Curry Sweet Potatoes & Fennel


Nightshade-free Curry Sweet Potatoes & Fennel even your kids will enjoy! The perfect comforting Whole30 side dish!


Good day, friends! Well today is not such a good day because I am incredibly sleep-deprived with a migraine and a molar-teething toddler, but I’ll fake til I make it… if I ever make it to the end of the day.


We’ve been struggling big time with our sweet little monster for the last couple months as she gains more independence & “NO!” is her most used word after “Mommy”, “Dora” and “I want that”. We’re in the thick of parenting when you question your sanity, resilience & whether or not wine at 11 am is acceptable.


My body is clearly telling me it needs sleep and rest. I talk about the highs & lows of motherhood a lot on Instagram (where you can get to know me a lot better) and how difficult it is to take care of yourself as a mother. Add a chronic autoimmune disease that flares during times of stress, and life just got a bit more complicated.


Today I’m sharing the little doses of self-care I sprinkle throughout my day to manage motherhood & autoimmunity.


ASK FOR HELP. I asked my husband to get up at 4 am so I can try to sleep off this migraine. I asked him to give me a neck rub to help with the neck pain. I asked my mom to drive 3 hours next week to come help out for a few days. The days are over when I think I can do everything on my own. I am no longer resistant to asking for help. It’s how I keep my head above water & it’s allowed my husband to become equally involved in parenting rather than it just being “my thing as the stay-at-home mom”.


GO OUTSIDE. This is a big one for me. I can feel the tension and stress release from my body when I get outside. This morning I took my dog for a 30 minute walk while my husband took care of getting her dressed and ready for the day. I came back a bit more refreshed & our messed up circadian rhythm benefit greatly from early morning sunlight.


FUTURE FUN. I make sure to have something to look forward to the in the near-ish future that is all my own. For example, I have a Napa trip planned with my sister and a good friend for March. I’ll also be taking a couple more trips this year for my Beautycounter business.

Heck, even planning my February safer beauty gifts is a fun outlet for me that gives back to others while also doing something for myself. Other days, I plan a fun workout for later in the evening once my husband gets home, and I truly look forward to that time all day. I need an “out” – knowing that every week I am able to focus on myself and let the anxieties and difficulties of parenthood drift to the back of my mind.


EAT WHAT MY BODY IS ASKING FOR. There’s a reason I don’t do nutrition challenges (although this recipe is Whole30 compliant since I know many of you gain benefit from those) or restrict my food choices any further than I need to to maintain my health and autoimmune disease status.


Each day I wake up needing something different. For example, this morning I had an early breakfast (since I’d been up since 5 am) of kale, rice, chicken and asparagus. It held me over for a few hours but by 10 am I was hungry enough for another mini meal, so I had chicken, sweet potatoes and kale.

In Paleo culture, eating mini-meals and snacks and carbs at every meal is frowned upon. I 100% do not care or follow anyone else’s advice on when or what I should eat besides my own internal cues. This has allowed me to maintain variety in my diet, not feel restricted or guilty if I don’t ‘follow a plan perfectly’ and to eat truly intuitively.


Now, I may not be hungry again until dinner in another 7 hours – who knows! Don’t beat yourself up over how you’re fueling yourself during these difficult early years of motherhood. And on a side note, I also do not strive to be fat-adapted. I’ve been fat-adapted before and I’ve been sugar-adapted, and I personally find a very minimal difference between the two. In fact, I am able to maintain and lose weight better when I’m eating carbs, recover better from workouts, and am less likely to feel the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Everyone’s body won’t react that way, but according to my genetic testing, I do well with both a high fat and high carb diet, and I would agree with that based on my own experiences. That makes eating intuitively a whole lot easier when I’m not restricting an entire macronutrient or feeling “bad” that I ate rice and sweet potatoes in the same day.



I hope the above tips help in some way – at least in giving you comfort knowing you’re not alone in the feeling of overwhelm that comes along with motherhood. It’s not easy to take care of yourself when your heart is much more invested in your baby, but implementing just a few doses of “me time” each day can be the difference between losing our patience & keeping steady and calm for our children.


Oh and about this side dish! It is incredibly easy, flavorful & nutrient dense and tastes delicious cold the next day, if you’re like me & eat lunch out of the serving dish standing at the kitchen counter while your kid has 10 minutes left of their nap 😉 If you’re AIP, simply omit the cumin!


