Pumpkin Almond Butter

Pumpkin Almond Butter


Can I just say how hard it was to keep this in the fridge an entire day and a half so I could take a picture of it?! If you love pumpkin, you will LOVE this! I’ll be honest, my son doesn’t like almond butter, or any nut butter for that matter, but he really liked this one and said it reminds him of pumpkin pie. Plus, I was finally able to make nut butter in my Vitamix which was pretty cool, it was much easier than I thought it would be. Just a note: if you do not have a Vitamix, no worries, you can use a food processor.

I wanted to mention as well, in light of the upcoming holiday season, I am going to run a health and fitness group starting November 1st to help you with your goals! Between Halloween and Thanksgiving is the perfect time, because we have 25 Days to really get a routine down. You will get eight 30 minute at-home workouts, a workout schedule, nutrition guide, food lists, meal plans, portion control containers, an insulated tote to take your meals to-go if you need to, plus support and accountability in my private group. In addition to that, you also get 30 Days of Shakeology. I actually made my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with a Tbsp of this Pumpkin Almond Butter today, it was fantastic! Shakeology is not another protein shake, it is not another low-end product by some pyramid scheme, it is a real food (no junk!) product that delivers nothing but good health and results. We believe this 100% and that is why we have a no-risk 30 day money back guarantee.

I have been drinking Shakeology for 2 years now, and I cannot tell you how many amazing things this packed nutrition shake has done for me. From weight loss to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, no more headaches, no more bloating…and the list goes on. I have had several clients also enjoy the Maca Root affects, this is just one of the 70 SuperFoods in Shakeology! Maca root is a medicinal plant that has been cultivated by Peruvians for the last 3,000 years.  The amazing thing about Maca is that it is an adaptogen; meaning that it adapts to the needs of your body. Some of the Maca Root benefits are: It is a natural Aphrodisiac, it promotes hormone and mood balance, fertility, rich in vitamins and minerals, energy boosting, stress relief and clear skin, to name a few. I have 2 clients in particular that thank Shakeology and my Paleo plans for their ability to finally get pregnant…that is beyond words to me! It is so amazing so many people have been able to heal their bodies so much to the point they can extend their families!

So now that you know some of the details about what is going on November 1st, I would love to answer any questions you may have! You can email me at Nicole@FoodIMakeMySoldier.com or you can send me a private message on Facebook, or on my Personal Facebook!

If you would like to add yourself to the event, I can contact you instead. This is the Event Link.

I hope I can help some of you get on track this holiday season! I do run a group every month, so if you cannot make the November 1st group, there will be another one in between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

I hope you enjoy the recipe! As always, if you make it, don’t forget to leave a comment, or tag me/hash tag me on Instagram!


2 cups Raw Almonds

1 cup Pumpkin Puree

1 Tbsp Raw Honey or Coconut Sugar

Dash of: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Salt (meaning less than 1/4 tsp, it is just a small dash of each)


Using your Vitamix, good blender, or food processor, add all of your ingredients. Blend until smooth.

That’s it!

Perfect in shakes, or with apples and celery!



Healthy Halloween Treats!

healthy halloween

Do you love Halloween?? I know a lot of us do, but all the Halloween treats are filled with sugar. So I have compiled this list from some incredible bloggers so you can make Halloween a little healthier this year!

Don’t forget about the Teal Pumpkin Project. If you don’t know about the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can read more about it here: Teal Pumpkin Project helping kids with allergies enjoy Halloween too!

I hope you all enjoy the recipes!



Chocolate Pumpkin Tart by  Unconventional Baker



Yummy Mummies by Nom Nom Paleo



Paleo Pizza Eyeball Snacks by Beauty and the Foodie



Gummy Worms by Oh Lardy!



Chocolate Coconut Squares by Coconut Mama



Feed the Monster Cookies by Real Food RN



Paleo Apple Bites by Paleo Grubs



Jack-O-Lantern Orange Fruit Cups by Simplee Thrifty



Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes by Simply Quinoa



Candy Corn Popsicles by Fast Paleo



Pumpkin Muffins by Balanced Bites



Spider Deviled Eggs by Apron Strings



Roasted Sweet Potato Pumpkins and Ghosts by Guava Rose (my daughter loves this idea – we are making them this week!)



