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Who else got Easter baskets as a child πŸ™‹πŸ™‹! I looooved all that candy. I may or may not have also hoarded candy and chocolate in my closet as a child too πŸ™ŠπŸ˜’. Was not a fun day when my mom found that stash. ANYWAY. The past few years I have enjoyed making healthier versions of Easter candy because well...I like it a lot. .

I have been making this particular one (or variations of it) for recent Easter holidays, and decided to pass it along to you! I used to make these with regular flour, but now that I'm GF, I used my favorite - almond flour πŸ˜‹. They are also made with cashew butter instead of peanut butter, which is healthier. Link in bio for the recipe! .

Easter is one of my favorite holidays because I love spring and the flowers and the cute little girls in their Easter dresses. I think secretly I still wish I was a child and got Easter baskets and went searching for eggs πŸ₯šπŸ‡ πŸ˜‚. .

I hope you have an amazing Easter and get to spend some time with loved ones. It's just Mike and I, but we are going to a nice brunch so that will be fun. Hopefully I don't kill myself like last time with the gluten and dairy - maybe there will be some alternatives 😜.

Every so often I like to stop and introduce myself to any new followers or just to give you a face behind the Instagram and blog. I started this whole thing because one day I realized I kept talking myself out of starting a blog or Instagram out of fear. I thought how could I ever "compete" with other health influencers? I didn't have the personality to make people keep coming back for more. I also didn't feel like I could hold a candle to other food photography, recipes, or even the "look" other influencers have with their clothes, body, makeup, lighting, etc. It's embarrassing to admit this, but it's true. I also had some big failures with past job searches and businesses I've started. I had just gone through a failure of a move to California when I started this. I was literally in the lowest position mentally, emotionally, and physically than I have ever been. My other company had a GIANT loss that ate away at most of my extra funds, my job search as a nutritionist was unsuccessful, the family business I had spent 10 years closed in late 2016, my dream to be a naturopathic doctor fizzled, among a number of other personal family stuff that I won't go into - I was ready to jump off a cliff. Why would I bring this up? Not because I am here to complain or seem ungrateful. I'm saying this because Instagram is always showing the good stuff, and hardly do we ever hear about the real stuff - or what failure looks and feels like. .

Shorty after moving to Arizona I remember being on another interview for a receptionist job at a chiropractor. I went through the usual questions until he started asking more about my education and businesses. He looked up at me and asked why I am not starting my own nutritionist business and also keep Akasha Sun going. I told him I didn't see that being a possibility, but it did really get me thinking. I then realized why not give it a shot? Why not at least give these two things a fighting chance? I did get a job offer from him, but he said he felt bad even offering it to me because I was over qualified and wasting my knowledge. .
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Who else has a treat at night πŸ™‹. Alright if you don't, then we aren't friends. JUST KIDDING. I would never be so petty 😏. .

Well for the sake of my skin and digestion, I just can't overdo sugar. Although I am not sugar-free, I try to keep my refined sugar intake to a minimum. So you're probably wondering why I'm showing you photos of blondies because that has sugar, duh, right?! πŸ€”. Not these!!! These have NO refined sugar, NO gluten, and NO dairy. Say what??! 🀯. .

Yeah I know. So this heavenly dessert is made with coconut sugar, which has a much more neutral sweet flavor than honey or maple syrup and it tastes SO good. I feel like I'm really indulging when I have one of these at night, but I'm really not! I just really like em, okay? So run over to the blog and grab the recipe!! Link is in bio ❀️ .

Can't lie, yesterday was a low day, but feeling much better today. We all have highs and lows, but the important thing is to remain grateful through it all. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday, my friends.

One of my favorite types of comfort food has to be pasta. I've often associated Italian food with heavy sauces, lots of cheese, and carbs of course. Another comfort food that tasted great eating it, but was always followed up by feeling horrible. Thankfully, I have figured out a way to still get that same "comfort food" vibe without screwing up my digestive system in the process. This pasta dish is a favorite for both Mike and I. We probably eat this once a week to be honest! It's gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious. You can view the full recipe on my blog (link in bio). .

Cook chickpea pasta in salted boiling water according to box instructions. Drain water and set aside. .

In a heavy deep pan, add garlic and avocado oil to the pan over medium heat. .

Add chopped onion, mushrooms (optional), chicken sausage, and spices to the pan. Cook until mushrooms and onions are soft. .

Add can(s) of diced tomatoes to pan, and stir in. Add spinach and basil and continue stirring. Add marinara sauce (optional). .

Once sauce is well-heated, gently fold in pasta. Drizzle olive oil over pasta. Continue folding in pasta until the pasta is well-heated. Taste and add more olive oil or seasonings if needed. .

