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Three of My Favorite Things to Eat For Balance

Appetizers, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian, Whole 30

True story: I love butter and cakes and cookies and pasta.

Also true story:I eat healthy most of the time.

I don’t follow a diet nor am I paleo, whole30, vegan, keto or any of that. I like to think that I attempt to practice balance and moderation. It’s something I’m not always great at or successful at achieving but it’s what I strive to do and it works for me. I have a hard time eliminating things completely from my diet, so I eat literally everything, I just don’t eat ALL of it.

Most days I eat pretty healthy and that’s because it makes me feel better about myself. It makes me feel lighter and brighter and keeps my energy up.

These are my three favorite things to keep me feeling all sprightly!

My morning smoothie:
I love having my morning smoothie an hour or so before a later morning workout OR right after a early morning workout.

And then there are mornings where I don’t work out at all and I still drink it.

Here’s what I add:
2 scoops of Vital Proteins Banana Collagen + Whey Protein Powder (I like Vital Proteins because it doesn’t have stevia and just tastes like banana and vanilla)
1 banana (frozen or room temperature)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon cacao powder
Small handful of frozen kale or spinach
1/4 cup of frozen strawberries or ice
Small handful of walnuts (more for the top)
1/2 cup of almond milk

I add a few teaspoons of chia seeds and more walnuts on top because your girl likes texture!

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Seven Layer Pasta Salad

Appetizers, Dinner, Salads, Summer, The Holidays

I love a regular, classic salad. Yes, I do.

But sometimes I like to choose fun. And for me, that means adding pasta into the mix. Pasta salad is the best kind of salad. We all know this.

I also love the very American seven-layer salads. They look like traditional Americana dishes to me. Something I never grew up with. My mom didn’t make American foods like this, which obviously made me even more curious.

For this post, I teamed up with Classic Yellow Mustard is a summer (and beyond) staple that adds a pop of flavor into all kinds of summer dishes. I usually make dressings with Dijon mustard but this is proof that yellow mustard also has its place in dressings. This one is a creamy herbed dressing that can be used instead of ranch.

I like my pasta salads to have texture, texture and more texture. The radishes and sugar snap peas add lovely texture. It makes it super refreshing and on the lighter side, which might be surprising considering the fact that it’s a straight-up pasta salad.

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Vegetarian Bao Buns

Appetizers, Dinner

Soft. Fluffy. Luscious. Pillow-y. A dream.

These bao buns are what my carb dreamzzzz are made of. They’re so delicious and soft and before now, I had no idea they were so, so, so simple to make at home.

If you make them the legit AF way, the way you’re supposed to, you’re going to take pork fat and render it and pour it into this bread dough. But, I found that butter (a bit easier to find and deal with) is just as good. I adapted this recipe from David Chang’s recipe.

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