Recipes

How to Make a Summer Smoothie Bowl

Growing up, I was never a huge fan of breakfast.  I’m not a morning person so I would sleep in as late as possible, throw clothes on, and run out the door to make it to school or work.  I would always feel groggy, lethargic and a bit moody despite getting that extra hour of sleep.  Slowly, but surely, I started to learn about nutrition, and how food effects everything – from your skin, to your mood, energy levels, and brain function… I feel so grateful to have connected with celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque (who counts everyone from Chelsea Handler to Jessica Alba and Molly Sims as her clients.)  She taught me soooo much about food – and how powerful the right food can be.  She has an incredible background in cancer research and I love her balanced, well rounded approach.  She does not believe in starving yourself and has created a simple, easy to remember formula called the “FAB 4” which encompasses the 4 types of food you should incorporate into every meal (fat, fiber, greens, and protein.)  I’ve had my fair share of smoothies over the years, and before I knew about the FAB 4 – I was ordering ginormous, sugary, high calorie smoothies that left me hungry right after consumption.  Now that I know about FAB 4, what foods work for my body (this took a lot of experimenting) and what flavors I like – I’ve created a go-to smoothie recipe that leaves me feeling satisfied, full and nourished for hours.  After I drink this smoothie in the morning, I feel clear headed, energized, and ready to take on the day.  Watch my video to see exactly how I make my FAB 4 smoothie and learn about Kelly’s new protein powder (with zero additives yay!) and book.  Sign up for my newsletter and leave a comment below saying “Signed up!” for a chance to win a copy of Kelly’s book and some of my favorite wellness goodies ;) Smoothie Bowl Recipe: 1 cup Almond Milk (I like the Malk brand since it has zero additives) 1/2 cup Ice 1 tablespoon FIBER (I love flax or chia) 1 scoop PROTEIN (Hemp is great if you don’t mind the taste, but I like this one) 1 scoop GREENS (I like this powder or fresh spinach) Up to 2 tablespoons FAT (I like this almond butter since it’s made without added oil, sugar or salt) 1 scoop Collagen (I use this one for glowing skin) 1/2 cup Berries (FYI more berries than this were used in the making of this video to give it that pretty pink color ;)) Toppings: Hemp seeds, Cacao nibs, Berries, Coconut flakes, Yogurt Additional items you can add into to your smoothie: Ionic minerals, Ashwaghanda, or Matcha
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His + Hers Holiday Cocktails

One of my favorite things about the holidays is being able to entertain with festive food and decor.  I was so excited when Pottery Barn asked me to share a holiday story and put a twist on a classic cocktail recipe.  I chose a Martini for her, and Manhattan for him.  I put a twist on the Martini by adding cranberries – I used 1 ounce of vodka, 1/2 ounce of triple sec, 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, and 2 ounces of cranberry juice.  For the Manhattan, I used 2 ounces of rye, 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth, 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and then added a little bit of cinnamon + a cinnamon stick to give it a spicy-holiday taste.  Pottery Barn just marked down a ton of items like these napkins and this decanter (a great gift for the guy in your life.)  This tray also just went on sale and is perfect for breakfast in bed!  Shop more of my favorite items from Pottery Barn below.
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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Rebecca Dale Photography Happy Monday!  I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.  December went by so fast – too fast if you ask me!  I wanted to share the recipe for the cocktail I made at my holiday party last week.  It was so easy and looked gorgeous in the champagne glasses. Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail 1 1/2 cups of pomegranate juice 1 cup pear nectar 1/4 cup orange flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier) 1 bottle Champagne 1 pomegranate for seeds (optional) Make sure ingredients are chilled. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and pour into glasses. Drop pomegranate seeds in for decoration. Enjoy!
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Grilled Cheese+Tomato Soup

When my mother (the best cook in the world) ran out of things to make for lunch she used to always turn to a classic combo; grilled cheese+tomato soup.  It’s still a go-to lunch for me and in my opinion, is the ultimate comfort food.  I stumbled upon this fun “Grown up Grilled Cheese” guide on Bon Appetit, which led me to this tomato soup recipe.  I figured I had to share it with all of you because who doesn’t love grilled cheese+tomato soup?! bonappetit.com
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