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  1. LOVING your blog:)

  2. First, let me say that I LOVE your blog so I mean this not as a criticism. I know that you’re in the process of redesigning your blog so I have a reader request for you. When you get it all finished, can you make sure that your text is left-justified? It is so hard to concentrate on the content of a paragraph when each line starts in a slightly different spot. I like the way that centered paragraphs look, but they really are not the easiest to read. I’ve always kind of thought this and then another blogger I follow posted this a couple of weeks ago:
    Anyway, I won’t stop reading your blog if your text isn’t left-justified, I’ll just have a slightly harder time enjoying it! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Chasity! I TRULY appreciate you helping me with that, I had NO idea that it was hard for people to read, thanks for informing me! I changed it tonight! Thanks again so much for your support!!

  3. Website looking great!!

  4. Arielle, so glad I found your bog it’s really great! I am a fellow chocolate lover cant go a day with out it so this really helps to find healthier options: )

  5. Michelle Nielson says:

    I love the new look but im having a hard time finding a couple of the recipes I love from you, do you stil have the Strawberry Basil Chickpea Salad Sandwiches recipe and you also had one for a protein ball that i think you made at class you put on…it had dates and almond butter, ground almands? Please let me know how i can find them!! I love all of your stuff! Thanks for sharing all you yummy and healthy recipes with us!

  6. pamela m says:

    Hi, love your site and your recipes, I may not know how to access the recipes to print, is there an easy way to print your recipes? I have been writing them down so far.

    thank you

  7. What brand of coconut milk do you use?

  8. Jennifer says:

    I am going to make your date cupcakes with strawberry whip cream frosting for my daughter’s first birthday party. We have already tried them out and they are SO good!! Thank you for the recipe. I was wondering if you know if the cupcakes could be frosted beforehand and set out during the party or if the frosting would “melt” all over and I should just frost them as we serve them?

    • Hi Jennifer! So glad you enjoyed them!! πŸ™‚ The frosting does well as long as it isn’t warm in the house. If anything you could keep the frosting pre-made in the fridge before the party, and then right before the party frost them and set them out. setting them out for a little bit definitely wouldn’t hurt! πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday to your Little one!

  9. Kathleen says:

    I love your blog! I have made several of the recipes, including the almond balls, which were a big hit with my family. I made the s’more schmalls they did not turn out like the photos. I am wondering what type of dates you use. I used packed pitted dates. I am wondering if I should have used a different type of date.

    Thanks Kathleen

    • It’s been quite awhile since I’ve made those balls, but I remember them being more crumbly than what the almond balls are. Pitted dates just mean the pitts were removed which is great and exactly what you want! But no dates are the same in my eyes, some are more dry and some are more tender and soft. That can alter how something turns out. What did they look like?

      • Kathleen says:

        The ones I made appreared to be much lighter in color than the ones you made. They tasted great and the kids ate them up in a flash! The dates that I used were quite dry, perhaps thats what made the difference. Thanks for replying to my question, great blog!

  10. Mary Snow-Titus says:

    Hello, I was wondering where you found the stacking stands and ribbon that you used to make your chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I have looked all over the internet and can’t find it.

  11. Hi Arielle,
    Just wanted to say thank you for doing your blog. It has helped me greatly to look at food preparation in a different way. It is hard to find healthy recipes that taste good. Now we drink green smoothies all the time and when all the sudden my son stopped eating avocados – bam! Avocado Chocolate Pudding! He has no clue and loves it. At the moment I am waiting for the No Bake Give Me Some Energy Bars to cool off. Thank you for sharing and improving our gastronomical experience πŸ™‚
    Thanks, Ania

    • Hi Ania!
      YOU are the sweetest girl! Thank you so much for sharing with me your story! You are making me blush! I am so glad your son is enjoying the pudding, it’s definitely a family favorite! So glad to hear from you, and thanks so much for your kind words! πŸ™‚

  12. Felicia says:

    I want to follow you on facebook but wasn’t sure what name you go under.

  13. Gorgeous Blog you have! I just saw your Strawberry Broccoli salad on Pinterest and have a request. I will be doing a post next week on Strawberry Salads and I would like to include yours. May I have your permission to not only link to your post, but download one of the pictures of your lovely salad? In my Ten Delicious Strawberry Salad post, I will display your salad photo with a link back to your site. I will NOT be displaying the recipe. Please email your reply to [email protected]. I look forward to your reply! Thank you!

