healthy eating

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


Embrace the Strange {WIAW}

The only two people in my life that admire my plant based eating  and are intrigued enough to talk to me about it are my parents. Considering they are 61 year old country folk, this is shocking!

First things first: 8oz of Kombucha on an empty stomach. Always.

We’ll talk for hours about plant based nutrients and recipes. I love answering their questions and hearing their thoughts on eating, and thinking, in a way that goes against the grain of today’s norms.


Breakfast: Black bean pasta tossed in red pepper hummus. Spinach + dried tomatoes.

“You’re strange. You eat strange. You think strange. You act strange. Your life is strange. But that’s okay because it’s only strange to us that are living a life that’s just normal”

Lunch: BBQ cauliflower wings + baked fries

Sometimes “strange” is not eating animal products, choosing to ride a bike instead of driving a car, reading the newspaper instead of watching television or sleeping with the lights on at night.

Afternoon Snack: Mini smoothie, made with acai, strawberries, blueberries, banana & spinach

Not everyone has the same perception of what is strange, or what is normal. So embrace your strange, because quite frankly, you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.

Dinner: Not pictured zucchini fritters + corn on the cob, which this cutie got to finish for me

Might as well be strange.. and happy!

What habits do you have that people consider “strange”?

Anybody else crave unusual things for breakfast sometimes?

Simply, Sum!