🍓 Cinnamon Coconut Peanut Cake (vegan & paleo) + Spontaneous trip to NYC

Happy Saturday!

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Yesterday evening, I hopped on a train to NYC, walked in the rain to my friend’s apartment, where we cooked and ate a heart-warming tofu curry dinner (all vegan!), and then this morning, we did Soulcycle (my first try!), had brunch at a local cafe, and just meandered around the city.

Now, as I write this, I’m lying in bed completely pooped tired. I cycled/ran/walked over 25,000 steps (10+ miles), which includes this morning’s Soulcycle, walking around the city, sprinting to Penn Station NY fearing I wouldn’t catch the train on time (lol), and then walking more on campus, etc… I’ll write a blog post of today’s Saturday later, but if you want to experience it in “real-time”, check out my Snapchat @vivalatang! You can still see the updates until Sunday morning EST.

Anyways, this blog post is not about today Saturday but April 30th, when, at this time last week, I was in NYC on a boat, or really a yacht haha. And it all started with this Coconut Cinnamon Peanut Cake {grain-free & vegan}!

This is a single-serving cake that is healthy, quick, & easy to make because it is baked in the microwave. It is also grain-free and vegan! For the bulk of the cake, I use coconut flour, flaxseed flour, and peanut flour, and then bind them together simply with unsweetened almond milk. That’s it. Super simple, and better yet, surprisingly filling, full of fiber and protein.

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🌸 Bittersweet spring, Last week of school

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🌸  Serendipity.

The word describes the past 9 days of my life, and for someone who is terrible at responding to spontaneity, that is a lot.

Perfect weather, unplanned activities, fun events, great people, challenging workouts, delicious food… Just so many good vibes. ✨  My heart feels whole and happy, yet, at the same time, it feels as if all of this is too good to be true. This is how I felt when I got into Princeton. Like the best things in life, it won’t last forever.

Tomorrow is the beginning to my last week of class, and I’m in total disbelief. 23 years on this planet, and I still haven’t worked out the mechanics of time. It’s as if my years of college life is coming full circle to these last bittersweet moments. As much as I complain about school, about Princeton, about not being with my dog back home in Texas, I’m going to miss this place. A whole fucking lot. On top of that, the past week has been too good to me, making graduation even harder.

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Anyways, without making this post too long and melancholy, I’ll just leave it at that. All I wish for my last week of school is that the good vibes from the past week continue on to the next. Last Monday of college (!), let’s do this. 👊🏼

👟 Two Runs, 🍅 My Tomato + Egg Recipe 🍳, Tuesday Springtime Bliss ☀️

Spring Bliss. Two spontaneous runs, Princeton blooms 🌸, and my post-run-and-walk dinner, Tomato and Egg.

Click below to find out why I ran two times in one day, see pictures of pretty flowers, and get the recipe to my stir-fried garlic bok choy + my “secret” to the sunniest and fluffiest tomato eggs.

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☀️ Nochella, No Problem. “What I Ate Today” + Healthy Chocolate Toast Recipe 🍫

☀️ Sun’s out + fun’s out = Happy Sunday! 🌸 

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This is a yoga selfie that I captured (with a timer cam) last year April, when the flowers were still blooming! This year, the flowers bloomed early and have all already fallen off. 😦 That said, this photo depicts my feelings for this day.

Sunday night, lying in bed writing this post, I feel exhausted yet blissful. I think this is what the end of a fun day should feel like. This weekend was filled with activities and sunshine, and for me it’s been a long time since the weekend has actually felt like the weekend. The struggle was real during #thesislife. Weekends were consumed by just hasty workouts followed by spending the rest of the day frantically writing.

Now that I’m living the PTL (post-thesis life), and the weather’s getting amazingly warm, I finally feel like I can enjoy my Saturday’s and Sunday’s.

Before I continue on writing, or rather, you continue on reading, I’m giving a heads up that this post is just going to be me rambling about my day with 3 or 4 random healthy recipes scattered here and there.

I just feel like doing a recap of a beautiful Sunday I had, while, more importantly, take y’all through some of my eats, and, at the same time, share the recipes for them. This is going to be my new way of sharing some casual recipes. I realize that I have so many recipes I want to share with y’all, but everything from the recipe itself to the photo of the recipe has to be “perfected” in order for me to feel good about sharing it.

As a result, I get many recipe requests from people that I never get to because “perfecting” a recipe post takes so much time. Being a college student, time is something I never have enough of! 👉🏼 For that reason, I want to start casually doing these more casual blog posts of some casual eats here and there and share some casual recipes. Casual.

Well, today Sunday was a really active day with lots of activities planned. I wear a MisFit activity tracker almost religiously and am a shameless step-tracking dork, and today, I ended up getting in 23K (23,000) steps!

Sunday morning, I went for a run 3.25 miles, followed by”accidentally” walking 5+ miles by wasting half of my day running back and forth across campus (more on that below…), but I normally average around 10-18K steps, so my legs and my entire body are currently so tired as I’m typing this haha.


I think in general most people start off Sunday as “lazy Sunday,” whereas I normally start off the day with a “Sunday run” first thing. But, today I got out of bed later than usual around 9am (as a result of sleeping late due to neighboring pregames… lol… -_-“), so I decided to save my run for later and start the day with breakfast.

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On the menu was Sunshine ☀️ with a side of Chocolate Toast: cocoa spread (recipe below), strawberries, banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, all on sprouted wheat. 🍌🍓🍫🍞  Click below for the recipe!

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Deep cravings: Cancun Day One.

Can’t believe it’s already the end of February 2016…! Time is just too short. Still thinking back to four weeks ago, when I spent my birthday weekend in Cancun, Mexico.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but on Instagram, I share my travels in China, Spain, and Amsterdam. Traveling isn’t as big of a part in my life as I’d like it to be, being a student and all, but I do love exploring new places and learning about new cultures!!

I love to travel, but it isn’t a lifestyle (maybe one day?). On the other hand, health and fitness is my way of life that I believe in and will stick to for the rest of my life.

So, even when I travel, I make healthy eating and working out a priority. That doesn’t mean I’m super strict about it, but it does mean squeezing in a short 10 minute morning workout before a day of exploring, or eating nice and healthy for breakfast and then eating cheesecake after a dinner feast.

Healthy living is something I’ve stuck to for 8ish years now, so it’s a habit ingrained in my daily decision making. And when exploring a new place, this way of living is all about balance.

The point is, I stick to this lifestyle even when I travel, so I thought I would share how I keep fit and healthy when I’m at different places across the globe! Starting with my recent trip to Cancun.

So back to January 28, 2016…

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