I’ll be honest. We bought a juicer maybe 2-3 years ago. It wasn’t a crazy expensive one. I can’t remember for the life of me the brand because we haven’t touched it in so long. It’s actually on a shelf in the storage area of our basement. I love fresh juice, but sometimes the whole hassle of getting it setup and then cleaning it is just too much. I like things done quickly, and juicing is not always the quickest task (not to say it isn’t worth it or anything – I know a lot of people who LOVE their juicers). It’s just not for me.
BUT, I love a good juice recipe that doesn’t require the whole shebang. That’s why I looooove watermelon juice. It can very easily be strained with a mesh strainer and it super refreshing during the summer. Plus it is naturally so sweet, so you really don’t have to add much to it! This is a simple recipe, but I wanted to share in case there are any watermelon lovers here who have not tried this yet.
I prefer to eat my watermelon usually, but this is a good way to not waste a watermelon that may not be as sweet as you thought. Buying watermelon is already a gamble… so at least you’ll have another option if you are not into the texture or sweetness of one that you’ve bought and cut up! There’s always another way to use an ingredient. :)
I’m always making a fuss about maca root on here, but I promise it is with good reason. Maca is an ancient herb and root vegetable that provides many benefits to women’s health (and men’s!) Most notably, it may boost libido (improving sexual health) and promote fertility.
NOTE: I am not a doctor or scientist or anything remotely similar. I made the decision to take maca myself based on online research and studies I have read. You should not take this as advice, but inspiration. Visit your own doctor if you are wondering if maca is something you should try.
Hi friends — it’s been so gorgeous over here lately. I hope you can say the same wherever you are! Now that the warm weather is here, I have started craving my usual iced coffee with soy milk again. I have to say – the winter is easy for me to nix the caffeine because I don’t like hot coffee (though I do love lattes). And yes, I know you can enjoy coffee while pregnant, but I just choose to not have it as much. I’ve caved a couple times and grabbed decaf, but other than that, I’ve been good. Less coffee also leaves me with more money in my pocket, so that’s a plus.
I did concoct this interesting iced cinnamon spice milk one day and since then have been loving it as a “iced coffee substitute.” Almond milk has been my go-to source for calcium this pregnancy. Just one cup has at least 40% of my daily recommended intake. It also features dates, which are notorious for providing the body with energy (so hey, kinda like that caffeine boost?) Continue reading →
Sorry it has been so quiet for a few days. If you follow me on IG, you know I was in sunny FL with my family. It was great to get away, but back to the grind! No place like home :) Sharing sharing a recipe I’ve had on my mind for a while, but just finally getting to it.
If you’ve read the About section on here, you know that I do not label myself vegan because I do consume local, organic honey. More about that HERE. It’s best to be transparent, right?
Now that that is out of the way, [nut] milk and honey tea. It’s one of my favorite drinks. Add the bubbles and I’m in heaven. The bubbles are tapioca balls, better known as boba. I talk more about this and how to prepare them in THIS POST. If you are making the boba for the first time, you’ll have to reference it. You can find them on Amazon if you are unsure of where to grab these guys. You’ll also want to grab the right straws for boba, like these. Continue reading →
Most people who know me know that I am a sucker for anything lavender. Lavender iced coffee, lattes, iced tea, muffins, scones… if it had lavender in the title, I’m going to want to try it. Since a lot of coffee shop and bakeries around here don’t usually carry lavender drinks and baked goods, I grabbed my own lavender buds and made this sweet syrup. It’s perfect for homemade iced coffee, lattes, or baking. Plus, it was really easy!
I’ve been really into maca root powder lately. If you’re thinking, “what the hell is that?” I’m not surprised. It’s something that stumbled upon while browsing Pinterest a while ago and thought the same exact thing. I noticed that it was a frequent addition to a lot of smoothie recipes I was looking at. Then I noticed it as an ingredient at a couple of my favorite local smoothie/juice bars. I felt like all I saw was maca maca maca, like the universe was encouraging me to try it.
So, I did. I tried it about a year ago when I found the powder at Whole Foods. I put it in a bag and took a whiff and wanted to throw up. It was SO EARTHY AND WEIRD. I actually left the bag at Whole Foods! Nope, no thanks.
Butttttt, I really couldn’t stop thinking about – the more I researched its benefits, the more I was like… man, this sounds like something I really need (more on benefits later). So, I tried again. This time, I found it at Marshalls (of all places) in their superfood/snack section. The bag was sealed, so I couldn’t smell it and be turned off this time, so I just bought it. Like $9.99? Something like that.
Happy Monday lovelies – I hope it is sunny and serene. Still trying to like beets. No crazy recipes or updates over here at the moment. I have to be honest, things have been pretty hectic on my end, and I haven’t had as much time to put together extravagant recipes, but I like to still post. For now, here’s one of my fav quick smoothies. Pretty colors for the win.
Here’s a juice that will start your morning off on the right foot. It’s actually a go-to for me, because it is super sweet. I call it Grapeberry because… there’s more than one type of “grape” in here ;) Continue reading →
I berry berry much love this juice. It takes a ton of berries, but… worth it! Some days I think – why would I juice these precious gems? It almost seems like a waste. Butttt…. sometimes you just need some juice. And this is perfect to kick off my week.
Honestly, who doesn’t want PB&J in a glass? Probably my Nana, because she swears that she has never ate a PB&J sandwich in her 80+ years. I find it so hard to believe, but she won’t even try it! GF is missing out.
Anyways, this is heaven in a glass. So get over the fact that you may need to clean out your blender to make the second layer. Okay? Get over it. <3