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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….

But nevertheless, seeing these edible pieces of deliciousness all over my social media feeds really upped my craving for the dough. So I figured just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’d whip up my own!

These take all of 5 minutes

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. He bought two of the same waffle irons and decided we should have a waffle off with each of us making 5 different kinds of waffles. Mine were all healthy, paleo, gluten- free, dairy free etc. and

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

Seriously Delicious EVERYTHING Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!

But how can something that has nothing be so delicious, you ask?

I’m not sure but I think the answer lies in bananas & chocolate.

All I can say is – This bread is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Last week all of my college friends came in to town to celebrate and shower one of our friends who just had the most precious baby girl! We’ve done this for every one that’s had a baby- we all fly in for the weekend, we all buy a new book for the baby’s library and we all cook brunch together and spend the day eating and drink mimosas and we are usually asleep by 10 pm because well… it’s been TEN years this spring since we graduated college and those crazy late nights are noooo more.

Usually these brunches are filled with foods that are delicious but full of gluten, dairy, soy and the like. But my friend/the new mom is doing an elimination

My Holiday Gift List for The Fitness / Wellness Obsessed!

The holidays are almost here which means the gift giving bonanza is almost upon us!

But what do you get a fitness/wellness loving gal (or guy)? Surely not a basket of sugary Christmas cookies or chemical filled beauty products! If you’re shopping for a fitness fanatic, makeup/beauty product obsessed, chocoholic (refined sugar free of course!) or kitchen/cooking goddess, here are some my favorite go-to gifts for 2016 that will help your bestie/sister/boss/significant other stay healthy and happy this holiday season!

My Snack Obsessions of the Moment!

I’m a constant snacker – you will find wrappers in my purse, car, desk, bed and anywhere else that a snack can be consumed. I won’t leave the house without at least one emergency snack because in my world,  snacks > meals.

Since I’m always testing and trying out new snacks (often of the gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo/paleoish variety), I wanted to share three of my new snacks finds with you!

(And by new, I mean I made this over the summer and in typical me fashion, forgot to post it… #oops BUT I still stand by these picks and figured better late than never to spread the snack love)

So here they are! Have a favorite snack to share? Let me know!

I Scream for (Dairy-Free) Ice-Cream!

Some people are cake people. For others it’s cupcakes. Or cheesecake (looking at you, husband) Or pie.

I’m 100% an ice-cream/frozen yogurt (and chocolate chip cookie/scone) kind of girl.

Case in point: during my first summer hiatus at The Oprah Winfrey Show, I got a job working at a frozen yogurt shop. While all of my other co-workers spent their time off traveling & relaxing – I spent my summer spooning mochi balls and fruity pebbles on top of tart yogurt for $11 an hour at Berry Chill (RIP):

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It’s how I first discovered I was allergic to dairy. After consuming fro yo all day everyday for 3 months, my skin looked worse than a 14 year old in the midst of puberty and I felt awful.

So, after my Dr. delivered the devastating news, I cut out dairy and go figure,  my skin cleared up.

Flash forward to 2016.

Improvised Scones (as inspired by the Jersey Shore)

Ok so Scones aren’t the first thing you thing of when you think Jersey Shore, I know

Drinking, gambling, screen printed touristy t-shirts and Snooki come to mind, sure.  But devouring gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, dairy free & Paleo scones? Yeah… not even in the top 250 list of “Things you MUST do when visiting the Jersey Shore”

Unless you’re reading my list. In that case, it’s number one.

I discovered the gem of a coffee shop that is No. 7311 in Ventnor city last year, their almond milk lattes, small batch baking and overall cuteness made a major impact on my soul. (Be warned: You will want all of the things)  So when I returned with the Husband (ah, how weird is THAT to type?!) it was at the top of my list.

The almond milk latte? still delicious.

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But this year they had a new addition.

En Route To Chicago: Raising the bar with RX Bar and a Tune In Alert!

Hello there!

I’m currently writing to you from above the clouds on my way to Chicago for a few days on my old stomping grounds. So excited about some quality time with friends and undoubtedly, great food. I still think that Wi-Fi on planes is just about the coolest thing ever. Am I the only one that not’s over it yet?!

Also, I forgot my jacket back in LA sooo this should be really fun.

Before I get to the whole foods and friends part of my Chicago trip, I’ll be stopping by Chicago’s Windy City Live on ABC tomorrow morning at 11am (CST) for some fun! I had such a blast last time and can’t wait to visit again to share some more kitchen hacks to save you time in the kitchen! If you aren’t in Chicago, you can watch it live here!

I spent the day yesterday down in San Diego so

EATING MY WAY THROUGH THE EAST COAST: ADVENTURES IN “HEALTHY” EATING

The last week I’ve been on vacation on the East Coast and it’s been wonderful! Seeing friends, seeing family, spending time with The Boy and… what everyone really cares about on vacation, a whole lot of great food.

For most of the vacationing population out there and especially those who choose to spend their time off in New York City & Down the Shore in Jersey, vacation food means soft pretzels, ice cream cones and salt water taffy. But for those of us who are of the Gluten Free, Try-to-be-Dairy-Free,  Almond Milk Latte loving variety, vacation food takes on a whole new meaning. We are constantly searching for the hidden little gem that offers up indulgences that still say “Enjoy! Relax! Calories Shmalories! You’re on vacation!” But that also says “You won’t get a crazy break out that will make you look like you’re in 9th grade all over again.”  Otherwise known as foods that taste great but don’t make you feel like crap.