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♥

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!

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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!

Gluten Free “Oreo” Balls

Hey y’all!

It’s the holiday season, and sometimes it can be hard to find a good gluten-free dessert recipe to have at parties. I found this recipe from Hello Gluten Free, and I’m making these to have on Christmas day! Oreo balls have only 3 ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese, and white chocolate. Sadly, original Oreos aren’t gluten-free, but gluten-free options are available! I used Glutino cookies, which have SUCH good chocolate flavor. I think these are way better than Oreos, which are mainly just sugar. If you aren’t gluten-free, you can totally use regular Oreos with this same recipe! I haven’t tried it with plain Oreos (disclaimer), but I’m sure it’ll taste good!

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Some things I noticed while making these:

The mix was pretty soft before rolling them into balls, so I refrigerated the mix in a bowl for 15 mins before rolling them into balls. This helped the mix to not stick all over your hands and turn into a gooey mess.

I used 33 cookies, but the recipe calls for 30. The last three I crumbled by hand and mixed into the bowl of already processed cream cheese and cookies to give it a little more texture.

Buy two packs of cookies! A pack only comes with about 20, so you’ll need the extra cookies unless you make half of a recipe. (Also means more cookies to eat plain… yes please!)

Buy two packages of white chocolate chips. I ran out of white chocolate about 2/3rd of the way through dipping the Oreo balls, so some ended up just being drizzled with white chocolate, then I used a little dark chocolate as well. They were pretty, but they needed more coverage.

That being said, let’s get started!

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Gluten-Free “Oreo” Balls from Hello Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 30 chocolate gluten-free sandwich cookies (I used Glutino)
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package white chocolate chips (I needed two bags)

Directions

 Step 1
Using a food processor, blend together cookies and cream cheese until smooth.
Step 2
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper, then set in the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
Step 3
Melt white chocolate chips and roll each ball in the melted chips to cover. Place on wax paper to cool and serve. Best kept in the fridge or freezer.

 

This recipe was taken from Hello Gluten Free’s Gluten Free Oreo Ball Recipe. For more information and tips on making these, check out the original post here.

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How To Eat Clean On Roadtrips

Hey y’all! When I travel, I find it hard to not just go through a drive-through and get a large order of fries and a sweet tea. And, although I try to eat semi-healthily when I travel, somehow fries and sweet tea still magically end up next to me. In this post, I’m going to be telling you a little about how I eat clean while traveling. (there’s no shame in fries though. A Chick-fil-a is on my way home from class and you can bet your bottom dollar that those beautiful waffle fries end up in my cup holder with some Polynesian sauce at least once a week. it’s called balance. don’t judge.)  

ONE.  

Chick-fil-a. As much as I love their fries, I sometimes feel the need to get a salad or yogurt. For breakfast, I like getting their Greek yogurt parfait, and for lunch/dinner, I love their superfood side salad. This salad has kale, broccoli, raisins, and a yummy vinaigrette. Super healthy, tasty, and fast!

TWO.

Chipotle. Ok, I know, there aren’t many chipotles when you’re on a road trip. But this is my favorite place to go when I want a quick, healthy, filling meal. I get a veggie bowl with white rice, black beans, corn salsa, salsa verde, cheese, guac, and a side of hot salsa. (I really like salsa). This bowl is relatively healthy and packed with protein from the beans. You also get your carbs from the rice and healthy fats from the guac, so this bowl is the whole deal. It is also a TON of food and bowl usually lasts me two meals.

THREE.

Taco Bell. Ok, to be honest, taco bell isn’t high on my list. But when it’s been too many hours of driving through nothing but farms (this has happened many times, see the picture below) and you get to a little town with a taco bell and maybe a McDonald’s and you are HUNGRY,  go for the Taco Bell and get their Veggie Power bowl. It has rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, guac, and pico, so it’s decently healthy, I just normally try go for better quality foods. But hey, its actually really good, and it fills you up on long road trips. 

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FOUR. 

