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When not sure where to start, start from the beginning. My name is Tania Zakay. I’m that quiet girl that you will see in the corner of the room lost in a book. I’m also that plot twist that just happens to never shut up once you get me started. I am life’s perpetual student, and since I find it’s lessons utterly fascinating I decided to start this blog.

Oscar Wilde once said “you can never be overdressed or overeducated”, and I can’t agree more, that is why as well as sharing with you the things I learn and the books I read, I will be sharing with you some of my favorite outfits I come up with.

One of my main goals for this blog is to have it encourage self love and a more sustainable and healthy way of life. I will be sharing with you the new ways I find to keep a healthy balance, to achieve my body goals and to feel energetic, happy and productive.

Lastly but perhaps most importantly, I feel that there is no way to achieve ultimate happiness without giving. This blog will become a platform for advocacy. In the words of Elie Wiesel “the opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference”. I refuse to live my life ignoring the suffering that goes on around the world. I will speak up, and we will work together to spread love and kindness to all the corners of this earth.

All that being said I welcome you to this happy place of mine and I hope you enjoy what I have to share. I hope I can help as many of you as possible, or at least write something that will brighten your day. Good luck with your own journey, bon voyage!

Love, Knowledge Empress

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – Review

one, two, three.

Mental health is very important to me. Very recently I read Turtles All the Way Down, a masterpiece by John Green  (Review available in the book section) where he gave me a little look into the mind of a person with Primarily  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It was a really special experience that left me thirsty for more, so I found Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.

The way Tamara captivates the life of popular girl Samantha McAllister, who has been diagnosed with Pure-O OCD when she was eleven, gives you insight nor only on Pure-O OCD but also on the way we approach mental illness in our society (in this case in a high school context). I for one would like stigmas surrounding mental health to disappear so I think the more people that get their hands on this book, the more progress we will see.

Seeking help when you have a mental health issue is something really important, I cannot stress this enough, and I thing this book shows just how important it is. The thing is in Sam’s case she was part of a stable and supportive family that had the means to afford therapy, this is not the case for a lot of people struggling with mental illness, in fact a lot of the times disorders like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can come after difficult experience sometimes associated with the loss of a loved one or verbal, physical or sexual abuse. Nevertheless it is important to know that there is always going to be someone who cares so you should reach out and ask for help, it takes a lot of bravery to admit that you might need it, but this type of courage can be really beneficial and healing.

If you know of anyone who needs help please encourage them always and make sure they know you are always there to help them. Be open to talk about mental health and help eliminate the stigmas. Don’t undermine mental health, because it is just as important as physical health, but don’t fear individuals who are struggling (HELP THEM!). Remember to be kind, be open and be conscious.

I absolutely one hundred per-cent recommend this incredible book, and am totally open to lending it to you (if you live in my area contact me). Please if you have read this book leave a comment letting me know what you thought about it or what book I should get next!

Let’s talk about mental health!

Love,

Knowledge Empress

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Review

And the Mountains Echoed is Khaled Hosseini’s third novel, and it just happens to be that it is the third novel of his that I read. I am happy. I usually get disappointed at authors that fail to write any good books after their first, and they just become bestsellers because the author has a good reputation. Khaled Hosseini only gets better and better. I will not say this is my favorite book of his, because I feel very strongly about his second novel (A Thousand Splendid Suns, leave me a comment if you wish for me to review it), but this is definitely a read that was worth my time.

And the Mountains Echoed is a story about fraternal love. It is set in Afghanistan, yet a lot of the stories in this novel take place elsewhere. It is a mix of cultures, beliefs and backgrounds, and as a reader who seeks to learn about different cultures, this was a very satisfying book to read. This novel does include quite a number of characters, but I didn’t find it a hard read to keep up with.

Background (might contain spoilers):

Story starts in Afghanistan in 1952, in the tiny fictional village of Shadbagh. Saboor’s family has known loss. Giving birth to his second child, a daughter Pari, Saboor’s wife passed away. When he remarries to Parwana, they lose their first child Omar, shortly after he is born because of the winter and their inability to afford proper winter clothes. When Iqbal (Saboor and Parwana’s second child) is born, Saboor is determined to work as hard as possible and do anything in his power to get his family the proper equipment to survive the coming winter, but is he perhaps going too far by selling Pari off to the Wahdatis a rich couple in Kabul who cannot have any children of their own? Was it really okay to cut a finger in order to save the whole hand, if it implied leaving her older brother Abdullah (the one who truly cared for her) heartbroken forever?

