4 Easy Breakfasts (Gluten-free + vegetarian!)

Hey y’all!

In this weekend’s blog post, I wanted to share with you my top 5 healthy breakfast recipes. All of these recipes are so quick and easy, and so good for you too! Also, they’re all gluten-free & vegetarian, so there are options for every diet. Hope you enjoy! 

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AVOCADO TOAST

Avocado toast is so easy and is such a good way your start your day! It’s so full of healthy fats and antioxidants to get your brain going. I like to use gluten-free bread or a rice cake!

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice 
  • A pinch Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Sliced bread or a rice cake

Mash avocado, mix with lemon & salt. Spread on a piece of toast or a rice cake, top with tomato (and some Sriratcha 🙂 ) and you’re good to go!

APPLE CINNAMON OVERNIGHT OATS

These Apple Cinnamon overnight oats are SO yummy!  I don’t think there’s an easier, healthier, more delicious breakfast out there. Throw everything in a jar, shake it up, and it’s ready in the morning for an easy grab-n-go breakfast! Linked here is another overnight oat recipe that I hope you’ll love too.

  • 1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/4 cup Plain or Vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce or freshly grated apple (my fav)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Add all ingredients to a container with an airtight lid ( I like to use a jar) and shake well to combine. refrigerate overnight, top with chia seeds, more cinnamon, or whatever you’d like! 

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SMOOTHIE BOWL

If you watch my Instagram stories ( @simplejoyofbeing ), you have probably seen this smoothie bowl a MILLION times. I decided to include the recipe here, because y’all, I’m obsessed. This is definitely my all-time favorite smoothie. It reminds me of a fruit sorbet that I had at the beach once, but full of good-for-you yumminess! Linked here is another one of my favorite smoothie recipes that I hope you love as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped + frozen fruit (I like mango, strawberry, pineapple, & peach!!!)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach or kale, whichever you prefer (I like both!)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder
  • 5 ice cubes

Toppings:

  •  Goji berries
  • Chia seeds
  • Fresh fruit
  • Granola (see next recipe) 

Blend all ingredients in a blender & pour into a bowl. Top with the toppings I have listed here, or use your own!

“COOKIE DOUGH” GREEK YOGURT

Y’all, this yogurt tastes EXACTLY like cookie dough, but it’s so good for you ( and acceptable to eat for breakfast:) ). It also only takes a minute to whip up, and definitely gives your everyday greek yogurt an upgrade. It’s packed with protein and has chocolate, so whats not to love?  

  • 1 serving container vanilla or plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • A few chocolate chips to top it off 🙂

Mix all ingredients and top with a few chocolate chips. Enjoy your cookie dough for breakfast… you’re welcome 🙂

I hope you all enjoy these super easy breakfasts as much as I do! 

Much love, 

Chloe♥

“Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Picking + A Really Happy Day

 Hey y’all!

For today’s blog post, I’m going to share with y’all my day of strawberry picking, seeing Avengers: Infinity war (no spoilers, I promise), and just having an all-around good day. I usually don’t do blog posts like this, but it was such a happy day that I wanted to share it with you all!

I started out my day by going to mass with my best friend before driving an hour to a strawberry farm in the absolute middle of nowhere. We ate SO many strawberries and had an amazing time. The sun was shining and I could feel the glory and presence of God in those happy moments. It was beautiful!img_0427

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P.s.: My best friend moves to Hawaii in less than a month! Pray that she and her family have safe travels and that she finds peace and comfort in her new home♥

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Later in the day, I went to dinner at Oshi, a local Poké bowl restaurant.  (& psst … it’s pronounced “POH-keh.”). If you haven’t heard of poké, it’s a Hawaiian dish has chunks of tofu (my fav), fish, or other protein tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and delicious sauces. My personal favorite is rice topped with tofu, edamame, mango, pineapple, & avocado topped with a spicy sauce. I have yet to perfect making poké at home, but as soon as I perfect it I will post a recipe here! I meant to get a picture of what this delicious food looks like, but it was so yummy and I ate it too quickly. oops 🙂

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After dinner, we went and saw Avengers: Infinity War. I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, other than I seriously debated going again the next day to watch it again. 

All in all, it was just an amazing day and I wanted to share my happiness with all of you♥

Much love + too many strawberries,

Chloe♥

Sephora Haul!

Hey y’all!

