Lou & Grey 

I wanted to share my at home milk frothing process and latest obsession: at home cinnamon hemp milk cappuccinos! This is my favorite afternoon snack and is now the ONLY way I’ll take my coffee. You’ll be shocked how easy it is to froth hemp milk!

Also… I am simply loving this new sweater from Lou & Grey! Check it out in the photos below! It’s super soft and just warm enough to cuddle up in but still look put together… I’ve even worn this to work!

How to make my fave coffee ever:
1. Pour a small amount of milk (however much you would normally want in your coffee/cappuccino) into a small jar w/ lid
2. Close the lid and SHAKE! for 30 seconds
3. Place the glass jar into the microwave for 30 seconds, without the lid

That’s it! It comes out super frothy… like magic! Pour over your coffee or espresso shot, and spoon the froth onto the top to make it look extra pretty before you enjoy! I like to top mine off with some cinnamon, and if I really feel like indulging I add some stevia.

*Just a note, this tends to work best with low fat milks like 2%, almond milk, or hemp milk.

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Skinny Ice Cream Bites

Ok – so these may not be ice cream, but I swear they’re just as good! If you’ve ever frozen a banana and put it in a blender, you know that a cold banana has creamy, dessert-like features.

I came home one day to find a pile of these in the fridge, with everything from peanut butter to honey to marmalade in the center of little slices of banana. Turns out my sister is a skinny genius. My favorite combo is the kind with nutella, pictured here!

All you do is slice a ripe banana into thin pieces and make little mini banana sandwiches with whatever spread tickles ya!

Comment below! What flavor would you try? Any unique suggestions??

PS – betchya can’t have just one! I usually eat the whole batch in one sitting… but hey! it’s just a banana ;)

Cucumber Salmon Hummus Bites

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These little bites are too easy and delicious to be this healthy! As you know, I’m always looking for new healthy snacks that are guilt-free. These are perfect and quick, and even my non-healthy friends couldn’t get enough (tricked ’em)!

Slice persian cucumbers at an angle (slicing at an angle makes the surface longer so that you can load it with more content!). Next, spread with a dallop of hummus and top with a little piece of smoked salmon. These are also great with prosciutto!

Enjoy!

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Banana Nut Breakfast Muffins

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I’m back on my paleo grind, which means none of my favorite pastries for breakfast (tear, it was fun pretending to be Parisian with my pain au chocolat & espresso while it lasted). Desperate for a fun alternative to spoonfulls of almond butter, I spent this weekend in the kitchen in a trial-and-error kind of craze until voila! I perfected the world’s most delicious paleo breakfast muffin.

What you’ll need:
♥ 4 eggs
♥ 4 bananas
♥ 1/4 cup coconut oil
♥ 1/3 cup peanut or almond butter
♥ 1 tsp vanilla extract
♥ 1 tsp honey
♥ 1 tsp stevia
♥ 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
♥ 1 tsp baking powder
♥ 1 tsp baking soda
♥ 2 tsp cinnamon
♥ 1 tsp allspice
♥ 1 cup chia seeds, blended down
♥ Handful blueberries or dark chocolate chips (optional)

How to:
1. Smash together bananas, eggs, and nut butter using a fork. Add all remaining wet ingredients and combine in a large bowl. Melt down coconut oil & nut butters if needed. Use hand blender to ensure that all contents are evenly mixed!
2. Pulse chia seeds and walnuts in a blender. Add dry ingredients to your wet mixture, mixing slowly until smooth.
3. Spoon evenly into muffin tin with paper liners. Bake 20 minutes at 350°

Eat immediately while warm, or store for an on-the-go breakfast! If saving for later, keep in an air tight container, or refrigerate.

(And yes, in case you were wondering, fun cupcake liners DO make all the difference–find some here, here, here):
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Chocolate Covered Tangerines

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Since, my sweet tooth has been flaring up a bit, I decided to make a batch of these semi-sweet & semi-healthy treats! They are incredibly addictive – I took them to work and they all vanished within 30 minutes!

They are super easy/quick to make, and can also be used as a great snack, dessert, or appetizer for your next gathering! All you have to do is take a handful of tangerines, your favorite chocolate (preferably semi-sweet), and sea salt (or any type you prefer) — WALA!! Your tastebuds will thank you!

What is your sweet, yet somewhat healthy snack?

What you’ll need:
♥ Tangerines/Clementines
♥ Semi-sweet carob/chocolate chips
♥ Sea salt
♥ Wax Paper

How To:
1. Peel the tangerines
2. Melt the chocolate chips for about 1-2 minutes, but stop every 30 seconds to mix and check consistency.
3. Dip the tangerines in the chocolate
4. Place it on wax paper and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top
5. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then ready to eat!

