Make The Perfect Acai Bowl (at home)

You guys!!!! I finally did it,  I’m addicted, and ACAI BOWLS have been on the repeat over here at home!

I finally figured out the perfect combination to the perfect acai bowl base. I’ve been playing with this for years…yes, years. Ever since I first saw the Sambazon Acai Packs in the freezer section at Publix.
My mistake was that I was treating it like a smoothie, and that’s all wrong. It would be too runny or too icy, not enough flavor, etc. I’d try adding more stuff into it instead of simplifying it. I could never get it to the where I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the ones I bought at juice shops.  Why is it that stuff always tastes better when someone makes it?! It just never tasted right to me when I made it myself…Until now, and it’s so simple I want to punch myself for not getting it right before. But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day 😉 These acai bowls are built in minutes!

My excitement over figuring this out is due to my favorite acai bowl being $12 a pop and 30 minutes away, way out of my way. Now I just need to find out how to open my own shop around here so I can sell amazing coffee, mimosas, and acai bowls. The name? Alex’s 3 Favorite Things Shop.

The major key? A frozen banana and juuuuuust enough almond milk.

The toppings on an acai bowl can also make-or-break it, but it’s really hard to break this! My favorite toppings are more fruit, coconut, and melted peanut butter drizzled all over. I also crumbled up my DIY LaraBars on one and YUM! I can’t even…Delicious!!


The Perfect Acai Bowl (at home)

The perfect base for your delicious Acai bowl!


  • 1 frozen Sambazon unsweetened pure acai berry smoothie pack
  • 1 frozen banana (must be frozen)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk


  1. Break Sambazon smoothie pack and banana into smaller pieces and place in blender.
  2. Add milk.
  3. Blend all ingredients for 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
  4. Spoon into a bowl and top with favorite toppings



I’m tired & it’s not coffee I need.

Hey friends!

We are getting off a 4 day weekend today and its so nice to be back at it. “Back at it” in more ways than one! Back to school, back to work, back to self improvement!

These past few weeks I have been incredibly tired! The kind of tired that comes with that annoying feeling where you just wish everyone would be quiet for a minute…or 90.  If you have kids or have babysat kids, you know that minute of quietness you so desire never really comes. Well maybe it does but at that point you’re completely exhausted to even realize you’re getting a moment of silence. I’ve felt like a moody version of myself. I’ve had no desire to leave the house after school pick up because just the thought of leaving the house again made me exhausted. Everything was “wow that sounds awful!” and that’s not me at all.  I’m always down to get down! So, if you’ve seen me around, now you know why I’ve looked like I just crawled out of a drain. I’m tired. The other day I verbally had to say out loud to someone that I wasn’t crying,  I was just tired and my eyes hurt…and this was at 8:00 am….after a good nights sleep.

After telling Angelo how tired I have been lately, he came up with a number of reasons why and only one of them made sense.

I wasn’t tired because I’m a mom of three. They absolutely exhaust me but this was more.

I wasn’t tired because I didn’t get sleep. I slept less when I was pregnant and Rockwell sleeps fairly well at night, thank goodness! Of course there have been nights where I didn’t get to sleep, but those nights come and go. When I talk about a good night’s sleep, I’m talking about anything between 4-6 hours of sleep. This is what a good night’s sleep is to a parent of little ones.  Sometimes 2 hours is nice. 😉

I wasn’t tired because I’m trying to do too much. That was a problem but I have that half-way figured out now. I have days where I don’t “do much” (I use that loosely) and I still felt exhausted.

I tried to find a solution for every reason I would be tired and none of them worked. I’ve tried to fix “it” with more coffee, more sleep, more just hanging around on the couch with the kids. It didn’t work.

I felt exhausted the moment I woke up every morning. This alarmed because I’ve never felt this way before. Something could seriously be wrong, but I think it comes down to one thing.


