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Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn’t Taste Like Shit)

Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn't Taste Like Shit) Only 2 more sleeps ’til Friday!

And I’ll be booking it to San Francisco for Her Campus’s College Fashion Week. I’ll be using the new Cinch App to decide WTF to wear this weekend by polling my GFs ( << coolest new app ever + more detailed post coming soon! )

On another note: last week, I was scouring Pinterest for a really good, not-disgusto, green smoothie recipe. I found literally 10239034 different recipes, but they all sounded absolutely sick or way too elaborate for my budget (like, I can’t buy all these expensive as hell oils + supplements on a college budget… no way). So, I combined a couple of recipes, modified them to my liking, and made it budget- & taste-bud friendly.

Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn't Taste Like Shit) Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn't Taste Like Shit) Honestly, The green smoothie fad is kind of funny to me. It seems super healthy, but as I was sorting through recipes, I realized that so many of them contain a thousand grams of sugar and half a day’s worth of calories, making them not-so-healthy. Just because its green, doesn’t mean is easy on the waist-line!

So, my recipe is limited to 380 cals (I usually try to stay under 400 for a meal) & 1 gram of saturated fat, AND it contains lots of Vitamin A + C (kale is a superfood for a reason), 11 grams of fiber (from the chia seeds) and 20 grams of protein (which is 1/3 of my daily goal… perfect.)

Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn't Taste Like Shit) This is my morning go-to because its simple, easy, and is loaded with nutrients to start my day off right. Also, this recipe takes about 5-10 minutes total (w/ clean-up), so it works well when I (inevitably) hit the snooze button five times, and I need to make breakfast really fast.

Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn't Taste Like Shit) Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn't Taste Like Shit) Also, its so preeeeetty! I’m such a sucker for an instagram-worthy meal. Luckily, this green smoothie tastes as good as it looks. Srsly. Starting my day off on a good, clean note is key when it comes to my health-mojo for the rest of the day. Once I get rolling, its more likely that I’ll stick to clean eating. Is anyone else that way?

Skinny-Mini, Morning Green Smoothie (That Doesn't Taste Like Shit) The vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and good fats in this green drank are essential for brain function, a clear complexion (yes, please!), staying full & content, building lean muscle, maintaining a healthy digestive system, and lots more.

Don’t like this recipe? Do what I did, and modify it to your liking! Create your own fav green smoothie combo ( and share it with me! ). I’d love to see alternate ways to make this ROAWO-approved breakfast smoothie. What would you add or subtract to make this drink perfect for you?

Some suggestions: add flaxseed (or swap chia for flax) / use another fruit (like blueberries, yum!) / swap coconut water for filtered water, almond milk, etc. / make it more savory by adding cilantro / kick up the heat with a dash of cayenne ( you can really go a million different directions with it ).

Hope y’all love it as much as I do! Peace, d00dz.

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The Benefits of Wheatgrass

The Benefits of Wheatgrass Over the weekend, I took a little trip to Annapolis, Maryland ( check out some instas from ze trip here ) to visit my boi, Paul, who super-inconveniently goes to the Naval Academy, half-way across the country from me. It was reaaally nice to get some cold, crisp, real-deal Fall weather for once, though I can’t really complain too much about the Cailfornia-ish temperatures we’ve been having in TX lately.

Anyways, while I was getting lunch on my last day in Annapolis, I insisted that I take a wheatgrass shot with my yum-o wrap from this really good health-food lunch-spot. Much to Paul’s dismay, it cost almost $3… and trust me, I heard ALL ABOUT the dismay part. Keep in mind: This is coming from a guy who got some nasty-ass, massive pizza pocket thing, a Philly cheesesteak, and a Protein shake for lunch ( luckily, he’s a college athlete so thats kind of acceptable ), so no wonder he doesn’t understand the wheatgrass craze. I’m pretty sure the nickname “wheatgrass” was added to my list of misnomers after the ordeal.

When I tried to defend my healthy honor by articulating all the reasons why I simply neeeeded a wheatgrass shot, I couldn’t really put my finger on the exact benefits of this little magic potion. So, naturally, I did some research. This is what I found:

Major Health Benefits of Wheatgrass

∇ This nutrient-filled shot is linked to preventing over-eating by suppressing your appetite.

