a picture of the hot bar:(

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The Padre loaded up on tons of food, as per usual, and ordered a giant tuna sandwich to go with this plate full.

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This is one of those times I was a man and could eat millions of foot long subs and never be full. It is fine though my tummy never gets sick of almond butter:)

My plate consisted of greens, veg, steamed kale, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, falafel casserole (ohhhmaigawd, to DIE for), and completely covered in balsamic (I know I am cheating).

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Owner Zebby doubted my ability to eat this whole thing, but by George, I did it! He should come see everything I eat in a day, somehow my tiny little self is able to eat ginormous portions of anything and everything. I have been dubbed as the “bottomless pit” among my friends;)

Bee tee dubs, Zebby was a riot, and happens to have grown up in my home town! What a small world:)

Then we walked through the Church Street Market, which is still donning gorgeous Christmas lights!

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Please note that this was pre-blizzard. More on that later.

Friday Breakfast:

Breakfast on Friday was had in the hotel room, which was complete with a full kitchen, two TV’s (with cable! I was in heaven), and a hugh jass bathroom and king bed and bedroom. Lurve:)

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Perfect for the crazykins in me that brought my whole fridge from home. No big. Come on people, it would NOT be realistic for me to go out and buy some food every single time I need to eat (which is like every two hours basically).

The bowls in the cupboard were too small for my cookie dough so I used a mixing bowl.

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In case you couldn’t tell, I dig the whole orangey thing that “color boost” in Live Writer does. At least I look tanner:)

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Whaddup gangstaaaaz. Topped with bluebs, rasps, and tons of coconut. More was sprinkled after all the berries were mixed in. Please ignore the fact that it looks like there is poop in the bowl mmk.

Friday Lunch:

Lunch was had at the University Marche on UVM campus, and enjoyed with Lauren from RunYogaRepeat! She was such a sweetheart, and answered all of my questions about UVM! Oh and obviously we talked about everything from green smoothies to boyfriends.

Isn’t she adorable?!

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She had a yummy deliciousness noodle bowl that I wish I knew the name of (it was vegan), and I noshed on a Butternut Squash-Leek Soup and a salad con garbanzo beans and almonds.

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Clearly taken once I was almost done and realized we were too caught up in talking to actually take pictures of things. Like our food:)

Not going to lie, this was not very satisfying! If you lived with me you would marvel at how much I eat in a day. I went back to the hotel room and ate a giant quinoa-lentil-raisin-balsamic bowl. It was glorious.

Tummy = satisfied🙂

Unfortunately, the animal-free options at the caf were not many, but that is not TOO big of a deal since I am planning on buying and preparing all of my own food next year.

 

Friday Dinner:

For those of you that guessed I got sushi/Asian food, you were right!

Dinner was had at Asiana Noodle House, and it was delicious. I think I died and went to heaven. But not before I had issues separating my chopsticks.

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Please tell me why I am so hot.

Then we drank ginger tea, and BOY does that stuff clear your nostrils!

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In mah face.

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MUCH better:)

Then our food came!

I ordered the Vegan Chirashi (Shitake Mushroom, Sweet potato, Seaweed, Oshinko, Kampyo, Tofu, Yamagobo, Asparagus ,Wakame, Spinach, Avocado, Cucumber and Tofu skin), with brown rice and a side of steamed veg.

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I am not going to lie, I was very confused when they brought this giant bowl out to me.

Where was my sushi?!

Apparently I need more education in ethnic food, because the rice was on zee bottom.

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This was so pretty though, I could barely bring myself to eat it! Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?!

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It was delicious, nutritious, and way satisfying. Full, happy belly🙂

Padre ordered Crab Rolls in rice netting, which looks SO cool I am not going to lie. And he also got the Seafood Salad:

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The Baby Sister and mi Madre ordered noodle bowls with buckwheat soba noodles, lemon dressing, and tofu. Sorry buddies no picture!

Then we stomped around a bit more and did some window shopping. Look out for the birthday pwesent post that I mentioned earlier🙂

Sisters in the snow:

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Church Street Market!

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Post-blizzard.