I haven’t been a complete blob and I do exercise, but it’s random stuff around the house. Random sets of pushups and squats. Triceps dips on the side of my bathtub. Nothing in routine or anything consistent. I knew I needed to go running, but I kept telling myself “next week”. I didn’t remember the last time I went running. Well, I remember the run very clearly since it was an amazing feeling, but the date…maybe 3 months ago? I’ve haven’t gone without running that long in over 10 years. 

Even though I’ve known the reason why I’ve felt so crappy was because I wasn’t running, I felt like I didn’t have time to run and that I should finish other things before running. Catch up on work, blog posts, clean the house, finish an online course, do laundry, pay bills, organize the piles laying around the house, etc. Everything on my to-do list became more important. More important than me. Plus I didn’t know where to run. This is the first time I didn’t have a running path. Why didn’t I think just running up and down my street would be efficient? Running is running.

Monday night came and I felt defeated while folding laundry at 9:00 pm. I realized the things I was hoping to complete were actually never going to be complete. Yes I will eventually catch up, but then what? Just more will come. That laundry I was folding would need to be cleaned and folded again next week. God willing, there will always be more work, more posts, more bills, more laundry, more messes. These are all things I am extremely thankful for, by the way, but it was silly for me to think I should put off running (myself) until those were complete.

It was time to make myself important again.

So, I woke up with all intentions of going running the minute I got home from school drop off. And guess what? I got to school and found out I had forgotten about a board meeting I had. (Seriously my brain doesn’t work when I don’t run). I could of let that totally ruin my day and think “see, I have no time to go running!” But I didn’t. I went running the moment I got home, 2 hours later than expected. And you know what? Not only did it feel amazing (again!) but I didn’t feel like I was falling behind on my to-do list. I felt good! I felt like I could actually do my to-do list.

This first run wasn’t only two hours later than expected, it was way shorter than expected. I got 1 mile before Rock woke up screaming, not knowing where he was and why he was moving so quickly…I run really fast. 😉 It was a good start to a new beginning. He’ll get used to the jogging stroller and I’ll get back to “myself” again. Not my old self (she and that pre-baby body is long gone), but a new, better, busy mom of three self.

I hope that if you’re reading this and you know you’re putting yourself on the back burner;  make yourself a priority again. Do that workout, go for that run, go get that pedicure, or massage, or go lay on the beach somewhere in total quiet for an hour. Do something that is important to you.

Set everything aside and DO IT, because God knows it’ll be there when you get back.



Make-Your-Own Banana Bread LaraBars

I am a huge LaraBar fan and have a stash of them at home, in my purse, and in my car. I absolutely love the ingredient list and think they’re great snacks for me and the kids. They’re also great for a healthy, sweet, treat after dinner, especially the ones with chocolate!

Most of the time a great ingredient list equals a big price tag, but LaraBars go on sale for $1/each at my local grocery store pretty often. They definitely aren’t the highest priced healthy snack bars on the market, but making them yourself saves even more money!

My favorites LaraBar flavors are Blueberry muffin, Chocolate chip cookie dough, Coconut Chocolate Chip, and you guessed it, Banana Bread!

I bought a Costco sized pack of dates, had aging bananas, and a half eaten bag of almonds laying around and that is all you need to make these delicious snack bars! I added some dairy-free chocolate chips too because chocolate, but that’s an option you can leave out.

Making these bars made me really wish I had a dehydrator, but right now they’re just another kitchen gadget my husband prays I don’t purchase. 😉

Check out these ugly little beautiful dehydrated banana chips!


After making these and finding out how simple and easy they are, I’m off to make more with different flavors! Apples and peaches up next! Actually I need to make some homemade RXBARs…have you seen the price of those?!


