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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I'm angry, I bake. When I'm happy, I bake. When I'm sad, I bake. When I'm anxious, I bake. So you'd think I'd have this long list of baking masterpieces I've created over the years. Well, there's a list but it looks a little like this: Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts You get the picture. I love a good, mindless activity when my emotions run deep. So, creating the same recipe over-and-over again (I don't even use measuring utensils anymore) is therapeutic for me. There's also nothing like a good chocolate chip cookie. Am I right? And my friend's,

Healthy Baking Substitutions

The Best Healthy Baking Swaps

The experimenting all started in my first college apartment. No, not that kind of experimenting! I'm talking about baking!! College Emily would sometimes (ok, kind of often) turn down plans in order to stay in, watch a movie, and come up with a new baking concoction. Aside from my occasional anti-social behavior, I've always had a major sweet tooth and have loved finding healthy ways to satisfy it! You can thank my love-hate relationship with sugar for recipes like my Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Pancakes, Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl, Yogurt and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries,  Double Chocolate Single Serve Mug Cake, and the delicious 20+ recipes in my new Eat Guide. The easiest way to start experimenting with baking recipes is

Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl

I am feeling refreshed and fulfilled after an amazing vacation in Maui. We hiked waterfalls, layed by the pool, drank champagne, enjoyed local fish and coconut ice cream, went snorkeling, and munched on island fruit. It's always an adjustment to transition from vacay mode back to adulting. Since arriving back to Monterey, I've started my new position at the gym (more to come on this later if you guys are interested), received my official Precision Nutrition Certification in the mail (yup, I offer Nutrition Coaching now!), and redecorated my bedroom, all while struggling from some major jet lag. It's always an adjustment to transition from vacay mode back to adulting. Rather than mourn the end of my trip, I decided to

Cherry Pie Protein Bars

Healthy Cherry Pie Protein Bars

Hi guys! I'm in the process of moving and the majority of my time has been spend building beds, moving boxes, and organizing our stuff. I didn't realize how much of it we have! How my boyfriend and I managed to fit all of our stuff in a one bedroom apartment with one main closet and one coat closet is beyond me. Now, I'm in North Carolina! So, this week I thought I'd mix it up and feature another awesome fitness and healthy living blogger who knows how to make a mean energy bar! I love her plant-based take on cooking and her recipes are seriously yummy! Another #girlboss and #gymrat who has had an amazing fitness transformation... Bri! Hi

Protein Bars- The Good, The Bad, and the Tasty

Protein Bars – The Good, The Bad, & The Tasty

I remember biting into my first protein bar. It was chocolaty, sugary, and... What's that?? "Healthy?!" I was hooked. Okay, so maybe I don't remember the exact first time, but I do remember having a major teenage addiction to the convenience of grabbing a sweet Balance or Clif bar when hunger stroke. What I didn't realize was, although it was healthier than reaching for a candy bar, it was by no means a viable meal replacement. Okay, so here's the scoop. There is a time and place for protein or energy bars and there's also certain criteria for finding one beneficial for your goals. I'm breaking down the good, the bad, and the tasty for picking the best protein bars.