Smoked Salmon Flatbread

smoked salmon flatbread paleo grain-free aip


Have you been craving a salmon-capers-dill-bagel situation on your healing diet? Then you HAVE to try this grain-free, dairy-free Smoked Salmon Flatbread!


Friends! I’m back with another ENTHUSED ebook preview recipe for you! This will likely be the last one I’m sharing (really, Autoimmune Wellness is sharing) but it’s a good one! You can also find two other preview recipes for Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza and Harvest Chicken Hash on my blog!


I am so blown away by the response this ebook & can’t thank those of you enough who have ordered the ebook & shared your creations with me!


The most popular recipes so far are the Beef & Plantain Casserole (Pastelon), Indian Butter Chicken, Hot Gingerbread Cereal, Salted Gingerbread Cookies, Spiced Custard, Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza and the Italian Sausage & Roasted Vegetable Soup with Dairy-free “Parmesan”!


I love how you all are choosing some out of the box ethnic recipes mixed in with family favorites! This is exactly why I created this book for our community – so you have a one-stop-shop for certified delicious recipes that will either take you out of your usual comfort zone OR bring back a ton of memories!


This Smoked Salmon Flatbread reminds me of a girls trip to NYC I took several years ago (my last hoorah with gluten, in fact!) We grabbed bagels & lox and ate them while walking down the street chatting about our fun evening prior. Now when I make this flatbread pizza, I’m reminded of that awesome trip & those equally awesome friends.







Oil Cleansing Methods for All Skin Types

What is Oil Cleansing?


If you survived the 90s, you’re all too familiar with harsh cleansing methods like Noxzema Pads and Clean & Clear. Those products do the exact opposite of what oil cleansing does. They strip away necessary barrier oils that keep skin plump, hydrated and free of breakouts. Contrary to what we believe, stripping away oil from our skin with harsh astringents and acids can lead to MORE breakouts, redness and fine lines.


When you’re making the switch to safer products, choosing a face cleanser can be tricky. You want one that removes dirt, oil and makeup but doesn’t leave skin irritated. It helps if it feels luxurious, smells amazing & leaves skin looking vibrant. Well, I finally found the cleansing method that works best for me & many other women: OIL CLEANSING!



  • Your skin is very oily & you have to use powder & oil blotting sheets throughout the day

  • Your skin is prone to redness, irritation or eczema

  • Your skin is acne-prone and seems to over-produce oil in certain areas

  • Your skin is dry, lacking in plumpness and seems lifeless


What are the benefits of oil cleansing methods for my skin?

  • Heal skin’s barrier so it is less prone to irritation, eczema and breakouts

  • Balance skin’s oil products so it is less prone to dryness, acne, large pores and blackheads or milia

  • Remove makeup, dirt and oil without the use of harsh abrasives & acids

  • Restore hydration to skin so it is firmer, fuller & less prone to fine lines and wrinkles


My history with oil-cleansing began many years ago. I would use coconut oil to remove my makeup. Yes, it did the trick, but my skin was rough and red and my pores were always clogged. It works for some people, but for those of us with specific skincare concerns, there are better oil cleansing options.


I came to find out coconut oil is MAJORLY COMODOGENIC (it clogs pores!)


Instead of using the standard coconut oil cleansing method you’ve seen a million times, I’m giving you my top oil picks for all skin types! You can use any of these 3 methods in place of your AM or PM cleansing routine!


Primally Pure’s Cleansing Oils


Primally Pure has a collection of 3 oil cleansing blends designed for Normal, Oily or Dry Skin. I personally use the blend for Oily skin since my T-zone gets shiny by lunchtime & I tend to get breakouts around my nose and chin. Primally Pure’s products are not only gorgeous, come in glass bottles and are fairly affordable ($18 for 2 ounces which lasts me 3 months), but are made with really simple ingredients.

WHO’S IT GOOD FOR: All skin types including normal, oily and dry skin! 

HOW TO USE IT: Massage a quarter-size amount of oil into your skin, avoiding your eye area, for 60 seconds. Steam away with a warm cloth until dissolved. Follow with toner and moisturizer of choice. I love Primally Pure’s Beauty Cream. At first, it caused me breakouts but I’ve reintroduced it during dry winter months & I’m doing great with it! I use it in combination with the ACTIVE ingredient products in my routine below!

