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โ€œA reader lives a thousand lives before he dies...the man who never reads lives only once.โ€ George R.R. Martin ๐Ÿ“š. . I've always been the girl with her nose in a book. Since I learned to read, I've been a boy with a scar and a magic wand. An FBI agent solving a small town mystery. An adventurer embarking on a one hundred mile solo hike. A teenage girl falling in love for the first time (with a vampire). An aspiring journalist finding her way in the big city. . Every book I've read has shaped me as a person. Books tell the stories of people we don't know, places we haven't been, and worlds we can only imagine. With a book in hand, you'll never feel lonely or alone. Keep on readin' my friends. Being a book worm is pretty darn cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž Which is why I wrote a blog post about every single book I read in 2018 (allllll 27 of them, the good, the bad, and the REALLY good) Click the link in my bio to check it out! #bookworm #booksarelife

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mb_withasideofpb. This time last year, I was doing Whole30 and focusing more about what

This time last year, I was doing Whole30 and focusing more about what I was cutting OUT rather than what I was putting IN. In 2019, I want to focus more on ADDING good things to my life โ˜บ๏ธ Saying YES to things that would normally scare me, whether itโ€™s a tough workout class, an intimidating work project, or simply being more vulnerable. . All this resolution talk focuses so much on cutting โ€œbadโ€ things out. โ€œBadโ€ foods, alcohol, sugar, that extra Christmas cookie โ€œfluff.โ€ Instead, what about if we focused on adding the GOOD? Cheers to good vibes and happiness in 2019. Lord knows we could all use a little more of that โค๏ธ. . This January, Iโ€™m adding in more plants, like this loaded salad with arugula + roasted sweet potatoes + roasted onions + avocado + crispy curried chickpeas + carrots + sunflower seeds and a garlic lemon tahini dressing ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ— #easymealswithmb

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mb_withasideofpb. Last cozy morning at home before Iโ€™m off to Atlanta to celebrate New Y

Last cozy morning at home before Iโ€™m off to Atlanta to celebrate New Yearโ€™s with my best friends โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿพ Whipped up a loaf of whole wheat banana nut bread yesterday and my mom and I warmed up some slices with melty peanut butter and cinnamon this morning ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฅœ All I have to say is...SWOON ๐Ÿ˜

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I know itโ€™s cheesy, but Iโ€™m feeling BLUE after the holidays. Just gotta BRIE happy, because 2019 is gonna be GRATE ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿค“

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mb_withasideofpb. Loaded turkey sandwich for lunch this Christmas Eve day ๐Ÿฅช๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Hanging

Loaded turkey sandwich for lunch this Christmas Eve day ๐Ÿฅช๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Hanging around the house with the fam watching movies and cooking and eating our way to tomorrow! Have a festive day everyone #easymealswithmb. . Turkey sandwich on sourdough with avocado, red onions, pickles & mustard ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿž

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Cereal is my favorite thing to eat when Iโ€™m at home ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿฅ„ It reminds me of being a kid AND, well, cereal is just really, really darn good. Especially with a drizzle of peanut butter and fresh berries. Merry Christmas Eve Eve! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜Š

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mb_withasideofpb. Quick sweet and savory breakfast before heading out the door to go HOM

Quick sweet and savory breakfast before heading out the door to go HOME for the holidays! ๐Ÿ˜ . . Rice cake topped with avocado + pepper + chili flakes + everything but the bagel seasoning and a banana with peanut butter and cinnamon ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฅ‘. . Stay safe if youโ€™re traveling today...the weather outside is truly frightful ๐ŸŒจ #easymealswithmb

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mb_withasideofpb. Only THREE more days until Iโ€™m back in my home kitchen with my mama ba

Only THREE more days until Iโ€™m back in my home kitchen with my mama baking allllll the goodies ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿณ I havenโ€™t been home for more than 48 hours since last Christmas, so to say Iโ€™m excited is a bit of an understatement ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป And you better believe this pumpkin banana bread is happening because pumpkin is good any time of year! What are you most excited to bake over the holidays? #easymealswithmb. . PUMPKIN BANANA BREAD ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Preheat oven to 350ยฐ. Grease a loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine DRY ingredients: 2 cups oat flour + 1 tsp. baking soda + 1 tsp. baking powder + 1 tsp. salt + 1 tsp. each cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. . In another bowl, mix together WET ingredients: 2 mashed, overripe bananas + 1/2 cup pure pumpkin + 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar + 1/3 cup almond milk + 2 tsp. vanilla extract. . Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Pour into loaf pan, top with walnuts and bake for 40 minutes. . Perfect for a quick breakfast to fuel all that last minute holiday shopping ๐Ÿ™ˆ Best enjoyed with copious amounts of peanut butter!

