Entries Tagged as 'Healthy Living'

Spinach & Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

I’ve always loved smoothies and more recently, have jumped on the oh-so-popular smoothie bowl trend. When Wayfair reached out and asked if I would share a smoothie recipe, alongside 16 other bloggers, I jumped on the opportunity! I was excited to share one of my favorites, plus to discover other smoothie recipes from some fabulous ladies.

I decided to create a smoothie bowl for this little challenge because I really like 1.) the contrast in textures between the creamy smoothie and crunchy toppings and 2.) they feel fancy and pretty. And since I typically work from home and wear not-so-fancy clothes all day, I like spicing up the day with something sort of fancy(ish).

The main / only “tool” you need to make an epic smoothie is a blender. I am a HUGE fan of my Vitamix, but this one is more affordable and v highly rated and I’m intrigued/kind of want to get a hand/immersion blender as well.

I’m a classic strawberry and banana smoothie kind of girl, but right now I’m on a pineapple kick and also wanted to incorporate some greens. Spinach is a really easy and tasty green to add to smoothies, especially if you’re new to the green smoothie train.

Spinach + Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl recipe below!

Smoothie Bowl Ingredients:
A handful spinach
2 stalks celery, cut in half
3 spears pineapple (from Trader Joes, but you could also get adventurous and cut your own pineapple. I would recommend a half cup or so!)
1 date, pit removed
2 tablespoons nonfat Greek Yogurt
Splash of unsweetened almond milk
Fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)

Optional Substitutions:
If you’re looking for dairy-free option, swap Greek yogurt for half of an avocado to get that creamy texture. I would have added it if I had one, with or without the yogurt! || If the sweetness from the pineapple and the date isn’t enough, add some honey. Or opt for more sweetness from your toppings! || Protein powders are also a good option, as well as chia seeds (either blended directly with smoothie ingredients or used as a topping).

Toppings (the fun part!):
Pomegranate seeds
Bare Snacks Organic Toasted Coconut Chips
Purely Elizabeth granola (my absolute fave – vegan, gluten-free and SO GOOD)

Directions:
For a high speed blender like the Vitamix, I add the fruit and harder items like celery first, layer on the spinach, and top with the liquid.For regular blenders, often the recommendation is to add liquid first (to the bottom). Pinterest is a great resource for smoothie recipes and tips for using your type of blender or device.

Blend for about 2 minutes and pour/spoon into a bowl. Top the sh!t outta the smoothie with colorful, healthy and yummy stuff. I prefer a few crunchy toppings to contrast with the creaminess texture of the smoothie. Also contrasting colors between the toppings and the smoothie, like I did with the pom seeds, always makes for a pretty photo. 😉

Annnnd Jack clearly wanted to try the smoothie too! Here’s some smoothie recipes from other amazing bloggers. Thank you Wayfair for sponsoring this post!

1. Simple Green Smoothie by Bright Green Door
2. Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie by Create and Babble
3. Layered Smoothie by Dans Le Lakehouse
4. Orange Carrot Smoothie by Divine Lifestyle
5. Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie by Embracing Homemaking
6. Peach Cobbler Smoothie by Endlessly Inspired
7. Tropical Green Smoothie by Harlem Lovebirds
8. Spinach and Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl by Lucky Andi
9. Simple Strawberry Smoothie by Only By Grace
10. Orange Carrot Ginger Whole Food Smoothie by Pretty Polished Perfect
11. Tropical Spinach Smoothie by Red Shutters
12. Chamomile, Blueberry, and Peach Smoothie by Vicki O’Dell
13. Pineapple Spinach Smoothie by The Honeycomb Home
14. Dreamy Lavender Smoothie by The Mom of the Year
15. Green Detox Smoothie by This Girl’s Life
16. Winter Citrus Smoothie by Two Places At Once
17. Chocolate Pea Protein Smoothie by We Know Stuff

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, August 25, 2016

I recently made this dark chocolate avocado mousse for an event I hosted and it was a huge hit! I got a lot of questions about it, so wanted to share the recipe! I first discovered the dark choco avo mousse from my friend Mady’s gorgeous IG feed (here’s her photo that sucked me into this dessert!). I adapted the original recipe, found here, and was super happy with how it turned out! You can always adjust things like # of avocadoes, dates, etc. to your liking too. Enjoy!

DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
4 small avocados
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add a little more at end too)
2 tablespoons of raw organic cocoa powder
1 bar of your favorite high quality dark chocolate, melted
4-5 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Melt the dark chocolate over the stove.

2. Add all other ingredients to the blender (I used Vitamix) and pour melted dark chocolate over.

3. Blend until creamy / fluffy

4. Let set in freezer for approx. 15-30 minutes so it’s super cold when you serve!

5. Top with raspberries and Bare Snacks coffee coconut chips!

Photo via Tory Putnam

10 Day Health Challenge – Summer Menu!

Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016

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Hi everyone!

I’ve shared about the 10 Day Health Challenge before when it first launched it and have always admired one of the founders Claudine’s drive and energy and LOVED all of her food. Her Instagram @cookingclaudine is one of my very favorites to follow! The 10 Day Health Challenge is a program Claudine and her business partner Haley put together that consists of a 10-Day whole food meal plan and grocery list, nutritional support and a community of likeminded people who also want to get healthier and feel more empowered to cook and eat well. The challenge removes all processed foods, sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol and coffee from your diet for 10 days. This isn’t like a juice cleanse where you aren’t eating – you are fueling your body with GOOD foods and seriously, you would be surprised how easy some of the recipes are to make (and how delicious meals can be, even without bread and cheese!).

