18 Gluten-Free Flours You CAN Eat | Leverage Ambition

Although I was never diagnosed with Celiac Disease like my sister, I do have issues when I eat foods with gluten. Not being able to have bagels as a native New Yorker is the worst. It’s almost as bad as not being able to have a margarita in Mexico. It’s just hard, man. Since white…

12 Months of Seasonal Farm Fresh Foods to Buy at the Grocery Store Every Month of the Year | Leverage Ambition

I have always wanted a list of seasonal fruits, roots, and vegetables by month to remind me of what is fresh now that may not be in season next month. This list helps me understand what foods to focus on buying each month at the grocery store. It gives me a little pep in my…

16 Tasty Paleo Friendly Snacks + Meals at Starbucks To Get in My Belly | Leverage Ambition

When I tell you the PALEO DIET saved my life, it literally did! Pre-paleo I was dieting in the most concerning ways. From the Halo Ice Cream diet to the liquid diets, nothing seemed to work long term. I usually ended up being bigger than what I started with, haha! If you are interested in…

Grocery List for the Microbiome Diet | Leverage Ambition

Dr. Rapael Kellman prioritizes healthy digestive tracks for all by recommending that eating a specialty diet will influence the health of our guts and our minds. Dr. Kellman calls it the Microbiome Diet. Medical News Today describes the Microbiome diet as a mix of the right strains of short chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) can decrease…

Mini Apple Pies – Holiday Edition {Paleo, Grain-Free, Whole30} | Leverage Ambition

Nothing says the holidays like yummy, scrumptious and sweet, mini apple pies! I can’t think of anything more satisfying as a dessert when the cold weather hits. Like Stifler from American Pie says, “Oh, it’s so fresh!” As we get hungrier as the weather gets colder, warm mini apple pies is the way to go….

10 New Stellar Whole30 Recipes to Savor those Salty + Sweet Cravings Now | Leverage Ambition

Being sugar-free is the best way to be! I really need to watch my sugar intake to feel good about myself. I find that when I am testing out a new round of the Whole30 diet, I always forget the delicious recipes I made and where to find them. FEAR NOT FELLOWS! I have compiled…

The BEST Paleo Friendly Drinks at Starbucks | Leverage Ambition

The Paleo Diet has literally saved my life. Overweight, miserable and depressed, I was overeating all the wrong things. From sugar to dairy to white bread, I wanted to eat it all whenever I wanted to and felt entitled to reward myself with bad food choices. I felt I deserved sugar after working a long…

Our 12 Days of Paleo Christmas Cookies | Leverage Ambition

It’s your favorite Christmas elf, Sugarplum Tinseltoes, coming to you from the lovely holiday spirited Los Angeles! We are celebrating the holidays with our favorite paleo cookie recipes to excitingly celebrate Christmas responsibly and healthily. Nothing says the holidays like a hot plate of crumbly cookies. I love my cookies with a nice, warm glass…

Thanksgiving Food Timeline Reminders Today, The Monday Before Thanksgiving Day | Leverage Ambition

Ugh, here comes the massive cooking festival we call Thanksgiving! Ready, set, go! It’s time to drink down that extra cup of coffee today and get started on your battle plan of timeline prepping pre-Thanksgiving. My memories of Thanksgiving pasts have been excruciatingly painful, mainly due to the fact that I could never extend our…

What’s Your Funny Thanksgiving Nickname? | Leverage Ambition

Thanksgiving is a great time to give thanks for all that we’ve been given through the last year. It is a good time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve overcome, and prep for the holiday madness. I always like to be introspective as the holidays approach, but Thanksgiving time is a great time…

Perfect Paleo Pecan Pie | Leverage Ambition

Pecan pie reminds me of being a little girl at my Aunt Sue’s house. My next door neighbors lived across the street from us. We had 5 girls and one boy in our family and they had 3 boys and one girl in theirs. Our parents were best friends for many years when we finally…

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing in America Right Now | Leverage Ambition

America is in for a treat today with the best Thanksgiving stuffing in America right now. Thanksgiving stuffing is always the best part of Thanksgiving, and why not make it paleo friendly too? Now we are really double winning. Here is our paleo friendly Thanksgiving stuffing that is super moist, and really delectable for you…

🦃 Thanksgiving Menu | Leverage Ambition

Turkey day is soon on it’s way! There’s no day but today to start brainstorming the Thanksgiving menu to get you prepped ahead of time and PUMPED up and ready to SHOP! Turkeys go fast in my town, so I like to get my turkey early this way I can take it out of the…

Paleo Mashed Potatoes | Leverage Ambition

Yummies in our tummies with this beautifully delicious paleo mashed potatoes recipe! I have been experimenting with potatoes often while in the paleo diet as the white potatoes fill me up as much as a piece of white bread used to and still keeps me compliant. The best part of potatoes is that they come…

🍝 Pasta Bolognese | Leverage Ambition

Mama didn’t raise no fool! Of course I was looking over Grandma’s shoulder went she was pulling together her most infamous Italian pasta bolognese. The key here is the fresh ingredients and a little big of Italian love. It all started in a small fishing town called Bari. Italy had many different port cities and…

🍗 Herb Butter Turkey + Homemade Gravy | Leverage Ambition

I’ve waited all year for this! 🌇 Now I realize that I didn’t REALLY need to wait for Thanksgiving to eat herb butter turkey and homemade gravy! Let’s keep it simple. Fall is a great time to embrace the seasonal change. It is getting colder in the mornings. My winter blanket is out and I…

🍟 McDonald’s Hot Picks for our Paleo Diet | Leverage Ambition

I’ll admit it. Sometimes I am impulsive. I get hungry sometimes and run through the McDonald’s drive thru for a quick snack or lunch with the kids. Guess what? I’M LOVING IT. There is this deep mom shame about bringing your kids to McDonald’s. I don’t see the issue. Hamburgers, french fries, milk, apple slices,…

