Cookies for Breakfast

The Breakfast Power Cookies || on Simple Medicine

There was a point in my life when my med school bestie and I had a running joke about eating cookies for breakfast. When you’re in a med school “situation,” cookies are sometimes a necessity for breakfast. You might be wondering what constitutes a med school “situation” and here’s the list:

  • clinic shifts and class from 8am to 9pm without a break for lunch
  • back to back to back exams
  • doing a project as a group project and then realizing that you kind of zoned out when the teacher said this was NOT a group project
  • skipping class to go for a run and missing the exam review
  • showing up for shift preview unprepared
  • forgetting your medical equipment at home/in your car/at the clinic

These are all real situations that may or may not have resulted in eating cookies for breakfast (once or twice). As much as I’m trying not to eat cookies for breakfast (or any other meal, really), there are some days that take me back to med school and I wish that I had my bestie and a big ole gluten free peanut butter cookie.

The Breakfast Cookie || on Simple Medicine

If I were to trade out my morning smoothie for a cookie, this would be it. This cookie is less cookie, cookie and more power cookie. It’s also seasonably appropriate since has both pumpkin AND pumpkin pie spice. The coconut and chocolate add a bit of sweetness and texture; the rolled oats make this cookie breakfast material. I used my favorite plant based protein to balance out the sweetness the chocolate chips and coconut bring to the table.

The Breakfast Cookie || on Simple Medicine

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Meal Planning and Surgery

Waiting and Hydrating

my Snapchat skillz

Last week was fun. I took Friday off to spend the day with my husband. He was having surgery so that meant a day at the hospital watching bad TV and drinking cafeteria coffee. Once he was out of surgery I went to Whole Foods to pick up soup and spent the rest of the day picking up prescriptions and making sure he was comfortable. He’s recovering at home this week which is the best thing for him. Surgery requires one to take it easy, even when that is a difficult thing to do.

I spent a considerable amount of my time in the hospital making a Snapchat video for my husband to enjoy when he came out of anesthesia. I had way too much fun with it. You can see my work below: [Read more...]

Top 3 Healthy Living Tools

The Fit Dish Link Up

It’s that time of week again! Linking up with The Fit Dish to talk about my top 3 healthy living tools – aka the things that make living a healthy life much, much easier.

Garlicky Kale || On Simple Medicine

1. Meal Planning:

I talk about this all the time but it’s true! They say that abs are made in the kitchen [full disclosure: no abs on this girl] and if you aren’t eating well, all that hard work goes out the window. Obviously, I’m not perfect. I definitely had pizza for dinner last night. BUT, making a weekly menu and planning out my meals helps keep me on track and out of Chipotle. [Read more...]

Healthy Living Guide: Orlando

Health Living Guide

Visiting a new city is always so much fun. I like to look for unique dining options; especially those with plentiful vegan/vegetarian options. Local fare trumps all else, because I like to enjoy the cuisine of the destination. I think one of the hardest parts of adopting a healthy lifestyle is figuring out how it can fit into your current lifestyle. Do you really have to change all of your habits? Usually, yes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time in your city.

It’s my goal to share the places that I’ve come to love in Orlando; and the places that I frequent myself. Whether is a delicious cup of ethically sourced coffee or an eco-friendly salon – it’s nice to know where to find these things. I feel like I know this city pretty well, but I’m discovering new and interesting places all the time.

The topics will vary: food, beauty, activities etc. This week I’m starting with my favorite topic: Food. Orlando has some pretty awesome food venues, outside of the expected vacation destination eats. It’s my goal to share that world with you through this Healthy Living Guide.

In recent years, I’ve been excited to see the growth of independent businesses, many of them focused on local suppliers, earth friendly foods and superb vegan/vegetarian options.

Favorite Lunchtime Cafés:

Dandelion Tea

1. Dandelion Communitea Café:

Dandelion has been a favorite destination of my since my mom had a practice at community space next door. [Read more...]