All posts by Savanna

Gaining (healthy) Weight and Body Dysmorphia

Sometimes all it takes is a picture, and for some reason this was the one for me. It was probably September when I was going through old photos  and saw this one of us from Chicago in March, and it just hit me.  I started looking at more photos and realized… I was really skinny. 



Now I also want to say that there is NOTHING wrong with that body type if it’s your natural figure and you are genuinely healthy + happy. But it isn’t mine- my body is actually naturally curvy with a boootay!! Looking back at my eating patterns that time last year I was doing SO amazing compared to the years before, but I was still only eating what was comfortable for me. That meant salads at restaurants, eating red meat only once in a blue moon and never eating it for leftovers the next day, being very rigid at work and never eating anything that wasn’t planned, sticking to a paleo diet, and only indulging on the weekends with alcohol and occasional pizza. I was scared. Scared of any ingredient that wasn’t *perfect* when I was cooking at home, scared of ANY added sugar and scared of gaining any weight. I really couldn’t see how I looked.

So once I saw that photo, I knew I needed to gain weight. I called my sister and said “wow you were so right- I’m way too skinny OMG!” and she laughed. She has been through this with me from my scary eating disorder days where I couldn’t make it up the stairs, through all of my recovery and of course with me now. (So were my husband Alan and my Mom!) She told me to have fun with it- not many people get the opportunity to gain weight! 
Now for anyone who has struggled with being extremely type A with perfectionist like tendencies, I didn’t know how this was going to go, but I decided to go for it. Here’s what I did and some advice:

1) I started adding to my lunch, dinners and snacks. I knew I probably wasn’t eating enough during the day because before dinner I was always SO starving and then before bed I would be really hungry again. I started making meals with more carbs, healthy fats and protein and wasn’t afraid of helping myself to more. I finally realized that I wasn’t truly full after most dinners! (If you always have room for a BIG dessert or need a snack 1-2 hours later, you probably aren’t eating enough) 

2) I ATE THE DAMN PIZZA- or burger at a restaurant, etc. It’s really easy to operate out of fear and go with what’s comfortable and for me that was salads at restaurants. I never felt guilty and it was the healthiest option- I would almost never order something fun, especially during the week, and if I did the next day I would “start over again-” basically eat extremely clean. But for the most part I only ate *unhealthy* food after drinking or a special occasion. (Now don’t get me wrong I still LOVE a salad at a restaurant, but sometimes I want tacos instead?!)

3) Listen to your people- would your sibling, parents, significant other/spouse or best friends lie to you? No! I should have listened to all of them before!! Make sure you have quality people around you and know they have your back. If you are having a down day call one of them up and go do something fun, maybe even unrelated to food! 

4)) Enjoy the journey- like I said before, I actually had a lot of fun doing this and it was mostly really easy for me. It’s like I was coming home to myself, and my body/soul were so happy. I have more energy, I don’t avoid hanging out with people because of food based fears, I go on more trips or outings, and I don’t let food take over my life. After I eat (because it’s enough) I move on! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a few down days where I was worried, but getting rid of the old clothes, talking to my people and realizing that these were superficial problems helped me get back to reality 🙂 

Something that makes me sad is that most of the time through those photos and my life last year, I was self conscious. I didn’t see the girl that I was in the mirror and I wasted SO much time worrying. Now that I’ve added in way more food and fun, those thoughts don’t really come up, but I just want to say no matter where you are in your journey (wanting to tone up, lose or gain weight) don’t let that define who you are or ruin your mood. Take your main focus to other things like work you love, finding a fun workout, meeting new friends, connecting with your loved ones or finding a new hobby. Your looks don’t define you, how you act as a person does. Try to enjoy life no matter where you are on your body journey. 🙂 

Much love,
Savanna 

Dealing With Grief and a Few Thoughts on it

Grief.. it’s not something you really think about until you’re affected by it. I have never experienced anything like this in my life, but I want to share because I know so many people can relate. 

I can’t write this post without dedicating it to my beautiful angel Taylor Ann Scott. To say she was an unbelievable person would be an understatement. She was always a role model to me, but she still continues to inspire me on a daily basis. My heart hurts in so many ways, but I can find some peace knowing she is out of pain and shining her light on us all. I love you so much Tay.  I’ll see you again one day.  

