Second Breakfast

I have a new obsession snack that has been a daily thing this month.

While the base elements remain the same (tahini and toast), the toppings rotate, keeping tastes fresh.

One of my favorites – mashed avocado:

Jason likes this snack also, as long as his does not have tomato.

See the one in back? Jason’s.

This super easy non recipe is as follows:

tahini toasts

vegan, gluten free, delicious

gluten free bread (Food For Life, Rudi’s*)
tahini (2+ tablespoons for each toast)
veggies (tomato, kale, avocado, cucumber…)
sea salt 

*Rudi’s gluten free bread is awesome, is not vegan

In oven/toaster oven/toaster, defrost bread (some gf bread is stored in freezer). Spread tahini and add toppings, return to toaster oven to warm through. Salt to taste.

Though I have been enjoying these nearly every day, the toppings depend on what is in the veggie crisper that day – satisfying variety every time! I love tahini flavor, and I cannot think of a fresh veggie that would not work with this.

These can also be dressed up (adding sesame seeds for a fancy nod to the tahini), cut toasts to serve as bite size appetizers. I use small rice cakes to make bite size snacks also – crunchy goodness!

Do you have a snack you like enough to eat every day?



Last week I discovered you all like Piña Coladas. Several people have already made the Lightened Up Piña Colada, and I am happy to report that “lightened up” did not mean missing anything. So far so good – people are liking this light version.

Since we really shouldn’t begin the day saying “it’s five o clock somewhere”, I have a solution for the early cravings of those creamy cool and sweet tropical flavors. Unless you’re on vacation. Then go for the real thing.

Piña Colada breakfast smoothie

dairy, soy and gluten free, vegan, no added sugar

serves two

11.2 ounces coconut water (small container)
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
handful ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender, serve with pineapple garnish and enjoy!

As you can see, I really do have a fresh pineapple around at all times in the summer. I’ve been having these each morning since Sunday. Today’s has spinach as well – yum!



Peanut butter and Chocolate. Always a classic combination, even if the recipe isn’t so classic. or even a recipe, really.

I am still reeling over my amazing weekend, and will recap every detail soon. I’m still on a plant-based high with a goofy grin, and there are some people still in Portland for a few more days so I’m spending time with new friends!

I managed to develop quite the sweet tooth as a result of all the amazing food we enjoyed this weekend. In three days. I crave sweets now, wanting dessert after dinner. Breakfast and lunch too, if I’m being honest.

Today I have the honor of guest posting for my friend Eden – whose blog I love for many reasons – she makes me laugh, inspires me to think, and instigates many fun comment conversations. So when she asked me to guest post, I put my thinking laptop on to come up with something fun.

This satisfies that sweet tooth.

The breakfast one.

The theme is “not on my blog” – visit Eden to see what I have to say.

What is your favorite chocolate peanut butter combination?



I am not complaining at all, but it has been unseasonably cool here in Portland. I’ve been wearing my long sleeves on our morning walks, and the pool is just sitting there, ready to be jumped into. After a week of cold weather and even rain, summer is returning! We are going to a wedding this evening and over the weekend are planning to grill and maybe even have that pool party.

This morning’s smoothie includes a fruit that for me, just screams summertime – cantaloupe. I am almost always transported to my grandparents house, hot summer days of playing outside, watching Grandpa Z fill the hummingbird feeders, eating frozen grapes and wedge after wedge of cantaloupe to cool off. 

Can I go back there just for one day?

Today’s is a very simple recipe – three ingredients – and it is quick to put together.

cinnamon cantaloupe smoothie

serves two, or me

1 banana
1/2 cantaloupe, chopped
1 tablespoon cinnamon 

Blend at high speed and enjoy. Preferably on the deck in the sun with your favorite dogson dachshund.

Which, in Grandpa Z’s case, would be Hansel, the dachshund I grew up with.

Grandpa & Grandma Z, this is for you.

It is also being shared with Wellness Weekend – go check out some fantastic recipes!



I’m back again for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday!

Breakfast started with a chocolate banana smoothie, made with hazelnut milk and Amazing Grass. Hit the spot! I had an apple with my smoothie…

Second breakfast / early lunch / brunch? I made a tofu spinach scramble, side of ketchup!

These are always so good, but I should have eggs because I wanted eggs later. Snack was my edamame egg salad into seaweed rolls.

I love my seaweed “papers”. I wrap and eat, so the seaweed stays crunchy. Edamame egg salad, how I’ve missed you!

I also had a snack of mashed red pepper sweet potatoes.

…and then had to make more potatoes for the recipe they were meant for. Oops!

We had sandwiches for dinner – mine was avocado, cheese, tomato, cucumber and sprouts. Then Jason and I split the last earth for dessert:

Those earths will be missed too… tell me – what chocolate peanut butter cup should I make next? :D

What are you eating today?


I have been having headaches again – this one has been four days now. Thursday and Friday all day, then I woke up with it Saturday, but it was very mild. We went downtown that morning for the movie, and went to my favorite coffee shop first. I think the caffeine helped, while Jason thinks we are allergic to our house (he suffers from headaches also). So Saturday I had a reprieve, yesterday it was back and again today.

Today I am starting FRESH. Today I am focusing on simple foods – first my juice this morning and now this smoothie. 

tropical cure all smoothie

serves one

1 small container (11.2 oz) coconut water
1/3 cup fresh pineapple chunks
4 handfuls fresh spinach
1 banana

Blend, blend, blend!

What are your cures for headache relief? I am currently on allergy medication, magnesium, biofreeze on my head (very soothing!) and now, a lot hydration and whole foods.


more smoothies:

tropical mango orange smoothie

tropical mango orange smoothie


candy bar smoothie

candy bar smoothie


spiced kabocha smoothie

spiced maple kabocha smoothie


raspberry-chia cream smoothie

raspberry chia cream smoothie




Yesterday wasn’t the best day, and I spent it unfocused and BLAH… I’m only realizing now that it resulted in random eats.

I began with a daily smoothie – chocolate protein, hazelnut milk, peanut butter flour (yep, I’m hoarding it), banana, maca and ice cubes. YUM. Stuck with me all morning, and I had an invigorating run! Knowing my reasoning, I will drink smoothies exactly like this one every day forever! :D

Lunch was a protein rich salad with quinoa.

I’m making a new raw bar, and I snacked on plenty during creation:

I also ate another banana in the afternoon. It was huge, and I took a reference photo:

Did you detect the skeptical look?

Along with the giganti – nana, I topped a muffin with almond butter (more recipe development), and an Adora calcium disk.

Jason called when I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner… he knew I was down, and offered to bring home whatever I wanted. The crust was gluten free.

What are you eating today? Have a great one!


Our sunshine and upper sixties temps were short lived – we’re back to snow at 1000 feet and cold rain everywhere else! I’m looking forward to May…

Until then I’m still juicing every day, getting my equivalent of sunshine and freshness in my life!

Today’s juice was an easy earthy goodness:

6 carrots
8-10 celery stalks
2 apples
1 beet
1 lemon, peeled

Makes two servings, which of course were both for me :D

I love how pretty it is prior to pouring:

How do you get some freshness and sunshine on cold days?