Homemade Banana Lara Bars


  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup raw almonds
  • Optional: 1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips


  1. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil.
  2. Slice the bananas and lay out on baking sheet.
  3. Dehydrate bananas in oven at 175° F for 3 hours or until dry.
  4. While bananas are drying, add almonds to food processor and process for 1 minute. Remove from food processor into large bowl.
  5. Add dates and dried bananas to food processor and pulse for 2 minutes until it's a paste.
  6. Add banana/date paste to ground almonds.
  7. Mix well with clean hands. (Add chocolate chips)
  8. Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap, place banana mixture on top, and top with another piece of plastic wrap.
  9. Roll out flat with rolling pin, bottle, or soup can.
  10. Cut to desired size.
  11. Enjoy!


Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Baked mushrooms stuffed with sweet potatoes and fresh spinach make for a easy and delicious meal, side dish, or appetizer!

Annnnnnnd it’s Monday…just like that. But hey! Meatless Mondays are my favs!

I love to cook and experiment with meatless dinner options because they rarely disappoint, plus all that no-cruelty thing, right? (JK) Yall know I love myself some veggies! 😉

I made these mushrooms the other night on a total whim, looking for something to do with sweet potatoes. (P.S. Who had tried out that trending sweet potato toast?!)

I’ll tell you what! The sweet potato mash itself is delicious and could be a side dish on it’s own. I had to stop myself from eating it all before spooning it in the mushrooms. I served the mushrooms along side a quinoa salad and bed of romaine.


Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 mushrooms

Vegan baked mushrooms stuffed with sweet potatoes and fresh spinach make for a delicious and easy side dish or appetizer.


  • 8-12 baby bella mushrooms, washed & stems removed
  • 2 sweet potaotes, washed
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. When done, drain water, and let potatoes cool enough to handle.
  4. Remove skins off potatoes, chop into quarters, and place in a medium sized bowl.
  5. Mash the sweet potatoes until no large chunks remain.
  6. Mix in fresh chopped spinach, bread crumbs, coconut oil, salt, garlic, and onion powder. Mash to well combine.
  7. Line baking sheet with foil and lay out mushrooms caps.
  8. Top each mushroom with a generous helping of sweet potato mash.
  9. Bake mushrooms with 15-20 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately & enjoy!


The Only Pizza Dough Recipe You Need

This homemade pizza dough recipe gives pizza a little nutritional boost by using whole wheat flour. Plus using Quick-Rising yeast puts pizza on your table in under an hour! 

Pizza is a people pleaser. If you want to please every single person who enters your house to eat, make it a pizza party with an array of toppings. We are weekly pizza eaters, whether it be homemade or picked up from one of our favorite pizza restaurants, it’s a guarantee that we’re eating pizza once a week. If we don’t, Angelo will be sure to remind me that we need pizza in our life.

Ever since I received my KitchenAid mixer for a wedding present I’ve been making homemade pizza, and the husband claims it’s better than any restaurant out there! 😉

If you have a KitchenAid mixer, I use the pizza dough hook. If you don’t have a KitchenAide mixer, or any other kind of mixer, you can use a big spoon and your hands! Nobody shall be left out of the pizza making greatness.

Now, why is pizza so great? Do you really even need to ask?!

10 Reasons Pizza is the Best Thing Ever.

  1. Bread and cheese. I could stop right now….but i’ll go on.
  2. Unlimited possibilities of toppings. Literally, whatever you want!
  3. It’s for everyone! Meat lovers, Vegetarians, Vegans, etc. Right now I’m dairy free and pizza is still delicious.
  4. It’s quick, but so much healthier than other fast food.
  5. It’s like a therapist. In a bad mood? Eat some Pizza! Pizza doesn’t judge.
  6. It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or all three…on the same day. Like I said above, no judgement.
  7. Pizza helps a lot of people eat more veggies! This is good!
  8. It’s actually pretty healthy! Tomato sauce contains the antioxidant lycopene (that can help fight cancer) and it’s loaded with Vitamin C! Then load the pizza up with other healthy toppings (spinach, broccoli, pineapple, olives, onions) and you’re basically eating the healthiest meal ever.
  9. Pizza covers all food groups in one bite. It’s like a unicorn!
  10. It’s everyone’s BFF.



