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Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blackberries, Honey, and Almonds

Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blackberries, Honey and Almonds 1

I’m super-psyched about today’s recipe because it contains an ingredient that is a mega luxury in my world. No, not white truffles flown Express from Italy or flecks of pure gold – I’m talking something far more exquisite. I’m talking – Greek yogurt! As you likely gathered from the title, it’s the building block of today’s recipe, Greek Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blackberries, Honey, and Almonds.

Chocolate Coconut Banana Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Coconut Banana Smoothie Bowl 1

Today is all about the kind of chocolatey, coconut-y banana-laden goodness that beckons you out of bed in the morning with a smile on your face and joy in your heart. Chocolate Coconut Banana Smoothie Bowl is IN THE HOUSE!!!!

(I never underestimate the power of a delectable breakfast to motivate me to rise. Awaking with the image of fresh-baked muffins in my head made getting up for class sophomore year a delight. Oh, dorm food days, I do miss you sometimes!)

I’m a wee bit enthused about this one. This Chocolate Coconut Banana Smoothie Bowl recipe contains unsweetened raw cacao powder AND cacao nibs (think a more natural version of baking chips). Unsweetened raw cacao is LIIIIIFE, in my book.

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Baked Pears and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Baked Pears and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette 1

OK, can you BELIEVE that we are already into the THIRD week of the new year? Craziness!

What’s not craziness: this Arugula Quinoa Salad with Baked Pears and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette! It is just plain lovely. But first, I can’t help but muse about the passage of time, and habits, and goals, because they are on my mind a lot lately during this quickly-ensuing January. Maybe they’ve been on your mind, too.

Time really does fly so quickly. The freshness of a new year eventually wears off. New year’s resolutions become less shiny and exciting – and consequently, less enticing to follow. The daily grind wears us down, tempts us to flake out on our goals.

We are all human, and we all slip up on our goals sometimes. I’ve realized that it’s important to remind myself that this is normal. As a recovering perfectionist who was once flat-out rigid in her self-discipline, I have learned the beauty of self-compassion, of giving myself grace when I slip up with habits and goals. The key to overall maintaining challenging endeavors, I have learned, is to remember:

Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Diced Apple and Homemade Cinnamon, Honey, and Walnut Granola

Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Diced Apple and Homemade Cinnamon, Honey, and Walnut Granola 1

Hello, all! Happy Friday! As you move into the weekend and are planning for the week ahead (which I know, I know, you don’t even want to think about right now as you are sipping your TGIF glass of vino – sorry!), consider making this Cinnamon, Honey, and Walnut Granola. It’s processed-sugar-free (yay!), using honey and dates as natural sweeteners, and i’ts super easy to make. And the best part is, you can then use it to assemble these scrumptious Mason jar yogurt breakfast parfaits to make your week ahead a little easier. Convenience + deliciousness? Yes, please!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

 

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Happy Monday, all! OK, I know Mondays are not the happiest days for those of us who have day jobs that don’t line up with the jobs in our head. In my head, I am an independent boss-lady creative phenom, holed up in my home office donned in jammies and leopard-print slippers, lovingly toiling over this blog and my other one, 100 Places in the D – and perhaps writing a novel or two while I’m at it (because why not?). So I totally get it. We all have our true passions, and being a cubicle rat working for The Man isn’t one of them! But we might as well make the best of where we are now, because gratitude is one of the prime ingredients that will shift us into being our truest, most authentic selves.

Well, gratitude and peanut butter. And chocolate. And some really yum organic yogurt.

Chocolate, Raspberry, and Hazelnut Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Chocolate, Raspberry, and Hazelnut Yogurt Breakfast Parfait 1

Happy Leap Day, all! We’ve got a little bonus day here, a last chance to cram some amazing goodness into February.

Lovely February! Confession: February has historically been my most hated month of the year, for reasons that are pretty obvious if you, like me, live in a northern part of the Northern Hemisphere. It is cold. It is gray. It is icy and snow-slushy and yucky. It’s the tail-end of winter, stillllll hanging on, with no feeling of the end in sight most winters (this winter has been pretty darn easy for those of us in the Detroit area, but still. It’s winter).

I hated February so much for so long that it became quite a drag to me that I hated it.

Chocolate Coconut Banana Granola

Chocolate Coconut Banana Granola 1

I was supposed to go out to brunch Sunday, but a little bully of a snowstorm derailed that. It wasn’t a blizzard, but it was enough slick roads and nastiness to keep me from getting on to the freeway and sliding around like a bumper car. After a high of about 50 degrees and walking around outside without a coat on Saturday, we are now sporting average highs around 20 degrees, blasting gales with wind chills in the single digits, and this lovely, freeze-y, arctic tundra landscape. Winter is finally upon us in Detroit! We’d been pretty spoiled so far this season with only one big snow prior to this last week. Reality check! Wah wah. But the one positive thing about inclement weather cancelling my plans on Sunday was that I got to stay home and make coconut chocolate banana granola.

A fresh snowfall equals beautiful but not so delicious. This granola equals beautiful AND delicious!

Peanut Butter, Coconut, and Chocolate Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Peanut Butter, Coconut, and Chocolate Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Peanut butter is SUCH an obsession of mine. It makes everything better! Even yogurt, which is a delightfully worthy breakfast companion in itself – but add to it some yummy natural peanut butter and and raw organic honey and shredded unsweetened coconut and crunchy cacao nibs and it’s an I’ll-never-leave-you! breakfast companion. The fact that this bad-boy is totally processed-sugar-free just sweetens the pot . . . er, I mean Mason Jar.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

Peaaaanut – peanut butter – and jelly!

I’m sitting here singing the above in a lilting, off-tune voice in my head (yes, my internal singing voice is as off-key as the one associated with my vocal box!). I seem to remember hearing this little ditty about peanut butter and jelly at some time somewhere when I was a kid – probably in some beloved cartoon or on a show like Sesame Street. I think most of us grown-ups can probably still identify with that childhood love of PB&J. I suspect it’s why the idea of making a granola based around this combo stuck in my head for months and wouldn’t go away until I did.

Super-Easy, Totally Un-Blah Fruit Salad #5: Chocolate-Cherry-Coconut-Ginger

Super-Easy, Totally Un-Blah Fruit Salad #5: Cherries, Peaches, Cacao Nibs, and Ginger

This last fruit salad in the series was my favorite. I sat down to try a few bites of it and ended up eating the whole thing! It’s super-decadent and addictive.