{No Bake} Cocoa Lemon Energy Bites & Cocoa Lemon Truffles

Chocolate and lemon pair to gehter deliciously in these super healthyy and easy to make, No Bake Cocoa Lemon Energy Bites and Cocoa Lemon Truffles | Spicy RD Nutrition

Pair pure cocoa powder with fresh lemon zest, plus a handful of other "good-for-you" ingredients, and what do you get? The most luscious Cocoa Lemon Energy Bites OR Cocoa Lemon Truffles. You choose! I think you would agree, that chocolate and friendship go hand-in-hand, and that's the reason I created these "pop-in-your-mouth"  super healthy and delicious No Bake Cocoa Lemon Energy Bites and Truffles for you today. … [Read more...]

Nutty for Nuts! Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter, Nut Nutrition 101 + 24 Healthy Nut Recipes

Low in sugar, and rich in nutrition and flavor, this 5 ingredient Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter is super easy to make & much more economical than store bought nut butters.

Low in sugar, and packed with nutrition and intense chocolaty cinnamon goodness, this Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter is super easy to make, and a lot more economical than store bought nut butters! Can I share a {not so secret} confession with you? I am nutty about nuts! And in honor of American Heart Month, I wanted to share with you everything about Nut Nutrition 101, a scrumptious recipe for Mexican Chocolate Almond Butter, AND a round-up of 24 of my favorite healthy nut recipes here on The Spicy RD. So chill out with a handful of your … [Read more...]

Healthy Cravings | Smokey Spiced Chili Lime Popcorn

This Smokey Spiced Chili Lime Popcorn will satisfy all your healthy snack cravings!

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...]

Happy Things, Healthy Living~Sunset Hikes, Hemp Smoothies, & More!

A great way to end the day in San Diego...Hike the beach trail at Torrey Pines Reserve, and watch the sunset on Torrey Pines Beach.

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 Sunset at Torrey Pines Beach is also linked up to Sweet Shot Tuesday, Week 2,  by Kent Weakley. This New Year's Day Sunset Hike at Torrey Pines... A hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve in San Diego always makes me happy. Even better? A New Year's Day hike with good … [Read more...]

Moonshine Spiked Apple Pie Berry Shrub + 4 Things I’ve Learned in my 40’s

Apple Pie Berry Shrub-Mocktail or Cocktail spiked with Apple Pie Moonshine

This Moonshine Spiked Apple Pie and Berry Shrub is a birthday present for one of my favorite fellow RD foodies, the FABULOUS Regan Jones, who just so happens to be turning the big 4-0 today. Happy Birthday Reagan!!! I wish I could say you beat me to the punch Regan, but, as I am now officially 2 years away from the big 5-0, I have a few words of wisdom to share before I toast you w/ a big ol' glass of Apple Pie Berry Shrub. Here you go... … [Read more...]

14 Favorite Healthy, Gluten-Free & Delicious Recipes in 2014-Yours and Mine!

Top 14 Healthy, Gluten-Free, and Delicious Recipes of 2014 || The Spicy RD

Thank YOU so much for making 2014 another delicious year. I am SO appreciative of all your comments, sharing of posts, and simply taking time out of your busy lives to read my posts here at The Spicy RD! Like last year, I thought it would be fun to share some favorite posts from 2014-both your and mine, so without further adieu, here they are... … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies w/ Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling

Moist, chewy, and delicately spiced, these naturally sweetened Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies are taken to a whole other level with Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Caramel Filling. P.S. They're vegan too!

  By posting this recipe for Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies with Sea Salt Rum Raisin Caramel Filling, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Today I bring you these Gluten-Free Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies filled with Rum Raisin and Sea Salt Caramel. Oh. My. Yum. … [Read more...]

Cherry Tomato & Forbidden Rice Salad + Balanced Box Giveaway

Forbidden Rice Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Bell Peppers

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...]

Happy Birthday to Me! German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Raw Coconut Pecan Caramel Frosting

Happy Birthday! German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Coconut Pecan Caramel Frosting

No need to wait for your birthday to enjoy one of these German Chocolate Cupcakes with Raw Coconut Pecan Caramel Frosting, especially since they're gluten-free, vegan, and just a wee bit healthier than the original version! Today is not my birthday. … [Read more...]

Macadamia Nut & Tart Cherry Stuffing + 4 Perfect Days in Maui

Macadamia Nut and Tart Cherry Stuffing

Inspired by my recent trip to Maui, this Macadamia Nut and Tart Cherry Stuffing with Sweet Maui Onions is the deliciousness holiday memories are made of! Today's post is a little bit of a mishmash... Part Thanksgiving/Holiday deliciousness --> Macadamia Nut and Cherry Stuffing {gluten-free, vegan, & free of all major food allergens except for the nuts which can be omitted or substituted with extra cherries or pumpkin/other seeds} And part travel adventures and fun-->5 perfect days in Maui, Hawaii! OK-I lied. … [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...]

Skillet Buckwheat Banana Bread

Skillet Buckwheat Banana Bread

Hello! I hadn't planned on sharing this skillet buckwheat banana bread with you today, but it is just too delicious not to share! I won't babble on today, because this was a spur of the moment instameals recipe, inspired by the ingredients I had on hand, and THIS yummy recipe from Harris Whole Health that I have made and happily scarfed down before! Note: If you're on a gluten-free diet be sure and check out Cheryl's recipe blog as all her recipes are gluten-free, plus they are also all dairy-free and peanut-free, and most recipes are egg, … [Read more...]

Black Bean Brownies + A Plant Powered For Life Giveaway

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Update: The giveaway is now over, but I'd love for you to check out the Black Bean Brownie Recipe and read my review of Plant Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer. I think you'll love them both!These Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts from Plant-Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer are the most delicious "healthy" brownies you will ever taste! Heck, they might even be some of the most delicious brownies period. … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux || Cinnamon Orange Syrup + Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Orange Syrup

One spoonful of this Goldschlagger spiked Cinnamon Orange Syrup alone or on top of my new favorite Oatmeal Pancakes {vegan and gluten-free}, and you will think you have died and gone to Heaven! Yes. It's that good. … [Read more...]