Community, Blue Zones, & How to Live a Healthy, Joyful Life.

The Power of Community to Live a Healthy, Joyful Life.

This post on Community, Blue Zones, and  How to Live a Healthy, Joyful Life was inspired by my recent trip to Vermont to attend Blog Brulee. Although my travel was sponsored and I was compensated to speak at Blog Brulee, I was not compensated to write this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. I am, by nature, a wanna' do it all-er. An entrepreneur, jack-of-all-trades type, wanna be Martha Stewart, who doesn't always ask for help when I need it. And believe me, I really do need it. … [Read more...]

My Top Gluten-Free Travel Tips, Hiking Adventures, Mom Confessions, a Free E Cook Book & More!

Gluten-Free Travel Tips // The Spicy RD #snacks #glutenfree #travel

Today's post is a mishmash of what I've been doing this week...sharing my top gluten-free travel tips at Stone Soup, Hiking in Tecolote Canyon with my girlfriends, sharing an embarrassing confession with you, plus giving you the scoop on a delicious free e cookbook for you to download! Which would you like to hear about first??? Let's talk about the cookbook... I'm thrilled to have my all-time favorite Super Duper Raw Power Salad featured in a new e cookbook you can download for FREE over at The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. In … [Read more...]

What I Ate Wednesday, RD Edition at The Spicy RD #WIAWRD

What I Ate Wednesday, The Spicy RD #WIAWRD

What I Ate Wednesday, the RD Edition It always surprises me when my most popular Instagram posts are pictures of what I have eaten that day! Spring flowers in bloom...firey hued sunsets....spectacular scenery pics from the beach, the mountains, or somewhere in between...heck, even pictures of my sweet usually sweet kids...these may get a few likes from time to time, but in reality, it's the foodie pics of what I ate that day that get all the glory. … [Read more...]

{Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding + #OlympicMoms Confessions

{Almost} Raw Chocolate Pudding

#OlympicMoms Confession time... I wanted to share this {Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding with you a couple of weeks ago. I created it in the spur of the moment, one morning when I hadn't eaten any breakfast yet {guilty as charged!} and I was having a wee bit of a chocolate craving. Fortunately, as the chocolate Gods would have it, I discovered some leftover black beans in the fridge, along with some raw cocoa powder in the pantry, plus a few other healthy goodies. Yes-beans. In pudding.  Just stay with me here and trust me that … [Read more...]

Healthy Families for Life…Join the 2014 #OlympicMoms Challenge!

OlympicMoms 2014 - Join the fun, share fitness and nutrition tips, and cheer your family on to a healthy lifestyle! #OlympicMoms

Get ready to be an Olympian by joining myself, and 13 more inspiration bloggers over the next two weeks of the Olympics in the 2014 #OlympicMoms and #OlympicDads challenge.  Read on for more... How many of you dreamed of being an Olympic athlete one day?? Me? Most definitely! My first Olympic aspiration was to be a gymnast, a la Olga Korbut or Nadia Comaneci.  The only problem was that my BEST tricks were cartwheels and cherry drops {does anyone do these anymore???}, and my splits were more "tiny wedge of pie" like than straight on … [Read more...]

Love One Today: Avocado Nutrition 101 & The Avocado “Smash” Wrapped or Naked

Avocado Smash // Avocado, Chickpeas, & Veggies

Disclosure: Today we're talking all things avocado and delicious like this avocado smash. Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, plus some fabulous recipes, please be sure to visit the Love One Today website courtesy of The Hass Avocado Board. So... My sweet cousin Jori is about to have her first baby any day now {SO super excited for her!!!}, and if she … [Read more...]

4th Annual December Fitness Challenge & Fitbit Force Giveaway 2013

2013 December Fitness Challenge & Giveaway // The Spicy RD

Note: As of December 1, 2013, I am no longer taking entries to win the Fitbit Force, however anyone is welcome to join the December Fitness Challenge so we can all motivate each other to stay fit this holiday season.  For motivation and inspiration, please follow the #DecFit hashtag on Twitter, follow my December Fitness Challenge Pinterest Board, or follow me on Facebook.  Cheers! Join the December Fitness Challenge...Run, walk the dog, play tag with your kids {or friends}, ski, play ball, ride a bike, play tennis, go paddle boarding, do … [Read more...]

