Pumpkin Protein Bites

Arbonne Essentials® Pumpkin Protein Bites
2 scoops Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein Shake Mix
¾ cup almond butter
½ cup pumpkin purée
1 ¼ cups old-fashioned oats (gluten-free)
½ cup ground flax seeds
3 tbsp. agave nectar

Add ingredients into medium bowl and stir to combine. Cover bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours (this will make them easier to roll). Roll the mixture into about 12–16 balls (ping pong ball size, or use a melon baller!). Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Day 13/30 – Healthy Living Challenge

We had a stay in day yesterday. I had a morning migraine that lingered halfway through the day. Likely caused by what they were calling a nor’easter. This time of year that translated to rain being pushed by a cold front. Barometer changes like that, big ones, and I get a migraine 😣  I was craving warmth all day even though it was warm outside still. So the menu for the day was very autumn like and comforting but in a healthy way.

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We just kind of hung out at the apartment and binge watched Stranger Things. I love this show. It’s different. And this season is even better than last as we get to know the characters  more and more. The show has flavors of the old Stephen King movie Stand By Me mixed with some of the mystery like It. But it’s completely it’s own story. The kids are becoming pretty talented actors in my opinion. And I’ve always been a big Winona Ryder fan and have a soft spot for Sean Astin from back in the Samwise days of Lord Of The Rings. Shows like open up opportunities to actors and actresses that tend to not fit the normal mold for stardom. I tend to lean towards sci-fi for that reason. 


I’m learning so much from this 30 Day Challenge. Learning about how my body responds to foods and how much more energy I have when I don’t eat wheat/gluten. This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I would rank this up there with quitting smoking. It’s been a huge help to understanding how my body responds to just good nutrition. 

If you’d like any info, or have any questions feel free to drop a message below or send me a quick email. I’d love to hear from you and help you live a healthier version of yourself!


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BREAKFAST: Arbonne Pumpkin Shake (see recipe – I modified a bit with the brand of pumpkin)

LUNCH: Greens salad w/roasted sweet potato and balsamic vinegar dressing. About 30 minutes later, Arbonne Digestion Plus w/water

EXERCISE/SNACK: Les Mills Bodyflow (It’s dance/yoga) + Arbonne Pomegranate Fizz Stick w/water.

DINNER:  Minestrone Soup w/(not pictured)  a side salad of greens w/beets and nuts w/balsamic dressing

Gluten Free Minestrone Soup

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
14.5 oz canned whole peeled tomatoes – no salt added, with juice
1 – 6 oz tomato paste
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1-2 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
15.5 oz canned kidney beans low sodium, rinsed and drained
1 cup gluten-free pasta uncooked
ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Add tomatoes and juice to a large saucepan and break tomatoes into chunks with the edge of a large spoon.
Add vegetable broth, tomato paste, mixed vegetables, garlic, basil and thyme, stir to mix well, cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Reduce heat to medium and simmer partially covered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add kidney beans and pasta and continue to simmer partially covered on medium or medium low heat for about 15 minutes or until veggies and pasta are soft. (Stir every few minutes and be careful not to overcook the pasta.)
Sprinkle individual servings with ground black pepper, salt and/or vegan parmesan cheese to taste.

BEFORE BED:  Arbonne Herbal Detox Tea 

It Glows Gold Once A Year

Mason Neck Park

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Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin gluten-free vegan cookies made with Arbonne protein & fiber boost! YUM!!!! Only 15 min to make!
8 scoops of yummy Arbonne protein
2-scoops of Arbonne Fiber boost
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1- tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1-can organic pumpkin
Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees



Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili for dinner, yummmmmy



1 tablespoon vegeatable oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1½ tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (15 ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
4 cups vegetable stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained & rinsed


Heat the oil over medium heat.Add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.Add the garlic and cook one more minutes.Next, add the sweet potato, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and cinnamon. Stir until the sweet potatoes are coated with the spices.

Next, add the diced fire-roasted tomatoes, 3 cups of the stock, and the tomato paste. Bring it to a boil, and then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

Stir in the black beans and cook until they are warmed, a few minutes more.If the chili is too thick for your preference, add another cup of stock.


The Colors Of Autumn & A Recipe


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¼ cup Spectrum® coconut oil, melted
¼ cup honey
1 cup rolled old-fashioned oats
1 cup quick cooking oats
⅔ cup unsweetened, dried cranberries
⅔ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs, beaten


Apple Kale & Pomegranate Salad


Apple Kale & Pomegranate Salad 

National Eat A Cranberry Day

Bowl of cranberries surrounded by cranberries on wooden table, elevated view

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Cranberry Antioxidant Punch

Makes approximately six drinks

2 cups fresh cranberries

6 to 8 pears, medium size

1 cup quince simple syrup — make ahead, recipe below

Feed cranberries and whole pears into a juice machine. Double strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the cranberry seeds. In a pitcher, mix the pear and cranberry juice with the quince simple syrup.  To serve, pour over ice and garnish with fresh cranberries.

Recipe By: Gina Chersevani



Cranberry Relish

3 cups (12 oz bag) cranberries
2 apples, cored
1 orange
¼ of orange peel
½ cup coconut sugar, brown sugar or other equivalent sweetener

Combine first 4 ingredients into food processor and chop. Mix in sugar. Let stand in refrigerator for several hours. Makes 7 servings


Nut Roast

3 oz dried cranberries
3/4 cup hot water
8 oz cashews, toasted and chopped fine
6 oz breadcrumbs
2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onions, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely shredded
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 small mild or hot red chilies, finely chopped
3 oz flour
A little under 1 cup vegetable stock or broth

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease and line a 2lb loaf pan. Put the cranberries into a cup and add the hot water, set aside to soak. Mix the breadcrumbs, nuts and rosemary in a bowl and set aside. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan or pot. Add the onions, carrot and saute for several minutes until tender. Add the crushed garlic and chopped chilies and continue to saute for a couple more minutes until the garlic releases it’s aroma.
Take off the heat and stir in the flour. Then pour the hot stock into the pan and stir well to form a sticky paste. Strain the cranberries and stir them into the bowl containing the cashew and breadcrumb mixture. Then tip the cashew, breadcrumb and cranberry mixture into the pan. Mix well so that everything is thoroughly combined. Pack the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Smooth down the top with the back of a water dipped metal spoon.
Bake for around forty-five minutes to one hour, or until firm and an inserted knife comes out clean. NOTE: Once baked, let loaf sit in the pan for about half an hour before serving so it will firm up.





Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

For someone who loves and uses sweet potatoes as much as I do, I have been seriously neglecting some of the other delicious fall/winter root vegetables. For example- the acorn squash. (Where is the…

Recipe @ A Rented Kitchen

Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Green Lentils


Delicious and healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Green Lentils! Super easy and quick meal or side dish. Gluten-free, Grain-free and Vegan.

Recipe @ pure ella