NOTE: Primally Pure explains on their website that you should allow 2 weeks for your skin to adjust to their oil cleansing method to allow for detoxification. Our skin is our largest detoxification organ & if we’ve been clogging up those pathways with harsh abrasives, comodogenic products and chemicals, we need to allow some extra time for it to adjust. 


Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm


Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm is the Cadillac of oil cleansing. It contains not just a few plant oils but over 10! In an independent study, 100% of women using this Cleansing Balm reported more hydrated skin within 8 hours.

Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm contains apricot, sunflower, jojoba, avocado, raspberry seed, davana, chamomile, sweet almond, grape seed & joy tree perfume oils.

This high potency mix of plant compounds is blended into a smooth balm with mango and shea butters. It’s thick, rich and decadent and removes heavy makeup like a CHAMP.



HOW TO USE: A little goes a long way with the Cleansing Balm! A jar lasts me at least 6 months! Massage a pea size amount into skin (avoiding eyes if you are prone to irritation, but I personally use this to remove eye makeup). Steam off with a warm wash cloth several times. Apply Toner & Moisturizer of choice.

OTHER USES: Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm can be used for multiple skin concerns including: sunburns, dry knuckles, elbows, knees and soles, as an overnight mask for very dry skin, as a cuticle balm, and a deeply hydrating hand cream. For an at-home foot softening treatment, rub a quarter-size amount of Cleansing Balm on feet and cover with cotton socks overnight.

NOTE: Beautycounter has an amazing 60-day 100% refund policy on new and used products! You can try these products for a couple weeks to see how your skin does, and then decide whether or not you want to add them to your skincare routine!


Store-bought oils like jojoba & emu oil


Coconut oil can be comodogenic for some people, meaning it is likely to clog pores and make breakouts worse. I do not recommend coconut oil for most people with acne-prone skin. In fact, coconut oil ranks FOUR out of FIVE on the comodogenic rating scale (highly likely to clog pores). It can also disrupt the skin barrier, making it more prone to dryness. Yes, even oils can make your skin dry!

If doing a basic cleansing method at home that does not target specific skin conditions, I recommend choosing Emu Oil which will not clog pores.


WHO’S IT FOR: If you’re looking to clean up your skincare routine & don’t have any major skincare concerns like severe dryness, eczema or acne, play around with store-bought single oils. My skin doesn’t look “WOW!” with this method but it’s certainly a budget-friendly way to cleanse skin and remove dirt, oil and makeup. 

HOW TO USE: In the AM & PM, apply a quarter-size amount of Emu Oil to your face. Massage into skin for 30 to 60 seconds. Steam off with a warm wash cloth. Follow with moisturizer of choice (my current favorites are below).



My Current Cleansing & Moisturizing Routine

Most of my skincare products come from brands I trust like Beautycounter whom I am a Consultant with and Primally Pure. I also use a couple products from Skin Actives & Skin Obsessions (two online skin retailers). I love the transparency of both of these companies and how HEALTH is the forefront of their business model and product development. 




Cleanse with Primally Pure Cleansing Oil for Oily Skin – I find it doesn’t remove face makeup as well as Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm, but I love how it’s made such a difference in my pore size and breakouts.

Moisturize with Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – this lightweight, all-day moisturizing lotion adapts to your skin’s cell structure to match its optimal level of hydration throughout the day. If you tend to get oily by 12 pm, this lotion counterbalances that tendency to keep skin hydrated but not shiny.

If your skin tends to be dry in some areas and oily in others, Countermatch adjusts itself in each of those areas to provide the optimal level of moisture! IT IS INCREDIBLE! I also apply the Countermatch Eye Cream to increase hydration around my eyes and help with puffiness.




Cleanse with Beautycounter Cleansing Balm – This balm is a nice, thick paste that doesn’t absorb too quickly into your skin, so you can really give your skin a good lymphatic massage without it drying up or absorbing! It removes all my face & eye makeup by steaming away with a wash cloth. 


Moisturize with Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum then Adaptive Moisture Lotion & Eye Cream – this serum is even lighter than the moisturizer (didn’t think that was possible!) yet provides SO much hydration! Since using this combination, my skin has been free of redness and breakouts and my pore size has decreased noticeably! 






Sugar-Free Veggie Ketchup

veggie beet ketchup

If you’re following a nightshade-free diet or want to get more veggies in your kids without using sugary store-bought ketchup, this is a fun & easy make-at-home Veggie Ketchup option!


