Not Your Usual Sweets

It is that time of year again when everyone turns on their ovens and starts baking. This year for me is a little different. I have actually given up sugar . . .actually even more then that, I have given up sugar, sweeteners of any kind, and any food that tastes sweet. I am not sure if or when I might incorporate somethings back into my diet but it won’t be for awhile.

In the meantime, I was thinking about everyone else with this post. Sometimes that greatest step we can make for ourselves is making the smallest change. Consider baking this year but using different flours, different sweeteners, or adding veggies to the mix. You never know but you might end up with something new you like.

So here are 5 recipes to get you thinking outside of the box.

  1. Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Coconut Macadamia Bars
  3. Healthy Chocolate Donuts
  4. Deep Dish Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies
  5. Homemade Healthy Tagalongs

Soup is on the Menu

Can you believe it is October? Where did the summer go? One day I was wearing shorts and t-shirt; now I find myself in long pants and sweaters. I am now cuddling up in a blanket and keeping the windows closed so as to not let too much cold air in.

That brings me to food. The kind of food I want to eat when I need to get warm. Soup.

Here are 5 recipes I am giving a try this season.

  1. Hot & Sour Soup from Nom Nom Paleo
  2. Bok Choy Chicken Garlic Soup from Canadian Cooking Adventures
  3. Kale Soup with Curried Cauliflower Rice from Cotter Crunch
  4. Instant Pot Chicken & White Bean Soup from Feasting at Home
  5. 15 Minute Wonton Soup from Feasting at Home

The Charm of Bethany Beach

I had the most relaxing vacation this year going to a place that I have never been and therefore having no memories or people attached to it . . . Bethany Beach

It was the kind of vacation I needed this year. So many things are in transition in my life and the last thing I needed was to “relax” in my usual places. That might sound weird but not having any attachment to a place and no agenda was EXACTLY how I got my mind and then my body to relax.

I have only driven through a small portion of Delaware before this trip so I can safely say that I didn’t know Delaware until now. I was introduced to a lot of fun new things and foods. Below are my top 5 introductions.

What about your travels? Where have you been that cause your mind and body to relax?

  1. Dickey’s Frozen Custard: I don’t eat sugar right not but I did manage to get in a couple of bites. Let me tell you . . . it is sooo smooth and creamy. If you love custard, you need to try this place. 
  2. Ocean Kayaking: I have never been in a kayak before this trip and I was eager to give it a try. I am hooked! (Although I have a lot to learn before I can safely surf in the kayak)
  3. DB’s Fries: So . . . I also don’t eat potatoes right now but my friend promised me that it would be worth it to try a couple. She was right. 
  4. Finch Outdoor Furniture: Beautiful outdoor pieces made of durable poly.
  5. Cape May, NJ: I didn’t realize that you could take a ferry to New Jersey let alone see this ADORABLE coastal town. 

Feel Good Inside Food

While summertime is traditionally a time when I indulge in my absolutely favorite dessert, ice cream. This year I decided to make healthier choices and here are 5 recipes that I indulged in with great satisfaction.

  1. Healthy Lettuce Wraps 
  2. Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad
  3. Smoked Salmon Avocado Burger
  4. Avocado Chicken Salad
  5. Coconut Crack Bars