Perfect Pork Chops

Like most Paleo eaters, I typically stick to meat & veggies for dinner. To keep it from getting boring, I like to try different types and cuts of meat, and pair with seasonal veggies. 

Sometimes cooking meat can be scary- at least for me. I get a little nervous (especially with thicker cuts) that I'm going to undercook it. However, I also don't want to overcook the meat & dry it out. Through trial & error, I have come up with some magic equations that equal perfectly cooked cuts of meat. With this recipe, you can have a thick, juicy cut of meat~ worry-free.

How to Avoid Food Temptation

The holiday season is full of delicious feasts & treats just waiting to throw you off course when it comes to healthy heating. Of course, we should all allow ourselves a little splurge here & there~ it is the holidays after all. However, for me personally... I know that if I splurge all season long, I'm gong to pay the consequences. I see a major difference in my skin, mood, & energy levels (not to mention the fit of my clothes) if I let my eating habits get off track.

Cranberry Almond Muffins {Paleo}

In one of my recent trips to Trader Joe's, I spotted a large display of fresh cranberries. I love their tart flavor, especially in baked goods, so I decided to pick some up. Since cranberries have a short season, I would recommend grabbing some if you see them, and freezing for later use.


So, I know that Thanksgiving is over. Most people have moved on & their focus is now on Christmas & presents & so on... but I'm a little behind over here. I'm still stuck on thankful.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate {Paleo}

It's snowing! ... yup, in California :)

It's Saturday, so I will be home studying & getting chores done all day. And as long as I don't have to be out in it (or shoveling it or something), I love the snow. 

With all of this wintery weather and Christmas right around the corner, I can feel a major shift in the air.... Pumpkin Spice season is over, & it is now all about the Peppermint Hot Chocolate. :)

If you're not up for the sugar overload following most recipes for this cozy drink, you've got to try out my paleo-friendly version. 

I swapped out the sugary syrups for all-natural, unrefined coconut sugar & mixed it with coconut milk and rich cocoa powder to make a perfect drink for the holiday season. Stir a little peppermint extract in, & you've got a real treat. I love how the warm rich flavors of the cocoa are contrasted with the cool taste of peppermint... so good!