Five Minute Black Bean Hummus

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For being such a huge hummus believer, it’s a real shocker how long it’s taken me to post one of my hummus recipes. My most common hummus consumption method is using it as a salad dressing replacer, which is genius by the way because it really complements all the veggies on my plate and adds an extra kick of flavor to any kind of protein I may choose to throw into the mix.

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5 Ingredient Matcha Moringa Waffles

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Waffles are my go-to meal when I’m in need for something hearty but am not willing to sacrifice a clean diet. And these Matcha Moringa waffles are the perfect exception to that. Praise God for all things paleo breakfast foods!!

You’re probably wondering what the heck is moringa, because I have to confess I had no clue it existed until a bag of moringa powder went on sale at Sprouts haha. But now that I’ve found it, I don’t see how I can ever part from it! For starters, this shrub of a plant is loaaaaded with antioxidants (just like matcha and berries), anti inflammatories, amino acids and vitamins A, B and C. It’s also vegan, a great source of plant protein and carries a really beautiful, rich green color without a strong “veggie” flavor (for those of you who are scared of bitter plant foods). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) even states that all parts of this plant are edible, which I think is really cool. I came across this really cool moringa-loving site called The Healthy Leaf while doing research on the plant and I really suggest that you check it out for more information!

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Chocolate Superfood Wookies



How sad; I’m not even two weeks in to my Spring semester and I’m already getting mad chocolate study cravings. This can’t be good… or can it? The trick to mastering the snack ordeal is to choose the right kinds of snacks to satisfy both your tastebuds and your nutrition goals. Most college students (or anyone really) think that healthy snacking is too expensive, unsatisfying and unrealistic. My counter to that? Those people just haven’t found the right healthy snacks! Well lucky for them things like the wookie were invented. You guessed it, half waffle half cookie. And how can something this amazing-looking actually be good for you? Well just like anything else you buy off the shelf, it’s all about the process, not just the product.

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Vegan Superfood Peppermint Hot Cacao

Whelp, ’tis the season to be FREEZING my butt off because I’m still not used to cold weather! (Says the Hawai‘i girl living in SoCal…) Haha I know, I know- I have no reason to complain about cold weather what-so-ever because I really don’t know what it’s like to live in a frigid winter wonderland. But still! I don’t think I could ever get used to the cold no matter how small a change it may be; I’m just a sunshine girl to the bone. The good news is this drop in temperature has got me in the warm-beverage drinking spirit more than usual. I have been clutching my hot lemon water-filled thermos this week like there’s no tomorrow scurrying to class, but tonight I was in need of something a little more sweet and spirited.

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Pumpkin Protein Balls

Like I mentioned yesterday in my Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Seed Waffles post, this Pumpkin Week idea of mine was a little more of a commitment than I had originally anticipated. But, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Blogging is a huge passion of mine and I love being able to share my thoughts and recipes with others interesting in bettering or expanding their knowledge on health and cooking wholesome, good-for-you foods. I hope you’ve enjoyed this past week of pumpkin overload as much as I have enjoyed sharing my various recipes with you. I also hope that I’ve changed some of your possible previous perspectives that pumpkin is only good for lattes and pies. This ingredient really is a force to be reckoned with, both in heath and cost, and I encourage you to further entice your imagination and try using it in everything. I’ve made pumpkin pasta, flatbread, pancakes and nana ice cream soft serve (just to name a few others) and would suggest you take advantage of this fall season staple by creating other recipes of your own!

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Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Quinoa

There really isn’t anything like a warm bowl of hot cereal in the morning. Warm breakfasts help to kick start your digestion and brain function, especially when paired with a cup of hot lemon water or tea. This recipe is perfect for a quick and hearty warm breakfast you can take on the go, and you never want to skip the most important meal of the day!

Now let’s talk a little about quinoa. Quinoa is considered a superfood and packs a large punch in its health benefits. It is a  grain by most (others consider it a seed), therefore it’s not a component of the Paleo diet. However it is gluten-free and should not be a carb you wave out of your diet easily. Quinoa is filled with protein, anti-inflammatory components, lots fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and so much more. Brown rice does put up a good fight against this amazing grain, but I personally like Quinoa’s crunchy texture and higher fiber benefits. If you’d like to read more about the amazing benefits of quinoa, check out this article. But unfortunately, it isn’t the cheapest ingredient out there. Costco sells a large 3 lb bag of Ancient Grain Mix that goes on sale for $9.99 from time to time, but Trader Joe’s Tri-Colored Quinoa will suffice if you’re cooking for one like me.

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