Will someone please explain to me why my Archie comic books from the 70’s called ketchup catsup? And is that pronounced “cats-up” or “cas-up”? Archie comics taught me how to read but it also taught me some really antiquated words for a 90’s child. Like “going steady” and “bee’s knees”.

Well, this catsup-ketchup is my recipe of the week! Not only is it AIP-friendly but I also made sure to make it sweetener-free… including natural sweeteners like honey and maple sugar! While I include those in moderation, I’d rather not pair my daughter’s vegetables with even a little sugar.

veggie beet ketchup

Thankfully, beets are crazy sweet on their own, especially when combined with carrots and butternut squash. The veggies are cooked in bone broth, coconut aminos and two different vinegars. I made sure to not make this recipe too vinegar-y though. You can easily adjust the recipe for your palate though!

If you’re looking for more kid-friendly healthy meals & lunches, I’ve been trying to post more of those on Instagram! Here’s an example of what I pack for portable, finger-friendly school lunches & snacks.



US Wellness Plain Shredded Beef that I seasoned with Primal Palate Garlic & Herb seasoning in the cast iron + roasted sweet potato + roasted broccoli. Snacks were fruit-based with some protein: clementines, collagen + coconut bars, freeze-dried blueberries & bananas & a chopped up That’s It Bar! I LOVE those fruit bars!


You may be wondering what those yummy looking chicken nuggets are in the photo? They are a recipe by my friend Michelle Hoover of Unbound Wellness! They’re so popular & I’ve made her other popper recipes which Grace has enjoyed! They need to be served with a little something-something and this Veggie Ketchup is perfect!


If you make the poppers, your babe (or you) will be getting 4 different vegetables in one sitting: sweet potato, butternut, carrots & beets… AND bone broth! That’s what they call a win-win-win-win! Get Michelle’s Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers recipe on her site!


aip ketchup



Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Rutabaga


Let me know below what you think about my twist on Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie with pine nuts, warming spices & a mashed rutabaga topping!


For some reason, I find Shepherd’s Pie SO much fun to make! I love anything with layers. In fact, I started the double tank top layer trend at my middle school in 2002. The second and last trend I started was the following year when I would use my father’s ties as belts for my jean shorts and skorts.


These days I prefer layers I can eat and do not cause future embarrassment. I wanted to post a traditional Shepherd’s Pie recipe but with my spin on it! A little more nutrient dense than the already healthy, hearty original spiced with some of my most cherished Lebanese additions as well as bone broth & aminos for extra flavor.


The meat mixture could be served on its own. It features a combination of beef, pork or lamb, toasted pine nuts, onions, cinnamon, cumin, allspice and gut-nourishing bone broth. Traditional peas & carrots next… if you don’t eat peas you can use diced zucchini or asparagus.



Finally, I topped it with a creamy, smooth, buttery (well, ghee-y) mashed rutabaga topping. If you don’t love rutabaga roasted or boiled, definitely try it mashed with some Fourth & Heart Himalayan Pink Salt Ghee & fresh cracked pepper!


Please let me know if you like my take on Shepherd’s Pie below by leaving a review! Do you have any other casserole-style dishes you’d like me to health-ify for you? Also let me know below!



If you love casserole-style meals for your family (they make the best leftovers!), you’ll really, really love my take on AIP Pastelon de Platano Maudro in Enthused!






Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza (from Enthused: 80+ allergy-friendly recipes you want to eat!)




Dairy-free, grain-free Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza – from my new ebook Enthused!


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve posted about this new AIP-friendly pizza recipe MANY times this month! It is STELLAR. One of my favorite recipes I’ve ever created (I say that a lot, but I swear I mean it every time!)


The combination of a thin, chewy & crispy-edged pizza crust, sweet caramelized onions, dairy-free “ricotta”, garlic, truffle salt & thyme… hello flavor explosion! We eat a lot of nourishing meals on our healing diets, but sometimes (hmmm, once a week at least) I need a “special” meal that falls outside my daily norm.


If you’ve been eating AIP for sometime, I’m sure you’ve tried my pizza crust recipe. If not, GET ON IT. I wasn’t going to reinvent the wheel with my crust recipe… it’s the same one you’ll find in my Pesto Chicken Pizza but the toppings make all the difference.


You’ve probably hard of “ricotta” made from cashews for a vegan cheese alternative, but have you tried one made from coconut? It’s shockingly convincing when you combine coconut butter, coconut milk and some extra-flavorful truffle salt and then broil it.


