Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

There’s nothing like beating the heat with a simple, but delightfully refreshing, frozen yogurt. This one can be made completely vegan, you can add whatever mix-ins you please, and you will be sure to never skimp on the vanilla again!

Homemade Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt - Fresh. Satisfying. Guiltfree!! #dessert #cooltreat

From what I hear, there are parts of the country that are already getting blazin’ hot in May! Here in Salt Lake, I know it’s coming. It’s right around the corner. The stifling heat that suffocates you when you get in your car after a long day at work. The heat that forces you to stay inside all day long and blast your AC. The seat belt that burns your kiddo’s leg before he cries about it [and the heat] for the next 15 minutes.

Let me just say that [Read more...]

Orange Chicken Tofu Bowl

Everyone loves Orange Chicken, right? How about turning it into a vegetarian version with the same flavors!

Orange Chicken Tofu Bowl - Everyone loves Orange Chicken, right? How about turning it into a vegetarian version with the same flavors?! #vegetarian #dinner #meatlessmonday

Can I be completely honest with you today? I’ve got nothin’. Nothing exciting to talk about. I know you think I’m a big bundle of inspirational topics to discuss, but today, it’s pretty hollow up in this brain of mine. I mean, there’s the boring life stuff. But you don’t want that, do you? Or I don’t know – maybe you do…  Let’s try it!

** I’m trying out a new gym [Read more...]

One Easy Way To Feel Beautiful in Only 5 Minutes a Day!

One Easy Way to Feel Beautiful in Less Than 5 Minutes a Day!! Honestly, that's all it takes! #selflove #loveyourbody #youarebeautiful

How often do you go through this life feeling less than beautiful? Chances are, it’s happening often. Women are so nit-picky of themselves these days, that it almost seems easier to put ourselves down than to raise ourselves up. Comparing ourselves to the latest magazine-stand celebrity or even our own friends. Feeling not good enough, not pretty enough, not skinny enough. Even though it doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, these are the types of habits that turn into low self-esteem.

So today is the day [Read more...]

Springtime Dessert Bar

There is nothing better than a table full of your favorite spring-y treats! I put together a Springtime Dessert Bar filled with goodies that I’d love to share with you.

Springtime Dessert Bar - a dessert table with a theme of fresh and light - www.happyfoodhealthylife #dessert

I know Easter and Mother’s Day is behind us, but I couldn’t NOT share this super delicious Springtime Dessert Bar with you. When deciding how we wanted to celebrate the moms in our lives, my sister and I brainstormed a couple of ideas. But as soon as she mentioned a fancy dessert bar, I was all on that one, [Read more...]

Healthy Almond Joy Protein Bars

Your favorite candy bar flavors, wrapped up in a bar that’s full of nutrients. Now that’s a win! These Healthy Almond Joy Protein Bars are absolutely out of this world and don’t taste healthy at all!

Healthy Almond Joy Protein Bars - Your favorite candy bar flavors, wrapped up in a bar that's full of nutrients. Now that's a win! #healthy #protein #snack

As I was struggling to edit these pictures last night, a little voice in my head was reminding me that I do not have to perfect. This is, by far, not a very good set of photos. It’s been overcast most days this week. I was trying to play with the manual settings on my camera instead of letting it do all the work. And let’s just say the results were far from optimal. I almost didn’t post because of that. But then I had another taste of these healthy almond joy-esque bars, and there’s no way I could deprive you of these treats! It would be rude of me. [Read more...]

What Motivates You to Donate to a Good Cause

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Good Scout.
What Motivates You to Donate to a Good Cause?

So I have a problem. It’s a silly problem, but still, it is a problem. I am too compassionate. That’s right. I care too much. To a fault. I internalize just about every sad and heart-breaking story that hits the news. I picture my own family suffering whatever hardship is happening to another family. When there is a tragedy involving children, I immediately think of my own son. I know that’s a normal mama thing, but really – it’s these intense feelings that put me in a situation where I’m wanting to donate to every little cause out there. If it makes me teary, you can bet I’m feeling tempted to help in whatever way I can. But of course, I cannot give to every single organization, as much as I may want to. [Read more...]

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes

If you’re looking to try and make your mornings healthy, these deliciously fluffy Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes are where you should start!

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes. If you're looking to try and make your mornings healthy, these deliciously fluffy pancakes are where you should start! #healthy #pancakes #breakfast

Conversation with my seven-year-old son after school on Monday –
Xander: I have to go to bed early tonight.
Me: That sounds like a good plan, but why?
Xander: Because we have tests this week and the rules are that we go to sleep early and eat a good breakfast in the morning.
Me: Those are good rules, and I think we can do that. Any ideas on what [Read more...]

3-Ingredient Skinny Margaritas

It is so easy to get carried away and have all your drink calories add up way too fast. With this super easy, super skinny margarita, you have nothing to worry about!

3 Ingredient Skinny Margaritas - The easiest margarita you'll ever taste - under 70 calories!! #skinny #margarita #alcohol

I haven’t posted a cocktail on here in a long time! To be honest, my wife is the drink-master in our home, so the well has been pretty dry over here. Well, unless you count my nightly glass of wine. But as for anything mixed that requires me to measure anything out. Nope, not a lot has been happening in that department for the last 4 months. But with Cinco de Mayo early next week, I thought I’d whip up one festive beverage that I knew I could make with no problem.

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Easy Weeknight Vegetarian Stroganoff

Looking for a meal that will come together in just minutes, only requires a few ingredients, and your family will gobble up? This Vegetarian Stroganoff is the shortcut you are looking for on a busy weeknight!

Easy Weeknight Stroganoff. This vegetarian twist on your classic stroganoff pasta dish comes together in just a few minutes and is loved by the whole family! #vegetarian #easydinner #pasta

One of my son’s absolute favorite dinners at home is “mushroom pasta.” Every week when I’m planning meals out, I ask him is there’s anything he would like to have that week, and without fail, he gets all big-eyed and excited. “Oh! You know what I want. You know, that mushroom pasta?!”

Yes dear, the mushroom stroganoff that I’ve been making for years, that you just love, that also seems to take a billion years to make because I make my mushroom gravy from scratch. Yup, I know the one. The kid loves it, but when it takes so long to make, I just don’t have the time to slave over [Read more...]

Where I Turn for Motivation When I’m Achieving Goals

Do you find it easy to get side-tracked  when you're working toward something and lose sight of your goals? Come find out where I Turn For Motivation When I'm Achieving Goals. #motivation #selfhelp #gethealthy

Often, I’m getting asked where I find my motivation when it comes to achieving goals. I have so much stress and battle with chronic depression that sometimes it can be difficult to find the motivation that I need in order to reach the goals I have made for myself. Because I know this about myself, I wanted to take charge of the situation and be sure that I had a place that I could turn to that would be sure to keep me focused and motivated. [Read more...]