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What I Eat In A Day

I truly believe that food is medicine.  The right foods can make us smarter, faster, more focused, happy, energized, give us glowing skin, healthy hair and nails…the benefits are endless.  While the wrong foods can make us sad, depressed, lethargic, bloated, flaky, acne prone and sick.  I have such a passion for food and care so much about what I put into my body because it directly impacts me! Many of you have heard me talk about my stomach problems and digestion issues that started 3 years ago.  I am SO thankful that after years of trial and error, I have pretty much eliminated my stomach pains, bloating, brain fog, mood swings, exhaustion, and swelling that came from eating the wrong food for my body.   Like I said in my diet post – I follow the 80/20 rule and don’t believe in crazy strict diets or depriving myself with sad salads.  (Also as a reminder, I am not a doctor and you should always consult with yours before making any drastic lifestyle changes!) Everyone’s body is different.  What is healthy for one person is not necessarily healthy for the other.  When I see click bait-y articles saying “Everyone should be eating the superfood Goji berry” or something along those lines…I just roll my eyes.  For me personally, Goji is actually an inflammatory food and makes me feel sick.  This is why it’s so important to take the time to get to know your body and to listen to it.  What food makes YOU feel good?  What food do you think could be causing a problem?  Maybe try eliminating it for a week?!  It’s worth taking the time to figure out.  Long term inflammation and poor gut health can lead to bigger problems – like disease and autoimmune disorders down the line.  At the end of the day, don’t you want to look and feel your best from the inside out? I wanted to share what I typically eat in a day at home (and nooooo it doesn’t always look this pretty!!! ;))  These are foods that make me feel energized, happy, light – the best version of myself.  This is just a little sneak peek of something I’ve been working on that won’t be out until next year – I hope you love it! 7:30AM Hot water with lemon 9:30AM Green juice (I share my recipe at 10:25 in this video!) 10:30AM Matcha with coconut milk 1PM Usually a colorful salad with a mix of raw and cooked veggies (I love corn, jicama, and carrots!), basil, a protein like chicken or salmon, and dressing is always lemon juice + olive oil.  Simple and delicious! 4PM Snack of either a sweet potato with coconut oil and a little pink himalayan salt, or one of my other fave gluten + dairy free snacks that I’m sharing here! 6PM Kelp noodles or zucchini noodles with lemon chicken and homemade pesto (for pesto add pine nuts, olive oil, basil, salt, and lemon juice into a food processor – optional to add garlic or nutritional yeast, and for kelp noodles – they can be finicky, I soak mine for 10 minutes, then boil for 10 minutes with a a teaspoon of baking soda and a lemon peel, then cover for 10-15 minutes to soften, also boiling them in chicken broth helps…they will soften over time I promise!),  I am by no means an amazing cook and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen so these things are all super easy to make, while still being nourishing and delicious.  They’re REAL foods with zero additives or weird chemicals that satiate me and allow me to look and feel my best. This week’s giveaway is over $150 worth of products from Moon Juice!  One lucky reader will get a huge container of the Beauty Shroom Vegan Collagen which is currently sold out, a bottle of SuperYou Adaptogen Capsules which are stress relieving, and the wildly popular Beauty Shroom Plumping Jelly Serum.  To enter this giveaway simply; Follow me on Youtube and Instagram, Subscribe to my Newsletter, and leave me a comment below saying Subscribed and Followed.  Winner will be announced on my Instagram on Friday!  Brownie points if you leave me a comment telling me you entered on my latest IG photo!
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A Friendsgiving Feast with Mulled Wine

How is it already mid November?!  October seemed to go by in the blink of an eye and we’re just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving.  When I lived in NYC, I rarely went home for Thanksgiving since it was so far (from my hometown Scottsdale), so I often spent it with my closest friends in the city.  It was actually a really cozy, fun, bonding time and we would all rotate whose apartment we spent “Friendsgiving” at each year.  I think my favorite Friendsgiving was at Talun’s tiny studio apartment in Brooklyn – with 6 of us sitting on his bed and a few bar stools around a charming, distressed wood table.  We all brought 2-3 dishes (that year I made sweet potato mash – YUM) and Talun surprised us with his insane turkey cooking and carving skills.  We drank mulled wine and listened to jazz until the wee hours of the morning.  I have quite a few friends here in LA who won’t be heading home for Thanksgiving, so I thought it would be the perfect occasion to host a Friendsgiving at my place.  I couldn’t resist setting up a mini mulled wine bar with Callie Collection’s signature Fresh Red Blend. This Callie Collection wine has notes of blackberry, strawberry, vanilla and caramel.  It tastes delicious alongside a Friendsgiving feast. For the main event, I served my Callie Collection Mulled Wine recipe alongside delicious roasted rainbow carrots, gluten-free corn muffins, a kale + kabocha squash salad, and pumpkin pie to go along with it.   OK, maybe I didn’t make the pumpkin pie from scratch…I must give credit to Huckleberry in Santa Monica!!! ;) I had so much fun hosting an event with Callie Collection Wines at the new Broken Shaker rooftop in Downtown LA a few weeks ago and had the chance to teach guests how to make their own mulled wine satchels to take home and enjoy with Callie Collection’s Fresh Red Blend.  It’s such an easy and festive touch for the holidays to spice up your wine. Here’s a step by step guide on how to set up your own mulled wine bar! Mulled Wine Bar DIY: Steeping Satchels x Callie Collection Mulled Wine Materials: Muslin bags Bakers twine Cinnamon sticks Tags for Recipe Ingredients: 3-4 cinnamon sticks 30 whole cloves 20 allspice whole berries 3 whole black cardamom pods Optional: Dried orange slices Garnish: Star anise Prepare your Callie Collection Red Blend x Mulled Wine recipe cards in advance on pretty paper with a little handwritten note for a special touch. Measure out appropriate number of spices required per each bottle of Callie Collection Red Blend as it pertains to the recipe. Fill each muslin bag with appropriate amount of ingredients. Loop twine through recipe card and special note. Fasten with a tie or pretty fall colored ribbon. The perfect gift is ready to go for all your upcoming fall / winter party needs! When you’re ready to make your mulled wine – pour 1/2 cup of Callie Collection Fresh Red Blend wine, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of brandy and contents of bag into a pot on the stove.  Bring to a medium-high heat for 3 minutes then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.  Enjoy!
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins + Fall Decor

