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The Next Kale Chip

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Don’t get me wrong, Kale is still King in my book, and Kale Chips? Ooo, child. Don’t leave me alone with a fresh batch of ‘em. At least 1 serving equals one batch, right? RIGHT? Don’t answer that. And now there are a lot of “Dont’s” in this post, and we just cannot have that. This is a “HELL YES, DO IT” blog…if it makes you feel good, of course. So what SHOULD you DO, which is what Beyoncé would do (at least in my weird, little mind), is make…drum roll…BRUSSEL SPROUT CHIPS!

When I was growing up, brussel sprouts were on the lowest rung of the vegetable totem pole. In their defense, I was skeptical of anything that wasn’t made of frosting and/or sprinkles (oh, how times have changed!), but peas and brussels were definitely duking it out for worst veggie ever. Now, brussel sprouts are slum dog millionairing it up and it is THE cool kid on the block. Don’t fret, I’ll give you an into to Mr. Popular…

May I present to you BRUSSEL SPROUT CHIPS (click for recipe). Yea, so I wasn’t the genius who came up with this but hey, I am the genius who found it and is spreading the love to my readers…all 26(ish) of you. Now, go mingle and make up with this dreamboat.

brussel spout chips

Photo cred: Delicious by Dre



Friday Favorites: Vegan Donuts, #WhiteGirlProblems, Kimonos and More!

Friday, June 6th, 2014
Photo Cred: Glyder Apparel

Photo Cred: Glyder Apparel


Whoop, there it is! Friday, that is, and what a PTY it is! Friday means I get to wear a comfy maxi skirt to work, sit with my legs crossed (thanks to said maxi skirt) and bop around to fun, feisty jams while I write about some darlings and darling things I’m currently digging. Not too shabby. BTW- is anyone else irrationally but supremely bothered by the psuedo-word “favie”? I’m usually pretty non-judgemental, and often, even guilty of using, cutesy abbreviated words and phrases, but “favie’ just grinds my gears. Along with “blessed”…there are not enough scary/mad emoticons for that one…Anyway, moving on! Good vibes ahead.

1. Oh She Glows cookbook. It feels very hipster of me to say this but I’ve followed Angela’s blog for about 5 years now, when the book was probably just a twinkle in her eye! To be honest, I don’t really ever buy cookbooks because of that little thing known as the internet (I get most of my recipes from Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, Google), but now that I think about that rational, that’s pretty lame of me. Moving forward, I vow to be more cookbook friendly. I’m glad this was my first ever purchased cookbook though. The night I got it, I had to whip of something so obviously I went for the balls- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites (balls) to be exact! There are a million other things I’m dying to make so if someone has a good reason to throw a party, let me know, and I’ll supply the goods!

Oh She Glows- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bite


2. Cassey Ho’s Blogilates. Usually, I am swearing at Cassey’s perky, little face like she’s the black plague but once I finish one of her workout videos, she’s my new BFF. All of her videos are pretty short but they are KILLER. If you thought you couldn’t annihilate your butt in 3 minutes, you are wrong and this video is proof.  She also has this crazy ability to endlessly talk throughout the video, which is not only inhuman but helps to distract you from the pain she is inflicting. Quite a powerful gift!

Cassey Ho, Blogilates

Photo Cred: Cassey Ho, Blogilates

3.  Babe Walker’s books, White Girl Problems and Psychos. Not gonna lie to your precious, virgin ears; these are kind of offensive in a million different ways but they are hysterical and entertaining. In fact, I read both of them while I was collapsed on death’s doorstep/my bathroom floor. This humor transcends food poisoning! Perfect beach/pool material.

Babe Walker quote

Photo Cred: Babe Walker

4. Overnight chia bowls. A few years ago on the food blog scene, hot oats were totally over and overnight oats were all the rage. Whoever invented overnight oats (seriously though, who was it?) should be right up there with Einstein and Newton. Pure genius! Now the cool, new thing is overnight chia pudding and I’m not hipster enough to deny this latest trend. Bliss balls may be my one true love (sorry, Trav) but I am having a torrid affair with chia bowls. I keep it pretty basic with 2 tbsp. chia seeds, 1/2 cup (honestly, I have no clue, I just eyeball it until it covers the chia sees) of almond milk, a dash of cinnamon with a splash of vanilla extra popped into the fridge to comingle like coeds overnight. Then the magic happens. It will make you want to get up in the morning. You get to top it with all sorts of awesomesness. I usually do coyo (coconut yogurt), fruit, crumbled bliss ball, mulberries, goji berries and a drizzle of honey and sunflower buttah.

