S'MORES CUPS

S'MORES CUPS

When asked to bring some goodies for your little cousins that are nut-free, you begin to rack your brain.

Gluten-free- easy.

Refined sugar-free- been there, done that. 

No nuts? Am I SOL? 

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DOUBLE COOKIES AND CREAM COOKIES

DOUBLE COOKIES AND CREAM COOKIES

*Leaves hot yoga*

Me: Hey on the way home

Cookies Monster: Ok. 

Cookie Monster: Wait- these are the best cookies you've ever made. Top 5 in all the cookies I've ever eaten. Are you giving these away or can I eat them all?

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MAPLE HARVEST OATMEAL COOKIES

MAPLE HARVEST OATMEAL COOKIES

Have you had enough food yet? 

As Thanksgiving and turkey coma ends, holiday baking begins! Each year I bake up a storm of cookies and cakes for our offices and coworkers. These harvest cookies are the first part of the cookies I'll be sharing for the holidays.

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SPICED PERSIMMON CAKE

SPICED PERSIMMON CAKE

The weekend before Thanksgiving.

Filled with cookies, pies, and of course, pound cake. However, this year I wanted to mix it up a bit with a persimmon cake.

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TAHINI CHAI SPICED BANANA BREAD (GLUTEN FREE)

TAHINI CHAI SPICED BANANA BREAD (GLUTEN FREE)

The clock has shifted and it's officially dark at when I leave work. The leaves have fallen and I've whipped out my hat and scarf. 

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PUMPKIN SPICED OLD FASHIONED

PUMPKIN SPICED OLD FASHIONED

I've been meaning to share this one for sometimes, but you know the transition to a new job and life got in the way. But better late than never, right? 

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TURMERIC BUTTERNUT SQUASH LOAF

TURMERIC BUTTERNUT SQUASH LOAF

First week of new job- accomplished.

While this new transition was a bit bumpy, the end of the week I was so thrilled with my job. Making a change like this is scary- one you become comfortable it's easy to be complacent and continue on in your norm. But pushing yourself is how you grow- facing your fears and anxiety allow you to be able to take on whatever the day might throw your way. 

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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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