∇ Increases oxygen in the blood, which stimulates circulation. You can also apply wheatgrass directly to your face with a cotton ball to allow for better circulation at the surface of your skin.

∇ The amino acids, Vitamin B, and enzymes found in wheatgrass aid in digestion.

∇ The chlorophyll in wheatgrass fights inflammation, which, in turn, prevents arthritis.

∇ That chlorophyll also oxygenates the blood, reducing symptoms of fatigue.

∇ Gargling wheatgrass can help remove toxins from your mouth and re-mineralize teeth. It’s basically a more gentle form of mouthwash.

Cleanses the liver: wheatgrass is a detoxifying-powerhouse.

Stabilizes blood sugar levels by improving glucose and lipid levels.

Clears sinuses by pulling out toxins and breaking up mucus ( << oh, yum ).

∇ WG’s ability to regenerate skin cells makes it helpful to your complexion.

∇ Keeps the blood clean, oxygenated, & keeps the red blood cell count high, which is linked to preventing cancer.

∇ Wheatgrass is said to boost immunity by keeping your mind and body strong… ( << good for the coming winter months ).

*discover more benefits of wheatgrass here*

So, get your wheatgrass: Daily, weekly, in your smoothie, in shot-form, on your face, whatever. It can’t hurt, right? Also, it feels all clean & trendy, so, why not? This elixir keeps you healthy, pretty, energized, and feeeeelin’ good!

Have a happy Monday, y’all ( or, as happy of a Monday as Mondays can be… )

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Perfect Lil Protein-Filled Snack

Protein-Packed Snack || Great Pre-Workout eating! Protein-Packed Snack || Great for pre-workout meal time! Okay, first of all, how pretty is this snack-age?? I mean isn’t that the most important part of any meal?

Well, the second best part of my banana, granola, almond butter, chia creation is its protein and carb content. According to this source, this combo is dynamite for pre-workout eating. Feeding yourself properly before and after a workout is essential in maximizing your productivity during a training sesh. And who doesn’t want to do that?

Chia + Almond Butter on Banana for a protein-packed Pre-Workout snack Chia + Almond Butter on Banana for a protein-packed Pre-Workout snack Make it using:

♥ 1 Banana, Chopped

♥ 2 Tbsp of Almond Butter (or PB2, my favorite)

♥ 1/4 Cup of Granola (I use KIND Granola)

♥ 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds

♥ Dash of Cinnamon

Protein-Packed Snack || Great Pre-Workout eating! Chia + Almond Butter on Banana for a protein-packed Pre-Workout snack Just chop up the banana (and if you’re a organized-perfectionist… aka me… arrange in a perfect circle), divide the almond butter (or whatever butter you’re into) onto the banana slices, pour your granola into the middle (or put your bananas on top of the granola.. duh), and sprinkle on your chia seeds and cinnamon to taste.

How easy, right? I whip this up as an afternoon snack when I know I’ll be working out in the evening, or for a quick breakfast to start out the day on a good note. Protein is necessary for concentration, so its obviously the perfect breakfast choice before classes or work.

Protein-Packed Snack || Great Pre-Workout eating! and I can’t help how much I’m obsessed with these pictures….

You can find a bunch of wonderful recipes like this in my Eat category in my Nav bar. I will admit, I have quite the talent for finding some pinterest-inspired snacks & meals. Shameless promo.

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Peace out, lovelies.

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Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed, Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One (Tequila Optional)

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! Hiiiiii Guys!

So, I’m super pumped about sharing this recipe with y’all because I’ve been wanting to try it five-ever. Look how cuuute it is! ALSO, its healthy and easy, so I think y’all will love it as much as I do.

Besides it’s pod-like cuteness, one thing I really love about my recipe adaption  ( original recipe for 6 servings by Damn Delicious… ya know, if you’re cool & actually have friends ) is the fact that it is for One! So, if you’re kinda a loser / single / loner sometimes ( like me ), I got ya covered. Or, if you simply wanna make yourself a little lunch / dinner with minimal clean up, I got ya too.