The “ricotta” gets melty and bubbly-brown and adds a rich, salty taste to the naturally sweet caramelized onions. Finished with fresh garlic and thyme to round out this classic restaurant-style pizza.






Look at that ooey gooey deliciousness! But don’t just look – try it for yourself below!



What else will you get in Enthused?

Some of my best recipes including Southern Style Biscuits, Italian Sausage & Roasted Veggie Soup with Dairy-Free Parmesan, Smoked Salmon Flatbread, Teriyaki Turkey Poppers, Real Caesar Dressing, Apple Butter Banana Bread & MUCH MORE!

I made sure to produce a high-quality ebook that I am proud to share with all of you! A follow-up to The Healing Kitchen that includes more unique, ethnically diverse & interesting recipes spanning Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian & Latin American cuisine!







Almond Butter Pumpkin Pistachio Fudge (Paleo, Vegan, Sweetener-Free)


Sweetener-free & no bake fudge made with almond butter & pumpkin then topped with flaked sea salt… fudgin’ amazing.


Hi healthy treat lovers! This will be my last blog recipe before Christmas, and it’s a gooooood one. I have 14 million fudge recipes on this website & I’ve thought long and hard about doing a healthy fudge ebook. Mostly for my own pleasure.


Real food fudge is just so much fun to make! You can combine fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and always flaked sea salt into something healthy, satisfying & decadent enough to take to parties.

I dubbed this fudge “hoarder-worthy” because you may not want to share. I recommend hiding your fudge in the vegetable drawer under something like Brussels sprouts. No one will find it.


No one looks in the vegetable drawer but you. I developed this handy trick once I met my husband who has never met a tray of cookies he can’t eat in one sitting.


This fudge is…

Sweetener-free – just a few softened Mejdool dates in this recipe!

Made with creamy, protein-rich almond butter. You can use any nut or seed butter though – even coconut butter!

Flavored with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, pistachios and flaked sea salt!

Extra addicting because it’s drizzled with a sugar-free homemade chocolate made from cacao & coconut oil!






Almond Butter Pumpkin Pistachio Fudge

Prep Time :10 Inactive Time 2:00 Serves 9 to 12 pieces


  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, softened, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Primal Palate Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Spice
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder
  • flaked sea salt


Place dates in a small bowl covered with water. Microwave for 30 seconds then drain.

In a food processor, combine dates, almond butter, pumpkin, 2 tablespoons coconut oil and spices until smooth.

Spoon mixture out onto a parchment-lined plate. Smooth and spread mixture with a rubber spatula until 1/2-inch thick. Sprinkle with pistachios and a generous amount of flaked sea salt.

Transfer to freezer and freeze for 2 hours until very firm.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil in microwave. Stir in cacao powder. Drizzle over the fudge and watch it harden within a minute. Slice fudge into desired pieces. Store in freezer and let rest on countertop 10 minutes before serving. Fudge will be too soft if stored in fridge.

Recipe Notes













Enthused: 80+ allergy-friendly recipes you WANT to eat!


It’s here, everyone! My NEW ebook “Enthused: 80+ allergy-friendly recipes you want to eat!” is available for purchase today!


I’ve created a collection of OVER 80 BRAND NEW AIP recipes for you that will never bore. In fact, the recipes in Enthused will jolt you right out of any food snooze you may have been experiencing!


From breakfast to sauces and appetizers to main courses and dessert, you’ll find everything you need to live a vibrant & mega-delicious life.



Enthused contains 192 pages of

UNIQUE & FUN AIP recipes!




Beat any breakfast boredom with a new collection of classic grain-free, dairy-free morning meals including…

Southern Style Biscuits, Vanilla & Raisin Scones, Basil & Vanilla Matcha Latte and my take on the classic Breakfast Sausage & Mash.





Here you’ll find all the sauces, dressings and dips you need for food with punch-you-in-the-face flavor.

Don’t miss the Garlic Aioli, Cranberry & Pumpkin Meat Sauce, Tigernut Butter, Nightshade-Free Curry Paste, Real Caesar Dressing or Mango Ginger Dressing… okay don’t miss any of the recipes in this chapter! I even include at least one recipe in the book using these Little Bits.






We all need a few go-to recipes to bring to parties or when we’re craving a light meal. In this chapter, you’ll get access to some stunner recipes including…

 Crispy Fig-Stuffed Prosciutto Rolls (perfect for holiday parties), Chardonnay-Glazed Sea Scallops,  Kale Caesar Salad with Sweet Potato Croutons (OMG), Truffle Fries with Garlic Aioli (bar food done right) & the not-to-be-missed “Cheesy” Bacon & Brussels Gratin.

