Garlic Kale Chips

I’m a snacker. I love to graze throughout the day on lots of different yummy snacks, so I like to make sure that I have lots on hand! Kale chips are one of my go-to’s because they are so easy to make and satisfy my constant need to crunch and munch – lol. Kale is also quite the superfood! Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits and its risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer.  As if that wasn’t cool enough, kale is now recognized as providing major support for the

Eggplant + Tomato Rounds

Are there any vegetables that you have never cooked with? Eggplant is that vegetable for me. I don’t think I’ve ever even noticed them at the grocery store. But a few days ago, I walked into Kroger and it was eggplant mania. They were on sale and Kroger needed to get rid of them, so I helped them out. Only problem, I was stuck with like 4 eggplants and I had no idea what to do with them. Let the brainstorming commence…I decided to use the leftover basil from my Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad and this is where it got me.

Homemade Cinnamon Popcorn

Popcorn is always a go-to snack for me. I absolutely love it! However, I hate when it is soaked in butter and salt. It makes me feel groggy and slow after eating it. Not willing to give up my favorite snack, I figured out a healthier alternative! Brown bag popcorn. It’s as easy as it sounds. Simply throw popcorn kernels, oil, and whatever seasoning you prefer into a brown paper bag. Put the bag into the microwave and voila! Time to start the movie and demolish this delicious bag of popcorn. I love cinnamon on just about everything, but wasn’t quite

Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

Happy Monday! Here’s an awesome recipe to help you kick Monday’s rear end. I have been meaning to post a protein ball recipe for awhile now. Pumpkin pie flavor seems to be appropriate due to the season and my serious obsession with pumpkin! These are really quite delicious. They have a cakey texture to them and a little bit of crunch from the cacao nibs. Best of both worlds! A quick disclaimer: they have a green hue to them because I used protein powder that also contained greens. Normally they will have an orange color, so don’t be freaked out

Ginger Cinnamon Raisin Almond Butter

Ohhhhhh my GOSH I think I’ve struck gold. Nope, I know I have. The other day I was in the Grand Rapids City Market and picked up a jar of cinnamon peanut butter. I thought to myself… I could totally make this. Then I thought of almonds. Then I thought of cinnamon. And ginger, and raisins, and ah! Gold. Sam is always making fun of me because whenever I go shopping, I bring home candles and some kind of nut butter. We currently have 8 jars of nut butter in the cabinet. Almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter… it’s a

Spiced Pumpkin Protein Muffins with Pecans

It is time! Time for everything pumpkin. Happy first day of fall! I love fall so stinkin’ much. I like to buy soy-based candles as much as I can, but I couldn’t resist buying the Pumpkin Pie candle from Bath and Body Works. In all seriousness, I want to eat this candle. It makes the house smell so divine and cozy. Perfect fall candle, for sure. While trying to think up pumpkin ideas, I thought of muffins. They’re easy to eat, make, and take on-the-go. These particular muffins are awesome because of the additional protein – great for a pre-

Green Tea Breakfast Muffins

Sam and I are constantly on-the-go over here and more often than not, we don’t have time for breakfast. I love killing two birds with one stone, which is why I came up with a breakfast muffin that will 1) keep us full and 2) give us energy! I give to you… the green tea breakfast muffin! DUN DUN DUUUUUUN! Yes. I’m weird. Moving on. These taste delicious and are packed with awesome ingredients. Yes, people, this IS real life! Some of my favorite ingredients are: Almond flour/meal: Not only does the moist, nutty taste drive me wild, but it is

Strawberry Chia Jam

This morning my husband searched the entire fridge for strawberry jam, but sadly someone ate it all. It’s not my fault I love toast with strawberry jam – hehe 😉 As I was jotting down a reminder to pick some more up, I realized that it had been forever since I made my own jam. That’s right. Ch-ch-ch-chia! This stuff is so easy to whip up, and it is free of refined sugars and preservatives. Cha-ching!Strawberries are very high in vitamin C, believe it or not. One serving of strawberries has 51.5 mg of vitamin C – half of your daily

Coconut & Almond Flour Banana Bread

When my man asks for banana bread, he GETS banana bread! I think banana bread is a staple in every household, so finding the perfect (and healthy!) recipe was a top priority. I am happy to announce that I have succeeded at such a task because OMGGG this is drool worthy! Tomorrow Sam starts his first day of fall semester for medical school… (silently screams). Every Sunday is a little lazy, but we made sure this particular one was extra lazy. Slept in, enjoyed our cinnamon hazelnut coffee together (killer), watched Netflix, shopped, and obviously we (I) baked! Moist, nutty, flavorful,