Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

peanut butter and banana smoothieSmoothies are my favorite breakfast during the summer. They are quick and easy to make, and portable for mornings on the go. I also love their versatility- I make a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast and never get bored.

My go-to has always been peanut butter and banana smoothie with a little chocolate (because everything is better with chocolate). Such a delicious combination, and the perfect fuel for a busy morning or post-workout snack. However, when I started paying more attention to what I was eating, I realized my favorite “healthy” smoothie wasn’t as nutritious as I had though. With a big dollop of peanut butter, sugary yogurt and the occasional chocolate chips, it was more like ice cream than a healthful smoothie.

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Roasted Cauliflower

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Confession: I love snacks. As a kid, I asked for my “afternoon snack” as soon as I walked in the door. My favorite snacks were crackers, popcorn and chips & cheese (tortilla chips topped with melted shredded cheese). As an adult, I still love my afternoon snacks, but I try to be more mindful of what I’m eating and opt for healthier snacks. Riding the light rail train home from work last week, I found myself craving roasted cauliflower. ROASTED CAULIFLOWER. My 8-year-old self would be horrified.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi | Guest Post

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Today I am guest posting for Kami at Faithfully Me. Kami is a fellow Minnesotan and Twin Cities’ blogger, and I’m so excited to work with her. Head over to Faithfully Me for my Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce recipe and check out her blog!

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I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while, and I’m so excited to share it with you. If you like sweet potato, you’ll love these light and pillow-like gnocchi. So delicious, and totally do-able on a busy weeknight!

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Light Italian Wedding Soup

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Sweaters. Crunchy Leaves. Scarves. Crisp Mornings. Boots. Pumpkin Flavored Everything. These are a few of my favorite things about fall. Autumn is my favorite season, and I could go on and on about everything I love about this time of year. There’s nothing better than going for a long walk to enjoy the fall colors and coming home to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea. Except snuggling up with a warm bowl of soup.

Soup is one of my favorite foods. When I was a kid, I used to ask for soup for lunch every day- even during the summer. My mom worried terribly about my sodium intake and couldn’t believe how many cans of soup her daughter went through over summer vacation. While I’ve curbed my soup addiction, all I want to eat on these crisp fall days is a nice, warm bowl of soup!

Even though soup is one of my favorite foods, I often avoid ordering it at restaurants because they can be greasy and loaded with sodium. Italian wedding soup is often one of the worst offenders, with a greasy broth and lots of mini meatballs and little pasta noodles. But it’s still so delicious! I found myself craving Italian wedding soup last week, and was determined to make my own lighter version.

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Five Tips for Packing Your Lunch

Five Tips for Packing Your LunchPacking your lunch is a great way to save money and stay on track with your nutrition. The concept is easy, but with busy schedules, it’s easy to forget and suddenly you’re left trying to find something satisfying from the vending machine or ordering delivery yet again. With a new school year beginning, there couldn’t be a better time to start a new lunch-packing habit! I pack my lunch everyday, and these tips have saved us both time and money week in and week out.

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