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Announcing GLOW PORTER :: beauty snacks for glowing skin

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It’s pretty surprising. But, here we are!

Amelie and I have spent most of her 4 (um… how is she that old?!?) years on earth experimenting with superfood concoctions in the kitchen.

We love LOVE sharing the experiments and the health with our friends and family, which brings me to today’s announcement:

We are offering a very soft, mini-launch of beauty snacks – that are legitimately yummy and incredible for your skin called.

Glow Porter

beauty snacks for glowing skin.

Our little store is here.

A fresh menu of snacks is available to order each Monday, sales close Tuesday nights.

And in case you are curious, keep reading to find out what else we’ve been up to for the past (*cough*) year?? more?? since my last big announcement.

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Mood Balance Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mood Balance Chocolate Chip Cookies

the incredibly decadent, super high integrity cookie (that loves you back)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 1 tbl honey
  • 1 tsp cacao
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 tsp reishi
  • 1 cup chocolate chunkes

Combine all ingredients and form dough into into walnut-sized cookies. Sprinkle with additional pink salt or Maldon salt flakes. Cook for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.

Eat them all yourself. Or share them and be a hero. xo!!

New South Beauty Cooklet!

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New South Beauty Cooklet

Your go-to resource for beauty and vitality from the inside out.

  • Delicious (no matter your diet – plant-based, paleo, omnivore…)
  • Beautifying for your skin, anti-aging for your whole body
  • Designed with the highest of integrity for your vitality, your family’s health and the planet’s sustainability

Sign up to be the first to get your New South Beauty Cooklet!

Three Crowd-Pleasing Smoothies for Beautiful Skin

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My Three Favorite Smoothies

These days, I don’t make anything that isn’t potentially kid-friendly (by “potentially” kid-friendly I mean that my daughter’s tastes are currently as predictable as weather in the age of global warming) and makes me feel good on the inside and glow on the outside.

These three smoothies check both boxes.

They don’t taste “too healthy,” which, honestly, is a taste that no one really enjoys, and I can tell a difference in my skin (like, glow0er) and my mood (more stable) after just a few days.

This is kind of an aside – but, the reason I’m writing this post is because my friend tells me again and again that when she makes a smoothie, it typically comes out gross. And all of those fancy ingredients go down the drain, wasted. It’s frustration. And I completely relate. That’s why I actually much prefer to start with a smoothie recipe before experimenting.

Here are my current three favorite smoothies, in recipe form, for you to try and make your own as you wish.


#1. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

I make this more than any other smoothie for breakfast because I am one of those people who loves chocolate a whole lot.

You know what I just remembered?

I actually started eating chocolate for breakfast in college. I bought big blocks of something called “bakers milk chocolate” – and I mean “big” like the size of two Coke cans – that I kept on my bedside table wrapped in plastic. When I woke up for class, I’d roll over, unwrap the block of chocolate, naw off a few bites, and only then get out of bed.

Obsessive chocolate lovers – we know who we are.

Makes about two 16-ounce smoothies.

  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 cups spinach, very loosely packed
  • 1/2 banana (use a whole banana for a sweeter smoothie; if using 1/2, chop and freeze the rest for tomorrow’s smoothie)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder of your choice (I use the vanilla protein powder from Moon Juice)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups coconut water (or filtered water, if that’s what you have on hand) and handful of ice.


  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 tsp chaga
  • 1 tsp reishi

Blend together for at least one minute and enjoy!

NOTE: This smoothie is inspired by a smoothie from Rich Roll and Julie Piatt’s Plantpower Cookbook. Rich and Julie are a super cool couple – if you are into inspiring stories, extreme athletes, California living and/or the environment, and plant based living, check them out.)

#2. Margarita Smoothie

This is the smoothie I make for people who say they don’t like smoothies. It’s just yummy. Makes about two 16-ounce smoothies.

  • 3 to 5 cups chopped and loosely packed kale or other dark leafy green (dandelion, collard, chard etc.).
    NOTE: Use less greens if you’re newer to – or less enamored with – that bitter-ish dark green flavor.
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a fresh jalepeno
  • 1/4 sunflower seeds (soak in hot water for 15 minutes to maximize health boost, but don’t stress over this)
  • 2 cups water

Blend for 1 minute and add a little umbrella for that margarita poolside vibe. (If adding umbrella, please note this will make you the only person I know with little umbrellas on hand – I absolutely love this about you.)

NOTE: I think some version of this recipe originally came from my friend, Kelly Henry, founder and CEO of Bamboo Juice – which is a phenomenal juice company that I wholeheartedly recommend. She’s Georgia-grown, like me, but lives in Venice Beach, CA – a great combination of locations to create a wonderful Southern girl making a positive impact on health through organic, delicious cold-pressed juices.

#3. Crowd-Pleasing Green Smoothie

This is a fabulous staple for anyone’s smoothie or beauty-regime rotation, and delivers does what it promises – pleases crowds and packs a green punch.