Overnight chia bowl

The next time I’m feeling a little sassy though, I’m definitely getting crazy with some of this carrot cake chia pudding from Jessica Cox. Hey baby.

Jessica Cox- Carrot cake chia bowl

Photo Cred: Jessica Cox


5. National Donut Day. PSA: today is NATIONAL DONUT DAY, PEOPLE, and methinks it would be unpatriotic of you not to partake. Luckily for you, and me, there are angels among us creating healthy, vegan donuts so we can all celebrate this momentous occasion until our pants burst open! I plan on making these from Flip Flops and Avocados in honor of this special day:

Cinnamon Spice Donut with Cinnamon Date Topping from Flip Flops and Avocados

Photo cred: Flip Flops and Avocados

6. 15% Off Sale at Arhem Friday is usually my shopping day because on Friday, you get to be a little bit naughty. I don’t even let myself meander over to the Aussie sites during the week. It’s too dangerous. I don’t know what’s floating around in the water of Australia but they all have mermaid hair, perfect tans/no wrinkles and the freaking best style. Today is one hot tamale because not only is it Friday, code for let’s eat donuts and shop online, but Arhem Clothing, which is an online women’s clothing boutique based out of Byron Bay, has 15% off storewide. You may have never thought you needed a kimono, but you do:

Arnhem kimono

Photo cred: Arnhem

Also, this smoke-show of a model, Rocky Barnes, is from San Diego, so gotstaaaaa represent!


HAPPY FRIDAY! What are your current “favies”? Teehee.


Hiatus Hogwash and a Recipe Roundup

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

(Edited to add: I started out this post feeling blue but then “hogwash” reminded me of “Hogwarts”, and I instantly felt better. Ah, the beauty of self-expression and Harry Potter geekery).

Juniper & Ivy craft cocktail

The supermodel of vodka drinks from Juniper & Ivy, home of all things pretty.

Holy macarena, it’s been a longgggg time since I’ve posted. I’ve been feeling so defeated and frustrated with myself for my lack of blog-attention, especially because I have a lot of cool interviews lined up, which I’ve been slackin’ on, too (so, girls who I’ve reached out to, if you’re reading this, you are gorgeous creatures with the patience of a saint)! It’s one thing for me to let myself down but I can’t really handle it when other people are involved. I have heart palpitations if I’m .4 minutes late to meet someone. My fiancé can attest.

Anyway, I haven’t been hibernating or holidaying, sadly. Life just got super busy with work, wedding-planning/activities, house-hunting (sounds fun, hardcore sucks), puppy-regression (literally everything has become a chew toy). So, it goes, but I don’t want to use life as an excuse. I do find time for mindless things like Facebook and Instagram surfing so I definitely could find the time to throw up a few blog posts here and there. Especially since it makes me feel good, whereas F-book/IG always leads to a gnarly case of FOMO and such.

And I’m turning into a “ramblin’ man” so let’s get to something useful, shall we? I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting recipes to try out, which are almost always healthy(ish) and vegan. Sorry, but if I’m going to splurge, I’m going out to a fancy restaurant to do it and (and/or champs). Here are some recipes I’ve either tried out recently or have my little eye-spy on. Let me know if you try any of them out! Sharing is caring, sweet doves. I get way too much spam on here and no real love-bugs, so let’s remedy that. Mkkay?

1. Food 52′s Vegan Pesto.  Best pesto ever. This is coming from someone (me) who doesn’t even really like pesto and someone (my main mang) who is basically a pesto aficionado/addict. Even if you think vegan stuff is weird and scary, first off kindly grow up and/or a pair, and then make this, and maybe I’ll let you hug me in gratitude post pesto party.

My version of Food 52 vegan pesto

My version. Tasty, but not winning any photography awards anytime soon. Can I blame the iPhone?

Food 52 vegan pesto

Food 52′s pesto looking sexy and making mine look sad and alone.

2. Detoxinista’s Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust.  I had a moment of genius and I topped this pizza crust with said bliss-inducing pesto, and it was special.  Sigh/moment of silence/deep breath. It was a very bitter-sweet moment for me though, because I foolishly made this for Travis, and NONE FOR MYSELF. #devastated. Wound is still fresh. Let’s move on.

Detoxinista vegan cauliflower pizza crust

My version of the Detoxinista’s cauliflower pizza crust. A close second (out of…2). Also, Daiya cheese, you are not photogenic. Sorry, girl.

Detoxinista vegan cauliflower pizza crust

Show-off. JK, Detoxinista doing her thang.