    • Hi!
      Thank you for your comment! I give you my permission,and would love if you let me know when the post it published! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for asking me before using my content! πŸ™‚

      • Thank you Arielle! I will add your wonderful salad and link to my list. It will be posted on Tuesday of this coming week. Have a wonderful weekend my new friend! πŸ™‚

  14. Thank you Arielle! I will add your wonderful salad and link to my list. πŸ˜‰

  15. Frances says:

    I’ve stumbled across your blog and love it! Is there anyway possible to find out the recipe for your local farmer’s markets Peanut Butter Green Bar that you have pictured under the healthy snack page please? I’m not in your area and both my son and I LOVE peanut butter and those look yummy (and you made them sound addictive!)

    Thank you for trying!

    • Hi Frances!

      Oh I miss those bars just talking about them! But I bought them from a local store in San Diego when I lived there, and I have TRIED to find a recipe, but I just can’t! BUT, maybe you are close to the restaurant because they have a few in different parts of the country. It’s called The Yellow Deli. Hopefully you have some luck! I know that the ingredients are kale, spinach, swiss chard, peanut butter, agave nectar, peanuts, chocolate chips, and yerbe matte. It resembles a cliff bar I believe. And they use powdered greens that were dehydrated. I’ve tried to recreate, but have badly failed lol!

  16. I have tried to view your recipe for Apple Maple Cinnamon Quinoa Parfait several times on my phone and several different computers. Each time the page does not load and on a few occasions it has caused the internet to not respond and crash. I would love to see this recipe, because it sounds so yummy, but it won’t let me :0(

    • I’m so sorry Rache! My old posts from years back were transferred from another website and have always had a hard time loading. If you want I can email you the recipe?

      • That would be awesome! I have tried two of your breakfast recipes so far and love them both! I have noticed that some of your recipes call for full fat coconut milk. How can I tell it’s full fat?

        • Full fat coconut milk is canned coconut, and it will just say coconut milk. There are other cans that will say light, and that means they aren’t full fat. What’s your email so I can send u the recipe?

  17. Love your blog!
    Just a minor problem with spelling. I’ve noticed that when you use the word course (as in, “Yet of coarse, she lives off of green smoothies…”, β€œAnd of coarse you could always resort to that jar in the back of your pantry…”) you use the spelling “coarse” which means rough or loose in texture among other things. You want to be using “course” in these cases.

    • Hi Julie!
      Funny story, I get comments like this every so often. I’m a horrible speller, so i appreciate when people help me out :). And I usually write my posts late late at night when I’m delirious and tired :). Thanks, I will change that soon!

  18. Gail Williamson says:

    Hi Arielle,

    I just found your blog and your recipes look fantastic! I’m wondering if you sell your recipes in an ebook or regular cookbook? I’m having a hard time finding truly healthy cookbooks or they’re healthy but the food is terrible. Yours looks great!

    Thanks a bunch,

    Gail W.

  19. Arielle i love your blog! Cant believe i havent found it sooner! You have the cutest little family πŸ™‚ Love reading your cooking stories and seeing your gorgeous pics x

  20. Hello I am new to your blog, I am in the market for a juicer can you recommend one?

  21. Ari,
    your blog has gotten me through MANY boring hours at work.. I tell people about it as often as I can. Just wanted to let you know πŸ™‚

  22. Hi,
    I have written you before via facebook! I hate to bother you again but I was wondering where your post was that had where you spoke with your (I think) church group? I am looking to speak with a women’s group in the next month or so and I didn’t know if you had any ideas/advice to give! Not that I want to steal anything from that link but hopefully it can give me some guidance as to which way to go! I tend to go off into so many directions!
    Thanks so much!

    • HI Ashley!
      I’m so sorry I missed your facebook email! I feel terrible!
      I can give you some ideas, no problem! What I did was basically gather all the ‘basic’ type of health food ingredients that people might be unfamiliar with. Like whole wheat flours, grains, legumes, natural sweeteners, etc. And I had them displayed with a card that talked about their benefits. Then I shared my personal story on how I came to choose a healthier life style and why it is so important to me. I also shared 3 recipes that I thought were good starter recipes, a green smoothie, salad, and dessert.
      Here is the link for that post:
      Hope that helps! Good luck!

  23. Hello! I have recently took to a new healthy clean eating lifestyle. Upon doing this I have also recently discovered your blog and I love it! Your little ones are too cute! Anyways I have tried a couple of your recipes and LOVED them all so far. I tried to make the turkey meatballs with spaghetti squash this evening and I don’t know what I did wrong but my squash did not turn out anything like spaghetti. It was more of the consistency of a sweet potato. ( We ended up having meatballs [ they were fantastic] on wheat w/ a spinach salad) Any ideas where I went wrong with the squash? Overcooked, undercooked?

