Healthy Faux-Nola

Hi Guys!!! Here’s a fun, healthy snack recipe. Let us know how you like it!!!


1/3 cup plain quinoa
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
vanilla extract to taste
2 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp unsalted almonds
cooking spray of your choice

*mix together in a mixing bowl. spread mixture onto a baking pan and put into a 375degree oven for 10-15 minutes….turning the mixture every 5 mins. Once brown take out of oven and let cool for 10 minutes and serve! ūüôā


Your Kitchen: Friend or Foe?

As most of you know both Hannah & I are very close to our family. ¬†My Dad in particular is such a great source of strength & encouragement. ¬†He has such a way of putting things into perspective. ¬† ¬†He is also on a weightloss journey…almost down 100 lbs!! ¬†Woohoo!!! Yesterday, I was having one of my many catch up sessions with him on the phone. ¬†During the conversation he said something that really struck a chord with me. ¬†He said he had been thinking about the idea of your kitchen being your enemy. ¬†For so many of us we have made food the enemy and the battlefield the kitchen. ¬†I mean Ben & Jerry live in there for goodness sake!! ¬†Don’t get me wrong those boys are a GOOD time until it’s time to put on your pants! Right!?

After all this time I realized that I still view my kitchen as the enemy. ¬†I began fleshing out the idea of transforming your kitchen to be your friend. ¬†I’ll admit most of that idea is mental…it’s all I how you look at things. ¬†That being said I think there are some practical ideas that can add to this transition. ¬†First, clean out your kitchen off all the bad stuff (or the good stuff you shouldn’t have). It’s ok to indulge now & again…even when you are trying to lose weight….but no one needs twinkies in the pantry. ¬†Now, I think this is the portion of the blog where the moms might grab their pitchforks. ¬†Get the “kids” junk out of the house. ¬†My suggestion is this…maybe instead of keeping ice cream bars in the house you actually take your kids out for ice cream. ¬†Not only do your kids get to have a treat, but it’s a way to show them you want to treat them & spend time with them. ¬†Let’s face it…ice cream and other treats kept around for the kids gets eaten just as much by the adults. ¬†I know there will be lots of complaining and moaning by everyone in your house, but childhood obesity is on the rise and what a better way to start teaching our kids about healthy eating. ¬†Get them involved. ¬†Ask them to help you “clean out” the kitchen. ¬†If they are old enough have them research healthy recipes online…maybe have them pick a few and have a house vote on which healthy meal is for dinner! ¬†For those of us without kids it really is a no brainer. ¬†Just throw it out or donate the unopened food to your local food bank. Revamping the kitchen with my ideas alone was indeed a delightful experience. Everything from cabin colors to the sleek knives that I came across on¬† was my choice and no intervention was involved, which I must say was as liberating as breaking the shackles to fly again.

Second, get thee to the nearest grocery store STAT! ¬†Make a list of all the essentials that you will need to make healthy meals & snacks. ¬†A stocked pantry is your best friend. ¬†It takes the guess work out of “what’s for dinner”. ¬†When you have lean protein & veggies at your fingertips the options are endless. ¬†Shop local…Farmer’s Markets can be so cost effective and a great way to support your community. If you need a great source of protein, you may also consider taking protein powder.

Lastly, rekindle the romance with your kitchen. ¬†Spend some time in there! ¬†The more time you spend “getting to know each other” the better. ¬†Don’t just run in and mindlessly throw something together. ¬†Don’t get me wrong…some nights a chicken breast and veggies are all the effort I can muster up…and that’s ok! ¬†Now that the seasons are changing get creative…how about curried turkey chili with root vegetables! ¬†Toss some dried currents & toasted pumpkin seeds in your usual salad and BOOM: a delicious fall meal that feels anything but ordinary! ¬†If you get overwhelmed thinking about inventing recipes never fear. ¬†Just one click to Pinterest will provide more recipes than you could cook in your lifetime. ¬†Or, make a trip to your local bookstore and check out the cookbook section….there are tons of options for healthy cooking.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have treated my kitchen like a Foe, but I’m determined to change that. ¬†Let’s face it…we have to live with food everyday‚Ķthree meals a day and a snack. I’m ready to embrace my kitchen and get BFF necklaces. ūüôā

Is your kitchen a friend or foe? ¬†What are your tips to rekindle the romance with your kitchen? ¬†Let me know in the comments!! ¬†Let’s chat…it’s been too long. ūüôā

Health & Happiness,
Olivia xxxooo