Cheesy Herb Popcorn via SkinnyPop

Popcorn sometimes gets a bad rap, but it is actually a nutritious and low calorie snack! Well, when it’s not covered in butter at the movie theatre. Plain popcorn can be bland, but that’s where SkinnyPop comes in!

SkinnyPop’s original lightly salted popcorn proves that something as simple as adding a touch of sunflower oil and salt can transform plain popcorn into an indulgent, but still healthy, treat. In addition to the Original, they have delicious flavors like Sea Salt & Pepper, White Cheddar, and Dusted Dark Chocolate. SkinnyPop also recently came out with some new products: full size and mini Popcorn Cakes (like rice cakes but made with popcorn) as well as Microwave Popcorn! The Sea Salt Popcorn cakes make the perfect on-the-go breakfast when paired with any kind of nut butter!

As delicious as all SkinnyPop’s current products are, we sometimes prefer to add a few more toppings to turn our bowl of popcorn into the ultimate savory comfort food: ‘Cheesy’ Herb Popcorn. All you need is the following:

  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • herb blend (I prefer parsley, oregano, rosemary, and sage but any of your favorite herbs will do)

Transfer your popcorn to a large bowl, preferably one with a lid. Combine all of the herbs, nutritional yeast, and salt in a separate small bowl. Then add the olive oil followed by the seasonings a little at a time, mixing as you go. If you do have a lid, shaking the bowl to mix it is especially effective. Now all you need to do is sit back, relax, and turn on your favorite show!

While it may taste cheesy, it is totally dairy-free thanks to the nutritional yeast, a great cheese alternative that is packed full of B-vitamins and protein! If you really want to step your bowl up, use truffle salt in place of plain sea salt!


YumEarth Organic Candy

I want candy! … Said Aaron Carter… and Nicole Cogan. We all know I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but I direct my sweet tooth towards (dairy-free) chocolate and delicious gluten-free pastries. Well interestingly enough, growing up I hated chocolate and pastries! I was all about candy. That was until I went gluten-free and anything artificial-free 9 years ago; all candy was quickly removed from my diet.

Six months ago I discovered YumEarth. How did it take me so long to find you?! YumEarth is an organic candy line that uses simple flavors, colors and ingredients in their products, and steers clear from artificial ingredients! Almost all of YumEarth products are free from the top-8 allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree-nuts, wheat). Furthermore, most of the candies are Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher Pareve, Nut Free, and of-course, Gluten-Free!!

Wait… isn’t this supposed to be candy?! BELIEVE IT, PEOPLE. YumEarth deletes the connotation that candy is filled with artificial ingredients and straight up bad for you. Rather, they make candy clean, fun, and guilt-free.

YumEarth was founded in 2007 with the introduction of Organic Lollipops. Soon after, gummy bears were born and quickly followed by gummy worms, sour jelly beans, fruit snacks and more. Today, YumEarth boasts a line of ORGANIC lollipops, gummy bears, licorice, fruit snacks, sours, hard candies, and Vitamin C drops.

I loved fruit snacks growing up… I bought them from my school’s vending machine almost every day! And Sour Patch Kids were always my number two. Maybe that’s why I’m addicted to YumEarth’s Organic Sour Twists and Organic Fruit Snacks!

To top it off, YumEarth packaging is just so cute! You can indulge in a larger, re-sealable bag or go for a mini snack pack, which is convenient keep in your purse! And given the brand’s focus on what is in the products we consume, most of their packaging is made in a factory where the equipment is powered by 100% wind-generated electrical energy.

Eating clean is important to me but I also like to treat myself to something sweet, and knowing this candy is a better sweet puts my mind at ease. Check out YumEarth and order your candy, here!


Double Chocolate Paleo Zucchini Brownies

One day years ago when I first came out to LA, I had some time to kill so I decided to check out the infamous Alfred Coffee. As I do on most occasions when I go to coffee houses, I ordered a gluten-free treat rather than a coffee or tea! At the register I saw a case of several delicious pastries, but my eyes were immediately drawn to the Chocolate Zucchini Brownie. Thankfully my eyes drew to one of few gluten-free items in the case!

For years now I’ve wanted to make a chocolate zucchini bread or dessert, and I’m glad the time has come! Introducing my Double Chocolate Paleo Zucchini Brownies!

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Thinly Grated Zucchini (One large Zucchini should do the trick!)
1 Cup Almond Butter
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt

What You Will Do:
Using a peeler, peel the skin of the zucchini. Remove the skin.
Peel thin strips of zucchini. When finished, finely chop.
Place zucchini in a ball on a paper towel and squeeze. *Important* Squeeze out all of the water!!
Add all ingredients into the blender, starting with the almond butter.
Blend until totally combined.

