Decadent? I think yes! Creamy cheesecake, rich, savory chocolate, and ripe raspberries are truly a few of my favorite things! Combine them all together and you will have this irresistible, dreamy dessert. What I love best about it is that it’s friendly for all my dairy-free friends. This cheesecake is actually free of many of the top allergens including eggs, gluten, and soy! Another plus? There is no oven or baking necessary, which makes this recipe simple, quick, and easy.Read More
Across America, we know the months from October to March as “cold and flu season.” Peak times vary from year to year, but most commonly February is recorded to be the month with the most cases of the flu. Over the last 35 years, February topped the charts fifteen times (yikes!). In addition to the flu, other respiratory viruses are also more prevalent during this time, particularly rhinovirus and the all-to-well-known, respiratory simplex virus (RSV).
Making matters worse, cold and flu season also lands right during the holiday season when traveling is at its highest. This only increases the chances for spreading these many bugs and diseases. So, what is one to do? Cold and flu season is inevitable, and going outside almost always is too, but that does not mean we have to be doomed to the fateful reality of this sickie time. Prevention is key, and there are many steps we can take to support our health and immune system, especially during these frigid months.Read More
Last month we celebrated the Winter Solstice, which marked the shortest day of the year. December 21, 2018 brought not a single ray of sunlight to places like the North Pole, located at the very top of the Northern Hemisphere. Regardless of where you are living, the hours of sunshine are significantly shorter in the winter months than in the summer months. Compounding the issue further, winter tends to bring more gloomy and overcast days, snow, and harsh weather, all of which keep the sun from shining. It’s really no wonder that so many people experience seasonal affective disorder each year.Read More
8 out of 10 individuals consume artificial sweeteners daily and many people don't even know it. From aspartame to saccharin, many of these chemical sugar alternatives are being guzzled down in popular flavored waters with the idea of "diet" in mind. If you are looking to add some excitement to plain water, homemade organic flavored waters are one of the most inexpensive and simple things to create in your kitchen. By crafting your own herb and fruit infused water, you can ensure that the ingredients you use are real, fresh and organic, with drinking water that is pure. Did I mention that these infusions taste better than anything you could find at the store too? Enjoy a twist on water without the plastic bottle and chemical aftertaste.Read More
Continuing on our pumpkin theme to wrap up the Fall, I wanted to share this favorite recipe of mine for dairy free, gluten free, paleo pumpkin bread. It is simple, savory, and will get your mouth watering… all before 7am. This bread is so versatile and pairs great with a hot cup of coffee, or a big glass of milk.Read More
Raise your hand if you had pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving! I sure did. Anything pumpkin is my favorite. Of all holiday foods, I look forward to pumpkin pie the most. I even enjoy the leftovers at breakfast! I am not really sure what it is about pumpkin pie that I love so much – the creamy texture, the subtle sweetness, the bright orange color, or all of the above. That is why I also love this “Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie” recipe. It has the same pumpkin pie flavor, but with a few ingredients replaced with healthy, real food alternatives. It is, simply, pumpkin pie in a glass. And it is magical.Read More
Have you ever had one of those nights when you are cooking dinner and a tasty idea pops into your head? That happened to me recently and resulted in what I call “Pumpkin Coconut Crusted Chicken.” In the fall I am all about pumpkin: pumpkin pie, homemade pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin smoothies – it is all good! But last week I was in the kitchen cooking my usual batch of chicken, when an urge for pumpkin occurred. I decided to whip together a few of my favorite things, and experiment with a new fall-inspired dish. According to my taste test subjects it came out simply delightful and I could not agree more!Read More
With the rise in preventative healthcare, focus is shifting from simply treating disease and illness, to optimizing overall quality of life. This is where herbal medicine can be extremely powerful. I love Urban Moonshine products. Founded in 2008 by Jovial King, Urban Moonshine is set on the goal of making herbal medicine more easily accessible. Their core value is to maintain quality and organic standards, while getting people excited about herbal medicine and the way we think about the healing power of plants. While there are many health-promoting herbals to consider, today we are going to focus on tonics that build immunity, energy and joy.Read More
In addition to the beautiful fall foliage and change of wardrobe, another thing we love about fall is getting back in the kitchen. There is no more fear of turning on that oven or cooking over a hot stove, as fall is a time for the grounding, warm meals we tend to avoid in the hot summer months. Think sautéed mushrooms, peppers, brussels sprouts and asparagus browned to perfection—yum!
Many warming meals have a common step in the cooking process that helps moisturize and bring out the sweet flavors in a cooked meal. That ingredient is a high quality oil.Read More
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It is that time of year again – school is back in session! Last year I did a post featuring some “Essentials for Back to School” and this year, I want to feature a recipe to provide your child with a nourishing, yummy snack for his or her lunch box. These homemade chewy, energy bars also make for great after school pick-me-ups!
Snack bars seem to flow in abundance at grocery stores, markets, gas stations, and more. Who doesn’t like a quick energy fix? But not so fast. Sadly, it should not come as much of a surprise that most snack bars are full of empty calories, refined sugars, and preservatives. Unfortunately, this can lead to feelings of never being full, energy crashes, and further cravings. Thankfully, there are better options, and ones that you can easily make in your own kitchen! (1) (2)Read More