Monday’s tragic events makes you want to hug your loved ones a little tighter and give thanks for our blessings…no matter how small.

In our little family we practice gratitude every night before dinner by holding hands, closing our eyes and giving thanks.  A few weeks ago Noah decided to initiate this on his own.  Now, every night (every meal for that matter!) he sits in his highchair with arms extended until we grasp hold of his little hands.  It makes my heart swell…

How we eat is just as important as what we eat.  This simple practice makes you slow down and put life in perspective.  Blessing your food creates an energy of health and healing.

Remember to be thankful for what we have and share that love with others.


crispy bbq chickpeas

crispy bbq chickpeas

Yesterday while driving home from Western Mass I got a little hungry and happened to stumble upon a Whole Foods Market or as my brother calls it, “Whole Paycheck.”  Ok, I’m lying…I planned out my route to drive by one but that’s what I told Shaye because he knows I will spend our entire savings there!  I know a lot of people hate Whole Foods Market for various reasons, but for a “nutrition nerd” like myself its pretty much heaven!  I can spend HOURS and way too much money in there!  I restrained myself this time and left with these two goodies…


The chickpeas were so good and at only a couple hundred calories and a TON of fiber I didn’t feel bad about finishing the whole bag!

Chickpeas contain a lot of soluble fiber, the type of fiber that naturally lowers cholesterol.  They have a low glycemic index and are loaded with protein.  The combination of fiber and protein keeps you full longer which can aid in weight loss.

Today, I tried to recreate this delicious snack, I think I came close!  I used canned garbanzo beans but if you want to make your own, more power to you!  Read the label on the BBQ sauce because certain brands use high fructose corn syrup.  Try to find one that doesn’t!

crispy bbq chickpeas

Crispy BBQ Chickpeas

2 cans garbanzo beans

1/3 cup BBQ sauce

a few glugs of olive oil

a pinch salt & pepper

crispy bbq chickpeas

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper, this makes for easy clean up!

Drain, rinse and lightly blot chickpeas with a paper towel.

In a large bowl, drizzle olive oil and mix in BBQ sauce.  Add salt & pepper to taste.

Transfer to baking pan and place in the oven.

Bake for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

crispy bbq chickpeas

Everyone’s oven is slightly different so keep an eye on them. Be careful they don’t burn!  I didn’t think it would take a whole hour for them to get crispy, but they were well worth the wait!

this guy thought so too!

this guy thought so too!

coconut fudge truffles

Happy Friday!!!

Start your weekend off right with these little goodies!

coconut fudge truffles ~vegan, raw, gluten-free~

Coconut Fudge Truffles

1 cup cashews

1 cup dates

2 tablespoons pure unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon almond extract

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut

1 teaspoon coconut oil


 coconut fudge truffles ~raw, vegan, gluten-free~

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend on low until a paste is formed.  Be patient, this may take a while!  Scrape down sides and add a teaspoon of water as needed to moisten mixture.  When all ingredients are nicely blended, remove “dough” and roll into balls.  Store in refrigerator.

To try these truffles and other delicious recipes, join us this weekend for the Yoga & Nutrition Spring Renewal Series!!!

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