Gluten-free + Dairy-free Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese has always been one of my favorites. It’s one of the ultimate comfort foods and probably something I could eat every single day. I don’t tolerate gluten or dairy very well, so I wanted to make my own version with some added health benefits. I played with the recipe a bit before I finally felt like I got the flavor right. Thats the thing about recipe testing and trying to make less healthy recipes a bit more healthy; it’s a lot of trial and error. I absolutely love playing in the kitchen though. It’s such a stress reliever for me, puts me in my happy place, and lets me be creative all while making nourishing recipes. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

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Ingredients:

4 cups uncooked gluten free pasta (I like using shells or bowties)

6 tbsp nutritional yeast

3 tbsp avocado oil

4 garlic cloves

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 large carrots, boiled until soft

1/4 cup cashews

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 garlic powder (you can add an extra clove of garlic instead of the powder, but I like to do cloves and powder for this recipe)

Directions:

1. Cook pasta and set aside.

2. Boil water for carrots, cut both carrots in half, turn down water to a slow boil and toss carrots in. Let them cook until the carrots are soft and easy to cut through.

3. While the carrots are cooking, throw all the other ingredients (besides the pasta and carrots) in a blender and blend until smooth and thoroughly combined. Once the carrots are finished boiling, add them to the blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

4. Add the pasta and sauce back in the pot and heat until warmed through.

Makes between 3-4 servings. Enjoy! xo

With love,

Ashley

Chia Seed Pudding with Raspberry Jam

If you didn’t already know, I love chia seed pudding. I have a few different versions that I love to make and this is definitely one of them. I love it because its a filling breakfast and the perfect amount of sweet. It contains fiber, healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants and it keeps me full for a few hours, which is a miracle because I get hungry often. This version has a homemade “raspberry jam” which is the simplest recipe I’ve ever made and only 3 ingredients. It’s not a typical jam, but for lack of a better word, I just call it that.

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Ingredients:

5 tbsp chia seeds, divided

1 cup coconut or almond milk

2 tbsp monkfruit, divided

1 tsp maple syrup

6oz organic raspberries

optional fruit like bananas, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for toppings

Directions:

1. Mix 4 tbsp chia seeds, 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 tbsp monkfruit sweetener, and 1 tsp of maple syrup together and set aside.

2. Mix the raspberries, 1 tbsp of chia seeds, and 1 tbsp of monkfruit sweetener together. Mash the raspberries and thoroughly stir in the chia seeds and monkfruit. Let set for a few minutes while the chia seeds soak up the raspberries.

3. Once the chia seed and coconut mixture has been sitting for about 10-15 minutes and has thickened, you can top with raspberry jam and desired fruit toppings. The chia seed and coconut mixture is best when kept in fridge overnight to fully combine and soak, but it can be eaten right away too.

Enjoy xo

With love,

Ashley

Aloe Vera + Honey Lemonade

Aloe vera is so healing for your digestive tract. I add it to my smoothies (when I can remember to) but other than that, I don’t squeeze it into my diet in other ways. I wanted to think of a creative way to incorporate aloe vera, while masking it’s taste, and came up with this aloe vera and honey lemonade. It’s so simple, so easy, and so fresh. It’s still winter, but this drink is already making me look forward to summer.

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Aloe Vera + Honey Lemonade

Ingredients:

3.5-4 lemons, juiced

3 cups filtered water

3 tsp manuka honey or other good quality honey (I love beekeepers naturals)

2 tbsp lakanto monkfruit sweetener

1/2 cup aloe vera gel, scooped out from the peel

optional: 2-3 drops ginger essential oil

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until thoroughly combined. Top with rose petals if you want to be super fancy :) Enjoy! xo

Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup

I love this soup. It’s so, so filling and is so good for you. I originally made it with your typical white cauliflower, but when I went to get cauliflower to make it, all I could find was purple and yellow. In hindsight, I wish I would have chosen the yellow one, but I thought purple would be something fun and different. The taste didn’t vary using purple cauliflower over white, so you choose which kind you want to use!

