Healthy Up Your Game Day Snacks: Make This Vegan Gluten Free Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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There’s nothing that beats Sundays in the fall. I’m absolutely in love with cozy mornings spent inside with a hot cup of coffee, crisp fresh air, and watching football with hubby and friends during the afternoon.

While I love getting together with my besties for Game Day, I don’t love that your typical tailgating snacks are filled with sketchy ingredients, and typically loaded with gluten and dairy (two oh-so-dreamy things I can’t have). The thing is I love the taste of Game Day comfort foods, so I often try to healthy up my favorite recipes using clean ingredients made from real, whole foods to get my fix.

This Spinach & Artichoke dip is one of my creations, and I gotta say it’s been a hit! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this app has all the warm gooey flavors you know and love without processed ingredients, gluten or dairy. Plus, it’s 100% vegan! Win, win, win. Grab a bag of your fave tortilla chips or sliced veggies, and dip away as you cheer on your team!

Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Dip 

  • 1 bag frozen artichoke hearts (thawed & drained)
  • 1/2 bag frozen spinach (thawed & drained)
  • 1 container Kite
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Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Aileen Axtmayer of Aspire with Aileen

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Happy Friday, ladies and welcome back to Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness community!

One of my favorite things about what I do is that I get to connect with strong, beautiful, like-minded women on the day to day. It was such an honor to meet one of my instagram buddies Aileen (@aspirewithaileen) IRL at a women’s conference last month. We instantly connected, bonding over our love for wellness, real food and sushi. When she asked me if I wanted some warm water with lemon at lunch, I knew we’d be besties 😉

I’m thrilled to feature this beautiful holistic career coach today on the blog, whose mission is truly about helping other people. Be sure to check out her BRAND NEW career coaching program here to help you discover a job your passionate about, or schedule a free consultation with her. I’ll let Aileen take it from here!

[photo credit: Pure Style Photography]

NAME: Aileen Axtmayer

DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS/LINE OF WORK: I’m a holistic career coach who helps people find work they love. I have over 10 years of experience helping people with everything from … Read More!

On Letting Go of the Outcome + Being Present {Through Your Fertility Journey and Beyond}

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“In my life nothing goes wrong. When things seem to not meet my expectations, I let go of how I think things should be. It’s a matter of not having any attachment to any fixed outcome.” -Deepak Chopra 

One of the themes that will come through a lot this fall season is letting go. Just like the leaves change colors and then fall to the ground, we too benefit from “shedding” that which no longer serves us.

Yesterday in my evening slow flow yoga class, the teacher kept bringing up the idea of letting go of the outcome. “Do the best you can and then let go of the outcome,” she said softly to the group of yogis.

Throughout the 60 minutes, this came up often, whether it was being OK with not bending into the pose as deeply as others, or breathing into the present moment whenever I felt my mind start to wander.

You may often hear yoga teachers use the term “Take a deep breath and let it all go,” but do you truly let it all go?

During the fertility journey I am currently on, it can be easy to get caught up in … Read More!

14-Day Fall Self Care Challenge: Reflect, Nourish & Get Grounded Through Food, Movement & Meditation

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Even though it feels like summer, fall is officially here and I am so ready for a season of root veggies, change, connecting with our deeper selves, letting go and GROUNDING. (Oh how I love the grounding.) Our seasonal self-care challenge starts up again October 16th and you are so in for a treat. Think: sweet potato hash, turmeric smoothies, roasted pumpkin soup and allll the grounding exercises and meditations your little heart desires!

Just as the leaves change colors, it’s important for us to reflect on the things in our life that are working for us and those we’d like to let go of or “shed.”

Join myself & fellow Certified Health Coach / Yoga Guru Kelley Abatzis for a 14-day Fall Self Care Challenge focused on putting yourself 100% first for the magical season ahead.

THE PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, October 16TH + INCLUDES:

1. Daily morning dose of positivity + clear action steps sent straight to your email (even better than your morning pumpkin spice latte!) with feel-good action-steps to implement right away throughout the two weeks.

2. Access to our private ‘Soul Sisters’ Facebook group to hold one another accountable – We’re a firm believer that the … Read More!

Cozy Up with this Easy Thai Chicken Noddle Soup {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free}

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OK, don’t get mad at me but I’ve been ready for fall for like a month now.

While everyone else is soaking up the last bit of summer, I’m over here scooping up pumpkins and playing around with hearty, autumn recipes in the kitchen.

And now that the first day of fall is officially tomorrow, I think that lets me get away with sharing this super cozy, Thai soup recipe. My husband and I absolutely love this chicken soup from our local Thai restaurant, but unfortunately they’re not 100% clear on the ingredients and the jury is still out on whether it’s really gluten free or not. Unfortunately, that means I have to avoid it to be safe.

On a cooler, rainy night this week, I was craving Thai food in a big way. That’s when I got the genius idea of attempting to make it myself. And that I did!

This Thai Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for cozy fall evenings, or when you sense a bit of a cold coming on. It’s super simple to make, flavorful and packed with healing, heart-warming ingredients good for the bod and soul.

