Recipe: Winter “Sushi”

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“Sushi” because these don’t contain any rice, fish, or soy sauce. BUT they still taste amazing and are jam-packed with only good, nutrient-packed ingredients. These are definitely a heartier/winter version, but making these reminds me of summer like craaazy. When I was still in high school, my mom would make a similar version, and we’d pack ’em up and put them in our bike baskets to take to picnics or concerts in the park. Super fun to make since there are endless possibilities of fillings and also just a super easy way to get in those nutrients! Win win.

I do have to say that these are probably better when eaten right away, rather than sitting in the fridge for a few days, because you tend to lose the crunch with all of the moisture from the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

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I used these nori wraps, and the bamboo sushi mat is totally optional. You can make the rolls without it if you don’t have one!

Directions:

1 | Chop up the fillings and place on a plate.

2 | Halve the ingredients and blend the dry ingredients in a food processor. Make sure not to over blend so there is still some crunchy texture.

3 | Add in the “liquid” ingredients (lemon, beets, sweet potato) and blend. Adding these later prevents the base from becoming a pure paste.

4 | Place the base in a bowl and start forming your sushi! What I did was lay out the wraps, took a spoonfull of the base and spread it on one side of the wrap, added a few drops of the aminos (for the salty flavor), and then added all of my fillings and rolled it up! Using wax paper or sandwich wrapping paper is the best bet when keeping these stored in the fridge. Anything that won’t soak up all the moisture and stick to the actual wrap when you go in to eat it is going to be what you want.

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Wellness: The Nut Butter Breakdown

Almond butter slathered on top of crisp apple slices or a little peanut butter swirled into my hot morning oatmeal are some of my favorite things to eat. Nut butters are everywhere these days and have been clearly growing in popularity within the food world. You’ve got peanut, almond, sunflower, cashew, and even brazil nut and hazelnut butter. Pretty much put any nut/seed into a food processor and you’ve got             butter. Since the most relevant and well-known right now are almond, sunflower and peanut, I’m going to break them down for those who want to know more about their basic nutrition and how exactly you are feeding your body next time you eat one of them below. Honestly I was really curious because I’d never known the real difference either, so here we are haha.

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The consensus

All of these guys, especially sunflower seed butter, contain good, monounsaturated fats. These are great for lowering bad cholesterol while raising the good, and they are amazing for overall brain + cognitive function since our brain is mostly made up of fats. In regards to which one is the best for you overall health-wise, I’d say it just depends. All of them have healthy amounts of protein, fat and carbs, along with other things such as Vitamin E and selenium, just different amounts depending on the butter. Personally, I believe Almond butter to be overall #1 because of it’s percentages of magnesium, calcium, and iron, while also maintaining the pretty similar levels of fat and calories with the other two. Taste-wise, the winner hands down goes to sunflower seed butter.

Remember: When you buy your next nut/seed butter make sure to buy it in it’s most pure form. Aka: little to no additives. Those tend to sneak in there among certain brands and it just adds to the calorie/sugar intake that you didn’t ask for!

 

Recipe: Healthy Turkey Chili (Family Style)

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This stuff is like crack. One of my absolute favorite hearty meals that’s perfect for winter and comes together super quickly. It’s another home recipe, but I mean those are always the best anyways, right? THANKS MOM. Let’s dive right in to it!:

What you’ll need:

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Not pictured above: Avocado oil, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 4 packs of ground turkey (we bought from Costco)

Directions:

  1. Drizzle some oil into LARGE soup pot so that it thinly covers the bottom of the pot. Place heat on low.
  2. Add the diced: 1 bunch cilantro (not 2) + jalapeno + onions + cumin + salt & pepper + garlic. Let simmer until onions are translucent and the smell is pretty fragrant (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Next mix in all of the ground turkey. Let cook until turkey is brown/tender.
  4. OPTIONAL: Carefully drain the liquid from the turkey (fat). Or not, for more flavor 😉
  5. Next, add both boxes of the broth into the mix and let cook on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Lastly, add all 6 cans of white kidney beans. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, then you’re ready to serve!
  7. ALL DONE.

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We ate this for dinner on Monday night and laid out some optional toppings for everyone to pick and choose from. Here’s what we did:

Avocado Slices

Sour Cream

Cheddar Cheese

Cilantro

Cholula Hot Sauce

Wellness: Good vs. Bad Fats

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: The main thing you need to get through your head if you are still contemplating eating fats:

NOT ALL FATS ARE CREATED EQUAL! Fats are vital for both your physical and mental health. Now learn up!:

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**Read why grass-fed butter is actually pretty damn good for you.

Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 

Recipe: Adaptogenic Cookies

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Holiday Season = sweet + savory foods everywhere you go. Blah blah you already know that by now, this is old news. Keeping healthy during this season is tough for all of us food-loving homies around the world. Hence, my idea to play around with creating a “healthy” cookie that still tastes good and is legit good for you. So I kinda tweaked a recipe off of Moonjuice’s  website on their “protein cookies” but I added a few things just for fun and to make it an extra nutritional power house of a treat.

This recipe is SO friggin easy and could be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, pre-workout fuel, or of course: dessert. Honestly I imagine dipping these in almond butter or throwing some on top of some dairy free ice cream mmmmmmhmmm. Scroll down for ze full recipe ❤

And if you’re curious about why you should probably start thinking about incorporating adaptogens in yo life, ch-ch-check this out!

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^^Was pretty pumped with how well the dough ended up turning out, can you tell?

