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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Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters

Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters on deck tonight! Because I’m ALWAYS craving something sweet after dinner. For me, fruit or a spoonful of honey won’t cut it, I always want chocolate 😋🍫 These are the perfect about of sweet and made with real food and only 4 ingredients! 

I love using tahini, but it can be super pricey- I’ve seen it as high as $10/jar. I found the organic tahini that I used for only $4 at Trader Joes.

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Oat Flour Pancakes with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream and Berries

The move this morning.

Oat flour pancakes with coconut milk whipped cream and topped with berries.

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Rice-less Cauliflower Paella! 🥘💃🏼

Made this paella using riced cauliflower instead of rice and it’s real good. You can even get that “sticking to the pan” effect of normal paella, you just have to let it sit a little longer. 

I have a smaller paella pan so the ingredients are proportional to my pan size, if you have a bigger pan, the portion size may very.

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Carrot Cake Mini Muffins

Threw together the leftovers from my kitchen and came out with these carrot cake muffins! They are vegan, gluten free, have no added sugar and are awesome! Definitely going to try making these before my next flight ✈️ to pack as breakfast. They were too easy to make.

I use a bamboo cutting board from Thrive Market to prep my veggies because plastics interacting with your food is a thing!

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Farmers Market Eggs, Sweet Potato, and Avocado Breakfast Bowl

Avocados for breakfast. Avocados for lunch. Avocados for dinner. I loveeee avocados. Got a chance to stop by the Union Square Green Market yesterday and pick up some farm fresh eggs which are sooo good. It’s crazy the difference you can taste in eggs depending on where you buy them. This morning’s breakfast bowl was very easy to make:

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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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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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Clean Skin Products

We all know that eating well is important. But wellness expands beyond the kitchen. It is not only important to be concerned with what we put into our bodies, but also with what we put on our bodies. What we put on our skin gets aborbed into the body, sometimes occuring immediately. And several popular, everyday products contain various chemicals and even gluten.

Over the past few months, I have begun the transition from my everyday household products to non-toxic household products, starting with products that directly contact the skin. To be honest, this was a long, painful process and involved some trial and error. Hopefully my learnings will make this transition easier for someone else.

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Work Travel & Frozen Foods

After a week of traveling for work, I love waking up knowing that I don’t have to rush to Whole Foods or order Ubereats for food that day. I can wake-up Friday mornings ready- to- go and not feel bogged down by grocery runs or spend extra cash to get food delivered. This is because I keep a constant supply of organic produce in my freezer.

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