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  • Wild Orange Balls

    Wild Orange Balls

    WILD ORANGE BALLS

    These balls are a hit everywhere I bring them. The only modification I make is to serve them with sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter, as the original recipe suggests. (Both options are delicious!)

    Healthy sources of fat and protein, mixed with the sweetness of a raw, local honey is a winning combo - and one you can feel good about!

    I serve them at every essential oils class I teach - and we devour any (if there are any!) leftovers within a day! 

    Ingredients:
    1 cup finely shredded coconut, divided
    1 cup sunflower seed butter
    1 cup dried cranberries
    1/2 cup raw honey
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    2 tablespoons chia seeds
    3 drops Wild Orange essential oil

    Instructions:

    • Combine 1/2 of the coconut and all other ingredients in a larg bowl
    • Roll into balls (about 1-inch in diameter is awesome!)
    • Roll balls into remaining coconut
    • Store in fridge - and enjoy!

    Hope you love the as much as we do!

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    Curious about the versatility of high quality essential oils? It's my passion to share the beautiful and incredibly empowering world of natural health with others. Reach out anytime to learn more! 

  • Healthy Skin, At Last

    Healthy Skin, At Last

    This one's been a long time coming.

    I haven't written very much about my struggle with acne,
    But it's a story worth telling, worth sharing, I think -
    If for no other reason than to be honest, real, and transparent
    About this piece of my wellness journey.

    My intention is to send a message of hope.
    If this helps even one person then it's totally worth it!

    Earlier this week, I posted the photos below on my Facebook page.
    They sparked a lot of interest,
    As well as many kind comments from friends, family, and even strangers.
    Thank you so much for your kinds words. XO

    Mine, it turns out, is not a rare experience.
    So many deal with acne, L O N G beyond adolescence.



    And there's a lot more where those "before" photos came from.

    A little over a year ago, I decided to commit, 100%, to finally "going natural" when it came to skincare. I documented the experience with my iPhone. All the photos are unedited and makeup-free. 

    Over the years, I've tried just about everything:

    • Prescription medications (creams, antibiotics, birth control)
    • Various specialty brands targeting acne sufferers (Proactiv, Murad, Rodan and Fields, acne.org, to name a few)
    • And, more recently, many natural concoctions (manuka honey, local raw honey, baking soda, witch hazel, aloe, lemons, egg masks, clay masks, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, oil cleansing, hot washcloth scrub, washing my pillowcase super often, and more)

    The one thing that worked for me was benzoyl peroxide, at a low percentage, applied gently and generously. Nevermind the tedious process of cleansing, toning, and applying this mask-like amount of BP. Nevermind all the discolored and ruined towels and clothing (mine and others') the BP touched. It was all worth it, you see, in order to feel confident with clear skin.

    Except here's the interesting thing that happened along the way: When I first discovered this particular method, I realized that I'd have to commit to a transition period. No makeup. Nothing to interfere with the process at all. 

    As a result, I spent many months with severe, cystic, red, painful acne, and nothing to cover it up. It was raw, dry, often painful. This was during the time I was in grad school, so I was in my mid-twenties.

    A very strong part of me decided that the people that really mattered and cared would love me as I was, and I wouldn't allow myself to wallow (too long) in the emotional pain of acne. Instead, I would focus on school, studying, learning, and connecting with my nursing school friends.

    The result? Back then, in my mind, the miracle of that experience was that my skin finally did clear up. And with persistent BP use, it stayed mostly clear for a good long while!

    However, the true beauty of that time was that I learned to be more-than-ok with myself, to accept myself, to share myself with others (and not hide), and to face the world head-on, despite the pain/embarrassment.

    People saw past the acne. Some, I think, didn't even see it at all, once they got to know me. 

    That was the greatest lesson I learned.
    And it would come back to me years later, when I decided to go natural.

    My own health journey is an interesting one. Ups and downs and ups. 

    But the most significant changes have come about as a result of embracing a plant-based lifestyle. I eat mostly (not all) plants, and I also turn to plants (most of the time) to further support my body, mind, and spirit.

    Through study, education, and experience, I've become acutely aware of the dangers of toxins in our environments. Unfortunately, this can be an especially ever-present and overwhelming challenge when it comes to skincare.

