I recently came across a recipe that gave me an idea for a recipe that combined some of my fave healthy foods to eat…applesauce, rolled oats, bananas….yum! Put all that together with a little flax seed and honey or yogurt and what comes to mind? Granola bars? Flavored oatmeal? Well, you could probably make these treats, too, but how about cookies?? Yes, cookies and they taste even better chilled (at least to me they do)! These are great for a healthy snack to give your kids or sweet treat to have at your next gathering where your vegan (and non-vegan) attendees can try them out. Ready for the recipe? Then read on.
Anyone who knows me know that traveling, by far, is one of my favorite things to do. Ever since I was a kid I’d get a thrill out of hitting the road to go somewhere other than where I lived. And once I went away to college I took full advantage of my new found freedom and traveled from coast to coast. So, of course, since I have gotten older I still love to travel at least several times a year. But being a more health-conscious person now as an adult, I have tried to find ways to maintain a healthy diet while traveling, which can be a challenge. Continue reading
Think great drinks, DELICIOUS food, cool music, and a “grown n sexy” atmosphere. This is what describes Epic Sports Bar & Grill located in Spanish Lake, MO. Only recently opening in the Sierra Vista Plaza a few doors down from the Schnucks grocery store, this establishment has already seen its fair share of days and nights with bustling business. And thanks to its offerings that I previously mentioned (drinks, food, and atmosphere), I don’t see their business slowing down anytime soon. Continue reading
I recently took a weekend trip to Oklahoma City, OK for my alma mater’s homecoming festivities. I must say that in the 13 years I’ve been out of school this city has changed quite a bit…for the better. Known for having its Sooner fans and now also for its NBA team (Thunder Up!), Oklahoma City has more to offer than many may expect. I would say it is definitely worth checking out for a place to visit. Continue reading
North St. Louis County is where I have lived for the past several years. A large area of St. Louis’ metropolitan area, north county is home to over 375,000 residents based on the last census count done in 2010. It is a flourishing area with a variety of restaurants and shops for its diverse population of residents to enjoy. But lately with all the news coverage of Ferguson, Mo, which is also part of North St. Louis County, I think people who do not actually live here think it is a war zone, full of thugs, and just an overall depressing place to live. Well I’m here to tell you that is absolutely not true. While North St. Louis County has some issues just as almost any other community does, I would say that the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I enjoy living here. So I have decided to highlight some cool places here that I thought people may want to check out if they currently live here, nearby, or plan to visit the St. Louis area soon.
Taco salad is one of my fave meals to eat. There’s just something about a delicious, nutritious, colorful mix of vegetables over seasoned meat mixed with crushed tortilla chips and chunky salsa then topped off with light sour cream that I just love! (Can’t you tell from how I described it that it is one of my absolute faves?!) Well, as I have become more health-conscious I have experimented with various, more nutritional foods….quinoa is one of them. This “super grain” has a number of nutritional benefits such as essential amino acids and it soaks up seasoning pretty well making it a great substitute for meat in some dishes. After seeing a beautiful picture on Pinterest of a quinoa taco salad I decided to give it a try. Not only did it look fantastic but it tasted HEAVENLY! I mean look at that picture! Ok wanna know how I made this tasty dish? Then check out the recipe here! Continue reading
I am a wine lover. I could drink a glass or two of Merlot everyday (yes I prefer dry and semi-sweet wine). I’ve been to a number of wineries and I am always reading up on different types of wine. And there has been some interesting information I have found that many wine drinkers may not know. Curious to know what? Then read on. Continue reading
Many of us have heard about the benefits of kale. It’s nutritious and full of health benefits such as good amounts to calcium and fiber. Consistent consumption of kale also helps to ward off health ailments such as lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, and of course aiding in weight management due to its low calories. But some may wonder what kale can be used for when it comes to meals and snacks. It’s definitely much more than a boring green leaf. So here are a few ideas that can help. Continue reading