Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Pomegranate, & Ginger Lime Dressing

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Happy Halloween! Today’s recipe is inspired by Halloween and the candy-fueled sugar rushes that follow. In between costumes and candy, treat your family to this delicious Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin!

While I love carving pumpkins, I’ve only recently begun experimenting with pumpkin in the kitchen. Between my Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie and the pumpkin soup at my favorite local restaurant, I can firmly say that those bright orange pumpkins aren’t just for carving! Roasted sugar pumpkins are great on salads, as soup, in smoothies, and, of course, as pie. Continue reading →

Double Feature: Vanilla Protein Pancakes & Smoothie featuring Skoop Protein!

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Image Creator: Kate N.

Before I begin today’s post I would like to send a special thank you to my best friend Kate for giving us these delicious Vanilla Protein Pancakes AND Berry Vanilla Smoothie! Love & miss you!

Today’s post has a back story…

A few weeks ago a Colorado-based company named Skoop reached out to me to sample and review their product on A ¬†Mindful Mantra. If you’ve followed A Mindful Mantra for a while you have probably noticed that I rarely do such reviews. It’s not that I haven’t been approached by other companies to do so, it’s just that I am incredibly picky about the products that I will feature on the blog. I, personally, use very few supplements and am always skeptical of supplement companies, their ingredients, and their sourcing.

Needless to say when Skoop reached out to me I defaulted to my usual supplement skepticism. I researched the ingredients. I tried to come up with a reason why I shouldn’t review this product, and, actually, a reason did surface. Despite Skoop’s incredibly clean ingredient list it contained some grains and grain flours, which I have been limiting in an attempt to make some headway with my digestive issues. Continue reading →

Cranberry Roasted Brussels Sprouts

¬†roasted brussels sprouts a mindful mantraHave you ever eaten a meal that looked beautiful – a meal with such vibrant, gorgeous colors you almost didn’t want to ruin its beauty? I am a total sucker for beautiful dishes, and today I am bringing you one of the most gorgeous dishes that I have ever created – Cranberry Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

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Trust the Process – Mantra Monday

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Camel’s Hump Summit, Vermont.  Image Credit: Brandy Oswald

Good Monday morning, friends! It is that time again – Mantra Monday. This week’s mantra is one that I have been trying to embrace for some time. It is one that I have been trying to seek comfort in. This week I bring you “Trust the Process.”

We all feel lost at times. We have all been confused and uncertain. Acknowledge this and offer yourself acceptance and understanding. Learning to be compassionate with yourself during challenging times is a powerful form of self-care. In order to offer this compassion and understanding we must trust the process. We must trust that each experience and each decision is leading us on a beautiful journey and helping to bring more bliss into our lives. Continue reading →

Grain Free Pumpkin Pie

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I have always taken much pride in the food that I prepare. I love knowing that each meal/snack/dessert is healthful and nutritious. There is a sense of joy and gratitude that comes with knowing that your food is free of GMOs and chemical additives. That being said, I have never experienced such joy and gratitude in the kitchen as I did when I finished baking this Grain Free Pumpkin Pie. To be honest, I didn’t know if I had it in me.

I was entirely uncertain of my grain-free crust making abilities. I had never made a gluten-free pastry crust, let alone one that was completely grain-free. I had never even developed my own recipe for grain-free bread. This was a day of kitchen doubts, my friends, but I was not going to let it get me down. I tied on my apron, pulled my hair back, and got to work. As a side note, I imagine the way I feel when I tie on my apron is exactly how superheros feel when they tie on their capes – just sayin’. Continue reading →