Refreshing Watermelon Granita

Refreshing Watermelon Granita
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Ingredients:

4 cups watermelon
¼ cup lemon juice
1-2 tbsp honey

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a shallow pan (9×13 should work) and freeze for 2-3 hours. Use a fork to rake through the frozen watermelon mixture and spoon into cups or bowls to serve!

Zucchini and Chickpea Cakes with Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Dressing

Zucchini and Chickpea Cakes with Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Dressing

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These crispy cakes make the perfect side dish or appetizer for any meal! The first time I made these I didn’t make the sriracha sauce and let me tell you… big mistake. The dipping sauce is what absolutely made this dish 10/10 it’s spicy and refreshing and the perfect partner for these cakes.

Ingredients:

For the cakes:
2 zucchini squash
1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1 egg
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
½ tbsp. za’atar seasoning
avocado oil for cooking

For the dressing:
1/3 cup chosen foods avocado mayo
1/2 tbsp sriracha
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Shred your zucchini with a cheese grater and drain with a cheese cloth or towel (try to get as much water out as you can!). Pour chickpeas into a food processor and pulse until you get small chunks. Mix the shredded zucchini, chickpeas, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning in a bowl until well combined. Heat avocado oil in a skillet on medium to high heat and cook the zucchini cakes for 3-5 minutes on each side. Remove the cakes from the pan and place on paper towels to soak up the extra oil. Mix  the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, garnish with fresh parsely, and serve.

Travel Guide: San Francisco

Travel Guide: San Francisco

For Your Instagram

 

 

Golden Gate Bridge- This one seems self explanatory, but the bridge is the perfect place for some really awesome photos. You might want to check the weather since it can get REALLY foggy. When we went there was really low visibility, but we were still able to get some really awesome pictures! We drove to the other side and hiked up to Battery Spencer which was much less crowded and in my opinion a way better view.

 

The Painted Ladies/Alamo Square- You know those super colorful Victorian houses in the intro of Full House… yeah those ones. They’re right across the street from a beautiful park that’s great for picnics and lounging when the weather is nice.  Tons of people bring their dogs out to play and it’s really beautiful part of town to take pictures.

For Good Eats

 

Jane on Filmore/Jane on Larkin- We loved this spot we went twice. Great coffee, very cute interior and their food is great too! I would recommend trying their Nutty Bird Bread, Avocado Mash, Vegan and Gluten Free Granola.

 

Bluestone Lane- this little Australian-style cafe reminds me so much of one of my favorite spots in New York, Two Hands. Order the Avocado Toast, Banana Toast, the Breakfast Bowl, and the Golden Latte.

 

Pressed Juicery- This was something I had my eye on forever. I had seen so many bloggers in California and New York raving about how amazing Pressed Juicery was and I was really really really excited to try it myself. Definitely try their freeze (it’s like soft serve ice cream but it’s made with the best ingredients! Their chocolate freeze is made with only filtered water, dates, almonds, cacao powder, and sea salt. I really liked their Orange Turmeric Apple Lemon Juice and their Grapefruit Aloe Vera Mint Juice.

 

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse- This could also be listed under the “For Your Instagram” Category” because this place is so darn cute for pictures. Filled donuts, massive cookies, a matcha croissant, and their famous “Cruffin” (a crosse between a croissant and a muffin).

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Mixt- This restaurant has awesome fresh sandwiches, grain bowls, and salads that you can order from the menu or make your own! We went the first night we got there and again one of the last nights because it was so good and right around the corner from our hotel!

Things To Do

Shop at Westfield Mall- This upscale shopping center has NINE STORIES and houses shops like Lululemon, Adidas, GUESS, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Madewell, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Sephora, and Zara.

 

 

Spend a Night at Pier 39- Great Seafood, an amazing view of the water (and Alcatraz!) and fun little shops!

Catch a baseball game- AT&T Park is a beautiful setting for a baseball game. When the weather is nice and sunny you can look out over the field right into the bay. Even if you’re not the biggest baseball fan, like myself, this can be a great experience!

