Hello! I’m Ariel…

I’m all about that healthy-ish lifestyle and my food is at the center of my universe. When I’m not cooking, eating, or photographing my food, you can catch me passing the time on the trails or playing with purr babies. Happy Eating!

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Falling for Fall Food

Falling for Fall Food

Fall is that time of year when you snuggle under a blanket and read a book.

Wrong.

That's winter. Come on people, fall is for FROLICKING! Fall is for stuffing as many leaves as you possibly can into your neighbor's mailbox. Fall is for lying when questioned about stuffing leaves into your neighbor's mailbox. Fall is for digging big holes in the backyard until you find your pet fish Ruby from 2004. Fall is for scaling the side of your house and propelling down on a vine like Tarzan while wearing only a dish cloth. Fall is for candles that smell like dirt and Bath & Body soap that comes out like whip cream. Most importantly, fall is for adding cinnamon to ANYTHING and calling it healthy. Let's review my eating highlights from this fall.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Coconut, Walnuts, and Chocolate Chips 

Say that 45 times fast!! To make these cakes simply roast a sweet potato until soft (oven at 425 for 60 minutes) and remove the skin. Add the potato to any pancake mix (I used Trader Joe's Multigrain Baking Mix) and throw in your favorite toppings. Top with maple syrup and drool. 

Warning: Trader Joe's sells crack, a.k.a PUMKPIN SPICE ROOIBOS tea. Pair this tea with your sweet potato pancakes and you're set for the highlife of sweet and sexy addiction. 

While we're on this Trader Joe's kick, here is a plate of their Pumpkin Ravioli with brown butter rosemary. Talk about cubism.

You're probably thinking that I'm sponsored by Trader Joe's and getting paid (in pumpkin spice rooibos tea) to write this post because I'm throwing them so many bones. Nope, I'm just a slave to their products. #notsponsered

My real obsession this fall is Run Fast. Eat Slow., a cookbook written by four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and her former UNC teammate and chef, Elyse Kopecky. The book focuses on "indulgent nourishment" and the importance of eating fat instead of fearing it. Between my mother, myself, and many of my teammates I think we've made almost every recipe in this book. All the more reason for you to buy it!!

One afternoon I brewed some of my crack tea (pumpkin spice rooibos in case you haven't caught on) and made these turmeric pepitas. They are perfect for afternoon snacking or...

...Cocoa-Coconut Macaroons!

These cookies are vegan and gluten-free, but certainly not flavor-free! There aren't many cookies here because I ate so much of the batter, which is made of ground coconut flakes, maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. These cookies are truly a hit with all my runner and non-runners friends. Alright let's finish this post off with something less healthy because...

"Everything in moderation, ESPECIALLY moderation homies. Come on eat some cake, will you?" - Oscar Wilde with an Ariel twist

Say hello to these pumpkin spice cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of toffee and oatmeal. I served these luxurious personal cakes at a team movie night and the girls ate them faster than they run some of their races (myself included). Someone should just leave this cupcake at the finish line and I think we would all run a lot faster. While you're at it, I'd also like some chips and guac and probably a smoothie. 

Go ahead and check out Run Fast. Eat Slow. and make yourself some of the beet hummus. I'll check back in with plenty more recipes from the book soon!

Happy eating and happy fall.

Cooking Show Premiere with Carbonara!

Cooking Show Premiere with Carbonara!

Gillian's Squirrelly Granola Bars

Gillian's Squirrelly Granola Bars