Mini Beet Muffins

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s the perfect excuse to make these Mini Beet Muffins.  I mean, how can you resist these pinkish-red morsels topped with a bit of coconut cream and sprinkles (sprinkles make everything fun, right)?!  Perhaps if you don’t like beets then this recipe won’t be all that appealing…but to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of beets either.  I can tolerate them sometimes, preferably cooked on the barbecue during the summer, but they definitely aren’t my favorite root vegetable (carrots will ALWAYS win that one).  However, I do like these Mini Beet Muffins.

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These muffins are gluten-free (like all my recipes), grain-free, Paleo, Vegan and allergy-friendly.  The base is made of beets and slightly ripe plantains.  Beets are a good source of Vitamin C, folate, manganese and potassium. (1)  Plantains contain quite a bit of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Potassium. (2)  So, in combination, these two ingredients make for one healthy little muffin! Read More

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Coconut Butter Shortbread Bites

I think shortbread is my favorite type of non-chocolate dessert.  And since this recipe combines shortbread and chocolate it may be close to my number one.  Plus, I love an easy recipe and this one only requires one bowl, 8 ingredients and 10 minutes cooking time.

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I have recently partnered up with Eating Evolved – a company that sells high quality chocolate, coconut butter cups, coconut butter, chocolate spreads and hot chocolate.  All of their products are organic and free of dairy, soy, gluten, and refined sugar (making them both Paleo and Vegan).  Eating Evolved’s philosophy is that chocolate is food, not candy;  which, as a chocolate lover, I whole-heartily stand behind.  Their products are healthy, low in sugar, free of preservatives and taste great.

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My recipe for these Coconut Butter Shortbread Bites uses Eating Evolved Roasted Coconut Butter and their Crunchy Caramel Primal Chocolate Bar.  If you haven’t yet tried their products you can find them online and/or in many Whole Foods stores.  If you use my code “katiehtmt” during online checkout, then you can get a free product with your purchase.

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Truce Natural Cleaning Products

It has taken years of trial and error to find what foods work for me and my family and meet our individual needs, but I feel like this past year we finally got it down; I know how to properly nourish my family but still make food fun and enjoyable.  But food is only one part (although highly important) of living a healthy lifestyle.

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Since having my first son, we’ve changed the types of soaps, detergents, lotions, and sunscreen we use but only recently have I started looking into natural cleaning products.  Perhaps it’s having another child on the way that has brought this to my attention (as we all know babies put EVERYTHING into their mouths) or just the fact that it’s time for another small change in creating a healthier lifestyle.  But whatever the case, when Truce contacted me about their cleaning products I was more than happy to test them out!

Truce offers a variety of cleaning products that are completely natural, non-GMO, cruelty free, hypoallergenic, and free of parabens, pthalates, SLS and BPA.  They are a company focused on caring for the environment and giving back to the community as well as maintaining a healthy, clean home.

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Grainless Cinnamon Pear Muffins

Guys, this recipe is almost too good to be true.  Why?  Because not only are these muffins grainless, but they are egg-free, dairy-free and do not have ANY added sugar.  Yah, pretty amazing if I’d say so myself.

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These Grainless Cinnamon Pear Muffins consist of just 10 simple ingredients.  They are sweet from the pears, but not too much that you feel you are eating a dessert.  These muffins make great snacks, on-the-go breakfasts or after-dinner nightcaps. Read More

Supplements for Pregnancy

I’m not the type of person that loads up on supplements, vitamins and the like, but pregnancy is a whole different ball game.  During pregnancy (and the months preceding and following) are the only times that I take supplements on a daily basis.  On a “normal” day I’m all for magnesium supplementation if I’m having trouble sleeping or have achy muscles from a tough workout.  Or perhaps I haven’t been outside much and I’ll supplement with a bit of liquid Vitamin D.  And when I have a cold, or feel one coming on I’m definitely not shy about loading up on the Vitamin C.  But besides that, I try to get my nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from nutrient-dense food.

But pregnancy isn’t a “normal” time and growing a baby requires more nutrients, a lot of which can be hard to get solely from what you eat in a day.  This post details the supplements that I am taking during this pregnancy (many of which I also took during my first pregnancy).  This post is purely meant to inform and provide anyone curious with links and reasoning to the supplements that I take.  I am by no means telling you this is what all pregnant women need or that these are the only reliable products on the market.  I am not a doctor, functional medicine practitioner, nutritionist or anything of the sort, but I have done a lot of research on what supplements I have chosen to take.

So, without any further explanation, let’s dive into my pregnancy supplementation! Read More

Protein PB Cookies

These Protein PB Cookies are so fun!  They remind me of animal crackers simply because of the way they are shaped, but they are much more nutritious than any you’ll find in stores.  Of course, you don’t have to use the cookie cutters I did to make these cookies, any will do!  The dough can also be rolled out and cut with a knife or pizza cutter to make simple square/rectangular shapes…but animal shaped cookies are just more fun 😉

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These Protein PB Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free and only sweetened with maple syrup (and whatever sweetener from the protein powder you choose to use).  Although this recipe calls for peanut butter, any creamy nut or seed butter can be substituted to make this recipe peanut or even nut free. Read More

Pregnancy Questionnaire: Week 18

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I wanted to pop in and share a bit about my pregnancy…even though I have been neglecting to do so on my blog and I’m already 18 weeks along.  I don’t plan on doing updates often, but as it’s a huge part of my life right now I thought I’d let you all know what’s going on.  This first update will just be an introduction based off of questions I’ve pulled from the internet to provide a brief look into my first few months. Read More