Monday, August 15, 2016

Healthy Key Lime Pie Popsicles

Happy Monday!  With the summer heat still raging on here in Austin, we decided to make some healthy (well, by my definition) key lime pie popsicles to stay cool this past weekend.  These popsicles don't have the sugar, butter or condensed milk you'll find in a classic key lime pie - but, the taste is spot on! They're a perfect treat to whip up and have on hand over the last few weeks of summer.  Austin is supposed to get a lot of rain this week, which will push temperatures down into the 80s!  I am so looking forward to the cooler weather.  Yes, 80 degrees in August is cool for a Texan :).  Find my guilt-free key lime pie popsicle recipe below!

Healthy Key Lime Pie Popsicles:
  • 1 can coconut milk, chilled
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • shredded coconut for topping
Put all ingredients (with the exception of coconut flakes) into blender and puree until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Top with shredded coconut if desired! Recipe makes about 8 smaller popsicles.

Do you have a go-to healthy (well, healthier) dessert recipe?  I'm always looking for guilt-free ways to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Simple Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Happy Tuesday!  I can't believe it's already August and fall is just around the corner...although, I am definitely ready for the cooler months and all the seasonal food that comes with autumn.  Today, I am sharing an easy recipe for roasted brussel sprouts.  This dish is simple, healthy and has a bit of heat to it - would a Texan have it any other way?  While roasted brussel sprouts are perfect for the fall, I've been enjoying them this summer alongside salmon.  My take on roasted brussel sprouts is inspired by the Tone It Up nutrition plan.  If you're looking for mapped out healthy meals and fun workouts, I highly recommend checking out their site.  Alright, onto the recipe!

Simple Roasted Brussel Sprouts:
  • 1 lb brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and trim/halve your brussel sprouts.  Trimming involves cutting off the stem and pulling any wilted or damaged leaves off of the brussel sprout prior to halving.  Mix olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings together in a medium-sized bowl.  Once mixed, add in brussel sprouts and toss until well-coated.  Place brussel sprouts onto a foil-lined baking sheet and pop in the oven at 400 degrees.  Cook for about 30 minutes, regularly stirring around brussel sprouts to ensure everything cooks evenly.  Makes 4-5 servings. 

Do you like brussel sprouts?  I must admit, I always avoided them growing up and only gave them another shot a few years ago - but, I'm glad I did!  On another note, I've been hunting for the perfect blue glasses to showcase in the open-shelving in our new kitchen.  I finally found exactly what I was looking for at HomeGoods - love these!

Thanks for stopping by!  What's your favorite way to make brussel sprouts?  Please let me know if you try the recipe!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mango Banana Nice Cream

Happy Saturday, friends!  Now that Taylor and I are finally settled into our new house, I'm excited to get back on track with posting regularly on this little ole blog of mine.  I've been so MIA since we moved back to Austin! It's about 100 degrees here this weekend - so hot - which makes this the perfect time for a cool treat. Today I am sharing a mango banana 'nice cream' recipe that is light and healthy. It's great for satisfying your sweet tooth on a hot summer day!  

Mango Banana Nice Cream:
  • 1 frozen banana (slice before freezing)
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 8 oz almond milk
  • Shredded coconut for garnish
Combine frozen banana, frozen mango and almond milk in blender.  Blend until you obtain a sorbet-like consistency. Garnish with shredded coconut and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend - we are going kayaking on Lake Austin tomorrow morning.  I can't wait :)


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

27 Things I am Grateful For

Hi Friends!

Today is my 27th birthday and I'd like to celebrate by listing out 27 things I am grateful for in life.  Too often I lose sight of what is important, and focus on the things I don't have or haven't yet achieved.  One of my goals is to be more grateful and appreciative of where I am in the current moment.  This is obviously not an exhaustive list, just 27 things I am currently thankful for :)

1. My husband & best friend, Taylor.
2. My loving parents who have given me every opportunity in the world.
3. My funny little brother, Corey, who isn't so little.
4. My Grandma Gloria - anyone who has met her knows she's literally the best.
5. My Grandpa Charlie - even though I never met him, he must have been awesome if Gloria married him.  Plus, he raised the best mom in the world.
6. My in-laws, who gave me the best husband anyone could wish for.
7. Our 3 month old Golden Retriever, Shiner.  He is a monster, but I love him still.
8. My best friends - you guys know who you are :)
9. Health - I feel so blessed that my loved ones and I are healthy.
10. Our first home! We purchased our first house in April.  I love it and still can't believe we are old enough to own a home!
11. My job, which has allowed Taylor and I to pursue our dreams, travel and purchase our first home.
12. Traveling! Our trip to Iceland was beyond amazing. We are looking forward to traveling to New Zealand in 2017.
13. Coffee - Seriously, where would I be without coffee?
14. Austin, TX. This city is so beautiful and fills me with hope for the future.
15. My almost 10 year old car, Eunice.  I am so grateful my parents gave me this little Chevy Equinox my freshman year of college. Life without a car payment has been a blessing.
16. The Office.  We don't watch much TV, but have been watching The Office on Netflix- always good for a laugh!
17. Grocery Shopping. I actually hate the act of grocery shopping, but am so thankful that I have the means to do it every week and never have to worry about where my food will come from.
18. The outdoors.  Over the last year, I have come to love the outdoors and the natural beauty that the world has to offer. I used to take this for granted.
19. Chapstick. This should probably be higher on the list.  I have an addiction.
20. Drinking coffee in bed with Taylor.  We try to spend 30 minutes every morning sipping coffee in bed together - it's one of my favorite times of the day.
21. A short commute. On a bad day, it takes me 25 minutes to get to work. For almost 3 years I drove 1 1/2 hours each way to my office in Atlanta...I can't believe I did that for so long! But, I am grateful for the friendships that long commute brought me :)
22. Taylor's passion. If you know Taylor, you know how much he loves cars and motorcycles. He could spend all day working in the garage and literally forget to eat.  I admire that passion.
23. My creativity. I love being creative and use this little blog to express some of that creativity.  Lately, I have fallen off my schedule of posting regularly and need to carve out more time to pursue my passions.
24. Cameras. I love how easy it is to capture great memories.
25. My teeth. Is that a weird thing to be thankful for? I'm grateful that I got to wear braces in high school for almost 2 years and I'm grateful that I haven't had a cavity.
26. Easy access to clean water.  So grateful for that.
27. My dreams. Taylor and I have big things we want to accomplish on this planet. I am thankful for those dreams and the ability to pursue them.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's Been Far Too Long...

Hello, friends!

It's been way too long since I've updated this little blog of mine.  A lot has changed since my last post (which was in August - yikes!).  Since then, we've moved back to Austin, I started a new job, went on the trip of a lifetime & bought a house! What a crazy few months it has been.  We officially close on our home in just over two weeks and I can't wait to share our new space with you.  In the meantime, I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from our trip to Reykjavík, Iceland last month.  I'll be writing a post detailing our trip and a few tips for anyone traveling to Iceland.  If you're pondering visiting, I highly recommend it - the country is breathtakingly beautiful, with adventures around every corner.  Plus, the food is excellent and everyone is incredibly nice!  Here are a few of my favorite photos from our trip - follow me on Instagram for more travel photos :)

 View of Reykjavík from Hallgrímskirkja

Tjornin Lake, Reykjavik, Iceland 



Stay tuned for full details from our amazing trip! I'll be sure to include tips for traveling to Iceland (what we wish we had known), as well as restaurant and activity recommendations.

Thanks for stopping by!