The REAL Peanutbutter Jelly Power Bites


I say these are the REAL deal because after looking for peanut butter jelly bites all I found were recipes which included dried fruit and no jelly. This does NOT taste the same! Kids and adults alike will love these simple PBJ bites that are about as close to a PBJ sandwich as it gets…minus the mess. I’m bringing these on my next climbing trip and will be saving my money I typically spend on clif bars. They’re that good! These are vegan and can be made gluten free by buying GF oats. I also prefer all natural jam that does not have any added sugars. My favorite is listed below.


1/2 cup whole rolled oats

1TBS sliced almonds

1/4 cup natural peanut butter (no added sugar)

2 TBS Trader Joes Fruit Spread


Combine oats and almonds in a food processor and pulse until chopped into small bits. Add PBJ and blend until combined. It should start to form into a ball by itself! If its too sticky, add oats. If too dry add a wet ingredient.

These easily roll into balls. Refrigerate and enjoy!


Detox and Peace Juices

I know the title “peace juices” sounds super hippyish – but hey, we all have a hippy side! 

We can throw around buzz words like, “detox” “cleanse” “weightloss” but here’s what really matters: JUICING will make you feel AmAzING!!! You could start by adding one fresh juice to your diet per day. You could even try replacing a meal with one (try a more filling one such as my Sweet Greens Mix or Almond Chai Smoothie below)

I think “peace juices” because these juices will settle your stomach. They will also give you peace of mind as you know that you are getting a great boost in raw nutrients. It might be just what you need to get back on track after a vacation, weekend of partying, or to enhance your health for yoga, climbing or whatever moves you.



“Rise and Shine” Detox Juice

I make a big portion of this, put it in a pitcher and drink it upon waking all week long. It will make you feel energized and amazing and the cayenne and vitamin c can also help mend a cold. 

1 large Grapefruit

3 Oranges

3 lemons


Peel all citrus fruits and pass them through the juicer. Pour into pitcher and add equal parts distilled water.

Makes 5-6 cups.

Serve over ice and sprinkle with cayenne. Enjoy the energy!


The Root of All Goodness


1 Large Beet

2 Apples

3-4 Carrots

3 Radishes

Scrub the veggies REALLY well. Pass everything through the juicer. Serve immediately over ice. 

Tastes SWEET and the color is so incredible, you’re going to have to make it to believe it!

Makes 2 cups!


Kristi Nicole’s Sweet Green Mix


2 Apples

7-8 Carrots

2 TBS fresh ginger

1 cup of spinach

1/2 Banana

2 celery stalks

Pass apples, carrots, celery and ginger through the juicer. Use an immersion blender to blend spinach and banana right in the glass. (Or transfer to a blender of choice to blend the spinach and banana) Serve immediately. 

Perfectly Balanced — Sweet, Spicy, Fresh. This will also fill you up and satisfy you.

Makes 2 large cups


Cucumber Melon Cooler

I love this one on hot summer days. It’s a great way to use up extra watermelon! 

cucumber watermelon

8 cups of watermelon (you can try a different melon but I’ve only tried watermelon.)

1 cucumber

Pass Melon and Cucumber through a juicer. Serve over Ice with Mint if desired.


Almond Chai Cream Smoothie

If you do not like Chai – try Earl Grey!

This one does not require a juicer and makes a fantastic meal replacement or just any time you are craving something sweet! You DO want a high power blender for this though such as vitamix, ninja etc…

almond smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (this is optional)

5 dates, pitted

5 raw almonds

1 cup brewed tea – room temp


1 tsp vanilla or almond extract

In a small bowl or cup, cover the dates with water and microwave for 1 min. This softens up the dates. (Don’t skip this trick!)

Drain water from the dates and combine everything together. Blend until smooth!

Hawaiian Teriyaki Pork Chop Packets (Campfire Friendly!)

I’ve made these twice now and both times – everyone camping with us (both adults and kids alike) not only loved  them but it got eerily quiet during dinner…That’s how you know it’s good! Or maybe it was the good food combined with slight starvation from being in the mountains? Either way, you definitely want to try these. If you have qualms about cooking pork chops at the camp fire, make sure you keep them over ice and cook within 48 hours of preparation. Make sure to store in a sturdy gallon size bag/tray and do not let the ice become contaminated! Cook until there is NO pink at all.  Trust me, this meal is so worth it!!CampfireFoilPacketPotatoes

pork chop

I wish I had my own photo but both times, the meal was eaten so fast I had no chance to think about photos!!

I can whip up a dozen packets in about 30 minutes. Very easy to prepare! Maybe Ill make a video eventually. If you are not sure how to make fold packets – this is how I wrap mine.


8-12 THINLY Sliced Pork Chops (Kids will eat 1. Adults will eat 2)

1 Green Pepper, chopped

1 Red OR Yellow Pepper, chopped

1 Small Sweet Onion, chopped

1/2 10oz bag of frozen pineapple chunks (This tastes better than canned. I would go fresh if you can’t find frozen and then use canned as a last resort)

1 bottle Trader Joe’s Soyaki (Or SoyVey Very Teriyaki)


Combine Peppers, Onions and Pineapple in a bowl.

Tear off 1 square of foil. Place Pork Chop in the center. Take 1 handful of chopped mixture and place ontop of the pork chop. Pour approx.1 TBS  Teriyaki Sauce on top. Fold up the packet and Repeat until all portions are done!

Serve this with some quick cooking rice and you will be THE Campfire Cook that everyone will love!