• Kissing Boring Salads Goodbye

    Meal prepping has never been my thing. Personally, I dislike the idea of brown rice, chicken, and broccoli getting stale in a plastic container in my fridge almost as much as I dislike the idea of eating the same thing day in and day out. While I definitely have my foodie favorites that are staples in my everyday diet, food prepping is much more effective for me. By washing fruits and veggies, cooking specific side dishes, and portioning out ingredients designed for specific recipes, I can easily mix everything together each today for a much fresher-tasting meal, or make different food combos to keep things interesting.   Here, I am…

  • Setting Intentions: Does it Work?

    We’ve all heard how powerful our minds are. Mind over matter. The gut-brain connection. Manifestation. Plus, there has to be a reason pop culture’s newest buzzword appears to me “mindfulness.” However, how true is it all? Is it truly possible for humans to think things into reality? What’s the science behind these unusual powers? Here, I put intention-setting to the test and see for myself. According to medium.com, setting intentions means putting what you plan to accomplish through your actions down on paper. Ultimately, it’s your commitment to yourself to not only accomplish a goal, but also to hold yourself accountable. No, it’s not a “To-Do” list to simply check things…

  • Flourless Gluten-Free Banana Bread

    One of my favorite things about picking up cooking as a hobby has been gaining the knowledge to be able to wing a recipe and see what I come up with. (The better part is it coming out delicious!) This is exactly what happened when I saw three overly-ripe bananas on my countertop this past weekend. Now, I can add this recipe to my repertoire and something about it being made up on a whim makes it even more special. What’s so great about a recipe like this one is that you can wing it, too! This is how I started recipe testing — by making minor changes to recipes…

  • Paleo Blueberry Lemon Loaf

    Up until last year, I thought the holidays were the one and only time a year I could truly “let loose” to allow myself to enjoy “forbidden” foods, and to not feel guilty about skipping fitness for time with family. Boy, did my food-focused mentality control my life. And while in my head everything was ok because “it’s the holidays,” I now know this was merely an excuse shielding a much deeper-rooted problem.  In 2019, I made it my mission to change this mentality — a mentality that I can now admit was toxic and unhealthy. Part of this mission was finding a lifestyle that did not make me feel…

  • A Week’s Worth of Chicken Dinner Ideas

    Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Rice Inspired by my summer trip to the Caribbean, this jerk chicken dinner is super spicy, but keeps you wanting more! Paired with pineapple rice and roasted veggies, this is a dinner that has spice, sweet heat, and even makes for great leftovers! Let’s not forget that it’s also deliciously nutritious with a good source of lean protein, fibrous veggies, and complex carbohydrates!  Ingredients: serves 4 2 lb. chicken (my family went for 1 lb. breasts & 1 lb. drumsticks) Jerk Spice Rub: 3 tsp garlic powder  3 tsp onion powder 3 tsp cayenne (reduce for less spice) 3 tsp black pepper 2 tbsp oregano 2…

  • Carrot Cake Bliss Bites

    Bliss bites and no-bake energy balls could easily be deemed the newest Insta foodie trend. As a busy gal myself, I can’t deny that such hassle-free recipes are perfect for a grab-n-go snack; but, with SIBO and leaky gut (which I will discuss more in-depth in a later blogpost!), such recipes usually do not agree with my combo of low FODMAP and SCD diet needs. Typically sweetened with honey or agave and filled with chia or flaxseed, I added bliss bites to what can, at times, feels like a never-ending list of foods my incredibly sensitive digestive tract simply cannot tolerate. But, that is not what my blog is about!…

  • 3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Squares

    As my first semester of online classes ends, I can ffiiinnnalllyyy start chipping away at the list of blog posts I had all intentions of posting months ago! Now that there aren’t any essays due to leave me drained and with writer’s block, here’s something chocolatey, fudgy, and rich to kick off the content on a sweet note! But hey, an easy and relatively healthy dessert recipe is always welcome, right?! Oh, and they’re vegan too!

  • Fool-Proof Chickpea Salad

    This no-cooking-required recipe was originally made as one of the Cutie Foodie’s contributions to the Super Bowl Sunday spread. And let me tell you, for being SO incredibly simple, this ended up being quite the super-bowl of light and refreshing deliciousness!   Here’s what you’ll need: 1 can garbanzo beans 1 can corn kernels 1 large avocado 1 large plum tomato 1/2 large red onion juice of 1 lemon salt, pepper, & chopped cilantro to taste     Directions: 1. Thoroughly rinse your garbanzo beans, removing the skin.  Although tedious, allowing the running water to naturally loosen the skins and popping each chickpea from its plastic-like casing is a vital…