Heart of palm salad from my Pinterest to Plate cooking extravaganza

Quesadillas with feta, refried beans, spinach, and kale

Quinoa and turkey stuffed peppers from Bethenny

Artichokes with melted butter

Gluten-free pizza cupcakes with buffalo chicken meatballs from Trader Joe’s

Carrots with Alouette

On Sundays, Harris Teeter wraps up produce that’s on its last leg and reduces the price by a lot.

That’s how I ended up with 7 zucchinis for $.93, a big bag of key limes for $.75, a giant bag of assorted hot peppers for about $1, and my latest find: 4 starfruit for $.69!

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How is a girl who loves

I’m currently standing in the kitchen waiting for my amazingly simple but deliciously hearty soup to finish simmering!

I’ll post that recipe later, but for now, I wanted to share my morning smoothie recipe:

  • A big dash of soy milk
  • A scoop of almond butter
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 frozen (and peeled!) orange
  • 1 shredded and frozen carrot

Definitely a well-balanced smoothie but it didn’t taste overtly “healthy” (in a bad way). Such a good combo!

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I’ve established a new morning tradition (does two days count as a “tradition”?!) that I love. I wake up, eat a small bowl of oatmeal (with flax!) and go on a run. As of today, I even have a new running buddy! As we got down by the Tidal Basin, it began to torrentially downpour, which spiced up our run a bit. I think I am actually more energized during “rain runs.”

Back to my new routine- when I get home, I reward myself with a healthy smoothie using my new mini-blender.

Yesterday’s smoothie, based on Monsters from Oh She Glows:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • A dash of Mango OJ
  • A big splash of soy milk
  • A scoop of almond butter

Today’s smoothie:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • A big splash of soy milk
  • A scoop of almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of refrigerated coconut macaroon coffee

Yum! An easy way to get protein, fruit…and caffeine :)

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