Healthful Pursuit The Delicious Pursuit of Living Free Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:14:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why counting calories for weight loss isn’t the answer + what I’m doing instead Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:12:03 +0000 Keep reading ...


Ketosis Week 2

Introduction to the new eating style I’ve been following for the last 14 days that has resulted in an 8 pound weight loss and a reduction in my body fat by 3%.

I went on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in an effort to get my period back (more on this here, here + here). I got my period for the first time in 5 years, stayed on HRT for 8 months, gained 20 lbs and got up to a whopping 32% body fat. I accepted that if the weight gain was getting me back to health, it was worth it.

Went off HRT. Got 1 period in 4 months (the endocrinologist chalked it up to “breakthrough bleeding”) and haven’t gotten one since.

What I know: gaining weight didn’t help heal my hormones. Based on the results from this test, we know that my lack of periods is due to an estrogen imbalance. More on this later. Today, we talk weight loss.

So here I am. No periods + 20 extra pounds at my waistline and recovering from a state of excess progesterone (brought on by HRT).

Why the extra poundage? Progesterone increases fat cell COUNT – the same action that happens when women transition into puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Once you have new fat cells, they stick with you for life. They can only grow or get smaller but not disappear. And when you gain more fat cells as a result of hormone irregularities, they’re a bitch to shrink, I’m learning.

I want to be clear here — I’m not saying that gaining 20 pounds is bad or that 32% body fat is a horrible place to be. It’s just not MY place to be. Last month when my hips wouldn’t fit into a pair of last summers’ shorts, I didn’t call myself “fat” or “disgusting”, I just looked in the mirror and said, firmly, “My current state is no longer a reflection of the commitment I’ve made to take care of myself.

From that day forward, I started (healthfully) reducing my daily intake, working out more and operating at a daily 500 calorie deficit. But I was starving and craving everything in sight. All I could think about was all the food I was trying to avoid. Then, every 2-3 days I binged and was back to square one with loads of guilt. Ew.

Twitter50x50Healthy weight loss is about doing what's best for ones body and feeling GOOD while doing it. It shouldn't be torturous.

Lots of research later (and at the advice of my Naturopath), I had a plan:: High fat, minimal carbs, moderate protein.

They call it, “Ketosis”. Have you heard of it? I don’t enjoy labels but for the purpose of “research”, I’m labeling this eating style, as that. Just for a second.

Basically, ketosis is a state where your body goes from burning glucose as energy to BURNING FAT AS ENERGY. Glucose includes ALL forms of carbohydrates. From sugars, to grains, to starchy vegetables and fruits.

If (roughly) 100 grams of net carbohydrates (total carbohydrates – fiber) are eaten per day, the carbs that the body cannot use as instant energy get stored in the liver for later (as glycogen). If more glucose is consumed than what can be stored in the liver, it’s converted into body fat. The hunger pain, craving, crashing feeling I experienced as soon as I restricted my calorie intake was my body calling out to replenish glucose. The more I ate, the more I needed, the more I eat… etc.

The science behind ketosis is to eliminate this fat storage process by reducing the amount of daily carb consumption so the body switches from burning carbs as energy to burning fat as energy. This is not to be confused with Atkins where high amounts of protein and fat are consumed (excess protein converts into glucose…)

I have been on this journey for 14 days and; while I’m using my Holistic Nutritionist brain to bust through the ins and outs of this new eating style, the approach is new to me. So, in short:: I don’t have all the answers… yet.

From what I’ve researched, ketogenesis is a highly effective approach to hormone weight loss and in healing various health issues.

In the 14 days I’ve been following this new eating style (the image at the top of the post highlights the change)…
::I’ve lost 8 pounds, 3 inches and 3% body fat.
::Except for the first 2 days, I have not been craving sweets.
::My hunger has reduced drastically. I’m eating about 2 meals a day and practice a 18 hour fasting period between my last meal of the day and my first meal the following. The reason I am able to do this is because my body doesn’t NEED constant feeding as it does when using glucose as energy.
::Dizziness and “keto flu” was pretty intense the first couple of days. I found drinking 5 liters or more of SPRING or MINERAL water really helped.
:: I’ve found that initially being grain-free really helped me with the transition. If this is something that you’re interested in trying, my meal planning program is a great resource!

I’ll be sharing my progress, the plan I’m following and my experiences as the journey unfolds. If you’re curious about what I’m eating and my thoughts on the process, my daily meals are on Instagram.