Starbucks. They have some pretty good options regarding food, and my favorite is the Cheese & Fruit Protein Box. This box has brie, cheddar, and gouda with multigrain crackers and a full cup of fruit. They sell these in most Starbucks stores, so they’re pretty available on road trips. (also Starbucks has packets of sriracha hot sauce. If you know me, you know I eat hot sauce on almost everything, so I stock up on these little packets on road trips.)( also pt. 2 the one thing I don’t like about being up north is the lack of sweet tea. Therefore, southern girl here needs her sweet tea and tried to be clever by ordering a sweetened black tea at a Starbucks in Chicago. It was sub-par as far as southern sweet tea goes, and reminded me that there’s nothing quite like good old southern sweet tea)

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FIVE.

Publix / Target  / any grocery store with a deli. For when you have a little more time to spare, supermarket delis have a great selection of on-the-go salads, sandwiches, and other healthy snacks. You can even stock up on some bananas, veggie chips, and other healthy snacks while you’re there to avoid the “it’s been hours driving through farmland with no food and there’s only a taco bell and I’m tired of drive-thrus” scenario. 

Alright y’all, that’s a wrap!

Keep it classy.

Chloe

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

Hey yall! It’s national hot cocoa day, so I decided to share a healthy(-ish) alternative to the traditional hot chocolate. This is my favorite hot chocolate recipe, because it uses almond milk but is still super tasty. This recipe makes about 5 servings! I also included a single-serving recipe for those days you just want a little something sweet. 

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Almond milk (1 qt.) (I like the sweetened vanilla kind, but you can also use original)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Dash  Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon (you can use regular salt, this stuff is just better in my opinion)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in medium saucepan & stir in water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk & stir until hot.  Remove from heat & add vanilla. Beat with a whisk until foamy, pour into mugs and enjoy!

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-Almond Milk Hot Chocolate for One-

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • Dash Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in large mug. Heat almond milk in a microwave for 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Gradually add hot almond milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. Stir in vanilla. DONE!

Hope you enjoy!

Chloe

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

What I Eat in a Day (+Recipes!)

Hey y’all! I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I eat in a day. All of this is gluten-free, vegetarian, & super easy to make!

Breakfast

I usually don’t do much for breakfast because of classes, so I usually have a bowl of honey nut Cheerios with vanilla almond milk, & a cup of coffee or tea.

  • Honey Nut Cheerios (gluten-free!)
  • Vanilla Almond milk
  • coffee coffee coffee

Lunch

For lunch, I made a sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free sandwich bread. On that, I put avocado, tomato, lettuce, avocado-oil mayo, & provolone cheese.

  • Gluten-free sandwich bread
  • 1/4 an avocado, sliced
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado-oil mayo
  • Provolone cheese
  • lol probably more coffee

Dinner

Veggies, veggies, and more veggies! I made green beans with roasted sweet potato & cauliflower. See the recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potato
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • Green beans (not sure how much, I’m honestly not one for recipes)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove garlic (or just use minced)
  • 1 cup of vegetarian broth
  • Salt & pepper

Sauteé chopped onion until slightly browned, add minced garlic. let that brown for a bit, again, I’m not really one for recipes, I usually go with the flow, but I hope you get the idea. Anyway, after that, I add the green beans (chopped into about 2-inch pieces) and broth. Cover and let simmer for about an hour and a half. Chop up the sweet potato and break up the cauliflower into smallish pieces. Spread on a sheet pan and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss it, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. By then, your green beans should be finished cooking and you have super yummy veggie-filled dinner. (of course, you could add chicken or whatever but I’m just not the biggest fan. Again, you do what you want)

In between meals I snacked on hummus with gluten-free pretzels, dark chocolate, low-fat string cheese, and LOTS of water. also, probably more coffee but that’s irrelevant. I have a water bottle that I carry with me around the house, and everywhere else. Hydration is key, y’all.

I hope you enjoy this post, keep your eyes open for more! I can’t wait to share with you all more food that I love ♥

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25