VeganCuts Monthly Box Product Review

Hey guys!!  I was sent a ‘Vegan Cuts‘ box this month to test and try out this month so I decided to do a two part video. Partly because I didn’t want to kill you with a 10 minute video and also it just felt like a good idea… and I am in charge of my own life. okay now I am just going on a tangent.

Anyway! The first is a ‘initial reaction’ to the box and the products inside. So if it were The Bachelorette it would be the first episode when all the hunks come out of the limo and I am respond, “Oh yes, that will do”.

The second is how I actually liked the products, how I used them in my recipes and which ones I would purchase on my own and give my final rose to.

I give my roses to:
Wild Friends Peanut Butter
Funny Face Cranberries
Mighty Leaf Tea
Ocean’s Halo BBQ Chips

Some of these products are also offered on Vitacost, so here is a free, $10 off a purchase of $30 coupon!

Interested in purchasing a box?
VeganCuts Snack Box
They also have a Vegan Beauty Box

This box was sent to me courtesy of VeganCuts, other than the box I was not paid for this review in any way and all thoughts are my own honest opinions! The links to their boxes are referral links that will let them know it was me that referred you and that ‘build’ up over time to let me try another box.

Trick Towards Managing your Depression and Anxiety

I have battled anxiety and depression for a couple of years now and unfortunately it doesn’t just ‘go away’ and disappear forever (I WISH!). It is a slow build up at time that ends in a complete breakdown.Depression and Anxiety complete takeover Something I have learned these last 2 years that I wish I would have known when it all began 5 years ago is that once you feel its grip on you —> you need to immediately go and talk to someone (family, friend, counselor, teacher, hotline). Trying to bottle it up, ignore it, carry it all on your own is not the answer, talking to someone isn’t being weak.

To put it in gym terms, when you ask someone for a spot on bench press, you aren’t less strong // you just want someone there just in case it is more than you expected or you go for an extra rep or you have addition weight added on. Think of it like that, weight gets added and circumstances change and you need to have a ‘spot’. Don’t let it pile up, talk to someone verbally, it’s easier to move mountains when you have help.

Some Resources:

  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore
  • Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999
  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245)
  • National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000
  • Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
  • NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632
  • Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET
  • Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357
  • Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: (UK only) 0844-561-6855
  • Beyondblue info line: (Australia only) 1300-22-4636
  • 24/7 Crisis Line:(Canada only) 905-522-1477
  • Lifeline Australia: 13-11-14
  • Self-Injury Support: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288) (
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention: 1-800-931-2237 (Hours: 8am-noon daily, PST)
  • Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
  • Help Finding a Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
  • Panic Disorder Information and Support: 1-800-64 PANIC (1-800-647-2642)
  • TalkZone (Peer Counselors): 1-800-475-TALK (1-800-475-2855)
  • Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188

Inside My Mind + Blogs new ‘Mission Statement’

Why yes, I have been living under a stupid rock… or something.
(which if you don’t understand this reference, please check out this hilarious video)

I could throw out millions of excuses to why I haven’t posted as much as I used to but I feel as though that is redundant as to I don’t think many of you mind… so it would be more of a ease of frustration with myself like “yes, kayla, yes you are right, you just couldn’t do it”.

Anyway, yeah. I just couldn’t hah. It was a blend of business, sickness, laziness, lack of inspiration, frustration etc etc etc.

Well I want to get back to it. MMhmm. But here is the thing, I have absolutely no idea what I want to blog about — which is why I chose “kaylasjoy” as the name of the blog in the first place I wanted to be evolving I wanted it to not only be my name, Kayla Joy but I wanted to feel the freedom to blog about whatever is bringing me Joy or a passion of mine at the time.

I have done a video on this feeling… where I see all these things I used to be passionate about ; fashion, fitness, food creation but none of them fire me up like they used to. That thought is so troubling and upsetting because I really liked being passionate about those things so I find myself being mad at myself because I don’t know what happened to make them go away.

There are days where those passions fill my heart and I am fired up about it but it isn’t like it used to be. It is kind of like I am a completely different person and I can’t understand it.

I feel so foreign to myself — have you ever experienced this?

I look in the mirror and I don’t recognize myself, all my interests are completely faded but nothing has replaced them so I just feel like this weird foreign shell of myself.

That being said I still find myself experiencing joys within the world and experiences God places into my life. I laugh, I cry, I explore and love but I miss these things that I used to love so much.

