• Five Days of Smoothie Bowls

    Here, find a smoothie bowl recipe for each day in the work week!  In efforts to keep every bowl vegan and gluten-free, there are no added protein powders or other dietary supplements. However, some of my favorite additions for some extra protein and nutrients are Vital Proteins’ Collagen Peptides and Arbonne’s FeelFit Pea Protein. Top any of these bowls with your treats of choice! My favorites include fresh fruits, raw almonds, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, and my homemade granola (recipe linked here). Monday’s Belly Bowl Mondays are for new beginnings, kicking back into routine, and detoxing from the weekend. With this smoothie base, ‘detox’ becomes a whole lot more appetizing.…

  • No Bake Fig Newtons

    To start, I would like to reiterate that I spend a lot of time enforcing the importance of nutrition with whole foods designed for optimal body function. I do not use The Cutie Foodie to promote calorie-counting or weight loss, only feeding your individual body and soul with whatever makes you happy!  With that being said, today I took this concept to a new level by making a copycat Fig Newton cookie. This was a treat I loved as a kid (and debatably do even more as an adult), but allergens include wheat, soy, and milk…three things that do not agree with my gut. Just a gander at this ingredient…

  • 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…

  • 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! Join the Cutie Community: