Fat Bomb Recipe

Ever been on a diet but had the urge to devour a whole cake or a box of cookies? Well we can rejoice knowing there’s a snack called Fat Bombs and it’s great for those who are looking for a low carb snack to satisfying your sweet tooth and wont throw your diet routine out of wack. Fat Bombs have the ability to keep you feeling full until your next meal or as a after dinner snack.

I found the recipe here Almond Butter Fat Bombs it’s very easy and you only need 3 ingredients!

* I like to add toppings like cacao nibs or sweetened coconut flakes for extra flavor.

Oven Roasted Agave Carrots Recipe

If you googled “honey roasted carrots” right now I’m sure numerous recipes will pop up on the search engine and that’s exactly what happened to me and I felt a bit overwhelmed as to which one will taste better. Keep in mind as I mentioned in previous food posts I like easy, simple recipes and this recipe is no different. These oven roasted agave carrots can be eaten as a appetizer, snack or side dish.

So after an hour of research I found the basic ingredient is to add any damn thing you want! Seriously, some people like a sweetness or spice to it….as for me, I like both. Here is my version:

Ingredients [1 serving]: 

6 Whole carrots (washed and clip the tops)

1tsp Butter (earth balance)

1tsp Coconut oil

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of Pepper

2tsp Agave nectar

Parchment Paper

*Fresh Rosemary for garnish

Cooking Directions: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and clip the tops of the carrots. Line cooking sheet with parchment paper. Apply a generous coat of coconut oil on carrots and melt the butter (15 sec.) and drizzle onto the carrots or use a glazing brush. Then use a pinch of salt and pepper and add the agave nectar. Cook for 25 minutes *you can either add the fresh rosemary to cook or after for garnish.

If you tried this recipe or tweaked it to your own liking feel free to leave your feed back, I would love to hear from you 🙂

If You Like That, Try This pt3

Hey everyone so its been a while since I posted one of these vegetarian/vegan alternatives. Please note that most recommendations are vegetarian with some vegan options.

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Cruelty Free + Vegetarian, How I Did It

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I started my cruelty-free and vegetarian journey this year, and I’m still learning along the way. Today I’m sharing my personal experience with making the change in both buying cruelty free products as well as living a vegetarian/pescetarian based healthy lifestyle. i’m also sharing some tips on how I made the transition. Click Newbie To Cruelty Free to read about my journey.

First off by all means it is not easy nor hard, but much like anything with a positive outcome it takes dedication,time and research. The first step is educating yourself on the matter through numerous documentaries, books, research,blogs, activist and so on. As I like to say “You can never have enough brain food.”

The next step would be to spend time with your thoughts, really get a sense of where your head/heart is at. You’ll find yourself asking and answering your own questions such as how does it personally effect you? do you want to make the change? how can you make a difference? And so on. We all want to change the world drastically for the better and its great to envision the bigger picture, but for now lets start with how challenging and rewarding the beginning of your journey will be.

At first it may seem quite easy, wether you purchase your first cruelty-free product or make your first vegetarian/pescetarian meal but its the days that come after that may seem a-little challenging but by all means don’t let it discourage you, we will all go through the “trial and error” stage as I mentioned in the beginning of this post I am still learning along the way. I want you to keep in mind that before becoming vegetarian I was a processed food eating carnivore who ate bacon almost every morning, When I first started eating vegetarian based meals a helpful tip was downloading an app that helped me keep track of what I ate by logging everything in, I also downloaded a calendar countdown to be aware and celebrate how many days I’ve been head strong about being a vegetarian (trust me by day 4 you’ll start to feel good about yourself and come 14 days later you’ll want to tell everyone and there momma and by 1 month you’ll be saying 😎”I got this!“) being truthful I did had a craving for certain foods but I would halt and get into my thoughts and remember I’ve come this far and started this journey for a reason.I started to do research online and found either vegetarian or vegan options of “bacon”, and other foods I once consumed. They may not taste the same but after a month  along with your bodies overall health you wont miss the yucky feeling processed foods and meat made you feel afterward, for me it was over eating, fatigue, bloated belly and IBS.

Find recipes online and don’t be afraid to try them out, nothing beats a home cooked meal and how rewarding it will taste knowing you made it. Also look for restaurants thats cater to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle or opt for vegetarian options when eating out at a restaurant.

A short story:
I recently went out for lunch with my family and we went to Denny’s, I looked at the menu online before hand just to get a glimpse of what my options were. I’m sure everyone probably thought I’d stick with the cliché salad but instead I got a veggie burger with hash brown on the side because well….mommas gotta eat. 😏

When it came to buying cruelty free products especially cosmetics I didn’t even know where to begin! My favorite brands were benefit, nars and urban decay which I came to find out nars and urban decay are cruelty free however they are owned by a parent company (this is a bit of a toss up because while some cruelty free consumers choose to not buy from parent owned cruelty free companies some consumers do…if someone buys from a parent owned company this company owns other companies that do test on animals, while a company can still remain cruelty free the thought of the consumers money going toward the company can be seen as endorsing testing on animals but when it comes to this decision I personally think it is solely based on the consumer as I have brought from some companies that are owned by a parent company)  Click Cruelty Free Brands   and to view an additonal range of brands check out logical harmony

A tip for buying cruelty free cosmetics is to sort out what you use the most and find cruelty free options similar to that product, I used to use Mac brushes and switched to Real Techniques which are good quality and affordable. You’ll be surprised how many cruelty free brands you can find in popular cosmetic stores like Ulta and Sephora. Remember to always do additional research if you aren’t sure.

