Collagen Date Balls

You know I love to make healthy, natural, easy snacks. Why should it be hard to enjoy a treat? These collagen date balls have protein AND reduce waste by using nut pulp from making nut milk. There are a few steps involved, but they’re pretty easy. See below. Ingredients 1 cup date paste* 2 cups…

women in wellness interview

Working with a Holistic Health Coach is an invaluable tool. I was happy to share my story with Holistic Health Coach Amanda Castilone as a part of her Women in Wellness Interview Series. We share a passion for helping people get and stay healthy, happy, and well.  Read the interview here, and stay tuned as I will,…

Food Freedom

Here’s a little clip from last week’s SHE DAY: LA about food freedom and fad diets. I dieted from ages 12-37, which created (or stemmed from) immense fear around food. How did I get to the place I am today, where I work to honor my body with food, and experience food freedom? It’s all…

paleo chocolate brownie

I made this as a cake for my moms birthday and was a huge hit! I wanted to make something high in protein and low in sugar, so I used monk fruit sweetener and dates.  If you don’t mind the sugar, you can substitute 1 cup coconut sugar for the dates and monk fruit.  This…

“Enjoy the ride!”

At the recent L.E.A.P. panel at Life Lab in Hermosa Beach, we were asked about some of the best advice we’ve gotten. I immediately thought of something my dad has told me often over the years. “Enjoy the ride.” It’s simple. It’s not a novel idea. We hear it all the time. Stop and smell…

plant based meal in a wrawp

Eating plant-based meals for lunch and dinner a few times a week is important to me. It may not look like much, but I’m absolutely loving this raw wrap with butternut squash and avocado… It has 18 grams of protein! The burst of flavor comes from the squeeze of lemon and kelp powder. Ingredients 1…

my tips

The creators of SHE (Sustainable, Healthy, Ethical) Changes Everything asked me to share my tips toward food freedom and body acceptance… here are my basics these days: Have the courage and willingness to make a change…are you willing to let go of foods and behaviors that do not make you feel good? Stop comparing yourself…

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…