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AHHH absolutely gowagous!

p.s. See the store “Kiss the Cook” on the right?! Yeah I spent all night there basically it’s fine. Oh and looking at wellies🙂

That’s all for this morning chickadees! I’m off to church, then hitting up the gym and getting some homework done.

It is the last day of February break! I will be very sad to see it go, and not so happy to be waking up at 5:30 again every morning. It went by WAY too quickly!

See you tomorrow dolls!

What is your favorite kind of ethnic food?

I would have to say Mediterranean food. There is a local place that I could eat at every. single. night. Come visit me and we will go there mmk:)

What are your favorite salad toppings? Please tell! I need some new ideas:)

I usually roll with red pepper, tomatoes, carrots, cukes, green beans, broc, balsamic, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, hummus, beans, quinoa, what have you! Lately I am especially digging chopped red onion:)

Have you sent in your Mission: I Feel Pretty picture yet?! If not, get on that!

Imeannn, I just strongly suggest it;)

xoxox,

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It Snowed on my Cookie Dough + Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake!

Good morning friends!! How are you?

I hope your Sattyday was glorious🙂

Mine was spent eating everything in sight (I was so hungry, I swear to goodness it is ALWAYS my time of the month), watching Hulu, and gymming it up with a sweaty 60 minutes on the elliptical.

I was so sore from my run with the Padre! Running outside is NOT the same as running outside, especially when the wind is blowing so hard it is going up your nose sideways🙂

My Sattyday started with a glorious Cookie Dough Bowl, con a tablespoon of raw cacao, a teaspoon of acai, chia seeds, and flax meal..oh and tons of coconut, it was snowing outside (BOOOOO!), therefore it snowed on my cookie dough.

If I tried to Latin-ify that, it would go something like “It snowed outside, ergo my cookie dough was snowed upon.” <– See what I did there?? I am a genius I tell you, that whole year of Latin I took really did the trick:)

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Have you ever had coconut on your morning cereal, it is so good, I think this is going to have to happen every single morning. Some of you may think I am crazy for being late on the coconut train, but I used to hate the stuff (do not ask me why, I could not tell you). This stuff is delicious.

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SNOW:) Love it on my cookie dough, but I could do without it on my grassy green lawn that is now wet, brown, dead, and covered in slushy white “snow”. I am saying it as “snow” because Upstate New York weather means it is never fluffy snow, it is either slushy or frozen.

If any of you are interested in a tropical vacation where it is warm and sunny and there is sand, feel free to book plane tickets!!

Until then, I’ll be eating lots more of these:)

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Delicious, nutritious. Gett @ m3 <— I was a gangsta rapper in a previous life

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Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake:

And now the moment you have allll been waiting for!

RAW CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE!

Remember when I devoured my piece and the piece of the lady next to me?!

That was a good day🙂

Now, I have recreated that bad boy!

Feel free to drool, no shame here at CK.

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It was perfect. Not to sweet, and very chocolatey. And fudgy wudgy, just the way I like it:)

I love it when the flavor of the cacao really stands out, and isn’t overpowered by sweetness!

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On a Pooh plate, obvs. Gift from the ‘rents:)

Oh, wait, you wanted the recipe? My bad;)

Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed and pitted dates (I use Medjool)
  • 2/3 cup walnuts
  • 2/3 cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)

Directions:

  1. In your food processor, process walnuts to a flour and then add dates.
  2. Process until dates have formed into a paste, and it all balls up in your food processor.
  3. Add cocoa powder and process until fully incorporated.
  4. Transfer to a container/small pie or cake pan (I used a round tupperware), flatten the top, and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Pop out, garnish, slice, and enjoy!!

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Garnished with rasps and cacao nibs.

Perfection.

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Next time I am going to use my Raw Chocolate Mousse as frosting. Which is going to be very soon, since more than half of it is already gone🙂

I would have done that this time (‘twas the plansky), but I got caught up in packing food for my trip to D.C. with the Padre! (ahhhh I am so excited!!)

You could also sub another nut for the walnuts. For a Chocolate Cookie Cake, sub cashews and add chocolate chips! I will be doing this for the Baby Sister’s birthday cake in May:)

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I’m off to go have a slice of cake and finish packing! I am writing this Saturday night because Sunday morning will be busy busy!! I am hitting up the gym early in the morning with the Padre (boooo too cold to run outside!), then scarfing down breakfast and hitting the road!

