Unicorns are quite trendy in the wellness scene lately. And who is surprised? Unicorns represent transformation and make us believe that anything is possible. They open us up to infinite possibilities, and also symbolize success. So when a trendy elixir shop in Brooklyn, NY started making Unicorn lattes, I knew I had to recreate this enchantment at home. It’s the perfect dose of magic to start or end your day with. It’s fairly simple to make and is packed with nutrients for transcendent health.
As 2016 comes to a close and you get ready to enter 2017 use this time to reflect on all that you have accomplished in 2016 and envision what you want to accomplish for this upcoming new year.
You may want to do this by getting a piece of paper and writing down your three most proud moments for 2016. Think why they made you proud, how much hard work they took you, what you gained from these areas and so on. Reflecting on what you have accomplished can be helpful in making you realize how far you have come. Sometimes we don't stop to give ourselves enough credit, instead always focusing on the next step or goal to accomplish.
Next, write down 3 areas you would have liked to have spent more time on in 2016 and reasons why. Perhaps you have been meaning to start a blog for your business, and it's something you haven't done. Think of reasons why you want a blog in the first place, and write those thoughts down. If the reasons you write down still resonate with you, set the intention to focus on and accomplish this in 2017. Write down three ways in which you can accomplish each intention you set for yourself- Whether it be something you would have liked to accomplish in 2016, or something new. Your intentions can be anything from giving yourself me-time for 15 minutes each day to starting your own business.
Often New Year's Resolutions fail because we don't spend time asking ourselves such questions, like why we want to achieve something and how we are going to achieve it. By diving deeper and setting intentions that resonate with you, you are more likely to stick to these and achieve the goals you have set forth for yourself. The end of the year, and beginning of a new one is a great time to reflect how far you have come, and align your goals for 2017 with the life you envision. You can even make this more spiritual by using sage to clear your space and meditating before you reflect on 2016 and set intentions for 2017. Sit with your 2017 intentions, and visualize accomplishing them, and then go out and do what it takes to set your intentions into motion, and into reality.
Now, let's talk Conscious Kombucha Mocktails. While, we often associate the holidays, and especially New Year's Eve with alcohol, it certainly doesn't have to have it. And who knows, it may be funner to go into the New Year with a clear head and clear intentions for what you want from 2017, right? Plus abstaining from alcohol is better for your brain, skin, and liver (plus more). So with that said, here is my favorite mocktail recipe. Full of festive spices like cinnamon and ginger, and bubbles to make you feel like you are sipping on something "fancy".
B’s Festive + Conscious Kombucha Mocktail
Ingredients- Serves 2
1 bottle of your favorite apple flavored Kombucha (I used Health-Ade's Pink Lady Apple, my favorite booch brand ever)
1 tsp. organic maple syrup
1 tsp. organic cinnamon
½ tsp. organic ginger and organic cayenne powder
Optional- 1 packet Moon Juice Beauty Dust
Pour the Kombucha in a medium sized glass bowl
Next, add in the rest of the listed ingredients, stir well, and sample it.
Adjust any spices as needed to your liking. If you like it more sweet, add in more maple syrup, and if you like it more spicy, add in more cayenne. This is sure to warm and energize your soul.
Happy intention setting and happiest of New Year's beautiful souls! xx
I don't know about your ladies and gents, but my body wants A LOT of smoothies and smoothie bowls when summertime hits. So usually summer is the time I pull out my Watermelon Smoothie recipe and start blending away. I picked up a nice, round, organic watermelon from the store a few weeks ago, and wondered how I could possibly tweak and upgrade my recipe this summer, and I think I nailed it.
Meet the Watermelon Summer Slushy.
It has the perfect thick and cold consistency you want in a slushy and makes for a great mid-day cool down treat, plus it is loaded with hydrating watermelon and cucumber. Just a sneaky way of getting that H2O into your body. Specifically, watermelon is great for fighting inflammation in the body and combating those pesky free radicals, which you are more prone to be exposed to during the summer when you are spending more time by the pool and in those beach waves. Cucumbers are great for your brain, getting those toxins out of your body, and are full of B vitamins, making them great for keeping stress at bay and decreasing anxiety. This summer slushy also has lime to help detox your bod, cayenne pepper to give your metabolism a boost, and a hint of mint to aid in digestion. All in all it is ideal for summer.
Recipe: (Serves 1-2)
2 cups frozen watermelon cubes (freeze for at least 12 hours)
1 cup coconut water or coconut kefir (probiotics)
Handful of fresh mint leaves
A few dashes of organic cayenne pepper
Stevia to sweeten
Plus a few ice cubes
Add the listed ingredients to a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until well blended and a slushy consistency has formed. You may need to mix the ingreds a few times to get everything blended and add a little liquid or ice cubes to obtain the right consistency. Garnish with a mint leaf.
