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Paleo Pumpkin Peanut Butter Zoatmeal

It’s that time of year again, people. Fall. Fall in Chicago has got to be the greatest feeling of all! I’m SO into my morning walks in the 50 degree weather, wearing a light jacket, sipping coffee, listening to my true crime podcasts, thinking about… Halloween. Too soon? Oh well. I just freaking adore Fall. With the glorious-ness that is Fall, comes Fall food. Which means cozy, comfort food. I used to be OBSESSED with a big, warm bowl of oatmeal, topped with cinnamon and apples. MMM! And then I always wondered, “why does my tum tum feel like complete poop after I devour oatmeal?!” I just do not tolerate oats in large doses like that, even gluten free oats. This saddened me to my core. Then entered this culinary masterpiece: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Zoatmeal. This meal combines ALL of my favorite things: pumpkin, peanut butter, zucchini, and…

Cinnamon Cacao Fat Balls

Fat balls are all the rage nowadays, and I totally get why. They’re easy to make, you don’t need to bake them, and they’re perfect for grab and go! I actually saw a recipe for cinnamon roll bliss balls on The Toasted Pine Nut blog and they looked amazing, BUT when I went to make them, I didn’t have most of the ingredients. Not cool, Melanie. So, I improvised and adapted to make my own little version. These babies are perfect straight out of the freezer and are filled with filling Eating Evolved Roasted Coconut Butter (which I’m positive is literal crack) and gut-loving collagen that I just loooove. I hope you guys like em’! Cinnamon Cacao Fat Balls Ingredients 1/2 cup Eating Evolved Roasted Coconut Butter (or any other nut butter of choice) 2 tablespoons almond flour 2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons Philosophie…

Cali Kale Salad

Kale has been a hot topic for a while now. Health gurus want you to practically bathe in it. It’s like okay, we get it, it’s good for you! And it is. But I was never (and I’m still not) THAT into it. I know. Sue me. But then one day I wandered into Plum Market in Old Town, Chicago and peeked around their salad bar. Nothing poked out at me except for this amazing looking kale salad- which they call California Kale Slaw. The ingredients are super minimal BUT there was one problem, it was made with canola oil. I know. The travesty. So, what’s a girl to do besides re-create it herself? 🙂 Not saying that I would NEVER eat Plum’s version again because, this is real life right? But this version is JUST as good (promise!) and MUCH more cost-effective. Win Win! This Cali Kale Salad is…

Lemon Lavender + Blueberry Chia Pudding

You guys ever get a hankering for a huge, giant bowl of creamy chia seed pudding? Good. We can be friends then. Honestly, snack attacks are real and one of my all time fave snacks is chia seed pudding. It’s SO easy and it’s also PACKED with healthy fats and fiber to keep you full until your next meal. Or your next snack. (judge free zone right huuurrr) I used to think you had to wait overnight to let your chia pudding set in the fridge and then I saw Rachl Mansfield BLEND it. My life was changed. It’s ready within seconds- so thick+perfect! Chia seeds are tiny little powerhouses I tell ya. How, you ask? Let me explain: They’re loaded with 11 grams of fiber per ounce! We all know fiber is needed for regular bowel movements AKA poop! No shame in the poop game people! They’re high in…

Creamy Sage+Garlic Cashew “Hummus”

Most of you know that I was a vegan before, so you probably just assume I lived off of hummus + vegan protein bars. Well, you’re right. Man, I was a horrible vegan. Ugh. Nowadays, I’m so much more in tune with my bod and I know that traditional hummus- the kind made with chickpeas- makes ya girl bloat. I know, it’s tragic. So I have to get a little creative and make my own- which I’m totally okay with because it’s cheaper and I know EXACTLY what’s going in it! Win Win! So, a few days ago I had some raw cashews sitting around and I threw them into a jar with some filtered water to soak them. Keep in mind that I still had no clue what I wanted to do with them. Do I make cashew milk? Do I make a cashew “cheese?” Then, I saw my…