Gluten-Free Baby Kale Pesto Pasta by Kimberly Elise

Who doesn’t love pasta for dinner? It’s delicious and hearty, but it can also be quite unhealthy depending on the sauce. Well, we have a wonderful vegan Pesto sauce alternative that doesn’t skip on taste. 

By: Kimberly Elise

Gluten-Free Baby Kale Pesto Pasta


Vegan Baby Kale Pesto:

  • 6 cups baby kale leaves
  • Basil
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (or nut milk of choice)
  • ½ juiced lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste

Gluten-Free Pasta:

  • 8 oz. gluten-free pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic



  1. Add the cashews into a food processor and pulse them until they’re crumbled.
  2. Mx the baby kale, coconut milk, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into the food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. For the pasta, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, then save ½ cup of the pasta water after the pasta is done.
  4. In a separate large pan, add olive oil and set to medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Stir occasionally until onion is soft and slightly brown. Then add garlic and cook for another minute.
  5. Add in the cooked pasta and pasta water, along with the pesto, in the pan. Stir until the sauce is slightly thick and is warm.
  6. Finally, remove from the heat and enjoy! It tastes best served warm.



Kimberly Elise is a film and television actress most known for her work in Beloved and John Q. She studied Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Passionate about positivity and authenticity, in 2014 she founded her website, Kimberly Elise Natural Livinga guide devoted to natural beauty, wellness, and clean living. In 2017, she launched her first line of natural products, Kimberly Elise Naturals, which featured Alchemy 27 – an all natural hair care elixir for women. Kimberly Elise’s mission is to help promote a wholesome and healthy way of living for her readers through her website



The Yummiest Vegan Ice Cream You’ll Ever Try!

Have you noticed how Vegan Ice Cream is popping up everywhere? More and more options are appearing in stores all over the country, and not just specialties stores. You can find some delicious vegan ice cream in some of your local grocery stores.

With so many options available now, it can be hard to choose a favorite brand…but, I think I’ve found mine. The brand is called NadaMoo and they have some of the best ice cream I’ve tasted (even before I was vegan). With flavors such as Birthday Cake Cookie Dough they’re bound to become one of your faves, as well.

They’re company is located in Texas. A bit of a trek for this Californian girl, but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of their awesome team members at different local events. They are dedicated to providing their customers the best quality ice cream and I’m definitely down for that.

I put together a few dishes highlighting some of their yummy new flavors. Hope you enjoy!

You can find more info about NadaMoo on their website and social media. Links below!

Desserts, Raw, Treats

Chocolate Blueberry Cakes

Hey Beautiful People,

It’s time for a remix! Yep, I’m remixing my Blueberry Lemon Cakes with some chocolate. I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, honestly there are some people that are allergic to chocolate…and then there’s some strange people who just don’t like it, but for the rest of us out there, it’s chocolate time!

So, I’ve basically swapped out the lemon for chocolate and added some shaved chocolate on top. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Oh yeah, and there’s blueberry in there too.

But, I know you’re really here for the chocolate.

So, let’s scroll down and get on with the recipe!


Check out the blender and/or food processor I use for my creations.


Interview with Teresa Palmer of Your Zen Life

Hello Beautiful People!

I’m so excited to have Teresa Palmer as a guest on the blog today. Teresa is an Australian Actress (Warm Bodies, I Am Number Four), a mama of two, and one of the founders of the health & wellness blog Your Zen Life. I’ve had the pleasure of being featured on the Your Zen Life blog; which showcases nourishing recipes, tips on having a healthy mind & body, and a wonderfully supportive community. Teresa is truly living her zen life, and showing others how they can do the same in the midst of a not so zen world. Please head over to Your Zen Life after the Q&A to show Teresa some love!

Teresa, tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what is it like living in two different countries?

Teresa: Yes, of course! I am a mama bear, actress and founder / co-founder of Your Zen Life and Your Zen Mama. I am passionate about babies and parenting, health, wellness and overall well being. I grew up in Adelaide, Australia and split my time between there and Los Angeles, California. To be honest, they are both polar opposites. I discuss this in detail in one of my recent Tez Talks Q&A episodes; whilst LA is amazing, filled with atmosphere and holds more opportunity career-wise, there is nothing like being ‘home’ in Australia and the laid-back lifestyle we get to experience, they are both different experiences us for a family. I feel so blessed that we have the opportunity to live in two very different, yet equally amazing countries and our kids can experience growing up in both.

What was it like growing up on a private wildlife sanctuary? It sounds incredibly fascinating!

Teresa: Ha, it was! I think it cemented my love for animals and wildlife early on. There was something so special, serene and tranquil about it too and it really was the epitome of an Aussie childhood which is a big part of the reason why my husband and I decided to purchase my dad’s property when he decided to sell – we want to be able to give our kids a taste of that as they grow up.

