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Healthy Habits: Easy Recovery Shake

A recovery shake is vital after a good workout. (And the sooner after your workout you drink it, the better.) There are a lot of pre-made mixes out there, and I tend to shy away from most of them due to their high sugar and carb content. This one is pretty healthy and really tasty so it fits the bill. Here's what you'll need: 


5 ice cubes

1T chia seeds

1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)

1 scoop Nutiva hemp powder

1 scoop greens powder

1T raw cacao powder

1/2 banana

Blend everything together in a high powdered blender on high until you get a smoothie-like consistency. Drink and thrive!


Healthy Habits: Amaranth Bowl & Orange Ginger Dressing

I've been experimenting with new grains lately, and I have fallen for amaranth. It's like a small version of quinoa and packed with just as many nutrients. Amaranth alone is sort of bland, much like any other grain alone, but I dressed it with a homemade orange ginger dressing that was light, tangy and delicious. Here's what I did: 


1 cup amaranth

1 head of organic cauliflower

5 organic carrots, peeled and chopped

1 organic red pepper, chopped

1 organic zucchini, chopped

1 head of organic  kale, rinsed and chopped

1 sweet organic onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, diced

1 organic blood orange

1/2 inch piece of organic ginger

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 

Cook the amaranth in 2 cups of water by bringing it to a boil and letting it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all the water has absorbed. Sautee the veggies by starting with the garlic and onion, then add the rest, saving the kale for the last two minutes or so. When everything is cooked, put the blood orange and ginger through a juicer or food processor. Add the ACV and you've got yourself a dressing! Put the veggies in with the amaranth, and serve in a bowl. Then add the dressing on top. Enjoy!


Healthy Habits: In Review

Here are some meals from the past week in case you're needing some healthy habits inspiration.

1. Oatmeal from Starbucks. I put the nuts and fruit packets in it. So delicious.

2. A kale, black bean and millet dish I made. You cook 1 cup of millet in two cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer until all the water is gone. Throw in a can of organic black beans and sautee organic kale. Toss it all together and voila!

3. Simple salad with a veggie burger and sweet potato cake.

4. Your traditional deli wrap minus the meat. And yeah, those are carrots. It happened.

Any healthy and quick meals you're loving lately?


Healthy Habits: Cauliflower Pizza


Here's a quick and easy way to sneak some veggies into your pizza- cauliflower pizza crust. Apparently it doesn't taste like "real" pizza (and really, how could it? Cauliflower is no substitute for white flour!), but give it a try- you'll feel less guilty eating pizza knowing all the nutrition you're getting. Nom nom nom.


Wedding Workout: Salute the Sun

I can't think of a better workout for a bride other than yoga. It challenges the body and calms the mind. For a girl planning her wedding, what could be better? Here's a one minute sun salutation video that will talk you through the yoga sequence. Do this a few times in the morning or at night to quiet the mind and get a mini workout in. As always, consult your doctor before you begin any new workout. Now, onto the yoga mat!


Healthy Habits: Green Juice

Getting in shape is often at the top of many brides' to do lists, and while that usually requires many a trip to the gym or yoga/pilates studios, it's also important to take a look at diet. Simply drinking water and eliminating all sodas or juices can help to cut down calories and sugars from your diet. But when you're really craving something sweet, grab one of these: Green Machine by Naked. It's an all natural greens juice that tastes delicious.


As you can see, there are quite a few sugars in one serving (that's right, you can't just drink the whole thing in one sitting!), but fear not because these are sugars from the fruit that's in the juice- not added refined sugars. Definitely not a replacement for eating your greens, but rather a good alternative when you're craving something sweet. 


Healthy Habits: Banana Nut Muffins

These healthy-ish breakfast treats are the perfect on-the-go start to your busy day. They are super simple to make AND they freeze well! This means you can make a big batch in advance, store them in your freezer, and just take one out every night to let it thaw for the next morning. Winning!


