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Superfood Smoothie Bowl

This sweet and creamy smoothie bowl is brimming with nutritional “superfoods,” including raw cacao powder, goji berries, seeds, nut butter and berries. It’s my go-to breakfast when I need to recharge or reboot, and it’s my foolproof way of slipping serious nutrition into my kids (because, spoiler alert, eating a smoothie bowl FEELS LIKE YOU’RE EATING ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST!). (Plus: new video below!)

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Curried Sweet Potato Soup Bowls (Vegan)

You know how grain bowls are all the rage? Forget them. In the dead of winter, you need a soup bowl. What’s a soup bowl, you ask? Good question, since I just made it up. Basically, you take the same concept of a grain bowl, which layers grains with different flavors and textures, but here the base is a thick and creamy (but vegan) sweet potato soup, which gets topped with a mound of rice, frizzled kale, tart green apples and crunchy peanuts. The soup is delicious on its own (that’s how my kids prefer it), but it’s made even better by the toppings.

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Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Packed with whole oats, pumpkin puree, almond butter and flax seeds, these vegan and gluten-free breakfast cookies, which are flavored with maple syrup, warming spices, cranberries and dark chocolate (oh, yes!), are jammed with nutritious ingredients, and yet they taste like treats. Serve them as a quick grab-and-go breakfast, pack them as a school snack, or eat them as dessert. Or, better yet, hide them from your kids and save them for yourself.

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Chickpea Waffles: The Easiest Waffles you will Ever Make

My family is waffle obsessed. James is the breakfast maker in our house, and for the past nine months or so, Ella has asked for waffles every single Sunday. Not just any waffles, but the waffles from the Joy of Cooking, which, I’m told, are perfectly buttery and crispy. How would I know? The suckers are gluten-filled, and even though we’ve tried to make them gluten-free, Ella can taste the difference and begs (i.e. whines like hell) for the original. We usually give in, and I’m left pulling something out of the freezer if I’m lucky, or resorting to a bowl of porridge or granola.  I will give them breakfast, but there’s no way they’re getting dinner too—I’ve reclaimed my waffle prerogative at supper with these delicious chickpea waffles.

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Strawberry Crisp (Gluten-Free, Vegan option)

For all of you who are cooking for your moms and/or wives this Mother’s Day, I’ve got your dessert covered! This strawberry crisp tastes like a burst of sunshine and yet is easy enough for anybody to master (I’ve even included a video at the bottom of this page showing you exactly how to make it!). It comes together in under an hour using mostly pantry staples, and I promise it will earn you mega brownie points with the important ladies in your life.

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Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Bowl with Maple Buckwheat Clusters (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I’m a sucker for foods that can be eaten with a spoon. From pudding, to porridge, to ice cream, there’s something luxurious about curling up with a bowl and a single utensil. Maybe that’s why I’ve always eaten my smoothies with a spoon. It’s just more fun that way, taking something that’s nutritious suspiciously close to ice cream territory. These days, I’m not the only one who eats her smoothies with a spoon. Smoothie bowls are currently a thing—I see a new one practically every day in my Instagram feed (I’m at @SizemoreNicki, btw). A smoothie bowl is a thick smoothie served in a bowl and topped with assorted tidbits for texture, from coconut flakes, to toasted nuts, to granola or even cocoa nibs. I have to admit; this is one fad-wagon that I’m happy to jump on.

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