• 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!…

  • 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    This no-cooking-required recipe was originally made as one of the Cutie Foodie’s contributions to the Super Bowl Sunday spread.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 step for those…

  • 7 Days of Self-Care

     If you’ve been a Cutie follower for some time now, you’d know just how important self-care is to me and my philosophy of living a healthy and positive life. While I can list the reasons as to why taking care of yourself first isn’t selfish, I’ll admit I also spent the beginning of 2019 not taking care of myself myself. Essentially, I was going through the motions with my gas light ON; and as we all know, you can only push farther for so long until the tank is empty and you roll to a stop.  I’ll be honest, when that happened to me this past February, it was a…

  • ChefShan Granola (My 1st Recipe!)

    You call it ‘kryptonite’, I call it ‘granola’. Give me any oat-y, nutty, sugary crunch topping and a side of non-dairy yogurt, and I’m one content foodie. Forget sprinkles, roll my vegan vanilla scoop in some toasted oats! 😉 Alas, I must admit that granola is not necessarily the healthiest of choices, as most food-realated ‘kryptonites’ are. So…this called for a recipe-test mess in the kitchen! I decided to get all Cutie Foodie by lacing up my most adorable of aprons, and contributing to the year of 2018 #health and #fitness with a batch of granola that doesn’t tarnish gym gains or cause guilt by scooping another heaped tablespoon onto…

  • Sweet Heat Summer Shrimp Salad

        This Sweet Heat Summer Shrimp Salad (phew, try saying that 5 times fast) is a refreshing and delicious dish — great paired with chips to turn into a party salsa, or equally yum with a fork on its own!   I tried to come up with something that defies the struggles of being invited over a friend’s home for a party: whether that be worrying whether or not there will be food there to meet dietary needs or having to contribute a dish, yet not wanting to simply buy a fruit platter, but also not wanting to make a mess of your kitchen while trying to prepare a…