As you read this I will either be shoving a Cookie Dough Bowl in my face or on the road on my way to D.C.! It is going to be a whole 70 DEGREES, I am so excited, I am going to wear shorts!! And FLIP FLOPS🙂 Guys this is a big deal, especially with the awful Upstate New York weather I deal with every single winter.

Send me some sunshine in a bottle? Please and thanks:)

Don’t forget to send in your Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures!

And, if you are in the D.C. area and would like to meet up, shoot me an e-mail! There are some D.C. bloggers that have expressed an interest already, so hopefully you could join us!:)

Have an awesome Sunday, love doves!! See you from D.C.!

Is it snowing where you are? If not, make me jealous of your sunshine!!

YES, do not remind me, if you send me some sunshine I will melt the snow here and love you forever:)

Do you like the co-co-nut? What is your favorite way to eat it? I need ideas!

So far, just on top of cookie dough, but I think I need to get creative:)

Are you a fellow fudge-lover? What’s your favorite fudgy dessert?

CAKE, and brownies!! And fudge, obviously. Can’t go wrong.

xoxox,

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FAQT’s: Frequently Asked QuesTions

Good morning chickadees! Hope you all had a luuuurvely hump day!

Scratch that, it was actually Groundhog Day, aka Punxitawney Phil came out and revealed that SPRING IS COMING SOON!

You can just imagine my excitement:) And I totally take Groundhog Day seriously. You see, I am a very superstitious person. Yes, I am that girl that never steps on cracks or walks under ladders. I also never open umbrellas without being completely outside. Call me crazy, but I’m not risking seven years of bad luck for anything!

In order to keep posting aka ranting to you lovely people, I am taking the opportunity to answer some of the questions that I get asked very often.

But first, I would like to direct you to my last post. I talked about the “Black Swan” in all of us, and your responses were both uplifting and heartbreaking. Some of you have gone through tough times, and I was so glad that you all were able to open up and talk about something as personal as eating disorders and confidence struggles!

You are the most beautiful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of ranting to, truly. Every comment I have read on that post has warmed my heart. If you are ever feeling badly about yourself or are having a hard time fighting off your Black Swan, please do NOT hesitate to shoot me an email! (crewislove.kb@gmail.com) I love helping people to feel better about themselves, there is NO reason why any of you should feel that you are less than completely awesome!

So, I encourage you to jump over to my last post and join in the discussion; maybe you’ll realize what YOUR Black Swan is, and fight her off:)

p.s. I am responding to your comments as quickly as I can! Being a student ain’t easy, but I promise you I read each and every comment. I have been reading all your bloggity blogs and trying to comment as much as possible, but I am a busy bee, so please do not feel bad if I don’t get back to you very quickly! But rest assured that I love all of you guys to the moon and back, you beautiful girls (and guys?) are what keep me blogging! Sorry, I had to get all sappy on yous again:)

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Anywho, the title came about because I like to make up new words and I thought FAQT’s rolls off the tongue better. Aka, now you can pronounce it like “facts”, which is way cooler than FAQ’s if you ask me.

So, let’s get movin’!

**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician or a medical professional (yet!), so all of the information below is based on my knowledge and experience only. Much of it is based on research I have done, but I do not have the credentials to make certain claims on health practices or products. Please consult a physician or medical professional before making any changes to diet or fitness routines.

How do you get your protein?

For myself, I eat at least three or four cups or more of beans/legumes a day (whether it be hummus, beans mixed with grains, bean salad, soup, what have you). Many “diet” theories say to stay away from nuts because they are high in fat, but do NOT listen to that nonsense! I eat so much nut butter, and it is a great way to get protein, and keep your hair, skin, nails, and your brain healthy! I have nuts, seeds, or a cold-pressed non-hydrogenated oil (such as olive, flax, or hemp) at every meal. Plus, the healthy fats in nuts and seeds actually speed up your metabolism and help you stay at your healthy weight. Score!

