Clean Eating: Doggy Style

When I got a new puppy last year, my first concern was what the heck am I going to feed her? Since I am on a clean eating diet, of course my dog had to be on some sort of clean eating diet as well. How could I be sitting over here eating veggies and protein and then turnaround and feed my dog corn and fillers? No way jose! I researched homemade dog food and discovered a well-rounded clean eating option called “Doggy Stew.” Not only is it cheaper than the healthy dog kibble these days, but it literally takes me 5 minutes to make it in the crockpot every week and a half.  This “Doggy Stew” is loaded with fruits and veggies and clean protein for my growing pup.

Carrot Cake Muffins

Man I love Sunday mornings. I love sleeping in, taking the dog for a walk, and then making a delicious breakfast. I’ve had my eye on Deliciously Ella’s Carrot Cake Muffins for quite some time now so I couldn’t wait to try them out. Not only are they absolutely delicious, healthy, and hearty, but the entire house smells like cinnamon and that is a OK with me! Deliciously Ella continues to amaze me when her recipes turn out oh so delicious considering they are always gluten free, vegan and clean eating friendly.  You go girl! (do people still say that?)

Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

I L.O.V.E fried rice.  I mean small obsession kind of L.O.V.E.  However, I usually try to only eat it 2-3 times a year as it is loaded with carbs, calories, and fat. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was when the newest food trend surfaced: cauliflower rice. This fiber-rich, low-carb alternative to rice has changed my world. I am now able to enjoy “fried rice” on a monthly basis without all the carbs and guilt.

Homemade Flavored Almond Butta’s

So I’m told the first step to recovery is admitting you have an obsession.  Well my name is Jackie and I’m obsessed with almond butter (side note:  I just realized I need to buy this shirt pronto).  More specially, Jason’s Almond Butters.  This guy Jason is a genius and adds all sorts of flavors to almond butter that make his butta’s taste insane.  A few of my favorite flavors:  Vanilla, Honey, and Maple.  So what’s the problem, right?  Well let me tell you!  Almost $13 for one jar!  Holy macaroni.  I missed the boat on the flavored almond butter business.  Also, he adds oils and cane sugar to his butta’s which I always try to avoid with my clean eatingness going on over here.  After much experimenting, I am thrilled to bring you flavored almond butter that tastes better and is half the price!  I can die happy now.  Below are variations of my ridiculously easy 2 ingredient almond butter recipe.

Soothing Drinks Series – Spicy Lemon Honey Tonic

Lately, I have been on a “soothing drink” kick. Since I don’t drink coffee or tea (or any caffeine for that matter – I know – I’m crazy) I have been on a mission to find yummy, cleansing, warming and just soothing hot morning beverages. I have tried over a dozen so far and continue to try out new ones every week. I decided to use the blog to share the most amazing, delicious and healthy soothing drinks I have found so far. Each week, I will be featuring a new soothing drink that I have personally tried, tested and given my seal of approval.

Free REI Classes

Man do I love the word “free”.  Has such a nice ring to it.  Ok back to the topic at hand – Free REI Classes!  Living in Arizona, there are so many opportunities to participate in outdoor activities.  I thoroughly enjoy hiking, camping and fishing to name a few.  I’m no expert but I will get out there and utilize all the skills my dad taught be back when I was 7… if I can remember them!  I had heard that REI offered classes on outdoor adventures but not until recently had I heard from a coworker that most were free! 

5 Steps to creating a Gallery Wall you are going to LOVE

I had this ginormous blank wall in my living room walkway and it was starting to annoy me with how bare and how boring it was.  I thought a project to decorate the entire wall would cost me thousands of dollars so I was reluctant to start it.  Also, I had no idea how I wanted to decorate the wall.  After months of researching, planning, and executing, my gallery wall is now complete and I couldn’t be happier.  Below I share my 5 easy steps to creating a gallery wall you are going to LOVE:

Clean Eating, Sugar Free Carrot Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

I bet you can’t say that title 10 times fast! After posting the picture of my clean eating, sugar free carrot cake with whipped cream cheese frosting on social media yesterday, I have been getting a ton of requests for the recipe.  I have to say hands down, this is one of the best clean eating treats I have ever had as I approach my one year anniversary of clean eating in April.  The carrot cake is super moist and flavorful and the whipped cream cheese frosting is up there with Starbucks’ whipped cream (just a heads up this frosting is more whipped cream like vs. thick frosting like – but just as delicious). Without further ado, I present the recipe from one of my favorite clean eating cookbooks: 100 Days of Real Food

My All Time Favorite Workout

I have been working out with The Tracy Anderson Method for six years now.  Not only do I enjoy her workouts, but it is one of the hardest, full body, yet low impact workouts I have ever done.  Yup, I just said enjoy and workout in the same sentence.  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the only workout I do.  I like to mix up my workouts and keep my body guessing.  But when I’m in a workout rut or go through a period of not wanting to work out or have reached my maximum acceptance point of flabbiness or get sick of the gym scene, in goes the Tracy Anderson DVD’s.  My absolute favorite part of her workouts is that I can do these workouts in my living room.  No need to waste 35 minutes commuting to and from the gym.  I’m a pretty lazy girl for not being lazy.  It’s very conflicting – don’t ask.

The Most Delicious Breakfast Peach Bowl Ever

In a breakfast rut?  Eating the same dang thing for b-fast everyday and want something new and super delicious? I have to start off with a confession:  I am over the top obsessed with acai bowls.  I love smoothies but I hate “drinking” my breakfast.  It just doesn’t seem as satisfying and filling.  In comes acai bowls – basically a smoothie in a bowl with granola and extra fruit on top.  Straight up genius.  Now why didn’t I think of that?