In the meantime, I’d love to chat with you in the comments::

Have you experienced weight gain as a result of hormone irregularities?

Are you interested in healthy weight loss?

Questions about ketosis? Post a comment and I’ll feature the answers to all of your questions in the blog posts to come.

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The time I decided that chocolate donuts were the best “cookie” for a grain-free + vegan ice cream sandwich Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:45:40 +0000 Keep reading ...


IceCreamDonutSandwichesExtra creamy dairy-free ice cream that’s sandwiched between two fudgy cake donuts. All gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free.

Last week, I was in the kitchen (heh, when am I ever NOT in the kitchen?) with a plan. I was going to make ice cream sandwiches for my pals at Natural Vitality. I love their products, you too?

Only, I wasn’t sure what flavor of cookie to make. Chocolate chip? Chocolate fudge? Double Chocolate? Vanilla?

In the end, I decided on a classic approach… with a bit of a twist.

What can I say, my donut pan was lonely.

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Plus! Now when people ask you how your summer was you can reply with, “I made (and ate) grain-free + vegan ice cream DONUT sandwiches. Yeah. Jealous?”

I shared the donut recipe on Natural Vitality Living. CLICK HERE FOR THE DONUT RECIPE.

The donuts are made with Natural Vitality Osteo CALM to assist in healthy bone growth, the natural way. If you do not have Osteo CALM, you can purchase it here or, omit for dairy-free milk.

For the Sugar-free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream that goes along with this recipe, see below.

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Sugar-free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Ice cream doesn’t have to have sugar, or dairy. In fact, it can be made with plant-based ingredients. Take a load off, sit in the sun enjoy a bowl of fresh, sugar-free vanilla bean ice cream.
  1. Add cashews to a clean glass container. Cover with water; not the water listed in the recipe. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Once complete, strain and rinse.
  2. Add soaked cashews, 1 of cup water, CALM and vanilla extract to the jug of your high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a glass container and add in ground vanilla bean, if using. Cover, shake and refrigerate overnight or freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions.
  5. Consume immediately. Or transfer to a chilled container and freeze for 2 hours for harder scoops. If using in ice cream sandwiches, freeze for 2 hours and sandwich between these Vegan Chocolate Cake Donuts.

View Nutrition Information (once on page, scroll down)

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The thing I love about these sandwiches is that they can be made ahead of time and frozen until you’re ready to eat. They’d be great for a children’s birthday party. Wait, who am I kidding? Perfectly acceptable for an adult’s birthday party, too!

What cold summer treats have you been enjoying this summer?

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This summer treat wreaks havoc on your life + what you can do about it Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:02:32 +0000 Keep reading ...



The FDA claims that it’s “safe” in low levels but it adds up quickly and can be hazardous to our health.

BPA is an endocrine disruptor – a substance that interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can imitate our body’s own hormones in a way that could be hazardous for health. Babies and young children are said to be especially sensitive to the effects of BPA. [source]

Why is this a problem? These pesky “fake” hormones can cause…
::Reproductive disorders, affecting egg maturation
::Male impotence, risking erectile dysfuntion
::Killed brain cells
… and the list goes on.

If you’re trying to conceive or are worried about your fertility, BPA is a no-no. And, babies & children are so much more sensitive to BPA.

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What I didn’t know is that BPA isn’t limited to food packaging & storage. It’s in medical equipment, safety equipment, electronics, and more [source]. The scary thing? The items don’t need to be heated to transfer into our bodies. They emit BPA by just being.

There’s 1 super easy step we can all take; especially in the summer months, to reduce our exposure to this chemical… use BPA-free popsicle molds! We’re all making ice pops especially if you have my new cookbook, Purely Pops.

Here are a couple of my favorite BPA-free popsicle molds::


Onyx 18/8 Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold


Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds


Zuko Slow Pops: Classic Pop Molds


Norpro Ice Pop Maker

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BPA-free ice pops + my Purely Pops Cookbook = a perfect (healthy) summer.

What recipes have you made from my Purely Pops Cookbook?

Which are your favorite?

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The easiest way to remove 50 grams of sugar (why it’s the best idea ever) + a no-sugar summer drink recipe Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:56:26 +0000 Keep reading ...


GreenTeaLemonadeThe first step to jumping off the daily cravings train is to remove these 50 grams of sugar from your day. Lucky for us, it’s SO easy to do!

I knew that Starbucks drinks had a lot of sugar, but I had no idea how much until I spent an afternoon perusing their nutrition facts.