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  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 package quick-rising yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp EVOO


  1. Combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir with fork.
  2. Combine hot water and EVOO in a cup.
  3. While mixing, slowly pour water into flour mixture.
  4. Continue mixing until dough forms into a soft ball.
  5. If the dough is dry and not forming, add 1-2 tbsp water. If the dough is too sticky, add 1-2 tbsp flour.
  6. Once dough is formed into a soft ball, take out of mixing bowl and place on counter.
  7. Lightly grease mixing bowl with EVOO, place dough ball back into bowl, and cover with a towel.
  8. Let dough rest for at least 30 minutes. I usually let mine rest for a couple hours.
  9. Preheat oven to 500° F
  10. When dough is ready, roll out into desired form on a greased pizza pan or stone.
  11. Lightly brush dough with EVOO or melted butter. Place in over for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Take pizza out of oven, top with favorite toppings, and place back in oven.
  13. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  14. ENJOY!



Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

When Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday for a date before Hump Day!
Roasted sweet potatoes and seasoned black beans go together like PB&J and the most “oh-so-basic” of all meatless dinners.
Wholesome ingredients create this simple, quick dinner for any night of the week.

Hi there!

I was really hoping to get back into my “weekending” posts every week, but would you believe me if I told you I took ZERO pictures on my phone all weekend? Seriously guys, I did a few snap chats and that was it. That’s almost unheard of and I didn’t do it intentionally…I guess I just needed a breather from the phone. Twas nice for a change. You should try it! 😉

If you follow my recipes (which you should), you probably notice I do a lot with black beans and I was just telling a friend the other day that I cook beans almost 3 times a week. Lots of beans and lots of you know what going on over here…just kidding, girls don’t toot. Ew! (Jimmy Fallon voice)

My key to having a great meatless taco is all in the seasoning of the veggies. You must cook some of the vegetables with taco seasoning because it gives the tacos that true taco flavor, ya mean?! Other veggies that make great tortilla stuffers are zucchini, cauliflower, portabella mushrooms, and green peppers.

Bonus recipe! Quickly make you own Taco Seasoning with some pantry staples!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container!


Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 6 tacos


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 2 sweet potatoes, wash, peeled, and chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, chopped
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • Salt
  • Corn tortillas
  • Favorite Taco Toppings: diced tomatoes, avocado, cheese, cilantro, salsa, sour cream.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Lay chopped sweet potatoes on baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle 1 tbsp coconut oil over and toss, making sure sweet potoatoes are evenly coated.
  4. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until done.
  5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp coconut in medium skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Throw in chopped onions and sautee until golden.
  7. Add black beans to skillet and stir.
  8. Add 2 tbsp taco seasoning and 2 tbsp water. Stir to combine.
  9. Let beans cook for 3-5 minutes, then take off heat.
  10. When sweet potatoes are cooked, layer black beans and sweet potatoes on top of corn tortillas.
  11. Top with favorite toppings.
  12. Enjoy!



The Fourth Trimester and 10 things to help you survive

If you’ve never heard of the fourth trimester, I’m here to tell you all about it. It’s kind of like that “13th” grade or first year of college after high school when you feel like you’re thrown into the real world with actual responsibilities. It’s an extension of what once was and also the beginning of what will be. A transition, adjustment period,  or period of rapid forced growth.

The Fourth Trimester is the first 3-4 months after baby is born. The transition from womb to this gigantic crazy world. It takes a lot of empathy, sympathy, patience, deep breathing, and sometimes medication for us women to get through it. It’s no joke, its tough, and it’s that way for both mom and baby. The good news is that women are incredible and babies are beautiful, so we manage to get through it.

In order for us to get through these months, before purchasing a single item that we think will help, we need to understand WHY the fourth trimester can be so crazy.

