Pieces in Progress: Living fit, healthy, & happy!

Have you seen my one-minute cooking show Minute Kitchen? Each short video teaches you how  to make an easy, healthy, (gluten free and often vegan) recipe in 1 minute or less! Check out all 8 episodes here and stop back every  Wednesday for the new recipe!

Edit edit edit: I’m sorry, the link wasn’t working but it’s fixed now!! :)


I love making date truffles! Starting with a simple base of sweet dates, the flavors can go just about anywhere from sweet to savory, nutty to fruity, add in protein powder, chocolate, whatever you’re in the mood for. It’s not just the truffle base either, roll them in crushed nuts, coconut, cocoa, or, like here, chia seeds. Plus, especially if you’re in a dorm situation, they’re as easy as toss ingredients in a blender, pulse until smooth and refrigerate before rolling so have fun getting creative with absolutely minimal kitchen supplies.
Get the recipe for this easy, healthy, vegan, gluten free dessert here!
ps- while you’re checking out the recipe don’t forget to e-mail subscribe to get your FREE copy of my 22 recipe smoothie e-book!

I love making date truffles! Starting with a simple base of sweet dates, the flavors can go just about anywhere from sweet to savory, nutty to fruity, add in protein powder, chocolate, whatever you’re in the mood for. It’s not just the truffle base either, roll them in crushed nuts, coconut, cocoa, or, like here, chia seeds. Plus, especially if you’re in a dorm situation, they’re as easy as toss ingredients in a blender, pulse until smooth and refrigerate before rolling so have fun getting creative with absolutely minimal kitchen supplies.

Get the recipe for this easy, healthy, vegan, gluten free dessert here!

ps- while you’re checking out the recipe don’t forget to e-mail subscribe to get your FREE copy of my 22 recipe smoothie e-book!

There are so many ways to use this but I actually was inspired by tempora sweet potato sushi! I started making sushi a week ago and have been obsessed with it since so I was thinking about vegan/vegetarian sushi stuffing and remembered back before my no-gluten days how I used to love the warm, crisp sweet potato filling so I decided to make a gluten-free go at it! It turned out so delicious even David (who does NOT like sweet with his savory) asked for some! The sushi recipe will be posted tonight but in the mean time give these a shot! They’re also great for snacking, on wraps/sandwiches or in salads!
Get the recipe here!
ps- while you’re checking out the recipe don’t forget to e-mail subscribe to my new site for your FREE copy of my smoothie e-book with 22 tasty recipes!

There are so many ways to use this but I actually was inspired by tempora sweet potato sushi! I started making sushi a week ago and have been obsessed with it since so I was thinking about vegan/vegetarian sushi stuffing and remembered back before my no-gluten days how I used to love the warm, crisp sweet potato filling so I decided to make a gluten-free go at it! It turned out so delicious even David (who does NOT like sweet with his savory) asked for some! The sushi recipe will be posted tonight but in the mean time give these a shot! They’re also great for snacking, on wraps/sandwiches or in salads!

Get the recipe here!

ps- while you’re checking out the recipe don’t forget to e-mail subscribe to my new site for your FREE copy of my smoothie e-book with 22 tasty recipes!

Good news: I made another e-book!

Better news: it’s free!

You read that right, 22 smoothie recipes completely and totally free! Want it? I’m giving it out to everyone who subscribes to my new self-hosted site piecesinprogress.com so all you have to do is go to the site and subscribe (via e-mail) and I’ll personally send you the book (I live in Pennsylvania so as long as it’s waking hours you’ll get it asap haha).

Why? Why give out a free e-book? Today I’m celebrating 50,000 tumblr followers so I wanted to say thank you to everyone by creating something I thought you would love! I’m a bit of a smoothie fanatic, so I pulled together my favorite recipes of the last year and put them together in one beautiful place. Each recipe comes with a picture, allergen info (gluten, nuts, soy, etc), and nutrition info. I also included ways to customize most of the recipes with other ingredients that would taste great!

Vacation yoga is my favorite, it’s one of the few places when I feel absolutely timeless, absolutely without restriction. Even when I carve out time to practice yoga at home, it’s always bookended with responsibilities and trying as hard as I can, those never really fade. But what I CAN do, what I DO do, is notice those weightless, timeless moments, and make all I can of them so that later, when I’m not really able to be free, I can still take joy from the memory of when I ways.
Want more snippets of my yoga practice, quick healthy meals and daily updates? Check out my instagram @piecesinprogress !