Our summer favorite, the venti shaken green tea lemonade, has 50 grams of sugar. That’s the equivalent of a ¼ cup of sugar. The blended drinks have upwards of 90 grams of sugar… nearly ½ cup. And the unsweetened varieties still boast 20 grams.

Why do we care so much about sugar?

It causes cravings. The more you eat, the more you need, the more you eat, the more you need.

It leads to cellulite. By muddling up your liver making it difficult to detoxify, organize nutrients + clear cellulite…

It causes allergies. The more inflammation you have in your body, the more susceptible you are to developing random food allergies.

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There’s an uprising of people wanting to cut sugar out of their lives for good (yay!). I’m all for going after the low hanging fruit when making changes to my eating style. The easiest to attack first are sugary drinks. Specifically, these pesky green tea lemonades.

Last week, I created this recipe for sugar-free green tea lemonade using a fresh pot of my favorite green tea, my favorite stevia (this stevia does not have that gross metallic aftertaste) and a bunch of fresh lemon juice.

Take it from someone who’s had her fair share when I say, this recipe tastes EXACTLY like Starbucks. But it only has 2 grams of sugar (from natural sources).

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No Sugar Green Tea Lemonade
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Naturally sweet green tea lemonade recipe with absolutely no processed sugars. Made with just 3 simple ingredients.
  1. Brew tea according to instructions. Set aside to cool on the counter for a couple of hours and then place in the fridge for really cold lemonade. Otherwise, use in the recipe as soon as it's cooled to room temperature.
  2. Pour brewed green tea in a large pitcher with water, lemon juice and stevia. If using honey or coconut nectar, combine the sugars with the lemon in a separate dish before transferring to the pitcher.
  3. Add ice cubes, stir and serve. Optional to add lemon slices to the mix to make it pretty!

View Nutrition Information (once on page, scroll down)

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If you’re sweating these summer months, you could add a scoop of Lemon Ultima Replenisher to each serving. This electrolyte powder is sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan and free of artificial colors and flavors with more electrolytes than any other electrolyte powder on the market. See a comparison against your favorite electrolyte powders.


New to sugar extraction? Watch my video on Healthy Alternative Sweeteners.

Green Tea Lemonade-1501What do you find the most challenging in removing sugar from your life?

What is your favorite sugar substitute?

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Cast your vote and change the world Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:39:53 +0000 Keep reading ...



I’m tired of seeing people fall victim to corporate food industry. Artificial gunk is everywhere and it’s making us sick.

Farm-to-table–three small words that signify a return to how civilization existed before the 1950s. A time before food traveled thousands of miles, before aspartame was in everything and pre-packaged food made up 90% of the grocery store.

Eating local, sustainable food is better for our health + better for our planet.

Local foods support our bodies’ natural cleansing cycles.

Food that doesn’t have to travel long distances won’t be irradiated (treated to kill enzyme production) and reduces food transport pollution.

We create the world we want to live in by where we put our money. Supporting the farm-to-table movement shifts the worlds’ focus from artificial to REAL food.

But how do we support the farm-to-table movement?

It’s chefs (and bloggers!) who are showing us how to eat the way nature intended. Natural Vitality (my non-GMO buddies that make my favorite magnesium supplement) saw this and created a FREE eBook to help lead the way.


In Green Chefs: The Culinary Creatives Changing How We Eat, Natural Vitality introduces us to 6 innovative chefs; Jamie Oliver included, who support the farm-to-table movement. Their stories, recipes and whole foods strategies come alive with beautiful full-color photographs that will inspire you to hit the farmers market and get cooking.

Green Chefs Volume I has 88 pages of personal stories and unique recipes from top green chefs across America. Yours FREE when you sign up for the Natural Vitality newsletter.


The Healthful Pursuit community wants to get back to eating real food. The ten recipes in Green Chefs support a whole foods lifestyle, one meal at a time. While some of the recipes contain gluten and dairy, I am recommending this book more for the in-depth stories behind the farm-to-table movement. It’s fascinating and really opened my eyes to the warriors behind the food revolution.

Get your FREE copy of Green Chefs

My favorite quote from the book,

Today if you’re a gourmet chef and you’re not doing farm-to-table, it’s hard to compete. After all, how can a meal prepared from unripe and frozen food from a Sysco box compare to farm-fresh foods? But it’s not only flavor that got us here; it’s the desire to turn the tide on food miles logged bringing tomatoes shipped from the Netherlands and serving processed foods filled with enough salt and MSG to give you a hangover.

