Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Clean Eating Sweet Potato Kugel Recipe

This clean eating sweet potato kugel recipe is gluten free, egg free, vegan and down right delicious!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

CNC Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

I know bloggers do all sorts of gift guides this time of year – and, who knows, maybe I’ll have one more this season – but I decided to condense my recommendations into one “ultimate” gift guide, so you can take full advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that are coming up. You guys know I’m all about saving money when I can! Speaking of which, have you heard about Honey? Katy Widrick recently told me about it, and it’s my new favorite frugality app. Once you activate it, it instantly tells you the bests deals on the products you are shopping for and even pulls up coupon codes! It’s pretty awesome!

Anyway, this gift guide is intended for the people on your holiday list who are just plain hard to shop for. You know the people I am talking about, right? They either have everything they want or need, or just nothing specific comes to mind when you’re shopping for them. This round-up runs the gamut of interests, so, hopefully, there’s something for everyone on your holiday list!

Beautycounter holiday gift sets – I’m putting this gift first because TODAY (Tuesday) is Beautycounter’s Black Friday, and they’re offering 15% off on just about everything on their website. The holiday collection, in particular, is amazing, and there is truly something for EVERYONE – even including the men in your life! Make sure you check out all of the different sets, but here are my top favorites:

  • Instant Awakening Trio($89) –  I already gifted this to myself and used it over the weekend for date night! 😉 It’s perfect for dull tired winter skin! I already love the best selling Overnight Resurfacing Peel and the Illuminating Cream is becoming a quick favorite as well. Can we also talk about how awesome the Eye Revive Cooling Masks are?! They really do plump up tired eyes. This set is definitely a must to gift to yourself – perfect for holiday season get-togethers!
  • Transforming Lip Duo($30) – The perfect color on everyone! It’s a transforming lip tint that creates a custom color on everyone. I had no idea that transforming lipsticks were such a thing, but I guess Dior has one that is very popular? I am seriously in love with this set. I am not a huge lipstick person, so this is the perfect amount of color and shine. This is a great gift for just about anyone on your life!
  • First Light Highlighter Palette($49) – Highlighters are THE thing right now, and this set will not disappoint! It’s 3 gorgeous highlighters in one. I had never worn highlighter until recently and love the glow it gives! If you have daughters, nieces, sisters, or even yourself that are into makeup, they will love this set and will know exactly how to use it!
  • Mini Lip Gloss Vault($89) – I love the Beautycounter lip glosses, so naturally I love this set of 10 mini glosses. I think just about everyone can pull off all of these colors, and you can never have too many lip glosses. Plus, you could always split up the set a gift as stock stuffers! 🙂
  • Counterman Travel Set($78) – Men care about their skin and health too! I love the smell of this line and would totally use it myself! The set includes a travel kit with a daily exfoliating cleanser, smoothing shaving cream, cooling aftershave tonic, and an oil free face lotion. This set sold out in one day last year, so don’t wait to buy it. Mal is definitely getting one of these under the Christmas tree this year!

Chatbooks – You guys might remember be professing my love for Chatbooks on CNC in the past, and I’m even more in love with them after receiving this hardcover book of our family’s 2017 memories at the beginning of 2018. Chatbooks has an option to load all of your Instagram photos right into their system, so it took me maybe 15 minutes to make the entire book. I just went through selected the photos I wanted, picked a cover, and it was done. Easy as that!

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I have no affiliation with Chatbooks – I just really love their products – but I do get credit if you end up signing up. And you can get $10 OFF your first photo book order using this link! Chatbooks has ALL SORTS of awesome holiday gift ideas – starting at just $10!

Dog DNA Test by Embark – There’s nothing better than discovering your roots – and that goes for fur babies, too. This test reveals a dog’s genetic age and info as well as breed breakdown from just a small sample of slobber. Incredible!


Brooks Ugly Sweater Sneakers (aka Levitate 2) – These sneakers are everything! I honestly don’t think a sneaker has ever made me so happy, and I know just about any runner or walker on your shopping list will LOVE these!

