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    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    Every morning, we wake up with a whole new day in front of us. It’s exciting, but more often than not we’re tired, groggy, and hitting that snooze button. If that sounds like you, it’s ok! Waking up stressed and groggy is actually something our brain naturally does: it’s called the negativity bias, and it can be super difficult to control. But waking up early and sticking to a morning routine can help you overcome it, in addition to setting your whole day on track.

    Waking up early has tons of benefits for both your brain and your body: it enhances your productivity for the day, helps your mental health, kicks your body into go-mode earlier (which can lead to losing weight and having more energy), and can even prevent certain diseases.

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    Here are 5 tips for better mornings:

    Drink some water.
    Drinking water first thing in the morning is one of the healthiest things you can do: it instantly raises your metabolism, gets your system working, keeps you hydrated, and flushes out toxins from the day before. If you can’t drink a whole glass of water, it’s ok! A few sips is better than nothing.
    I also take a minute in the morning to fill up a gallon-sized water bottle for the day. If you have a full glass of water next to you during the day, it makes it a lot easier to stay hydrated.

    Make breakfast work for you.
    I’m one of those people who eats right when they wake up, usually before I even shower or get dressed or anything. But not many people are like that. In fact, only about 30% of the US population eats breakfast every day, and over 31 million people (about 10% of the US population) don’t eat breakfast at all!
    Yes, they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day: it gives you a boost of energy and gets your system working. But if you’re not hungry in the morning, don’t force yourself to eat. If you’re a little hungry, grab a granola bar. And if you’re really hungry, sit down and eat breakfast.

    Get up and move.
    It doesn’t have to be a full workout, but try to go for a 15 minute walk, do some light yoga, or just stretch to wake yourself up for the day.

    Make a brain dump list.
    I usually find it best to write my to-do list the night before, but writing in the morning is helpful too. Write down everything you need to do for the day and everything that’s on your mind, either in a planner, journal, or on a scrap of paper. Just take a minute to get everything out of your head and onto the paper!

    Take a moment to be grateful.
    Taking a moment before you fall asleep at night and a moment right when you wake up to say thank you is something that we should all be doing. Feeling grateful will put you in a good mind set for the day, and it’ll help you to start thinking more positively (a good step towards overcoming negativity bias!).

    But my top tip for a productive morning? Coffee. Here’s my favorite dirty chai recipe that really kicks my brain into overdrive. Enjoy!

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

    My Favorite Dirty Chai
     
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    Recipe type: Drinks
    Serves: 1
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • 1 chai tea bag (I like Tazo Chai Vanilla Caramel)
    • 1 cup freshly-brewed strong coffee
    • Sugar to taste
    Instructions
    1. Add the milk to a small saucepan, set over medium-low heat, and let warm until the milk is steaming and small bubbles start to form around the edges of the pan.
    2. Once steaming, remove the pan from the heat. Add the tea bag, cover, and let sit 15-20 minutes.
    3. Pour the milk into your favorite mug, top with freshly brewed coffee, and enjoy!
    Notes
    If you want your drink sweeter, add sweetener of your choice to the milk after you pour it into the mug.

    5 Tips for Better Mornings, & My Favorite Dirty Chai Recipe

     

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  • Breakfast FOOD

    Peach Crisp Overnight Oats

    Peach Crisp Overnight Oats – Creamy overnight oats made with yogurt, topped with fresh peaches, pecans, and a sweet cinnamon streusel
    This post is sponsored by Daiya.

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    I’m a huge fan of oatmeal, but sometimes I don’t want to wake up and eat a super filling bowl of super hot oatmeal, ja feel? That’s why overnight oats are the best thing that’s ever come into my life.

    Some people make overnight oats and heat them up in the morning, but no sir, not me. I like eating them cold from the fridge, and I would ask if that’s weird, but I know for A FACT that a ton of people like cold oats. That makes me happy.

    Peach Crisp Overnight Oats (Vegan)

    I usually like my oats plain, with just a little sprinkle of cinnamon and a little extra almond milk (vanilla, please) for good measure. But that’s no fun, and that’s boring real-life health food, and because this is my blog where I can’t leave well enough alone and I let my Too Much Gene™ run wild, these are PEACH CRISP OATS. I’m in love.