Abhiruchi Grill Indian Restaraunt in Culver City Review | Leverage Ambition

‘God loves this food,’ said my son as he shoveled soft basmati rice and butter chicken into his mouth. ‘I think you’re absolutely right,’ I said as I dipped my naan in some chinese indian fried spicy chicken, they call it Chilli Chicken. As a self-proclaimed foodie and overall know-it-all, Abiruchi Grill Indian Restaurant humbly…

Grandma’s Chicken + Rice Weekend Soup | Leverage Ambition

‘Chicken, rice, and everything nice,’ grandma used to say. My grandma was an amazing part of my childhood. I was lucky as she and my grandpa would take me to Lake George for two weeks every summer. We had so much fun reading, walking in nature, making arts and crafts, and doing all the things…

Paleo Pan Seared Fresh Sea Scallops with Cauliflower Puree {Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Whole30} | Leverage Ambition

I absolutely LOVE fresh sea scallops anytime of year! They are a classy light seafood that is pulled from our oceans for fine dining, however they are most precarious on the pan and very easy to overcook. Timing and temperature is everything when making them the right way, so let us help you do it…

Stove Top Indian Rich Butter Chicken Recipe (Chicken Mahkani) (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Easy) | Leverage Ambition

There is nothing like the rich taste of Indian butter chcicken for any meal, at any time of day! My kids absolutely love butter chicken and requrest it at any meal. Today we explore a rich stove top Indian recipe that involves pulling all the ingredients together to make it a wonderful way for you…

Cold-Pressed Juice Cleanse Report, Along With Great Whole30 + Paleo Diet Tips | Leverage Ambition

My aunt used to say, ‘Anyone can always lose 10 lbs.’ Well anyone but me, lol! I always wanted to quickly snap my fingers and lose weight. It just wouldn’t work. It took me many, many years to understand that weight management and success depends on my daily routine and sticking to it. After having…

Hauntingly Paleo Friendly Halloween Treats | Leverage Ambition

The dreadful, frightful Halloween season is among us. Bury your bodies and stay away from those scurvy pirates, as we are about to fly in like a cranky old witch ready to TREAT you with our sugar-free, paleo friendly Halloween sweet treats and desserts! No TRICKS here, except for these funny spooky scary character Halloween…

25 Easy Picnic Ideas to Pack for the Park | Leverage Ambition

Our family spends a ton of money on food. Whether it be through the casual weekly fast food hideout (going stealth mode with the drive thru) or for sit down lunches, it is more cost effective to pack meals for picnics at the park. This way you save money, but also save calories from those…

Butterscotch Brownies {Paleo, Grain Free} | Leverage Ambition

I had the most velvety butterscotch candy that was silky and smooth with legs for days. This was my first butterscotch candy this fall and I am excited to enjoy more as the days roll out. Butterscotch candy was a real hit with my Scottish grandmother, Peggy. She loved to store butterscotch candies in the…

3 Fall Recipes That Keep Me Warm + Fuzzy Inside {Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free} | Leverage Ambition

As the weather gets colder, I crave heavier foods that keep me full, healthy and happy. From warm paleo friendly Starbucks drinks (here are some here) to warm desserts (a microwave and an oven), this cold weather brings me the chills but also gives me some stellar recipes to take care of the chills. Here…

Fruit Salad Snack | Leverage Ambition

It’s about that time in the day where my lunch soaks in and I get hungry again for something sweet. Fruit salad is the best way to go instead of sugary snacks that give me a temporary high and a poopy low. I just so happened to have some ripe peaches, plums, and apples in…

Cold Italian Pasta Salad {Paleo, Grain Free} | Leverage Ambition

If your grandparents were also from the old country {Italy, dur} AND Italian Pasta Salad is your absolute favorite, then you will absolutely love our Italian Pasta Salad. This stellar recipe is paleo and grain free friendly for all those on these specialty diets. My grandfather was specifically living in Northern Italy, in a little…

Get Creatively Inspired + Consciously Full at Venice’s Own, Verbena Marketplace | Leverage Ambition

Those of you that know me, and know me well, know VERY WELL that I absolutely HATE going to the grocery store. The crowds, the lines, the rude peeps, yada, yada, yada, you know the drill. It’s absolute torture and anxiety provoking for me, but luckily I have a bold and brave partner in crime…

About-Face Chopped Apple Cake {Paleo + Dairy Free} | Leverage Ambition

In the military, an about-face is a turn of 180 degrees from the position of attention. And just like this sudden change of position, these chopped spiced apples are breaking all the rules, rebel style, right on top for everyone to see the shame. For reals though, this is a good deal for that sweet…

5 Perfect Pumpkin Paleo Sweet Treats to Ring In The Freakin Weekend | Leverage Ambition

Pumpkin season is upon us! All praise the pretty, plump pumpkins! I always get excited for fall. Hayrides, outdoor festivals, pumpkin picking, and new excursions, there is always something new and fun to celebrate. As the weather cools down, I tend to crave comfort foods. Since I live and die by my Paleo Diet, I…

8 Quick Kids Packed Lunch Ideas for the New School Year | Leverage Ambition

Welcome to lunch lady land! Ain’t no Sloppy Joe’s here. We got a new diddy hit for you with 10 quick kids packed lunch ideas for the new school year. 1. Bologna Sandwich with Mayonnaise and a Bag of Potato Chips 2. Strawberry + Cream Cheese Sandwich and Green Grapes 3. Tuna Sandwich with Baby…

What To Eat on Your Period | Leverage Ambition

Support your body by eating the right things! The better you eat, the better you feel, and this is especially right before that time of the month. A slight segway, as I age I find that the regular foods I used to eat (candy, rice, milk, pasta, bread, butter) were all making me fat and…

12 Red, White + Blue Patriotic Paleo Dessert Recipes | Leverage Ambition

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy Happy Fourth of July, y’all! And what a year it has been for all of us. With COVID, unemployment on the rise, BLM protests, Asian Hate Crimes, and an overall unrest worldwide, we persevere. The…

5 July Fourth Mocktails to Celebrate Independence Day | Leverage Ambition

Friends and esteemed guests. I come to say HAPPY FOURTH to you and yours, and also to present you with some alcohol free options to boot some fab mocktails! The fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday. It brings us all together as a nation, gives due respect to all those soldiers that…

