Jade Rolling 101

Do you want a spa-like experience every morning in the comfort of your own home and in your pajamas?

Good news, you CAN!


I’m a homebody through and through so leaving my house for anything other than coffee or food miiiight not go over that well.

I’m kidding.

Well, half kidding.

Jade rolling is everything I could ever want in a self care product.

You get a free facial massage every morning at home while supporting lymphatic drainage, combating signs of aging, and promoting overall wellness?!

Sign me up!

Why Use A Jade Roller?

Girl, there are so many reasons why jade rolling is effective.

  • increases blood circulation
  • reduces signs of aging
  • aids in lymphatic drainage (draining fluid and toxins built up under the skin)
  • helps complexion
  • reduces inflammation
  • reduces puffy eyes
  • jade stone is naturally cooling on the skin

Not gonna lie, knowing this makes me feel better about my mild obsession.

How To Use A Jade Roller?

  • In the morning.
  • After using a cleanser.
  • After using a serum.
  • Jade roll starting from the inside of your face to the outside. (i.e. You would start at the middle of your chin rolling to the outside of your face towards your jawline.)
  • Roll up the nose and middle of your forehead.
  • Roll down your neck.
  • Be gentle, don’t tug on the skin.

Tips + Tricks

  • Place your jade roller in the fridge for more of a cooling and rejuvenating experience.
  • Use the smaller side for near your eyes and breaking up tension in your jawline caused by clenching when you sleep.

“Self-care is a deliberate choice to gift yourself with people, places, things, events, and opportunities that recharge our personal battery and promote whole health – body, mind, and spirit.”

Laurie Buchanan

The BEST Homemade Brownies

Do you love fudge brownies? Cake brownies? Both?

I got you covered! These brownies are the perfect mix.

Don’t tell me you still use that brownie mix from your grocery store…

This recipe is just as easy!

No, really! It’s fast, just as delicious (if not more), and uses ingredients you probably already have around the house.

All I’m sayin’ is your classic brownie recipe just got an upgrade!

Let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter (softened)
  • 1/3 maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 semisweet chocolate chips

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8×8 pan.

In a medium bowl mix together all your dry ingredients. This includes the unbleached white all-purpose flour, pink salt, baking soda, coconut sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

In a separate larger bowl beat together the butter, maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and eggs.

Now add the dry mixture a little at a time folding it into your wet ingredients.

When combined it should look as pictured below.

You will need to take your greased 8×8 baking pan and add the batter to it. (The batter will be thick, that’s what you want.) Make sure you take the back of a spoon to level out the batter or your brownies won’t bake correctly.

Lastly, sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the batter before putting the brownies into the oven. Bake them for 30-35 minutes (less if you like them more on the fudgy side) or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Take them out and allow them to cool completely.

Enjoy!!


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The combination of chocolate and banana are like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter… you can’t go wrong!

I make this exact recipe EVERY week so I never have to go without it.

I wish I was kidding, but it’s just too good not to have!

If you want a moist and filling banana bread with a decadent chocolate chip topping that will leave you wanting more with every bite you take, you’re in the right place. This recipe is made with wholesome ingredients so you’ll be left satisfied with how it tastes and how it makes you feel.

Let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • *optional* 2 scoops unflavored collagen powder
  • *optional* a sprinkle of old fashioned oats on top (garnish)

First, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease a loaf pan.

In a bowl cream together the butter and coconut sugar.

In another bowl beat or mash the bananas until there are no clumps.

Once there are no clumps stir the bananas into the butter and sugar mixture.

Then add in the egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pink salt, and cinnamon. (If you want to add the collagen this would be when you add it.)

Then, slowly fold your dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until they’re completely combined.

Pour the batter into the previously greased loaf pan topping with the chocolate chips and a sprinkle of oats (if desired).

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy!!


Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Skillet

Are you looking for a cookie recipe that is healthy AND delicious?

Well, look no further!

This soft and gooey peanut butter skillet is a little piece of heaven with every single bite…

Peanut butter and chocolate, is there a better duo??

I don’t think so.



Looking at this masterpiece of a dessert you’d never guess it’s healthy…and neither did my husband.

My hubby isn’t usually into the “healthier version” of something, like NEVER.

To my surprise when he saw this sitting on the counter he couldn’t resist trying a bite…or two…or five.

I couldn’t believe it.

This is a husband approved recipe. I repeat this is a husband approved recipe!!

There’s no doubt in my mind that if he loves it, so will you.

The best part of this recipe is that you can throw all the ingredients into a food processor, and BAM just like that you’re almost done.

Seriously, it’s that easy.

Let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of pink salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 5-inch skillet. (You can do a skillet that is slightly larger simply adjust the cooking time as necessary.)

Then, add all of the ingredients besides the chocolate chips to a food processor.

Blend until the batter is smooth. This may require scrapping the sides of the food processor until all the chickpeas are broken down completely.

Now, add the chocolate chips folding them into the batter.

Pour the batter into the greased skillet.

It should look something like this.

Put the cookie skillet into the oven for 30-35 minutes, then enjoy!

I like to eat mine all by itself but I’m sure it’d pair lovely with some vanilla bean ice cream…

This is what dreams are made of.


My Food Philosophy

Hi babes! 

So, what’s my food philosophy? 

If you would have asked me this 10 different times over the past ten years my answer would have been different every single time. 

I am finally at a point in my life where I have made peace with food. 

You may be thinking, what do you mean? Peace with food…? It’s just food? 

Well, for many years that wasn’t the case for me. Food was attached to my self-worth. I thought that labeling what I was eating, how I was eating, or how much I was eating determined what kind of person I was. Of course, that wasn’t and isn’t at all correct, but that’s the state of mind I was in. 

