Fig Stuffed Vanilla Cookie Bars

 Are you a fig newton fan? Do you even know what those are? They taste straight up artificial. Even if you’re a lover of fig newtons or not, these cookie bars stuffed with an ooey gooey homemade fig filling are the upscale, non-artificial version of the refined sugar-filled grocery store fig newton cookies. The cookie bar is incredibly soft and chewy. The fig filling is fresh, sweet, and delicious. It’s a delightful combination you must try! They are also refined sugar free, egg free, dairy, free, and soy free.

Mini Chocolate Raspberry Tarts

Rich and silky gluten-free chocolate mousse tarts are a great way to start or end your day! The tangy raspberries on top compliment the silky smooth chocolate filling perfectly. There are also 2 secret ingredients in this recipe that gives these tarts an extra nutritional boost with extra healthy fats and fiber.  In the notes at the end of the recipe, I included a list of simple, suitable substitutes to make this treat vegan.

Double Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Rich, chewy, chocolatey, soft, low sugar, & gluten-free, crinkle cookies. They take only 20 minutes to make, from start to finish, and they’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt!

Vegetable “Cream” Sauce (Vegan)

Don’t let the word vegan fool you – it’s one of the creamiest sauces I’ve ever tried and it’s loaded with hearty vegetables! Which means there are so many added benefits to this dish. It’s not only delicious but also jam-packed with nutrients. Serve it over rice, pasta, quinoa, or (if not vegan) grilled chicken or seafood. Either way you enjoy it, you will not be disappointed at all!

Choco-Nana Coconut Soft Serve

 Smooth and creamy soft serve is a must have treat before the fall weather comes at you full swing. It's honestly a great treat no matter what the weather is up to because who doesn't love chocolate + bananas? This particular recipe in incredibly easy to make and has a vegan option, too. It's also a no churn soft-serve recipe, which makes it quick to make - less than 5 minutes! 

A Healthy Start to the School Year with Vitacost

It’s that time of year again. That time when school item checklists are complete, wardrobe piles are washed, folded, and put away, class schedules are ironed out, and all moms start to cry…..tears of joy that the kids are back in school!

Then the first week passes. Oh, you optimistically thought life gets easier? You must have forgotten about the incessant “I’m hungry”, “I’m bored”, “It’s too early”, “Can I have a snack”, “I don’t want breakfast”, “But, I’m hungry”, “I don’t feel good”, “I’m sick”, “Can I stay home because I’m hungry and I’m sick” demands. It’s THAT time of year when the tired, hungry, sick grumbling begins. 

But dread not! I am here to help spread some deliciousness, positivity, and healthy facts in an effort to make THAT time of year a little bit easier. Because sometimes, regardless of how well you plan, you can’t muster up the brain cells to think of a healthy, satisfying meal for yourself. Much less your kids.  And with the unlimited options for supplements and cold remedies, deciding on the right ones can feel overwhelming.

Let me help - I’ve teamed up with Vitacost to run this “A Healthy Start to the School Year” campaign. I am pumped about this campaign because I feel like it's right up my alley. I LOVE reading and learning tidbits on over-all health, supplements, and nutrition. Especially when it comes to children (I have 2 boys of my own so I'm in a constant state of trying to decide what is healthiest for them). I am a fact finder, research queen (a term coined by my husband), wholesome food advocate, major germaphobe, knowledge is power mom!

I hope to enlighten you and lessen the burden of both planning nutritious, filling meals for your kids and keeping your family healthy during the school year by sharing with you the following:

1. A healthy + filling breakfast recipe that will last your family all week (virtual high-five)
2. An afternoon snack that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters’ post-school hunger pains (with some extra for you to enjoy, too!)
3. A homemade moisturizing hand sanitizer recipe (say goodbye to parabens, phthalates, & triclosan)
4. Lunch ideas (you can’t have too many)
5. Additional tips that will help your family stay healthy during the school year