NO BAKE CHOCOLATE BREAKFAST COOKIES

September 5, 2017

Hi Friends! How are you?! I can’t believe the summer is practically over. It goes by so fast! Especially taking summer classes it’s like I blinked and the fall semester starts omg, today. It already feels like fall and I’m kind of having a moment. I’ll miss you, favorite sundress.

As you know my blog and IG have really shifted focus to include more health and wellness related content. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking and writing about myself. Lol. That’s exactly what got me where I am today. Blogging has allowed me to get to know my true self and passions. Blog, meet Meg. Meg, meet your life’s purpose.

I’ve been working on a lot of fun new things lately! Today I’m sharing a little treat I made in partnership with my new favorite supplement LifeFuel’s Daily Essentials Shake! This no bake chocolate breakfast cookie recipe is adapted from one of my favorite vegan baker bloggers Oh Lady Cakes! I’ve talked about Ashlae here in the past and always look to her blog for easy, healthy-ish desserts!

LifeFuel’s Daily Essentials Shake isn’t your average protein powder. It’s a clean, plant-based, all-in-one supplement full of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, digestive enzymes, greens and more. One serving gives you everything you need on a cellular level to fuel your body and seize the day!

I’m very particular about my supplements which is why I am so thrilled to have found-a super clean, all-in-one shake that I can share with you today for a discounted price!

Brian and I make a smoothie every morning for breakfast during the work week and it has truly been an anchor in our health care routines. I count on my shake to give my body exactly what it needs first thing in the morning to feel and function my best. LifeFuel has made that so easy! Follow the link, get your own bag, make a smoothie and then make these easy no bake cookies because they are bomb!

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE BREAKFAST COOKIES

1 cup rolled oats
1-2 Tbsp ground flax
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup peanut or almond butter
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
3 Tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp salt
Coconut shreds

Heat coconut oil, maple syrup and peanut butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the cacao and protein powder and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in oats, flax, and sea salt. Drop oat mixture onto prepared baking sheet using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon. Carefully press down slightly using the back of a spoon or your hand and top with coconut shreds. Place baking sheet in the refrigerator to set the cookies for about 20 minutes.

Makes about 15 cookies

Recipe adapted from Oh Lady Cakes.

HAIR GOALS

August 4, 2017

One thing you probably don’t know about me >> I’ve always been obsessed with hair. I seriously contemplated dropping out of undergrad to go to cosmetology school my junior year. I literally skipped class and went to a Paul Mitchell orientation in Rhode Island. Long story short, my hair dreams were put on hold once Daddy told me he’d cut me off if I didn’t finish my biology degree. Haha. True story.

Even though I’m on a (much) different career path now, I still love love love hair and look forward to the experience of visiting my hair guru friend a couple times a year. A cut and color is always so refreshing and oddly detoxifying to my soul. I feel like a new woman leaving the salon each time with my freshly trimmed locks.

Hair and photo by @melissastyleshair

If you know me from a while back you are probably reminiscing on some of my (god awful) school pictures. There was the strawberry blonde phase, also known as the blonde box dye phase your girl did herself. The Ashlae Simpson phase, starting with those heavy blunt bangs with black color underneath that transitioned shortly after to all over blue-black. Then there was what I like to call the unicorn phase, when my bestie and I experimented with pink, purple, blue, you-name-it-one-of-us-probably-had-it color.

Needless to say my hair and I have had some trials and tribulations. It’s been a long road to recovery but girl, we made it! I wanted to share some of the *natural* tips and tricks I’ve used over the years to nurse my hair back to health, grow long healthy locks and reach my #hairgoals!

First and foremost, healthy hair starts on the inside. Translation: if you want long healthy hair you need to follow a healthy diet. Think lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots and lots of greens. Once you have that on lock, take a look at my running list below and let me know what you think! I’m always trying new products and supplements but these are my tried and true!

  1. Less is best — wash as little as possible. Invest in a good dry shampoo or a safe baby powder (my go to is this powder) and master the top knot.
  2. Ditch the heat — embrace the undone look. I dry my hair no more than once a week. Use a sea salt spray for added volume + texture.
  3. Collagen — the supplement I refuse to live without. It has completely changed my hair, skin and nail game. I take it in the morning with my coffee and my hair and nails grow like crazy. I legit can’t keep up with my nails because they grow so fast and strong, not to mention the major growth along my hair-line. Ever notice those baby hairs after wearing your hair back in a slick pony or bun? You need this.
  4. Fat is phat — essential to hair growth. Think you eat enough? Probably not — you need more butter in your life. You’re welcome.
  5. ACV rinse — kind of a game changer — dilute 1:1 with water and rinse over hair in the shower. This mixture also works great in a spray bottle to detangle tresses after you get out. B says I smell like a chip but strong shiny hair is totally worth it — and once it dries the smell is undetectable. Read more about AVC rinses here and here.
  6. Coconut oil mask — *covers whole body in coconut oil.* No, really — coconut oil is so great for your hair. Apply from root to ends and soak for a few hours or overnight if you dare.
  7. Last tip — find yourself a bad AF hair stylist. My friend @melissastyleshair has been doing my hair since I was in 8th grade and I honestly don’t trust anyone else. She is all about my less is more mentality and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals to achieve my natural-looking grown out color. Her products are vegan, gf, and without bleach. << all about that natural life. Check out her salon here.

Something a bit different for you today *not food* but I plan to share more on natural health and wellness here in the near future! If you haven’t already, follow my new IG for my blog @megbeansrn!

RED SHRIMP CURRY + BLOG HAPPENINGS

July 13, 2017

I feel like this post is kind of major! I posted the link on FB for the first time and feel sort of weird and vulnerable, but also very excited at the same time! Welcome to my happy place, FB peeps. For those of you who are new here, and even those of you who have been following all along, I have some exciting thoughts to share! Well, they are exciting to me at least. Continue Reading

GO-TO GREEN SMOOTHIE

July 2, 2017

Go-to green smoothie brought to you by the quickest study break eva! Trying to get this final done so I can enjoy what’s left of the long weekend. I haven’t had a stretch off in a minute and this girl needs some vitamin D!! Continue Reading

SMOKED SALMON SNACK TACOS

June 1, 2017

This isn’t really a recipe per se — more like a bunch of things I put in a tortilla but thought you would like it too so I took some nice pics and I’m posting it here!

I’ve been following a high fat, moderate protein, low-ish carb (I love you, pizza) diet and feel soooooooooooooooooo good. My brain is legit on fire. Upping your fats = improved mood, more energy, flat belly, balanced hormones, etc. etc. AKA just do it. Do it with these smoked salmon tacos bc they are so easy and delicious. Also do it with bulletproof coffee bc it will change your life. << I think I say “it changed my life” in every post but FOR REAL it changed my life. Also, side note — I found these new tortillas that are grain free(!) made with coconut and cassava flour and they are so freakin’ good. They are all the rage on IG so you know your girl had to try them. Continue Reading