Air fryer – I professed my love for our new air fryer just last week (full review here), but it would make an awesome gift for the foodie or health nut in your life!

Snowball maker – Every kid (big and old) needs one of these snowball makers! 🙂 Quinn has been asking for one since he saw it!

Fitness and athleisure apparel – The new year is just around the corner, and if there’s someone on your list who wants to get healthier in 2019, some new apparel or sneakers is the perfect gift.

Some top picks:

Wine – I mean, who doesn’t like wine? 🙂 Ok, some people like it more than others (myself included), but wine is such a nice gift to receive. Here are 3 options that I especially love. Winc is such an awesome (and fun!) gift. Mal and I have actually given it to a number of family and friends over the years. Winc uses an online taste profile/survey to help the recipient select bottles that they may like. Then, the bottles are shipped right to your front door. If, for any reason, you don’t like any of the bottles you received, you can exchange them for something new – no questions asked! And when your friends and family use this link, they will earn a complimentary $20 of Winc wine! If you’re shopping for someone who is more health-conscious, the “Clean” wine from Thrive Market is really great (my review) as well as FitVine Wine, which has an awesome selection of lower calorie wine. You can save 10% at FitVine with code carrotsncake10!

Professional Lasagna Trio Pan – This is such a cool idea! When you have a family of varying appetites and/or diets, this pan will definitely come in handy!

LL Bean slippers – LL Bean makes THE BEST slippers. They’re so cozy and last forever. Mal has these ones, and I have this pair, but in the women’s version. I highly recommend both! I’ve had mine for a solid 5 years, and I wear them just about every day around the house!

Stocking Stuffers

Knork – Oh, yes. This is a fork + knife duo. The Knork allows you to both cut and spear food using only one utensil!

Glass straws – I know how harmful plastics can be, so I’m paying a lot more attention and reducing the amount I use, including the straws that I drink my morning iced coffee with. I found some glass straws on Amazon, and I really love them. I used to use metal straws back in the day, which are still a great option, but I was never quite sure if they were truly clean inside. With the glass straws, you can see if they’re clean! They’re made from Pyrex, so it would take a lot to break them – and they’re dishwasher-safe. They’d make a perfect stocking stuffer!

X5 Multi-Port USB Car Charger – Multi-port car charger? Sign me up! There’s never enough USB ports in the car – am I right?

CAULIPOWER Cauliflower-Based Baking Mix – This baking mix is definitely on my Christmas list. It’s vegan, non-GMO, wheat-free, low-calorie as well as an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, which, of course, is much more nutritious that your typical making mixes. It’d make a fun stocking stuffer for sure!

Silicone Food Savers – Genius! I hope someone buys these for me for Christmas! Similarly, this Avocado Hugger looks perfect for leftover avocado!

P.S. If you haven’t been over to Oprah’s “Favorite Things” on Amazon yet, make sure you take a stop there for your holiday shopping – so many awesome ideas!

P.P.S. If you missed my TOY GIFT GUIDE, you can check it out here! 🙂

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Day By Day

I’m not really sure what day it is – I think Monday? I know it’s November but it feels like October. I don’t really remember October?! I know Thanksgiving is coming up REAL FAST. Nothing forces you to live in the moment like being a new parent. I can only look ahead maybe 1-2 hours because life is so unpredictable! I am slowly emerging from my nest, and it’s felt so good to go out and about!

My priorities each day: first and foremost, shower. I don’t feel alive without a shower and some make-up. Also: a walk or light workout, a tidy house, and snuggle with the babe. Second tier priorities are write a blog post or nap!

On Friday I met some girlfriends at Pippin Hill for lunch. We shared a cheese plate, deviled eggs, a salad, and some vino. It was great to be out and social.

Baby Wilson looked huge next to Little B!

I made a batch of The Best Granola Ever and snacked on it all week. I’m going to make more soon and create a blog recipe page for it. It’s not my recipe, so I’m going to tweak a few things to make it my own!

