The Art of Running in the Rain

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Recent Eats

I’ll admit it, I love seeing a glimpse into the daily eats of the bloggers I follow.  I’d love to know the psychology behind my interest in knowing what people put in their face holes, but alas all I can tell you is that the curiosity runs deep!  I also think I just like looking at food, putting it in my mouth, and taking pictures of it.  So it seems the logical next step would be to share them with you, here are all the things I ate yesterday.  A burrito was involved, so yup, it was a good day.

  • The day started off with a massive glass of water along with a piece of toast topped with a fried egg, avocado, and chipotle salsa.


  • I made Dave a smoothie and my OCD makes me feel like I should only put 15 almonds in it, so I had these three left over in my hand that I needed to eat.


  • I was in need for a mid morning snack so I had some peaches and soy milk topped with unsweetened shredded coconut.



  • Dave whipped me up a soy latte (using All City Coffee espresso); buh, he do a pretty gooda job! **she said with an Italian accent**


  • I’m not gonna lie, I felt snacky all day, so I grabbed some Beanitos and salsa/cottage cheese mixture.


  • As soon as I started feeling more snacky I decided it was time for tea-intervention, it totally did the trick and my hunger was staved off until dinner (BTW, this tea is amazing, super creamy and delicious)


  • Once dinner rolled around it was decided that we needed burritos in our bellies.  Perla’s Taqueria is auh-mazing!  We still haven’t checked out taco Tuesday (though we hear it’s great), but the chipotle fish burrito is to die for!


Good day of eats, I hope you enjoyed.  Also, I hope you thoroughly feel as though you need to go get a burrito!!!!!

Be well.

Healthy Almond Joy No Bake Balls

Omagorsh, just typing Almond Joy takes me back to when I was younger and my siblings/cousins and I would walk to the store down the street from my nonna’s (Italian for grandma’s) house and grab a treat before watching a movie.  I loved picking Almond Joys (or in Canada a Bounty).  I will say that I preferred the Almond Joy because of, well, the almonds.  I’m a big fan of almonds any which way, raw, roasted, finely grated into flour, butter, etc.  I thought it might be nice to share with you a healthy Almond Joy ball.  I created this recipe on my own, and I think I outdid myself on the healthy part (each ball is only 60 calories with 4g of carbs, 1g of protein, and 1g of fiber), and the taste is spot on.


It has been ungodly hot here in Irvine (ironically as I’m writing this post it’s raining), so I wanted to come up with a baked good that didn’t actually require any, well, baking.  These were quite easy to assemble, exactly how I prefer my sweet treats.  I like to get at them as quick as possible, patience is not my strong suit when baking.

Here’s most of what you need, I’ll be honest, I added a few more ingredients after I took this picture and then was too lazy to set up another one…


Side note: after my first round, I decided to opt out of using the chocolate bar.  This is not because I don’t love Lindt, but because it required a stove and I just really didn’t want to turn on the heat.  Now my only thought about why using chocolate may be better than my cocoa powder + vanilla + coconut oil + coconut nectar concoction would be that it might form a nice shell when they are cooling, where as my mixture doesn’t seem to firm up very well.  Not that it matters to me, because I’m pretty much licking my fingers anytime chocolate is involved anyways.

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So I know some people prefer the Mounds over the Almond Joy (I’ve yet to meet one, but I believe they’re out there), if you are one of those people simply use a half a cup of coconut flour rather than a quarter almond/quarter coconut flour, and don’t sprinkle the outside with chopped almonds.



Healthy Almond Joy No Bake Balls

  • Servings: 11 balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/4 c almond meal
  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 1/4 c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 c canned coconut milk
  • 1/8 c coconut sugar

Chocolate coating

  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp coconut nectar*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp canned coconut milk


  • 1/4 c crushed raw almonds

* I used 2 Tbsp and it seemed slightly too sweet, use just 1 if you like less sweet


  1. In a food processor (I have a ninja, thanks mom and dad) combined all of the ‘ball’ ingredients and blend (I used the dough setting).
  2. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper form .5-1 inch balls, set aside.
  3. In a separate (microwave safe) bowl combined the chocolate coating ingredients and microwave in increments of 10 seconds, until the ingredients form a melted chocolate texture.
  4. In a small bag place 1/4 cup raw almonds and crush them (this is very stress relieving so I advice you buy the whole almonds and crush them yourself).
  5. Using a spoon dip the balls into the chocolate mixture coating completely and then place them back on the parchment paper.
  6. Once all of your balls are covered in chocolate (after writing this sentence I realize all the jokes my husband will make about this recipe, I’m surprised it took me until this point in the post) and placed back on the parchment paper, sprinkle them with your crushed almonds.
  7. Place balls in the freezer for as long as you would like, I could hardly wait 10 minutes.


Per ball (yields 11 balls) – this also assumes that you have about half the chocolate coating left in your bowl.

  • calories: 68
  • fat: 5g (GOOD FAT!!)
  • carbohydrates: 4g
  • fiber: 2g
  • protein: 1g



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