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Shaved Carrot and Parsley Salad {paleo + vegan}

Is it just me, or does winter seem to be a hard time to remember to include fresh vegetables in the dinner line up? The allure or roasting every vegetable that crosses my path into a sweet and caramelized nirvana is almost always too much to resist. But once in awhile, a salad comes along that does that perfect little thing of brightening up a hearty rich mid-winter meal like nothing else can. And this shaved carrot and parsley salad is exactly that.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
 
Because even though you’ve bookmarked every recipe for a slow braise you can get your hands on, and you’re making a giant pot of soup once a week, a little fresh veggie salad can still have that magic way of bringing a dinner together and making it feel like a real adult meal.

And adult meals can be hard sometimes.

Maybe I’m feeling especially compelled to share the recipe for this carrot salad with you because all I ate today was scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 grain free scones (<— Not an adult meal, but it is real life.) And all I really want right now is some yummy healthy food to even out the playing field. You know, so I can eat more cookies. Recipe testing all the holiday goodies for the blog comes at a price, yo.

But in truth, this time of year more than ever, we gotta remember to take care of ourselves. November –> December burnout is a THING, and a good place to start when it comes to staying on track of self care (aka focusing on something other than all the holiday gifts you need to buy, parties you’re attending, all the outfits for said parties that need to be assembled, cookies that need to be baked for the fam, etc etc etc.. all during a season when you’re ALSO just supposed to be grateful for what you have and the people in your life but the world is sending such MIXED MESSAGES. It can be stressful, can’t it? Whew. That was a mouthful.)… is with your FOOD!

So simple, but so powerful.

It reminds us to slow down. It reminds us what is really the most important. It also reminds us that we already have a lot of the tools we need to take care of ourselves.

In last week’s installment of Rob Brezsny’s Astrology letter I was reminded (hiii fellow Virgo’s!) that the question of what I might do to take better care of myself will be a very relevant one in the coming year. That loving oneself is a great way to explore what that might look like, and that there’s still a lot to learn in this department. Which is pretty good advice even if you’re not into the whole astrology thing. Never stop holding the question: How could I do this better? And I just know that food plays an important role in that picture. It always does, right?

Plus, it’s just nice to see some color on your plate.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
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paleo iced pumpkin spice latte {paleo + vegan}

It’s officially that time of year where most of us are thinking about pumpkin everything. I even have those incredibly cute little pumpkins of various shapes and colors tucked into all the little corners of our house. You know, in case anyone forgot is was October 😉 

And because I’m all about living in the moment – we’re drinking these paleo iced pumpkin spiced latte’s like there will never be another October again. 

Paleo iced pumpkin spice latte - a dairy free and healthier version of everyone's favorite seasonal drink! Made with real pumpkin and sweetened with maple syrup. Top with coconut whipped cream for the ultimate treat!

Originally I stocked up on organic canned pumpkin to put together a bulletproof pumpkin spice latte recipe for you guys, but since it was a particularly sunny and lovely day here in Seattle when I got to recipe testing, I thought – why not throw an iced version out there, too? 

(don’t worry, that cozy bulletproof version is on the way, too!)

Because I know that a lot of you are pining for some cozy fall weather in the midst of an autumn heat wave (okay okay maybe I exaggerate, but warm enough where sweaters are not really an option) this paleo iced pumpkin spice latte is here to bridge that gap.

That’s right, I got your back.

Paleo pumpkin spice latte style 😋

Paleo iced pumpkin spice latte - a dairy free and healthier version of everyone's favorite seasonal drink! Made with real pumpkin and sweetened with maple syrup. Top with coconut whipped cream for the ultimate treat!

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5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowl {paleo + dairy free}

Happy Friday friends! There’s something about a Friday that makes me wanna make something fancy in the kitchen and celebrate the start of the weekend. Which is why I decided that today is the day for these wholesome and delicious 5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowls!

This 5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowl is packed with cherries, blueberries, banana, frozen cauliflower and collagen powder for all the glow from the inside out goodness you need!

This 5 minute antioxidant smoothie bowl is packed with cherries, blueberries, banana, frozen cauliflower and collagen powder for all the glow from the inside out goodness you need!
 
They are loaded UP with all the antioxidant rich ingredients to fuel whatever activities you have planned for the weekend.

I hadn’t really gotten on the smoothie bowl train yet (I know I know… what have I been doing with my life?!), until after I started kicking my exercise routine up a notch over the last couple of weeks with the help of this awesome app called aaptiv. Have you guys tried it? It’s pretty life changing! It’s like having a personal trainer with you throughout your whole workout, with music that’s timed to the intensity of the run/strength train/yoga sesh. I’m not usually the most motivated runner – okay honestly I’ve NEVER even so much as liked running, but I have gone on TWELVE runs in the last two weeks!

Not like I’m counting or anything…

I might kinda feel like a rockstar?

I just never thought I would feel the way I do about running. Which says a lot for their program.

If you’ve been looking for something to turbo charge your at home or gym workout routine I would definitely recommend checking it out! There’s something about getting your body in motion that feels so GOOD. 

So one thing that I’ve been trying to focus on in addition to getting my sweat on is fueling my body with the right stuff after the working out is done. 

It’s a pretty important piece of the puzzle, right?

I made this smoothie base a couple of times post workout and it turned out so luscious and creamy. I was IN LOVE. And since it was on the thicker side I thought; let’s just go ahead and make this love official and turn it into a smoothie bowl.

Smoothie bowl = a smoothie that’s all grown up and has it’s life figured out. 

This bowl knows how to get you glowing from the inside out, and in only 5 minutes!

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