Category Archives: Pre and Post workout

Food that keeps me energized through my workouts and refuels me after.

Chocolate espresso smoothie breakfast bomb aka mockaccino (vegan)

Why is it that I can drink an espresso, or a double espresso, and have little to no side effect of the caffeine, but when I drink a coffee or latte, I get the jitters? I thought espresso would be more of a jolt, but I find the opposite. What gives? I’m sure I could look to the Google gods for some sort of scientific explanation, but I’d rather troll dream travel places on Pinterest instead.  Continue reading Chocolate espresso smoothie breakfast bomb aka mockaccino (vegan)

Cinnamon vanilla “fauxppuccino” (vegan)

Do you think we can head the 1,000 miles to Austin to hit up that food truck with the best vegan tacos where we stopped on our cross country road trip? No? Oh man, can’t I just teleport myself for a minute back to my favorite coffee shop in Philly for a coconut mocha latte? (And of course to visit my peeps!) I am constantly thinking of new recipes to create that are healthy, nutritious and delicious to share with my readers (that’s you!) and when a friend gets a whiff of my brain activity, I am often asked where I draw my inspiration from. Continue reading Cinnamon vanilla “fauxppuccino” (vegan)

Running: from loathe to love + vanilla blueberry fig recovery smoothie bowl

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Abhor. Despise. Detest. Loathe. All of these words summed up my feeling towards running my whole life. I was never good at it. I was slow (and I mean slooowwww), achy, out of breath and have even puked during sports practices. I was convinced I was not a runner and I would never be one and that was okay. Six years ago when I first started my journey to becoming healthy I never thought I would be a runner, let alone enjoy it. But in the past year I have added 5-7 mile runs to my weekly routine and I just completed my first triathlon last month. I still can’t believe that running has become something that I WANT to do and that leaves me feeling invigorated. Wanna know how I went from loathing running to loving it? Read below.  Continue reading Running: from loathe to love + vanilla blueberry fig recovery smoothie bowl

Pumpkin protein muffins (vegan and gluten-free)


Life is: Exploring a new town on vacation with your new lova,’ dreaming about moving there, and then stumbling on an amazing coffee shop with excellent espressos, lattes & teas. And then to find out they have amazing healthy muffins?! With no sugar?! WHHAAATTTT? After I happened upon the pumpkin protein muffin a few years ago at the Groundwork coffee shop in Venice, CA, I was super excited to try and make it myself. It wasn’t sweet, but it packed a lot of flavor with the pumpkin, seeds & spices.I  read the ingredients and decided that I’d keep the wrapper to try and make it myself. And then I finished my muffin, tossed the wrapper in the trash and went on merrily about my day. Until I realized I had thrown away the ingredient list. Oops. Continue reading Pumpkin protein muffins (vegan and gluten-free)

Chocolate banana peanut butter smoothie.


This puppy’ll hold ya over for a long time if you don’t have time for a meal immediately after a workout. I made this while in a time-pinch to go meet a friend for a flea market adventure.

Los ingredientes:

  • 1/2 c non dairy milk
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder*
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 avocado(optional)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2-3 ice cubes.
  • *I use an unsweetened chocolate protein powder. You can also throw a handful of greens in for some extra nutrition. I often throw beet greens into smoothies. Beet greens boast a high amount of vitamins A, C and minerals, such as magnesium and potassium. If you do the same you can add a few dates to sweeten it, but the banana should do the trick.

Taste of the tropics smoothie



The birds are chirping and the sun is up late. This means one thing: summer is around the corner! Get into the summertime spirit with a delicious smoothie.

1 small banana, frozen
1 c frozen mango
1/2 c frozen blueberries, raspberries, cherries or a mix of all 3
1/2 c almond milk (or coconut milk)
1 Tbsp. Coconut butter or 1/4c unsweetened shredded coconut
3-4 ice cubes
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
1 handful of spinach (optional)

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Find a hammock and enjoy!

Fig berry smoothie

Fig berry smoothie

This smoothie combines frozen figs, berries, spinach, flax and protein powder for a quick pick me up breakfast or pre-workout meal.

(Makes 24oz)


  • 3 frozen (or fresh) figs
  • 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen cherries
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 Tbsp. flax seed
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 scoop protein powder (I used plain, but you could experiment with vanilla & omit the extract)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 c. water (or milk of your choice)
  • unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in blender and process until smoothie consistency.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass or travel mug.