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Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl Recipe

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I have been eyeing these buddha bowls on Pinterest for some time and I finally decided to go for it and make one. I'm one of those people who loves eating out of bowls just because (can't explain it lol), so this was perfect for me! It's basically a bowl filled with plant based goodness and a great idea for #MeatLessMondays! I couldn't find a recipe that was 100% right for me, so I just roasted a bunch of veggies with my favorite seasonings and threw it together. It ended up being super tasty and filling! This recipe makes 5 Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowls aka HELLOOOOOOO MEAL PREP :D I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

(Be forewarned, I'm no professional food blogger so recipes are structured casually and my measurements are often "to taste," because that's how I do it! lol I certainly don't have this thing down to a science, but I want to share manageable, healthy things I cook with others!)


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-Two Large Sweet Potatoes
-Brussels Sprouts
-Two Heads of Broccoli
-Cauliflower rice (I used a bag of Trader Joe's Frozen Cauli Rice)
-1 Can of Organic Chickpeas
-Baby Spinach 

Seasonings By Vegetable
Sweet Potatoes: Trader Joes' 21 Seasoning Salute, Garlic Powder, and Chilli Powder
Chickpeas: Curry Powder, Garam Masala, Salt, & Pepper
Brussels Sprouts: Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic, and Pepper
Cauliflower Rice: Tumeric and Black Pepper
Broccoli: Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Salt, and Pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 450°
2. Wash all of the vegetables and drain/rinse the can of chickpeas.  
3. Dice the sweet potatoes, clean and cut the brussels sprouts in half, and cut the broccoli florets.
4. For the sweet potatoes, chickpeas, brussels sprouts, and broccoli, toss with olive oil and the seasonings listed above. 
5. Place sweet potatoes on separate baking sheet. Roast for 35-45 minutes. 
6. The other vegetables can be roasted together for 20-25 minutes. (Depending on the size of your sheets, you may need multiple! I needed two).
7. Sautee the cauliflower rice with the tumeric and black pepper. 
8. Once everything is done, place a bed of baby spinach at the bottom of a bowl and top with all of the yummy roasted veggies! 
9. Optional add ons: Avocado (take it from me & do it!!!), Trader Joe's Cilantro Dressing, and/or Sriricacha. 
10. Enjoy!

How do you like to make your Buddha bowls?

MS1✓ & Medical Student Tag

I have officially completed my first year of medical school! It is seriously unreal how quickly the time flew by. It's cliche but, it feels like it was just yesterday that I hopped on a plane with a one way ticket from NY to CA, two suitcases, and no idea what to expect. Fast forward 10 short months and I can't even begin to tell you how much I've learned (!!!), grown, and experienced. 

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and as I reflect, I can truly say that 23 has been the best year of my life. Starting medical school has been on my mind ever since I dreamed up the idea of becoming a physician when I was very young. It feels like I have been living the dream, my dream every day and I couldn't be more grateful. What an honor and a privilege it is to pursue this path. 

 I'd like to give a special shout out to all to the people who have supported me and believed in me throughout all of these years (special s/o to you, Mom & Dad I know you're reading lololll). THANK YOU! I would of course be remised if I didn't thank all of you for following along and sharing this journey with me. When I started blogging, I never expected to become a part of such an inspiring and supportive community. It's been truly amazing and I'm looking forward to what this summer, MS2, and beyond has in store!

To mark the end of MS1, I wanted to participate in this fun Medical Student Tag shared by Trisha over at Three Thousand Miles Blog (check her gorgeous blog out)! I tagged some other amazing med student blogs in my instagram post to keep it going. I hope you enjoy it! 

Who are you and where do you study? My name is Shanice and I study medicine in the beautiful state of California! 

When did you start studying medicine or premed courses? I was premed all throughout college. I was one of those weird "always wanted to be a doctor" kids hahaa There were certainly times in undergrad where I questioned being premed, especially when I was faced with challenges that made me feel inadequate. But, when I explored other fields, it always came back full circle to medicine. With the right combination of support and determination, I pushed pushed through, overcame those feelings, and achieved my goals. 

What made you choose the medical field? My initial interest came about at a young age because my mom is a nurse. Whenever I was asked that “what do you want to be when you grow up?” question, the answer was always that I wanted to be a doctor. At the time, I think I was more interested in the cool stethoscope or my "doctor" toy kit, but my later experiences are what solidified my decision to pursue the medical field. I chose medicine because I believe that health is the most fundamental human necessity and the health disparities that currently exist are unethical and preventable. As a physician, I believe I can play a (at least a small) role in righting some of the wrongs in our healthcare system and giving people the treatment they deserve. 

How did you come up with your blog name/username? Welllllll, I love (& by love I mean I'm utterly obsessed with) tea & I really wanted to create a place of good vibes/energy. The play on words with positivi"tea" was perfect for me and tbh, purely just rhymed to complete it! 

How would you describe your blog? It's my getaway! I love having this as a creative outlet and I try not to take it too seriously, which is why I pretty much post what I want (from food to med school) and when I can (if I'm busy, there's no stress about posting a certain number of times per month or anything like that).  If I manage to help a few people along the way, all the better!

What’s your favorite quote? "A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence." -James Watkins 

Best memory in medical school? This is a toughie! If I absolutely had to pick one stand out for now, it would be the moment my parents helped me into my white coat at the white coat ceremony

What’s one course you struggled with? Neuro was tough! Our neuro block was 5 weeks long and I had no exposure prior to starting, so learning all of that information was a massive undertaking. There were times that I thought it would never come together, but luckily it did in the end!