Quick July Fourth Meals + Easy American Treats | Leverage Ambition

We are here, FINALLY! This past year felt like a slow moving turtle crossing the road, but here we are! Halfway through the year and READY TO CELEBRATE! Quick July Fourth Meals make easy American treats that you and your friends and family will absolutely LOVE! I am all about quick meals fast, and when…

7 Healthy Sugar Substitutes to Use Instead of Regular Sugar | Leverage Ambition

Sugar is a beast. You only really understand how bad sugar is for you when you decide to remove it from your diet. When I stopped eating sugar, I found out how much sugar is in our food. Walking down the aisles of the supermarkets was overwhelming and tough to navigate. Most all processed foods…

8 New Easter Mocktail Drinks To Enjoy | Leverage Ambition

Easter is a great time to ring in Spring and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. With that, many decide to make mocktails instead of cocktails to celebrate! Here are some cool Easter mocktail ideas to get your party started right. Blackberry Ginger Mint Mocktail Sugar Free Cranberry Mocktail Cranberry Lime Spritzer Mojito Mocktail Rasberry Lime…

Perfect Paleo Cookie Dough | Leverage Ambition

Oh how I love cookie dough! Being on the paleo diet has really transformed my body. Although I really love sweets, I have discovered sweets that are naturally sweetened and really delicious that still hit the spot when my craving kick in. Cookie dough always gives me great memories of growing up and baking with…

Healthy Oatmeal Apple Pie Power Cookies | Leverage Ambition

This is a super easy recipe for chewy and delicious oatmeal apple pie cookies! This delectable fruit and spiced cookies have no refined flour or sugar, making it a healthy option for a quick snack or breakfast. INGREDIENTS 1 cup of quick cooking oats 1 cup of whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon of baking podwer…

Mushroom Ravioli (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I love ravioli! Growing up with an Italian mom, we always had some solid ravioli with red sauce. We also had a ton of local Italian grocers nearby that would always stock up on handmade pasta. The fillings had everything from lobster to spinach and they would be delicious. Being on the paleo diet is…

7 Ways to Use Banana Peels | Leverage Ambition

Not sure about you, but we are a banana family! We always have bananas around for a quick snack or for banana pancakes. Little did I know that the banana peel can be used for many healing properties as well! Here are 7 ways to use banana peels around the house. Heals Bug Bites Heals…

Weekly Paleo Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

VEGETABLES Artichokes Asparagus Bok Choy Broccoli Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Garlic Green Beans Kale Leeks Lettuce Mushroom Onions Parsley Peppers Pumpkin Radishes Spinach Zucchini FATS Avocado Oil Olive Oil Grassfed Butter Ghee DRINKS Coffee Sugar free seltzer Tea Bone Broth Lemon Juice Lime Juice NUTS + SEEDS Almonds Chia Seeds Hazelnuts Macadamia Nuts…

8 Weekend Whiskey Cocktails to Light It Up | Leverage Ambition

I happen to love whiskey. I grew up stealing it from my parents bar in the early 90’s and ever since it has been a whirlwind of a love story. Here are 8 Weekend Whiskey Cocktails to light up your night tonight. Pineapple Whiskey Sour Whiskey Smash Cocktail Cranberry Orange Whiskey Drink Simple Whiskey Fizz…

11 Paleo Compliant Baking Flours | Leverage Ambition

The paleo diet is such a great way to improve your healthy and enhance your lifestyle. Since starting the paleo diet last year, I have lost over 30 pounds and am really loving experimenting with new ingredients and recipes. The paleo diet has many different compliant flours that you can use for baking and frying…

Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Lover Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

These cinnamon raisin muffins remind me of the sweet cinnamon raisin cereal I absolutely loved as a kid. Here is our recipe for our cinnamon raisin lover muffins that will make you fall in love! INGREDIENTS 1 cup of raisins 1 chopped apple 3 eggs 1/3 cup of coconut milk 1/2 cup of maple syrup…

Pecan Pie Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Pecan pie was a huge staple when I went to boarding school in high school. Miss Davidson was an amazing baker and we would all benefit from her beautiful pies for a lovely dessert. I love being able to transfer the pecan pie concept to a smaller bite sized muffin, and I think you will…

Sticky Weekend Waffles (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I absolutely LOVE waffles! We have a new waffle machine and it really kicks up our weekend when we make and serve delicious sticky weekend waffles that are amazingly healthy and paleo friendly! INGREDIENTS 2 cups of cassava flour (almond or coconut flour as a substitute will also do) 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon…

15 Robust + Healing Comforts of Ginger | Leverage Ambition

Ginger has been my best friend recently! Not only have we been loving Ginger Tea, we have also been chopping ginger in our chicken stew and it adds a little zest to it. Little did I know that ginger has a ton of health benefits. Here are some ways ginger helps us all live better…

Dark Chocolate Pie (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Are you a mega chocolate lover like me? I am the chocolate monster, especially around the holidays! I can’t get enough. As much as I love chocolate, I know I need to spoil myself sometimes but it makes it easier for me when the chocolate is paleo friendly! Here is our recipe for Dark Chocolate…

Key Lime Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

My best friend grew up in the Florida Keys, on an island called Islamorada. Key West is no short of Key Limes and they use these limes in all aspects of cooking and drinking. From drinking lime based margaritas or using the lime juice on fish, key lime trees are all over the place and…

Lemon Blueberry Cookies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I love the idea of mixing berries and cookies, so here we are! Paleo is a great diet to kick start your withdrawal from refined sugar and grains. These Lemon Blueberry Cookies are a true hit when it comes to your sweet cravings. They really hit the spot! Here is our recipe for Lemon Blueberry…

Salted Caramel Blondies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Blondies are half brownies and they are super soft. The caramel poured on the top makes them smooth and easy to eat. It has the perfect mix of salty and sweet. I dare you to eat just one! Here is our recipe for our salted caramel blondies that are paleo friendly, and we hope you…

