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Best of August 2014

August 29, 2014

First off, thank you ALL so much for your birthday wishes on Wednesday. How in the world I got so lucky is beyond me. If I could have baked a cupcake for every single one of you I would have. Special shout-out to Arman, Alexis and Lee who glutened themselves on my behalf!

Not to freak you out or anything, but word’s out that August is almost done. I still have two big tasks to tackle before it draws to a close though, one involving pickling and the other includes a Pinterest hairdo that might require the hands of 3 people to pull-off. I’ll let you know how both of them go down.

best of august-collageIn the meantime, let’s recap another epic month on THM! A month where I bared my soul, ate more sweets than I thought possible, swam in the ocean and announced that I am officially blogging full-time. To say that August has been the craziest month yet would be an understatement. Although September you’re looking pretty nuts as well…

your August favsFor the first time ever, the most popular post on THM this month had nothing to do with food. I was truly astounded by the incredible support and feedback I received on my post on “The Secret To Skinny“. It took me a long time to get the words out but I can say with certainty that it was one of the most relieving things I have ever done. To all of you who commented, sent emails, or shared the post, THANK YOU. I hope together we can all change the game and encourage women (and men!) to focus on health and not abs.

secret to skinnyI’m fairly certain that thigh gaps don’t go well with this Cookies & Cream Banana Soft Serve and clearly I’m not the only person who feels this way. You guys have been loving this recipe and I am so not surprised by this. It’s my favourite recipe of the month too!

Cookies and Cream Banana Soft Serve - a healthy dairy-free treat without the extra serving of guilt! // thehealthymaven.com #glutenfree #dairyfree #icecream #paleo #vegan

 

I was just easing my way in with the chocolate and then BAM I hit you with these bad boys. I brought these Grain-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with me to Boston and they were a huge hit. Go make them and then freeze a bunch. Or just eat them all straight out of the oven. Whatever floats your boat…

grain-free chocolate zucchini muffins- delicious #grainfree muffins made with almond meal and coconut flour and sweetened with honey! // thehealthymaven.com #paleo #glutenfreeEven though I will always be a vanilla girl (do what you will with this statement) I just couldn’t stop with the chocolate. Mostly because it is the best way to mask hiding sweet potato and spinach in your kiddos Two-Bite Brownies. I’ve had lots of requests for hidden veggie recipes so I hope this appeased some of you!

Hidden Veggies Two-Bite Brownies + A healthy back-to-school menu to please kids and adults alike! // thehealthymaven.comAnd appease I will because I am now officially a FULL-TIME BLOGGER AHHHHHH! I announced that I have taken on THM as a full-time job this month so I guess there is no turning back. Hold me.

yes I blog full timeOnto my favourites from August…

my august favsIn terms of savoury recipes these Spicy Zucchini Black Bean Burgers were a total winner! I ate them 4 days in a row. With an insane curly fry recipe I have coming up on Sunday. Hold onto your horses cause shiz is getting crazy!

Spicy Zucchini Black Bean Burgers- a flavourful veggie burger packed full of plant protein and greens! // thehealthymaven.com #vegetarian #burgerThe highlight of my month (besides hearing there may be a Full House reunion!!!!) was definitely my visit to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. Nothing like seeing old friends and family to truly refresh your soul. Also lobster on the beach…enough said.

B and MV 2014The lowlight of this month is realizing I am going to have to wait another year for peach season to return. I think I got my last batch at the farmer’s market yesterday and you better bet these Peach and Coconut Oatmeal Cookies will be happening again!

Peach and Coconut Oatmeal CookiesAnd to continue my series on blogging as a business, I wrote up a list of some of the downsides to blogging. It was really interesting to see how many of you could relate. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE blogging but it has it’s bad days too.

The Cons of Blogging-What you may not realize before starting your blog...helpful tips on things you should consider before becoming a full-time blogger! // thehealthymaven.comIf this recipe looks a little unfamiliar to ya, that’s because it is! My fellow canuck, Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic has been off enjoying some R&R with her son and asked a few of us bloggers to step in for her themed Booze Week. You better bet I jumped at the opportunity to create a healthy cocktail for her and I think I pulled it off with this Strawberry Ginger Kale Daiquiri. Trust me, you won’t taste the kale (or the rum for that matter…). P.S. She’s hosting an awesome boozy giveaway too!

