Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes + Gift Guide

Spoil your mom {or yourself!} with these delicious Mother's Day Brunch Recipes and a gift {or two!} from my Mother's Day Gift Guide! Confession. One of my all-time favorite movies is The Sound of Music. And, when I was growing up, I used to record myself {on a cassette tape!} singing These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. … [Read more...]

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...]

28 Fresh & Healthy Recipes w/ Lemons You Need to Make!

When life gives you lemons, here are 22 fresh and healthy lemon recipes you need to make!  Is there anything as cheerful as a bowl of fresh lemons? Or plucking lemons from your tree {or maybe your neighbors tree} on a warm sunny afternoon, and juicing them into fresh squeezed lemonade? I think not! If you're like me, you simply can not NOT smile while looking at lemons! :-) :-) :-) … [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...]

Quick & Easy One Bowl Raspberry Lemon Scones | Gluten-Free & Grain-Free

These Quick and Easy One Bowl Raspberry Lemon Scones, are SO delicious and super easy to make! They're low in added sugar, gluten-free, grain-free, and FODMAP friendly-perfect for a grab and go breakfast, or a healthy afternoon snack with a cup of tea!I hadn't planned on sharing these Raspberry Lemon Scones with you today, but they were too good not to share. Especially because they're SO easy to make, with just one bowl and a few simple, wholesome, ingredients including almond flour, fresh OR frozen raspberries and some lovely, luscious lemon … [Read more...]

Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes

These delicately spiced Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream Sundaes are a delicious holiday dessert, yet meant to be enjoyed all year long. As a bonus, they are made with lactose free ice cream, and are even a wee bit on the healthier side! As I write this post, in the comfort of my cozy flannel PJs, I see my orange tree, from my office window, whipping in the wind, wet ground below, and the promise of more first day of winter (Happy Winter Solstice!) rain to fall.Have I gone mad churning up these creamy, dreamy Orange Cardamom Pistachio Ice … [Read more...]

Natural Pregnancy Tips + A Healthy & Delicious Pumpkin Custard Recipe

What do natural pregnancy tips + this healthy and delicious pumpkin custard recipe have to do with each other? They're both featured in Dr. Sonali Ruder's fabulous new book ~ Natural Pregnancy Cookbook: Over 125 Nutritious Recipes for a Healthy Pregnancy.If you haven't met, I'm delighted to introduce you to Dr. Sonali Ruder, aka The Foodie Physician. … [Read more...]

Low Carb No-Bake Nutty Caramel Energy Bites

Utterly decadent, with a healthy twist, you'll fall head over heels in love with these easy, low carb No-Bake Nutty Caramel Energy Bites! I made you a present! Today's SUPER EASY recipe ~ Low Carb No-Bake Nutty Caramel Energy Bites ~ is brought to you courtesy of The Recipe ReDux and #NationalNutDay... We had to take advantage of the fact that National Nut Day (October 22nd) falls on one of our ReDux monthly theme post days – so we can all go nuts! Share a healthy nut-filled recipe: Think whole nuts, chopped nuts, ground nuts, nut … [Read more...]

Lazy Sundays & “One Bowl” Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

This moist and delicious "One Bowl" Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread will satisfy all your pumpkin AND chocolate cravings! Shh.... Don't tell my mom, but I spent almost my entire day in bed yesterday. … [Read more...]

Cake for Breakfast! Chai Spiced Gluten-Free Apple Pie Mug Cake

Oh, yes, you CAN eat cake for breakfast, especially when it's this healthy, Chai Spiced Gluten-Free Apple Pie Mug Cake! Last week I baked you muffins. Chai Spiced Gluten-Free Apple Pie Muffins to be exact. But they didn't turn out that great. Not that they were horrible or anything. They were just kind of...well... Blah. And when you're eating chai spiced apple pie ANYTHING, healthy or not, it should be absolutely, positively, 100 % delicious. Don't you think?! … [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...]

Cherry Pie for Breakfast! Coconut Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Mini Pies

Who wants cherry pie for breakfast?? These raw, vegan, gluten-free Coconut Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Mini Pies are healthy enough to eat for breakfast, yet decadent enough to eat for dessert! … [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...]

Mexican Chocolate Banana Almond Breakfast Shake + 3 Reasons to Eat Some Almonds Today

This creamy, dreamy, delicious Mexican Chocolate Banana Almond Breakfast Shake is just what you need when you're craving something luscious, chocolatey, AND nutritious!What have you been craving lately?? Me? This rich, fudgy, sinfully delicious Chocolate Fudge Cake {gluten-free} topped with equally rich, fudgy and delicious Chocolate Buttercream frosting that my sweet SiSi made me for Mother's Day. Note: SiSi used a gluten-free flour blend with sorghum flour + tapioca flour + potato starch. If you have been on the lookout for a super … [Read more...]