Eat more vegetables!! and 10 EASY veggie filled recipes

Friday, yippee! Food, yay! Vegetables, woo hoo! 

As we near the end of the first month of 2016 it is a good time to do a self check on how your nutrition has been over the past few weeks. Did you have any diet related resolutions? How are they going? 

Even though I generally eat pretty good, I have been focusing on filling my plate with lots of vegetables this month.

It is no secret that eating vegetables are part of a healthy diet and life. Even without trying to change anything else, adding more vegetables to your everyday diet can help you lose weight, recover well, sleep tight and eat less of those things you could be trying to avoid.  Vegetables are full of nutrients and light on calories. Adding vegetables to meals can increase the volume and overall satisfaction without needing to worry about calories. Throw out your portion size ideas, you can eat ALL the veggies. 

I also know that easy, quick and tasty are important selling points to this vegetable thing. While I could eat raw carrots with every meal, I know that isn’t the case for everyone. The good news is: there are a million and one ways to prepare vegetables. Trying new recipes, cooking techniques and even completely new vegetables can be a fun way to figure out which ones you love.  vegetable recipes

Here are 10 EASY vegetable recipes for you to try right now (or over the next month): 

You can’t really beat a slow cooker vegetable soup right now. I love this easy one over at Damn Delicious. 


Another perfect winter dish chock full of veggies are these Roasted Root Vegetable with Tomatoes and Kale. roasted-root-vegetables-tomatoes-kale-vertical-a2-1200

You can’t really go wrong with recreating a burrito bowl. Add more veggies to yours with this Mexican Vegetable Sautemexicansaute-1024x791

Have you spiralized yet?! I bought myself this spiralizer for Christmas. I have tried fancier ones but this one is WAY easier, cheaper and perfect. I encourage you to get creative with your spiralizing but here is a simple Stir Fry Zucchini Noodles recipe. Stir-Fry-Zucchini-and-Onions

What about a green smoothie? Friends, you can’t even taste the vegetables when you mix them with fruits, almond milk, some spices and maybe yogurt or a protein powder. It is basically magic! If you are hesitant, start with this simple Green Monster Smoothie

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, this Ginger and Spinach Green Smoothie is still a good way to ease into the green smoothie trend. ginger-green-smoothie2

You can have your pizza and eat veggies too (and I am not even making you make some fancy cauliflower crust to do so). Making pizza at home is fun and you may be able trick some others into jumping onto the vegetable train too. Here is a good base recipe but really all you need to do is get some dough, pizza sauce, cheese and vegetables of your choosing, pile it all together and put it into the oven until your desired doneness. Pro tip: Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Sprouts sell good pre-made pizza dough. veggie_pizza_6

If you want super-duper easy, look no further! You really have no excuses with these Portobello Fajitas from the Garden Grazer. portobello-fajitas

If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash, resolve to right now. It is even better with this Pumpkin Kale Pesto.  Pumpkin Kale Pesto

You could make these Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowls ahead of time for a work lunch or quick dinner. 



And there you have it veggie loving and soon to be veggie loving, friends! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Healthy Regards,



What is your favorite way to eat veggies? I am absolutely obsessed with roasted veggies! 

Any good weekend plans? It is supposed to be in the upper 50’s here on Saturday! I plan on enjoying the weather via bicycle. I also am babysitting twice this weekend so that pretty much covers it!


Christmas Granola Recipe {and edible gift idea}

This christmas granola recipe blends the warm flavors of fig, nuts and maple for a homemade, edible, budget friendly gift that everyone can enjoy. 


Have you ever met anyone that doesn’t like granola? 

…. yep, me neither.Christams-granola-recipe-2granola1

Now imagine gifting a warm, aromatic, chunky granola that is freshly baked with love to your coworkers, clients, coaches, family, friends… really anyone. I even gifted myself multiple handfuls in the making. I’d say it is a pretty spectacular present, because really, who doesn’t like granola? 

It is also wallet friendly in this season that tends to be financially stressful. 

