Cabo Cuisine

Hola, mi amigos!

Soooo……

Recently I visited Cabo for some fun in the sun and, of course, yummy food!

I visited Flora Farms, an organic farm-to-table restaurant where the farm is the restaurant! It was my kind of heaven! You eat in the garden where the food is grown! It cannot get any better than this.

 

For my drink, I enjoyed an iced tea infused with lemon, lime, orange, and mint. I recently tried recreating this at home, and it was fantastic! Simply brew traditional iced tea, and throw in lemon and orange and lime slices as well as mint into the jar in which you store the tea. The longer the tea sits, the stronger the fruity taste!

For dinner, I dined on a rice and veggie dish which incorporated all the fresh vegetables picked from the garden that day. I also enjoyed a garden salad complete with an abundance of fresh and healthy vegetables.

 

The beautiful thing about this restaurant is that you can see the source of all the food you eat and can witness the transformation of the produce picked from the garden into beautiful, fresh meals.

Please enjoy the rest of these pictures, and if you vacation in Mexico, the deliciously healthy food and stunning view are worth any trek to this gem of a destination!

 

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Drinking coffee is always the highlight of each morning for me, but why not add more coffee into the daily routine? With this coffee sugar scrub, here is another way to enjoy coffee besides simply drinking it!

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Coffee Sugar Scrub Ingredients

Mix together all the ingredients, pour into a cute Mason jar, then use this scrub to exfoliate in the shower!

This recipe fills one regular-sized Mason jar or a few smaller ones. Enjoy!

Books on Books on Books

As a book nerd and an avid reader, what do I have? Shelf esteem–haha.

I am sharing my favorite books featuring nutrition research and healthy recipes!

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Green Kitchen Smoothies by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl

This beautifully photographed recipe book showcases healthy recipes for all your smoothie, juice, nut butter, and nut milk needs–yum!

The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Featuring gluten-free and vegan recipes for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and dessert, this book combines whole and healthy ingredients to create simple and flavorful dishes packed with nutrients!

Sweet Paleo by Lea Hendry Valle

Sweet Paleo is filled with healthy dessert recipes and mouthwateringly gorgeous photos by an incredible woman. We met as fellow speakers at an event a few years ago, and since then I have been using and loving her cookbook!

Think & Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf

This book is one of the most fascinating nutrition books I have read yet, and I have read many! Dr. Leaf combines nutrition science and neuroscience research to teach readers how to maximize thinking abilities through the foods they do and do not eat.

The Better Brain Book by Dr. David Perlmutter

Although this book does not specifically focus on nutrition, Dr. Perlmutter includes healthy eating as a way to improve brain health.

Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter

This book focuses on the gut microbiome and how our nutrition helps or harms its health. Encouraging a vegetable-based diet, Dr. Perlmutter includes recipes for nurturing a healthy gut and thus a healthy body!

Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter

Dr. Perlmutter discusses how gluten and carbohydrates in general impact the brain. This book distinguishes between the quality of certain carbohydrates, and it offers recipes to further nurture brain health, the body’s cognitive hub!

Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart

Hart combines my favorite things–the color pink with seasonal foods and recipes to help everyone obtain beauty from the inside out!

It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig

This read features the Whole30 diet, an interesting try to help kickstart your path to healthy eating.

Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss

Moss exposes the fast food industry, discussing salt, sugar, and fat-laden foods produced by corporations while examining the relationship between the contemporary producer and consumer.

Happy reading!

5 Apps Every Blogger Needs

As a blogger and Instagrammer, I spend a hefty amount of time using technology–particularly on my phone–each day. I am constantly developing and updating lists of restaurants to visit, ingredients to purchase, and recipes to create. When I am not planning my blog, I am writing, emailing, and working on projects or speaking engagements.

Today I will share my top five favorite and most helpful applications that make life so much easier for blogging! Keep in mind none of this post is sponsored–I am just really, really excited 🙂

1. Unum

This application is an all-in-one, one-stop-shop kinda thing! It includes a planning feature to visualize your Instagram feed layout and wholistically view your aesthetic prior to posting. You can edit your photos on the app, create your own filters, and post directly from Unum! Plus, it is a free application (yay!). Go download it now!