One Pepper is about 350 Cals & contains about 13 g’s of Protein.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! Before I spill the secrets on this recipe, I want to share some Quinoa Benefits ( found on Mind. Body. Green. )

Quinoa is relatively simple to make, super healthy ( obviously, its a superfood ), & can last you awhile in the fridge ( << always a plus for me ). I love foods that I can whip up big portions of, store in the fridge, & use throughout the week. Quinoa’s versatility lends itself well to a TON of different recipes.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One + 7 Major Benefits of Quinoa *Sidenote: I discovered the health / weight-loss benefits of Magnesium via The Skinny Confidential’s ( aka: my blogger muse / crush ) post here. A must-read.*

Alright, so, I’ll stop rambling and get down to business.

Here’s what you’ll need for my recipe adaption for one:

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup black beans, drained & rinsed
  • A couple little baby tomatoes, chopped into fourths
  • About a tablespoon of diced onion
  • About a tablespoon of diced jalapeño ( remove seeds, duh )
  • Tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese ( or more, if ya want )
  • Tablespoon of fresh, chopped cilantro
  • Dash of Lime Juice
  • Dash of Cumin
  • Dash of Garlic Powder
  • Dash of Chili Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Bell Pepper ( whatever color you like best ) hollowed out & little top cut off to make a lid

Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Pepper :: Some of the Ingredients  Instructions:

» Preheat oven to 350° & line a small baking dish with parchment paper.

» In a small bowl, combine the Quinoa, Corn, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Onion, Jalapeño, Cheese, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Cumin, Garlic & Chile Powder, salt & pepper, and mix all together.

» Spoon the filling into the Bell Pepper cavity ( it should be heaping and falling over the sides) & place your little lid on top.

» Place the pepper in / on baking dish cavity side up and put your little lonely pepper in the oven ( I’ll admit: it looks sad in there all alone ) to bake for 30 minutes or until the filling is baked through & pepper is tender.

» Have a little fiesta for one & serve immediately ( Tequila optional, though encouraged ) !!

Also optional :: Add This Homemade Salsa to make your fiesta a little more lively.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! I mean, seriously, how cute n’ fun is this little pep? Obviously you can adapt this recipe to be for multiple people. Just use those super important math skills that you learned in 2nd grade & double or triple ( or whatever ) the recipe to fit your needs.

A Cute Little Quinoa-Stuffed & Fiesta-Inspired Bell Pepper for One !! I absolutely love this flavor combo ( kinda chipotle-esque ), so you’ll probably be seeing it a lot on ROAWO ( found here already !! ). This produce-based recipe is filled with the vitamins & minerals ( and protein! ) that your body needs without the meat or gluten, so it is vegetarian- & gluten-friendly as well.

Remember to use organic produce & grains for the best & healthiest lunch ( or dinner )!

K, bye.

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PS: Some amazing interviews to come to ROAWO soooo soon, so stay tuned to meet some realllll inspiring girls! 

 



Simple, Healthy Baked ( Lemon + Garlic ) Tilapia

Simple, Lemon + Garlic Baked Tilapia Lately, I’ve been trying desperately to shed off a couple of extra pounds ( I mean, aren’t we all in the same boat here? ). I’m not necessarily trying to fight the fat off to look good, but rather, to feel good. I’m all about the be-on-with-yourself, zen, mind-body-spirit thing that goes along with being healthy, eating clean, & focusing on what your body needs. ( Sidenote: Speaking of ‘Zen,’ I started Yoga last week & it has been life-changing already )

As most of my fit friends ( my beautiful Mother/BFF included ) have told me, one way to assure a relatively quick / swift path to skinny is building meals that contain a lean protein and lots of veggies. So, I’ve stocked up on all sorts of lean meats & fish, and I’ve gone to the farmers market weekly to snag some fresh, organic vegetables. My mom loves to talk about the benefits of incorporating fish into my diet. According to her, the people who live the longest, healthiest lives on Earth are from a small fishing village in Japan, where they eat mostly, well, you can probably guess :: Fish.

I’ve always been a big salmon-lover, but I had never really given Tilapia a try until last week. I was pleasantly surprised to love this little recipe that I found on the world’s cookbook:: Pinterest.

