Friday, December 22, 2017

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

These Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles are soft and fluffy, flavored with a homemade chai spice, and rolled in a coconut sugar and chai spice coating. 
They're also gluten-free, paleo, vegan and naturally sweetened!

I thought it would be fitting to squeeze in a holiday cookie recipe before everyone begins their new year resolutions. Honestly though, you should always enjoy a cookie now and then...because BALANCE! 

Snickerdoodles are a classic holiday cookies and are traditionally full of sugar, butter and cinnamon, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. They're not the healthiest of treats. 

These gluten-free, paleo and vegan snickerdoodle cookies are a much healthier version! Plus, they're chai spiced!! I'm obsessed with just about anything involving chai spice and the homemade spice blend in these cookies has the perfect warming flavors of the season. A little of this spice mix would be delicious added to your next Bulletproof Latte!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Quick Tone It Up Workouts To Stay On Track This Holiday

Stay healthy this holiday season by making your workouts a non-negotiable priority. 
These quick Tone It Up workouts are perfect for fitting into your busy holiday schedule! 

It's no secret the girls from Tone It Up provide some serious motivation!! These girls are killing it with awesome workouts, delicious recipes and fabulous decor inspiration. Not to mention the tribe of women they've brought together to inspire and build each other up. They're pretty amazing!

Today I'm sharing my favorite quick Tone It Up workouts to help you stay on track this holiday season. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Peppermint Mocha Bulletproof Latte Bombs

Simplify your morning bulletproof coffee or tea prep with these gut-healing, metabolism boosting Peppermint Mocha Bulletproof Latte Bombs! 

If you follow the blog, it's no secret that I'm obsessed with bulletproof lattes. Particularly, with my Bulletproof Latte Bomb creations! The original idea came to me one very sleepy morning while prepping my bulletproof latte. I realized that not only was it a hassle to have to pull out and mix in several ingredients, but I also ended up dropping my entire jar of coconut oil all over the floor that morning. I knew I had to find a better way! 

Enter these little beauties! These Bulletproof Latte Bombs provide a gut-healing metabolism boost to start your day, and they're so frothy and creamy!

I've had some fun with creating different flavors. It started with a classic Cinnamon Vanilla. Then Pumpkin Spice. Now that the holiday season is right around the corner, I had to create a Peppermint Mocha variation! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

November Favorites | Safe Beauty, Home, Food & Fashion

A collection of my monthly favorites from November featuring safe beauty, home, food, fashion and everything in between! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 | Something for Everyone

I had so much fun creating my Safe Beauty Gift Guide that I decided to create another guide with something for everyone on your list! 

This is a complete guide with some of my favorite products for him, for her, for the cook, for the fitness fanatic and for the health conscious! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

One-Bowl Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins

These One-Bowl Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins are the perfect breakfast or afternoon treat for the holiday season. These muffins are grain-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened.

Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about the holidays?! This time of year always has me thinking about family and traditions. Growing up, it was a Christmas tradition for my Mom to make Cranberry Orange Muffins. The sweet, fluffy muffins, flavored with orange and fresh cranberries were always on our holiday breakfast table. I decided to recreate this family favorite into a grain-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened version that I could enjoy!

There's something about fresh cranberries that just screams holiday season! They're so pretty and festive! These One-Bowl Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins are sweet, tender and dotted with fresh tart cranberries with a hint of orange.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide | Safe Beauty

My favorite Beautycounter holiday gifts under $100!

I am so excited to give the gift of safe beauty this year! I feel good about giving these products as gifts since they're SAFE and non-toxic. If you haven't yet, read this post on why I made the switch to safe beauty.

There are so many different options! The gifts are so gorgeous this year that some are already selling out!! Some will be restocked and some won't, so if there is something you really want, start your shopping before it's too late!

All of these items are perfect for my friends and family. Some of the sets can be broken up to create multiple gifts (like the lip glosses or sheers). These would make perfect hostess or teacher gifts! My absolute favorite of the gifts is the eye shadow palette. You will want to add this to your wishlist!! 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Autumn Harvest Salad with Rosemary Maple Vinaigrette

This Autumn Harvest Salad is loaded with the best produce of the season! Fresh greens, cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes, pomegranate seeds, chicken, bacon, and toasted pecans. Then it's all tossed together in a rosemary maple vinaigrette!

I'm so excited to bring you my absolutely favorite salad of all time! This salad is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, with plenty of varying textures to keep it interesting. We've got cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes, tart pomegranate seeds, tender chicken, salty bacon and crunchy toasted pecans, tossed with a sweet and tangy dressing. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why I Made the Switch to Safer Beauty

I've shared a few tidbits about my transition to safer beauty, but today I'm going to delve a little deeper into my personal story behind making the switch. I'll also share some of my favorite products and how you can easily incorporate safer products into your daily routine.