I made two batches of this recipe to give to my personal training clients and a few other people who I wanted to give something small but thoughtful to. I picked up some mason jars, decorative tags and cards from Target to create a cute, simple gift. Altogether, including all the ingredients, the mason jars, cards and decorative touches I spent about $50 dollars for 10 full jars of granola + cards. That is just 5 dollars a gift! Nothing beats a delicious, cute and economical Christmas gift in my book. granola-3granola-4

For this Christmas granola recipe I started with a Pinch of Yum’s Coconut Oil Granola as a base recipe and made a few tweaks + add ins for a chrismast-y taste. 

Christmas Granola
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 3 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 1 cup chopped walnuts
  3. 1 cup chopped pecans
  4. 1 cup chopped dried figs
  5. 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  6. 1/4 cup chia seeds
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1 teaspoon ginger
  9. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1 cup melted coconut oil*
  11. 1 cup maple syrup
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a big bowl (all ingredients except coconut oil and maple syrup).
  3. Whisk together the maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a separate bowl.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients in a large bowl until the mixture is moistened.
  5. Bake for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
  6. When you remove the granola from the oven at the end, don't stir it right away - the granola will form crunchy clusters as it cools.
  1. *You can melt your coconut oil in microwave
Adapted from Pinch of Yum
Adapted from Pinch of Yum
Healthy Regards, Hayley
 *One batch of this recipe fills 5 – 16oz mason jars. 

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And if you want to just make a batch of this christmas granola recipe all for yourself, I wouldn’t judge you. 

Enjoy! 9 days until Christmas!

[Tweet “Christmas granola! The perfect edible gift. #vegan #christmas #JOY”]

Healthy Regards,



What is a small gift you have given to coworkers, teachers etc? 

And really, do you know anyone who doesn’t like granola?! I would be interested to hear. 




Untraditional but Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

A few of my favorite healthy thanksgiving recipes. Untraditional maybe but still a delicious add to your holiday table. Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

I am known in my family for getting creative around the holidays. Creative with food that is. I tend to stray from tradition and surprise friends and family with things like pumpkin lasagna, thanksgiving nachos, sweet potato gnocchi, kabocha squash pudding and the list goes on. It is especially fun because sometimes I am the only person eating these delicious dishes = more for me! 

aaaaaand Thanksgiving is just one week away!!!

Unfortunately this year I will be away from my family. I will be staying in Colorado and celebrating the day with the family I live with but… ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLLEGE FRIENDS IS COMING TO STAY WITH ME!197326_439484262765371_120464568_n

Can you tell I am excited?

I am also excited to contribute some healthy thanksgiving dishes to the table. 

Here are some of my favorite untraditional but healthy thanksgiving recipes from around the web: 







The countdown begins!

Healthy Regards, 



What is your favorite holiday dish? I am all about the sides! Another very unconventional one but a dish I will be contributing to both thanksgiving and christmas is my sweet potato gnocchi. 




Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding

When Blue Diamond approached me to try out their Almond Coconut Milk all I could think of was Almond Joy Candy Bars. 

I haven’t had one in years but I think I remember that they were the best candy bars ever. Coconut, almonds and dark chocolate? Hands down the greatest combination of good things. 

Maybe that is why I have already posted recipes for an Almond Joy Shake and Almond Joy Muffin Tops

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With Almond Coconut Milk in hand and a craving for something Almond Joy-ish the most logical option was to create Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding

This pudding makes the perfect healthy after dinner treat. The chia seeds make it thick and the combination of chocolate, coconut and maple syrup are the perfect subtle sweetness. 

Plus it’s easy and you only need to dirty one dish.  

Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding
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  1. 1 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Coconut Almond Milk
  2. 1 tbsp maple syrup (could also use honey or other sweetener to taste)
  3. 1 tbsp coconut shreds
  4. 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  5. 1 tbsp almond butter
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/3 cup chia seeds
  1. Add all ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender. Blend well to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into container.
  3. Add chia seeds to mixture, cover well and shake up.
  4. Let sit in fridge for at least 4 hours (or until a thick pudding like consistency is reached)*
  5. Enjoy your healthy treat!
  1. *You may need to shake the pudding half way through as some chia seeds tend to clump.
Healthy Regards, Hayley
Blend and pour 

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Add in ch-ch-ch chia!

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Shake well.

chiaseed pudding 

Let sit…



Enjoy the fruits of your labor. 



Healthy Regards,


Have you ever had chia seed pudding? 

What would you make with Coconut Almond Milk?