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Growing up, pancakes with a cold glass of milk was my go-to for breakfast (and even dinner sometimes!). However, shortly after being diagnosed as lactose-intolerant and gluten-sensitive, my days of pancakes & cow’s milk had to come to an end. With this alternative to traditional pancakes, though, I get to have what I used to love and not feel guilty about it– it’s healthy, too! My tummy is happy, my taste buds are happy and I am happy– win:win:win all around :).


Makes about (8) 3-4″ pancakes; gluten-free, dairy free

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt (I use pink himalayan)
  • pinch of baking powder
  • coconut oil
  • drizzle of pancake syrup / maple syrup optional
  • 1/4 cup raspberries (or any other fresh fruit!) optional

Mash banana down with a fork in a bowl until it becomes flat (some lumps are OK). Crack eggs into same bowl and mix ingredients together, breaking yolk. Add in cocoa powder, salt and baking power; mix. In a nonstick pan, coat with some coconut oil and pour batter to make 3-4″ rounds. When you start to see little bubbles form on top, flip and let cook on the other side. Note: it’s pretty much eggs, so it can cook pretty quickly, be sure to not to let burn :). Remove from pan and serve warm with your favorite fruit and syrup, if you choose! Oh, and a cold glass of almond milk– yum :).

Bon appétit!
xx
Loren.

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E.

Easy, Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe!

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To be honest, my love of granola grew from my efforts of trying to make plain, unsweetened greek yogurt seem delicious years ago. Alone, the greek yogurt was tangy as heck (ugh, why). But with granola? Man, that crunch saved me. IT SAVED MY SOUL!

Yet, pacing down the aisles of the supermarket, I was baffled as to why granola wasn’t pure in the sense that it seemed to have to have juices/syrups from concentrate to sweeten it and things like TOCOPHEROLS to keep it fresh. The really good ones I did find (more natural, organic, simple ingredients) were all at least $9/$10 for a little bag. Yikes.

So, I did my research and started making my own at home! I found that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be and having the power to control the ingredients made it everything I ever wanted and more. Throughout the years, I’ve done lots of trial and error, but it has brought me to tune the flavors into the easy, healthy and homemade granola recipe that I share with you today! It also happens to be my husband’s favorite — a big compliment, as he can sometimes be a bit of a food snob. What? I keep it real ;).

I promise that when you’re making these in the oven, your kitchen is going to smell like someone lit up a cinnamon-vanilla candle (best part? you can eat this!). Put it in your favorite yogurt, atop of smoothie bowls, or just have it with your favorite milk/mylk as a cereal! Enjoy!


Healthy Homemade Granola – total prep, cook + cool time: 40 mins
yields 3.5 cups of granola. keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
gluten-free*/vegetarian/dairy-free

* 1 TBSP virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
* 2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free* oats if making gluten-free)
* 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
* 1/2 cup walnut pieces
* 1/4 cup raw, local honey
* 2 TBSP ground cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp vanilla powder**
* 1/8 tsp (or a pinch) of ground, pink himalayan sea salt

1) Preheat oven to 300ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment baking paper. set aside.
2) In a pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. once melted, swirl around the pan and add in your oats + pumpkin seeds. make sure to coat them evenly with the oil. let toast while constantly stirring for about 2-3 minutes (do not burn. if you start to smell popcorn, lower the heat). remove from heat.
3) Place your oats + pumpkin seeds into a large bowl. Add in the walnut pieces, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and pinch of salt.
4) Combine (I love to use my hands for this) ingredients are all well mixed. Reach over for your prepped-ahead baking sheet with parchment paper and pour in mixture, making sure to create a think layer across the whole pan.
5) Pop baking sheet into the oven for 8 minutes and then remove to toss, mix up, relay into thin layer, and pop back in oven for another 8 minutes. Granola should be turning into a nice golden brown color.
6) Remove from oven and let sit to cool down for at least 15 minutes before storing. Enjoy!

*while oats are naturally gluten-free, if your product does not state that it is gluten-free, then it probably has been in contact with other wheat products. if very sensitive to gluten, please ensure you use gluten-free oats.
**vanilla powder does not have the alcohol usually found in liquid vanilla extract and you get a more concentrated taste with it; however, if using vanilla extract, ensure it is 100% pure and substitute the powder above with 1 tsp of extract.

xx,

5.

5 Books For A More Beautiful You

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Today I want to share with you 5 books that can help guide you to eating cleaner, healthier, smarter or, as it’s more commonly known every January 1st: “eating better.” What started as a resolution back in 2014 for me has quickly turned into a lifestyle. It’s really important to know the benefits of good, clean food as it helps us make better decisions about what we put into our bodies for maximum health (and beauty!) potential. Remember, beauty starts from within! Scroll down to see why these are at the top of my list this month!

 

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1. I LOVE Angela Liddon. She started with blogging and sharing her very inspirational story of battling with food and eating disorders for many years. Today, she is a well-known chef who is always coming up with a new creation in her kitchen that she cannot wait to share with the world! This is her second published book in her series and her recipes are always fool proof. Vegan? No problem, this book is for you. Not vegan? This book is still great! Angela focuses on making sure you glow from the outside in. Some of my favorite recipes have become my husband’s, too! Top of my list. I highly recommend.
Amazon, $15.69

 

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2. As the cover mentions, this book is brought to you from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. Now, I didn’t really think the DIY queen of delicious baked goods would be able to have her team come up with delicious clean recipes, but can I say WOW?! I was blown away. The first part of the book is all about the golden rules of creating a lifestyle, how to purchase fresh fruits and legumes, and much more! I always reach for this book when I am in the mood for one of my favorite recipes: Almond-Crusted Chicken Breast with Spinach. Yum, right?!

Amazon, $16.29

 

 

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3.
 Just like ‘Clean Slate,’ ‘Eating Clean’ is just as educational as it is inspiring. One day, Annie (the author), found out she was feeling terribly sick. Worried, her mother took her to get tested. No doctor could find what was wrong; they basically gave her 24 hours to live as no XRAYs, CAT Scans, MRIs, etc could tell what was wrong. Trying one last doctor in New York, they found that Annie was over-toxified with mercury and other things that were causing her ailment. Detoxing and eating cleaner was her way to survival. She followed her doctor’s orders, survived and wrote this book in hopes to teach others how to feel ‘better’ and healthier! Her fuel-up bars are great for breakfasts on the go!
Amazon, $14.88

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4. While the title can be a little misleading (this isn’t a holistic book to help aid certain ailments: (i.e- upset stomach, have some ginger tea, etc.)), it is still a pretty nice book. I have come to find that our Aussie friends from down under really do understand food and its health benefits a little better than some of us here in the States. With that said, Sophie makes sure to talk to you about the benefits of certain basic foods, such as: root vegetables, leafy greens, nuts & seeds, and some other ones, too. After explaining their benefits, she gives you a wonderful recipe. Her Spinach, Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa burgers are sure to be a hit during dinner and can also be reheated for a tasty, healthy lunch! Amazon, $20.05

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5. ‘Eat Pretty’ is one of those books that you can come to for reference! The author, Jolene, uncovers how that extra cup of caffeine may be giving you wrinkles, how dairy can be to blame for spotty skin, how to eat better seasonally and what beauty benefits you gain from knowing the nutrients found in your food. For example, you can support healthy hair thanks to the sulfur found in arugula! This book is as pretty on the outside as it is going to help make you feel on the inside :).
Amazon, $12.31

Cheers!
signalorenii