*You can download Enthused to your desktop, laptop or tablet!*




Over 20 new main courses, most a full meal, that will spice up your weeknight rotation. I included tons of ethnic options like…

 Grilled Beef Kofta, Salmon Larb & Sweet Potato Rice, Sticky Orange Beef, Thai Fish Curry Soup, Indian Butter Chicken and Lamb Shawarma & “Rice” Plate.  

There’s also some interesting takes on classics like Preserved Lemon & Basil Meatballs, Teriyaki Turkey Poppers, Chicken Spaghetti Squash Patties & Beef and Squash Stroganoff! Salivating yet?





I have a feeling this will be the most popular chapter! We ALL miss those comfort foods like pizza, fried chicken & waffles, nachos & wraps! I had a TON of fun creating these recipes, including…

Fried Chicken & Waffles with Sweet & Spicy Syrup, Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza (+ 3 more pizzas), Grain-Free Runzas, Puerto Rican Pastelon and Pulled Chicken Nachos.





Okay, maybe THIS will be the most popular chapter. You’re getting 8 brand new AIP-friendly dessert recipes including my twist on holiday favorites like:

Tigernut Butter Sandwich Cookies, Salted Gingerbread Cookies, No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars & Maple Butter and Cranberry Bark (that one is to die for – it would be part of my last meal). You’ll also get this stellar Apple Butter Banana Bread recipe as well as Salted Lemon Ice Cream with Blueberry-Basil Jam Swirl. 




Looking for recipes to support your liver, gallbladder & digestion? Maybe you’re doing a liver cleanse program or need an extra boost of detoxification here and there! You’ll get this BONUS chapter of 11 AIP-friendly recipes that contain some of the most potent antioxidant foods you can eat on the autoimmune protocol including…

Turmeric Pumpkin Chicken Soup, Liver Loving Green Juice, Ultimate Detox Smoothie Bowl, Pink Lady & Beet Detox Salad, Detox Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing Gingered Carrot & Turnip Soup!




PHEW! I wanted to give you a really thorough run-down on Enthused so you know EXACTLY what you’re getting! But for real, are you drooling all over your shirt like I am?

















3 Easy Safer Skincare Swaps


One of my biggest passions in the women’s health community is to help educate and inform others about better-for-you and the environment skincare, makeup and household products.

Below you will find (3) easy safer skincare swaps to make over Thanksgiving weekend with the added bonus of free products & shipping!


We often think that just because something is safer to use, it’s not as effective. That is simply untrue. We have the research and resources in 2017 to create products that WORK but don’t cause a toxin overload in your body. You don’t have to be relegated to using coconut oil for everything – especially if you have specific skincare concerns that require more muscle.


For years, I didn’t use deodorant or foundation or fancy hair products because I thought I only had two options. Don’t use the toxic products lining drugstores and department store shelves OR use them. I didn’t know there were other options out there besides making my own products at home.


Honestly, making my own skincare products became pretty exhausting, and I found my skin looking less and less vibrant with my coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and jojoba routine. Fine lines around my eyes started popping up and vinegar wasn’t cutting it for breakouts.


Thankfully, I was introduced to a couple skincare & makeup lines I trust and love for their dedication to transparency and responsible ingredient sourcing.


I’m going to share with you how to swap out some of your go-to toxic products for safer versions that are effective and beautiful!




Newborns are already born with almost 300 toxins in their cord blood. If that statistic doesn’t knock you off your feet, then maybe the list of ingredients in America’s most popular baby wash will. Some of the below ingredients are considered safe like citric acid and glycerin but the large majority are associated with health concerns like immunotoxicity, allergies, organ system toxicity and eye irritations.


Johnson’s Baby Wash Contains: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance. EWG SKIN DEEP RATING: MODERATE HAZARD


Beautycounter’s Gentle All-Over Baby Wash is safe for even the most sensitive skin and contains a mix of plant-based ingredients and safe synthetic to cleanse your baby without stripping away moisture or adding a toxin load to their bathtime! All of Beautycounter’s products are EWG Verified which means they have been screened through the most rigorous standards for human and environmental safety standards.