I hope you enjoy it as much as … Read More!

Developing an Evening Self-Care Ritual + Healthy, Mindful Sleep Techniques For Women

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Let’s have some real talk for a minute: How do you spend your final two hours before bed? 

Do you watch Netflix?

Are you up late working on your computer?

Texting your friends?

Social media stalking?

Are you stressed out? Rejuvenated? Tired? Energized?

Do you fall asleep easily or does it take some time?

Do you feel your best self?

If you asked me this question a couple months ago, my answer would have been completely different, and I would have sheepishly said “yes” to the first four questions. In realty, my evenings were spent zoning out with my husband binge-watching Netflix episodes, while simultaneously finishing up work, checking my instagram and texting my friends the latest and greatest.

To be completely honest, it didn’t feel good. My “evening routine” was actually pretty darn draining, and that’s so not what we want right before bed.  

With a little bit of trial and error and listening to my body, I have developed a new routine that works for me. Below I outline my evening ritual, which you can feel free to pull from to get started on your own!

7 Evening Ritual Tips for Mindful Sleep

1. Play With Essential Oils

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Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Sarah Gaines of Fit University

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Happy Friday, babes! I’ve had such a magical week focusing on connecting with other women — from tapping it back with my bestie at SoulCycle to attending the MetroWest Conference for Women yesterday. The energy I have soaked up this week has been truly incredible!

In the spirit of continuing those good vibes, I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness community and beyond.

Founder of Fit University Sarah Gaines is totally crushing it when it comes to bringing the wellness movement to the masses — in particular to college students. I love her energy, positivity and dedication to promoting health and wellness to students and young professionals (which is so needed in the world). I’ll let Sarah take it away from here!

NAME: Sarah Gaines

DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS/LINE OF WORK: I’m in the business of helping others (specifically college students + young professionals) live healthy + happy.

WHERE YOU LIVE: Boston, MA

HOW YOU SERVE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH YOUR WORK: I’m the founder of Fit University, a free community for college students who are passionate about living healthy. … Read More!

Bringing a Taste of Greece to Your Kitchen: Chicken Gyros with Cashew Tzatziki {Gluten & Dairy Free}

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Last August, my husband and I journeyed to Greece for a friends wedding, traveling from Athens to the magical island of Lesbos to celebrate with my dear friends. While there, we were lucky enough to see the Acropolis, swim in the clear blue Aegean Sea, take a private boat ride to dive for sea urchins, dance the night away under the stars and sip on ouzo infused with fresh figs from their family farm.

But one of the things I miss most about Greece is the incredible food. From fresh feta cheese and Spanakopita to Moussaka and Stuffed Grape Leaves, it’s safe to say we ate our way through exploring this beautiful country.

 

One of the Greek staples hubby and I missed most when returning home was our daily dose of gyros. For just a couple bucks, we indulged in the incredible stuffed pitas with juicy meat and scratch-made tzatziki sauce on the regular. Most of the time they were loaded up with french fries too, which hubby especially loved!

Ever since going 100% gluten and dairy free, it’s been difficult to enjoy Greek-inspired food. After all, most of their dishes are made with bread and cheese!

When … Read More!

Girls on The Run Greater Boston Gala + Giveaway

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The first time I felt self-conscious about my body was when I started developing acne around 14 years old. This was followed by years of dieting, obsession with the scale and hating my thighs all throughout high school and well into my 20s.

While I’ve certainly come a long way and have learned to fall back in love with my body and discover joy around food, the journey wasn’t always easy. In fact, even I still have my off days from time to time where I don’t feel 100% confident with my body.

Because I’ve been there, I now make it my mission to empower women to break free from dieting and discover joy around food. A lot of this has to do with a woman’s overall confidence — inside and out.

While most of the woman I work with are in their 20s and 30s, it pains me to see that many young girls start feeling insecure about their bodies in some way as early as ten years old — or earlier! At my cousin’s 11th birthday last year, one of the girls was afraid to take off her shorts when she went swimming in the water … Read More!

5 Simple Ways I’m Working to Optimize & Nourish My Thyroid Health with Hashimoto’s

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Hey, friends! It’s been a while since I updated you on the latest and greatest with my thyroid journey, so I figured I’d check in to share what’s going on right now. (You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here to learn more about my journey with Hashimoto’s Disease and what’s been working well for me.)

Anyway, a lot has changed since I last checked in and I’ve hit some tricky setbacks along the way. For one, when I found out I was pregnant in July — which unfortunately ended in an early miscarriage — my thyroid hormones kind of went a little crazy. While they had been stable for months and actually improved drastically (my TSH dropped to a 2.66 in June!), my TSH shot back up to a 4 the week I found out I was pregnant. I’m not 100% sure it’s related, but in my gut I’m thinking it was.

Given my situation and the fact that your TSH should ideally be below a 2.5 during the first trimester, my Functional Medicine Doctor through Parsley Health prescribed me on a low dose Nature Desicated Thyroid hormone. I’ve also been working to maintain my stress levels and … Read More!

 
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