    • Hi Stephanie!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I feel loved that you tried so many of the recipes! I am so sorry that the squash didn’t turn out! I will say that it not the consistency of spaghetti, it’s a little more tough. It shouldn’t be mushy, but soft and more tender. How long did you cook it for?

  24. Trying to figure out what you used to make your candy cane fruit skewers for strawberries and bananas. I can’t figure out what to put them on to make them shape that way. Ideas?

    • Hi Lori!
      I actually just used a white plate, and placed them on the plate, red then white, and formed them into the shape of a candy cane. I didn’t put them on a stick or anything because it was for my two year old. I made it so it was safe and easy to eat and pick up!

  25. Okay I LOVE this blog! Before finding this I’d been dieting like crazy and wasn’t getting anywhere, but I started following the recipes on your blog and I’ve started to lose without even realising! And I feel full and happy all the time. Thank you so much! It’s helped me so much πŸ™‚

    • OMG LOVE hearing this Sophie! I totally agree that you can lose with realizing, especially when you stop dieting and just eating fresh & healthy and enjoying life!
      Thank you for sharing this!

  26. Hey, can you give me any top secret tips to create such an amazing blog like yours? Where do I start? What do I need? Anything would help!! Thanks so much.

    • Hi Hanna!
      You are so cute! No top secret tips, just blog what your passionate about and be yourself! I would check out either a blogspot or a wordpress blog, and make an account and go from there! xo

  27. Ari – Your site is great! Who designed your blog? I am in the process of building a paleo gluten free one. I started a website, but want to add some blog features πŸ™‚ If I use your recipes for invitations I will be sure to add a link to your site! Also I will send you link to mine when ready. Thanks!!! Oh and your kiddos are adorable!

  28. Canterel says:

    Cher Arielle,
    What a joy it’s been to spend the evening shuffling through your recipes and stories, and I look forward to picking out a few potential favorites to test out in the kitchen. I recently decided to change up and restrict my cooking habits due to health concerns, and many of your ideas seem perfectly suited to a no-wheat, vegetarian diet. So thank you! And, oh, what a beautiful photograph of you! I am reminded immediately of the classic, Italian actress, Monica Vitti – my personal favorite. I bet she was an excellent cook.

    Until the next recipe…

    • You are the sweetest Canterel! Thank you so much for all of your kind words! I am so glad to have you here on The Diva Dish, and to share this health journey with you!

  29. Love your blog. Keep it up! I’m a momma to a one and a half year old little girl and find it really inspiring to see other moms working on maintaining a balance between being a great mom and taking care of themselves-although it seems the two go hand in hand πŸ™‚


    hey where did you get the princess crowns for the jars??? i cant find them anywhere

    and also the princess cookies??

    thanks so much

    • Hi jennifer,

      The crowns are actually hair pieces that I found at a party supply store, like party city. And the cookies were made with a cookie cutter I found from a craft store, such as Michaels.

      Hope that helps!


      i love the princess theme birthday party, that is what i am doing for my daughters 1st birthday in july! you did an awesome job!

  31. RitaBee says:

    I thought you said Family Giveaway and I was ready to win a trip. Then I read more carefully, and realized you were the one on a trip. Looked like a great one. Love your blog and sweet family. Glad to get your newsletters ………… r

  32. Your photography is showing up uncredited on another website, which is stealing from many, many blogs:

    This “sketchy” site is owned by Perfect Insight, Inc., and Bob Pham.

  33. Please remove the pictures you have of the dragees on your website from your post in 2010. I have a pending litigation as I own this image and several people have used it to generate income. I see you are not using it in this manner but because it does not link to our website for our own gain and permission was not given, I would like it removed. Thank you

  34. I absolutely love your blog πŸ™‚ It’s inspiring me to get back to mine and start writing again. I must say, you have a knack for blogging and the way you word things makes me laugh. Thank you so much for sharing so much of your life – It’s great when readers (like myself) can connect with a blogger and really relate to the material. I’ll definitely recommend your blog.

    • Oh! I meant to ask as well, do you post some of your blog entries from your phone or do you always use your computer? If you have any tips or tricks for blogging, I’d love to hear them πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Vanessa! Your words are so special and uplifting to me, I totally appreciate it! Thank you for being such a big supporter for me! much love! xo

  35. Hi! I am a new blogger and I am putting together an ebook. I would love to feature one of your recipes (Lemon quinoa chickpea Salad) with photos from your blog. I would love to chat and see if that would work out for you. Email me with questions at hhhh147 at

    • Hi Chanelle, Thanks for considering mr recipe for your e-book. Unfortunately I don’t permit the use of my recipes or pictures for other books, e-books, etc.