Some Characters (there are far too many):

Nabi: Grew up in Shadbagh next to his twin sisters Parwana and Masooma. Becomes Saboor’s brother in law when his sister Parwana marries him. Nabi decides to leave Shadbagh and goes to Kabul, where he becomes the Wahdatis’ driver, cook and housekeeper. Nabi grows close to Mr. Wahdati, and Nila who he is in love with from the minute he meets her.

Abdullah: He is Saboor’s older son, and Pari’s protector. Abdullah is a kid who knows how to love truly and he goes to great extents for those he loves the most

Nila Wahdati: Very attractive Afghan-French woman. She is a poet who has no discretion when it comes to writing about her affairs, despite the society she lives in she remains a feminist, unreligious, and outspoken woman.

Markos Varvaris: Born in the small Greek Island of Tinos. His father dies before he is born. He has a very cold mother who fears becoming a burden, and he has dreams of traveling the world and taking pictures. He ends up becoming a surgeon and moving to Kabul to help out in 2002.

 What I Learned:

  • Jealousy can lead you to do some pretty nasty mistakes.
  • Family is family no matter what (you’ll see what I mean).

So yeah I absolutely recommend this book and all others by this author, do let me know if you wish to have his other books reviewed, I will do my best with all the university paper writing and exam taking, also stay tuned for more books reviews and what I have to write about confirmation bias.

One more thing! there are only about 7 days left to support my water campaign for water.org and change lives so go donate!

Love,

Knowledge Empress

 

 

 

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – Review

okay. where to start?

I always liked John Green’s books, they were all easy to read, smart, and to some extent meaningful to me. I especially enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns, but nothing ever could have prepared me for what in my opinion is John Green’s best book ever.

Turtles All The Way Down is honest, from beginning to end it is a literary masterpiece for YA. Turtles All The Way Down finds a way to portray Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in such a way that even when it is impossible to put yourself in someone else’s place and brain, it is the best attempt. This book is more than just entertaining, and a one-sitting read, it is perhaps one of the most important books I have ever read. It takes a few hours but its a book you just know you will cherish in your mind forever, and if you forget you will read it again.

I learned about this book on one of John Green’s VlogBrothers videos I stumbled upon, where he admits to suffering for OCD himself. As you read this book you can tell that it is true, for I don’t believe it is possible to portray so well what people with ODC go through if not by suffering from the disorder firsthand. I have to say I am happy he wrote this book, not only because I got to benefit from it, but also Green is such a big deal in the YA literary world, and this book (OH THIS BOOK!) will raise SO much awareness. It will help people sympathize more with people suffering mental health disorder, and it will help errase the stigma surrounding mental illness. Young people suffering will also benefit greatly, as they will see they are not alone, and there is hope and there is help out there.

I will not give background on this book but I will briefly describe some of the characters

Aza Holmes (Holmesy) – Aza is 16, goes to public school in Indianapolis and struggles with OCD. She is the narrator of the story, and you get to experience her thoughts, mental loops and struggles. Also you get to see her personality, which she looks for constantly to remind herself she is not fictional.

Daisy – she is Aza’s best friend. She is a lively, quirky character who is addicted to writing Star Wars fan fiction. Daisy works at Chuck E. Cheeses after school, and dreams of being able to afford university. She comes from a very low income family and lives with her sister Elena and parents.

David  Pickett – Eldest son of Russell Pickett, a real estate billionaire who disappeared just hours before police came to look for him, he is orphan of mother and left taking care of his youngest brother Noah. He has a great interest in astrology, and like me, in blogging.

Tua the Tuatara – weird reptiles I didn’t know about, but you totally should learn about: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatara

I want to write so much about this book including a huge list of things I learned, but it is such a good book I want people to read it so I won’t spoil it. I am totally open to discussing the book with you if you have already read it, and if you live in the Panama City area contact me (in the contact session) if you want to borrow the book. Also, if you are interested in swapping books in the area or you have a recommendation for me (any genre) please let me know! Shoutout to Avi Elkeslassy for reading all my posts and getting me a signed copy, thank you so much!