 

Collagen Donuts

Collagen Donuts

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Donuts are yummy, fun and super cute for the ‘gram… AND they can be made with whole food ingredients baked to fluffy perfection that won’t ruin your hard work in the gym. These donuts are low in sugar and have collagen to add a little bit of protein and keep your hair, skin, nails, and joints super healthy!

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 scoops collagen

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp almond extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350º. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until it forms a batter. Spoon the batter into a greased donut pan (only fill it about half way so it has room to rise!) and bake for 8-12 minutes.

Salmon Zucchini Burgers

Salmon Zucchini Burgers

Salmon burgers are something I’ve been dying to make for a while and I’m so glad I finally did because these were too freakin’ good. They only take about 20 minutes to make so these will definitely be something I make often when I’m busy and need a quick and easy meal!

Ingredients:

1lb cooked salmon

1/3 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 zucchini

1 tsp dijon mustard

Seasoning of your choice (I used himalayan pink salt, garlic, black pepper, oregano, parsley, and thyme)

Directions:

Grate half a zucchini and add it to a bowl with the cooked salmon, breadcrumbs, mustard, and seasonings. Mix and mash the salmon and zucchini with the dry ingredients until it sticks together well enough to form burger patties. Heat olive/avocado/coconut oil on medium heat in a skillet. Form four patties from the salmon mix and cook about 5 minutes on each side.

(makes 4 burger patties)

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Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Arctic Zero’s New Light Ice Cream Review

Hey guys! Time for a little product review because Arctic Zero sent me all SEVEN of their new light ice creams!! I was so excited when they contacted me because ever since I was little, ice cream has been my absolute favorite sweet treat (I’m not kidding I ate ice cream almost every night for a WHILEEE…). The problem is, when you’re trying to stay healthy and fit, ice cream doesn’t necessarily get to be a nightly routine anymore. The good news is, Arctic Zero is changing the game. Their new line of light ice creams range from 280-360 calories and are made with real milk and cane sugar. I have to say that if you’ve ever tried an Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Dessert in the past, these Light Ice Creams are so different and are much more creamy like an ice cream as opposed to the icy texture of the Fit Frozen Desserts. I had a few hiccups in the making of this post, including the fact that my refrigerator broke the day after I recieved these and I had to run them down the street to my boyfriend’s house to keep them from melting! But at last here we are, with a full review on these seven awesome ice creams that were gone too fast because I just couldn’t keep my dad and brother out of them!

Cookies & Cream-creamy vanilla flavor with chocolate sandwich cookies

You can’t go wrong with Cookies & Cream. This flavor was crammed with chocolate cookies which is exactly what you want in a Cookies & Cream flavor. The vanilla flavor wasn’t overpowered by the cookies, so the ratio of cookies & cream was pretty perfect.

Chocolate Chunk- creamy chocolate with dark chocolate chunks

I’m more of a vanilla girl when it comes to ice cream, but this flavor was great and I love texture in my ice cream so choosing to make a chocolate flavor with dark chocolate chunks was the right move in my opinion. Even my boyfriend, who isn’t the biggest chocolate fan either, totally dug in when I handed him this pint to try.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies- creamy peanut butter with chocolate cookies and rich peanut butter swirls

I’ve never been someone to pick the peanut butter flavored ice cream off the shelf, but woah. The peanut butter swirls and chocolate cookies added that special something that made the peanut butter ice cream so much more fun! Sometimes when you dig into similar flavors from other brands the mix ins are sparse, but there were no shortage of chocolate cookies or peanut butter swirls which made every bite so delicious!

Mint & Chocolate Cookies- creamy mint flavor with chocolate cookies and dark chocolate chunks

Mint and Chocolate Cookies was so stinkin’ good. The peppermint flavor was rich, and the cookies and dark chocolate chunks are perfect if you love texture and crunch in your ice cream. Mint & chocolate ice cream has always been one of my favorites and they got this one SO RIGHT. 

Vanilla Bean- creamy vanilla with real vanilla beans

A classic done right. Nothing beats the richness of real ground vanilla beans, period. Not their most exciting flavor if you love a good mix-in, but so great for topping off a Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet which is how I chose to devour most of this pint.