Lemon + Garlic, Baked Tilapia What you’ll need: 

3-6 Tilapia Fillets

6-8 Cloves of Garlic ( Crushed / Diced Large)

2 & 1/2 Tbsp Organic Butter

4 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

3 Tsp Parsley

1 Tsp Oregano

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Cooking Spray

Lemon + Garlic Baked Tilapia Lemon + Garlic Baked Tilapia What to do: 

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Melt 2½ tbsp of organic butter on a low heat in a small sauce pan.
3. Add garlic and saute on low for ( about ) 1 minute. Add all but 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, shut off heat and remove from heat.
4. Spray the bottom of a baking dish lightly with cooking spray and remainder of the lemon juice.
5. Place the fish on top and season with herbs, salt, and pepper. Pour the lemon butter mixture on the fish and top with fresh parsley for garnish

The fish should bake about 15 minutes, but keep an eye on it until it looks golden & perfect for you!

Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia I paired this Tilapia fillet with some citrus-y, sautéed spinach. So easy, yet so fancy-feeling.

I trolled the internet ( after making this dish ) for some concrete-details on the benefits of Tilapia for the body. I found this article that lays out the health benefits of Tilapia pretty plainly::

1. The American Heart Association recommends people to consume about 2 servings of fish per week ( about 7 ounces ) to decrease risk of Heart Disease.

2. “Tilapia is a high-quality, complete protein and contains all the essential amino acids your body requires from your diet to help build proteins. One 3.5-ounce portion of tilapia cooked using dry heat contains about 26 grams of protein.”

3. Tilapia houses Omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential for healthy brain function ( and growth in children ). Omega-3s are the good kind of fats!

4. “Tilapia is naturally low in fat, and only contains about 128 calories in each 3.5-ounce portion.” Those Omega-3s from benefit #3 ( woah ) help to get rid of those extra lbs! Exactly what I’m lookin’ for!

So, I’ll definitely be adding Tilapia to my meal-rotation. I have been eating a ton of grilled chicken / salmon / eggs / egg whites + half a plate of veggies lately.. We’ll see what the results are soon!

Do you have any natural, clean-eating inspired dietary tips?? Please share!

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A Few of my Favorite Things

Cute Little Dress :: ROAWO I am so excited for this week’s edition of Favorite Things because, as you’ll learn, this shiz is the shiz [ like this dress ]. Here’s the list for the week:

Tiny Tea-tox :: ROAWO Tiny TeaTox :: ROAWO 1. Tiny Tea Teatox ( Gluten-Free Version ) :: This detox-tea was surprisingly so delish & its such a little detox/cleanse to do. I am in the middle of my detox right now, and I already feel so much better & more “at one” with my body.

YourTea has several types of herbal teas aimed at overall wellness. I chose the TinyTea because it focuses on weight-loss and resetting your digestive system. They believe that digestion is the center of your overall health, and that by allowing that system to run smoothly, you’ll have more energy, healthier / brighter skin, less cellulite, etc. So, I said sign me up! All I do is have a cup of this little miracle tea twice a day after or before a meal ( for 14 days ). Too damn easy.

BTW: My roommate & talented artist, Abbey, painted the mug… so amaze.

Succulent Garden :: ROAWO Succulents + Mexican Blanket :: ROAWO 2. Succulents ( & This Cute Little Blanket / Rug ) :: Aren’t these little plants so freakin’ cute? You can get them for super cheap at Ikea, but I got mine in the botanical section of my local grocery store.

I have been extremely obsessed with flower / plants / candles lately ( which is why I signed up for flowers to be delivered to my door every other week, thanks to The Bouqs ). Seriously, My house is becoming a freaking garden / zen candle-lit space. It gives the place good vibes.

PS: you can find a similar Mexican Woven Table Runner here.

Frends Headphones :: ROAWO 3. My Frends Headphones :: These Layla Headphones by Frends are my life. These are the smaller-sized rose gold headphones & they are perfect for everyday [ at the gym, in the library, etc. ]. Frends carries a variety of headphones that are seriously SO FUN. They took regular, boring headphones and made them an accessory.

Head on over to Frends to browse their collection.

Pretty School Supplies :: ROAWO 4. Pretty, Organized School / Work Supplies :: I’m a sucker for anything having to do with organization. Its probably my horrible case of self-diagnosed OCD, but everything I have has to match or be organized away from my eyes in nice, matching, clean containers / folders / etc. I love writing in Moleskine Notebooks when I have to take notes. I know they aren’t your standard spiral-notebook, uhhhh ‘cuz they’re cooler & way prettier. Also, I label everything with simple little stick-on labels.