Anyways, read this book, I hope you enjoy it and don’t hesitate to let me know what you think (feel free to disagree too!)

Stay tuned for upcoming reviews on:

  • And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee – Wendy Mogel
  • Being Mortal – Atul Gawande

Love ya’ll,

Knowledge Empress

 

Starting University

A week ago I officially started university. As a freshman I of course had expectations, and preconceptions based on what other had people told me. In this post I would like to write about how the experience has been so far, and about things you should prepare yourself for if you are starting college or university soon.

Studying and Assignments:

If you were that bastard that got through high school better than fine without opening a book (like me), you will probably expect college to be the same kind of joke high school was to you, but I would like to tell you outright that you will have to devote some time out of school to school (annoying, I know) so don’t go on packing your afterschool schedule, we all like to be productive, but we don’t want to over do it, leave some space for your friends and for your studies.

Textbook$: 

I always heard books were expensive but the day I went to the university bookstore only to find out the textbook total for my five classes would be an approximate of $800 I totally freaked out. On top of the already ridiculous prices of tuition, I was not planning on spending that much money on books I would only use one semester. So I did end up buying some books but I instead of spending $800, I spent $215 and a few hours online finding the PDF versions of textbooks. Some teachers do require you to buy the physical textbook, and in some instances you won’t find cheap resellers (hence the $215), but I do recommend looking for people who are selling their old books before getting them full priced at the bookstore (if you do this check if it is the edition on your syllabus, and if its not, ask your teacher whether he or she accepts it anyways).

Professors:

I’m just gonna say one thing. Check ratemyprofessors.com to make sure what you are signing up for. I didn’t know about this, and let’s just say it would have been a good idea.

Making Friends: 

If you grew up in a private school or in my case in a Jewish day school, you will notice university will be very different. Here you will see a more diverse group of people, most of whom you have never met before. I am in a very small university, so after a few days you probably  have seen the same people a lot but you never really meet even a small portion of the people. I started university with one of my best friends, but the day we arrived for orientation we thought we were going to meet all these people and be super social, which you can probably guess did not happen. Even if you seem approachable and no one thinks you are intimidating, people are usually a little shy at the beginning, so if you are hoping to meet people my recommendation is to make the first move, it might seem weird but sometimes in life you just have to introduce yourself, you never know where it might lead.

Supplies:

In case you are wondering, yes you do get to buy cute supplies like you did in high school. I love school supplies so I was very excited. These are some of my favorite websites for cute supplies (you can always get things at Target too, if you got one around)

https://www.kikki-k.com/ – loving my canvas pencil case from their boutique in Australia (out of stock by now sorry).

https://www.paperchase.co.uk/ – their stationary is divine, just saying.

https://ohhdeer.com/ – loving their planners.

http://pilotpen.us/ – G2 07 pens are my all time favorite. And their Pilot Super Grip mechanical pencils are superb as well.

Outfit Choices:

I grew up going to school in the same uniform for basically my whole school life, so having to find an outfit everyday can seem like it’s gonna be a lot of work but I honestly have been having so much fun getting dressed every morning. My tips for dressing are: balance comfort and fashion, you are allowed to dress down and comfortably and you are allowed to dress up (it’s hopefully a free country) but I definitely recommend something that isn’t uncomfortable, itchy, or so tight you can’t breathe. Also the A.C. will probably be on if it’s hot outside so don’t forget to carry a little sweater (if you live in a cold place it’s the opposite I guess). Express yourself, it will be fun.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it gave you an overall glimpse at what it is to be a university freshman. I would love to hear about your first week experience in the comment section below.

Have a wonderful semester!

Love, Knowledge Empress

 

 

 

Safe Water Empowers – Fundraiser

“Water is the driving force of all nature” – Leonardo Da Vinci

It is no secret that we often fail to give credit to the most powerful, important and necessary sources of life. We sometimes neglect all those things that are truly important, our family and loved ones included. We often forget that they are not things that everyone is lucky enough to have, and we feel entitled to those things. On this occasion I would like to talk about the luxury water is.