The baby is thrown into a life outside of the warm, quiet, peaceful, un-stimulated, constantly moving, dark womb. This explains why babies want to be held or swaddled all the time these first 4 months of life. It’s what they’re used to. They constantly want to be rocked and held close to their mother’s chest to listen to the slow steady heartbeat. Before the beautiful or traumatizing (it can go either way) birthing event, babies have never had a hunger pain, smelt a strange smell, or felt cold. Every single sense and thing in this world is new to them. Talk about terrifying. Hold your babies close mommas. 🙂

As a mother, we are given another human being to keep alive. A small helpless child, who depends on us for 100% of their needs. We try to figure out how to manage life with a baby and we  quickly learn this new life is lived one handed (or zero hands if this is your third child or beyond).  We’re trying to learn the babies needs, likes, and dislikes…that are all constantly changing. We have to stop what we’re doing every 2-3 hours to feed them (priority #1) and we can’t seem to shovel enough food in our mouths to keep us satisfied when breastfeeding (hello metabolism). Plus, since we just birthed this child, our hormones are going crazy, so help me Jesus! Oh, and did I forget to mention most of us have to work while going through all this because the US government or entrepreneurs don’t know what maternity leave is.

As we all know with any adjustment, it can either be smooth sailing or a bumpy road, and we all want it to be the smoothest sail we’ve ever experienced. That’s why the baby industry is a billion dollar industry. We buy loads of stuff (room fulls!) trying to help us have the smoothest adjustment with a new baby.

I’m not writing that any of these products have a 100% satisfaction guarantee because if there is one thing I know about babies, it’s that they are all remarkably different!


Medela pump – Seriously, don’t waste your money or time with other pumps. I’ve had mine for 6 years and it’s still pumpin’ along! I replace the tubing and accessories every year for sanitation purposes.

Minbie Bottle – I am swearing by this bottle only because my first two children did not take bottles and this is the only bottle I have ever had one of my three kids take. (Although he is regressing and not taking any bottle at the moment…) As far as any other bottles, I have friends, nieces, and nephews who all have loved Dr.Brown’s and the Joovy Boob


Fin & Emma PlayGymIf you want a play gym in your house that doesn’t make your living room look like a daycare.  This play gym is absolutely perfect for babies 0-8 months! It’s not over-stimulating with all crazy noises, it has organic wood/toys for them to chew on, you can put over any baby seat or mat, and the toys are removable to attach to car seats. My 4 month old and 8 month old niece both love it!

Nook LilypadWhen your baby has it’s face on a mat during tummy-time, you’d probably want it to be non-toxic, breathable, and comfortable…right? This was a must for us since we don’t have much carpet in our house.


Muslin Swaddling Blankets – I cant recommend these blankets enough! They are super soft and breathable…for babies who think it’s cute to grab them and cover their faces! You can use them as a light blanket in the summer or double them up for more warmth come winter.

Sleep Sacks  –  I’ve been using the Ergo Cocoon Summer Swaddle and couldn’t say greater things! It’s made of lightweight, stretchy material, so baby doesn’t need any blankets (safety hazard) and can still move around inside the cocoon. There are buttons in the arm area so you can easily transition to arms free swaddling.

Baby Bouncer – I bought the Mamaroo for my first in 2011 and all 3 of my kids hated it. The only reason why I wouldn’t get rid of it was because of the price tag, but it’s had it’s last try with my babies. I know some babies who have loved it, so again, I’m not totally throwing it under the bus.
Other Recommendations:
Fisher Price Bouncer Comfort Seat
Baby Bjorn Bouncer

Baby Sleeper – The sleeper I use, I received as a shower gift when I was pregnant in 2011. It’s been the best baby present I ever received and it’s still going strong being used today! I must add that it was recalled due to people not following the huge warning sign attached to it that states to always use on the flour and to not leave a child unattended in it. I simply use this as a spot to put baby (on the floor) when I’m cooking, playing with my other kids, getting kids dressed for school, taking a shower, etc. It’s a cozy spot that all my babies have loved to snuggle up in. It’s very similar to this DexBaby Day Dreamer. ***If you have any troubles with reflux, colic, or congestion, this could help!
Other Recommendations:
Fisher Price Rock-N-Play Baby Sleeper
Graco Pack-N-Play with Newborn Napper attachments


