Colorado Dreaming

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We ate all the things. And drank all the coffee. I had a steamed hot chocolate two days in a row that got me super jacked up both times, and I loved every second of it. I’m not really one for intaking LOTS of uppers like caffeine. I try to moderate. But when I’m in a new, gorgeous place with SO much food I can eat I really can’t help myself. There’s a top notch chocolate shop on Pearl street in Boulder that sells some of the best bean to bar chocolate bars and an extensive line of creative house-made truffles, chocolate drinks, baked goods, marshmallows, vegan fudge… I could keep going but you get the idea!

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Simple Meals: Power Greens Tortilla & Almond Butter Coconut Energy Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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I stroll into a Colorado toy store just to touch everything. To experience the pure, nonsensical joy of play. Run my hands over the trough of plastic wind-up figurines that hop and back flip and do the splits. Graze my fingers across the display of agate keychains. They tink together, motioning in wild arcs like pendulums. I play shark, and frog, and beaver in the puppet section, each with different voices, Logan watching and laughing along with me.

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Asparagus & Smashed Garlic Tagliatelle in Lemon Ghee Sauce

asparagus, smashed garlic, sundried tomato tagliatelle in ghee/lemon sauce | gluten free recipe via will frolic for food asparagus, smashed garlic, sundried tomato tagliatelle in ghee/lemon sauce | gluten free recipe via will frolic for food asparagus, smashed garlic, sundried tomato tagliatelle in ghee/lemon sauce | gluten free recipe via will frolic for food asparagus, smashed garlic, sundried tomato tagliatelle in ghee/lemon sauce | gluten free recipe via will frolic for food We sat on the front porch of his house, with bowls of cheese tortellini and broccoli in our laps, talking about our sun signs. It was late spring. The tall grass the boys never cut swayed in the breeze. The tire swing on the giant oak tree spun gently, house cats warily slinking around roots and into the giant shade the house drew over the yard; tabbies scouring for crickets and mice. The paint on the house peeled back, revealing plain, weather-worn cedar. The beginnings of our friendship and bond started over pasta, eaten outdoors always. I wasn’t completely oblivious to the spark happening between us, the beginning strokes of a painting not quite fully realized. But his roommates always knew not to interrupt our dinners sitting out there together.

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Vegan, Gluten Free Travel Snacks & Essentials

vegan, gluten free, clean eating travel essentials | via will frolic for food vegan, gluten free, clean eating travel essentials | via will frolic for food vegan, gluten free, clean eating travel essentials | via will frolic for food I’m going to Colorado this week and this is what I’m really packing in my bag. I know from talking with a lot of you, friends and family included, that travel snacks and food on the go is one of the areas you find most challenging. Well… me too! Sometimes I think far ahead enough to make my matcha coconut butter bites or goji bars, GF graham crackers or muffins. But most of the time it’s a quick stop at Whole Foods or the local hippie grocery before I head out of town.

Besides the obvious challenges of packing travel food for a road trip or a stint on a plane, it can be really difficult to find real food & products to tote along; especially because I try to stick to my food morals. Not exactly easy with packaged food, as you all know. That being said, I hold fast to products that are: vegan, gluten free, low or no sugar, and made with whole food ingredients. I always opt for vegan when it comes to packaged foods; mostly because I don’t trust companies to source animal derived ingredients with the consciousness or care I hold myself to. I also go for products with a good shelf life, so I don’t have to worry about refrigerating anything.

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