Monday, November 13, 2017

October Favorites | Safe Beauty, Home, Food & Fashion are we already half way through November?! Crazy town!

I've been been pretty into trying new things lately. New products, new foods, new restaurants, etc. I realized that if I love these things, you may too! So, I decided it would be fun to start sharing my monthly favorites with you. If you can't already tell from the blog, October was filled with all things pumpkin, cozy lattes, fall fashion and new beauty products. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sheet Pan Sausage and Fall Veggies

An easy and healthy sheet pan recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights! 
This meal is baked on one pan, is packed with fall flavors and seasonal veggies, and is completely customizable.

Sheet pan dinners are my go-to meal for nights when I don't feel like cooking, am too tired to think, or all of the above! What's not to love about one pan, easy prep and easy clean up?! 

One pan, sheet pan, weeknight dinner

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

This Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie is a filling and flavorful breakfast, packed with protein and healthy fats, and low in sugar thanks to the secret ingredient, cauliflower! 
Topped with pumpkin spice grain-free granola for a little crunch. 

Can someone please give Southern California the hint that it's fall? While I love to cozy up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte this time of year, the heat has been making it not so fun. This dairy-free pumpkin smoothie recipe is the perfect solution! Cool and creamy, with a hint of sweetness, plenty of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, and topped with my Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola for a little added crunch. 

Pumpkin recipes, pumpkin smoothie recipe, pumpkin spice protein shake

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Parfait

A protein and fiber rich breakfast, snack or dessert with all the flavors of fall! Layered with pumpkin pie chia seed pudding, dairy-free yogurt and pumpkin spice grain-free granola. 

When I first created this for breakfast one day, it was honestly one of the best breakfast I've had in a long time. This parfait is so thick and creamy and tastes just like pumpkin pie. When you add in the pumpkin spice grain-free granola...oh my goodness! So, so good! I used my Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola to really up the fall flavor. Trust me on this, you definitely need to try that granola!

Healthy, Chia Pudding Recipe, Pumpkin Pie Spice

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola

This recipe is a perfect combination of all your favorite fall spices along with maple syrup, coconut oil, almonds, pecans and pumpkin seeds. 

It may not feel like fall with it being 100 degrees in California right now, but I'm still obsessing over all things fall! Like this Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola! 

Pumpkin Recipes, Healthy Recipes, Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fall Bucket List | Healthy Fabulous Life

Fall is my favorite time of year. If you can't already tell from the blog or Instagram lately, I'm obsessed with all the fall things! Once the temperatures drop, the sweaters and boots layer on, everyone and their mom starts sipping PSL Lattes, and all the pumpkin things come out...I'm in my happy place. 

In celebration of my favorite time of year, I created some bucket list ideas for you to soak up every bit of this beautiful season!

Fall, Bucket List, Family Activities

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Latte Bombs

Simplify your morning bulletproof coffee or tea prep with these gut-healing, metabolism boosting Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Latte Bombs! 

Remember when I shared my obsession with bulletproof lattes? I'm equally obsessed with all things fall and decided to give my Cinnamon Vanilla Bulletproof Latte Bombs a fall twist! 

These Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Latte Bombs are guaranteed to give you all the fall feels!

Bulletproof Coffee, Butter Coffee, Pumpkin Spice

Monday, October 9, 2017

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Set it and forget it with this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili. 
All the flavors of fall combined in a creamy, spicy chili. 

It's pumpkin season Y'all! AKA my favorite season!

Chili is my go to quintessential fall meal. You know, that one dish that instantly makes you think "mmm fall!"? That's chili for me. See proof here and here

You know what else I love about chili? It's so EASY to put together...especially when the slow cooker does all the work for in this recipe! Chop up your ingredients, place them in the slow cooker, drive yourself crazy while you smell the crazy aroma as it cooks, and dig in!

I created this chili because I wanted a different flavor than your typical ground beef or turkey chili. This chili is flavored with pumpkin puree, white sweet potatoes, a variety of peppers and the perfect amount of spice (with a fall twist). The topping ideas are endless, but I've listed my favorites below. Plus, this chili is bean free. Making it a perfect Paleo or Whole30 option. 

Slow Cooker Recipes, Pumpkin Recipes, Chili Recipes

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Why I Take a Daily Wellness Shot + My Favorite Recipes

"Shots, shots, shots...EVERYBODY!!!" 

Part of my morning routine involves taking a daily wellness shot. It seems like wellness shots are the new it thing. When I first heard of them, I wondered what all the hype was about.

Now I totally get it.

These little libations are loaded with nutrients and can be customized depending on what health benefits you're looking for. Immune-boosting, gut-healing, skin-loving, name it. There's a shot for that!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cinnamon Vanilla Bulletproof Latte Bombs

Simplify your morning bulletproof latte prep with these gut-healing, metabolism boosting Cinnamon Vanilla Bulletproof Latte Bombs! 

