I just love a prideful Italian...it doesn't matter if you're first gen or if your father's mother's second cousin lived in Italy for one summer "back in the day" - any connection to Italy means that you've, at some point or another, bragged to someone (who, let's be clear, probably wasn't impressed) that your bloodstream is largely comprised of tomato sauce and pecorino. I'll unapologetically lump myself into the crowd who loves claiming the Italian heritage.
The convenience of overnight oats has saved me on a number of occasions. They've become a Wednesday ritual for me, since I'm up at the @$$ crack of dawn to coach my morning MADabolic class.
Happy Valentines Day, you filthy animals! I neither know nor care about what your plans are on this Hallmark holiday, but I'm hoping it at least entails sugar. Who's to say you can't ogle your blue eyed honey (or dog) AND a tasty treat on this polarizing day? Some of you reading this might LIVE for the V-Day cheese, while others might prefer taking temporary residency in stretchy pants watching some below average Josh Duhamel flick through the bottom of a bottle of vodka.
Almond milk is a staple in most "clean"/"paleo"/"real food" (etc.) kitchens. And for good reason - it's delightful! That said, I think that almonds hog the lime light a little bit. Just like with almonds, you can make dairy-free milks from essentially any nut. I do love my homemade almond milk recipe, but I'm not always in the mood to whip out my nut milk bag (wow, the inappropriate interpretations of that phrase are never ending).
Yes, I enjoy gluten free oats and no, they're not paleo. My body tolerates them just fine, and I find them to be a great carb source on heavy training days when I really need to replenish my glycogen tank. With that, Whole 30'ers, avert your eyes, because these homemade granola bars are giving me LIFE right now. Holy shiznit they are so freaking tasty.