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milled flax seed 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbs melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/8 cup additional walnuts, finely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine flour, flax seed, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Mash bananas and mix with sugar for 2 to 3 minutes or until well-incorporated.
  4. Then, add the melted butter, egg and vanilla extract to banana mixture. Beat well.
  5. To this add the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated.
  6. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and mix well.
  7. Spoon the batter into muffin liners and top with remaining finely chopped walnuts.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

     Makes 12 muffins. Enjoy!



Healthy Habits: Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are well-known to be a "healthy" snack choice. But, sadly, not all bars are created equal. In fact, when it comes to nutrition, some granola bars are not much better for you than a candy bar (Chewy Bars we're looking at you!). Seriously, corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives just aren't good for you. Enter the homemade granola bar. They're packed full of energy. They are fully-customizable. And of course, no artificial flavors or preservatives necessary. And, bonus, they're super easy to make! Here's the recipe I used to make some kick-ass granola bars (if I do say so myself!). Feel free to sub out the nuts and fruits with your favorites.


  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup raw brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 1/2 cup of of almonds and hazelnuts, 1/2 finely ground and 1/2 coursely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried apples and dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed

1. Put pitted dates in a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drain. Purée dates in a food processor. 

2. Combine oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseed in an ungreased 9"x13"baking dish and toast in the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, date purée, honey, butter or margarine, vanilla extract, and salt in a saucepan. Cook over low heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.

4. When oat and nut mix is done toasting put into a large mixing bowl and add dried fruit. Mix well.

5. Put sliced almonds in the oven to toast for 5-10 minutes or until slightly brown.

6. Next, stir contents of the saucepan into the ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Make sure everything is mixed together really well.

7. Line the 9"x13" baking dish with parchment or wax paper. Then, use a small amount of butter or margarine to grease the paper.

8. Empty contents of the large mixing bowl into baking dish. Use greased paper to flatten and press the mixture firmly into the pan.

9. Sprinkle toasted sliced almonds onto the top of the mixture and press again firmly with greased paper. 

10. Let cool. Then cut into bars and enjoy!


Healthy Habits: Vegetarian Thai Chili Dish

I found this Thai Chili at the grocery store the other day, and thought I'd use it with sauteed vegetables, tofu and rice. The end result exceeded my expectations and I'm fairly certain the dish will be making frequent appearances on my dinner table! It is pretty healthy, and would great for a get together with your bridesmaids, or as simply another meal option when on a wedding diet! Hope you enjoy! 

Ingredients: This is totally customizable, so use whatever you want! I used:

1 onion

1 clove garlic

3 peppers

2 zuchini 

1 head of broccoli

1 pack of tofu

chili sauce

garlic powder

1 cup brown rice

Some chopped veggies and the marinating tofu

Step 1: Put one cup of brown rice (rinsed) in 2 cups of boiling water. Turn the heat down and let it simmer.

Step 2: Chop your tofu up, and put it in a container. Dump some chili sauce over it. Set it to the side.

Step 3: Chop all your veggies and garlic clove. Put them in a wok (or frying pan) with some olive oil and garlic powder on low heat. Continue to toss them around so they don't burn. (Tip: I steamed the broccoli I used because I felt like stir-frying broccoli would take forever and a day.) 

Step 4: When the veggies are warm to touch but still crunchy, add the tofu/chili sauce mix. Continue to stir for about five minutes. 

Step 6: Turn off the heat for the veggies. Dish them out on a bed of rice. Eat and enjoy!



Healthy Habits: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sure you want to look fab on your wedding day, but once in a while you've got to indulge...and the other day, I did. I made the most delicious gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. They were so good, in fact, that my husband and I polished them off in two days and I whipped up another batch. Maybe we should've have over-indulged, but man, these were good! Here's the recipe:

3 1/2 T coconut oil (I use nutive organic extra virgin)

1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour (the key to good gluten-free baking is to be sure your flour isn't starchy (no rice flour!!))

1/4 cup organic sugar in the raw

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup dark chocolate chips

3 T organic peanut butter

2 tsp organic vanilla extract

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup water

Combine everything together and bake for 5-8 minutes at 350f.