Recipe: Orange Chia Seed Pancakes

I love pancakes for a few reasons the top one being they are super easy to make.  I love to make a large batch and put the extra in the freezer for the rest of the week.  They are also easy to make your own.  Changing flavors is fun like throwing in blueberries, chocolate chips, or strawberries.  For me I have been working on trying to make a yummy vegan gluten-free pancake and found a great resource at  I’ve adapted her recipe a bit to make these pancakes and I warn you they are very yummy so sticking with only two, three okay four of them is tough.


Orange Chia Seed Pancakes
Gluten Free, Vegan

Makes approx 15 3.5″ pancakes

1 1/4 Cup AP Gluten Free Flour
1 T Chia Seeds
2 T Brown Rice Syrup
2t Baking Powder
2t Ground Cinnamon
1t Vanilla Extract
1/4t Salt
1/4 Cup Applesauce or Oil
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk (I used vanilla flax)

1. Mix everything together in a bowl (you could do it the right way with liquids in one and dry in another but I say just go for it, less dishes too)

2. Cook on a griddle or pan on med. high heat

3. Enjoy

Super easy, super yummy, and super cheap!  What do you like to top your pancakes with?


Life With A Baby


Life for me has changed dramatically since little M has entered the world.  I knew life would change but you can’t really prepare for how much when you really don’t know.  I mean I should get a gold star for the few times baby M let’s me go to the bathroom without screaming at me!  I also a new stay at home mom and I can tell you it’s one of the hardest yet most rewarding jobs I have ever had!  With all these changes I am slowly learning how to take care of me.  Yes first time moms to be you need to relearn how to take care of yourself and not feel guilty about it.  What that means is it’s time for me to get back into shape, start brushing my hair, and just maybe putting on real clothes and not sweats all day.


I recently became a BeachBody Coach not only to make my family some money but to start working out.  In the past I have loved all their products and I know how well they work.  I recently signed up with a challenge pack which is a workout series plus shakeology.  I was skeptical of shakeology but after doing a lot of research and talking with others I have found it to be an awesome tool in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  My goal is to lose the last 20 pounds I gained with my son.  I gained over 40 total but the first 20 pretty much fell off.  I also want to tone up my body, since it has become one jiggly mess.


I am also working more on my business.  I am a holistic health coach that prior to M being born was working on setting up so that I could do it from home.  This is another reason why I am excited about BeachBody.  It is going to be a great addition to helping others through their wellness journey.  So this Mamma is putting her going out in public pants and starting to figure out this whole working at home, having a baby, and living life.

Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit….

Protein, it’s a word you hear often in the health and wellness business.  Many people rely on animals as their main source of protein but many forget that there are many plant-based sources out there.  I eat about a 90% vegan diet (working toward 100%) and one of my main sources of protein is beans.  There are so many different varieties and are easy to incorporate into your diet.  Many people shutter though at the thought of using dried beans (this is actually my favorite way to make beans).  I love using dried beans for a few reasons.  One, they are CHEAP!  You can get two to three maybe even more times the amount of beans if you buy dried then if you buy canned.  Two, you do not have to worry about BPA like you do with canned beans.  Three, I have an easy way to make a lot of beans that don’t require soaking like the traditional method.  Four, it’s easy to make a lot then freeze for future meals.


So what is my easy way to make beans?  I use the crock pot.  Yes, you read that right… the crock pot.  So far I have used this method for garbanzo or chickpeas and it works great.  Seriously!  So how do you do it?  Take your dried beans, pick over them, then rinse them. Place them in your crock pot and cover with about 3 inches of water (remember beans expand so make sure you leave enough room).  Set on low and in 6 hours you have perfect beans.  I let them cool then put in baggies in 2 cup increments and put in my freezer.  I use my small crock pot which is a 2.5 quart and put 2 cups dried beans which makes just over 4 cups cooked. See, I told you… easy.  So give it a try!

What’s your favorite bean dish?

What is your goal?


Life has a way of changing your priorities, wants and needs.  Life has definitely changed mine!  3 months ago I welcomed a beautiful wonderful little boy into this world and with that amazing experience life certainly changed!  I went from working full time to becoming a stay at home mom!  I love it but I can tell you it can be stressful going down to one income.

Right before he was born I had graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition with a certificate in Health Coaching.  I love helping people, I always have and I can say that I am very excited to be a small business owner.  I call myself a holistic health coach.  This means I look for natural, healthy ways to improve your wellness goals.  I utilize essential oils from Young Living, nutritional health (I studied over 200 dietary theories at IIN), and recently BeachBody.

I believe that I now have a well rounded group of tools to help people work on not only their physical wellness but their spiritual, mental, and emotional wellness too!  So what is my goal?  To be able to help other reach and achieve their wellness goals.  It’s something I love to do and I cannot wait to help people.  This blog will not only have tidbits, recipes, and articles for people but also my wellness journey.