2016 Recap: Breakfasts From Hawaii to Brazil, Parfait Parties & Best Recipes

At mindbodygreen's Revitalize wellness summit in Arizona

I’m a big believer in using creative visualization to create a life that you love. Journaling, vision boards, the whole shebang.

I also am convinced that it’s important to take a moment to stop and celebrate what we’ve already accomplished. Comparing my achievements with previous vision boards and lists of goals always reminds me about the power of believing and the law of attraction.

Before we officially move into 2017, I thought I’d take a moment to thank each one of you for being here with me, and to celebrate the most memorable moments of 2016.

January

The year kicked off with “The Real Reset” event that I co-hosted with founder of my favorite website OKREAL, Amy Woodside. In this interview workshop, we shared what we know about being your best self, using the tools you already have. Perfect way to start the year with clarity and motivation! I also got to host an acai bowl breakfast at Soho House with Indie Fresh.

Recipes: Raw Buckwheat Porridge Recipe with Arctic Power Berries and Matcha Breakfast Pizza.

Self-care included indulgent DIY salt baths paired with breakfast recipes.

Matcha Breakfast Pizza RecipeMatcha Breakfast Pizza Recipe

February

My upcoming retreat with Jaycee Gossett is named “One Of The Best 11 Retreats In The World Right Now” by Well+Good! 

I also got to host a yoga + breakfast morning with RETOX star Lauren Imparato, who brilliantly reminded us that “If you have time to scroll on Instagram for 20 minutes, you have time to meditate.”

In heart bowl news, I was happy to include them in Ko Im’s self-love journaling + yoga event with Sakara Life at Hub Seventeen

Food discoveries: Gluten free waffle at Inday and Tiny Empire Mesquite Chocolate Bar 

Recipes: Cacao Self-Love Smoothie, Open Egg SandwichHearty Vegetable Coconut Dhal and 4 Steps To A Perfect Protein Smoothie.

March

Goddess Retreat with Jaycee Gossett happened in Ilha Grande, Brazil: 

The talented food artist @talinegabriel takes over my Instagram account while I’m away.

Food discoveries: Dreamy Cashew milk cappuccino at the Butcher’s Daughter.

Recipes: Morning Matcha Shot, Maca Espresso Shot, Tigernut Acai Bowl, Rainforest Green Dream Smoothie, Vanilla Bean Overnight Oats, Green Dream Breakfast Pizza.

Self-care: 11 Ways To Upgrade Your Sleep & Morning Routine

Breakfast Criminals is part of Kashi’s #GOTOGETHER campaign featuring their new plant powered cluster cereal.

Sleep routine

April

Got to throw a surprise Monday morning breakfast party for the rad @glossier team ? Made rose and cherry smoothie cups with love and coconut Anita’s Yogurt inspired by the new balmdotcom flavors: rose, mint & cherry.

Glossier HQ Soho | Breakfast CriminalsI was lucky to do a photo shoot for the New York Post at Bare Bowls, my favorite smoothie bowl shop in the country.

ksenia avdulova breakfast criminals

All my healthy jetsetting essentials were captured by the talented illustrator @blue.logan for Beauty and Wellbeing. I was also featured in Buro 24/7 Croatia and interviewed by Bird, a website about women “with a certain spark.”

beauty and wellbeing blue logan

Recipes: DIY Cashew And Almond Milk, Lemon Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding, Strawberry Milkshake.

Self-care: Interview with Latham Thomas, Founder of Mama Glow.

“I practice self care daily, but moment-to-moment as well. I check in with myself. Your body is the arbiter of what’s safe, so when something doesn’t feel good and you do it anyway, then that is self care malpractice.” – Latham Thomas

May

Superfood porridge bar I co-created with my favorite superfood cafe in LA, Beaming, launches!

Superfood porridge bar at Beaming Breakfast Criminals

Superfood porridge bar at Beaming Breakfast Criminals

While I started Breakfast Criminals in 2012, I was working a 9-6 job as a Social Media & PR Director at a luxury image consulting company until now. May was the month when I left my full-time job and headed back to Hawaii, where Breakfast Criminals inception happened when I had my first acai bowl in Oahu.

Recipe: Farmer’s Market Vegetable Frittata.

Interviewed by Freedom Wellness.

Food discoveries: Halva cake at Chelsea Market, the biggest avocado in the world.

It this isn't the world's biggest #avocado, I don't know what is. #farmersmarket

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June

@Breakfastkween, @lucialitman and @bothsidesbuttered take over my Instagram account while I’m away on REALITY Wellness trip to Israel.

Also, I got Aussie chef Dan Churchill #brakfastcriminalized!

Recipes: Wake Up Spice Coconut Latte, Gluten Free Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes

Interviewed by the coolest functional medicine startup Parsley Health.

July

Made mango lassi smoothie bowls to celebrate THINX (innovative period underwear company with a social impact) x Lululemon Taboo Tour launch! 

Came over to Splendid Spoon founder Nicole Centeno for a sweet and savory breakfast and a Facebook Live.

Food discovery: Pressed Juicery’s ‘Freeze’, frozen cold pressed juice on tap. Gluten free, dairy free & all the things, it’s like the wellness generation’s answer to froyo.

Recipe: Green Tea Smoothie with tea crystals.

August

Shared 6 Natural Ways To Kick Start Your Digestion

Recipes: Blueberry, Coconut & Almond Loaf, Supa-Green Peanut Butter Layered Smoothie, Superfood Coffee.

September

Went to mindbodygreen’s Revitalize wellness summit in Arizona and shared my experience in “The Power Of Gratitude + 25 Other Takeaways From Revitalize 2016.”

Spent 2 weeks exploring the mind-blowing wellness scene in Kansas City with my girl Abbi Miller, KCMO-based wellness business owner. This dreamy place was the highlight:

New recipe: Superfood Raw Chocolate.

October

My dream came true – I went into the Amazon rainforest to meet acai farmers and watch the harvest! One of the happiest moments in my life. I wrote a blog post about my experience and shared a YouTube video: 


Went to Colorado on the most life-changing retreat I’ve ever done. During my stopover in Denver, had the savory breakfast of the year: shredded cauliflower ‘rice’, local seasonal roasted veggies, miso bone broth & 2 local organic eggs sunny side up ☀️

November

Went on a 3-week solo journey to Bali and fell in love with Balinese smiles, coffee & massages, and did a transformational sacred cacao ceremony ? Found the best Pitaya smoothie bowl and turmeric latte ever at Peloton Supershop thanks to Charlie Knoles:

 

Recipes: Pumpkin Pie Turmeric Smoothie, Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes, How To Make Winter Smoothies

Self-care: Self-Acceptance Through Eating With Intention with Cassandra Bodzak.

December

Brought the superfood love to the launch of Miu Miu’s L’eau Bleue Parfum at the Beatrice INN in New York with an E3 Live parfait made with Anita’s Coconut Yogurt and Purely Elizabeth granola.

Stoked to be featured on my favorite podcast, That’s So Retrograde. In it, I shared my story including how breakfast criminals & heart bowl started, my love affair with açaì, my all time favorite workout, being driven by JOY and social media tips.

Was selected to be part of #MyHolidayTradish campaign with Whole Foods:

Recipe: Super Green Power Pancakes

Breakfast Criminals was named one of “7 Food Blogs To Upgrade What’s On Your Plate” by CityFitGirls.com.

It has been a been a big year for Breakfast Criminals and for me personally, and I’m excited to make 2017 even better!