Apple Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Nothing like warm apple pie for dessert on the weekends! These apple pie bars are super yummy, and a great treat for family and friends alike. Here is the Paleo friendly Apple Pie Bars recipe for you to enjoy today! INGREDIENTS For the pie filling 3 cups of apples chopped 1/2 cup of water 2…

Pumpkin Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

These pumpkin bars are the perfect breakfast and dessert! The best part about these bars is that they are grain free, egg free, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Make it Thanksgiving any time of the year with these Pumpkin Pie Bars. INGREDIENTS Crust 1/2 cup of cocnut flour 1 teaspoon of gelatin 2 tablespoons…

Soft Pumpkin Cookies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I really love the fall solely for all of the pumpkin baked goods. As seasons change, we forget about the scrumptious pumpkin. How dare us! Here is a recipe to bring back that fall feeling with soft pumpkin cookies that are paleo friendly and ready to be eaten! INGREDIENTS Cookies 1.5 cups of almond flour…

Banana Nut Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I love me some banana nut muffins! They are a great morning pair with your morning tea or coffee. They also make a great afternoon snack or night time dessert! I love banana nut muffins, they are my favorite! Here is the recipe for my Banana Nut Muffins that are paleo friendly and ready to…

9 Perfect Wine + Cheese Pairings to Share With Guests Tonight | Leverage Ambition

I love a great glass of wine. Wine is always complemented with a solid cheese. We need to make sure we have the right cheese paired with the right win to elevate the wine experience that all of your guests will enjoy! Here are 9 perfect wine + cheese pairings to share with your guests…

Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef + Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day | Leverage Ambition

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today is March 17th and it is a day to celebrate the Irish folk around the world. Saint Patrick’s Day is not complete without a true Irish meal, and our crock pot corned beef and cabbage is super easy and shareable with all of your loved ones. Check out our easy…

12 Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits | Leverage Ambition

I love tea in the afternoon and evening! A spot of tea helps me feel relaxed and is the happy ending to all of my meals. Many teas have specific benefits which come from the leaves of the specific teas out there. Here are 12 types of tea and their respective perks. Masala Chai Tea…

11 Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes (Paleo, Whole30) | Leverage Ambition

Shamrock Fried Eggs Start your lucky day on the right foot and fry your eggs right inside a green pepper ring. It’s easy, it’s seasonal, and it’s adorable! Recipe: Zestous | Shamrock Fried Eggs Healthy Shamrock Shake What’s St. Patrick’s Day without the shake? Replace those sugary, calorie-laden shakes with this easy drink made with only…

8 Healthy Paleo Easter Desserts | Leverage Ambition

I have been craving sweets lately! Easter is almost here, so I have been excited to try out some new healthy dessert recipes prior to the holiday to make sure they come out tasty! Here are 8 healthy paleo Easter sweet treat recipes to test out before the big day! Fluffy Flourless Peanut Butter Chickpea…

10 Healthy Paleo Easter Appetizers | Leverage Ambition

Easter is not complete without some healthy appetizers to keep you full before your big dinner! Here are 10 healthy Easter appetizers to make for Easter day! EASY TAHINI SAUCE DIP 2. BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP 3. EASY SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP 4. BEST PALEO RANCH DRESSING WITH VEGGIES 5. AVOCADO CILANTRO LIME DIP 6. CREAMY CASHEW QUESO DIP 7. 7 LAYER PALEO…

8 Appetizers from Staff Picks at AllRecipes.com | Leverage Ambition

AllRecipes.com has a ton of stellar, unique appetizers under it’s repertoire. It is a super popular, if not the most popular foodie site out there. There staff members are all foodies with a deep respect for the culinary arts. Here are 8 appetizers that were handpicked as the best ever from their staff, enjoy! Crab…

10 Simple Table Manners to Keep at Your Next Dinner Party | Leverage Ambition

Sit up straight. Do not hunch over the table. Make sure your upper body never hovers over the table. Keep your feet on the ground and your head up, looking up at guests when they are speaking to you and vice versa. Chew with your mouth closed. This is the worst offense. No one needs…

5 Healthy + Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Activities | Leverage Ambition

Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us! I love dressing up in green and eating corned beef and cabbage. There are many recipes that were handed down in my family, and I am happy to share them with you. Since we have kids we do like to keep it healthy, so we’ve come up with some…

Waking Up Tired + My To Do List | Leverage Ambition

This morning I woke up early, and I woke up tired. I ended up going back to sleep as it has been colder in the mornings, and it is hard to get motivated to wake up when the room is cold. I have been having very vivid dreams lately for some reason too. Not sure…

8 Paleo Sweet Treat Dessert Recipes | Leverage Ambition

I have been craving sweets lately! Not sure if it is the colder weather or that time of month, but girl, I need some chocolate and banana creme pie over here! Here are 8 paleo sweet treat recipes to munch on this week. Fluffy Flourless Peanut Butter Chickpea Muffins Baked Apple Chips Salted Caramel Fudge…

12 Hacks for Baking Soda | Leverage Ambition

Baking soda is antibacterial, absorbent and nontoxic to humans. It is a cleaning agent, a teeth whitener and a skin brightener. It can help clear acne on your face too. Here are 12 hacks for baking soda that you can use on your own in your home today. Scrub the Dirty Tub with baking soda…

Easy Paleo Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

If you are trying to lose weight and feel great, the Paleo Diet should be just for you! The older I get the more I realize that sugar and carbs are the enemy and that my body loves unprocessed foods that have no additives and come right from mother nature. Here is a grocery list…

10 Food To Avoid to Support Weight Loss | Leverage Ambition

Weight loss can be tough, and it can be unnerving to diet and not lose way. It is hard to know where to start and exercise is only a small amount of the equation. Here are 10 foods to avoid to support weight loss. French Fries + Potato Chips. They are high in calories and…

6 Natural, Healthy Weight Loss Tips for Sustainability | Leverage Ambition

Here are 6 natural and healthy weight loss tips to help you sustain the body and feels you need to be your best self! Weight loss cannot make you happier, whole, valuable or worthy. There is a lot of pressure to have a body that is perfect. When you are saying I am broken and…

