Tropical Banana-Orange Granola Recipe – Sweetened with Whole Foods, with Oil-Free and Gluten-Free Options

Healthy vegan granola recipe

Even though health-minded, “all-natural” people are sometimes called “crunchy” or “granola”, I’ll admit that I’ve never made my own granola at home before until recently. I just thought that it was too much of a hassle, or I’d always miss an important ingredient in my pantry if I came across an interesting-looking recipe. Then the other day I decided to give it a try with this tropical granola recipe – and I was pleasantly surprised with how great it came out! I’m calling this “tropical granola” because of its bright (but not overbearing) orange flavor that comes from fresh orange juice and orange zest. Add in dried pineapple, apricot chunks and optional shredded coconut, and you just might feel the rays of warm tropical sunshine on your face – who … Read the rest of the post

Overnight Oats – a Quick Vegan Breakfast for Busy Days, Plus Four Tasty and Nutritious Ways to Serve Them

Overnight oats for breakfast have been all the rage in the blogosphere lately, and it’s no wonder: they make for a delicious, filling vegan breakfast that takes very little effort to make. Just soak the oats overnight in your favorite non-dairy milk, add a few ingredients in the morning, and voilà! I’ll tell you a secret, however: I’ve been eating this stuff for literally half of my life, since middle school, long before overnight oats became trendy. To this day this is my default breakfast for the mornings I don’t feel like making anything complicated. Today I’ll share with you four delicious ways I love making  overnight oats, and a few tips on getting them just right. Clockwise from to left: Pumpkin Oats, Plain Oats, Chocolate Oats, Swamp Monster Oats When I first started making … Read the rest of the post

Week 8 of Marathon Training. Classic Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries – the Most Comforting Breakfast!

Uh oh – time is going by so fast! Can’t believe I’m writing a report about week 8 of my marathon preparation. Another eight weeks, and my race will be here! I know, I know – I might sound kind of stressed saying this, but actually I’m kind of excited! Yes, setting any big goal (including running a decent marathon on a vegan diet) will bring plenty of stress and excitement, but it’s important to stay focused and celebrate every milestone while on the way to that bigger goal. And whenever we go through a confidence-building experience, let’s celebrate it even more! Steel-cut oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon, and ground flax seed – healthy carbs coming your way! On Sunday, I got another boost of confidence after completing my 18-mile long … Read the rest of the post

My (Almost) First Track Workout, and a Swamp Monster Breakfast Smoothie!

Today on the agenda: a track workout I did this morning, and my favorite vegan breakfast smoothie recipe! You know that feeling when you complete something you didn’t know you were strong enough to do? And the feeling of accomplishment that immediately follows? Well, that’s just what I feel today! Here are my immediate reasons: – got up early: at 4:50 am to be exact, long before the sunrise! – left the house when the sun still wasn’t up, and ran towards my gym (1.2 mi) to – meet up with a couple local runners; – ran with them towards our high school track (1.1 mi) to do a quite grueling but very satisfying running workout of 8 by 400 m ( 400 meters of hard running followed by 400 … Read the rest of the post