Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin time!


This Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a wonderful addition to my fall smoothie line-up!


A slightly sweet, pumpkin spiced, creamy, and doughy smoothie!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Serves 1

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 cup of old fashioned oats

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 frozen banana

3 heaping tbsp of pureed pumpkin

Sprinkle of cinnamon

To make this wonderful fall smoothie simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend away! Enjoy!


What I Ate Wednesday #85!

It’s Wednesday! And you know what that means, time to share another day of eats. Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting! This week I am sharing my eats from yesterday, so you can see what I ate on a typical workday. Breakfast started off with a peanut butter banana date smoothie. It is one of my go to smoothie recipes that I absolutely love. I actually prefer this combo with almond butter, but I was all out! This smoothie was 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk, 3/8 cup of old fashioned oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 a date, 2 tbsp peanut butter and one frozen banana.


Midmorning after an appointment I snacked on plain greek yogurt with chia seeds and organic apple butter from a local orchard. Delicious!


I also had a few of these Pumpkin Seed Cheddar crackers. Crunchy goodness.


Lunch was eaten at my computer, which I try not to do all that often because it’s good for the mind and body to take a break and focus on eating and enjoying food at each meal…but sometimes there is just not enough time in the day. So today I ate my peanuty soba noodles with stir fry veggies at my desk. It was a delicious meal! I’ve never had soba noodles before but absolutely love the texture. Can’t wait to try another recipe with them soon.


After lunch I had a piece of leftover gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cake from the weekend. It was a nice sweet treat after lunch.


Yesterday afternoon at work I also had a sweet sixteen apple. It is from the same organic orchard as the apple butter, and each variety of apples I’ve gotten from the farm so far this season have been phenomenal! This one has a hint of cherry to it!


Once home for the evening I ate a few of these chips and a couple of raisins before heading out for a walk. I love fall walks!


Dinner was a Lentil Vegetable soup, which was quite good.


And a piece of bread.


Dessert was a new combo that turned out great as well. Cinnamon graham cracker sandwiches filled with banana and vanilla cinnamon sunflower butter!




Sweet and Spicy Squash, Bean, and Kale Burritos


Sweet and Spicy Squash, Bean, and Kale Burritos!


A quick, easy, and delicious dish made in one pan!


Sweet and Spicy Squash, Bean and Kale Burritos

Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil

3 cups of kale, chopped

1 cup of corn

2 cups of butternut squash, chopped ( I used frozen)

1 can of kidney beans

1 tbsp curry

1 tbsp chili powder

4 tortillas


To make this dish, simply sauté all the ingredients for 12-15 minutes or until tender.

Add mixture to a burrito, top with any extras you fancy, and enjoy!


What I Ate Wednesday #84!

What I Ate Wednesday! Here are the eats!


A lemon poppyseed and bran muffin from a local bakery. I’ve been craving a lemon poppyseed muffin for awhile and this was perfect!


Had a banana alongside the muffins.


A piece of peanut butter and bread was my mid-morning snack.


Then I had a delicious chilled veggie and quinoa salad and a slice of Great Harvest’s Spicy Spinach Feta bread. Wow. So good!


I also had a bite of these oatmeal muffins my stepmom made, they were perfectly moist and had a hint of coconut. Yum!


That afternoon a Culver’s pumpkin spice shake was calling my name. I hadn’t had one of these for over two years! There weren’t any Culver’s out East, so I never had this delicious fall treat when I was in NYC for grad school.  I had half of this shake and saved the rest for the next day. They were just as good as I remember, but pretty rich!


Dinner was a vegetable lasagna, slice of french bread and some salad. Only I forgot to take a picture of the lasagna and bread so here’s a nice pic of the salad!


And dessert was a slice of apple pie. A great day of eats that’s for sure!

Make sure to stop on over to Jenn’s page to join in on all the WIAW fun!





What I Ate Wednesday #83!

Good morning! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week so far and have a fabulous Wednesday. For now, I hope you enjoy my featured eats from last weekend.