6 Facts About the Chinese New Year | Leverage Ambition

Happy Chinese New Year! It falls on Saturday, February 12th this year, and we are excited to celebrate with this article that shows us 6 facts about the Chinese New Year celebration. Year of the Ox. There are 12 animals in Chinese zodiac, and every year marks the new year of a new animal. Those…

Wise Quotes from Yogi Tea Bags | Leverage Ambition

I am quite the tea lover. If you have not heard of Yogi Tea before, today is a good day for you! Yogi Tea has so many tea flavors that really calm and comfort their customers with their vibrant and relaxing tea flavors. The Yogi teas use over 140 exotic spices that combine together to…

10 Paleo Super Bowl Dips to Enjoy During the Game | Leverage Ambition

Wow, what a football season! It has gone by so fast, and I didn’t even realize the Super Bowl is quickly coming upon us! I have only heard that the Kansas City Chiefs are going to win, which is exciting for my friend and her husband as they are HUGE fans. Way to go, Chiefs!…

12 Paleo Super Bowl Appetizers for the Big Football Game | Leverage Ambition

I have to admit, I am not a whole season football fan! I normally watch a game if I am with friends or family that love it or I’d be in a restaurant and watching a football game just because it is on. With the flu season here, most restaurants are opening up but with…

Happy National (Paleo) Cake Day Recipes | Leverage Ambition

There is something about the cold, raining weather that makes me want to eat cake! As much as I love being off of sugar and flour, I really do miss cake here and there. I took a cheat day last year on my kids birthdays and had regular sugar and flour cake. It was glorious,…

6 Perfect Paleo Pastries To Try Today | Leverage Ambition

I love being in my normal weight range, and that was only truly possible with the Paleo diet. The way I look today came from foregoing sugar and complex carbs, and I am healthier than I have ever been. The reality is however, I still crave sweets! The only way I can survive that time…

7 Healthy Paleo Hot Dog Recipes to Boot in your Mouth | Leverage Ambition

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Paleo diet! I have been doing it (with a few cheat days here and there) since March of last year and have had WILD results. I’ve literally lost over 33 pounds and counting, and I don’t have the sugar or carbohydrate highs and lows that I used to have…

Quick Getting Started Paleo Cheat Sheet – Leverage Ambition

I don’t know about you, but I have always had trouble wondering what to eat to feel good and keep a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI). When I was younger I had no problem keeping thin. I was an athlete, doing gymnastics over 35 hours a week, actively cheerleading, and having a great time. Once…

Common Cures with Common Fruits + Veggies 🍆🥑🍅🥝🍓 – Leverage Ambition

The flu virus season is in full effect and we need to be as healthy as possible. Even if we do our due diligence however, it always seems like we don’t wash our hands once and all of a sudden a day later we have a cold. There are many preventative measures we can take…

10 Mocktail Cocktails for New Years Eve (NYE) To HELP You Feel Alive Tomorrow

It’s New Year’s Eve! Out with the old, and in with the new! New Years Eve was always a blast pre-kids! I’d drink champagne and do whatever I felt like doing at that very moment – what a luxury! Now older and more wiser (that’s up for debate), my metabolism have slowed down 200% and…

Healthy Paleo-Friendly Amazon Slash Whole Foods Weekly Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

I have to say finding the right diet was really hard. Being almost 40 next year has done some weird things to my body. Anything I eat is clearly visible on my body soon after, and eating clean is the only way to keep staying within my healthy weight range while also maintaining a clear…

14 Paleo Friendly Starbucks Hot Drinks to Keep you Warm This Winter | Leverage Ambition

I have been on the Paleo diet since March early this year.  I am happy to say that I have lost 33 lbs and counting! My sister was diagnosed with Celiac disease when she was younger, which gave her a bad reaction gastro wise to carbs.  I always sort of knew that I had an…

Christmas Appetizers – Baked Clams

Nothing says it’s Christmas more than enjoying our Baked Clams! Surprisingly, you don’t necessarily need to get fresh chopped clams at the Seafood store either. Your local supermarket should have a seafood section and may be able to deshell and pull out the clams from the shell himself. He can then chop up about a…

Christmas Appetizers – Spinach Dip with Bagel Crisps and Chopped Veggies

Christmas is finally here, and I am excited to say that we are spending it with just the four of us. Our immediate family has 4 members and it is a joyous time. Our government and health officials say it is safer health wise to connect with only immediate family members rather than gather in…

10 Herbs, Roots, and Flower Ideas to Make Your Own Homemade Tea

I love a nice cup of hot tea with lemon and honey on a cold winter solstice day. Do you? The winter solstice is here. Time to wind down the year, wrap up your final commitments and make your for a clean slate in 2021. That being said I always thought it would be cool…

10 Fig Recipes + The Oldest California Fig Tree

Fig Newton’s by Nabisco were a favorite of mine growing up, how about you? I didn’t know what figs looked like in the flesh until today, what a world. Here is a picture of the oldest fig tree around in Ventura, California. Here is a picture of what a fig looks like in case you…

Himalayan Cuisine the Right Way –  A Glimpse into Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan Fusion Food + Culture

Namaste and Tashi Delek from the Himalayas! We are on a mission to discover every different cuisine in California that inspires culinary excellence and unique spices that are delicious and nutritious worldwide! It is our pleasure to share our culinary adventures with you as we travel and today we learned about Himalayan cuisine at the…

Eating Out Paleo Style This Holiday Season 😎

What a year! We made it and are lucky to be alive that’s for sure. There were many challenges we have all faced personally, business wise, and family wise but we are still here. As the holidays roll out, we want to be sure we are extra safe and take extra precautions as we go…

Thanksgiving Appetizers to Get Your Paleo Party Started! 🦃

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving appetizers really set the mood for the entire Thanksgiving! I love hot appetizers, especially when it is cold out. Cold dips are cool too especially sitting by the hot fireplace. I spent many years testing fad diets and the best diet that worked for me was the Paleo…

Sweet Paleo Treats for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Turkey day is upon us and arriving soon! Yippee! I love the Thanksgiving holiday as it is a time to give thanks for all the many blessings our families have had this year. Especially in this time of a health crisis, we are grateful for our health and wealth. The holidays are always a doozy…

7 Paleo Sweet Treats, Desserts – Guilt Free Snackypoos

The weather is much colder now, and the seasons have changed from summer to fall. I don’t know about you, but as soon as the temperature drops I instantly get in the mood for stew and sweets. Summer is usually a time for fruit sweets, and fall is a time for pies, muffins, and cookies….