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Chobani Grammy Guacamole

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There’s nothing I love more than an afternoon of oogling beautiful women in superb fashions! HELLO awards season! Of course, I love to indulge in my usual favorites (chips and guac, refreshing beer, hiii!). Here’s a healthy, fruity twist on my fave guacamole! And if you’re trying to stay healthier — yes, those tiny, beautiful women can have an inspiring influence — use thinly cut carrots or cucumbers instead of chips!

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The key ingredient here is (SHHH!) Chobani yogurt. Check it out here, or our fave peach flavor here! That’s right, we even went extra bold and used a peach Chobani, just to give our guac a little extra somptin somptin!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

♥ 1 cup peach Chobani yogurt
♥ 2 avocados
♥ 1/2 tomato
♥ 1-2 stalks celery
♥ sharp cheddar
♥ feta cheese

Finely chop the cheese, tomatoes, and celery. Combine in a bowl with avocado and Chobani yogurt. Mix well, using a fork to work the mixture in with the avocado. We add cayenne pepper and salt for extra flavor!

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Valentine’s Dessert

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This is seriously the most simple sweet treat! It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day because A. festive colors duh! and B. you get to look all fancy/sophisticated for a fraction of the price and effort. Now we’re talking! I honestly think Valentine’s day is silly and overrated (nobody wants to wait in those nasty lines for a rezzie at a crowded restaurant!). Soooo in my book, it’s all about pampering my friends/loved ones and baking delicious treats and writing goofy, meaningful cards to show everyone how much I love them. I know, I know, sorry. Really it’s about the sweetheart candies and Dora Explorer cardboard cutout cards that you buy last minute at Ralphs! SO FUN!!

But seriously, make these. They’re yummy and really pretty and the strawberries (and dark chocolate?) are good for you!

What you need:

♥ Marshmallows (pink and white for festive effect)
♥ Chocolate (dark is best, but get crazy and go for a white drizzle, add chopped almonds, etc!)
♥ Strawberries
♥ Toothpicks (or skewers if you want to make dessert kabobs!)

Roll the tip of a mallow into your yummy melted chocolate, take a taste test, and repeat. Kidding-not-kidding about the taste test part. I like to only dip the mallows because they’re amazingly easier to coat in chocolate than strawberries, but if you’re a profesh, go ahead and get a little fancy!  Then, skewer your kiddies together on a toothpick and lay cute-ly on a serving dish!

Voila!

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Beet, Pecan, & Goat Cheese Salad

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This has been my go-to lunch this week (I’ve had it 3 times now…). I bought a giant bag of spinach and those already-ready beets from TJs, so I felt like I had to eat them all before they went bad!! But hey, definitely not complaining bc this salad is amaze and packed full of antioxidants!

Ingredients:

♥ Spinach
♥ Beets
♥ Goat cheese
♥ Avocado
♥ Pecans
♥ Lentils

Throw your ingredients in a big bowl in your desired proportion, and toss with balsamic! If you need a little extra something to keep you full, try adding a protein like chicken or shrimp! Sprinkle some fresh pepper on top, and voila! Enjoy!

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Best Ever: Skinny Blueberry Cocktail

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You know that I’m all about the healthy eats, but can’ t give up the yummy drinks. My new solution to this conundrum is to use soda water as my mixer in all my cocktails, and then to add some sweetness with healthy fruity garnishes (or ginger!!). This post focuses on my latest fave, which is oh-so-simple, just the way I like it!

♥ 1 shot vodka
♥ 1 cup soda water
♥ handful of blueberries, muddled & mixed
♥ 1 splash triple sec

*In case you’re wondering, I prefer my blueberries whole so that I can suck ’em up and enjoy them as little treats in between sips! Depending on personal preference, you can muddle to expose more flavor in your drink! Random finding: orange slices are the perfecccct little treat to pair with this drink because they’re just so sweet and tasty! (AYSO memories, anyone?). This might have something to do with the sweet citrusy element of triple-sec, which adds a certain richness to the drink and helps make it feel like you’re not just guzzling watered down vodka.

Of course, you can totally alter this recipe as desired. I’ve done this combo with strawberries, raspberries, even APPLE SLICES. Go crazy! Share your results below!

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^ Everything tastes better with super cute straws ^

Bullet Proof Coffee

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

As much as I buy that statement, ain’t nobody got time for that!! I usually hit the gym in the morning, which means I either turn to an $8 Equinox smoothie (so bad for the bank when that becomes a daily habit), OR I make bullet proof coffee when I get to work.

That’s right. It’s bullet proof because it’s badass and keeps you SO FULL for SO LONG that it’s kind of amazing. Plus, it’s CHEAP & HEALTHY. I know, you love me.

Literally, all you do is brew yourself a cup of joe, then add in a spoon of virgin organic coconut oil & 1-2 scoops protein powder (stick with vanilla or chocolate). This makes your coffee super thick and creamy and delicious! The oil and protein powder are great for you, perfect for post workout (or for just getting you the hell out of bed), and will keep you full til lunch time!

Try it! I promise you’ll fall in love ♥