Now I will say that I am still 100% grieving and will do another post later one, but these are just a few of my thoughts and lessons on grief up until this point. (And how I’m functioning or trying to function in real life) 

1) The world keeps going, but let yourself feel– this might be the hardest part of it all. There are tragedies that happen all day, but the world keeps on going. You get hit with all of these emotions and shock, and then are expected to get back to life. It’s a really hard game to play of faking it and trying to act normal. What I’ve been trying to is letting myself feel, no matter what. I’ve gone to the bathroom in public several times to let some tears out so they aren’t held in. Do what you need to do to make yourself feel a little more calm. Listen to chill music, take lots of walks outside, read a good book, cry it out, spend time with a pet, have long conversations with a loved one. Little things like this have been getting me through day to day life.

2) Don’t judge yourself– this has actually come pretty naturally during this time to me, but remember that everyone has to grieve and everyone does it differently. Your body is trying to process something extremely painful and it might react in ways that might not be normal to you. Whatever it is, give yourself some slack (unless it’s harmful behavior) and don’t judge yourself. I’ll admit I’ve been leaning on comfort food and wine way more than usual, but again it’s not a harmful behavior and it’s only temporary to just get me through.

3) You never know the power of reaching out to someone– I can’t tell you how much it means to just get a text from someone saying they are thinking about you. If you hear of someone going through grief, reach out to them, no matter how much time has passed since the last time you talked. Feeling support from all angles really makes you feel like you’re going to be ok. I’m way more aware of other people’s lives now and how powerful it is to reach out to others during tough times, no matter how much time has passed. 

4) You realize what truly matters– if this is not one of the most valuable lessons I’ve realized. I’ll admit that I let myself get worked up about extremely unworthy thoughts and things like body image and trying to basically be “perfect”, which doesn’t exist. Now I can step back and see how much of my life was wasted on things that don’t matter. You know what does matter? Your family, your friends and how you are as a person. 🙂 

5) Writing letters is so powerful– I can’t say how much I truly believe this now. We always hear “tell your loved ones how much they mean to you,” but seriously writing a letter for them to keep is SO special. I have some letters from Taylor, Alan, my sister and parents that I will keep for the rest of my life and I know they have some from me. I am going to make a point to write a letter each Christmas to my immediate family/Alan to go along with their presents 🙂 And a goal to write to a friend every season!

6) People are uncomfortable with grief. Most people don’t know what to say and that’s ok. Grief isn’t a comfortable subject and it’s not talked about in our society enough.. it’s almost “taboo” like depression. I think the more we talk about it and relate to each other, the better. You should never feel uncomfortable having to tell someone that you are grieving.  Just a tip*
If someone says they are grieving they aren’t looking for attention or sympathy, they just want you to know that they might need a moment here & there and that they are trying. If you are on the other side, ask if they want to talk about it. If they don’t just let them know that you are there and sending them love. That’s enough in itself. 🙂 

I know this post sort of jumped around but this is just how I feel at the moment and these past 6 weeks. If you’re grieving, never hesitate to reach out to someone. So many people relate more than you think 🙂 

xo Savanna

Healthy Girl’s Guide to L.A

I went to L.A in March this year and had the BEST time. I haven’t been to that part of California in forever and while it’s always been health conscious, the health/fitness scene is better than ever. 
We were only there two days, but here are the food + fitness spots that my friend Tamar and I loved!! 

Studios:
1) Playlist Yoga: Playlist Yoga is a heated yoga studio that is music focused. Each class has a unique playlist that goes with your vinyasa flow and wow, it really was amazing. The studio was so inviting, our teacher was wonderful and I did not want class to end. I highly recommend this studio if you love yoga and music! 

2) Model Fit: Model Fit is a studio based on small, controlled and repetitive movements. It’s a great low impact workout that uses all kinds of different equipment like pilates circles, ankle weights, bands and discs to really burn out the little muscles in your body. Our instructor was amazing, class was super fun and it was a great sweat. I wish we had one in Atlanta, because it would be my go-to studio. (They do have online streaming though!) 

Food:
1) Gracias Madre: Gracias Madre is a plant based Mexican restaurant that sources local and sustainable ingredients. I wish we could have gone back before we left, because everything we had was amazing! It’s a fun atmosphere and would be perfect for a girls night out or date night 🙂 

2) Kreation: I could stay there for hours to look at everything they had. You can sit down and eat there but they also have a huge grab & go section with TONS of juices and snacks/meals. All of the ingredients are extremely clean and everything we had was amazing. I grabbed the buffalo cauliflower with vegan ranch on the way out and wow.. wish I had bought two!!