‘Spice Up Your Life’ Fall Paleo Chicken Stew Inspired by The Spice Girls

People of the world! Every boy, every girl! Spice up your life with this stellar spicy chicken stew inspired by The Spice Girls. It is so spicy, you’ll be playing Survivor by Destiny’s Child shortly after your last bite! Seriously though we came upon this recipe by accident, but we have to give major credit…

Red California Tides + Pirates Treasure Found on the Beach

Another day, another dive. Our family has been going to the beach after homeschool in search of new sea animals and sea plants. It has been mild temperature wise and in the 80s, so we have been frequenting the beach often as the wind makes it feel like the 70 degree weather. Typically the wind…

10 Rooftop Restaurants in LA Worth Booking Tonight

Takami Sushi + Roboto Restaurant, Downtown LA 811 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2100 Japanese food at it’s best, Takami Sushi + Roboto Restaurant has lots of fresh sashimi and sushi with spectacular city views. Perch, Downtown LA 448 South Hill Street This downtown LA gem is a gorgeous multi-floor rooftop worth it’s weight in gold. Although…

8 Simple Sandwiches to Fill Your Belly

TBLT Turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato with lime aioli and mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste. Ahi Tuna Pita Chili cumin crusted tuna, sliced avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, wonton chips smoked tomato remoulade with pita bread Friyay Burger 8 ounce angus patty, cheddar, bacon, jam, tomato, shredded lettuce tomato remoulade l, brioche bun Quinoa Garden Burger…

11 Cocktails + Party Time Beverages for the Freaking Weekend

Spicy Watermelon Margarita Tante jalapeno tequila, pressed watermelon, agave, lime, mint, fresh jalapenos Grapefruit Crush Deep Eddy Ruby Red, triple sec, grapefruit juice The Aviator Hendricks Gin, creme de violette, filthy Italian black cherries, lemon juice Prickly Pear Paloma Espolon blanco tequila, prickly pear syrup, Q grapefruit soda, lime juice Black Cherry Manhattan Bourbon, sweet…

8 Feed-the-Fans Game Time Football Crowd with our Party Munchies

Honey Sriracha Wings Jumbo wings with honey and sriracha soaked and then either baked or fried. Add carrots and celery with ranch dressing on the time as the ringer. Genoa Pesto Hummus Pita bread, Mediterranean hummus, olives, sliced cucumbers, dried apricots, celery, carrots, and grapes on a platter. Jumbo Onion Rings Cut and dry your…

Mandarin Monday

We stopped into a Mandarin lunch spot randomly and we were presently surprised. The owner had owned the restaurant since 1985, and he was happy to have new customers. We ordered the seafood fried rice and the chicken fried rice with vegetables. It was delicious and came with soy sauce and fortune cookies. Here were…

10 Vegetables To Plant in October

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Fat + Tired? Time for Whole30

Here’s a grocery shopping list to kick start your Whole30 diet. It’s filling, and you can eat as much as you want as long as you have the right groceries at hand. Let’s get started! PROTEIN Wild Caught Salmon 100% Grass Fed Beef Organic Eggs Tunafish Almond Nut Butter (no added sugar) Uncured sugar free…

September’s Crop Harvest in California

California has many lovely fruit and vegetables that are available for harvest this September. Here’s a list so you can see what’s in season and pick it up at the super market today. String Beans Yellow Beans Beets Bok Choy Carrots Chard Cilantro Cucumber Eggplant Fennel Lemons Lettuce Peaches Peppers Plums Radishes Raspberries Tomatoes #leverageambition…

Whole30 + Paleo – Spicy Hotdog Succotash with Sweet Peas

Feeling fall weather kick in, and when it does there is nothing better than spicy hotdog succotash with sweet peas! It is filling, quick, and easy! Double bonus, it’s kid friendly too. Lets start with the spicy hotdog succotash! First use extra virgin olive oil on low heat and add 1 teaspoon of red chili…

Whole30 Hot or Cold Tantanmen Ramen Soup

INGREDIENTS 4 pieces of Chicken Breast with Bones 2 Large Boiled Eggs 2 Bundles of Baby Bok Choi 1 Cup of Bean Sprouts 1 Large Zucchini 8 Scallions 2 Tablespoons of Tahini Paste 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Aminos Half Teaspoon of Five Spice 2 Tablespoons of Cashew Butter Handful of Toasted Sesame Seeds DIRECTIONS Add…

I Pied Myself In The Face With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

And now I look great! Seriously though, olive oil has so many great health benefits both inside and outside of your skin. We use olive oil, the extra virgin kind, in most all of our pasta, vegetable, and poultry slash meat cooking. Italians always say garlic for the flu vampires, and olive oil for beauty….

Marshmellow Only Lucky Charms Bags (FINALLY) On Sale this September

God hath awakened our minds and senses with the sweet treat of Lucky Charms Marshmellows consolidated in single 7 ounce bags in 2020. Will Jesus himself be delivering them to your houses? The answer is no, He will not. However, local grocers will. And maybe Walmart.com and Target.com too if you truly do have the…

Target’s Toilet Paper Reviews Are Helping Me Live Again

If you are like me, you are constantly trying to find the best online deal for home delivery essentials. And if you are also like me, you’ve come across Target.com’s customer reviews of Scott’s brand Toilet Tissue Paper. If we happened to be separated at birth, you have been a fan of Scott’s Toilet Paper…

Are You Reeeeaaaady… for our 30-Day Challenge?

