Jul
21

Let me introduce you to a new NUT butter. Because technically coconut is a nut, right? Well technically it’s considered to be a drupe. I googled it for you.

Have you ever heard of coconut butter? Well if you haven’t, it’s just a ‘butter’ made from ground coconut shreds! There are a few brands that currently sell it in Whole Foods, but overall it can be fairly difficult to find in most grocery stores. Plus, coconut butter tends to be pretty expensive (over $10!). So I thought I’d teach you how you can make it at home.

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Jul
20

My mom used to grow zucchini in her garden in Minnesota. She was the type of nonchalant gardener who allowed the zucchini to grow large enough to become the size of your arm. I actually never minded when the zucchini got that big because then I could stuff it with goodness and make batches upon batches of baked goodies.

Sadly I’m no longer as close to my mom since she lives in Minnesota (soon Utah!). This year I wasn’t expecting to get any free zucchini and figured I’d have to pick some up at the local’s farmer’s market. Turns out that Tony’s mom grew zucchini in her garden and so she kindly has been supplying me with all the zucchini I could ever dream of. I still have three left and have already baked three batches of muffins and two loaves of bread. Perhaps it’s time for a little something savory? Oh la la.

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Jul
06

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a little bit of a baking hiatus. It’s not that I haven’t baking, because Instagram knows I have.

It’s just that ever since I made a commitment to follow the #SummerSWEATseries workouts and some of the meal plans, I’ve made a conscious effort about the amount of sugar and sweet treats I’ve been putting into my body. When I do indulge it’s usually a spoonful or two of vanilla almond butter or some dessert chia protein bars that I’ve been making (coming soon!). But lately brownies have been on my mind; you all know that usually I’m obsessed with cookies but I’ve been craving chocolate like no other.

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Jun
30

Anyone else love milkshakes as much as I do? I’m asking because I’ve made you one that tastes EXACTLY like that delicious minty chocolate chip one from you know where (BIG M).

I will tell let you in on a little secret: Tony is OBSESSED with McDonald’s; I can’t get him to stop eating it. In fact, I think he eats quite a bit of it when I’m not around. Quite disturbing for someone who runs a health-focused food blog, right?!

I guess opposites really do attract? Or something like that anyway haha.

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Jun
15

Oh hi. Last week I was in New Mexico due to an urgent family matter. While the circumstances were unfortunate, I was lucky enough to spend time with many of my family members that I hadn’t seen in over a year.

While down there, I learned that a few of my cousins recently started doing Crossfit. I’ve always been nervous about Crossfit, probably because one time I watched the Crossfit games on ESPN and saw women flipping tires and bulked out like the Hulk. That’s awesome, but it’s just not me. However, I needed a good workout and my cousins certainly didn’t look bulky, so I decided to sign up for an afternoon sweat session.

And guess what?! It was AWESOME. Yes, it was difficult and my legs were sore for a few days, but I loved the energy and lifting aspect of the class. I can definitely see how you could get easily toned. I’d love to know if any of you have ever done Crossfit!

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Jun
04

As you may or may not have noticed, this past month I’ve been trying to do my best to bring you more savory recipes. When I did my reader survey last year, many of you wanted more healthy meal options.

But sometimes I just can’t help but bake, I think it’s my true calling in life. Last week I had a 6am flight out of Chicago to see Tony. I knew I had to leave by 4am in order to skip traffic and give myself enough time. You think that I would have went to bed at 8pm the night before, but nope, there I was baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies at midnight. I call it stress baking. Some things never change.

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Jun
02

It’s Taco Tuesday and I’m prepared to blow your mind.

First question I had for myself after making these tacos was how do I only have only one other legit taco recipe on my site?! The Hispanic in me is disappointed.

On the other hand, I’m now on a mission to bring you approximately three more taco recipes by the end of summer. Might just have to whip out the slow cooker for one of them.

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May
28

Ohhhh ohhhhh ohhhhh! I made you a loaded salad. I mean really loaded. Magically so.

You guys know me well by now. If there’s a salad then there’s most likely kale in it… but then I went to Trader Joe’s (of course) and saw bag of organic spinach on the shelf. I mean, really let’s not forget about the first superfood that ever was. Before kale was this huge thing that people tried to make chips out of, spinach was the star. And so I decided to throw it back to 2008.

There’s something about summer that makes chopped salads everything you could possibly want. So many fruits and veggies in delicious little chunky bites waiting to be demolished. That’s how I think about salads anyway. Seriously can people please stop bringing those mayo-laden potato salads to potlucks, please? Most of the time I can’t even recognize if there are potatoes actually in the salad because I’m blinded by all that white weirdness.

Exaggerate much? Heh.

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May
25

It’s a little surprising that it’s been over a year since I’ve made you a kick ass stir fry.

What’s even more surprising is how I actually LICKED my plate clean after eating a serving of this. That’s how you know it’s good, right? At least that’s how I judge my recipe development these days… plate licking.

Sorta kidding. Sorta not.

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May
18

It was a beautiful weekend, wasn’t it?

On Saturday I met up with Tony’s family and attended his Grandmother’s 95th birthday party. You guys, she’s amazing! She still lives on her own, cooks for herself and is in great health. Over the past year, I’ve gotten fairly close with her; probably because I bring her all the treats I make and she just so happens to love cookies as much as I do. This makes me happy, of course. I actually baked the nutella-stuffed chocolate chip beauties for her party; it always blows my mind how much people truly love those cookies.

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