I recommend sipping this pool-side, but either way it's going to take you to Summer-land. Cheers to that! xx
These taste sinful, but don’t be fooled, they are full of nutrients. I love making these on the weekends, and recently made them to celebrate the bf's birthday. Yes, they are even bf-approved. These minis satisfy those sweet cravings and taste so rich, but won't leave you feeling lethargic or on a sugar-high like normal, conventional cupcakes would. These sweet things will give you energy, cleanse your body, show your immune system some love and enhance your mood. Shouldn’t all cupcakes make you feel that way?! I think so!
To all my chocolate and cupcake lovers here’s the deal on these baby cakes:
1 cup walnuts
½ cup almonds
10-12 pitted and soaked (so they are soft) dates
¼ cup hemp seeds
½ cup cacao powder
1 tbsp. chlorella
1 tbsp. reishi mushroom powder
2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
Stevia- Sweeten to taste
1 tsp. vanilla
Few dashes of pink Himalayan sea salt
How to make:
First add the almonds and walnuts to food processor and pulse until well combined. Next add in the soaked and drained dates and pulse until a dough STARTS to form. Then, add in the remainder of the listed ingredients and mix until well combined. In a mini cupcake/muffin tin form balls with dough and press to fit each space. Stick in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Once out, frost with a Chocolate Hazelnut spread (I used and recommend the Artisana Organics Hazelnut Cacao Spread) and sprinkle with hemp seed sprinkles.
I've been sucking this baby down for years, and because I'm a true believer in the benefits of having this on a regular basis I thought it was time to reveal B's Green Energy Smoothie to you on here, to make it more official ;-)
While the long list of ingredients may seem overwhelming at first, once your kitchen is stocked with them, most last for a few weeks if not longer, and the only ones you will really need to restock on a regular (weekly) basis is the fruit and veggies. Plus I encourage you to play around with the ingredients and customize the smoothie to your liking. This smoothie is not only cleansing, but it’s packing some healthy fats, fiber, and protein so it’s easy on your blood sugar levels (something a lot of other green juices are lacking). I make this in batches and store the leftovers in mason jars in the fridge. That way I’m only having to make this every 2-3 days and I always have one waiting for me. I usually like to start my mornings off with this drink, but sometimes I save it for that time between 3 and 4 when I find myself starting to crash between working with clients and studying for school. It’s also great after a night of too much indulging (whether that be from food or alcohol). So here it is ladies and gents...
B’s Green Energy Smoothie Ingredients (Serves 2-3):
Get organic for all possible ingredients
2 cups coconut water
Benefits: Replaces essential electrolytes, great for your skin, and aids in weight loss
1 frozen banana (plus a few ice cubes)
Benefits: Aids in digestion, helps fight depression, and high in fiber
1 medium sized apple of choice
Benefits: Detoxes your liver, boosts your immune system, and the insoluble fiber and pectin help promote healthy digestion
1 whole cucumber
Benefits: Hydrating, flushes out toxins and fights inflammation
1 cup pineapple chunks
Benefits: Has bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme that improves gut health and reduces the risk of cancer, supports energy production, and contains antioxidants
1 cup greens of choice: Spinach, kale, swiss chard, arugula, or romaine
Benefits: Good source of chlorophyll which has a slew of health benefits including it helps neutralize free radicals that damage healthy cells in the body, are detoxifying and good for healthy bones
(I always rotate my greens on a weekly basis to get a variety of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants instead of the same ones. I also do this to avoid getting too much of the same anti-nutrients that greens come with as a defense mechanism to protect themselves in nature. While this is destroyed during cooking, when having leafy greens raw, it isn’t. A little is OKAY, but that’s why I suggest to rotate your greens.)
3-4 celery stalks
Benefits: Reduce inflammation, alkalize the body, and have magnesium which is calming and stress reducing
½-1 inch piece of ginger
Benefits: Reduces muscle pain and soreness, protects the liver, and is anti-inflammatory
Juice from ½ a lemon and lime
Benefits: Aids digestion, full of Vitamin C for immunity, and protects against cancer
3 tbsp. hemp seeds
Benefits: Complete plant-protein, rich in essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3, and aid in digestion
2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
Benefits: Help you burn fat, helps kill harmful microorganisms, and great for brain health
2 tsp. turmeric (plus dash of black pepper for better absorption)
Benefits: Increases antioxidant capacity in the body, anti-inflammatory, and helps prevent/treat cancer
Pinch of: Mint (promotes digestion), parsley (flushes excess fluids from body), and cilantro (detoxes heavy metals from the body)
Cut the necessary fruit and veggies and add everything to a blender (I use my Vitamix). Blend on high until everything is well blended. Serve yourself a glass (between 8-16 oz) and save the left overs in mason jars and store in fridge. Before having any of the leftovers, I just give the mason jar a good 3-5 shakes and it’s good to go. Leftovers last in fridge up to 2-3 days.