Paleo Ghost Truffles by Living Healthy with Chocolate


Green Bean and Goat Cheese Salad

green bean salad


Who is ready for FALL?! Me! Me! lol

It is practically fall in Europe already…we have those days of hot weather but it’s mostly raining and 65 out.  The one thing I dislike about fall and winter is that it gets dark early…which in normal cases I don’t mind…but as a food blogger it gets annoying. This means, there is no natural lighting and my photos don’t turn out that great. I hope when we move, I can get a lighting/photography set up!

Speaking of moving….we don’t have that much time left in Europe! Crazy!! I am excited to get back to the west coast though…hello beach, seafood, Sur La Table and Costco! I will say, I am going to miss small town living, the AMAZING Christmas markets in Germany, and just the culture all together. I do like living here, not the house, but the country in general. Winter is amazing, I love the markets a lot they are my favorite part about living here, and Italy really isn’t all that far away! Not to mention, you can fly to any surrounding country for like 40 euro round trip! That is unheard of in the states. For a ticket from California to Seattle was like $300….so to fly from Germany to London for about $45-50 is incredible!

Alright well, enough about that, onto the recipe! I know cheese and paleo don’t really mix, but goat cheese is allowed! Lucky for me, I love it! From what I hear from people, you either LOVE it or absolutely hate it. So, feel free to leave it off if you are one of those “hate it” people. For me, I can put it on just about anything. This was by far my favorite way to eat green beans! I almost never want to eat them plain again lol.


1 lb Green Beans, ends trimmed off
1/2 Red Onion, sliced thin
1 Garlic Clove, minced
3 Bacon slices
1/2 cup Goat Cheese, Feta or otherwise
1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil


1. Heat a large pan on medium heat.

2. Once hot, add your bacon to the pan and cook on each side until crispy.

3. Remove the bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, and chop into small pieces and set aside.

4. Pour out the bacon fat from the pan (sorry lol) and add the coconut oil.

5. Once the coconut oil is melted, add your green beans and garlic to the pan with salt and pepper. Saute for about 4-5 minutes.

6. Add the red onion, and cook another 2-3 minutes, just until the green beans are tender but still have a crunch to them.

7. Place your green beans in a large bowl, then add the bacon, goat cheese and slivered almonds!

Recipe makes 4 servings.

I would love to see if you made this! Just tag me on Instagram or Facebook @FoodIMakeMySoldier or Hashtag #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram! Enjoy!

**If you are on the 21 Day Fix, I would count one serving as 1 green, 1 blue and 2 tsp.


Fruit “Salsa” with Apple Chips

fruit salsa



I’ve seen some random posts in my Facebook timeline about fruit dip or fruit with cinnamon sugar chips…so I wanted to make something a little healthier! This is a fruit dip or “salsa” I would call it, with apple chips. SO easy to make, and as you can imagine, the kids loved it too. Perfect for these hot summer days!

Let me know what you think, and remember to tag me @FoodIMakeMySoldier on Facebook or #FoodIMakeMySoldier on Instagram if you make it! :)


1 Green Apple, diced
15 Strawberries, diced
1 cup Raspberries, diced
4 Green Apples, sliced thin
Cinnamon (optional)


1. Slice your 4 apples thin, about 1/4″ thick, and place in your food dehydrator for about 6 hours until slightly crispy. To make cinnamon apple chips, just dust a little cinnamon over the tops. Keep in mind, you can usually find organic naturally dried apple chips at most stores or health food stores…so that is also an easy alternative if you’re in a hurry!

2. Dice your fruit, and place in a bowl to mix together. If you are taking this to a party for later, be sure to squeeze just a little lemon so the apples don’t turn brown.

That is IT! Super easy right!?

This is also 21 Day Fix Friendly in your purple container!