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Need a great, superfood packed, gluten free, sugar free breakfast option!? Look no further. This Chia Buckwheat cereal is not only crazy easy to make ( we’re talking like five minutes and then let it sit while you shower) but it’ll leave you feeling full and give you some good clean energy to start your day right! Chia seeds are packed with good for you omega 3s and buckwheat groats are a surprisingly delicious gluten free options for your breakfast. Oh, it’s also VEGAN! Or as I like to call it, accidentally vegan because it’s not missing any animal products. Feel free to make it your own by choosing soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk as well as topping it with your favorite seasonal fruit. I am obsessed with using berries because they are full of antioxidants, low in sugar and straight up delicious. This chia buckwheat cereal is a great healthy option for those of you who like a hearty breakfast but are watching your weight. Its also a great vegan breakfast option for those of you (like myself) with all sorts of food allergies, it’s hard to find great tasting gluten free, sugar free and dairy free breakfast option so I’m excited to share it with you guys!

Mango Chia Seed Pudding with Toasted Coconut

Check out my Mango Chia Seed Pudding with Toasted Coconut recipe up on Shape Magazine’s website, I’ll be making healthy recipes on all summer long so check back every Monday for another delicious, healthy, summer recipe!

Mango Chia Seed Pudding with Toasted Coconut

1 cup of Silk Vanilla Soy milk
1 ripe mango
1/3 cup of chia seeds
¼ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

In a mason jar, combine 1 cup of soy milk with 1/3 cup of chia seeds. Mix and let sit in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. Mix periodically if needed to evenly distribute the chia seeds. Puree mango in a blender, leave a couple slices to the side for garnishing and mix in to chia seed pudding before serving. Place coconut flakes on a baking sheet and broil for just a couple minutes till toasted. Scoop out serving of pudding and garnish with toasted coconut and a slice or two of mango.

Healthy Berry Booster Smoothie

Vegan Berry Booster Smoothie, loaded with good for you foods like almond butter, kale, avocado, chia seeds, blueberries, raspberries and coconut milk.

Who says all green smoothies have to be green!?! This healthy, vegan, Berry Booster smoothie has plenty of undercover greens inside and it’s so delicious, you’ll feel like your eating dessert. Perfect for anyone who wakes up with a bit of a sweet tooth. The berries are full of antioxidants while providing just enough sweetness, almond butter  and avocado gives us healthy fats and protein to feel satiated and it even has KALE! Surprise! Of course, I stuck my greens in there, who do you think you’re messing with?


1 cup almond coconut milk

1/2 avocado

1 large handful of kale

1 tsp of almond butter

1/4 cup raspberries

1/4 cup blueberries

2 tsp chia seeds

Blend + enjoy! Peace, Love and (not-so) Green Smoothies! xo!

Kale Creamsicle Smoothie

Try this delicious kale creamsicle smoothie! Sweet and refreshing like a old school orange creamsicle with some added super foods to give you the boost you need to feel amazing all day long!

                       It’s a scorching 90 + degrees out here in Los Angeles and I’ve been chugging green juice and smoothies all week to keep me refreshed and satisfied.  Summer time in general always makes me a smoothie addict. What better way to not turn on the oven and get all your nutrients in one refreshing glass?! This (vegan) kale creamsicle smoothie has certainly become a go-to this week after picking up some of the ripest, most delicious navel oranges at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market! This kale creamsicle (vegan) smoothie is just as delicious as your old school orange creamsicle with the added bonus of some super foods to give you some good, clean energy to help you power through your day!


1 cup of coconut milk

1 small organic banana

1 large handful of organic kale

1 large organic navel orange (peeled)

2 tsp of chia seeds

1 tsp of organic raw almond butter

1/4 cup organic frozen mango 

Blend it up and enjoy!

