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Pantry Goodies

Pantry Goodies

Hey All! Happy weekend. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite staples to have in the kitchen. Let’s start off with flours. I go a little overboard with the amount of flours I have, but you don’t need to. I would definitely […]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Loaf

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Loaf

About a year ago, I was eating a pretty strict Paleo diet. For those of you not familiar with the Paleo trend, it consists of meat, fish, tons of greens, some fruits, healthy fats and oils like avocado, coconut and olive oil, nuts, and seeds. […]

The Power of Cinnamon

The Power of Cinnamon

Anybody that knows me, knows I LOVE cinnamon! I put that sh*t on everythanggg. But for real. I do haha. Cinnamon has some great health benefits too and is a great option for pre-diabetics and diabetics. Some health benefits of cinnamon are:

  1. Cinnamon is a very strong antioxidant. It is even considered a “superfood” and is in the same healing realm of garlic and oregano.
  2. Helps balance blood sugar by reducing insulin resistance and helping insulin do its thing. This is especially great for people with diabetes. Sprinkle some cinnamon in your coffee, tea, on top of peanut butter toast, whatever tickles your fancy. Its better than white sugar and you’ll be able to reap all the health benefits while still enjoying your relish treats.
  3. Cinnamon is a great anti-inflammatory helping to fight against disease and skin issues.
  4. Helps our brain, yo. Seriously, cinnamon helps prevent a protein called Tau which is a protein that builds up in a brain with people who suffer from Parkinson’s and Alzheimers disease.
  5. Cinnamon can protect our hearts <3 Cinnamon helps reduce triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels.

 

 

What oil should you use?

What oil should you use?

Lately when I walk down the grocery store isle or health food store I am pretty confused. As a nutrition specialist you would think I would know every supplement, oil, or protein powder, but think not! There are so many products coming out on the […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe  1 cup of oats (grounded in a blender) 1 tsp of baking soda 1 tsp of baking powder 1 tsp of sea salt 1 tsp of cinnamon 1/4 cup of Organic Vegetable shortening 2/4 cup of applesauce (equals 2 eggs) […]

Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

YUM!!!!!

Vegan Mac n’ Cheese Recipe 

3/4 of a sweet potato (cooked)

1/2 cup of unsweetened plain almond milk

salt and pepper ( you can add onion and garlic powder as well if you like)

1/3 cup of nutritional yeast

 

Mix all ingredients together in a food processor until creamy and pour over your favorite pasta!

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Skillet (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Skillet (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Skillet Recipe:  1 1/2 cup of almond flour 1 tsp of baking soda 1 tsp of baking powder 1 tsp of cinnamon 4 mashed bananas 1 tbsp of vanilla 2 eggs 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil 1/2 cup of dairy […]

White Bean Quinoa Burgers

White Bean Quinoa Burgers

These little burgers are a perfect plant-based protein option for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone! They are super simple to make and came out delicious. Let me know how you like them 🙂   White Bean Quinoa Burgers Recipe: 2 cups of cooked quinoa 1 can […]

Paleo Doughnuts with Cashew Butter Drizzle

Paleo Doughnuts with Cashew Butter Drizzle

These paleo doughnuts are so tasty!! I added some carob chips and drizzled them with creamy cashew butter. Hope you enjoy!

 

Paleo Doughnuts Recipe:

1 box of Simple Mills Vanilla cake mix 

3 eggs

1/3 cup of coconut oil

1/3 cup of water

1 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 cup of carob chips 

Pour onto a greased doughnut mold and bake at 350 for 25 min.

White Bean Avocado Dip

White Bean Avocado Dip

I needed something comforting to pair with my Siete Grain-free tortilla chips! I love snacking and I love dips. So I figured I would combine my favorite dips (hummus/bean dips + guacamole) ! Super simple recipe that anyone can make! Have fun with this one […]


My Diary

The Beauty Of Letting Go

The Beauty Of Letting Go

I have always been a control freak.  Who isn’t?  There is a sense of comfort and control when we well, CONTROL things! However, this passed year and a half have taught me that having control over every little situation is not realistic and will actually slowly lead you to suffering.

Our minds are really funny sometimes. They like to play tricks on us and make us feel like something bad is happening, therefore fear should be approaching, and we either freak out or we try and control the moment by suppressing our feelings (whether that be with alcohol., drugs, shopping, etc). What really needs to happen is for your mind and body to experience the fear and take it all in- and then let go. Have those thoughts and fears just leave like a passing cloud. Because in the end, that’s really all they are right? Just thoughts. They aren’t who you are. None of the nonsense that we think about is ever who we are.

It’s funny because I’ve realized that when I actually don’t have any stresses or controlling thoughts of how I feel or how I’m suppose to feel; I feel uncomfortable. Our minds are so used to a certain way of thinking that once it stops, it feels weird. Well, I say embrace the weirdness! This means you’re on your way to happiness – without the control you thought you needed to get to that point.

If you are struggling to enjoy life’s precious moments because you are too busy in your head, here are some tips that might help you get out of yourself:

  1.  It’s not always about you. Focusing on yourself too much actually makes you miss out on the people and experiences that are going on around you. Try volunteering or doing something that will help others and you will see that it makes you feel a lot better because your focus was shifted.
  2. Practice meditation. This can be in any form. TM, Mindfulness, whatever works for you. But you should have about 10 minutes of deep breathing in a quiet room to just recharge and relax.
  3.  Exercise. You don’t have to join cross fit to feel better. I’m talking about 20 min a day of cardio, or a long walk, or jump rope, jumping jacks; something to get your heart racing for a bit. You will end up feeling better throughout the day. Trust me.
  4. Get rid of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar from your diet.
  5. Be kind to yourself, your body, and your mind. Take care of yourself. Make a cup of tea and relax, dance around to your favorite song, sing out loud around the house, laugh, smile, and practice gratitude.

I hope this post makes you see things in a different perspective. Remember, life isn’t as bad as you think it is. Let go of the control and begin to live your life.

Be well,

Allie

 

 


Life is Sweet

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Loaf

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Loaf

About a year ago, I was eating a pretty strict Paleo diet. For those of you not familiar with the Paleo trend, it consists of meat, fish, tons of greens, some fruits, healthy fats and oils like avocado, coconut and olive oil, nuts, and seeds. […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe  1 cup of oats (grounded in a blender) 1 tsp of baking soda 1 tsp of baking powder 1 tsp of sea salt 1 tsp of cinnamon 1/4 cup of Organic Vegetable shortening 2/4 cup of applesauce (equals 2 eggs) […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Skillet (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Skillet (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Skillet Recipe:  1 1/2 cup of almond flour 1 tsp of baking soda 1 tsp of baking powder 1 tsp of cinnamon 4 mashed bananas 1 tbsp of vanilla 2 eggs 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil 1/2 cup of dairy […]

Paleo Doughnuts with Cashew Butter Drizzle

Paleo Doughnuts with Cashew Butter Drizzle

These paleo doughnuts are so tasty!! I added some carob chips and drizzled them with creamy cashew butter. Hope you enjoy!   Paleo Doughnuts Recipe: 1 box of Simple Mills Vanilla cake mix  3 eggs 1/3 cup of coconut oil 1/3 cup of water 1 […]

Garbanzo Bean and Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Garbanzo Bean and Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Recipe for Garbanzo Bean and Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins  1 1/2 cups of garbanzo bean flour 1 tsp of baking soda 1 mashed banana 1/2 cup of palm shortening 2 chia egg 1 tsp of vanilla 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life Dairy free chocolate chips Preparation […]