(Added) Sugar-Free Week

As my (added) sugar-free week comes to an end, I am feeling SO good. I am not feeling deprived + my cravings are few + far between. It was such a great experience that I highly recommend everyone give it a shot at least once. I’m sharing how I did it with lots of recommendations + tips to have a very successful week! One of the biggest things for me was focusing on allll of the foods that I could eat, rather than those that I could not.

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Rise + Shine

Mornings look different for us all. Some of us pop right out of bed, while others can hardly open their eyes to the sound of their alarm. I would consider myself an early riser. After work, I find that I am tired + worn out from the day so any activity or a workout is less likely to happen. Your routine doesn’t have to be extensive but I think having a structured plan when you roll out of bed can make a huge difference in your day!

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Apple Crisp with Oat Crumble

The temps are getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier, the leaves are falling… Fall is here!

With fall comes fires in the fireplace, carving pumpkins, + my favorite: baking. After picking up the most delicious apples from the farmers market, I knew just the thing to make: Apple Crisp. Although, my favorite recipes call for loads of butter + sugar so I wanted to try my hand at making a healthier alternative without sacrificing any taste. Plus… the healthier the crisp, the more vanilla ice cream you can have with it.

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Touchdown: Cauliflower Wings

When Sunday rolls around, you can find me sitting on the couch for hours on end cheering on my football teams. (Go Steelers! Go Panthers!) But what’s a football Sunday without snacks!?

Admittedly, I’ve never tried real chicken wings. However, I have to say… with these cauliflower wings, there is no need. Even my meat-loving, chicken-wing fanatic boyfriend loves these (+ that’s saying a lot).

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Shine Organics Saves the Day

Now that I’m a working woman (lol), I’ve committed to packing my own lunches every day for a number of reasons: usually healthier, saving some $, + I’ve had the opportunity to experiment with some new recipes! However, it gets old… quick. I feel like I eat the same thing every single day so when I first tried these Shine Organics pouches, I was so excited to have a new little lunchtime snack. They’re sweet enough for the perfect dessert but they are also great for a mid-morning snack or afternoon pick me up. The pouch is the perfect for on-the-go. After yoga class, post spin sweat, or on the way home from work – I keep one in my bag at all times because you never know when hunger will strike.  Plus they’re all organic + non-GMO… win!

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My Beach Essentials

Summer is in full swing + that usually means vacation. When it comes to traveling, I’m definitely an over-packer. Clothes, books, makeup, you name it, I overpack it.

…”What if I need it?”, “but options…”, “Better to have too much than not enough!”…

However, I’m getting a little tired of dragging around a bag that is entirely too heavy + not even touching half the stuff I’ve packed. You could say I’m becoming a minimalist? This week I’m at the beach with my family + I’ve boiled down a pretty solid list of my beach essentials. Give me a bathing suit, a pair of sunglasses, a good book, + I’m set. (Although I’ve found a couple other things that are game changers)

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Dairy-Free Homemade Ice Cream

Chocolate Cookies + Cream

I’m not sure if anything signifies sweet summertime quite like ice cream. Creamy, dreamy, delicious, naturally sweetened, + HOMEMADE. I promise you, this isn’t one of those healthier treats that you have to convince yourself tastes good. Flavor it how you wish, this one really hits the spot.

PLUS: No ice cream maker needed + it’s made with coconut milk so it’s dairy free. Win, win. Get the delicious deets below…

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