Basil, Blueberry and Chard Salad

Basil, Blueberry and Chard Salad

I've been overrun with chard this year and haven't known what to do with it. It's not my favorite green. It's tougher than spinach, so I don't love it raw. And it's not as... beefy? as kale, so it cooks down too quickly in a saute for my liking. I like it in smoothies, but I've been ignoring my blender lately.

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Four tips for Safer Sun Care

Four tips for Safer Sun Care

Long story short: We need regular sun exposure for optimal health. But we need be smart about it. 

Keep the duration of direct exposure short, take breaks in the shade, wear protective clothing and when necessary use a mineral based sunscreen. 

In the market for safer sunscreen and want to support a great cause? This month I'm donating 5% of all Beautycounter sales to support the ongoing work of Healthy Child Healthy World, an organization that empowers families with the education to create safer homes, offers solutions for non-toxic living, and advocates for policy to protect children's health. And as a thank you for reading, I'm offering free standard shipping for any order over $50 now through June 30 11:59PM PST. 

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What's the Deal with Charcoal?

What's the Deal with Charcoal?

Charcoal is all the rage. It's like the new Kale. Or aloe. Or whatever is cool by the time you read this.

It's seems like it's being added to everything: Charcoal water, charcoal filters, charcoal masks, charcoal soap, charcoal toothpaste, etc. etc. etc.

As I write this, I'm currently sipping a Charcoal Detox Lemonade at Tea Bar. Part of me hates myself for succumbing to this marketing ploy. But TBH it's real tasty. 

Anyway, I figure at this rate everyone must have black stained sinks, mugs, clothes and kitchens, right?

So what's the deal with this stuff? WHY is it everywhere? WHAT is it doing? Is it actually doing anything?  Is it good for me? How should I use it?

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I am strong. I am awesome. I will embrace the struggle.

I am strong. I am awesome. I will embrace the struggle.

The competition this weekend was an awesome experience-- I was lucky enough to be part of a really supportive and killer team who gave it their all. And I think we did great.

The experience was also really humbling. As unrealistic as it sounds, part of me was expecting to walk onto the competition floor and pick up where I left off two years ago. Two years ago when I was training consistently, competing regularly, oh and hadn't recently carried and birthed a small human.

So when I couldn't clean close to what I wanted or had to drop the bar, a little part of me felt like a failure. 

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My foray into direct sales: an honest reflection.

My foray into direct sales: an honest reflection.

If you follow along on social media, you may have seen that I recently signed on to be a consultant with Beautycounter. Yes. A consultant. Even as I type that a part of me cringes. A consultant? What? No. The other part of me shushes that voice and responds confidently. Yes. A consultant. A consultant for a really cool, socially responsible company that sells awesome products that my clients (and I!) use on the daily. 

But why the cringe and why the enthusiasm?

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Pecan Snickerdoodles

The christmas season is in full swing! One of my favorite holiday traditions is our family cookie bake and caroling. Honestly, the evening is mostly manhattans and serenading neighbors, whether they like it or not. 

My contribution to cookie bake has been limited, since I'm not into the gluten scene and baking is a rare endeavor. Wah Wah. I'm better at the meat and veg, than the desserts.

But! 

I managed to create an awesome pecan snickerdoodle! 

Check out these pretty lil thangs.

These lightly sweet cookies pack a cinnamon and almond punch, with a crunchy edge and chewy soft center. 

 

Pecan Snickerdoodles

Makes 18-24 small cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter or ghee, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar, plus an additional 3 tsp, separated
  • 2 tbls maple syrup
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 scant tbls coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, separated
  • 3/4tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a stand mixer, cream together the butter, 1/4 cup sugar and egg until well combined. Mix in maple syrup and almond extract. 

In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, 1 tsp of cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt. 

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. 

In small bowl, combine 3 tsps of coconut sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. 

Form cookie dough into small spheres (smaller than a golfball but bigger than a jawbreaker?) and roll in cinnamon sugar.

Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, 2inches a part. Gently flatten each cookie, by pressing one pecan half into the center. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are firm. Let cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. 

Enjoy! 

Sprout Foundations

Sprout Foundations

So...what is Sprout Foundations?

It is a 6-week group nutrition class that introduces the foundations of health, and provides a safe environment for you to make positive lifestyle changes.
Think of it like a small group fitness class, but instead of high-fiving about burpees, we high-five about food (we'll probably still high-five about burpees). You get the benefit of working closely with a nutritionist (hi!) within a supportive small group. 

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Stand Together

Stand Together

Like many of those around me, I am in a state of utter shock at the results of the presidential election.

In the wee hours of the morning, as I nursed my sweet four month old daughter, tears streaming down my face and splashing onto her impossibly chubby cheeks, I posted this on facebook: 

Today is a new day. 
I would be lying if I said I wasn't terrified, outraged, and deeply saddened. But I will not dwell in those feelings.

As a privileged, white cisgendered woman, I have the responsibility to stand up for those around me

I will choose love, action and respect. 
I will not be quieted by the oppressive, offensive and dangerous rhetoric touted by the pending administration. 
I will model strong, unwavering and respected female leadership for my staff and my family.

Most importantly: today I will stand tall, brush off my (metaphorical) pantsuit and I will fight.

Join me. We truly are stronger together.

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Connect with yourself and your tribe

Connect with yourself and your tribe

I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love and support in response to my recent post on my postpartum experience. I was nervous about sharing, but the numerous messages from people who could relate in one way or another, made me very glad I did.

Mother or not, body image and creating a healthy relationship with food and exercise is something we all, to some degree, work through. You do not have to work through it alone

WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON NOW IN FULL SWING, WE'LL BE FOCUSING ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CONNECTING: WITH YOUR TRIBE AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT, WITH YOURSELF.

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I've been there.

I'll be real honest. This #postpartumlife has been a struggle.  My diet oscillates between vegtastic awesomeness and ice cream for dinner. Sometimes I work out, sometimes I lay on the couch all day. I'm tired. Like bone-deep tired. I'm not as strong as I was pre-baby (what abs?). I'm squishy. Like so squishy. I don't feel like myself, emotionally or physically. My body has morphed beyond recognition to me. The parts I do recognize are the ones I struggle with the most.

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