What To Consider When Choosing a Cooking Oil

My favorite oils are olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil. However, I use different oils in different scenarios and in different quantities. I wanted to breakdown the different types of oils and what to consider when choosing an oil.

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10 Healthy Recipes to Kickoff the Fall Season

Happy first day of Fall! It’s time to wear sweaters, drink cider, and eat all of the cozy recipes.

Kicking off the season with 10 healthy and delicious Fall Recipes. All of these recipes are gluten free, dairy free, and so cozy and perfect for Fall! Several of these recipes are made with local and seasonal (to the NY area) ingredients.

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“Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup

Introducing my “Cheesy” Cauliflower Soup. This soup is soo creamy and delicious! It is the perfect cozy recipe for the Fall season. It has a creamy and cheesy flavor, but is completely dairy-free! This recipe is also gluten free, vegan, paleo, whole 30 approved and so easy to make!

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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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Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters

Chocolate Chip Tahini Clusters on deck for dessert tonight! I’m ALWAYS craving something sweet after dinner and fruit just doesn’t just it – I always want chocolate. These Chocolate Chip Tahini clusters are the perfect amount of sweet to satisfy a sweet craving AND they are made with (only 4) real food ingredients.

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Oat Flour Pancakes with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream and Berries

These Oat Flour Pancakes made the perfect breakfast this morning. This simple recipe is both gluten free, vegan, and made with real food ingredients.

I have experimented using different types of healthier flours to make pancakes and in my opinion, oat flour works the best. It can easily create a pancake shape and texture and it isn’t too sticky or fragile. I like cooking these pancakes in dairy free butter and topping then with coconut cream.

So, what is coconut cream? Coconut cream is the solid portion that separates out of coconut milk. In order to get the coconut cream, you must purchase full fat coconut milk. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight and when you remove it from the fridge the next morning, the top of the can will contain the solidified coconut cream. Scoop that part out to use as the “whipped cream” topping on these oat flour pancakes. Alternatively, I have seen canned coconut cream sold at Trader Joes.

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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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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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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, I know a typical breakfast for a 20-Something living in NYC is grabbing a bagel on the way to work and “cooking dinner” often translates to “ordering Seamless.” We eat granola and protein bars that are marketed as health foods 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.

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