EAT! Food and Drink

Again.. Y’all KNOW I love local places that have paleo/gluten free options and I found one that’s literally 8 minutes down the road. A new hip spot called EAT! It’s in the lively shopping centers across from Flatirons Mall seated on the edge of Broomfield.

When you first walk in, you’re greeted by an industrial rustic vibe and friendly staff! The menu is full of classic brunch foods with unique twists, but don’t be fooled because they also provide health conscience items to meet your dietary needs!

They had amazing sweet potato fries and were able to provide us with gluten-free options for our burgers! *They had three different GF bread options, how awesome is that?!

Their drink menu also included some very unique recipes that were delicious additions to our brunch! (They grew the mint in house and used it for their drink infusions.. I love that!)

As amazing as the food and people were at the restaurant (Talking about you David and Alex!) the thing that really stood out to me was their amazing kid’s menu. It doubled as an activity booklet that used a PENNY as the writing utensil.. How eco-friendly is that! No waste, no chemicals.. Just a penny. I love it and I am hooked on that idea!

We’ll absolutely be back again – The hospitality and atmosphere makes you feel as though you’re in a hip downtown eatery but it’s in our own backyard and it’s super kid friendly! Thanks EAT!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.)

Sun Basket Meal Delivery

Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Bear in mind that I link this company because of my genuine belief in their service and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases!

Y’all already know my insane obsession with eating paleo – But now that I’ve had my twins it’s becoming increasingly harder to stay on track when I am busy tending to my home and my three little princes.

But, I need to make sure I also tend to myself so that I’ve got enough energy and strength for my kids, so I decided to begin a meal delivery service to give myself a little break AND help stay on my health track! I’ve tried several companies before but none of them could quite give me the paleo options that my family needed.

That’s when I found Sun Basket and it seemed as though it was made for me. They locally source all of their meats, all of their packaging materials (Besides the ice packs) are completely recyclable and they have many different diet accommodations!

Soon I’ll be posting all about our new delicious paleo recipes that I would’ve probably never thought of because I’d have to hunt the aisles for ingredients and take the time to prep (Which I don’t have at all) so be on the lookout for delicious recipes and pictures SOON.

I loved them so much I actually began a partnership with them! So NOW I’m able to give my readers $80 OFF their first 3 orders! That’s $80 off incredible, nutritious foods that makes life easier. Treat yourself y’all – Try it here!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)

Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup

My Hubby and I are mega sick with something.. Our coughing has been so bad it’s nearly impossible to sleep at night. So I ran to the grocery store today to grab some ingredients to make some homemade paleo chicken noodle soup..

And well, it turned out INCREDIBLE and has already helped the inflammation in our throats. Try it out if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to a classic cold remedy!

Try it for yourself and tell me if it helped you at all with an illness or if you made any changes! xoxo

Air Fried Paleo Wings

Y’all – Just got my new air fryer for Christmas and it’s AMAZING. You can throw nearly anything in there and cook it health-ily in half the time! Our first experiment was with chicken wings and OMG they were the best tasting wings I’ve ever had.. (Not to toot my own horn ūüėČ )

We bought the Cooks 2.5L Air Fryer from JCPenney for $49.99 and it works fantastic!

I wish I could add more photos and details to this post but it’s literally just that easy that it only takes a few paragraphs! We made two batches: Half BBQ and half buffalo. In each bowl we threw our wings in that we had bought from Sprouts then seasoned them with salt, pepper and cajun seasoning then topped them with paleo-friendly sauces!

I set our air fryer to 360¬įF, placed the wings in the basket evenly and cooked them for 15 minutes. It could fit about 7-8 wings and we had 15 so it worked out perfect for each batch. We removed them from the basket and they were cooked completely through! The skin was incredibly crispy and flavorful (Without the need of deep frying!)

We’re officially hooked and already trying to figure out what ELSE we could make with it! We are running back to the store today to grab some more wings so we can make some for some friends coming over for the Cowboys Playoff game and I cannot wait for someone else to try them out!

What are some recipes you love to make in the air fryer? Would love some more paleo suggestions!