In 2010 water and sanitation were recognized as a human right by the UN, and they were declared a prerequisite for the fulfillment of other human rights. Human rights by definition are the rights we have simply for being human, but if not all humans have them, they become rights for an exclusive amount of humans. Human rights are universal or they are nothing, and as we see in this case in which 663 million people have no access to safe water, they are not universal. This makes up 1/10 of the world population. So while you enjoy an endless flow of water from you tap someone else is missing the opportunity to get an education in order to walk for miles to find some water (often not safe).

How many times a day do you flush your toilet? at least 6-7 times on an average day. But did you know that two thirds of the world population doesn’t have a toilet to flush? This for a lot of people means they have to find other ways to do their necessities and in many cases this means a lack of dignity for people. In my opinion everybody deserves a dignified life, what do you think?

The Facts About the Water Crisis:

  • The 3rd leading cause of child death is diarrhea, a majority of which is water-related.
  • 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
  • Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • Women and girls spend 6 hours each day collecting water.
  • At least one million people are killed by water, sanitation and hygiene-related disease each year.
  • 260 billion dollars are lost globally each year due to lack of safe water and sanitation.

As we can see the lack of water affects everybody, but women and children are the most direct victims. The economy is also impacted significantly as a result of this crisis.

A Women Crisis 

Women are disproportionately affected by the water crisis, as they are often responsible for collecting water. This takes time away from work, school and caring for family. Lack of water and sanitation lock women in a cycle of poverty.
Empowering women is critical to solving the water crisis. Involving women can make water projects 6 to 7 more times effective. When women have access to safe water, they can pursue skills outside of their traditional roles and experience greater autonomy and independence.

A Health Crisis

The water crisis is a health crisis. Access to safe water and sanitation means opportunity for improved health and the ability to help fight disease. Access to safe water means improved health for women and girls who no longer have to delay finding a place to go. It means reduced child and maternal mortality rates. It means increased dignity and reduced psychological stress for girls and women. It means reduced physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water. And it means reduced risk of rape, sexual assault and increased safety as women and girls do not have to go to remote and dangerous places to relieve themselves.

A Children’s and Education Crisis

Children are often responsible for collecting water to help their families. This takes time away from school and play. Access to safe water and sanitation changes this. Reductions in time spent collecting water have been found to increase school attendance. Access to safe water gives children time to play and opportunity for a bright future.

An Economic Crisis 

Time spent gathering water or seeking safe sanitation accounts for billions in lost economic opportunities. Access to safe water and sanitation turns time spent into time saved, giving families more time to pursue education and work opportunities that will help break the cycle of poverty.

Now that we understand the crisis a little bit better, how can we contribute to change the situation of our fellow human beings? I have looked at many different organizations but for a while I have liked the way water.org works. Having helped over 6 million people in the last 25 years, water.org continues their brilliant WaterCredit program that consists in empowering women and families with small loans to create an access to safe water for all their necessities. I truly believe that their micro-financing techniques are a good solution and I want to contribute to make sure more people are able to obtain these loans and change their situation. We have the opportunity to help break the cycle of poverty for millions of people!

I am starting a fundraiser for water.org, please help me reach my goal by donating (even a dollar) to this worthy cause.

link to fundraiser: http://give.water.org/fundraiser/5148/#

Source: water.org

Thank you so much for reading (and hopefully for donating) I am sure you will be of much good to the world.

Love, Knowledge Empress

 

 

 

 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – Review

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Wonder is a beautiful bestselling novel (and a movie in the near future) about 10-year-old August Pullman who was born with a previously unknown type of mandibulofacial dysostosis caused by an autosomal mutation in the TCOF1 gene, which is located in chromosome 5. August has had 27 surgeries on his face since the day he was born but he still looks what most people would call “deformed” (but I don’t like that word now).

In Wonder, R.J Palacio skillfully narrates the story of how a boy who looks different is placed in a Middle School for the very first time and how other kids react. I usually don’t like books where the characters are way younger than me because I feel like I passed that stage, and usually everything they talk about is hard to identify with and could seem superficial, but I have to say Wonder was very different. In Wonder even the chapters narrated from 10-year-old August are consuming and so easy to read. I like that despite the difficulties, the characters are very good-humored and have like good personalities that will have you rooting for them. Of course there are the bullies and everything but that just makes it more real.