Pour batter into a brownie tray (grease with coconut oil or use parchment paper). Note: The batter will be a super thin coating, but don’t worry- it will rise!!
Top with mini chocolate chips and walnuts! (optional)

Cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes MAX. Remove from oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before taking the brownie cake out of the tray.
Slice and serve!

Moms, this is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies while indulging in a chocolatey treat! I have to emphasize, do NOT cook longer than 25 minutes or it will be too dry and lack flavor. If you like a more “melt in your mouth” consistency I recommend 20 minutes!

For those of you who prefer donuts over brownies, this recipe can be made into donuts, too!! Just place your batter in a donut tray instead of a pan, and cook for 15 minutes!


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Breakouts… We all get them. Some more than others. But no matter how frequent, the one thing we can all agree on is that they suck!

Introducing BioClarity. Unlike other Acne solutions, BioClarity repairs our skin the right way… with good for you ingredients. I’ve found that solutions I’ve tried in the past haven’t worked at all, or have actually made my skin worse (my skin is super sensitive), so I’m very selective when it comes to skincare and makeup. But BioClarity contains ingredients like chamomile, green tea, cucumber, oat kernel, licoric root, and more, and it was so easy to use so I had to give it a try!

BioClarity consists of 3 simple steps in a 30-day supply for your 1st shipment:

1) Cleanser 2) Treatment 3) Restore Gel

I apply all 3 steps 2x a day, which is the recommended use! So what sets BioClarity apart from the rest? BioClarity has Floralux, their exclusive and innovative plant-based ingredient formed from chlorophyll. Chlorophyll benefits include:

  • Detoxifies
  • Protects healthy cells
  • Has antioxidant properties
  • Contains anti-aging vitamins A, C, E, and K
  • Heals wounds
  • Helps keep systems in balance

BioClarity is clinically proven to fight acne, soothe skin, reduce pore size, minimize redness, and even out the skin tone gently yet effectively. Most importantly, it is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, sulfate-free, and clinically-proven!

I’m excited to include y’all on my BioClarity journey…! Order your first kit, here!

Matcha Banana Bread Donuts

Matcha. Whether it’s in a tea or latte, or mixed into your pancakes and gluten-free loaves, matcha is all the rage right now. And it’s no shocker why! Matcha contains an antioxidant called catechins, which is super popular and not found in other foods! Matcha also has anti-aging powers, gives your energy, boosts your metabolism, and more! Now I for one don’t loveeee the taste of matcha (it’s a bit bitter if you ask me), but I love the benefits and realize it needs to be a part of my diet!

Recently I’ve been looking for fun recipes involving matcha, so I can have my fix of the powerful antioxidant and also enjoy the taste. That’s when it struck me; why not use matcha in one of my NOBREAD Breads?! Better yet, why not use it in a bread, and turn the bread into DONUTS?!

Introducing… Vegan Matcha Banana Bread Donuts!

What You Will Need:
1 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
2T C Coconut Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
1 RIPE Bananas
1 Chia ‘Eggs’
Pinch Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2T Coconut Oil
1/2T Matcha
Optional: GF/DF choc chips!

What You Will Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine gluten-free flours, baking soda, coconut sugar, and salt.
In a second small bowl, mash the banana.
In a third small bowl, create your chia egg and place in the refrigerator for 5 mins or so! (1T Crushed Chia: 3T water)
Combine banana and Chia Egg in a (fourth) large bowl and mix until smooth.
Add coconut oil and vanilla to this bowl.

Pour dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and combine until smooth!
Add matcha!
If you want to make chocolate chip matcha banana bread, now’s the time to add your vegan chocolate chips!

Pour batter into donut tray (3″ holes). (Lightly grease with coconut oil before pouring)

Place in the oven for ~15 minutes. If you stick a toothpick or knife into the bread, it should come out nice and clean! Otherwise, let it cook a bit longer!
Let bread cool for ~15 minutes.
Take donuts out of  and serve!

The donuts are delicious! The matcha taste is faint, so if you want it stronger, add 1T matcha instead of 1/2T. Also, each donut (this serves 6) is only 180 calories! Light yet filling.

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookie Dough Balls made with Earth Balance

Ever since I went to Cookie Do in New York City and had their vegan and gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, I’ve been dying to recreate it in my kitchen! Their cookie dough was ABSURDLY good, but also absurdly unhealthy, ha!