I was super excited to partner with them earlier this week to bring some amazing bloggers together to learn more about the 10 Day Health Challenge, talk about health and wellness and eating well, and enjoy meal from the 10 Day Health Challenge summer guide. We hosted the event at Claudine’s beautiful apartment (seriously – look at that table!)

Here’s what the menu for the 10 Day Health Challenge summer dinner party was – and check out the photos of the meal and dessert below! All of the food was SO good and I finished the meal feeling full and content, without at all feeling stuffed or bloated. It was so refreshing!

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Claudine’s signature Buckwheat Crackers with Macadamia and Sun Dried Tomato Spread
Cauliflower Crust Pizza with summer squash
Cauliflower Tabouli
Spinach Falafel with Tahini over Arugula Salad
Chocolate Cashew Cream with raspberries, cacao, and bee pollen

I know 10 days can feel pretty daunting (or at least it does for me a little bit!), so there’s also a FREE 3-Day Health Challenge for you HERE if you’re interested. If you’re up for the challenge of trying out the full 10 Day Summer Health Challenge that kicks off August 1st, get 10% off with the code SUMMER10. Sign up HERE.

If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to end your day with a cheese plate for dinner and a glass (or two..) of wine every night. Because they are both delicious and amazing. And because, duh. BUT – I’m going to try to stretch my eating/drinking habits and challenge myself to eating (and drinking) a lot cleaner and healthier. I haven’t decided if I am going to do the FULL 10 days or do the 3 day or if I am going to swap out all breakfasts and lunches for 10HC meals or how I’ll exactly modify, but that’s why I love the program Haley and Claudine put together. You have the ability to LEARN what you should be putting in your body (and what you shouldn’t), and be equipped to prepare those meals for yourself and take the learnings and go out into your regular, day-to-day life.

Oh! And make sure to follow @10DayHealthChallenge on Instagram!

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CHARCOAL!

Posted on: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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First of all, hi! Thank you all for your kind words, tips and recommendations from my post about my acne issues. I was so encouraged by FB, Instagram and blog comments and a bunch of emails from people, saying that they were also struggling with adult acne. It’s amazing knowing we’re not alone in our body image struggles, amiright?!

I am going to compile some of the tips and products I heard about from a lot of people soon, but today, want to share about ALL THINGS CHARCOAL! I was recently chatting with my friend Brooke about skincare and the benefits of charcoal and afterwards, decided to investigate more and try out some charcoal products! According to allure, “Activated charcoal, carbon that’s been treated to increase its absorbency, isn’t new. It’s been used in hospital emergency rooms for years to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. It works by attaching to toxins in the stomach and absorbing them before the bloodstream can. The theory behind including activated charcoal in beauty products is similar: It’ll act like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. Activated charcoal is especially useful if you live in a city, where your skin is constantly bombarded with pollutants.”

In addition to absorbing oil and dirt, other benefits of activated charcoal are that it makes pores less visible and cleaner, helps treat acne, soothes skin irritations like cuts, scrapes and bug  bites and MORE! {Read more here}

Here’s a round-up of some skincare products with activated charcoal! From top left, clockwise:

FIG + YARROW Organic Clay Mask – $23 // This mask is a dusty black powder that you can mix with water (or, according to allure, mix with aloe for soothing, yogurt for softening). it’s best for oily skin, because it also contains oil-absorbing kaolin clay and is good not only for your face, but neck, chest and back.

Beautycounter’s Charcoal Cleansing Bar – $28 // I discovered Beautycounter from my friend Brooke and am obsessed with everything I’ve tried from the brand. All of their products are clean, safe, chemical-free, etc. – something MOST makeup and skin care brands AREN’T! This charcoal bar “detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion.” It’s made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil.

Beautycounter’s Purifying Charcoal Mask – $45 // Another Beautycounter gem that I need to try out! This mask “gently exfoliates, draws out impurities, and soothes the skin. The formula helps improve skin’s overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity.” According to their site, 90% of people reported “skin feeling clean and renewed”, 94% reported that “the mask absorbed excess oils” and 97% reported “refined and smoothed skin” after just two weeks!

LUSH Coalface Cleansing Charcoal Bar – $14 // I’ve been a long-time LUSH fan and heard great things about this Coalface bar! It’s best for combination to oily faces. The powdered charcoal “absorbs excess sebum and acts as a mild exfoliator, while rosewood and sandalwood oils reduce redness and clear up blemishes.”

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar – $12 // I just bought this bar in Nashville because I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, but have LOVED the results from using it daily so far! The soap bar “deeply cleanses, exfoliates, and detoxifies, working especially well with oily, combination, and blemish-prone skin types. ” Herbivore products are also vegan, formulated without gluten, cruelty-free, and 100 percent natural.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores – $26 // This is a charcoal mask that “draws out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers” helping with dullness and uneven skin texture. It was the #1 selling mask a few years ago and still is a top seller at Sephora. You can also get a mini version for only $4 at Sephora that you can use 3-5 times with one container!

Have you tried any charcoal skincare products? Would love to hear your recommendations!

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