Raw Brownie Bites (Paleo, GF, Vegan)

Hey Guys!

I’ve got the best way to curb your chocolate craving in less than ten minutes, because I know when you need to get yo chocolate on you gotta do it quick. All you need is a food processor!

Besides being quick and super easy to make, these raw brownie bites are made with walnuts and dates, so they are packed with nutrients that will ease your chocolate craving as well as give you a nice little energy boost and fill you up.

Raw Brownie Bites

makes about 12 balls

  • 1 & 1/2 cups raw walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup soft, pitted dates (about 10 – 15 dates depending on size)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 big tablespoons of honey (optional for vegans)

The original recipe from Detoxinista calls for 1/4 teaspoon of salt instead of honey, but I found they weren’t quite sweet enough without it, and since I’m not vegan I subbed my salt for some honey. You can adjust how much honey you add depending on how sweet your dates are, but I found two heaping tablespoons did the trick.

How to Make:

IMG_05811.) Grind your walnuts in a food processor until they become a fine meal.

2.) Add the rest of the ingredients until it is a well combined dough.

3.) Scoop out the dough and form into balls, and then place them on a lined baking sheet.

4.) Store the balls in the fridge or freezer to firm ’em up. (I prefer the freezer)

If this takes you more than 10 minutes it’s probably because you spent 5 of them trying to bust the child locks on your fancy Wolfgang Puck food processor and you were struggling like a hungry momma bear trying to crack open a honey jar without thumbs. Don’t worry, you’ll get your chocolate.




Okay I know you’re skeptical and I know these look like little dog shits, but they are nice and chocolatey and delightful little balls (the honey is key though) – and I’ve been pretty up front with y’all when paleo sweets are just honest to goodness terrible, but I say trust me on this one and give these a try, they’re worth it.



Apple, Turkey Bacon, & Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs (Paleo, GF)

Hey Guys, Happy Sunday!

Whether you’ve got a lazy Sunday ahead of you like me, or a hectic weekday schedule, if there’s one thing I think is the most important it’s having a good breakfast. And by good breakfast, I really mean a protein-packed breakfast.

I love a good green smoothie as much as the next gal, but I think people are making big mistakes by waking up and grabbing that fruit smoothie to-go in the morning. Sure, you are getting plenty of fiber and nutrients from your fruits and veggies, but all of those fruits together contain a lot of sugar that will have you feeling hungry again shortly after drinking it.

The only way to stay fuller for longer, as well as stimulate muscle growth more efficiently, is to have plenty of protein in the morning. Some even recommend eating around 30 grams of protein for breakfast which, though this may sound like a lot, is actually very doable. Think eggs, meat, almond butter, or even protein powder. Most people are living in the opposite direction, having very carb-filled, low-to-no protein meals for breakfast, and slowly increasing their protein intake throughout the day, ending with the most protein at dinner time. Instead of having your steak for dinner, try it with your eggs in the morning. This high protein breakfast will also decrease your white-carb cravings throughout the day, and you may find yourself making much smarter lunch choices.

Luckily for me, today is Sunday, which means sleeping in, waking up slow, and making a delicious brunch. With protein of course. So this morning I made Apple, Turkey Bacon, & Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs. 

What You’ll Need: (to make one serving with some leftovers)

  • 3 pieces turkey bacon (you can use regular bacon too)
  • 1 cup diced sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of diced apple (about one apple)
  • 2 eggsFullSizeRender (8)


1.) In a pan, cook your bacon until crisp, about 7 minutes or so. (I did mine in coconut oil)

2.) Remove the bacon, place it on a paper towel, and wrap it in some foil to keep it warm.

3.) Add your sweet potatoes to the pan that you cooked your bacon in, and cover it and let it simmer in the bacon fat for about 5 – 10 minutes, or until they FullSizeRender (9)start to become just slightly tender.

4.) Transfer the warm sweet potatoes into a bowl, and add the onion, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, paprika, and salt & pepper. Toss is all together to distribute the spices evenly. Also, go ahead and cut up the turkey bacon you cooked earlier.

