Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Smoothie, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Beat the Heat with This Berry Beet Smoothie

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It’s a heat wave in Boston. Cool down with this vibrant Berry Beet Smoothie. Look at that color! The magenta is amazing, and you can’t even taste the beet. The mango and berries leave it perfectly sweet. Enjoy this smoothie as breakfast or a snack – -it’s utterly refreshing either way.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegetarian

Ogling Over This (Healthy) Oatmeal Bake

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I went to Chicago last week to visit a nursing school and family and my cousin, Betsy, made a delectable Oatmeal Bake for breakfast with the challenge to lighten it up. Challenge accepted. Before I digress, I met the best playdates in Chicago and Luca even let me help him make a (Play-Doh) pizza. Arie is adorable as ever and Betsy and Andriy were gracious hosts. I also really liked Rush and seems like it could be a contender for grad school, but Boston and Philly are still looking strong. . . Now, back to the challenge. Eggs for egg whites, oil for mashed banana, milk for unsweetened almond milk and sugar for caramelized bananas (see the trick here), agave nectar and Aloha’s coconut powder, a natural sweetener. Done. Next challenge?

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Versatile Berries


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Poached Berries are great — so easy to make, full of flavor, and can be made ahead of time. Another recipe my mom showed me (thanks, Mom!). The berries are especially tasty because by poaching them, you remove the hassle of washing each serving and decrease the time fresh berries will perish; instead, everything’s done in one step and viola! fresh berry sauce for days. Based on my new obsession with chia seeds and breakfast bowls, poached berries paired with overnight oats and chia seeds seemed like a natural combination. Poached berries are perfect to top oatmeal for breakfast or Greek yogurt for a snack or dessert. Try this berry sauce for yourself and discover the enormous flavor behind poached berries!

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, Vegan, Vegetarian

Over the Moon for Overnight Chia Seeds

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I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about chia seeds. My mom made a chia seed pudding, and it was not something I enjoyed, but these breakfast bowls are delicious. The mashed banana adds its own natural sweetness, as well as a thickness to the breakfast bowl; you won’t even need to add a sweetener. The addition of vanilla extract provides a rich flavor and maximizes the vanilla from the unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, omega-3, calcium, potassium and iron (see more here from the Cleveland Clinic). This Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl is especially great because you can make it the night before, literally roll out of bed and viola! breakfast is served. Add fresh fruit and nuts and enjoy a tasty and satisfying breakfast!

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