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Papas Nachos- this is what would happen if french fries and nachos had a baby! 

  What better way to kick off Labor Day weekend, than with football games, end of Summer pool parties and Papas Nachos! What? You've never heard of Papas Nachos before?  Don't worry, I hadn't either until I went to Mexico. But if you like loaded nachos and you like french fries, then your taste buds are in for a treat.  

Satisfy your chocolate cravings and give yourself a little boost with these vegan & allergy-friendly protein bites.

  My kids are always asking me to make more protein balls.  Every time I make them, they get gobbled up.  I could totally complain about how quickly they burn through these little treats, but I really can't .  I mean, there could be worse things they want to eat. Thankfully, you can whip up a batch or two of them in no time, because no cooking is required.  Yesterday, I tried my hand at a different combination and OH MY  GOODNESS,  these are just so so good.  Rich, chocolatey, bursting with espresso and best of all, hidden inside these little gems, is protein.  Yay for SunButter & Arbonne Chocolate protein powder!  

Protein bites that taste like Heaven in your mouth. No bake, loaded with only "good for you" ingredients & Top 8 Free.

Have you ever just wanted something to eat? You don't know what that something is, but you've got to find it and will eat through the pantry in an effort to satisfy it.  Well friends, this is what your stomach has been longing for! This little blissful bite of protein, not only satisfies any sweet tooth, but it's perfect for all you snackers, breakfast-skippers, people on-the-go, non-cooks, protein junkies, food-allergy friends, & vegan foodies,,,,,REALLY! SunButter Craisin Protein Bites will satisfy any craving and you won't feel guilty if you eat 2 (because you will).

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls. Spring Rolls I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window.  Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off. This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready.  The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them. Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.

Toasted Oat & Yogurt Bowl

I'm going to take you back for a moment (some of us a little farther back) to remember your childhood and what your mother or father would tell you about breakfast.  They probably said that it was the most important part of the day, right?  And,,,, more than likely, we tell our kids the exact same thing, but do we actually "eat" what we "preach"?

Breakfast is designed to supply a third of the macro and micronutrients your body needs to run without a hitch.  It prevents growling stomachs, low blood sugar shakiness, or wandering attention to keep you from nailing those big goals you’ve made for yourself.

So what are you eating each morning to prevent those things from happening? A cup of coffee gulped down on the go? A sugary donut or muffin eaten at your desk? Nothing at all?

Your body deserves so much better than that, and so do you!

Most requested treat! Truffles made from Vegan chocolate chips and coconut oil. Top 8 Allergy-free & GF Have you ever had a truffle? Bite-size, chocolate confectioners candy, covered in an assorted choice of toppings, YUM!

Let me show you just how easy it is to make the most delicious, Vegan Truffles in only 2 simple steps.

Typically, some fancy restaurant or candy shop will give you access to such a treat, but not anymore! You can now make your own truffles, allergy-friendly ones, in just a simple Two-Steps. Crazy, right?

Mixed Berry Pepper Jelly There is an abundance of peppers growing in my garden, so much so, I can barely keep up with using them.  I've frozen some, made salsa, incorporated them into sauces and meals and even-handed them out in little brown bags to the adults during Halloween (I seriously have that many!). I felt like I was running out of ideas on how else to use these Serrano, until I ran across a jar of pepper jelly in my fridge and was inspired to make my own homemade jelly. 

VeggieSushi

I got my bootie kicked today during my workout!  1,000 meter row, wall balls, 1 arm snatches & sit-ups was my WOD (workout of the day), and since many of you don't know me, let me tell you that I have an INTENSE dislike for the first 3 of those.  As for sit-ups, well, those I LOVE!  Needless to say,  I chipped away at the workout and made it through in one piece, although my legs felt like jello.    The best part of the morning came after class, when I took my jello legs and headed to coffee and get some energy back with one of my friends who hated the wall balls as much as I did. We must have spent almost 2 hours just talking about work, home and family. Those are the best times, aren't they?