5.) Transfer the mixture back into your pan, and let the onions brown a bit and the sweet potato cook a little bit more.

FullSizeRender (10)6.) After it has all about cooked, add your apple, turn the heat down, and let the mixture simmer until the sweet potatoes are completely tender and the apple has warmed a bit.

7.) While your mixture is simmering, fry two eggs in a separate pan to go on top of your hash. Once they’re done, add your bacon pieces to the hash, transfer the hash to a plate, top with the fried eggs, and enjoy!

I hash to show you how pretty this is…



Now time to curl up with a book, some coffee, and my hash to start this Sunday off right.




Bison Burgers & Guacamole on Sweet Plantain Buns (Paleo, GF)

Hi Guys!

I haven’t posted much after the 30 Day Paleo Challenge, but I still want to keep you guys stocked with plenty of delicious paleo recipes to try out!

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at Cleveland’s West Side Market

Tonight, I whipped up Bison Burgers topped with Guacamole on Sweet Plantain Buns, perfect for a warm summer night in July.

I had to drive all the way to the West Side Market up in Cleveland to get these bison burgers, but let me tell you, it was worth the trip. Not only is bison meat really rich in flavor, it’s leaner than ordinary ground beef, low in cholesterol, and packed with protein and iron. You can cook these burgers on the grill or on the stove, seasoned with a little salt and pepper, just like normal burgers.

My burgers had one of my favorite spice rubs on it, but after putting the whole meal together I almost felt like it didn’t even need all of the added flavors. However if you do want to add a little kick to your burgers, here’s my spice rub:

Spice Rub

  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder

This would be enough for about one, maybe two burgers depending on size. Just mix it up and rub it on. (This rub also tastes REAL good on grilled chicken)

Next, I made the sweet plantain buns. I was actually surprised at how bun-like they turned out, and are very much sturdy enough to support your burger. Here’s the recipe I got from Stupid Easy Paleo:

Sweet Plantain Buns

  • 1 large plantain
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

This makes about 4 small buns, I doubled it to make 6 pretty good sized buns.

I sliced the plantain and gave it a quick pulse chop in the food processor. Then, I added in the egg and the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and blended the mixture until it was smooth.FullSizeRender (2)FullSizeRender (4)

Then, I moved my mixture into a gallon Ziploc bag and cut one of the corners off to make a sort of pastry bag.FullSizeRender (5)

I heated up coconut oil in a pan, and then piped the plantain dough into bun “shapes” and cooked them for a minute or two on each side, until they were golden brown and cooked all the way through.

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I’m aware they’re awkwardly shaped.

Then I decided to make guacamole because everything tastes better with guac and honestly if you put guacamole on a piece of cardboard I would probably eat it. I got a sweet deal on some avocados at the farmers market today – they were perfectly ripe and made the most bomb guacamole I’ve ever had.

Simple Guacamole

  • 3 RIPE avocados
  • 3/4 cup diced Roma tomato
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of onion (I like white onion, but feel free to use red if you like it)
  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • salt and minced garlic to taste
  • lime juice (optional)

Also if you want to add a little heat you can add a couple serrano chiles.

AND here’s the finished product.

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I ended up eating my burger open-face style with only one bun on bottom because this meal is plenty filling, but won’t leave you feeling all gross and greasy like a normal burger would.


Hope you guys enjoy!!


What’s On My Reading List

Hey Guys!

So if you’re really feeling this whole paleo/no-sugar-added/healthy-eating-thing that I’ve been selling for the past month, and you reallly want all the deets, I’ve got a couple of good books for you to broaden your horizons.

Two of the authors I really like are Dr. Nicole Avena and Dr. Mark Hyman who were the featured experts in the Netflix documentary Fed Up, which inspired my journey. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I highly recommend giving Fed Up a watch.

