Caviar freaks me out–The fact that people voluntarily eat salt cured fish eggs is beyond me. However, I must admit, it makes for one damn fancy appetizer! So, I decided to create this vegan version for all to enjoy. It is visually appealing and a lot of fun to serve at any dinner party. Pair these little morsels with a flute of champagne and point your pinkies because it’s time to party like the rich and famous!
More and more people are trying their feet at running a marathon nowadays because it is an insanely challenging and exhilarating goal. It’s hard to believe that my first full marathon is only 2 months away! :)
While the training has had many highs, it also comes with a fair share of lows. So, this one goes out to all my fellow trainees or those considering– know that the struggle is real…
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Some Links we Loved This Week:
Gluten Free Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches via Lauren @ A Lovely Side Project
7 Questions To Ask When Choosing a Life Coach via Dr. Romie @ Linked In
Please Stop Judging People. Here’s Why via Dale Partridge @ The Daily Positive
8 Steps To Improving Digestion via Lisa @ Naturally Savvy
5 Simple Diet Changes via Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract via Jenny @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes
5 Yoga Postures To Help With PMS And Cramps via Liz @ Do You Yoga
How To Freeze Herbs via Kimberly @ Rhubarb and Honey
Cream of Avocado Soup- Light & Vegan via Kellie @ Food To Glow
Some scenes from our week:
Got a new toy- time to paddle!
Sported some sassy workout gear!
Have an amazing week, Much Love! -xo-
Don’t get me wrong, I am insanely grateful for modern medicine. However, as a society, I feel that we are over-medicated. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in antibiotics or Advil, I just try to take a more natural approach to ease my ailments whenever possible.
You see, I grew up in a very holistic household. When my brother and I complained of belly aches, we were given peppermint oil, NOT Pepto-Bismol. But, guess what? We turned out just fine! My mother was handing out nature’s medicine long before it was trendy, and I intend to raise my family the same way (don’t worry, I’ve been using my husband as a guinea pig for years, and he’s perfectly healthy).
Are you looking to incorporate more natural remedies into your life, but not sure where to start? Below you will find some of my favorite, go-to essentials to stock a natural medicine cabinet:
- Arnica Gel: This magical product temporarily relieves muscle pain and stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion and falls. Also, helps to reduce pain, swelling and discoloration from bruising. Arnica comes in many different forms (oil, cream, tablets), but I prefer the gel because it absorbs quickly into the skin and gets right down to business.
- Oregano Oil: This oil comes from the leaves and flowers of the oregano plant and contains phytochemicals which help to support the body’s natural resistance. Feel a cold coming on? This supplement is best suited for short-term use (2-4 weeks), and can help to boost the immune system in a major way.
In case you didn’t know, we LOVE to wine and dine our friends + family with yummy, nutritious foods! We are constantly looking for new ways to take traditional recipes and improve the quality of nutrition and flavor. Hence, the creation of this “new and improved” veggie platter (or as I like to call it, Veggie Platter 2.0).
When most people hear the words “veggie platter,” images of baby carrots and celery come to mind, served alongside creamy ranch dressing. Don’t get me wrong, these foods have their place, but I prefer to think outside the box when creating a vegetable masterpiece.
Below, you will find all the tips you could ever need to build a beautiful, rustic veggie platter with lots ‘o flavor and nutrients:
- Try to incorporate as much seasonal produce as possible. Your wallet and taste buds will thank you!
- Ditch the ranch/cream cheese spreads/rich fatty dressings and replace with homemade vinaigrettes, salsa, hummus, or lightened-up yogurt dips (see below for recipe inspiration)
- Make sure to include a variety of flavors, textures and colors.
- Try incorporating fresh herbs: basil, parsley, dill, oregano, cilantro, etc. Originally when doing this, it was to enhance visual appeal, but I was surprised to see my guests grab a handful for their plates!
- Who said everything on a veggie platter has to be raw? Try adding blanched green beans or asparagus to add a little variety.
- Don’t forget about leafy greens! Endive, radicchio, kale and romaine make nice additions.
- Mismatched is better. Not everything needs to be cut into identical, bite-sized cubes. Slice some of your produce while leaving other veggies whole or roughly chopped. It looks so much prettier!
Back to school time means get those lunchboxes ready– I don’t have children, so I may sound out of line when I say; Kids eat like $#*% today! Cheetos, Hostess cakes, Ritz Bits, Pop Tarts, etc… I am truly concerned.
The other day, while grocery shopping, I picked up a box of General Mill’s Fruit Roll-Ups just to glance at the nutrition label. I was real shocked (sarcasm) to see ingredients like corn syrup, sugar and partially hydrogenated oil (aka trans-fat) listed. Needless to say where the inspiration for today’s post comes from.
The good news is you do not need a dehydrator to partake in the fun of making homemade fruit leather. Plus, it’s cost effective and super easy to make your own fruit snacks! Play around with endless flavor combinations and/or use whatever fruit is in season. Always try organic ingredients whenever possible and enjoy! :)
If we could only have one essential oil on hand, at any given time, it would be TEA TREE OIL! Why, you ask? Tea Tree Oil is one of the most versatile essential oils on earth!
- It has been known to naturally soothe skin irritations (acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin tags, bug bites)
- It can be used on humans and pets to ward off fleas, ticks and mosquitos
- It acts as a powerful disinfecting agent, making it the perfect addition to homemade cleaning and beauty products.
- When used in a diffuser/shower, tea tree oil has been shown to decrease stress levels and help relieve cold symptoms
So, what brand of tea tree oil do we love and trust? APOTHECARY EXTRACTS 100% PURE AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE OIL. This is more than just a pretty bottle, folks. This product contains no unwanted fillers or chemicals AND openly shares it’s test results with the public, so you can be sure that you are getting the best quality product available. Unfortunately, not all essential oils are created equally. Many companies dilute their oils in order to cut costs, leaving the product compromised and not as effective. No thanks!