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{Shout Out Sunday} EkoCups. Just. Better

Good Morning.  Are you fully awake yet?  Well, maybe we can help with that. ;)

Recently, we were given the present of a 40 count, K-Cup pack.  Inside the sampler housed a few of these surprise EkoCup gems.  If you remember back, flavored coffee happens to be a big weakness of ours.  We try (we really do try) to limit the artificially flavored stuff and opt for fair trade, organic brew instead– Something we call Coffee with Conscience.  So it should come as no surprise that it only took us one taste of this invention and the rest is history!

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*Disclaimer:  We received free cups for product review; all opinions expressed are our own.

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Southwest Quinoa Bake {Vegan, Gluten Free}

As summer winds down, I find that I start to crave warmer, heartier dinners. The problem with this craving is that warmer/heartier often = rich and full of calories/fat/sodium (think cheesy casseroles). While I firmly believe that we all need to indulge, I prefer to keep my dinners healthy and light.

This one-pot meal is a total winner! It’s gluten free & dairy free, yet it totally fills that need for a hearty and satisfying meal. Want to know what my secret is? Vegan Gourmet Shreds from Follow Your Heart. Typically, I am not into fake imitations of nature’s foods, but I have to make an exception for these. These vegan shreds have great flavor and meltability, but are plant-based with no dairy, soy, GMO’s, or preservatives. I am always on the quest to reduce my dairy consumption, which makes this product an awesome alternative. Pssstttt…..my husband didn’t even notice the dairy-free substitution!

High in protein & fiber and full of FLAVOR, this quinoa bake makes an easy weeknight dinner with plenty of leftovers. Try serving alongside a simple salad for a truly nourishing, balanced meal.

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Disclaimer: We received free product for review. The opinions expressed are our own.

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Lemon + Tahini Kale Chips

I am convinced that kale chips are one of the most satisfying snacks around. If you are trying to watch your weight, these beauties will create the illusion of indulging in a salty-fatty snack, when in actuality, they are baked and oh so good for you!

The addition of tahini and lemon juice give these chips a rich and tangy kick, while the nutritional yeast provides a big dose of vitamin B. Soul Sister Tip: Trying to get your kiddos to eat more greens? We promise that these will be devoured without resistance!

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Black Quinoa Lemon “Poppy Seed” Muffins

Happy Monday, friends!  As promised in last week’s, Black Quinoa Vegan “Caviar” recipe–I present to you another creation using the unique grain. My version of Lemon “Poppy Seed” Muffins are vegan and actually omit poppy seeds all together (OK so I’m sort of a fraud-sue me).  They are easy to make, perfectly tart and absolutely irresistible.  Whip them up for brunch or dessert and watch your friends and family enjoy before revealing the secret ingredient (sneaky, sneaky)!

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{Shout Out Sunday} September Is National Organic Harvest Month

August is coming to a close, which means it’s almost time for NATIONAL ORGANIC HARVEST MONTH! This month is dedicated to celebrating all-things organic, so we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite organic products:

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1. Numi Organic Golden Chai Tea: One of our favorite teas! This black tea is combined with cinnamon, cardamon, and ginger for a rich and spicy experience.

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2. Brad’s Organic Kale Chips, Vampire Killer: Holy cow, we could eat these all day long. These organic, raw kale chips are seasoned with red bell pepper, cashews, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, scallions, chickpea miso, garlic, and Himalayan sea salt. They will make your taste buds dance!

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3. GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha, Passionberry Bliss:  This amazing elixir is stuffed with probiotics, b-vitamins and other nutrients to help improve immune function and digestion! Contains minimal sugar + calories and really helps to curb your appetite.

4. Raw Revolution Organic Live Food Bars, Coconut Delight: This whole food bar is like a homemade macaroon without the guilt! Made with organic nuts, fruits and seeds to create a satisfying snack.

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5. Annie’s Organic Green Goddess Dressing: Our go-to salad dressing when we are being lazy and don’t feel like making our own. This tangy tarragon, vinegar, garlic and green onion blend is perfect on salads/slaws or drizzled over veggies!

Are you as passionate about organic goodness as we are? Check out the following links to learn more!

1. Organic gardening: groworganic.com

2. Organic beauty: organicconsumers.org

3. Organic recipe collection: organicitsworthit.org

We hope everyone has an awesome week! GO ORGANIC!

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Make-Ahead Breakfasts For Back To School

You know that old saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well, I happen to believe it to be true. It’s the first opportunity of the day to truly nourish our bodies. Unfortunately, due to hectic schedules and sleepy eyes, breakfast often gets skipped (I know what you’re thinking, and no, coffee does not count as breakfast).

Now that the school year has officially begun (which typically means life gets even MORE hectic), it’s time to get on board with make-ahead breakfasts. These delicious, healthy breakfast dishes can be prepared in advance and served throughout the week. So long drive-thru’s and donuts, hello healthy goodness!

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Blueberry-Coconut Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal via Marla @Family Fresh Cooking

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Healthy Italian Frittata via Linda Wagner

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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes via Lindsay @The Lean Green Bean

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Vegan “Caviar”

Caviar freaks me out–The fact that people voluntarily eat salt cured fish eggs is beyond me.  However, I must admit, it makes for one damn fancy appetizer!  So, I decided to create this vegan version for all to enjoy. It is visually appealing and a lot of fun to serve at any dinner party.  Pair these little morsels with a flute of champagne and point your pinkies because it’s time to party like the rich and famous!

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