I like how it portrays human reaction to people who are different, I like how it portrays what it is like to be the parents of a child who is different, and even more interestingly: the sibling. In an earlier post about my semester in Israel, I write about how I volunteered in a place where we took care and gave attention to kids that have a brother or sister battling cancer. I write how important I think it is since sometimes the parents aren’t able to give them that attention. When I met Olivia “Via” Pullman I understood it even better. It was delightful to read about how she perceived things from the sibling part of the story. I also love how it shows what a difference the education a person gets at home can make in the way they behave towards others.

What I learned:

  • Every day you have three choices, you either choose to be kind to others and make this world a better place, you choose to ignore those who need your kindness the most and you let your indifference help tear this world apart, or you choose to make a shameless contribution to the destruction of mankind by being mean. In my experience you (and the rest of the world) will be better off if you choose kindness.
  • I learned some more about genetic syndromes. When we think of genetic syndromes, Down usually comes up because it’s the most common. In the case of August Pullman, his syndrome doesn’t have any influence in the functioning of his brain and we observe how he thrives academically. I am bothered by the misconception that people like him are “special needs” people. I think all humans are created equal to God’s eyes and just because of the way a person was born looking like, or because of an extra chromosome that delays or partly blocks the development of one’s brain, we have no right to limit them and believe that they cannot achieve great things.
  • There is always more than one part to the same story. Because whether we want it or not we all perceive the world in a different way, so the same event can look completely different to everyone who experiences it.
  • Everybody makes mistakes and forgiveness is one of the most difficult but important things any of us can do as humans. that being said we have to be careful with our word because they have more impact than we might think.

“Always be a little kinder than necessary” – J.M. Barrie

So I absolutely recommend you read this book whenever you have the time and watch out for the movie starring Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts (U.S Premier is Nov 17th, 2017) I promise you will not regret it, it is one of those stories that will stay with you long after you read it.

Love, Knowledge Empress

 

Fruit for Breakfast: Benefits and Ideas

One of the most common tips you’ll ever hear about nutrition: “have good breakfast”, “don’t skip breakfast” or the classic “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. I agree, you should never ever skip breakfast, and believe me as a former breakfast hater I understand the struggle. When I was in school I use to skip breakfast every single day, but over the last few months I have started to realize how important it is for my body and my mind to have a nutritious breakfast. Not only to be healthier, but to function better. There is a lot of debate on what you should be having for breakfast and whether or not it should be packed with animal proteins or with carbs. In this post I will write about my approach: a whole lot of fruit.

I will start by telling you the benefits of a fruitful breakfast and then I will give you my favorite recipes. So here are some of the reasons you should start having fruit for breakfast:

  • Enhance the Detoxification Phase:

Between 7 and 11am, the body is going through the heaviest phase of detoxification. Eating fruit will help contribute healing energy to this detoxification process, instead of hamper it by filling your body with anti-detox foods like fatty animal products that are hard to digest.

  • Stimulate the Digestive Track:

Eating fruit for breakfast infuses the body with beneficial enzymes, fiber and probiotics that help stimulate digestive juices in the stomach and push out old waste matter from the day before. Fruit fiber cleans the colon like a broom, leaving you feeling light and refreshed.

  • Wake Up the Body:

Natural fruit sugars are just the thing the body needs upon waking up. Instead of reaching for your coffee, trying making a coffee replacement smoothie that will help keep the brain sharp and energized. Remember, the brain runs off glucose, so if you want to stay focused throughout the day, then eat a nice big water-dense fruit meal for breakfast

  • Excess-Weight Loss

Fruit provides the body with quality nutrition and also helps release excess toxins by pushing out old waste matter from the intestines. Eating plenty of fruit in the morning (and throughout the rest of the day) gets rid of excess toxicity and waste storage, which ultimately leads to weight loss in the end. Most people think that if they eat a heavy animal-protein rich meal in the morning that they will eat less later in the day – but this, in fact, has not been found to be true. People who consume a heavy meal in the morning also tend to eat heavier later in the day too, which contribute to inevitable weight gain.

