Spicing up your life + pumpkin coffee cake

It’s October, and I have succumbed… I am so into pumpkin spice EVERYTHING lately! And Trader Joe’s has been seriously hooking me up (per usual). I also love using straight up pumpkin from the can in my cooking and baking. Pumpkin is a starchy vegetable that is chock full of beta-carotene (your body converts this…

On Eating Local + Layered Smoothie

In my previous blog and Instagram posts, I’ve dropped here and there little tidbits about eating local and seasonal whenever possible. Here are my consolidated thoughts, and a recipe for a layered smoothie! I somehow have managed to not post a single smoothie in the almost two years I’ve had this blog… but alas, this…

Pumpkin nutella breakfast cookies (gluten free)

Happy Halloween!! I had a blast dressing up this weekend, but now that Monday has hit I feel like a grandma and all I want to do is bake something yummy. SO that’s what I did today. Just in time for the end of October, I present to you my version of pumpkin breakfast cookies!…

Wholesome banana oat bread

So…what to do with those three overripe bananas you have laying around?? Make them into banana bread, of course! This recipe is adapted from a one out of an old cookbook from the 80s that my mom cracks open occasionally,ย called The Athlete’s Kitchen. It is surprisingly low in sugar and fat (only 2 tablespoons vegetable…

Whole wheat french toast

It’s Saturday morning, 11 am. I roll out of bed and immediately think, “Coffee. now.” The second thing on my mind? FOOD.ย Whether I’m at my apartment in Ithaca during the school year or at home with my family in California, Saturday mornings are for brunch: that one morning meal meal I can actually take some…