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!

 

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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Mini Raw Vegan Cheesecakes

Mini Raw Vegan Cheesecakes

These vegan  cheesecakes are so creamy & have become a favorite treat in my house! There are tons of different variations you can make to the cheesecake filling with different fruits, nut butters, or spices and even fun toppings!

For the base:
1 c walnuts
1 c pitted dates
For the filling:
1 c cashews (soaked in hot water for 10 min)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c agave
1/2 c coconut oil
Juice from one lemon
Pinch of salt

**for the chocolate layer I added in chocolate hummus I found at my local HEB but you can find similar ones from Delighted by Hummus**

Blend base ingredients & filling ingredients separately, then press base mixture into the bottom of a cupcake pan. Pour filling mixture over base, add any optional toppings & freeze. Thaw for 8-10 minutes before eating.

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Jilz Crackerz Breaded Chicken

Jilz Crackerz Breaded Chicken

This breaded chicken is one of my favorite quick meal staples to make during the week. It’s flavorful, easy, versatile and super healthy. With only 6 ingredients you have no excuse not to try this! You could serve it with rice and veggies, on a salad, or with pasta and you’ve got one of the yummiest and most effortless meals you could think of!

Ingredients:
thin sliced boneless skinless chicken
1 package cracked pepper and sea salt Jilz Crackerz
1 tbsp Bragg’s Organic Sprinkle Seasoning
1 tsp himalayan pink salt
1 tsp chili powder
2 eggs

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425ª. Blend crackers until they have broken with some coarse pieces and some finer pieces. Mix Bragg’s seasoning, salt, and chili powder into the crushed crackers in a wide, shallow bowl. In another wide, shallow bowl beat the eggs. Dip the chicken strips into the eggs, then the cracker mixture and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

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Eating Healthy in College

Eating Healthy in College

When you’re busy, on a budget, & living alone for the first time it may be really hard to find the right direction when it comes to your health. While exercise is important, the most important thing you can do for your body is fuel it properly with healthy food.

I’m going to walk you through my grocery list & the staples that I keep in my apartment to make sure that I have good food that’s easy to prepare. I’ll talk about each one of my categories & give you ideas of the things you could make with these foods, then I’ll give you my tips for making healthy eating easy.

Typical Grocery List:
(Fresh Foods)
Apples– CHEAP! with PB& granola
Bananas– CHEAP! Top yogurt/smoothie bowls, eat with PB & granola, freeze to make smoothies, banana bread
Fruit– I generalize fruit on my list because the key is to BUY IN SEASON
Cauliflower– dip in hummus, mashed cauliflower, oven roasted cauliflower
Carrots-dipping in hummus
Head of lettuce– Salads, sandwiches
Tomato-salads, sandwiches, quinoa bowls, personal pizzas
Squash/Zucchini– CHEAP! Sauté or grill & add to quinoa “fried rice”, quinoa bowls,
Sweet Potato– Baked fries, mashed, sweet potato bowls, quinoa bowls
Avocado– Avocado toast, guacamole, salads, sandwiches, quinoa bowl
Vegetables-I also generalize veggies on my list because again, the key is to BUY IN SEASON
Greek Yogurt/Siggis– with granola & fruit, sweet potato bowls, spread on toast
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Cashew Milk– smoothies, pancakes, baking
Frozen Chicken, Turkey Sausage, Ground Turkey– main dish, salads, sandwiches, turkey burgers, turkey meatballs, turkey meat sauce with spaghetti, personal pizzas
Eggs– breakfast, quinoa “fried rice”, baking, on top of avocado toast

(Pantry)
Popcorn- (SkinnyPop is my favorite)
Granola– (Purely Elizabeth, KIND, or homemade) yogurt, sweet potato bowls, smoothie bowls, apples & PB, by itself
Nut butter– Put it on EVERYTHING
Old Fashioned Oats– blend into oat flour for baking, oatmeal, granola
Whole Wheat Tortillas– wraps, personal pizzas
Whole Wheat Bagel Thins– sandwiches, turkey burgers
Whole Wheat/Sprouted Grain Bread– Toast (AVO TOAST!!!), sandwiches
Canned Black Beans– add to quinoa bowls, Mexican style salad with romaine, chicken, corn
Canned Chickpeas– DIY hummus, chickpea blondies, oven roasted chickpeas, quinoa bowls

Favorite Grab n’ Go Snacks:
That’s it Fruit bars– only ingredients are fruit!
Squarebars– organic & chocolately protein bars… need I say more?
RXBars– natural ingredients & 12g protein per bar
GoMacro bars– vegan, gluten free, whole ingredients

Sweet Treats:
Dark Chocolate– 70% cocoa or higher is best

If you want to make eating healthy a lifestyle you need to make it easier for yourself to prepare good food & get yourself inspired to crave good food. If you’ve never craved vegetables a day in your life, thats okay! But here are my tips on how to get you there.

1. Follow Accounts that give you healthy inspiration– some of my favorites are:
@rachaelsgoodeats
@shutthekaleup
@rachlmansfield
@jshealth
@realfoodology
2. Prepare ahead of time– if you know you have a busy week ahead of you, prep your meals & reheat them later, overnight oats are so easy to make throw them in the fridge the night before & grab n’ go before class in the morning
3. Keep healthy snacks in your bag– keeping a healthy snack with you in case you get hungry helps keep you from crashing & possibly overeating or eating something unhealthy later
4. Make a list– making a grocery list helps to keep you on track & can help prevent you from buying things that are unhealthy that are not on your list
5. Find healthy ways to treat yourself– keeping treats made from whole food around makes it easier to feel like your satisfying your cravings. Because I have a sweet tooth, I try to keep chocolate protein balls, chickpea blondies, banana bread, vegan cheesecakes, or oatmeal chocolate chip cookies around!

Xx
-Haley