Cookie & Brownie Dough- creamy vanilla flavor with cookie dough and brownie dough

This was my favorite flavor. Cookie dough ice cream is okay… but cookie dough AND brownie dough ice cream is the freakin’ BOMB. Sometimes I find that cookie dough in other ice creams has kind of a grainy texture, but I didn’t have that problem with this pint at all. Again, the ratio of mix-ins to ice cream was on point. Not much more to say about this flavor other than it’s absolutely amazing and you HAVE to try it.

Toffee Crunch- creamy vanilla flavor with toffee chunks and caramel swirls

Toffee crunch came in as a close second to Cookie & Brownie Dough and it was my dad’s favorite flavor by far… I was lucky to get a few bites of this flavor before he tore through the pint because it’s just that good. There were plenty of sweet and crunchy toffee chunks and caramel swirls so I didn’t find myself digging through the vanilla ice cream to get to the mix-ins which was awesome.

What I buy at Trader Joe’s

What I buy at Trader Joe’s

I did a poll on my insta stories a little while back asking you guys if you wanted to see a Whole Foods shopping list, or a Trader Joe’s shopping list. Although Whole Foods beat out TJ’s I’ve decided to do a post on both (partially because it’s a really good excuse to do two major shopping hauls with all my favorite goodies). Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff…

Fig Butter- I’m not a huge fan of fresh figs, but I really truly love dried figs, and TJ’s fig butter. So good on toast with almond butter, on crackers, etc. I’ve also been eating mine with Kite Hill almond milk cream cheese… Amazing.

Falafel Mix- This one was new to me. I’ve made falafel at home before but putting everything through a food processor takes a little work so I was excited to try out this falafel mix.

Wheat Pizza Dough- HOLY GUACAMOLE. I loved this item. It took me 25 minutes to make the pizza including washing, and cutting my veggies it was so so easy. I topped mine with organic tomato sauce, arugula, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, shallots, and drizzled it with TJ’s green goddess dressing.

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning- If you’ve ever seen avocado toast on my instagram feed, you have seen this product. It has become a staple and since I tried it last Fall avocado toast has never been the same. It’s addicting and I’ve seen people use this to make homemade bagels, put it on pizza, in dips, on eggs, crackers… you can really get creative with this.

Acaeí Packets- these are so handy for smoothies. I love acaí, but people tend to think that any acaí bowl or smoothie is the same and it’s just not true. I would love to believe that any restaurant selling acaí bowls is healthy, but most of the time those bowls and smoothies are LOADED with sugar and you might as well buy a milkshake. I prefer to make acaí bowls at home with one of these packets from TJ’s with no added sugar, a frozen banana, a handful of spinach and almond milk. If you need it a little sweeter, add some honey, but making them at home is so easy and you control how much sugar you’re actually getting.

Raw Mixed Nuts- I usually end up buying nuts in the bulk section and walk up to the register with 5-6 bags of different nuts for various recipes, but when I want to make a fruit and nut snack mix or my homemade granola, the mixed nuts from TJ’s are so handy! My favorite mix has cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, and pecans.

Ghee- For those of you that don’t really know much about ghee, let me explain. Ghee is butter that has been cooked to separate out the milk solids. It is a healthy fat that can decrease unhealthy cholesterol levels and is better for people who have dairy intolerance’s because it doesn’t contain lactose or casein protein. It is also great for cooking at higher temperatures because it has a high smoke point. My TJ’s always has a great price on their ghee and I use it in my coffee, baking, on toast and I even cooked the cauliflower gnocchi with it!

Popcorn with Herbs and Spices- You guys. This popcorn is actually so stinking addicting. I always have to portion it out in a bowl and make sure I put away the bag because I know for a fact that if I don’t I won’t be able to stop myself. Not much more to say about this other than it’s amazing.

Olive Tapenade- I love tapenade. Dipping veggies or crackers in hummus and salty tapenade is a favorite combo of mine or you could serve tapenade on top of baked fish or chicken, on avocado toast, or even on top of pizza! I ate mine with homemade buckwheat crackers.

