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Creamy vanilla bean and cherry raspberry smash chia seed pudding {paleo + vegan}

It is officially cherry season up here in the PNW, and I am in ripe, juicy, cherry heavennn. I apologize in advance if the next ten (maybe more?) recipes have cherries in them. I definitely foresee that as a legit possibility.

Starting out the cherry parade is this creamy vanilla bean and cherry raspberry smash chia seed pudding!

Creamy vanilla bean and cherry raspberry smash chia seed pudding is super easy to make, good for you and perfect for an on the go breakfast, snack or mindful indulgence!
 
And I can’t wait for you to try them.

It feels like cherry season came a little bit early this year. They usually hit the market the beginning of June, but tend to be a bit wishful in their state of ripeness and flavor until at least the end of the month, sometimes even the beginning of July.

Myself, being the ardent cherry lover that I am, bought up the first decent looking bag of cherries I found on the shelf about a week ago – half expecting them to be a little lackluster in their sweetness and bite, but not caring because – CHERRIES!


 
Surprisingly, I was charmed and delighted by their perfection! These cherries were the archetype of what a cherry should be. Juicy and sweet, with just the right amount mouthwatering of bite. Never mind the $15 price tag that accompanied them.

So worth it. (Don’t tell my husband).

After eating my fair share, sitting out in the sun on our deck (talk about spring perfection), I set about finding ways to savor them a little bit more – tucking them into various recipe ideas where I knew their scrumptiousness would shine!

This chia pudding was the first thing I landed on.

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everything (but the) bagel sheet pan eggs with smoked salmon {gluten free + paleo option}

Are you guys ready for some delicious and easy grain free breakfast inspiration?! Meet these everything (but the) bagel sheet pan eggs with smoked salmon!

Everything (but the) bagel sheet pan eggs with smoked salmon are a super easy and healthy way to set yourself up for weekday breakfast success! Also the best possible way to indulge in your love of everything bagels WITHOUT eating a bagel.
 
Also known as my favorite way to indulge in my love of everything bagels WITHOUT eating a bagel.

Because Nyssa + gluten = do not play well together.

But I do miss everything bagels! They were always my first pick at the bagel shop or alongside my brunch plate. And I know there’s a whole camp of us everything bagel loving friends out there!

I had been seeing various blogger friends and real life friends sprinkling Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel spice on ALL THE THINGS on instagram and I’m not sure whyyy it took me so long to get on that train but I’ll tell you – I’m never buying a ticket back.

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rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp {paleo}

Ohh hey nice weather! I’m looking at YOU! The sun is here (hopefully to stay!), summer is just around the corner, and we’re eating alllll the crunchy, spicy, SUPER HEALTHY rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp.

Ya with me?!

Rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp! Layers of tangled crunchy veggies, perfectly pan seared shrimp, spicy mayo, all tucked inside some SUPER HEALTHY collard green wraps!

Rainbow collard green spring rolls with shrimp! Layers of tangled crunchy veggies, perfectly pan seared shrimp, spicy mayo, all tucked inside some SUPER HEALTHY collard green wraps!
 
Tangled crunchy veggies. Perfectly pan seared shrimp. Spicy mayo, avocado, or both! A salty and slightly tangy dipping sauce to go with it. Yes yes and yes.

Every time I eat collard green wraps I always feel this major blast from the past – memories of collard wraps filled with greens and sliced fresh veggies, salads, cashew “cheese”, sprouted seed crackers and a dehydrator running 24/7 in our little apartment run through my head.

You see, shortly after starting college I started eating a vegetarian diet, which quickly transitioned to eating vegan, which then led me down the exploratory path of eating a 100% raw vegan diet. It lasted just shy of a month, after which I realized it wasn’t exaaactly the right fit for me. I found my energy levels to be majorly lacking and after eating an enormous meal, I still didn’t feel satisfied or full. Not good things!

But since every experience gives us the opportunity to learn something about ourselves or the world we live in, I did gain some really valuable skills in preparing and incorporating raw foods into my every day eating habits. And it also taught me the priceless lesson to listen to my body’s signals for what works for, and what works against my health. It was shortly after this little venture into raw foodism that I did a complete 180 and started consuming meat and animal products again, but this time with more intention. Choosing pastured and organic animal products, knowing where they came from, how they were processed and how MUCH of them I was eating.

And of course my journey toward optimal health was not over at that point – and I don’t think it ever will be. Our bodies are constantly changing, requiring new types of attention and nourishment + we are always within that feedback loop of taking care of ourselves the best way we know how, reading the information our bodies send back to us and adjusting as we go. It’s kind of a really cool thing if you tune into it.

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