Ingredients:

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1 cauliflower head, cut into bite sized florets

6 cups shitake or oyster mushrooms

1 14 oz can full fat coconut milk

16 oz chicken or beef bone broth

1 yellow onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp. grass-fed butter

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. oregano flakes

2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Sea salt + Black pepper to taste

Directions

1. Heat 1 tbsp. ghee in a pan over medium heat and cook mushrooms until tender and golden. Take the mushrooms off the heat and set them aside.

2. Heat 1 tbsp. butter over medium heat and add onion, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until tender.

3. Add the cauliflower florets to the onion and garlic mixture remaining in the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the broth to the mixture, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Add coconut milk to the mixture in the pan and simmer, uncovered for another 10 minutes.

5. Turn off heat , remove soup and add i t to a high speed blender or use an immersion blender and blend until creamy and smooth.

6. Turn the stove onto medium- low heat and pour mixture back into a deep pan or pot, add the mushrooms back in.

7. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, oregano flakes, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper. Let simmer for a few minutes. Enjoy!

With love,

Ashley

Roasted Beet, Arugula and Pomegranate Salad

Okay, so if you’re not a beet fan, then I urge you to try this salad. The flavors mix so well together and balance each other out. I know beets tend to have that “earthy” taste to them, but I find that when you boil them and mix them with salty and sweet flavors, they don’t have such an over powering “dirt” taste. Plus beets are so, so good for detoxing your liver and providing your body with vitamins such as C and Folate as well as nutrients like magnesium and inorganic nitrates. Beets are also said to improve athletic performance because of their ability to improve the efficiency of mitochondria, which is responsible for producing energy in your cells. If you want to test the effectiveness of using beets to improve your athletic performance, I recommend consuming them 2-3 hours before training because that is when blood nitrate levels peak.

Anyways, lets get to the fun part, the recipe! It’s so easy, so good, and so good for you too.

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Roasted Beet, Arugula and Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients:

5 cups of arugula

1 cup of green apple, cut into small chunks

2 medium beets, boiled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1/4 cup of blue cheese, crumbled into small pieces (you can omit or sub for feta or a dairy free version of cheese that crumbles)

6 tbsp cold pressed olive oil

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp dijon mustard

salt and pepper and garlic powder

Directions

Bring a small pot of water to a boil and place your beets in the boiling water. Turn the water to medium-low and let cook for 30-40 minutes.

While your beets are cooking, crumble your blue cheese into little pieces if it isn’t already and chop your green apple into small, bite-sized chunks.

For the dressing, mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder all together into a small jar. Shake vigorously until completely combined.

Once your beets are done cooking, rinse them under cold water and peel the skin off. The skin should come off very easily with your hands, or you can use a paper towel to help peel it off if its not coming off easily with your hands. Once the thin peel layer is off, chop the beets up into 1/2 inch cubes.

Combine the arugula, apple chunks, pomegranate, blue cheese, beets. Pour dressing over the salad and stir to evenly coat.

Serve and enjoy!!

**Serves 3 comfortably.

With love,

Ashley

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Recipe

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I have ALWAYS loved mint chocolate chip ice cream. I created this super quick and easy recipe as a healthy alternative to one of my favorite foods. I make this for breakfast, after a work out, or when I’m craving something sweet. It’s packed with greens, protein, and magnesium.

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP SMOOTHIE:

1 cup of almond, coconut, or cashew mylk

2 cups of spinach

1 frozen banana

1 scoop of chocolate protein (I use chocolate collagen protein from Ancient Nutrition)

1 drop of dōTERRA peppermint essential oil (you can use other reputable brands, but be careful with cheaper brands from drug stores, etc because you don’t want to be ingesting something that isn’t quality. Personally I only trust dōTERRA because of the companies commitment to quality and third party testing.)

2 tbsp cacao nibs

2 dates

optional add ins:

hemp seeds, reishi or chaga powder, spirulina, dulse, maca powder, ashwagandha, bee pollen

DIRECTIONS:

Blend everything in a high speed blender, except the cacao nibs, until thoroughly combined. Add in the cacao nibs and blend until they are broken down. If you want more of a “crunch” from the cacao nibs, just don’t blend quite as long after you add them in.