Lentils are some of my favorite legumes (they are higher in protein and vitamins than many others), as well as chickpeas. I make a 3-cup batch of hummus pretty much every three days or so, I eat the stuff with a spoon! Plus, it is high in protein and filled with healthy fats from the tahini and olive oil that help you to feel more satisfied. As for whole grains, try to choose the ones highest in protein such as quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, teff, whole wheat, etc. The high protein and fiber will keep you full.

Another one of my favorite protein sources would have to be Vega Sport Performance Protein in vanilla. I love this stuff, and I have it at LEAST once a day! It always makes an appearance in my morning Cookie Dough Bowls😉

How do you stay satisfied?

As I mentioned before, I eat lots of protein in the form of legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. As for feeling fully satisfied, I had that problem for a LONG time, but found that I feel most satisfied when I have a whole grain carbohydrate, protein (legumes and/or nuts/seeds), and a serving of healthy fats (non-hydrogenated oils like olive, flax, hemp; avocado; nuts; seeds). Otherwise, I find my stomach growling for whatever I forgot!

To be truthful, calories truly do not matter very much when you are eating plants in their whole, mostly un-processed forms (and listening to your hunger signals!). Over time, I have learned how to “translate” my hunger signals so that I know exactly what kind of nutrient my body needs. Think of it this way: when you are hungry, your body does not necessarily want food or a certain quantity of food; it wants a certain nutrient. When you think of it that way, your food choices will be more nutrient-dense, and you will understand your body’s hunger signals a bit more.

Is soy bad?

Since I am not a registered dietician, I cannot claim soy to be “bad” or “good”. Personally, I stay away from soy because it is typically very highly processed and mucus-forming (you can read more about this in Kris Carr’s new book, Crazy Sexy Diet).

Soy itself (as a bean) is a primarily healthy legume (although quite acidic), and is a complete protein filled with healthy fats. Tempeh is a very low-processed soy product that is SUPER high in protein. Tofu is also good (I try to use it in moderation because it is processed), and is high in protein (and delicious!) as well.

What do you typically “watch out for” when looking to purchase vegan products?

Things that I watch out for in vegan products are anything hydrogenated (very rare in natural foods sections and stores, but you would be surprised where it hides). High fructose corn syrup is never good, and I always watch out for sugar (evaporated cane juice, cane juice, raw sugar, sugar, etc.). Most saturated fats in plant foods are actually very healthy, such as the saturated fats in unrefined coconut products. In fact, most of these saturated fats are not even turned into fat when entering the body; they are used directly to produce energy. Also watch out for flavors, aspartame, and anything you can’t pronounce. If you wouldn’t sprinkle it in the pot, don’t buy it!

What vegan products are the best? What about vegan cheese and butter?

In regards to vegan products in general, staying away from anything highly processed or refined is optimal. Staying away from anything “white” (white bread, white/all purpose flour, white sugar, etc.) is good, and always choose whole-grain options.

Vegan cheese is delicious to say the least. Daiya is great because it is gluten- and soy-free, and melts so well! You can also make your own nut cheeses, or order them through companies such as Dr. Cow. They taste better than the real thang! Nutritional yeast is also great, as it is high in vitamin B-12 and protein. It tastes like real cheese! Vegan butter made by Earth Balance is great, and made of primarily healthy, plant-based fats (but of course is best in moderation!). Also, Smart Balance Light is DELICIOUS and taste so good spread melty on warm toast.

Which non-dairy milk is the best? Oat, almond, hemp, rice, soy? There are so many!

I absolutely LOVE almond milk, especially Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze. I can drink the stuff straight out of the glass! I have never tried oat milk, but hemp is also delicious, and is filled with tons of healthy fats and is a complete protein. In my book, almond and hemp are my favorites, but I am not a nutritionist (yet!) so I cannot make the claim that they are “healthier”. Rice milk is not quite as nutritious as the others, but some people like it so they ignore the low protein factor. I, personally, try to stay away from soy milk because it is a highly processed form of soy, and it is very important to me that it is made from organic soybeans and not ones that are genetically modified (look for ones labeled “made with Non-GMO soybeans”).

How do you balance your vegan treats? Are vegan treats healthier than non-vegan ones?

