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Vegan Banana Split Overnight Oats [Gluten Free]

vegan banana split overnight oats

Two recipes – and two vegan recipes – in a row! I actually don’t think I’ve posted a non-vegan recipe on here for a while. Whoops. For the record, I haven’t went vegan. I’ve been eating my usual insane amount of Greek Yogurt and almost as much cheese as normal. I’ve been cutting back on actual meat because I just haven’t been feeling it lately and I have been eating more plant-based proteins: quinoa, lentils, legumes – that sort of thing.

vegan banana split overnight oats

I’m spooning happy with Silk’s Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in my Vegan Banana Split Overnight Oats!

I had the idea of banana split overnight oats in my head for such a long time. I always just planned on making normal chocolate overnight oats and adding fresh strawberries and bananas for the banana split overnight oats, but when Silk sent me a container of their new Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in strawberry, I instantly knew what I was going to do with it.

vegan banana split overnight oats

My all-time favorite breakfast is overnight oats!

I typically eat plain Greek Yogurt for protein, but as I flirt with veganism (just the tip, just to see how it feels) I’m really into alternative yogurt choices. Silk’s new Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative tastes just like normal yogurt, has the same smooth, creamy texture and is free of all the preservatives and junk flavored yogurts usually list as ingredients. It also has six grams of protein per serving and is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, so you’re not missing out on dairy yogurt’s nutritional benefits. It also comes in five other yummy flavors – blueberry, black cherry, vanilla (which I took down pretty quickly), tropical pineapple and peach & mango.

I don’t usually sign up for brand newsletters, but I’ve been getting Silk’s newsletter for well over a year now. They always have coupons, recipes and new product releases. I highly recommend signing up! You can also find more recipes for Silk’s Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative on their Pinterest Board.

vegan banana split overnight oats

Vegan Banana Split Overnight Oats featuring Silk’s Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative

Banana Split Overnight Oats [Vegan, Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup Strawberry Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative
  • ¼ cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ banana, sliced
Instructions
  1. Place oats, chia seeds, almond milk, Silk Non-Dairy Yogurt and protein powder in a covered dished and whisk or shake well to combine.
  2. Refrigerator for two hours up to overnight.
  3. Remover from refrigerator, top with sliced banana and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: entire recipe Calories: 293 Fat: 7.4 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 47.2 g Sugar: 8.3 g Sodium: 193 mg Fiber: 9.3 g Protein: 14.5 g

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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mint Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats and a Giveaway [Closed]

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As usual, I’m behind the times on green recipes. Since my birthday falls 10 days before St. Patrick’s Day, clearly I have other priorities in March.

I had actually been craving a shamrock basic b***h shake (i.e. a mint flavored smoothie in my world) but when I made it I just felt… basic and unoriginal. Maybe I’ll still post it because it was pretty good but whatever. (Has anyone seen the nutrition facts on a real Shamrock Shake? Ew. Just ew. I saw them while looking one up to show Davida what they were).

Then it came to me – mint chocolate chip overnight oats. I remembered I had Peppermint NuStevia and had yet to try that flavor. I actually originally made this with just mint and it wasn’t minty enough. True peppermint extract scares me because of a peppermint extract overdose incident (if a recipe calls for 1/8 tsp of peppermint don’t increase it) so I was glad to have a little dropper that held me accountable.

This oatmeal was amazing. So good I had to text Angela to tell her. Honestly it’s vaguely scary looking – I’m kind of self-conscious about how my food looks anyway (#foodbloggerprobs) and I was really self-conscious of this guy. But whatever, get festive and make a jar now – they’ll probably be great hangover food on the 18th. (Off topic: for a while, a kale smoothie was my go-to hangover cure.) Plus – they’re gluten free and vegan!

Mint Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

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Sorry these photos are dark – natural light is no joke.

