Raw, vegan protein balls {recipe}

When hunger strikes, I have to eat right then. It’s kind of a curse.. Or maybe just a lack of patience.

To keep from losing my mind or grabbing something that I’ll regret later, I always make sure to have simple and nutrient packed snacks on hand. Especially these protein balls!

They’re super easy to make, perfect for on the go and satisfying!

Rawmond Joy:

1/4 cup almonds
12 dates
4 teaspoons cacao powder
1/3 cup coconut flakes (Plus extra for coating)

Chop almonds in food processor
Add dates + cacao powder
Pulse until it turns into a chunky mixture
*You may need to add a little drip of water to help the cacao powder coat the dates and almonds
Add coconut flakes then pulse until mixed
Remove 1 tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll into a ball
Roll ball in excess coconut flakes

Cinnamon Spice:

1/4 cup almonds
12 dates
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Chop almonds in food processor
Add dates + cinnamon
Pulse until it turns into a chunky mixture
Remove 1 tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll into a ball
Roll ball in more cinnamon (Optional)

These protein balls save perfectly in the fridge and are wonderful when you need something fast and filling to munch on!

Do you have to eat as soon as hunger strikes?

What’s your favorite snack?

Simply, Sum


HEALTHY brownies?! {recipe}

Have you ever done something and literally said out loud, “I’m about to change the world”?
Er.. well, me either..


Until the night that I put together this super yummy, simple and HEALTHY brownie recipe!

I should have named these “melt-in-your-mouth, lick-off-the-spoon, lick-the-plate, can-I-bathe-in-this gooey brownies,” but what I do in the kitchen after dark is totally my own biz.


4 pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon water (or just a teeeny tiny bit)
food processor

Place pitted dates, cacao powder & very tiny bit of water in food processor of choice
Process for about 5 seconds, or until dates are broken down & mixed well with cacao powder (this does not take long at all. Plus, a few chunks of dates will help hold it together)
Pour the mixture directly into your mouth
Scrape mixture onto plate and form into square
Optional: Add toppings! i.e., coconut flakes, nut butter

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What’s your favorite sweet treat?

Have you ever put together random ingredients and discovered it was an amazing combo?

Simply, Sum


Pina Cerlada {recipe}

I love me a big ole’ bowl of simple, God made, nutrient packed, minimally processed ingredients aka nature’s cereal! I also love me a big ole’ Piña colada. Unfortunately, one of those are looked down upon when consumed at 8AM on a Tuesday.. UNTIL NOW!

Try this concoction of pineapple, coconut milk and coconut flakes to start your day with a filling breakfast that also leaves your head in the.. sand?



Piña Cerlada Ingredients:

  •  1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • One handful (roughly 1/4 cup) of Greenwise Flax Flake cereal
  • One handful (roughly 1/4 cup) of Arrowhead Mills Puffed Brown Rice cereal
  • Two tablespoons of hemp hearts
  • One tablespoon of chia seeds
  • One banana, chopped
  • Two pineapple spears, chopped
  • One tablespoon of coconut flakes
  • One cup of coconut milk


What’s your favorite meal to have for breakfast ?

Which do you prefer: warmer, summer months or cooler, winter months?

Simply, Sum

Quinoa Zucchini Fritters! {Recipe}

Can I tell you a secret? I hate zucchini. Zucchini isn’t my favorite vegetable. But as the adult that I claim to be, I’ve been trying to expose myself more to it, in the hopes of acquiring at least a small taste for it.

The best way to get in your veggies without having to bear the taste is to hide them!

So.. Zoodles? No. Roasted Zucchini? No. Zoats? NO! Zucchini fritters? YES!

I stumbled upon this recipe on Delish Knowledge but made a few tweaks so it could be as simple as possible.



  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon diced onions
  • 1 teaspoon Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/3 cup oat flour


  • Boil 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of water
  • Cut zucchini into rounds
  • Place zucchini, onion and garlic in food processor. I used my Nutribullet, only having to pulse it about three times. You still want it to be chunky.