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What you’ll need:

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Makes about 10-12 cookies

Directions:

1. Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Mix the cacao, maca & almond flour

3. Mix in the rest: vanilla, chia seeds (can be replaced with 1 egg) & maple syrup. Set aside.

4. Grease a baking pan with organic butter/coconut oil

5. Now roll dough into little one inch balls using your hands and place onto baking sheet.

6.  Put into oven for about 25-30 minutes!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The cookies work 100% better if you flatten out the dough so they are already in a flattened cookie shape when you put them in the oven. Mine came out a little crumbly when they were in the balls after they cooled. Still tasty though!

Why it’s so damn good for you:

Maca activates the endocrine system + helps you adapt to stress + provides lots of energy!

Cacao is a brain powerhouse booster + antioxidant + mood booster.

Chia Seeds has an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids + protein + fiber.

Recipe: Turmeric Oatmeal

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I came back from Mammoth on Sunday and woke up Monday with a hor.ri.ble cold, so I was trying to figure out something that was both warming and anti-inflammatory that I could eat for breakfast. First thing that came to mind was of course oatmeal, and then regarding something with inflammatory-fighting powers I thought duh, turmeric. At first it sounded super weird to me but then I thought about how good I could make this with some added honey and other spices to tone down the intensity of the turmeric.

I ended up adding some adaptogens to manage any unwanted stress, as well as chia seeds, bee pollen, and almond butter for some protein. ANYWAYS, it turned out being SO bombbb and I highly recommend trying it out especially for those colder days! 

OATS:

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TOPPINGS:

Sprinkle of Black Pepper (helps the absorption of the Turmeric by about 200% !)

Bee Pollen

Pomegranate seeds

Almond Butter

Chia Seeds

Drizzle of Honey

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Added a little bit of maca powder to the oatmeal for some extra nutritional boost- completely optional
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Dat thick thick good gooood

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SO thick and good and filling and tasty. Ugh. That is all.

Internet Things

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Design Inspo (above^)This unbelievably cool hostel in Valencia, Spain is design goals. I might have personally done some things different but overall everything seems to works really well together.

Welcome to the future?: With the population predicted to rise by over 2 billion by 2050, more food companies are looking to produce “fake” meat to keep up with future demands.

Wellness: I love Well + Good’s wellness trend list they come up with every year in prediction of the year to come. Number 3 will definitely be interesting to watch, while number 9 I’m pretty sure I’ve been doing for years…

Business: From taking away your credibility to discouraging your employees and their loyalty, why trying to be a people pleaser is the wrong strategy to take as a boss.

Tech: I straight up almost just bought myself 20 things from this list of 50 extremely useful tech accessories that would be perfect little gifts or presents for this holiday season.

Health: A really extensive but useful guide for conquering your next hangover.

Because we all use it: Everything that will get you banned from using Uber.

Music: umm new favorite website?! I’m all about finding the newest/coolest music so this is pretty amazing.

Wellness: Aspartame

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Does it puzzle anyone else why people still choose to drink diet drinks?? (Not to mention normal soda, too) Like it genuinely baffles me! Even after all of the research that is put out there and the studies that have shown us that the term “diet” in front of any food or drink, is straight up fooling you.

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If you’re looking to sweeten a drink, it’s always better to go the natural route. Your body will recognize it more than these artificial chemicals that it doesn’t know how to process! Anything sweet in general should always be taken in moderation of course. If you’re ever confused about what to use, just ask yourself which one is the most nature-derived. The more closely a product is sourced from nature/plants/the earth the better it will be for you and easier for your body to process. Plus some even have health benefits such as honey and it’s inflammatory-fighting powers for example.

Sources:

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Recipe: Mom’s Famous Salad Dressing

Just like last week’s turkey recipe, this is so simple it’s almost funny for me to post it. BUT, since literally everyone I’ve made it for asks “what’s in this dressing?!”, I feel like it’s my duty to finally get you in on the secret that was passed down to me from my mom! It’s so good and healthy that people (even the not so health conscious people) will enjoy it without a doubt. PLUS, I hope this helps others understand that making at-home dressings is so much more fun and super super easy!

What you need:

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Just blend together and enjoy!

The best part about these dressings is that you can tweak them to be however you’d like. For example, I made an impromptu caesar dressing the other night by substituting the basil with feta cheese and going lighter on the lemon/honey, then I just added some fish sauce since I didn’t have sardines on hand. It turned out really really good, I was super happy with myself hahaha.

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Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI’m home! I landed around 8pm last night to a chilly San Diego which I wasn’t mad about one bit. It’s fun when the weather changes around here, exciting for us locals haha. I leave to drive up to Mammoth this afternoon with my friends until Sunday and i’m so excited. Nothing like going on a weekend vacation that also involves getting in a workout. I’m going shopping for ski clothes (lolzz)/getting my claws nails done with my mom today before I leave. Happy Thursday, pretty people!!

P.S. Check out my sister’s launch of her new website about all things green!!! She’s been in the works with this thing for a while so go show some love, homies.

Yum?: Ever heard of this kind of latte?

Architecture: never thought I would like a concrete house…

Wanderlust: booking my ticket asap after looking at these pics omg.

My inner dancer: This group kills it. I could imagine blasting the song before a big soccer game and getting so pumped haha.

Health: foods that de-bloat because holidays, man…

Science: can a drop of blood predict your chances of having heart disease? Pretty exciting stuff!

Food: Bet you’ve never heard of this type of jerky…Maybe a good stocking stuffer for the health nuts of your family?

Cool: Google has a new website that allows you to look at food trends throughout the years via graphs and images!

Entertainment: UMM waddup new Netflix downloading option!!! Not an extremely large selection of options but still…