Stroller/Carseat Travel System – A car seat that attaches to a stroller is a must! You DO NOT want to wake a sleeping baby to drop kids off at school or grab a few items from the grocery store. Just make sure your stroller has a car seat attachment that fits your carseat! I have the Bugaboo Cameleon stroller (circa 2011) and I used the Bugaboo Graco adapter for my car seat. When it came time to buy a carseat that wasn’t pink, I purchased another Graco car seat thinking it’d fit my Bugaboo adapter. WRONG. I purchased a Graco car seat that has the “ClickConnect” technology and it turns out that Bugaboo doesn’t even offer such thing. Thanks to hours searching on Google I found out I could use the NUNCA brand Graco ClickConnect carseat adapter on my bugaboo. Good night!
Stroller Accessories: Stroller FanBaby.Florida.Summer. Need I say more? I’ve even attached this fan to my ergo while my older kids play at the park! Stroller Organizer to keep your phone, wipes, coffee, or wine (no judgement). Mommy Hook for something to hold your bags. Milk Snob! A car seat cover AND nursing cover!

Baby Carrier –
Lifesaver and your arms will thank me late. The trend of baby carriers change every time I have a child. In 2011 the hottest baby item was the Baby bjorn, then the Ergo in 2013, and now it’s the Tula. There are so many amazing baby carriers on the market today, I can’t keep up.
ErgoMy second child lived in this baby carrier. What I love most about the Ergo is the head cover.  I can be on the go and nurse my baby at the same time. No one will even know you’re nursing, except nosy people who insist on trying to lift the cover and say “whatcha got under there?!” (Insert side-eye) *Update! The new four position Ergos give you option of wearing baby facing outwards!
Tula – These are so trendy you might have actually heard a “Tula in the wild bird call”. This is so real and outrageous it makes me smile. I have many friends who swear by the Tula just as much as I swear by the Ergo. To me, they look exactly alike.
Baby K-TanI’ve used this wrap for all 3 kids, but this time around I ordered the breathable fabric since it’s hot as lava outside right now. I mostly wear this carrier around the house while doing chores when baby is fussy.



The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Bath Tub – Giving a newborn baby a bath can be terrifying. This bathtub was a quick purchase from Walmart and it’s been so helpful! The top mesh sling is removable for when baby gets bigger.


Bella Materna Women’s Maternity Sexy T-Shirt Nursing Bra  — It’s taken me five years to find an everyday nursing bra that I love! The Bella Materna Maternity Sexy T-Shirt Nursing Bra is all.the.things. Supportive, comfortable, smooth under clothes, pretty, makes me feel like a normal woman, etc. If you’ve been searching for a nursing bra…This is it!

Babies Don’t Eat Pizza – A book for older siblings all about babies and being a great older brother or sister!

Right now Rockwell is four months old and we’re officially get out of that “newborn/fourth trimester” stage. He is now somewhat aware of his surroundings, doesn’t sleep all day, and wants to be sitting up able to see the world! Now that the Fourth Trimester is over for this one, we’re on to bigger (and scarier) things! This next stage of life he’s going through is one of my favorites. It’s the age of discovery!



Vegan BBQ “chicken” sandwich

Total Meat Fake out using Hearts of Palm to create yummy vegan BBQ Sandwiches

Meatless Mondays are still going strong over here and the meatless part usually goes beyond Mondays…Hello Tuesday! If I had to make a guess, I’d say I don’t consume any meat usually 2-3 days out of the week, and it’s not always an intentional thing. I enjoy making and eating meatless options because most of them are MUCH less time consuming and just as good, if not better! Seriously… If I had to pick one sandwich to eat for the rest of my life, it’d be a Veggie Cuban! Maybe it’s not a popular opinion, but some things are better without meat.  Now I must go eat a veggie cuban! (drooling)

For example, take this Vegan “chicken” sandwich I made the other day.
I made both the vegan version and the real chicken version of the sandwich for comparison reasons, and for the possibility that my husband wouldn’t eat the vegan version. (Totally did, and loved it!)

