Cacao Elixir, mmmmm. Say it again. Cacao Elixir. Yes, oh yes. Even the name sounds indulgent and delicious. But did you know that cocoa also has tons of health benefits? Today I am serving up a recipe to battle the sweet tooth while packing a healthy punch of flavonoids, antioxidants, and mood boosting ingredients. You
I’m a huge advocate of establishing a really solid understanding of your mind-body connection. Can you say with full certainty if there are any foods that cause you to exhibit mental distress? Doing a formal elimination diet is a really fantastic way to know for sure what foods are holding you back from optimal mental
If you’ve followed my work then you’ve heard me stress the importance of overcoming your limiting beliefs so that you can create the life you desire. If there is something you do not like about your present experience then it is your responsibility to change it. Not someone else’s, yours. Your thoughts carry weight. They
Several months ago, I did a Facebook Live on how to bust the after dinner sweet tooth. One of my go-to’s is this “Oreo” that’s packed with sweetness without the refined sugar and yucky ingredients. Packing a healthy punch with minerals like magnesium, this quick fix is sure to satiate your sweet tooth. All you need
Several months ago I had a tarot card reading and was a stumped by something I was told. She said I’d be doing something with my hands. She wasn’t sure, it wasn’t quite clear but there was definitely some energy going on with my hands, and to watch for opportunities that allowed me to work
Confession: I was addicted to Girl Scout Cookies. OK, so not a life-long or even year long addiction. For three days I seriously had no self-control when I got around the cookies. Thin Mints – get in my belly. Peanut Butter Patties – right now, give ‘em. Like, seriously No.Self.Control. WTF was happening?!?
This Carrot & Veggie Soup comes from a lovely ranch in La Fortuna, Costa Rica called Ranchot Margot. Rancho Margot is a jewel of a place plopped into the middle of the Costa Rican jungle. I spent several days as a guest at a this completely self-sufficient farm and ate this carrot & veggie soup
Who doesn’t love a good healing and hearty pot of chicken soup when it’s cold out? Seeing as though we are in the midst of snow-day season, cold & flu season, and sweater season, I thought I’d cook up a fresh pot of delicious chicken soup and share it with you guys. This recipe is
Imagine this: You’re on a blissful vacation. Relaxing in the sun. Eating food that makes you happy. Smiling and laughing with your loved ones. Maybe even spending some luxurious time doing absolutely nothing. Ahhhhh. I can almost hear the waves and the wind whispering through the lush, green surroundings. Taking in the moment, you
Let me just preface this with that fact that alcohol has always been a major part of my social life. From dining out and wine tastings to girls’ nights out and drinking wine while watching Netflix. with m y husband and the kiddos. So had someone told me a year ago that I would be
Not too long ago, I shared this image on social media, and the response was crazy. I received messages from all sorts of women asking me how I did it. How I lost the weight. And how I totally transformed my life. And the truth is…I’m not magic. I just committed to a process.
When it comes to accomplishing a goal, I have found that there are two major types of blocks that stop us. The first being a lack of clarity around what you really want. And the second being the motivation and tenacity to keep at it. Have you ever said something along the lines of
Do This Intention Setting Ritual to Create a Life that Lights You Up. Focused, consistent, and clear thoughts have the power to bring into form whatever it is you desire. Manifesting, though, goes far beyond just wanting something. You have to get clear. You have to feel it, and you have to get intentional. I
It’s a new year. That small voice in your head has been nudging you to make a change. You realize you have the potential to feel better. The possibility of more energy excites you. And having a bit more clarity on why you act and feel the way you do would be nice too. Only
These Sweet Potato Cakes were literally the easiest recipe I have cooked up in a while. I like cooking sweet potatoes for two reasons: If you’re feeling up in the air or swirly whirly, eating a root vegetable is great way to bring in a sense of grounding Um, and reason number two… if you’re
Red snapper, plantains and bok choy. OK, OK, I hear what you’re saying….this might sound like a weird combo, but I am telling you…it’s soooooo good! Just give it a try and let me know what you think. This is a nutrient packed plate of food. You’re getting proteins, healthy fats, micronutrients, and fiber. Plus
WHY on earth would I WANT to become a morning person?! ….would have been my response to this a few years ago. I love sleep. Back then, when I had it my way, I would sleep until the very last minute and then rush my way through the mornings. This wasn’t helping anything though. My
This Thanksgiving Leftover Wrap is the perfect way to eat all of that leftover turkey without having to break out the elastic waistbands (2 days in a row). When I was a kid our typical thanksgiving left over was a white bread sandwich with mayo and big chunks of turkey. This is my grown-up, health
