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Holiday Gifts that Glow: A Made to Glow Gift Guide

Wondering what gifts to get your family and friends this holiday season? Check out this list of health-inspired, non-toxic, eco-friendly gift ideas:

Holiday Gifts that Glow - A Made to Glow Gift Guide for the eco-friendly, beauty-lovin' foodie

1. My mom just got me hooked on these non-toxic lip shines. Obsessed. 

2. I use this everyday and love that it has none of the nasty chemicals in it. Even my husband uses it! How about combining with some eco-friendly bath salts and a candle for a bath & body gift.

3. These long-lasting, toxin-free polish colors make me craaaaaave a warm getaway. And a Pina Colada. Gift them with this acetone-free nail polish remover and you’re set! (and yes, that nail polish remover rocks! I was doubtful, but it proved me wrong.)

4. Got a sensitive-sniffer in your household? How about this gift set of mini-roller ball fragrance made with no harsh chemicals. My faves = vanilla coconut, vanilla lemon,  and vanilla grapefruit. I use them everyday!

5. I love this cookbook, I’ve read it cover-to-cover multiple times and have gifted copies of it over and over. I can’t wait for her newest to be released in February (you can pre-order it now). 

6. After falling in love with Danielle Walker’s recipes, I don’t know if I can decide between this one or this one

7. For the holiday baker, gift the Christmas Dessert Freedom cookbook. Or, for those wanting a ‘fresh’ start in the new year, how about the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook or the Weekend Reboot 2-Day Detox? I’ve used and reviewed all of these on my site – they’re full of delicious allergy-friendly, and just as important – easy – recipes. 

8. I’m pretty sure chocolate is on everyone’s list. And, Justin’s chocolate hazelnut squeeze packs or Love Bean fudge squeeze packs would make pretty amazing stocking stuffers.

9. With varieties such as the spiced cinnamon and clove, ‘Celebrate‘, the vanilla and peppermint-infused, ‘Peace‘, and the spruce, fir, and pine-infused ‘Noel‘, these festive candles smell amazing. Made out of 100% pure beeswax and essential oils, this is a great non-toxic, eco-friendly candle choice. My favorites! 

10. For the holidays last year, my whole family decided to get one of these, and have used it for accountability and motivation. The family that exercises together stays together.

11. How about some deep breathing with warm heat wrapped around your shoulders… yes, please. 

12. My go-to zester/grater. Not just any zester, but a microplane – the best! Another stocking stuffer for the foodie in your family.

13. We use ours every single day. Worth the splurge…’nuf said.

14. Jazz up your iced tea, cocktails, and smoothies. See my review here

15. Make Zucchini noodles up the wazoo!

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20 Ways to Stay Healthy While On the Road – on Red and Honey

Hi, friends. I’ve become a regular contributor over at Red and Honey, so I wanted to share my latest article with more than 20 tips to stay healthy while traveling! 

‘Tis the season for travel.

20 Ways to Stay Healthy on the Road - on Red and Honey

Whether you’re off to see your family or taking a vacation with friends, the holidays are a high-travel time for a lot of us.

I get a lot of questions from clients and friends about how to keep your healthy lifestyle going while traveling. I know it can be hard!

I’ve been traveling almost every week recently, and although it can be fun, it’s also taxing on my body. I prioritize self-care and healthy eating (read my story here), but when I’m on a trip, it can be tough to take care of myself. When my body is not up to snuff, I know I won’t enjoy my trip as much, so I really try to use the following practices – after all, we want to enjoy every moment of our adventures, right?!

Here are 20 tips to help you get your glow on while traveling!

Read more on Red and Honey.

 

Want more tips? Check out:

More healthy travel tips that will help you stay sane and feel good during all of your travels!

In need of some holiday recipe inspiration?

Check out my Holiday Pinterest board for gluten-free, dairy-free holiday recipes AND delicious desserts in the Christmas Dessert Freedom cookbook:

 

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And, don’t forget to check out this holiday dessert recipe e-book – on sale now for 25% off!

Use the code “HOLIDAY” to snag your sweet deal. Click the pictures for more info and to buy your copy.

 Check out my review for more information!

