So let’s just chat about the power of not baking anything and making a super quick, but seemingly fancy snack, dessert, or maybe even appetizer. And then let’s chat about how it’s gluten-free, can be vegan, poppin’ with protein, etc. etc. And eye catching. It’s the holy trinity of non-fancy fancy foods. Nailed it!Read More →

The almond butter monster is real. I think she must sneak in the kitchen after midnight to gobble it all up because I am making new batches at least twice a week. But fo realz the almond butter love in my house has been serious lately. And with cheap bulk almonds available at the local 365, it’s a much cheaper alternative than any store bought brand. Plus you know how I am about reducing my plastic packaging. I did a poll on Insta Stories, (Probably my fave thing about Stories rn. Even over the SuperZoom), and 68% chose almond butter over peanut butter. Oh, timesRead More →

Gratitude has been on my mind a lot lately. What may seem like the smallest things are what I feel most grateful for. My fridge full of food, my husband’s footsteps on the porch returning home, waking up to cool, crisp air. Of course this just scratches the surface. I have committed myself to taking time to be less “productive” and to be more present and grateful for the opportunities and special people that I have in my life. Back in the spring I began to go to weekly women’s circles at a yoga studio. I had no idea what to expect when I walkedRead More →

If I told you that you should be on ‘shrooms every day would you think I’m crazy? No? I’ve just piqued your curiosity instead? Thought so! FourSigmatic has created a line of coffee elixirs and drinks that I have been enjoying on the regular for a little more than a year now. This past spring I got to meet the team behind the #onshrooms hashtag and was greeted by super friendly & passionate people. Plus, they talked to me about foraging mushrooms!  (This is the girl who hunted down a chef in South Africa to see if I could accompany him on his foraging trip…sadly IRead More →

It’s time for an afternoon quickie! Making my own nut butters was one of my gateway habits into making tons of staples homemade. And this simple salted chocolate peanut butter is making its way into the regular rotation. This is a super fun & easy recipe to add to your repertoire of healthy-er treats. I’m a big fan of buying nuts, seeds, and beans (and anything else I can find) from the bulk bins at the stores. I use reusable cloth bags to store all of my goods while shopping and then transfer them to a glass container when I get home. Read More →

About 2 months ago I gave up on that bar life. No, not the one that serves you drinks (not that crazy!), but the kind that come in colorful packaging and are popping up all over the place promising you high protein, high fiber, low net carbs, all natural, and all other kinds of health claims. For a snack that is supposed to help you out when you’re on the go, I started relying on them almost daily as a supplement. They were quick, easy and kinda felt like I was eating a treat, but I never felt super satisfied for a long period ofRead More →

I used to joke that fall was Mother Nature’s trickery to get us to accept the darkness of winter. All the goodness of fall was to ease us in to cold days, shoveling snow, and hibernating most of the winter months. But this time of the year does always have me craving the outdoors even more. Maybe it’s just me trying to squeeze in every last drop of daylight, walking barefoot, and fresh summer fruit. But when the air turns crisp I start to quickly accept the change in weather. (Yes, it does get cooler in So Cal, though fall is definitely not the sameRead More →

I never met a granola that I didn’t like. Grain-free, nut-free, loaded with oils & fats. I will take one of each, please. I got super into making my own granola about 10 years ago and I go in & out of phases. Recently the phase has been “in with granola.” Something so simple can jazz up your smoothie bowl, chia pudding, yogurt, ice cream, parfaits, or what have you. And it’s super fun for brunch spreads.Read More →

Isn’t one of the great things about going on vacation that you get to splurge and eat whatever you feel like without lifting more than the weight of your cocktail to your mouth? Wrong! Well, maybe for a day but then the fun starts to wear off and the key lime pies and pina coladas become ubiquitous and less interesting. I’ve never been one for those kinds of vacations and if I’m sedentary for too long I start to get cabin fever & quite cranky. Raise your hand if you’re the same! I definitely had some anxiety about eating healthy and staying active before headingRead More →

Some days ya just need a cookie. And some days ya just need to eat a ton of cookie dough and leave the remaining cookies for others to eat. Amiright? Before coming to Thailand we had been camping for the previous several weeks through the Wild Coast of South Africa & Botswana. We’ve been using some pretty rudimentary kitchen equipment and yet we’ve been able to maintain a plant-based diet so we’re pretty happy with how we’ve been feeling. And let’s not forget the treats, too! I was having a real hankering for some cookie dough and luckily we had all the ingredients on handRead More →

I have this great memory from a Sunday in summer after a night out with my girls. We woke up in the morning and wanted to go for an exercise walk through town. We stumbled upon a farmers market at the high point of peach season.As we walked into the square the sweet aroma of my favorite stone fruit met my nose and I knew that we needed to try one. I had about $3 in cash and had just enough to buy us each a peach. We sat outside eating and laughing at the ridiculous image of 3 women having peach juice running down ourRead More →

Seriously, Vada Sultenfuss? Could you get a cooler name or be any cooler of a role model for a girl? Riding your bike around all summer in your eccentric funeral home-home with Thomas J as your best bud. I wanted to be her so badly. Her and Thomas J became blood brothers. Blood brothers! Not that I would recommend that at all, but the idea was so bad ass as a 9 year old.Read More →

Today was a major fail day in the kitchen. Don’t worry, these muffins are the exception! I really wanted to experiment with making healthy veggie waffles. 10 minutes of scraping out the bits of my waffle iron later, I decided to chuck it into a veggie scramble. So not all bad, just not the way I had planned.  I will win the veggie waffle battle, though. One day.Read More →

This girl be realizing her dreams all over the place. When I signed up to volunteer for my local farmers market, they asked me to come in to help out with the educational coordinator to help create lessons and materials to use for classes. I was beyond excited. When they asked me if I would research a recipe, shop at the market and take photos to be submitted to the quarterly paper, I was overjoyed, ecstatic, well there is no word to describe my feeling so I will just create overecstaticelationjoy to sum it up.Read More →