3) Cafe Gratitude: An all vegan cafe that preaches food is medicine. Their food is sourced from local farms and they have positive mantras everywhere! We had a really nice server (as expected) and I got the “whole bowl” which was delicious! It’s so nice to be able to order whatever you want on a menu without worrying about dairy! 

4) Great White: A fun, fast-casual spot with healthy costal food to stop for breakfast/lunch. We had lunch there but I would love to go for breakfast one day too! I got a wonderful oat milk latte to-go as well 🙂 

5) Cha Cha Matcha: A MUST if you like matcha. I went here everyday and I miss it so much. It’s the first stop I make in New York or L.A and it never disappoints. I always go for a hot macadamia milk latte, and this time Tamar & I ventured into the breakfast foods- which were all great. Everything is homemade from the treats to their nut milks, so it’s all very clean ingredients. Again, 100% worth the price to me (it can add up with breakfast!)

7) fonuts: If you’re wanting a little treat but don’t want to go all out, fonuts is the cutest little donut spot! They have vegan and regular options but they are all baked (not fried) and gluten free (made with almond flour.) But don’t let that fool you, they are still DELICIOUS. This was actually right across the street from Model Fit so we went there after, very fitting I know. 

8) The Shroom Room: If you love Four Sigmatic like me, this is a super cool spot to stop at! It’s in an alley off of Abbot Kinney so it’s easy to miss, but it’s literally just a tiny room where you can buy Four Sigmatic lattes or products! I got some mushroom chocolate that I had been wanting to try and it did not disappoint.

Stores:
Avocado: I honestly had no idea we were even near the Avocado store but we ended up passing right by it! This is my absolute favorite activewear and it was so cool to see it all in person. Everything is made in California, it’s all seamless and is made with the most comfortable and durable material. I’ve had several pairs of their leggings that have lasted me for years! 

Vegan Game Day Appetizers

Most of you know I’m allergic to dairy, so game day spreads or appetizers at parties are typically challenging because everything seems to have dairy in it! I thought it would be fun to make some appetizers free of dairy and went ahead and made them vegan, to appeal to as many people as I can but without sacrificing flavor! These have all been tested by my hubby and are all approved- SCORE!! I can’t wait to bring these to my next tailgate party or gathering at our house 🙂 

The most important part of these recipes are the vegan cheese/dairy substitutes that I ordered from Mylk Guys– if you haven’t heard of them you need to go check them out! It’s an online vegan grocery store filled with tons of new and exciting vegan items- and of course no dairy/animal products are in there! It’s a dream website with SO many amazing brands and fun vegan products. I’ve been dying to try out Montys cheese and let me tell you… it lived up to the hype. If you want to see some of my favorite products on their website, check out my link here! Now onto the recipes! 

Air Fryer Buffalo Wings



Ingredients:
1 Medium sized head of cauliflower 
1/2 cup of quinoa flower (just blend whole quinoa in a blender)
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Spices- sea salt, pepper, cayenne, smoked paprika and garlic powder
Buffalo Sauce- I use the The New Primal and it’s my favorite one ever
Vegan ranch to dip- This is the one I used and WOW it’s so good
(You will also need an air fryer- if you don’t have one you could also bake in the oven on a wire rack!) 

Directions:
Chop cauliflower up in to small/medium sized pieces, set aside.
Place the quinoa flower, coconut milk, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and spices (to taste) in a medium sized bowl and mix together until smooth
Put air fryer at 400 degrees
Dip each piece of cauliflower in the batter and REALLY COVER IT, then place each piece in the air fryer without touching. (You will have to do several batches)
Cook in air fryer for 10-15 minutes, taking the basket out to shake every few minutes
Once all of the cauliflower is cooked, toss in a bowl with buffalo sauce and completely cover each piece.
Serve with ranch and enjoy immediately! (It won’t be crispy otherwise, but still tastes good in my opinion)


Creamy Roasted Garlic Dip


This dip used to be a favorite of mine growing up, my Dad or Uncle would make this at family gatherings and I never thought about making a vegan version… until today 🙂 

Ingredients: 
1 Container of quality vegan cream cheese, I used Montys Scallion, but plain or even jalapeno would be yummy too!
1 Bunch of garlic
Optional chives for garnish
Crackers or veggies to dip- I used Simple Mills crackers and cucumbers! 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Chop the head off of the garlic bulb so you can see all of the heads
Wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes in oven
Once it has cooled off a little, squeeze garlic directly into cream cheese container.
Stir until smooth and top with chives for garnish
Super easy but SO delicious! 

