Spiced Date Rolls w/ Almond Butter & Chia

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I was going to simply call these “Date Rolls”, but they are so much more than your average store bought date rolls.  Most of the store-bought date rolls are made with chopped almonds as opposed to almond butter.  By subbing in almond butter, we get a creamy texture with a faint buttery flavor.  Using almond butter also helps keep date rolls moist, which isn’t always possible when using chopped almonds.  As for the topping, I knew I wanted something healthy and crunchy to pair with the usual shredded coconut in which date rolls are rolled.  Being that I am always looking for a way to sneak chia seeds into my recipes, I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to do so.  However, the date rolls still seemed too generic, I need something that set them apart from other date rolls.  That’s when I turned to my good friends cinnamon and cardamom.  These spices give the date rolls a unique and delicious flavor. I am obsessed :P Continue reading →

What I Bought Wednesday…

What I Bought Wednesday A Mindful Mantra

One of my favorite days of the week is grocery day.  I’m under the impression that most of America doesn’t like grocery day, in fact most people I’ve talked to hate grocery day.  Growing up my mom never once looked, nor sounded, thrilled to go to the market.  I, on the other hand, LOVE grocery day!  I take time before going to the market to look at recipes, dream up meals, and draft a grocery list.  I LOVE to read labels and check out new ingredients.  I do the majority of my shopping at our local co-op, City Market.  Though, I will head to Hannaford every now and then for some items.  Our local Hannaford has a fairly good organic produce and products in comparison to other supermarket chains.

After returning from the co-op this week, I was thinking, “How can I share my love of all these awesome weekly finds with my readers?”  That’s when I dreamed up “What I Bought Wednesday.”  Several Wednesdays a month I am going to highlight my finds from the market.  I will take the time to explain my reasoning for purchasing certain products, and how I plan to use them.  As an avid-blog reader, I always love when food bloggers give us a glimpse into their refrigerator/pantry.  This is my way of welcoming you into my kitchen, and to help spice up your grocery trips! Continue reading →

Homemade Flavored Water Infusions

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With spring at our front door and summer quickly approaching, we are constantly reminded to stay hydrated.  We all know that drinking an adequate amount of water (about half your body weight in ounces per day, more or less depending on location and activity level) is the perfect way to remain healthy and cleanse the body.  What many people don’t know much about is what to do if you’re a person who simply does not like drinking water.

I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they do not like water.  As a girl who loves a cool glass of water, I’ve always been perplexed by this aversion.  When I first heard these complaints, I would get all up in arms about humans needing water to survive.  This got me nowhere.  In fact, it probably pissed some people off, but you live and you learn. Continue reading →

Quick & Easy Grain-Free Biscuits

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You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent from the blogging world recently.  I have even been posting less on Facebook and Twitter.  I didn’t really make a conscious effort to do so, but once I realized it was happening I took a minute to think about why it was happening.  I discovered something that I’m not quite sure I was ready to discover.

Several years ago when I started reading wellness blogs on a daily basis, I found them wildly refreshing and inspiring.  It opened my eyes to a world of holistic wellness that I never knew existed – organic foods, spices, herbs, yoga, yogic philosophy, etc.  It felt so great to have all these options, to be in control of my own health.  Then, something strange happened.  Reading these types of posts made me envious of the writers.  It seemed that they really had their shit together.  It gave me the impression that they didn’t have crappy days, and that they effortlessly followed their restrictive diets.  Ugh, it started to become so overwhelming!  It honestly started to make me feel like I was a twenty-something with a messy life and no willpower.  I started to feel not so good, and it only got worse. Continue reading →

Chaga Chai Tea

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“Accentuate the positive.  Be deliberate about your feelings”

-Danielle LaPorte, Desire Map

Lately I’e been getting a serious case of the wintertime blues.  Depression, moodiness, anxiety, and self-doubt have crept their way into my daily life.  It’s all been getting me really down. That’s why I am choosing this mantra today.  I’m going to concentrate on all the positive things in my life – my loving boyfriend, supportive family, my friends, my yoga, the sunshine, my new pink scarf, coconut milk…well, you get the idea.  I’m going to be deliberate about how I feel.  I will be mindful of my thoughts, choosing only positive thoughts.  I’m not perfect, but I’m going to try my hardest to dispel any negative thoughts that may arise.  Doing our best is all that we can do.  The rest will take care of itself. Continue reading →