Mint Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats and a Giveaway [Closed]
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ large banana
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 5 drops peppermint NuNatuals Stevia
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened carob chips
Instructions
  1. Put spinach, banana, almond milk, cacao powder, fresh mint, and peppermint stevia in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Put oats and chia seeds in a jar and shake to combine.
  3. Pour blender mixture into jar.
  4. Add carob chips to jar mixture.
  5. Shake well to combine.
  6. Refrigerate overnight and in the morning, top with Greek yogurt or additional carob chips!
  7. Try not to be self-conscious of your breakfast.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 333 Fat: 10.4 Saturated fat: 3.2 Carbohydrates: 57.0 Sugar: 12.2 Sodium: 166 Fiber: 14.5 Protein: 12.5

 

Now you can #getlucky and win a NuStevia prize pack that includes the peppermint, cherry vanilla and lemon flavors! I’m giving away four prize packs and this is open WORLDWIDE. You’ll also get some NuStevia packets for sweetening on the go. If you don’t think you’re lucky, you can score 15% off your purchase with BLG0614 on nunaturals.com.

Now for the not so lucky part… I am not currently self-hosting and the free version of WordPress has some serious limitations, so you have to enter by going to the Rafflecopter page. I hope this doesn’t deter you from entering. Feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail if you have any problems entering and I’ll help you out. This giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. on Monday, March 17th so enter now!

The giveaway is sponsored by NuNaturals but all opinions and recipe creations are my own. I was not paid for this post.

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Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal is made from a vegan horchata. It’s a filling and seasonal way to start your day!

It’s been five years but I’ve finally succeeded in my ultimate hipster wish — drinking horchata in December á la Vampire Weekend’s “Horchata” from their 2010 album Contra. Yes, I unabashedly have loved Vampire Weekend from day one (I want to say I discovered them from a song on an AE playlist when I worked in stores) and was devastated my freshman year when they played at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and it was beyond sold out. I still to this day have not seen them live. They filmed Contra entirely in Mexico city, so I’m sure that’s what inspired that lyric.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

I was Skyping with Erin last week and she was filling me in on all the delicious Latin American food she ate while in Virginia over Thanksgiving. She mentioned drinking horchata and I stopped her — “Hold on, have to write something down. You gave me inspiration for a recipe and I’m going to tell you but don’t steal it because you’ll do it better.” (Erin actually has a recipe for horchata on her blog so you should go make it.)

So after making horchata seemed like a lot of work (mainly because I didn’t have rice and wasn’t about to buy it just to make horchata), I decided to buy horchata. The Marina Supermarket didn’t have horchata and I was feeling too lazy to go to Whole Foods. I finally found it at Real Good Food, a market on Fillmore Street that focuses on organic and super-overpriced speciality foods but when I looked at the nutrition information and ingredients… uh, if I’m going to waste 160 calories on eight fluid ounces it’s going to be on wine, not horchata so I can Instagram it with a Vampire Weekend quote.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

knew I had seen the Califia Farms horchata somewhere but for whatever reason, decided I didn’t need it. (I am well-known for buying things to try and only eating/drinking them that one time then never touching it again, even if I love it.) I then was a girl on a mission after only finding the gross boxed horchata and feeling like I needed to make this recipe. After work on Wednesday I made a pilgrimage to the SoMa Whole Foods after checking the website to see where it was stocked in San Francisco and after a brief bout of fear when it wasn’t with the ‘nogs, I found it.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

Also — how cute is this yeti towel? It was a Christmas gift from my friend Mai and it’s already getting good use.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

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Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
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Instructions
  1. In a jar or glass container with a lid, place rolled oats, protein powder if using and chia seeds and mix to combine.
  2. Pour in horchata and yogurt (if using). Shake well to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight.
  4. In the morning, add desired toppings and serve!

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Blueberry and Fig Overnight Oatmeal

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I am quickly turning into a one-trick pony: energy bite, overnight oatmeal, talk about Portland… okay, make that a three trick pony. Here is another recipe for breakfast – blueberry and fig overnight oatmeal.

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Don’t you love waking up to an already-made breakfast?

Last year I discovered that I liked figs. No, make that I discovered that I loved figs. I had just finished a juice cleanse (Blue Print Cleanse, in case you were wondering) and was slowly reintroducing foods back into my diet. I think dried fruit was allowed day one or day two and I just so happened to be in Palm Springs on a photo shoot for work. For some reason there were bowls of dried fruit and I more or less ate probably a pound a day since I couldn’t have real sugar. How I didn’t have a sugar seizure, I’ll never know.

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Figgin’ crazy.