The takeaway? This is an alkalizing, anti-inflammatory and cleansing smoothie that helps your body to flush out toxins, while providing it with antioxidants and other disease fighting properties. It provides an abundant of nutrients and is a great way to reap a ton of health benefits into one meal/snack. If you make this tag me in your B's Green Energy Smoothie posts, would LOVE to see! xx
Sweet potatoes are a staple in my diet, and not just because they taste delicious in many shapes and forms, but because of the health benefits they serve up. If you aren’t regularly eating these sweet tots check out the health benefits below for reasons why you may want to consider adding them to your diet.
1) Sweet potatoes are a super-food for skin- The beta-carotene found in them gets converted into Vitamin A in the body, which then allows DNA to make new skin cells. Additionally, Beta-carotene helps fight free radicals that can cause your skin to age. Normal skin-care products have retinol and retinoic acid in them, both which come from Vitamin A, so instead of spending money on these products, you can eat this beauty food and let it work from the inside out. They are also great for eye and immune health.
2) They’re anti-inflammatory- Inflammation is part of your body’s normal immune response that helps it to heal, however constant inflammation in the body can cause damage, and is also thought to play a role in many chronic diseases (because diseases don’t exist without inflammation first occurring). By eating sweet potatoes you’re helping your body fight off inflammation and potential diseases.
3) Sweet potatoes help manage stress- They have magnesium in them which many people don’t get enough of. This mineral helps your body to relax and de-stress. Sign me up!
4) Loaded with Vitamin C- Vit C is great for your teeth, bones, immunity, digestion, and blood cell formation. It also helps to improve skin because of the collagen it makes. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin meaning it cannot be stored by the body and any extra is eliminated from the body, so it is important to get Vitamin C from your diet regularly.
5) Help you stay calm and resist depression- The Vitamin B6 in sweet potatoes helps make dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are responsible for helping your mind stay calm, as well as fighting off depression. Vitamin B6 helps maintain healthy brain function (yes please) and is another water soluble vitamin that can’t be stored by the body, so you should also be regularly getting it from food sources, like sweet potatoes.
6) Provide you with energy- These sweet things have iron, which helps convert blood sugar into energy in the body. Additionally, iron helps your immune system work properly, makes red and white blood cells, and combats stress.
Now that you're ready to dash to the market to swoop up some sweet potatoes to start reaping those health benefits, I'll leave you with my favorite sweet potato “pancake” recipe + other ways to use sweet potatoes.
Almost-3 ingredient Sweet Cakes (Serves 1-2)
1 large sweet potato baked (I leave some skin on for more fiber and potassium)
2 pastured, organic eggs
¼ cup ground Salba chia seeds
Extras: Dash of sea salt, 2-4 drops of stevia, cinnamon, and 1 tsp. vanilla
Quickly mix ingredients in a food processor or blender until a “pancake” batter forms- Should not take more than 20-30 seconds.
Then cook in a pan on the stove, like you would a regular pancake. Cook on each side until golden brown. Top with your favorite pancake toppings. I love using chia seed jam (recipe for jam under Crumbly Berry Oat Bars blog post) or cashew butter on mine.
Other ways to get more sweet potatoes in your life:
Have an extra-sweet potato baked for breakfast with granola, cashew butter, chia seed jam and walnuts
Cut them like fries and bake in the oven with olive oil and seasonings (at 450 degrees for about 30-40 minutes)
Roast them and serve them with eggs, on salads, or as a snack with hummus or guac
Add one to your smoothie or smoothie bowl
Have a savory baked sweet potato with tempeh, black beans, and avocado
If there is one way you try these sweet p's, make it the Almost-3 ingred Sweet Cakes. They are so moist, and delicious! xx
I’ve loved Carrot Cake since I was a little girl, so naturally I was bound to find a way to still have my carrot cake and make sure it was nourishing my bod at the same time. Insert Carrot Cake Overnight Oats- My FAVORITE way to enjoy oats, and quite frankly, I love that I can literally eat Carrot Cake (oats) every day if I please (winky face). I mean I’m already in love with oats for breakfast, so throw “Carrot Cake” into the mix and it’s a win-win.
These carrot cake oats are inspired by my favorite “real” carrot cake from Aroma Café and Bakery in Studio City, so they have juicy pineapple chunks (a necessity for good carrot cake, if you ask me), coconut shreds, and crunchy walnuts. Plus, another essential that makes them so good is I use golden raisins in place of regular raisins. And yes, on the special occasion I will still enjoy the “real” deal from Aroma because a healthy lifestyle leaves some room for occasional indulgences. But on a regular basis, these oats 110% satisfy that carrot cake flavor that I LOVE. So now on to the good stuff, how to make these heavenly oats….
