Hi everyone! I’m back from a wonderful 8 days in St. Thomas. It’s been too long since I’ve blogged! I’m rounding up all my pics and places we went to share with you, but for now, here are some of the best food products I’ve found lately. Enjoy!
Once Again Nut Butters. I had never heard of these before but am so glad I found them. I had been buying Whole Foods’ almond butter and it was just okay, nothing to write home about. But Once Again’s are so great. Consistency is key with nut butters, and these are on point. They’re available in sunflower, peanut, almond, and cashew. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the cashew, but it’s now my favorite. So creamy! It’s now my go-to for energy bites. And the sunflower is great for those with a nut allergy. Every butter is gluten free certified, non GMO verified, certified organic, vegan, and kosher. Store locator here.
SIMPLE Squares. You know I love a good on-the-go snack, especially those that are also fit for breakfast. This line comes in a variety of sweet and savory bars. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the savory, as most of the bars on the market lean towards sweet, but yes yes yes (!) is all I can say. Flavors include: Ginger, Rosemary, Sage & Chili Pepper, Coconut, Cinnamon-Clove, Chocolate Chip, and Coffee. My favorites were the coconut, cinnamon clove, and the ginger. If you’re a fan of ginger, you must try this bar! They’re all certified paleo, raw, non-GMO and contain 6g of protein and 3g of fiber. No wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, or soy. Store locator here.
Love Crunch Granola. Looking for a granola that isn’t loaded with sugar but instead blessed with with whole grains, fiber and low sodium? Let me show you love at first bite. Love Crunch comes in a variety of flavors, but my two favorite are the Dark Chocolate & Red Berries and the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. They’re both certified organic and Non-GMO.
Whole Foods 365 Organic Toasted Coconut Chips. Coconut chips aren’t anything new, but they are to the 365 line, leaving our pockets a little bit fuller. (Of change and snacks!) The Sweet & Salty is #1 but they’ve also got a Sweet Curry Spice and a Cocoa flavor. Let me know if you’ve tried the other two!
Which of these have you tried? Which are you running to the store for? 🙂
1. It’s St. Patrick’s Day!! Let me tell you how quickly I was schooled that it’s St. Paddy’s Day and not St. Patty’s Day. These Bostonians do not play around with their drinking holidays. Neither does BBC. Check out our March #freakfrappe special.
2. Speaking of ridiculous things at work, the other day we had to shoot a video of our 420 Burger. I was supposed to get a clip of a customer eating it, but the timing just wasn’t right. So instead, I jumped in and let my boss shoot (which is risky in itself). My friends, this is the look of terror / excitement. HOW DO PEOPLE EAT THIS?
And yes, it’s called the 420 because there is every snack piled on top of the burger: mozzarella sticks, fried mac & cheese, onion rings, fries, bacon, golden bbq sauce, and American cheese. Let’s not forget I write a healthy living blog…
3. Ok back to reality. Suja is having their spring sale!! Get a 3-Day Fresh Start for $99 plus free shipping. Use code HELLOSPRING at checkout.
I recommend the Original for newbies or those who prefer fruit-based juices, and the Core cleanse for those who are advanced or prefer more greens. I’ve done both so many times but usually go back to the Original because it’s more fun. Er, less painful.
4. My favorite workout top from Athleta is on major sale. The back is the cutest and the mesh makes it super breathable. I also love this, this, and this. Who’s joining me at Barre N9ne next month? I have a free passes! Shoutout to Rebecca for taking these pics. 😉
5. This is what I’ll be doing all day today. And you should be too.
Did you know that kale’s official season is through the winter? That means it’s so hot right now. Just kidding, it’s always way too trendy. But during its peak season it tastes the sweetest because the plant musters more sugars to survive the cold. Well isn’t that nice of kale, to get all sweet and sugary for us to tolerate? 😉
When it’s not on the sweeter side, you can easily reduce the bitter taste by adding just a couple of ingredients. In this recipe the maple syrup and apple break down that taste with a hint of sweetness. But the best part? Those sesame cashews! Who knew they’d be so easy to make.
Heat oven to 375*. In a bowl, stir together the cashews, maple syrup, and sesame seeds until nuts are coated. Season with salt & pepper. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Roast nuts until lightly browned, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel; season with salt & pepper. In a pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil . Add chicken and cool until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Flip breasts and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Transfer the chicken to a sheet pan and transfer to the oven. Roast until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
While chicken roasts, prepare salad. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Cut apples in half, remove core, then cut into 1/4-inch slices. Strip kale leaves from stems and coarsely chop the leaves. In the same frying pan used for the chicken, add half the shallot and cook over medium heat until softened. Add apples and cook until they begin to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the kale and cook until wilted. Stir in apple cider vinegar and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove the pan from heat.
Make the dressing. Strip parsley leaves from stems; chop the leaves. Zest and juice the lemon. In a bowl, combine the remaining shallot with the parsley, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir to blend; season with salt and pepper.
Transfer chicken to plate and top with dressing. Spoon the kale and apples alongside the chicken. Sprinkle with sesame crusted cashews and serve.
What’s your favorite green? I like kale (cooked, not raw), but I looooove broccoli rabe.
I have always wanted to do a makeup video tutorial, but being closer to an amateur than a pro, I was like “nahhh, I’ll let someone else do it.” But last Saturday it was 18 degrees and for some reason the cold snapped me right out of my comfort zone. That and a case of extreme boredom / fear of the windchill outside.
I have about the same amount of makeup as I do shoes. A lot. But I almost always keep things on the more natural side. I like bronze and brown eyeshadows, peachy or rosy blushes, and clear to soft pink glosses. I have no idea what I’m doing with eyeliner and don’t think I should ever attempt contouring. I keep it simple for the most part. Unless I’m going out or have an event, a natural, everyday look is where it’s at. 5 minutes and done.
So here’s a little tutorial on how I achieve a basic look and keep myself from frightening small children. 😉