Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Simple Summer Style

It’s the middle of August in Indiana and school is starting, which makes me ready for autumn everything–weather, clothes, and food! The only problem: it’s still around 80 degrees for the rest of August (at least). When school begins, it feels like a transition into a new season, and I like to start thinking about […]

Paleo Strawberry Vinaigrette

Why do salads always taste better when someone else makes them for us? I was at a local restaurant in my hometown in Michigan with my mom, and we had this incredible mixed greens salad with orange slices, dried cranberries, pepitas, avocado, and three choices of dairy-free dressing–the classic balsamic vinaigrette, another basic vinaigrette, and strawberry […]

Summer Spritzer

With a combination of fresh strawberries, kiwi, lime, and mint, this refreshing drink is a summer weeknight go-to at the Wren home. (Good for the nights you don’t want to drink your calories, too!) Super simple and super tasty! This recipe makes two 16-oz. drinks. Ingredients:  1/2 cup sliced strawberries 2 sliced kiwis 3 lime slices […]

Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

The texture and flavor of coconut flakes mixed with (dark) chocolate chips and cinnamon makes this grain-free cookie combination delightful. I’ve made the egg version and egg-free version, and both recipes turned out great. Enjoy in the morning with coffee, or for an afternoon snack with almond milk! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 […]

Summer Skin Care

Ever since my *melanoma diagnosis, I’ve (obviously) been very diligent about applying sunscreen every day during the summer. I even keep bottles of my favorites in my purse for the days I am out and need to reapply. Over the course of the last few years, I’ve been simplifying my life, and that includes using […]

Paleo Zucchini Muffins

These delicious zucchini muffins are packed full of health! They can be made vegan if you replace three eggs with a flaxseed meal replacement. (I made a batch with 3 tbsp. flaxseed meal + 9 tbsp. water.) Warning: the muffins will have a green hue swirled throughout them, so it might be difficult to trick […]

Paleo 5-Minute Mug Cake

The other day I was craving something sweet*, but I didn’t want to bake a whole batch of brownies or cookies (because I would eat them all!). So I looked up some mug cake recipes, and tried a grain-free option. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it! Ingredients:  1 8-oz. […]

No Label at the Table

One of my favorite weekend activities is going to the famers market and supporting local artisans. I came across No Label at the Table this summer, and noticed the blue autism puzzle piece symbol and a gluten-free dairy-free sign. No Label at the Table is a gluten-free and dairy-free food company employed by people on […]

Cultivating Conference

This spring I had the privilege and honor of speaking at Cultivating Conference 2017 in Carmel, Indiana–a conference for young adult women. Cultivating Conference was started by my friends Krista Dunbar and Anna Scott in 2016. The mission of Cultivating Conference is “encouraging everyday women to be confident in sharing their God-given voices with their communities.” I spoke on the […]

Single Serving Spinach Tomato Frittata

I’ve been doing a Whole30 reset this week, and I get pretty tired of scrambled eggs in the morning. So I decided to try a single-serving frittata in a ramekin with whatever I had in my fridge, which happened to be spinach, tomatoes, and chicken sausage. Voila! This was so easy to make, and delicious! […]