Homemade Latte (another coffee post)

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It’s no secret that I love coffee! Here’s another quick at home “latte” you can try out! It’s not really a latte since we’re using coffee and not espresso (say it with me “esssspresso” not “exxxxpresso”) but it’s still delicious. I make my coffee in a French press but you can make it however you want. You’ll need:
•9 ounces of coffee
•4 ounces of whatever milk you want (I used almond)
•Cinnamon
•Sweetener of choice

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Start off with your freshly brewed coffee! 9 ounces is good.

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Warm up your milk on the stove top until desired temperature. I think 4-5 ounces is perfect. Then you can sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

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Or a lot of cinnamon.

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Now blend it up! This gives it that frothy latte feel without having to have an espresso machine or milk frother.

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No blender? Shake that milk up and get a good arm workout too.

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Add your sweetener, (I didn’t add any bc I’m trying to get back) pour your milk and enjoy! You can either just pour straight in or you can use a spoon to let the milk come out first and then scoop the foam on top.

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Perfect 4pm pick me up when you have 2 toddlers who don’t nap. Enjoy!

Lychee vs Rambutan

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Summer time is here which means there is way more variety of fruit in the grocery store. Today I want to do a little comparison of 2 delicious fruits! Lychees and Rambutan.

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First lets talk about the lychee! The lychee is a tropical fruit that grows in many countries. The main source is China and Indian. My lychees came from good ole Miami. The skin is very easy to peel and the fruit is juicy! To me, the fruit taste like a more floral grape. It’s very light and refreshing. It has a pretty large seed inside.

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The Rambutan is another tropical fruit that can be grown in many countries. The main country being Indonesia. Mine came from Costa Rica. While related to the lychee they do have some differences (besides its crazy appearance!) The skin of the rambutan is thicker than the lychee. I was still able to peel it with my finger but it gave me a little struggle. The flesh is thicker than lychee too! The flavor isn’t nearly as strong. It reminds me of a slightly less flavorful grape. Still really good!

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Here’s a little seed comparison for you. I feel you get more fruit from the rambutan while the lychee is mainly seed.

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I can’t really say I like one more! They’re both good and you should try them out if you haven’t!

Peanut Butter Smoothie

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Helllllllo!! Its been awhile! Thanks for sticking around. I plan to start frequently updating my blog and have new pages under construction! I wanted to throw up this smoothie recipe because it’s so good and I’ve been making it almost everyday. For about 12-16 ounces depending how thick you like it, you will need:

•2 frozen bananas
•1 tbs cacao powder
•1 tbs peanut butter (almond butter is equally delicious)
•1 tsp honey (optional and only add if you like it extra sweet!)
•1-1 1/2 cup almond milk depending how thick you want it!

Blend it up and enjoy!!

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Darbster Bistro

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A couple months I went to Darbster Bistro in Boca Raton, FL for my birthday dinner. I actually wrote this post the same week I went but had issues with my photos so I had to hold off on posting! But I’m happy to share my experience now! Darbster is a vegetarian (mostly vegan) restaurant and has a whole raw foods section to their menu. I had always heard great things about them so decided my birthday was the perfect opportunity to check it out! They have a location in West Palm Beach as well.

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Jesse (my husband) and I arrived for our reservations at 6pm. South Florida didn’t disappoint on the weather, so we sat outside to enjoy the night. The ambiance was really relaxing and they had live music playing. We were so excited to check out the menu! Though we aren’t vegans, we have been in the past and still enjoy vegan and raw meals whenever we can.

Our waitress was really sweet and had no problem answering all of our questions and giving her opinion on all the dishes.

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Everything looked so good, it was hard deciding what to get. First up we shared the soup special of the night which was a raw cream of spinach soup.

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For anyone who isn’t familiar with raw foods, raw means anything that isn’t cooked above 115 degrees. They believe that after food is heated above that point, nutrients are lost. So this was a room temperature soup. We loved it and thought it was really flavorful. We asked and the base was made from cashews.

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I’m not a big drinker (literally probably 3 times a year) but I couldn’t resist the organic peach nectar martini. It was SO good. I hate when drinks are over powered by a strong vodka taste and was worried this would be the case. But it was literally perfect!

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Jesse had one too after I convinced him he shouldn’t be embarrassed to get that instead of a beer haha

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As you can see we hated the soup (kidding).

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Here we have my main dish! I ordered the special of the evening which was eggplant ravioli. It was divine. So flavorful and fresh. You would never know it was vegan.

