Halfpops. You know the best part of popcorn, the kernels that aren’t completely popped? These are a whole bag of precisely that. They are made in Seattle and have beautiful packaging, are certified gluten-free and all-natural.

FlapJacked Protein Pancakes. I actually won a giveaway from She Rocks Fitness and so I was sent them to try…big fan! The nutrition stats are great (200 calories, 17 grams protein, 7 grams fiber), the flavor is great and the ingredients are real.

Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds. These aren’t anything new, but I picked them up a few weeks ago from Trader Joe’s and they make the perfect dessert/treat at night. Almonds covered in chocolate are still healthy, right? ;)

Nuttzo Nut Butters. I was sent some Nuttzo to try out and I love the ingredient list and nut variety that they use and of course the added benefits that flaxseed adds. (The flax is cracked so you can reap the omega-3 benefits!)

Blue Bottle Coffee. I picked some up at the airport in San Francisco and totally understand the hype. It’s delicious. Garden Lites Pizza Souffle. This egg and vegetable “souffle” is found in the freezer section and contains 2 servings of vegetables, 12 grams of protein and 200 calories. It was SO good! It was a bit pricey, but nice to have for a rushed morning.

Quest Protein Bars. I was really skeptical of these…but I’ve seen them raved about all over online and while I was at GNC picking a few up, the guy working assured me they were really good. Oddly enough, they are so much better when microwaved for a bit. Dare I say it was the closest non-cookie dough-tasting cookie dough product out there? They are low-carb, gluten-free, high-protein and boast a pretty simple ingredient list. (Can only be purchased online and at GNC.)

TaDah Falafel Wraps. Wow. Just go find these in the frozen section! I’m still dreaming about this wrap. This wrap had 17 grams of protein and all recognizable ingredients. (This variety is also vegan, others have feta.)

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simple bean salads

I’m really into bean salads right now. Once I realized how truly simple – yet satisfying – they could be…let’s just say I’m sorry it took me so long. I like to keep it really basic: no fancy home-made dressings, no crazy chopping of vegetables, just beans + herbs + olive oil + spices and

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parmesan crusted chicken

Can I share a total midwest recipe with you? I know, I live in LA – land of green juice and salads – and I want to share a not-so-healthy recipe that is comprised of mayonnaise and cheese. But we can call it parmesan crusted chicken and pretend it’s fancier than it really is. As

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super bowl food ridiculousness

It seems that this is the week of super bowl food. Forget the commercials, it’s all about the food. Is the game even worth a mention anymore? I’m not sure… Pinterest is FULL of cheesy dips, party foods and sweet treats. Which is pretty standard, but I swear there are more than normal! (super bowl

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baked kale with gruyere

Are you guys sick of Thanksgiving recipes? Because I have onnnnne more (and my first this year!) to share with you. I wasn’t going to share any Thanksgiving recipes because quite frankly, I’m still in denial that it is in mere days and I hadn’t really thought about it much.  Then I needed to get

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simple & healthy: huevos rancheros

I’ve decided that I need to start making breakfast for dinner more often. There are a lot of things to love about breakfasts for dinner. In my world, that would mean eggs. These huevos rancheros are great: flavorful, filling and so budget friendly. There are many varieties of huevos rancheros, with some more difficult than

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italian roasted cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower is one of my favorite roasted vegetables. I know, in the midst of pumpkin and squash mania (aka October) I should be gushing about something orange, but I’m gushing about something white. Typically I stick to the basics, and drizzle the cauliflower  with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper and

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