    Nonetheless, as the great Maya Angelou said, "When you know better, do better."

    And, guys, I knew better.

    I'd read about the many carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting, system-disturbing chemicals in the products I was using. But I'd been too scared to stop doing what had finally worked to keep my skin clear.

    THE CAVEMAN METHOD

    In my quest to find something natural + effective, I stumbled upon the life-changing concept of "the caveman method", through this gal. She embraced a holistic approach, with a lot of natural support along the way. Great information on gut health, diet, stress, and other crucial pieces of the puzzle!

    The thing was, I'd already addressed those pieces.

    But what was most fascinating to me was the cavement method she talked about. Want to know what it's all about? 

    Well, let me start by saying it sounded terrifying! But when you're desprate to make a change, you're willing to give "crazy" ideas a go!

    Here's the idea: There is a very fine, slightly acidic outer layer of our skin called the acid mantle. When it maintains a healthy pH, the acid mantle helps to naturally protect the skin from bacteria and other potential contaminants. 

    But guess what screws with the acid mantle and disrupts its perfect pH? All those funky products we've been using on our skin for years!

    In a nutshell, that's the basis for the caveman method:

    Stop putting things (especially all the unnatural products, soaps, lotions, magic potions, etc.) on your face, let the acid mantle return to balance, and watch what happens.

    In my case: M A G I C

    Did I have to embrace a transition period again?
    Yes. But I could see the gradual change over time.

    Was I able to handle it better this time around?
    Yes, I'd learned a lot from that first go-round.

    Did I stop washing my face?
    Yes! Just a little splash of water in the shower/after working out.

    Did I stop putting products on my face?
    Yes! (So liberating, and money-saving!)

    And did my skin clear up?
    Yesssss, my friends! It did!


    So do I still follow this method?
    Pretty much! I now use some very natural and gentle oils to soothe, nourish, and hydrate my skin. Just a little dab here and there is all I need. I'm keeping things super natural, super clean, and very high vibe. Quality is key.

    The best part was knowing that I was no longer putting funky chemicals on my body. And the even better part was watching, slowly, as my skin returned to balance and cleared up, which you can see in the photos above. The human body is truly an amazing thing!

    Today, I have a new level of respect for my skin. I love it and celebrate it. I thank it for taking care of itself and me. I trust myself to give my body the things it needs to return to balance. And I don't mind if a little blemish pops up here and there. I know that, if I leave it alone, it will go away quickly. 

    Please feel free to share my story. And also to reach out if you'd like to connect personally for more support.

    There's so much we can do to help our bodies do what they are naturally meant to do.

    Sending you love + hope + hugs on this journey.

  • Seasonal Wellness: Top 6 Natural Solutions Here!

    Seasonal Wellness: Top 6 Natural Solutions Here!

    It's that time again. 
    But don't worry, I've got you covered!

    I feel your pain. A few years ago, I too was struggling to build and support a healthy immune and respiratory system, to combat irritating (to say the least) seasonal and environmental threats.

    After quite a bit of time experimenting with various options that made me feel foggy, sleepy, and just generally like I wasn't myself, I was fortunate enough to learn that by changing my diet, I could change a lot of other things, too. Including my health issues.

    This blew my mind. And I knew, immediately, that there was a whole world out there that I needed to explore.

    Since then, I've been on a mission to learn as much as I can about natural healthcare, and to share my experience and knowledge with others. Here, I'm sharing what I've learned about managing seasonal threats naturally.

    There is hope!
    And if you have something awesome to add, please, leave a comment. I love hearing from you!

    1 - EAT + DRINK CLEAN FOOD

    It always starts with food. That's been my experience, anyway. Transitioning to clean eating has been hugely beneficial to my overall wellness. Why? A massive portion of our immune systems is located in the gut. Clean up what you're putting in there, and you'll start to notice a shift in how you're feeling pretty quickly.

    What can you do right now? Begin to move in the direction of a whole food, plant-based diet. That doesn't mean you have to become a vegan. Or paleo. Or anthing in particular, really. But it does mean paying attention to where your food comes from and how it was grown/raised. Some of the most common triggers to avoid include processed/packaged "foods", overdosing on sugar, conventional dairy, and (for some) gluten.

