bison bolognese

This is a family favorite that I used to make with beef. I’ve switched over to bison because of all the health benefits, and it tastes just as amazing.  Bison (or buffalo) is more easily digestible than beef, and is a low cholesterol food that’s high in omega 3s, iron and b vitamins. You might…

veggie smoothie bowl

Here’s the recipe from my most recent video demo… My famous veggie smoothie bowls explained! (See video here.) I love this because it’s low glycemic, and it’s veggies for breakfast!  I love sneaking veggies in any way I can, and in my veggie bowls I use them as ice cubes. No more watering down your…

paleo pancakes

A great snack or treat for the kids, paleo pancakes are packed with protein and still taste delicious. The coconut butter caramel sauce makes these a decadent treat, but you can skip it if you want to go low sugar. Keep these around at room temp for when the kids get home from school for…

What is AIP? (Guest Post)

I’m Carly Johnson Brawner,  a holistic nutritionist and wellness enthusiast living in sunny Austin, TX. My wellness coaching business, Frolic & Flow came to fruition through my experiences healing from autoimmunity (Hashimoto’s) with real food and targeted wellness practices. I currently work with clients to help them optimize their overall health, improve their autoimmunity, and…

In the Kitchen Videos

Good Morning friends, Yesterday I made my first Chef Amber in the Kitchen video for you. It was really fun for me – – I hope you enjoy it! Sometimes people look really confused when I tell them that I make my smoothie bowls out of vegetables, not just fruit. If you’re curious about my delicious…

school-friendly sunbutter balls

These are amazing for kids because you can sneak in protein (!) and flax meal. Using sunbutter (from sunflower seeds) means they are tree-nut free, making them safe to bring to school, where peanut butter or almond butter might not be allowed. There’a s little maple to sweeten it, but these are not a sugary snack….

back to school snacks

It’s that time – your kids are either back to school or getting ready for the school year, and I know you want to make sure they’re getting the nutrition they need all day long! So I thought I’d share a few snack ideas for the busy parent and busy child… both of whom still…

L.E.A.P.

What is L.E.A.P.? LEAP is a women’s empowerment initiative created by Tristan Coopersmith and Kate Seiberlich of Life Lab HB with the soul purpose of encouraging women of all ages to dare to dream and to spark inspiration for women to innovate through business, creativity, and philanthropic initiatives. LEAP provides opportunities for women to share…

the many uses for ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar is my favorite vinegar for life. You know I drink it in the mornings to help prep my body for the day.  Did you know I also use it to wash my veggies? And clean my countertops?  I cook with it, I marinate with it, I even put some in Sadie’s water…

eating with bethany

We all have different bodies and different health challenges. I try to learn as much as I can about health, food, and nutrition, and I share all of it with you guys. But there is no substitute for experience. I reached out to Bethany, aka @lilsipper and she shared some of her experience dealing with Crohn’s…

buckwheat granola

This granola was part of a breakfast parfait at my last cooking class, but I’ve been eating it like trail mix and using to top smoothie bowls, too. I love it because it’s sugarless (unless you add some maple syrup) and it has great flavor and the perfect crunch. With the nuts, seeds, and groats,…

thaumatin sweetener and flavor enhancer

I’ve been using Nuzest protein (discount code chefamber) and one of the things I love about it is how clean and simple it is. In the vanilla protein, the ingredients are simply: pea protein isolate, vanilla flavor, and thaumatin, aka katemfe fruit extract. I like to know exactly what it is I’m eating, so I did…