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A Really Great Summer Salad Recipe

Just a really great, easy green summer salad recipe with spring greens, avocado, sunflower seeds, carrot, cherry tomatoes, brown rice, and more! This nourishing, light yet filling entree salad recipe for dinners or lunches will keep you satisfied during the hot summer months. If it’s hot AF degrees where you live and you’re looking for …

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Apple Cider Glazed Roasted Carrots with Rosemary

Apple cider glazed roasted carrots with pumpkin seeds and rosemary is an easy healthy side dish perfect for the holidays.

Looking for some healthy side dishes to serve at your holiday celebrations? WELL. Have I got a recipe for you?!

These apple cider glazed carrots are warmly-spiced with cinnamon and rosemary, and come with a delightful little crunch from roasted pumpkin seeds. 

I found inspiration for this recipe at my local Whole Foods salad bar – there was a tray of cider-roasted carrots, into which I dove. Because I enjoyed them so much, I knew I needed to make them myself at home. And put them on repeat, because that’s the way I roll.

In addition to the fact that these roasted carrots are so easy to prepare and are crowd-pleasing delights, they go with just about any meal! Serve them up with short ribs, roast turkey, roast chicken, pot roast and more!

One quick note!: These apple cider glazed carrots are super addicting, so I would make more than you think you need if serving guests. The recipe serves about 3 people comfortably, so if you’re cooking for more folks, consider doubling or tripling the recipe! Just food for thought 😀

Let’s roast some carrots!

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls made with almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin, dates, protein powder, and more! These warmly-spiced energy bites are quick and easy to make in the food processor. This post is Sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. Check out more delicious healthy recipes, snag coupons and find stores near you at! Pumpkin season …

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Fish En Papillote with Arugula Pepita Sauce

Fish en papillote (cod in parchment paper) with arugula pepita sauce is a fresh, flavorful low-carb dinner recipe! This easy meal is paleo, whole30, keto, and so quick and easy to prepare!

It’s the return of fish en papillote!  

If you’ve been around a hot minute, you’re familiar with my Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper, Lemon Dill Cod in Parchment Paper with Capers, Citrus Ginger Turmeric Salmon in Parchment Paper, or my Pesto Salmon in Parchment Paper.

If you’re new here, the main bullet point is: fish and seafood in parchment paper a winning meal makes!

It literally takes minutes to put together and results in the most flavorful, perfectly cooked fish. 

Fish en Papillote (fish in parchment paper) with Arugula-Pepita Sauce - a clean, healthy paleo whole30 keto dinner recipe |

For this rendition, we’re going with cod with a fresh n funky sauce made with basil, arugula, avocado, coconut aminos, and roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas). Does it sound strange? It’s basically pesto without the parmesan and garlic…plus the coconut aminos. 

The sauce is sex. Just trust me on this one!

Let’s make it!

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Trail Mix Energy Bites

Trail mix energy bites made with all the trail mix essentials – almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, chocolate chips and more. Make these energy bites in minutes in your food processor, then hit the trails!

There are still many warm months ahead, which means more time on trails, which means more trail snacks, which means: trail mix.

I may not be very conventional in my eating habits (I eat non-”breakfast” foods for breakfast, like salmon and roasted vegetables, or stir fry veggies and rice, and consider tuna salad on crackers to be a perfectly acceptable “second dinner”), but trail mix has been and always will be a must when it comes to outdoor activity. AND indoor lounging. Let’s face it: trail mix is life. 

Energy bites (or balls, if you will) are on constant rotation in my home. When I finish a batch, I make another one, always going for a different flavor. They take mere minutes to make, are a great lower-sugar snack, and are easy to pack up and take with you anywhere you go.

So for this rendition of energy bites, we’re taking the trail mix approach, incorporating your classic trail mix ingredients with almond butter and dates for a convenient trail mix explosion.

Let’s whip them out!

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Lemon Herb Baked Chicken Spinach Salad

A quick, easy and filling spinach salad recipe with baked chicken, radishes, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, carrot and feta. This low-FODMAP salad is a gut-friendly healthy meal.