    You start with a regular base- oats and almond milk. But then you add in some yogurt, which makes it so creamy and delicious. I love Daiya’s Yogurt Alternatives, because they have such an incredible flavor and are so rich and creamy like regular yogurt. I used the peach one, which has chunks of real peaches in it. Yesss. Then you make a super easy, super quick streusel topping, and cut up some fresh peaches to go on top. Easy peasy.

    Peach Crisp Overnight Oats (Vegan)

    Peach Crisp Overnight Oats (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 1
    Ingredients
    Yogurt Overnight Oats
    • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp. old-fashioned oats
    • 3 Tbsp. nondairy milk
    • 1 container (5.3 ounces) Daiya Peach Greek Yogurt Alternative
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
    • fresh peaches and pecan pieces for topping
    Streusel Topping
    • ¼ cup flour
    • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
    Instructions
    1. Mix together the oats, milk, cinnamon, and yogurt in a mason jar or tupperware with a lid, then refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight. If the oats are a little too dry, add a small splash of water. There should be quite a bit of extra liquid (which will get absorbed overnight), but not so much that there's a layer of liquid above the oats.
    For the streusel topping:
    1. Mix together all streusel ingredients, then bake at 375º for 10-15 minutes until starting to brown.
    2. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
    To assemble:
    1. Sprinkle the streusel over the oats, then top with cut-up pieces of peaches and pecans. Enjoy warm or cold!
    Notes
    For a healthier version, skip the streusel and add granola on top!

    Thank you to Daiya for sponsoring this post!
    (All opinions are 100% my own. I only partner with brands that I love and use regularly.)

    Peach Crisp Overnight Oats (Vegan)

    Peach Crisp Overnight Oats (Vegan)

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  • Breakfast FOOD

    Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Light and fluffy pancakes packed with blood orange zest and dark chocolate chips. The perfect spring breakfast!

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    Pancakes hold a very special place in my heart. They’re what I make my boyfriend every weekend (and by weekend I mean Tuesday/Wednesday, because he’s a tattoo artist so lol what’s a normal weekend), after he worked hard all week and finally has a chance to relax. Making him breakfast is one of my favorite things in the world.

    Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Vegan)

    He’s usually a fan of plain, buttery pancakes, but I wanted to make something different this weekend, and since you guys know how obsessed I am with blood oranges, it was time for blood orange pancakes. It just had to be done.

    Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Vegan)

    These pancakes are so light and fluffy, with a tart citrus kick and rich dark chocolate to balance it all out. They’re so good, I definitely snuck one off the skillet while I was making them and ate it in two bites. And I definitely burned my mouth a little bit, but it was definitely worth it.

    Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Vegan)
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    Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 4
    Ingredients
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1½ Tbsp. baking powder
    • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
    • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
    • pinch of salt
    • 1¼ cups nondairy milk
    • juice and zest of 1 large blood orange
    • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
    Instructions
    1. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt).
    2. Add the wet ingredients (oil, milk, orange juice, and orange zest) and mix well.
    3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    4. Let the pancake batter sit for 5-7 minutes. This allows the batter time to rest and also allows the baking powder to start working, which leads to the fluffiest pancakes!
    5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add a Tbsp. of butter to the hot pan.
    6. Scoop the pancake batter onto the buttered pan, and cook until golden brown.

    Recipe adapted from The Pretty Bee – “Light & Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

    Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Vegan)

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  • Breakfast FOOD

    The Best Vegan French Toast… Ever

    The BEST Vegan French Toast Ever – Crunchy, chewy, caramelized French toast made without any eggs or milk!

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    I like pancakes, I like waffles, I like most breakfast foods, but French toast is MY JAM. Unfortunately it’s something I haven’t had in almost 5 years since going vegan. Vegans always say, “Oh no, I don’t miss ANYTHING I used to eat!”… well, I’m here to set the record straight that yes, vegans do (sometimes) miss food they used to eat. I miss being able to go out to breakfast with my family, get a big plate of French toast, and just go to town.