Dinosaur Birthday Party

Like a ton of other little kids his age Hudson is obsessed with dinosaurs.¬†So it was a definite theme for his 3rd birthday! We decided to do it at the WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette, CO – It’s small enough where we won’t be overwhelmed but the kids can still have tons to do and it’s large enough for us to hold all of our close friends and family. ūüôā

Their prices were great for a 2 hour session (This was my first time doing an “outside of the house” party so I was excited it was affordable ūüėČ ) and they helped so much with the set up! Y’all know how thrifty I am so I decided to ask around my local Facebook Mom groups and found ALL of my dinosaur decorations for FREE. I was pretty proud considering it turned out looking uh-mazing!¬†

The room was large enough for 20 people with space to spare and there TONS of tables for food, gifts, cake, etc.

Sprouts Farmers Market has the best catering platters!!! I grabbed 6: A veggie tray, a fruit tray, a sandwich tray, a dessert tray and a breakfast tray. They were all amazing, affordable for how much you got and they were a HIT. Anyone with any kind of food restrictions had plenty to eat which is obviously important to us as paleo eaters!

One of my favorite parts of this party planning was getting him a custom cake made by a local baker.. She does some AMAZING work and I’m SO happy I trusted her to make his cake! She made Hudson an AWESOME dinosaur cake and he LOVED it (Then she made this preggo Mama an INCREDIBLE carrot cake and omg it was gone in minutes haha!)

Hudson’s looking at this picture right now and really wants it.. haha!

Her bakery is located in Broomfield, CO and has the CUTEST name! The Book Tree Bakery! Contact her if you’re ever looking for any baked goods – You’ll be amazed¬†‚Ě•

At the end of the party we passed out little goody bags with different dinosaurs printed on them and each kid/adult got their own healthy snacks to take home РAnd my favorites, of course! SunRype Fruit Strips and Made in Nature snacks!

Everyone had such a blast and most importantly so did my little three year old! Highly recommend ALL of these places and goodies to anyone hosting a birthday party in the Colorado area! (Or anywhere else ūüėČ )

(I was compensated for some of the aspects of this post, but all opinions are my own!)

Paleo Green Chili

It’s falllllllllllll! In excitement decided to reshare this amazing green chili recipe I created last year since the weather is cooling down¬†‚Ě•

Was recently asked what my favorite paleo meal is. I would say 100% it’s my homemade green chili and gluten-free rolls.. Try them for yourself!

Simplykaraliz’ Paleo Green Chili

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  • 1 lbs of Shredded Pork or Any meat of your choice (Mine was leftovers from Crockpot Pork I made)
  • 7 Hatch Green Chilis
  • 2 1/2 cups Organic Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Cilantro, half bunch
  • 1 can of diced green chilies
  • Handful /¬†Or¬†1 Full Jalape√Īo
  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt
  1. In a large pot, melt your coconut oil and add your diced onions and minced garlic. Cook until your onions are brown.
  2. Add the cumin, paprika and black pepper to the mixture and combine.
  3. Add your chicken broth and meat, bring to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer.
  5. Cut up your chilis and peppers (if applicable) and throw into pan. Cook them until blackened.
  6. Put chilis, jalape√Īos,¬†juice from your lime and cilantro into the blender to desired consistency (I like mine smooth but a little bit chunky)
  7. Add your blend and your can of diced green chilis to the pot and allow to simmer for 1 hour.

(Anymore time will make it really dry, can add more broth at any point if needed)


Chebe Bread ‚ÄstRolls

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  • Chebe Focaccia Bread Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp Almond Milk

Follow directions on the box ‚Äď However, if you want the rolls: Oil a muffin pan and place pieces of the batter in the bottom of each muffin tin and spread till it fills the bottom. And bake for 25 minutes at 375¬įF.

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Obvsies y’all know we’re a healthy eating family. I hate the idea of sending my kids to school or activities with a stomach full of processed gunk. We pack the healthy lunches with energy producing sides to make sure they don’t crash and can continue to thrive in school… Well what about when they get home? You’re exhausted from your day and your kids are bouncing off the walls..

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It can seem difficult to find the motivation to prepare a nutritional meal for your family but when there are options that are healthy and¬†just¬†as easy as processed foods then you’ve GOT to choose the healthy route – There’s not excuse at that point!

Currently, my favorite healthy side for my kids’ dinners are Rollin’ Greens’ Millet Tots!! They’re delicious tater tots made from only good ingredients and millet,¬†an ancient grain! They taste delicious, take the same amount of time and are¬†easypeasy!¬†(And what don’t tots go with? ūüėõ )

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So if you’re looking for a delicious side alternative for lunches or dinners try the Rollin Greens’ tots! There are three delicious flavors so you can switch it up and see what they¬†and you like best!

