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Healthy Plant Based Recipe Round-Up, Perfect for Thanksgiving

The holiday season is here! It came so quick; Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner. In this recipe round up, I am sharing delicious and indulgent plant based recipes that are perfect to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Who says that vegetables can’t be super satisfying?! From appetizers, entrees, side dishes and yummy desserts like sweet potato bourbon pie,  there is something for everyone. Make one of these recipes and take it to your Thanksgiving dinner, I promise it will be a hit. People won’t even know it’s plant based!  Continue reading Healthy Plant Based Recipe Round-Up, Perfect for Thanksgiving

Quick & Easy Kale Chips with Hemp Hearts: Recipe

I love kale & homemade kale chips are one of my favorite snacks. They are really easy to prep, super healthy & full of nutrients. You cannot go wrong with kale chips; they are so versatile. You can make them into almost any flavor imaginable using different seasonings.  The recipe I am sharing with you today is my all time favorite. I seriously love these kale chips so much that I can’t stop eating them. I always eat all of them before I can snap a pic. They are delicious & healthy! This is one of the few snacks where it is okay to eat the whole bag!  🙂

check out all this kale!!!!
check out all this kale!!!!

Kake is an amazing vegetable. Some call it a superfood & others say it is the world’s healthiest food. Kale is a green leafy vegetable full that is part of the cabbage family.  It is full of lots of vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin K, B, C, A and magnesium, copper, fiber and calcium. It is said to have antioxidant and anti-imflammatory properties. There are lots of benefits to eating greens like kale, so give this recipe a try! 

Hemp hearts are what give these kale chips a boost of protein. Hemp is a great source of plant based protein. There are 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas in a serving of hemp hearts (3 tablespoons). They are so easy to use that you can throw them in a green smoothie, sprinkle on top of salads or oatmeal or kale chips like I did here. I love to use hemp hearts in all different ways. Check out my recipe for delicious pumpkin hemp soup I posted earlier this week.

Where can you find hemp hearts? 
At your local health food store such as Whole Foods, or you can purchase them online via Amazon or on manitobaharvest.com. Use code HHSP1015 for 20% anything on the Manitoba Harvest web store! 


FullSizeRender-3Kale Chips with Hemp Hearts

1 large bunch of kale
Coconut oil spray
3 T Hemp Hearts
Optional: seasoning like Mrs. Dash, salt & pepper, garlic & onion powder, etc. 

1. Preheat your oven to 350F
2. Break of kale into bite size pieces (removing from stem) & place on baking sheet
3. Spray lightly with coconut oil spray 
4. Sprinkle Hemp Hearts & seasoning to your desire 
5. Bake 15-20 minutes (or until crispy)
**Be careful not to burn as every oven is different & oven time may vary. 

Note: These are best consumed within a few days. Be sure to store in an airtight container, otherwise they loose their crispy-ness and are not as good. 


I was given a bag of Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts in exchange for this review thru my affiliation with Sweat Pink. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting my sponsors!

Enjoy & Stay Sweet!

Most Popular Recipe: Pumpkin Protein Muffins

As a part of my 1 year anniversary of blogging, I am sharing some of my most popular posts from this last year.  While I am a summer girl and I firmly believe in no pumpkin stuff until after the last day of summer (September 22nd), this recipe was in the top 5 most popular posts from last year – pumpkin protein muffins!

Y’all, these muffins are the bomb.com! Seriously. I can’t wait to make them again this year. I am excited to share this recipe with you and hope that you add it to your list of recipes to make this fall! It’s the best for an on-the-go breakfast that has carbs, protein and fat. Added bonus, the recipe is super easy to make! 

These are gluten free and can be dairy free if you use vegan protein powder. Here is the original post. Enjoy!!!!Happy 1st Birthday

Start drooling now because the pumpkin protein muffins are so so good! They even got my sister and husband’s stamp of approval 🙂 Thankfully I got the pics I did because these muffins disappeared FAST!

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Today is my sister’s birthday!!! I made these pumpkin protein muffins for breakfast this morning and they were a major hit.

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how pretty are these flowers my sis got?!?

They would be perfect for a quick and easy weekend breakfast.

Just blend all the ingredients in a blender,

pour into muffin tin, bake and you are done! Pretty healthy and not as many carbs as a regular muffin. 

Here is the recipe. ENJOY!

Pumpkin Protein Muffins
Yields 12
perfect pumpkin muffin for fall that is high in protein - a great way to start off your day or the perfect snack!
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Prep Time
12 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
12 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 large egg
  2. 1 large egg white
  3. ¼ cup pure pumpkin puree
  4. 1 large banana, cut into chunks
  5. ½ cup all-natural almond butter
  6. ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  7. 2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  8. ½ tsp. baking powder
  9. ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  10. 1 dash ground nutmeg
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. 2. Prepare twelve muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with spray.
  3. 3. Place egg, egg white, pumpkin, banana, almond butter, and maple syrup in blender; cover. Blend for 30 seconds.
  4. 4. Add Protein Powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; cover. Blend until smooth.
  5. 5. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  6. 6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  1. Great tip: Enjoy with a teaspoon of almond butter on top - YUM!
  2. Per muffin: (this may vary based on the protein powder you use) 110 calories, 7g fat, 10g carbs, 7g protein
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Coconut Oil Coffee “Creamer”

Coconut Oil + Coffee ?

Sounds like it might be a strange combination right?! I thought so too, but let me tell you it is a delicious way to change up your morning coffee every once in a while. Coconut oil also has some added benefits that are worth mentioning as well. Another bonus: it’s REALLY easy to make!!
Just to clarify — this is NOT bulletproof coffee. The bulletproof coffee does have coconut oil in it as well as grass-fed butter. I have yet to try that combo in my coffee…but if I do, I promise I will blog about it. P.S. if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my blog HERE


I know what you guys are thinking… I’ve jumped on the coconut oil train. The purpose of this post is not to tell you that coconut oil is some miracle food and can save the world.  Coconut oil has been shown to have health benefits, but they may not be the same for everyone. If you are looking for a way to add more coconut oil to your diet or a healthier way to doctor up your coffee in the morning – you MUST try this coconut oil coffee “creamer”.

I say “creamer” because it’s not dairy based creamer. Are you ready for the recipe? Here it is:

That’s it!! 

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plain brewed coffee & 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil
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 It is SO creamy and smooth. This ONLY happens if you use a blender. If you just add coconut oil to your coffee it won’t taste bad, but it certainly won’t be creamy and frothy. 

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You may be wondering why coconut oil has gotten so much attention lately or why you should even bother trying it. Coconut oil is full of MCTs – medium chain triglycerides – these are easily converted to energy by our bodies and can help to rev your metabolism and can also reduce hunger. Some people get concerned that coconut oil is so high in saturated fat. These MCTs make up about half of the saturated fat in coconut oil.  There are good and bad saturated fats and coconut oil is one of the good ones. Just like any good fat source, it’s only good in controlled quantities so don’t over do it. 🙂 

Healthy fats help to steady our bloom sugar over time and also help us feel full, so drinking some healthy fat with your coffee in the morning will help you make it to lunch or snack time with more ease. 

Like I mentioned earlier, different things work for different people and I am not trying to tout this as a key to weight loss. It’s a great alternative to dairy creamer if you like to have creamy coffee and a creative way to add more healthy fats to your diet. 

If you give it a try, comment and let me know how you liked it! I’d also love to hear any fun coffee drinks you like – please share them in the comments! 

Stay sweet & caffeinated!