Overnight oatmeal has been my go-to breakfast this summer. The worst part of my day is when I know I’m almost done with the jar. Overnight oats are insanely easy to make – I’ll make 3 or 4 days worth as a time – then just add toppings in the morning or the night before. They are really the only quick take-to-work breakfast I’ve found that actually keeps me full. As much as I love smoothies, I tend to be hungry pretty quickly after. My body just needs complex carbs like oatmeal in the morning. #runnerproblems, right?

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Oats + Yogurt + Fruit = love.

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This is a photo of blueberries. Does anyone read captions?

I actually ate this (and photographed it!) before my Saturday long run. Sometimes I get SO HUNGRY from the very get go, but I felt really good my entire run, so if you’re training for a fall race, maybe give this a shot for breakfast. Some people don’t eat before long runs (and I’m so jealous) but I seriously fuel up.

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Blueberry and Fig Overnight Oatmeal

Blueberry and Fig Overnight Oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup 0% fat Greek Yogurt
  • ¾ cup milk of choice
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 figs, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix protein powder into Greek Yogurt and set aside.
  2. Mix oats, chia seeds and cinnamon in a jar or airtight container.
  3. Add milk to oat mixture and mix well.
  4. Add Greek Yogurt to oat and milk mixture and mix well.
  5. Let sit overnight.
  6. In the morning, top with fresh blueberries and chopped figs.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 461 Fat: 7.9g Saturated fat: 1.0g Carbohydrates: 69.6g Sugar: 27.2g Sodium: 305mg Fiber: 14.3g Protein: 33.8g

Love figs and need more ideas on how to use them? Peep my energy bites recipes – I use them as a base!

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By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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Peach Overnight Oatmeal

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Meet my new obsession: Peach Overnight Oatmeal. I don’t remember a time in my life before overnight oats and I don’t think I want to remember it. This has been my breakfast for the past few weeks and I wake up so excited to eat it (as if I don’t wake up excited to eat every breakfast).

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Summer breakfast perfection – peach overnight oatmeal.

At work last week my boss and I did this video where we were asked questions and we had to write down what we thought the other person would answer (she got every single one of mine right!). One of the questions about me was “favorite food”. I didn’t know what to answer – I love so many foods. She wrote oatmeal and truthfully, she is probably right. It wouldn’t be my Death Row food (probably) but my day is better if I eat oatmeal.

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The best post-morning run treat.

Even though I have a degree in marketing and work in marketing, I’m so susceptible to marketing. I’m a marketer’s dream sometimes – I see a product on a blog and I have to have it, I fall prey to every Piperlime and Madewell percent-off e-mail and whenever peaches are in every recipe, I end up buying peaches. Good job, Peach Association of America, you did your job.

I’ve been craving crunch lately so the crisp, crunchy peach is really great at solving that. I also recommend adding in some shelled pistachios and unsweetened carob chips on top to make this a truly decadent – and satisfying – breakfast.

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The almond butter on top totally makes this.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peach Overnight Oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 peach, chopped
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a mason jar or other container, mix oats, chia seed and cinnamon.
  2. In a small bowl, mix protein powder with Greek yogurt.
  3. Pour almond milk over oat mixture then add yogurt. Shake well to combine.
  4. Cover and let sit in refrigerator overnight.
  5. In the morning, top with cut peach and almond butter.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 jar Calories: 373 Fat: 12.6 g Saturated fat: 1.4 g Carbohydrates: 50 g Sugar: 11.4 g Sodium: 190 mg Fiber: 13 g Protein: 21.2

 

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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.30

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After a solid few weeks of sleeping eight hours a night (that’s what happens when you can’t get up and run in the morning) I’ve totally stopped sleeping again. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. But it’s bordering on midnight as I write this and I’ve watched one too many episodes of Scream Queens (my total guilty pleasure show ) so I should get to bed.

Enjoy the best links I’ve found this week – I need to get my beauty rest incase I see my BF Jake Gyllenhaal out and about in SF filming Zodiac 2.

Travel
Kind of surprised by the most Instagrammed spots in every state. Mostly that Milan Puskar Stadium wasn’t the most Instagrammed spot in West Virginia… and that the zoo was the most Instagrammed spot in Pittsburgh? Say what?

The final frontiers of travel. Is it completely crazy I kind of want to go to South Sudan? (The answer is YES.)

The six people you meet on vacation. Does that mean we all fall into one of these archetypes? I suppose I’m some awful combination of the first three.

