super meals to keep you nourished

It’s holiday season and you probably have lots of parties to attend. Of course it’s always fun to be festive, and you always want to be polite and eat the food that is served to you – – but how do you maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit when you’re not in charge of…

Some more tips to stay healthy during the holidays

I’m adding 5 more to last year’s list… Charcoal Before Parties – See my post on activated charcoal here. Before going to a holiday party, I take some activated charcoal to help my body deal with any toxins I might be ingesting. Liquid Dinner Before Intermittent Fasting – You might remember that last year I posted about…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…