There has been a lot of reflection on this emotion and some of it I think is I used to hold a lot of those things as idols in my life. Which essentially means I made them the most important things in my life to a point where it was almost religious and somewhat of an addiction. For the past 3 years I have tried to find a balance with them trying to keep them in my life but not being addicted and always thinking about fashion, food or fitness based topics. But it seems that I can only be one or the other right now, either completely consumed by them or totally disassociated.

So what I guess I am trying to say is I just feel super foreign to myself and I don’t really know what to do about it .. but I want to blog through the process of it because I believe a lot of people out there probably experience similar things and I want to be able to not only tell them they are not alone but also be able to share by experience the ways of finding oneself in the midst of confusion, depression, addiction and complete life changes.

This blog will still contain those fitness, food, fashion posts that it used to but they will be during the days where my heart is flooded with passion for them, the other posts will be directed towards the soul and mind.

I was thinking about how I wanted to express it in a one sentence phrase, a somewhat mission statement for my blog and it is;

Eat, Travel, Dress, Nourish and Believe Well!!”

So that is what this blog will have; little facets of it all.
Eating: Food Recipes
Travel: Pictures of exploring the world and the beauty within it (something I have really enjoyed lately)
Dress: style, fashion and thrifting 
Nourish: Nourishing the mind and the body so both food facts/nutritional posts but also mental health posts.
Believe Well: More of the spiritual (biblically) based posts. 

That being said, I am really wanted some help with organizing my blog better with a new layout possibly so if anyone is experienced in web design or is a student wanting to practice and get some hands on experience please email me kaylasjoy(at)gmail(dot)com
(I have some background but I have exhausted my abilities and need additional help).

Thank you for reading this brain explosion of a post,



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Make your New Years Resolutions Stick!

I am the queen of failing new years resolutions sometimes things come up and life happens and things get crazy.

So why not begin the month before the new year to work in whatever your goal is during the most busy time of the year? That way you know how to keep it going as life happens throughout 2015?

The University of Scranton did a study on the most popular New Years Resolutions, here is what they found

1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family

Some of those if not all of those fall into the categories of my blog and so I wanted to share some ideas on how to start your resolutions NOW to really make them stick.

#1, 5 and 6

Losing weight, Staying fit and Healthy all while learning something exciting!

I have been seeing a lot of my friends doing the Spartan Races this winter and there are a few this January! There are SoCal races on January 17-18 and January 24-25 and others in Las Vegas, Arizona, Charlotte and Atlanta.

Which means you can do a Spartan Race at the end of January and train this winter for it, I think after that process you will be well in the practice of making a healthy, active lifestyle a regular thing in your life! Also, what is more exciting that a Spartan Race??

If you aren’t sure if you can handle it all, they offer a free spartan training course, there are a few coming up!

#2,3, 4, 8, 9, 10

Getting organized can be the first domino into enjoying your life more, helping others and their dreams, falling in love and spending more quality time with your family.

If any of you have met me in person you will know that organization is always going to be on my list of things to work on. But something I have tried to do is take one little part of my room and organize it a little bit every week. So sometimes I organize my drawers, closet or make up bag. I am working on little small things, decluttering my life and focusing on what I really need and what is just taking up space. It has taught me that being a part of this consumer world we buy all this stuff we don’t need and through the process of organizing my life I have realized I don’t need all this junk. It has helped me spend less and save more room, money and time for other more important things like my family, friends and relationships.


I have never smoked nor do I ever plan on picking up the habit but dealing with dependency is something I have experienced. It can be so hard realizing you are dependent on something to function whether it is your 5 cups of coffee in the morning (which is unhealthy and strains your adrenal system), Smoking (which is detrimental to your lungs and health) or something else it can be hard to take it out and learn how to function without it. I know there are nicotine packs that you can use that will help with smoking but I also think support is a huge part. Get involved in a support group and find one of your friends to help you with keeping you accountable when at outings – I urge you to share your struggles with someone, it will deepen your relationship, help aid in times of need and be a crucial part of your success story.

I really believe that starting goals within a busy time can be the most beneficial. I know when my life gets hectic that is when I want to blog and video the most – even though that is the time it is the least practical.

If your goal is to get fit and health this year I want to get your goal started! I have a 10% off code for the upcoming Spartan Races and will be holding a contest for the next two weeks! Please comment below with your top 3 resolutions that you really want to make stick this year!