Optional: You can serve with mozzarella, parmesan, nutritional yeast, or vegan cheese if you would like. .

In other news, I will be posting some delicious sweet Easter treats the next few days!! I am also still working on @akashasun stuff as we lead up to the new collection launch. Hope you're having a great Wednesday!

Comfort food is defined under the dictionary as, "food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking." .

Have you ever just wanted to indulge in some comfort food? I think comfort food means something different for everyone. For some it's macaroni and cheese, for others it could be biscuits and gravy. Maybe it's something sweet like cake or pie. Unfortunately, comfort food has changed over the years thanks to the introduction of preservatives, sweeteners, genetic modification, pesticides, and artificial colors and flavors. Something your grandmother or great grandmother may have made back in her day as "comfort food" would probably look a lot different now in terms of ingredients. This is why the definition of comfort food needs to change. "Healthy" indulgent foods can still be comforting without all of the damage to our digestion and gut health. Simplifying ingredients, eliminating unhealthy preservatives and fillers, and choosing high-quality oils and sweeteners can transform a toxic comfort food dish into *real* comfort food that is comforting to the body and to the tastebuds. .
What is your favorite comfort food from childhood?

So there are A LOT of nutritionists and health instagrammers out there. There are a lot of amazing, helpful ones and there are also some fake one's sprinkled in there. This is the case with any industry really... But what I always wonder is, what's REALLY in a nutritionist's kitchen?? Are they hiding a bunch of Oreos or nesquik πŸ˜‚. I remember going into one naturopath's home and being shocked by the foods she had. She definitely wasn't practicing what she was preaching. On the flip side, are they buying all of their groceries from their local boutique health market where a jar of coconut yogurt costs $40?? I guess what I'm getting at here is I want to ALWAYS be as real with you as possible. I called this Genelle's Healthy Life not because it's all about me, but because I want to teach by example. To show that being healthy doesn't cost a fortune, and it's attainable for us all. I don't expect to teach anyone how to be healthy if I'm not even walking the walk. .

This is why I've decided to fully expose my kitchen and tell you exactly what's in my pantry and fridge. It's a mix of organic, non-organic but simple ingredients, and a few other things mixed in there (like Mike's jar of sour gummy bears πŸ˜‚). It's taken me a long time to establish a "groove" with our shopping routine and what we stock in our kitchen, but now this is pretty much what I have on hand on most days. My intention isn't to say "this is how everyone's kitchen should be" - heck no! I am merely being transparent with you and hoping it might be helpful in some way. .

Both Mike and I have digestion issues, so our kitchen has to be geared toward gut health. I have made a full list of every food item we have in our kitchen on the blog (link in bio). So if you're curious, head on over to my kitchen tour! Will be doing a personal (digestion-friendly) grocery list and meal plan as well and then a full health cabinet/vitamin post too in the future. .

So what are your plans for this weekend? I am getting some work done, need to donate some stuff, and maaaybe a hike later. 😊 Hope you have a great Saturday ❀️

Mmmm Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines. I have been known to go to Mexican restaurants and eat entirely too much because it's just SO good!! We are talking about chips and salsa, man. Chips and salsa... .

ANYWAY. I do a good job of avoiding all the cheese when I'm eating Mexican food, which means no queso for me πŸ˜₯. I know, so sad. Buuut good news is, I've created a solution!!! I present to you a queso dip/sauce that not only tastes amazing, but is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan!! Mike approved of it, so I know even dairy eaters can dig this! .

Dish it out with some warm tortilla chips and 😍. You can get the full recipe on the blog now! Link in bio! .

Now I'm going to go dive head first in my research papers and have my smoothie for the day 😘. .

I'm curious to know, what's your favorite food at a Mexican restaurant??

I interrupt your scrolling to bring you a dose of deliciousness... As some of you might know I was a bit of a candy and chocolate addict as a child. My grandparents had a chocolate drawer in the kitchen and I always manged to steal bars from there when no one was around (because you know, NO sweets before dinner - duh!). I always went for the almond joys, milky ways or twix. Wasn't Twix dreamy? I mean the combination of chocolate, Carmel, and cookie was so good. .

I think in memory of my grandparents it's only fitting to create a healthy version of one of my favorite chocolate bars. We are talking no refined sugar, no gluten, and no dairy! Children will totally dig these too. Keep em in the fridge and indulge in a low-guilt treat πŸ˜‹πŸ« . .

HEALTHY TWIX BARS!! Link in bio for the recipe. ❀️

Pretty much the look on my face 80% of the time... Or when I eat something sour...or when I throw away the coffee maker's permanant filter with the paper one and don't even realize until trash has been picked up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Just a day in the life with me... .