Lifestyle
We’re all busy this time of year (and in general, right?) and sometimes our calendars get mad over-whelming. Some tips for organizing your calendar,  including that it’s okay to say no to things you don’t really want to do, schedule a day all for yourself each week (I do that!) and outsource where you can. (Google Express or Instacart anyone?)

I’ve basically not started any holiday shopping (shocker) and for those of you in my boat, here’s a guide to perfect gift baskets.

Saving money is way more important than most of us millennials realize but don’t fall for these money saving myths.

Blogging
I need more food props in my life. Loving this list of essential food props for bloggers by Georgie from In It 4 the Long Run.

Running and Fitness
Basically I take anything elite runner Tina Muir says about running as the gospel. Her Gift Guide for Runners was giving me some ideas of what to ask for myself!

This Amish kid is running marathons faster than me in full Amish regalia in PA of course.

Food
100 years of dinner in the US in three minutes. I feel like they are totally spot on.

I’m back on the overnight oats train… definitely going to make these Snickerdoodle Vegan Overnight Oats from Food Faith Fitness.

Cornbread French Toast. That’s all there is to say.

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Have you watched Scream Queens? What meals did you at growing up? What do you think is the most Instagrammed spot in your state? What are you up to this weekend?

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

I am 100% predictable. I try to not be predictable (as seen by my ‘go to Mexico and tell my family and like three people’ stunt) but I have a lot of personality traits that as much as I try to change, I just can’t improve on them.

Examples include:

  • Breaking 3 Pyrex bowls while cooking dinner with my friend Sam because I don’t have my shelves properly organized and then breaking a jar two weeks later because I still don’t have things organized (Side note: I am f****d if there is an earthquake, excuse my French).
  • Constantly forgetting my wallet.
  • I’m always late, typically by 15 minutes.
  • Buying a nut milk bag to make nut milk but forgetting to use it.

The last one is what happened with the first time I made this recipe. Luckily the second time I wasn’t so irresponsible.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

Homemade almond milk – not as scary to make as it sounds!

I recommend you half the recipe if you live alone and aren’t going to go through 10 cups of almond milk in a week. I was literally just trying to make every recipe that included almond milk ever – a lot of Vegan Banana and Blueberry Breakfast Parfaits and chia puddings and an entire box of Purely Elizabeth Muesli. Which I highly suggest making with this Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

The best breakfast for hot summer days.

This is the first time I ever had muesli to my knowledge and where the hell have I been my whole life? It’s basically kind of like overnight oats but minus chia seeds and with less liquid? Anyway, I threw mine on top of some Greek Yogurt because I’m basically all about adding protein to every meal possible and topped with some more Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk and some unsweetened carob chips because strawberries + chocolate = love.

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Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk with Purely Elizabeth Muesli

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Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan
Serves: 10 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds, soaked overnight
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high power blender and blend on the highest setting until no particles remain.
  2. Place nut milk bag over a large bowl or contained and strain mixture.
  3. Store homemade strawberry almond milk in refrigerator for up to one week.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

My friends at Purely Elizabeth sent me some of their new muesli to try but all opinions are my own.

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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 5.25

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Last week I was not on my game. I slept in every morning and therefore had to run every night after work because I couldn’t pull myself out of bed – and it’s not like I was depressed like I was a couple months ago. I just was watching Mad Men late night, you know? THAT ENDING! I was not angry at myself for watching a show for 5+ years like I was at the finale of Lost.

Anyway, I started this post last Thursday night but was pretty tired and hungry from a group run that night. I’ve also started running places instead of walking/driving which is somewhat insane but much more stress free. So obviously I have a ton of links that I loved this week because I have two weeks worth, instead of trying to scrape enough enough for one week. So here are a billion of the best links for the week. Or like 15. I have a degree in marketing, not finance.

Travel
I forget who I was talking about Cartagena to, but I’m really trying to go to Columbia sometime.

Keeping this list of things to do in New Zealand in my back pocket. I have a lot of frequent flyer miles piling up…

The last time I was in Italy we had a serious drive from Milan to Tuscany. I remember stopping at an autogrille (aka a rest stop) and wondering why they weren’t so bad ass in America?

If you really want to enjoy your vacation, hold yourself to these promises when you travel.

Lifestyle
Anthony Bourdain is my hero/spirit animal/old man crush. If he gives me a life lesson, I’m gonna follow his advice.