2. WordPress

I write my blog through WordPress, so having the application on my phone allows me to access my blog at any time, respond to comments, and interact with all my favorite followers! (Hint: you are all my favorite!). This is also helpful for following other blogs.

3. Pinterest

Pinterest: the place to be inspired and to inspire. I love connecting with other foodies like myself, finding recipe inspiration from others with similar diets, and posting my own recipes on Pinterest too!

4. Camera

This is my favorite phone application since I always snap photos of my meals and my everyday adventures! I love sharing photos of recipes and food on Instagram stories or posting them to my feed! All of this couldn’t be done without my trusty camera. I snap most of my photos from my phone since I always carry it with me, but I also own a higher quality camera that I use for planned photoshoots.

5. Boomerang

Boomerang is one of the most innovative apps in my opinion! It snaps pictures in rapid succession for a brief time interval, ultimately creating a fluid video of whatever movement you do during that time. Check an example out below!

Other than these, I wouldn’t be as productive without email, notes, Google, social media (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram), and photo albums on my phone of course! Even if you’re not a blogger, I certainly recommend all these applications since they help me live more efficiently.

My Melrose Musts

Happy Monday! I visited Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California, for a fun girls’ day seeking out the best coffee and tea and healthy eats!

I listed my itinerary here as well as my recommendations for each place you must stop next time you go to Melrose Avenue–it is worth the trip!

Alfred Tea

This isn’t the first time I blogged about this adorable pink tearoom! It is way too cute not to mention again! I ordered the hot chocolate tea with almond milk. Instead of tasting like tea, it tasted like a rich, decadent, yet healthy dessert! PLEASE go try this!

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Alfred Coffee

Home of delicious coffee and cool vibes, Alfred Coffee is the perfect place to grab a drink and work on a project or meet with a friend (like I did!).

Urth Caffe

Deliciously healthy, I ordered a gluten-free chicken pesto sandwich! Urth is full of healthy options for vegans, gluten-free people, or even those with no dietary restrictions! Everyone can find something here.

Live Beaming

And for dessert…Live Beaming! I ordered an organic, gluten-free, and vegan chocolate chip cookie. It is truly rare that I can enjoy a dessert when I’m out of my house, so I was thrilled! Plus it was absolutely delicious and tasted like the real thing.

Carrera Cafe

Perhaps I saved the most unique destination for last! Carrera Cafe has a coffee printer–yes, you heard that correctly! You can select a pre-designed option or create your own design to be printed on any type of latte you choose! I created my own designs then sent them to Carrera’s coffee printer via their app! This was a highlight of my week. Plus Melrose’s infamous pink wall lives directly across the street, so you can grab a drink then head to the pink wall for some photos! See the middle picture below for the latte design of my Health and High Heels logo! 

And for final words of wisdom…

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Why We Should All Go to Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Right Now

About a week ago, I casually strolled along Abott Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California, on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon. Nothing could have improved my day until….I discovered a Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck! Van Leeuwen sells infamously delicious vegan ice cream that I had been desperate to try. I happily ordered one dairy-free peanut butter and one chocolate scoop, and it did not disappoint!

Hands down, it was the most scrumptious vegan ice cream I have ordered to date. Seriously, please, everyone, go try this…..Van Leeuwen sells ice cream in pints in grocery stores and from LA and NYC locations. Consider this my public service announcement for all the dairy-free and vegan ice cream lovers of the world!

Not only was the ice cream great for me, but my family (who all enjoy regular ice cream), loved it too! We each devoured our scoops.

The vegan ice creams are made from house-made cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean.

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I love the emphasis on organic and whole ingredients, and I think this is the best type of treat!

Fun Foodie Fact: According to Britannica.com, Cashew nuts (used in Van Leeuwen’s vegan ice cream) actually grow attached to a fruit. Cashews also contain approximately one-fifth of the daily recommended value for magnesium. Magnesium provides the body with energy and promotes healthy bone structure.

