(Please note: All of these recipes are 100% gluten-free, 100% guilt-free, and 100% delicious)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mint Chip Smoothie

Peppermint has a wide variety of health benefits, from muscle pain relief to reducing hay fever.  One of the main reasons I love it, besides it's refreshing aroma and taste, is it's ability to soothe stomach discomforts and aid with congestion.

Mix that in with some healthy fats, potassium-filled bananas, power-house greens and antioxidant-rich chocolate, this nutritious and delicious smoothie will surely be enjoyed during your high times in health, or your low ones.


- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 BPA-free can coconut milk (I use Native Forest)
- 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
- large handful spinach
- few ice cubes
- dark chocolate pieces or Enjoy life chocolate chips (to taste)
- optional: 1/4 cup chia-seed gel


1.  Place all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

2.  Now stir in desired amount of chocolate chips, or just sprinkle individual servings.

3.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

Approximately 2-3 servings

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Quick-Fix Chili

Growing up my mom would always make us some warming chili once the weather started turning colder.  Now every year I get a craving for this chili recipe (actually my aunt's recipe), that I somehow consistently misplace...

So this blog post is first and formost for me, so that I won't lose this family recipe anymore, and then for anyone else that would like to make a delicious chili that couldn't be easier to make! :)

To maintain the healthy element, I always purchase organic grass-fed beef, as well as organic BPA-free cans of beans and tomatoes.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe, as much as my family and I do.


- 1 pound organic grass-fed ground beef
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2  (15 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans, undrained (I like this kind)
- 2  (15 oz.) cans red beans, undrained (I like this kind)
- 2  (14.5 oz.) cans Italian style tomatoes (I like this kind)
- 1  (14.5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes (I like this kind)
- 1  (4 oz.) can diced green chilis (I like this kind)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder (I like 2, but I only do 1 for the kiddos)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)

- Optional toppings: sour cream, raw cheese, diced olives, chopped tomatoes, and/or any other desired healthy topping


1. Add a dab of coconut oil to a large stockpot, and sautĂ© beef and chopped onions on medium heat, stirring until meat is browned.  Drain any excess fat.

2.  Add all tomatoes to a blender, and gently pulse (making sure not to puree; just leave slightly chunky).

3.  Add all remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer, and continue to simmer, uncovered for 1 1/2 hours.

4.  Serve with desired toppings, and enjoy!

Approximately 8 servings 

*Note: This chili actually tastes better the next day, and so I try to make it a day in advance.