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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!

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30 Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

Memorial Day is upon us which means we are officially springing into summer! Can you see it? The succulent burger BBQ’s, the trips to the beaches, slurping juicy popsicles as quick as you can (before they melt all the way down your arm) and hammock lounging with a mystery thriller in one hand and a fruity cocktail in the other?!

Aaaaaah yes, those are the memories that stick out in my mind when the begging of summer rolls around. 

However, with those memories also sometimes come the worry of “what the heck am I going to cook/bring/eat at my family/friend’s cookout this weekend?!”. I know it can be easy to get stressed out and anxious about having to navigate the nutritional waters whether you’re at home or away, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be a crazy struggle. Sure, you’ll be facing gobs of ice cream, wonderbread hot dog buns and gobs of questionable grilled meat that might be a little bit of challenge to turn down, but once you feast your eyes below and check out the incredible resource we’ve put together for, you’ll be brimming with easy recipe ideas that you can’t wait to make and share! And, that anxiety you were having earlier will be a thing of the past 🙂

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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?!

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Raw Paleo Granola

Raw Bowl’a Paleo Granola

Aaaah the Raw Bowl’a Paleo Granola. Has such a nice ring to it, don’t it? Well there’s more to it than that, actually. Did you know that…

When I’m feeling like lazy bum in the morning, my #1 go-to is THIS recipe? 

Why? Because this – every now and then, I get up in the morning, and I feel just sooo incredibly lazy. It’s like, I just can’t even muster the 60 seconds of effort it takes to grab a pan, turn on the stove, and dump in some coconut oil. It’s true! 

Last Monday was one of those days.

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Sakana Bliss Bowl

Sakana Bliss Bowl – A One-Skillet Meal

Cooking is easy.

Did you just quizzically raise an eyebrow and think “Yea right!” to yourself?

Ok fine. Let me rephrase that for you. Cooking CAN be easy.

Better?

Look. I know it might not be inherently easy because, well…there are the ingredients to consider, and then the chopping and the roasting, the boiling, the steaming, the sautéing and of course…the mountain of dishes left over after each kitchen escapade. Whoo! That was a mouthful (even for me).

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Fire Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli (Grain-Free!)

If I had to pick a favorite pasta it wouldn’t be linguine or fettuccine  or even those cute little spiraled ones…it would be the quadrilateral classic that was first introduced to me in middle school by none other than Chef Boyardee himself, ravioli. READ MORE