  36. Hi Ari – Not sure if you remember me, but I reached out to you with questions about who designed your blog as I was designing my own πŸ™‚ I finally have it up and running ( I wanted to pass it along because I have a lot of smoothie recipes ideas that I thought you may enjoy considering you are also a smoothie lover. Also, wanted to congratulate you on your upcoming bundle of joy! How exciting! Hope all is well with you and your adorable family!

    • Hi Jess! Yes I do remember you! And I just checked out your site and it’s fantastic! Everything looks great, especially all of those yummy recipes! I can’t wait to read more, thanks for sharing this with me πŸ™‚

  37. Amber allen says:

    Hey, I seen your little girl 2nd birthday on Pinterest I love your ideas my little girl is turning one in March and I would love to talk with you about how you did something if the things please get back to me πŸ™‚

  38. Love your blog! Where can I get the metal food container from the 12 lunches post you just did?

  39. Hi Arielle! I had to stop by and say I absolutely loved your video(s) blog. It is so real and so natural and your mommy love definitely shines thru. You are such a sweet person. I love your recipe ideas and wish you all the very best with your third little princess. Looking forward ot your next update:)

  40. Hello, quick question…What is the name of the protein powder you use. I know it said plant based but I can’t remember which post it was under? Thanks!

  41. Absolutely love your blog!
    can’t wait to try some of these and kick ana to the curb!

  42. Hi, I’m an enourmous fan of your blog. I really enjoy baking and try to make everything as healthy as I possibly can. And I use your website so as to insipre me. But lately I’ve been overindulging in sweets. Sure, they’re healthy (dark chocolate, natural sweetners, low fat milk etc.), but I still know that EVERYTHING must be taken in moderation; no matter how healthy those muffins or that piece of cake might be. I live in a dorm, with a few friends. It’s very uncomfortable to be the skinny girl who managed to stuff down 6 giant chocolate muffins in a matter of minutes! How can I get back on track and eat healthy again!?

    • Hi Hanna!
      Thanks so much for your comment, I really loved hearing from you and I hope I can be of some help! First off, don’t be too hard on yourself or compare yourself to others :). I always try and tell myself to enjoy life and don’t feel too guilty and beat myself up when I feel like I need to. When it comes to getting back on track, the one thing I always do is have a LARGE salad everyday. I add lots of different greens like kale, spinach, etc. Then I add lots of different types of raw veggies in the bowl like peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots etc. Then I’ll add maybe some avocado, nuts, or meat protein. Top it with a good dressing and dig in. Then I also try and have vegetables with every meal and fill up on those before I dig into the things I love like carbs and what not :). Hopefully this helps somewhat! Thanks again for the comment!

  43. Hi Arielle,

    I am a big fan of the philosophy behind your blog. With diet related illness and obesity so prevalent in our country, we need strong voices like yours advocating for fresh, whole food meals for their families. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the National School Lunch Program? Over 31 million children a day eat hot lunch served at school, which is why I think bringing your philosophy of diet to the school food world is so important.

    I manage media outreach for The Chef Ann Foundation, and was wondering if you’d be interested in receiving monthly ideas from us related to school food reform to use for blog posts? These could range from calls-to-action, updates on school food news and events, and even giveaways for your followers. Of course, we promise not to bombard you with too many emails; you would hear from us approximately once a month and could opt-out at any time.

    What is The Chef Ann Foundation ( We are a non-profit organization that helps schools transition from serving unhealthy processed and packaged foods, to scratch cooking with fresh produce and wholesome ingredients. We carry out that vision by actively supporting school districts nationwide through grant programs and by providing tried and tested tools for school food change.

    Looking forward to connecting with you!

    All the best,

    Emily Miller
    Marketing and Programs Associate
    Chef Ann Foundation

  44. Heather says:

    Hi Arielle,

    I just stumbled upon your website and it’s great. I found it because I have just started to slowly make my own baby food for my 5 month old which will be starting to eat in about another 2 weeks. I love your blog 101 blog for someone starting out. I was wondering if you maybe had a blog about first fruits. I know what to start with for veggies but have no idea about fruits.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Heather, SO glad to have you here! I don’t really have a post on first fruits, but I do usually start with bananas. I know that there are certain fruits that should be offered to babies when they are a little older, like 8-12 months. These would be like blueberries and strawberries. But You can definitely start with things like bananas, applesauce, pears, etc. Hope that helps! I would talk to your doctor, and they most likely can give you a list of foods of when babies are allowed to eat them :)!

  45. Hi,
    Just discovered your blog. Fun and full of good advice!!

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