My morning started off with a delicious bowl of cracked wheat. I cooked it in the microwave with half a ripe banana and some cinnamon, then after it was finished cooking I topped it with the other half of the banana, some chia seeds and natural creamy peanut butter. It was wonderful!


Check out that melty peanut butter!


On the way to the apple orchard Saturday morning I had a pumpkin spice latte with coconut milk. It was delicious! Not only is it much cheaper, but it also has a better looking ingredient list than those from Starbucks!


We picked up some organic Sansa apples from the orchard. I’ve never had Sansa apples before but they are perfectly crisp and sweet.


I went grocery shopping with my Mom at Whole Foods around lunchtime, so we decided to eat at the hot bar while we were there. I had a tasty mix of greens, some cold salads, falafel and mac ‘n cheese. I also sampled a bit of Whole Foods’ Alternative Fuel green juice…and it was pretty bad. I am not a picky eater but the juice was bitter and left a bad taste in my mouth. Not the refreshing sample I was hoping for!


Upon returning home I fixed that bad taste problem right away with the leftover few bites of my Outpost brownie.


While finishing up a report that afternoon I snacked on a tortilla and baba ganoush.


Then dinner was leftover burrito mix: squash, beans, kale, corn, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, etc.


And a nice side salad.


Dessert was a spoonful of my Mom’s homemade pumpkin ice cream.


And a small bowl of chocolate avocado pudding. Recipe to come! It was a sweet and satisfying way to end the night.

Make sure to stop on by Jenn’s page to see where this WIAW party gets started!



Kale and Quinoa Salad with Curry and Chili



Here’s another recipe to kickoff the week!


A wonderful Kale and Quinoa Salad with Curry and Chili.


Kale and Quinoa Salad with Curry and Chili

Serves 4-5

1/2 cup of red quinoa

2 cups of kale, chopped

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup of bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup of onion, chopped

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp of a spice blend of your choice

Pinch of garlic salt

Tahini for serving

To make this dish, start by cooking the quinoa. Add quinoa and 1 cup of water to a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.

While the quinoa is cooking, chop your veggies and sauté in a drizzle of olive oil for 5-7 minutes over medium-low heat (or until veggies are tender). While veggies are cooking stir in spices.

Rinse and drain the chickpeas.

When the quinoa and veggies are done cooking, combine together in a large mixing bowl along with the chickpeas.

Serve warm and drizzle with tahini. Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday #82!

Good Morning! And happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a wonderful labor day weekend and a great start to September. For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday I’m featuring my eats from Sunday. Make sure you stop on by Jenn’s page to see where this party gets started!


On Sunday morning I whipped up some Kodiak Cake Pancakes. I topped them with almond butter, a nectarine and chia seeds, and it was absolutely lovely.


After breakfast my sister and I packed a picnic lunch to bring to the beach. It was a beautiful day and we wanted to squeeze in a beach trip before fall rolls around. People definitely had the same thought as we did!


Here’s a shot of our lunch. We had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (the jelly was a raspberry cranberry jelly from the farmer’s market and was amazing), zestar apples that we picked up from and organic apple orchard that morning (so good!), some carrots and hummus, and a sparkling cucumber water.


I also had a few bites of this Apple Pear Strudel Clif bar, not my favorite flavor but it was okay. After we finished our picnic we went for a short walk on the beach before heading out. Our next stop was Colectivo, and I had a small chai with almond milk. Forgot the picture though. We had such a wonderful time and want to make sure we fit in one more trip if possible!


That afternoon I snacked on a tomato fresh from the garden, we have so many!


I also had some red grapes while I read outside.


While making dinner I had a palmful of honey sesame almonds.


And for dinner I had this beautiful purple salad! It’s a Beet, Blueberry, and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette. Recipe to come! I also had a slice of pizza that my family had ordered, and some more grapes.


More tomatoes!



Dessert was another fabulous treat! My sister found a recipe for chocolate avocado pudding, and it was the simplest and most decadent pudding I’ve had. The picture doesn’t quite do it justice, but it was super thick, rich, and creamy! Hope you all treated yourself as well. Have a good one!