Almond Joy Power Smoothie

Happy Halloween, friends! Hopefully you have some spooky festivities planned for this most wonderful occasion!

I have a confession to make. You know how I go on and on about avoiding conventional Halloween candy? Well, I weaken at the knees when it comes to Almond Joy. There’s something about the milk chocolate + creamy coconut + almond combination that I just can’t resist. In honor of Halloween and Williams-Sonoma’s National Smoothie Week, I decided to reincarnate my favorite candy into a healthy smoothie.

This smoothie not only satisfies the sweet tooth, but provides pure energy in liquid form. Ground flaxseeds and cacao powder unite to provide a heavy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. So tasty, you won’t believe it’s vegan, gluten free & healthy. Try whipping this up for breakfast, as a pre-workout snack or for dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon almonds, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dried coconut, unsweetened

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Something about this time of year has me craving sweets…lots and lots of tasty treats!  So naturally, raw cookie dough came to mind- It’s probably the best food ever! Downside=salmonella (bummer).

Fret not; my vegan cookie dough version will allow you to indulge without worry. You’re welcs. ;)

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough {Vegan + No Bake}

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c.  Cashews
  • 1/2 c. Oat Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 T. Natural Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 T. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 c. Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 c. Trader Joes White Chocolate Chips (*optional)
  • 1/4 c. Cranberries

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This is what happens when I don’t keep dessert in the house; I become inventive.

Who am I kidding anyways?  If there is a will to snack there is a way, thus I relied on some pantry staples to whip up this salty/sweet handmade treat.  I think we can all agree that it passes for a “health food” because popcorn is a whole grain and dark chocolate is full of antioxidants…duh ;).  Enjoy!

Sweet & Salty Dark Chocolate Glazed Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 1 T. Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 c. Popcorn Kernels
  • 4 oz. Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

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Happy Sunday!  We want to know if you’ve tried Alter Eco products before?  If not, here is your chance- just in time for Halloween!

We LOVE Alter Eco Foods because they are sustainable, fair trade, organic and non-GMO… AKA their chocolates do not contain added fillers like “soy lecithin” or other commonly used junky ingredients.  They believe food is fundamental– and that natural, healthy, delicious food can make life better for the foodie and the farmer.

Every product we’ve tried is delicious and made with exotic ingredients from around the world.  They are a company with conscience- you will feel good buying, eating, and sharing their foods.

Alter Eco Product Giveaway

PS…Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate is our favorite indulgence right now. :)

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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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