Strawberry Basil Lemonade + 8 {Delicious} Reasons To Eat Strawberries

This simple, sparkling, no-added sugar Strawberry Basil Lemonade was inspired by the most juicy and delicious, fresh from the field, California strawberries I have ever tasted!Thank you to California Strawberries for sponsoring this post, and inviting me to speak on strawberry nutrition at the California Strawberries field tour and luncheon. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own, and I love sharing my favorite foods with you that are not only healthy, but delicious! Before I share my Strawberry Basil Lemonade recipe with you, … [Read more...]

Matcha Madness! 10 Must-Make Matcha Recipes + The Health Benefits of Matcha

Celebrate matcha madness with these 10 must-make matcha recipes, and learn more about the health benefits of gorgeous, vibrant, antioxidant rich matcha green tea! If you're a college basketball fan, did you catch my play on words??? Sadly, none of my alma maters {SMU Mustangs, San Diego State Aztecs, USD Toreros} made it to the March Madness tournament this year. But that's not stopping me from putting together a celebration of my own with these 10 must-make matcha recipes, as well as sharing the health benefits of matcha green … [Read more...]

Ancient Grains | 20 Crush Worthy Sorghum Recipes + a Giveaway!

Ancient Grains are hot these days! You'll love this round-up of 20 Crush Worthy Sorghum Recipes, plus a delicious sorghum giveaway!Pictured in photo above: Top row left to right~ Warm Sorghum Salad with Kohlrabi, Apple & Fennel; Savory Sorghum Burrito Bowl. Middle row left to right: Perfect Cinnamon Rolls; Strawberry Vanilla Sorghum Parfait; Spiced Apple Yogurt Sorghum Bowl. Bottom row left to right: Perfect Pizza Crust; Salad with Sorghum, Grilled Vegetables, and Steak. 3/14/16 Update: The giveaway is now over. Thank you to all who … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter High Protein Breakfast Sundae

Power your day with this genius high protein breakfast idea~Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Sundae~with a super healthy secret ingredient! I'm generally a pretty humble person, but I've got to say, I'm patting myself on this back for this one. I mean c'mon, what's not to love??? … [Read more...]

30 Ways to Boost Your Health with Wild Blueberries

Psst...Make Wild Blueberries your new BFF if you're looking for one of the easiest {and tastiest!} ways to boost your health! Even better, I've got 30 delicious ways you can start incorporating wild blueberries in to your diet today! If you follow my Instgram feed, you may have noticed a recent plethora of all things related to Maine, including lobster feasts, gorgeous green hiking spaces, sparkling lakes, and, fresh-picked-from-the-field blueberries. Wild Blueberries to be exact! … [Read more...]

5 Healthy & Delicious Reasons to Drink More Iced Tea + 4 Refreshing & Hydrating Iced Tea Recipes

Looking for a healthy and delicious no/low calorie alternative to plain water or trying to ditch a soda habit? Guest blogger and aspiring registered dietitian nutritionist Katie Fletcher shares her top 5 healthy and delicious reasons to drink more iced tea this summer {and all year long} + I'm sharing a round-up featuring 4 refreshing and hydrating iced tea recipes. Welcome Katie! … [Read more...]

Happy Things, Healthy Living: Hiking the Boulder Flatirons, Gluten-Free S’mores, and More!

Happy Things, Healthy Living is where I share my favorite things and healthy living inspiration. Take a peek, join the conversation and share your favorites as well so we can all inspire each other to live a happy, healthy, joyous life! Here's what's inspiring me lately... Hiking the Boulder Flatirons If you've noticed I've been a little MIA here on the blog lately, it's because the last couple of weeks have been crazy busy with SiSi and Big Tex's last two weeks of school activities {and promoting to High School and Middle School!}, Mr. … [Read more...]

Healthy Cravings | Smokey Spiced Chili Lime Popcorn

Fair warning. You may become ever so slightly obsessed with this Smokey Spiced Chili Lime Popcorn. But that's ok, because as far as healthy snack cravings go, this one is 100% Spicy RD approved! The inspiration for this delightfully smokey, tangy, slightly sea salty popcorn with a kick, comes from this month's Recipe ReDux theme... Start Smoking in the New Year...The New Year is heating up with smoke and spiciness. From boldly flavored smoked salts to actual smoking techniques, subtly smoked food is on-trend. The same can be said for spice … [Read more...]