Where does the name “Your Zen Life” come from?

Teresa: Your Zen Life was born out of a desire to try and use my profile to affect positive change and connect like-minded individuals. When my co-founder, Phoebe Tonkin, and I were initially discussing ideas and names, we wanted it to be something that summarised everything it stood for, but also belonged to the community. ‘Zen’ means something different to each and every person and we all have varied ways of constructing our lives around what works best for us, so it just fit perfectly inline with that philosophy.

How do you find time to stay zen with such an active career, being a mama of your son Bodhi, and now with your new bundle of joy; Forest?

Teresa: It can absolutely be hard, but it all comes down to carving out the time. There are days when I would love an hour to myself to relax, meditate, read but I try and make a conscious effort to carve out at least 15 minutes of ‘me time’ whenever I can to have a bath, meditate, read or listen to one of my favorite podcasts and take time out. I also ensure that I incorporate plenty of greens into my diet to ensure I am nourishing my body. My role as mama is my most cherished one and I love spending time with my boys; each day looks different and I adapt accordingly to make it work the best I can!

I find that mamas are always looking for creative ways to feed their kids healthier food options. What are some ways you get Bodhi to enjoy eating healthy meals?

Teresa: Yes!!! It’s all about sneaking the goodness in! Bodhi is pretty easy when it comes to food and I have really tried to make it fun for him (for example, we call broccoli little trees) as he has developed his tastebuds and discovered new food. I think if you make it exciting and allow kids to explore food it goes a long way in helping them to enjoy healthy meals.

You have amazing recipes on your website. As a vegan, I was super excited to see so many plant-based options on there, as well. What made you decide to add plant-based recipes to your site?

Teresa: Thank you! YZL includes all kinds of recipes on the site as I wanted to ensure it covers all the diets as a collective so our community can always find something on there for their diet preference. I am a vegetarian and love discovering so many of the plant based recipes and trying something new!

Can you name some of your favorite healthy food spots in Los Angeles and Adelaide?

Teresa: YES!! In LA I lovvvvveeee so many healthy food spots! My hubby and I are vegetarian and we love experimenting with different cuisines that have nutritious vegetarian options. Cafe Gratitude is my number one go to and I love my friend Moby’s restaurant Little Pine. When I am in Adelaide Bar 9 is our go to for breakfast! I also love Nature’s Providore and Nutrition Republic – all providing delicious and healthy food with so many plant based options.

Do you have any tips for someone who wants to achieve a healthier mind, body, and soul?

Teresa: Just start! It’s human nature to have a tendency to procrastinate and ‘start tomorrow’ but it’s all about taking baby steps. Start switching out one or two foods a week, adding in new ingredients, recipes or meals into your diet, go for a brisk walk every day and try and increase the duration of it bit by bit, begin reading as much as you can, research all things health and wellness and put together a mixture of what you learn that works best for you, your needs and your situation.

I love the quote on your website “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” How are you creating the change that you wish to see?

Teresa: It is one of my all time favorite quotes and I feel truly blessed to be in a position where I can try to use my profile to affect positive change. I believe that by creating a collective community of conscious minded people, we can make a shift. This was the concept YZL was born out of and how the website came to fruition; YZL was born out of the desire to be the change by creating an online scrapbook for likeminded individuals so that as a collective, we can continue to be the change. My hubby and I are also both passionate about raising conscious-minded children and guiding them as they grow up.

What are your future plans with Can you share some of your upcoming zen projects?

Teresa: Your Zen Life has had some very big changes over the past year! I worked on the new design and concept for the website which re-launched a few months back and we have been busy putting together our Tez Talks Q&A series – we are currently sharing series 2 and I have been blown away with the love and support as we continue to drop each episode. I am enjoying taking things a little slow and spending precious time with my boys. I am looking forward to some very exciting things happening for YZL this year, we have projects in the works…stay tuned!

Keep up with Teresa and Your Zen Life!
YZL Instagram: @loveyourzenlife | YZL Twitter: @yourzenlife
Teresa’s Instagram: @teresapalmer | Teresa’s Twitter: @teresapalmer


3 Easy Vegan Breakfast Ideas

Hey Everyone!

I’ve been asked to share some simple breakfast ideas and since I’m a visual person, myself. I decided what better way to share these recipes than in a video. So, please watch the video below and you can find the break down of ingredients underneath the video. Let me know if you want me to do more of these types of videos. ??




Chia Pudding














1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup non-dairy milk

dark chocolate covered chia seeds

quinoa crispies

chopped almonds


Sweet Potato Breakfast













1 sweet potato

1 banana


dried mulberries
























1/2 cup oats (I use gluten free)

1 cup water

dried mulberries



chia seeds