Mind the (Nutritional) Gap with MegaFood Nutrient Booster + Easiest Organic Smoothie Recipe

Disclosure: I received complimentary MegaFoods product for the purpose of writing this post, but the opinions are, as always, my own.  Smoothies are kinda my thing. I mean, I have an entire category heading on this blog devoted to Healthy Smoothie Recipes. I've made energy smoothies, smoothies for weight loss, breakfast smoothies, smoothies for kids . . . you get the point. The easiest organic smoothie recipe is even at the end of this … [Read more...]

Easy Coconut and Caramel Chocolate Truffles + Simple Gift Tutorial| #SweetenTheSeason

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetenTheSeason #CollectiveBias I have two kids in grade school this year. Which means double the teacher gifts, double the bus driver gifts, double everything! And here's the thing. I've never been the amazing, craft, Pinterest-y mom who crafts meticulously personal and adorable holiday gifts. So every year I get crazy-stressed when I try … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Bloody Mary Bar: Perfect for Parties at Home and On the Go! #HomegateHacks #TeamMary

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HomegateHacks #TeamMary #CollectiveBias   I have a confession to make. Up until about a year ago, I completely refused to try Bloody Marys. If I was out for brunch, or even a morning boat cruise, I have always opted for a mimosa, or maybe coffee with hazelnut liqueur for my pre-noon adult beverage of choice. About a year ago I … [Read more...]

The BEST Quick Breakfast for Crazy Mornings

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Orgain. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I honestly loved trying this protein powder and it has become a staple in my pantry!  Protein. We all know we need it. We know that it's especially important to have a protein-rich breakfast. I mean, let's face it. I eat a bowl of cereal and I'm hungry again by the time … [Read more...]

Homemade Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Disclosure: As a Stonyfield Blogger, I received the YayLabs Ice Cream ball and a sample of Stonyfield Organic Yogurt free to facilitate this post. It's mid-summer already, and when the kids and I are home during the day looking for things to do, the situation can get desperate pretty quick. I was SO happy to see the Yay Labs Softshell Ice Cream Ball delivered to our home! We immediately invited some friends over to come make delicious froyo … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Buffalo Dip Recipe

Here in Western New York State, Buffalo Wing Dip has a cult-like following. So when I got the chance to feature Late July Organic chips, I knew I wanted to create a lightened up Buffalo Dip to go with them. Substituting Stonyfield Greek yogurt for the sour cream or cream cheese in this recipe is perfect because it is thick and rich-tasting, without a ton of saturated fat or added sugar. Plus. Stonyfield Plain Greek yogurt has no added sugar … [Read more...]

High Protein Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe

  Disclosure: This post is a result of a collaboration between myself, Now Foods, and Mamavation. All opinions and recipes are my own.   It's no surprise to anyone reading this blog that smoothies are kinda my thing. For a while, I was making (and posting) mostly green superfood smoothies. And I love them.  But sometimes, you know, I want something a little more festive! That's when the Piña Colada Smoothie Recipe comes in: it is a tropical … [Read more...]

Healthy Snack Ideas | Chocolate Covered Bananas with Toasted Hemp Seeds

Disclosure: I'm a #NowWellness Blogger Ambassador, and have received monetary and product compensation. All opinions, recipes, and ideas are always my own.   I'm always looking for ways to "fool" my children into thinking that my healthy snack ideas are really "treats." When I first tried the Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds from Now foods, I knew I wanted to use them in some sort of snack food. The Chocolate Covered Bananas with Toasted … [Read more...]

Why PB&J Chia Seed Pudding will Change Your Life | Chia Seed Recipes

I've been reading about how FABULOUS Chia Seed Pudding is for months now, but, to be honest, I've been extremely suspect.  I felt like Chia pudding was one of those things healthy bloggers said was delicious, but really tasted like sludge. I'm looking at you, Wheatgrass. So I've been really reluctant to waste perfectly good Chia seeds (they ain't cheap!) and almond milk on this experiment. Finally, after eating one too many bags (yes, I … [Read more...]

Homemade Face Moisturizer – Only 3 Ingredients!

You're probably sick by now of me going on and on and on about how much I LURVE using the Oil Cleansing Method to wash my face. In a nutshell, it's easy to make, it's super cheap (about $15 per YEAR), and I have gotten tons of compliments on my clear skin since I started using it. The truth is, because the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is SO effective, I rarely need to use moisturizer. However, in the cold winter months when my skin tends to get … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chili Recipe | Chili con “Coffee” with Local Ingredients

This is a guest post by Chris Clemens from Exploring Upstate. There's little that I love more than exploring my surroundings and that requires a lot of energy. While I don't exactly consider myself to be a 'foodie', finding great things to eat that fuel my next adventure is imperative. Many of those meals are found on the road but every once in a while I find myself tinkering in my own kitchen. My "Chili con Coffee" recipe has become a … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Recipes – Holiday Sides and Desserts!

Easy Homemade Recipes I searched the internet to find the most deliciously easy homemade recipes to make for this holiday season. You'll find over 20 recipes for sides and desserts -- which are my favorites anyway! Side Dishes Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole Butternut Squash With Maple Mashed Turnips with Bacon & Chives Maple Glazed Carrots Pumpkin Soufflé and Sweet Potato Soufflé Apple Cider Roasted Sweet … [Read more...]

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Truffles | No-Bake, Only 4 Ingredients!

Dessert is kinda my thing. For every holiday, and every dinner party invitation, I am always asked by the hosts to make desserts.  And the only thing I love more than dessert? Bailey's Irish Cream Liquor. What can I say? It's festive.  This is not the first time I've incorporated Bailey's into a dessert recipe, but the following 4-ingredient Truffle recipes is definitely the easiest. It requires only about 10 minutes of hands-on time, and the … [Read more...]

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe | Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Real Food Recipe

Pumpkin Pie has been a staple at my family's holiday table for as long as I can remember. My grandmother made the absolute best, creamiest, most deliciously nutty pumpkin pies.  I've tried my hand at more than a few pumpkin pies, and none of them were as perfect as Grandma's. Even though pumpkin pie is one of the "lighter" holiday desserts (coming in at about 320 calories per slice compared to pecan pie which is over 500 calories per slice), I … [Read more...]