Good Morning, crew!
How was everyone's weekend?! Mine was pretty spectacular actually and it's because it was just so simple. Sometimes the simpler, the better, ya know?
This weekend, I did something drastic. I took not one, but TWO rest days.
Is that crazy or what?! I'm actually feeling super good about it! I've been training really hard lately, so my body definitely needed the break. I caught up on sleep (slept in till 7:30/8:00 am both Saturday and Sunday), made banana pancakes for my boyfriend and myself, lounge around, and explored the city! It was a beautiful, quiet, simple weekend. And I loved every minute of it!
Banana cinnamon walnut pancakes for him and straight up banana pancakes with Greek yogurt for moi! :) After chowing down Saturday morning, we walked the High Line. If you're ever in NYC, this is a must-do! It stretches from midtown all the way to downtown and is filled with patches of beautiful botanical gardens, sculptures, and views along the way. You sort of feel like you're in another city; like you're above all of the commotion that is New York, completely removed from the din below.
Not too bad, ya? ;) Sunday was spent catching up on the little to-dos, such as laundry, cleaning, and meal prep. Sunday evening, I travelled home and had dinner with the family and some family friends at the beach. Nothing beats a view like this :)
We got home pretty late, but I was still hungry, so I helped myself to some yummy Halo top ice cream! The Birthday cake flavor is incredible! I love it because usually, heavy dairy upsets my stomach, but this is not too hard! That being said, I do love my weekly Van Leewuen's ice cream- nothing beats a cup of the Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Swirl mixed with hot fudge and sprinkles. Oh yeah. I go all out, I promise ;)
And now on to the week! I had a beautiful run this morning, followed by some strength training, so I was in desperate need of a hearty recovery smoothie. Fun fact: Not all smoothies have to be green! I know a lot of bloggers will put in a lot of veggies (I do love to do that too), but some times I don't want a smoothie to be green! I want it to be purple, red, vanilla, or maybe pink! Embracing the colors of the rainbow over here. Let's do it!
This smoothie is full of the perfect recovery fuel after a long workout. With a banana base, I add in some maca powder, plant-based protein, a spoonful of almond butter, and some cinnamon. It's incredible, creamy, and oh-so satisfying. Check it out!
Maca Almond Recovery Smoothie
That's it for now! Hope you guys enjoy :) Let me know how your weekend was in the comments below! Have a beautiful Monday!
I don't think anyone can love breakfast as much as I do.
Literally impossible. Breakfast is my hands-down favorite meal of the day. Despite my Italian heritage, I love breakfast. In fact, breakfast is usually the one thing on my mind when I go to sleep each night. What am I going to eat? The options are endless. Yes, even for the glutenoids like myself (I see you out there).
One of my all-time favorite and go-to recipes is overnight oats. A brilliant mixture of oats, greek yogurt (if you're vegan, try mixing almond milk and your favorite plant-based protein powder together!), almond milk, and toppings-galore. So yummy. So filling. So delicious. I typically top mine with fresh fruit, chia seeds, nuts, nut butter, or chocolate chips- mix and match your favorites!
The oats are...
Easy to make...
Made with ingredients you can feel good about!!
Below is my standard recipe for overnight oats. This is a make ahead recipe, so you can make this right before you go to sleep the night before. When you wake up, you'll have a bowl full of yummy yoats! As my blog grows, be on the lookout for more variations, as I plan on sharing with you my versions of brownie batter oats, cookie dough oats, banana cream pie oats, golden milk oats, and more! Just you wait!
Nutrition Facts (without toppings and using Stevia): Calories: 250, Fat: 4.4 g, Sodium: 140 mg, Potassium: 500 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 32.7 g, Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 17.9 g
Wow, so this is my first post. This is so. cool. I'm so excited to be sharing my recipes, ramblings, and adventures with you (pretending like someone is reading this right now)!
For my first post, I wanted to show you guys one of my favorite drink recipes. It's called Golden Matcha Milk!
If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon for the anti-inflammatory and absolutely delicious Golden Milk, you definitely will with this new twist on it.
The combination of Turmeric, coconut oil, matcha powder, and almond milk gives you a nice anti-inflammatory boost, healthy fats, and a little caffeine without the crash that typically comes from foods and drinks high in sugar or too much coffee. It’s also super easy to make! I love adding a little Stevia extract when I’m craving something sweet. Check it out!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
(optional) 2-3 drops Stevia extract
Hey there and welcome! I'm a 20-something-year-old running, painting, and eating my way through NYC. Hope to see you along the way!