Strawberry Ginger Kale Daiquiri-Text

And now onto the craziness that will be September…

Coming up in september-Per your request, more blogging tips! As part of my blogging as a business series I so far have the following posts lined up: The pros of blogging, A day in the life style post, how to make money blogging and worthwhile investments for your blog. Let me know if there’s more you would like me to cover!

-Fall recipes. Think pumpkin, apples, pears and squash! I’m not ready to give up my summer berries just yet though.

-A trip to Minneapolis! I know what you’re thinking, “weren’t you just in Minneapolis?!” Yes, I was. But this time is for business! Lee and I have some MAJOR plans brewing so I’ll be there for a week to hash them out. Icing on the cake is getting to see C’s family too!

-Another round-up with ma ladies. Seriously, I couldn’t ask for better gals to work with.

-I have another super fun idea that I would love to play out in September but with the travelling and the Jewish holidays I’m not sure I’ll have the time. I’ll keep you posted though!

What were your August highlights? What are you looking forward to in September?

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    August 29, 2014 at 6:34 am

    HI FROM MELBOURNE!!!!

    Niki would say hi too but she’s busy eating jelly belly beans. We legit just had dinner and went to a candy store.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Single Serving Gluten Free Breakfast Cookies

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    Ann
    August 29, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Full House reunion, are you kidding me??? BEST NEWS EVER!! 😀 I loved this series sooo much!
    Looking forward to apple recipes. Can you make a stuffed apple recipe?
    I’m looking forward to 2 weeks completely off, 3 weeks (i.e. 1 week of October) internship at a girl’s school, and I’m SO looking forward to October actually! Holiday time!
    Good luck for your full time blogging 🙂

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    August 29, 2014 at 6:43 am

    HOW DID I MISS THAT DAQUIRI?! I am going to check that out right now. Loved all these post girl, you’re rockin it! Have a great weekend!

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    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    August 29, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Omg PLEASE tell me how to make pumpkin taste good. I know it’s a sin to say but I just can’t get myself to like it, I think I’m doing it all wrong… And I have a can sitting in my cupboard looking at me!
    September I move to London and go back to school to start my MA! Scary, exciting, terrifying and wonderful all at the same time 🙂
    Pip {Cherries & Chisme} recently posted…My Bucket List – Dreaming Big

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    Joanne
    August 29, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Ummm that daiquiri. Happening in my weekend.

    And UGH HOW IS AUGUST OVER?! If fall weren’t coming up next…I think my head might explode. But at least I love fall.
    Joanne recently posted…Spiced Plum Streusel Cake with Toffee Glaze

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    August 29, 2014 at 7:51 am

    That daiquiri! I’m going to sound like everyone else and say LOOKS SO FREAKING GOOD. I also had no idea how to spell daiquiri…..
    Erin @ The Almond Eater recently posted…I Quit.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      you don’t even want to know how many times I messed it up…

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    Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit
    August 29, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I NEED TO WEAR SWEATERS OUTSIDE NOW!!!!
    I am SO utterly sad about that. Please don’t come September!!! Except for all the fun fall food and smells and sites and clothes.
    Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit recently posted…Is your insulin making you fat?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 29, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      I knowwwww I’m so torn!!! I want all the pumpkin but I can’t handle the idea of putting away my shorts 🙁

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    August 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    You had quite a month, girlfran! I made your cheesy cauli AND bean burgs…both were delish OBVIIII!
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted…What I Ate Thursday

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    August 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

    So many great recipes for August! And I still can’t tell you how impressed I am that you are managing to blog as a full-time job! That’s a complete dream for me!
    Christine@ Apple of My Eye recently posted…Easy Crispy Pork Wontons

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    August 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Girl…I have no idea how I missed that Daiquiri but that is EXACTLY what I need to whip up this long weekend!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…No Grain 4 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

      DO IT!!!! I will be having 20 of them to compensate for the fact that summer is ending. Devastated wahhhhh!