Foundation is a non-negotiable makeup item for many of us. It adds an extra dose of hydration, hides blemishes, dark spots, scars and unevenness and helps set our blush and bronzers. But many store-bought foundations like Dior Nude Air Serum contain ingredients that are illegal in Europe & Canada, have a high propensity towards allergic reactions & even have legal use restrictions in cosmetics. No thank you!


Beautycounter’s Tint Skin Foundation is a medium-coverage, lightweight foundation that gives your skin a luminous glow without looking or feeling oily. It provides buildable coverage so the first layer feels like a tint moisturizer and the second layer has the look of a thicker, high-coverage foundation. It is one of Beautycounter’s best-selling products for good reason & one I use everyday to even out my complexion.


Need help choosing your color? Use our FIND YOUR SHADE GUIDE!




Woo-wee, this is a big one if you are dedicated to leading a lower toxin lifestyle! Conventional deodorant contains a mix of ingredients like carcinogenic aluminum and hormone-disruptors that can be problematic, especially because they are applied directly on our armpit lymph nodes and near breast tissue.

Not to worry! PRIMALLY PURE has just released an updated version of their best-selling non-toxic deodorant (made with ingredients you can eat!) that is even more powerful than their old version! It stops more stink and controls wetness more than the old formula while still being suitable for sensitive skin!


Primally Pure’s BRAND NEW Charcoal Deodorant has an impressive list of non-toxic yet effective ingredients including kaolin clay and charcoal to help detox underarms and tallow and coconut oil to moisturize skin. A small amount of baking soda helps stop smell without causing irritation!


primally pure charcoal deodorant

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Coconut-Free)



Um… I don’t think these Coconut-Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies made with tigernut flour need much of an introduction. They’re basically the chupacabra of grain-free chocolate chip cookies. Coconut-free, egg-free, nut-free, and not loaded with sweeteners or sugar!


Well, first, I’m disappointed in myself for shying away from tigernut flour for so long. The price and my inexperience with it intimidated me. I had tried sliced tigernuts once and didn’t care for the tooth-breaking texture.


Little did I know Organic Gemini Tigernut Flour is the best thing that has ever happened to my sub-par baking skills. It’s light, fluffy, a little grain-y like almond meal + has a nice “whole wheat” flavor with a bit of sweetness. PS: Not sponsored. Just impressed!

Why I’m Loving Tigernut Flour Right Now

— Tigernuts are renowned for their high content of prebiotic fiber which helps good gut guys flourish

Organic Gemini’s Tigernut Flour is organic, non-gmo & made in a dedicated gluten-free facility

— The sweet, nutty flavor of the product replaced almond flour for nut-free baking

— It makes a nut-free alternative to baked goods for school events



My goal with these Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies was to make coconut-free. That’s right – nary a teaspoon of coconut oil in sight. But what’s better than coconut oil for baking? GHEE. Specifically 4th & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee.


My Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies taste like the real deal (my husband brought them to a work Thanksgiving + they disappeared before all the other desserts). The combination of the 4th & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee with the richness of the extra-virgin olive oil takes these next level.


Why olive oil? The monounsaturated fat in olive oil makes for the perfect (in my opinion) cookie texture when combined with Vanilla Bean Ghee. Soft yet crisp, well-formed but with a fine crumb. Straight out of the oven, these will blow your mind, and you’ll always think “salad dressing + chocolate chip cookies” = good decision.




I’ve only made these cookies as directed below, so I can’t make firm recommendations on substitutions but here are some ideas. I’ll say it once: you cannot replace the Tigernut Flour with coconut flour.


Substitution Theories

— You should be able to replace the cassava flour 1:1 with arrowroot starch for similar results (not exact of course). I haven’t tried this – I’m just assuming based on my past experiences working with the two flours.

— Yes you can use a plain ghee instead of Vanilla Bean. Just don’t use Garlic Ghee. You can probably use softened butter too. This is only a theory.


Okay without further ado friends… ENJOY! And Happy Thanksgiving!



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Tigernut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time :10 Serves approx 14 2-inch cookies



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a light-colored cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until incorporated. Stir in the ghee, olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until you achieve a smooth dough. Stir in chocolate chips. 
  3. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto parchment paper, leaving 2 inches in between each cookie. Using the palm of your hand, gently flatten the cookie to about 1/2-inch high. 
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, watching closely, until the edges are a light golden brown. Do not overcook or they will turn out too crunchy. Let cool (or burn your mouth on hot chocolate like I do) slightly before serving. 

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