Monogram Inspired "Hazelnut Creme Toast" (Basil purely decorative) by jill tranquilla

I always threw out half eaten toast, like a ritual. I guess it was how to bread cools and becomes rock hard, making it so hard to eat. A few weeks ago I discovered a coffee shop in my city that has re-vamped toast! After discovering their "Hazelnut Creme Toast" I ran to the store and bought anything that I could think of to make toast. Peanut butter, strawberries jam, hemp and sun flower seeds, salmon locks. I guess that toast is basically just an open faced sandwich, but hey - why not get excited about the fastest breakfast item you can make? My favorite variations of toast thus far have been bread with herb and garlic cream cheese and sliced green apples, peanut butter and jam with hemp seeds and sliced almonds, or this one: a home-made versions of Monogram's Hazelnut toast. 

What you will need:
- Bread
-  Toaster
- Hazelnuts
- Cream Cheese (Monogram's "cream" is something other, but cream cheese does just fine as a substitute).
- Honey

1. Half hazelnuts and (optional) roast in oven for 10 minutes
2. Toast two pieces of whole wheat toast
3. Spread cream cheese over warm toast
4. place hazelnut halves over cream base (on the toast)
5. add honey drizzle
6. Yum :)

By no means is this the original Monogram Toast recipe, this is simply and inspired version! Enjoy!
- J.


SUMMER SMOOTHIE by jill tranquilla

Smoothies are my breakfast go to. I almost have one everyday, so I was inspired to document my typical process! I get very creative but this recipe is my typical roadmap to a good smoothie. 

What you will need:
- 1 cup of Juice. (For this smoothie I tried carrot juice, only to be extremely disappointed. I like carrot juice when it's fresh, so I was a bit thrown off by the flavor. Usually, I opt for Orange or Cranberry juice, sometimes even pomegranate. )
- 1 ripe B.A.N.A.N.A.N.A
- 1 1/2 cup of frozen fruit. I got mine from the grocery store, under the title "Summer Medley"
- A bit of yogurt (Caramel! or plain. Or whatever)
- Green vega powder and/or a handful of spinach (I typically do both but was out of spinach at the time). 

All you're going to do is throw ingredients in a blender and blend until you think all is well, then enjoy! So simple. What I love about smoothies is that you can mix both veggies and fruits to fill your daily green intake and be full as well as on your way!

Out of all the smoothies I've made, I have to say that this one wasn't my favorite! I know if I had chosen orange juice there wouldn't have been a problem, but creativity and taking risks comes hand in hand! Let me know if you have a different approach to making smoothies or if you try making a variation of this!
- J.