Hello friends and family alike! My name is Rachel. A year ago I married my best friend and biggest supporter. Not long after we got married I made some much-needed and long-overdue changes in my diet. Even though I'm lactose intolerant, I had indulged in dairy products all my life and ignored the discomfort it caused. But I finally reached my limit and couldn't ignore the pain anymore. I started researching and learning about nutrition and the impacts that certain foods can have on our overall health. This prompted me to finally stop consuming ALL dairy products. Cutting out dairy completely had such a wonderful impact on how I felt that I decided it should only be the beginning. Next, I cut out processed foods and sugars, gluten, soy, caffeine and meat. More than anything, these "restrictions" to my diet forced me to branch out and try new foods. Suddenly I was eating more organic fruits, vegetables and grains and experimenting with different foods and methods of cooking that I'd never before experienced. Rather than restricting my diet, whole new doors were suddenly open to me! The transition was certainly difficult at times, but it felt so natural and worthwhile.
Hopefully this is only the tip of the iceberg! I want to learn how to grow organic vegetables and herbs in my own backyard and i dream of becoming a certified nutritionist. More than anything, I'm so excited to share my passion for health and writing through this blog! I hope that my recipes and experiences--both successes and failures--will inspire others to also enjoy a healthier lifestyle. So please enjoy! And let me know what you think ;)
Well, hello friends!! Sorry I’ve been away for so long! I’ve missed you!
I won’t go into details, but I’ve been dealing with health issues recently that have required me to focus on de-stressing and getting my health back to where it should me, which means that everything else in life (A&A included) has taken a back seat. Fortunately, I’m feeling much better and I have my fingers crossed that it’ll stay that way.
On to the food! I’ve been on a bit of a peppermint and chocolate kick lately (if you hadn’t already noticed from the Peppermint Pattie Cups I posted earlier). I’ve also been on a huge dessert kick. Ok, so the dessert “kick” is actually pretty limitless for me, but I’ve been making a lot of quick and easy desserts lately like this one. This raw no-bake Peppermint Pie comes together in a flash and is so delicious that it’ll be devoured in a flash too. If you’re feeling really kind, share with a loved one. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to hoard it all to yourself. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to lick the pie plate
Individual No-Bake Peppermint Pie
This pie is easy to make, absolutely delicious, and made from healthy, whole ingredients. I dare you to share.
1-2 Tbs. liquid sweetener of choice (adjust to suit the sweetness you prefer), or sub with stevia
1 tsp. coconut oil (optional)
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Blend the crust ingredients together in a food processor or blender (I like to use a mini food processor for this). Press firmly into the bottom of a mini pie dish or small rounded tupperware.
Blend the crust ingredients in a food processor or blender, or whisk together by hand until smooth and fully incorporated. Taste and adjust to the sweetness you prefer. Pour the filling into the pie crust and smooth the top.
Top with cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional).
Place the pie in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
After a long week of parent-teacher conferences and tons of work, I felt like I deserved to treat myself to my favorite foods. Honestly, I’ll make up nearly any excuse to prepare my faves. “I’m exhausted. I think I need some No-Bake Nutella Pie to perk me up”……”I was coughing all day. I bet Quinoa Pizza would make me feel better”……(and my personal favorite) “_______ hurts (insert any body part). It’s a good thing chocolate heals everything!” Yep, it doesn’t take much for me to convince myself that I need a good dose of foodie therapy–aka, time spent playing in the kitchen and eating non-stop.
I think it’s probably no secret that I’m obsessed with the Quinoa Pizza. I mean, seriously? Pizza that’s super easy, vegan, AND gluten-free? How could I not make it constantly?!! Over the years, I’ve probably tried hundreds–if not thousands–of variations of this yummy pizza. I don’t think I have a favorite, but there are a few tried-and-true versions that I eat pretty regularly. Yesterday, exhausted from work and conferences, I decided that I was too tired to put much effort into the pizza that I was desperately craving. Instead, I used the hummus that I had on hand along with some fresh veggies and dubbed it my Mediterranean Hummus Pizza. The end result: a light, fresh, and completely healthy pizza that cured my cravings and left this pooped girl with a very content smile on her face.
I’m having a hard time believing that it’s that time of year already! That’s right, it’s my favorite time of year. Today marks the first official day of Spring!
It’s the time when the weather finally begins warming up, the earth comes alive after the long and frosty winter, and vibrant fruits and veggies are in abundance! Honestly, what’s not to love?!? Ok, if I’m going to nitpick, my allergies tend to take a beating in the Spring, but otherwise I have a hard time finding anything to complain about.
This is also the time of year when I absolutely crave smoothies! So light and refreshing, they just seem to hit the spot. I’ve already begun cramming my fridge and my kitchen counters full of every kind of beautiful fruit and veggie that graces the grocery aisles. Lately, I’ve had a huge hankering for papaya. Continue reading →
With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, I knew I had to celebrate the holiday the only way I know how–with dessert, of course! (Ok, and maybe with some green beer or Guinness, too). Continue reading →
I don’t know how it almost passed me by unnoticed, but I’ve been so crazy busy lately that I nearly forgot that this is a very special week…..
Almonds & Avocados officially turns 2 Years Old!!
And because last year I celebrated the blog’s birthday with Chocolate Caramel-filled Cupcakes, it only seemed appropriate to celebrate this birthday with cupcakes too! That’s right, Carrot Cake Cupcakes…