The BEST Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I’ve been on a little baking kick this week. Carrot cake is my favorite dessert of all time. It is so rich, moist, and I love the different textures. The 7-layer carrot cake from Mitchell’s is to-die-for. Sam and I always get it whenever we go there or when we are celebrating something. Considering that that cake is 7-layers of straight sugar, I decided to recreate it and ohhhh man… I think I nailed it. Sam took a bite, looked at me, and said, “These are way better than Mitchell’s, I promise.” SUCCESS. The mixture of carrot, coconut, and cinnamon is

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with these. I haven’t baked in awhile and I absolutely love it, so I thought these sounded easy and yummy. My expectations were not high at all, but oh. my. gosh. I think this is my best recipe I’ve ever created (other than the carrot cake cupcakes I also just made. I am on a ROLL today!). These muffins are moist, but crunchy on the outside. The warm raspberries literally explode in your mouth. And then there is the decadent dark chocolate. Like, dayyyum. I’ve been eating them alllllll day. They taste

Pumpkin Pie prOats

Fall is [kinda] here! My favorite season ever. The smells, the weather, the beauty. Everything about Fall is just perfect. I got home from my workout this morning and had leftover pumpkin from a recent recipe (coming soon) and couldn’t help but make pumpkin pie oatmeal. I never get sick of it! I added 2 egg whites for added protein, PLUS it makes the oatmeal super fluffy. You’re going to want to whip this up STAT.  

[Paleo-ish] Protein Smoothie

Smoothies should be a staple in every household. They are quick, nutritious, easy to make, and perfect for on-the-go. You can hide so many greens in smoothies, but still have it taste like dessert! I love to add protein powder to all of my smoothies because I hate drinking just protein powder + water. I like the consistency to be a bit thicker and with more substance. My favorite protein powder (at the moment) is Paleo Pro protein powder (I love the aztec vanilla). It is all natural, soy-free, whey-free, and contains beef and egg protein. I love that it

Low Carb [Paleo] Pancakes

When I was modeling in Chicago, of course I was all about the low-carb options. “Yes, I’ll have egg whites and tomatoes, please!” So boring. Eating such boring food all of the time is what sparked me to create recipes that are healthy, [sometimes] low-carb, and still delicious! I present to you… low-carb pancakes. Hold the applause. Made with coconut flour and egg whites, these pancakes are so fluffy I’m gonna die.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? Especially when they have a garlicky kick! MM, they are so good and the ultimate comfort food. A lot of people, however, are trying to stay away from potatoes, including myself. So of course I found a compromise! Mashed cauliflower. Stay with me here. The entire time I was prepping this dish I kept thinking… “ew.” I love toasted cauliflower, I love riced cauliflower, I even love it raw, so why was I afraid to try it mashed up with garlic? I don’t know. The thought was weird. But OMG did it surprise me! I

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Grain-Free!!)

A muffin that won’t give you a muffin-top. Sign me up! I love muffins. Egg muffins, savory muffins, sweet muffins. They are so easy to just grab’n go. And they are the perfect size! I find that when I bake loafs, I cut myself a huuuuuge (Donald Trump voice) slice, whereas a muffin is already a perfect serving size! Lemon poppyseed is one of my favorite muffin flavors. It’s really light, airy, and refreshing, but also is a comfort food. I always try to bake grain-free, which is great if you have allergies or are simply trying to avoid grains!

Nutella Cookies

Nutty, roasted hazelnuts paired with decadent, smooth dark chocolate. The best combination known to man. I love to spread Nutella on just about anything. My favorite is in-between a warmed croissant, with a cup of coffee, watching a Christmas movie. Ugh, yes pleeeeease! If you share this love for Nutella, then boy do I have a treat for you! I’m not vegan, vegetarian, or strictly raw, but I do love to try and eat that way as much as possible. Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats a juicy steak or a grilled chicken wrap. But when I eat mostly plant-based foods, I

Spicy Bison Chili

Here in Michigan, it has started to get cooler. Today was especially a little nippy and nothing sounded better than a big, warm bowl of chili. I make mine with bison for a few reasons. First off, turkey can get old sometimes when you constantly sub it for red meat. Plus, I really like red meat! Bison is the leanest type of red meat you can buy, so I love to cook with it. Believe it or not, bison is comparable to skinless chicken breast when it comes to calories, fat, and cholesterol. It’s a fantastic source of protein and iron, and even though

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,