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Dark Chocolate Covered Mixed Berry Pops! (Dairy + Refined Sugar Free!)

I’ve hit a turning point.

I’ve never been much of a frozen fruit dessert person. Even when I was a kid with strep throat, the idea of a popsicle never really thrilled me. When it comes to frozen treats, I’ve always been an ice cream kind of girl. Be it in a pint, on a cone or even on a stick, I prefer the creamy to the frozen fruity.

Until now!

I was recently on vacation with my husbands family in Huntington Beach, California and stumbled upon PopBar at the mall up the street from our hotel. Just writing the name of the place makes me sad that there isn’t one near me in LA.

It’s this GEM of a place where they have tons of popsicle options, yogurt based, gelato based  and fruit based. You then pick what kind of chocolate you want it in (milk, white, dark, mint etc) and what toppings (mostly chopped nuts, sprinkles, or crumbled

Frozen Mocha Chip Coffee! (Dairy Free + Collagen!)

It’s been So HOT. So Hot In Herre.

Sorry I can’t help myself.

I just came back from running errands around my neighborhood and even though I’ve lived here for just over 5 years now, I have yet to fully grasp that people drive EVERYWHERE (like they will get in their car to drive a block only to spend 15 minutes trying to find parking) I still have that Chicago mentality so I spent the last couple of hours bopping around West Hollywood and I think I finally understand why people drive such short distances.

If you could see my frizzy hair and incredibly sweaty self at this very moment, you’d get it, too.

So I needed something to cool me down and fill me up. Iced coffee in the afternoon on a hot day (so like, every day here for the past 5 years)  is always my go to but today I needed something a little more. I love

Grain Free Pita Bread! (Paleo + Gluten Free)

This Pita Bread takes 10 minutes to make from start to finish and is gluten, grain + dairy free!

When I was in High School, I worked at a Greek diner.

Or maybe I should say I worked at the Greek Diner.

If you grew up around Metro Detroit, Leo’s Coney Island was the place to eat. You grew up going with your family and then in middle school when you were first itching to hang out in public places without your parents, they would drop you off there (and then you would call them from the pay phone to come pick you up) and then in high school you would hang out there after school and start just about every weekend night eating there. Basically it was the food that fueled your youth.

And at some point, I was probably your waitress.

Chocolate Cinnamon Chia Pudding Parfait! (Dairy + Refined Sugar Free)

This chia parfait tastes like dessert but is a super filling and healthy breakfast or snack! It’s completely dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free, vegan and paleo friendly and the best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make!

 Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Since chia seeds burst on to the health food scene a few years ago, I still can’t help but sing the jingle from commercial for the Chia Pet from the 90s EVERY time I say the word chia. Is that just me? And pretty much on constant loop in my brain because I use chia seeds all the time! (The Pottery That Grows!)

Aside from growing pet plants, Chia seeds are full of fiber and they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, they are rich in antioxidants as well as calcium and iron too!

I use them in smoothies or sprinkle them on top of acai bowls but my favorite way to make them

Roasted Tumeric Carrot Fries!

I’ve expressed this before but I can’t say it enough:

To me, food is as a vehicle to consume condiments. And one of my favorite ways to do that?

The Fry.

I love me a fry. Thick cut steak fries, hand cut, wedges, waffle, curly, sweet potato- I’ve rarely met a fry I don’t like. But for me, traditional fries live in the “20” category of the whole 80/20 thing.

But! I still have the urge to dip dip dip. So carrot fries have been my new go to as of late.

Chocolate Caramel Slice (Gluten/Grain, Dairy + Refined Sugar free!)

These Caramel Slices look like they are full of refined sugar and other not so ideal ingredients but surprise! They are completely grain, dairy and refined sugar free… and totally addicting.

Though I got married just over a year ago (ah!) we waited to go on our honeymoon until March when I had a long break from work and it was summer in Australia!

I had been to Australia in 2010 when I was working for Oprah and loved every second- even the work related we-almost-took out-Hugh-Jackman’s-eye stressful ones (sorry about that, Hugh). I instantly knew I wanted to go back ASAP.

7 years later (ha!) we made it back for 16 days of pure amazingness. And what I didn’t realize back in 2010 (and maybe that’s because I spent a good part of those days in a hotel conference room), was that Australia KNOWS WHAT’S UP when it comes to incredibly healthy, fresh and delicious food that

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Paleo + Refined Sugar Free)

These cookies are incredibly easy to whip up and even easier to eat! Totally free of refined sugar but full of delicious chocolate chunks! 

You guys. I’m experiencing a bit of a break through over here. Oprah always called it an a-ha moment, others an epiphany. But By George, I think I’ve got it (yes I just said that).

I’ve finally figured out what takes chocolate chip cookies to the next level.

No matter what batter you’re using, everyone wants a cookie with gooey melty chocolate goodness and after baking them for countless years and trying recipes of every kind from gluten-free to gluten-filled, grain-free to vegan and everything in between, the key to making your chocolate chip cookies the envy of all other chocolate chip cookies?

Crunchy Pistachio Crusted Chicken Fingers! (Grain Free)

These Super Simple Pistachio Crusted Chicken Tenders are crunchy in the best possible way! And they are grain/gluten and dairy free! 

If there’s one nostalgic food I’ve always loved, it’s chicken fingers. As a kid, I didn’t get to eat them that often because well, parents. And so they quickly rose to the top as one of my favorite foods- the crunchy chicken paired with bbq sauce? Well really in my world I lived by (and still do)  “All sauces welcome.” Bbq, ketchup, honey mustard, ranch- you name it I wanted to dip those bad boys into ALL the things. Well, except for Bleu Cheese Sauce. Thanks but no thanks on anything with Bleu Cheese. That’s going to be a hard pass.

5 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Have you guys heard about this place DO (pronounced Dough)  in New York City? It looks absolutely UNREAL. It’s full of all different kinds of edible cookie dough and they even have a couple of gluten free, grain free and vegan options! The lines have been absolutely ridiculous. I know someone that went and said the line was 2 and a half hours long.

For COOKIE DOUGH.

Pretty sure the only thing that would make me wait 2 and a half hours for cookie dough is if the Backstreet Boys were spoon-feeding it to me while simultaneously serenading me when I got to the front of the line….

Chocolate Chip “Peanut Butter” Banana Bread Waffles!

For the last two weeks I’ve had a major, serious, very real craving for waffles.

The only problem? I didn’t own a waffle iron.

When we were registering for our wedding, we decided we would be satisfied with pancakes and that we didn’t need another gadget taking up space in our cabinets.

What a mistake that was.

Because when waffle craving strikes you, no pancake in the world will substitute the peaks and valleys and crispy edges paired with the soft fluffy-ness you get from all of that waffle goodness.

Lesson Learned.

So last week I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to get a waffle iron and well, that man took it to a whole other level.