My Summer Resolutions: Some stuck, some didn’t but this video shared what I had set for my summer they are also my goals for this upcoming year.

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Fitmob – Fit with a Friend

So I recently found out about a new fitness brand called Fitmob. They have fun & challenging workouts with top trainers in various neighborhoods in the Bay Area. They keep it super fresh by taking cardio, strength training, dance and yoga and throwing them in a mix of your classes so every time you go, its like. BAM. SURPRISE.

For people who don’t like going to the gym, find that they don’t go often or enough or find that they enjoy the class options better than the free weights section, ya’ll will be stoked to know that  joining fitmob is absolutely free and members never pay for inactivity BUT members are actually rewarded for working out more (the more you work out, the less you pay each week).

Raise your hand if you are with me if you have ever said, “I’ll work out if you pay me to…”

So Fitmob is an awesome Bay Area (soon to be elsewhere) fitness class — but that seriously isn’t even the best part. You can actually start MobTribes allows you to have classes with YOUR friends and people in your area (NEW FRIENDS!!). This past summer I got to go to spin classes, zumba and HIIT classes with my friends and it is SO much more enjoyable to sweat with your buddies.

Fitmob explains exactly what a MobTribe is:

  •      A MobTribe is shared personal training that is affordable, fun, and all about results.  Combine the coaching of a trainer with the motivation of a team.
  •      It’s a group of 2-6 people matched with a top rated certified trainer handpicked by fitmob that meet at a convenient location picked by the tribe.
  •      The tribe trains together 2X/week in a six week program to motivate each other and get results.
  •      MobTribes include personal attention, nutrition tips, tracking daily activity, off day workouts and training (without the personal training price tag!) &&  Easy to use the app to check in and message with your trainer and Tribe members

Who doesn’t like to workout with friends, and get personal attention. Fitmob reminds me of the One-on-One group training style that Crossfit has – but instead of crossfit it is a combo of awesome cardio vascular/pumped up strength training class.

To join a Fitmob/Mobtribe is $34/session. You commit to a six week program, which includes 12 sessions. Bonus: If you invite friends you and your friends only pay $29 per session.

If you are interested in joining a Tribe, Click here to enter your email address and get matched up…. kinda like a fitness.. dating site. ok maybe not.. but you could get lucky and find a hunk 😉

I am currently in Los Angeles, and hoping they come here soon, but until then I am doing a class this upcoming December with them and I cannot wait!




Princess Peach is a Vegan

Summer is pretty much over but I realize I completely MIA’d these past few months on post. I’m not sure if anyone noticed or if ya’ll even cared but I could provide with lots of reasons to why but I will just say, blogging isn’t a job for me and I don’t get paid. So sometimes life comes in running me over like a barrel of bananas and poof there goes blogging.

So for a little bit now I will be doing some Instagram photo posts. I hope they can still make your mouth water, I know I found them to be tasty.

Anyone remember Super Mario? Playing that used to be a huge past time for me. I want to say I completely conquered the entire game but to be honest my sister did most of the work. Anyway we rescued Princess Peach from her tower and Mario was super stoked about it.

Tower of Peaches

Peaches and nectarines are one of my favorite fruits over the summer and so when I bought 5lb of them for $5



It was difficult taking that picture.. try and carry 5 lb and take a non shaky picture with your other hand…. it’s as hard as battling Bowser in Super Mario.

Peach PlatterEnjoying peach platters this summer was absolutely divine and made eating High Fruit & High Carb Vegan SO easy.

It has been almost 7 months I believe since going Vegan <– more info on that coming soon.. hopefully…

Just ask my mom and her opinion  on my room growing up.



Caffeinated Oatmeal : Happy National Coffee Day!

This is for all you coffee crazed nutties out there 😛

So one morning I just had the mad idea of adding coffee to my already amazing breakfast. Usually I enjoy it in a mug… but this time I decided to pour a bit of that lovin’ in my bowl!

1/2-2/3C Water or Milk of Choice (nut, soy, coconut…I like hemp)
1/2C Oatmeal (I use Trader Joes Gluten Free Oats)
1 Tbs Stevia in the Raw
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tbs freshly ground coffee beans

Optional: 1/4C Brewed coffee into the boiling pot of oatmeal.