In regards to the vegan desserts, they can be almost just as unhealthy as non-vegan desserts depending on the ingredients you use. Of course, all-purpose or refined/white flours are always less healthy choices, as is sugar. My favorite alternatives are stevia, agave syrup, and yacon syrup. NuStevia is byfar my favorite brand of stevia, and they even make a blend for baking! When looking at vegan desserts, it’s is obviously okay to splurge now and then! But if you are thinking of desserts that you would eat every day/as a snack, try to choose whole-grain flours and low-glycemic sweeteners (stevia has no glycemic index or calories, and it comes from a leaf).

Why did you eliminate gluten from your diet?

Although I have not been tested for a gluten intolerance, when I was eating lots of gluten-containing products I would get awful migraines and um…plumbing issues. And, I could not focus for the life of me. When I came to my doctor with these symptoms, she asked if I had been eating a lot of wheat lately, to which I answered yes. She suggested that I take gluten out of my diet for awhile and see how I felt. After two weeks, I felt brand spankin new! Since then, I have been completely gluten-free, and I have no more migraines or plumbing problems!:)

What mascara/makeup/hair products do you use? Your eyelashes are always so big and gorgeous!

First of all, thank you! My favorite mascara is Maybelline Colossal mascara, which I have been using for years and absolutely love.

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If I wear eyeliner, I always use Physician’s Formula brand. They also make the foundation that I use, which is called Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder.

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I also use Clinique True Bronze Bronzer and Maybelline Blush.

As for hair, I’ve been using the same shampoo and conditioner for four years…that’s what I call a good product! I always roll with Aveda Pure Abundance Shampoo and mix it with Aveda Smooth Infusion shampoo. The conditioner I use is Aveda Pure Abundance Conditioner.

I have very fine hair, so this works perfectly! And smells yummy:)

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I hope I answered some of the questions that y’all have been asking, it’s so hard to keep up! Don’t hesitate to e-mail me with your questions or leave a comment either, I would be more than happy to answer your questions about food, fitness, beauty, etc! You can find my e-mail above or on my Chef Katelyn (About Me) page, but just for the sake of it, I’ll slap it down right here:)

crewislove.kb@gmail.com

or Tweet Me!

p.s. I had an AWESOME snow day today, which is a big deal because our superintendent is from Alaska, aka has no sympathy for us New Yorkers who think it’s cold when it’s –10 degrees outside. Sorry, our bad.

Have an awesome Thursday, y’all! Hope you’re surviving Snowmageddon:)

What are your views on food/nutrition/products and the questions above?

What are your favorite beauty/hair products?

Did you get Snowmageddon’ed too?

xoxox,

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The Start of Something New…

Okay, seriously dorky title. First thing that came to mind – not joking. High School Musical should definitely leave my memory, now!

Even though it is sort of relative…High School Musical, senior year – since Tuesday was my first day of senior year 🙂

But anywho, I’m here to assure all of you lovely readers that I have not vanished or stopped cooking – instead, I’ve been so busy.

With what, you might ask? Here’s a visual:

Homework from my first day of senior year!

…Oh no.

Too bad these classes are fascinating! I just don’t always appreciate the 20-pound textbooks I had to carry home, but I think we’ll become good friends 🙂

That’s right – 25 page bio outline, 10 page econ outline, an essay to read and annotate and write an essay on, an article to find, driver’s ed papers to finish, and more bindahs to get.

Question: What did you wish you knew before your senior year of high school?

My answer would be:

  • That I would actually get this far. It’s crazy! In kindergarten, I would think to myself, ughhhh 12 more years of school?! But…
  • Time flies. It truly does. I don’t know where the years went – it seems like only yesterday I was freaking out about getting my 3 pages of homework done in the fourth grade.
  • Boys should treat you well and not have boobs as the first thing on their minds. I think this pretty much goes along with common sense, but as any naive, young girl does, I wanted the boys I liked to like me back. So we have all had some time where we’ve tried to be more beautiful, bigger-boobed, or just different to get a boy’s attention – but it’s not worth it. No boy is. If he’s a good guy, he’ll love you for you. I’ve learned this the hard way – through many bad boyfriends and a couple of good ones.
  • High school changes people. I’ve seen people become consumed in the high school dynamic, doing anything for attention, getting too drunk, doing something stupid, getting too stressed over school, not getting enough sleep, and throwing friendships away on a whim. Don’t be that person. Stick to your values, be good to yourself, and remember the important things in life – love, loyalty, and friendship.
  • You first, always. Many people say “family first” or “school first”, but if you don’t take care of yourself, nothing else in your life will follow. Get your sleep, eat well, get in some exercise (for your body and for stress relief), and then attend to the rest of your life. Especially if that means setting a cut-off time for yourself. My most useful habit has been setting a bed time for myself – 10 on school nights. That’s the time I would say, self, it’s time for you to get your sleep. Because one of the most important things I’ve learned is that if I’m not rested and don’t have something nutritious in my tummy, there is no way that the extra 3 hours I forced myself to study is going to make any difference. Zoning out during a test is no good when you can be well-rested and knock out the answers that clearly don’t make sense! Sleep and nutrients are magical things.

