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Roasted Chicken and Veggies

Making a roasted chicken and veggies on Sundays has become a tradition. It’s something I do every Sunday to prepare for the week and it’s a great way to meal prep quickly and easily without having to make a shit ton of food. It’s also really nice to have a bit of a Sunday ritual. I pop this bad boy in the oven, clean the house, light a pumpkin spice candle (I’m embracing the basic, ya’ll) and go on a walk or out to brunch with my husband and son. All while this sucker is roasting away. It’s such an easy way to make a lot of healthy food. You can get SO many meals out of a roasted chicken. Take all the meat off and set it aside for the week. You guys – take my advice: make this chicken every week! One of the best things you can…

Why I Don’t Recommend a Vegan Diet

Before you decide that this article has some sort of agenda or that I’m bankrolled by the dairy industry (yes, I’ve actually beed accused of that) let me just clarify that I’m sharing this information for a few reasons, one being that veganism is a hugely popular diet and people should really be aware of the pitfalls of it. The other being that I was a vegan and it basically wrecked my health (you can read more about that here). My intention is not to bash veganism, but to be honest with you – because so many others are not (or, they’re just unaware of the facts below). I share this information with you not because this is my opinion, but because this is the reality of a plant based diet. So before you decide to leave a hateful comment, know that I’m coming from a good place. People deserve…

An Unbiased Review of Arbonne

Are Arbonne products safe? In this Arbonne review, you’ll learn about the ingredients used in their shakes and powders and you will find out whether the products are really worth it!  Before it’s asked, this is the protein I use and recommend. I couldn’t find one good enough on the market, so I made my own. Grass-fed collagen with six organic superfoods: kale, spirulina, wheatgrass, broccoli, spinach and turmeric. I drink it in my daily smoothies and it gives me LIFE. Aka a healthy gut, glowing skin, strong digestion and energy for DAYS. Arbonne Review: Are Arbonne products safe? After lots of requests for a Arbonne Nutrition review, I’ve finally done it. I wanted to like Arbonne. That’s why I think it took me so long to look at the products. I took a close look at their protein shakes and nutrition bars and listed some of the ingredients that…

Five Ingredient & Five Minute Chocolate Mousse

This easy healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe is paleo, dairy-free and refined sugar-free and comes together in 5 minutes using only 5 ingredients! Dessert win! Elevate your dessert game with this Healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe!  My husband loves chocolate mousse! It seemed like a simple enough dessert to make. However, it usually involves a double broiler, separating the yolks from the whites, beating the whites, and some chocolate mousse recipes even calling for baking it. I suck at baking. This is why I have to come up with the easiest and quickest desserts possible. And healthy, obviously. I love to cook, but I find baking really boring. I didn’t really think double boiler and beating eggs was necessary to get perfectly silky and smooth chocolate mousse. Turns out, I was right. Why you should try this healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe: This healthy chocolate mousse recipe was the easiest dessert to make…

Veganism: Extremely Dangerous For Babies

First of all, let me say that I respect the choice of an adult to make a diet decision. But I recently read an article in which actress Jenna Dewan said of her daughter, ”She eats fruits and veggies and nothing else.” Nothing else? Where is this baby going to get her EPA and DHA? What about healthy fats in general? And vitamin A (retinol)? What about B12? Babies have died from lack of vitamin A and B12! To be clear, I don’t believe that any parent who feeds their child a vegan diet means to hurt them. I don’t think they’re even aware of the dangers tied to feeding a baby a plant-based diet. As a society, we often equate a vegan diet with health while turning up our noses at animal products. But eating a vegan diet is not the same as being healthy. As a result, there…

Are Your Candles KILLING You?

Okay, the title of this post is totally inflammatory. No, I don’t think your candles are going to kill you, although the title does make me envision one of those really shitty (but totally awesome) scary movies like Killer Clowns From Outerspace. It could be called Attack of the Killer Candles. I love me some candles. They provide gorgeous lighting, are so relaxing and they smell awesome. But several years ago I stopped using them. Whenever I lit a candle, my head would start to hurt and the inside of my nose would ache. I eventually found out why that is and have since switched to healthier options and ditched the paraffin candles. But first, what IS paraffin? Paraffin is derived from petroleum and is the waste result of refining crude oil into gasoline. Doesn’t sound so great, does it? The paraffin is then bleached using dioxin, a know human…

The Healthy Holidays Challenge

Every holiday season when I hear about people gaining weight I always think of the episode of Friends where Joey and Ross are dangling from the fire escape and Joey asks Ross how much he weighs. But here’s the thing: you don’t need to eat terribly, gain weight, or deprive yourself of awesome holiday food. I used to do one of two things every holiday season. Scenario 1: Convince myself that eating terribly was fine, that the holidays were an exception and that I’d be missing out if I didn’t indulge. I’d gain weight, break out, and feel terrible. Scenario 2: Convince myself that eating all of my favorite, delicious holiday treats wasn’t worth it so I’d miss out and be completely miserable. But it doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can have your pumpkin pie and eat it too. In the Healthy Holiday Challenge I’m sending you…

Paleo Banana Caramel Upside Down Cake (Sugar and Grain Free)

Sometimes, I make really good food. And this spin on an upside down cake is one of my favorites. I made this for a Halloween party and my friends really liked it. If you’re wondering if it got good reviews because my friends are polite, I assure you that is not the case. Happy Halloween! I don’t know if there’s such a thing as ‘Halloween food.’ But I know ‘party food’ exists, and this is definitely a recipe that qualifies as that! Shared at: Fat Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Foods Wednesday, Keep It Real Thursday, Make Your Own Mondays Paleo Banana Caramel Upside Down Cake (Sugar and Grain Free) Sometimes, I make really good food. And this healthy sugar and grain-free spin on a banana upside down cake is one of my favorites. 2 bananas2 pastured eggs1/4 cup honey1/4 cup raw or coconut milk (optional)1 tablespoon vanilla extract2.5…