Cook on the stove for 10 minutes and then sprinkle with cinnamon 😀


Full Body Workout

I have my $10 ebook available for a fitness plan and nutrition guide to help you get started in your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

It focuses on helping you balance life with healthy vs unhealthy options and how to balance  ‘eating perfectly’ all the time with wanting to fully enjoy some of the worlds indulgences at times. Life is full of experiences and sometimes those experiences are accompanied by food choices that aren’t beneficial 24/7 but can really bond a moment.

I am a true believer that sharing meals can change a persons life — and sometimes that meal isn’t exactly what you would traditionally choose to put on your plate.

Anyway,  after seeing the pool of sweat following this workout I knew I just had to share it with you guys!

It is a FREE FULL BODY blowout. Meaning you are working everything. Head to Toe.

Cardiovascular Health.
Self Discipline.

It is summer, life is crazy, lazy and weird and I personally found myself wanting to do more outside activities than being in the gym. So when I got back into the iron world I decided to work the whole body. This workout should take about 1-1.5 hours depending on how fast you run, jump and push.

I hope you enjoy it! If you do I encourage you to purchase my Lifted! Ebook! All of the funds help me be able to keep up and running (aka paying for website fees)

If you love this workout please share it with friends and share with them my instagram as well as my site!

Here it is ladies and gents,

If you right click you can save it! 😀


Let me know what you think in the comments below or send me a tweet @kaylasjoy 😀

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Jack Fruit Slicin’

At my first ever Fruitluck I met Ben, who is one of the founders of the fruitluck. He was slicing up a Jackfruit, I am a Journalism major and blogger so naturally I filmed it and made a how-to video.

Learn how to slice up the Original Juicy Fruit!

Have you ever had Jackfruit before?
DO you recognize the pineapple image from my favorite childhood game?

Let me know in the comments below!

Sunshine Bowl

These past 3 weeks I have been making it my daily routine to make breakfast and eat it outside. It has been such a lovely experience and a wonderful way to start my day.
Sometimes I add in some reading or play music but other times I will just listen to the birds sing and the breeze wisp the grasses. (I sound like a hippi).

Anyway I encourage you to make a fruity and fresh breakfast like this Sunshine Bowl or my Chewy Caramel Vegan Ice Cream and take it outside. The Vitamin D, nutrient rich and peaceful breakfast will make for the grandest of days! I promise.

Banana Breakfast with Sunshine Strawberries :)
4 bananas, 6 strawberries and a drizzle of almond milk.

You can change the amount of fruit used to work for you!

Sometimes I will add some raisins, cinnamon and vanilla bean powder as well 😀

Chewy Caramel Vegan Ice Cream

This has been my breakfast of choice for this whole week! I make different variations every morning but this was too good to keep to myself 😀

I will do anything from 3-7 Frozen Bananas for breakfast!


Chewy ‘Caramel’ Vegan Ice Cream

4 Frozen Bananas
5 Dates (cut them just a bit)

Place Frozen nanners in the blender and blend until smooth ~1 minute. It will thick and creamy. Then add in, they are dried and sticky so it helps to presoak them for a few minutes or precut them. Serve as is or add a bit of cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Serve Immediately and Eat out in the Sunshine!

If you don’t mind the color green add in a cup of spinach! You can’t taste it and it will add in some greens to your day 😀

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‘Glutened’ by a Gluten Free Product!

**Recorded prior to going 80/10/10** Thanks for Watching

Apparently I also decided to record this in the midst of putting my mascara on.

Honestly one of the nice things about going 80/10/10 is I literally don’t need to read any label except if trying to decide whether to eat a yellow peach or a white one. #peachdiscrimination

XOXO My goal is to be 80/10/10 until I finish school **two weeks from now** and then reevaluate and continue if I feel as glorious as I do now!

Again: The product is labeled GF and Wheat Grass is “technically” gluten free due to it not producing the proteins that affect our immune system and digestion BUT I personally have had reactions to anything with the products Wheat Grass Barley Grass Rye Grass and Oat Grass. So Consume On a Warning.

Product Mentioned:
Super Food Powder

Non Celiac ‘Gluten Free’ Cookies

Cinnamon Toast Oatmeal


Oatmeal you are so good to me

with a spoon of almond butter or apple crisps

a dash of sugar and a cinnamon twist.

Get me a bowl, don’t make me wait

My morning breakfast is what I anticipate.

