Healthy Snack Ideas (you’ve never heard before)

I’ve read dozens of “healthy-snack-idea” lists. Look up “healthy snacks” on Pinterest, and they’re all over the place. Most of these indexes include the same things you had in your lunchbox in first grade, like: aunts-on-a-log, peanut butter and apples, sting cheese, hard boiled eggs…  etc…etc… yawn… Over the years I’ve enjoyed 3 delicious snacks […]

New Blog Mantra…

Over the past 2 1/2 years I have had a new post on DrLill.com every single morning. Phew. For now, I’m taking a much needed breather. This is my new blog MANTRA: The new rule for myself is that I will only post when I am truly inspired. No more forcing it! Less re-posting! Much […]

I’m a purebred Ginger that LOVES sunscreen

I’m a purebred Ginger. My Dad has had BRIGHT ORANGE red hair and my Mom had strawberry blonde hair (now it’s a beautiful bright white). Both my parents have fair skin and freckles. I had NO hope. I’ve always been pale and freckled. It’s just how I am. I’ve grown to love my coloring…. but […]

Belle Chèvre in Elkmont, AL

(Picture taken at Tasia’s ADORABLE Puppy Party!) I recently visited Elkmont, AL to check out my friend’s new cheese tasting room. “Belle Chèvre. Cheese Shop and Tasting Room” It’s so cute and filled with delicious treats! We had a wonderful time. The next time life takes you to Elkmont, you must stop by the Belle […]

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review

(Sponsored) Coconut Oil– are you on the bandwagon yet? ♥ I jumped on the Coconut Oil bandwagon when I did the Whole30 challenge. It’s a much healthier option when it comes to cooking oils. And I must say, I really like using it. Tropical Tradition sent me a GIANT bottle of their oil to try. […]

Easy Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

I’ve seen muffins like this Pinned over and over again. They always look amazing, but I never quite liked the ingredient list. I decided to make my own. They are easy as can be. My recipe makes 6 dense muffins. INGREDIENTS: – 2 cups OATS – 1 cup ALMOND MILK – 2 smashed ripe BANANAS […]

(so easy) Protein Powder Fudge

Found this idea on A Dash of Meg!  I used a single serving of AboutTime  cake batter protein powder… Added sprinkles (for fun) A tbs. of vanilla instant pudding powder Then minimal water…slowly…until you get the consistency you want! To be completely honest… this was not THAT good to me. They are great if you really […]

Popsicles— the new cupcake?

During these hot summer months, you might crave something cold and refreshing… like a popsicle. That’s where Suzy Naumann comes in… Naumann is the owner of Pop Culture; a gourmet Popsicle business with a flair for local flavor. When I first met Suzy, she climbed out of a vintage baby blue Volkswagen Beetle with her […]

Black Coffee and Unsweetened Oatmeal

When I started my Whole30 challenge 30 days ago, I never (ever in a million years) would have guessed my celebratory meal of choice would be black coffee and unsweetened oatmeal. “Are you kidding me?”- the pre-Whole30 me would say. “Black coffee is disgusting and oatmeal with no sugar? Are you insane?!” Well, I’m not kidding […]

Pumpkin Cookie Dough

Eating globs of cookie dough by the spoonful (completely guilt free) is something dreams are made of! This doughy recipe of delight is something I made up during a sugar craving meltdown. Instead of reaching for a tray of place-and-bakes, I did a little research and made up these easy options that will cure any […]

Warmed Fig and Chicken Salad

Only 2 days to go until I’ve completed my Whole30 challenge! I’ve leaned a lot about cooking these past 28 days. I’ve bee channeling my wonderful (super southern) grandmother while I cook. Elizabeth Davenport Askins (Nanny) was THE BEST cook! She never measured anything… and her recipes always contained a “stick of buddah”…. I made […]

Grooms Cake “Ice Cream”

When I go to weddings, I’ve noticed the grooms cake is usually some mix of chocolate and peanut butter. That’s how I came up with the name for this AMAZING frozen treat!! And it’s so easy to make…. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU BROWN BANANAS, MAKE GROOMS-CAKE ICE CREAM! INGREDIENTS:  4 super ripe bananas 3 Tablespoons […]

Plum Crazy Salad!

I love simple salads. Here is one I made up this morning: Simply slice a plum (cut out the hard center with a pairing knife). Then layer prosciutto and arugula between the slices. Top up with a drizzle of olive oil! Easy and so delicious! What do you think?

Lemon Artichoke Chicken Pasta

Every time I searched “easy spaghetti squash recipe,” all kinds of really complicated recipes came up. They all required a bunch of spices and baking time…etc. I don’t know about y’all, but I like to throw together a good meal FAST, with minimal ingredients. So I just made up my own recipe…. Behold LEMON ARTICHOKE […]

My Paleo PB & J

I was craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today… …and this is what I came up with. It’s a groundbreaking invention….really.   ngredients: STRAWBERRY, SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER This will help me still stick with my WHOLE 30 challenge (only 9 more days!)!

Easy Whole30 Lunch Box

I wake up at 2am every morning. (Well….2:17am after a few visits with the snooze button) My work day starts at 3am! The morning show starts at 4:30am…. That means “camera ready” and WIDE AWAKE (preferably genuinely happy) by 4:20. Before my Whole30 endeavor; my morning was made up of a vending machine Starbucks “frappe” […]

Frozen Almond-Butter-Banana Minis

Easy snack for your meal prep day! Slice a banana into a mini-muffin pan. Cover some (or all) with melted almond butter. Put in a ZipLock and keep them in the freezer. Pop them out for a quick frozen treat. Beware- they thaw fast! 🙂  

Easy Baked Apple “Dessert” – Whole30 Approved

So easy. So healthy! Slice two apples and arrange in a brownie pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add dollops of coconut spread (taste like butter- but better for you). Bake on 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes! Yummmmmm!!!   **Note***  The word “dessert” is a bad word to the die-hard-whistle-blowers in the Whole30 community. […]

Whole30 Starbucks Order

So, what the heck do you order at Starbucks when you are on your Whole30? This was my breakfast/power snack this morning; a hard boiled egg and a (unsweetened) Passion Fruit Tea! The best thing to order is definitely an iced *UNSWEETENED* passion fruit tea while you’re on the Whole30. Black coffee is fine, but […]

Meal Preppin’

I’m a prepper now. I’m prepping for those terrible days when I’m hAngry and have nothing to eat. Sunday was my first time preppin’! I hard-boiled eggs, sliced and diced vegetables and made some egg muffins. Pretty excited! Hope I can keep the habit going! I also went all Chocolate Covered Katie and made some […]