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mb_withasideofpb. A gloomy morning called for a lazy morning in bed, a trip to the coffe

A gloomy morning called for a lazy morning in bed, a trip to the coffee shop downstairs in my slippers, and the coziest breakfast eaten on the couch with Christmas movies โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŽ„ I was craving savory, so made do with what I had in the fridge to make savory oatmeal! Cooked 1/2 cup of @quaker oats in 1 cup almond milk with a dash of salt and looots of pepper ๐Ÿ”ฅ Topped with a runny @vitalfarms egg, sundried tomatoes, red pepper flakes & everything but the bagel seasoning ๐Ÿง‚๐Ÿฅ„

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mb_withasideofpb. Looking for a dip to bring to your holiday party this weekend? Iโ€™ve go

Looking for a dip to bring to your holiday party this weekend? Iโ€™ve got yoooou! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป This Spicy Chipotle Hummus is SO creamy and full of flavor and packs a serious kick! ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ”ฅ Iโ€™ve started saying goodbye to grocery store hummus and making my own, and it is SUCH a game changer. Recipe below! #easymealswithmb #bitesonabudget #wolfgourmet. . SPICY CHIPOTLE HUMMUS ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป In a blender (I used my @wolfgourmet one!) combine 1 can chickpeas (drained and peeled - do not skip this step!) + 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce + 2 tsp. adobe sauce + 1 clove garlic + 2 tbsp. tahini + 3 tbsp. olive oil + 2 tbsp. water + 1/2 tsp. salt + 1 tsp. cayenne pepper + 1 tsp. chili powder + 1 tsp. paprika. Blend until smooth!! Top with paprika and a drizzle of olive oil. Can serve with crackers, veggies, or pita! #hummus

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mb_withasideofpb. Made @ambitiouskitchen turkey chili last night with some girlfriends f

Made @ambitiouskitchen turkey chili last night with some girlfriends for the coziest holiday gathering ๐Ÿ˜Š Complete with pomegranate Moscow Mules & carols galore ๐ŸŽ„ The most wonderful time of the year!!!

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mb_withasideofpb. This egg & veggie scramble epitomizes exactly how I feel today ๐Ÿ˜… Iโ€™m

This egg & veggie scramble epitomizes exactly how I feel today ๐Ÿ˜… Iโ€™m reallllllly hungover BUT going to power through because itโ€™s the holiday season and thatโ€™s just what you do ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Iโ€™m a firm believer that hangovers can be *somewhat* cured by fresh air, a shower, food, and a positive attitude ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Sure, my body may feel like dog doo today, but thereโ€™s no sense in wallowing in hangover misery. So if youโ€™re riding the struggle bus with me today, I encourage you to change your mindset and do at least ONE thing that will make you feel happy and productive! Even if itโ€™s just stepping outside for a few minutes or taking a shower. You are not โ€œliterally going to dieโ€ from a hangover ๐Ÿ˜Š Promise!

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mb_withasideofpb. This not sad desk lunch salad on repeat for the rest of the season ๐Ÿฅ‘๏ฟฝ

This not sad desk lunch salad on repeat for the rest of the season ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ… Mixed greens + chewy farro + roasted crunchy chickpeas + cherry tomatoes + cucumbers + scallions + avocado, tossed in a lemon tahini dressing ๐Ÿ‹ Happy Thursday yโ€™all!