My bag of oats is near its wane,

1/2 a cup daily of my whole grain.


Ingredients for my Beloveds:

1/2 C Oats (duh)
1/2C Water/AlmondMilk (or if making it overnight)
1.5 tsp Cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Shake of Nutmeg
1 tbs Stevia
Cooked on the stove for 10 minutes

Topped with Crunchy Almond Butter and sprinkled with Coconut Sugar, Honey  or Pure Maple Syrup 😀

((PS: this recipe is Vegan but is not Raw Vegan nor 80/10/10 but I have some recipes stored up from before I switched my lifestyle && I also want to provide some regular recipes for ya’ll :P))

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Raw Vegan Lifestyle on a Budget: Grocery Haul

I am in college & budget out my groceries! As a 80/10/10 Raw Vegan this is my grocery haul for 1 week! I know how much I eat in a day, times it by 7 and know exactly what to buy 😀 Sometimes I splurge on things (like the peaches & dates this week!)

Eating Healthy, Eating Gluten Free, Eating Vegan none of it has to be ‘expensive’! I have been consistently spending $30-$45 a week on groceries. My health is important to me and so buying health enriching foods is VITAL – but I am also in college and have other costs to account for!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

&& when I buy my bananas I tell the Grocer that I have a pet monkey… and then I fess up after a little and admit they are all for me.

80/10/10 Q/A with 7 Year Vegan Ellen Fisher!

I had the beautiful opportunity to meet up with the ever so lovely Ellen Fisher, She opened her lovely home in the tropics of Maui to myself and my mom to hang out, eat fruit, talk about this new lifestyle and play with her darling little boy Elvis. Being so new to this lifestyle it was a blessing to be able to talk with someone who has a incredible amount of experience in living fully raw and 80/10/10.

Join Ellen and Myself in this q/a video where we dive into some of what I personally found to be my biggest questions after reading 80/10/10 the book and doing lots of research online!

3 Bean Chilly (literally it is cold.)


Snapped from my iphone and stolen from my Instagram here is a lovely recipe that I have fallen in love with since my time in Spain! It is easy, affordable and delicious!

3 Bean Chilly : Serves4-5

1 Can of Garbanzo Beans
1 Can of Red Kidney Beans
1 Can of ORGANIC corn  (seriously out of everything get organic corn.)
1 Can of Green Beans – Chopped
1 Can of Crushed Tomatoes (or blend up your own)
3 tbs of Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Tbs Italian Seasoning (oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder and pepper)

Optional: if you are traveling and don’t have all of this find a organic garlic chunky tomato red sauce!

Eat as is or serve with the Healthiest Pasta Alternative Ever! (which can be cold or hot depending on your style) Also If you want it to have more of a tang add 1-2 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar or more Balsamic! I like to make it all the night before and let it marinade overnight but it still tastes amazing day of!

Total Cost: $6-7 for the whole thing! It can cost even less if you buy raw uncooked beans and soak them yourselves!

Have a lovely day <3 Mahalo

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Strawberries and Cream Oats

Oats is probably my favorite breakfast.
I am weird and like to eat them cold (aka soaked overnight but then not reheated in the morning)

&&I usually enjoy them with an Omelette or some Sausage.

When it comes to oatmeal, at least for me personally the idea of adding fruit to a hot bowl of oatmeal is not ideal. There is something incredibly refreshing about chilled oats and fruit that wakes me up and revitalizes my morning and keep my full to the brim.

I have a thorough explanation on making overnight chilled oats, but to refresh your memory

1/2C Oats
1.5C Water or (1/2 Milk 1 Water)
1 Tbs Stevia in the Raw (or a packet of a stronger stevia)
1/2-1tsp of Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Optional: 1-2 Egg Whites (whisked in raw, will cook with the oats)
Pinch of Baking Powder

Microwave for 1-3 Minutes  in a LARGE bowl to prevent overflow — keep an eye on it.

To make the Strawberries and Cream Oats simply follow the recipe above, and in the morning add 1-2 TBS of Full Fat Coconut Milk, Half and Half, Soy Milk Creamer or some Almond Milk & Coconut Oil/Butter! Also if you have ground vanilla beans they are absolutely fantastic mixed in!

