Whole Fruit Versus Juice: Which Is The Better Option?

You may be thinking: if juice comes from fruit then fruit juice and whole fruit must be the same nutritionally. However, when comparing fruit juice versus whole fruit, whole fruit is the nutritionally superior option. This may be surprising considering the popularity of juice bars and juice cleanses and their association with health. Drinking 100% fruit or veggie juice is not an unhealthy option. In fact, fruit and veggies contain antioxidants and vitamins and drinking juice is a means of getting these beneficial nutrients. However, when given the choice between whole fruit versus juice, the whole fruit is the better option. Here’s why…

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Great Groceries to Stock Up on During Quarantine

During this COVID 19 quarantine, many of us may find that we are at home cooking much more than usual. If this is not something that you are used to doing, it may be a challenge to navigate what groceries to purchase at the grocery store. I wanted to share some of my favorite groceries to purchase that I find tend to last awhile. Not all of these groceries are nonperishable, so be sure to check the sell by date to ensure it is safe to eat!

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How To Brew Kombucha

Kombucha is great. It’s a lighter caffeine alternative to have in the morning. Or a refreshing carbonated drink to have during the day with the perfect level of sweetness. I even like using it as a cocktail  mixer. It is fizzy and delicious and contains probiotics with provide beneficial bacteria to support your gut microbiome. I love drinking kombucha, but I don’t love the cost. I’ve seen kombucha sold anywhere from $3 to $7 per bottle. If you’re drinking a bottle of kombucha everyday, this adds up quick. I started brewing my kombucha as a cheaper method of obtaining kombucha- it’s also pretty easy to make. The majority of the process includes just letting the mixture sit and ferment.

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How to Make Your Own Almond Milk 2

I’m really passionate about eating real food. I feel my best when I eat fresh, real foods and minimize my consumption of processed foods. For the past several months, I’ve started to make my own almond milk. Making your own almond milk is super easy and only requires two ingredients- almonds and milk. It is very simple and devoid of any thickeners and preservatives found in many store bought almond milks. I wrote an entire blog post on making your own almond milk and the benefits linked here.

I recently tried using blanched, sliced almonds to make my own almond milk vs. regular raw almonds. It was a complete game changer! This almond milk comes out naturally sweet and so so delicious! The recipe is very similar to the one I recently posted using regular, raw almonds just replaces them with blanched, almonds.

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Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Almond Milk

I recently posted about homemade almond milk and all of the benefits to making your own almond. If you missed it, check it out at the link here.

Homemade almond milk is a very clean milk alternative and it’s also very easy to make. By itself, it does taste very plain (it tastes like almonds), as it should because it is only made with 2 ingredients- almonds and filtered water. However, for a little more flavor you can sweeten the almond milk (the natural way!). This recipe sweetens the almond milk with fresh medoolan dates and cinnamon.

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How to Make Almond Milk

Almond milk is such a staple in my kitchen. I use it in my morning matcha lattes, my smoothie bowls, and oatmeal. If you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you know that I LOVE smoothie bowls! However, I’ve noticed that store bought almond milks contain a ton of ingredients, including fillers and preservatives. I wanted to make my own almond milk. It’s something that I have been wanting to do for a while and it was seriously so easy! The craziest part? It actually tastes like almonds.

The most basic almond milk is made with only 2 ingredients- almonds and water. You can also add additional ingredients such as dates and cinnamon to sweeten and flavor the almond milk (see recipe for Date Sweetened Almond Milk), but in this post I will just include the most basic almond milk recipe.

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Four Watch-outs When Eating at Vegan Restaurants

I’m not a vegan, but I lean towards the plant-based side of the spectrum. My favorite type of fast-casual food places are raw vegan/ juice bar type places. When I first started my job as a Management Consultant, I was disappointed that traveling every week for work meant that I would have to largely give up cooking. However, I quickly got over this when I began researching the raw vegan juice bar type places in my first city of work travel. 

I got into the daily routine of eating “healthy” vegan food for every meal. At first, it was great. I was trying all new kinds of vegan meals, getting great recipe ideas to cook at home, and eating delicious plant-based sweets that would require me so much more effort for me to make at home. I was ecstatic, until I started not to feel well anymore. I started gaining weight. I felt super full but was still hungry at the same time. I was lethargic. I was off. I wanted to get back to feeling good so I knew I had to make a change. But I wasn’t quite sure where I went wrong? I was eating at the most seemingly healthy types of restaurants I knew. Shouldn’t I be feeling great? I took a step back and made a few observations at what I was eating. These learnings have helped me flag certain items on the menu and have enabled me to order more wisely.

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Reducing my Sweet Tooth

I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but recently I have been making a conscious effort to avoid added sugars to my foods. I haven’t gotten to 100% no added sugar to my diet, but I’m not quite sure that’s my goal. I try to avoid extremes because they mostly end up not being sustainable. My goal is to actively recognize an added sugar as an added sugar- whether it’s maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, etc. it doesn’t matter what type it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s organic sugar.

Sugar is sugar.

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Sakara Life and Why I’m Obsessed

If you haven’t heard of Sakara Life, they are an organic, plant-based food delivery company. They market eating healthy as fun and sexy. And if you haven’t yet seen their Instagram, you will immediately fall in love once you do.

I was first introduced to Sakara Life about 2 years ago, when a friend of mine told me I had to try Sakara. She warned me that it was pricey and because of that, she only ordered it one week per month. However, she swore that after her week of Sakara, she always felt AMAZING. 

Obviously, I was intrigued…

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