I always top mine with bee pollen for extra b vitamins. I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do!

With love,

Ashley

Cashew Mylk

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My absolute favorite “milk” to make. Cashew mylk is so dreamy (and creamy, but I really dislike that word). It’s better than Almond Mylk, in my opinion, and is a nice little switch up too. I use almond flour and almond butter on a frequent basis, so I like to make cashew mylk in order to do something different and give my body different nutrients. What makes this “milk” even better is you don’t even have to strain it! Just blend all the ingredients in a high speed blended and you are good to go! The best. Here are all the ingredients and the easiest process ever:

Ingredients:

1 cup of soaked cashews (soak for at least 2 hours, preferably around 4, in order to make the nuts easier to digest)

3.5-4 cups filtered water

2-3 pitted dates

1 tsp cinnamon

a pinch of Himalayan sea salt

optional: a few drops of stevia or 1 tsp of Manuka honey

Directions:

Blend everything together in a high speed blender, alternating from low to medium/high for a few minutes. The cashews should be soft from the soaking and will blend with the water nicely, allowing you to drink the milk, chunk free, without straining!

Enjoy babes!

With love always,

Ashley

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:  2 tbsp. grass-fed butter  1 small yellow onion, chopped  2 stalks celery, chopped  2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped into 1  inch cubes  2 medium carrots, chopped into rounds  1 medium butternut squash, peeled,  seeded, and cubed into one inch pieces  32 oz chicken bone broth or chicken  stock  2 tsp. garlic powder  1 1/2 tsp. sea salt  2 tsp black pepper  optional toppings: red pepper flakes, micro greens, and/or truffle oil.  Directions:  1. In a deep pot, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. Cook vegetables for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they start to become tender.  2. Add bone broth (or vegetable stock), garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper to vegetables. Stir so that mixture is well combined.  3. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and let simmer for 35-40 minutes.  4. Use an immersion blender to blend soup inside pot or transfer soup to blender, a few cups at a time, and blend until smooth.  **You may use olive oil in place of grass fed butter and vegetable stock in place of chicken broth/stock if you want to make this recipe vegan!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. grass-fed butter

1 small yellow onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped into 1

inch cubes

2 medium carrots, chopped into rounds

1 medium butternut squash, peeled,

seeded, and cubed into one inch pieces

32 oz chicken bone broth or chicken

stock

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp black pepper

optional toppings: red pepper flakes, micro greens, and/or truffle oil.

Directions:

1. In a deep pot, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. Cook vegetables for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they start to become tender.

2. Add bone broth (or vegetable stock), garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper to vegetables. Stir so that mixture is well combined.

3. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and let simmer for 35-40 minutes.

4. Use an immersion blender to blend soup inside pot or transfer soup to blender, a few cups at a time, and blend until smooth.

**You may use olive oil in place of grass fed butter and vegetable stock in place of chicken broth/stock if you want to make this recipe vegan!

It’s that time of year with butternut squash and pumpkin recipes every where you turn! To be honest, I’m not a huge pumpkin fan (although I do have a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe that I love), but I do love butternut squash. This soup is so filling, so good for you, and the perfect fall dinner. I hope you love it as much as I do! xo

Turmeric Latte

This is my favorite drink when the temperatures start to get cooler. I live in Seattle and October gets prettyyyy chilly. I like it though…for now. This Turmeric Latte (no coffee or caffeine) is like a hug in a mug. I love it because its a little bit sweet, a tiny bit spicy, creamy, and filled with lots of healing ingredients. My favorite ingredients in this drink are He Shou Wu and Ashwagandha. They are both adaptogenic herbs that help your body return to homeostasis or balance. He Shou Wu is especially good for your hair, nails, skin, and nervous system. It’s considered an herb for beauty and longevity. Ashwagandha is especially good for relieving stress (say no to adrenal burnout) and supporting the immune system. These healing benefits make them the perfect addition to the anti-inflammatory Turmeric Latte. You may wonder why this drink has black pepper added to it. That’s because the curcumin in Turmeric, which acts as an anti-inflammatory, is best absorbed by the body when taken with piperine which is found in black pepper.