How to Order Healthy at Starbucks

I love coffee.  It gets me up in the morning, energizes me for the day, and brings a smile to my face.  However, I don’t always have time to make my favorite organic coffee at home with almond milk and stevia. Somedays I am in a rush, away from home, and need a quick coffee or caffeine fix.  Stopping at Starbucks is easy, but it’s not always the healthiest option.  However, you can still be healthy at Starbucks if you follow my simple tips!

#1) Avoid added chemicals and sugars like syrups & flavorings. 

Your body will not recognize these ingredients as delicious as they may taste.  Avoiding these will also help you avoid a sugar high (followed by the inevitable crash).  Always check if your drink comes pre-sweetened.  Sneaky drinks like iced tea may be filled with sugar if you don’t specifically request to remove the flavored syrup.

#2) Flavor your drink with the available cinnamon powder or B.Y.O.S.

Sprinkling cinnamon in your drink adds a spicy and yummy flavor without the artificial chemicals and sugar in syrups! And if you B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Stevia) like me, you don’t need to consume sugar. I always carry organic stevia packets in my wallet, so that I can sweeten drinks like coffee or iced tea when I am out.

#3) Order a small size if you do decide to indulge.

Enjoy your treats in moderation!

#4) For snacks, choose nuts or a piece of whole fruit instead of pre-packaged snacks.

My typical Starbucks order is coffee with coconut milk.  I enjoy lattes, but I also love cold brew because it is less bitter than normal coffee, meaning it usually does not need much sweetening!  No matter which coffee I order, once I add cinnamon and stevia, I am good-to-go.

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Healthy Eating, Happy Living, & Beverly Hills

Last week, I turned 17! To celebrate, I stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel (also known as The Pink Palace because of its adorable color)! The entire trip was a (very pink!) dream.  Can you guess my favorite color? 😉 While there, we both enjoyed the hotel’s yummy restaurants and tested some other great places around the city, all of which I am thrilled to share with you in this blog post.

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Breakfast: The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel 

What do I love more than almond milk lattes and beautiful flowers?  I don’t think anything is better! For breakfast I dined on scrambled egg whites, gluten-free toast, and avocado!

Lunch: The Cabana Cafe at The Beverly Hills Hotel

During my weekend in Beverly Hills, when I wasn’t eating, I was at the spa, by the pool, or shopping (although this blog post may cause you to think all I did was eat…haha!). The Cabana Cafe, located overlooking the pool, was the perfect lunchtime spot after a busy day of activities! 

Although July is hot and sunny, I could never pass up an opportunity to indulge in some of The Beverly Hills Hotel’s famous tortilla soup decadently topped with avocado and chicken.  For my entree, I enjoyed the Asian Chicken salad complete with lots of flavor and lots of different veggies! I left a happy girl with a full tummy! 🙂

Snack Time: Cupcakes! 

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A special surprise and an afternoon treat was delivered to my room–gluten and dairy-free cupcakes! Not only were they delicious, but I was also ecstatic because I usually cannot eat cake on my birthday due to my allergies!

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Alfred (Tea and Coffee)

Since I had the entire weekend to enjoy Beverly Hills and its surroundings, I decided to try both Alfred Coffee and Alfred Tea over the course of the trip!

Alfred Tea

Alfred Tea is probably the prettiest place ever because of its adorable pink decor! I ordered a matcha boba drink with almond milk.  It was my first time trying both boba and matcha, so I guess you could say I was a little late to the party–oops 😉

 

Alfred Coffee

As much as I love tea, there is nothing like the refreshing taste of freshly brewed coffee.  I tried the cold brew nitro at Alfred Coffee, which was outrageously delicious! I added almond milk and a sprinkle of stevia to top it off.

 

Dinner: Spago by Wolfgang Puck

I don’t have any pictures of my food from this dinner because it was too yummy to wait, so I ate it before taking a picture (oops)! I enjoyed a salad with a fresh lemon vinaigrette and date puree to start then Halibut with vegetables for my main course.

Overall, I was delighted with all of the spots mentioned in this blog post and absolutely recommend each of them because of the wonderful experiences I had on my birthday trip! If you’re ever in Beverly Hills and looking for fun, new places to try, I hope I can help!:)