- Anna Soref, Editor, Green Chefs

What farm-to-table resources are in your area?

What are your two favorite places/spaces that inspire you to take better care of yourself + the planet?

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5 reasons why this holistic nutritionist no longer likes leafy greens in her smoothies (psst, it burns 10x the calories!) + a “green” smoothie recipe Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:22:37 +0000 Keep reading ...


Tummy-Tamer-Matcha-Mango-SmoothieAdd this green super ingredient to your next smoothie and ditch the bloat, burn 10 times the calories and boost energy. No dark leafy greens required.

I was in the mall last week frantically searching for a 25th birthday present for my little sister when I got distracted by Teavana and bought 500 grams of the newest summer teas (for myself).

As I was leaving, the Teavana chick asked me if I wanted a free drink.

Free is awesome. Of course I said YES!

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She added mango, green powder and ice to the blender. 30 seconds later, I’m sipping on a tall, cool glass of green magic. Sans actual greens.

“This is too good – it can’t be good for me.” I affirm.

“It’s matcha!” she replies.

What’s a matcha? It’s ground green tea leaf and iiiiiit’s the best thing since… since… I discovered you can use blended cauliflower as the cream for chicken pot pie.

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5 reasons why you need to get on the matcha train with me::

It revs up your metabolism + burns fat. It heats up the body’s furnace to naturally burn calories at a faster rate (spinach? Doesn’t do this)

It purges the chemicals. By mega dosing your system with chlorophyll (the blood of plants)

It keeps you calm. Relaxes the brain but keeps you alert. That same feeling you get after a power nap… all the time.

It makes you beautiful. Or, at least fights all the major causes of aging with mega antioxidant POWER that’s 20x stronger than pomegranate and 60x stronger than spinach.

It provides clean energy. Increases performance up to 24%.

… and it’ll make your smoothies green. Just like kale or spinach or mustard greens would do… only matcha is even MORE powerful.

Snacking on tea leaves just got real.

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Tummy Tamer Matcha Mango Smoothie
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Add this green super ingredient to your next smoothie and ditch the bloat, burn 10 times the calories and boost energy. No dark leafy greens required.
  1. Add all ingredients to your high-powered blender (enter to win this Omega high-powered blender) in the order they are listed.
  2. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. Transfer to a glass, adorn with a glass straw and enjoy!

View Nutrition Information (once on page, scroll down)


And, because behind every good smoothie (or popsicle!) is a good blender, I have to ask::

Have you entered to win this Omega high-powered blender (valued over $450)?

In celebration of my newest cookbook, I’m giving away a top-of-the-line (and my personal favorite) Omega blender to one (lucky!) Healthful Pursuit reader.

Enter to win a $450 Omega high-powered blender here.

If you’ve tried matcha before, what did you think of it? Did you know it was THIS powerful?

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Win a Omega high-powered blender valued over $450 in celebration of Purely Pops Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:36:38 +0000 Keep reading ...



Enter to win a Omega BL630 high-powered blender in celebration of my newest digital cookbook, Purely Pops.

In celebration of my newest cookbook, I’m giving away a top-of-the-line (and my personal favorite) Omega blender to one (lucky!) Healthful Pursuit reader.


Thank you to all that entered – Sarah from Ohio is the lucky winner!

You don’t need a high-powered blender for the recipes in Purely Pops but it definitely doesn’t hurt the situation.

Having a high-powered blender on hand will make life so much easier – green smoothies, sauces, nut butters, healthy ice pops… you’ll be rockin’ it.

Enter to Win

Win a Omega BL630 High-Powered Blender.


  • Variable speed with timer, pulse and infinity controls
  • Unbreakable 64 oz. tritan copolyester container
  • Touch pad & variable controls for precision blending
  • No plunger needed
  • 1400 Watts and 3 horsepower motor

To Enter This Giveaway

Easy as 1-2-3… Please leave a comment below for each action.

  1. Facebook: Like Omega and Healthful Pursuit on Facebook
  2. Pinterest: Pin this (and follow my boards!)
  3. Email: Sign up for Omega newsletter (once on page, enter email address in “Newsletter” space on right-hand-side)

Giveaway ends July 8, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to Canada and US residents.

Say hello to a summer with natural sweeteners, real flavors and whole food goodness by picking up a copy Purely Pops (digital cookbook).


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4 things to expect this summer + recipe for dairy-free ice cream bars Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:03:44 +0000 Keep reading ...