Book #1: Why Diets Fail by Nicole Avena


Well the title kind of explains it all – this book is talking to all of you who feel like they have tried every diet from the South Beach to Atkins to the baby food diet and more. If you have tried this many diets, it probably means you didn’t exactly find one that worked for you. This book explains the source of the problems behind your all of your weight loss struggles (hint is on the cover), and how to put an end to all of the incessant “dieting.”

Book #2: The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain


This book is your guide to all things paleo. It explains the logic behind this diet and why it was created, as well as countless lists of foods that are and are not paleo. It comes with a ton of paleo recipes in the back to get your started, and will really turn you into the paleo expert.

Book #3: The UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman

7095151I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s definitely at the top of my must-reads. This book talks about many of the diagnoses that so many Americans suffer from, including depression, anxiety, ADD, dementia, and how, while many of these problems have genetic roots, they could also be strongly connected to what you do to your body in the form of what you eat, how long you sleep, and how much you exercise. I have a good feeling they’re going to talk about sugar a lot in here too.

So don’t just take my word for it – get the advice from some experts and gain some reassurance. Happy reading!



Day 30


I have to say I’m super excited…but not for the reasons most people get excited when they complete an eating regimen or “diet.”

Usually you get excited after completing a diet because you’re like: Yes, the suffering is over, I have done my time in the torturous world of vegetables and tomorrow I can finally go back to eating pasta the way God intended it to be eaten. ‘Cause Squash and zucchini does not pasta make. 

However, what this 30 day excitement should sound like is, Yes, I managed to implement a lifestyle change for 30 days and now I know I can sustain this, I can’t wait to do another 30. 

My point is, this 30-day “diet,” really isn’t meant to be a diet. The word “diet” has earned the connotation of something temporary in our society. As Dr. Nicole Avena says in her book Why Diets Fail,

The problem is that saying that you are going on a diet suggests that at some point you will go off of it.”

Maybe you have finally achieved all of your health goals. You are thin, healthy and feeling really great – so great that you feel you can reward yourself by returning to eating all of your “normal” foods that were off-limits during your diet. Well, the problem is, the reason you are so thin and fit is because you don’t eat tons of “junk” food or eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Dr. Avena describes the paleo plan perfectly:

“If you want to lose weight and keep it off, a diet needs to be a way of eating, not a short-term solution.”

Because your health isn’t short term.

I want to clarify a couple of things:

1.) Being paleo, or just being genuinely healthy, shouldn’t ruin your life. You should go paleo because it’s something that makes you feel good, both physically and mentally. If paleo just doesn’t work for your lifestyle, it doesn’t work. The point isn’t to be miserable.

2.) Being healthy or paleo doesn’t mean that your taste buds will never again experience the sweet caress of cold creamy ice cream or rich chocolate cake – of course you can reward yourself, but to the degree that you can handle it. You know yourself – If you can’t have ice cream without eating the whole carton, well maybe don’t buy a carton. But if it’s your birthday and you want a triple scoop ice cream cone from your favorite ice cream shop, well dammit I think you should have it.

3.) Just because you eat bread, carbs, or cheese, doesn’t mean you aren’t a healthy person or you are doing it all wrong. I mainly caution that there is a significant overweight population in the U.S. today that needs to be addressed. You know if you are part of that population. But, if your lifestyle works for you and you are happy with your health, by all means, don’t think paleo is the only way. I’m simply offering you tips on how I think you can be the healthiest person biologically and physically.

If there’s one thing I wanted you to take away from my blog, is that eating healthy can be delicious, and shouldn’t have to feel like you are on a “diet.” With a little cooking and planning, life can be very satisfying. Hopefully, I’ve accomplished my goal of introducing you to the life of paleo if you’d never before imagined a carb-less world, or I’ve given you health gurus some reassurance to your lifestyle.

Finally, here’s Day 30 of the Paleo “Diet,” Cheers!

DRINK 8 oz. of water when you wake up!