Moving into a new apartment? I’m sorry. I remember that anguish. It’s been seven months and I’m finally committing to some art for a gallery wall – because these are the things to buy right away and these are the things to wait to buy.

Let’s do everyone a favor and disconnect sometimes, from turning off your notifications (duh, who doesn’t do that) to removing your phone from the table at dinner (I seriously hate when people don’t do that).

Blogging & Social Media
Are you looking to work with brands and monetize your blog? Have you joined TapInfluence yet? Then you’re missing out on great campaigns. They were behind my Healthy Lifestyle Hacks and Vegan Banana Split Overnight Oats posts, as well as my Home Gym Essentials post, so you know they work with great, relevant brands.

I think I could have written this post on the anguish that is making your life look amazing on Instagram.

I’ve been all about Snapchat lately. I kind of left it alone for a while then got back into it for whatever reason. I like sharing funny parts of my day or awesome things I see without junking up Instagram (hint, hint). Here are tips for everyone’s favorite guilty-pleasure app. And you can follow me at cpisone on Snapchat or take a photo of my ghost.

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Food
The best ice cream shops in America. Need I say more? I’ve only been to four of these so I have work to do. Except Lick in Austin shouldn’t be on that list – totally lack-luster. I have a frequent buyer card at Bi-Rite. Whoops.

How have I had exactly zero of these best pizzas in NYC?

I’ve been all about the savory breakfast lately. Molly Yeh is after my protein-seeking heart with this Savory Yogurt + Egg Breakfast Salad Situation.

I wish I was Erin’s sibling so she would make me these Healthy Birthday Cake Brownies.

I have all these fancy rainbow carrots probably just rotting in my fridge. I need to use them to make these Marrakesh Carrots this week.

Chat with me:
What is the best ice cream you’ve ever had? Best pizza? How do you disconnect? Are you super obnoxious on Insta/Snapchat?

Five Easy Kitchen Upgrades

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Today I was reflecting on the day all of my things arrived in San Francisco. I was putting away things and remembering when I walked in my apartment and how much stuff I have accumulated in three months.

The first thing I unpacked was my kitchen. As my friends who were at my apartment prior to December when I finally had a dresser delivered can attest to, I lived out of boxes of clothes in the middle of the room for about a month. I had no interest in seeing any of my belongings other than my Vitamix and food processor. A girl’s gotta eat things that were chopped up by blades, you know?

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Kitchen is love.

When I went on my apartment-hunting trip in SF, I made a list (in my head, not on paper, which I should have done) of things I wanted. The top three were nice kitchen, parking and an in-unit washer and dryer. Despite paying over the GDP of Spain in rent annually, I only have one of those things. Oh, how naive I was. Spoiler alert: it’s the kitchen.

Even if you don’t have a nice kitchen, there are some things you can buy that elevate your kitchen – and make your life a lot easier when you’re cooking. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions (or goals, as the buzz word seems to be this year), is to cook more, you should invest in these not-so-spendy five easy kitchen upgrades. This also accidentally turned into a little mini kitchen tour.

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Coffee tastes way better from a French Press.

  • French Press
    I’m kind of a coffee snob. I drink my coffee black so I don’t have anything to mask terrible coffee with, i.e. cream and sugar. My grandmother and mother would flirt with the French Press from time to time when I was growing up. I actually inherited my grandmother’s (aka I asked her for it because she hadn’t used it for years and gave it to me) because I was over making coffee in my dad’s Keurig. For the amount I enjoy drinking in the morning, the Keurig doesn’t cut it.
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Shortly after this photo was taken, a candle fell off the counter and I thought it was an earthquake.

  • Cookbooks
    I rarely use cookbooks despite owning several. I’m pretty terrible at following recipes… I just like them for inspiration. But if you aren’t inclined to just wing it in the kitchen, cookbooks are nice to have. Plus they look nice in the kitchen and you can find out a lot about a person from the cookbooks they have on their counter. Mine say I used to be fat with a Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, am obsessed with Anthony Bourdain with the Les Halles Cookbook and that I’m a complete freak because I have Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good. (I also own digital copies of a few like Thug Kitchen, The Oh She Glows Cookbook and Davida’s Healthy Breakfast E-Cookbook.
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Whoops, a couple knives were in the dishwasher. #lifestylebloggerfail

  • Knife Block Set
    In college I actually asked for a knife set for Christmas. My roommates thought I was crazy because how could one person (well, four people) need so many fancy knives? Trust me. People are still shocked to come over and see a knife block set. It makes life so much easier and it makes you look fancy.
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Gluten free flour, quinoa, rolled oats and chia seeds within easy reach.

