Hot Chocolate

MMMM… everyone loves taking sips of hot chocolate from their favorite Christmas mug around this time (even if it is in the sixties outside). I have a hot chocolate recipe that you will love! It is rich, creamy, silky, easy, and just out right delicious!

Hot Chocolate Recipe:

  • 2 cups of almond milk (in recipe below) or coconut milk
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2-4 tbsp. of raw honey

  1. Pour milk into a pan on medium heat.
  2. Add cocoa powder and honey
  3. Stir until thoroughly mixed together
  4. Serve!

Almond Milk Recipe:

  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 4 cups of water

  1. Place both in a blender and blend for 5-7 minutes
  2. Strain in a nut bag, or leave it
  3. If it’s too thick for your pleasure, add more water

Holiday Break To Do’s

It’s Holiday Break! Here is a list of activities you may complete in order to stay fit, healthy, and happy during the holidays! Tell me what you think! (:

Holiday Break To Do’s

  • Go to the gym 2 times for at least 45 minutes
  • Go to the gym 3 times for at least 45 minutes
  • Make a dinner recipe from my blog
  • Make a dessert recipe from my blog
  • Finish 3 home workouts that last at least 20 minutes.
    • Idea: YouTube (Jillian Michaels)
    • Idea: Pinterest
  • Drink a glass of warm/cold lemon water right when you wake up
  • Make your own smoothie with spinach or kale
  • Have green tea 2 different times
  • Try a fruit or vegetable you have never had before
  • Go for a mile run
  • Go for a 2 mile run
  • Go for a 3 mile run
  • Go to Whole Foods for lunch instead of a fast food restaurant
  • Meditate when you wake up or before bed
  • Attend a workout class
  • Take a bubble bath
    • Bonus: Add lavender oil
  • Take your dog for a walk or go with a parent/friend                         

Which Salt is Right?

Hey everyone! Hope all is well this Holiday Season!

When it comes to cooking there is one thing that really brings out flavor, taste, and appreciation of the dish…salt! There are so many different types of salt in stores that people may not know which is the right option. I can help!

Majority of us know that sea salt is the healthiest salt to use when seasoning food. Why is it healthy though? Sea salt comes straight from the sea making it natural rather than chemically made; it helps your body create digestive juices which helps aid in weight loss, helps to reduce high blood and cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation in the respiratory system (helps asthma), keeps our bones strong, reduces the need for insulin, and can preserve 2 types of hormones in the body that help you to cope with stress.

As you can see, sea salt has major health benefits, but there are still multiple types of sea salt to choose from. Which should you choose? Himalayan Pink Sea Salt! This salt contains a lot less sodium, regulates water in the body, and balances pH levels! Get your hands on this the next time you are at the store. (I got mine at Wal-Mart, so I believe it is at almost any grocery store.)

Christmas Party Tip

It’s that time of the year! Christmas party season!

Everyone looks forward to receiving their annual Christmas party invitations around this time! For those of us trying to stay true to our clean eating, it may seem like not going or breaking your lifestyle are the only options when attending a Christmas party. You are WRONG! There are multiple ways to enjoy or even host a party during this holiday season while keeping all of the foods and drinks nutritious but absolutely delicious!

The key is to bring a healthy appetizer or dessert and eat from those plates when partying. My family recently hosted our annual cookie exchange, and I made Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from all natural ingredients for not only myself to eat without guilt, but for others to try.  They were a big hit! We also served homemade appetizers such as guacamole, corn and bean salsa, homemade cranberry radish salsa, vegetables, fruit and fresh pita chips.

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup 70% dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp kefir

Combine all and place on a coconut oil greased pan and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.