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...]

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 | Salt & Pepper Pistachio Nuts, a Date with My Daughter & 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... This simple snack: Trader Joes Salt and Pepper Pistachio Nuts + Satsuma tangerines Tangerine season makes me so happy! Even better than a tangerine? Pair one with these {slightly addictive} salt and pepper pistachio nuts from Trader Joes. Oh, my. It's the ultimate in … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux ~ Ginger Matcha Green Tea Infused Chia Pudding

Ginger and matcha green tea infused chia pudding with coconut milk plus fresh mango or strawberries on top, is an absolute matcha match made in Heaven! Oh my goodness, I think you're going to love this one! I've got 3 jars of this Ginger Matcha Green Tea Infused Chia Pudding waiting for you in my fridge. First come, first serve... … [Read more...]

Fabulous Foodie Finds from Natural Products Expo West 2012!

Last Saturday, I put on my comfy boots and hit the road with two of my healthy foodie friends, for a drive up the Southern California coast to attend the 2012 Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Natural Products Expo West continues to be the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo West continues to help attendees reach their business goals. Join 58,000 other industry professionals interacting … [Read more...]

Tea for Two…and a Giveaway!

Note:  The Giveaway is now closed, but hope you'll read on about the health benefits on tea, and to share your favorite teas with me.  Cheerio! Grab your mug, and join me for a cup of tea! No mug? No problem. I'm giving away 1 mug from one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie. So, you have no excuse not to join me! You see, it all started last Friday when I ran in to Anthropologie to pick up a candle for the dinner party I was having this past weekend.   I do love any excuse to buy a new candle... Don't … [Read more...]

Lavender Mint Tea…Fresh from the Garden.

  Unsweetened and delicious, this herbal Lavender Mint Tea is a healthy and refreshing way to stay hydrated all year long! About a month and a half ago, on a warm winters day, I made up my first ever batch of lavender mint iced tea.  It was delicious, and  enjoyed it iced that day.  The next day, however, it turned cold and I found out that lavender and mint make an equally delicious hot tea. Today, as the weather gods would have it, it is a beautiful, warm {71 degrees} day here in San Diego. It is most definitely a perfect day for … [Read more...]

Just in time for the holidays. My top ten stress relievers.

Healthy eating and exercise are great for keeping stress under control, but sometimes a little extra help is in order to get us in to that zen state.  And, with the holiday season quickly upon us, I thought now would be a good time to share my top 10 stress relievers. Here they are (in no particular order)... Take some deep breaths.  Nothing fancy here-just take several long, deep breaths in through your nose, and slowly exhale through your mouth. Turn on the tunes.  I love most all types of music-rock, alternative, pop, jazz, big … [Read more...]