Health & Fitness


Let the apple endeavors continue!

A few years ago when I went to the apple orchard and loaded up, I ended up making 4 loaves of apple bread. Yup, excessive. So I decided this year I would find different, more creative ways to use the apples! Not that I don’t love apple bread… because I do. Like, a lot. But, time to evolve!




Last week I shared the recipe for my apple protein pancakes and I have had great feedback from people saying they tried them and love the seasonal side of breakfast! Now, it’s time for some snacks.

What I love about these bars is the chunks of apples. Almost like banana bread where you get that little chunk of fruit, so you know it’s healthy 🙂 And these bars really are! I added even more healthy alternatives to the already-healthy recipe at the very bottom. Want to add a little protein? Take out a little sugar? Make it vegan? All options are at the very bottom!

While these don’t have a ton of protein, they are low in sugar! Yes, less sugar than 1 medium banana. So if you don’t want to change the taste of these yummers but still want to add some protein to the snack? Maybe warm up the square and top it with some vanilla Siggi’s Yogurt. Wow, my mouth is watering…. be right back.




If you don’t like the apple chunks in these bars (first off, you’re crazy), but you could shred the apple instead of chopping it! Now, that adds a little more moisture because of the way the juices from the apple come out when it’s shredded, so if you decide to shred your apple, maybe wait to add the honey. You might need less to get the batter to the moist level that it needs to be to bake appropriately. But definitely try it out!

Other add-in options that I think would be really good; Slivered almonds, raisins, chopped walnuts. Make it your own!! Either way these are great gluten free snacks to have for you, and even your kids for the week!


Makes 16 bars

1 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats

1 cup almond flour/meal

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

optional spices: nutmeg, ginger

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup almond butter, or nut butter of choice

1/4 cup date sugar, or sugar of choice

1/4 cup brown rice syrup, or honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 apple, peeled and chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.

While oven is preheating, in a small bowl mix the dry ingredients together: oats, almond flour, shredded coconut, baking soda, salt, and spices.

In a medium bowl, mis the wet ingredients together until almost a creamy consistency: almond butter, olive oil, date sugar, honey, vanilla extract. Once that is all mixed, at that point add in the egg and mix, as to not overheat the yolk.

Meanwhile, peel and chop your apple and set aside. After you have folded the dry ingredients into the dry ingredients and thoroughly mixed, add the apple. Once the entire batter is mixed, which should be fairly thick and dry, not too wet, pour it into your prepared parchment-covered 8×8 pan.

At this point, I wet my hand and pressed the mixture down firmly and evened out the top to make it one even square.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, then remove from oven to let cool for about an hour. This is CRUCIAL! Otherwise when you try to take the mixture out of the pan it will just crumble apart.

Once you have waited the hour, carefully remove the bar out of the pan by the parchment, then proceed to cut into 16 individual snack bars.




Want to make it a little healthier and leaner? Here are some substitution ideas!

Instead of 1 cup of almond meal:

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder

Instead of 1/4 cup of honey:

2 tbsp of almond milk, or enough to reach the same desired consistency of batter.

Want to make it vegan?

Replace the egg with 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp water.

By making these two changes, you alter the nutrition to result in the below. Notice the change in protein and sugar. But keep in mind this will change the consistency and overall taste of the recipe









Who said rosé is just a summer wine?




While I totally get it, and in fact even agreed with the summertime presence with this wine, after I tried it with a few of these recipe ideas? I actually prefer it this time of year! While I wouldn’t say this is the perfect wine for, say, November or maybe when there is snow on the ground, this transitional season between summer and fall is the perfect time to mix the two!

Favorite part of fall? The fresh apples!

The light airiness, hint of berries and florals pairs perfectly with sweet and tart apples! And until I tried them together? Oh my gosh! It’s kinda like champagne and strawberries, the beauty of one brings out the beauty of the other. So, I should pop open a bottle and eat some apple slices? Let’s get a little more creative.