The BEST Overnight Carrot Cake (Oats):
½ cup organic (or gluten-free) oats
¾ cup homemade cashew milk
¼ cup shredded carrots
1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut shreds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cardamom
1 stevia packet
Dash of pink Himalayan sea salt
Put the listed ingredients in a mason jar starting with the oats and cashew milk first, then add the rest, mix well and put in fridge overnight
In the morning, pour oats into a serving bowl and mix-in or top with:
¼ cup chopped pineapple
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 tbsp. golden raisins
“Cream Cheese Frosting"- Optional
In a stove pot pan, melt 1 tbsp. of coconut butter on low heat and drizzle on top of oats and toppings
Enjoy the heck out of these and smile because you are getting to eat CAKE for breakfast and still be nourishing your bod. xx
I've been wanting to make oat bars for forever now, but have never come across a recipe I’ve been sold on. So “Make Oat Bars” has remained on my To-Do list for quite some time. The other day, I was in the kitchen making my weekly batch of Rawnola, code for Raw Granola (recipe from Rachel Katz and can be found a few blog posts back), when I had an epiphany- With a few minor tweaks, this stuff would make the BEST doughy crust and that’s when it hit me- the Oat Bars I’d been wanting to make for way too long now. Why I had been putting them off suddenly made sense…I was meant to make them using the Rawnola as inspo (At least my taste buds feel that way about it).
So this week I finally got to it and these babies did not disappoint. I may be addicted and already planning on making another batch. They taste like something you’d find at a local bakery- I kid you not, but these are loaded with clean and nourishing ingredients, so you can enjoy them without any guilt and instead, a BIG smile on your face.
To make (makes 8-10 bars):
First layer (the crust):
1 cup walnuts
1 cup organic oats
1 cup dates, pitted
1 tbsp. cashew butter
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Dash of cinnamon and pink Himalayan sea salt
De-pit and soak dates in warm water to soften, then add all listed ingredients to a food processor and pulse until well mixed and a dough forms
In a 6 x 6 pan cover the bottom with the crust using your hands, and spread evenly
Second layer (Berry-Jam goodness):
2 cups organic berries (I used raspberries and strawberries)
¼ cup salba chia seeds
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stevia packet
In a stove top pan, add all ingredients (except chia seeds) and cook on medium heat until the fruit begins to break down (about 5-10 minutes)
Reduce heat, lightly mash the fruit with the back of a spatula, and add in the Salba chia seeds
Cook for about 10-15 more minutes (stirring occasionally) until it starts to thicken into a jam-like consistency
Turn off the heat and set aside to cool
Once cooled, pour on top of the crust, spread evenly and add third layer (see below)
Third layer (lots of crumble):
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
½ cup crushed raw walnuts
¼ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
Mix listed ingredients together in a bowl, and evenly distribute on top of the berry-jam layer
Put in the fridge for an hour and then cut into 2” x 2” bars and ENJOY!
I've enjoyed these bars as dessert and as morning breakfast with a cup of Tulsi Chai tea and both ways hit the spot! If you make this recipe, I hope you LOVE it as much as I do. Let me know what you think of it below xx.
Who doesn't love the taste of curry? Curry spices can bring any dish to life and that's why I am obsessed with this Curry Quinoa Recipe inspired by my favorite store-bought quinoa called "Kinky Quinoa". This makes a great snack, side dish or meal paired with your favorite vegetables and garbanzo beans. But first, let's talk some health-benefits!
Rich in anti-cancer properties
Helps relieve inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis
Helps prevent Alzheimer's disease
Improves digestion and bone health
Helps to prevent cardiovascular disease
One of the few plant-foods that has all of the essential amino acids (AKA a complete protein)
High fiber, which helps digestion and keeps you full
Full of vitamins and minerals like Magnesium, which many people don't get enough of
Recipe (Serves 8-12, buy organic for all ingredients possible):
4 cups cooked quinoa
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1-2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 package frozen peas, cooked
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
Seasonings to taste: Curry powder, cayenne powder, sea salt, and black pepper
Put the cooked quinoa in a medium-large bowl, and add the lemon juice and olive oil and mix well. Next add the rest of the listed ingredients in order. Lastly, add the seasonings and season until you get the spice/flavor you want to achieve. Stir to evenly distribute the ingredients and keep in the fridge (Keeps 4-5 days).
I love making this dish on Sundays to have on hand throughout my busy week. My favorite way to eat it is in a bowl topped with curry-spiced oven roasted vegetables like cauliflower and butternut squash, cilantro, garbanzo beans and drizzled with a coconut milk based curry sauce and a sprinkle of Salba chia seeds. YEUM!