So, back to my first day!

How did I get through this? First day of school power brekkie 🙂

Half of a Plum Pie Katebar (recipe to come in another post) mixed in ooey-gooey style with my buckwheat, topped with bluebs and blackburries – a pear and cherries on the side.

Aweee, baby pear! How cute 🙂

We also had some Ethiopian food, courtesy of my favorite local vegan restaurant, leftover from my lunch date with my sister on her first day of freshman year 🙂

There may have been a few of my Signature Oatmeal Cookies (on cacao-cinnamon-raisin crazy juice) in the mix… (p.s. recipe to come in another post 🙂 )

Ohhhh dang. I may have had a few of these….

That’s all for now lovies! More pictures (and the previously mentioned recipes! get excited, people) to come, including a certain Butternut Squash Soup of mine that is slightly famous in my family, as well as a homemade Lentil Vegetable Soup, Hot Chocolate, and a kasha recipe 🙂

I’m off to dinner at the new vegan place in town, and I am beyond excited! Daiya Mozzarella Sticks, anyone? I already know what I’ll be ordering 🙂

See you later tonight!

xoxox,

p.s. I got my senior portraits taken today! Many thanks to Cialone Photography, I will have the beautiful pictures in exactly 3 weeks…ahh, I can barely wait!!

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Brunch: The Mama of all Meals, Inspired by Autumn

As you know from my last post, I ran my first 5K today! It was so fun, challenging, and left me with a monster appetite.

And since it’s Sunday, it had to be a Sunday Brunch – no no, just plain ol’ brekkie would not cut it today (even though my brekkies are never ever plain..it’s the best meal of the day! I like to live it up).

Lately it’s been chilly chilly! I’m talkin’ 60 degrees. I love this weather so much. The crispness of autumn is one of my favorite things – it makes me want to cozy up by the fire with some apple ciderpumpkin pie, and watch Halloween and Thanksgiving movies like Hocus Pocus (which I watched last night! couldn’t help myself) and Halloween Town (I am obsessed with this movie. childhood favorite).

Plus, who doesn’t want to jump around in a pile of leaves?! I would any day 🙂

So, this was inspired by my absolute love for autumn and the weather change – it was nostalgic and delicious.

Isn’t it amazing how food, its taste, its smell, its textures…can bring back so many memories? That’s one of my favorite parts about food – it’s an experience; a work of art.

So, I came home and made these babies 🙂

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes 🙂 Mmmmm.

Topped generously with almond buttah, Apple Spread, bluebs, blackburries, and cherries on the side. I love my berries 🙂 And cherries. Very cherry…it all rhymes! I should be a poet..

It was the perfect post-race fuel. My muscles (and my tummy!) were incredibly happy 🙂

The process:

Battah 🙂 I may have snuck a few tastes..

Ohhh yes. At this point, they smell amazing 🙂 Flippage!

The first few:

…..Aaaaaaand served.

And now, the goods.

