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2017 holiday gift guide

2017 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

And, happy holidays 🙂 I know that this season can get really crazy for a lot of us with all the extra tasks that get heaped on our plates (setting up lights, bake-a-thons, secret santa-ing, family gathering, gift buying, present wrapping…). That last one, the gift buying + wrapping, has always been a stressor for me.

I actually love giving gifts. Who doesn’t like to put a smile on someone’s face?

But it’s the coming-up-with-the-idea part that can get under my skin. I just don’t feel like sitting down for hours upon hours rattling my brain and figuring out what to buy for who. I know I’m not the only one who goes through this. I also know that all of you care deeply about the health of your friends and your families. So, here is my holiday gift to you: a guide of over 50 #eatmovethink gift ideas that will cut out the ‘coming-up-with-the-idea’ part of the gift buying experience, yet keep YOU ALL in line with your personal code to wellness.

PS – scroll down to the very bottom of this post to get a gorgeous, easy to read + print PDF version of this guide to us while you shop!


Butter Bunnies Stacked

White Chocolate Butter Bunny Bites

Okie, so I may have fibbed just a teensy bit about these White Chocolate Butter Bunnies. These actually aren’t made of white chocolate (gasp!). BUT they do taste EXACTLY like it with an added coconutty twist for extra awesomeness.

You know I actually had a completely different plan in mind for my Easter recipe this season? I was planning to make coconut macaroons that would look like bunny tales but as I did some idea hunting on Pinterest after about 50 pins these finally formulated in my mind. I do have to extend some credit to our friends over at Coconut Mama and Empowered Sustenance for providing their inspirational recipes as the base to these White Chocolate Butter Bunnies. I <3 the internet, don’t you!

Easter is 2 days away and you’re probably making a mental checklist of ALL the stuff you need to get done before then so without further ado let’s get to it, shall we?READ MORE

Paleo Hamantaschen for Purim

When I was a little girl Purim was my favorite holiday so naturally hamantaschen were my favorite thing to eat on that holiday.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with Purim let me give you a little background so you don’t feel lost the whole way through this post 😉 Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the courage of a very special woman named Esther and, of course, the Jewish people escaping total annihilation. As a kid, hearing this story was awesome because it’s got all of the components of an epic tale à la LOTR or Camelot: kings, romance, royals getting banished, a wise elder (who looks strangely Gandolf-like in all the picture books), a pauperess-turned-queen, acts of immeasurable bravery, a bad guy who gets hanged, plus it takes place in a far away land (The Persian Empire)! What’s not to love?!


Purple Potato & Cauliflower Colcannon

I was doing some research for recipe ideas so that I could come up with something really special this year for St. Patrick’s Day. Last year I did a really great Green Juice but still, I wanted to come up with something new for us. Ya see, although I’m not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day just so happens to be my Grandma’s birthday. Sadly, she’s no longer around to read the annual dedication post + recipe I write for her but I love St. Patty’s Day all the more because of her and always celebrate it!


TGI Cornbread Recipe

So, I recently started up a Facebook group, in which we’ve started discussing the topic of the beginning of the “holiday stress period” i.e. The period in which we fret about gaining weight from things like:

  • The extra tastes we unconsciously graze on as we stroll through the grocery store
  • The basket of holiday cookies so thoughtfully given to us by our loved ones over which we feel guilted into eating a few…which in turn (and unbeknownst to our subconscious) morphs into devouring the entire thing
  • The surge in Cortisol from stressing about keeping our sh** together and avoiding food-and-life-shaming from the crowd of (sometimes-judgmental) 20+ people for which we’re preparing to host a gigantic holiday meal & party
  • And, probably lots more…

And then, I asked my people the following:READ MORE

Easy Peasy (Gluten-Free) Mac n’ Cheese-y

Everyone’s got their holiday specialties. It just so happens that Mac n’ Cheese has ALWAYS been mine. It probably stems from the fact that I LOVED Stouffer’s Mac n’ Cheese growing up (wouldn’t touch the stuff now, but hey…it was great back then). It used to be such a treat! I even used to choose IT over pizza!