Healthy Sugar Free Raspberry Chia Seed Protein Pancakes

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delicious, healthy and sugar free raspberry chia seed protein pancakes


After running 13.1 miles yesterday, I was craving a hearty, filling and treat-worthy breakfast. After messing around with some ingredients I had in the kitchen, I whipped up this super easy to make recipe for healthy, raspberry chia seed pancakes that are not only sugar free, they are also PACKED with protein! Woo Hoo! Who says a girl can’t have everything? Enjoy this recipe and feel free to add a little maple syrup or date syrup to sweeten up if you are not “I quit sugar”-ing with me.

healthy sugar free raspberry chia seed protein pancakes

2 tbsp of non fat plain greek yogurt

1/4 cup oat bran

1 organic hormone free egg

2 tsp of flax seed

2 tsp chia seed

a dash of vanilla extract

a dash of cinnamon

6 or 7 raspberries gently broken up (by hand ) into small pieces (and then extra for on top!)

Add everything except the raspberries and mix it up in a small bowl. Heat your pan on low setting and spray with your favorite cooking spray or use a little coconut oil. Add in raspberries last and gently fold them in. Batter should make three 5-6in pancakes (perfect single serving!), feel free to double or triple it when eating with others. I topped mine with some mashed raspberries and a couple whole ones on top!

Great thing about this recipe is that it’s not only easy, quick and contains minimal ingredients but it’s sugar free and has tons of protein thanks to the egg and non fat greek yogurt. Toss in the flaxseed meal and chia seed and we’re also loading up on heart healthy omega-3s while getting a nice dose of fiber with the oat bran! It’s GOOD and good FOR YOU!

Mocha Protein Smoothie

Great recipe for a healthy, mocha protein smoothie. Delicious, packed with protein, superfoods and easy to make in your blender.

I’m not a big protein shake girl, it’s never really been my thing. So when I got a sample of body logix’s chocolate vegan protein powder, I just stuck it in my drawer. Fast forward to these past few weeks where I’ve been training for a half marathon and it has been really interesting finding just the right kind of breakfast to get me going before my run. It can’t be too heavy or I won’t feel well and it can’t be too light or I won’t run as long as I need to, so a protein smoothie seemed like it just might be right! I jazzed this one up by adding flaxseed meal and even snuck in some kale, of course.

Mocha Protein Smoothie
1 serving size of chocolate vegan protein powder ( I used bodylogix and it tasted good. It’s also soy free, dairy free, non gmo and has no artificial flavors. They DID NOT pay me to say this! haha)
1 frozen banana (but a regular one will do)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup coffee
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
1 cup of kale ( or just two handfuls of kale)
4 ice cubes

Blend it all together and enjoy! You can also add dates to make it a little sweeter but I’m off the sugar right now so that’s why I didn’t.

A Healthy Shamrock Shake

healthy shamrock shake recipe aka mint chocolate chip smoothie recipe for when it's not st. patrick's day!

For those of you who love being festive with your food as much as I do, here is a fun little smoothie you can whip up in the morning to show off some Irish pride! It’s also equally delicious, if you just need to satisfy a mint chocolate chip milkshake craving.. ;)


A Healthy Shamrock Shake (aka. my mint chocolate chip smoothie)

Simply blend 1 banana, 1/2 an avocado, 4 leaves of Romaine (or a handful of spinach), 1 cucumber (seeds out/skin off), 3/4 cup almond milk, a couple fresh mint leaves (if mint’s your thang – if not skip it!), a tbsp of cashew butter (any nut butter will do though!) and blend it all together! If you’re a mint chocolate chip fan – mix in some small vegan chocolate chips after it’s all blended. Enjoy your dessert for breakfast treat and skip all the green dye colored food during the day! 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie


We all have those mornings that are hard to wake up to. The morning after something in our life goes terribly wrong. Maybe it’s just a bad review at work, maybe it’s a break up, maybe it’s something as earth shattering as someone you love passing. Regardless of the degree, at the moment we usually don’t want to eat anything or we want to eat everything just to comfort ourselves. Both paths will leave us empty and feeling horrible. So this morning, when I was having one of those dreadful mornings you never want to wake up for, I decided to treat myself to something delicious and nourishing for my body, my brain and my heart. Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite things in the world and so I decided to make myself a chocolate covered strawberry smoothie! Even though I have no appetite and it would have been super easy to skip breakfast all together, I know that right now my body needs me to take care of it. This smoothie was SUPER yummy and helped brighten my other wise gloomy day – I hope it can do the same for you- or just make your already awesome day even better! xo

