Happy Fall!

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Happy fall! I think I'm like every other healthy living blogger out there, because I'm positively obsessed with all things fall---including pumpkin recipes, fall weather, comfy sweaters and boots, fall baking, the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in my kitchen, fall decorations and the anticipation of Christmas around the corner. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year! Although Florida weather is still quite hot and sticky. I've been able to pull a few decorative scarves out of my closet, but … [Read more...]

Sesame Ginger Cabbage Slaw

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This coleslaw is mostly raw, packed full of delicious cancer-fighting nutrients, fiber and protein-packed edamame. It has an orange juice, ginger and vinaigrette dressing that leaves it low-fat and low calorie. It's also gluten free and mostly raw. This recipe is amazing. I sort of threw everything together one afternoon for a refreshing low-fat coleslaw, and I discovered it to be even better tasting after marinating in the fridge overnight. Enjoy! Sesame Ginger Cabbage Slaw by … [Read more...]

A relaxing fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, and relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones! All of my family is up North this time of year, so I'll be having my own quiet holiday (darn summer school kept me from getting up to Minnesota until August. bah!) But I am actually savoring a little relaxing solitude today. I just finished a huge accounting exam, so I can actually breathe for a few days until the new material starts. I finally found my nemesis in the accounting … [Read more...]

Christmas dinner at Mom’s

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Tonight is Christmas dinner at mama's house! I came over bright and early to start baking and helping out in the kitchen. I whipped up a vegan pineapple upside-down cake, and a variation on my chocolate banana bundt cake for dessert tonight. This bundt cake has a Christmasy twist, or as my mother would say, "Christmasish" <--- her favorite word. Tonight I used dark cocoa powder instead of regular, and used peppermint extract in the frosting instead of vanilla. I topped the cake … [Read more...]

vegan quinoa cakes

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Ever since I picked up Heidi Swanson's latest cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, I've been dying to make quinoa cakes. Heidi has an easy looking recipe, that has been calling my name for weeks and weeks. Her recipe, along with every other one I stumbled upon within the blogosphere, is vegetarian, and still incorporates eggs. So I knew I had to try my hand at vegan quinoa cakes. But what a surprise to me when my first recipe trial turned out perfect. I literally squealed in delight when I took my … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Cabbage & Kale

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I think God had a sense of humor the day he created the pomegranate. I've never in my life experienced such a sweet, juicy and delectable fruit... that was so absurdly difficult to get at. (Although the coconut ranks high up there too). But all the hard work and time is usually worth it in the end. Health benefits of the pomegranate: Pomegranate seeds contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols--some pretty powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect us … [Read more...]

Veggie pasta & homemade pesto

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Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post! Getting grandma into gear with healthier eating habits has been quite a rewarding experience (in just a week!). So far she is really sticking to the meal plans and snacks I've suggested (although I've still given her a lot of freedom to make her own choices). She's also doing a great job with her food journals! We sit down every few days and go over her food groups. She has increased her veggies and whole grains by several servings each day, … [Read more...]

Star fruit in all its glory

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After work today I decided to swing by the Famer's Market to snag some fresh fruit! I've become quite a fruit-eater lately. (Like multiple times a day, everyday.) I suppose it's because fruit is so easy to carry along to work or school for a snack, and the natural sugar content is a great pick-me-up during the morning and throughout the day. Plus it's so darn good for you it's ridiculous. When I'm buying fruit I try to go with what's fresh, local and in season. I grabbed a giant Florida … [Read more...]

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday

Time for another fabulous link party hosted by Jenn over @ Peas and Crayons. :) This week has been jammed pack full of vacation shenanigans but I've still had lots of yummy eats. Yes, some have been healthier than others (like all of the onion rings and bloody marys I stuffed myself with on Monday. Oyy!), but I am on vacation so I try to enjoy! But as I mentioned earlier, there are still some good ways to stay on track with healthy eating while you are on vacay. One of the best things for me is … [Read more...]

Birthday party fruit cobbler!

Birthday party fruit cobbler!

Happy birthday lil bro! Last night we celebrated my brother Matt's 25th birthday at the cabin here in Crosslake, MN. He's told me it's turning into a habit that he celebrates every birthday while on vacation up north. But at least we celebrate in style! ;)Matt's birthday dinner of choice: Pan seared Walleye fillets with mushroom wild rice, and grilled veggies. My brother and grandparents. My dad and step-mom (middle) & Aunt and UncleWhere it all began: my grandfather and his 2 brothers, with … [Read more...]