I've become obsessed with bulletproof lattes. Like SO into them. One thing I'm not into...all the prep involved with putting them together. I take my morning routine very seriously (more on that here). One extra sleepy morning after spilling coconut oil all over the floor (try cleaning that up...not cool) I was determined to find a simpler way to enjoy my beloved bulletproof latte. 

Then it came to me...bulletproof latte creamer! While the idea sounded so perfect in my mind, it failed to impress. All the healthy fat in the creamer rose to the top of the jar and solidified, making a not so creamy creamer. Back to the drawing board. One day after making a batch of bone broth, I poured the broth into silicon ice cube trays to freeze (like I always do) and then it really came to me! Yes!! Frozen Bulletproof Latte Bombs!! 

Bulletproof Coffee, Butter Coffee

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

10 Fall Outfits to Inspire You

It's official...last Friday was the first day of FALL! There is something about fall that makes me so happy inside. The cooler temps, boots, scarves, comfy sweaters and all things pumpkin give me all the feels. I just love it!

Of all the seasons, fall is my absolute favorite time to dress. My summer wardrobe outside of work typically involves distressed denim jeans, a loungy tee or tank and sandals. Not very exciting. But fall..oh how I love dressing for fall. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

These healthy portobello mushroom pizzas are simple and fun to prepare with your favorite toppings. Perfect for any time that pizza craving strikes!

I love pizza. It's probably my most craved food. But traditional pizza is loaded with processed carbs, gluten and dairy. All things I can't have. Sure you can buy or make your own gluten free pizza crust...cauliflower pizza crust is even a thing now. I hate to break it to you, but those options aren't very good for you either. 

So what's a girl to do? Insert Portobello Mushroom Pizzas:

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Perfect Morning Routine

If you're one of those people who jumps right out of bed when your alarm rings, I envy you! I am slowly becoming a "morning person." For the majority of my life I dreaded waking up early to start my day. I would hit the snooze button on repeat, skip breakfast, rush to get ready and fly out the door.

After reading about the benefits of an early morning routine, I started to rethink my mornings. I'm a sucker for routine. I crave routine. A few weeks ago I thought to myself, how can I wake up early and learn to enjoy the morning? I started gradually waking up earlier and earlier. Each day got a little bit easier. 

Once I had that down, I began carving out my perfect morning routine. It looks something like this...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Homemade Almond Milk

Skip the store bought additives and sugar with this homemade almond milk. This recipe is simple, cheap and only uses 3 ingredients!

Monday, August 21, 2017

5 Ways to Express Gratitude for Happiness and Wellbeing

Learning to express gratitude regularly has been one of the best things I've done for myself in a while. In my last post I wrote about struggling with anxiety. One of the ways I cope with these feelings is by expressing gratitude regularly. Since beginning this practice, I've felt such a positive impact on my sense of wellbeing, mood, and general outlook on life. When you take the time to express gratitude and focus on the good in your life, you realize that life is actually full of good things.

Positive Psychology research shows that people who express gratitude regularly benefit from:

~ Increased sense of happiness and wellbeing
~ Become more optimistic
~ Stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure and better sleep
~ Build stronger relationships
~ Decreased depression and anxiety

Let's say you're in a rut...It would be easy to allow your mind to race with increasingly negative thoughts, to compound your multiple worries, and let yourself fall deeper and deeper into a dark place. Or, you can make the choice to overcome those feelings. Stop those racing negative thoughts, and instead fill your mind with the good in your life. It may be challenging at first, but if you start out small and continue this practice regularly, you will find yourself in a much better place. Able to cope with the negative, overcome the challenges, and start and end each day with a positive outlook.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One of Those Moments

Have you ever had one of those moments where it feels like the walls are caving in? Like everything is crashing down on you and you just can't seem to make your way out...

I had one of those moments today. It's been brewing for a while. I've been putting it out of my mind. Pushing it under the surface. Focusing on work. Growing increasingly more stressed. You see, I'm a perfectionist. 100% type A, all or nothing person, who has a terrible time disconnecting, and an even more terrible time dealing with weakness.

Today, I couldn't bottle it up any longer. Everything came crashing down on me and in my moment of weakness, I found strength. Strength in knowing that it's ok to have these moments. It's real and it's raw. It's empowering to grow from these moments. So I did something for myself. I took a personal day. A day to stay home in my pajamas, work on myself, daydream and list the things I love about this life. In my time of reflection, I realized there's more to my life than being a workaholic, a perfectionist, and someone who cares entirely too much about what others think. I have hobbies and dreams, and so many things I'm passionate about.

One of those things is writing. I love to write. There's something about a blank canvas that helps me clear my mind. So today I decided to dust the cobwebs from this blog and come back to what I love. No posting schedules, no forced prompts, no sharing on social media platforms that I can't stand.