  • Boost your Immune System:

A smoothie for breakfast compared to eggs or bacon is a lot better for your immune system and overall health. Fruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system and ward off any invading bacteria and microbes.

  • Create an Alkaline Environment for the Body:

The first thing people think when they eat fruit is that it is too acidic – this is in fact not true. Lemons are actually one of the most alkaline fruits on the planet. They may be acidic in form, but once they reach the stomach, the minerals (like potassium and sodium) disassociate to make it alkaline (via a variety of metabolic processes). All fruit is alkaline, so make sure you eat plenty of it in the morning.

  • Strengthen the Heart:

Fruit is packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, crucial phytonutrients and antioxidants that contribute to lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure – both of which contribute to a healthier, stronger heart and prevent against cardiovascular disease.

Read more at https://livelovefruit.com/eating-fruit-for-breakfast-completely-transform-your-health/#k7x56URkYqhtEM8W.99

These are all benefits I saw in myself after weeks of having fruit filled smoothies every morning. But more than anything it just tastes so good! I used to have a lot constipation and bloating and it is gone now, I got a flatter tummy and loads of energy.

If your concerns when having a fruitful breakfast are not eating protein, then fear no more. people don’t usually have protein deficiency, we spend far too much time worrying about our protein intake when we really don’t need as much as advertised. Fruit has protein and so do other plant-based foods. There is no need for you to have yogurt, eggs or dairy to get that protein. Everything is better in moderation. Eating too much protein also isn’t good, it has been linked to kidney disease, cancer, osteoporosis and kidney stones. http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vsk/vegetarian-starter-kit-protein

The Focus should be switched from protein to fiber, we are not getting enough fiber and that is causing us to have more stomach problems. Fiber is good, fiber is your friend! obviously don’t go overboard here either, fruits have calories so check that, but don’t fear fruit. So okay we must eat fruit everyday but why for breakfast?

Fruit should be eaten alone or with other fruit on an empty stomach.

This is because when fruit is eaten, the digestive process works very quickly and our body uses different enzymes to digest the fruit. The simple sugars contained in fruit need time to be completely absorbed by your body. When fruits are eaten alone, your stomach can more easily process all of the nutrients, fiber and the simple sugars contained in the fruit. This is the optimal ‘proper way’ to benefit from the fruit you eat. If you eat fruit close to a meal, especially right after a larger meal and combine with other foods, it’s held in the stomach too long along with other foods and will rot and ferment in the gut. If you experience indigestion, heartburn, burping and other digestive discomforts and you blame on the meal – it could be the combination of the food, the fermentation with fruit that causes your upset stomach. If left uncontrolled it could lead to other health problems that stem from the digestive tract.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4970/The-Major-Rule-for-Eating-Fruit.html

According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should consume between five and 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. This is equivalent to about 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups daily, depending on the amount of calories you need to consume for your weight and level of activity. On a recommended diet of 2000 calories a day to maintain my weight (if you want to lose your diet should be of fewer calories) this are my ideas for a fruitful breakfast:

My go-to Smoothie (420 – 462 calories) or approx. 7 servings

  • 2 ripe medium bananas (210 calories)
  • 10-15 frozen strawberries (40 – 60 calories)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of blueberries (41 – 63 calories)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (approximately 112 calories)
  • 1 passion fruit without seeds (17 calories)

*sometimes I add a few pieces of pineapple or a peach if I don’t have blueberries

Fresh Fruit Bowl (470 calories) or approx. 7 servings

  • 1 cut up medium banana (105 calories)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries (53 calories)
  • 1 cup of raspberries (65 calories)
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries (41 calories)
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks (82 calories)
  • 1 cup of grapes (62 calories)
  • 1 cut orange (62 calories)

As for now these are my go to recipes for breakfast, I’ve been having them every morning for the last month and somehow I still wake up excited to have my fruit every day. I will eventually come up with more fruity breakfast ideas, and write a follow up post on that, and if you have any suggestions for me to try I’d be very happy to do so and maybe feature them in my next post. Thank you for reading and I hope you go fruit yourself!

Love, Knowledge Empress