Vanilla Protein Pancakes

From the obesity epidemic to the rising divorce rate, political opposition, terrorism, and violence, we as a society have many prominent issues. Yet there is a problem that every person faces every day, from teenagers to the elderly, no matter your race or culture. It’s a force that diminishes our health and overall quality of…

Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies

I didn’t know blondies existed until I was in ninth grade. A girl brought a huge tray of what looked like cookie bars to play practice and gave everyone a piece. After all, nothing brings people together like free food. “Want a blondie?” a friend offered me. I asked what those were, and she replied,…

Vegan Banana Waffles

Pop the champagne, blow the balloons, and pass out the cake, it’s time to celebrate! After years of waiting, I have acquired… (drum roll, please) a waffle maker! Yes, this is a big deal. Don’t judge me. During a casual conversation with my sister-in-law, I mentioned that I like waffles, to which she replied, “You…

Mini Pink Lemonade Muffins

Pink lemonade does not make much sense at all. It makes us wonder: What is the pink in usually yellow lemonade? Some people assume it is from added strawberry or cranberry juice. Today, that may be true, but the origin of pink lemonade is a lot shadier. Josh Chetwynd, the author of How the Hot Dog…

Protein Granola Balls

Many adults like to think themselves young at heart, but some are young in appearance as well. I happen to fall into the latter category. Here’s a rule to live by: Never assume age. Whether you guess too young or too old, it can be offensive. Too many times I met someone new and they…

Easy Chocolate Drops

Life is about finding balance: healthy eating and sweet indulgences, work and play, dark and light, fire and water, yin and yang, and socializing and solitude. Therefore, last week’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes must be countered with today’s chocolate recipe. Me: Did you know that chocolate is actually healthy? People: Really? That’s awesome! (Proceeds to eat…

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

It’s hard for me to understand vanilla. I mean, I understand what the flavor of vanilla is, but to me, it is just like its informal definition: boring. Just like darkness is an absence of light, vanilla is an absence of chocolate. Many chocoholics would agree with me, but I’m sure I’ve offended many vanilla…

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe comes as a request and it was long overdue. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic, the kind of food that reminds you of fuzzy and happy things. With all of the depressing things happening nowadays, it’s time to spread a little positivity. Here are 60 reasons why you should smile: Bunny rabbits exist…

Maple Spiced Nuts

Bring out the fingerless gloves and throw some pumpkin spice in the air, because autumn is here! For those with their glass of apple cider half-empty, they see the days getting shorter, the plants dying, bipolar weather, dry skin, catching colds, and they complain about people who won’t shut up about fall, while they themselves…

Frozen Banana Popsicles

Take note of the title of this recipe: Popsicles, not ices. This is how I understand it: The ice lollies on sticks are called ‘Popsicles’ and the ones in a tube are ‘freezies.’ In Brooklyn, however, both seem to be under the broad term ‘ices.’ I understand the name, ice pops, ices, but I still…

Lemonade Cookies

There was a strange viral headline on CBS News: “Man Trapped in ATM slips handwritten ‘please help’ notes through receipt slot.” My initial impression is that the story is ludicrous.  How can a person get stuck in an ATM machine? This sounds like an incident out of a novel that critics will chastise the author for…

Maple Baked Doughnuts

To all, doughnuts are round, fried cakes with a filling or a hole, but the presence of them can mean many different things. For some people, it could be school birthday parties when the birthday child brings a box for the whole class. For others, it could mean the mouthwatering display in a coffee shop or…