Breakfast of champions: cheese eggs, chocolate croissant, fruit, OJ, coffee. I wake up starving from a night of nursing!!

Mazen loves chocolate smoothies and has one nearly every school day for breakfast. We make them with peanut butter, frozen banana, chocolate Vega protein, and milk. Thomas often saves the leftovers in a giant jar for me, so when I need a quick breakfast after he leaves for work, I can sip away.

Another super fast option is cereal (pumpkin spice cheerios!) mixed with The Best Granola on top.

We got super cozy on the couch this weekend. I can’t believe how quickly the temps dropped to winter level. See above re: what month is it.

M played a “sleeping bag monster” game for a good hour Sunday morning!

If anyone has gotten a slight smile out of this guy, it’s Mazen! Mazen gets so excited when Birch is awake and alert.

Matt and Mazen made us a delicious quiche for dinner! Along with a pecan pie. The quiche (based on this recipe) had mushrooms, bacon, spinach, and goat cheese and was so good. The homemade crust is the best part.

I had it for dinner and lunch.

Lumi Juice is great when I don’t have time to make big salads. Gotta get those greens in!

I had a delicious Roots bowl that I ran to pick up while Auntie Sarah watched Birch for me – his first babysitter! He did great, and the bowl was worth the trip.

A friend brought us enchiladas for a meal train meal – delicious with avocado on top!

On Saturday we drove out to Bold Rock to see a friend in his band. We didn’t realize they were having a huge festival in honor of Virginia Cider Week.

I got a little anxious with so many people not so much about germs because I am super careful not to touch anything and wash or sanitize my hands frequently but just because I didn’t know where we would sit! But we found the Barrel Barn nearly empty and were able to relax there for a while. I use a nursing cover in public, and while it’s not as easy as being at home on the couch, it wasn’t too bad.

Thomas and I made spaghetti with meat sauce and salad on Sunday night. Mazen’s favorite!

Last but not least, I’ve gotten in a few good walks but we also went to the gym as a family and Thomas and I traded off walking the track with B while we each did a little cardio. I asked my doctor while I was still in the hospital if light cardio was ok before my 6 week appt and he said yes, especially because I had been active throughout my pregnancy, but listen to my body and keep it low-ish impact. So I did an easy 15 minutes on the stairmaster and it felt great to sweat again! My body is really craving some sweaty workouts, and I’m listening to it. We also bought a used treadmill on Craigslist over the weekend – more on that soon!

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

How To Have A Real Food Thanksgiving (See my holiday plan!)

I had the funniest Uber driver the other day…

He asked me, “You aren’t cooking for Thanksgiving are you?” I responded, “Of course!” and when he seemed surprised I laughed… “Ha ha, you have no idea who you’re talking to!” After I rattled off a short list of the items I was making, he gave pause and joked back, “Are you Martha Stewart?”

LOL… I’m definitely not Martha Stewart, but my Thanksgiving game is pretty strong.

It wasn’t always this way. Back in the day if I was “making” anything for Thanksgiving I’d usually wait until the last minute and grab processed items like canned cranberry sauce, supermarket rolls, and packaged stuffing mix. Can you relate?

If you’re feeling behind and want some help getting a “real food” Thanksgiving feast together, I’ve got something you are going to love…

Years ago, I put together all of my holiday recipes along with shopping and prepping tips and published them in an eBook. It includes a full holiday menu that you can use for not just Thanksgiving, but any holiday celebration – with over 20 recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts. It’s my personal healthy holiday roadmap!

Since I am so THANKFUL for you and the incredible support you have shown for my new book Feeding You Lies this week, I am going to give you my holiday eBook for free!

Enter your email below and I’ll instantly send my 40-page Holiday Meal Plan to you:

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One thing on (almost) everyone’s mind for Thanksgiving is the turkey…

If you eat meat, remember the best choice is an organic, pasture-raised turkey. This way you will avoid turkeys that were raised on antibiotics (and other growth promoting drugs) and GMO feed. Organic turkeys do tend to sell out early though! This is one area that it is good to plan out in advance. You can typically order an organic turkey from a local farmer, or specialty grocer such as Whole Foods or Earth Fare. Some major grocery stores carry them now too! If you weren’t able to get your hands on one this year, don’t beat yourself up. Just make note to check earlier next year and make it part of your regular holiday routine!

Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes on the blog…

  1. Cornbread Stuffing
  2. Raw Stuffing
  3. Spaghetti Squash Casserole
  4. Cranberry Sauce
  5. Garlic Roasted Vegetables with Lentils
  6. Raw Brussels Sprouts Good Fortune Salad
  7. Healing Everyday Hummus
  8. Roasted Pumpkin Spice Nuts
  9. Coconut Milk Ice Cream
  10. Pumpkin Pie With Coconut Whipped Cream

As you make these recipes, please share your spirit on Instagram and use the hashtag #FoodBabe – I would LOVE to see your creations!

I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I appreciate you more than you know.

Thank you for standing by my side…

Thank you for sending kind words of support…

Thank you for sharing your own stories and struggles with me…

Thank you for not buying crappy processed food and voting with your dollars…

Thank you for helping me fight Big Food…

Thank you for caring about the food you feed your families…

Most of all, thank you for caring about your health. It is so important.

You are doing amazing work. I love you!



P.S. My new book is almost here, have you heard the news?

Feeding You Lies: How to Unravel the Food Industry’s Playbook and Reclaim Your Health, is available to pre-order now.

I expose the shameless lies we are being fed about our food by the very people we should be able to trust for health information…

…lies about its nutrient value, effects on our health, label information, and even the very science on which we make our food choices. It’s investigative, hard-hitting, and a must read.

Get it locally near you here or at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

{Feeding You Lies hits stores February 19, 2019}


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CNC Weekly Macro Meal Plans

Guys, I’m SO EXCITED to share this new nutrition offering with you! It’s been a long time coming, so I’m especially psyched to share it with all of you. First, a little backstory…

I’ve worked one-on-one with nutrition clients for nearly 3 years now, and the one thing that they all had in common was what happened once their plan ended. Sure, one-on-one coaching is great for support and accountability, but once you learn the skills you need to track macros on your own, you don’t necessarily need a coach. My goal for working with clients is always to TEACH them how to track macros in a way that works for their dietary needs and lifestyle. And once our time was over, my clients really just wanted macro-friendly recipes that aligned with their food preferences.

A number of clients expressed similar struggles once they finished their macro plans:

“The time it tastes to look up ingredients and then figure out portions and macros takes forever!”

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“I need variety. I often get in a rut with recipes.”

“It’s so hard to find high-protein, meat-free recipes.”

“I have been successful with macros, but the thought of planning everything is so daunting.”

“I feel like it takes so much of my day to research, plan, and track!”

After hearing these same challenges again and again, I knew I needed to create the “next step” for my clients.

The CNC Weekly Macro Meal Plans takes the hassle out of meal planning and macro calculating. Instead of getting bored with the same old recipes or searching Pinterest for new ones that then need macro calculations, I send you a flexible meal plan with 5 macro-friendly recipes each week – delivered right to your inbox!

Each week includes nutritious, whole food recipes to keep planning simple and realistic. Also included is a grocery shopping list as well as a detailed meal prep “game plan” to make the most of your time in the kitchen. I tell you exactly when to prep and cook throughout the week and add in my own personal tips and tricks for speeding up the process. The recipes change from week-to-week, so you won’t get bored, and you can choose from 3 diet-specific plans: Meal Prep Ninja, Perfect Paleo (gluten- and dairy-free) or Whole Food Plant-Based (vegetarian).

While I had my nutrition clients in mind when I created this offering, it’s not just for past clients. The Macro Meal Plan Subscription is perfect for anyone who has experience with macros or who wants to learn how to track macros. (The subscription comes with a “Quick Guide” to get you started.) It’s also just great for anyone who wants to simplify their meal planning each week. There’s a loose plan to guide your meals, but ultimately you adjust as needed, especially if events/activities pop up or you have a bunch of leftovers in the fridge to use up.

