Toasted Coconut and Goji Berry Trail Mix

Toasted Coconut and Goji Berry Trail Mix

There are a lot of reasons why people make trail mix. Most people I know make trail mix because they need quick energy on a hike. Or a bike ride. Or perhaps a good run.

But me? No. 

I make trail mix prior to a shopping trip at IKEA. I mean, can you think of a better time when you’ll be under stress, most likely hungry, and really needing some energy? I certainly can’t.

I made this batch of trail mix in preparation for an IKEA run a few weeks back. Even though my friend and I were estimating it would be a “quick trip,” I knew I had to be prepared and that definitely meant bringing food along.

Three hours, two lamps, a kitchen cart, and a giant shelf later I found myself stuffing this trail mix into my mouth by the handful and I couldn’t have been more grateful.  If you need a tasty and nutritious snack on hand to prevent low blood sugar, I think this toasted coconut and goji berry trail mix is the solution…

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Vegan Walnut and Mushroom Pate

Vegan Walnut and Mushroom Pate

Have you been on a spring cleaning kick lately? I have.

Me and my trusty DIY All Purpose Cleaner and DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner have been scrubbing every surface in my apartment and I’ve been decluttering like mad. At this point it’s getting crazy. If something isn’t somehow attached to the apartment itself I’ve found myself trying to figure out how to get rid of it.

I knew I was going overboard the other day when I found myself debating about donating my food processor. I mean, I love that thing, but somehow I haven’t used it since I was recipe testing for my cookbook last summer. That’s when I knew it was time to put it to use again.

So, what to make in my lovely food processor? Enter vegan walnut and mushroom pate. If you’ve been needing a reason to keep your food processor around, I think this just might be it.

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Fruit-Free Green Smoothie

Fruit-Free Green Smoothie

This year, I desire….

  • to feel empowered in my body.
  • to speak my truth.
  • to feel vibrantly alive.
  • to trust my intuition.
  • to be madly in love.
  • to feel creative and inspired.
  • to eat green things and nourish my body.

Instead of starting the year with body hate/guilt/remorse, let’s start the year feeling strong and showing our bodies compassion and love.

Instead of starting the year on a diet and thinking about restricting, start the year feeling nourished and enjoying an abundance of real food.

Instead of starting the year thinking about what you want to change, focus on what you love about yourself.

This year if you’re desiring to take better care of yourself, have more energy, and feel comfortable in your body, start by choosing high-quality real food.

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Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This week I’m working on taking it easy.

Of course, as I’m typing that I have to laugh at myself. Who has to work on ”taking it easy”? Apparently I do.  It’s hard for me to clear my schedule, stop the to-do list and ignore the inbox… but sometimes it has to be done. Can you relate?

If you want to join me in this taking-it-easy business, might I suggest making these incredible spicy roasted pumpkin seeds?  There’s nothing that will keep you focused on the present moment like carving open a slippery pumpkin with a very sharp knife. That’s just something you don’t mess around with.

Well, that and karma. Just sayin.

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Post-Halloween sugar coma? Let’s talk.

Post-Halloween sugar coma? Let's talk.

If you live in the United States and celebrated Halloween yesterday, I’m just going to assume that we need to have an intervention.

No? Oh, so that wasn’t you who brought in all those bags of candy to the office? Yeah, uh-huh. I’ve seen you snacking on them all day.

(Ok, not really. And I didn’t mean to sound so creepy. I have not been spying on you. Promise.) 

But anyhoo, let’s talk healthy snacks, shall we? I think it’s time we play a little game called “healthier options.” Here we go:

Craving pumpkin pie? There’s a healthier option! Try this pumpkin spice smoothie instead!

Craving potato chips? Try these crispy baked beet chips!

Craving a candy bar? Try these dates with almond butter and coconut! Plus the protein from the almond butter will help to balance blood sugar. Score

Craving chili cheese fries?  Try these yam fries with garlic cashew aioli! They’re da bomb.

Craving ice cream? Try making your own sugar-free coconut vanilla ice cream at home! No ice-cream making needed! And, bonus points if you top this off with a baked apple. Yum.

And if your sugar cravings are driving you absolutely mad, it might just be time for a fresh juice. I’d recommend a Love Your Liver (Detox) JuiceDigestive Aid Juiceor a Mean Green Juice.  

I’m just here to help. :)

Hope you have a wonderful (and healthy!) weekend,

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Yam Fries with Garlic Aioli

Yam Fries with Garlic Cashew Aioli  If you live alone, there are a few things that you should never do:

1. Assume that you can be trusted not to eat the entire batch of cupcakes of (grain-free) almond cupcakes that you baked. (I knew these should have left my apartment immediately…)

2. Watch World War Z. Alone. On laundry night. Why not on “laundry night,” you ask?

Because “laundry night” involves walking down two flights of stairs into the dark and immensely creepy apartment basement laundry room. And the last thing that you want to think about on your way down those stairs is if there is a zombie waiting to greet you at the bottom. Truth.

3. Spend an entire evening making up voices for your cat. With accents.

But, if you do live alone, there are some things that you should always do:

Make amazing yam fries just for you? Definitely.

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Dates with Almond Butter and Coconut

Dates with Almond Butter and Coconut

One of my favorite afternoon snacks is simply a spoonful of almond butter. This originally started because I was too lazy to make a more complicated afternoon snack, but it was so delicious and simple that the habit stuck. And now it’s become a mandatory part of my afternoon.

Me with almond butter and a spoon? Ooh, we’re a dangerous bunch. And when you throw dates and coconut into the mix?  Expect things to get a little crazy.

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Iced Tea Fruit Pops & Numi Tea Giveaway

Iced Tea Fruit Popsicles

I can’t believe how quickly the summer is slipping by. This past weekend I drove down for a short trip to Portland, Oregon only to find that I had packed all the wrong clothes. Apparently I should have checked the weather report before packing only sandals, teeshirts, capris, and a really light sweatshirt. My feet were so cold in the mornings that I had to do that horrible Pacific Northwest trend of wearing socks with sandals. Oh it was bad.

I’m not ready for summer to end. I’m not ready for the sunshine to go away and the clouds of fall to roll in. Not just yet anyways.  After all, we still have popsicles to make.

Let me just start by saying… oh my gosh… I never knew frozen fruit could be sooo good.

I’ve been playing around with  tea a lot this summer and decided it was time to transform tea from a beverage into a frozen treat… could it be done? Yes. And with the addition of fresh summer fruit, we don’t even need to add sugar. These iced tea fruit pops are the perfect way to enjoy the last few weeks of summer – sandals, socks, and all.

And, because I’ve been having so much fun with tea lately I’m excited that the nice folks at Numi Tea are letting me share a special giveaway with you! Scroll down for more details…

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