Vacation yoga is my favorite, it’s one of the few places when I feel absolutely timeless, absolutely without restriction. Even when I carve out time to practice yoga at home, it’s always bookended with responsibilities and trying as hard as I can, those never really fade. But what I CAN do, what I DO do, is notice those weightless, timeless moments, and make all I can of them so that later, when I’m not really able to be free, I can still take joy from the memory of when I ways.

Want more snippets of my yoga practice, quick healthy meals and daily updates? Check out my instagram @piecesinprogress !

Finding healthy food away from home is never all that easy, especially when we’re talking about road trips. In the car, on the move, sure there are plenty of healthy snacks (we pack a mountain of grapes & clementines whenever we’re hitting the highway) but meals? That’s tough. Now add in vegan/vegetarian, now add in gluten free? Sound impossible? Well then I present to you my road ready, money saving, healthy, tasty, just really awesome solution: Tex-Mex Bowls (you might also name this DIY Chipotle haha). Filled with brown rice, spices, beans, avocado, it’s filling, nutrient rich, and will go anywhere. Throw it in the cooler and pop it in the rest stop/hotel room microwave and you’re all set! PLUS you can customize it however you want with your favorite spices, veg, toppings, all of it!
Get the full recipe & at home/on the road directions here!

ps- this is also super awesoem for college, just cook one afternoon and you’ll have healthy tasty food for days!

Finding healthy food away from home is never all that easy, especially when we’re talking about road trips. In the car, on the move, sure there are plenty of healthy snacks (we pack a mountain of grapes & clementines whenever we’re hitting the highway) but meals? That’s tough. Now add in vegan/vegetarian, now add in gluten free? Sound impossible? Well then I present to you my road ready, money saving, healthy, tasty, just really awesome solution: Tex-Mex Bowls (you might also name this DIY Chipotle haha). Filled with brown rice, spices, beans, avocado, it’s filling, nutrient rich, and will go anywhere. Throw it in the cooler and pop it in the rest stop/hotel room microwave and you’re all set! PLUS you can customize it however you want with your favorite spices, veg, toppings, all of it!

Get the full recipe & at home/on the road directions here!

ps- this is also super awesoem for college, just cook one afternoon and you’ll have healthy tasty food for days!

I can’t decide what my favorite part of this recipe is…
gluten free
vegan
easily portable (I made it for road trip food!)
customizable
healthy
sriracha
just 80 cents per roll!
fun to make
absolutely delicious (I have to be honest, I ate the leftover filling as is before we hit the road)
245 calories per 8-piece roll with 9g protein
The reasons I love this recipe keep going so no matter which of these reasons- the health, the ease, the affordability- appeal to you, just make it!
Get the recipe & sushi making tips here! :)

I can’t decide what my favorite part of this recipe is…

  • gluten free
  • vegan
  • easily portable (I made it for road trip food!)
  • customizable
  • healthy
  • sriracha
  • just 80 cents per roll!
  • fun to make
  • absolutely delicious (I have to be honest, I ate the leftover filling as is before we hit the road)
  • 245 calories per 8-piece roll with 9g protein

The reasons I love this recipe keep going so no matter which of these reasons- the health, the ease, the affordability- appeal to you, just make it!

Get the recipe & sushi making tips here! :)

Katie Trauffer- RYT! After a year of hurried drives to class after work and relaxed Saturday workshops, teaching 6 am classes and practicing in the grass on sunny afternoons, a year of learning and reflecting and practicing and changing, I am finally a certified Vinyassa yoga teacher!
Next up registering with yoga alliance and finding a regular class to teach and practicing practicing practicing but for now I’m just enjoying and breathing and being happy. (and inverting around Maine haha)

#hardwork #yoga #keepgoing #love

Katie Trauffer- RYT! After a year of hurried drives to class after work and relaxed Saturday workshops, teaching 6 am classes and practicing in the grass on sunny afternoons, a year of learning and reflecting and practicing and changing, I am finally a certified Vinyassa yoga teacher!
Next up registering with yoga alliance and finding a regular class to teach and practicing practicing practicing but for now I’m just enjoying and breathing and being happy. (and inverting around Maine haha)

#hardwork #yoga #keepgoing #love

Although this recipe is a regular in my kitchen, it especially tends to crop up around mid October and play on repeat until December. It’s creamy, flavorful, has Halloween-approved levels of garlic, and is super easy to make- extra important in what is my own busiest time of the year! You can customize it with whatever flavors you like and should absolutely season it not only with SALT & PEPPER, but also with garlic/oregano/other spices to your own taste!