When I was at Do recently, I noticed that there were several gluten-free flavors, but only one gluten-free and vegan flavor. When I asked why all flavors of GF dough weren’t vegan, I was told the others contained butter! So first and foremost I decided that a dairy-free/vegan butter would be one of the main ingredients in my NOBREAD dough. Introducing Earth Balance, my go-to dairy-free butter!

Earth Balance was founded in 1998, and it’s introduction gave vegans and dairy-free folk faith that they would be able to enjoy ‘butter’ again. EB has quickly become the US’s most popular vegan buttery spread, and the butter family has grown outside of their Original flavor and now includes Soy-free, Organic Whipped, Olive Oil, Omega 3, and Organic Coconut Spread. Thus far, I’ve tried all except the Omega-3 and Organic Coconut Spread, but given I am a Coconut-addict I know it’ll be just days before I give the Coconut spread a try!

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

What You Will Need:
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup (4T) Earth Balance DF/Vegan Whipped Butter (Melted)
1/2 Cup coconut Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Handful Chocolate Chips

What You Will Do:
In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, melted Earth Balance, and vanilla.
In a small bowl, combine coconut flour and coconut sugar.

Add your dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and combine.
Add however many chocolate chips you desire and fold!
Note: The batter will crumble. Don’t be alarmed. Time to get messy.

With your hands, scoop out batter and create small dough balls.
Add your balls to a tray lined with parchment paper. You should be able to make ~12 balls.
Place in the refrigerator so the dough comes together. Chill for 20 minutes and serve!

The dough balls will stay good in your refrigerator for a week or so, and then (if there are any left) move them to the freezer!

Earth Balance vegan butters have been HUGE not only for my recipes, but also in my day-to day life. I’m a toasted (gluten-free) bagel and croissant kind of girl, but I need my DF butter to make my meal complete and Earth Balance spreads absolutely do the trick.

To read more about Earth Balance, visit their website here!

Keeping Food Simple with NUTRO™

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO™ sponsored series for Socialstars™.

At NOBREAD, we focus a lot on nourishing our bodies. Sometimes the best way to do that isn’t by eating out the city’s top hotspots, it’s by cooking a nice, simple meal at home with the finest and freshest ingredients nature has to offer.

You’ll probably notice most NOBREAD recipes are uncomplicated and require few ingredients, not only because they’re easy to make, but also because we don’t feel the need for the ingredient equivalent of fancy bells and whistles to make good food.

We totally feel the same way when it comes to what we feed our pets. Despite being a different species, there are a ton of similarities between humans and dogs, especially internally. Just like us, pups need lean meats, healthy proteins, and leafy greens to keep them fueled and happy.

We’ve found a dog food that includes the exact same ingredients, the end product just happens to look a little different. If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll see we’ve been talking a lot about our latest and greatest discovery for
any pet owner, NUTRO™ Limited Ingredient Diet Adult Dry Dog Food. This clean dry dog food is just the best.

The brand pledges the sole use of simple, nourishing ingredients – as a matter of fact, they take it one step further by making their philosophy “NUTRO. FEED CLEANT™.” It’s rare we find a brand we can identify with so intensely, even though we can’t eat the food ourselves!


Photo by Analiese Trimber

The next time you’re at the pet food store looking for a wholesome, trustworthy brand to switch up your pet’s dinner game, be sure to check out NUTRO. Neither of you will be disappointed!

Spiked Watermelon Balls

Did you know the Fourth of July ranks THIRD of the list of Most Popular Drinking Days in a year? I can’t say I’m surprised! But the Fourth of July isn’t just for any kind of drinking. It is a day of fun, festive, and unique cocktails! In honor of this lovely holiday, I’m back at it making my most popular beverage: Spiked Watermelon Balls with Stoli Gluten-Free!

Last year when I made Drunk Melon Balls they were a HUGE hit so all of my friends have been requesting them again this year!! Here’s a little refresher on how it’s done 🙂

What You Will Need:
1 Watermelon
1 Bottle Stoli Gluten Free
Optional: Lime Juice
Melon Baller

What You Will Do:

Slice open your watermelon!
Scoop balls of watermelon and place into a large bowl.
Pour Stoli Gluten Free over the melon balls. Pour however much it takes to submerge the balls!
Cover, and place in a refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours. The outcome is best when you let the balls chill overnight!
Take the watermelon balls out of the bowl, and place them back in the watermelon shell.
Serve alongside more watermelon slices and fruit, and enjoy!