Happy Tuesday, Friends! I can’t believe it’s September already–I know that it’s not officially Fall yet and that the last thing you want is to listen to yet another white girl rave about the wonders of Fall (pumpkin! flannel! chunky sweaters! Oh my!) in her Little Corner of the Internet. So, I’ll spare you most of it. But, my fondness for Fall doesn’t really have to do with seasonal candles or any of that stuff anyway.
It has to do with the newness that Fall offers. I think part of it must stem from the classic school schedule ingrained in us long after we’ve graduated–September signals a time to start anew. Who doesn’t need a little reset after Summer shenanigans? I think that I will always appreciate the ceremonial ‘wiping of the slate’ that Fall offers after a Summer filled with too little work, numerous half completed to-do lists, not enough sunscreen (or sleep), many late nights (with cocktails) and lots and lots of fun. I love Summer, but it is not my best season in terms of self care or goal crushing. And that’s okay. Life is too short to spend Summers staring at a computer when there are beaches to sink my toes into, weekend trips to take with my galpals and sunshine to soak in.
This past summer was one for the books, partially because I didn’t schedule every single second of it and partially because these past few months have been about my relationships. Through fostering closer bonds with the people who matter most to me; by focusing on being a high-vibe friend and really showing up, and by really making time to be present in the miraculous moments when all of our schedules magically align. It’s been truly magical to reconnect with some friends with whom I’ve drifted apart–I’ve been reminded about the healing nature of close, supportive friendships.
Spending so much time socializing this summer really helped me grow in ways I couldn’t have imagined–or have known that I needed to; I’m so thankful that the ‘nothingness’ of summer afforded me the time I needed. Now, I’m feeling rejuvenated and excited to dig into some personal and professional goals. One small goal that I think will have a profound effect on my day is sticking to a simple morning routine.
Sometimes I have to be at work at an ungodly hour (well before 7am). That early in the morning I can easily succumb to hitting snooze a couple of times, rolling out of bed at the last minute and starting my day in a rushed, frazzled way. It sucks. But, I’ve done it time and again because #sleep. I’m taking it back to basics and making my mornings as easy as possible. Yes, they now take longer than they did when I was practically rolling out of bed and onto the subway, but I feel a little more human and, to me, that’s worth sacrificing 15 minutes of sleep. I lay out my outfit the night before (yes, just like a six year old) and I try to have a satisfying breakfast that I can look forward to ready to go. Anyone else get motivated to get out of bed by breakfast (and coffee)??! I’m not into meal prepping–there’s no way for me to know what I’ll want to eat on Thursday when I’m cooking on Sunday. But, if I want to have breakfast ready by 6am it must get prepared ahead of time.
Step in these Collagen Tarts! I’ve been grabbing one or two out of the freezer in the morning along with some fruit and coffee and I’m all set! They’ve also been a great treat when I need a somewhat substantial snack if my next meal is nowhere near in sight.
These babes are…
Perfect for using up the last of summer’s berries
Balanced with protein, fat and carbohydrates
- 8 oz collagen (I use vital proteins)
- 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup virgin coconut oil, melted (can substitute ghee)
- ⅔ cup blueberries (or any summer berry you have in excess)
- 1 tbs. pure vanilla extract
- Zest and juice from one lime
- 1 bag original Purely Elizabeth granola
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Pulse granola in a food processor or high speed blender until a consistent, fine meal is formed.
- Mix ground granola with ½ cup melted coconut oil. Mixture should be moist enough to form a dry dough. Continuously add 1 tbs. more of coconut oil to mixture until this consistency is met.
- Fill a 9x9 glass baking dish or 12 muffin tins with ½ inch worth of crust mixture. Mixture should be packed firmly.
- Bake 22 minutes.
- Blend drained cashews, collagen, remaining coconut oil, maple syrup, blueberries, vanilla, zest and lime juice until a smooth mixture forms.
- Once crust has cooled, top with cashew mixture and freeze until firm--about 90 minutes.