Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

The other morning, I scavenged my fridge for something to whip up for breakfast. Jumping from buying a rental property to bringing a puppy home, hasn’t left me with much time to make a trip to the grocery store (or blog…more posts to come – I promise!). I found a few eggs, orange juice, almond milk, and some leftover canned pumpkin from this recipe. I was in the mood for a smoothie, so I decided to mix things up a bit (pun intended) and try making a smoothie that matched the season. I wasn’t too sure how it’d turn out, but I absolutely loved it! Kyle (my boyfriend) said “It tastes like the offspring of a banana and a pumpkin!”

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Delicious #pumpkin smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Serves two


  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (I use Trader Joe’s Organic pumpkin)
  • 1 frozen banana (tip: bananas turning brown before you can eat them? Take the peels off and throw them in the freezer – it makes for a colder smoothie and you will always have some on hand without them going bad!)
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 squeeze of agave nectar (add until desire sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Optional: I like to throw in instant oats and/or almonds if I have them on hand. They add extra texture to the smoothie!

Tip: Want to add more protein to curb your hunger? Toss in some plain, vanilla or chai tea flavored protein powder for an even more satisfying meal!


  1. Throw all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and/or granola!



Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Gluten Free pumpkin pancakes

Gluten Free pumpkin pancakes

Gluten Free pumpkin pancakes

Gluten Free pumpkin pancakes

Gluten Free pumpkin pancakes


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (I use Trader Joe’s Organic pumpkin)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)


  1. Whisk the eggs, canned pumpkin, vanilla and maple syrup.


  1. Sift the cinnamon and baking soda into the wet ingredients.
  2. Melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil (or butter) in a skillet over low/medium heat. IMG_9345
  3. Pour the melted coconut oil into the batter.
  4. Spoon the batter (about 1/3 cup at a time) into the skillet. When the batter starts bubbling, flip the pancake once to finish cooking. IMG_9350
  5. Top with any of the following:
    • Bananas
    • Apples
    • Pecans
    • Walnuts
    • Chopped turkey bacon (follow instructions on packaging)
    • Maple syrup

I topped my pancakes with chopped bananas, sliced honeycrisp apple, pecans, turkey bacon crumbles and maple syrup. The sweetness of the pancakes, fruit and syrup taste wonderful with the salty flavor in the turkey bacon (plus, added protein!). The pecans add a nice crunch to pull it all together! Also, feel free to stir in your favorite plain or vanilla flavored protein powder to the batter for an even more satisfying meal.

I like to serve these pancakes with my HEALTHY homemade version of the pumpkin spice latte (pictured below) to make a completely satisfying breakfast. Recipe coming soon!

Gluten Free pumpkin pancakes

This meal is a great way to start your Saturday or Sunday off right before a day of Fall activities such as apple picking or football watching! Hope you all have a great weekend!


Homemade Slow-Cooker Applesauce

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Nothing beats homemade applesauce. Making it in the slow-cooker is extremely easy and your home will smell divine while the apples and cinnamon simmer all day long. Mmmm, the smell of fall. Plus, you can enjoy one of your childhood favorites without the preservatives!

To mix things up a bit, I like to use a variety of different apples when making this recipe. I used 10 apples (makes 4-5 mason jars); honey-crisp, granny smith and gala. Feel free to get creative and throw in your favorite apples!






About 2 hours in!
IMG_94281 hour left to go! The smell was amazing!


Once the apples can be mushed with a spoon, transfer them to a blender or a food processor. Once you get the sauce to the consistency of your liking (I didn’t blend all of the sauce, only about 80% of it to leave some chunks in) pour it into jars or tupperware.


It made 5 mason jars! So. Much. Apple. Sauce. I can’t wait to share it! Saucayy!


  • 10 medium apples (I used a combination of Granny Smith, Gala + Honey-crisp)
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (feel free to add more or less depending on how sweet you like your applesauce!)


  1. Rinse, peel, core, and slice the apples.
  2. Place the apples in the slow cooker. Add the water, lemon juice, cinnamon, maple syrup and brown sugar on top of the apples.
  3. Set slow cooker to high for 4 hours (or low for 6-7 hours), stirring occasionally. The apples will slowly turn into a wonderful sauce.
  4. To get the apple sauce to the consistency of your liking, transfer the apples to a food processor or blender once they are completely soft.
  5. Pour into mason jars and refrigerate for up to 1 week or serve immediately while it’s still warm!

– tnn

This Sh*t is Bananas “Ice Cream”

homemade Banana "ice cream"

Okay, guys. This Sh*t is actually bananas. So please, play some Gwen Stefani while you read this and drool…or, you could just listen to nails on a chalkboard. That works, too.

Ah, ice cream… now we’re speakin’ my love language. Ice cream is probably one of *the* biggest reasons that I run and juice. Sad, right? Well, if you eat ice cream 4 days/week (on average) like I do, you have to work for it SOMEHOW. Also, it probably doesn’t help that Aldi has by far *the* best selection of ice cream and it’s only 2 bucks and some change for a gallon. Anddddd queue “Highway to the Dangerzone” from Top Gun riiiiightttt now.

