Sweet Potato Granola, Afro-Vegan Eats 2

I have NEVER made granola before, but the recipe in Afro-Vegan sounded so easy that I had to try it. Inspired by the sweet potatoes in the granola, I added more classic fall elements by way of fresh cranberries and pecans to construct a layered yogurt, granola, and fruit moment, so here it is… The…

Collard Greens and Grits, Afro-Vegan Eats 1

What do you think of when you hear Afro-Vegan? I think of vegan food full of flavor and spice. That’s exactly what I discovered when I picked up Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan cookbook. Because I’m so in love with this cookbook, I’m featuring one of my three favorite recipes over the next month. Things that I…

Mango-Shea Butter Night Cream…DIY

If you’re a 30-something like me and not obsessing about keeping your skin pretty and youthful…bless you. I’m big on moisturizing and am always looking for both effective and economical face and body creams. A good night cream is a must once you reach a certain age and after my last jar of store-bought cream…

Pumpkin Spice Latte…with Coconut Milk

I know that this is so cliché, but I’m not sorry…I love a pumpkin spice latte (PSL) moment. Especially on a chilly (not cold), rainy morning like today. We all know the coffeehouse brand that made PSL an obsession and although I love their skinny PSL, I also love a DIY…and saving money. One can…

Autumn Glow Juice

When I juice, I glow…it’s a fact. My glow can also be attributed to a great summer tan, but since that’s on its way out, it’s time for me to juice more. I love a green juice, but I’m experimenting with other vegetable-based juices and this is one of my new favorites. Autumn Glow Juice…

Simply Decadent Plum Crumble

I love, love, love plums…so, I relish the fact that I get to eat endless amounts this time of the year, even if just for a few short months. I typically eat plums raw, as a healthy snack, but I decided to spice up my plum obsession this summer and create some different recipes. I’m…

Surface Scrub: DIY and Product Love

The most difficult thing about transitioning my cleaning products from the standard, toxic products to more natural products has been finding great alternatives to the classic products that I used to be reliant on, like Ajax. On the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) website, Ajax has a score of F (the scale is A-F, with A…

Pineapple Lemongrass Green Smoothie

I love a good green smoothie, especially during the summer months after a long, sweaty workout. One thing that I hate after a long, sweaty workout is chopping and juicing multiple cups of spinach, kale, celery, and parsley…which are usually the veggies that I use to make my green juices and smoothies. I keep a…

Ginger Tea Elixir, Clean Eats

Clean Eats is the third book by Dr. Alejandro Junger that focuses on the “clean” movement. All of the recipes in the book are gluten and dairy-free…because, according to Junger, they are the two foods that give people the most problems with their health. Clean Eats is divided into three sections. The first section, the…

Chamomile and Aloe Face and Body Mist

I love a good, refreshing face and body mist in the summertime. This is the perfect mist to use on hot, balmy summer days…when you’re relaxing by the pool, at an outdoor concert, or running around town. Not only is this mist super easy to DIY, but it’s also a fraction of the cost of…

The Body Book…Healthy Words to Live By

Healthy Words to Live By…from The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, The Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark One of my favorite healthy quotes (it’s on my refrigerator) is “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim…

Date Shake…So Good

Once upon a time, when I was in high school, I used to drink a vanilla or strawberry milkshake almost every night after dinner. Yes…really. Not only am I eating healthier these days, but I’ve also developed an intolerance to dairy, so traditional milkshakes aren’t really an option for me anymore. When I picked up…