Today is such a bright and sunny day and everything is so happy. I haven’t posted in a while, I know, but I’ll get back to posting regularly soon. Classes have gotten crazy and time has gotten away from me these past few weeks, and since school is my main priority right now, blog posts might be posted at weird times. I’ll get back on track with posting every Saturday soon, I promise! Anyway, this past week I went to Sephora (stress shopping… anyone else do that?) with the intention of getting new foundation but accidentally bought WAY too many things. I decided to write this post telling y’all about the products and my thoughts on each of them! 

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ESTEE LAUDER Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

As you may know, I have a little obsession with mascara. Taking off mascara every night has really taken a toll on my eyelashes, due to the scrubbing and harsh cleansers. I’m so happy I found this eye makeup remover by Estee Lauder, which takes off mascara and eye makeup (even waterproof!!) so easily and quickly. 

TOO FACED Born This Way Foundation

Y’all already know about my obsession with this foundation. It is so hydrating and hardly feels like you’re wearing foundation at all. I also occasionally mix this with my moisturizer (Clinique Moisture Surge gel-creme) to create more of a tinted moisturizer on days I don’t want or need a lot of coverage. This foundation is infused with coconut water to help replenish the skin’s moisture levels and contains Alpine rose to brighten skin’s appearance. Fun fact: I’ve never purchased the same foundation twice before discovering this foundation. It’s THAT good.

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TARTE Wide Awake Eye Set

This set is packed with all of your eye care essentials! It comes with a travel-size Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara; Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment; and one set of the Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, all for only $12. It’s also all vegan! This mascara is so volumizing and lengthening, I only need to use one coat. It is also the perfect size to stick in your purse or bag for traveling, in case of road trip touch-ups. The eye cream is packed with a complex of antioxidant plant extracts, light-reflecting particles, and essential fatty acids to hydrate and brighten under eyes. Unlike most eye creams that I have tried, this one doesn’t feel greasy or heavy, therefore much more suitable for everyday use. Finally, these little eye treatment patches work wonders! One use, and my dark circles, which were seriously bad from a weekend of late-night studying were seriously reduced. Yall, these are magical. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara

As some of you may know, I am very particular (and obsessive) when it comes to mascaras. I was planning to re-purchase another Sephora collection mascara that I LOVED, only to find that they didn’t carry it anymore. What was I supposed to do, find a DIFFERENT mascara? No. Way. Luckily, I picked up this one because it was super cute and also only $14 (yes I spent too much money at Sephora, but I’m still on a budget. don’t judge). This mascara also contains jojoba oil, which allows you to build lashes with multiple coats while not flaking, smudging, or clumping. This stuff is seriously good!

URBAN DECAY Vice Lipstick in shade Stark Naked

I have been searching for the perfect nude lipstick for SO LONG, and I have finally found it. This lipstick by Urban Decay is velvety matte but doesn’t feel like I’m wearing lipstick at all. It’s super moisturizing and, unlike most matte lipsticks, don’t dry out your lips or get cakey. It is also packed with so many good-for-your-skin ingredients, such as aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils which help nourish and soften lips. It is also formulated with Illipe butter, which is derived from Malaysian illipe trees and provides long-lasting moisture.  This lipstick is also infused with vitamins C and E, which help to deliver a hint of antioxidants. 

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(My cat decided she wanted to join in the festivities of shooting a few pictures for this post)

That’s a wrap! I really hope y’all enjoyed this post, and I can’t wait to share with you more of my favorite products! My next post will be about a book that has seriously had an impact on my faith life, and I can’t wait to share it with you all, It should be posted in the next week or two. (Regular posting coming soon, I pinky promise 🙂 )

Much love and many blessings,

Chloe ♥

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Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Hey y’all! 

This semester, my goal is to make more healthy breakfasts and to not just settle for cereal and almond milk. Not only do overnight oats have WAY more nutrients than most cereal, they are packed with protein to keep you full all day (perfect for a long day of classes)! Here I’ll be giving yall one of my  favorite overnight oat recipes These overnight oats are rich, creamy, and filled with fresh fruit. It’s truly like eating dessert for breakfast! And, better yet, there’s no prep time! Just mix them up the night before (this takes 5 minutes) and store them in easy grab-n-go airtight containers for easy breakfasts throughout the week. You can eat these cold & straight from the jar, or heat them up for a nice warm breakfast. Enjoy!