    We are all different. This is the concept of bioindividuality. What makes your body feel amazing might do the complete opposite for someone else. If you think you could use some help sorting that out, consider hooking up with a health coach for a seasonal cleanse (elimination diet approach) or a few personalized sessions. Every body is unique.

    2 - SPOONFUL OF HONEY

    Wild, raw, and local, to be more specific. And just a quarter (tea)spoonful or so at first. Why? Those beautiful bees, as they're buzzing about doing their thing, pick up pollen from their environment. The result: By consuming a bit of wild, raw, local honey, a little at a time, you may help to desensitize your body to the pollen. You'll want to start with a smaller amount in the beginning and gradually work up to the full spoon.

    3 - ESSENTIAL OILS

    Until about a year ago, I had no idea how significantly these guys would change my life. When a friend of mine introduced me to essential oils, touting, specifically, their therapeutic properties, I was hesitant and skeptical at first. But I just kept hearing more and more good things about them. Eventually, wanting to really understand the why behind essential oils and their theraperic properties, I took a leap and ordered myself a kit.

    And I am so glad I did. Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils are known for their ability to support clear breathing and a healthy inflammatory response when combined together. Used by both veteran and novice essential oil users, this well-known blend is frequently diffused or mixed together for its respiratory health benefits. A little goes a long way.

    4 - HERBS & SPICES

    In conjunction with eating clean, a couple of standout herbs and spices that are really worth mentioning here are turmeric and nettle. 

    Turmeric's active ingredient, curcumin, is a phytochemical with many beneficial properties. One of my favorite simple turmeric recipes is "Turmeric Tea", from 101 Cookbooks. Super simple, soothing, and delicious.

    Nettle is another great one, as it contains ingredients believed to support a healthy inflammatory response. Used regularly, many report significant improvement. And it's wonderful for lots of other things, too. Side benefits. My preference is nettle tea from Traditional Medicinals

    5 - OIL PULLING

    Oil pulling is thousands of years old and comes from the ancient practice of Ayurveda, the science of life. I love it because it's an age-old, all natural option for improved overall oral health, clearing out toxins hiding in the mouth and sinus cavities, combatting seasonal threats, supporting a healthy respiratory system, and freshening breath.

    I also love how simple it is. All you need is oil! Coconut, sesame, and olive oils are great options. But stick with the cleanest, most natural version you can get your hands on. 

    How does it work? The fat cells in the oil pull out the bacteria and other harmful toxins from your saliva and around your teeth, tongue, and gums. It’s super easy, painless, safe, and affordable. See the simpe how-to right on over here.

    6 - BREAK OUT THE NETI POT

    The neti pot is another old standby when it comes to respiratory health. The concept is simple: Flush out the problem before your body's had time to mount a major attack. Most folks recommend using the neti pot morning and night to most effectively clear the invading substance(s). 

    Have you explored any of these natural options for combatting seasonal and environmental threats? Any others you swear by and would love to add? Please share, if you like. I love reading your recommendations!

  • Watermelon Cooler

    Watermelon Cooler

    It's National Watermelon Month! Why not, right? (Thanks Hungry For Change!)

    Don't let that gigantic melon go to waste. Blend it up with a bit of ice and enjoy!

    It's one of my favorite drinks in the summer - and oh-so-easy!

    And did you know you can also blend up the rind? 

    Try adding a spash of lime juice (to taste), ice, and water for a refreshing concoction!

    Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll - it actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline (for a healthy heart, immune system, and beneficial in healing from >100 health conditions) than the pink flesh. #foodasmedicine, y'all.

  • Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

    Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

    Ran out of greens today, so it's a banana, almond butter, hemp, flax, chia kind of morning for me. Delish! Join me?

    Almond Butter Banana Smoothie

    Ingredients:

    1 banana
    1 tablespoon almond butter
    1 tablespoon hemp hearts I love Manitoba Harvest!
    1 tablespoon flaxmeal
    1 teaspoon chia seeds
    1/2 cup ice (about 4 pieces)
    1 cup rice milk

  • Avocado Peach Salad + Coconut Dill Dressing

    Avocado Peach Salad + Coconut Dill Dressing

    I loooove how easy it is to throw together a gourmet salad in the summer. Stock your kitchen with fresh produce, a big container of greens, and your favorite body-loving salad accessories - and you're golden!

