Workout Recovery Smoothie (220 Calories)

Workout Recovery Smoothie

I’m convinced smoothies are the most deceptive health food.

Throw a bunch of healthy ingredients into the blender, and before you know it, you’ve ended up creating a several-hundred calorie meal when you intended to make a small snack.

Small rant: I seriously think this is why people who go Paleo get frustrated when they don’t lose weight–they compensate grain depletion with nuts and fruit in overwhelming amounts. Well, sure, you’ve chosen a healthy option, but your body always stores excess energy, even if consumed through healthful foods.

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Whatever You’re Pursuing, Is It Worthy of Your Time?

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Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the brevity of life. I often think about death. Particularly when a celebrity dies, as odd as that sounds.

Like when Paul Walker died late last year, I was floored. I wasn’t even a huge fan, but his death for some reason weighed so heavily on my heart, and the words “our days are numbered”–the same used in this Psalm–lingered with me for several days.

While thinking on death could easily become morbid and highly depressing, this Psalm promotes just the opposite–hope. Hope because knowing one day we’ll die frees us from vain pursuits in which we find ourselves falling short. 

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Turmeric-Spiced Cauliflower Rice

Turmeric-spiced cauliflower rice in bowl

Paleo diet, anyone?

Baloo and I tried that last year for a couple of weeks. There’s no way I’d make it as a Paleo lifer. Too limited.  But short-term, it’s super helpful to understand the foods you’re addicted to, like sugar.

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Authentic Baba Ghanoush Recipe

bowl of authentic baba ghanoush

Baba ghanoush is an Arabic meza (appetizer) made from roasted eggplant and tahini (ground sesame seeds). It’s usually served as a dip with some form of bread, like pita bread.

What’s your all-time favorite food? Like if you had to eat ONE kind of food the rest of your life, what would it be? Italian? Mexican? Thai?

I guess it’s not really fair to ask that question since I couldn’t answer back. Maybe you’re like me—the culinary world offers too many fabulous options that if I had to choose just one for the rest of my life, then life’s not worth living.

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A Must-See Photoshop Tutorial for Food Photographers (plus before and afters)

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Food photographer William Brinson is a true artist. In a video I watched yesterday, he talks about getting a shot exactly how he and the client want it while they’re on set. Although he uses editing programs post photo shoot, his goal is to get it right the first time.

He approaches his art with the skill of his own hands, not the digital fabrication of perfection. Gosh, I love that.

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5 Helpful Tips for Styling a Bar Cart

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I want to create an at-home bar so badly, mostly because I love the way beautifully styled bar carts look. They can be so photographable.

I can thank Pinterest for that. As of late, my feed has been chock-full of cocktail recipes and bar carts/accessories, probably because of the holidays. Something about a pretty cocktail makes me swoon, so I created a board just for drinks and bar items.

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