DairyfreeIceCreamBarsChocolate-covered dairy-free ice cream on a stick. Made with just 7 healthy ingredients.

When you eat healthy, you feel better. It’s science.

The cool part? Healthy can be popsicles. Healthy can be ice cream. It’s all in the ingredients.

You could buy a “low calorie” ice cream bar made with: milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, skim milk, whey, buttermilk, mono & diglycerides, carob bean gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan, vanilla extract, vitamin a palmitate, sugar, palm oil, whole milk powder, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, whey powder, nonfat dry milk, soy lecithin, pgpr and artificial flavor.

Or, you could make a dairy-free ice cream bar with: cashews, coconut nectar, coca powder, vanilla extract, chia seeds and coconut oil.

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REAL ingredients that our bodies can actually USE.

We can change the way we indulge (and feel afterward) by using the recipes in Purely Pops Cookbook (my newest digital cookbook)… aaaand look forward to::

Thing #1: Less mindless snacking (because you’re eating high-nutrient, low-calorie food that will actually keep you full)

Thing #2: More glow (increased greens, nuts, fresh fruits + veggies will boost your nutrients giving you a glowing complexion, perfect for summer!)

Thing #3: Increased happy times (you’ll feel good about treating yourself to a chocolate-dipped ice cream… on a stick. And, you’ll be happier because of it)

Thing #4: Less grocery splurges (purchasing a 4-pack of organic popsicles from the health food store won’t be your reality)

[Get your copy of Purely Pops Cookbook here]

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This dairy-free ice cream bar recipe is my favorite from the book.

Followed by chocolate chip cookie dough ice pops and these pink lemonade ice pops. All free from dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, grains, bananas, sesame and soy. (And there are nut-free variations for 44 of the 45 recipes!)


You can never have healthy (creative!) ice pop recipes.


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Dairy-free Ice Cream Bars
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Egg-free
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Chocolate-covered dairy-free ice cream on a stick. Just 7 healthy ingredients.
Dairy-free Ice Cream "Cream Base"
Dairy-free Chocolate Coating
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon coconut nectar
  • ½ teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  1. Add cream base ingredients to the jug of your blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  2. Divide cream base between the ice pop molds, filling all the way up to the fill line. Cover with ice pop tops and transfer to the freezer to chill for 8 hours.
  3. Once frozen, line a clean plate with parchment paper and set aside. Combine cacao powder, coconut oil, coconut nectar, vanilla and sea salt in a small bowl. Mix until smooth.
  4. Remove ice pops, one at a time from the ice pop mold. Working quickly, hold the ice pop over a clean bowl and pour the prepared chocolate sauce over the ice pop, rotating it and allow the chocolate to pour off of the ice pop quickly. The chocolate will harden very quickly.
  5. Transfer the ice pop to prepared plate and place in the freezer. Repeat with remaining chocolate until all ice pops are complete.
Chocolate: I do not recommend using store-bought chocolate for this recipe.

Coconut Oil: coconut oil is used in this recipe because it hardens at room temperature. Cacao butter could also be used.

Nut Allergy: use the 1 of 4 nut-free cream base recipes in my Purely Pops Cookbook

View Nutrition Information (once on page, scroll down)

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No need to soak the cashews. Just blend and get your ice pop on (all of the recipes in Purely Pops have ease in mind. 5 minutes? Awesome!)

Once it’s smooth, add to your favorite ice pop maker.

For this recipe, I used this ice pop mold. If you are concerned with BPA, this Norpro ice pop mold is BPA-free.

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The hardest part is waiting 8 hours until they’re set.

After 8 hours is up, mix the chocolate coating ingredients…

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And coat those dairy-free ice cream bars. The easiest way to do this is listed in the recipe. The chocolate hardens fast so you have to moooove it.

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All 45 recipes in my new Purely Pops (digital) Cookbook use (easy-to-find) real ingredients and simple instruction to deliver health… in the form of an ice pop.

If you love sweet summer treats and are ready to glow, reduce the gunk and feel good this summer, I’d love to send you a copy!

With lots of sunny love + appreciation for supporting my work.



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Almond Pulp: what it is, why it’s your friend and what to do with it + a recipe for grain-free cinnamon raisin toast Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:09:11 +0000 Keep reading ...


CinnamonRaisinToastA grain-free and dairy-free approach to cinnamon raisin toast. All the flavor, none of the sugar, grains or unhealthy fats. This vegan and paleo cinnamon raisin bread recipe is made from leftover almond pulp.