I’m looking for a fun little planner / agenda for the semester, but I can’t find any that I just have to have. Have any suggestions? I need your help!

PS: Laptop Skin can be found here.

Black Tied Jewelry Co. Necklace :: ROAWO Black Tied Jewelry Co. :: ROAWO 5. Black Tied Jewelry :: I have recently become one of the many bloggers to partner with Black Tied & I’m loving this online store! They have a ton of trendy jewelry for ridiculously cheap. I’m in lurve.

The above bracelets can be found here, here, here, & here, and the above necklace can be found here ( got mine at a custom length, thanks again Black Tied !! ).

More to come with this brand fo sho :: like stay tuned for a sweeeet promo code, perhaps.

AND I may or may not be putting together a little giveaway with Meghan of Boho Nouveau which could include some Black Tied pieces ( + more goodies ! ) ….

Homemade Green Juice :: ROAWO Homemade Green Juice :: ROAWO  6. Homemade Green Juice :: As a self-proclaimed ‘Juice Enthusiast’ since infancy, I drink green juices as much as possible. They’re delish, fun, & most importantly :: detoxifying.

This week, I made a huge batch of green juice to drink for a few days. I put ( organic & fresh from the farmer’s market ) spinach, kale, cucumber, cilantro, peaches, & pineapples into my juicer to get the base of this week’s juice.

BTW: juicing things is extremely addictive. I found myself intensely searching my kitchen for things to juice like a psycho. There, I said it. I am a juicing psycho. The second I started to consider putting a potato in the juicer, I realized I had a problem.

After I had my base, I added in some coconut water, vanilla protein powder, & a touch of cayenne to give it a little kick. I really like savory elements in my fresh juices. It makes things a little more interesting.

Fried egg on Veggies :: ROAWO 7. Sautéed Veggies + An Egg :: So, I used to freaking hate vegetables. Like, I had an extreme hatred towards them & I refused to eat them. Then, I learned how to season them, and BAM. I love them. A big bowl of greens is seriously the cleanest & most detoxifying hangover cure EVER. Packed with vitamins & minerals, I feel like a new person after eating these babes.

I sauté Broccoli, Zucchini, Brussels Sprouts, & Asparagus tips together in olive oil over medium heat. Then, I add Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Salt, Cilantro, & Lime Juice. THEN, I go even further and add a “fried” egg on top for some protein.

PS: I used to be an egg white girl, until reading this post on The Skinny Confidential. Now, I eat about an egg a day with the yolk included. Read for yourself!

So, there ya go. A Few of my Favorite things for y’all to try. Do you luuuurve any of my fav things this week? Plz Share!!

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Florence, Italy : The Food

Florence, Italy :: The Food [ See the full guide to Florence, Italy here ]

I’m sure you already know this, but Italian food is kind of amazing. Lets just state the obvious. The elephant in the room. During my summer abroad, my roommates and I ate out for pretty much every meal. Yes, it was expensive, but we never actually had time to go to the grocery store & prepare our own meals. Thats the thing about studying abroad in the summertime: there is SO much to do and SO little time.

I think its also important to note that dining is almost a religious experience in Italy. Another European thing that they just get. I am all about the dining experience ( the atmosphere, the people, the drinks, and obviously the food ), so eating was pretty much my favorite part of the trip. Italians often eat slowly, drink for the added flavor ( literally NO ONE drinks to get drunk… its a dead giveaway that you’re American, by the way ), & grab a cappuccino or espresso at the end of meals. So, give that whole process a try… but a warning: the wine in Italy is stronger & SO good… so slow sippin’ is probably a good idea.

Heres a little list of some of my favorite food spots in Florence, along with various things you just have to try:

Cheese & Wine :: Food in Florence, Italy 1. One Word. Cheese : You can get a yum-o little cheese plate at pretty much any restaurant in Florence. I freaking love cheese ( << sounds so strange to say for some reason ). But, who doesn’t? The mozzarella in Florence is literally to-die-for, because its usually made fresh.. like everything else. We could really take a hint from the Italians: Fresh is the BEST. Usually, a cheese plate will include some sliced meats, fruits, & balsamic / honey as well. Too. Damn. Good.

