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
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
Tags: Fuel Your Body
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
It seems like everywhere we turn, butter coffee is all the rage. Signs displaying “add some good fats to your coffee” are now popping up in local cafes and grocery stores around the country---and we’re hooked! This new and improved morning routine has become such a staple, we can’t even imagine coffee “the old way.”Read More
This summertime has been a hot one, filled with some of the highest temperatures and UV indexes we’ve seen in decades. For many, that doesn’t qualm the internal desire to pack up the car and jet off to enjoy an outdoor adventure---hiking with a buddy, boating on the lake, volleyball at the beach or even lounging in the backyard with a summertime drink.
While many of these ‘adventures’ include fun gear like a glass water bottle, a hat, or perhaps a newly crafted Spotify playlist, the most important items you can’t leave the house without are a natural and good-for-you sunscreen and skin-loving foods. Sun exposure is no joke and we’ve got a whole routine to keep our largest organ happy and healthy throughout the summer months.Read More
Doesn’t summer just scream smoothies?! I don’t know about you, but I love smoothies. And during this season, with the hot weather and ocean breeze, they taste all the better. Smoothies offer an icy, simply, and irresistible way to quench your thirst and nourish your body, all at the same time. Is anybody else’s mouth-watering? On some days, particularly when the weather is intensely hot, a real meal doesn’t always seem appetizing. This is when a mason jar of blended goodness seems like the perfect match. However, there is no reason why a smoothie should be any less nutrient dense than a fully cooked meal. And that will be the focus of my post today! How can we combine amazing nutrients and flavors into one perfectly poured, convenient cup?Read More
We’re all about fueling the body with healthy and sustainable energy so it should come as no surprise that breakfast is our favorite meal of the day! Our ideal breakfast holds a blend of healthy proteins, fats, and energy-generating ingredients. It’s simple to make, travel-friendly, able to be made in bulk and refrigerated for later, and hunger satiating. Can you guess what checks all these boxes? You got it...the protein pancake!
School's out, wedding season has begun, the nights are warmer and the parties last longer. In short, summer is here! We begin this beautiful season with the daunting task of keeping our kids busy all day every day. Knock, knock, it’s creativity here! Outdoor activities, pool time, beach time, build-a-slip-n-slide in your backyard time, camp, playdates and anything else you can think of to keep them entertained. As parents, this is a great time to come up with out-of-the-box activities, and what better way to do that than encouraging your children to explore their creativity in the kitchen.Exhibit A: Simple, Kid-Approved, Gluten-Free Banana Bread Read More
We’ve got a thing for french bakeries. Bite-sized pastries, fancy espresso drinks, curiously shaped breads, and that feeling that so much care went into the creation and preparation of this beautiful meal that the calories just don't count. The intricate elegance of it all immediately takes us out of our day-to-day grind and into the sophistication of a streetside Parisian cafe.