It Ain't Easy Bein' Green

It Ain't Easy Bein' Green

What if romaine was better for you than you thought (hint: it is).  Have you been struggling to chew through raw kale, thinking that raw foods are always better for you (hint: they’re not)?  

In honor of St. Patrick's day - here's a "menu" on why, and how, to eat your greens in all shades!

I Like it (Fine and) Raw… Pure Chocolate, Pure Love

I Like it (Fine and) Raw… Pure Chocolate, Pure Love

Fine & Raw caught my attention because of their cheeky (non-toxic) packaging, and held my attention when I tasted the smooth, indulgent texture of their “Chunky”.  Best of all, they cook their cacao at a low temperature to retain the health benefits of this yummy superfood so it’s actually good for you.  

An Avocadoutfit & Good Fat Day Recipes

Avo necklace
Avo necklace

You know you’re a food geek when your clothing starts to remind you of produce.  Such was the inspiration for this post, which came from a necklace that I call my avocado collar because; well… it kinda looks like one!  I jokingly call this my “dumpy brown jumpsuit” because on paper, it should be dumpy and hideous.  Yet somehow, it’s actually pretty awesome!  Sometimes something that sounds bad can actually be good; like FAT, as in the monounsaturated kind that’s in avocados.  

In any case, avocados are still in season – and every time I pass by the produce section, I can't help but toss a few of nature's "green butter", as I call em, into my tote.  Besides being down right delicious, avocados are Healthy Hippie approved because they are made up of mostly monounsaturated fat, aka “good fat”: the sort that lowers the bad and raises the good levels of cholesterol in your bloodstream.  They’re high in both protein and fiber so they’re incredibly satiating and have even been shown to reduce BMI and boost metabolism, and their high potassium content works to regulate blood sugar levels and control blood pressure.  Avocados are also loaded with vitamins K, C and E, plus carotenoids and Omega-9 fatty acids – all essential nutrients for glowing skin.  So basically, the incredible edible avocado makes you look as good as you feel!  Are you sold?!  Great, now let’s eat…

Sure, everyone loves guacamole, but if by this late in the season you're looking to get a little more creative with your avo - check out 5 of my favorite ways to indulge deliciously.  

As always, my recipes require few ingredients, little effort and lots of reward!!  



Never thought to mix an avocado with something sweet?  Think again!  Avocado’s mild flavor and rich texture blend perfectly with fruit for a creamy, frothy treat. 


  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 1 c frozen berries of your choice
  • 1 c frozen spinach
  • 2 tbsp Green Vibrance Superfood Powder
  • 1 c almond milk (more if needed to blend)


  1. Pop all ingredients into blender
  2. Blend until smooth
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  • ½ of one ripe avocado
  • ½ cup of mango, cubed
  • 1 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp harissa
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
  • Drizzle of olive oil


  1. Pour yogurt into a cup, leaving room at the top for ingredients
  2. Layer in mango and avocado with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on the avocado
  3. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a dollop of Harissa on top
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  • 1/2 avocado, smashed
  • 1/4 c crumbled, herbed goat cheese
  • OR plain feta plus sliced Italian olives and a dash of red pepper to taste
  • 1 sprouted grain Ezekiel wrap
  • 1 drizzle of olive oil (optional)


  1. Toast your Ezekiel wrap
  2. Spread mashed avocado on wrap
  3. Sprinkle herbed goat cheese evenly on top, lightly pressing the cheese into the avocado
  4. Drizzle with olive oil if desired
  5. Cut into 4 pieces for easy eating!  
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  • 1 avocado
  • ½ c cilantro (optional)
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp course ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ head of shredded green cabbage
  • ½ head of shredded red cabbage
  • ½ c shredded carrots
  • ½ c shredded red bell pepper
  • ¾ c of Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper to taste


  1. Put the first 5 ingredients into a blender and puree
  2. Slowly add olive oil while continuing to blend
  3. Pour mixture over shredded veggies and mix in a large bowl
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
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A note about alternate grain pastas: Quinoa pasta is best eaten fresh and doesn’t store well, while brown rice pasta is best cooked al dente.  Both are delicious, more nutritious than white or wheat pastas and gluten free!


  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 2-3 dashes of cayenne
  • 2-3 dashes of tumeric
  • ½ c coconut milk
  • 6 dashes garlic powder
  • 4 dashes onion salt
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast or parmesan
  • 3 dashes white pepper (black pepper if you don’t have it)
  • Squeeze of ½ lemon
  • 1 lb of pasta (I use brown rice or quinoa pasta to keep it gluten free)
  • Salt and additional nutritional yeast/parmesan to taste if needed
  • Garnish with basil if desired


  1. Smash avocado in a bowl
  2. Add spices, lemon and yeast (or cheese) to avocado bowl and set aside
  3. Boil pasta until al dente
  4. Strain and return to pot, keeping about 3 tbsp of the starchy water in the bottom
  5. Add coconut milk
  6. Add smashed avocado and spices, stir until well mixed
  7. Garnish with basil and additional salt or nutritional yeast/cheese if desired

3 Perfect Picnic Recipes with 3 Steps or Less

3 Perfect Picnic Recipes with 3 Steps or Less

Rather than heading straight to the Whole Foods salad bar to stock up, I’ve got a few easy ideas that’ll save you some cash as well as calories.  Below are some of my favorite simple salad recipes - straight from my treehouse kitchen to your picnic basket... and just in time for 4th of July!

6 Good n' Green Recipes to Celebrate St. Patty's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is this weekend, and whether or not you plan to dress like a leprechaun or go on an Irish pub crawl - the green-themed holiday is a great excuse to load up on your veggies!  In honor of the occasion, I've rounded up 6 of my favorite green recipes - perfect for hosting a healthy St. Patty's Day feast!

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-Serve with Edamame Hummus or guacamole

EDAMAME HUMMUS [V] [VV] [GF] via Pip & Ebby

-       Serve with Sneaky Spinach Shamrock crackers, cucumbers and/or celery.

-       Garnish with 4 whole edamame in the shape of a 4 leaf clover, or – if you have flat leave parsley lying around – stick that on top


- Delicious served at brunch or dinner!

GREENS & QUINOA PIE [V] [GF] via Vegetarian Times

- Chicory is the same as curly endive.  If you can’t find it, dandelion or another bitter green should work well as a substitute.


- These are great dipped in a little hot sauce too!

SUPER HEALTHY GREEN SOUP [VV] [V] [GF] via Green of Quinoa

Happy, healthy St Patty's Day!



NYC's Healthiest Snacks & Plates to Power You through NYFW (via Guest of a Guest)

NYC's Healthiest Snacks & Plates to Power You through NYFW (via Guest of a Guest)

Ah, the great paradox of Fashion Week—on the one hand you're running around all day and are in desperate need of fuel, but then you're also surrounded by sample sizes, models, and the constant flash of photogs. So what's a hungry fashionista to do? Simply snack smart at the city's most stylish spots! From grab and go bites to sit and stay dishes, here are the healthiest meals to munch this NYFW.

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My Top 15 Favorite Recipes For a Clean Start to 2014

My Top 15 Favorite Recipes For a Clean Start to 2014

To get you started (and to inspire myself to clean up my act!)  I’m sharing some of my personal favorite recipes from my friends, my kitchen, and my favorite food blogs.

Many are vegan and/or gluten free, most are vegetarian, and all are healthful and DELICIOUS.