When my local grocery store ran out of grain-sweetened chocolate chips, I had to get creative. So, I grabbed a bag of trail mix (with grain sweetened chocolate chips in it, along with dried cranberries and mixed nuts). The result? A delightfully delicious batch of trail mix cookies.

-1/2 c non-dairy butter, melted
-3/4 c sugar substitute (I use Splenda)
-1 organic egg
-1 t vanilla extract
-1/2 t baking powder
-1 3/4 c spelt flour
-1/2 t sea salt
-1 c trail mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a bowl. Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir well, until completely mixed. Fold in trail mix. Bake for 10-12 minutes until done.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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As a woman, I have been both disgusted and mortified as our culture continues to promote an anorexic, underweight body as the body type of choice. The result of this campaign of unhealthiness? Record numbers of perfectly fantastic women denying themselves food and purging when they do–heaven forbid–eat.

Meanwhile, we’ve all sat around apathetic as unhealthy looking models and actresses are offered up as the status quo.

So, what can we do?
-Cancel all subscriptions to “beauty” magazines of any kind.
-Stop watching television shows that promote these unhealthy attitudes (I just nixed having TV all together.)
-Speak up! See a girl/woman in need–go talk to her. See/hear a man/woman making negative comments about women’s bodies? Call them on it.
-Write to your favorite actresses/models who are underweight and share your thoughts. Better yet, write to his/her agent as well.
-Join the Healthy Models Coalition.

Change starts with us, so it’s important that we first have a healthy body image and feel good about ourselves. Working with a skilled counselor or coach may be necessary. Then, we can stop spending money towards enterprises that fuel these unhealthy images. From there, joining organizations that adore women and treat them as goddesses – no matter what the size (I’m thinking Bitch mag, Planned Parenthood, Codepink) is in order.

What else can we do? Follow in the steps of France, who has banned all anorexic looking models!!! Those French people, are SO ahead of us…But, perhaps with the Obama administration, our country will work towards being healthy in every way. It’s time for the dysfunction to end.

Leave your comments here!

-Heather 🙂

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Boulevards Hot Chocolate is hands-down the best hot chocolate you will ever have. Seriously. It’s produced by a family-owned business, so you can feel good about supporting our local economy. To top it off, all of their products are wheat-free. You just can’t go wrong!

My favorite way to drink the dairy and sugar-free version? With unsweetened vanilla almond milk. My sister is a-okay with sugar, so she tried the dairy-free version and LOVED it as well.

These products are a must-try. And it’s a perfect treat for Sunday mornings or when you find yourself snowed in. 😉

Happy Eating (and drinking)!

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I love pie. Which means I’m also a fan of quiche. With the cold days here to stay, I’m cooking up lots of warm, yummy food.

This is an easy recipe to follow. Use a premade spelt crust or use Pamela’s Products recipe for a gluten-free crust.

Veggie & Tofu Quiche
4 organic eggs
1 1/2 c non-dairy cheese (I love Lisanatti’s almond cheese, pepperjack)
1 c soy milk
1 T garlic salt
1/2 package chopped spinach (frozen)
1 c firm tofu, chopped
1 c veggies (I love shredding carrots, cherry tomatoes, asparagus)
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, garlic salt cheese and soy milk together in one bowl. In a skillet, saute spinach, onions, tofu, veggies and olive oil. When veggies are golden brown, stir in with egg mixture. Pour into crust. Bake for 45-55 minutes until center of quiche is firm. Use toothpick to test. Cool and then eat.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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I spent my time during the holidays on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. I know, shocking, right? People travel during a r********?! (it’s curse word in my world). Actually, people are doing a lot of traveling and shopping during this alleged lull.

It wasn’t just me and the locals in Kauai, I can assure you of that.
As I laid out my towel on Po’ipu Beach on Christmas Day, I looked around at the sea of people before me. We were all crunched together, trying to make room for one another.

The ocean had so many people in it, boogie boarders and snorkelers were bumping heads.
I couldn’t help but chuckle. With all the negativity in the media about the country’s economic woes, it was refreshing to see that not everyone is buying into the fear-mongering.