Savory Truffle Cheese and Mushroom Bites 

These not only are good for an appetizer, but Alan and I made some to go along with our dinner the other day and they were the perfect addition! With soup season around the corner, I know I’ll be making these a lot!

Ingredients:
1 Small loaf of your favorite bread- we used Barely Bread
1 Pack of Montys Truffle Cheese (again, you could sub with any cream cheese but if you can get your hands on this cheese TRY it)
1 Pack of Mushrooms, chopped
Truffle infused olive oil (I got mine from Italy but am almost out- so on the hunt for a new one in the U.S!)
Chive for garnish, optional

Directions:
Heat truffle oil on medium and place mushrooms in the pan, season with salt and pepper and cook until soft. 
Toast your loaf of bread in your toaster oven or regular oven, until heated
Once cooked, slice bread into bite sized pieces, add a layer of the cheese, top with mushrooms and chives.
Drizzle with an extra coat of truffle oil, to taste.
Again, another simple recipe but SO flavorful and yummy.

Hope you enjoy these recipes and don’t forget to check out Mylk Guys website- it’s an amazing shop for all things vegan!! xo

All About Expo West 2019

So I know it’s been a while since Expo West (like March) but I am trying to get better about posting on my blog! 

So here we go: Expo West is a natural foods convention that takes place in Anaheim California every spring. There is also a smaller one in Baltimore in the fall, but I love California and so does my friend Tamar, so we decided to go on a trip together! We did one day at Expo and then moved to West Hollywood to explore the fitness/wellness scene 🙂 

Since we decided on doing only a day at Expo we planned way ahead. The California Expo is GIGANTIC and you can easily waste time from not being organized or getting overwhelmed by the scene. Tamar and I both went through each hall floor plan (which is on the Expo app or website) and listed each brand that we wanted to visit/try. After we made a list for each hall, we put them in order of importance, because we knew we probably wouldn’t make them all. 



Once we made it to Expo we would start in a hall together, visit the same brands we wanted to and then would split to find different brands we liked and meet up a few minutes after. We decided not to split up for long periods of time because again, the expo is HUGE and we wanted to experience it together. 

Once you finally get in and start meeting/trying new brands be prepared to eat all day. Do not eat breakfast before!!! Every booth has samples out and by the end of the day I was avoiding eye contact because I was so stuffed and couldn’t eat one more bite. I would recommend only trying the food you really like or are interested in, so you don’t feel sick. Also scope out water booths or a clean juice brand, like Suja, to reboot your system. 



Yes, it is a long day and will be tiring with all the walking and talking to people, but is it worth it? 100%! I had the absolute best time and was so so excited to see all of the health brands and products I love right in front of my eyes! It’s seriously like an amusement park for health nerds like me. Also another cool thing is that brands use this as a time to show their new products, so you will be the first to try and talk about a lot of them! (The only downside is waiting for them to come out in stores!!) So with a little preparedness, you will have the BEST time and be so so glad that you went!

Here are my tips for having the best Expo experience ever:

1) Like I said before, PLAN AHEAD for who you want to visit. Look at the floor plans and list the brands on each hall that you want to visit. Have this ready to look at on your phone or use the Expo app. 

2) Wear comfortable shoes because you will be doing a ton of walking! I would go for cute sneakers that won’t make your feet hurt later!

3) Bring BAGS! You will be getting a ton of samples so bring a backpack and put a few reusable bags inside of it. (You can’t bring rolling bags)

4) Prioritize! Like I said before, it can be overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead and prioritize the brands you want to see. I had a list of non-negotiables (like Sound tea above!) and then I had a secondary list that I wanted to hit if I had time. Also leave a little room for booths that you didn’t even know about and see on the way to somewhere else!

5) Have fun and talk to people! It’s really easy to get caught up in getting samples and trying to find your favorite brands, but remember this is a convention for health food! There are tons of like-minded people around you who could be a new friend. Reach out on Instagram before you go and ask if anyone else is going- it’s so fun to meet fellow bloggers in real life! 

6) This might sound outrageous, but if you can, bring an empty carry on suitcase for your samples. I was only there a day and filled up a whole suitcase filled with food. Just remember to put full sized beverages/liquids in your checked bag!


