We try and limit our dairy intake at home since my oldest daughter has a dairy sensitivity. But the thing is she LOVES cheese, especially mac and cheese. I mean what kid doesn’t? I don’t mean the gross orange kind in a box but the kind with tons of real cheese and milk. So I had to come up with another way to get that creamy, cheesy feel without the dairy. This butternut squash creamy mac and cheese is so amazing, the entire family LOVED it which is a huge win. The butternut squash gives it that fun orange color, and the cashew cream gives it a silky creamy feel, with the nutritional yeast adding a bit of cheesiness. Give it a try friends! It’s super easy, and super yummy!
As parents, we are always looking for the quick way to get things done, the simplest. I thought I would start sharing some of my kitchen hacks that I use regularly to get things done quick without compromising on health and nutrition. This is one I just recently started doing and it’s a total game changer. We get a CSA basket every 2 weeks and we always end up with an excess of greens. I typically throw away the beet greens, because I know I just won’t get to using them. Well the beet greens a few weeks ago were so pretty I couldn’t bear to throw away so I threw them in the vitamix with some water, froze them and voila, instant smoothie cubes. They are so easy to add to our morning smoothies, without having to worry about washing and trimming the greens on top of everything else that has to get done in the morning. The perfect short cut. I also have kale and swiss chard cubes now in the freezer. So great!
Happy Friday friends. It has been a couple of crazy busy weeks but I am always grateful for the busy. I couldn’t leave you without some fun things for the weekend. First on my to do list for the weekend is to go to my fave, Pressed Juicery to check out these vibrant Vogue Lemonades…yes please!! I also rounded up some of my favorite finds under $100 featuring my favorite color palette of course. Enjoy!!
Happy Friday friends! Self care is so important especially with everything we all have going on these days. Here is my Friday Fun centered around self care. My latest obsession is the podcast How I Built This, interviewing the coolest entrepreneurs ever. Self care for each of us can look very different. For me it’s about putting on some luxurious pj’s, grabbing a book, a superfood latte spiked with Sun Potion, and cozying up with a giant blanket. So whatever it looks like to you, don’t forget to carve out a little time this weekend for yourself my lovelies!
I discovered green muffins from The Tribe a few weeks ago, and have slowly been perfecting my own spin on them. Infusing them with superfoods and adaptagens. They are so delicious and both my kids LOVE them. They are great to make ahead and then have a quick grab and go breakfast, especially on those mornings when you are short on time. We had a super late morning today in fact, and I just grabbed a few of these and we ate them in the car on the way to school drop off. Not picture perfect, but we do our best, right mamas? What i love about these is that the greens are raw, so you don’t have to cook anything in advance, and they are super easy to throw together. I love that they have so many health properties and a great way to start your morning. Here’s the recipe, adapted from The Tribe, with my own superfood twist.
Health properties include immune support, stress relief, digestive health, heart health, energy boost and tons more. With the combination of the Reishi, Tocos, Chia and Flax you have a winning combo here my friends!
My first Wish I Was post of the year takes us to the most magical Greek spots. I mean this cave is just amazing! Wearing the prettiest beachy items all under $100 by the way! Yes and Yes! Loving this floral bikini from Show Me Your Mumu, on sale right now for $86, and these rose gold aviators are only $29!! And a cold pressed juice gin cocktail!? So delicious.
Happy Friday friends. A few things on my radar today, vegan eggnog and these completely magical amazing pops from RayRay’s instagram account. I mean I can’t even!!! We’ve been talking about gifts for the holidays a lot lately but don’t forget to make your packages look pretty. I am a big fan of going all out on pretty wrapping and gift adornments. To get you started I rounded up some of my favorites, including some fun items from Sugar Paper’s line at Target. Spot on. But don’t forget you can always use fabric scraps, kitchen twine, and butcher paper for a blank slate.
Lately I find myself walking in the door after a day at work and immediately putting on my sweats. And I am not sorry about it. But I will say, styling up my lounge wear is definitely something I aim to do. I have included some of my favorite finds right now, and they are all under $50! I also have an obsession with tumeric lattes as of late. I think this time of year makes the tumeric lattes essential, with all the colds, and flu going around, a nice warm, yummy tumeric latte is just what the dr ordered. I also adore Manuka honey for boosting your immune system. This is the one I use. So naturally this yogurt with seeds and manuka honey recipe was a must. I also couldn’t help but share a sneak peek of Greyson’s first birthday party. Stay tuned for more on that. The gorgeous photo was captured by Andrea Patricia.
As you may have seen, we are celebrating Greyson’s first birthday this weekend! I cannot believe it. I can’t wait to share all the fun details I have in store for the festivities. You can see a little sneak peek at her weekly pics that will make their debut at the party! In the meantime though here is your weekly dose of Friday Fun. Delicious smoothies from Green Press to try, and jewelry finds under $50! Enjoy friends!
The other weekend I got together with the adorable Melody of the infamous Sweet and Saucy and the completely addicting @lifeonloma. We both share a love for cooking as well as healthy good food so we decided to plan a cooking date. The husbands hung out and watched the kids while we cooked and visited. We had such a fabulous time and it was such a fun way to get together! We were both so intrigued by the idea of sweet potato toast and decided to try our hand at it. The overall result was fabulous and you literally just put raw thin slices of sweet potato in a toaster on high and voila! Super cool. I will say if you are planning on making a lot of these however, a 2 slot toaster is not the most efficient. Making it a “make your own toast bar” style was super fun, and great for the kids to get involved as well. Things like tahini and goji berries, roasted red peppers, goat cheese and roasted garlic, or vegan mayo with sliced turkey were fun toppings, not to mention a killer beet salad Melody picked up at Whole Foods. To see our original inspiration check this out on Nutrition Stripped. Melody also whipped up her go to Kale salad inspired by this one from True Foods and it is to die for! Seriously. Of course our cooking date wasn’t complete without a little dessert. I had made these Vanilla Caramel Coconut raw donut holes before, recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life. They were super easy and so good so we decided to make them together. Of course the being the dessert queen that she is, Melody caramelized the glaze a bit longer to create crispy caramel like shell that was to die for! I need to try and recreate that this weekend when I make these for Greyson’s first birthday party. Wish me luck!
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