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Dairy-Free Turmeric Latte

Following the Whole30 program (it’s Day 6!), I have been missing my morning coffee with vanilla soy creamer! (soy is a no-no on Whole30, as is any added sugar). I made bulletproof coffee but could not get more than a sip down, I must have made it wrong because so many people say it tastes good!? Well I didn’t have the brain octane oil, so used coconut oil instead – that might of affected it! I just got all these ingredients so I shall try again 🙂

While I await the arrival of the brain octane oil, I have been replacing my morning coffee with (more…)

GFYG: I can’t live without Peppermint tea

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Soup


I mentioned I got sick around the holidays with all the back and forth, drinking, over-eating, not sleeping, million things going on. My immune system couldn’t handle it. Whenever I feel like I am getting sick, I load up on antioxidants quickly. This time, with all the rushing around, I didn’t take good care of myself. SO, I spent a few days on the couch forcing myself to relax and get better before our ski weekend trip. I was happy to recover in just 2 days from what I think was the flu…(cold sweats, fever, congestion, fatigue)  I made myself my dad’s amazingly delicious chicken noodle soup and ate it non-stop for 3 days. I also drank peppermint tea and chamomile tea with honey every hour and of course, made sure to eat an (more…)

Pumpkin Seeds – a halloween treat that’s SO good for you.

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I carved pumpkins over the weekend at my parents house – yeah I know – so cool of me. Well, anyways I love spending time with family and I take every opportunity to do so because who knows where life will take Nico and I in a few years — we could live in another part of the world because of Nico’s job and then I won’t be able to carve pumpkins with the fam so easily!

We almost threw out the seeds this time. Luckily, dad made sure to gather them all up, rinse, separate all the stringy pumpkin pulp and roast them (325° F for 25 minutes, make sure to stir them around every 8 mins or so). It wasn’t until last year when someone I used to work with brought in a ziplock bag filled with a medley of in shell roasted pumpkin seeds and roasted coconut chips (he got these from Trader Joe) to snack on. I was hooked on the flavor combination and looked into (more…)

Organic Matcha: Start the New year on a healthy note.

New Year-New Habits? Or maybe just restart those habits that may of subsided around the Holidays — Kick start the New Year with healthy options!

Like this Organic Matcha! I always get a Green-Tea-Soy-Latte from Starbucks and after it racking up my weekly coffee-run limit, I decided to try and make it at home — Well, I have had no luck finding  green Matcha powder (Starbucks uses it in the drink!) My sister was able to find me a tiny amount in a small store in Chinatown (Boston), but it was pretty bitter(& pricey) and I couldn’t master making the GTSL I love from the bucks!

Recently, stores like Whole Foods have caught on and began filling their bulk sections with Matcha powder – However, my favorite thus far is the one from kissmeorganics.com. 

Did you know having just 1/2 tsp a day provides you with loads of health benefits? I drink tons of green tea, but this Matcha gives me about 137x more the amount of antioxidants.

You can only get it on Amazon.

photoHere is the Green Tea Latte I can make myself now! (using Starbucks reusable go-green cups)

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Green Tea Latte
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon of green tea powder
  2. 1/3 cup of warm-hot, but not boiling, water
  3. 8 ounces warm-hot milk, soy milk or almond milk—don’t
  4. boil the milk, either
  5. Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey, agave or sugar substitute
  6. (I prefer the drink unsweetened
  7. Optional: milk foam for garnish
  8. Small whisk
  9. Optional: Milk frother
Instructions
  1. Whisk green tea powder and water in a small bowl until the tea is dissolved and top slightly
  2. foams.
  3. Stir in sweetener.
  4. Add warm milk to the top of the drink, filling the cup.
  5. For a frothier drink, pulse in a blender or use a frothing wand.
  6. If you have a milk frother, froth the warm milk first, then pour.
Notes
  1. *For an iced drink, prepare recipe to step 3; then add 2-3 ice cubes and mix in a blender.
  2. ** Make sure to mix the green tea powder in hot water first (not boiling) to dissolve powder
  3. completely
  4. *** Almond milk only has 80 calories and delivers a
  5. sweet taste.
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Matcha Nut Ice Cream
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. ½ can condensed milk
  3. 1 tbsp. Matcha powder
  4. ½ tbsp. bitter almond or rum extract
  5. ½ cup chopped pecans or hazelnuts
Instructions
  1. Make sure you start with a cold mixing bowl.
  2. Add heavy cream and extract then whip until stiff peaks form.
  3. Meanwhile mix chopped nuts and Matcha in to condensed milk.
  4. Fold condensed milk mixture into whipped cream until blended.
  5. Transfer your ice cream-to-be to a freezer safe container and freeze for at
  6. least 6 hours.
  7. Enjoy by the scoop.
  8. Garnish with mint if desired.
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Cycling 50-miles to help young girls!

Helping young girls around the Boston area find a good, strong role model.unnamed

So, my BF’s boss signed him up for this road race for MS 3 years ago. He legit got on a bike- not a regular bike you get for your 5th birthday, but a bike that costs around a grand – I’ve seen some for 8 grand$$$ (craze) done up with skinny tires, clip in shoes with some type of carbon frame.  Nico rode from Boston to Ptown, cape cod – like 180 miles! uhm yeah I’m exhausted driving my car that far – forget having to peddle my way there.  Check out the page to support MS and ride yourself next year!

but yeah funny thing, I ended up buying myself a road bike last year and since I’m in the Big Sister program felt the need to sign up for this race in honor of the organization….We are raising money on behalf of Big Sister Association of Greater Boston for the 2014 Rodman Ride for Kids. This ride is the #1 single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation supporting at-risk kids.

There’s my pitch for donations. 100% goes to support these wonderful children in the world we live in today!

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p.S. How I’m going to ride the 50 mile portion?… I don’t know! Since getting a pup, my training has slowly disappeared!! Better gear up this weekend and put some major miles on … someone is going to be sore!