Comfort in the Familiar (Gluten-Free & Vegan Oatmeal)

Whenever I find I'm not feeling well, I tend to always crave and think about carbs - toast, oatmeal, bagels, rice. Why is this? Well, most likely because in my wee-little years, when tossed any sort of flu or illness, mom would always whip out the butter, honey, and cinnamon toast, ginger-ale, chicken and rice, graham crackers, ritz crackers - you know, all the carby - soak up the acid in your stomach food.

I have come to relate my not so feel great days with carbs and lots of them!

I've recently returned back from an amazing trip in the Smoky Mountains and am having a hard time now coming back to my stressful work-life, new mommy to a BOLD puppy, living alone, eating alone, and just simply life.

Like many, I long to wake up and be surrounded by nature.
- The feeling of the cool morning air whipping across my face
- The sound of young birds chirping a good morning alarm
- The smell of the morning dew
- The sight of the morning fog just starting to rise into the mountains
- Th…

Struggling With Mindfulness

Hot topics of the 21st century are buzzwords like:
"mindfulness", "balance", "you-time" "rejuvenation", detox, the list goes on...

But the real struggle isn't in defining each of these terms (as I have come to learn they are unique per person rather than universal) but how the heck is someone living in the real-world fitting all these "buzz" words into your schedule? Share your goddess secrets! No, seriously!?

They say: take 10 minutes each day to meditate, workout for at least 30 minutes, be mindful when eating, be mindful in general, don't forget you have that thing called a job, family responsibilities, .... .... ...

So yeah, great idea to "SCHEDULE" out my already too-scheduled day to include me-time, sounds a bit backward, no?

Ah - then it must be backward! Listening to my inner-self, just like mama taught us. I am learning do not go about cramming in even more into that crazy schedule, instead, the habit is learn…

Allowing Downtime

"What I have come to call an "active laziness"? 

Naturally, there are different species of laziness: Eastern and Western.

The Eastern style consists of hanging out all day in the sun, doing nothing, avoiding any kind of work or useful activity, drinking cups of tea and gossiping with friends.

Western laziness is quite different. It consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity so that there is no time to confront the real issues" - Sogyal Rinpoche

Vegan Ice Cream Sundae (Gluten-Free)

Looking for a healthy, delicious, and easy vegan and gluten-free dessert option - or maybe you want dessert for breakfast?

This simple recipe is a great option for you.

- 4 - 6 peeled and frozen bananas
- Cinnamon
- Nutmeg
- Fresh ginger
- Fresh blueberries
- Vegan and gluten-free granola of choice (I made mine)

I use a Vitamix blender, but any high powered blender will do the trick.

Add in the frozen bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Process until you receive a smooth ice cream consistency.

Scoop contents into a pretty ice cream dish and then top with fresh berries and granola.

Simple Zoodle Recipe for Summer (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

When it is way too hot outside and we all just want something quick, easy and refreshing - try this healthy and very simple zoodle pasta salad.

- 1 Large Zucchini
- Freshly grated ginger
- Fresh torn basil
- Cayenne pepper
- Roasted reb pepper
- Tumeric
- Keep in mind - you can really add whatever your heart desires to make this your own unique recipe.

Zoodle the zucchini and then toss together with remaining ingredients and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Vegan Beet Burgers

Summer Time is here and everyone is grilling! This is great, except for when you have a boatload of allergies and most of the items they are grilling are not safe for you to consume.

I got a little adventurous the other night and made some juices and while making the juice, I decided I would add in some beets so that I could use the pulp for burgers.

- Beet Pulp
- Chopped summer squash
- Dried coconut
- Seaweed of choice
- Seasonings of Choice (I used turmeric, black pepper, cayenne, liquid amino...)
- Cut fresh pineapple for the "bun"
- Fresh basil
- Optional condiments - mustard, hot sauce, cilantro sauce, etc.

I sauteed the burgers, in hopes they wouldn't fall apart and grilled the pineapple to bring out the natural sweetness.

How did they come out - not bad - maybe not my favorite, but something I would try again.

Smoky Mountain Camping Trip Done Vegan & Gluten-Free

TWINnessee 2017By nfiamingo24 Jun 201710:30 am
TWINnessee Harpers Ferry National Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (A+)Harpers Ferry National Park.As we began our yearly-sister adventure, we had no idea all of the amazing opportunities and experiences in store for us. While driving along 81, Mia mentioned, wait, is this not where the Potomac river is - I have never been! My response, lets do it!We took a small detour and found our way to National Park #1 of our trip. The cost was only $10.00 per car load and we ended up spending a couple of hours wandering around the natural wonders and taking the opportunity to see all three states at one moment (Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia). It was a magical way to begin such a memorable journey. 1:00 pm
Lunch at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry, WVBefore heading back to the long drive ahead of us, we figured we should have a healthy and hearty lunch on the grounds of Harper's Ferry National Historic Park - …