Cappuccino :: Florence, Italy 2. Cappuccino : This little glass of goodness was my BEST friend in Florence. Cappuccino was always there for me: for dessert ( sooooo Italian of me ), during a rough morning, before class, etc. Florentines ( is that a word? ) know their cappuccino, & I honestly think you can get a good cup of this stuff basically anywhere. They even do it To-Go ( which they call “Take Away,” not to-go ). Most Italians will drink theirs at the cafe, because ( like I said before ) they savor the whole experience when it comes to food and drink. Drinking a cappuccino or espresso is not something they do on the go, its something they do in conjunction with conversation / relaxation. So, slow down for a sec, learn some italian words from a barista or the Italian sitting next to you, and enjoy your capp, k?

Mercato Centrale :: Florence, Italy

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3. Mercato Centrale : I got reeeeeal lucky because this amazing market was quite literally 20 steps from my apartment in Florence. At the very bottom floor of the Mercato Centrale is a huge underground-looking market with fresh fruit, veggies, pastas, meats, and other foods ( some of them very, very strange ). There’s also a little espresso / cappuccino counter where you can get the cheapest capp in town. Its a giant market and is open until around 2, so go early in the day. On the top floor is a collection of cafes / bars / restaurants with an assortment of food & drinks. This part is open pretty much all day. There is also a little store for cooking ingredients / supplies & wine. And theres a kitchen for cooking classes ( sooooo nice ). My friends learned to make Gnocchi in the kitchen at the Mercate Centrale. It is near the main train station in Florence, and a very necessary stop on your foodie tour.

Gelato :: Florence, Italy 4. Gelato : Okay, this one is obvious. Florence has a gelato shop on every corner, pretty much. My favorite was Gelateria Edoardo near the Duomo.  A little tip I learned is to generally stay away from the gelato near the tourist hubs ( the Duomo, big piazzas, etc ) , but this place was an exception. Generally, the cafes near tourist areas will be more expensive and less authentic. You see that huge pile of colorful gelato staring at you from the window of that highly-trafficked, touristy cafe? Stay. away. The real deal stuff isn’t that huge or colorful. The size / color is a ploy to attract tourists ( mainly us Americans whom are entranced by the “bright & shiny” things of the world ). The good stuff, I learned, is at the places that have their gelato covered in metal lids. Its a must to find your fav gelato place & become a regular ( this goes for cafes too ). You’ll feel like a local.

Astor :: Food in Florence The Diner :: Food in Florence The Diner :: Food in Florence 5. Astor & The Diner : Are you craving the greasy-goodness of American food? Welp, these two places will provide just that. After being in Florence for awhile, I just really, really needed a hamburger. At Astor, you can get a burger, fries, and a beer for super, super cheap. At The Diner, you can get those things, as well as an American-Style breakfast and much more. If we are being really honest here, none of it is as good as the real thing, but its good enough ( not to mention familiar enough ) to get you through a home-sick, I-need-a-huge-plate-of-grease lull. ( Please ignore the photo quality, iPhones aren’t exactly the most professional… )

6. Da Pinocchio : Okay, so this restaurant was in the same building as my apartment, so we frequented it a lot. One grrreat thing about living in this area was we got to know the owners and workers at this little place. They offer a great student discount ( alongside most other restaurants in Florence ) & great service. I recommend getting the Ravioli with Spinach & Truffle and a glass of the House Red Wine. The truffle in Florence is life-changing and the ravioli here is incredible ( most places will have this dish, actually ). We developed an early loyalty to Da Pinocchio, so I had to mention it. My Gluten-Intolerance was out of control in Florence, but this amaaaazing ravioli was so, so worth it. & Free Wifi lolz.

7. Mimi & Coco : This restaurant was also right next to my apartment, so we frequented it as well. Again, the Spinach & Truffle Ravioli & House Wine is my recommendation here. We became friends with the people who worked at Mimi & Coco as well. I think this restaurant is a little more well-known than Da Pinocchio, but its about the same quality. I loved this place because they would stay open a little later than usual just to feed us after a night out… they never turned us away & we were pretty annoying soo….