20 Great Ways to Start Your Day & a Real Simple Magazine Giveaway

20 Great Ways to Start Your Day // The Spicy RD

Rise and shine friends with 20 great ways to start your day, inspired by a Q & A in the October Issue of Real Simple Magazine... Want to have some fun? I'm hosting a giveaway for a one year subscription to Real Simple Magazine! Share your favorite tip for getting your day off to a great start and enter below... a Rafflecopter giveaway As always, I love hearing from you! Please join the conversation, and if you enjoyed the post, I'd love it {and truly appreciate it!} if you stumble, tweet, pin, or share the post.  And, … [Read more...]

Savor Summer with an Escape Monthly Luxury Gift Box Giveaway

Savor Summer // The Spicy RD

#1 on my list of things to do this summer...Slow down and simply savor summer! I don't know about you, but the first part of 2013, was way busier than I ever imagined, and all I want to do, now that summer is officially here, is a whole lot of relaxing and goofing off! If you're like me, you may have a hard time just relaxing and chilling out at home, but, trust me, if you can do it, it's a wonderful thing! For those of you who need a little help getting started, I'm excited to share a new concept with you, the Escape Monthly Luxury … [Read more...]

What’s on Your Bucket List for 2013 and Beyond?


New Year's Day Sunset 2013 Happy 2013 Friends! I hope everyone's new year is off to a fabulous start! I've said it here before, and I'll say it again... I'm not really a resolution kind of gal. What about you?? If you are, full steam ahead! But for me, most of my past resolutions have been short-lived, and the older I get {and wiser :-)}, the more on want to focus on lasting changes that will really make a meaningful difference in the long run. So, although I don't make traditional "resolutions", I am big on lifelong … [Read more...]

3rd Annual December Fitness Challenge and Giveaway 2012

Join my 2012 December Fitness Challenge and you might win a $100 Amazon giftcard! I'm super excited to announce my 3rd annual December Fitness Challenge and Giveaway for 2012! Thanks to all of last years December fitness challengers, I managed to keep fit last holiday season, and I'm looking to all of you to motivate me again, and for all of us to motivate each other! For those of you who didn't participate last year, or the year before, let me get you up to speed on what the December Fitness Challenge is all about... December Fitness … [Read more...]

Stay Fit This Summer Family Style {Fun Giveaway Too!}

summertime fitness {family style} poster

Note: The Giveaway has ended... The kids have been out of school for 2 weeks now, so my fitness routine {if you can call it a routine since I am used to "last minute" workouts right before the kids get out of school} has become a little wonky.  Not wonky as in "bad wonky", but wonky as in "good wonky" :-) Instead of bemoaning the lack of time I have to exercise this summer, I've decided to suck it up and embrace the chaos in my life with the kids out of school, and stay fit with them family style. One thing my kids and their friends … [Read more...]

December Fitness Challenge Check-In and a Delicious Gluten-Free Cookie Giveaway


Can you believe we're halfway through the month of December, and halfway through the #DecFit Challenge??? How's everyone doing with their challenge so far? I've been getting my exercise the fun way these past few days... Skiing! Using this fitness calculator, I estimated that I burned 600 calories for each hour I skied. Not bad... Not bad at all considering I got in several hours of skiing over the course of my trip! {P.S....I know I burned a lot of calories, because I was absolutely EXHAUSTED at the end of each day, but … [Read more...]

My 2nd Annual December Fitness Challenge and Giveaway!


Update January 9, 2012: Congrats to Karriann Graf and Jen Trussell-You are the winners of my $25.00 i tunes gift certificate December Fitness Challenge and Giveaway! From Karriann... I’m up for the December challenge! Planning to exercise 4 days a week….running, walking, jogging, biking etc. Just some form of exercise to keep my body moving!I might need some encouragement! ~Karriann Graf, comment #19 chosen via And from Jen... I did pretty good with my December challenge. I only missed a few workouts. I did not … [Read more...]

Mixed Up Quinoa Salad and My AFBHLS Guest Post on Lite Bite


Mixed Up Quinoa Salad-Naturally gluten-free and 100 % delicious! Today I am way beyond thrilled to direct you away from my blog {in just a bit!}, and over to Lite Bite, the healthy living blog created by the oh, so lovely and oh, so  talented home cook and mother of two, Sanjeeta KK. If you are not familiar with Lite Bite, please head on over {Wait, wait! Not yet!} and get to know a little bit more about Sanjeeta and her light and healthy recipes created for all of us who "are short on time, yet value {our} health." I am truly honored … [Read more...]