  • Transfer the chopped zucchini, onion and garlic to a paper towel or rag. Surprise! Zucchini lets out water when its cut, didnt know that! Pat out as much water as possible


  • After the rag or paper towel has adsorbed some of the excess liquid,  transfer to a mixing bowl


  • Mix in seasoning, oat flour + quinoa


  • Form four medium sized patties on skillet or griddle, over medium heat


  • Flip after about 60 seconds


  • When both sides are the preferred texture of crispiness, transfer to a plate and enjoy!


img_5426I topped mine with hot sauce and nutritional yeast! So much yum!

Whats your favorite way to hide vegetables that you don’t enjoy on their own?

Have you ever had nutritional yeast? I just picked some up for the first time THIS WEEK and it is life changing! I definitely plan on putting it on well.. everything!

Simply, Summer



Enjoying Spring + smoothies {Recipe}

Spring is in the air and I am lovin’ it!

The warmer temperatures make it so easy to head outside, run around and lose track of time! Bowden has definitely been enjoying all of the additional playtime and exercise, especially before I leave for work.

Unfortunately, something has to be sacrificed to enjoy 15 more minutes outside having fun! For the sake of my coworkers, I’ve been choosing to forgo breakfast instead of showering or clothes. Good choice, right?


Rather than skipping breakfast completely or grabbing an overly processed, convenience food, I’ve just been throwing a few ingredients into my Nutribullet and drinking a smoothie!

The two recipes I’ve been going to are so simple, fast to put together and most importantly, nutritious!



  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter



  •  1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 cup of frozen mango
  • Optional: 1/2 of a frozen banana


Simply, Summer.

Easy Like a Sunday Morning.. Pancakes {Recipe}

In my house, Sunday mornings are for sleeping in, warm coffee & of course PANCAKES! This simple recipe creates one serving of two medium, refined sugar-free, dairy free & guilt free pancakes! ENJOY!


  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 flax egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce



Flax Egg: Combine 1 tablespoon flax meal + 2 1/2 tablespoons water. Place in fridge.




Start by mixing all of your dry ingredients into a bowl. Oat flour, baking powder and cinnamon.


Next, add your wet ingredients, including the flax egg that has been settling in the fridge. If you want your pancakes to be a bit sweeter, this is where you’d add in the applesauce as well. IMG_0085.JPG

Mix well while your griddle/pan is warming over medium heat.


Coat pan with preferred nonstick oil. I use coconut. Pour in half of your pancake mix. (Optional: add blueberries or whatever desired fruit) Let cook on one side for about 45 seconds, then flip carefully to allow the other side to cook for an additional 45 seconds. Transfer to your plate, then repeat with the other half of your mixture!





Do you have any Sunday traditions?

What’s your favorite pancake topping?

Simply, Summer.

Stovetop carrot cake oatmeal! {Recipe}

Nothing says “adulting” like getting in an extra serving of vegetables during breakfast.

Just like nothing says “winning” like thinking you’re eating a guilt free dessert.. for breakfast!

  • handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • ground cinnamon


Start off by putting one cup of water with a handful of shredded carrots on the stove top. This allows time for the water to get hot and carrots to tenderize while you’re preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Measure out your 1/2 cup of oats. I prefer quick cooking (dun-dun-dun)!

When your water has reached the point where it’s almost boiling, carefully use a spoon to transport the carrots to the bowl of oats. I do this because I don’t always use all of the water, but I always want all of the carrots. Proceed by pouring in the water. Give it a good mix. Let sit.

While the oats are soaking, cut up your banana.

After about one or two minutes, add a hearty amount of cinnamon to the oatmeal; considering I use the cinnamon and banana as the only sweeteners, I don’t hold back. I don’t have exact measurements (which is why I’ll never claim to be a baker) but I’d estimate about one tablespoon. Add banana.

Mix well and ENJOY!

What’s your favorite oatmeal flavor?

Do you ever “hide” vegetables in your dishes?

Simply, Summer.