Paleo Avocado Mousse

Sometimes we forget that our health is dynamic and multidimensional. For most folks, squeezing in a regular workout is tough enough. And it's easy to confuse being "fit" with being "healthy". The reality is that fitness is just one piece of a much larger picture of general wellness. Wellness is achieving an optimal state of [...]

Paleo Sea Salt & Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Bites

 I am all about quick and easy desserts! The faster they're done, the sooner I can enjoy them. Reese's peanut butter cups used to be a favorite of mine.  After ditching sugar, I've been determined to create a treat as equally appealing as those dangerous crinkly-edged discs. After some tweaking and testing, I’m happy to [...]

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Peppermint reminds me of the holidays. The taste. The smell.  Peppermint patties have been a long time favorite of mine. Since giving up sugar, I've been determined to make a healthier, sugar free version. I'm thrilled with the finished product. Much better than a York! Conventional peppermint patties contain corn syrup, sugar and artificial flavors. I've [...]

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Confession: I’ve got a thing for pumpkin. As soon as the cooler weather starts rolling in, nothing sounds better than warm, freshly baked pumpkin bread.  And though this pumpkin bread is gluten, dairy, sugar and grain free, it’s loaded with flavor and goodness.  Paleo (grain free) ingredients are easy to digest, anti-inflammatory and wont irritate [...]

Strawberry Lemonade Gummy Snacks

I am always searching for a way to include more gelatin, a type of protein that is derived from collagen, in my diet. These delicious strawberry snacks make eating gelatin fun, they’re quick and easy to make, and chock full of health-enhancing nutrients. Gelatin contains glycine and proline, two key amino acids that are severely lacking in [...]

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anytime I am creating a new dessert, my goal is to find a way to include as much fiber as possible. Fiber helps slow down blood sugar spikes and it produces a feeling of fullness and satisfaction. In these chocolate chip cookies, ground flax seed helps create a soft texture along with the perfect amount of [...]

Budino Reinvented

When Blackbird Kitchen opened in my hometown in 2009, they introduced many of their fans to budino, the Italian, totally decadent dessert. It’s a knock-your-socks-off custard made with cream, eggs, sugar, and chocolate that’s cooked, chilled, then served with olive oil and sea salt on top. Its consistency is closer to fudge than regular custard. [...]

Healthy Apple CRISP

This tasty dessert is my latest creation. The thought of biting into a crisp, tart apple picked fresh from a tree makes me beyond happy. I grew up eating loads of green apples off the trees in our orchard, and that’s certainly why green apples are among my favorite foods. And you can’t go wrong when [...]

Boo! Healthy Carrot Cupcakes

My first son’s birthday is two days before Halloween. Late October in our home is a parade of family, friends, and festivities. I’ve made this carrot cake every year for the past six and it's evolved along with me: getting  healthier each year. The original carrot cake recipe was from a friend who was a [...]

Healthy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Yum! These ginger molasses cookies are the best I've ever had. I created them over the holidays and let's just say that they're so good- I almost wish that I had never discovered them. But, trust me, you'll be glad I did. They're loaded with fiber, omega 3's, the healthiest form of fat (coconut oil), and [...]