AKA you wanna throw a little something in there to make it creamy. Depending on your diet and taste buds… will depend on what you choose from above 😀

Then Slice up some fresh strawberries and mix them in. The cold oatmeal will be a huge block so you stir it vigorously with a fork. In the pic below I added some chia seeds for a tiny crunch 😛

I hope you all are having a lovely week! I know that these bowls of oatmeal always start my day out wonderfully && soothe my aching celiac stomach :(

Choco Crave Breakfast Bar

This semester I have an 8am class, which usually means I wake up at 7:35 and leave frazzled and hungry at 7:50. You think I would learn to just go to bed earlier and wakeup earlier. But instead I just made delicious breakfast bars so I could grab them as I jet out the door.

Choco Crave Energy Bars |

I was give the opportunity to play around with PB Crave’s “Choco Choco” and it definitely added a whole new dimension to these bars. A chocolate dimension.

Choco Crave Energy Bars |

Ingredients & Directions: (Makes ~4-5 Bars, each containing ~14g protein)


In a food processor add the following and blend until smooth:

1/4 cup of PB Crave Choco Choco

3 tbs of Honey or Maple Syrup

4 Pitted Dates

2 tbs of Flax Meal

1 tbs of Chia seeds

1/4C Vanilla Protein Power (or chocolate?!)
Protein content of bar is determined by brand of protein powder. Mine has 12g per tbs.

1/2 tsp. of Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sea salt

3 Tbs Coconut Oil

Mix the following in by hand

1/4C Omega-3 Trail Mix (Or a handful of Mixed nuts, Goji berries and multi colored raisins)

1/4 cup of Rolled Oats (Gluten Free ones if you are like me)

1.5-2 Tbs of shelled Sunflower Seeds

2-3 Tbs Dark Chocolate Chips (optional… but recommended)


I am in love with Carrot juice and hate to put the fiber to waste so I added a 1/4c of Carrot and ginger pulp to my mixture, this is not needed for the recipe but it adds a little extra nomz to it 😀

Store it:
Grab a pan or plate, cover with saran wrap and spray with nonstick spray or buy wax paper. Pour mix and form into your favorite shape. Refrigerate until firm (about an 1 hour), then slice into bite sized squares and enjoy. Store them in your refrigerator. ** You can also freeze them for 10 minutes if you are in a hurry and need them ASAP.

A special thanks to the wonderful people of PB Crave, I truly enjoyed scooping your Peanut Butter into my oatmeal, smoothies, power pars and just eating it solo. It was like Nutella and Peanut butter had a beautiful baby and I am so excited that they did.

If you are interested in purchasing PB Crave you can find it online and there is also a steller deal on Groupon right now for 4 of their flavors for 22! They are also sold at various Walmart Super centers and Cost Plus!

PSST: I double checked and triple checked and don’t you worry. All their flavors, even cookie nookie, are gluten free and they are also all free of hydrogenated oils.

Another delish. Homemade Energy & Protein Bar:

Goji A-Go-Go Bars

Recipe Adapted Good ol’ Steven

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to visit me on Youtube, Instagram @kaylasjoy and feel free to send me a little chit chat in the comment section 😀

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Slammin’ Salmon

Salmon is one of my favorite meats and it is SO good for you! Healthy fats for your hair, skin and nails and of course your muscles! Did you know if you are weight training and keeping active you should be regularly supplementing with Fish Oil pills?

In my ebook it is one of the supplements I recommend. Think of it this way — I am about to compare us to nuts and bolts. When something is built and has been put together with nuts, bolts, screws and thing-a-ma-bobs the older it gets those nuts and bolts that used to move easily now are harder to maneuver. What do you use if you want to move them? WD-40 thats what.

Think of Fish Oil in that way. It keeps our tendons and muscles fresh and ready to move. That is why when people get tennis elbow doctors recommend fish oil pills, because it helps restore and replenish the overworked muscles and tendons.

So let’s get cookin’

Seasonings & Directions:
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Butter or Coconut oil
Freshly Squeezed Lemon (after cooked)

Place on a cookie sheet with foil, keep skin intact with fish. Melt coconut oil, butter or olive oil and rub on fish (amount depends on your preference and size of fish). Season with spices, simply start at one end of the fish and shake with each spice in a sweeping motion until entire fish is lightly coated. Place skin down on foil, pink faces upward under broiler uncovered for 4 minutes. Remove fish and flip so the skin is now facing towards the broiler, drizzle with any remaining oil or butter and broil for 4min– keep an eye on this to make sure that it doesn’t burn. You just want it crispy. 