I double dare you to try it. If you are like me, a human in the world that is tired, than you could benefit from the 30 Day Challenge. This is not like any ordinary challenge. It is a challenge of control and endurance. It is a challenge of the mind for your well being….

Perfect Whole30 + Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Get your morning started right with these perfect breakfast ideas that leave you satisfied and ready to get your day started! 1. Eggs + Uncured, Sugar Free Bacon Not in that order though as you have to cook the bacon on low heat for about 20 minutes, flipping it midway. After the bacon was drained…

Fresh Watermelon Margaritas

Fresh watermelon margaritas are the cure for Taco Tuesdays or a day of fun and relaxation. This is a winning recipe that you’ll absolutely love! Best part is that if you like your margaritas spicy, you can simply add a little jalapeno juice and sliced jalapenos in it to spice it up. First, the rim…

Whole30 R5, Energizer Bunny Sugar Detox

Just got back from a much needed vacation in Lake Arrowhead this week, and I fell off the wagon. The sugar wagon that is! I had a slice of pizza and a spicy watermelon margarita, AND THEY WERE DELICIOUS! Back home now and back to reality where I am writing and getting back into the…

Did America Just Deal Us a Dose of Global Munchausen by Proxy?

It’s a mother. And the world this year has been a doozy. COVID-19 has been named, but the Flu is a virus that never can go away, even with containment. But will a vaccine or isolating ourselves really help us? TBD. Munchausen by Proxy is a serious silent killer that mostly goes undetected by health…

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Sprays

My least favorite thing to buy at the store is cleaning sprays. Here’s why. First off, they are overly expensive to buy. I have seen cleaning sprays for kitchen, bathrooms, and windows for over $20. I don’t think it costs that much to make! Second, the ingredients list is alarming and poisonous. Have you looked…

Unique Birthday Present Ideas

Ever have a birthday to attend, and have a hard time getting something fun and unique to make that special someone happy? Below are some unique birthday gifts that your loved one is sure to cherish! 1. Clarkson Ave Crumb Cake Co. Nothing says I love you like a homemade crumb cake! Better than Entermanns…

The Internal Narratives We Tell Ourselves, And How We Can Help Each Other

This article is about understanding the narratives we tell ourselves, and how it effects our daily living. The Black Lives Matter BLM# movement has taken place this year of COVID 2020.  BLM is a social injustice collaboration with people worldwide to end the injustice of systemic and overt and covert racism in America and beyond….

WHOLE30 MEALS IM LOVING NOW

This is my 4th round of Whole30, and it’s hard girl!  The things I miss most but are most dangerous for me include whole milk (can you tell I have kids yet?), toast with butter and jelly, and WINE. WINE, WINE, WINE! I know it’s only for 30 days but it’s a hike uphill for…

10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Have you ever heard of Apple Cider Vinegar? I was really oblivious to this miracle worker until one of my holistic and nutrition savvy friends introduced me to it a few years ago, and wow, what a game changer! There are so many benefits to this product that I wanted to share the ten benefits…

10 Salty & Sweet Snacks on the Whole30

Guys!  I just had a great lunch and was really craving something sweet!  In the past I would just have a cookie or a potato chip snack in my office, but now that I am on the Whole30 I need to be prepped with better choices to make sure I remain compliant and stick to…

Fried Bratwurst, Eggs with Potato Brussel Sprout Hash Whole30 Lunch

Sounds delicious, right? You bet your damn britches it is! Just made this bad boy for lunch and what a joy. It was actually enough for my next meal too, to those who are doing the Whole30 diet. For those that are looking to get on the Whole30 diet, I would definitely recommend going to…

Whole30 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – OMG so good

I finally decided to start my second round of Whole30 this week! It took me a while to get into it again as I have had a busy month preparing to switch jobs. Good news is that I will be joining a new company at the end of the month! Excited for a new start…

I Cheated on the Whole30

Ug.  It’s been tough starting the second round of the Whole30 diet.  This time around I had a few dinner parties to attend and blew it as I drank wine, plus my dinners out and about in town definitely had sugar somehow as the meat I ate was not uncured and organic.  On that note…

Whole30 Lunch – Homemade Baked Potato Chips with Boiled Eggs and Tessamae Ranch Dressing

2018!  I am on Round 2, Day 2 of my Whole30 diet.  First round last year I lost 13 pounds, and looking to lose 10 more this time around.  I have to admit I gained 3 pounds or so since my last round.  I haven’t had raw sugar however I did have non-compliant meat and…

Denny’s Friday Night Family Dinner

Happy Saturday everyone! I am happy to announce that my husband was able to convince me to go to a restaurant with the boys last night after work! It is super scary as the kids can be so unpredictable sometimes, but we were able to successfully eat an entire meal and not get kicked out!…

Take Back Your Mojo via our Whole30 Dinner – Mojo Cubano Marinated Pork

I have to admit I have never been to Cuba, but I would really love to visit now that it is open to Americans to come in and stay! I hate to drop the Kardashian’s name in it but I saw them visit and Jezebel wrote an article about it here. Too funny! I am…

Whole30 Dinner – Spicy Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

You guys are in for an extra special New Year’s celebration meal!  This was a nice comfort meal I made yesterday which made all members of my household happy! 👍😄 It does taste as good as it looks! Ingredients 3 Organic Chicken Breasts 1 bag of Organic Mini Carrots 3 Russet Potatoes, Organic 4 tablespoons…

Whole30 Lunch – Kale Chicken Caesar Chive Bacon Salad

Oh wow, this was the BEST salad I have had on the Whole30 diet since I started my first round in November this year!  I had leftover baked chicken drumsticks from dinner last night so I chopped this up and added Tessemae’s Caesar dressing.  It is definitely more pricey than the regular dressing you find…

2018 New Year’s Eve Party – Whole30 Appetizers & Drinks

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!  Congrats on the end of 2017 and a celebration to the new projects and challenges to come!  I have recently written a blog about my 2018 goals, if you haven’t checked it out yet I would catch it here: 2018 New Year’s Goals We are staying in on the home front…

