Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites have all the flavor of a delicious cookie, but are packed full of nutrients to give you the boost you need.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites - All the flavor of a delicious cookie, but packed full of nutrients to give you the boost you need | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Sometimes when I am finished with a workout, I have a hard time with food. I just worked up a sweat, I feel like I could eat a house, and there’s absolutely nothing already made. So I need quick things. If I’m not careful, those quick things end up being a handful of Oreos while I’m figuring out what to make for dinner. Talk about ruining the workout!

But cookies are just so convenient! And well… yummy…

So I came up with a solution that lets me have my cookies and eat them too! [Read more…]

Homemade Honey Peanut Butter

This Homemade Honey Peanut Butter is easy to whip together in minutes. Only 3 natural ingredients. Nothing strange like what you get in the store!

Homemade Honey Peanut Butter. Easy to whip together in minutes. Only 3 natural ingredients. Nothing strange like what you get in the store! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Oh.em.gee. Peanut Butter. on everything!

I seriously have a bit of a problem, although it’s a problem I’m totally okay with having. I’m all about sitting down with a good book, a jar of peanut butter, a box of graham crackers, and a knife to slather those crackers with the good stuff. Don’t judge! This natural 3-ingredient peanut butter totally makes it okay.

Oh but yeah, speaking of curling up with a good book. [Read more…]

Coconut Milk Strawberry Ice Cream over Honey Orange Biscuit

Coconut Milk Strawberry Ice Cream over a Honey Orange Biscuit. Hard to believe this decadent treat is practically guilt-free! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

You know me. I love dessert. And I also love being healthy. I refuse to give up dessert in my journey to a healthy life, and I encourage all around me to do the same. That is why I’m always on the hunt for ways to turn unhealthy treats into lighter fare that still tastes fan-freakin-tastic. I also refuse to sacrifice flavor just to make something a bit healthier.

I “met” Brianne over the internet a few years back at an online conference, and I have always been so impressed with her healthy recipes and the fun lunches she packs for her son. So when Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips asked me to make a healthy dessert for her blog, I was absolutely ecstatic!

Healthy desserts. Kind of sounds like an oxymoron, right? The thing is, I absolutely love taking those ooey-gooey sweet treats and finding a way to make them healthier. It really is so simple to do once you learn a few tips and tricks around the kitchen. All you have to do is substitute some of the nutrient-lacking ingredients for ingredients with a little more nutritional value.  [Read more…]

Top 5 Tips to Help You Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Top 5 Tips for Helping You Live a Healthier Lifestyle - Sometimes you need just a few helpful tips to get you moving in the right direction. - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Fiber One compensated me for this post using its products, but as always, my opinions are my own.

I’ve said it time and time again. Living a healthy lifestyle really is all about creating an environment that encourages your success. Preparing for success. Setting yourself up for daily wins. There are really some simple things you can do to set yourself up for success. But maybe you don’t know just how easy it can be.

I promise, it’s all easy stuff. Things that absolutely anyone can do. You don’t have to have a certain level of health or fitness to make this lifestyle change. All you need is the desire to get healthy.

So let’s get started! [Read more…]

Dirty Dirty Chai

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetWarmUp #CollectiveBias 

Find out what makes this DIRTY DIRTY CHAI extra dirty!

Dirty Dirty Chai (vegan) - Find out what makes this hot drink EXTRA dirty! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

I swear, I thought people said things were supposed to get less stressful and less busy after the holidays. I’m officially angry with every single person who told me it would slow down after the new year. Okay, so not really angry, but definitely disappointed. What I wouldn’t give for a slow week… heck, I’d even take a day!

But this year so far I’ve added even more to my plate! I’m working out 6 days a week, something that is making me both incredibly energetic and exhausted all at the same time. I’m so happy to be back into the swing of things.

Plus I’m working on an amazing project that is going to change your life. Seriously. Get excited!

I’m also taking both a blogging class and a photography class.

And of course all the normal daily working mom things I get to do.

It is definitely time for me to find a way to slow down and take a moment for myself this weekend! [Read more…]

5 Reasons Why You Should Throw Away Your Scale

5 Reasons Why You Should Throw Away Your Scale - it truly does more harm than good. It's time to give it the boot! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Your scale. You know that awful thing staring at you from the corner of your bathroom. My guess is that either you avoid it like the plague because you’re scared of the numbers. Or you are on it obsessively trying to monitor your weight. I have been on both ends of the spectrum.

There was a period of time when I would weigh myself every hour on the hour just to be sure the needle didn’t go up at all. And if I was lucky, maybe it would go down.

And then there were long stretches of time when I wanted to know how much I weighed but I was terrified of how far that needle would rise. So I just ignored it and was in denial about my weight gain.

Here’s the thing. You don’t need a scale. A scale could ruin you and your ability to get healthy and happy… especially happy! [Read more…]

Healthy Crispbread Snack Ideas

Tracking PixelFinding healthy snacks can be one of the hardest parts of living a healthy lifestyle. With the help of Wasa crispbreads, I’m able to come up with a wide range of clean and healthy snacks.

Healthy Crispbread Snack Ideas - how many ways do you think you can top yours? | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

There’s definitely no lack of healthy recipes all over the internet these days.  Healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners galore. Everyone’s on the health train.

The thing though… I want to eat all.the.time! I’ve been working out six days a week, and I’m pretty much hungry all the time. I eat small little meals about every 2-3 hours. No way do I want to make a whole meal every time I’m hungry. I need the quick and easy. But still healthy real food. [Read more…]

Vegetarian Lentil Meatloaf


Vegetarian Lentil Meatloaf - this is some serious comfort food that's actually good for you! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

As you may remember, my wife and I were apart for about 7 months in 2014 due to her military training away from home. As you can imagine, that was one of the roughest times of my life. We truly do  everything together. She’s my best friend, and being apart for so long was hard on us both.

One of the hardest parts for her honestly was the food. During basic training, she had to learn how to eat meals in less than ten minutes. At that point, you’re basically just shoveling and swallowing a full meal that would fuel you through all your training. And on top of that, getting down 3 glasses of fluid. Let’s just say, food turned into something dreadful and not so pleasant. Many of her letters home said how much she missed my home-cooked meals and just being able to enjoy food. [Read more…]

Healthy Almond Joy Banana Bread

A bunch of healthy ingredients teamed up with the flavors of your favorite candy bar in this Healthy Almond Joy Banana Bread for a true indulgence that you won’t feel guilty about.

Healthy Almond Joy Banana Bread - healthy ingredients teamed up with the flavors of your favorite candy bar | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

So there’s this thing that happens at the beginning of every year, as I’m sure you’re well aware of. The health craze begins. After at least a month of holiday parties, Christmas cookies, and too many indulgences, the world goes into some sort of crazy “I’ve gotta fix this” mode. Restrictive diets are planned. Everyone’s eating more kale. You can’t find a parking spot at the gym because everyone has signed up for a new membership and decides that THIS is the year they’re finally going to get healthy. This is how it goes every single year.

The problem I have with this whole thing?

I’m not ready to give up sweets. [Read more…]

Top Ten Reasons Why Diets Suck!

Top 10 Reasons Why Diets Suck - www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Beginning of the year. All these health-related resolutions are made. New workout programs. New eating regimes. New weight loss goals. It’s pretty much all people are talking about these days.
You know what else I’m hearing though? The nasty D word! You know what I’m talking about. The one that you feel guilty about every time it’s uttered. The one that you’re not “good enough” at. The one you’ll probably honestly quit within the next few weeks…

Yeah – DIET. That’s the one.

I personally hate the word. Just hearing it makes me cringe. [Read more…]