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp. NuStevia Baking Blend (or agave, maple syrup, suga, whatever floats your boat! this one’s my fave)
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or mashed sweet potato/any other sweet orange tuber/squash)
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (I roll with rice milk)
  • 1 large, or 2 small/medium, apples (cored and chopped tiny)

Directions:

  1. Mix pumpkin, apple pieces, and non-dairy milk in a small bowl. Mix all other ingredients in another, larger bowl.
  2. Combine wet and dry in the largest bowl, then heat a large skillet (whatever one you like for pancakes) over medium-high heat and spray with canola oil (or whatever oil you roll with, it’s cool!).
  3. Pour into pan with a large spoon or ladel, and be sure to spread out these pancakes! The batter will be thick, so spreading by hand is important so they cook all the way through.
  4. Flip once there are lots of bubbles around the edges and on top/in the middle and the edges begin to brown. Be sure to re-spray the pan in between flips – we don’t want any stuck pancakes!
  5. Cook until both sides are well-cooked and browned to your liking, then serve warm 🙂

Tips on How to Eat a Pancake:

Yes, these tips are fo’ real.

  • With maple syrup, agave nectar, your fave liquid sweetener
  • Topped with Banana Soft Serve!
  • Slathered with almond buttah, various nut butters, Earth Balance
  • With Apple Spread :]
  • Sprinkled (or covered) with raisins, other dried fruit, various fruits including berries, more chopped apples, tropical fruits…go crazy!
  • As a brekkie-style PB&J: spread your fave nut buttah (mine’s almond) and apple spread, or sliced apples/pears, between two pancakes and eat like a sammie! That’s what I like to call: pro. Pancake champ!

Question: What’s your favorite way to eat a pancake?

Mine would definitely have to be the way I rolled today – tons of  almond buttah, apple spread, and fresh fruit :] Alllll the way!

Time for me to go make din din, lovlies! It’s leftovers from last night, about which I have yet to post – expect more food porn and lots of recipes later tonight 🙂

On the agenda tonight we have:

  • Din din!
  • Watching Alice in Wonderland (the new one! holllla. but defs will not be as good on my tv as it was in the theater – 3D baby!)
  • Blogging
  • Reading Beowulf We’ll see.
  • Going to bed! Sleep is the best 🙂

See you after dinner!

xoxox,

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Happy Bunny Bunny Day!

You’re probably thinking, what the heck is Bunny Bunny Day? Well, I’ll tell you!

The first day of every month, as soon as you wake up, jump out of bed and hop three times and spin around three times, saying “Happy Bunny Bunny Day!” for good luck in the coming month.

It’s so goofy and you look ridiculous, but it’s a cute tradition.

In my high school, on the first day of every month, the morning show puts up decorations, the hosts eat bunny-shaped chocolates, and remind you to hop out of bed next month and get some good luck!

Awe, how cute!

As far as my life goes, I’ve been working my tail off these past few weeks at my new job (which I love by the way 🙂 ), and spending more hours running, standing, and walking around to do so.

I mean, I’m not complaining – I am getting paid after all! But it would be nice to have a foot massage at the end of the day…or a swiss massage

What are your solutions for the end-of-the-workday slump?

I have to apologize for not blogging as often as usual – getting used to this new schedule is so draining! I’ve had plenty of time to cook and photograph, though, so don’t fret – we’ve got yummy deliciousness coming up.

We’ll start with brekkie for the last two days – since it’s my favorite meal of the day =)

BREAKFAST:

As usual, my butt-whoopin’ workout left me wanting something loaded – with almond buttah. Ain’t nothing betta than my almond buttah.

Oh, and lots of blackberries, bluebs, cherries, and strawberries – can you say cherry-stained fingers?

This was actually my Brunch for Lunch on Tuesday – so no lunch. That’s why it’s so loaded!

Finished devoured. Clean bowl =)

Today’s was similar, but I took an even larger portion (hungry hungry!) – the giant dollop of almond butter is not pictured, mainly because it immediately went in my mouth.

I also added in a chopped up Apple Pie Katebar just at the end of cooking the buckwheat – ooey gooey goodness =)

p.s. I was eating at 6 am – I woke up at 3:45 am to wake up, run (4.25 miles! yayay), shower, and eat brekkie…I had to make it to lunch! I did enjoy a mid-morning snack of an organic pink lady apple, though!

Oh, almond buttah, how you make me swooooon.

LUNCH:

Lunch the past couple of days has been equally delicious. I had Brunch for Lunch Tuesday as you saw before, but today I had lunch at work for the first time!

