Hello from the beautiful Rancho La Puerto in Tecate, Mexico! I’ve been here since Wednesday checking out the extraordinary ranch, spa, group fitness, hiking and cooking classes and pretty much never want to leave. The warm sunshine and unplugging from the internet has been much needed.
Remember the ever-popular Sprinkles cupcake era of 2010; when Cupcake Wars was the best show on TV and gourmet cupcake shops were popping up at every corner? Cupcakes were adored by the little ones for birthday parties but also by the Grandmothers who loved pairing them with a cup of coffee for breakfast.
During that time period I learned that ordinary cupcake flavors almost always disappointed me. When I went to local cupcake shops, I stuck to the classica: chocolate with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, strawberry, red velvet, vanilla birthday cake, etc. They were never magical enough for me to want to return for another.
Here’s the deal: I have a major obsession with dark chocolate, not only because it’s delicious and wildly addicting, but also because of its numerous health benefits and superfood properties.
Here’s the secret: Just because it’s chocolate (aka the main ingredient in many candy bars), doesn’t mean the chocolate itself is necessarily unhealthy like most people may think. Typically it’s the sugar, milk and/or cream that generally makes chocolate a little less healthy and can even interfere with its beneficial antioxidant absorption. If you’re aiming to eat dark chocolate for health benefits, stick to at least 70% and watch the sugar content (that’s where chocolate gets sneaky).
Since we’re talking all about dark chocolate today, I thought I’d give provide you with some of the wonderful health benefits of eating it: It’s good for your heart, may reduce stress, is a proven antioxidant, can give you a more effective workout, and probably a million more reasons. As mentioned before, dark chocolate also tends to be lower in sugar and higher in fiber than milk chocolate (assuming your getting at 70% dark chocolate). In fact, a serving of dark chocolate can have up to 5g of fiber! Major props to this superfood, right? I personally love baking with chopped dark chocolate because of the taste, beautiful look and health properties it gives treats.
I’ve been wanting to make beet burgers ever since my Mom introduced me to them a few years back. Whole Foods used to make this fantastic version full of crunchy walnuts, beets and so much flavor; often times we’d scarf them down after our workouts.
Sadly, I can’t seem to find the same tasty beet burgers at any Chicago area Whole Foods.
My mom filled my Easter basket to the brim with treats until I was in high school. Suddenly when I was 16, she decided that I no longer qualified to receive Easter goodies from this so called bunny. At first I thought she was kidding! This was a tradition, wasn’t it?
I suppose I figured that for the rest of my life, Mom would be there to drop off an Easter basket filled with my favorite jelly beans and chocolate eggs that no one ever eats (unless they’re Reese’s eggs of course).
I first met Elizabeth back when I was interning for a magazine in Minneapolis. She was the former beauty editor who had recently started her own blog Beauty Bets. I was intrigued, fascinated and admired Elizabeth (especially for all of our amazing beauty tricks.)
Fast forward four years later and I found myself calling Elizabeth a co-worker. She led editorial for Pillsbury, while I managed the brand’s social media. In the meantime, she still had her blog, a skincare line and various freelance work. I think we were all wondering how she seemed to do it all.
Well, Elizabeth is the definition of lady boss. She took her passion and turned it into a profession, and that’s something I love. She’s been featured in Allure, Better Homes and Garden, Well+Good, Jess Lively, and has over 5 million followers on Pinterest (!!!). For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, I thought it would be interesting to highlight Elizabeth’s story and get some of her best beauty recommendations! I know how many of you loved my beauty recommendations over on Snapchat and always are intrigued by my purchases, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy Elizabeth’s favs.
If you lived with me, you’d know that I almost always have to end each meal (or the night) with a little something sweet. I have a feeling that we’re very similar in our fondness for better-for-you treats, am I right?!
All I know is that I can’t feel confident and slam down an extra large blizzard or cherry dipped cone all the time.
I’m also sensing that I might be craving DQ here. Haven’t had a Dilly in wayyyy too long.
Pretty sure you should bake this cake for Easter because it just so happens to be one of the BEST I’ve ever made. I’m not saying that because I really want you to make it; I’m telling you because this wonderful version is incredibly moist, full of nutritious, healthier ingredients and is gluten free. Cue jumping on couches Tom Cruise style.
Could you call this a healthy carrot cake? I’m going to say YES. But how, you ask?!