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry- I actually just tried this for the first time specifically for this post, but I am impressed. I would like to state my opinion that homemade is better and I did add more veggies, a fried egg, chicken and coconut aminos to mine

Cauliflower Gnocchi- this is CLUTCH. Don’t get me wrong I’m not afraid to eat pasta or regular gnocchi, but if I’m looking for something lighter this gnocchi is “75% cauliflower, as well as cassava flour, potato starch, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt… no wheat, sugar, dairy, or eggs are included” according to the Trader Joe’s website. I paired mine with bilinski chicken sausage and Trader Joe’s quinoa pesto.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust- To be completely honest my favorite way to do a cauliflower pizza crust is made from scratch at home, BUT it takes a little more work than these pre made crusts from TJ’s. You just pop these in the oven for a bit, add your toppings, then put them back in the oven and youre finished!

Hope you guys have enjoyed this little overview of my favorite TJ’s products! If you end up trying any of these or have suggestions for new products to try and review please let me know in the comments or send me a DM on instagram!

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What I buy at Whole Foods

What I buy at Whole Foods

Here it is. This post has been a long time coming and a few weeks in the making with all of the craziness of finals behind me I finally had the chance to finish it! Here are my favorite things to shop for at Whole Foods.

Fruits, Veggies, Salad Bar, Coffee Bar- This might seem like an obvious, but it had to be said. Whole Foods has great organic produce and I love stopping by Whole Foods around lunch time to grab something from their salad bar or a coffee or smoothie from the bar.

Kite Hill Almond Milk Cream Cheese- I have never been diagnosed with a dairy intolerance, but all I know is that dairy makes me breakout, bloated, and icky feeling so I try to stay clear. That is why I absolutely love this cream cheese made with just almond milk, salt, enzyme, vinegar, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, guar gum, and cultures. This stuff is so creamy and I love it on toast, or for making cream cheese icing for cakes or cinnamon rolls.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee/Hot Chocolate- Yes, you read that right, MUSHROOMS. This company uses organic coffee, cacao, coconut sugar, spices, and mushrooms to make drink mixes to keep you calm, give you energy, boost brain power, and support a healthy metabolism.

Healthade- Favorite booch hands down. Now I know that Whole Foods is not the only place to buy Healthade kombucha, but for the longest time it was the only place I could find it. My favorite flavors are Pink Lady Apple, Pomegranite, California Grape, and Super Greens!

Siete Foods- Tortilla chips… Grain-free tortilla chips… Lime flavored grain-free tortilla chips with avocado oil and sea salt. The more you read on the Siete Foods tortilla chips label the more perfect it gets. These are so stinking good it’s unreal. A little pricey for tortilla chips, but I don’t eat tortilla chips a ton, so they’re definitely worth the splurge to me.

Simple Mills- Again a bit of a splurge, but one of my favorite products of all time. The ingredients for their bread and cake mixes are real as heck and they’re SO STINKING GOOD. I brought over a simple mills cake to my brother’s birthday party and most of my friends wanted this cake over the cookie cake and red velvet bundt cake with cream cheese icing sitting next to it on the table. Let me clarify that these were picky boys who could eat trash food all day long… and they picked this cake. Nuff said.

365 Brand Peanut Butter- The creamiest peanut butter I’ve probably ever tasted. No added sugars, real ingredients. At the end of the day it’s just peanut butter, but, like, REALLY good peanut butter.

Primal Pit Paste- I’ve been trying to find a natural deodorant ever since I read about how awful normal deodorants can be since you can absorb 100% of the chemicals that you put on your armpits and all the scary dangers of aluminum in most deodorants. I’m going to be totally transparent with you here I get pretty sweaty when I workout. I work hard and so finding a natural deodorant that lasts and feels right hasn’t been easy and I’m still looking for the right one for me… but so far this has been my favorite. It smells great, feels nice and holds up during my normal every day activities. The downsides are: 1. it comes in a jar so you have to apply it with your fingers and 2. it doesn’t always hold up for the sweatier workouts so I’ll usually use regular deodorant as a backup. Anyways, still a pretty good product and I thought I should include it.

