My name is Kelsey and the way I approach & eat food is always evolving.  I grew up absolutely loving to bake and had the biggest sweet tooth ever. I had dreams of becoming a pastry chef, but 2 summers working in a bakery in college made me realize that wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  The thing I love most about food is making it for friends and family. Food just makes people happy!

As I grew up and graduated college, I moved back in with my parents for a bit and started to get more into cooking.  So in May of 2012 I started this blog.  I started it as a way to document the meals & treats I made as well as the DIY projects I would do around the house.  Cut to 4 years later>>>  Married, homeowner, dog owner.  A lot can happen in 4 years!  Especially the way I look at health and what I eat.  I really started trying to lose a few pounds in the summer of 2014, to get into wedding shape.  After taking a couple years off of working out and enjoying one to many fun dinners out, I was starting to feel quite puffy… all the time.  So I started working out again and began tracking what I ate in My Fitness Pal.  This was a great way to start out because I had to come to terms with the fact that I should be eating way less than what I was eating.  And it totally worked!  I lost about 10 pounds in 6 months which was healthy and started to feel great, but I still felt pretty deprived.  I also found myself feeling like I couldn’t eat things like nuts because of the calorie content, but would wolf down 2 protein bars a day as snacks.  I knew it wasn’t very sustainable but didn’t know what the happy medium would be!

Then I saw the movie Fed Up.  WOW!  Eye opening.  If you haven’t seen it, the documentary talks about the food industry today and how they pump sugar into everything we eat.  Most processed food has added sugars in order to make it taste better and get us even more addicted to it.  Now this wasn’t something that was completely shocking. I know that “low-fat” usually just means more sugar and chemicals, but I never took the time to actually read the labels of most things I was consuming.  Those protein bars I thought were so healthy contained about 20 chemicals I couldn’t pronounce and just because it had protein and fiber I thought it was great.  The movie also talks about how hard those foods are on our bodies to break down and that is why that belly fat hangs on for dear life.

It all seemed to just make sense that I should stop putting those chemicals in my body.  So I thought, why not give it a try for a week?  In just one week I started to feel SO GREAT!  I didn’t feel deprived because I didn’t want the bad stuff anymore and I could eat a tasty steak covered in butter and caramelized onions!  It also gave me tons of inspiration for new recipes and therefore completely changed this blog over night.  If you look back in the archives you will find lots of tasty cake and cookie recipes and trust me they are good! I think I will just save those treats for special occasions now.

I will also come out and say that I am not about to turn down a delicious meal out, or a drink on the weekend, but I just try to be conscious about what I decide to eat.  Hopefully my story and recipes will inspire you to give it a try for yourself!  Now excuse me while I go eat all of the almond butter………

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THIS! Curry Charred Cauliflower with Honey Spice Yogurt Sauce. It will rock your world and your week!! This super simple dish is packed with tons of flavor and is begging to be on your menu this week! I also think it would be a fabulous side dish on Easter... just sayin!! Head to the link in my bio now for the whole recipe!

http://littlebitsof.com/2017/03/curry-charred-cauliflower-honey-spice-yogurt-sauce/
We leave for Palm Springs tomorrow so of course we need hotel snacks right?! Just went to @sprouts to load up and I am getting so excited. @hopefoods has gotten me back on the hummus train and I am so happy about it!! Also very intrigued by this @cedarsfoods Balsamic caramelized onion hommus!!
Game night was a success last night!! We ate delicious food, drank Mai tais and of course the girls won Cranium!! (@daniellezens @kristend19 @steppylouz) Slept in a bit then headed out the door to breaky - you can't beat a Denver omelette with potatoes and a large coffee to get you going on a Sunday! Now it's time for matt and i to run separate errands before our anniversary this week!! 😂😂
Apparently it's waffle day but I'm over here like Sweet Potat-"Oats" anyone??? You have to try this recipe, it's one of my faves! Shredded sweet potato, banana, almond milk and cinnamon. DO IT! Link in my bio!

http://littlebitsof.com/2016/05/breakfast-sweet-potat-oats/
Lunchin like a boss over here. My CSA @farmfreshtoyou came this morning with a huge bunch of kale, so I massaged it with some avocado oil, ACV and @sfsaltco lemon rosemary salt and topped it with @sunnycalfarms chili lemon almonds. Then had some @jilzcrackerz and leftover meatballs! Time to crank out some work before a fun weekend ahead!! #kelseysbigsaladbowl
On the blog now - I'm talking all about my favorite new @deltafaucet + sharing a recipe for my Cinnamon Tahini Green Smoothie!! I am downright IN LOVE with my super high tech faucet because it has this touch20 technology where I can touch any part of it to turn it on and off! And it's looks might fine too!! Head to the blog now (link in @littlebitsof_realfood bio) to check it out!! #ad
http://littlebitsof.com/2017/03/cinnamon-tahini-green-smoothie-my-new-delta-faucet/
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