  • Glass Canisters
    Glass canisters don’t only upgrade how adult your kitchen looks but upgrades the ease in which you can cook things. For example, making overnight oats is a breeze when you can just dip your tablespoon in the chia seeds and scoop out some oats into the jar rather than fighting with the bags they come in.
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My everyday mantra thanks to EmTodd. Also a sad bottle of wine that has to wait a few more weeks to be drank.

  • Art
    Art is kind of unexpected in some kitchens I think but it really elevates the space. I have a great print Emily gave me for my birthday last year that I finally framed and have in my kitchen. Angela also got me a super cool beet print that I need to frame and hang. I have a lot of hanging of art I need to do, actually, but also… earthquakes.

Bonus:

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Stand Mixer that does not get enough love.

  • Stand Mixer
    Okay, no part of this is easy but it is basically every girl’s dream to have one of these in her kitchen, even if she hasn’t used it in two years… not that I am speaking from experience, or anything. BUT it does make life easier if you’re into baking/cooking. Hand mixers are the worst.

Chat with me:
What three things would you need to have in your apartment/house? What are other easy kitchen upgrades that I am forgetting about? Do you have any of these easy kitchen upgrades?

Most Popular Posts of 2014

2014 marked the first full year of existence for AGIT. In case you’re wondering, I still don’t have it together. At least once a day I say out loud, “I really need to get my life together” so I think we don’t have to worry about me having to change this blog’s name any time soon.

Almost Getting it Together has introduced me to some of my closest friends. I’ve loved sharing my life – both highs and lows – with all of my wonderful readers over the past year. Your comments, tweets and e-mails have brightened each and every day. I am so excited for what 2015 holds not only for this blog but for myself and for all of you, too!

In honor of the people who make this possible (all of you who are reading my blog), I wanted to recap the most popular posts of 2014.

Readers’ Favorite Posts

Peach Overnight Oatmeal

This was my most popular post of the year and maybe my favorite breakfast of the year. I can’t tell you how many people I have gotten onto the overnight oat train because of this breakfast.

Vegan and Gluten Free Banana Pudding

How have I not made this again? I seriously need to make a big batch and eat a couple spoonfuls here and there for dessert instead of snacking at night (whoops).

Lighten Up on Yourself

This is a piece of writing I am really, really proud of. But I’m not going to lie, I think I’ve lightened up on myself a little too much over the past few months so January is going to be about finding balance.

Best Classes to Take in College

Not a photo I used for that post but a photo of me in college. (Sorry for using this Courtney and Jess, at least all three of us equally look better now haha.) If you want to work in social media or in marketing, I suggest you read this post.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites

This is another recipe I am upset with myself for not making again! These were one of my favorite energy bite iterations and you guys know I love my energy bites.

Coconut Oil, Honey & Sea Salt Popcorn

This recipe is stupid easy and stupid delicious. My only plans for New Year’s Eve thus far include spending it with my favorite Pittsburgh boy (besides my dad), drinking champagne and maybeeee eating this popcorn.

Healthy Lifestyle Hacks

Just in time for all those New Year’s Resolutions… Healthy Lifestyle Hacks!

Blueberry and Fig Overnight Oatmeal

This is a little bit of a summer recipe but figs + blueberries = love in case you were wondering.

How to Survive Long Flights

I have a feeling there are lots of long flights in my future for 2015 so I’ll be using these tips to make sure I arrive to my location without having a panic attack.

Vegan Zoodle Salad

I need to get back on the spiraling/vegan train some of the time in January to prep for all my February visitors/be able to continue fitting into my jeans/leggings/yoga pants. This recipe is going to have to go back on rotation!

The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

healthiest chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing | almost getting it together

The Healthiest Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Finally, I made these cupcakes in honor of AGIT’s first birthday. These super healthy treats were my thanks to you for being a part of one of the best years yet!

Chat with me:
What was your favorite post from this year? What do you want to see more of in 2015?