Skill Exchange Mixer a Success

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a workshop at the Makeshift Society. Little did I know just how much fun it was going to be, and how much I would be learning myself. Kate Koeppel, creator of Skill Exchange (and my website), brings folks together to teach, share and learn from one another, promoting self-reliance skill building.


Mixing up the local, seasonal, medicinal onion dip. Yum

Quite the crowd

Quite the crowd


Supportive friends from the health and wellness world, Jessica Mishra and Michaele Kruger

That being said, the first mixer of a series open to the public was a party; we learned how to stitch a tie from This Humble Abode, properly store produce and why we should buy local from Mission Community Market, pickle green strawberries from Fermenters Club (for all you in need for a kick to your digestive system!), and how to make date sweetened almond milk from Project Juice . All in all, the night was a sweet success.


A super happy me getting ready to perform

For additional press and information about this event, visit the DIY Network’s Made+Remade blog. Hope to see you at the next Skill Exchange! Photo credit: Kara Brodgesell.

Get Fit, Lose Fat, Eat Lots! Learn about it…

Stephanie Atwood, founder of Go Wow Team, is one of my idols. At just over 60 years of age, she is a wonderful inspiration to any woman as an entrepreneur, fitness coach and elite runner, mentor, teacher and human being.

Stephanie and I are excited about our second round of our program Get Fit Lose Fat Eat Lots! The first go around a few months ago was a lot of fun and very successful. We recorded a 15  minute teaser to give those of you interested more information, and we will be hosting an in-person information session on June 13 (please join the Meetup here to RSVP and for detailed info). We will be outlining the program before you have to commit (the program officially starts on June 20) and there will be snacks. At least come and eat with us!  :  )

From the great results that Stephanie and I have seen, Stephanie wrote the best selling first book in a series, Belly Fat Blowout on Amazon, which I consulted on and designed a 3-day cleanse for. Stephanie and I will be using this best seller along with our just published Belly Fat Blowout, Part 2, as our study guides for our upcoming group program.

In addition to the written material, the books offer links to educational handouts and templates, and MP3 downloads and links to weekly 30-minute recorded phone calls. For our group members, we offer additional support calls, three in person support group meetings, journal reviews, and a private Facebook Group Page, just for members to post their questions, concerns and discussion points.

This program isn’t some quick fix, deprivation driven diet plan (if you know Stephanie and me).  : )  It combines healthy eating (and wonderful recipes, some of which are pictured below) with moderate movement producing marvelous, lasting results.

chocolate tart


curry soup



salmon salad

Here is what some of our past participants have said:

“I would give this program an A+ for the support, depth of knowledge of Stephanie and Amy and of course the results.” - Leti D

“an informative, eye opening, educational program that gave me the tools I needed to learn how to eat and workout for optimal metabolic health.” – Michaela R

All of you have access to the public group page at Facebook. The link is

Group participants will have access to a private group page, only for paid members, where Stephanie and I will respond to your questions and concerns, only available to our immediate group. We hope you can join us!

To good health and happiness,

Amy Griffith, Certified Nutrition Consultant and Health Coach, and Stephanie Atwood, Certified Coach and Trainer


Vegan banana spoon bread…that’s really good

I am taking a break from eggs right now. It seems to be the egg whites that cause the problem (I made a killer egg yolk custard that was fine). And eggs are such a perfect food in so many ways (but they are also one of the most allergenic foods out there), so it bums me out. The protein, fat, chromium (controls blood sugar levels and metabolizes cholesterol) and other important nutrients that we get from eggs make them ideal for anyone to consume, especially expecting mama’s. So egg yourself out (but not every day – I think that’s how I developed a bit of an intolerance).  Here we go with grain-less, egg-less and overall vegan, protein packed banana spoon bread, without all of the  gluten-free gums, flours and preservatives:

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  • 3 cups almond meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup freshly ground chia seeds
  • ¾ cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 2 very ripe, large bananas, mashed
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • coconut or extra virgin olive oil, for greasing pan
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan well.
  2. Grind the chia seeds using a coffee grinder, Vitamix, or mortar pestle, mix with milk and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl, add chia mixture, and mix well until a batter is formed.
  4. Transfer to the greased loaf pan, and use a spatula to smooth the top.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown and when a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  6. Let cool, slice and serve!

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*Adapted form Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

Teach, Share, Learn with Skill Exchange

My amazing website designer Kate Koeppel, who also created a custom logo series, is a mover, shaker…and maker.

Skill Exchange Mixer May 17

Join your neighbors and friends at the Makeshift Society this Friday, May 17th, from 7-9pm for an evening of mixing, learning, sharing and creating. I will be doing a cooking performance (sounds so much cooler than a “demo”), along with other skilled makers and creators, to promote self-reliance. With all this talk around slow food, slow clothing and slowing down (period), this is the perfect re-introduction to handcrafting. And drinks and snacks with your friends isn’t a bad way to spend an evening, is it!?  Get your tickets here – they are goin’ fast!