You guys, I have officially turned into Martha Stewart!  Betty Crocker step aside!  No but really – I’ve been baking up a storm since September rolled around and decorating my house with all things fall.  It feels SO good to have a home and a real kitchen to cozy up in this season.  The only thing I used my oven for when I lived in NYC was storage!  Very Carrie Bradshaw of me hehe but it’s true.  Anyways, I wanted to share another muffin recipe that my sister actually created (some of you already follow her – but for those of you who don’t know she has a food blog called Sullivan Street Eats and shares tons of amazing recipes weekly.)  These gluten free, apple cinnamon muffins are a lot more moist and spongelike (in a good way) than the other delicious muffin recipe I shared and I think of them as more of a dessert (…but you’d be shocked to know they have zero refined sugar.)  They’re sweetened with maple syrup – which next to coconut nectar is my favorite way to sweeten baked goods.  I keep these muffins in my fridge during the week and reheat them for 15 seconds with almond butter for a little treat.  I also like to crumble one up and add it on top of my morning smoothie bowls instead of using store bought granola.  For the streusel part of the muffin – feel free to experiment, but I added oats, pecan, and almond butter.  Super easy, and I promise you this will become your go-to fall muffin recipe.  When it comes to decorating for fall – you’d be surprised what a difference a pretty bowl of pumpkins or basket of gourds on your kitchen counter or in your entry can make.  It’s such a welcoming touch and will make you so happy every time you walk by that festive corner in your home.  I just ordered a TON of stuff from H&M’s home section (half of the pieces I used here are from there!) AND they were all under $25.  This black cutting board looks soooo luxe (great for wine + cheese nights) and was only $13.  I’ve been putting my smoothie bowls in this beautiful stoneware bowl (which is only $10 and the perfect size) and placing pumpkins and baked good in this rustic wood serving dish ($25.)  Don’t even get me started on the rest of their decor pieces…(like this gold mirror.)  I linked to a few more of my fave fall decor pieces below.  PS if you want your house to smell divine…order this candle.  I’ve been burning it ever since I got it last week – you can thank me later! Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Fall Muffins 3 cups of Almond Flour 4 eggs 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp vanilla 2 tsp cinammon 2 tsp nutmeg 2.5 tbsp coconut oil (or ghee) 1 Golden Delicious apple chopped into cubes For streusel: Mix 1/4 cup of oats with 2 tbsp almond butter and 2 tbsp melted coconut oil to drizzle over. Optional to add pecans in. Mix dry ingredients.  Mix wet ingredients.  Combine both then fold in apple.  Top with streusel and bake at 350″ for 30 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins – enjoy!
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Lemon Ginger Slushy

I mentioned my lemon ginger slushy in my very first Wellness Series this summer and wanted to do a full blog post with the recipe since I’ve received so many comments and DMs about them.  They are so delicious and refreshing – AND you can even turn them into a “healthy-ish” cocktail by adding a splash of vodka! Add mint or basil to garnish it, pick up some fun straws, and you’ve got yourself the easiest drink to sip on throughout the day or serve at a party.  Something I experimented with recently is adding the entire lemon with the peel into the blender.  The peel of the lemon has the most nutrients and is incredibly alkalizing.  It also makes the drink a more vibrant shade of yellow.  If you want a sweeter slushie, add honey, coconut nectar or coconut sugar.  I personally love mine tart though!  For this week’s giveaway, I am sending one lucky reader this gorgeous bar tray (a $450 value) from one of my favorite designers; St. Frank.  I’m obsessed with their home decor pieces and have this oversized print in my entry.   The ladies at St. Frank were kind enough to connect me with Simply Framed; an online custom, mail-in framing shop.  They created this beautiful art hanging above my bar with a tunic I picked up in Mexico a few months ago.  I love looking around my home and seeing pieces from my travels in every corner!  To enter this week’s giveaway, simply sign up for my newsletter, and comment below “Signed up!” with your email.  XO Lemon Ginger Slushy 2 cups of ice 1 cup of water 1 lemon (remove seeds and rind) Thumb size piece of ginger (remove the skin) Garnish with mint or basil Blend on high! Optional: 1 shot of vodka or sweetener SaveSave
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