Since I'm in the throes of my third foot surgery, I thought I'd share how I'm staying healthy and (somewhat) active. Yes, you can stay active and fit even without being able to put weight on your foot, and in this frustrating time of social distancing and isolation!
Speaking of social distancing, I've basically abandoned my Instagram for security reasons. With more followers meant unfortunately more weirdos and suspicious activity. Privacy for my family had to take priority, but you can still use my blog as a great resource for recipes, health and fitness content and more!
Surprisingly, this is a question I get a lot: do I (or can I) wear ballet shoes in barre class? I understand the confusion: barre classes are a blend (supposedly) of ballet, Pilates and Yoga. However, the floor is either a thin carpet (ugh, Pure Barre, Dailey Method, why???), or more likely, a smooth hardwood floor that is great for a fitness class, but not so much for ballet shoes, which will slip.
You might be thinking "hey, my soft shoes will work" but nope, that isn't true. You will slip. Barre class takes place on the smooth floor for most of the class, and an exercise mat for part of it.
I'm not above bribing my kids, and chances are if you have toddlers you aren't either. This is one of my best "hacks" to date: make these grain-free healthy protein "donuts", and let your toddlers frost them with my uber-healthy frosting swap, and sprinkle on plant-based sprinkles and/or edible flower petals.
They will listen to you the rest of the day, because they will think they got away with dessert for breakfast. Ha! Suckers.
These "donuts" are baked, not fried, and optionally contain no added sugar! The best is that they are packed with plant-based protein, and will keep your little ones full and energize...
It's almost Valentine's Day! Unless you're an elementary school kid, likely Valentine's Day is full of disappointment. (Let's be real: after the age of getting an overflowing homemade mail box full of store bought cartoon valentines, it turns into not getting a valentine from your secret crush, and probably getting a valentine from the nice but nerdy classmate you don't like. Or two dozen roses to make you feel really guilty. Maybe your partner will remember a card these days. Maybe not. Anywhoo.)
(Remember these "chalk" conversation hearts? I secretly loved them)
Yes, my previous paleo banana recipe is baller, but this easy one-bowl recipe is great, too. There's no sugar, only two bananas, no dairy, no gluten and yet the end result is fluffy, filling and everything you'd want in a banana bread. Throw in the optional chocolate chips for more of a treat, or omit them to keep it sugar-free. You even can slice it thin and use it like the world's best toast.
This banana bread, toasted, topped with almond butter and sliced bananas is crazy-good, filling and nutritious. Make French Toast out of it, a sandwich, avo toast; you name is, it's a great base or stand alone bread.
Whether you are looking for a yummy brunch addition, Valentine's treat or simple breakfast that tastes and looks decadent (but is quite healthy!) then, these rolls might be the recipe for you.
They are best on a cold morning, and they will make your kitchen smell wonderful. All you need is a bowl, a rolling pin (I love this $19 marble one) and an 8" pan. For a smoother dough, I recommend using a food processor, but yes, you may hand-mash the ingredients; there will just be some lumps.
Each one of these pancake recipes is super easy, delicious, filling, gluten-free and mostly vegan. For the perfect pancakes, check out this great cast iron pancake pan, and opt for a nonstick spray like this avocado oil spray which is safe at high heat. Then select your favorite recipe below and whip up some pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack.
1. Sweet Potato Pancakes. These are super easy, filling and provide plant-based protein to stay full all morning. A great pick, especially for colder months!
From athletic wear made of recycled bottles to fitness gear from coffee grounds (yes, coffee grounds), for 2020 there are some great sustainable options to wear to the gym (or to your coffee date).
Patagonia has been recognized for a long time as one of the best in the recycled and ethical clothing world.
Brands such as Adidas paired with Parley are now joining in this beneficial trend, using upcycled plastic waste from the ocean. Pact, Alternative Apparel, Manuka, and Columbia all report using sustainable materials such as recycled polyester, recycled plastic bottles, and other reused materials. It's not all t...
One day a few years ago I had the genius idea of saving tons of money by buying my own kale to make my own chips. It turned out to be a bit more time consuming that buying kale chips from Amazon but way more rewarding.
Another bonus to this recipe for this of you sensitive to nuts: it's nut-free!
Honestly, it is next to impossible to find kale chips made without cashews. I found that sunflower seed butter and tahinimake a great creamy nut-free option. To make this truly raw, use a food dehydrator and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6+ hours. You can also use the oven at 175F, for a faster and delicious option...
Just look at this texture: this pumpkin bread is a simple one-bowl recipe that is absolutely resistible (I meant that, be careful!)
Along with mulled wine, pumpkin bread is a must-have in my house pretty much October through January. Host tip: bake it before guests arrive; you'll win them over first with the mouth-watering smell, then with the velvety melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin bread texture.
If I had to choose a favorite winter bread, it would be my Pumpkin Gingerbread, but this is a close second; especially for those true pumpkin bread fans. It's the easiest pumpkin bread ever.
I've taught numerous varieties of fitness over the last 10 years, from vinyasa yoga, to SPX Pilates, to stretching classes, toddler ballet and now barre. I've taught in chain gyms, a pole dancing studio, a lululemon store, and various studios from tiny ones on up to upscale boutique studios.
I've been drawn to teaching on and off throughout my creative endeavors. While writing my first novel, while writing my first dessert ebook, while running a small bakery business and even while raising tiny twins, I have taught on and off. With each military move I have started over, working hard to find my niche in...
Fresh ginger and candied ginger allow for an amazing combination of gingers in this perfectly-textured holiday cookie. Ginger is my favorite spice, and if you love a good ginger cookie too, you have got to make these. Trust.
What do you have ahead this holiday season? Holiday parties? A cookie exchange party? Relatives visiting? These cookies are the answer!
My family helped taste-test my ginger cookie variations, and this was the ultimate winner. They include the freshest ginger ever; the root was pulled out from the garden, scrubbed, grated and tossed in the batter, and the result was incredible!
If you are thinking of becoming vegan, or starting to incorporate a more plant-based lifestyle into your daily routine, it's common to worry about getting enough protein in your diet. Or perhaps you are concerned about staying satisfied, especially if you have a very active lifestyle.
First off, just because you want to incorporate plants, it doesn't mean you have to be vegan. If that seems daunting, starting by basing your diet on plants. Ease off of eggs, meats and dairy. I won't tell you to go from a hamburger loving to "full vegan" in one day; for most, that'd be a recipe for disaster.
This lovely and unique appetizer is somewhat like a traditional galette, but plant-based, gluten-free and full of wonderfully contrasting flavors like butternut squash and pomegranate. I created this recipe for the www.usapears.org's pear contest and to be the perfect side dish for when the weather gets cooler.
These 10 recipes are so good, so easy and SO perfect for fall. I'm including the link to 5 with Buzzfeed's article The 5 Best Healthy Autumn Dessertssince Plant-Based Maiah has two (yes two!) recipes featured.
The next 5 are other bloggers' best healthy autumn treats. You can't go wrong with any of course, but if I had to pick only a couple to make, it'd be my Pumpkin Protein Pancakes and Choc-Covered Katie's Pumpkin Bars. Trust.
I'm starting with number 6 since numbers 1-5 are already covered right HERE!