    The Best Vegan French Toast... Ever

    To be honest it’s kind of hard for me to make breakfast, partly because I stumble out of bed every morning starving and exhausted and need a cup of coffee and a piece of toast before I can do ANYTHING. But also partly because vegan breakfast takes so darn long to make. I know many people love a quiet morning in the kitchen, sipping their coffee and making a delicious tofu scramble with home fries while planning their day. But I don’t have the patience for that. I’m the “I want breakfast and I want it NOW” kind of person.

    I found this recipe and got so excited, and guys. Guys. GUYS. This isn’t just “good for vegan French toast”. This is just GOOD FRENCH TOAST. And it’s QUICK and EASY and SO FREAKIN’ DELICIOUS.
    Sorry for shouting.
    I made it with the cinnamon swirl bread I made recently, and boy howdy was that a good choice. 10/10, do recommend.

    The Best Vegan French Toast... Ever
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    The Best Vegan French Toast... Ever
     
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    Serves: 2-4
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    • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
    • ½ Tbsp. agave nectar
    • 1 cup nondairy milk
    • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 4-6 slices of bread
    Instructions
    1. Blend the chia seeds until they are a fine powder (I used a coffee grinder).
    2. Mix together all ingredients except bread and mix well.
    3. Chill in the fridge until thickened slightly, about 20 minutes.
    4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and grease with butter or coconut oil.
    5. Dip each side of the bread in the chia mixture and let soak for 5-10 seconds.
    6. Place in frying pan and cook until golden brown.

    Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker – Vegan French Toast

    The Best Vegan French Toast... Ever

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  • Breakfast FOOD

    Oatmeal Latte (Vegan)

    Oatmeal Latte – the perfect breakfast for coffee lovers! Creamy brown sugar & cinnamon oatmeal topped with espresso and foamy steamed milk

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    I’m legitimately mad I ever made this.
    I’m serious. It makes me angry. Because this is the MOST DELICIOUS breakfast I’ve ever had and I’ve made it three times this week and I can’t stop. BUT! It’s oatmeal! So that’s healthy, right? And coffee has been proven to be good for you. And it’s vegan! So it’s basically a health food, right? Right. And also? It gives me a crazy caffeine rush without having to down five cups of coffee and that’s a miracle.

    Let me explain what this is. Basically, you make brown sugar & cinnamon oatmeal, plop it in a mug, top it with hot espresso (or strong coffee, whatever you have on hand), add some steamed milk, and voila. The most delicious breakfast you’ve ever had. Trust me, it sounds crazy. But it WORKS. And you can customize it to your own coffee preferences. You can add more coffee, less coffee, more milk, more sugar, flavored syrups, etc. Maybe throw in some pumpkin spice or some chocolate syrup, the list really goes on and on.

    Oatmeal Latte (Vegan)

    This drink-breakfast hybrid originates from a small coffee shop in Colorado. It blew up after Bon Appetit wrote an article about it and I remember when that article came out and how intrigued I was by it. Thankfully Jessica from How Sweet Eats made a copycat recipe and it’s incredible. Please go look at her post because not only does she have a video explaining exactly how to make it, but her photos are beautiful.

    Oatmeal Latte (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 1
    Ingredients
    • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
    • 1¼ cup nondairy milk, divided
    • pinch of salt
    • big pinch of cinnamon
    • ½ tsp. vanilla
    • 1½ Tbsp. brown sugar
    • 2 shots of espresso (or 2 ounces of very strong coffee)
    • handful of granola
    Instructions
    1. Add oats, ¾ cup of nondairy milk, and salt to a small sauce pot.
    2. Cook until creamy, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
    3. Add the oatmeal to a coffee mug. Pour the espresso (or coffee) over the oatmeal.
    4. Steam the remaining ½ cup milk and pour over the coffee.
    5. Sprinkle granola over top. Enjoy!

    Recipe adapted from How Sweet Eats – Oatmeal Latte

    Oatmeal Latte (Vegan)

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