Makes about 3 16-ounce smoothies.

  • Baby spinach about 5 cups which is one of those pre-washed bags
  • Small head of romaine (or 1/2 of a big head) chopped
  • 1/2 chopped cucumber
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (or parsley if that is what you have on hand)
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 chopped pear
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 orange, chopped
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbl. hemp seed
  • 1 to 2 cups filtered water + handful of ice (amount of water depends on the blender – mine is a Vitamix and use 1 1/2 cups)

Place only the spinach, romaine, cilantro and cucumber into your blender, then add 1 cup of water, and blend for 30 seconds.

Add the remaining ingredients into the blender, including ice. Blend for another minute. Drink it down!

NOTE: This recipe is more labor intensive than my other current favorite smoothies, but it also makes a bigger batch. Personally, when not sharing with my family/friends, I drink one, save one for mid-afternoon, and freeze the third for another day. (Remember to leave room in glass bottles if you’re freezing to avoid a broken glass bottle when the smoothie expands.)

ANOTHER NOTE: If you want to cut back on the natural sugars in this smoothie – I do cut back when I have been waking up groggy or eating more treats throughout the day – omit the orange and use either an apple, or a pear.

Hazelnut Haute Chocolate

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Hazelnut Haute Chocolate

Decadent, nearly effortless to create, skin-beautifying with a body-buzz and (amazingly) deeply supports true health.

Think of nut milks like this one that contain only good stuff (no fillers, no processed sugars, no preservatives) as a drink to enjoy with (or as) your morning meal, as an afternoon energy stabilizer and/or treat, or as a way to support your body’s recovery post-exercise.

I make this on cold days as hot chocolate and freeze on warm days as popsicles. Delicious.

BASIC (still delicious):

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts soaked in very hot water for 15 minutes
  • 3 tbl cacao nibs
  • 3 dates
  • 1 tbl protein powder of choice (use a flavorless, chocolate or vanilla protein powder – no fruity flavors)
  • 1 tbl coconut butter (can substitute coconut oil if that’s what you have on hand)


  • 1 tbl tocotrienals
  • 1/2 tsp cordyceps powder
  • 1/2 tsp mucuna puriens
  • 1/2 tsp pearl

Blend all together on high for 5 minutes if making this as a hot chocolate (the longer blending duration heats the milk).


Cordyceps powder and protein powder support physical stamina, cacao and mucuna puriens boost mood and offer stable energy. This blend also hits the spot for sweetness and chocolate cravings while giving your body fuel that supports its optimum vibe and balanced energy and performance. 

Gone, girl.

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It’s a sale.

Get it?

I’m clearing out my Shop. Until this Friday at noon EST, you can get any of my one-of-a-kind classes and programs, developed from my years of experience teaching and private coaching with clients from around the world, my study at the feet of teachers much wiser than myself and of course, the lessons from my own life.

After this Friday, February 20th at noon – in the spirit of letting go – all of my existing programs and products are gone. Forever.

I even brought back Feast: heal your relationship with food, like the generous sweetheart that I am.

Buy while you can here.

Get yours before it’s all gone, girl.

birthday :: beauty + heart

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Yesterday was my birthday, and of course my last birthday before the baby comes. Which provides occasion for reflection.

blue box + papa new guinea fermented chocolate

blue box + papa new guinea fermented chocolate


Charles cooked me breakfast on the burners, in the dark, thanks to a morning storm + power outage. (An outage caused by a tree that fell inches in front of his car as he returned from fetching eggs… YIKES.)

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*Health Shots* for the super hero in you.

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Instead of caffeine in the morning, if you’re starting to feel under the weather, or if you want a fast way to ingest something good for your body, this Ginger Tumeric Lemon shot is the answer.

It’s so easy to make. Stock up on ginger and tumeric and store them in the fridge (not freezer) for months of healthy shooting.

Energize + Feel Good

You already know how I feel about green smoothies, and forming a daily habit, but did you know I love taking lots of shots?

Health shots, that is!

The GTL my all-time favorite health shot, so here you go.

Ginger Tumeric Lemon


Step One: Get out your turmeric nub. I get mine at the big farmer’s market.


Tumeric is not a looker. But in the food world as in the human world, it’s really what’s on the inside that counts.

And, I think my counter needs cleaning… I spy a berry-leaving.

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How To Be Happy: The Elephant in the Room.

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There are *two concepts* that you need to know, and can apply to your life immediately, if you want to be happier.

This is according to The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt. I’ve been reading it and agree with him, but that book is one a dense sonofabitch so don’t bother ordering it.

Here’s the deal: Haidt uses empirical data, combined with the wisdom of the ancients (like, Buddha, the Greeks, the Bible) to explain why you’re happy – or, unhappy, and most importantly, how to be happier.

The first concept has to do with my father in law. Read More

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