Food and recipes

“Fat” is our friend? Beneficial snacks

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, “fat” and “calories from fat” took on a big negative step back. Everything was packaged as “fat free” and everyone thought they were eating the healthier options. It had to be better, right?


The calories and fat were removed but replaced with nutrition void fillers.  In fact, our bodies NEED healthy fats to maintain health. I am not talking about fat from Big Macs. I am talking about healthy fats from almonds and avocados.

I love avocados and spent years avoiding them because they contained so much fat. As I learned about healthy fats, that was the first thing I incorporated into my diet. Guess what happened! I lost weight.

Our bodies will store sugars and calories into fat if our bodies are being starved of healthy fats. Coconuts are another healthy fat and they are amazing.

There are 2 kinds of coconut that you can easily purchase – young coconuts which looks like this: th

And older coconuts, which look like this.

Coconut on a white background

The main difference between white/young and brown/mature coconuts is that the white/young coconut produces more water, the brown/mature coconut produces more meat. The meat of the white coconut is gelatinous and not very flavorful. The meat of the brown coconut is thick, fibrous and full of flavor.

We recently purchased an older coconut. It is important to shake it first to hear the liquid inside. If you do not heard the coconut water, then it is either bad or has had a crack that has leaked the water. You do not want this.


We used a screwdriver (gently pounded in by a hammer) to make 3 small holes that we could drain the coconut water. After we removed the water, we strained it and drank it. Its also great for cooking and recipes.


We then took the hammer and pounded until a hairline crack would go around the coconut. We were then able to break it apart. After we removed the outer hard shell from the coconut meat, we then took a veggie peeler and pleaded the thin inner layer off.


The best part of the coconut meat is that it is soooo filling and full of fiber and nutrition. Its the perfect car snack and midnight snack.


HEALTHY fat is not our enemy and something our body needs. Don’t hesitate to grab an avocado, coconut, or almonds and ENJOY!


Simplify and Minimize

Minimizing. Not what you think you might see in a health blog. But, hear me out.

As I have mentioned before, this blog is about my journey of healthy living. A current progression and movement. I am not an expert in health or nutrition but I want to share the things that I have learned in the past 3 years since I began my journey.

As I continue to learn about health, finish up going completely chemical free, and learn about nutrition, one thing that I keep seeing is the toll that our distractions take in our life. Maybe its the therapist in me.

Have you ever sat and watched a dramatic show and looked down and your snack was completely gone and you don’t remember eating it… at all? Just as the movie distracted us, so does the busyness in our lives. At face value, it might not mean much but it can take a toll on our emotional health as well as distract us from more meaningful things.

I am guilty as most of us are of distraction. I have had my little boy tell me “put down your phone mommy”. Yikes. We seem to seek out distraction. Like if it validates us or makes us important. But, what if we sat outside on a park bench without our ipod, cell phone, or book for a few hours? What if we just sat and took in our surroundings? Could most people even do that for more than a few minutes?

In the same fashion, as I have started thinking about the idea of minimizing chaos, I have noticed how many “things” I have that do not add value. Not only do they not add value but they distract. Who needs 4 sets of shampoo and conditioner in a shower? A month after taking 2 sets away, I realize how less chaotic my shower felt. Silly example, but its true. 3 lotions on the bathroom counter in addition to the other 15 products were overwhelming not to mention making it harder to clean. Who needs 5 things on their piano? 2 looks much better and adds relaxation.

I spent the past 2 months simplifying things around the house. I am no where close to feeling organized or in control of the excess but the steps that I have made have felt wonderful.

Right now, I am thinking through these 3 steps to simplify my life and have a healthier home:

  1. Does this bring me happiness?
  2. Does this add value to me, my family, or my home?
  3. Clearing the space for a few days and introduce a few things back and see what you think. Its amazing how the excess things lose their value when you step back and see less chaos.