Cherry Tomato & Forbidden Rice Salad + Balanced Box Giveaway

Feel fabulous this holiday season, and all year long with this fresh and easy Cherry Tomato and Forbidden Rice Salad, then enter my giveaway for a chance to win a Balanced Box for a Digestive Peace of Mind.Update 12/15/14: The giveaway has ended-thanks to all who participated! The holiday season is just starting to get in to full swing, and if you're anything like me, this is the time of year you might, ahem, indulge (a little) more than usual, yet still want to keep your waistline from expanding, AND feel great at the same time-->i.e. full … [Read more...]

Super Duper Raw Power Salad

How many times have you gone to a restaurant, eaten something super duper delicious, and wanted to re-create that meal at home?? Like this Super Duper Raw Power Salad with apples, kale, cabbage, and more?!! Me...um, about a zillion handful of times, but then my crazy busy life takes over, and my memory gets muddier and muddier, until I no longer remember what it was about that meal, that was so gosh darn delicious. Not this time though. A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Spicy treated me to lunch at one of my favorite local eateries, Urban … [Read more...]

Budget Gourmet! Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Onions

Super easy to make and loaded with healthy veggies, this Goat Cheese Pizza with spinach, mushrooms, and onions, is one of my favorites to make for do-it-yourself-pizza night. My mom, the official "Queen of Coupon Clippers" would be very proud of me today. She clips coupons like it's nobody's business, and  keeps me so well-stocked in her "bargins" such as aluminum foil and other kitchen goods, that if you ever need any, please come to my house and take some. Please. I'm pretty sure I have an almost lifetime supply of Reynolds … [Read more...]

#peachlove: Peach and Berry Cream Cheese Tart with a Cinnamon Almond Crust

I'm sitting here writing this post feeling bad.   REALLY bad. Because I can't share this delicious peach and berry cream cheese tart with a cinnamon almond crust with you for breakfast... Yes, breakfast. Loaded with healthy stuff like fresh, in-season peaches {duh}, rasp/boysen/blue/straw berries blended in to a lovely sauce, cinnamon spiced almond flour, a little dose of calcium from Greek Yogurt and Neufatel or cream cheese, plus a hint of maple syrup sweetness, this tart is DEFINITELY breakfast worthy. And, that's why I'm … [Read more...]

Green Eggs, No Ham {Veggies for Breakfast}

That Sam I am...that Sam I am... Do you think he would like my green eggs, no ham? Green Eggs, as in scrambled eggs, topped with a savory kale pesto sauce and a few sweet cherry tomato halves thrown in for good measure! I think if Sam I am tried these green eggs, no ham, he would feel delicious all day long. Just like I feel every time I start my morning off with veggies for breakfast. How about you? Are you a veggie eater in the morning? If not, you should try this breakfast... Green Eggs {No Ham} Topped with Cherry … [Read more...]

Rosemary Parmesan Quinoa Polenta Fries

These Rosemary Parmesan Quinoa Polenta Fries are, in two simple words, utterly delicious! Oh, and did I tell you they're super easy to make? Double score! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But what about when your garden gives you rosemary? As in lots, and lots, and lots of rosemary? You make Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries. As in a heaping batch of deliciously crispy quinoa studded polenta fries flecked with savory parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. I first made my own version of these rosemary parmesan … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: A {Healthier} Peanut Butter Cup

Happy Birthday Recipe ReDux.  You are one year old today, and what a healthy and delicious year you have had, thanks to your fabulous founders Regan and Serena and Deanna! To celebrate this month's theme, "Small Bites", I'm pairing two of my {almost daily} favorites, dark chocolate and peanut butter, with just a few other ingredients, to make a peanut butter cup, that is no less delicious than the original, but a "tad bit" on the healthier side. In this case "healthier" meaning, higher in protein, fiber, healthy fats {monounsaturates and … [Read more...]