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The picture above is my favorite: cheese and crackers. I’m a snacker, I love snacks! So cheese and crackers is a constant in my house. But want to fancy it up? Grab some Manchego, and a jar of apple jelly. Want to get REALLY fancy? What about some homemade apple jelly? If you have bags full of apples from your trip to the orchard this weekend? Then, I say go for it! But if you’re having some friends over or if you are entertaining soon, this is the perfect finger food to set out to up your hosting game.

Have a sweet tooth? Making your apples into a light palette cleanser or dessert is a great use of this sweet and tart fruit! Like a apple granita or a spiced apple cider sorbet are a great dessert pairing with your glass of rosé. The acidity of the lemon juice and apple cider in the sorbet are a great compliment to the acidity in the rosé.

Want to try a sparkling rosé? The bubbles and increased acidity in the sparkling rosé allows for a bit heavier of a pairing, if you prefer! Maybe an apple chutney, or… ready for it? Apple Baked Brie? Well, you had me at “rosé”, then “baked”, then “brie”. But if the heaviness of the bake brie is too much, maybe in a different form? I LOVE this recipe for a Brie, Apple and Honey Crostini . Again, a great way to up your hosting and finger-food game, while keeping the pairing complimentary to your sparkling rosé.

Again, those are heavier options, and while all delicious, if you really want to pair it well with a rosé, I would go for a lighter, sparkling one. Almost the fruitier the better. Especially with the baked brie, as the heaviness of the brie may take over the sweetness of the apples. So let your wine take over and help out!






Health & Fitness


Pretty sure I have said this before, I would eat breakfast every meal of the day.

And sometimes…. I do.

Don’t judge. You know it’s delicious.




But sometimes the breakfast options aren’t quite up to snuff nutritionally. Which is why I love finding healthier ways to enjoy this delightful meal. Whether it’s pancakes, waffles, a parfait, they don’t have to be unhealthy! The biggest culprit of most of these dishes is the sugar.

Most of iHop’s pancake servings have up to 40 even 50 g of sugar!!!! That is almost double the sugar that you should have in an entire day… in one sitting… on one plate… oh my. When you put that much sugar with so little protein? Well, it’s a recipe for disaster on anyone’s health.




These pancakes have more protein than sugar, and the natural sweetness from the apples is not only perfect for this time of year, but also a great way to get some great taste without the added enemy. With that, it is really important to get unsweetened applesauce, if you don’t, that definitely kicks up the sugar content. Just compare the two jars next time you are in the grocery store, the difference is… noticeable.

I used Tera’s Whey Vanilla Protein Powder that you can find in most grocery stores, and Whole Foods. The taste is so subtle that it doesn’t take over the entire meal. If you have a protein powder that you prefer, go right ahead! Just know it may change the taste a bit.





Serves 3 | about 8 small pancakes

1 medium apple peeled, sliced

  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon divided use

  • 4 large egg whites (½ cup)

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1-2 scoops whey protein powder vanilla flavor

  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 6 Tbsp. oat flour

  • ½ tsp. baking powder

  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp. ground ginger (optional)

  • 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)

Thinly slice the peeled apple and mix/coat with as much ground cinnamon as you want, then cook in a small skillet until the slices are cooked through thoroughly. This should take a few minutes, but make sure not to overcook or burn! Once they are done, set aside as your topping.

Meanwhile, mix the egg whites, applesauce, and almond milk in a small bowl together. Then mix the protein powder, rolled oats, oat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Then slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together. Careful not to over beat or beat too hard as the egg whites could change the consistency of the pancake.

I used a cast iron flat skillet to cook my pancakes, but once your pan-of-choice is coated with cooking spray, and heated slightly stove-top, begin to pour the batter. (*note: I tend to heat my pan on medium, then just before pouring the batter turn it down just a tad as not to burn the edges on contact) I tend not to go off of time, but notice the bubbles in the batter, once the outside or a generous portion of the batter has bubbles in it, then it’s ready to flip!