    Avocado Peach Salad + Coconut Dill Dressing

    Salad:

    Plate full of mixed greens I love Organic Girl!
    1 peach, chopped into bite-size pieces

    1 avocado, diced
    1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds

    Dressing:

    2 tablespoons coconut milk
    1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

    1 teaspoon EVOO
    1/2 teaspoon dill
    1 teaspoon raw honey
    sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

    Instructions: Fill your plate with greens. Sprinkle with peaches and avocado. In a separate bowl, mix together dressing ingredients until well-combined. Drizzle over salad. Garnish with sunflower seeds.

  • Anytime Acorn Squash

    Anytime Acorn Squash

    Here's qne of my favorite (easiest, most delicious, and perfect for winter weather) breakfasts!

    How to:

    1. Wash squash.

    2. Cut in half.

    3. Rub flesh sides with very light layer of coconut oil (or other high-heat-tolerant oil).

    4. Place (flesh sides down) on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 385F for 45 mins.

    5. Slice yourself off a piece.

    6. Dash of sea salt, cracked black pepper, cinnamon, and drizzle of maple syrup. Perfection!

  • Food for a Cause: From Scratch is here!

    Food for a Cause: From Scratch is here!

    Oh, just one more reason I love the Academy of Culinary Nutrition!

    Their mission reaches beyond the "classroom" and beyond the kitchen.

    They're out to change lives and empower people to take back their health and create the lives they desire and deserve!

    What does this latest compilation, From Scratch, from the Culinary Nutrition Experts have to do with changing lives? 

    Well, for one: The recipes are downright dreamy: Gorgeous photos of food-for-healing style recipes, created by yours truly and a whole bunch of my extremely talented friends!

    But much more importantly, 100% of the proceeds (your donations!) will be donated to Kiva, an amazing lending program that helps people around the world kickstart their own businesses - and change their lives!

    This year's edition of the From Scratch Cookbook includes:

    • 35 plant-based, entirely gluten-free recipes
    • Options for vegan, dairy-free, and allergy folks
    • Culinary nutrition tips

    AND it's all available at pay-what-you-can pricing!

    But only through March 6th, 2015!

    So, come on! What are you waiting for?

    Jump on over here and grab your copy:

    I've already donated and downloaded my copy! (It's stellar!!)

    And THANK YOU for supporting this special project. It is truly an honor to be a part of this awesome community. 

  • Warm Sweet Potato Spirals

    Warm Sweet Potato Spirals
    Ah, the sweet potato. Love it or leave it, this tuberous root veggie is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with tons of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness. 


    But it's not just good for your body! Its sweet, beta-carotene orange flesh is rich in magnesium, which promotes relaxation, calmness, and a good mood, according to Psychology Today. 


    And don't be afraid to add healthy fats to the mix. Aside from being vital to keeping our bodies functioning optimally, healthy fats (such as olive oil and avocado), when eaten along with sweet potato, help the body to more efficiently absorb beta-carotene!


    De-stress and give your body some love with these simple Steamed Sweet Potato Spirals. This recipe is so super simple, and it works great as a nutrient-packed veggie side or a mini-meal. 


    Serves: 3
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
     
    ​Ingredients:
    Spiralizer (Or something similar. Even a simple veggie peeler will work.)
    1 medium-size sweet potato, peeled
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed (More to taste)
    Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
    1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, to finish
    Avocado, sliced lengthwise (Optional)


    Instructions: 
    • ​Spiralize the sweet potato.
    • Fill the bottom of a large pot with 1/2 of water, place steamer basket in pot, and place sweet potato spirals in steamer basket. Steam on medium-to-high heat for 10 minutes, checking occasionally to ensure desired tenderness.
    • While sweet potato steams, mix EVOO and lemon juice in a separate dish.
    • Once steamed, remove spirals from steamer. Add EVOO-lemon juice mixture, tossing to lightly coat. Taste test: Add more oil and/or lemon juice as needed.
    • Finish with sea salt, pepper, and sesame seeds to taste.
    • Garnish with avocado slices.

    Enjoy!

  • Chocolate Chili & Cinnamon Cornbread

    Chocolate Chili & Cinnamon Cornbread

    Oh heeeey there!

