Archive for December, 2012

December 30, 2012


As 2012 draws to a close, and there are two days left in this beautiful year, I am reminded of how I never gave 2012 the appreciation it is due. This year, I lost 20 pounds, graduated college with honors in my major, found a job that allows me to get myself established somewhere and figure out what I want out of my life, and I made some healthy habits my go tos, instead of a diet. I never believed in diets, and this year out of all years, I have grown professionally and personally in so many different ways.

I am not going to sugarcoat it. This year, at so many points, I was brought to my lowest level. I felt pretty terrible about myself and it showed, as much as I tried to fake it sometimes. I have always been the type that fakes it until she makes it, believing that if I pretended I was happy for long enough, I would be. It was a combination of things that made me feel pretty awful about my life, and I am not going to go into detail here, but basically I wish I had known that comparing yourself to other people is always useless. It took me a while to realize the only person I need to compete with is the person I was yesterday, and it is still something I have to work on, but overall I am so happy. Everyday isn’t perfect, but there is something perfect about everyday. For months, I focused on the negative. It took me a while to love me. In fact, sadly, I wasn’t even sure why people did. This is one of those years in your twenties where you grow so much, and the girl I was in January is completely different than the girl I am now. Do I have everything figured out? Absolutely not.

And honestly?

I wouldn’t want it any other way.

December 30, 2012

Just in case you needed motivation today.

Everyone can do whatever they set their mind to.

December 30, 2012

Everyone can do it you know…

So get up and go.

December 29, 2012

Get some antioxidants with your wine


December 28, 2012

Yoga Infographic, hold each pose for five breaths

Great poses! Good for a morning, midday or night workout.

December 27, 2012

Baked Masala Chickpeas

I love the spicy crunch of these! Spice not for you? I am posting a garlic italian kind of chickpea recipe too!


1 can of chickpeas, washed and drained, and toweled off well

2 teaspoons masala

2 teaspoons cumin

1 tablespoon olive oil



1 tsp cayenne


This recipe is about playing around with spices. This might be too spicy for some. I like to bake these, usually on Sundays because that is my meal and snack prep day. I take this in little baggies to work. Chickpeas are a great source of protein and these have such a satisfying flavor and crunch. Make chickpeas your friend though guys, because they are a great addition to salads and make for a great hummus.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your nonstick baking sheet. In a separate bowl, mix spices with olive oil and use your hands to coat the chickpeas evenly. Spread the chickpeas on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, or less depending on your oven.



December 27, 2012

Chia Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

This is an adaptation of a recipe I used over the holidays, except to make it much more healthy I used applesauce instead of butter. I kept the sugars because I liked the flavor but you can use stevia instead of real sugar. I should be doing that too but I am making an exception because I wanted some holiday sweetness. Also, just in case you did not know, I am all about the whole sweet thing. Desserts rock and I love finding new recipes that keep the flavor. But in general, I am a dessert before dinner type of girl. Hope you guys like this chia dark chocolate chip cookie recipe!


1/4 cup chia seeds

3/4 light brown sugar

3/4 baking stevia

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup wheat flour

2 eggs, or flaxseed oil replacement (google this trick, if you want to reduce calories on baking dishes)

1 cup applesauce

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Mix applesauce with the sugars. Then add chia seeds. Add flour and oatmeal, mix until well incorporated. Add cinnamon and dark chocolate chips. Add baking soda. When well mixed, dop dollops of the dough onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Makes three dozen small cookies or 20 medium sized cookies. If you have trouble mixing everything well add a couple drops of water or almond milk.

December 27, 2012

A great visual guide to the Glowing Green Smoothie! By Kimberly Snyder

December 26, 2012

Great Mason Jar Salad Guide

December 25, 2012

Kale Chips

There are tons of recipes for kale chips out there, and most of them are pretty much the same. My standard go to kale chip is the olive oil sea salt and peppered kind but I do want to experiment. Here is a starter recipe.


5 heavily leafed kale bunches

2 tablespoons olive oil




Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Wash and dry kale. Cut up kale bunches and remove the heavy stems. Cut up the kale into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray or butter spread with flaxseed oil. Toast kale chips for about six to seven minutes. Keep an eye on these as they can burn quite easily!