Revisiting Old Favorites: Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Foods

There were a handful of blogs that I discovered when I first began healing holistically. One of my main inspirations was Kimberly Snyder. I’ve always loved how accessible she makes healthy living, and most importantly she’s walking the walk. She’s always come across to me as very balanced inside and out, and she literally glows in every picture and video I see her in.

I’ve read both of her books before, and recently got really excited that she’s come out with a new one. I’m most excited because in the new book, she touches on beauty principles like meditation, the body’s second brain (in the gut!), positive thoughts, affirmations, and things other than what we eat that really affect health and wellbeing. The Beauty Detox Power is my kind of book!

There are apparently many other Kimberly Snyder fans in Pittsburgh because I’ve been on the wait list for this book at my library. While I’m waiting, I thought I’d take out one of her older books and make some of the recipes in it. Continue reading

Poolside Pineapple Kiwi Slushie

I know the phrase is, “they go together like peanut butter and jelly”, but I think it could also go, “they go together like kiwi and pineapple.” These two fruits are so complementary, and I’m always looking for new ways to have them together. While this recipe isn’t my most original celebration of this pairing, it is majorly refreshing, which is what we’re all going to need when the hot weather arrives once again. Continue reading

Changing Seasons, Changing Diet

Raw foods make my heart sing. I always make sure to eat lots and lots of them throughout the year. But these past couple winters, the cold has really seeped into my bones. In addition to raw foods, I also craved warming soups, cooked grains, roasted sweet potatoes, and the like.

But then it’s like clockwork; after the first day it even feels like spring is in the air (even if it’s 30-40 degrees!), my body starts craving more raw foods. We’ve still had plenty of cold days, but all I want is tropical fruits, green smoothies, and gigantic salads. I haven’t quite gone as far as banana soft-serve and acai bowls, but believe me it’s coming! I already stocked up on acai packets during the last sale at the grocery store. Honestly, if it wasn’t so cold and drafty in my house, I’d be eating an acai bowl with sliced kiwi and coconut shreds right now.

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Dinner at Plant in Asheville, NC

I visited Plant in late 2014. Their menu changes from time to time, so you can check the menu online before your visit for their current offerings!

A few years ago, I was talking to my best friend on the phone, and she started gushing about this all-new 100% vegan restaurant that opened up in her town called Plant. Soon after she told me about it, I started to hear all the buzz from the vegan community. “You have to come visit soon,” she said. She says this every time we talk, but the way she said it this time made me think I was in for something really special.

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