“Look after the roots of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow." -B.K.S. Iyengar
Ok but seriously. You'll never need another brownie recipe again, I promise. Now I know that there are lots of black bean brownies floating around out there and I can't speak for them. But these are the ones you need to make. They're vegan, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and they're friggin incredible.
Lately, I've been into savory breakfasts. There's something about starting my day off by eating vegetables that makes me feel better about myself and somehow makes me feel more inclined to eat healthy throughout the day. My little girl loves soft boiled eggs, so I usually cook up a bunch early in the week for her (and me) to eat in a pinch. These eggs in particular from the farmers market had some of the most beautiful orange yolks I've ever seen. I always have some sort of cooked grain on hand, so this savory bowl comes together in the same amount of time as a bowl of oatmeal. The cherry tomatoes and basil are incredible this season, so all of these things combined with some creamy avocado makes one of my favorite summer breakfasts. Give it a try sometime.
I have a thing against convenience foods. Since becoming a health food nut many years ago, I've given up convenience foods. Anything that's processed and packaged just isn't my thing. The exception lies in those super healthy convenience foods, and trust me, it's got to be super healthy if I'm going to eat it. I'm thinking of perhaps a raw organic energy bar. Or some yummy whole grain gluten-free crackers. Or a portable packet of nut butter. The ingredients have to be pure, otherwise I'm not touching it.
We recently traveled to New York to visit family (the reason for my blogging absence lately). Traveling on a plane with a one year old is rough, man. It's exhausting in so many ways. But I was prepared with as many healthy snacks as I could to get me through because for me, if I'm well nourished, then I can pretty much do anything. For our five hour flight, I packed fresh fruit, kale chips, homemade trail mix, some organic dehydrated raspberries (the baby loved those), and these Lara bars. The bars were the first snacks to be eaten. I've made different versions of these 3-ingredient bars and my favorite combo so far is pecans, almonds, medjool dates, and the all-star (not so) secret ingredient; a whole vanilla bean. Yup, put the entire vanilla bean (pod and all) in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients and trust me, your life will be changed forever. Ok, maybe not, but you get the point.