Have you been to Expo or are you thinking about going?! Let me know in the comments below! 

Vegan Thai Coconut Soup

I love soup anytime of the year, so a few nights ago I decided to make one of my favorite soups- Thai coconut! This recipe is vegan and contains certain veggies that I love, but you can easily switch the veggies and chickpeas out to what you prefer. 
Here’s what you’ll need:

Olive oil
Container of baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, diced
Half of a sweet onion, diced 
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (omit or seed if you don’t like spicy)
1 inch or so of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 lemongrass stock, cut in half lengthwise. (Optional, but adds extra flavor)
1 can of chickpeas
2 tablespoons of sambal oelek or red Thai curry paste (less if you don’t like spicy)
1 can of full fat coconut milk (I get mine at Trader Joes, no added gums or extra ingredients!) 
1 teaspoon of coconut sugar
1 box of low sodium vegetable stock 
*If you aren’t vegan you can add a few tablespoons of fish sauce for extra flavor*

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 and roast your sweet potatoes for about 15-20 minutes, until soft. If you have time to simmer the soup for a while this step isn’t necessary, but it helps speed along the process if you are short on time!

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, heat a dutch oven over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add your mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, ginger and garlic. Let cook for about 3-4 minutes and then add your sambal oelek or Thai curry paste. Stir in your lemongrass if using and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add in your can of rinsed chickpeas, the coconut milk, coconut sugar and vegetable stock. Stir and let it for about 10 minutes. After your sweet potatoes are done, add them to the dutch oven and season the soup to your liking with sea salt, pepper and maybe more garlic.

You can simmer it as long as you want, but at this point the soup is ready! If I have time, I’ll make this soup in the morning or early afternoon so it has time to sit in the fridge for a few hours- this helps the flavors mix! Either way, this soup is delicious, easy and really healthy! Top with whatever toppings you like, I like to add fresh jalapenos, cilantro, lime and crunchy chickpeas! 

 

xo Savanna 

My New Favorite Summer Salad

I haven’t been adventurous with my dinners lately, so yesterday I took some time to look for some new recipes. I don’t love spending a lot of time on new recipes after work during the week, so I decided to try this Carrot Ginger Rainbow salad out for our Sunday dinner and it did NOT disappoint! The only time consuming part of this meal is roasting the carrots and making it into dressing, so I suggest making that in the morning or prepping it a day or two ahead when you have extra time. 

I got the recipe from Love and Lemons and it is one of Alan and I’s new favorite meals!! You all know if I’m going to eat a salad for dinner it has to be super interesting and filling.. this one hit the spot. A perfect balanced of tang, sweet and crunch.. it’s a salad that is the last thing from boring. I only made a few tweaks and swapped some ingredients, so check out the recipe below! 

So here it is, the Love and Lemons Rainbow Kale Salad recipe with the changes I made in parenthesis! 

Ingredients
Carrot Ginger Dressing 
  • ½ cup roasted carrots (I roasted at 400 with salt, pepper, garlic and evol for about 40 minutes, or until soft)
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water (1/3 for me- I like dressing thick)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger (Added a little more and 2 bulbs of fresh garlic)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Roasted Chickpeas (I swapped chickpeas for Asian Salmon- see my recipe below) 
  • 1½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Salad
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stems removed, leaves torn
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small carrot, grated (Didn’t have carrots)
  • 1 small red beet, grated (Added more beets to sub for carrots- warning your hands will turn purple!!)
  • ½ watermelon radish, very thinly sliced (only had a white radish- still tasty but just not as pretty) 
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries (Can’t find dried cranberries without a ton of added sugar, so did dried raisins!) 
  • ¼ cup pepitas, toasted (Use pine nuts instead- more gut friendly nut)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
 
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing and roast the chickpeas (Or salmon): Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the chickpeas with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with pinches of salt and pepper. Place the carrot pieces for the dressing in their own corner on the baking sheet to roast alongside the chickpeas. Roast for 25 to minutes, or until the chickpeas are browned and crisp and the carrots are soft. Set the roasted chickpeas aside. Transfer the carrots to a blender and add the water, olive oil, rice vinegar, ginger, and salt. Blend the dressing until smooth and chill in the fridge until ready to use. (I took two pieces of salmon and coasted them with raw honey, liquid aminos, sea salt, pepper and garlic. Then I roasted at 400 for 15-17 minutes, until cooked)
  2. Place the kale leaves into a large bowl and drizzle with the lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of olive oil, and a few pinches of salt. Use your hands to massage the leaves until they become soft and wilted and reduce in the bowl by about half.
  3. Add the carrot, beet, watermelon radish, half of the cubed avocado, cranberries, pepitas, a few more good pinches of salt and a few grinds of pepper, and toss. Drizzle generously with the carrot ginger dressing. Top with the remaining avocado, more dressing, the roasted chickpeas and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Season to taste and serve.
 
