NOT SO BASIC PUMPKIN SEED BUTTER

NOT SO BASIC PUMPKIN SEED BUTTER

"It is the unknown we fear.."

Monday, I start my new adventure. Full of possibilities, the unknown, and some uncertainties, starting a new job is certainly a new leap. After leaving a place of comfort and great people, I start my new job next week, which I hope will be my next stepping stone to develop my skills for my career (and continue my wellness crusade). 

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PROTEIN APPLE PIE MUFFINS (GF)

PROTEIN APPLE PIE MUFFINS (GF)

While work has felt busier than ever and the weather has (FINALLY) started to cool down, I'm happy to say it's been a great week.

A week full of acceptance, love, gratitude, and confidence. 

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APPLE GINGER SLINGER

APPLE GINGER SLINGER

It's the weekend and time to celebrate. 

While I adore baking, ask anyone who has attended my parties and they'll tell you I'm a pretty decent bartender. Mixing drinks is a favorite past-time of mine.

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PUMPKIN SPICE PROTEIN BITES

PUMPKIN SPICE PROTEIN BITES

Let's talk about being present. 

Recently I've been trying to calm my mind and decrease the anxiety within. I'm trying to learn to take a step back, be present in the moment, and recognize what is going on around me in that very moment. For in that very moment there is no inherent danger. 

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CHAI SPICED BABKA

CHAI SPICED BABKA

Now that fall is officially here, it only seems appropriate to begin posting all the fall flavored and spiced recipes. From chai, pumpkin spice, to cozy soups and stews- this time of year is my favorite. 

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HONEY APPLE CAKE

HONEY APPLE CAKE

Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, is right around the corner. And with tradition, I wanted to bake up something that would be perfect for the holiday.

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FIG AND CHIA SEED PUDDING

FIG AND CHIA SEED PUDDING

While it was only a four day week, it sure felt longer. 

Around the fall is when my mood begins to change. While I adore the fall (and yes, dare I say pumpkin spice), something about this time of year always adds a damper to the mood. 

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PROTEIN COFFEE MUFFINS

PROTEIN COFFEE MUFFINS

Each week I like to think of some delicious snacks to make to bring to work that also help that 3 PM slump. While I tend to enjoy another cup of coffee in the afternoon to make it until the end of the workday, I though it would be fun to create another form of an energy boost.

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BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI PROTEIN PANCAKES

BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI PROTEIN PANCAKES

While I totally meant to post this last week, the time seemed to get away from me after an adventure to Brooklyn to satisfy a Gumbo and Po'Boy craving. 

A 45 minute subway ride gave us a beef and shrimp po-boy and a nice and spicy gumbo. We ended the day with some delicious ice cream. I'd say it was worth the trek.

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WHISKEY LEMON NANA

WHISKEY LEMON NANA

After a rough week, I love to have a delicious drink to sip over the weekend. However, being mindful that most mixed drinks are filled with strange additives or are overly sweet (leading to those rough hangovers) I prefer to play bartender at home.

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

It's been some time since I posted (okay, only two weeks) but I sure have been busy. I've just gotten back from a trip from Denver and absolutely fell in love with the city. 

While waking up in the wee hours to catch a 6 AM flight isn't ideal, my 72 hours in the city was just the thing I needed to escape NYC for a bit. From the friendly people, fresh food, and outdoor adventures, it was a great mini-vacation. 

To start the week off right (even thought it was a pretty health vacation with delicious paleo food...minus the multiple ice cream trips to have vegan oreo ice cream...), I've baked up these delicious and seasonal muffins to enjoy in the morning. A nice balance of chocolate and veggies, these muffins are the perfect morning bite- especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Enjoy!

Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-dairy if needed)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate or non-dairy chips

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with liners. 
  2. Mix the coconut sugar and coconut oil until well combined. Then add in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Then fold in the milk.
  4. Next add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Once well  combined fold in the yogurt and zucchini.
  5. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips. 
  6. Fill the muffin liners about 3/4 of the way full. 
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the muffins rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to fully cool.
  8. Enjoy!
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QUICK AND EASY GUACAMOLE

QUICK AND EASY GUACAMOLE

Summer time is meant for chips and dip- the perfect non-meal, meal.

I wanted to share my version of guac thats full of citrus and spice. Its the perfect accompaniment to any chip, veggie crisp, or raw veggies. 

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STRAWBERRY WATERMELON MARGARITAS

STRAWBERRY WATERMELON MARGARITAS

Well, I dropped the ball on posting this just in time for the 4th of July. 

Post-Charleston and with the rush back to work, I didn't have much time to post as we were planning an all out patriotic bash.

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RASPBERRY BEET CHIA SMOOTHIE

RASPBERRY BEET CHIA SMOOTHIE

Oh, hello. 

It's been a hot hot week here in NYC and all I can seem to crave are cold foods and drinks. 

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MANGO COCONUT CHEWY GRANOLA BARS

MANGO COCONUT CHEWY GRANOLA BARS

While this might not be a chocolate filled dessert, bourbon spiked recipe, or an idea for a great side for a cookout- in my own way this tropical granola bar recipe makes sense to share on Father's Day. 

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TIKI INSPIRED RUM PUNCH

TIKI INSPIRED RUM PUNCH

As part of the wellness program I help run at the office, we wanted to focus on stress management and balance. Many individuals experience stress from difference scenarios in life and to different extents. Understanding how to approach this is incredibly important. 

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PEANUT BUTTER COFFEE BROWNIES

PEANUT BUTTER COFFEE BROWNIES

I've had this recipe in my head for some time. 

Every time I think about brownies, a scene from the movie, Accepted, comes to mind. In case you haven't seen it, the premise is that a kid is rejected from every college, so he creates his own to trick his parents. One character in the movie is somewhat of a savant cook and makes an intense brownie (no, not those kind) which he calls wads. Each time I decide to tweak a brownie recipe I always wonder if they'll come out like those magical wads. 

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ROASTED RHUBARB AND STRAWBERRY ALMOND MUFFINS

ROASTED RHUBARB AND STRAWBERRY ALMOND MUFFINS

It's been a while since I shared a delicious recipe, but quiet a few things had taken over my time. In between finals, moving, being sick, and finally graduation, posting recipes just didn't make the cut. 

I'm excited to finally be done with school, settled into the new place, and baking up a storm again. 

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MEAN GREEN PROTEIN BITES

MEAN GREEN PROTEIN BITES

While I work at an amazing company with a fully stacked pantry, snacks for me tend to be rough. While there is fresh fruit, rice cakes, hummus, and guac- sometimes I  just want a clean eat to get me through the afternoon slump.

Thus enter these bites. 

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GLUTEN FREE PISTACHIO SUGAR COOKIE BARS WITH TAHINI AND ROSE FROSTING

GLUTEN FREE PISTACHIO SUGAR COOKIE BARS WITH TAHINI AND ROSE FROSTING

These little gems were baked up for a special birthday celebration. 

My cousin and foodie partner in crime loves health food and nutrition just as much as I do- in fact, she's a health coach and currently in school to become an RD. This week she was my baking inspiration.

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