And when I couldn’t get into, not one, but TWO restaurants on a random Monday night in Po’ipu, I couldn’t be angry. I was thrilled. Take that CNN, NBC/ABC/CBS/FOX, Bill O’Reilly and the like (you know who you are). Ever noticed how those guys get so worked up when they are delivering the bad news? It’s almost like they’re enjoying it…thriving on the negativity, if you will.

It always blows my mind how easily we the people tend to believe whatever the media is sending our way. We panic, which only makes matters worse. What we actually need to do is go out to restaurants, travel, shop and support one another.

Because in case you hadn’t noticed, the mega-media conglomerates and government officials aren’t hurting for money. The people that suffer when big business and government go corrupt is the regular folks. So, if we refuse to play the game and instead go out there and spend our cash and support local businesses, we won’t crumble–we’ll get stronger.

It wasn’t just in Kauai where people were out spending cash either. I saw it in Honolulu as well. The beaches were so packed in Waikiki, I could barley make my way to the bar to order a Mai Tai. At 11am (sorry I had to, I was on vacation!).

Now that I’m back home to the freezing temps and snow there isn’t much to do, so I decided to take refuge at Powell’s. Except that it was so crowded and the lines to buy books were so long, I couldn’t even spend time wandering like I typically do.

So to those fear-mongers out there preaching doom and gloom: get over it.
The rest of us have.

Wishing you the most ABUNDANT and fabulous 2009!!!
Happy New Year!!!
xoHeather 🙂

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After the holiday carb-fest, I’m looking for fun and sneaky ways to get in some more protein. Raw almonds don’t always cut it! 🙂

Try this recipe in place of Luna or Cliff bars for added protein and less sugar.

Homemade Protein Bars
1 organic egg
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 c organic brown sugar
2 T nut butter (I dig Sunflower Seed butter)
1 c granola (I love Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Pumpkin)
3 T soy protein powder
1/2 c dried cherries – no sugar added
1/2 c slivered almonds
1/2 c of another nut and dried fruit mix (I prefer cashews and dried apples)

Preheat oven to 350. Beat egg, vanilla, nut butter and brown sugar in medium sized bowl. Mix in granola, soy protein powder, nuts and dried fruit. Spray non-stick spray in a medium sized glass baking pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350.

If mixture is too crumbly due to nuts/fruit, add spelt flour to thicken.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Happy Holidays!

I decided to do something different this year, and will be vacationing on a sunny beach during the holidays. To change it up even more, I will not be bringing my laptop, which means 1) I will have significant email withdrawals and 2) no blogging until Jan. 4th.

Hope your holiday is exactly what you desire!

Much love & blessings,
Heather 🙂

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Sometimes I get really burnt out on breakfast. I can only have eggs and protein shakes for so long. And then, I’m craving something different, but cereal is often too sugary. However, recently I concocted a Nature’s Path cereal combo that I fell in love with.

If you’re looking to add a new kick to your breakfast routine, try this out:

-1/2 c Nature’s Path Hemp Plus Pumpkin Granola
-1/2 c Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s (sweetened with pomegranate juice concentrate!)
-2 T flax seeds, ground
-1 banana sliced
-Vanilla almond milk

Yum! Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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So, it’s been 35 degrees in the mornings here. That. Is. Cold. For me, anyway. With the coldness, I start craving warm, yummy foods. And that’s when both my crockpot and my George Foreman grill become my best friends when in the kitchen.

I concocted this tasty masterpiece the other weekend. It was delish.
Perfect for a weekend lunch. Filling and warm, feel free to play with the types of non-dairy cheeses you use (I am loving soy mozzarella right now).

Wheat & Dairy-Free Grilled Chicken Sandwich

2 slices wheat-free bread (Ezekiel Bread is my preference.)
1 T Tofutti cream cheese
1 small organic chicken breast, grilled and sliced
1 oz. non-dairy cheese
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
3 artichoke hearts, sauted in olive oil and chopped

Season chicken with your favorite seasoning blend (Trader Joe’s has some great options), grill and slice. Saute artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes until lightly browned. Spread Tofutti on both slices of bread. Then, add chicken, cheese, tomatoes and artichoke hearts. Place sandwich on George Foreman grill, pull down lid. Let grill for approximately 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted to desired levels. Let cool for a few minutes and slice in half. Serve.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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