What’s your favorite book? Hmm, I don't think I have an all time favorite book. I'd say my favorite recent(ish) read is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

What do you do in your free time? My absolute favorite thing to do is cook! I love finding new recipes, going grocery shopping for them, and whipping them up in the kitchen! I also blog, insta (probs more than I should), chronically window shop online, watch TV, and other normal/not so exciting things. 

What do you want to major or specialize in? Not too sure right now! Keeping an open mind :)

Who do you look up to? My parents! They both grew up in impoverished, rural Jamaica, then immigrated to this country, made a life, and gave us so much. I am in awe of all that they have been through and they are my BIGGEST sources of support. I hope to be half the parents and people they are someday. 

How do you study (productively)? Allow me to point ya in the right direction -> How To Study Actively

How do you stay motivated in medical school? I stay motivated by taking whatever opportunity I can to interact with real patients. It can me so easy to get lost in mountains of powerpoints and forget why you even started medical school and what your end goal is. Talking to patients and getting to know them reminds me of why I'm in this and gives me the push I need to keep moving forward. 

What are your best tips for future medical students? Get excited! This is going to be hard, but it's going to be worth it. There's a million learning styles and resources out there. Find what works for YOU. Stay inspired. Make time. For yourself, for your family, for your non-medically related hobbies. Never ever neglect your own self care. Sometimes you'll need to study all day. Sometimes you'll need a study-free day. If you need help, ask for it & ask for it early. You've worked hard to get to medical school. This is not a mistake or luck, you belong here. 

Nut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe

I know I'm not the only one that has reached the bottom of a nut butter jar and felt a pang of sadness one, because I love the stuff and two, because it's actually pretty expensive! #thatstudentbudgetthough It's just so good! I'm typically an almond butter kind of gal, but I recently picked up this mixed nut butter from Trader Joe's and it is ah-mazing! Instead of committing to single nut, I get a mixture of dry and roasted almonds, cashews, walnuts, brazil nut, hazelnuts, and pecans in this bad boy! Why have one when you can have em all!?

I had been toying with the idea of making overnight oats for a while, but never got around to it because the idea of cold oatmeal didn't sound too appealing to me. I knew you could warm them, but that seemed to defeat the purpose of quick, on the go breakfast! Well, I finally decided to go for it with this near empty jar of goodness!


- 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Tbsp plain Greek Yogurt (extra creaminess & protein!)
- A Dash of Cinnamon and Brown Sugar (optional)
- Topping: Sliced banana (& whatever else you want! :D)

Easy! Mix all of the ingredients in the jar and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add the toppings and enjoy! You can even make batches and store them in the fridge for up to a week.

I can't believe I took so long to make this because I ended up LOVING it and there are 3 mason jars full of overnight oats in my refrigerator right now! #converted It was creamy, filling, and the nut butter totally set it off! I'm not a huge breakfast person, but the taste, satiety, and convenience of overnight oats has me hooked. 

One of the greatest things about overnight oats is that they are SUPER customizable. Make it yours! Add, take away, or totally flip what I included in the recipe. Other ideas for toppings include strawberries, flax seeds, walnuts, and more. How do you like your overnight oats?

Maevn Scrubs Review

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Any medical student or health professional will tell you that getting new scrubs is like opening a present on your birthday! Is it nerdy? Yes. Can we help it? No. Do we want to be helped? DEF not! Naturally, when I saw that Maevn Uniforms was giving away 1,000 free scrubs for their #MaevnMarchMadness giveaway, I entered right away! I was lucky enough to get my first choice, a set from their Eon collection in black (I've always wanted black scrubs for some weird reason) and they arrived quickly thereafter. 

Find them here --> Top/Bottom
I just started wearing them and I am loving them! I always joke that scrubs are socially acceptable pajamas, but these fit more like comfortable athletic wear. The material is clearly high quality and durable, yet it is soft and light weight. In fact, they're so light weight that the 10 minute walk to class in the 75° California sun didn't burn me up even though I was wearing all black! It reminds me of some the expensive, moisture wicking apparel you can buy for the gym. 

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I have to say, the waist band is EVERYTHING! I feel like a lot of scrub brands attempt "style" and it just ends up coming across as quite literally a (failed) stylish attempt at scrubs (high necks, buttons, etc I've seen it all lol). These are about as chic as scrubs can get and with the number of pockets available, they haven't lost their utility at all. I also really like that there is a drawstring even though there is a waistband so I can adjust it to my waist size. 

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In addition to comfort and utility, one thing I always look for in scrubs is length. I'm 5'9'' and I've suffered the plight of having my ankles out #floodready in many a set of scrubs. I was super excited when I found out that Maevn carries their scrubs in tall sizes, and they fit me perfectly! As a HUGE plus, the tag also states they are wash and wear ready without needing to steam or iron. I haven't put them through a cycle yet, but this would seriously be a life changer (no one wants crushed scrubs!) and I'll be sure to report back to ya!

All in all, these scrubs are fantastic and I'd highly recommend them. They hit all of the check boxes for comfort, style, and utility. Our school issued scrubs are too short for me and the texture of news paper, so I'm feeling pretty lucky to have gotten these. I can't wait to keep wearing them! 

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P.S. If you wanna know how I made the matcha that made an appearance in this last picture (it's in one of those to go tumblers!), head on over to that post here<3