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EXPO WEST! My Top 5 Favorite New Discoveries!

This past weekend, I finally got to experience all the amazing madness that is Natural Products Expo West otherwise referred to as Expo West.

It’s a four day convention at the Anaheim convention center where just about every natural product line comes to showcase their products and debut new ones to wholesalers, health practitioners, retailers, bloggers/influencers, press, distributors etc.
Now, imagine Disneyland on the most crowded day where it’s packed with people but instead of children excited to meet Mickey & Minnie, it’s grown ups excited to EAT.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread With Coffee Cake Crumble (Paleo, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free)

I love chocolate chip banana bread.

I also love chocolate chip coffee cake.

(Yes, I know, there’s an obvious common denominator here)

This morning after being out of town for a few days I saw we had a few bananas that were too brown to eat and just enough eggs to make banana bread.

So I whipped up an easy batch and then thought, you know what would be good?  a delicious chocolate chip coffee cake crumble for the top!

Glazed Hanukkah Donuts with a Raspberry Chia Jam Drizzle (Grain, Gluten & Dairy Free)

Today marks the fourth day of Hanukkah! AND it’s Friday!

And while I  love that Hanukkah is 8 days of delicious fried food, my pants feel a bit differently about the whole situation. They really don’t love it so much. Nope not even a little bit. Seriously, I had to do that bend and stretch and kick my legs dance to get my jeans to button.

Welp.

So while 8 days in a row of fried donuts seems like a bit much… I can’t NOT have donuts with jelly on Hanukkah!

5-Ingredient Zucchini Latkes (Grain, Gluten + Dairy Free)

Hanukkah starts tomorrow night! 8 days of being commanded to eat fried foods!  You can’t have Hanukkah and NOT have latkes or donuts! It’s like having Thanksgiving without stuffing (the horror!)

But the thing about latkes? They take sooo long to make only to be eaten up in minutes!

The other thing about latkes? Because of fact number one above, a lot of people go with the store bought latkes and those contain flour and sometimes other unnecessary ingredients.  Which leaves me latke less and sad at Hanukkah parties! (Plus lets be real the store bought ones don’t usually taste that great…)

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

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?

Super Bowl Snacks You Will Want To Make This Sunday (And Every Sunday After!)

Ah the Super Bowl is upon us! Let me start this off by coming clean. I must admit that last night when my mom asked me who was playing in the Super Bowl I responded with “I honestly have NO idea but did you hear that Beyonce is having twins?!”
So now you know, when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday I’m here for two things and two things only:
1) The halftime show (and maybe the national anthem like when the Bacsktreet Boys sang it in 2001)
2) The snacks
I love me a good super bowl spread. The dips, the chocolate, the fried everything, I mean let’s be real here, what’s not to love? It’s a day where you’re basically commanded to sit on the couch with a bunch of your friends in stretchy pants and eat a lot of food while watching TV. And