No Bake Banana Split Icebox Cake

Happy Friday, friends!

In lieu of a Friday Favorites post, I’ve got a BIG favorite to share with you! Well two big favorites, actually.

First is this recipe for No Bake Banana Split Icebox Cake and second is that I’m PSYCHED to announce that I’m a new contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats Blog! Another pinch-me moment that I’m oh-so-grateful for.

I developed this no bake dessert recipe for Healthy Eats just in time for Memorial Day because let’s be real, NOBODY wants to turn on their ovens as the weather gets warmer. Plus, summer celebrations like Memorial Day parties are all about getting OUTSIDE, grilling, serving up cold salads, sides, and desserts galore so that you don’t have to be that person stuck indoors manning the oven while all your guests are soaking up sunshine.

I love this healthier version of an icebox cake that’s packed with fresh fruit and and…

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Strawberry Chia Jam

A thick jam packed with antioxidants, fiber, and omega3s, strawberry chia jam is absolutely delicious paired with peanut butter on toast!

Strawberry season is here and I’m jonesin for some strawberry picking action! It seems the past couple years I’ve had the best intentions to go strawberry picking, I blink, and then June is over, and so are the strawbs. I’d make a proclamation right here and now that this year is going to be different with all of you readers as my witness, but it ain’t gonna happen. Steve’s traveling next weekend and the weekend after that and then I leave for (gasp!) Europe. I can’t believe it’s so soon! I have this thing where I can only focus on one week ahead at a time and everything else seems so far into the future in when reality it’s going to sneak up on me and bite me in…

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No Bake Matcha Cheesecake Bites

No bake matcha cheesecake bites are creamy, delicious, and packed with green tea antioxidants. The perfect dessert to bring to your summer parties! 

It seems matcha is everywhere right now. I saw it all over the place at Expo West back in March. And for good reason. This powder, extracted from whole green tea leaves, boasts more antioxidants than its steeped tea counterpart. Its antioxidants, known as polyphenols, have been shown to protect against chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, and are anti-aging. There’s also some research that suggests a specific polyphenol, EGCG, may play a role in boosting metabolism.

Besides its health benefits, one of the other cool things about matcha is that you can pretty creative with it in the kitchen. Add it to protein bars, oatmeal, smoothies, and desserts like these cheesecake bites.

When I was younger, cheesecake was my favorite dessert. I always begged my Mom to order cheesecakes…

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Mindful Monday: Why You Should Take More Breaks

A reminder for why you should take more breaks and slow down – taking breaks helps you recharge, gain new perspective, work smarter, and be happier.

Happy Monday, friends.

I’ve been sharing Mindful Monday videos with you for the last couple months now and wanted to switch things up and come back to my keyboard to spill it all out via text.

I’ve been going through a bit of a funk lately. I’ve been moving at hyper speed, putting more and more on my plate, saying yes to everything that comes along, and I’m grateful for all the work, the opportunities, but I can’t help but feel as if I’m back where I first started – behind my computer all day, every day. Not looking up. Not exploring. Not playing. Not connecting (I mean face-to-face connecting). I started my own business to give myself the freedom and flexibility to do what I…

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Mindful Monday: How To Set An Intention In Yoga Class

Heyyy ya’ll.

Hope you all had a great weekend! I had an awesome weekend in Pittsburgh with my fam and watching my little sister graduate from college.

I’ve got a busy week ahead so I might be MIA for the next couple days. I’m speaking at the Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference tomorrow on food photography and styling and then flying from Rhode Island to Nashville for a Mushroom Council meeting (client).

In the meantime, I’ve got a new Mindful Monday video for you on how to set an intention in yoga class to help you transform your yoga practice. Looking to take your yoga practice to a deeper level but not sure how to? Then this video is for you. Enjoy, friends.

Whole Wheat Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Wholesome, light and refreshing, whole wheat Meyer lemon ricotta muffins are the perfect treat for Mother’s Day brunch.This one’s for you, Ma.

Ever since moving away from Buffalo almost ten years ago, I haven’t had too many Mother’s Days spent with my momma. And even though a delivery of Georgetown Cupcakes to my Mom’s doorstep seems like a pretty great (delicious) replacement for me not being there, it’s just not the same.

My Mom, sis, and I on Nantucket last summer 

Luckily, this year the whole fam will be together this on Mother’s Day. My little sis is graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh this weekend and we’ll all be making the trek to the ‘burgh to reunite. SO looking forward to (finally) celebrating Mother’s Day in person.

Since I’ll be seeing her this year, I wanted to surprise bring (not a surprise anymore – hi, Ma!) her a homemade Mother’s Day treat. She loves sweet lemon anything,…

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Almond Butter and Jelly Energy Bites

I was asked to participate in the California Almonds #CrunchOn campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time and also received free samples for recipe testing.

Almond butter and jelly energy bites packed with chia, hemp and flax seeds are the perfect energy-boosting snack to power you though the day. It’s almond butter jelly time!!!

Almond butter and jelly sandwiches are my jam (pun intended). I used to eat almond butter and strawberry jam sandwiches for lunch every day in high school. No joke. And I still love them to this day. Heck, I even sometimes eat them for breakfast on toasted bread. You know how those certain foods from your childhood just bring you back to a simpler time? AB & J that food for me.

I love how easy they are to transport too. If you know you’re going to be on-the-go all day, you can…

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