Gusta Pizza :: Florence, Italy 7. Gusta Pizza : This one is a must-have. I repeat, A MUST have. It is on the more local-ridden side of the river & the pizza is possibly the best in the city. Its a Firenze classic for study-abroaders. It is on every list of Florence food suggestions, so I had to add it to this one. Theres a reason for that too…. Its unbelievable. I am a lover of really, really thin pizza with delicate, melt-in-your-mouth flavor. This is Gusta Pizza in a nutshell. My friends claim that the Pesto Pizza is the absolute best. It isn’t on the menu, but they know what you’re talking about when you ask for it. I stick with the classic cheese usually ( yeah, I know I’m boring ) & it was no upset.

8. Veggy : As a juice fanatic, I frequented Veggy for their green juice. Florence doesn’t have many vegetarian / juice places, so this is a little gem. It may seem a little expensive, but I didn’t think it was too bad in comparison to most Juice places in the United States. They have all kinds of juices, salads and wraps. Its a nice light option in comparison to most of the other restaurants in Florence. AND the juice is HUGE ( major plus considering my juicing addiction ).

9. Fruit Stands : Another light, detox option is going to a fruit stand. There a couple strewn about Florence. The one I frequented was near the Duomo ( or I went into the Mercato Centrale ), but you can probably find another one close to your area if thats inconvenient. I luuuurve my fruit, so these little stands were heaven on wheels  ( or pegs or whatever ). Also, the fruit is pretty cheap. Overall a good choice for a little detoxifying snack.

10. Ristorante Messicano Tijuana : Are you a Texan or just overall badass who needs Mexican food to live? Well, heres your place. I didn’t get to try it, unfortunately, but my roommates ( who know their mex food ) said it was really good. Obviously, in Texas, we eat a lot of Tex-Mex, but this is real, quality, straight-up Mexican food. The exception is that they have queso, which I’m fairly certain is a Tex-mex thing. But seriously, they have queso, so you have to go this one.

11. Pino’s Sandwiches : This is another one I didn’t get the chance to try, but my roommates who stayed a little longer than me loved it ( as did most people I have talked to about food in Florence ). Its a classic little sandwich shop that is fairly infamous for their yum-o sammies. Its a quick & easy place to stop by if you have a busy day. Or if you don’t. Whatever.

So, I’m not really sure why my lists always end at super random and awkward numbers… it is a painful thing for the perfectionist side of me to look at. Stay tuned for some more Florence tips & helpful info !! Also, don’t forget to check out the entire guide to Firenze here!

Now, its your turn. What is your favorite Florence, Italy food spot? What did I miss?

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Brown Sugar Baked Peaches :: A Skinny Dessert

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO finally got around to making these little peach concoctions ( ran across the recipe on Pinterest forever ago ) the other day, and let me tell you, they were so much better than I expected. I mean, they look amazing, so let the fact that they were BETTER than they look be a little hint that you need these in your life. AND They’re only about 100 Calories a piece !! Best day ever.

I took it upon myself to add this ice-cream ( which I changed to more of a glaze… kinda accidentally… *whoops* ) to the original recipe, because I’m just a genius, basically. I actually liked the glaze better than the whole ice-cream idea, but do what ya feel, my friends.

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO

So, basically, heres what you need for the peaches:

A Whole, Organic Peach

1 Tsp Organic Butter ( read why I always use organic here )

2-4 Tsp Brown Sugar

& what you need for the 3-ingredient glaze / ice-cream ( per my modifications ):

2 Ripe Bananas

A little Vanilla Almond Milk

A little Cinnamon

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO How To Make The Baked Peaches ::

First, Preheat the oven to 375 °. Cut the peach in half & remove the pit. Place about 1/2 tsp of butter in the middle of each peach-half & top with brown sugar ( the amount of brown sugar is really just a personal preference.. I used about 2 teaspoons per half ). Sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Place in the baking dish / on the baking pan skin-side down. Then, bake for 30 minutes, or until peach is tender.

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO How to make the glaze ::

Cut / peel the bananas & place in the freezer until frozen. Place frozen banana pieces, a small amount of almond milk ( use less for an ice-cream consistency & more for a glaze-consistency… just eye-ball it ) & a dash of cinnamon in a blender and blend until combined. Pour over the peaches, & enjoy !!

Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO These are beyond-amazing served warm. ESP with the creamy, banana / almond glaze. Baked peaches are such a great dessert alternative for those of you who NEED to satisfy your sweet tooth ( AKA ME ) & attempt to stay healthy in the process.

I mean, they’re hardly short of life-changing.

Whats your favorite healthy, dessert alternative? Share below!!

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Baked Peaches : A Skinny Dessert // ROAWO



Simple & Quick Salmon Recipe ( A Personal Favorite )

Simple & Quick Salmon Recipe

My favorite thing about finally being back in my own home ( w/ my wonderful roommates, of course ) after a crazy summer? My kitchen. I’ve eaten out way too much during all the traveling I’ve done recently… because its so much easier when you’re constantly on the go / in a hotel.

So, now I’m taking full advantage of my kitchen and having groceries / supplies to actually prepare food with.

I came across this simple & quick ( <<< two of my favorite things ) baked salmon recipe the other day, and gave it a go. I mean, its not really something you can mess up.. its too easy.

What I did: I picked up a medium-sized salmon fillet from my local grocery store. Then, after pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees, I lined a baking sheet with tinfoil ( to cut down on after-cleaning ). I put the salmon fillet in the middle of the baking sheet & topped it with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper & lime juice. The amount of each topping is really all about your personal preference, so I just eye-balled it.

Simple & Quick Salmon Recipe I baked the salmon ( covered in tinfoil ) for about 25 minutes & then removed the tinfoil and broiled it for about 2 minutes ( to make it yum-o & crispy ).

Then, I sautéed some spinach in organic butter at a medium heat and topped it with some sea salt ( << can you tell I like this stuff? ). And there ya go, a healthy, easy dish for dinner ( & for later in the week.. as a college student, leftovers are my best friend ). Optional addition: A glass of Pinot Noir ( it pairs well with salmon ). Or if your more of a white wine person, Chardonnay is good too.

Whats your favorite simple and healthy dinner / lunch dish? Do tell !!

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My Fav Summer “Salad”

Summer Salad // Roawo I have a confession to make :: I have been a salad hater for, pretty much, ever. Something about eating lettuce and vegetables as a meal has never sat right with me. Technically, I’m not sure if you can call this little concoction a salad.. but thats what I’m going with.

The most important thing with this salad is FLAVOR. The flavors you use when working with veggies are everything, at least for me. Vegetables can be so bland, so I make sure to add flavor via salt / pepper / garlic / lemon or lime juice / cilantro / spices / whatever else.

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for the week and just keep it in the fridge for easy heating up later.

Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple I mean, talk about a photo-ready ingredient line up. Could these colors get any better? Per usual, I didn’t use a set amount of each ingredient, I just crafted the combo to my liking. That means: A lot of Cilantro / Lime ( think Chipotle-ish ) / sea salt & pepper. Like I said before :: I made more than a serving of this all at once, so I could eat it for the next couple of days, which is so convenient for busy days.

Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple So lets get down to business :: Pour a lil’ of the olive oil in a sauté pan on the stove at a medium to medium-high heat. Add in the minced garlic + onion and let sit until the onion starts becoming clear. Then, add the zucchini + whatever other veggies you’re into + sea salt + pepper + lime juice. I used a wooden spoon to mix this up in the pan until the zucchini started to get soft.

Then, I added some cooked quinoa and thawed mini shrimp ( and more lime juice because I love it soooo much ) and mixed that in / let it sit until the shrimp became more translucent-looking. Since both of these things were cooked before, this step was just to heat them up / let them soak in some of the flavor.

When I took my concoction out of the pan, I mixed in some fresh cilantro + some of my homemade salsa from earlier this week + half an avocado. When I tasted it, I decided it needed a leetle more pepper / sea salt, so I added that and it was perfecto.

Like I said, its all about what you like, so I encourage you to test out different proportions / add flavors / etc. This is just my personal fav. If I’m going to eat veggies, I have to spice them up a little. The cilantro + lime combo is heaven to me.

Summer Salad by ROAWO // Healthy & Simple I drank my healthy lil’ lunch with some lemon water ( went well with that citrus-flavor in the salad ). Plus lemon water is so much more interesting than normal, boring water. It adds a little kick.

Hope y’all like my simple summery salad!

What’s your favorite summer dish ?

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