So, I packed up my big-girl lunchbox with Kabocha Squash and Azuki Beans, roasted cauliflower (350 degrees, drizzled with EVOO, sea salt, and your favorite seasonings for 20-25 minutes), fresh veggies (carrots, green peppa, cukes, and baby tomatoes), and Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat.

I used to despise leftovers because then I would have to have the same thing two nights in a row, but now I enjoy them at lunch and switch it up at din din!

Isn’t my wittle lunchbox adorable? I absolutely love it.

DINNER:

Last night I made Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans, one of my all-time favorites. It got a little messy though, so I had to whip out the apron for the first time!

Who woulda thunk this little girl would be a messy cook?

Of course, it yielded a generous (to say the least) amount! This is something that I always look forward to eating as leftovers!

CK Dad modeling the food:

Oh yes, a generous amount.

Definitely not the prettiest dish, but one of the absolute tastiest – I guess this kind of goes along with the theme that sometimes the best things come in the ugliest packages =)

We also had some Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat which was just as delicious as the night before. I love my buckwheat at every meal, but it still wins my heart at breakfast

I also whipped up some roasted cauliflower as mentioned in lunch, which was so perfectly seasoned – I use Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning for quick and delicious seasoning.

Oh, and of course leftover Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad!


Tonight for dinner I whipped up some Carrot Cake Quinoa – and it went perfectly with the Kabocha Squash with Azuki Beans, salads, and roasted cauliflower. Mmmm.


Carrot Cake Quinoa

If I didn’t have this at dinner, I might actually have thought it was carrot cake! Well, not really – but it’s about as close as you can get without a ton of added suga =)

Ingredients:

  • EVOO
  • lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups freshly grated carrot – fresh! About 2 large carrots worth
  • 1/2-3/4 cup raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat about 1-2 tbsp. EVOO with a tablespoon or so of lemon juice. Add grated carrot and raisins and saute for a few minutes, or until heated and juicy.
  2. Add water and quinoa and bring to a boil. Add lots of cinnamon (more the merrier!) and reduce to a simmer and cover, stirring every few minutes for about 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  3. Serve warm or cool, and enjoy! =)

This dish is always a hit with the fam, and has me going back for seconds thirds. Its natural sweetness and nuttiness is a perfect combo – it’s also a super healthy way to satisfy your cravings for something a bit sweet!

Plus, it makes for great leftovers! Can you say Chef Katelyn’s lunch tomorrow, anyone?

After dinner I made some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebars! They smell amazing and I am beyond dying to try these all melted in my buckwheat tomorrow =)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Katebars

Makes 5 Katebars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted, packed medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • 2/3 cup almonds
  • pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free) – about 1 tsp.
  • 2 tbsp. mini vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse almonds into small pieces, or until no whole almonds are left.
  2. Add dates, raisins, and vanilla extract and pulse until combined and it starts to roll around in a ball.
  3. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times, then place in a bowl and mush-mash with your hands (the fun part!). Your hands will get all sticky but it is so worth it.
  4. Break up into 5 equal sections and form into bars. Wrap with wax paper, plastic wrap, or plastic baggies – whateva you got!
  5. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them. Enjoy! =)

Ideas for optimum Katebar enjoyment!:

  • Chopped up and combined with your morning hot (or cold!) cereal. It’s a mind explosion/dream/the most delicious thing in the world chopped up and added just as your hot cereal is just about to finish cooking – then remove from heat and keep covered for a few minutes. The result? Ooey gooey goodness!
  • A pre- or post-workout snack
  • Dessert!
  • Chopped up and mixed or blended/processed with Banana Soft Serve!
  • Chopped up and in your cookie/brownie/pancake/waffle/bread/muffin dough! Bake according to recipe directions and enjoy melty in-your-mouth goodness =)
  • The possibilities are endless.

Let me know if you think of any other fun ways to enjoy a Katebar! =)

That’s all for tonight, lovlies! I’ve got the 7 am shift again tomorrow – I have the joy of waking up at 3:45 am again to get in my 5K training!

The race is currently 4 days away! Holy moly.

Hope everyone has a relaxing evening! I know I will =) I’ll be in bed within 10 minutes of this post going up…I’m an early birdy.

Nighty night!

xoxox,

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