Gingerbread Coffee

Gingerbread Coffee (Serves 2)gingerbread coffee

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the seasonal coffee flavors. Back in the day I lived for going to Starbucks and getting either a Gingerbread Latte or an Eggnog Latte (never a Peppermint Mocha because I despise mint chocolate). Now that I’m more conscious about what I put into my body, I make my own versions of these delicious coffee treats! Gingerbread Latte’s were my usual go-to, and this year I finally made my own version 😀 I included collagen peptides in mine, but this is optional. If you want to include it in yours, I use this one from Vital Proteins.

To make my Eggnog Coffee, I use So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog so that it’s dairy-free. While I normally don’t encourage drinking coconut milk from the carton (canned coconut milk doesn’t have all the added fillers that the carton has), this works fine when you want a Christmas treat. You can also use a grass-fed, dairy-based, real eggnog, such as Organic Valley, if you tolerate dairy well. I don’t have an actual recipe for this, I just pour it into my coffee & add 2 scoops of collagen 🙂

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Pumpkin Butter Recipe

pumpkin butter 2pumpkin butter 3Fall is in the air! I get so excited when fall rolls around because that means it’s time for PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! I love all the fall treats and apple cider, apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall fashion and just about everything fall has to offer. The only downside is that it’s followed by winter- which I hate.

This pumpkin butter recipe was inspired by the pumpkin butter that was served with the bread at a restaurant I ate at when I was in Virginia for NTA’s Business Summit this past August. My best friend was nice enough to join me on the 8 hours road trip to Virginia (even though she was not attending the Business Summit with me- best friend award goes to her) and since we’re both pumpkin-obsessed this was pretty much the highlight of our night. We even each bought our own container of it to-go. Since I pretty much know that stuff was not in any way a health food, I got to work on creating my own version made with nutrient-dense ingredients. My first attempt was not the smooth sailing win I expected it to be- the butter rose to the top in the fridge and hardened on top of the pumpkin mixture that remained. My next thought was, “okay, let me add an egg yolk and see if I can emulsify the mixture and make it blend together that way.” Boom. Nailed it. This stuff is delicious and the texture is perfect. This goes great on any gluten/grain-free breads, paleo bagels, crackers, etc. It’s also delicious in your coffee.Copyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email:

“Peanut Butter” Protein Shake (peanut-free)

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Do you suffer from peanut allergies? Let sunbutter come to your rescue! Sunbutter doesn’t taste exactly like peanut butter, but it’s a really great substitute. Peanut butter shakes are so creamy and delicious, which inspired me to make this one made with sunbutter. I have an obsession with the TV show Friends- like serious obsession. It’s my favorite show & my therapy when I’m feeling bad. You know like when you’re having one of those “isn’t that just kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck fantastic” kinda days. So naturally, my 3 (yes, 3!) Central Perk mugs are my favorites. This protein shake is super delicious, thick, & creamy. If you do fine with peanuts, you can go ahead and replace the sunbutter with peanut butter if you prefer.

<– This is the protein powder that I use. Click on it to order via my Amazon affiliate link.

<– This is the collagen that I use. Click on it to order via my Amazon affiliate link.


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Grain Free Tacos



Who needs Taco Bell when you can make these grain free tacos super quick AND not feel like you just died after you’re done eating?! I love Mexican food and I’m completely addicted to Siete Almond Flour Tortillas, so, naturally, I was excited to make some grain free tacos now that I don’t eat corn or flour tortillas anymore. I used Flavorgod Everything seasoning to whip these up quickly, and they were a big hit with my family. Betcha can’t wait for Taco Tuesday now. Although why wait until Tuesday?! Make them NOW 😉

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Strawberry Strudel Protein Shakes

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I started working out with a personal trainer about two months ago and he is kicking my ass! His workouts are super tough and I am LOVING it! I decided to try drinking protein shakes so I can help rebuild/repair my muscles after all the heavy lifting. After looking into different protein powders- egg white protein, beef protein, & whey protein, I decided grass-fed whey protein was the way to go. I normally avoid dairy as much as possible (I’ll indulge in some grass-fed cheese on weekends if I’m craving it), but the grass-fed whey that I chose seemed to be the best after reading the ingredients lists on multiple products, as well as customer product reviews.


<– This is the protein powder that I used. (Click on it to order via my Amazon Affiliate link)


I also included collagen protein in this shake because of it’s many health benefits, including: aids in healthy digestion, aids in joint health, promotes youthful skin, strong nails, healthier hair, strong bones, and helps to maintain a healthy weight.


<– This is the collagen that I used. (Click on it to order via my Amazon Affiliate link)


The Flavorgod Chocolate Donut seasoning that I used is a limited edition flavor. If you are unable to get your hands on it you can replace it with cacao powder and a little honey if it’s not sweet enough.


I’m normally not much of a smoothie or shake person, but I must say this Strawberry Strudel Protein Shake I made was delicious.

*Note to self: Do not drink the whole protein shake in under 5 minutes unless you’re willing to suffer the major stomachache/nausea* (Once that passed, I did feel pretty great)


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Paleo Chocolate Pudding Pie (Nut-Free)

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Growing up, for every holiday my grandma would always make tons of food. She would make spanokopita from scratch (which the whole family would devour) and tons of desserts to bring over. One of my favorite desserts that she would make was Chocolate Pudding Pie. I always looked forward to it with her homemade whipped cream on top. After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, we started buying spanokopita from Greek shops and there was no more of her homemade pies, cakes, and cookies. My grandma loved to cook and to bake. When I was a little girl, I used to go over to her house with my sister and we would bake all sorts of treats together from scratch. If she had never gotten Alzheimer’s, I bet I would’ve learned so much from her about baking and cooking. I was still pretty young when my grandma first started getting Alzheimer’s, so unfortunately we missed out on the deeper bond we could’ve shared together. But, even though I was young, I’ll never forget the memories I have of her when she was healthy. Witnessing this horrible disease firsthand motivates me more to continue spreading awareness about the importance of proper diet and lifestyle in avoiding the chronic diseases that plague our society. My grandma lost her battle with Alzheimer’s this past summer. So, in her honor, I’ve created a healthier version of her Chocolate Pudding Pie. Now we can enjoy a Chocolate Pudding Pie that our bodies will love too, while reminiscing about great family traditions! I hope you enjoy this pie as much as I do! It’s not that sweet, so if you like sweeter desserts add in more coconut sugar/maple syrup. For the crust, I used Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour.

For the filling, I used –>(Click to order via my Amazon Affiliate link)

(The green one won’t work for this recipe because it doesn’t gel)


If this recipe seems intimidating for you, I made a demo to show you step by step how to do it: Click here to watch demonstration

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