6 Ways I’ve made Paleo Sustainable-my 3 year anniversary.

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This month marks my 3 year anniversary since adopting a “paleo” diet. I put paleo in quotes because I don’t like referring to the way I eat by a name. Let’s face it, as soon as you label the way you eat, be it paleo, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, clean, or whatever you invite people into your personal life whether you mean to or not. When I find out that someone doesn’t eat animal products the first thing I ask is why? I just find it fascinating as to what led the person into eliminating animal … [Read more...]

Back-to-school organization: stock your freezer in 4 steps

The inside of my freezer: pesto, fruit & nut balls, stuffed portobello mushrooms, soups, etc.

It’s my favorite time of the summer…when it’s over and I go back to school! Yes you read that right, I am glad the summer is almost over and I can go back to work and my kids can go back to school. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I love being able to spend more time with my kids, family, & friends. I love going to the beach and sleeping in. I love having more time to take a graduate class at my pace, work on the daunting task of the annual family photo book (could making those be any more … [Read more...]

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

An example of what I used to buy.

Making salad dressing is not only easy, but it will save you a lot of money too. When I look back to the stuff I used to eat before I knew better I get disgusted. Not only because now I know what the ingredients are in the bottled stuff, but because of how gross they taste. Kraft lite balsamic dressing is an example of what I used to buy. Of course it was lite (reduced fat and calories) because I was scared of fat & counting calories like a typical American. Have you seen the ingredients in … [Read more...]

Featured in Paleo Living Magazine!


A few months back I was contacted by the folks at Paleo Living Magazine asking if I'd allow them to feature one of my receipes in an upcoming edition of their magazine. It was a bit of a thrill to be honest! If you haven't heard of Paleo Living Magazine, it is an e-magazine that is published monthly for Apple and Android platforms. It's a great resource for articles and recipes that are focused on providing information that will help people find health and wellness as well as provide … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Crossfit Dropout


I feel like my second grade self in the moments leading up to my First Penance. I can remember it pretty clearly. During the school day we'd go across the parking lot to church and each take a turn going inside the confessional so we would be familiar with our surrounding--the darkness; the quiet; the screen with the dreaded sliding door that the priest would open. When the day of our Sacrament came along, each of our parents walked us to the confessional to wait in line until one freed up. If … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream-why you want to make your own.


Since transitioning to a whole foods diet almost 3 years ago, one of the things that I realized doesn’t work well for me is dairy. Between bloating, nausea, and acne I think it’s safe to say that dairy and me are not friends. However this is a once sided friendship because I absolutely love dairy...and by dairy I really just mean ice cream. Drink a glass of milk…bleh, cheese on pizza….meh I’m over it, have some yogurt….I’ll pass. BUT sitting at Swirls & Scoops watching my family indulge in a … [Read more...]

Versatile dish: Mango Salsa

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The summer is a time for cookouts, parties, days at the beach or pool, spending time with friends and family, or just plain working. Who also feels like cooking when it's 80+ degrees out? Whether it's because I'm just not home or because it's too hot, I am a big fan of whatever makes my life easier when it comes to eating in the warm months. I use my slow cooker a lot in the summer for this reason. Throw a hunk of meat in the slow cooker with some spices and broth for pulled whatever. Defrost … [Read more...]

Using an Immersion Blender to Make Mayonnaise


So, as per usual, I had this blog post (well the video part anyway) ready to go two weeks ago but work got a bit crazy (working until midnight and weekends too) so it sat unattended.  Until today. A couple of weeks ago Pam had sent me a text message asking me how I use my Cuisinart stick blender (also called an immersion blender) to make mayo.  I adore my stick blender!  My awesome-sauce sister-in-law, Jenn, bought it for me about 5 or 6 years ago and it is easily the one … [Read more...]

Chicken, Spinach & Rice Casserole


I got the idea for this recipe when I realized I had a boat load of fresh spinach and 2 rotisserie chickens in my 2nd refrigerator from my mom. For the past 7 years I have been blessed to have my mom watch my kids once a week. Not only does she help us out with child care (thus saving money on pre-school) but 95% of the time she makes us dinner that night and brings up enough food where we literally don’t have to think about dinners for the entire week.  Naturally I didn’t want this food … [Read more...]

Are you Fed Up? The #1 thing you must do to improve your health.

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  The fitness and nutrition industry is confusing. There are so many different ways to exercise and to eat that it’s no wonder that we are all just confused. Should I exercise more, eat less, count calories, drink shakes, join Weight Watchers…and the list goes on and on. I’ve already written an entire post on why I hate the word diet and why they don’t work long-term. You can read all about that here. As I was finishing my last nutrition lesson before the end of school, I found myself … [Read more...]