Healthy Halloween snacks

Halloween is just one week away! It’s one of my all-time favorite holidays, but it can be tricky for the health-conscious.

Let’s face it, we all hated the parents that handed out raisins and/or floss during trick-or-treating, but the truth is that most conventional Halloween treats are SCARY! They are loaded with sugar, artificial coloring/preservatives, trans fat… should I keep going?

We all like to indulge, so why not try some of these homemade, healthier treats instead? The kids will love them and everyone will still feel like they are participating in the Halloween extravaganza!

Spooky Sweets

Ghost Strawberries via Fantastic Dreams of Pamela K. Kinney

Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween Sweet Potato Fries via Cheeky Kitchen

Healthy Halloween Treats

Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie via The Spicy RD

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Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

As far as I am concerned, Mac n’ Cheese is one of the best comfort foods around! Unfortunately, it typically comes with a heavy dose of calories and saturated fat.

In this particular version, sautéed butternut squash, onions, died sage and goat cheese unite to create a creamy, flavorful dish! Meal makeover = a huge success. Plus, it was a perfect way to use up that dried sage that I have been hanging onto, hence the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux prompt….

The Prompt: Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1 in cubes
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic whole milk
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • salt/pepper to taste

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12 Lessons From My First Full Marathon

I trained hard and was determined to get a sub-4 finish at my first full marathon this past Sunday.  Seasoned runners told me I was nuts; they said a first marathon should focus solely on crossing the finish line, but I think “just finishing” is for the birds!  I was prepared to pull out all the water stops.  As Marianne Williamson said in A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

My finish time was 4:03.  I live to share what I believe helped me almost achieve this goal with you:

…still super proud, I’ll get it next time! ;)Cbus Marathon Medal 2014 Read More

Energy Worth Spreading

energy worth spreading

Happy Sunday, folks! Today, our girl, Francesca is running her first FULL marathon (like literally, right now, as we speak)! Months of hard work, discipline and mental preparation were necessary to bring her to this moment, and we are super proud!

These milestones remind us to always live with intention, follow our dreams, surround ourselves with those that inspire, and work our a$#@! off!

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Fireside Tea Latte {Vegan}

Fireside Tea Latte

Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you all have something wonderful planned for this chilly autumn weekend. Perhaps you are going camping? Or maybe you plan to just lay around, get cozy, and watch Practical Magic ? Wait, never mind…that’s what I’M doing this weekend. Either way, you should definitely be sipping on this Fireside Tea Latte. It’s like drinking fall in a cup!

Wild Sweet Orange tea combines with almond milk, honey and cinnamon for a warm, caffeine-free, alcohol-free, vegan beverage. Great for calming the senses right before bed, or soothing the soul after a long week.

Fireside Tea Latte

Ingredients:

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Let me start by saying I have always been a little peculiar.  Maybe that is why my favorite color is black, month: October and holiday: Halloween.  Favorite meal? Breakfast… This recipe was written in my stars!

Standard rice pudding is just so boring and full of your typical unhealthy ingredients.  I thought Y’all deserved something more; a wholesome breakfast made with real food.  This Coconut Black Rice Pudding is a stunning & savory dish worthy of a try.  Don’t let its bold color scare you off- the rice has a sticky texture when cooked that is similar to most hot breakfast cereals.  Spooky!

Coconut Black Rice Breakfast Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. Black Rice
  • 1 can Light Coconut Milk
  • 1 ½ c. Water
  • 1 tsp. Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 c. Coconut Flakes

Toppings of Choice:

Pomegranate
Sliced almonds

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Zucchini Chips

Ok, so I may be a season late with this recipe, but zucchini is NOT  impossible to find this time of year—plus these delicate discs are totally worth the search!

Zucchini Chips do take a long time to make, which is torture to a hungry girl like myself, but the recipe is extremely simple.  Now would be a good time to recall that life is all about balance…Enjoy!

Zucchini Chips

 *Bonus- I made these without the use of a dehydrator.
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Happy Sunday, Loves!

What better to do on a cool Sunday afternoon than practice some hot yoga?  I can’t think of a single thing…so we must dress for the occasion.  Our favorite studio, GoYoga in Columbus, first introduced us to this amazing clothing line, out of LA, and now we’re sorta hooked!  Prayer Pose

Spiritual Gangster is yoga inspired clothing for high vibration living.  They represent a new generation of yogis who seek balance between the ancient practice of yoga and our modern world.  Spiritual Gangster also believes in giving back every chance they get; donating proceeds to provide meals to people in need and supporting local charities –We dig that & thought you would too! Read More

Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Happy Friday all! Say hello to your new favorite dish. Roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, cilantro and sweet bell peppers combine to make a most delicious, yet satisfying meal. This salad makes the perfect lunch-on-the-go, side dish or easy dinner. Vegan + Gluten Free, but you wouldn’t even know it. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste

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E-ZENtials For Stress-Relief

E-Zentials for Stress Relief

Let’s face it, life can be stressful. It’s often hard to find the right balance between work, home, family, friends, self-care, etc. Never fear, these 6 E-ZENtials can help! Try incorporating any/all into your daily routine for instant stress-relief.

E-Zentials for Stress Relief

1. Buddha Bar Pandora Station: O-M-G, this one is a total game changer. This is truly the most amazing lineup of relaxing songs that I have ever heard. Try playing while cooking, cleaning, working, or any other daily tasks! Added Bonus: this music station totally sets the mood for exquisite love making!

2. Plantlife “Well Being” Aromatherapy Mist: Feeling off or out of sorts? Enhance feelings of centeredness and well being the natural way with this synergistic blend of pure, therapeutic essential oils known for their restorative properties. Therapy in a bottle…now convenient enough to take with you everywhere!

3. Candles: Say it with me now, “It’s all about the ambiance, baby!” No matter what kind of a day I’m having, taking the time to dim the lights and get the candles going is an immediate stress buster. It totally changes the energy of the room and provides instant relaxation.  Read More

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