My Go-to Banana Date Oatmeal

My mother used to have to force feed me breakfast, and now it is my favorite meal of the day.

I recently started taking classes first thing in the morning at Orangetheory fitness, which just opened a location within walking distance from my house.  After those intense sweat sessions, I leave already craving these oats.  This, or some variation of it, has been my breakfast for at least a month.

After the amazing (vegan) feast we indulged in on Thanksgiving, I am excited to get back to the grind. Which means that instead of eating apple pie bars for breakfast (true story, I ate a whole pan in a day and a half) I’ll be back on my oatmeal game.

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Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Vegan Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pastsa
I am a recovering low-carb dieter.  The key to my freedom? The beauty of plant-based eating.

In another life, one of the most sure-fire ways to get me off the low-carb wagon was a huge bowl of steaming pasta placed within 50 yards of my deprived existence. Being Italian, foregoing the foods I grew up with was always a challenge.  Pasta was a staple in my household, and my mother would frequently use the dish as a vehicle to clean out the fridge of vegetables at the end of the week. It was my favorite meal as a child.  But, like so many of us, I was convinced I had to forgo “evil” pasta and other forms of carbohydrates to get to my goal weight and be “healthy” as an adult.

Fast forward to now, when I regularly indulge in plant-based pasta meals and enjoy living again. One of the reasons why it is so easy for me to adhere to a plant-based diet is because I  love carbohydrates.  And who doesn’t?? (I’m not sure I’d trust anyone who answered “Me” to that rhetorical question.)

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