30 Ways to Boost Your Health with Wild Blueberries

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...]

BLT & Avocado Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette + 5 Quick & Easy Family Dinner Favorites

Simplify your family dinner routine with this quick and easy BLT and Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette !

Are you ready to simplify your family dinner routine? This yummy BLT and Avocado Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette + 5 more QUICK & EASY family dinner favorites, may be just what you're looking for! After a summer of sleeping in, hanging out with friends and neighbors and playing in the streets until dark, followed by relaxed, late night suppers, your family, like mine, is probably ready to get back to a dinner routine. And, with research continuing to support the importance of regular family dinners {healthier foods eaten, less … [Read more...]

Lovely Lentil Salad with Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, Almonds & Lemon Vinaigrette

Simple ingredients, easy to make, and super healthy to boot, you'll love everything about this lovely Lentil, Kale, Cherry Tomato, and Almond Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette!

Simple ingredients, easy to make, and super healthy to boot, you'll love everything about this lovely lentil salad with kale, cherry tomatoes, almonds and  lemon vinaigrette! Bonjour! Bok! Ciao! I've missed you!! If you've noticed an absence of posts lately on The Spicy RD, it's because I've been traveling with my family in France, Croatia, and Italy for almost the entire month of July. It was an absolutely fabulous trip {minus getting my wallet stolen in France, and my dad getting his wallet stolen in Italy-shame on you crooks!}, … [Read more...]

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

Healthy enough to eat for breakfast, and decadent enough to eat for dessert! Coconut Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Mini Pies {raw, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo}

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!

Happiness is hiking the Boulder Flatirons in Colorado!

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 Mexican Chocolate Banana Almond Breakfast Shake is just what you need when you're craving something luscious, chocolatey, AND nutritious!

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...]

Happy Belly, Healthy Life | Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chia Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast! Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chia Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies {gluten-free, vegan, low FODMAP}

These gluten-free, vegan Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and a healthy, belly friendly, low FODMAP breakfast treat! Last week Big Tex celebrated his 12th birthday. Big sigh...Only 1 more year until I have two teenagers at home. But I digress... Back to dessert for breakfast. … [Read more...]

Two New Favorites! The Vegetarian Flavor Bible + Spiced Pomegranate Lemon Lassi

Lightly spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, this Pomegranate Lemon Lassi is a nourishing and refreshing addition to your day!

Delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger this Spiced Pomegranate Lemon Lassi, inspired by The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dorenburg, is nourishing, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. I think you're going to love them both! Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of The Vegetarian Flavor Bible to share and review with my readers. I did not receive any financial compensation to write this review, and, as always, my thoughts and opinions shared with you are 100% my own.  The Vegetarian Bible is not like … [Read more...]

Savory Spiced Pumpkin Hummus + Pumpkin Hummus Veggie Wraps || Food as Medicine

Savory Spiced Pumpkin Hummus

This Savory Spiced Pumpkin Hummus with Smoke Paprika, Cumin, and Coriander is festive, delicious, and the ultimate "food as medicine"! There's a fun story behind this Savory Spiced Pumpkin Hummus, and my Chard Veggie Wraps with Spiced Pumpkin Hummus and Avocado that I made for this month's Recipe ReDux theme... 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, … [Read more...]

Homemade Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts

Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts~Perfect for baking and enjoying on a lazy fall weekend morning!

I can't think of any better way to spend a lazy fall, weekend morning, than baking up (and eating) a batch of Homemade Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts (gluten-free and vegan). Can you? Hola! Olá! Hello! I'm fresh back from Spain and Portugal and can't wait to share all my photos and adventures with you, but bear with me a little while longer since I've got some major photo editing to do. In the mean time, I went through a little baked good withdrawl while I was traveling, not for lack of bakery windows filled with gorgeous Spanish pastries, … [Read more...]

Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie

fresh apple pie smoothie

This apple pie smoothie tastes like autumn in a glass! Do you say autumn or do you say fall??? Inspired a few weeks ago by these seasonal fruit smoothies, I decided to create my own fall inspired smoothie with 5 simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right this instant: fresh apples {of course!}, oats {certified gluten-free for me}, milk {dairy or non-dairy...your choice!}, maple sugar {or any natural sweetener will do}, and, naturally, a little spice {cinnamon}. Oh, and if you like your smoothies nice and cold, don't … [Read more...]

Raw Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Cookie Dough {Part One}

cinnamon maple pecan cookie dough

Happy Friday! Happy June 1! Somehow I was in a panic earlier today when I started thinking we were already halfway through the year. I even posted it on Facebook... Happy June 1!!! Who else besides me is having a hard time believing we are already half way through 2012??? In honor of the 2012 half-way mark, I think it's time for a sweet celebration! Check back soon for my sweet creation! As my friend, KB, might say, my "thinker" wasn't working very well today :-) Thank goodness Shelly brought me back to my senses when she sweetly … [Read more...]

Sea Veggie Tacos with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce

Sea Veggie Tacos

It's Recipe ReDux time again, and this months theme, "Sea What You've Been Missing" is an ode to the "more obscure" treasures from the sea, such as little fishies {aka sardines, anchovies, and smelts} and super nutritious sea veggies such as nori, wakame, and kombu. Being that this is a ReDux recipe, my Sea Veggie Tacos full fill two important requirements... One, they contain a very respectable dose of nutritious ingredients {sea veggies, napa cabbage, carrots, avocado...}, and two, they are absolutely, positively delicious! Napa … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Sweet Potato Skins and Cowgirl Time!

Goat chewing on fence

How was everyone's Mother's Day Weekend??? Mine was a blast {except for the lack of sleep that comes with spending the night in a cabin with 11 giggly 9-11 year old girls.  But that's to be expected, right???} Our "digs" for the weekend... I spent the weekend roughing it at Rawhide Ranch with 15 amazing young ladies/women from my daughter's Girl Scout troop, a barnyard full of horses, several pens full of chickens/sheep/goats {you can read more here about my love of goats :-)}, and 1 sweet cow named Pablo. I also rode bareback on a … [Read more...]

New Zealand Top Ten: Gorgeous Scenery, Fabulous People, and Oodles of Gluten-Free Options!

Lake Rotarua, New Zealand

A gorgeous morning by the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand Finally. My New Zealand post is up! Sorry it took so long, but it takes awhile to go though 750 + photos! Don't worry... I'm only going to share 700 of them with you. Just kidding :-) In all honesty though, it was hard to whittle down my trip to my 10 favorite experiences, but I figured that would be the best way to share at least a glimpse of this gorgeous country with you. So, here they, are {in no particular order}... New Zealand Top Ten ONE: The … [Read more...]