Notes
– Make the dressing ahead so it has time to chill in the fridge before adding to the salad. (Could do the day or morning before to make it a faster dinner)
 
 
Can’t wait to make this again and thanks to Love and Lemons for the recipe- definitely check out her website for more delicious meals! 

Sugar Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am not going to lie… these might be my new favorite cookies to make. We had them all of 2 days in our house before they were GONE!

They’re light, fluffy and not too sweet- but you wouldn’t believe there is no added sugar in them! Also, if you’ve been following me you know that I have absolutely no problem with clean sugar- I frequently use maple syrup, raw honey and coconut sugar! But right now I am temporarily trying to stay away from any kind of sugar (yes, that means fruit) because of my leaky gut. It’s SO much harder than I thought it would be, especially without fruit! (But I still cheat with wine sometimes hehe) 

 

The two things that made these cookies “sugar free” are the Lily’s Sweets Dark Salted Almond Bar and Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup- again, I probably wouldn’t use these all the time because pure maple syrup is only one ingredient compared to the four in this syrup, but these are both the cleanest option for no sugar and actually taste good!

So alas, here is the recipe that I got from Uncommonly Well- with just a few sugar free swaps- and definitely check out her website for more great recipes too!!

Servings15 cookies
 
Ingredients

Dry:
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
Wet:
  • 1/4 cup lakanto maple syrup 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 Lily’s Sweets Salted Almond Bar, chopped 
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients- almond flour, baking soda, and himalayan salt. 

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients: maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and egg. Once combined, add the wet ingredients to the dry, and whisk them together.

  3. Stir in the chocolate bar pieces, cover the bowl with a towel, and refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. When the dough is done chilling, form it into balls and place on the baking sheet.

  5. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

Why I love Papa Steve’s Snack Bars!

I’m all about a snack bar in the afternoon, to grab on the go or to bring with me when I’m while traveling. I’m always on the go and finding a good quality, clean bar to bring with me is something I’m always looking for! Cue: Papa Steve’s.

Papa Steve’s are clean protein bars made with real ingredients. Every single bar is handmade in small batches from Southern California and they put NOTHING bad in their bars! They are all gluten free, and also have paleo + vegan options as well! I can’t tell you how good they taste too- like a cookie! My personal favorites are the lemon, vanilla cashew coconut and dark chocolate cherry cashew! My husband Alan also loves them, which is also a bonus. He’s not always into the healthy bars that I like, so knowing that he will eat these and have something nutritious in his body makes me smile 🙂

Here are the ingredients in the vanilla cashew coconut:
Organic coconut, pea protein, raw hemp seeds, cashews, almonds, tapioca fiber, organic coconut palm nectar, organic certified gluten free oats, organic vanilla bean.
Simple, clean and delicious.
I take these to work, with me when I’m traveling, and to the gym to eat after a workout. They could also be used as a clean dessert 🙂

There is something about knowing exactly where your food is coming from and the love that goes into making each product that makes it taste that much better, and I love supporting a brand like Papa Steve’s. Seriously, I can’t recommend these bars enough!
Here is a link to their website if you’d like to check them out!

xo Savanna

Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I needed a healthy dessert to bring to a family gathering, so I found this recipe from Erin Lives Whole and let me tell you, they were a hit! They are dairy and gluten free, and such a good combination of sweet and salty- you will want to make a double batch for sure!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (certified gluten free)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy free)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together almond flour, coconut flour, rolled oats and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, coconut oil and coconut sugar.
  4. Whisk in egg and vanilla.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine.
  6. Add in chocolate chips.
  7. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to place dough on parchment paper.
  8. Bake in oven for 11-13 minutes or until slightly golden brown, adding sea salt after taking out of oven.

And that’s it! Super easy, clean and delicious. Also if you haven’t checked out Erin’s website before, make sure to do so here 🙂 She has amazing recipes!

Happy Monday! xo