3. Deliciously Ella’s Banana-Date-Almond Shake. I don’t even know where to start. Deliciously Ella is a woman after my own heart. Everything she makes looks so computer screen-lickable-good.  Trust me, it’s a thing. Hang with me and you’ll learn. Or it’s a disorder, in which case, I’m sorry? Or whatever, it’s love. Secondly, THIS SHAKE contains all my favorite things so basically it’s my soul mate. BTW, the name rhymes, which gets huge brownie points in my book/blog (rap cred or something). Lastly, she’s gorgeous and BRITISH so she’s mesmerizing. I somehow just found myself watching her Christmas video (it’s June, need I remind you) and wondering how someone looks so chic “ho-ho-hoing” next to a big jolly Santa. In contrast, I am currently in chewed up work out clothes (see “puppy regression”) , covered in sweat/dog hair with my hair oiled up in a homemade mask with RH of OC playing in the background. What? Save (feed) me, Ella.

Deliciously Ella's banana-date-almond shake

Check out that smooth, smoothie dreamboat.

Until next time, dudes. Hopefully, next time won’t be so long. I get weird post-hiatus.


Apricot-Date-Nut Bliss Ball Recipe

Monday, March 31st, 2014

I am a huge fan of ‘bliss balls’. Here’s why:

  1. They are super versatile.  Just throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand or spice things up a bit with whatever you’re inspired by (something seasonal, on sale, etc.).
  2. They are transportable & freezable. You can make a huge batch and store them in the freezer for quite some time (although they only last a few days in my house) and grab and go when you need a healthy, nutrient/energy dense snack on the run. I keep a baggie at work to grab as a pre-workout bite when I’m rushing out the door.
  3. They are a WAY better option than packaged, processed, chemically ridden energy or protein bars. In my book, homemade ALWAYS wins out over store bought.
  4. Not that I know personally (yet) but they are perfect for kids! I would imagine the kiddos would enjoy making them (getting their hands dirty and not getting into trouble) and eating them. The ball shape is so cute and kid-friendly (that sounds a bit weird, huh?)
  5. They are healthy enough for a snack and sweet enough for a dessert. I pretty much ALWAYS need to follow a meal with something sweet so these are the perfect option if you have a sweet tooth like me.

Without further ado, here is the recipe! They are so easy to make; please comment or tag me if you try them!

Apricot-Date-Nut Bliss Balls

Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Dessert, Snack
These bliss balls are truly blissfull! They are healthy enough for a snack but sweet enough for dessert. They can be made fully vegan, raw and are gluten free. The coconut, honey mixture melts in your mouth while the nuts provide a nice crunch and a good dose of healthy fats!


  • 1/2 Cup Whole Grain Oats (I used Trader Joe's Gluten Free Rolled Oats)
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Mixed Nuts (I used Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Apricots
  • 1/2 Cup Pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey (I like YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey (get it at Vitacost))
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (1/2 for the ball mixture and 1/2 for rolling)
  • 1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (For rolling)


My food processor is pretty dinky and can only handle small batches so if you've got something more powerful, you should go ahead and double the recipe!


Step 1
Throw all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well mixed but with some remaining texture.
Step 2
Scoop and roll the mixture into about 1 in. balls. Roll in the coconut/cacao nib mixture. Store in the freezer.



Raw, Vegan Brownie Recipe

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Guilt-Free, (Nearly) Raw, Vegan Double-Layer Brownies with a Chocolate Drizzle

Prep time 15 minutes
Dietary Vegan
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
These guilt-free slices of heaven are nearly fully vegan & raw (can easily be adapted for 100%) and feature a chocolatey, crunchy base with just the right amount of sweetness layered with a smooth, creamy almond butter, banana mixture and a chocolate drizzle!


Bottom Layer

  • 1 cup Pitted Mejdool Dates
  • 1/2 cup Raw Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Granola (I used Wholefoods' superfood granola but you can substitute more nuts (any kind on hand) or anything with a crunchy texture)

Bottom Layer & Top Layer

  • 1/2 cup Cacoa (I used Wholefoods' Chia/Flax Blend with Coconut & Cacoa but regular cacoa or cocoa will work.)

Top Layer

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 4 Tbsp. Raw Almond Butter (I use Trader Joe's brand but you can substitute any nut butter on hand as long as it's all natural and not refined/processed/contains additives (check the ingredients; should just be almonds!))
  • 4 Tbsp. Raw Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup

Drizzle (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips


1. These aren't technically considered "raw" or "vegan" because the recipe includes both honey (not vegan) and maple syrup (not raw) but you can omit/substitute either for 100% raw/vegan.

2. A lot of people are afraid to try "healthy", "vegan", "raw" desserts fearing they won't taste good. I can tell you my fiance who bakes cookies for a living thinks these are the Just don't tell people until AFTER they have inhaled them and are begging you for the recipe. They taste just as decadent and delicious as any dessert loaded with butter and refined sugar.

