German Chocolate Cake Cocktail

I’d pick this German Chocolate Cake Cocktail over a slice of cake any day! A wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, the weekend, or just any old night!

I'd pick this German Chocolate Cake Cocktail over a slice of cake any day! A wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, the weekend, or just any old night!

It’s just another boring Thursday. Nothing exciting. Nothing happening. Just plain ole’ blahs. Today isn’t anyone’s special day or anything like that.

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Honey Oat Banana Bread Cake with Granola Crunch Topping

This Honey Oat Banana Bread Cake topped with Granola Crunch Topping is a delicious twist on your classic loaf of banana bread.

Honey Oat Banana Bread Cake topped with Granola - A delicious twist on your classic banana bread. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

 This post was sponsored by Nature Valley™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Nature Valley™ Protein Granola, all opinions are my own.

I  have got to tell you about my love affair with granola. I will be the first to admit that I eat at least a handful of granola every single day. Yogurt, berries, and delicious granola on top is basically the best mid-morning snack ever. The weird thing is that this is my snack every day. Really.

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Coconut Cream Pie Dip

This sweet COCONUT CREAM PIE DIP is such a delightful treat for dipping your fruit, cookies, or even just a spoon! It is sure to remind you of your favorite coconut cream pie, but with this recipe, it comes together in just minutes.

This sweet COCONUT CREAM PIE DIP is such a delightful treat for dipping your fruit, cookies, or even just a spoon! It is sure to remind you of your favorite coconut cream pie, but with this recipe, it comes together in just minutes. | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Food holidays are weird, right? You know what I’m talking about. National Cookie Butter Day. World Syrup Day. National Cover-Everything-In-Chocolate Day. I don’t know, they’re just a little strange. Who’s making this stuff up? And who is actually actively celebrating these days. Like on chocolate day, do you really go all out and eat everything chocolate that you can get your hands on?

Here’s the thing… I don’t celebrate. Not usually. I actually had a completely different post planned for you today. Until…

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Cinnamon Honey Almond Fruit Spread

This Cinnamon Honey Almond Fruit Spread is the perfect spread for your apples. An amped-up version of your classic Almond Butter, sure to delight kids and adults of all ages!

 Cinnamon Honey Almond Fruit Spread - The perfect spread for your apples - an amped-up version of your classic Almond Butter www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

As a mom, one of my biggest struggles is getting my son to eat the foods that I would prefer him to eat. Those foods that I prefer would almost all be from the produce section, health food section, or bulk foods section. There wouldn’t be a whole lot of foods that came out of a box or a shiny wrapper. But of course, it’s not all that easy where there are packaged goodies with cartoon characters saying “Buy Me,” competing with me. [Read more...]

Basil Bread with Peach Swirl

 Savory meets sweet in this deliciously fresh combination. This Basil Bread with a Peach Swirl combines two of my favorite farmer’s market finds in one bread to make something so fresh with unique flavor.

Basil Bread with Peach Swirl - Savory meets sweet in this deliciously fresh combination. Two of your favorite farmer's market finds in one bread! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

This post has been sponsored by Pompeian, but as always, all opinions are my own.

 A few weeks ago, my honey, son, and I were strolling along at the local Downtown Salt Lake Farmer’s Market. Wife had only been home for 12 hours after her 7 months away for military, so I was absolutely feeling on top of the world to just all be together again. Checking out the handmade goods, petting random dogs, listening to locals jamming on their guitars, and of course sampling all the fresh and local food! These are some of the things that make up the happiness in my soul. And sharing those experiences with my loved ones is what it’s all about.

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Why I Feel Like a Fraudulent Health Blogger

I should have written this post months ago. But the problem is that I didn’t know I needed to until Thursday of last week. Thursday, it all hit me.

I am a fraud.

Never Let a Stumble in the Road Be the End of a Journey. Find out about my stumble and what I'm doing to overcome it. www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

That’s right. A fraudulent health blogger. I claim to be a health blogger, yet I am the worst at taking my own advice. As bloggers, we have the luxury of hiding behind a computer screen. No one knows the complete truth when you don’t have to see them face-to-face. No one has to see the days and days I’ve gone without [Read more...]

Guaca-Salsa Over My MorningStar Veggie Burgers


Guaca-Salsa over my Veggie Burgers. Forget the bun. Forget the ketchup and mustard. This is all I need! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

As a vegetarian, I get asked some of the same questions over and over again.

“Where do you get your protein?”
“What do you even grill?”
“Do you just eat salad?”
“How do you get your family to eat your vegetarian food?”

To all of these questions, I can answer with one word: [Read more...]

Caramel Cheesecake Martini

Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this Caramel Cheesecake Martini does!

Caramel Cheesecake Martini - Drinking dessert is sometimes way better than eating it, especially when it tastes a good as this one does! www.happyfoodheathylife.com

Boy do I have a treat for you today! I know yesterday, I said I was taking a blogging break for a few weeks, and yes, that is still the case. But when I was invited by Roxana  to participate in the celebration of National Cheesecake Day, I had to jump on board.

Now let me be 100% honest with you here. Cheesecake by itself is not [Read more...]