A few days ago I was hungry for a mid-afternoon snack (or as my mom calls it a “pick-me-upper”). I had a craving for something sweet so I walked (Who am I kidding? I full-on charged!) into my kitchen to see what I could whip together. I’m happy to report that this snack took me less than 60 seconds to make (AND consume) and it completely satisfied my sweet tooth.
After years of secretly judging my friend for not liking avocados she’s finally come to her senses 😈 . In celebration of her new found “tolerance” of this nutritious fruit I felt inspired to share my homemade guacamole recipe.
Hippocrates is known by many to be the father of medicine. He believed that the foods we consume have a direct and profound impact on our health and overall well-being. One of the quotes he is most recognized for is “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” As a supporter of this concept, I spend much of my spare time reading books, watching documentaries, and seeking knowledge and understanding of how the foods we eat (more specifically the nutrients we absorb) impact the way we feel. [Read more…]
When I accidentally go too long between eating I get a fierce hunger (and by fierce hunger I mean I turn into a huge B…. and by B I mean BRAT… 😜). Once I’ve reached this point I am no longer in control of my actions (or words) and will eat anything that is within my grasp regardless (or “irregardless” if you’re one of THOSE people) of whether or not what I’m eating (or saying) is health promoting. It is for this reason that I purposefully plan out snacks (like homemade hummus) each week. [Read more…]
I like treats just as much as the next guy (or gal). However, the lack of nutrients, inclusion of artificial ingredients, and empty calories in many sweet treats leaves me feeling less than my best. That’s why when I experiment with new recipes they have to meet two very important criteria: 1) they have to satisfy my sweet tooth (obviously!), and 2) they must provide my cells with the nutrients they need to thrive. In other words, I try to attain a high ratio of nutrients per calorie consumed (if you’re interested to know more about this concept I’ve added an explanation at the bottom of this post). With that said, today I’m sharing my nutrient dense Caramel Latte Frappé recipe. Side note: I HAD to sample this recipe MULTIPLE times over the past week for quality assurance purposes. Some people say blogging is all fun and games, but I’m here to tell you it’s tough work! 🙂 [Read more…]
If you haven’t already guessed, I have issues….. One of my (many) issues is an intolerance to dairy products. For years I continued to eat dairy regularly and live with the consequences of my decision, but in 2015 I decided it wasn’t worth the constant belly aches. Rather than give up the foods I loved, I took it as a challenge to find new dishes that I love just as much if not MORE than their dairy alternatives. As an added bonus these new recipes are more nutrient dense than the foods I used to indulge in AND I experience no ill digestive side effects. Whether you also avoid dairy, you are interested in a more nutrient dense version of an old favorite, or you just want to try something new, today I’m sharing my favorite caramel recipe. My family’s favorite way to eat the caramel is as a dip with sliced green apples and bananas. But I’ve also been known to add it to my caramel latte frappé! [Read more…]
If you were to ask me what I did for fun when I was a kid, I would tell you that I enjoyed playing soccer, singing, jumping on my neighbor’s trampoline, chasing boys, and riding my totally cool pom pom handlebar bike (Can you tell I was raised in the 80’s?). In contrast, if you were to ask me what I LEAST enjoyed as a kid, I would have said (without hesitation) READING. Bleck! Seriously, if someone would have approached my eight-year-old self and given me the option to read a book or be thrown in a den of lions, I would have taken my chances with the lions (I mean Daniel survived the lion’s den, so at the very least I knew I had hope. But reading, I felt, was certain death.). As you might have guessed, as a kid, I absolutely DREADED going to the library. The building smelled musty and I felt instantly overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books. I remember my little brain feeling like it was going to explode. Inevitably, shortly after arriving at the library, I would feel my head begin to throb which was my queue to get the heck out of dodge! [Read more…]
As long as I can remember, I’ve loved the cold creamy texture of ice cream. As a kid, I preferred hand dipped peppermint ice cream. Then as an adult my tastes changed and I found myself gravitating towards butter pecan, java chip, and the decadent appeal of vanilla ice cream with chunks of cherry and chocolate (just thinking about these flavors makes my mouth water). Unfortunately, having struggled to digest dairy products my entire life (I’ll spare you the details), I’ve always regretted the decision to give into my sweet tooth….UNTIL NOW. [Read more…]
For Valentine’s Day we decided to enjoy a low key evening at home. No commercialized cards or obligatory chocolates. No overpriced flowers or jam-packed restaurants. Just us (and the dog). It was nice, really.
Seeing as how Valentine’s Day is a celebration of relationships, we decided to celebrate a very special relationship in our lives. One that neither of us could live without (literally). A relationship that many people take for granted, or even abuse. This relationship is so important to our well-being that each day it has the ability to build us up and make us stronger or, depending on our life decisions, it can also tear us down and make us weak.
I’ve been playing around with tropical smoothie recipes for awhile and they always seem to come out bitter. How can that be when each individual ingredient is naturally sweet?!? Truth be told, making smoothie recipes that taste good SOUNDS easy, but getting the perfect blend of sweet and savory has its challenges. After talking it over with a friend, it was suggested that I add a natural sweetener like honey to counter the bitterness. Excited to see if honey was the missing ingredient I hurried home and tried this addition. Although the honey did improve the taste (slightly), something about the flavor of the honey did not pair well with the rest of the smoothie ingredients. Then, today I was watching YouTube and the video blogger added medjool dates to his smoothie in place of a traditional sweetener (Eureka! Something I hadn’t considered. I mean, who doesn’t love a good date?!?). I rushed to my pantry and retrieved a bag of medjool dates. What happened next was something I can only describe as magical. I placed the dates in my smoothie and (voila!) it was the PERFECT blend of tropical goodness. As an added bonus, dates are an excellent source of potassium :). All of this to say, I’m happy to share my tropical smoothie recipe with you all and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do! [Read more…]