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup of chopped organic strawberries
1/4 cup vegan choc chips
1 tsp of almond butter
6oz container of plain coconut yogurt
1/2 cup of chocolate nut milk
2 pitted dates
5 ice cubes

Blend it all together and enjoy! :)

Vegan Pumpkin Balls

vegan pumpkinballs
These little oat filled treats are great to have around the house if you’re a snacker in need of a healthier option. They are also jam packed with fiber so just one (or two) will keep you feeling satisfied till your next meal. I have to be honest, they are definitely more along the lines of a granola bar kinda deal than they a cookie. You’ve been warned! That said, they are still very delicious. I love having them as a breakfast on the go, I can just throw 2 or 3 in a little zip lock and eat them on my way in the morning.

Vegan Pumpkin Balls
3 cups gluten free oats
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I use this liberally)
1 tbsp flax seed meal
1 cup of crushed cashews
1/2 cup vegan (or regular if you wish) dark chocolate chips

Mix it all together and then make baby balls and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put them in the oven at 350 for about 5 minutes. You just want them to set a little bit, you don’t need them to “bake”. Let them cool and enjoy! Super easy snack and you can sub out the chocolate chips for raisins or craisins or add in dried cherries and really have some fun with it!

Green Guru Smoothie


Nothing is better than a GOOD green smoothie to start your week off in the right direction or get you back on track mid week! I love this particular one when I really want to feel nourished and full. It has lots of good for you fats so you won’t start getting the ‘hungries’ around 11am. It’s also fulling enough to drink post work out if you’ve had a really intense sweat session. Totally inspired by Kris Carr’s one in Crazy, Sexy, Diet, a book that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to be more mindful of what they put in their body and take better care of their ‘god-pod’ (body) as she would call it! I hope you give it a whirl for breakfast one day this week, I know it might sound a little funky for a smoothie but you’ll have to take my word, it’s pretty yummy and it will start your day off right and set the stage for making healthy choices all day long!

Green Guru

4 leaves of Romaine
1/2 avocado
1 cucumber
1 banana
whooping tbsp of almond butter
1 cup of coconut milk

Blend it all together and enjoy!

Louise’s Green Machine Smoothie

For those of you who watched The Taste last night, my #teamludo not only won the group VEGGIE CHALLENGE, but my girl Louise (aka. Weezy) won 2 gold stars for her veggie dish! Woot! Woot! Combine that with my man Lee saying that his gold star was for me and it’s safe to say I felt very happy with my friends stepping up there game and making some killer vegetarian dishes!
Naturally, I wanted to represent my veggie rockstar team mate Louise and asked her for a yummy recipe to share with you and I think you guys are going to LOVE this one!! Louise was kind enough to share this fabulous video with us of her making her “Green Machine Breakfast Shake” Check it out for a delicious and nutritious  way to get your greens in the AM and start your day off right. For those of you who are vegan watching, Louise does add some greek yogurt for protein, feel free to substitute that with a little more almond milk and scoop of almond butter OR if you like the yogurt-like consistency, they make some delicious almond and coconut ‘yogurts’ out there. Enjoy! Go #teamludo!

Fall Quinoa ‘Oatmeal’


You all know how much I love my quinoa and of course, how much I love FALL flavors, so it’s no surprise I whipped up this creation this morning! This vegan gluten free breakfast is packed with my perfect protein, quinoa and some delicious fall foods to keep you seasonally skinny and satisfied!


1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup organic pumpkin purée
Heat together in small saucepan on medium heat till quinoa has cooked and liquid has reduced.

