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

Two Ingredients, One “Cookie”

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This “cookie” recipe was a great find this year. Someone in my program at Cornell made these “cookies” for a get-together, and I was immediately intrigued. All I could think was, “Just bananas and oats? Are you sure?” They seemed like a trick; the “cookies” seemed too simple, so there had to be a catch, right? I always buy too many bananas, and they end up overly ripe on my counter. Now, I purposefully buy too many bananas just to make these cookies or freeze for smoothies. The mashed banana is a natural glue to bind the oats and whatever else you decide to throw in. Simply and delicious — the perfect guilt-free dessert or snack!

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

I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Ice-Cream Kale & Raspberry Smoothie

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An unexpected yet tasty combo: raspberries and baby kale. So good blended with Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk and Silk vanilla yogurt that you think you’re drinking raspberry vanilla ice cream instead of smoothie mixed with kale. It was the perfect MCAT study break, as well as a delicious treat for a mid-80s day in Ithaca yesterday. By using already frozen fruit, there’s no added pressure to use the fruit not when it’s ripe, but when you want and need to. The frozen raspberries and bananas add an icy consistency without throwing in ice cubes ( which are a pain to blend). Trust me — you’ll have no idea there’s kale in this!

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