I invite you to take an inventory of the chaos of your life. The busyness. Are you able to find joy in life? If you are like me you love life but you could use a little less distraction. Minimizing. Simplifying. It all has a part in a healthy life.

Essential oil, Food and recipes

Cooking with essential oils

Most of you know that you can cook/bake with essential oils. Maybe you don’t know but let me tell you how easy it is!!

Just like herbs (the dried leaves), essential oils are the liquid distilled from the plants. They can but used the same way.

Basil in your pasta sauce, Lavender Lemonade, Peppermint brownies, Lemon and Thyme on grilled chicken. The list goes on.

One thing to keep in mind – – a little goes a long way! I use only THREE drops of peppermint in my brownies.

Cooking with oils also allows you to be creative. So fun. We decided to make some organic orange dark chocolates. Sure, its dessert but sometimes you gotta splurge.  Even when you have some treats, it can still be health-ified. Wait, is that a word?

Check out what my 4 yr old and I made today! Organic orange dark chocolate roses.


For a beyond easy hack, we took some organic chocolate bars from Traded Joes and added some solid coconut oil, a little shreaded coconut, and sliced almonds.



After melting it, we added 4 drops of Young Living essential oils (click here to order yours: http://www.tinyurl.con/KellyMcCormackYL) before pouring into molds. 20 minutes later we were eating our dessert. So YUM!


chemicals, DIY products

DIY (and of course chemical free) oven cleaner

I don’t know about you, but our stove top gets dirty….often! Things spill and get baked/cooked on the surface. After a while, it starts to look horrible. About twice a month, I like to do a deep cleaning.

I decide to clean off the stove this morning. Our nasty cleaning chemicals are long gone. So what do I use?


We use only one general cleaning product – Thieves cleaner –  for all of our cleaning needs. But, sometimes you need a little bit more scrubbing help. This is where my non-toxic soft scrub comes in. Anybody can do it. Including my four-year-old.

You simply sprinkle baking soda on your surface and then add lemon essential oil to make a paste. (You can order Young Living Lemon essential oil here –> ). If you need more moisture simply spray a little bit of Thieves cleaner. You could add a few drops of water in a pinch. Grab a paper towel, fold it into a small square and gently scrub. It’s that easy!

The baking soda has a gentle abrasive quality, while the lemon oil loosens the grime and baked food.

Cleaning does not have to be toxic to your family. There are SO many options to use to clean without transforming your home into a chemical diffuser.

Every time you mop your floor with chemicals and walk across it with your feet, you are in essence ingesting toxins. People clean counters or cutting boards with bleach then grab it the next day to prep their food. Yuck. I know I certainly don’t want to do ingest that myself let alone my growing child.

Now, after 3 minutes I have a sparkling stove top. My mom was visiting and watched . Her comment was on how simple it was. Yes, it’s that simple. Going chemical-free doesn’t have to be hard.

While we use our Thieves cleaning spray for day-to-day mess, we do this deep cleaning once or twice a month. The best part besides chemical-free, is the fact it looks clean and shiney for about $0.40!!

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Food and recipes

Smoothie superfood gem

You guys, I’m so excited about this find.

We went to Trader Joes earlier this week and I was perusing the Frozen area and came across mini packets of acai puree. No sugar added! Hard to find without tons of sugar because of a slightly bitter taste.

By itself acai tastes semi unsweet, at least to me, but in a smoothie you are filling it with antioxidant and SuperFood power and the other fruit give the smoothie its sweetness.

We make smoothies often. It’s a great way to get fruits and veggies in early (especially in your little ones). It starts your day out with such great nutritional power.


Today we chose carrots, cucumbers, strawberries, frozen peaches, pineapple, pineapple juice, orange juice, and one packet of acai puree. My son is currently in the living room gulping it down. Little does he know he’s gotten about 3 servings of fruits and vegetables to start his day. The best part is that breakfast took 4 minutes and I know I’m giving his growing body wonderful nutrition!