3 tbsp crushed walnuts
2 tbsp of dried cranberries

Quinoa Berry Breakfast


My amazing friend Katelyn whipped up this delicious breakfast for me this morning and I loved it so much I had to share! Quinoa can be a wonderful oat alternative for breakfast. Since it’s a perfect protein you get all the fiber from oatmeal but the added bonus of protein as well! As we head into the fall and colder months, I have a feeling this might become a morning go-to for me.

1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup almond milk
1 banana
A handful of berries ( I use blueberries and raspberries for mine)
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of Chia seeds

Boil your almond milk in a saucepan with your quinoa constantly stirring. Add chopped up bananas and berries immediately as well as your chia seeds and coconut oil. This way everything is a nice hot gooey mush together! You can add more bananas and berries on top when it’s done or if you want to really spice it up sprinkle some chopped almonds or granola!

Good Morning Beautiful Smoothie

You all know I’ve been on a smoothie bender this summer so I thought it only fair to share one of my go-to creations! This Good Morning Beautiful Smoothie was inspired by a concoction my friend got at our gym’s juice bar. Both of us enjoyed it so much that we ended up riffing up on our own late one night! Needless to say its become one of our morning staples! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Good Morning Beautiful Smoothie
1/2 c almond milk
6 or so ice cubes
3 tbsps of gluten free oats
1 banana
1/2 c blueberries
1 tbsp almond butter
3 tsps of chia seeds

Blend till thoroughly mixed! ;)

Sweet Summer Green Smoothie

          I don’t know about you but I’ve been on a HUGE smoothie kick all summer long. Seriously, when we got that crazy heat wave in NY I pretty much lived on smoothies because I couldn’t bare thinking of consuming anything that wasn’t cold and liquid. Smoothies are great for breakfast, I love making one after a workout or yoga sesh in the morning and taking it on the go with me as I start my day! I also confess that I do love smoothie pics on instagram. It’s so fun (for me atleast) to see what other people are concocting up. I mean, I’m sure we all enjoy a little of trial and error with our handy blender but sometimes it’s just nice to make something you KNOW is going to taste good! So when I saw my girl, Sarah, posting crazy yummy looking smoothie pictures and found out that they were made with some of my favorite super foods, well I just had to see if I could share them with all of you! Lucky for you, Sarah is a sweetheart and sent me over recipes and pictures right away! So get excited, this smoothie is total green gloriousness and amazingly good for you! Rev up those blenders…
Sweet Summer Green Smoothie
- 1 layer of kale leaves
- 1 layer of spinach
- 1 in. chunk of ginger peeled and cut up
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- half of a peach (cut up)
- 1 tsp. flaxseed
- 1 TBS Sunfood Maca Powder
- 1 scoop GNC Lean Shake Key Lime flavor
- 1.5 C almond milk (unsweetened)
And blended along with ice, of course.

Blueberry Oatmeal Protein Pancakes


bboatmealpancakes                  Weekends mean one thing to me, BRUNCH! So regardless of where I am or who’s kitchen I have access to, this lady always has some kick ass weekend brunch. This morning was no exception, although I was stuck at my parents with them gone for the weekend and me in total control of the fridge. So after scoping out my options I got a little crafty and whipped up these SUPER EASY to make, crazy delicious and incredibly filling Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes! I think they’re a super fun, hearty brunch treat with all the fiber, flaxseed and protein you are sure to be full till dinner time but they are a healthy alternative to regular breakfast any day of the week.

Blueberry Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

2 packs of Trader Joe’s instant  whole grain blueberry oatmeal with flaxseed + plant sterols

3 cage free organic eggs

4oz of fat free vanilla or plain yogurt (I used Activa because that’s what my mom had in the house but you can use whatever you prefer, greek yogurt might be even better!)

Mix it all together and spoon it on to a non stick frying pan! This recipe should make three pretty large pancakes or six small pancakes! If you’d like to make a smaller version, I’d use one packet of oatmeal, one egg and 2 tbsps of yogurt! Yum!! Enjoy!


Vegan CRACK Bars

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And by CRACK, I mean protein but these little suckers are so tasty that they should be considered crack! I literally had to hide them so that I would stop eating them. So bake these in a cookie sheet and then as soon as they cool immediately cut them and put them out of reach or give some to the neighbors, they’re that dangerous.