Almond pulp, what? Let me explain.

What is almond pulp?
When you make your own almond milk at home (like my Nourishing Turmeric Milk) you separate the liquid (milk) from the fiber (pulp). This pulp is the fiber of the nut that is not broken down in the milk making process.

It looks like this…

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Why almond pulp is your friend::
Helps you poo (common, we all love pooing!), maintains balanced blood sugar (which helps eliminate sweet cravings) aaaaand can help you reach your happy weight. Plus, almonds are loaded with biotin which helps your body metabolize sugars and fats efficiently.

What is almond pulp used for?
Grain-free cinnamon raisin toast, PEOPLE!

Keep reading…

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This vegan and paleo cinnamon raisin toast recipe uses 2 cups of lightly-packed almond pulp and can be made in a dehydrator or oven, your choice.

I shared this recipe on the Natural Vitality blog today.

Visit Natural Vitality Living for this new Almond Pulp Cinnamon Raisin Toast recipe. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free + free of processed sugar.

The little toast pieces are best served with strawberry chia jam (recipe below)…

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This no-refined-sugar strawberry jam has the added benefits of fiber from chia seeds and magnesium from Natural Calm (my favorite anti-stress supplement)—and it’s super quick. No slaving over a hot stove!

Now that summer is here, locally grown fruit is far less likely to contain harmful pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms than conventional (non-organic) fruit found at a mega grocery chain.

Go picking, find something local, and make this spread for your grain-free cinnamon raisin toast!

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10-Minute Strawberry Chia-Seed Jam
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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This no-refined-sugar strawberry jam has the added benefits of fiber from chia seeds and magnesium from Natural Calm—and it’s super quick. No slaving over a hot stove!
  1. Add strawberries, Natural Calm, honey and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, uncovered, on medium-high heat.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and add chia seeds. Continue to lightly boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so.
  3. Transfer mixture to a jar and allow jam to cool on the counter. Use right away or cover and refrigerate overnight to thicken completely.
To keep recipe vegan, an alternative sugar, such as agave nectar, coconut nectar or coconut sugar, can be used in place of the honey.

View Nutrition Information (once on page, scroll down)

Almond Pulp Cinnamon Toast-1351Are you guilty of throwing away the pulp when you make homemade dairy-free milks? Have I convinced you to stop?

What almond pulp recipes have you tried in the past?

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45 recipes for irresistible frozen treats (that are actually good for you) Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:37:20 +0000 Keep reading ...



Big, happy launch day!

My newest cookbook; Purely Pops Cookbook, is here. It’s packed with 45 irresistible ice pop recipes that are free from dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat, gluten, grains, bananas, sesame and soy.

Maybe; like me, you have food allergies and enjoying chocolate-dipped ice cream on a stick under the hot summer sun is a distant memory.

A time before you knew you were sensitive to dairy… and nuts… and gluten…

Purely Pops Cookbook is your guide to making popsicles with natural sweeteners, real flavors and whole food goodness.


Recipes above: 1) Apple Pie Ice Pops 2) Strawberry Shortcake Ice Pops 3) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Pops

Inside Purely Pops Cookbook


All the background information you need to make gloriously healthy ice pops.

  • Outlines the wholesome (easy-to-find) ingredients used throughout the book and found at your local grocery store.
  • Choose from 1 of 5 inexpensive ice pop molds that are guaranteed to work beautifully.
  • Make the most of your ice pop creations.
  • Simplifies dairy-free ice pop creation with all the tips you need to be successful.


If ice cream on a stick is calling your name, you’ll need a good dairy-free base to get you started.

  • Explore why my homemade cream base are so much more stable, reliable and healthier than store bought dairy-free milk.
  • Bases prepared in a blender (you don’t need a fancy blender).
  • 3 nut-free and 2 nut cream base recipes that can be used throughout the book.


Recipes created by a Holistic Nutritionist (me!) and inspired by some of my favorite frozen treats, plus a whole bunch of fun, new flavors to enjoy.

  • 16 Ice Cream Ice Pop recipes
  • 5 Veggie Ice Pops recipes
  • 9 Coffee & Tea Ice Pop recipes
  • 10 Fruit (and Sorbetto) Ice Pop recipes

Now, you can beat the heat with a freezer full of homemade frozen treats that will encourage you + yours to enjoy a happy, healthy summer.

All of the recipes are vegan, gluten-free & paleo.

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