    I didn't see you there behind my giant heaping bowl of chocolate chili and stack of cinnamon cornbread. You have got to try this one! (Recipe and cookbook giveaway coming up!)

    It's packed with plant-based power and it's super hearty, to satisfy all! Plus, it has chocolate in it! (What?) Yes. It's true!

    Especially as my days and nights grow busier with all the holiday happenings, I'm loving having my friend Michelle Pfennighaus' Winning at Kitchen, A Budget-Conscious Cookbook + Mealplans on hand.

    Michelle Pfennighaus is a fellow Holistic Health Coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She suffered for years with debilitating IBS and anxiety, until finally healing herself through changes in diet and lifestyle. Now, she helps others do the same. (And you know I'm all about that!)

    Sure, I know how to make meal plans. And sure, I know how to cook up some delicious, nutritious food!

    But sometimes even a health coach just wants some new done-for-you ideas, to take the stress out of deciding what's for dinner -  and to add to the standard rotation! I'm keeping things interesting over here!

    So far, I've loved everything I've tried! 

    Another nice thing about the Winning at Kitchen recipes is that they're family-friendly! Michelle knows what it takes to get her little people to eat their veggies. In fact, she's kind of an expert at that. 

    We could all use a little more time in our days, right? And a little more money in our pockets! With Winning at Kitchen, you'll get:

    • 25+ recipes for breakfast, dinner, dessert and money-saving staples using real food ingredients.
    • 4 weeks of no-fuss dinnertime meal plans spelled out for you.
    • Recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free and pain-in-the-butt-free. Some vegetarian meals, some with meat.
    • You’ll get printable grocery shopping lists and make-life-easier prep instructions. Start right away, or whenever your schedule allows.
    • You’ll also get Michelle's comprehensive budget shopping guide. Do you know how to edit a recipe to be less pricey? Are you buying organic and wondering if it’s worth the cost? I’ve been honing my money-saving skills for decades and can’t wait to share my secrets with you!
    • AND you’ll have 24/7 access to Michelle's online forum for extra help, ingredient substitution questions, recipe exchanges, kid-friendly ideas and more. In other words – you’re not alone. That sort of support is something you don’t get with other cookbooks or meal plans out there!

    So what do you say? Wanna snag a copy for yourself? Click right here to buy your copy right now. And, while you're here, why not enter the free giveaway, too!?


    WIN YOUR OWN COPY
    Click HERE to enter!!


    And here's the recipe you've been waiting for:

    Chocolate Chili & Cinnamon Cornbread
    Makes 8 Servings
    Prep Time: 20 Minutes
    Cook Time: 1 Hour

    Ingredients:
    1 Tbl. coconut oil
    1 onion, minced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 large sweet potato, diced
    3 large Swiss chard leaves, minced
    15-oz. can diced tomatoes
    1 quart chicken or vegetable stock I used vegetable.
    2 15-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained

    2 15-oz. cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
    1 Tbl. cumin
    1 Tbl. cinnamon
    1 Tbl. chili powder
    2 Tbl. cocoa powder
    1/2 tsp. salt (or more, depending on how salty your stock is)
    Hot sauce We skipped the hot sauce.

    For Cornbread:
    1 cups cornmeal
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1 egg, beaten I used a "chia" egg*. 
    1/4 cup coconut oil, plus more for pan

    1 1/2 cups unsweetened milk of choice I used homemade almond milk.
    2 Tbl. raw honey

    *1 chia egg is easily made by combining 1 Tbl. ground chia seeds (I use a spice/coffee grinder) with 1/4 cup warm water, mixing well (I use a coffee mug), and setting aside for about 10 minutes to fully gel. 

    Instructions:

    • In a large stock pot, heat coconut oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, garlic, and sweet potato. Mix and cook for about 5 minutes. Add Swiss chard, tomatoes, stock, beans, spices, and salt. Bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour. Serve with hot sauce.
    • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400F. Great a 12-inch cast iron skillet or an 8-inch pan and set aside.
    • Combine all cornbread ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into prepared skillet or pan. Bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

    And enjoy! It tastes amazing - and even better the next day!

    Love,
    Katie
    XO

  • Delicata What?

    Delicata What?

    Hey Loves!