I hope this blog post was somewhat helpful, and if you decide to go cruelty free and or vegetarian please feel free to leave any feedback I’d love to hear from you and your experiences❤️

Alba Botanica Good&Clean Acne Facial Wash Review

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What Is It?

A gentle facial cleanser for oily/acne prone skin.

Product Claims

“Banish Toxic Breakouts
Is your skin suffocating under oily toxins? This frothy cleanser gets deep into pores to oust bacteria and grime that cause dullness, blackheads and blemishes. Powered by ten AHA-rich botanicals, the unique Fruit Acid Detox Fusion in this gentle cleanser partners with Salicylic Acid and Willow Bark Extract for deep down detoxification. Rebalanced and squeaky clean, your skin will enjoy purified clarity.
Oil Free. Non-comedogenic. Hypo-allergenic. Dermatologist Tested. “

Pros 

Non irritating
Non greasy
Non drying
Easily washes away makeup

Cons

Not as potent

Overall Rating 3/5

This is my current cleanser I’ve been using for over a month now and I think its a good alternative to Clean&Clear detoxifying cleanser but I don’t see it having prolonged benefits. This is great if you need a facial cleanser for the gym, or vacation or if you need a temporary facial cleansing replacement but as I said not something I’d rely on to make it a part of my daily cleansing routine.

Easy Overnight Rolled Oats Recipe

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Ingredients: 

  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats (Red Mill Rolled Oats)
  • ½ Cup Almond Milk
  • Pomegranate Seeds (desired amount)
  • 1tsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1tsp. Flax Seeds
  • 1tsp. Cocoa Nibs
  • 4-5 Blackberries
  • Tight-lid Container or Mason Jar

Directions:

Pour rolled oats and almond milk along with pomegranate seeds,chia and flax seeds, mix together. Close container and store in the fridge. Eat either cold or heat up in the microwave, Add cocoa nibs and blackberries on top.

You can choose to use any other milk you prefer and fruit for topping. If you like your oatmeal with more of a soupy consistency you can add more milk.

Planting Herbs In Brooklyn

In reguard to Earth Day (yesterday)  I decided it would be perfect timing to plant my herb seeds I purchased at Home Depot two weeks ago. I picked up my favorite herbs I often use for cooking, cilantro is my all time favorite for garnishing,sage,parsley for my mushroom medely recipe and basil well just for future receipes that call for such. The only challenge now is making sure my plants and herbs get the nutrients and much needed sunlight living in an apartment in Brooklyn although I’d like to think it will last summers succulent plants didnt hold up well :-/

Pineapple Rice & Tempeh

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I recently received a Breville slow cooker as a gift, apparently my rice cooking skills aren’t up to par (It seems to always burn on the bottom). I was craving some pineapple rice so I put my new slow cooker to use, and thankfully NO burnt rice which means I won’t have to scrape out the access that’ll just go to waste.

Just a quick tip, whether you decide to use fresh or canned pineapples (I took the easy route) you can grill it or just pop them in the slow cooker about 5 minutes *before the rice is fully cooked.

Now on to the tempeh, this was my first attempt using tempeh as a chicken subsitiute which is made up of soybeans and packed with protein. It cooks pretty rapidly, can be seasoned to your liking-I love it!!! how did I not use it before, IDK!

I followed a recipe online while substituting a few ingredients, The total time for meal prep/cooking would be about 25 minutes depending on your slow cooker settings and amount of rice.

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Pineapple Rice Ingredients:

  • Slow cooker
  • 1 cup White rice 
  • 1 cup Water
  • Pineapple (fresh or canned) *I prefer canned pineapple chunks

Follow the directions on your slow cooker for appropriate cooking time.

5 minutes prior to rice being fully cooked, drain pineapples from can and toss in pineapples.

Tempeh Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Tempeh (Lightlife brand)
  • 1 tbsp of EVOO
  • ½ Cup or ¼ of Soy Sauce 
  • ¼ cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1tsp fresh Ginger (grated)
  • 1 ½ tbsp of Agave or Maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp of Sesame oil
  • ¼ Cup of Water *mixed* with 3 tsp of Cornstarch 

 

Once Rice is prepared…

In a small saucepan combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, agave(maple syrup), sesame oil, and water with cornstarch. Bring to a boil until thickened a bit, careful not to burn. Set aside.

Over medium-high in a medium non-stick frying pan, heat EVOO.                Once tempeh is brown pour in desired amount of teriyaki sauce. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until sauce sticks to tempeh.

Serve immediately over rice & enjoy!

**If you rather skip making your own teriyaki sauce, Use premade Teriyaki sauce the Kikkoman brand makes a pretty good one!

to view original recipe click this here

Valentine’smoothie

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Don’t want to indugle in a pile of chocolate? Have a sweet tooth? Want to share healthy sweets with your sweetie? Here is a simple smoothie recipe with natural pink coloring, perfect for valentine’s day!!

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Ingredients: 

A blender
1-2 Bananas
8-10 Strawberries
3/4 Cup Califia Farms “Vanilla Almond Milk”
Ice Cube (optional)
Glass Cup
Straw
Strawberry for garnish
1 Vegan Chocolate (heart-shape or a piece of chocolate)

 

Directions: 

Blend the strawberrys, bananas and almond milk. Then add ice cube into glass,pour in blended smoothie, add a straw, slice the strawberry in the bottom down the middle to place on the glass and put a chocolate inside the smoothie (chocolate will sink to the bottom) which adds a nice little suprise, sweet treat!