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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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 ^

Guilt Free Berry Cobbler

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It’s winter, and when it’s cold out I crave desserts. Have you seen the New Girl episode where Nick’s girlfriend/sleep over buddy “…just isn’t a dessert person” and Jess freaks out? Because seriously!? Who is not a dessert person?? You can lie to yourself all you want, but I’m pretty sure if you don’t like dessert you don’t have a soul.

Anyways, I’m all about this guilt free, healthy version of a traditional cobbler. It’s jam packed with berries and antioxidants (among other things…) so at least you don’t have to feel terrible about it. And, I promise you’ll still fit into your skinny jeans tomorrow.

Here’s what you’ll need:
♥ 2 cups mixed berries
♥ 1 apple, chopped
♥ 3 tablespoons lemon juice
♥ 1.5 tablespoon stevia
♥ I cup oats
♥ 1/2 cup coconut oil
♥ 2 tablespoons honey
♥ 1/4 cup butter

The how to:
♥ Combine berries, apple, lemon juice, and stevia in a bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Place mixture into 8×10 inch glass baking dish.
♥ Using the same bowl from your fruit mixture, cream together coconut oil and melted butter. (By using same bowl, you’ll get the super cute pink effect!)
♥ Mix honey and oats. Add to coconut/butter mixture, mixing slowly to achieve a crumbly consistency.
♥ Cover the fruit medley with your crumble!
♥ Place in oven on middle rack and bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Enjoy! xx

Quick Dish: Tofu Soba Salad

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Soba Salad

Ingredients:
Cherry Tomatoes
Soba Noodles
Lettuce/Spinach
Tofu
Feta Cheese

Since, I have been incredibly busy at work this week/too lazy to really put in the effort to make anything, I prepped this meal for the week. The only thing you really need to prep are the noodles, which are super easy to make. Go to my past Soba Noodle Dish recipe HERE to see how to cook up the noodles.

While the noodles are cooking, i chop up all the extra ingredients that I want in my salad – you can put anything in there. I stuck with tofu, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes because I enjoy that mix with the soba noodles. When the noodles are cooled and ready, I topped my salad foundation with a pile of noodles, and finished it with a scoop of Thai Peanut Sauce, and a hint of salad dressing. I tend to use a Brianna’s Poppy Seed dressing or Feast from the East Sesame dressing (Costco). Mix that all together and you got yourself a delicious and healthy meal!

When you are on the go, what are your favorite quick and easy dishes to make?

Rainbow Salad Recipe

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Yum yum yum! This salad has forever been one of my faves and I was shocked when I made it for lunch and realized I hadn’t yet shared it on the blog!!

This salad is super easy and — like all of my fave salads — is tasty and filling and has so many goodies there’s no need for dressing! Weeee-heee to feeling healthy and full and #eatingclean.

This is how I make it, but feel free to substitute any goodies that you prefer:

♥Lettuce, finely chopped
♥Whole red beets, halfed
♥Garbanzo beans
♥Avocado
♥Sweet potatoes
♥Baby tomatoes
♥Green onion garnish

Mix in whatever proportions you desire! (I usually go big on the non-lettuce items bc let’s be real, lettuce is soooo boring.)

I really enjoy pairing this meal with my favorite coconut water. It’s $11 which is like WOW, but I continue to buy it time & time again. That’s a testament to how.amazingly.good. this stuff is! Try it here!

Fish Burrito Bowl

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Ingredients:
Brown Rice
Black Beans (Unsalted)
Black Olives
Sliced Carrots
Bell Peppers
Onions
Tomatoes
Corn
Fish (Mahi Mahi, Tilapia)
Lime
Cilantro

Fish Seasoning Ingredients:
Chili Powder
Cumin
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic Powder (pinch)
Lemon Pepper

*Don’t forget avocado like i did :(

Since, burrito bowls are my favorite item to order at Chipotle, I decided to give it a go and make my own version of the delicious meal. I do have to say that I was not well-prepared, but with that being said, it all tasted pretty great! But in the blogging world, it is really all about the photos…right? Hehe.

I started by cooking the brown rice, since it would take a bit longer than any of the other ingredients. While it was cooking, I chopped up my veggies and seasoned my fish with all sort of yummy seasonings. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like, but I went with what I had in my cupboard and sounded good. As soon as the pan heated up, I placed down my pieces of fish to start cookin! WOOHOO!

While the fish was cooking, I made sure to put the black beans and corn on the stove, since those took the least amount of time to prepare. As soon as my fish was done cooking, I added in my veggies (alongside of the cooked fish), which allowed the veggies to simmer in the same seasoning base as my fish! Soon thereafter, the layering began – brown rice, black beans, corn, veggies, black olives, and fish! I topped off the dish with some green salsa, cilantro and lime, which gave the dish the perfect KICK! Yay to a successful recipe and meal! Your move Chipotle! (JK. Their bowl is obvi 10x’s better…that cilantro lime rice though)

enjoy :)

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Sister Post: Peanut Butter Brownie Bites!

My little sis is pretty much a baking genius, and I’m guilty of stealing her very-original, totally made-up-as-she-goes-along recipes ALL the time. Sometimes I try to claim them as my own, but if anything sounds too creative, it was probably all her. She’s pretty much a #boss in the kitchen and in life. So much so, that she’s starting her own YouTube channel where you can get step-by-step tutorials on how to perfect her delicious recipes!

Check out the video above, or follow along with our Halfsies notes below :)

What you’ll need:

♥Brownie Mix + fixings (we love Ghirardelli brownie mix!)
♥Peanut Butter of your choice
♥Chocolate chips (or anything else you love)

The how to:

Use as much peanut butter and chocolate chips as your heart desires (that’s why there aren’t any measurements listed above). Soften the peanut butter in the microwave for 20-25 seconds. Meanwhile, get your goodies for inside the peanut butter ready (I personally chopped up a 1/2 bar of chocolate). Once the peanut butter is out, immediately mix in the goodies. Once done, GENTLY hollow out the brownie bites and fill with peanut butter mixture using your fingers or a small spoon.

And there you have it! So simple it’s hard not to make these weekly!  And now you can put your bites into the fridge, freezer, pantry, or straight to your mouth! Enjoy(:

‘Spice Up Your Life’ Smoothie

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So, I may or may not have been listening to Spice Girls when I came up with the title for this post…hehe.

Ever since I got my new NutriBullet blender, I’ve been in the smoothie-making groove. I try to challenge myself and throw random ingredients together, hoping that it doesn’t taste like feet, and there is some sort of nutritional benefit. As of lately, this spicy green drank has been my go-to smoothie, because it is so refreshing and has a little kick to it! I found the recipe on an old sticky note in my room – don’t remember where I got it from, but it was obviously good enough to save. You may be looking at the ingredients with a slight “stank” face, but I promise you, it is not as bad as it sounds! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2-1 cup of spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 -1 lemon (juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • handful of ice

Enjoy :)