    It's been far too long since we've connected here. Time to nip that in the bud! I've missed you!

    How are you? How's life going for you? 

    The last few months have been a bit of a wild (and awesome) ride for me. I've been TA-ing for the most wonderful Culinary Nutrition Expert program, teaching people how to use essential oils to improve their (and their families') lives, and working on a very cool group coaching program!! (Definitely keep an eye out for that one - because I'll be sharing all the details very soon!)

    Lots of good things! And lots to be grateful for. 

    But in the midst of a lot of professional goodness, I found that my self-care routine had been taking a bit of a back seat. (Raise your hand if that sounds familiar.) I know I'm not the only one who struggles with maintaining self-care and work-life balance! 

    It's an ongoing thing. Life is always gonna be busy, right? Things are always gonna happen.

    So what are we gonna do about that? Well, I've decided that I've got to stop putting myself last. And you know what's kind of awesome and amazing?

    I'm finding that my relationships, my body, and my business will ALL benefit from my re-commitment to self-care.

    You can't take care of others if you're not taking care of yourself.

    AmIright? So from here on out - and I'm putting it out into the interwebs for all of you to hear...and hold me accountable - I'm recommitting to doing what I need to do in order to love and respect myself AND be able to serve all of you best

    Let's start with food! Today, I've got a delicious delicata squash salad for you. It's seasonal, simple, and so delicious. If you haven't had delicata squash before, then you need to try this. It's a personal fave, inspired by a recipe a dear friend of mine sent me last year! Ready? Here we go:

    Super Simple Delicata Salad

    Ingredients:
    1 delicata squash
    1/2 tablespoon EVOO (or coconut oil)
    1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
    Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
    Leafy greens Enough to fill a plate. (I used mesclun and spinach.)
    1/4 cup of walnuts (roughly chopped)
    1 tablespoon of dried cranberries

    For salad dressing:
    1/2 tablespoon EVOO
    1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    Splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Instructions:

    • Wash squash and slice it in half long-ways. Scoop out the seeds. 
    • Slice squash into half-medallions (as pictured) and place in a medium-size bowl.
    • Add EVOO, maple syrup, and sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. Toss to combine/lightly coat.
    • Place on parchment paper-lined cooking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350F.
    • Place greens on plate, and sprinkle walnuts and cranberries on top.
    • In a small bowl, mix all salad dressing ingredients together.
    • When squash is finished baking, add it to the top of your salad. The warmth of the squash will warm your salad just the right amount, making it a nice salad for cold weather.
    • Drizzle with salad dressing, and enjoy!

    Let me know what you think! And take me up on this self-care challenge: Do at least one thing today to take care of yourself. What will it be? You are so worth it, my friend. XO

    Love,
    Katie

  • Miso Soup For The Soul

    Miso Soup For The Soul

    Who needs chicken soup when you've got miso?

    This satisfying concoction is ridiculously easy and soothingly delicious.

    But first, let's talk miso. What's so great about it?

    Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and the fungus Aspergillus oryzae, known in Japanese as kōjikin, and sometimes rice, barley, or other ingredients. 

    Because it's fermented, miso is a natural probiotic, which is super healthy for the gut

    The World's Healthiest Foods recommends choosing certified organic soy miso, since 90% of U.S. soybeans are genetically modified (GM) these days. The "certified organic" seal offers a lower risk of unwanted contaminants. No need to mess with the bad stuff.

    Ok, ready to get cooking? 

    Ingredients:
    2 teaspoons coconut oil
    1/2 onion, sliced thinly
    2 carrots, sliced thinly
    3 cups water
    2-3 tablespoons miso
    2 portabella mushrooms, halved and sliced thinly

    1 broccoli crown, chopped into bite-size pieces
    2 sheets nori, torn into bite-size pieces
    1 avocado, sliced
    sesame seeds, to taste


    Instructions:

    • In a medium-sized pot, heat oil over low-medium heat.
    • Add onions and sauté until just translucent.
    • Add carrots and sauté until just tender.
    • Add water, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
    • Add miso, mushrooms, and broccoli, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
    • Remove from heat. Stir in nori.
    • Add avocado, to taste.
    • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    Enjoy!

  • Build The Perfect Salad, A FREE Guide

    Build The Perfect Salad, A FREE Guide

    Hello Loves!

