Plum and Pecan Baked Oatmeal

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Are you trying to eat a healthier breakfast but have no time in the morning? Need to feed a family quickly? This plum and pecan baked oatmeal has your back for weekly #mealprep, but also feels special enough to be served hot from the oven during a leisurely brunch.

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Cherry Almond Smoothie

Cherry Almond Smoothie

Smoothies, soups, and salads.  That, my friends, is the war chant of January.

As I’ve mentioned before, this month I’m sharing some of my favorite “back-on-track,” resolution-friendly recipes to help us all recovering from Christmas cookie coma syndrome.

Bored with your breakfast? Looking for something light that comes together effortlessly, but is totally satisfying? No idea what to eat? That was me when I first went vegan; I really didn’t have much of a clue what to eat.  I wound up scouring the web for smoothie and soup recipes; since they are regularly packed with fruits and vegetables, those items seemed to be easy to eat in vegan form.  I would often have a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and soup for dinner.

While this went on for probably an embarrassing amount of time, I always felt great eating these items and found that maintaining my weight was effortless on this menu. Soups, smoothies and salads are packed with nutrients, plant dense, and fiber rich.  So while now I know how to make a mean vegan pizza or Alfredo, I still think soups, smoothies, and salads (let’s call them the Big Three) form an incredible base for a well-rounded vegan diet.  They also tend to be less calorically dense (if you watch oil and fats) and are great tools to kick up your game for 2018.

To that end, don’t be surprised to see more of the Big Three on my blog this month!

This smoothie features another of my favorite flavor combinations: cherry almond.  I combine flavor-packed frozen black cherries with almond milk, almond butter, and a bit of almond extract.  There’s also some frozen banana for body and a handful of dates for sweetness.  A touch of lemon juice adds just the right amount of acidity.

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Gingerbread Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

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Are you ready to eat your face off today during Christmas dinner?? I know I am.  Today is an eating marathon I’ve been training for since Halloween.  All that’s missing is a Rocky training montage, but trust me, its been hard work and I’ve overcome impossible odds.

Do you maybe need something for breakfast that’s relatively light, but also Christmas in a bowl?  I’ve got you covered with this recipe.

I’m a little late to the gingerbread party, but I think this recipe is perfectly acceptable through New Year’s.  It’s spicy, satisfying, festive, and insta-worthy.  What more could you want?

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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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