Feb
08

All I could think about last week was peanut butter and jelly variations.

Peanut butter jelly breakfast toast with extra crunchy chia seeds. Peanut butter on a peanut butter bagel (omg). Peanut butter and fresh strawberries spread on banana muffins. Peanut butter and jelly stuffed french toast.

Peanut butter and jelly forever and ever.

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Feb
01

Yesterday Tony and I went out for a day date and finally saw The Revenant with my main squeeze Leo. Have you seen it? If not, it’s definitely worth watching in theatres!

When we go to the movies, I find myself always bringing healthier snacks. That’s probably not much of a surprise though. Every once in awhile we will splurge on the movie popcorn, but usually I have a purse packed with my favorite coconut oil and sea salt popcorn plus a few of these paleo chocolate chip cookies. Guys, they are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. Think addicting, thick, chewy and full of melted dark chocolate puddles.

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Jan
31

How do you feel about polenta? Have you ever tried it? If not, here’s your chance for a fabulous introduction!

Honestly, I didn’t start loving polenta until probably around four years ago. My college-aged self was never exposed to the delightfulness of the flavor or texture. It’s a shame really, but since my discovery I’ve relished in polenta based dishes.

These days it’s easy to come across polenta in restaurants or in the millions of recipes on Pinterest. Today, I’m bringing you a killer brunch recipe to serve whenever you feel like being a little fancy. Funny enough, this recipe actually isn’t fancy or difficult at all. The ingredients are simple and you more than likely have them sitting in your pantry already. For reals.

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Jan
25

Hello from beautiful Napa Valley! I spent the better part of the weekend on the Culinary Institute of America with the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council learning about pulses, cooking in their gorgeous kitchens, and gaining some serious skills in gluten free/grain free baking!

I’m leaving feeling inspired and so very thankful to be chosen as an ambassador for the 2016 International Year of Pulses! That’s right, this year the United Nations declared 2016 as the year of pulse and I’m thrilled to be able to create recipes using some of these powerhouse foods!

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Jan
18

The beginning of January hit a few weeks ago and this smoothie was in full rotation as my breakfast of choice. To be honest, I enjoy smoothies at all times of the day during each season. Not only are smoothies delicious, but they give you the ability to pack a lot of nutrition into one glass. And that’s something I love!

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Jan
13

One can never have too many squash recipes. Especially considering that it’s cheap, seasonal, and boasts some pretty terrific nutrition stats.

Since we’re talking squash, I’ll admit that butternut squash is one of my favorites. The sweet, nutty taste is brought out even more when roasted too. I’m such a butternut squash fan girl, it’s ridiculous.

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Jan
11

Normally I start each blog post with some sort of little story about life and what I’ve been up to lately. Today I just want to bring you a recipe for paleo banana bread because frankly, it’s just awesome.

I’ve been hoarding this recipe in my drafts for months, waiting for the perfect moment to hit publish. Mondays always seem to be the best because you’re all looking for new things to make, and who doesn’t love a good treat for the rest of the week?

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Jan
10

Normally I don’t ever claim things are the best, especially in my line of work. HOWEVER, when I’m able to make a normally calorie-laden blueberry muffins both nutritious AND incredible, I get a little excited. Even more thrilled when I somehow was able to make them gluten free.

First these beautiful, moist muffins were baked when I needed them the most: a few days after Thanksgiving after I came down with an absolutely dreadful post-nasal drip cough coupled with a lack of sleep from holiday festivities. The leftover blueberries that weren’t used in my blueberry pie were sitting in the fridge, begging to be thrown into some muffin batter. So off to the kitchen I went.

It neared 7am; Tony was still sleeping as I pulled the enormous muffins out of the oven and set them on the cooling rack. My goodness they were lovely and bursting with juicy blue color. I left a note for T to try them, then went out to grab cough medicine and run a few errands.

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Jan
04

Happy New Year, friends! Today marks my last day soaking up the Florida sunshine! Can’t wait to tell you all about it soon.

In the meantime, I have been waiting to bring you these AMAZING peanut butter protein balls (that taste like a a mix between cookie dough and a peanut butter cup) since late October. The timing just never felt right with all of the holiday goodies. I’m sure you’re more than ready for them now. Am I right?

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Dec
28

We spent Christmas in Minnesota with some of my family members. Honestly, I didn’t answer emails or pay attention to my site for a second. The only thing I did was cradle in by the wood-burning fire, bake cookies, chop veggies and laugh until I couldn’t anymore. Most of this was due to wine, and it was more than needed. December has been a crazy month full of travel, planning and posts. A mini blog break always leaves me feeling rejuvenated and eager to do MORE MORE MORE. Actually not sure if that’s a good thing? Ha.

After a quick three days in the always-freezing tundra, I returned home late Saturday night craving nothing but vegetables, smoothies and all things nutritious. After Christmas, it’s 100% safe to say that I’ve had my fair share of meat, booze and sugar.

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Dec
21

I have to admit that I spent a lot of time in November testing out pumpkin pie recipes. And even better, I was set on creating a healthy pumpkin pie recipe because I’m 100% sure we don’t need to have pumpkin pie made with sweetened condensed milk.

If you weren’t already aware, my love for pumpkin pie is right up there with my love for all the nut butters, Justin Bieber and cats. You know, all the normal things in life. Uhhhhh…

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Dec
14

Right now I’m on a plane to Utah, heading to Solitude Resort in Park City for a beautiful ski trip. It’s funny, I don’t remember the last time I went skiing. Probably 7th grade? I don’t remember being too terrible so maybe I’ll pick it back up again. Or I’ll just fall on my ass and enjoy a really good workout. Either way, it’s going to be a blast.

And honestly, I’m so excited for the rest of December! Lots of cookie baking, a vacation to Florida and Minnesota for Christmas.

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