Flip once more and cook remaining 4 minutes. Turn off broiler and let it cook a bit longer in the heat of the oven (if it is thick and still needs more cooking). If it is still needing more time simply cover with foil and let it sit for a bit. 

Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top before serving!

I recommend buying fresh salmons rather than frozen, you can really tell the difference in taste.

Enjoy your Slammin’ Salmon, I hope it rocks your world!

xoxo Kayla

Save your fresh herbs!

There is nothing like fresh herbs to really bring out the best in a dish. Sometimes you don’t end up using the fresh oregano, basil or parsley before it is too late.

I was in Trader Joes the other day and after buying some of my groceries I realized I had completely forgotten to buy my Basil Plant… the actual reason I had gone to TJ.So after paying I took a hop outside the door  and grabbed the plant and tried to pop into my original space in the line (aka at checkout) but the person behind me had already started putting their food up. He felt terribly about it because apparently I was very enthusiastic about my fresh herbs and after giving me a nice compliment, he ended up buying my basil plant for me! SO KIND. THANKS TODD 😀

Anywhoo, After I made my soup I had a good amount of basil left over so I followed these simple steps to making freshly dried herbs for my spice drawer.

Here is a little trick I have picked up that saves me money without having to do much!


When you know you aren’t going to be using the rest of your fresh herbs before they will go bad simply pluck the leaves off.


Slice them up and toss them in the oven at 200F on wax paper or parchment paper. Bake for 5-13 minutes or until the herbs become crisp and crunchy. Then finely slice them all until they are just little itty bitty bits.


They are now ready to be put into a unused or empty spice jar you already own. && VWALA you now have saved money and used up the rest of your fresh plants that you would have thrown away after forgetting about them in the fridge -guilty-.

Continue to do this whenever you don’t use your herbs up and you are good to go!

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Thanks for reading, I hope this post spiced up your life a bit 😛 

Easy Cheesy

Am I the only one in love with cheese? Probably not.

If you know me at all you know I love eating delicious food… and I also make most of my meals in less than 15 minutes.

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Ingredients: 1 serving
Sliced Chicken
Cherry Tomatoes (you can totally use more.. I just didn’t have many today)
3 tbs of shredded kraft four cheese goodness
Skillet Tossed Asparagus or Handful of Steamed Green Beans (steam over boiling water)
Sliced up Mushrooms
(also if you have fresh pressed garlic or the minced garlic from a jar you can stir some of that in!)

While your asparagus/green beans are steaming cook your chicken. I recommend pre slicing the chicken, it cooks faster! Sprinkle with paprika, pepper, garlic and salt. Toss in the mushrooms so they become soft. After throw in the tomatoes, green beans and then stir in your cheese.

Pile on a top of noodles or whatever floats your boat. I also like to sprinkle fresh ground pepper and Trader Joes African Smoke Spice Seasoning.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!



I am a little addicted to making words combinations when it comes to naming my recipes.




1/2 Cup Oats
1 C Water
2-3 of of your favorite tea bags!
4-5 drops of stevia or 1 tbs baking stevia
1 tsp vanilla extract

How To:
Boil 1c water and steep the tea bags in for ~4 minutes or to whatever your tea box says. After mix the rest of the ingredients together and store in your fridge overnight!

The next morning you can enjoy a deliciously flavored bowl of oatmeal!

Question: Are you more of a tea or a coffee kind of person?

Anyone notice the new makeover. I am still fidgeting a bit with certain aspects of the layout but I hope you find it easier to navigate and pleasant to look at 😀

Hemp Seed Salad

The secret to amazing salads is lettuce, fruit, nuts and avocado. Combinations are endless! One of my favorites:


Spinach with strawberries, bell peppers, carrots and hemp seed. Sliced avocado on top with a drizzle of balsamic. I love mixing in spices to my balsamic! I usually grab the garlic and herb mrs. dash. Eat this as a snack or pile up some chicken and have a apple and call it a small lunch!

The Power of Hemp Seeds:
– For Vegans they contain 11g of protein for 3 tbs
– Contain all 10 essential amino acids
– anti inflammatory
– 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratios (healthy skin, nails and hair!)
– The GLA from the Omegas provide a healthy metabolism, reduce PMS, lighten inflammatory responses and lower cholestorol

You can read more about Hemp Seeds here & here

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