Baby it’s cold outside

Haute Chocolate from My New Roots

Well, it’s not really so cold in Dallas, but a few mornings have been chilly.  And when it’s chilly, an icy cold nutrition filled smoothie just doesn’t fit the bill.  So I’ve complied a few warm eats and sips for your cold (or mildly chilly) holidays.

Warm Sips

Mint/Chocolate Shake (Adapted from goop)
1 1/2 cups warm peppermint tea
1 heaping tbs cacao
1 scoop vega (vanilla chai), chocolate would also work (they have
single packets at whole foods if you want to sample)
1 TBS gently melted coconut oil
2 TBS whole raw cashews
1 scoop amazing greens powder (choc. would be good here but I’d use
whatever, including spinach or kale)
1/4 tsp stevia or agave
1 pinch sea salt
spirulina tabs (optional but gets crazy green)

Pour warm tea into blender, add cacao, cashews, salt, stevia,
spirulina (if using) – bend until cashews are broken down.
Add powders and while blending drizzle in coconut oil.

*My sis added a banana for sweetness and gave it two thumbs up.

**Don’t blend HOT stuff, it could EXPLODE, so let me emphasize the “warm” part again.

Spicy shake (Adapted from goop)

While this one is still cold due to frozen fruit, the spices are a nice nod to warm.

2 cups almond milk
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 tbs carob or cacao
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 freshly grated nutmeg or ground (or allspice)
1″ peeled ginger
1/4 tsp stevia
pinch sea salt

Blend and serve.

Banana bread shake (room temp.)
1 1/2 cups Almond Milk
1 Banana
1/4 Avocado
1/3 cup Gluten-free Rolled Oats (uncooked)
1 TBS (heaping) Almond Butter
Squirt of flax seed
Squirt of honey (raw, local)

Blend and serve.

Superfood Haute Chocolate (from My New Roots)
Serves 1
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 tsp. maca powder
1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
pinch sea salt
pinch cinnamon powder
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch ginger powder
small piece vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
1 ½ cups milk of your choice or water

Directions:
1. Boil water or warm milk on the stove and let cool slightly. If using raw nut milk, do not heat above 118°F/42°C.
2. Whisk in dry ingredients. Serve immediately with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

*This is quickly becoming my most favorite thing ever.

Warm Eats

 

Baked sweet potato (400 degrees, poke holes, bake for 40 minutes (pan underneath to catch the drips))

Split open, drizzle with coconut oil, shake “Spike” (a LOW sodium spice blend) or your favorite spice blend.

Open Avocado Sammy

Two slices Ezekiel or gluten free bread (I like the California Family Complete Protein also)

Veganaise, sliced avocado, sea salt, pepper, eat open faced……it makes me feel more full than just a regular sandwich – go figure.  I’ll usually have this with an apple.

Chia pudding (from goop)

1/4 cup chia seeds
2/3 cup warm water

Place the chia seeds in the water (either warm or cold, whichever you
prefer) and stir, stir, stir! Then let the concoction sit in the
fridge for 10 minutes and it will form a “pudding-like” consistency.

Top your chia pudding with some blueberries, bananas and shredded
coconut for a yummy, fast and filling breakfast.

 

 

Kitchen Porn

Photo via refinery29

Photo via refinery29

 

Here are several more pics.  And the BowlOvers for your hard to shop for, minimalist, waste reducing friend – genius.

 


She wore a raspberry beret

Now that I’ve got us singing – let’s talk about cherries.  What?!  I couldn’t think of any songs about cherries, but the flavor of these little red beauties makes me want to break into song.  The nutrition benefits are worth a verse or two as well, something that covers how these stone fruits may help you sleep better or help you lose weight.

I played around with a bag of frozen cherries at the beginning of the summer and was so happy with every result, it seems to be the magic ingredient, it can do no wrong in my smoothies!  BUT then there was this dry spell at Whole Foods – no frozen cherries.  No biggie, there’s lots of fun with other frozen fruits to be had, like with raspberries, BUT when I saw organic cherries back in my freezer section this week I bought not one but three bags!  Cherries are also a good source of vitamin C so toss in your spinach and enjoy all the benefits.  Here is my new favorite way to enjoy them:

1 cup frozen cherries
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vega
1 big double handful scoop romaine
1 squirt flax
1 tsp agave

Blend away and enjoy!
Other amazing variations:
-add cacao
-try walnuts
-cacao and almond butter
-spinach

Hey Beautiful

Like clockwork I seem to go hunting for beautifying, moisturizing, fountain of youth promising type products in December.  Here are a couple of sites that I’m trusting for my shopping.

Spirit Beauty Lounge :  Can get pricey but products usually deliver, plus I love their “Beauty Buyer’s Guide” takes out soooo much of the guesswork.

Vine : From the kitchen to the bathroom to the make-up bag, this is a great resource, they also have a cool filter that helps you find “local” according to city, no “Dallas” option yet, but it’s a great start!

Honest :  Probably not going to buy anything from here but I think it’s worth a mention.

On a totally different note, I just saw this post from zenhabits and was really inspired, so maybe I’ll be resetting my clock for these usual (cough impulse cough) purchases until 2013……not truly the point I realize, but perhaps waiting will help me further define what I truly think I “need”.

Happy and Healthy Beautifying lovely people.