They’re available in the freezer aisle at your local Sprouts Farmers Market!

‚Üď They’ll be changing their packaging soon so be on the lookout for these beauts!¬†‚Üď

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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Flower Child Begins Serving Up Healthy Food in Boulder August 22

Flower Child Рa restaurant that serves made-to-order, healthy food in a fast-casual setting Рis opening on Wednesday, August 22 in Boulder at 2580 Arapahoe Avenue! The restaurant offers conveniently nutritious and delicious dishes, including salads, hummus, soups, plates, bowls, wraps and a kids menu in a light and airy environment with modern bohemian decor. Flower Child is celebrating its opening by donating a portion of proceeds from grand opening day to local non-profit Boulder Food Rescue and providing several local-inspired giveaways for its first customers.

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‚ÄúOur mission at Flower Child is to provide healthy food for a happy world, and to us, that starts at the community-level where our restaurants are located,‚ÄĚ said Sam Fox, Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre excited to be in Boulder and support locals‚Äô active lifestyles with our nutritious menu. Similarly, our partnership with Boulder Food Rescue is a natural fit as they are focused on a less wasteful food system and providing healthy food options to low-income individuals.‚ÄĚ

To invite guests in on opening day, Flower Child will be hosting several giveaways on August 22 including: 

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Handing out complimentary flower bouquets from Boulder Gardens Florist to 300 lucky guests

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Distributing flower seed lollipops from Amborella Organics. Eat the lollipop and plant the stick in your garden for a flower or herb surprise!

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sampling Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha throughout the day, which is available on tap daily at the store

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Flower Child features vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free menu items. Guests also have the option to add all-natural chicken, sustainable salmon, grass-fed steak and organic non-GMO tofu to their meal. The menu is divided into six categories including: Salads, Hummus & Soups, Plates, Bowls, Whole Grain Wraps and a Healthy Kids menu. Guests can order organic juices, organic cold brew on tap, coffee, seasonal lemonades, organic wine, local beer or signature kombucha on tap. Each menu item is made-to-order, fresh from scratch in a full-service kitchen.

Some signature dishes include:

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Skinny Cobb Salad¬†¬†romaine, arugula, red cabbage, avocado, tomato, cucumber, crunchy corn, pickled onion, smoked almond, gorgonzola vinaigrette¬†

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Mother Earth Bowl¬†– ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto,¬†charred onions, leafy greens, red pepper miso vinaigrette, hemp seed

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Vegan Poke¬†–¬†marinated beet, avocado, pickled mushroom, cucumber, radish, wasabi pea, smoked dulse, brown rice, spicy ponzu

‚󏬆¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The Rebel Wrap –¬†grass-fed steak, charred onion, port salut cheese, arugula, horseradish yogurt

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The restaurant space seats 68 and includes decorative tile, painted brick, bright stone tables, and greenery throughout. A large mural is painted on the outside wall of the restaurant next to the patio, which seats 28 customers.

For opening day, Flower Child has partnered with Boulder Food Rescue (BFR). The non-profit organization’s goal is to create a more just and less wasteful food system. BFR facilitates the sustainable redistribution of healthy food to agencies who service low-income individuals and participatory No-Cost grocery programs.

To further celebrate its opening, the restaurant is hosting a lemonade stand on Saturday, August 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of McGuckin Hardware, giving away free lemonade samples and Flower Child swag. McGuckin Hardware is located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder.

Flower Child will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 2580 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, Colo.

For more information visit http://www.iamaflowerchild.com, follow them on Instagram @eatflowerchild and like them on facebook.com/eatflowerchild.

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Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar Launches New Sunday Brunch with Italian-Inspired Menu

My FAVORITE Denver restaurant РMarcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar, located in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, is thrilled to announce the launch of Sunday brunch featuring chef-driven cuisine inspired by authentic Italian recipes. The menu includes shareable antipasti, hot and cold plates, pizzas, soups, salads, pastas and delicious brunch entrees. There will be Sangria Sundays, $20/person bottomless; Bellinis, mimosas and bloody Mary’s in addition to Italian wines, handcrafted cocktails and local beer. To kick-off brunch, the restaurant will offer bottomless sangria for just $10 on Sunday, August 19 and Sunday, August 26.