For the chicken sandwich; I boiled frozen chicken breasts and shredded them using the Ninja. It took about 30 minutes.
The Hearts of Palm sandwich took a total of 8 minutes.

Many of you may be wondering what exactly a Heart of Palm is because I know I did at one point too!
Hearts of Palm are the inner core and growing bud of a palm tree, hence the name “heart” of Palm. You may also see them being called swamp cabbage, palm cabbage, or palmito. They are great by themselves or added to salads and pastas, much like artichokes.


I mainly use hearts of palm as a snack, like pickles, taking a few out of the jar at a time to snack on. I bought two jars from Costco not to long ago and with a half jar left, I thought “isn’t there something cool I could do with these?!”
Yes there is! You can grind them up and use as a chicken substitute! COOL, right?! Much like jackfruit, but so much easier to find in your local grocery stores. Seriously, I’ve never actually seen jackfruit in my grocery store.



Vegan BBQ “chicken” Sliders


  • 1 - 25oz jar Hearts of Palm
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • Coleslaw mixture
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Hamburger buns


  1. In a small bowl combine EVOO, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Whisk until thoroughly blended.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together coleslaw, sunflower seeds, and dressing. Set aside.
  3. Drain jar of Hearts of Palm and place on paper towel to dry out a bit. Place in food processor or blender and pulse a few times until desired sized shreds.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add shredded hearts of palm and BBQ sauce. Combine well and toss until mixture is warm.
  5. Prepare sliders by adding a generous serving of BBQ mixture onto a hamburger bun and top with coleslaw mixture.
  6. Enjoy!



Weekending: Flavor Runs & Bad Boys

Friends! How is it going?!
When’s the last time I did a “weekending” post?! I don’t know, but why did I ever stop? I know, I know, I’ve stopped a lot of blogging these couple months. I’ve been so scattered brained since Rock arrived in our world, but the good thing about that is I have 10 blog posts half done, almost ready to go. That should make up for all my unexcused absences. 🙂 See? I do love you bloggy blog! 🙂

I’m currently dying on this Monday after a fun filled weekend of color runs, birthday parties, and the Bad Boy Reunion tour! Yes, you read that right!  It was such an amazing weekend I felt I had to share! It was fun packed but didn’t feel too packed, if ya know what I mean. We had a lot of down time and did more house organization, so it felt like the perfect mixture of fun and productivity. The best mixture there ever was.

Friday night we didn’t do much. What parents really DO stuff on Friday nights?! 😉 Angelo went to have a beer with a bud after work while I cooked dinner and hung outside with the girls. Have I mentioned I LOVE sitting outside and watching the sunset almost every day? It’s one of my favorite things to do! I swear we have the best sunsets here…but then again, I’ve never been to Hawaii. (Bucket list)

Plus, when this is your backyard, why would you sit inside?! (Besides Mosquitos…)

Saturday we woke up early to get our Flavor Run on! The girls love participating in these races and I love that they love them even more! I never actually run during these (seeing that I’m carrying a baby half the time). but as a runner who loves to do “serious” races, it’s refreshing to get your kids out there and a group of friends to just walk and chat with!


flavorrungroup Team Al2getherFIT! (Missing a few)

After the run, we tried our bests to get the rainbow off of us, got our bathing suits on, and headed out for a dear friend’s 30th birthday party, Flamingo style. We “Flamingled with some Fineapple Friends!”!
There may have been some miserable attempts at cheerleading stunts. This is cheerleading at 30…or are we just sad excuses for ex-cheerleaders? We try…

