raw peanut butter slices
Eating is a serious thing in my household. I’ve been slacking (majorly) in the eating department for the past few months and so I’ve been slacking–also majorly–in this WIAW series. My appetite has been non-existent, mostly due to this thing called Life and so the fun and joy has been sucked out of my kitchen experiments. Instead, I’ve been eating for sustenance, mostly, hoping to glean enough calories to not pass out while driving on the freeway. As a result, I’ve also sucked the fun out of this post.
Sorry. Life happens. 
So, wanna know what I have been eating? This is a list of my usual suspects, lately. The neat thing about going through a hard time is that it makes me much more relate-able, because we all go through hard times, right? It also makes meal prep extremely efficient because I don’t quite have the stamina to do anything that takes more than 30 minutes.. which is fantastic for YOU because I doubt many others really want to spend more than 30 minutes during their meal prep, either!

The Best Watermelon Juice. The best. No exaggeration. Go make it now.

Nutella Banana Boats. I ran some hazelnuts in a food processor until a butter was formed, then added maple syrup and cacao. Then I spread the goodness on some bananas and sprinkled crushed hazelnuts over the top. Best decision ever.

Kale Salad. I’ve been digging the kale lately. I’ve been extremely open with my relationship with kale, calling myself a failed vegan since I really despised the stuff. But you know what? Lately it’s the only green I can bring myself to eat. I don’t even understand it. It’s the only thing I ever truly crave anymore. It’s probably because my body knows it’s so packed with nutrients and if I’m going to eat anything at all it might as well be this powerhouse called Kale.

Peanut Butter Banana Bars. Sadly, I actually don’t have a recipe for this because it’s a variation from Emily’s new book (amazing .. go buy it now!). I took her peanut butter base and slathered my own chocolate frosting on it and layered some sliced bananas on top. Oh. My. Effing. Gawwdd.

Traditional Spaghetti. Noodles can be so comforting for some strange reason and so I found myself staring deep into a bowl of this delicious dish.

Vanilla Chia Pudding. The recipe will be up soon (here) but it’s basically coconut milk blended with chia seeds, dates, and vanilla. I mixed in some bananas and coconut cream for added goodness.

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  1. Great to see this post! Can't wait for watermelon season so I can try that juice!! Sorry to hear about your personal troubles, the most important thing to have is someone and supports your lifestyle and loves you for you. I hope that you find that for yourself. Never change! Your blog is a great inspiration, which means you must be an awesome person! Warm thoughts to you!

  2. Stumbled upon your blog about a month ago and it is now one of my favorites! Your lifestyle is inspiring and your attitude is refreshing. I really wish the best for you in this time of struggle. Know that you are making such a difference for all the readers out here by being the confident and beautiful woman that you are.

  3. Sorry that you're having a tough time lately. You deserve nothing less than love and happiness and I truly hope that you're able to find that soon! I love each and every one of your posts and I was happy to see this post today. I'm thankful for you and your blog; one of my main inspirations. Keep on doing you cause you're great! xx

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your personal troubles. It's so important in life to have someone love and accept you for you. What you are doing is wonderful and I get so much inspiration from your posts. Big hugs and sending you love xox

  5. These recipes look gorgeous, especially the peanut butter banana bars. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with the blogosphere. I tried chia pudding for the first time because of your posts! Wish you all the best and sending you positive vibes!

  6. Yes, life is quite tough so times…especially when the one you love isn't quite as supportive as you might have hoped, and your passions divide you more than the bring you together. I understand how having a passion for eating this way can deem you "unlikable" or bother a spouse ; ). We have had to work on that ourselves, but slowly over time my husband has learned to appreciate it and come around. I eat mostly raw, he doesn't but we make similar dishes to share. I have noticed bringing him to fun food tours or getting him to come up with raw recipes has turned into more appreciation and excitement for the lifestyle. We have gone through tough times as well…tough enough that we nearly threw in the towel. We have been married for coming up 7 years now, and even though marriage takes work, it IS worth it. Hoping you find the strength to continue on and that you will be able to pursue things you are passionate about together! I for one LOOOOVE your blog and am so glad you are passion about it!! πŸ™‚

  7. Ah thank you so much Gabby. You are so sweet and it feels so good to know that I'm inspirational to others and I'm surrounded by such love and support πŸ™‚ Your love is felt!

  8. Oh I'm so happy to share with you! I love chia pudding and I think it can really take on so many different forms .. Thank you for the positive vibes πŸ™‚ I'm so happy to have you here!

  9. Oh Sarah, thank you so much for your kind words! Congratulations on 7 years πŸ™‚ This certainly has been challenging and I have a feeling that we are about to join the Marriage Club, one you can only join once you've been through this. I keep hearing these same things: this is normal and it is worth it. But boy.. haha I'm just so glad I have so many people here to support me! I'm also glad to hear your story, it's nice to be able to see others have gone through it and understand the difficulties surrounding food (which seems bizarre to me but apparently it's a HUGE point of contention for some??!).

    Thanks Sarah πŸ™‚ I'm so happy to have you here

  10. Love it love it love it. I will definitely try the hazelnuts spread asap. Do you soak/dehydrate them first or do you find they are ok just raw (or lightly toasted?). I made the watermelon juice the very next day after I read this last week with the seedless mini watermelon that happened to be hangin' out in my fridge. SO good! My BF and I guzzled it right up.

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