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mb_withasideofpb. You know when youโ€™ve got your mind SET on a craving and absolutely not

You know when youโ€™ve got your mind SET on a craving and absolutely nothing else will satisfy? Thatโ€™s how Iโ€™ve been with homemade muffins the past few weeks ๐Ÿคค So, I took action and made homemade Gingerbread Raisin Muffins yesterday ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Like little nuggets of Christmas breakfast cheer, these healthy muffins are a great way to start the day (preferably warmed up and lathered in peanut butter!) ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„ #easymealswithmb. . Preheat oven to 350ยฐ. Spray the inside of a muffin tin. . Mix together the dry ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour + 1 tsp. baking soda + 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon + 1/4 tsp. ground cloves + 3/4 tsp. nutmeg + 3/4 tsp. ground ginger + 1/4 tsp. salt + a few HEALTHY handfuls of raisins. . In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients: 3 tbsp. melted coconut oil + 1/4 cup maple syrup + 1/4 cup molasses + 1 egg + 1 tsp. vanilla + 1/3 cup 100% pumpkin + 1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk!). . Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined. Pour batter into muffin tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes. ENJOY!

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mb_withasideofpb. I actually LOVE the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป I loo

I actually LOVE the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป I look forward to all of the parties, cocktails, and cookies alllll year long ๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŽ„ But Iโ€™m also a creature of habit and love being in a routine. So how do I find that balance during the holidays? Being PREPARED! . . Prepping healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks makes me feel a heck of a lot better about all the extra indulging during the holidays. Grain bowls for lunch, egg nog & cookies for dinner ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ Itโ€™s not about restriction yโ€™all. Itโ€™s about balance, and Iโ€™m all about getting in more nutrients wherever possible! #easymealswithmb #healthyish . . Prepped this Crispy Chickpea Farro Bowl for lunches this week ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Mixed greens + farro + tomatoes + cucumber + scallions + crispy chickpeas + sunflower seeds ๐Ÿ˜‹ Will toss in a lemon tahini dressing and add avocado before eating!

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mb_withasideofpb. Doing an Unfiltered Day in the Life today! Inspired by my girl @freckl

Doing an Unfiltered Day in the Life today! Inspired by my girl @freckledfoodie, this day is designed to show you that life behind the โ€˜gram is not always glamorous! Like this random AF plate of @bit alfarms eggs + @hilaryseatwell veggie sausage from my freezer + the last of my @kitehillfoods cream cheese ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ It ainโ€™t always pretty, but this is reality! Sometimes itโ€™s tiring to see such curated images on here, so this day is designed to keep things REAL with yโ€™all. #nofilter #easymealswithmb

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mb_withasideofpb. A spicy GIVEAWAY to start the week!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒถ Can anyone else NOT eat eggs (

A spicy GIVEAWAY to start the week!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒถ Can anyone else NOT eat eggs (or really anything else) without hot sauce? Yeah, me neither. Which is why Iโ€™m partnering with @yellowbirdsauce to give away a FIVE PACK of the cutest, sassiest hot sauces on the market ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ Great on eggs, sandwiches, salads, tacos, or, if youโ€™re a psycho like me, straight from the bottle.... . TO ENTER ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Like this post, tell me your favorite thing to put hot sauce on, and follow @yellowbirdsauce ! One lucky winner will win a five pack of @yellowbirdsauce hot sauces. Will pick a winner FRIDAY! Good luck ๐Ÿ˜Š

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mb_withasideofpb. GREEN CHICKPEA CURRY for the #badlightinggoodfood win this cozy Sunday

GREEN CHICKPEA CURRY for the #badlightinggoodfood win this cozy Sunday night ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ”ฅThis flavor combination is so mouthwatering and itโ€™s the perfect way to get in your veggies! I prepped a big batch to get me through whatโ€™s sure to be a busy post-holiday week ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ #easymealswithmb. . Green Chickpea Curry ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Cook grain of choice and set aside (Iโ€™m obsessed with farro lately, so Iโ€™m rolling with that!) . . In a large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp. coconut oil. Add 3 large chopped carrots + 3 cloves minced garlic + 1 tbsp. freshly minced ginger + 1/2 diced white onion + 3 tbsp. chopped basil. Sautรฉ until onion is soft. . Add 3 tbsp. green curry paste + 1 tbsp. turmeric + 1 tsp. cayenne pepper. Stir to combine. Add 1 can coconut milk + 1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas + 1 thinly sliced bell pepper + 1/2 cup vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Add frozen broccoli + frozen peas and let simmer for 20 minutes. . Serve over grains and top with cilantro and hot sauce! (Highly recommend @fixhotsauce lemongrass sriracha with this combo ๐Ÿ˜)

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