Mediterranean Salad Kabobs

Mediterranean Salad Kabobs

Is it just me, or does food instantly get cuter cuter on a stick? Not to mention, easier to eat!

These Mediterranean Salad Kabobs make the perfect appetizer or side for summer grill outs, picnics, patio parties, etc.  Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or just pop in your mouth as is for a delicious & healthy nibble!


  • Wooden skewers (12-14)
  • 1-15 oz can artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 1-12 oz jar roasted red peppers, cut into 2 inch strips
  • 1-7 oz block feta cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 jar garlic stuffed green olives
  • 2 cups mixed baby greens

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Probar Review

Happy Sunday, friends! Anyone that knows us, knows that we are constantly on the hunt for quick, healthy, real-food approved snacks. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of junk out there and it can be hard to distinguish the good stuff from the bad stuff. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

PROBAR is known for their delicious, healthy, plant-based food products. They strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining their commitment to quality, sustainability, and fantastic taste. Always organic, GMO-free and 100% delicious = a major win!

We also love PROBAR because there is literally something for everyone: the runner, the biker, the yogi, the health-conscious, or just the super hungry. Check out our breakdown of their entire product line below:

PROBAR Products:

Probar Review
BITE: The perfect anytime-bar! Quick, easy, scrumptious and packed with great tasting ingredients to energize you throughout the day.
{Organic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Soy Free}

Probar Review
MEAL: This baby is an actual meal replacement! Provides fruit, nuts and seeds for a satisfying and nutritious meal. Rich in raw ingredients.
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Rise & Shine Smoothie

Rise & Shine Smoothie

I know, I know…. another smoothie recipe. Except, this one is too good not to share! My mama has been making this smoothie for as along as I can remember. Her secret ingredients are almond extract and flax oil. Say what?!?!

Full of flavor, vitamin C and omega fatty acids, this Rise & Shine Smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.


  • 1 cup frozen organic peaches
  • 1 small banana
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (or store-bought if you are in a pinch)
  • 2 tablespoons flax oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract

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Asian Sesame Pasta Salad

This colorful recipe screams spring! It counts as a salad even without lettuce, right?  It will work perfectly for a potluck or as a side to yougrilled entrée. The ingredient possibilities are endless and can be strictly vegetarian or packed with chicken, beef & seafood.

Asian Sesame Pasta Salad



  • 1/2 lb. Whole Wheat or Gluten-Free Spiral Noodles
  • 1 c. Broccoli Slaw
  • 1 c. Carrots
  • 1/3 c. Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. Red cabbage, thinly sliced

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Happy Monday— Julia turns 30 this week!!!

30 Birthday

I am wiser, I look slightly older, but I still feel young and healthy. I’m independent in a way I wasn’t in the last decade and I feel like my life has finally found a good rhythm and flow.  As the expressions goes “If I only knew then what I know now”…

Here is my 30 at (almost) 30!

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Tex Mex Macaroni {Vegan}

Tex Mex Macaroni {Vegan}

Have you guys tried Francesca’s Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce, yet? It’s the bomb! Not only is it unnoticeably vegan, it’s also packed with tons of vitamins and minerals (thank you nutritional yeast).

This Tex Mex Macaroni has all the flavor of your traditional taco pasta salad without the calorie-dense additions. Perfect for weeknight dinners, lunch or leftovers!


  • 1 lb medium pasta shells
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1-14oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Francesca’s Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
  • salt to taste
  • Handful of blue corn chips

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Sesame Kale Salad

Sesame Kale Salad

Just when I thought kale couldn’t get any better… it did! This simple salad is super easy to make and it’s filled with tons of green goodness.

Vegan, gluten free and oh so good for you. It will make you want to shout, “oh KALE yeah!”


  • 1 large bunch curly kale
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

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Holy crap, it’s April!

I happen to think it is really fun to fool my friends and family with pranks and lies.   I’m not the only one since April Fools Day has become a national day of celebration– sooo keeping up with the tradition, I rounded-up some of our own recipes that are deceptively healthy & delicious.  (Like your peepz will not even know what they are eating sort of delicious).  And then we can laugh at them while we divulge the secret ingredients. :D

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Hi, loves!

I went the simple route today and posted last night’s dinner. This meal is nothing fancy.  It just popped in my head to take some pictures while I was cooking- thus you have roasted tomato + pepper pesto brown rice and broiled wild salmon. Delicious :D

Roasted Tomato + Pepper Pesto Brown Rice

Typically I just cook rice in water, but I’ve occasionally cooked it in some veggie broth for extra flavor. This time for added fun, I decided to cook a batch in part homemade pesto– the bursting flavor and creamy texture seemed more like a hearty risotto & it was magic!

Roasted Tomato + Pepper Pesto Brown RiceIngredients:

For Pesto:

  • 9 Large Roma Tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 Red Peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 c. Almonds, toasted
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 c. Basil + more for garnish
  • 1/4 c. EVOO
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Brown Rice:

  • 2 c. Brown Rice
  • 3.5 c. Water

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Happy Sunday, friends!

Today’s “Shout Out” goes to a new local Columbus favorite- Urban Acupuncture Center.  Why we love it?  Just remove your shoes and leave them in the waiting area. Choose any available recliner and get comfortable by rolling up your pant legs and sleeves. It only takes a few minutes to place the needles and you get to relax & heal for 30-45 minutes. Yay! :)

What they treat?-> pretty much everything.

Urban Acupuncture

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