Mint Chocolate Chip Trifle and Making Better Choices

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As difficult as it will be, I’ve made a pact with myself to cut down on desserts. I generally believe that desserts are wonderful and can actually contribute to a healthy and well-rounded diet when made with healthy, whole ingredients and eaten in moderation. I’ve got the first part of that down: all of my desserts are made from healthy, natural ingredients. So they must be good for me, right? And if they’re good for me, then I can eat them all the time, right? Wrong. That’s been my edict for a while now–my excuse to eat dessert every singe night. Unfortunately, even eating healthy foods in exorbitant amounts can be detrimental for overall health. For example, occasionally eating almonds and dates can contribute to a healthy diet, but eating tons of them every day can wreak havoc on your system (because almonds are high in fats and dates are high in carbs/sugar). So, it’s the second part–the part about eating in moderation–that I struggle with.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

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I know what you’re thinking: “is this chick crazy?! Enough with the pumpkin already!!”

I can’t help myself. 1) I have tons of homemade pumpkin purée left over from Thanksgiving that needs to be used up, and 2) I just really love pumpkin.
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Vegan Vanilla Birthday Breakfast Shake

Yesterday was my birthday and I had the most fantastic day!!

How can your day go wrong though when it begins with a thick, smooth, delicious, and nutritious Vegan Vanilla Shake?

20121109-235507.jpg As if a shake isn’t decadent enough on its own, I decided that it needed whipped cream to put it over the top….

20121109-235711.jpgExcept I added so much whipped cream that the shake actually did go over the top and started to overflow the sides of the glass! Not to worry, I cleaned licked up the mess. After adding whipped cream, I just felt as though something else was missing = chocolate chips, of course! So, I basically ended up having a drinkable sundae for breakfast. Awesome. Continue reading

Raw Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

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Happy Halloween!!

Eek! I’m so excited! I just love this holiday. Not only does it mark the beginning of the big holiday season, but it’s also simply a wonderful time for everyone (adults included) to dress up, let loose, and enjoy eating TONS of treats!
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Pumpkin Muffins (sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan)

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I’m getting really tired of eating pumpkin-flavored foods…….said no one EVER.

It’s true; I don’t think it’s possible to eat too much pumpkin. I’ve roasted at least one pumpkin per week since pumpkins began making an appearance at grocery stores. As a result, I’ve been adding pumpkin to nearly everything I eat, and if I had more free hours in the day, I would post new pumpkin recipes every single day! Hopefully you’re not tired of pumpkin yet either because I have an AWESOME recipe for Pumpkin Muffins to share with you today!
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