Sunday night P.Diddy had a party concert in Tampa! We made it our first Parent’s Night Out in a long long time and sang and danced all night. We had a good time “adulting”, pretending we were back in 1999…when we weren’t being adults. It was a blast, so if he’s coming to your city, GO! You will feel like you’re jamming out in your middle school gym locker room all over again. It was glorious and if you want to watch the whole concert for free, just look at my snapchat. 🙂
pdiddy Crappy SnapChat picture

Besides the weekend craziness, last week I was on my A-game with work and getting the house together. (Why I was blog absent..)
Although nothing officially got “completed” I feel like I made 100 steps in the right direction. It’s a slow slow process, so bear with me.

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!


50 Healthy Snack Ideas

Clean up your snacking! 50 snack ideas and recipes for when you want something different!

Friends, it’s Hump Day and I don’t even know where this week is going….or this year because HELLO SEPTEMBER tomorrow! What?!

Since the girl’s are back in school and I don’t have to make lunch for anyone around lunch time, I’ve become a total snacker. I snack on everything I can find in my house! This is why I try not to keep junk in my fridge. I say “in my fridge” because I do have cookie jars on my kitchen island, but those cookies are solely for guests and decoration. 😉
When I am looking for something to snack on, I’m looking in my refrigerator because that’s where most of the healthy stuff is! I also try to have some pre-made choices in there like chickpea salad, fruit salad, or no-bake energy balls. Those are for when you’re hungry, but you want something to eat that isn’t an apple.

The other day my daughter Sophia asked for a snack a couple hours before dinner. I gave her a choice of carrots or yogurt. She didn’t want either of those choices. I heard my mom come out of my mouth when I said “well if you don’t want any of those then you must not be that hungry!” LOL But I know I’m the same way, and sometimes you just want something different. Different does not have to equal junk food though.

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Strawberries and blueberries
Carrots with hummus
Celery with peanut better
Frozen grapes
Cheese and crackers
Cucumber salad
Coconut Clusters (*or any store-bought nut clusters)
Banana with peanut butter
Yogurt topped with chia seeds and fruit

Pretzels, nuts, chex mix
Nuts, craisins, chocolate chips
Quick guacamole with whole wheat tortilla chips – Mash 1/2 avocado with 1 tbsp salsa
Waffle with peanut butter
Homemade fruit Popsicle – Chopped fruit and coconut water. Freeze in Popsicle molds.
Cucumbers with hummus
Fruit Salad with mint
Cheese quesadilla
Pita pizzas – Pita bread topped with marinara sauce and favorite toppings.. Bake until cheese is melted.
1/2 Bagel with cream cheese

Grapes and string cheese
Any Freezer smoothie pack!
Yogurt Popsicle – Blend yogurt, fruit, and honey together. Freeze in Popsicle molds.
1/2 Avocado stuffed with tabouli
Tabouli and crackers
Apple Cookies – Sliced apples topped with nut butter & granola 
Granola Bar – Homemade or any of your favorite store-bought bars!
Hard-boiled eggs
Turkey & Spinach roll up
Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

Turkey & cheese roll up
Mini Banana Muffins
Banana & Spinach Smoothie
Tomato & Cucumber with balsamic vinegar
Chia Pudding
Oatmeal topped with nut butter
Avocado Toast
Tuna salad with cucumbers
Plantain chips
Banana-Date Energy Bites

Greek Yogurt with Honey
Watermelon & Feta cheese
Scrambled egg topped with salsa
Edamame with sea salt
Toast with nut butter and banana slices
Almonds with dark chocolate chips
Bell pepper slices with hummus
Acia Bowl
Baked sweet potato with cinnamon
Smashed avocado & hummus quesadilla

Happy Snacking!
P.S. When I did the 21 day fix, two years ago, I ate carrots almost every day.  I didn’t want to see another carrot for a few months after that!