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Serves 1
  • 1/2 cuprolled oats
  • 1/4 cupcoconut milk
  • 1/4 cupalmond milk
  • tablespoonmaple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • pinchof salt
  • 1/2cupfresh blueberries
Additional Toppings (optional)
  • fresh blueberries
  • chia seeds
  • shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, salt and maple syrup in a large bowl. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Fold in fresh blueberries.
  3. Transfer to two 8 ounce mason jars, cover, and the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready, top with desired toppings and enjoy!

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Hey y’all!

With spring on the way, fresh food has been sounding so good. I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite smoothie recipe. This smoothie has about 12 grams of protein and is under 300 calories! For all of you who don’t like kale: I promise you can hardly taste it, and kale adds such great nutrients! This smoothie takes only 5 minutes and is a perfect on-the-go breakfast. Smoothies are really hit-or-miss for me; sometimes I like them, sometimes I don’t. Despite that, this smoothie never disappoints! I hope yall love it as much as I do. 

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 1 Cup Kale 
  • 3/4 Cup Water or Almond Milk
  • Chia Seeds (optional)

Directions

Add all ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth. Top with Chia seeds, blueberries, or whatever toppings you like. Enjoy!

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22

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My 10 Minute Everyday Fitness Routine

Hey y’all!  

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my daily workout routine and how I stay in shape as a college student who has to study, work, and who hardly has time for anything else. So, today I’ll be sharing my 10-minute workout that I (try to) do every day!  This workout is quick but works your legs, arms, and abs. Whether it works for you to do this every day, once a week, or three times a week, it’ll leave you sweating and work most of your muscles. You can do this set once as a quick workout, or do it as a circuit and repeat as many times as you want for a serious burn. 

Let’s go!

My 10 Minute Everyday Workout

  • Warm up with 1 minute jumping jacks 
  • Continue with 2 minute run in place
  • 1-minute of ab crunches
  • 1-minute of mountain climbers
  • 1-minute break… breathe, breathe, breathe!
  • 30 seconds of push-ups
  • 1-minute 30 seconds of squats
  • 1-minute plank
  • 1-minute squat jumps

To cool down, I like to do 5 minutes of yoga, which calms everything, slows my breath and heart rate, and stretches everything out. There are lots of yoga sequences on Pinterest that I really enjoy, find my favorite here! I like to stick to the same one every time, so find one you like and stick to it! Or switch it up… You do you. I really hope you enjoy my fitness routine, go forth and do your squats 🙂

Much love,

Chloe♥

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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My Fresh Pressed Juice for Happy Skin

Hey Y’all!

I love making homemade juices, which is why I’ll be sharing with you my favorite skin-happy juice recipe! This is so easy to make, just pop everything in your juicer, and you’re done! This recipe makes approximately a cup and a half of juice (I drank it all before I remembered to measure it), but feel free to double the recipe and save some for later, or adjust the amount of the ingredients to make it your own!

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This juice is packed with vitamins and minerals, but its especially high in antioxidants. If you’re like most people, you want smooth, healthy skin, but maybe you don’t want to look through hundreds of chemical-filled skincare products to get it. That’s where antioxidants can help! Incorporating the right antioxidants into your diet and skin care routine can have a positive effect on your skin, which means a brighter, smoother, healthier you. 

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Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or stopping the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation — a process that causes damage from oxygen that can lead to cell dysfunction. If you’ve seen a peeled apple turn brown, you’ve seen oxidation in action. As antioxidants block the effects of free radicals, they end up being oxidized. This is why it’s important to constantly replenish your supply of antioxidants!

Heres why each ingredient is good for you.

  • Apples are rich in essential antioxidants, which are so good for your skin.
  • Kale is also packed with antioxidants, so another skin-happy ingredient! It also has more iron than beef per calorie and more calcium than milk per calorie. 
  • Carrots, which are also high in antioxidants, are one of the top contributors of vitamin A, also known as the powerhouse vitamin for so much of our body. Carrots also provide high amounts of vitamins C, D, E, and K, as well as many minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
  • Clementines are dense with vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin B-6, niacin, thiamine and pantothenic acid, but they are especially high in folate and vitamin C. They’re also another fruit that is packed with antioxidants, which means happy happy skin!

Juice for Happy Skin

Ingredients 

  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Clementine Oranges, one with the peel and one without
  • 3 Cups kale
  • 2 Handfuls baby carrots (or you can use regular carrots, maybe use 2 or 3)

Directions

Juice all ingredients in a juicer and enjoy!