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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Nontoxic Deodorant

I started the transition to cleaner home and body products about a year ago.  I wrote a blog post about my transition, why I decided to switch to cleaner products, and some of the products that have worked well for me here.  To be honest, this was a pretty daunting process for two reasons – 1) because there are soo many products that we use daily that contain harmful chemicals and 2) it is such a challenge to find products that are actually clean. Several products are labeled “organic,” or “natural,” however these labels do not necessarily mean that the particular product does not contain harmful ingredients.
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How to Make Your Own Almond Milk *Update*

I’m really passionate about eating real food. I believe (and feel my best) when I eat fresh, real foods in the purest forms and minimize the amount of processed foods that I’m consuming. In my opinion, we don’t need all of those additives found in many processed foods today and its not doing our digestion any favors. 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 super 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. See recipe below!

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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 so clean and easy to make. However, it is very plain- it tastes like almonds. Like 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 Your Own 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! I’ve noticed that store bought almond milks contain a ton of ingredients including fillers and preservatives. I recently tried making 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 (the natural way!), but in this post I will just include the most basic almond milk recipe.

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4 Watchouts for Eating at Vegan Restaurants

I’m not a vegan, but I lean towards the plant-based side of the spectrum. My favorite type of quick food places are raw vegan/ juice bar type places. When I first started consulting, I was disappointed to largely give up cooking, but then got over this quickly when I started researching all of the raw vegan juice bar esq 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, but swore that after her week of Sakara, she always felt AMAZING. 

Obviously, I was intrigued…

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Do you even know what you’re eating?

What are you eating? Do you even know what you’re eating? You may not be aware of all of the ingredients you’re consuming on a daily basis. As a 20-Something, we grab bagels to go on the way to work and to us, cooking typically means “order Seamless.” We eat bars that are seemingly healthy and wonder why we feel like crap. Food labels trick us into thinking we are eating healthy while we are unknowingly consuming crazy amounts of sugar, gluten, soy, sodium, and preservatives.

In the words of Mark Hyman, “if it has a label or a barcode, you should probably avoid it.” Don’t let healthly seeming food labels saying “all natural” trick you either. The ingredients list is the first place to look. I am all about eating organic. I love organic foods and make a huge effort to eat organic as often as possible. However, the ingredients list still needs to be checked. Even if the ingredient list is organic, organic sugar is still sugar.

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