Here goes again. Another dessert recipe. It’s the Autumn now, and sweet treats seem to be raining from the sky… it starts with Halloween in October and continues on until January hits, when people make those traditional “New Year’s Resolutions” to lose weight, or cut out sugar, or whatever fad “diet” that continues to bypass the root issue of needing a lifestyle shift. It’s a terrible and frustrating cycle… I know because I was in it for enough time to be sick and tired of it. Enjoying sweet foods that are complementary to longterm healthy lifestyle goals is surprisingly easy to do however….  those are the kinds of recipes that I tend to whip up in my kitchen. (more…)

I really love the taste of Fall: you know… caramel apples, cinnamon rolls, warm apple cider, soothing chai teas, calming soups, not to mention Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! As I write this blog post I reminisce on the cooling gusts of breeze from remnants of Hurricane Florence to my home shoreline of the Carolina low country.  And with the Autumnal Equinox (more…)

My daughter recently earned a Summer Reading prize out our local library. The prize was a Wendy’s Frosty.  She looked at the coupon and said “Mom, what’s a Frosty?” Part of my heart sunk…. I realized she had never stepped foot in a Wendy’s! I banned Wendy’s while pregnant with her, as a Wendy’s meal (baked potato and side salad) was the only meal that ever made me throw up during my gestational period with her.  But plants have a way of providing us everything we need, without fake fillers, preservatives, refined this and thats, animal by-products, and we still get tasty sweet treats like… a Frosty. … just better…. my daughter asked me to put this recipe on my blog, so here it is! (more…)

The dressing is the game changer when it comes to enjoying salad greens. But let’s be honest, some salad greens are really used as a means of eating a liquidy goodness that is too-often loaded with crazy ingredients that aren’t doing good things to your body… at all!! I started making my own salad dressings about 5 years ago. It saves money in the long run, especially if you are picky about the ingredients like I am… plus the extra perk of making the dressing exactly the way you like it!! (more…)

Imagine this: A mac-n-cheese alternative that tastes good AND is free of all of this:::

Nuts. Dairy. Eggs. Meat. Soy. Corn. Gluten. Wheat. Grain.

I made it happen one night at dinner. I’ll be honest… I felt like a kitchen-super-mom when my husband even approved of the final outcome during the “taste test.” Seriously… where’s my apron with a cape attached when I need it? (more…)

I’m not gonna lie. I love chocolate. My daughters love chocolate. My husband loves chocolate. We are also somewhat health-conscious, yet always searching for budget-savvy ways to get a chocolate fix that isn’t detrimental to our health (or my daughters’ behavior!). This is how our Crazy Cocoa Bites came into existence….

  • Simple ingredients
  • Affordable
  • Easy to make
  • Easy to involve the kids

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I like to go to town when I finally get a chance to pull out my juicer amidst the craziness of work, housework and parenting. Below I’m sharing with you my favorite juicing ingredients! They can be mix-matched, and no specific ratio is necessary to achieve a healthy, nourishing, revitalizing health beverage!!

Celery: hydration, re-mineralization, decrease in salt cravings

Parsley: for kidney health; also simultaneously nourishes the liver

Spinach: Great source of Vitamin C, Iron, Folate and chlorophyll

Kale: Vitamin K (K1), Minerals, and chlorophyll

Green Apples: Nourish the gallbladder and liver, green apples are the best fruit to combine with your green juice to keep digestion smooth, and bypass any bloating, fermentation, or gas! (more…)

My daughter loves to drink this milk as a bedtime snack. In essence it is a watered down smoothie, but that’s pretty much what all plant-based milks are anyways, aren’t they?

This recipe ratio seems to be just right for a creamy texture; one that could serve as a perfect bedtime soothing drink, and then coffee/tea creamer the very next morning. (more…)

Don’t be intimidated by the title. This dairy free nutritious milk contains simple ingredients and is easier to make than processed mac-n-cheese! You will need a high speed blender and some sort of nut milk bag. In fact, if you’re lazy like me at times, you can get away with skipping the nut milk bag step altogether.

Loaded with Alpha-linolenic-acids, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, hemp seeds
and flax seeds promote (more…)