    Summer is in full swing here in Maryland, and with it comes a massive amount of fresh, seasonal, delicious produce. What better way to dress up a boring salad than to pack it with the fruits (often quite literally) of the season?

    In the Spring, my Nutrition School released its FREE "Spring Salads Guide". It's full of tons of awesome salad recipes from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition students and grads. And did I mention it's FREE?

    What's even better about it is that it's applicable throughout the year - not just in the Spring. :) 

    Click on any of the images below to grab it for yourself and your family - or share it with a friend.

    There's even a quick recipe for an anytime salad dressing. My tip? Add a touch of raw honey to the mix for a little extra sweetness.

    Enjoy! 


  • Taco Night Done Right

    Taco Night Done Right

    Happy Earth Day, guys! Wondering how else you can give Mother Earth a little more love this year?

    I’ve got the perfect thing for you: A totally plant-based, super easy and delicious recipe that you can throw together in minutes. This one is always a winner at our house.

    Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with Earth Day. Actually, quite a lot. According to the Environmental Working Group:

    Americans’ appetite for meat and dairy – billions of pounds a year from billions of animals – takes a toll on our health, the environment, climate and animal welfare. Producing all this meat and dairy requires large amounts of pesticides, chemical fertilizer, fuel, feed and water. It also generates greenhouse gases and large amounts of toxic manure and wastewater that pollute groundwater, rivers, streams and, ultimately, the ocean. In addition, eating large quantities of beef and processed meats increases your exposure to toxins and is linked to higher rates of health problems, including heart disease, cancer and obesity.

    So, if you want to give your mother a little extra love this year, consider taking a look at the foods you consume - and where they come from.

    A plant-based diet (based mainly on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) is generally more Earth-friendly than the alternative. Bonus points for paying attention to how far your food has to travel to get to your table. This is super important. Local is best!

    Here's a recipe you can feel good about - that loves you back and is easy to put together fast! 

    Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

    Ingredients:

    The Filling:
    3 cups sweet potato, diced small

    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 can corn, drained
    2 avocados, diced
    1/2 cup red onion, diced small

    The Dressing:
    4 tbsp lemon juice

    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 tbsp raw honey (or use agave or maple syrup if you prefer)
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp ground cayenne
    1 tsp sea salt

    Tortillas:
    We like to use soft, organic corn tortillas for our tacos.

    Instructions:

    • To steam diced sweet potato, add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of a medium/large pot, sit steamer basket in the pot, and add sweet potato. Steam, covered, on medium/high heat until tender. (About ten minutes.)
    • While the sweet potato is steaming, place black beans, corn, avocados, and onions in a large bowl. Once tender, add the diced sweet potato.
    • In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, raw honey, cumin, cayenne, and sea salt until well combined.
    • Pour dressing over filling, and mix gently to combine well.

    We use a cast iron pan to warm our tortillas. Low-to-medium heat does the trick. The tortillas will soften quickly. Give them a flip to be sure they've warmed throughout. Add as much filling as you like - and enjoy!

    So, what do you think? Easy enough, right? And it does not disappoint. I would love to know what you think – and I’d love to hear what your go-to healthy meal is. Let me know in the comments below!

  • ICE CREAM THAT LOVES YOU BACK

    ICE CREAM THAT LOVES YOU BACK

    This one's a must share. When I first read about this, I was kinda mad no one had told me about it sooner. Delicious, nutritious, and SUPER easy. Doesn't get any better than that!

    Here's what you'll need:


    And here's what you'll get:
    BANANA ICE CREAM WITH DARK CHOCOLATE + WALNUTS
    Ingredients
    1 banana, broken into pieces
    Palmful of walnut pieces
    2 pieces dark chocolate

    Instructions

    1. Place pieces of banana in freezer until frozen (about 2 hours).
    2. Once frozen, place banana pieces, dark chocolate, and walnuts in high-powered blender.
    3. Blend. Scrape down sides. Blend again. (Too thick? Add a spash of almond or rice milk.)
    4. Serve and enjoy!

    Prefer firm ice cream? Refreeze to your liking.
    Not big on dark chocolate and walnuts? Try adding a spoon of raw almond or peanut butter instead.
    Give it a try. Let me know what you think! ♥