It’s technically fall here in San Diego and the season of Pumpkin Spice everything is upon us. It’s time to break out the Ugg boots, unpack the flannel scarves, light all the cinnamon scented candles and cozy on up until Christmas. Ok, I may be getting a little ahead of myself given that the high tomorrow is 88 degrees and the leaves haven’t changed because we haven’t had rain since like January, but hey we can pretend right? Fall has always been my favorite time of year, which is ironic because I’ve only ever lived in cities with seasons of hot, hotter, hottest, and inferno (Tampa & Tucson). I’ve never actually experienced a true fall season but despite the heat and lack of changing leaves, there’s something about this time of year that has always felt so magical to me. Perhaps it’s because I know my favorite holiday is just around the corner. Thanksgiving, Duh! Although I won’t be breaking out the Ugg boots anytime soon, I did get in the kitchen this weekend to whip up some of my favorite pumpkin treats. The smell of freshly baked pumpkin spice muffins will get anyone in the mood for fall. This recipe is clean, super easy, kid-friendly and customizable. These muffins are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and low in sugar so you will feel great about eating them! Just make sure you don’t eat all of them! I added collagen to this batch to make them even more nutrient rich and protein packed. Enjoy! Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffins Ingredients: 1 ½ cups almond flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda Small pinch of salt 2 tbsp cinnamon 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice ¾ cup unsweetened canned pumpkin 3 eggs 3 tbsp maple syrup (more if you like your muffins sweeter, can sub for honey) 1tsp vanilla 3 tbsp melted coconut oil 1 scoop collagen +1tbsp water (only add water if you add the collagen) ¼ cup dark chocolate (I used a 85% dark chocolate bar for reduced sugar) ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional, I added to half of the mixture) *Makes about 10 muffins Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Fold in dark chocolate/nuts/dried fruit/additional add-ins. Grease non-stick muffin pan with coconut oil or use liners. Fill each cup to about ¾ full. Bake for about 18-20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
On this week’s episode of The Aligned Life Podcast, we’re bringing your more of our favorite things! This episode was such a hit the first time, we decided to bring you the 2.0 version. We’re chatting all about products, must have books, favorite stretches and our current guilty pleasures!
On this episode of The Aligned Life Podcast, we’re chatting with the amazingly wonderful and smart, Cameo Pierce of Lemon and Fig Nutrition. We discuss all things minimalism--from food to household products to memories, we’re covering it all! Cameo is a wealth of knowledge and is funny, relatable and keeps it REAL! She shares her personal experiences and pivotal life changing moments that transformed her path to health and happiness. Cameo is all about loving and honoring your body, putting in the work and keeping things fun and simple. This episode is packed with a ton of insight and practical resources so make sure you give it a listen and share with all your friends who NEED to hear this information!
On this week’s episode of The Aligned Life Podcast, we’re chatting all about spontaneity and structure and the balance between the two. Is it possible to have both? We think so! Sometimes, it can feel awkward to be spontaneous as it requires taking risks or feeling out of control. We get it! We share some tips and insight as well as talk about our own successes/failures with being structured while still having fun. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and want to spice up your same old routine but not sure how to do so, give this episode a listen.
Ep. 53: Mental Health Therapist, Olivia Pelts on Staying Healthy & Fit During Pregnancy, Mom Shaming, Overcoming Perfectionism & the Social Media Comparison Trap
On this week’s episode of the Aligned Life Podcast, Dr. Shea and Rachel are chatting with special guest, Olivia Pelts. Olivia is a mental health therapist and the cohost behind The Nasty Girls Podcast. She's also a CrossFitter, marketing guru, foodie, wellness seeker, mom-to-be and a total #sheboss! In this episode, we discuss Olivia’s mindset tips and fitness strategies to maintaining a healthy pregnancy, the reasons behind why she's hiring a birth coach, and how she is combating mom shaming from others. We also chat about overcoming perfectionism, the benefits of going to therapy, the importance of quality friendships, and SO MUCH MORE! This episode is packed with a ton of information and insight so whether you’re a mom, mom-to-be, or just anyone looking for more mental and physical awareness, this episode is for you!