 

 

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Give Thanks and Get Your Gobble On

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

I have a special Thanksgiving story for you…

Each morning when I wake up and take my pup, Kaya, out to the yard, she stops to stretch. Then, she goes crazy. She rolls around and does weird yoga poses. She flings her legs in the air and makes funny noises. She huffs and puffs and flings her tail around, clearly enjoying every second. This goes on for several minutes, every single day, as if she is rejoicing in all that the new day brings!

I love watching her, it’s the perfect reminder to be thankful for each day.

Not only is she pretty darn cute, but she also inspires me to be more grateful, and to slow down and enjoy the little moments. 

Wishing you and yours a day full of laughs, good food, and gratitude. 

Gather Here with Grateful Hearts

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Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No added sugar)

Today, I’m revisiting a favorite recipe, originally posted last fall, to give it some new love and a new look. 

I’ve made my Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Green Smoothie so many times. However, I recently started experimenting with different measurements of some of the ingredients, so I took a few updated photos to give it a bit of a refreshed look.

Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No added sugar)

It’s a favorite around here during the fall and winter, and seems to be for you guys as well (one of my most pinned recipes). I’ve heard it’s your go-to fall breakfast smoothie, and a lot of you have told me you love it for a healthy on-the-go snack.

This smoothie is full of nutrition and flavor, is pretty darn festive, and is ready to become a favorite in your rotation. 

Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie
 
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free Makes about 2½ cups of smoothie
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 and ¼+ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk (from a carton, not canned) or other non-dairy milk**
  • 2 Handfuls of Fresh Spinach
  • ¼ Cup of Pureed Pumpkin
  • 1 Cup+ Frozen Mango Chunks or Chopped Frozen Pineapple**
  • 1 Frozen Banana**
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Optional toppings: cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and chopped, toasted walnuts or pecans
Instructions
  1. Put all of the ingredients into the blender (put the coconut milk in first) and blend together until creamy. Add more liquid if needed.
  2. After blending together, taste it. If you want it to be sweeter, add a bit more frozen mango, banana, or a drop of your favorite sweetener. If you want it thinner, add more milk and blend again. It's easy to customize to your liking!
  3. Pour the smoothie into glasses or jars and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and pecans or walnuts.
Notes
** I've used various brands of unsweetened coconut milk here, also sometimes the vanilla, unsweetened varieties, and they can significantly change the flavor based on their different ingredient profiles. Different brands have different tastes.This is why you should blend, then taste, then adjust as needed.
** Frozen mango is my go-to ingredient here, but frozen pineapple also works well! If you need it sweeter (depending on how sweet the coconut milk is), add more mango. I've gone up to 1 cup + ¼ cup or more, if needed.
** Peel and chop spotted bananas into chunks and then freeze so they’re always on hand.
** If you don’t drink it all at once, store it in a glass jar (mason jars work well or re-use nut butter jars) in the fridge. When ready to drink, simply shake it up!

 Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No added sugar)

Traveling this week for Thanksgiving?

These healthy travel tips will help you stay sane, feel good, and get your glow on. 

In need of some Thanksgiving recipe inspiration?

Here are some of my favorites or check out my Holiday Pinterest board for gluten-free, dairy-free holiday recipes. 

 

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And, don’t forget to check out this holiday dessert recipe e-book – on sale now for 25% off!

Use the code “HOLIDAY” to snag your sweet deal. 

 Check out my review for more information!

 

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Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake on Red and Honey (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

I love pancakes. I love pumpkin pancakes (like these Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes), but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up. A pumpkin mug cake is the perfect single-serving, quick-cooking, little pancake!

This recipe is only a handful of real-food ingredients, as well as some aromatic pumpkin pie spice (seriously, your house will smell amazing after you make this). Plus, it’s such a quick weeknight breakfast, or a healthy dessert. A few minutes in the microwave, and you have a yummy meal or snack!

Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

As it’s made with high-fiber coconut flour, it’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and SCD-legal. It’s also sugar-free, and uses only 1/2 of a mashed banana to sweeten. 

Some of my best friends came to visit for the weekend recently, and they helped me recipe test this to get it just right for you. It was so fun! What I love about this recipe is that you can adjust the moisture and spice level easily… too dry? add a little non-dairy milk or a tiny bit more coconut oil; want more spice? add another pinch of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon! 

Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

And, the toppings. You can tell I like my toppings. From chopped apple to berries, this mug cake is the perfect base for adding on some delish toppings! 

Click here for the recipe for a Five-Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake on Red and Honey! 

 

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