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 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...]

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...]

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...]

Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters + A Yummly Tutorial

Refreshing, nourishing, and 0h-so-delicious, these raw, vegan Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters, are a fun way to get your daily dose of avocado! Craving something rich and creamy, yet super healthy too? These 5-ingredient {plus sea salt} Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters have come to your rescue! … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Ditch Store Bought Dressings + The Perfect Homemade Vinaigrette

Once you whisk up a batch of this zesty 4 ingredient "Perfect" Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette, you may decide to ditch the store bought dressings altogether!This month's Recipe ReDux theme is DIY Kitchen Essentials... What favorite kitchen staples do you now make from scratch – but in the past you purchased? Show us your best DIY recipe for keeping cupboards, fridge or freezer stocked with healthy basics. Think homemade frozen waffles, salad dressing, broth or other kitchen essentials. Growing up I don't recall my mom or dad making salad … [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...]

Greek Salad Bowl with Avocado Tzatziki + California Avocados 101

Can you think of anything better than taking a trip to a California avocado farm, spending a weekend learning all about California avocados, stuffing yourself to the brim with their creamy, dreamy, luscious green fruit, then coming home to eat more avocados {that you picked yourself!} in a scrumptious Greek Salad Bowl with Avocado Tzatziki? I think not! … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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

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 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

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!

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

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!

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

  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...]