Oh and by the way, this recipe is gluten free & vegan!

Like this video? Check out the rest of the Minute Kitchen Cooking Series here!

Packed with the powerful flavors of curry, ginger, & cinnamon and a double whammy of fresh & powdered garlic, this satisfying addition to your morning is aromatic, savory, homey, & easy. It’s a perfect recipe for lazy Fall mornings AND makes for great leftovers (egg scrambles, breakfast wraps, afternoon snacks, it’s all good haha).
Get the recipe here! :)

Packed with the powerful flavors of curry, ginger, & cinnamon and a double whammy of fresh & powdered garlic, this satisfying addition to your morning is aromatic, savory, homey, & easy. It’s a perfect recipe for lazy Fall mornings AND makes for great leftovers (egg scrambles, breakfast wraps, afternoon snacks, it’s all good haha).

Get the recipe here! :)

I’ll admit it- I’m a tomato purest. I’m one of those people who not only doesn’t buy tomato sauce, but also goes as far as to not even buy canned tomatoes to put in my sauce. It might cost a few dollars more to buy all the fresh tomatoes I throw in, but the results? It’s fresh and rich and flavorful and so easy. You can customize it with roasted garlic, herbs, peppers & spices, cheese and more. It keeps for weeks when it’s sealed and is perfect in a pinch when you want a fast, healthy meal that still tastes homemade.
Get this recipe here on my new site! :)

I’ll admit it- I’m a tomato purest. I’m one of those people who not only doesn’t buy tomato sauce, but also goes as far as to not even buy canned tomatoes to put in my sauce. It might cost a few dollars more to buy all the fresh tomatoes I throw in, but the results? It’s fresh and rich and flavorful and so easy. You can customize it with roasted garlic, herbs, peppers & spices, cheese and more. It keeps for weeks when it’s sealed and is perfect in a pinch when you want a fast, healthy meal that still tastes homemade.

Get this recipe here on my new site! :)

Hummus might be the most versatile recipe I know of because of how many ways there are to adapt the ingredients AND how many ways there are to use it! I absolutely love creating new kinds of hummus- when I’m stuck for a recipe I call it my “mystery box challenge” (Chopped anyone?) to go in the pantry, grab a can of chickpeas, and finagle something delicious out of whatever scraps I have around. This week I had an abundance of basil plants and so basil hummus pesto it was! But what you put in it isn’t the end of the story…..
Get the quick & easy recipe and my favorite ways to use it here!

Hummus might be the most versatile recipe I know of because of how many ways there are to adapt the ingredients AND how many ways there are to use it! I absolutely love creating new kinds of hummus- when I’m stuck for a recipe I call it my “mystery box challenge” (Chopped anyone?) to go in the pantry, grab a can of chickpeas, and finagle something delicious out of whatever scraps I have around. This week I had an abundance of basil plants and so basil hummus pesto it was! But what you put in it isn’t the end of the story…..

Get the quick & easy recipe and my favorite ways to use it here!

Ever wondered what the secret is to a strong core? Wanted a magic spell to give you instant awesome abs? Well this incantation might not be instant but it IS effective! (Okay I’ll give up on the Halloween theme here). I laid out this plan to combine some of my favorite strength exercises with side work and a specified back day.
Get all the info on this plan, my recommendations for cardio and the free printable CALENDAR that goes along with it here! :)

Ever wondered what the secret is to a strong core? Wanted a magic spell to give you instant awesome abs? Well this incantation might not be instant but it IS effective! (Okay I’ll give up on the Halloween theme here). I laid out this plan to combine some of my favorite strength exercises with side work and a specified back day.

Get all the info on this plan, my recommendations for cardio and the free printable CALENDAR that goes along with it here! :)