3. Adapted from


Bottom Layer
Step 1
Combine dates, almonds, granola (or more nuts) and 1/4c cacoa in a food processor and blend until well mixed but still with a chunky texture. Spread into baking pan until evenly distributed (I used a glass 8x8 pan).
Top Layer
Step 2
Combine bananas, nut butter, honey and maple syrup in a food processor until smooth. Layer on top of the bottom layer.
Step 3
Place into the freezer for 1-2 hours until top layer has hardened. Melt the chocolate chips over low heat on the stove and once fully melted, apply a generous drizzle. Cut & devour immediately (duh!) and/or freeze extras for a quick snack or dessert!

Sunday Shopping Spree Haul

Monday, March 24th, 2014

On Sundays we usually brave the crowds at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to do our grocery shopping for the week. This Sunday Travis was in SF for a top-secret business meeting so I decided to squeeze in a Marshalls trip, too. Guys, Marshalls is a treasure trove of goodies. I actually do most of my shopping there, everything from clothes to home goods to food/beauty supplies. Marshalls and Homegoods  both have awesome heath food sections with a lot of the stuff you would typically find at a health food store (like Whole Paycheck) for a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately, I can’t frequent Homegoods too often because I will go bankrupt. Anyway, check out the loot:

full view

1. I bought a new journal specifically to jot down blog-related ideas and I thought this one tied into the blog’s theme quite nicely.  I try to always have pen and paper with me because my brain works in mysterious and sporadic ways; the good ideas usually come to me when I am doing something else, not sitting down trying to write. Funny how that is, huh. These gold nuggets of genius are like hummingbirds rapidly flitting about your brain and then they’re gone.


2.  As I’ve gotten older, I find home decor harder and harder to resist. I vividly remember telling my parents I would never spend any money on kitchen ware and now my Vitamix is my most prized possession and I tend to hyperventilate in excitement thinking about my wedding registry. Anthropology and I will finally have the blessed union we were always destined to have! Our apartment has a beachy, vintagey style but I like to spice it up with some odd ball pieces. I am a candle hoarder. There is just something so comforting and homey about walking into a house that has had candles burning. Plus, candle light is so romantic! I’m also slightly obsessed with elephants. I’m going to do a separate post on the symbolism of animals and how they play an important role in feng shui.


3. the cutest candle7, thingy



cuties 2



3. Lastly, I always stock up on health food supplies at Marshalls. I bought two jars of coconut oil, one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. I use it for just about everything. You can read about the health benefits and uses of coconut oil here, and about the latest craze, oil pulling, here. Usually, I’m the first one on the band wagon (I’m wildly impatient and impulsive) for any new health craze but surprisingly, I haven’t tried oil pulling yet. I bought milled flex seeds, vanilla extract and gluten free flour for baking exploits. I usually use these ingredients in my bliss balls that I make every week for a quick, healthy snack. Flax seeds are small but mighty. They are a great source of fiber (to help keep you regular!), omega-3’s (required to support your anti-inflammatory style) and lignans (which may reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer). I also bought a couple “superfood” products. The first, turmeric, I sprinkle in my morning tea and usually on whatever I’m eating for dinner. Cayenne gets a lot of hype as a health-boosting spice but turmeric is just as rad. Read up on the health benefits of it here and you’ll be buying it in bulk, just like me! Finally, I bought a new product called “NutrivitaePLUS” which contains several health helpers: our main man flaxseed, oat fiber, apple fiber, nopal-cactus fiber, pomegranate fruit, bromalain, grape seeds, papaya, psyllium and garcinia cambogia extract. I’ll do a separate post to review and explain this bad boy.

4. baking supplies5, superfoods6. cooking ingred

I’m off to put some of my purchases to use! I’m going to make a healthy, vegan dessert, with a secret ingredient, to surprise Travis with when he gets home tonight. If it turns out well, I’ll post the recipe tomorrow!




How to Make Perfect Kale Chips

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

I’m about to go throw my hot pink tutu on and throw it back to 7th grade with some eye shadow glitter (i.e. Cosmic Run)  but before I do, I wanted to share this super useful post by one of my favorite food bloggers, Angela at Oh She Glows

As you’ve probably been seeing everyone, kale is rock star green veg. I try to eat kale; usually in my breakfast smoothie. I also love kale chips but every time I try to make them myself it’s a complete and epic fail. Hopefully with Angela’s tips they’ll come out edible next time!

6 tips for flawless kale chips

Also, if you’re not aware of the many health benefits of kale, head on over to Mind Body Green to find out!

Have a great Saturday night and make good choices!



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