Black Mission Fig Muffins

I am really excited about this post!  Why?  Because these muffins turned out wonderfully!  They are gluten-free, grain-free, low in sugar and photographed beautifully.  I’m not ashamed to say the whole batch of these Black Mission Fig Muffins was eaten in one day.

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If you’ve seen my recipes before, you know i’m not a fan of loading my baked goods with sugar.  I will sometimes sweeten treats with maple syrup or honey, but prefer using whole fruits like dates or in this case dried black mission figs.  It has taken time for me to fine-tune my taste buds and actually prefer foods lower in sugar (anyone else like 100% cocoa?) but now it comes so naturally.  I find that I feel better when I eat a diet lower in sugar; which isn’t saying that I eat low carb – I love my carbs 🙂  Read More

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Paleo Walnut Pancakes

I loved pancakes as a kid.  It was a weekend tradition – Saturday morning pancakes with chocolate chips, or M&M’s if we were lucky.  They were always a treat, and boy did they taste good, but nutritionally they were lacking.  I don’t think that my parents ever made pancakes from scratch.  The mixture came from a box and we would add low-fat milk and maybe a bit of canola oil, and they would be cooked on a pan oiled with margarine.  Oh how I cringe at the thought of eating a meal like that now!  Not only have my eating patterns drastically changed, but (thank goodness) my parents’ have too.

This Paleo Walnut Pancake recipe is just the opposite of what I ate as a kid.  It is full of nutritional, grain-free flours, healthy fats and unrefined sugar – perfect for an energizing meal to start the day. Read More

Healthy Travel Snacks

Food is one of the first things I plan and pack when preparing for a trip.  (I’m not the only one right?!)  Being the health nut that I am, having high quality food to snack on during a road trip, plane ride and/or stay at a hotel is a must.  Sometimes I struggle with what to bring, as most of the food I normally eat needs to be cooked or refrigerated.  But last weekend I put extra effort into my food-packing for our 8 hour road trip and the results turned out fairly well!

Being that I am always on the search for new snack essentials I thought it would be helpful to share some of my snack ideas.  All snacks mentioned are gluten-free, easily portable and nutritious.  Most of these suggestions are food that I brought on my last trip, but there are a few extras. Read More

Watermelon Pops

It’s summer!  And it is hot out, SO hot!  I think the best way to cool down during these hot summer temperatures is by swimming in a nice, cool outdoor pool, or indulging in some sort of frozen treat or drink.

Last weekend I made these watermelon popsicles using just 5 ingredients…2 of which can be omitted, which makes for a 3 ingredient, healthy frozen treat!  And best of all, they do not require a mold of any sort.  All you need are the 3 ingredients: watermelon, coconut milk and chocolate and perhaps lollipop/popsicle sticks (although I suppose you could do without those too).

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I like having treats that are made without refined sugar and these watermelon pops are just that; a healthy and kid-friendly treat that everyone can enjoy.

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Quadruple Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Quadruple Chocolate Ice Cream Cake.  What a mouthful! Try saying that 10 times fast 😛

Perhaps not the most original name for this decadent ice cream cake, but it describes the total chocolate overload that is delivered with every bite.  With an explosion of chocolate in each mouthful, this cake also encompasses a variety of textures: a chewy crust, smooth ice cream center, velvety fudge layer and crunchy cacao topping.  Let’s just say, if you love ice cream and chocolate, then you will love this cake.  And since it’s summer, it’s the perfect hot weather treat!

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Kale & Carrot Crackers

I’ve been on a roll with these cracker recipes lately.  I may not always post about them on my Instagram or have recipes up on my blog (yet), but believe me when I say I’ve been making a lot of my own crackers!  And I’m not complaining.  What better food to recipe test than something nutritious and convenient for snacking?

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Organic Beef Burgers

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this burger a couple weeks ago.  OMG!  Best. Burger. Ever.  The burger patty was made with organic ground beef and a vast array of veggies.  In combination with mashed avocado, onion, kale, spinach, pickles, a gluten free bread “bun” and a side of purple sweet potato and carrot fries, this was by far the best meal I’ve had in quite some time.  So, today I’m going to share my recipe for these burgers in hopes that you can enjoy a burger food coma of your own 😉

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Red Pepper & Kale Crackers

Afternoon snacking.  Yeah, story of my life!  I’m a huge snacker, which strikes me as funny since I never used to be.  And I also eat relatively large meals.  But none the less, I am a snacker and I am always on the lookout for healthier options to curb my cravings and keep me energized.

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One of my newest obsessions are these crackers.  Simply amazing!  Healthy, low-sugar, filled with veggies and spices and nuts.  They pair excellently with guacamole or hummus and fill that gnawing afternoon hunger.  They are slightly sweet because of the dates and you cannot even taste the kale!

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