Peppermint Vanilla Coconut Smoothie Bowl (Paleo)

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY, YOU LUCKY HUMAN! Are you wearing your green? I woke up this morning feeling like a CHAMP because I took the last test of my undergraduate career yesterday, so I wanted to make myself somethin’ festive to celebrate my good mood. Since I won’t be having corned beef and cabbage this year, I opted for something better – a peppermint smoothie bowl! Long gone are my high school days of living at McDonald’s to slurp down a Shamrock Shake every day after class in March. Even though I loved McDonald’s growing up (I really made a 180*…), if…

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Chai Chia Rice Pudding (Fake Oatmeal) (Paleo / Vegan)

Now that I’m on “the protocol,” I’m trying to switch up my breakfasts as much as I can to keep things interesting. I’ve learned the hard way that my body doesn’t like having the same foods every single day, so it’s important to rotate my meals. I’m also trying to figure out ways to make myself forget that I can’t have heaps of vegetables with every meal now. It’s a real struggle. The way this recipe was born is kind of weird. Also kind of funny. It all started with the name. My roommates and I were sitting around enjoying…

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Paleo, Sugar-Free Strawberry Shortcake

So many people hate Valentine’s Day, but I adore it. I love any excuse to dress up, eat a fancy meal, and indulge in an epic dessert. Not like I need an excuse, but I really just love any reason to celebrate. Each year, I try to do something special. I usually take a friend on a “date” – a movie, a nice dinner, cute outfits, a smokey eye… you know the drill. I’m not sure exactly why I love Valentine’s Day so much. I think it’s because I love love. Love makes me happy. Being around it, seeing other people in it… it’s just…

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Eggnog Spice Cake (Paleo / Vegan)

Growing up, I really hated eggnog. Every year my uncle would try to convince me to drink it, and I’d turn up my nose. I’d always try a sip, though, hoping I would like it. Eggnog is so Christmassy, and I wanted to join in on the Christmas fun. I liked the ritual of going to the grocery store the day before Christmas Eve specifically to get some holiday nog. As much as I wanted to love it, the taste just didn’t do it for me. Then, magically, a few years ago I tasted eggnog again and became completely obsessed.…

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Pecan Cake (Gluten-Free / Vegan)

I was almost ready to tap out and officially take a break until after Christmas, but then I realized that one of you might want to make this glorious cake for your holiday festivities! I’m definitely a planner, so I’ve been planning out my Christmas recipes all week long. So many decisions to make! Do I want chocolate? Do I want something fruity? Do I want a pudding? A cake? Cookies? Brownies? I’m excited to show you guys what I end up making. We’ll see if it works out. In the meantime, though, I would highly suggest baking this dark chocolate…

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