It seems like we can’t run a simple errand — like grocery shopping — without being bombarded with a dozen choices requiring a dozen decisions that ultimately will affect our health and wellbeing. Thankfully, the Chalkboard Mag is here to shed a little light on a topic swirling with misinformation (and avoidance). Read on below to get the ‘skinny’ on all those skinny lattes.

WE VISIT our favorite coffee shop and order the usual: coffee with almond milk, no sugar. Instead, we reach for two packets of calorie-free sugar substitute. Good choice, right? Think again. In terms of long-term health, it’s possible that this small-seeming choice in sweetener comes with side effects.

If you’re like us, any new year goals may have centered on not skimping. Not taking the easy route in life, love, or … the kitchen. That’s why we’re loving this simple recipe from Chalkboard Mag. They give you the confidence (and provide the steps) to making even snacking healthier. Read more, below!

WE’VE FALLEN HARD FOR just about everything (including the gorgeous photos) in Food 52’s cookbook, Food52 Baking: 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull Off in a Snap. From classics to new favorites, these easy to execute recipes are perfect crowd pleasers for the holidays or any time of year. Ever made crackers like these at home? They’re surprisingly easy and super chic paired with our recent cheese board DIY from HeirloomLA or our walnut hummus from the Superfood Kitchen class!

Worrying about eating healthy over the holidays is a thing of the past, thanks to Chalkboard Mag‘s unending wisdom on all things clean + green. We love this round-up of healthy baking ingredients so that we can join in all the delicious fun to be had right now. Here’s to making, having, and eating all the cake, too.

LET THE BAKING BEGIN! We’re ready to hit the kitchen this holiday season and bake up a storm…or at least one batch of cookies, before we run out of time.

We’re calling out some of the most fantastic ingredients for holiday baking this year, from impressive extras like edible flowers to carmel-y, healthful white sugar alternatives like coconut sugar, that will keep your baking game strong. Read through our list and make a couple of adjustments to those classic cookie recipes.

When hunger strikes and it’s cold outside, we want only one thing. Cheesy, gooey, stick-to-your-insides comfort food. Unfortunately, such dishes tend to take a toll on our health even if they may lighten up our mood. Thankfully, Chalkboard Mag comes to the rescue once again with this unbelievable, fall-appropriate dish from Food52. It’s vegan. It’s good for you. It’s extra delicious. You’re welcome.

Everyone has a favorite mac and cheese recipe. This one, which uses sweet, creamy butternut squash in the sauce, is mine. To create an authentic cheese flavor, I use a combination of nutritional yeast, miso, smoked paprika, salt, and lemon juice. (You can use any leftover sauce as a cheese dip.) I highly recommend including the optional vegetables. In addition to providing some contrasting color and texture, they’ll round out the meal, so you won’t have to worry about making an extra side dish – win, win.

If we could live inside the recipe pages of Chalkboard Mag, we would 100%. They have the most inventive, mouth-watering, and — best of all — healthiest dishes available at the click of a mouse. Today we’re sharing one of their recent fall-infused creations, because in LA in October we’ll get autumn any way we can. Enjoy!

WE LOVE OUR zucchini and spaghetti squash, but we’d be lying if we said we were anything but over-the-moon that kabocha, butternut, and other non-summer squashes are slowly coming back in season! Although called “winter squash,” seeing these babies back on farmers market stands is an unofficial signal that the hottest months are behind us and autumn is on our heels.

This recipe from green goddess Candice Kumai’s new cookbook Clean Green Eats uses roasted kabocha squash atop a bed of hearty kale leaves and quinoa – a perfectly balanced lunch or dinner, if you ask us. Get cooking on your new favorite fall recipe.

We’re back again with more helpful, natural health info from Chalkboard Mag. Today they’re sharing what it looks like to rummage in the fridge for more than just food, but healthy, healing ingredients for the outside of your body, too. 

JUST LIKE the food we eat, when it comes to our skin, we like to keep things simple. When we’re buying off the shelves, our motto is “the less ingredients the better.” And when we DIY it up, our step-by-step is usually short-and-sweet (the last thing we want after a long day is to spend hours on what should be self-care!).

Thanks to Deborah at Hello Natural, we’ve found the piece-de-resistance of DIY skin care – or should we say, ten of them. These all-natural, one-ingredient wonders prove that less is more, and use things you probably already have in your pantry or fridge …

If there’s one downside to the outdoors during summertime, it’s those tiny little friends that we can pick up along the way. Bug bites easily zap the calm, serene feeling fresh air affords us, and remedies can sometimes feel (and smell) like more trouble than they’re worth. But of course the all-natural gurus over at The Chalkboard have us covered. No pun intended. Below they’re sharing a DIY recipe for all-things-bug-bites with activated charcoal.

CHARCOAL IS HAVING A MOMENT, for sure. We love the crazy Japanese charcoal toothbrushes and we’ve been drinking charcoal in Pressed Juicery’s new green juice. We’re no strangers to drinking or bathing in clay either, which can draw toxins out of the gut. Stephanie at Hello Natural is walking us through a DIY for a traditional skin-healing remedy called black salve. It’s strangely gorgeous and surprisingly effective…

You know we’ve long been fans of The Chalkboard, but recently we took our love to the next level and discovered their Pressed Juicery Freeze.

The freeze is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from their cold-pressed juice line — nutrient-dense, small batch, vegan — only blended to a fro-yo like consistency, creating the perfect summer treat. Made only from roots, fruits and vegetables, everyone on the team was immediately hooked, seriously doubting how something this good for you could taste, well, good.

We visited their newest location just up the road from the Darling office (convenient and dangerous, if you ask us) and are sharing our team’s thoughts below:

Another gem from our friends at The Chalkboard. Not only do they share the latest, greatest and greenest health articles, but they’ve also been known to dive deep into matters of the mind and soul — which is why we’re particularly loving this spring-cleaning post and sharing it with you, below.

INTERNAL CHAOS CAN manifest itself in many different external forms: an unhealthy diet, insomnia, addictive behaviors, chronic indecision or stagnation. For many of us, it takes shape in the form of messiness. And just like with a fast-food habit or a lack of sleep, the toxins can start to build up.

Just in time for spring cleaning season, we’re talking about all that internal and external clutter.

The way we compartmentalize our messiness is very telling. Not all of us thrive in a completely sterile environment – on the contrary; most of us feel the most at-home when there’s just a smidge of organized chaos in our lives. Whether it’s a closet filled with knick-knacks or a wallet littered with receipts, we all have our beautiful messes that give us a sense of comfort and ease.