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Turmeric Latte:

1 tsp Turmeric powder

1 1/2 cups cashew or almond milk

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp honey

1 tsp coconut butter

  1. Heat the cashew or almond milk up on the stove.

  2. Add the milk and all other ingredients into a blender.

  3. Blend until well combined and enjoy!

How 16 oz of celery juice every morning can transform your health

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If you follow me on instagram, then you know I love my celery juice. I truly do. I know that without any information or background this sounds like possibly the weirdest drink on the planet. I get that, but let me explain. I first heard of drinking celery juice back in July 2017.  I read about it in the book “Medical Medium” by Anthony William. I had been following Anthony on instagram "@medicalmedium" for a while at this point and loved the factual information he always posted. It took me awhile to buy his book and learn more about his story and what he was all about, but once I started reading “Medical Medium”, I couldn’t put it down. These days I will ramble on and on about him to anyone who is willing to listen to me. If I’ve ever talked to you about Anthony William please know it’s because I care about you and I want you to be in the best health, always. I truly believe Anthony’s expertise, although quite unusual, is unmatched and he is truly a blessing. After reading his book “Medical Medium” and feeling as if Anthony knew me personally because he identified every single symptom I’ve ever experienced, I was willing to try anything he recommended for health and vitality. When I found out about Anthony William I have been on my health and wellness journey for over 8 years, and although the difference between how I feel now and how I felt then is night and day, I still have stubborn symptoms that creep up. I’m also so fascinated with everything health and wellness that I love experimenting with new ideas, superfoods, techniques, etc. So when I had heard of drinking celery juice to heal and rid the body of the Epstein barr virus (more on this later, in another post), I was all for giving it a try. This medicinal drink, according to Anthony William, is responsible for strengthening hydrochloric acid in the gut and helps the liver to produce bile in order to break down food. It also supports the central nervous system and the adrenal glands. It cleanses the thyroid and helps the production of the thyroid hormone T3. In August I started drinking 16 oz of celery juice every day. It took me at least 3 weeks to notice any changes, but my digestion was better, my skin was so clear and dewy, I had more energy, and I had less cravings for salty foods. At this point, I’ve been drinking celery juice on and off for the past 9 months and highly, highly recommend it to anyone who wants to transform their health. I was out of the country for 2 weeks in February and the other two weeks of the month I wasn't drinking my celery juice and I noticed such a difference in my health. I started seeing a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner in March  which you can read about HERE and started to drink my celery juice again and after a month and a half, I feel better than I did before. All you need to do to make this simple drink is juice enough celery to make 16 oz (usually one whole bunch does the trick) or blend chopped celery with 1 cup of water until it turns into liquid and then strain through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag. Trust me, this powerful drink is so worth the trouble of buying celery on a weekly basis and juicing or blending it. Your health is worth it and you are worth it. Always.

HEALTHY + GF Avocado Flatbread

THIS is one of my favorite recipes. As a girl who doesn't handle gluten very well, I miss things like bread and pasta SO much. I've tried a million different gluten free items and a lot of times they just fall short of my expectations. I grew up being a pasta and bread feen and when I found out I didn't digest gluten very well, I was pretty devastated. I'm really stubborn, so of course I still tried to eat these things even though I knew they would make me sick. Now that I've been on my health kick for a solid 8 years now, my body can handle a little bit of gluten just fine, especially when I take my digestive enzymes, but it's still not really worth it for me knowing that it isn't healthy for my body. This is why I decided to make my own flatbread for avocado toast and I promise its SO good.

 

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Flatbread Recipe:

1 tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 c almond flour
1 tbsp chopped rosemary, thyme or dill
1 tbsp ghee/grass fed butter, softened
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Add chia seeds to a bowl with 3 tbsp of warm water. Wait 10-15 minutes for the chia seeds to thicken and soak up the water.
3. Combine all ingredients except the chia seeds and apple cider vinegar. Once everything else is thoroughly combined, add the chia seeds and apple cider vinegar. Note- you might have to use your hands to thoroughly mix everything together and get it all to stick. 
4. Roll out into 2 flatbreads and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Avocado spread:

1 small, ripe avocado
1 tbsp veganaise
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
hot sauce + chili flakes to taste

1. Mix all of the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
2. Spread mixture on gluten free flat bread

optional: garnish with watermelon radishes, micro greens, and/or arugula for an added nutrient hit. You can always drizzle olive oil and sea salt over the top as well.

