Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie

Breakfast, Drinks | April 14, 2015 | By

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I’m not sure about you, but emerging from winter this year is going to be tough. I’m starting to get nervous about removing all of my layers and showing my hot new NYC bod…a body built from the accumulation of all of the wonderful treats NYC has to offer. In other words, I’m not exactly at my best right now.

 As I’ve mentioned before, this was my first real winter. Never before have I had this problem, since in LA you can be in shorts all year round. But the sun is coming out, and now is the time to get in shape. (Sidenote- this is partially why I haven’t been posting as much on this blog, but it can also be attributed to laziness!). I will be quitting my job in the next 6 weeks and embarking on a 2 month summer trip before enrolling in a full-time MBA program in August. This means swimsuits—lots of swimsuits! From the Full Moon Party in Koh Samui to Santorini to Ultra Europe in Croatia, the pressure is on.

 I will begin my journey with Cathy and some other college friends in Thailand. We will be leaving for Thailand on May 27th, and that is the timeline I’ve set for myself to eat super healthy and keep up my gym kick. This means the recipes I will post until then will be much more on the healthy side. My goal is to eliminate (but realistically minimize) carbs and refined sugar for at least the next month! Wish me luck…

This recipe was inspired by a smoothie I often get at Equinox after a workout. I love it because it has coffee and sort of reminds me of a frappaccino, but way healthier and without refined sugar. It makes the perfect breakfast after an early morning workout. Chocolate and cherry also happens to be one of my favorite combinations, so I hope you enjoy!

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Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie

3/4 Cup Chilled Coffee

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Frozen Banana

1/2 Cup Frozen Cherries

1 Tbsp Peanut or Almond Butter

1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

3-4 Ice Cubes

Optional: 1 Tsp Honey

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!Cherry 6

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Blackberry Muffins with Oat Crumble

Snacks | April 7, 2015 | By

Blackberry Muffins with Oat Crumble

 After a year (ish) of blogging, I finally bought my own camera. I know what you’re probably thinking: How did I get to this point without owning a camera? Answer: I have a very gracious friend who allowed me to borrow her DSLR for the year. And, while the DSLR is a great camera – I learned how to take food photography on it – I decided to buy a … wait for it … an Olympus digital camera instead. Before you go photo-purist on me, just look at some of the photos I shot on my new Olympus.

*Just a note: Most food photographers suggest shooting in natural light in the early afternoon. I took these photos at 6 PM and in very poor lighting; if that doesn’t sell you on my new camera, I don’t know what will.

Now on to the important stuff: The muffins.

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