bb soup

I can eat soup ANYTIME. But I am especially thrilled that the real soup season is upon us! I love having my dutch oven working away as it simmers my favorite veggies, soothing broth and healing herbs. Crockpot more your thing? That works too. I am excited to try to use my crockpot more this fall and winter. I would love to hear your favorite crockpot recipes!

Forgive the not so appetizing picture…photography isn’t my strong suit. I PROMISE, it tastes better than it looks!

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I was looking for a recipe I could make for dinner tonight but also freeze some for leftovers later. I found this Vegan Black Bean Soup recipe on Cookie & Kate and ran to the store to get what I needed. It comes together in no time which is essential for me. The only thing I did differently was I blended ALL of mine in the Vitamix at the end. I just prefer the creamier texture but you do what you want. I topped mine with Fage full fat Greek yogurt and cilantro.  It would be fabulous served alongside spicy margaritas and cool guacamole, #justsayin.


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Two-Minute Power Breakfast—it’s vegan and raw too.

2 minute power vegan breakfast

We say it all the time. We are busy! There’s no time for breakfast! My clients always tell me the only thing they have time for is a bowl of cereal. Granted, there are some pretty good cereal options out there. But they are still processed and not always organic. This is a new favorite of mine because it is soooooo easy and it is LOADED with nutrition and will keep you going the whole morning. Even try it for a lunch or a light dinner. If you want it to taste even better……whip up a batch of homemade almond milk. Just FYI, when I make my almond milk my ratio is 4 cups filtered water to one cup almonds and I add 2 dates in before straining to get a little sweetness.

Two-Minute Power Packed Energizing Breakfast---it's vegan and raw too.
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Serves: 1
  • 1 organic apple
  • 1 Tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped raw walnuts
  • ½ Tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1-2 tablespoons organic raisins
  • 1-2 tablespoons organic white mulberries
  • Toppings:Sprinkle of unsweetened coconut and chia
  • Drizzle some local honey if desired (if you like a little more sweetness)
  • ½-one cup nut milk (I use home made almond milk)
  1. Dice apple.
  2. Add all other ingredients except coconut, chia and honey.
  3. Pour milk.
  4. Add toppings.
  5. Eat and feel insanely awesome.

So is eating raw food better? There are so many benefits to eating raw foods. The number one is super quick meals with a  ridiculous amounts of nutrients and enzymes for easy digestion.  I’m pretty sure it’s hard to find raw Oreo’s, Ice-Cream, or Dorito’s. I’m trying out a summer raw cleanse and am in the midst of it so I’ll let you know how I felt when it’s over.  I can say I have been 72 hours without a cup of coffee which is pretty much a living miracle and I only got a slight headache on day 1. Now on day three and am I loving this cleanse?  No….but I do actually like it.  Check out this article from Dr. Axe on the pro’s and con’s of eating raw. 


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I WAS a Complete Skeptic…Until Now

chickpea blondies


Y’all.  I just made these Blondies from Ambitious Kitchen and they are insane.  Let me start by saying as much as I LOVE hummus, I do not like chick peas straight up. Like, at all.  Really, the only reason I tried this was because (shocking) I had everything to make them and was dying for something sweet.  I was pretty close to hitting up Kroger for a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts so drastic measures had to be taken. Like chick peas in my dessert bars.



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Anywho, the BATTER alone is DELICIOUS and safe to eat RAW so if you never get to the actual bars, you’ll get no judgement from me.  I used sweetened cacao nibs because that’s what I had but try chocolate chips or dark chocolate, whatever you want.  I also used a combo of honey and maple syrup to sweeten.


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I don’t post a recipe on the blog unless I like it a lot BUT I LOVE THIS ONE.  It is going to become a staple around here without a doubt.  I love that they’re gluten free, dairy free, and healthy.  TRY IT!


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Just standing over the final product eating straight from the pan with a FORK!


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Mix Up Your Mornings With This


We all know and love the BEC Green Smoothie, but this summer with the SUPER HOT days I have craved something a little different.  I got some inspiration from our Iron & Grace trainer Alaya Sexton but honestly this works with about any fruit and veggie combo you may have in your fridge.

Today’s summer smoothie consists of two large handfuls of spinach, one small kiwi, half an apple, one inch piece of ginger, two celery stalks and half a mini cucumber…all organic.  Combine in your high power blender (I love my vitamix) with water.  Boom.  It’s icy cold, refreshing, and loaded with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber…a great way to start any hot day.

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Another good addition to this smoothie would be fresh herbs, Tiffany has encouraged me to use more in my cooking lately and she’s right, I need to!  Try parsley or basil with strawberries.  Throw in some lemon, lime or orange or any mix of greens you prefer.  Smoothies are a great way to get rid of fruits and veggies that may otherwise spoil so put it all there.  One warning, make sure you use plenty of veggies and not too much fruit so you don’t over do it on the sugar!

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