Homemade Lip Scrub

  2 tbsp sugar (raw, white, or brown) 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp honey Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Apply a small amount to your lips and scrub until the sugar dissolves completely. Gently wipe off with a paper towel. *The solid coconut oil may not dissolve completely which is perfectly fine….

Oven Fried Salmon Cakes

1 (14.75 ounce) can wild-caught pink salmon 1 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed 2 large eggs, beaten 1/2 cup almond flour 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tbsp.) 2 scallions, white and green, very thinly sliced 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning 1 tsp salt 1 tsp hot sauce 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp…

Pickled Red Onions

1 red onion, thinly sliced 1 cup apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp kosher salt 2 cups water Whisk vinegar and seasonings with water until fully dissolved. Place onion slices in a container and add liquid until covered. 1 quart mason jars work perfectly for this. Let sit for at least 1 hour, but…

Russian Tea

1 cup instant tea powder 2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang) 1 (3 ounce) package powdered lemonade mix 2 cups white sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves To use, mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of mix with 1 cup hot or cold water. Adjust to taste. photo: russianfoods.com / recipe: allrecipes.com

Asparagus Fries

1 bundle of asparagus 1 cup crushed almonds* ⅓ cup parmesan 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 eggs Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Cut off about 1-2 inches of asparagus ends. Set aside. In a large bowl combine crushed almonds (NOTE: To make crushed almonds, simply chop…

Carrot Fries

2 carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Cut carrots into fries and combine in a large bowl with olive oil, parsley, paprika, salt, and pepper. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Bake…

Zucchini Fries

2 zucchinis 1 cup panko ½ cup grated parmesan 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon dried basil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 eggs Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Cut zucchini into fries and set aside. In a large bowl combine panko, parmesan, garlic powder, basil, salt, and pepper. Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl…

Sweet Potato Fries + Greek Yogurt Chive Dip

1 sweet potato 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper For the Greek yogurt chive dip: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons chives ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Cut sweet potato into fries and combine in a…

Grace, not perfection.

The journey towards weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is not an easy one. I’ve tried many times and fallen short–each time gaining more than when I’d initially started. I’ve cut dairy, sugar and carbs. I’ve done Weight Watchers. I’ve gone Paleo. I’ve completed doctor recommended programs. While I found success through all of these…

Morning Detox Cocktail

1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp raw honey 1 tsp grated ginger 2 ounces water 1 tsp cinnamon dash of cayenne Mix all ingredients and drink (warm or cold). photo: organicfacts.net / recipe: compilation of various online recipes

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

1 clove garlic, crushed ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoons dijon mustard ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil Place the crushed garlic clove in the bottom of a mason jar or other airtight container. Add the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Cover the…

White Chocolate Candy Clusters

24 ounces white chocolate candy park 2 cups dry roasted peanuts 2 cups pretzel sticks, broken 2 cups miniature marshmallows Using a double boiler {or a bowl placed over a sauce pan simmering 1-inch of water}, slowly melt the white chocolate. Mix until smooth. In a large bowl, combine peanuts, pretzels, and marshmallows. Slowly pour the chocolate…