Carrot Cake Squares

Indulge in a healthy treat!  Free of refined sugars, grains, dairy.  Vegan, raw, paleo.  Made with 100% whole, real ingredients, these luscious carrot cake squares deliver the spice and flavor of a moist carrot cake without industrial oils, white sugar and gluten. Start with heart-healthy almonds and walnuts.  You could also use pecans.  Any combination…

Tropi-Kale Smoothie

Another great way to drink your kale.  Easy, bright and green.  This smoothie includes pineapple and coconut water for a tropical flavor. Avocado provides creamy, healthy fat. Lime brightens and delivers a dose of vitamin C, along with potassium . Potassium is important for maintaining nerve function and great blood pressure levels. A fragrant, ripe…

Making Sense of Eating

I like to read about how eating affects our wellness.  I’m genuinely interested in it and I like to read about the arguments for paleo diets and vegan diets.  I like to learn how ketogenic diets work and what the benefits may be, especially for those with serious illness. I came across the meat-only carnivore…

Nourishing Fats and Why You Need Them

Fat has gotten such a bad rap in the past.  Some people still feel hesitant about including it in their daily diet.  While some fats can be extremely harmful to our health, other fats are immensely beneficial. Fat is necessary for your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E.  Fats are important for…

Orange-Scented Quinoa Protein Granola

Does granola have to contain oats?  I say no, and with no problem.  My body struggles with gluten and oats are a gray area for me.  This quinoa granola is a perfect alternative, as it is richer in protein and lower in sugar.  It sticks with me much longer into my morning. Start with quinoa…

Soothing Lavender Smoothie

  This is my favorite smoothie to drink pre-yoga practice.  The delicious purple hue just fills me with serenity.  And it’s light enough that I can start stretching and doing my asanas soon after. You might imagine that lavender would taste a little ridiculous in a smoothie.  But the flavor of this drink is subtle…

Creamy Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding

Finally – a chia pudding with a texture that I can stand!  Served cold from the refrigerator, this has the texture of yogurt with a light, vanilla-scented flavor.  Perfect for topping with raw almonds, pecans, walnuts, shredded coconut and chopped figs. Chia are amazing tiny seeds!  Some of their benefits include: They are a rich…

Raspberry Almond Cacao Smoothie

I am in love with the color of this smoothie. It is a splash of brightness in an otherwise white and gray world here in late February.  Raspberries are full of antioxidants and fiber.  Cacao nibs boost the antioxidant content even further and offer a satisfying crunch and bite of chocolate. Almond butter provides protein,…

Eat to Soothe Anxiety

Foods can be a powerful healing modality.  Especially when it comes to mood problems.  90% of the serotonin in our bodies, the “feel-good” hormone, is produced in our gut.  The foods that we nourish the microbiome in our gut with can directly impact these serotonin levels. Carbohydrates boost serotonin levels.  Donuts, candy bars, fruit, brown…

Valentine’s Day Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Nothing says, “I love you and your heart” for Valentine’s Day like avocado.  But can it be turned into something as luscious as velvety chocolate pudding?  Yes!  And you won’t even taste the vegetable! When combined with heart-healthy cacao, a natural sweetener like maple syrup and a splash of vanilla and almond milk, it transforms…