Author: Monika Andrea

Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft chocolate chip cookies seem to be the cure all to any bad day. …Or at least momentarily they seem to soothe me. I normally don’t bake very often, but I was feeling inspired this morning. And I plan on taking these cookies to a friend who needs a little extra comfort. Back in March or so…one of my favorite food bloggers, Lindsey Ostrom from A Pinch of Yum, wrote a three week series called “Feeding a Broken Heart.” Having gone through a traumatic loss, she found herself comforted by beautiful acts of culinary kindness. The series she wrote was...

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Lentil Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

So this recipe is actually inspired by a bowl I had at The Little Beet in NYC earlier this month! They have absolutely amazing options for building your bowl or salad, and the flavors do not disappoint! I’ve never really been a fan of beets, but for some I was feelin’ the Lentil Beet Salad they had on display. And Welp… now I can’t stop eating beets! Beets are definitely going to be incorporated into my weekly meal plans for now on! They have TONS of nutrients and health benefits. 3 Major Health Benefits of Beets Naturally High in Disease...

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Grilled Vegetable Medley

If vegetables looked this good growing up, I probably would have ate a lot more of them. Growing up, my brothers and I NEVER ate vegetables. We were so picky. Now a days, I eat just about everything and most of the time prefer vegetables. This Grilled Vegetable Medley is perfect for a summer cookout, or even for a quick weeknight dinner. Most of my quick weekly vegetables are seasoned with a few herbs, EVOO, and salt and pepper! It’s so simple & easy, and sometimes thats exactly what I need in order to stay on track.    ...

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Why I Stopped Counting Calories & Macros

SPOILER ALERT : Unpopular opinion coming your way!  Counting calories and macros is NOT a sustainable lifestyle. There is a time and place when you should be counting calories, tracking, and manipulating your intake (ex: fitness competitions), but it’s not sustainable as a long term lifestyle. Counting macros focuses on macronutrients which are carbs, fats, and protein and doesn’t take into account micronutrients or the quality of the food you’re consuming! What good is it to hit your macro counts, if you’re deficient in essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and pre/probiotics? Oh! That salad dressing is calorie free?! It fits your...

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Chunky French Vanilla Almond Granola

Looking for a hearty, nutty, and nutrient dense granola that is low on added sugar? Give this Chunky French Vanilla Almond Granola a try!   This chunky granola is perfect to top off some greek yogurt and berries in the morning! Granola gets a bad rep  because store bought cereals are normally SUPER high in added/refined sugars. But THIS granola is naturally sweetened with some raw local honey.     For this recipe, I used gluten-free rolled oats, sliced almonds, flax seeds and cinnamon. I used a combination of honey and egg whites as a “glue” in order to...

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i’m monika andrea…

I’m not a chef, dietician, or a health genius; but I love healthy food and I strongly believe in the benefits of eating unprocessed, real food. Hippocrates said it best… “Food Is Medicine”

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Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Lentil Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

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Grilled Vegetable Medley

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Why I Stopped Counting Calories & Macros

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