Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Memorial Day weekend is almost over and that means it's pretty much summer from this point on.

YAY.

I figured that we could kick off the unofficial start of summer with a strawberry lemonade smoothie. 

Cool, refreshing, and thirst quenching.

Simple ingredients and very little prep time. What more could you ask for?! 

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

serves 2

1 cup strawberries
1 cup ice
1/2 cup coconut water
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tablespoon maple syrup (optional*)

Add ingredients to blender. Blend. Serve, enjoy!

*If you like a sweeter lemonade, adding the maple syrup will do the trick. I recommend blending without sweetener first and adding in as tastes desires.

Gratitude Project - Week 21

What a great, but crazy week! We start off this gratitude post in NYC. YAY. Being in NYC is really gratifying to me. I love it so freaking much. I think that each time I go I fall in love with it more and more. I spent the rest of the week working and being outside. I think the weather is the nicest it's been all year so far! WOO, YEAH. 

DAY 141

Finally got to reunite with my friend, Humberto, today and had an amazing lunch at Terri's! So good! 

DAY 142

Can I have Chloe's for breakfast everyday? I had such a great weekend in the city and had a ton of fun eating my way through the weekend, as usual! But with that being said I'm ready to get back into my routine of simple foods and ignore checking out my credit card bill from the past few days for as long as possible. Haha.

DAY 143

Slept in today and got in my workout this afternoon because let's be honest, the NYC food hangover was a struggle but I got off of work, made some watermelon juice, and went to work out with some friends and had a really good time with it once I got started. Easing myself back into the routine because self care is important!

DAY 144

Tonight I hung out in the woods with a cute little worm friend that I found. It was such a beautiful day and I've been spending so much time outside and offline. Before tonight I didn't turn my computer on since Friday. Of course I still used my phone but definitely in a decreased amount. I love when my life is so busy and full of positivity that I'm so focused on the present moment. Meditate, practice yoga, and eat plants = Happiness.

DAY 145

Feeling so amazing after a great, yet very hilly, bike ride with my friend. I rode a road bike for the first time! I always use a hybrid or a mountain bike so it was a cool experience and now I'm really wanting a road bike. I'll be looking into getting one very soon. I believe I'm going to start looking tomorrow. I also had these awesome pancakes as fuel for my ride. I ate the leftovers cold as soon as I got home! Im sure I'll be ravenous tomorrow because I already got in a run this morning and didn't expect an adventure like I had tonight. Bring it on! I had such a fun night and I'm feeling so happy.

DAY 146

Warm evenings when the birds are singing and the sun begins to dance with the moon, I decompress. I lay in the grass and look towards the sky letting the days lessons melt into the earth. I renew my vibrancy by taking in all of the natural energy vibrating amongst me. I breathe in. I breathe out. I know that I'm exactly where I need to be.

DAY 147

Tonight Darrin came home for the first time in 3 weeks! We went to my sisters graduation and then skated afterwards while the sun went down!


That's it for this week! Thanks for joining me and make sure to share little moments of gratitude with me so we can keep the good vibes flowing. Much love. x

NYC VEGAN FOOD POST - MAY 21-22

It's been so long since I've been able to write a post like this. Way too long!! I love NYC so much. It'll always have such a special place in my heart after spending so much time there in 2013 for my yoga teacher training. I've made so many friends and connections that it sucks to live 5 hours away! But I make the trip back a few times a year to catch up, do some yoga, and eat some awesome vegan food.

My friends asked me if I'd go along with them to NYC to help them get where they wanted to go since they didn't know how to easily navigate the city. Of course I said yes! So we set a date and were on our way.

I started off my Saturday morning at Juice Press, as usual. I was starving when I got into the city so I grabbed this Clean Green Protein smoothie before heading to yoga.

I made it to Strala in time for the 11 a.m. Saturday class and was so excited to be there! I flowed and got all sweaty with a big smile on my face. Strala is my favorite studio and I have a hard time going to other studios because they're not quite like it. I guess it just makes it extra special when I'm able to get there!

Afterwards I was starving and craving something cool so I ended up at Juice Press again. Whoops. I got an acai bowl which I didn't even know they had! I sat in Union Square and ate it before wandering around the farmers market until I went to grab lunch with my friend.

My friend, Humberto, met me at Terri. That's one vegan place in the city that I've somehow never been to. I was excited to try something new! We got a southwestern salad and a chicken quesadilla to share. It was amazing. The quesadilla was so hearty and filling. I loved it so much! Oh, and we also got a donut to share for dessert!

Afterwards we walked around the city and grabbed almond lattes before saying our goodbyes. I love having friends from all over the place. But only seeing them on occasion for short periods of time is tough. 

For dinner I got together with some friends to go to by Chloe. Man, I love that place SO MUCH. I had what's pictured plus some mac and cheese and half of a chocolate cupcake. No regrets! So amazing and absolutely delicious. Ever since Pure Food and Wine closed this has quickly become my favorite place!

Sunday morning I ended up back at Juice Press. I woke up feeling not too great, probably from all of Saturday's food! All I wanted was something green so I grabbed this juice. I love the pineapple and mango tropical flavor that it has.

After breakfast I went to Bushwick, Brooklyn to check out the Bushwick Flea Market and just walk around the city for a bit. I came across this space wall and it matched my pants. I loved it so much!

