Life is Hard. Eat Pudding.

One thing I know, when you're going through tough times, is you need to give yourself extra love. Extra time. And proper nourishment. You have to make yourself put in the extra effort and it's hard. But, people need you. Your life may have changed. And it may be hard to get up. But, the world won't stop for you. You have to keep going. One thing I turn to for nourishment is chia seed pudding. It's quick, it's easy and it's deeply nourishing for your body and has omega fatty acids and tryptophan to lift your mood. Plus, there are a million ways to make it to suit your tastes. Make sure to give it time to properly gel up and you're sure to love it.

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Citrus-Charged Resolution Bowl

Unlike some 10 counts that can seem to last forever {I'm looking at you thigh sets!}, the countdown to the new year was here and gone before I even had a chance to process what just happened. So, stemming from inspiration I've gleaned from Insta, I declare February the true start to the bright and shiny 2016. January was simply the practice run ;) So, if you promised yourself to get fitter, happier, and/or save some money this year, then you're going to LOVE this zingy smoothie bowl that is seriously what resolutions are made of. 

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Vegan Candy Cane {n}Ice-Cream

You guys! Christmas is only 2 days away. I'm dyyyyyyyiiiiiinnnnngggg! Definitely my favorite holiday. It used to be the Fourth of July, but since having little babes, it's all about seeing their big eyes take in the beauty of the Christmas lights, their little legs boppin' to the Christmas jams and their sweet faces light up on Christmas day. It's the most magical thing in the whole entire world. Truly amazing. Oh and I almost forgot... 'tis the season for treats too! Boy do the littles love that part... maybe a little too much. Of course, I let them indulge in cookies and school parties and hot chocolate galore, but I also like to keep the balance, ya know? So, that's where I feed them ice-cream for breakfast. Say what?! It's true... creamy, sweet and completely indulgent. Oh and super healthy too. No, it's not a conundrum. It's totally possible and here's how I do it...

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Happy Eats Granola

So excited to share this recipe with you today! I call it "happy eats" because this granola has a little something for everyone. It's vegan ― you're welcome animal lovers. It's gluten-free ― no belly aches over here! It's fully loaded with scientifically-backed mood and energy boosting ingredients. So, happy dance there. And you can keep right on dancing because this granola is chock full of stay-full-for-hours fiber that keeps you satisfied and your weight in check. Plus, the sweet scent of cinnamon swirls around as it bakes filling the air with memories from Grandma's house and snicker doodles on Sunday.  And it's crunchy, sweet and satisfying. What's not to love? 

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Easy Citrus Beet Salad

These days, I have less and less desire to cook dinner. With the sunshine beckoning me to head outside, soak up some of its vitamin D-liciousness and play with my babies, it's harder and harder to justify making a complicated recipe that takes all night and requires turning the oven on. Luckily, the seasonal produce lends such freshness and flavor that many nights my home {un}cooking is warmly received by the whole family. Especially when it looks almost too good to eat. I mean, check out the beauty that is this Raw Citrus Beet Salad. Thinly sliced ruby beets mingling with bright citrus and a touch of mint make you think you're biting into summer with every crisp and delicious mouthful. 

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Happy Veggie Pesto

Did you know that what you eat plays a big role in how you feel? It goes far beyond the bloat or guilt over supposed "good" and "bad" foods. Scientists have begun calling the gut our "second brain" because of its powerful control over our emotional state and well-being. In fact, your gut is responsible for churning out 95% of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin. So while it won't give you the answer to hard physics equations anytime soon, you can trust your gut when it comes to good mood food. Which is just what I have for you today. 

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