  • 8 oz. of water
  • 5-Ingredient Cinnamon Plantain Pancakes:
    • 1 plantain
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp almond milk (I used unsweetened coconut)
    • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

These were much sweeter than my normal 2-ingredient banana pancakes, so I didn’t even think these needed honey – and they tasted amazing plain!

DRINK 16 oz. of water before lunch.


  • Green smoothie (I had banana + strawberries + raspberries + blueberries + spinach)

DRINK 8 oz. of water before dinner.FullSizeRender (8)


DRINK at least 8 oz. of water before bed.

And also a BIG thank you to everyone who read any of my blog posts, you really have no idea how much all of your kind words and encouragement meant to me🙂


Day 29

Hey Guys!

Had a liiiittle bit of a busy day today, so I’m keepin’ this one short and sweet.

And I’m also gearing up for tomorrow which is the LAST day of my 30 days of paleo!!!!

Here’s Day 29, Cheers!

DRINK 8 oz. of water as soon as you wake up.

Do some calf raises while you brush your teeth – 20 feet pointing out, 20 feet straight, 20 feet pointing in.


  • 8 oz. water
  • 2 eggs scrambled with mediterranean veggies


I’ve been really into bacon lately, so I thought this Turkey & Bacon Club Salad would be pretty light and delicious. And I think this would taste great with this delicious vinaigrette recipe:

  • 2-3 tbs olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

DRINK 8 oz. of water after lunch.


I’m not gonna lie to you, I hate scallops, so I don’t really know what to tell you about how this recipe tasted because I gave my scallops to my dad. But he ate all of them so it’s safe to say they were edible. Scallops just have the taste and texture of a giant salty sea booger and I can’t handle it. The asparagus was on fleek though. InstasizeImage (4)

DRINK 8 oz. of water before you go to bed.

Sorry for the lame post tonight, but we’ll finish it off strong tomorrow!!


Day 27

InstasizeImage (1)Hey Guys!

Well it was a BIG day for me because my Spiralizer came in the mail today and now all of my zoodle dreams can finally come true.

Zoodle is short for zucchini noodles, which is just one of the miraculous paleo pasta substitutes you can make with your Spiralizer. You can also make swoodles (sweet potato noodles), boodles (beet noodles), and even turdles (my terribly awkward name for turnip noodles). 

The meal options you can make with vegetable-based noodles are endless, and, when equipped with this new spiralizer, I mean, the sky’s the limit – dream big, go crazy with your slicing and dicing.

Here’s some delish dishes to get ya started!


Creamy Avocado Pesto Zoodles from the Iron You:


That would probably taste pretty gewd with some lemon grilled chicken if you’re lookin’ for protein.

Chicken Zoodle Soup from Sugar-Free Mom:

chicken-zoodle-soup1-1-of-1If you’re eating this healthy I don’t imagine you’ll get sick too often – but just in case you’re a little under the weather, try some zoodle soup!

Zoodles with Beef Sauce from Healthy Living How To:

9534469Just be careful about what tomato paste you get – get organic if you can, and just make sure to check that sugar content!


Swoodles with Chorizo and Orange from Drizzle & Dip

IMG_4336-1Don’t really know what chorizo is – but it kinda looks like bacon so it’s cool with me.

Swoodles with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce from Detoxinista:


Ya had me at cream sauce.


Boodles with Pesto and Baby Kale from Inspiralized


Watermelon Gazpacho with Boodles from Inspiralized


I’d be lying if I said that this soup didn’t scare me a little bit – something about gazpacho freaks me out, but I do love beets so this is one I might actually try.

Beet Noodles with Sausage and Kale from Grow.Cook.Heal:



Garlic Mushroom and Leek Turdles from Inspiralized

6A2A3987-5Turnip for what?!

Tomato-Fennel Turdles from Inspiralized:


Kale Pesto and Artichoke Turdles from The Roasted Root


Now that you’ve got noodles for days, go ahead and try one of these for lunch, dinner, or both. And if you want an idea for breakfast today, try this Butternut Squash Noodle Breakfast Skillet