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 →

Donning your ugliest holiday sweater this weekend? Or maybe a scandalous cocktail dress? I’m attending a new kind of holiday party, danceoke. Think karaoke, but with dancing instead of singing. I’m pretty stoked for this one. I can definitely excel at making an ass out of myself. Read More →

So, this is pretty much all things warm & cozy bottled up nice & neat in a jar, just for you. Combining the spices of winter + the sweet & buttery hazelnut, which sometimes goes by the name of filbert, it’s perfect to add to your snacks or for breakfast. I think I may just start referring them to filberts. Such a cool name.Read More →

Sooo I might have been on a bit of a lemon kick. My recently posted gateway-to-chia lemon raspberry parfait is now one of my favorite summertime refreshing snacks.  Lemon is so freaking versatile. Put it in your water for some added flavor. Add it to desserts or savory dishes. Add it to homemade cleaning products.  Annnnnnnd as I was experimenting, it even goes with lavender. Like, really goes. Like honey in my tea. Or the jam on my toast. The peanut butter to my chocolate. Like that kinda goes.Read More →

“This is the best thing you have ever made. No, I really mean it this time. You could sell this ish.” Hmmmmm, he’s got an idea. Maybe I shouldn’t give you guys the recipe. And maybe I should sell it. But I was always bad at keeping secrets. I like to share my creations so you lovelies can enjoy delicious healthy grub. And this is the perfect for a grab-n-go snack or add some crunch to your yogurt or top off your ice cream. Read More →