Lemon Herb Baked Chicken Spinach Salad with pumpkin seeds, radishes, cucumbers, feta, and carrots - an easy healthy Low-FODMAP salad recipe |

If you follow a low-FODMAP diet to manage digestive issues, you know it can be nearly impossible to find certain products such as salad dressing or pasta sauce that don’t contain high-FODMAP ingredients like onions or garlic.

Sure, making everything from scratch is simple once you get the hang of it, but from time to time you want to throw together a meal that is both healthful and easy. Confession: I eat a lot of salad, but I don’t always make my own salad dressings. For those of you who love pasta or enchiladas, I’m sure you can relate when it comes to the sauce.

WELL. This just in!:

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Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Avocado and Jammy Egg

Nutritious, filling roasted sweet potato kale salad with avocado, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and a 6-minute egg. This delicious salad makes for a satisfying complete meal. Do you ever find yourself craving the crap out of a ginormous, filling salad? For me, the hankering comes and goes in waves. I can go months without consuming salad, …

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Roasted Carrot Spinach Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing

Roasted carrots, spinach, feta, and roasted pumpkin seeds make for a hearty salad that can be enjoyed as a light main dish or side dish. This clean meal is primal and keto for those looking for low-carb meal options.

Roasted Carrot Spinach Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing - a simple clean salad that is primal and keto. | #cleaneating #vegetarian #glutenfree

Oh hey! How was your first week of 2019?

For those of you who made resolutions, I hope they are coming along swimmingly. And if you haven’t stayed fully on track with your goals or aren’t currently where you want to be this very moment, remember to take whatever it is one decision at a time.

One meeting, one class, one nice gesture, one meal, one workout, one step at a time.

For those of us who are Big Picture people, resolutions or goals can seem incredibly daunting and insurmountable. In my experience, this is a sign I’m laser focused on something too large and need to take a moment to break it down into steps. Once it’s dissected, the process seems so much more doable and even pleasurable.

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Crunchy warmly-spiced pumpkin spice granola made with gluten-free oats, nuts, seeds, pureed pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and pure maple syrup. This cozy, flavorful granola makes a lovely fall and winter breakfast. Looking for something that is both crunchy and pumpkin-y? You’ve come to the right place! I had a fall-inspired pumpkin granola recipe on my …

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Creamy Tahini Spaghetti Squash with Kale

Creamy tahini spaghetti squash with kale, broccoli, zucchini, and pumpkin seeds. This clean and cozy meal is paleo, vegan, and so satisfying!

Creamy Tahini Spaghetti Squash with kale, zucchini and broccoli - a healthy paleo, vegan meal

I was raised under a carb-loving roof with the mindset that there just had to be something starchy with every meal or else it was considered more of a snack.

When I started eating paleo over seven years ago, my way of easing out of that mindset was through replacing bread, pasta, and white potatoes, with more nutritious sources like root vegetables and winter squash. For me, spaghetti squash has that cozy essence while being fairly low in carbohydrate, and it makes a paleo meal feel more complete. 

Plus, it is crazy-versatile (just take a gander through my spaghetti squash archives for all sorts of recipe inspiration).

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Paleo “Oatmeal” Cookie Energy Bites

Energy bites made to taste just like an oatmeal cookie! If you love the flavor of oatmeal cookies but can’t tolerate oats, this oat-free paleo version of energy bites is perfect for you! This healthy snack recipe includes walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dates, cinnamon, and raisins for an infusion of plant-based protein and healthy fat. These …

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Gut Healthy Probiotic Power Bowls

Nutrient-dense gut healthy prebiotic and probiotic power bowls with roasted beets, cauliflower, dandelion greens, brown rice, sauerkraut, walnuts, and an orange cider vinaigrette. A happy gut meal perfect for making a part of your weekly routine. What is the state of affairs in your gut lately? I designed these bowls to be gut healthy for …

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