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‚ÄúBrunch has become a widely popular event for locals and visitors alike,‚ÄĚ said Dain Cooke, general manager at Marcella‚Äôs. ‚ÄúWe are thrilled to bring it to our LoHi location and offer guests a chef-driven menu with Italian-inspired twists. From brunch celebrations and day parties to family and communal gatherings, our Sunday brunch has something special for everyone.‚ÄĚ

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The brunch menu includes specialties like: a Nutella Waffle with chocolate, hazelnut and whipped butter; a Ricotta Crespelle with crepes, macerated strawberries and marcona almonds; and Short Rib Hash with Yukon gold potatoes, pepperonata and sweet garlic sauce. In addition, there are such items as Truffle Eggs with poached eggs, toasted ciabatta and taleggio as well as Shrimp Polenta with poached eggs, toasted garlic, tomato and basil.

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Marcella’s seats 152 guests inside and 40 guests on the patio, which faces downtown Denver. The large patio offers unobstructed views of the city. Marcella’s is located at 1801 Central Street in LoHi. Free parking is available in the Centric building where the restaurant is located and complimentary valet is available on weekends for dinnertime.

Marcella’s is open Monday-Thursday from 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3-9 p.m. On Denver Broncos home game Sundays, Marcella’s will open at 9 a.m.

For more information visit marcellasrestaurant.com or follow them on Instagram @Marcellasdenver.

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ABOUT MARCELLA’S RISTORANTE, PIZZERIA & WINE BAR

Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar, located in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, is a bustling Italian café featuring chef-driven cuisine inspired by authentic Italian recipes and serving Italian wines, handcrafted cocktails and local beer. The restaurant offers shareable antipasti, hot and cold plates, pizzas, pastas and entrees. Marcella’s bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino, as well as handcrafted cocktails and weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The restaurant is located at 1801 Central Street in Denver and is open for dinner Monday-Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday for dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight; and dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Denver Broncos home game days the restaurant will open at 9 a.m. For more information visit marcellasrestaurant.com or follow us on Instagram @Marcellasdenver.

Birch Benders

As y’all already know – We’re big paleo eaters. It’s been amazing for our health but it can be a little challenging at times when cravings kick in. A big one in my family is waffles and pancakes. Hudson is¬†obsessed¬†with waffles and the kids always want pancakes on the weekends. However, I really¬†hate using regular sugar and flour – So much bleach, gunk and chemicals, so I would take forever trying to make paleo pancakes and they’d only come out “okay”.

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But when I stumbled across a Birch Benders’ Paleo Waffle/Pancake mix in Sprouts I was SO excited. “Only Add Water¬†SO much easier than 20 minutes worth of trying to get the consistency and taste justtt right.

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Well.. 2 years later and it is a staple in our home. That long being a customer and I happened to get an invite to an exclusive writer’s event thanks to Sprouts to Birch Bender’s Denver office!!¬†I was literally giddy!

Once we got there we were greeted by the sweetest people ever РTheir employees were so friendly, really passionate about their product and just happy with life (I would too if I worked for such a fun company!)

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The event was hosted by Sprouts and as usual they supplied delicious meals and drinks!¬†Thanks Sprouts, y’all are¬†the¬†best!

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Now.. Something I hadn’t known (Not sure HOW) was that they had created some DELICIOUS new products – Frozen Waffles!! Even PALEO waffles which they had learned to make straight from master waffle makers in Belgium.. How amazing it that?! They were so dedicated to creating delicious and healthy waffles that they searched all over the world. That is a company I love to support!

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Now I had a delicious, REALLY quick option for Hudson for breakfast since he’s obsessed with waffles! (And not just any kind… But specifically the frozen kind, because it’s an on-the-go-can-hold-it-while-I-am-rambunctious kind of waffle.. LOL) They taste just like a normal waffle but fill my children’s tummies with the good, wholesome ingredients they deserve.

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Their theme for the event was Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches.¬†They had a whole bar set up ready with all their new waffle types, different ice cream options and toppings. It was so delicious and brilliant – Decided I am going to do this for Hudson’s birthday party in November at the Colorado Railroad Museum! It’s going to be SO fun, so you’ll be seeing more of these kinds of photos soon ūüėČ

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Birch Benders is such an amazing company – Not just because of their delicious products but because of their passion behind it. We’ve been their fans for 2 years now but this event has only exacerbated this.. We’ll forever be Birch Benderites and we’re so proud they’re in our gorgeous state!

_20180717_182333Thanks Sprouts and Birch Benders for such an amazing experience!