Reward/Cheat Meals

“Cheat meals” , or as some call them, “reward meals”, are a controversial topic. This is my personal take on the subject, and why I suggest cheat meals for people who are dieting. Whether you are dieting for personal weight loss goals or more aggressively for a show or competition, cheat/reward meals can have many…

AGUACATADO

I spent the winter of 2008/2009 traveling through Ecuador. It is such a beautiful country. During that time, I was eating a mostly raw, vegan diet. I knew traveling to South America with such strict dietary restrictions would be tough, but not impossible. When I visited small towns, I loaded up on fresh produce, grains…

Overnight Oats

We’ve been told many a times how important breakfast is, but why is it so important? I’ve listed a few reasons below: 1. Breakfast sets the tone for your diet the remainder of the day. The standard American breakfast is chock full of sugar and fat; Donuts, bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, pancakes covered in…

Maple Almond Granola with Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Cranberries

I LOVE granola. Sweet, salty, tart, crunchy…. It’s just a perfect snack. The problem I find with granola however, is the sugar. Why is refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) the number 1 ingredient in most store bought granolas? Not only are there much healthier natural sweeteners, but they taste better too! Some…

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Fall is still here for a few more weeks which means there is still time for pumpkin treats! One of my favorite pumpkin snacks is an adaptation of Miss Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Protein bars. I’ve been making these for years. They are easy to make and they store well so you can eat them throughout…

Stop The {self} Hate

When was the last time you felt free from self criticism when it comes to your body image and what you eat? Can you even remember? I have memories of running on the lawn with my sister on a sunny California summer day. Swimming and playing and performing a song and dance together. Completely carefree,…

Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Dessert!

Are you still undecided about what to bring to your Thanksgiving dinner or looking for something else to add to the menu? Look no further!   Here are some of my favorite fall-inspired side dishes, and a special dessert! I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving and enjoy the company of your friends and family….

Turmeric Face Mask

We are all aware that turmeric has amazing health benefits when consumed, and it’s unique flavor profile makes it a nice addition to many dishes and beverages. I definitely enjoy a nice Golden Latte on a cool afternoon! Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can help relieve menstrual pain and other PMS…

Chocomole!!!!

Back when I was a raw foodist, I ate avocados daily. And by daily, I mean multiple times a day. I added avocado to my salads, shakes and desserts! I know what you’re thinking… Avocado desserts? Vomit. But to you I say, you haven’t tried Jason Mraz’s recipe for Chocomole! I used to make this…

Waiting for perfect…

Waiting for perfect…   “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.   The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and…