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    Cassie
    August 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I want to make your bean burgers, I was totally out of black beans, isn’t that nuts? Can we not give up summer berries just yet??? Or ever? Or peaches??
    Cassie recently posted…Now Trending – Best Links Week of 8.25

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    August 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Yaaaaaayyyyy I’m glad to know that you had such a fun birthday! Is it too late to stuff my face with cupcakes now???
    I loooove that cookies and cream soft serve – how come I missed it? :O
    Consuelo – Honey & Figs recently posted…Spinach Feta Pesto Tortellini Salad

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    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde
    August 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    What a month you’ve had!!! I’m still so thrilled that you’re going to be blogging full-time and I think this means we need to build a bridge between Toronto & LA so we can make an office together & have blogging lunches together etc (and I’ll eat all your g-free chocolate recipes since you’re a vanilla person…) and HOW did I miss your Secret to Skinny post? Going to read it right now! Hope you had the best birthday, and happy long weekend! Xox
    Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde recently posted…Recovery Series #2 // Carrie Forrest

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    Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    August 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I recently started reading your blog – and I love it! Your energy is amazing – just put me in a good mood (and I’m at work doing mind numbing stuff!)… Thanks for the great posts and I look forward hearing your tips for blogging! Enjoy your weekend!
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors recently posted…Guilt Free Survival: The Holiday Weekend

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    Amanda DeWitt @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    August 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Noooo August can’t be over yet!! Still so much to do!

    Yay for Minneapolis trip! Have fun hanging with Lee! And checking out her billboards all over the cities!! #celebritystatus
    Amanda DeWitt @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted…Skoop Giveaway + Frozen Strawberry Protein Frappuccino

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    Casey @ Casey the College Celiac
    August 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    August highlights were definitely hanging out with friends from high school and connecting with gluten free companies on the blog! September – I’m headed back to college for sophomore year!!
    Casey @ Casey the College Celiac recently posted…Canyon Bakehouse Review and Giveaway

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      That’s awesome! Congrats on a successful August 🙂 Good luck back at school, lovely!

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    Jen
    August 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Congrats on your new full time job! Keep us posted on how it’s going! I’d love to be brave enough to do it too!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Aw thank you Jen 🙂 Will definitely keep you posted!

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    Kim
    August 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I would say that August was a pretty great month for you!!!
    I loved reading about your travels (that was August, right?!).
    Kim recently posted…BlogLovin’ Please be Nice

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    Brittany
    August 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I am still lusting over that cookies and cream soft serve. LUSTING SO HARD. I am ready for September, because it’s one month away from October. October is my FAVORITE.
    Brittany recently posted…Walk the Katwalk

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    Nicole @ Squash on Squash
    August 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Ahh can’t wait for blogging tips and fall recipes!
    Also I’m currently in love with peaches, and I think I’m going to have to make those peach oatmeal cookies this weekend. They look amazing!
    Nicole @ Squash on Squash recently posted…Friday Favourites #8: Salads and Overnight Oats

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com
    August 30, 2014 at 10:47 am

    These are great!! What a wonderful August!! The recipes look amazing!! (especially the ice cream one!) YUM! Excited to checkout the Secret to Skinny post! 🙂 You’re sooooo right though… we need to focus on HEALTH!
    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com recently posted…Saturday Superfood- CHOCOLATE!!

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    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    August 31, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Can I just say that I’m waiting on pins and needles for your fall recipes 🙂 I’m so excited for these next few months! They are a foodie’s dream 🙂
    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted…thursday thoughts: yoga sculpt and the bottomless pit #blessed

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    Britt@MyOwnBalance
    September 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Ooo that kale drink looks yummy! Must file that one away! 🙂

    August was amazing month and I’m looking forward to my official babymoon in September! I love what you have in store!
    Britt@MyOwnBalance recently posted…Maternity Fashion Part II

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    September 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 7, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Congrats on another amazing month! I can’t believe all the craziness you have planned for September already. I’m very excited about the day in the life blogging post (mostly because I am super nosy).
    Kim @ BusyBod recently posted…Routine? What routine? {weekly plan}

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