But, I digress…

Every now and again after a long run, I’ll blend frozen bananas as a delicious (and super sugary) post-run snack. It has the consistency of melting soft-serve ice cream, so I decided to freeze the blended bananas in a plastic container. A few hours later, I was in for a huge surprise… it tasted like ICE CREAM. Holy guacamole! Since then I’ve tried mixing in cocoa powder, peanut butter, and strawberries to create a variety of flavors. Again, I’m telling you this shit is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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Step 1: chop up 5 bananas and lay them out on a cookie sheet. Freeze over night.

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Step 2: throw the frozen nanners in the blender and blend. Note: you may need to push the bananas down towards the blade with a metal spatula or spoon while the blender is on (don’t use plastic…I’ve may have had a few chunks of plastic in my ice cream a time or two…). Also, you do not need a fancy schmancy blender to make this. I would normally use our Blendtec, but it was at my bf’s when I made this. I have a $30 blender and it worked just fine!


Step 2.5 : if you want to make the chocolate banana ice cream, simply add a little bit of cocoa powder to the blender.

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Step 3: If you are more of a soft serve fan, eat the ice cream as soon as it is blended. Otherwise, if you’d rather it taste more like regular ice cream, pour it into a container and stick it in the freezer for a few hours (it will keep up to a week).



Step 4: Indulge without the bulge. (And without the dairy! I’m allergic to dairy so this is a great treat without having to take 3+ lactose pills)

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homemade Banana "ice cream"




homemade Banana "ice cream"

Sweet Sunshine


If you’re anything like me, this shift in weather is absolutely kiiiiillllllinnnnnggg you. When the weather drops below 60 the seat warmers in the car come on (I should say “warmer” seeing how my bf gets mad if I turn his on…), the humidifier comes out of the closet, I dress myself in 67 layers of clothing, and the cold shivers are in full swing. Though it doesn’t sound like it, I promise you I was brought up in the Midwest. When I’m not planning my winter escape out of Chicago, I’m trying to create juices that make me feel like a giant bucket of sunshine. Because if you’ve ever survived a Chicago winter, you’ll take whatever you can get. Even if it’s short lived…

This juice not only looks like it belongs in some warm, sunshiny environment, it tastes like it, too! So if this weather has you feeling sluggish (or depressed because you know what comes after Fall…) have a big glass of Sweet Sunshine — you’ll thank me later.



Just a few things to note with the ingredients*…

  • Skin the sweet potato
  • Cut off the tops of the carrots
  • Peel the orange. Try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since it contains most of the nutrients that help your bod absorb vitamin c! Leave the seeds in, they’re packed with nutrients and antioxidants as well! #ColdProof
  • Core the apple (I used HONEYCRISP here. That’s right, baby. De-lish.)
  • Peel the lemon. Same steps as the orange.
  • Cut off the tops of the mini sweet peppers. Toss any loose seeds as well.

*Check out this produce prep guide to see what fruits and vegetables need to be peeled, chopped or cored before sending through your juicer!


Drink up, friends! Rumor has it we have another crazy winter in storm (er, store?). Okay, that’s my queue to exit. I’m clearly high on vitamins…

Until next time,


C.A.L. (carrot apple lemon) Juice

This juice is a close runner-up to my all-time favorite green juice. It is by far the quickest juice to make as it only has 3 ingredients and takes minimal time to prep. C.A.L. is a great pick-me-up when you are feeling sluggish or feel a cold coming on. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins a + c, C.A.L. will make you look and feel great from the inside out.


CAL ingredients

This juice serves 1. Feel free to double or triple the ingredients if you will be sharing the sunshiny goodness! Check out this produce prep guide to see what fruits and vegetables need to be peeled, chopped or cored before sending through your juicer!

  • Carrots – just rinse! Then send through the juicer…skins and all!
  • Apple – core and rinse
  • Lemon – Lightly peel. Try to keep as much of the white pith on as possible since it contains most of the nutrients that help your bod absorb vitamin c! Leave the seeds in, they’re packed with nutrients and antioxidants as well!




Enjoy…I know I did!


CAL Nutrition Label

– tnn

My Go-To Green Juice


Since I began juicing 3 months ago, I have gotten pretty comfortable with creating my own recipes. When I was new to the whole juicing thing, I would only stick to  the recipes that I researched. After a few weeks of reading blog posts, watching a handful of YouTube videos, and reading a few books at the library, I was ready to start creating my own recipes. Through trial and error, I learned my most important rule when juicing – stick to one color.  For example, if you’re going to make a carrot juice, use orange fruits and vegetables – sweet potatoes, orange peppers and oranges. If you’re going to make a green juice, stick to green fruits and veggies. If you happen to mix orange and green produce in your juice, it will turn the juice  brown. Sure, it might still taste good, but if you’re new to juicing, a dark brown colored juice is going to completely turn you off.

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If you have a juicer, I encourage you to give my green juice recipe a try. I juice every single day, and this is always my go-to. If you’re new to juicing, throw an extra apple in there to mask the grassy taste of the vegetables (you will get used to that with time, I promise).


green juice ingredients

Tip: Juice the kale and spinach first. Once you add in the apples, cucumbers, celery, etc., it will help push the rest of the kale and spinach leaves through the juicer.

New to juicing? Use this guide to learn what fruits and veggies need to be cored, chopped and prepped!

What is your go-to juice? Hope you enjoy mine!

– tnn