Whole30 Dinner – Chicken Sausage & Mashed Potatoes

It has been a long day y’all!  We had a lot of kids activities, including tutoring them with flash cards from Bob’s Books which are great for kids as they start to learn how to read.  We are also digging Netflix recently as they have two really great shows for kids speech and learning: Story…

Whole30 Baked Garlic Kale Chips, Blueberry Lemon Water & Cherry Tomatoes

Everyone wants to know what I am eating on the Whole30 diet, as many find it hard to be creative, full, and happy with the limited ingredients this diet has. Great part is when you are withdrawing from dairy and sugar, you look much leaner in your face and eventually see weight loss on your…

Whole30 Snack – Deviled Eggs & Homemade Mayo

  Happy Holidays to everyone!   I am excited to share the following: 1) I took off a week from my day job to potty train my twin boys and chill with my husband; 2) We booked a few days in the Westin Hotel in Long Beach and it was awesome. The room service and…

Whole30 Snacks – 10 Compliant Larabars

Today I was on a quest. A quest to find the best and easiest meal replacer as I forgot to pack my lunch before work today. It stinks when I forget, and typically it is leftovers from the night before. Problem is, my husband now wants in the Whole30 club! He has not been following…

Whole30 Meal Ideas

Hey all!  So excited to share some additional recipes with you that are Whole30 friendly today! As a reminder, on the Whole30 diet, you CANNOT eat the following: Dairy.  This means cheese, cow milk, cream, yogurt, half and half, butter.  Substitute these cravings with sugar free almond and coconut milk! Grains.  No corn, wheat, rye,…

Day 30 on the Whole30 Diet

Guys, I lost a total of 13 pounds this month!  So happy, and feeling so much more energetic and lighter.  So happy I committed. Because the diet was so successful, I am going to continue as long as I can until I get below my healthy weight.  I lost 13 pounds from 180, which is…

Day 26 on the Whole30 Diet

HEY! Feeling so great all, so happy still that I decided to do this diet! I was not supposed to look but have lost 12 pounds thus far, and have so much more energy, feeling more comfortable in my own skin and healthier. As I had withdrew from sugar, I broke out pretty bad with…

I Lost 10 Pounds! * Day 15-20 on the Whole30

I lost 10 pounds so far!  Yippee!  So excited and feeling much more energetic and hopeful in comparison to 20 days ago before I started this Whole30 diet. I ended up getting my period this week, plus it was Thanksgiving yesterday, so it has been a tough week.  Apologies for not posting sooner.  Thankfully my…

Day 13-15 Whole30 Diet – Weekend Meals

I had such a nice weekend with my family here in Los Angeles!  We went to Travel Town within Griffith Park and it is really awesome as my boys love trains.  It is free unless you ride the train which was $12 for all of us.  Great inexpensive trip with kids if you are interested…

Day 11 & 12 Whole30 Diet – Meals & almost half way there!

Really proud of myself for sticking with this program.  For some reason when trying other diets and counting calories for everything I ate, I never seemed to stick to the plan.  I tried MyFitnessPal.com and never could remember to enter all meals.  On the Whole30 I am accountable for the food I eat as I…

Day 10 & 11 Whole30 Diets – More meals & deals

The Whole30 blog was right, Day 11 is much easier than Days 9 and 10.  For some reason many folks on the diet have a rough time those two days and I did as well.  I think my body was getting rid of the final bad carbs, sugar and dairy that I have been eating…

Day 9 & 10 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals and Drinks

Feeling so much better tonight!  I was withdrawing from sugar pretty bad over the last few days, so my mood swings were intense however I stayed with the course and meal prepped the night before to keep me on track! YOU CAN DO IT! Breakfast this AM was 3 scrambled eggs, ghee on the pan,…

Day 8 & 9 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals & Drinks

Oh boy, yesterday I did not bring enough compliant food to work with me, so was hungry parts of the work day and it was not cool!  I figured out fast that I really need to be overly prepared.  That being said when I got home from work last night I cooked a ton! For…

Day 7 & 8 on the Whole30 Diet – More meal ideas

Wow, super tired today!  Even coffee is not helping but I am pushing through.  I don’t think it has to do with the diet this time, I actually took my toddler boys for their first haircut today and they weren’t thrilled. Then to now it turned out OK, so happy my husband and I did…

Grocery List for Whole30

About to go to the supermarket again, and wanted to share my grocery list to help as a guide to stock up the healthiest filling options for losing weight on the Whole30. This week was tough as I really felt the after effects of the sugar I was eating, and I didn’t realize also how…

Day 6 & 7 on the Whole30 Diet – Coconut Flour Biscuits

I had to go to the supermarket last night as I was really craving something sweet and saw this really awful recipe which looked really great online, obviously not going to share it as it was super bad!  I will share what was good however and how to make it! Coconut flour biscuits I love…

Refreshing Drinks on the Whole30 Diet

I was majorly addicted to sugar, dairy and carbs when I started the Whole30 program!  I would drink a ton of diet soda, regular soda, specialty fruit drinks like Izze’s from Whole Foods that were packed with fake sugar and real sugar.  This would give me a temporary pleasure but now I see, after 5…

5 Top First Week Whole30 Meal Ideas Worth Trying

My first week of the Whole30 diet and I already lost 7 lbs in 4 days!  I am so happy, much more energetic and can breathe much better!  Being an older female with children, my metabolism has been really slowed down post kids.  After starting breast feeding post-pregnancy, I lost over 50 pounds within 2…

5 Awesome Diets to Kick Start Weight Loss

All of us are looking to lose a few pounds now and then.  Most of my life I have experimented with different fad diets and some have been more successful then others.  My most recent diet is the Whole30 diet that restricts cheese, carbohydrates and dairy: basically everything I was raised on learning to eat.  We…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse Cups (vegan) — food to glow

4A slightly sweet, vegan chocolate mousse made with aquafaba and protein-packed peanut butter powder. Easy, light and perfect for a family or special occasion dessert. Top with crushed salted peanuts or pretzels for a flavour and texture contrast. I bet you thought I had disappeared off the blogosphere. Nope, I’ve just been in Japan! For…