change of season, means fall in love with life. i’m going to discuss gratitude today, cause it’s the weekend, and you have time to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate a bit. it’s easy to spot the difficulties or inconveniences in life. the pile of dishes after a homemade meal, the traffic causing you to be late, the devastating news you receive unexpectedly. but just as it is easy to spot the annoyances, hardships, and struggles, you can see the good. think of gratitude as the final piece of the happiness puzzle. this final piece harmonizes the positive experiences,… View Post

it feels like fall. and even if you aren’t experiencing sweater weather yet, check the calendar. it’s almost OCTOBER?!? where has 2016 gone?? but ah, a good year indeed. what do you guys think? are you excited for FALL?? I am. I absolutely love new seasons (preferably the warmer ones), because they represent a change. they also present you with the opportunity to take a look at what habits could go, what new habits could help you out, and how best to spend your time. it’s a chance to evaluate the situation, and take a… View Post

peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter… they all make healthy foodies drool. decadent and delicious, people obsess over nut butters it seems. it’s a favorite that begins in childhood and lasts… forever. a lot of the nut butter love has to do with the versatility of this pantry staple. it can be used in everything. on toast, baked in desserts, in dressings and sauces, and even scooped right into the blender for smoothies or drizzled on top of oatmeal. I chose to make vegan energy bites with them. but sometimes people steer clear because of… View Post

what is natural vitality??  Natural Vitality is an Austin based brand that has been around since 1982 when the Natural Calm product was formulated. Today, years later, Natural Vitality develops supplements with the intention of using the best ingredients. They seek out organic, plant based ingredients as much as possible, which I LOVE.  all fruits and veggies included in their products are organically grown as well as flavorings stevia and agave.  their Natural Calm product is meant to reduce stress through balancing the calcium and magnesium levels in our bodies. I learned that calcium is what… View Post

when it’s summer time… like 90 degrees and muggy here in Philly, there’s NO time for baking. why turn on the oven when you can have a frozen dessert instead? today I’m sharing this 5 step peanut butter pies with chocolate drizzle recipe. these small individual size pies were not only yummy, but perfectly portioned. they are vegan, gluten free, no bake and simple to put together. since they are frozen, it was easy to have dessert for the week as i would just take one out and let it thaw for a few minutes. I was… View Post

lemon desserts are my thing. for as long as I can remember I’ve been asking for lemon cake at my birthday each year. I love the tangy sweet flavor of lemon and when combined with coconut? amazing. and although my birthday is in January, I craved the summer flavor at all times of year. want to know what I love even more than lemon desserts? donuts.  long before donuts became trendy and cool on social media (i love the drool worthy colorful donuts on my social feeds!) it was my FAVORITE. shittiest part of it all… View Post

it’s here! christmas eve. which means, cookies. for santa, for you, for anyone and everyone.  you may have seen these when i posted to instagram yesterday, or on women’s health magazine’s IG feed. (sayy whaaaa??) + as promised the recipe is here. so now if you heard that santa has gone dairy free this year, cause all the cool kids are, then you’ll be prepared + won’t leave him hangin.  these cookies have rich chocolate flavor, similar to a brownie + are infused with peppermint extract for an amazing flavor combo. then topped with crunchy candy… View Post

i was thrilled when a delivery from Melissa’s Produce arrived to my door! specializing in organic + exotic fruits, i received some seasonal items such as blood oranges, butternut squash + persimmons. you can find the oranges here. i ate my first blood orange + then was set on creating a vegan cupcake using the flavorful + colorful juice.

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.” ~Brian Andreas how beautiful and fitting is this quote about self love as the season changes. with any change of season, a fresh start is possible and there will never a better or more important time to begin loving yourself, your body and taking care of yourself than NOW. in this 4 part series i plan to provide 4 new fall recipes – as well as a personal experience/tips regarding self care, self… View Post

i totally had these vegan cookies for lunch. no shame. paired with a glass of cold almond milk these fresh from the oven cookies were packed with flavor, were chewy, delicious, + pretty healthy, too. they reminded me of cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies i used to eat in connecticut at my family’s bakery. here’s the recipe- it’s a MUST try. i’m pretty proud of myself for putting it together using healthy ingredients such as cranberry, almond, oatmeal, pepitas, + spices. i used whole wheat flour rather than all purpose + coconut sugar rather than white refined sugars.