I will get into more detail regarding my journey with food at another time.

If you can imagine my headspace back then compared to my head space now, it’s really night and day. 

How did I get to this point? I found intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is a large determinant of how I made peace with food and is now the core of my food philosophy. 

What is intuitive eating?

It’s not a diet or a certain way of eating. It’s in the simplest terms listening to your body, and eating like you did when you were a child. When you were a child you didn’t second guess when you were hungry, you just ate. When you were full, you stopped. When you wanted a cookie, you had it. When you wanted carrots, you ate them. When I think of my food philosophy I think of going back to my roots. I think of myself as a whole being, and honoring my mind, body, and soul. I believe that as humans we experience life in very unique ways and that the food we eat is part of our human experience. 

Intuitive eating is important if you want to break free from the constant dieting cycle like I did. 

There are 10 steps to help guide you on your journey to intuitive eating, and these are all steps I implemented in my personal journey. When you read these steps, keep in mind that breaking up with dieting can and will be just as messy as dieting. When you decide to stop dieting and stop trying to make yourself smaller you start going against everything society is telling you to do. You’re going to be on the outside looking in, and it’s going to feel messy and confusing. Everyone is dieting, wants to diet, wants to change their body in some way, or participates in body shaming themselves and/or others. When you decide to do the opposite it might feel strange, and that’s okay. Give yourself grace. This is a journey. These steps may not occur in order for you, but they’re all important. 

  1. Reject the diet mentality. The diet mentality won’t benefit you, ever. Diets are made to fail, in fact, 95% of diets fail. Diets make you feel restricted and can cause mental & physical exhaustion. When rejecting the diet mentality it’s important that you’re surrounding yourself with social media accounts, books, and friends that make you feel good about yourself and remove yourself from situations that no longer serve you. 
  2. Honor your hunger. Realize it’s normal to be hungry. You need food to survive just like you need water and oxygen. It’s a biological need that has to be met. If you’re hungry, eat something.
  3. Make peace with food. This is when you have to change your dialogue around food. There are no good or bad foods. You are neither good nor bad for eating a certain food. Food is just food. When making peace with food it’s also important to discuss the scarcity versus abundant mindset when it comes to food. When a person is experiencing scarcity their body believes its the last time they will be able to have a certain food, so they overeat. This happens often with dieters and can also lead to the “getting back on track” train which additionally comes with guilt for what they ate. It’s quite a terrible mindset to be stuck in. However, when a person has an abundant mindset around food they believe that those foods will always be there. If they want some they can have what they please until they’re satisfied and then move on. They also believe that they don’t have to have that food in that given moment because it’s not going to go anywhere. 
  4. Challenge the food police. The food police can be social pressures, family/friends, magazines, or social media. The food police are everywhere and it’s crucial to challenge them. The food police may even be the thoughts in your head about food being “bad” or “good.” That also goes back to why you feel that way and often times it’s because of society’s obsession with shrinking yourself and dieting. The food police will try to tell you that the cinnamon roll is bad, and the salad is good but the truth is they’re both food and either one is fine. 
  5. Feel your fullness. This is when the hunger-fullness scale can really help you. If you don’t know what the hunger-fullness scale is it’s a scale from 1-10 on levels of hunger and fullness. 1 being the most hungry and 10 being the most full. Tuning into how full you are is just as important to tuning into how hungry you are. Diet culture has engraved into our minds things that aren’t important like meal timing. If you aren’t hungry why eat more than comfortable? If your body is telling you it’s full, listen. If you’re having a hard time telling if you’re full or not, in the beginning, it can be helpful to take breaks while eating to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Are you enjoying the food? How does it taste? Are you still hungry? Are you full? Checking in with yourself is so helpful when discovering your fullness levels. 
  6. Discover the satisfaction factor. This is such a beautiful part of intuitive eating when food is enjoyed simply to be enjoyed. Like I said before, food is a huge part of the human experience and I believe it’s one of the great joys of life. Food can be so gratifying. You don’t want to eat a meal just because it’s “fuel” for your body, you also want to enjoy it and feel satiated. If you eat food simply for nutrients you will likely want more food to leave you feeling satisfied and that can cause overeating. 
  7. Cope with your emotions without using food. I feel like this one is tricky. While I believe it’s important to deal with your emotions without food, I also think it’s incredibly normal and okay to find comfort in food. First, implement forms of self-care that make you feel good that don’t involve food. But if you still want the ice cream and it makes you feel better, I think that’s okay too. Give yourself grace, but also realize it’s important not to solely rely on food to be your source of comfort.
  8. Respect your body. This is often where I find it to be the most difficult. It’s easy to give this advice, but not as easy to take it yourself. I found that respecting my body and accepting my body was easier said than done. I had to let go of the perfectionist mindset, let myself be human and have flaws, and speak to myself and about my body the way I would speak to a dear friend. I found that I would never speak to a friend the way I spoke to myself, so why was I? 
  9. Exercise-feel the difference. This has changed my life. Instead of exercising in a way you feel you should be, or in a way that you always have, try exercising just to feel good. Exercise in a way you truly enjoy. Step away from why you’re doing it aesthetically, how many calories you’re burning, etc and just focus on movement that makes you feel good. 
  10. Honor your health with gentle nutrition. This is what I like to call mindful eating. I would urge this to be your last step when becoming an intuitive eater because I think it organically occurs after all the other steps have been worked on. Gentle nutrition is listening to your body but also being aware of what you have eaten and making sure you’re giving your body enough nutrients.

I practice intuitive eating and mindful eating on a day to day basis. I’m constantly checking in with my body, honoring myself as a whole, and making sure I have balanced and delicious meals/snacks whenever I’m hungry. That is my food philosophy.