I ended up at Sacred Chow for lunch. This was a popular place for me to frequent whenever I was in my yoga teaching training. It's fairly close to Strala and has such a yummy brunch menu.

I got the kale nama gori salad to go. I ate it by the Hudson River and spent some time relaxing and reflecting there. The salad was as big as my head! I could barely eat it all. But it's my favorite salad from there so I was loving the portion size! 

I stayed there for a while until I knew that it was time to start gathering up my food to bring back home. That's when the real adventure begins!

I never had Sweetgreen before but I was excited to try it. I made my own salad with romaine, kale, corn, apples, cucumbers, almonds, and lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette dressing. Loved it!

This classic burger is an honorable mention that I brought home with me to eat on Monday! It's from by Chloe.

This is the caesar salad from by Chloe that I brought home as well. This salad is amazing. The shiitake bacon is so flavorful and such a great topping for the salad. *makes note to ask for extra bacon next time*


That's it! I had such a wonderful time this past weekend and I'm grateful for the experience. If you want to check this out in video form head over to my Youtube channel to see more! Much love!

Gratitude Project - Week 20

This week went so fast and I don't even know what I did with my time! I felt busy but I don't know what I accomplished. I'm excited for my weekend and hope to refuel to start fresh next week and get things done. But until then, let's appreciate some things with a week full of gratitude!

DAY 134

I spent my day completely alone but surrounded by others. I shopped, worked, ate, worked out, and just went through my day. I was so focused on what I was doing in the moment and ended up really getting a lot done. I had hardly any desires to be on social media and haven't even watched a YouTube video today. But I loved it all so much that I kind of want to keep it up throughout tomorrow too. Always learning, always trying new things

DAY 135

Today I made a lot of food to test for recipes, listened to a lot of podcasts, and read a book. I call today a successful Sunday.

DAY 136

You know those days where you have a really great day for no reason at all? Today was one of those days. Days like this are so blissful because they're not an everyday occurrence. If everyday was a really great day then after a while they wouldn't feel so great. All they'd be is just another day. I love to experience the really great days, I also love to experience the not so great days, and all of the other days in between. Each one of them that we categorize as good, bad, etc. are opportunities to grow and feel true emotions. That really doesn't necessarily make them good or bad. It just makes them days and experiences that we are meant to feel. And if we really allow ourselves to endure those experiences and go through it all, good and bad, then that is when the magic happens.

DAY 137

I don't have a lot to say today but roasted cauliflower has been my jam lately!

DAY 138

Post run green smoothie. I went for a run after work today. It was such a good time! The weather was perfect. I felt strong and fast with no leg pain, which is so refreshing. Knowing where I was at this time last year, injured and frustrated, and having a really great run today is the best feeling. I've been running for a few months now but haven't pushed myself out of fear of irritating my leg. But today I went for it and all is well.

DAY 139

Sunshine, handstands, and the feeling of accomplishment after a busy day.

DAY 140

I took this on snapchat (amandaasmithh) early this morning before my workout. I was thinking about what to share today and I wanted to share this picture because it's actually the only one I took today. Crazy, right?! And at first I was like "nope, I don't think I've ever posted a mirror pic on this page and it isn't the place for that" but then I wonder to myself why not? So here's a mirror picture of my before my workout at 5 a.m.  I did legs today and it was great. Working out always makes me so happy and I'm so glad that I make it a top priority in my life.


That's it for today! I'm off to NYC bright and early tomorrow and I'm so excited! Catch you all next week for more gratitude moments. Much love.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches - Gluten Free + Vegan

This is the second marshmallow themed recipe this month. Getting marshmallow crazy here on Create N Plate. I recently got so many bags of (vegan) marshmallows for super cheap. I go to this discount grocery store that is seriously like the black market of vegan food. There is SO MUCH there that is vegan and gluten free for cheaper than I could ever imagine it being. Some of it is expired or close to expiring but I'm okay with that. It hasn't hurt me to eat things a month or so past the expiration so I'm not stopping now! Haha. 

Anyways, I found a ton of vegan marshmallows and I had to buy them. I got home and all kinds of marshmallow related recipe ideas popped into my head. So I'm working my way though them. As much as I wanted to space them out a bit more, I'm so excited about this recipe that I had to share it with you guys right now.

I love to eat these while the marshmallow is still warm. It makes them seem so much more decadent! I think it would also be really fun to make the cookies and then roast the marshmallows on a campfire before smashing it between two gooey chocolate cookies. I actually wanted to do that today but it's snowing outside so that resulted in hibernating and using the microwave instead. But once it's warm again you better believe that I'll be out there doing just that!

CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW COOKIE SANDWICHES

makes 5 sandwiches

1/2 cup buckwheat
2 cups dates
1/4 cup cacao or carob powder
2 tbsp coconut water
5 vegan marshmallows
Peanut butter

In your blender or food processor blend buckwheat into flour. Add in dates, cacao/carob, and coconut water. Blend together. Remove dough and cut into circles. I used a glass to do this but a cookie cutter would work as well. You should have 10 cookies. Set aside. Place marshmallows on a plate and warm up in the microwave for just a few seconds. You could also heat them up in the stove or over a campfire but I found the microwave to be easiest at the time. Place marshmallows on cookies and top with remaining cookies. Drizzle with peanut butter. Serve, enjoy!