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Jesse decided to get another special of the night, vegan enchiladas. Again, they were so good! He kept saying he would eat these over real enchiladas any day (and that’s coming from a Mexican)

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Perfect food, drinks and atmosphere. Next up, dessert! This had to be the hardest decision of the night.

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After a long conversation with the waitress where we asked her to describe every dessert, what was most popular and what her favorite was- we made a decision. Vegan brownie a la mode and vegan strawberry layer cake.

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Literally my mouth is watering thinking of these! I can not express to you how much we loved these desserts! You would never know they were vegan and they were super decadent.

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Yes, I just inserted 50 pictures of dessert. The night couldn’t have been any better. We loved it there and can’t wait to move back to South Florida so we can become regulars!

I highly recommend if you are in West Palm Beach or Boca Raton to stop in! Not only is their food amazing but they are actually a non-profit and 100% of the profits go to their foundation to assist animal welfare and rights. Pretty awesome. You can find all their information at http://www.darbster.com

Urban Remedy Juice Cleanse

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Today I’m going to share my experience doing a 1 day juice cleanse from Urban Remedy! Urban Remedy is a wellness company based out of California. They have a bunch of individual juices and nut milks, along with cleanse kits. I did their “Signature Cleanse”. All their juices are organic and cold pressed.

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I’m not a stranger to juicing and was very excited to start the cleanse. It came with 6 different drinks. They recommend drinking the juices in 2 hour increments starting at 9am and ending at 7pm. They have a ton of resources and exact directions for beginners on their website.

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The first juice of the day was a green juice. “Brainiac” was made with cucumber, celery, spinach, parsley and lemon- all organic. This one isn’t sweet at all and the first taste may be a shock if you aren’t used to green juices! But I absolutely loved it. It was so fresh and tasted crisp and clean. I was worried I was going to get hungry throughout the day but decided to take it one hour at a time!

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Next juice was 2 hours later. I was grocery shopping at Whole Foods and made sure I brought my juices with me! “Time Machine” was made with ionized water, lemon, Acai powder, cayenne pepper and stevia. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one, but I was pleasantly surprised! All the flavors went really well together and it was refreshing!

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Between my 2nd and 3rd juice I did feel hungry. I drank some lemon water as they recommend on their website.

“Flush” was another green juice that had cucumber, lemon, ginger, mint and apple. This one was SO good. My favorite of all the ones I had had so far. The lemon and apple made it perfect.

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“After Party” is made with carrot, apple, lemon, ginger and beet. I was catching on that as the day progressed the juices got sweeter-and I wasn’t complaining! This one was so so delicious! It gave me a great boost of energy and I actually decided to go to the gym. I started the cleanse at around 11am and at this point it was around 5pm. They say you shouldn’t do any heavy activity but I was feeling really good and just wanted to hit the treadmill for a bit.

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I waited until right before my 5th juice to go to the gym and drank it as I walked/jogged on the treadmill. “Warrior” is made with ionized water, raspberry, chia seeds and stevia. Let me tell you, I felt like a warrior! Honestly I’m not someone who gets super excited to go to the gym. It’s always a struggle and even after I’m there it’s a struggle to stay on the treadmill for more then 30 mins. But I seriously felt amazing! I just had so much energy and actually stayed for an entire hour! I really didn’t expect to feel so good but was loving it.

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I ended the day with a relaxing bath and decided to have my last drink in the tub. “Relax” is actually a nut milk made with ionized water, cashews, vanilla extract and cinnamon. This drink was HEAVENLY. I’m a big fan of nut milks and this one tasted so fresh and homemade. I didn’t want it to end!

All in all I had a great experience with this! It really made me want to incorporate more all juice or smoothie days into my life. I wasn’t expecting to feel as good as I did. This is a great company with fresh products. You can get all the information you need at http://www.urbanremedy.com. Happy cleansing!

Simple French Toast

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I had no plans to make French toast today. However as 1pm crept up and I still hadn’t had time to make breakfast for myself I decided to make it fancy (kinda). I realized I had all the ingredients to make a basic French toast recipe so I did and it was delish.

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You will need:
•1 egg
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1/4 milk of choice
•2-3 slices of bread (the recipe was supposed to be able to make 4 slices but it only did 3 fully!)
•Either extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or organic butter to grease pan with.
•Fruit or chocolate chips to top
•Honey to drizzle

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First you want to mix your egg, vanilla and cinnamon up! Whisking it with a fork works just fine.

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After you have those 3 ingredients mixed up, pour in your milk. Cute baby hand alert.