Cocokind Organic Facial Repair Serum- I’m about to finish out this post with a rant about how much I love Cocokind Skincare products. I’ve recently started using this serum instead of coconut oil as a moisturizer for my face and I’ve found that it absorbs more quickly than coconut oil and still leaves my skin so so soft.

Cocokind Organic All-Over Moisture Stick- The Cocokind sticks are brilliant. you can take them anywhere, apply them easily, and they’re so cute. Although I haven’t tried the beet lip and cheek tint I do love the matcha coconut oil moisture stick and the turmeric spot treatment. I use the moisture stick for my lips and under my eyes and it feels heavenly.

Cocokind Organic Turmeric Spot Treatment- Lastly, the turmeric spot treatment. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory food and has tons of antioxidants so it makes perfect sense for a spot treatment. You can use this on new blemishes or to fade acne scars. Just be careful because turmeric will stain so keep it off of your clothes!

 

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Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

IMG_6552.JPGI LOVE banana bread. Pumpkin bread is good, I even have a special place in my heart for zucchini bread, but banana bread always takes the cake. Now typically I would add something basic like walnuts to my banana bread, but I didn’t have walnuts… what I did have was dried figs and let me tell you I’m so glad that I did. This combo is so yummy and different and the dried figs add a caramel-y flavor that’s perfect with chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp honey

3 over ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Foods Dairy Free Chocolate Chips)

1/2 cup chopped dried figs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients and the coconut sugar. Mix the wet ingredients then slowly add in the dry ingredients mixing as you go. Dump in your chocolate chips and dried figs and mix them in (pro tip: lightly coat your chocolate chips with a little bit of flour to avoid them all sinking to the bottom of the batter). Pour into a loaf pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Easter Treats

Easter Treats

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Happy Easter everyone! Thought I would post a few fun and sweet recipes today and what better than some “healthified” muffins with pastel colored whipped coconut cream and copycat Reese’s peanut butter eggs with a twist! Everything is easy to make and super cute for an Easter themed treat! I used beets as a natural food dye for the coconut cream which gave it a perfect  pastel color!

Base:
1 cup oat flour
2-3 tbsp honey (you can adjust to your preferred sweetness)
1 egg
3 tbsp plain, unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Lemon chia seed:
Zest from one medium lemon
Juice from one medium lemon
1 tbsp chia seeds

Dark Chocolate:
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla
(If batter gets too dry after adding cacao powder just add a tiny splash of almond milk

Coconut whipped cream icing:
2 cans coconut milk chilled overnight (this is important! You need the fat to separate from the liquid!)
2 1/2 tbsp honey
1 beet (red or yellow for pink or light yellow color)

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly then add in dry ingredients and stir until it reaches the consistency of a batter (shouldn’t be too thick nor too runny). Then after you’ve mixed the base you can add in the extra ingredients for either the lemon chia seed flavor or the fudgy dark chocolate flavors. Spoon into a muffin tin with muffin liners about 3/4 full and bake for about 12 minutes (you’ll have to watch them because my lemon chia seed flavor took a little longer to bake).

For the whipped coconut cream:
After you have chilled the coconut cream overnight, open the cans and spoon out the solid portion from the top. Place in a chilled bowl (or if you have a stand mixer chill your mixing bowl). Add your honey and mix on the 2nd speed for about 2 minutes. If you want to dye the cream with beets just grate a red or yellow beet and squeeze out the juice through a cloth or paper towel (BE CAREFUL THIS WILL STAIN) and add a few drops of the juice to your cream. You won’t need much the color is really strong!

The peanut butter caramel copycat Reese’s eggs are a recipe from Rachel Mansfield and I’ll link it below!

Rachel Mansfield Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Eggs

The carrot cake muffins are from Taline Gabrielen’s cook book Hippie Lane linked below! (I topped these with the cashew cream I use in my Mini Raw Vegan Cheesecakes

Hippie Lane Cookbook

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