Okay, now that I’ve got your scared and excited, here’s the recipe!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get your non stick cookie sheet ready on the stove. In a large bowl combine the following ingredients and then mix gently till they are all solidly stuck together and evenly distributed.

2 cups of oats
1 cup of goji berries
2 tbsp of cashews
3/4 cup all natural peanut butter
3 tbsp of hemp seed
1 tbsp of chia oil
4 tbsp of vanilla hemp protein powder
3 tbsp of maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup mini vegan choc chips (I Love ENJOYLIFE! brand)

Next spread the whole mixture the size of the pan so it covers all corners. It should be relatively thin, maybe a 1/2 inch – an inch thick. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the edges get toasty brown. Let cool, and you’ve been warned what to do once they’re all cooled. ;)

Raspberry Key Lime Protein Smoothie


It’s a scorching 90 degrees in New York City today and I was itching for something light and cold for lunch after running around to meetings all morning so I whipped up this delicious and refreshing protein and fiber packed concoction! Give it a whirl this summer!

Raspberry Key Lime Protein Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk
6 ice cubes
1 lime, chopped and skinned
1/2 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
4 scoops of Adonia Key Lime Pie fat free frozen yogurt
4 tbsps of vanilla hemp protein powder (Manitoba Harvest)

Blend it all together and top it off with a lime for a little added festiveness! This delicious smoothie has 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber!

Avocado Toast: ultimate VEGAN breakfast


For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@gosweetandskinny), you have already seen this yummy delight and for those of you who don’t, what are you waiting for?! I post healthy food porn all the time and inspirational sayings! Haha Anyways, back to business, this post is about my new breakfast obsession, avocado toast ! All I do is toast some of my favorite bread ( which happens to be one degree organic’s lentil whole wheat) and then top it off with half of an avocado that I’ve skinned and chopped. Then I drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle some salt. It’s just as easy as making cereal but is packed with lots of healthy filling fats to start your day off right. Plus as an added bonus, it just happens to be vegan! Double win! I have grown to love this so much that I now prefer it to almost any other breakfast, which is why I just had to write about it for you guys! Give it a whirl this week and you just might develop a seriously healthy addiction! ;)

Pump up your CEREAL!


I almost didn’t think this worthy of a post, and then I realized this is EXACTLY the kind of post you guys want!! Sure, recipes are fun and I’m sure those cupcake pictures get your tummy grumbling but the best way to start yourself on the road to healthy, happy, hotness is to make small changes to your normal routine everyday! So if we can all get honest a second, who has time to make an elaborate breakfast every morning?! Don’t get me wrong, I do love my quinoa or chia seed pancakes but on the average day that’s just not realistic for me. Cereal is so easy! However, talk to me on the norm and you will know I’m not a huge cereal fan. This is because MOST but not all cereals are loaded with sugar and refined carbs and have very little nutritional value. However, the lovely folks at Barbara’s (who make the cinnamon puffin cereal I’m seriously in love with) gave me a sample of their new healthy kiddie cereals! Yeah, their pretty awesome and I totally love that their helping children eat better and not even realize it. So this morning I gave their “snackimals” a whirl with some almond milk and made it in to an adult protein, omega and antioxidant packed breakfast by sprinkling on some of my favorite super foods! Hemp hearts and goji berries are both delicious and great for you and best of all, they take no time to prepare! Great stuff to have around the house to kick any meal a notch up.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Just one serving of these in your cereal (oatmeal, yogurt, etc) has 10 grams of Omegas 3 & 6 and 10g of protein! That’s one hell of a pump up if you ask me!

Sunfood Organic Goji Berries
These raw super fruits are loaded with antioxidants to keep you healthy and beautiful! Not to mention they contain 18 amino acids and all 8 essential amino acids! Can you say vegetarian gold mine?

So there you have it. Literally took me two extra minutes if that to sprinkle these delicious goodies on my cereal and give it a healthy super punch to start my day off right!