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Next put some love into your food! I didn’t realize until I was looking back at the pictures I took that the milk formed a heart when I poured it in!

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Pick your bread to dip! I used a gluten free bread and a whole wheat bread.

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Coat both sides evenly and place on a medium heat pan that has been lightly greased with your choice of oil/butter.

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If you have cookie cutters you can always make it fun and kid friendly with different shapes!

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You will want to flip your bread a couple times on the pan until you get the desired texture you want. Mine are pretty dark because I’ve always loved “harder” French toast. I like it really well done. Then you can top with your chocolate chips or fruit (or both) and some honey! Enjoy.

DIY Hair Mask

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Hello everyone! I wanted to share a super easy and effective hair mask. Making your own beauty products is great because you know exactly what goes into it! No crazy chemicals!

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You only need 2 ingredients:
•1 Hass Avocado
•2 tbs coconut oil

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First you want to cut open your ripe avocado! You want to make sure it’s ripe or you can get too many little fibers in your hair. Ideally you want it a little more ripe then the one in my photos.

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Scoop out your avocado and put into a bowl. I have long hair so I will be using the whole fruit. If you have short or fine hair you may only need one half. You can also do a quick treatment on just your ends and 1/2 would probably be great for that too!

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Next you want to get a fork and mash up the avocado really well! Get it as smooth as possible. If you want you can even put it in a food processor but this worked fine for me.

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After your avocado is all mashed up you can pour in your 2 tbs of coconut oil! Mix well until fully incorporated.

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You are done! You’re a hair mask making master now! Next is the most messy step, applying to your hair.

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I decided to apply the mask on my porch since it was so nice out. Who cares if the neighbors think I’m crazy!

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Before you apply the mask to your hair you will want to brush it well and make sure there are no knots! I applied to completely dry hair but you can also apply it to damp hair.

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I worked the mask into the ends of my hair really well. After that you can just run the rest of the mask throughout your hair. Leave on for 30 mins! I personally used shampoo (lush lavender shampoo bar) and conditioner ( alba botanica cocoa butter) to wash out the mask! I find if I don’t use a shampoo my hair can stay a bit oily. Also I have very thick knotty hair so I need that conditioner as well! Play around and see what works for you! Enjoy your soft hair!

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Vegan Mexican Casserole

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Here is a simple, fast, yummy and quick meal to make any night of the week! This is actually my first time making it totally vegan and it was great. I’m generally not a fan of fake meat and this was no exception. Next time I make this I will leave out the Chicken less strips and just add more corn or another veggie. But if you are down with the fake meat then go for it! You will need:
• Tortilla chips
• Beyond meat Chicken less strips
• 2 cans of El pato tomato sauce
• 1 can corn
• 1 can black beans
• Daiya shredded mozzarella cheese
• Green onions
• 1 can refried beans
• Tofutti sour cream

1st you will layer the bottom of a pan with the tortilla chips.
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Next break up the strips into little pieces and spread around the tray. Again if you aren’t a fan of fake meat you can leave it out and it will still be good.

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Next you want to evenly pour the sauce around the pan. Following that you will do the same with the beans and corn.

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After that go in with the second can and evenly pour again. Then you will sprinkle your cheese on top.

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After all the layers you will have your casserole ready for the oven. Put into the oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins.
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When you take your casserole out of the oven top it with green onions! After that serve with tofutti sour cream and refried beans!

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Enjoy!!

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Morning Glory!

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I can not express to you how amazing this juice is. It’s the perfect morning pick me up! It has so many delicious flavors. This was one of my absolute favorite drinks when I worked at a juice bar. Here are the measurements that will make you about 12-15 ounces:

• 2 juicy oranges
• 1/2 lemon
• 2 large carrots
• 1/4 beet
• Small piece of ginger
• 1 apple
• 1 piece of Dino kale

You can add more or less of anything depending what flavor you want to come through more. This recipe is a pretty sweet/tangy mix of everything. Enjoy!

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Green Juice!

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After about 2 years of not having a juicer (my waring pro broke) my husband bought me a Hurom slow juicer. I’m so excited to use this bad boy every day! I worked in a juice bar for almost 3 years so I have a ton of recipes I’m excited to make. This one is:
•3 leaves of Dino Kale
•1 bunch Spinach
•5 stalks Celery
•2 Apples
•1/2 bunch Parsley
•1/2 Cucumber
•1/2 Lemon
•Thumb of Ginger

Makes about 24 ounces of juice! Enjoy!

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