Stack your pancakes, top with cooked apple slices and maple syrup of choice. (*note: the nutrition facts below do not account for the maple syrup, which, obviously, changes the sugar content. My suggestion? sugar free maple syrup! Yes, it’s a thing, and yes it gives just the hint of maple that I need to complete my healthy breakfast.)

I cooked one pancake a time to cook them all evenly, and made 8 small pancakes. But if you choose, 4 medium ones would make for a perfect 2-serving meal.








Welcome to the first of the trending series of the season! 

There are a few trends this season that are so prevalent, and so fantastic that I had to dedicate a post to each of them! Sometimes the ever-changing styles can be overwhelming. And sometimes a trend comes and goes before you ever realize it was in style! Well these are three that you’ll not only notice, but you’ll want to take part in






If you had told me a year ago that you would be seeing embroidery making a comeback, I would have brushed it off as a trend that I would want no part of. Who would have thought that what, at times, is a clothing detail used for bad holiday sweaters and overdone 90’s pieces would come back so strong, and so stylish?? As you can tell, not me! 

This fall you are seeing it everywhere! Sweaters, pants, jackets, SHOES, oh my! Now, I have talked about versatile pieces in the past. But these, aren’t exactly that. Sure they are amazing for the fall / winter season and a great way to amp your outfit, but most of these pieces may not be super seasonal-friendly. Meaning, most of these pieces you probably won’t be able to wear come spring-time. Now, jeans with a little detail? Totally! This jacket featured above? Uhhh, yeah! But most of the pieces you see out there, the sweaters, the dresses, and definitely the shoes, are pieces that you’ll want to keep in the colder months. 






But either way, they are pieces that you’ll wear the tail off of while you can! And my favorite part about this trend is that it is making otherwise simple styles exciting and fun! Let’s get real, who has a million pair of plain jeans in their closet? Y’all are definitely raising your hands. Don’t you sometimes wish there was one or two pairs in that crowd that stood out from the rest? That made your jeans and a tee, or sweater, outfit just a little bit more fun? 

Ta da! 






There are so many different styles out there that I beg of you to check out. Anthropologie, Free People, and Revolve have some doozies. Looking for something super affordable? Chic Wish has some good options as well. 

Definitely keep a look out on Instagram for more pictures on some pieces that I have acquired over the past few weeks on this trend. You’ll probably find a few that you think would look good in your closet 🙂 

The pieces I’ve been drawn to are mostly on the low-key side of embroidery. Nothing too overdone, too covered in florals, and pieces that have the hits of decor that are noticeable but not overwhelming. If you’re looking for something that will stand out? A statement piece? There are plenty of dresses out there just waiting for you! This shirtdress is a great casual way to jump into the trend, and one that will work great come spring! 








The detail on the back of this dress is stunning! You’ll want to stare at it before wearing it. And if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where it’s warm throughout the holiday season, this piece would be a perfect get for you! And a piece that you could wear all year round. 




Have I sold you yet? 

If not, check out a few of the looks that I put together based on these new trends. This outfit from Anthropologie is an amazing one for the weekend. Meeting a fun group for brunch? Throw this on and you’ll slay the last outfit you wore to brunch… which was probably yoga leggings! I paired this look with a killer pair of white booties for a funky feel and loved it. You could easily wear it with chucks, or even nude heels for a different feel. 





One of my favorite pieces that I’m so glad has been so popular this year is the jean skirt. And this one is a doozy! Sometimes jean skirts are heavy and stiff, making them more uncomfortable than you’d like to be when you’re wearing denim. But this skirt from Abercrombie is a soft denim and beyond flattering in the cut. Obviously a destroyed denim, but it doesn’t hug around the thighs, which is nice for someone shaped like me 😀 

The embroidery is great on a piece like this because you can wear it with something casual like a hoody and chucks and not feel too much like a little kid. It elevates the style and makes gives it that feminine kick you’ve been looking for! 



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