Ok, you might be wondering how is the Macro Meal Plan Subscription different from the CNC Macro Plans. Well, let me tell you! 🙂

CNC Macro Plans provides you with personal macro goals as well as nutrition coaching (on the 4- and 8-week plans). Our goal with the CNC Macro Plans is to give you the tools to track macros on your own – either via Quick Guide provided with the “Just the Macros” plan or with the help of a coach over 4 or 8 weeks.

The Macro Meal Plan Subscription is a weekly flexible meal plan with macro-friendly, diet-specific recipes, and a grocery shopping list to help you with your meal planning while keeping your eats interesting and exciting. It’s not customized to your individual macro plans, but if you would like a custom macro calculation, you can purchase one at discounted price when you sign up for the subscription plan.

Want to give the CNC Weekly Macro Meal Plans a try? It’s just $29/month (less than a $1 per day) and includes 4 weeks worth of meal plans. And here’s a little incentive to give it a try: The first week is FREE! You can sign up, see what it’s all about, and cancel if you wish. Curious? Well, you’ve got nothing to lose! 🙂 

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Sunday With Sisson 11.18.18

Hi, everyone. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday morning. For those of you accustomed to receiving Sunday With Sisson in your inbox, I wanted to give you a heads up that the team and I are making some changes (just technical) with the newsletter and “Sunday With Sisson” for just a few weeks. Some of you may notice some temporary interruption in your email delivery from MDA. It’s all part of upgrading our systems. Unfortunately, there’s never a good time for these things.

In the meantime, I’ll be posting “Sunday With Sisson” letters each Sunday on the blog until we’re back to our full mailing capacity. Enjoy, and—as always—thanks for joining me here. 

Good morning, everybody.

So, California is on fire. You’ve probably heard the stories and seen the videos of people racing along burning highways to escape. It’s unlike anything the state has ever seen.

I no longer live in Malibu, but I did for 25 years, and my daughter Devyn has been living in our old Malibu house with her boyfriend and three dogs.

She was in the house last week as fire raced down the valley toward our home. They watched as it got closer and only left when the flames finally reached our backyard, assuming they had more time before it was upon them. They didn’t.

I was following along on live stream news from my place in Miami. When I saw local L.A. reporters standing on the street below our house with 30 foot flames roaring directly behind them, I called and told her to get the hell out. Devyn had no idea because the power and Internet were all cut. She and the dogs went to Santa Monica; her boyfriend stayed in Malibu to protect our house (successfully) and a few other friends’ homes in the area.

When I got confirmation that she was all right, I went to sleep. I’m a worrier—as longtime readers will know—but I went to bed with a clear mind, knowing that everyone was safe. Sure, I worried about the house, which has been on the market for a few months and contains 15 years of dearly held memories along with some lingering belongings, but I was also totally at peace with whatever happened. We’ve got insurance and houses are just stuff. The people who live in the house and the memories we form there are what matters. That sense of home doesn’t just disappear. It stays with you.

The house survived anyway, albeit with a fair amount of fire and water damage to two sides of it. Two of our neighbors weren’t so lucky and lost their homes entirely.

It’s interesting to me that just two weeks ago I was writing about the importance of practicing gratitude. These events asserted a real life reason why gratitude is so essential: life is fragile—and it can be taken away at any moment. Even if you think you have nothing, you have life, and the promise and opportunity that represents.

Gratitude asks us to resist the temptation to judge the height of our own fortune (or the depth of our misfortune) by comparison with others. It’s self-referencing, which is the seat of its power. So many things become possible when we operate from that place.

I’ve said before on the blog that Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday. This year I’ll be celebrating its message more than ever.

Enjoy your Sunday, everybody, and a good holiday to you and yours.




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Clean Eating Buttered Crookneck Squash Soup Recipe

This clean eating buttered crookneck squash soup recipe is straight from my grandmother’s kitchen!

I know, crookneck squash is a summer squash and here we are in November. But I was at the store this… Read more →

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