Enjoy xoxo 

Vegan + GF protein balls

It's a 3 pm or an 8 pm thing. I want something sweet, but I know that sugar does nothing positive for my body. It's not that I NEVER have anything with sugar in it, I'm a human being, but I try to stay away from it because I'm trying to look 20-something for the long haul. These protein balls are one of my favorite things to snack on when I want something sweet, because they taste semi-sweet but have absolutely no added sugar and they have protein and fiber to fill me up. 

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I'm in the process of creating a 5-day clean eating reboot program for free and these will definitely be a part of it! But I thought I would share them a little earlier, because that's what I tend to do. Anyways, if you want a healthy snack and something to keep those sugar cravings in check, definitely try these out. I have a feeling you're going to love them. xo

Protein Balls:

6 tbsp plant based protein powder (I used Sunwarrior vanilla)

2 tbsp almond or peanut butter

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 1/2 tbsp monkfruit sweetener

6-8 drops stevia (start slow and add more as needed)

2 tbsp warm water

2 tbsp coconut milk (or any nut mylk of your choice)

1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

optional coconut flakes for rolling balls in

Method:

Put everything except for coconut flakes in a food processor or high speed blender and blend until well combined. Roll into small balls and coat in coconut flakes if desired. Makes roughly 10 balls, depending on how big you make them. 

Enjoy!

Nettle Leaf and Red Clover Infusion

OH tea infusions...

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What is a tea infusion? Basically it is herbs that are steeped for hours in hot water, strained, and then drank in place of water. I love them. I have played around with a few of them and I have found Nettle Leaf and Red Clover to be my favorite combination. Nettle leaf is incredibly nourishing to your adrenal glands and endocrine system as a whole. It has the ability to balance hormone levels naturally and is also an anti-inflammatory. Nettle leaf also contains many different minerals such as magnesium and potassium as well as vitamins such as A, D, K and many B vitamins. It's basically a powerhouse. Red Clover is another one of my favorites because it is also jam packed with nutrients such as selenium, magnesium, iron, and manganese as well as vitamin A and various B vitamins. This herb is amazing for cleansing the lymph and building blood. It is also great for breaking up and reducing stored fat to be flushed out of the body. If you tend to feel fatigued or exhausted, red clover is a great addition because it has a great energizing effect and it also has the ability to cleanse toxic heavy metals from the body. 

This infusion is incredibly easy to make.

3 tbsp Organic Nettle Leaf

3 tbsp Organic Red Clover

32 ounces filtered hot water

Place all the ingredients in a glass jar or container and steep for at least 4 hours. Strain the mixture and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

When serving the mixture, cut it in half with fresh, filtered water and drink in place of water. I usually pour 16 oz in a jar or water bottle and top of with 16 oz of filtered water and drink this throughout the day. 

Your body will thank you for the beautiful addition of these healing herbs. Enjoy lovelies xo 

Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

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You guys. You have to make this. Like tomorrow morning.. or just ASAP. This is the easiest recipe with very few ingredients and so healthy with all the omega 3's, fiber, and vitamin c. It's an easy grab-and-go item to have for breakfast and still so nutritious and will keep you full for hours, honestly. This recipe was saved for my health + wellness program launching the second week of January, but I had some requests for the recipe, so I decided to share early! I hope you love it as much as I do. 

Ingredients:

4 tbsp chia seeds

1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener

Directions:

1. Puree the strawberries and coconut milk in a blender until smooth.

2. Mix chia seeds and strawberry puree mixture together and stir in the monkfruit. 

3. Place in a mason jar or air tight container overnight or at least 6-8 hours so the chia seeds can soak up the liquid. 

4. Top with fresh strawberries, banana, coconut flakes, goji berries, or whatever toppings you choose. It's fine just as is too!

5. Enjoy!