In need of a 60 Second Stress Buster during the holiday season? Look no further. No matter how dedicated to being a Zen master you are, stressful situations will always arise. The kids will may get a little crazy, something in the oven may burn, the dog may get out…you know the drill. BUT, living a stress-free
Healthy collard greens are an easy addition to any meal -especially Thanksgiving with all the stuffing and root veggies. There’s typically not a ton of green options included in the Thanksgiving spread, so these healthy collard greens are perfect for those who want a healthy option to reach for. I made these the other night
Cauliflower Mashed potatoes are something I’m asked about all the time when it comes to recipes that are easier on the waist line. As a side note; potatoes themselves are not “bad”. The are a great form of a slow release carb full of nutrients. However, there are times when we don’t want all those
Not only is this plantain recipe ridiculously simple, it’s delicious. Sometimes we get into the habit of over complicating a dish. Adding in all sorts of ingredients that eventually outshine the main ingredient. This plantain recipe doesn’t do that. It let’s the plantain sing for itself. My point in offering this recipe is to demonstrate
We are a culture that does not emphasize self-compassion. Let’s face it, we are hard on our selves. Why? I believe it is because we lack compassion for ourselves. We go so fast throughout our day that we rarely remember to give ourselves a pat on the back or recognize a job well done (no matter how big or
When you feel your energy levels dwindling, you can pick them back up with this Brain Boost Smoothie. We all know that good wholesome food can nourish our body, but did you know that there are certain foods that boost your cognitive functioning as well? And better yet, you can throw a few of these foods into
In such a fast paced world, numbing our feelings has gotten to be so easy. What with social media, fast food, netflix, and a bar around every corner, it’s gotten so easy for us to numb whatever we are feeling. This isn’t healthy. Numbing our emotions only brings them back to us. If we keep
Last year, I wanted to contribute something on the healthier side to our neighborhood Halloween potluck. However I didn’t want to be “that mom” that brought the carrot sticks and toothbrushes to Halloween. I made these cute little guys and loved how they turned out! Give them a try this Halloween. What You Need: Apples – thinly
Several years ago, I made the decision to significantly cut back on the amount of dairy we were consuming in our home. I did the research, experimented with giving it up for a week or two at a time, and finally came to the conclusion that we were going way overboard with the amount of
Do you get carried away with restless thoughts? Distracted by rabbit holes – chasing a thought down, down, down until you are so caught up in it you can’t get out? Or maybe you’re easily susceptible to impulse buys (yeah…I’m still a work in progress on this one). The thing is, we do not have to be slaves
This dish can easily be prepared with trout, salmon, mahi-mahi, snapper or nearly any other fish that isn’t super thick. I love roasting it this particular because it conserves the moisture and the flavors from the lemon and herbs really pop. This is one of my basic mea-time preparations that I can always rely on.
These two words hold the power to fuel your focus, the feelings you carry, and the life you manifest for yourself. Just think about it. Think about the picture you project of your life when you speak words like “I am LONELY, SAD, DEPRESSED, POOR”. The more you speak, the more you feel. The more
Eggs and bacon. Cereal. Pancakes and Waffles. Toast. Where’s the color? Breakfast doesn’t have to be so beige. I wanted to introduce a meal that starts your morning off with color and lots of plant based nutrients (as well as protein from eggs). This bowl is sure to please the taste buds and the body.
This week, I was craving something warm and hearty (yay Fall!). I had fresh veggies and chicken thighs in the fridge so I thought why not Chicken Stew?! Being from Louisiana, I love adding Cajun seasonings to my recipes for an extra kick. This recipe is simple, with minimal ingredients, but packs a big punch
I cooked this dish the other night when I wanted a big return on minimal effort! It kind of felt like a clean Moo Goo Gai Pan, without the sleepy, bloated feeling you’re left with after. As always, all of my recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free, and made of real, whole foods. Enjoy! Ingredients 1.5
I have an inexplicable urge to move forward, to capture my light, swallow it whole, and glow from the inside out. I have an inexplicable urge to help, heal, inspire and create lasting connections with all the shiny souls. This desire used to be buried under expectation. The expectation to be the best, to win
When I was thirteen years old, hanging out at the local pool, a girl came up to me and asked what was wrong with my forehead. After the knot in my stomach loosened up enough for me to speak, I blurted out that I was allergic to the sun. I just couldn’t say the word “pimples”.
You eat a pretty healthy diet, you aren’t sedentary, and you get a decent amount of sleep. You decide to lose a few pounds by cutting back on sugar and you up your workouts. But something’s not right. You can’t seem to lose weight. So you decide to go get your thyroid tested. But your