Grain-free, Sugar-free Apple Spice Muffins

It’s only mid-August but I’m already starting to think about apples, pumpkins and the wonderful spices associated with fall weather.   It’s such a comforting combination; harvest fresh fruit and the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg.  I love that treats like this can be delicious and healthy! These delicious little apple muffins are packed with protein…

Breakfast Fresh From The Garden

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe   I first heard this quote applied to horse training.  But it’s a beautiful statement that can be applied to all areas of life.  Especially when we want to start down a healing path.  It can feel overwhelming, but simply…

Why Eat More Vegetables?

You don’t have to become a vegetarian or go vegan, but adding more vegetables to your daily plates can make a big impact on your health.  People who eat diets high in vegetables are likely to a have a reduced risk of chronic diseases, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Vegetables contain nutrients like vitamin…

Mint Chip Smoothie – Dairy Free, Paleo, Vegan, Sugar-free

Cool peppermint, crunchy cacao nibs in a tall glass of green goodness!  This is a great summer smoothie that packs delightful ice-cream like flavor and a host of health benefits. I pick peppermint grown fresh from my garden, and this recipe is worth seeking out the actual herb rather than using peppermint extract.  Mint is…

Fully Loaded, Plant-Based Nachos

Delicious, plant-based, fully loaded nachos with a “cheese” sauce that my husband, who is definitely not vegetarian, prefers over real cheese!  These are just a nice, light, fiber and antioxidant-packed alternative to traditional nachos. The sauce is really what makes these so special.  It is a cashew-based sauce with smoked paprika and chili powder to…

Blueberry Mango Tie Dye Smoothie

Well, I originally was trying to create a rainbow effect but this smoothie wanted to get all swirly when I tried to layer the colors.  It still came out looking pretty, tasting great, and delivering a good dose of fruit! It looks like a blueberries-and-cream drink, with the sweetness of mango and banana. Super simple…

No sugar, dairy or gluten- Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Hot summer weather is here and I’ve been making this smoothie bowl a lot.  I love chocolate in the morning and this bowl provides plenty of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates to fuel my day.  Without sugar! I like that if I prep this the night before, it only takes a few minutes and I…

Protein Power Muffins

Grain-free, dairy-free and free from refined sugar, these morning muffins are high in protein and give a decent amount a healthy fat.  I make these for myself with no sweetener added at all, and often enjoy them with nut butter. Pumpkin, squash, or sweet potato puree adds fiber and makes for a soft muffin.  Also,…

Chai Latte Smoothie

Free of refined sugar and dairy but packed with plant-based protein and spicy chai flavors.  In a frozen treat! Cashews, hemp seeds and flaxseeds add creaminess and a punch of protein, with the added benefit of healthy fats. A simple addition of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg add that distinctive chai flavor and aid in…

Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup

Dairy-free, grain-free and vegan, this creamy, warming soup is a cinch to throw together.  Peanut butter and coconut milk deliver healthy, filling fats.  The sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbs, vitamin A and antioxidants.  A bell pepper and sauteed onion add sweetness.                    …