Banana Nut Breakfast Muffins

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I’m back on my paleo grind, which means none of my favorite pastries for breakfast (tear, it was fun pretending to be Parisian with my pain au chocolat & espresso while it lasted). Desperate for a fun alternative to spoonfulls of almond butter, I spent this weekend in the kitchen in a trial-and-error kind of craze until voila! I perfected the world’s most delicious paleo breakfast muffin.

What you’ll need:
♥ 4 eggs
♥ 4 bananas
♥ 1/4 cup coconut oil
♥ 1/3 cup peanut or almond butter
♥ 1 tsp vanilla extract
♥ 1 tsp honey
♥ 1 tsp stevia
♥ 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
♥ 1 tsp baking powder
♥ 1 tsp baking soda
♥ 2 tsp cinnamon
♥ 1 tsp allspice
♥ 1 cup chia seeds, blended down
♥ Handful blueberries or dark chocolate chips (optional)

How to:
1. Smash together bananas, eggs, and nut butter using a fork. Add all remaining wet ingredients and combine in a large bowl. Melt down coconut oil & nut butters if needed. Use hand blender to ensure that all contents are evenly mixed!
2. Pulse chia seeds and walnuts in a blender. Add dry ingredients to your wet mixture, mixing slowly until smooth.
3. Spoon evenly into muffin tin with paper liners. Bake 20 minutes at 350°

Eat immediately while warm, or store for an on-the-go breakfast! If saving for later, keep in an air tight container, or refrigerate.

(And yes, in case you were wondering, fun cupcake liners DO make all the difference–find some here, here, here):
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Bullet Proof Coffee

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

As much as I buy that statement, ain’t nobody got time for that!! I usually hit the gym in the morning, which means I either turn to an $8 Equinox smoothie (so bad for the bank when that becomes a daily habit), OR I make bullet proof coffee when I get to work.

That’s right. It’s bullet proof because it’s badass and keeps you SO FULL for SO LONG that it’s kind of amazing. Plus, it’s CHEAP & HEALTHY. I know, you love me.

Literally, all you do is brew yourself a cup of joe, then add in a spoon of virgin organic coconut oil & 1-2 scoops protein powder (stick with vanilla or chocolate). This makes your coffee super thick and creamy and delicious! The oil and protein powder are great for you, perfect for post workout (or for just getting you the hell out of bed), and will keep you full til lunch time!

Try it! I promise you’ll fall in love ♥

Restaurant Review: JiST Cafe

Restaurant Name: JiST Cafe
Location: 116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American (Asian Fusion)
Great for: Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

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What first started out as a mom-and-pop joint, that was known for its chashu dumplings in the 1940s, is now a happenin’ breakfast and lunch dive with heavy Japanese influence.

JiST Cafe is a lovely little breakfast and lunch spot, that sits on first street in the heart of Little Tokyo. Not only is the food great, but the employees are so welcoming and attentive, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable. The decor inside is so artistic and gives the small cafe such a big personality. I love how they placed the plants on the wall, and how they used desk lamps as ceiling lights! So creative!

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Now, onto the best part… FOOD! As I mentioned before, JiST is well-known for all their chashu/pork base dishes. The first time i came here, I had the Chashu Hash Skillet, although a little on the oily side, it was DELICIOUS! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.. nommmssss!

I decided to change up my order during my recent visit. I ordered the Katsu Sandwich, which was huge! It was a little difficult to eat because it came in more of a flatbread form. I didn’t even attempt to try to make it into a real sandwich – probably because I was STARVING, and ain’t nobody got time for that! My co-worker got Porky Omurice, and based on her silence, I am guessing she enjoyed it.. Did I mention she loves to eat just as much as I do, and persuaded me to share an order of the French toast, which by the way was filled with custard.. OMG! My thighs were very happy.

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I highly suggest you check out this great cafe for breakfast or lunch! Take a look at their website! ENTER WITH CAUTION: WILL MAKE MOUTH WATER.

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‘Spice Up Your Life’ Smoothie

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So, I may or may not have been listening to Spice Girls when I came up with the title for this post…hehe.

Ever since I got my new NutriBullet blender, I’ve been in the smoothie-making groove. I try to challenge myself and throw random ingredients together, hoping that it doesn’t taste like feet, and there is some sort of nutritional benefit. As of lately, this spicy green drank has been my go-to smoothie, because it is so refreshing and has a little kick to it! I found the recipe on an old sticky note in my room – don’t remember where I got it from, but it was obviously good enough to save. You may be looking at the ingredients with a slight “stank” face, but I promise you, it is not as bad as it sounds! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2-1 cup of spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 -1 lemon (juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • handful of ice

Enjoy :)

Restaurant Review: Zengo

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Restaurant Name: Zengo
Location: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Tapas
Great for: Brunch

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What we loved: $39 brunch includes unlimited tapas & drinks for a two-hour period

What we’d improve: If you don’t make a rezzie, tough luck. We wish there were better accomodations for walk-ins, but this place is so great, we’re actually okay with making brunch plans ahead of time.

What we’d recommend: Ask your server to bring out an assortment of dishes, proportionate to the number of guests you have at your table. Once you’ve tried everything on the extensive brunch menu, you can request seconds (and thirds) of your favorite items!! I’m in love with the empanadas, brussel sprouts, sushi rolls, yucca fries, and meatballs!!

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Be forewarned… on weekends Zengo is known for DJs spinning hot tunes! It can get loud, but is a perfect way to keep the party going on Sunday Funday!