But I also had this face when I was starting out on my health journey years ago. It was hard figuring out what ingredients were good, what were bad...and how I was going to afford the healthier options. But as time went on I learned SO much and took the extra time to read nutrition labels. It was shocking to find out how many harmful ingredients are in the foods we are used to purchasing. Don't get discouraged! It's worth it and it takes time to learn. .

As far as being on a budget...I don't buy the highest end version of every food product. I pick the one that is the most attainable for me. If the options that are attainable to me contain too many harmful additives or are produced in a way that could harm our health, I re-evaluate my need for that product. There's a balance I've found between investing in your health and having to give up certain things due to budget. Also want to make a post about this. .

I have decided to extend food labels week into next week as well because this is just such an important subject to be discussing. I also have some informative (and possibly shocking) blog posts planned as well. .

Annnd now I REALLY need to get outside. I can only be inside on a computer for so long πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ€ͺ

Who wants to hang out in a grocery store for hours?? Usually it's grab and go, right?! πŸ›’ We have busy lives, but buying food is a necessity. Sometimes we get into a routine of buying the same products and going with what makes our lives easier. But when is the last time you took a hard look at the ingredients on the back of every product you throw in the cart? Or even going as far as researching brands to find out how they source their ingredients?? If you do, I commend you - that's a lot of extra work. Something I definitely neglect at times because of everything else going on. Maybe it's the "ignorance is bliss" concept?? .

Or maybe you are one of the many that trusts the cover of a product. We've seen all of the claims... "non-gmo" "no additives" "gluten-free" "free of preservatives" "all natural" "certified organic"... throw it in the cart and move on, right? 🚫 No. .

Buying a product based off of the front label is just like buying a book based off of the front cover only. That product could be full of harmful ingredients that can be contributing to present and future health ailments.
If you have been following along in my stories, I have been showing you a few examples of why ingredient reading is so important. Educating yourself on what different ingredients mean is something I highly recommend. It is far more important than the calorie or fat content. .

I will be making a blog post this week covering some key ingredients to watch out for that are lurking in SO many products these days. .

Also, I'm curious... how many of you grocery shop during quiet hours like early mornings, late evenings or during the week?? Or are do you brave those crowds? πŸ€ͺ

Food Intolerances, leaky gut, IBS, Autoimmunity, celiac, allergies, pancreatitis... Just to name a few... Are all things so many of us and our loved ones deal with on the daily. Other people don't understand what it's like until they either have one of these things or have to take care of loved ones that do. I want to say that I have the utmost compassion for each of you. .

Having a fiance with chronic pancreatitis, a mom with an autoimmune disorder, a dad with bouts of skin cancer and scares with extremely high blood pressure, friends with cancer, loved ones with various other health issues, and chronic IBS myself...I get it. It's hard. .

I've been giving my vision a lot of thought for Genelle's Healthy Life, and that vision has become much clearer recently. Creating recipes and writing about nutrition isn't enough, I want to help people that are navigating the food and health world seeking answers. Whether you are dealing with a condition or if you just want to prevent future health issues, I want to help you sort through the insane amount of information we are faced with everyday. .

I talk a lot about "staying in your own lane". So many influencers are stepping outside of their lane, and that's all I'm going to say about that. But I will stay in mine, and really focus on providing you researched information, my knowledge from years of schooling, and experience. Because let's face it, health is a BIG DEAL. It's not something to mess around with. I am not an influencer, I am just a human that chose to dedicate her life to health and nutrition and I'm passing my knowledge onto you. I love all of you ❀️ .

Also, if you are on an AIP diet, check out these no-bake coconut carob balls on the blog now.

Raise your hand if you or someone you know has an autoimmune disorder πŸ™‹. .

Autoimmune disorders are horrible to deal with, and it only makes it worse that the AIP diet appears very limiting at first glance. I remember the first time my mom went on the AIP diet, and how isolated she felt due to all of restrictions. You wonder if you will ever enjoy eating again...but the good news is you can still enjoy food while on an autoimmune protocol diet. .

I have compiled a list of AIP pantry staples on my latest blog post. I was surprised to find very few websites provide this type of info for autoimmune disorders. I was also a bit surprised that the ones I did find contain a lot of (what I believe to be) misleading information. .

So check it out! Link in bio. .

The weather is SO dang nice right now. It's like the time period before AZ gets unbelievably hotπŸ”₯, and it's the perfect 75 to 85 degree range. Definitely going to get out and go for a hike today!! Do you go for walks or hikes? .

P.S. not an ad, just love @greatlakesgelatin !

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