3 Super powered Elixirs for Holiday Sippin’

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This has been the week of, “I need to just sleep for an entire week,” but I can’t really do that, not just yet.

Once my alarm goes off, I look at it, annoyed that it disturbed me. I have a pretty energized day, I sleep like a log but when I wake up…argh. I would much rather be swaddled in my fuzzy blankets.

It just seems like I’m extra sensitive in the cold weather. I’m not my normal bubbly self, I move more slowly, I need more sleep and I become a couch potato (but only in the evening, after working).

My desire to things is THERE but not fully THERE. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in self-care and tenderness.

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I enjoy about the winter (which to be honest is not much) are the hot beverages. I LOOOOOOVE hot cocoa and hot frothy chai lattes. Everything hot hot hot. But let’s face it, most of the stuff we’re buying (I’m talking to you Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks) is not all it’s cracked up to be.

I want the comfort of the beverages but with shit that not only tastes good but makes me feel good. I’m all about feeling BLISSED out.

These are my three favorite super powered hot dranks for the sippin’. The hot cocoa and golden milk are PERFECT before going to bed!

In case you need convincing, I have the list of benefits for each sexy elixir right here 😉

Cardamom has pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory effects in addition to aiding in digestion and preventing gastrointestinal discomfort.

Pepper aids in increasing circulation, improving the immune system, healing respiratory issues and helps better absorb nutrients.

Cinnamon. According to the yogi this tea is named after, Yogi Bhajan shares that  cinnamon is one of the most stimulating, heating spices there is. It promotes agni, the fire element, which enhances vitality.  It helps  digestion and the whole metabolism. And come on, it SMELLS SO GOOD!

Cloves balance the air element, which relates to the nervous system. It’s great for healthy digestion while also acting as a natural aphrodisiac 😉

 

Ginger  helps keeps the body warm, which is EVER SO IMPORTANT DURING THE WINTER! It fires up the digestive juices while soothing inflammation.

Turmeric offers many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s a superfood in itself and a staple in all Indian homes (and those of you who are partial to curries). It relaxes the muscles and eases joint pain, and helps you drift into a nice deep sleep when paired with warm milk. Oh yes. You will sleep like a baby.

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Massaged Kale, Sweet Potato, Pomegranate Salad

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HAPPY DECEMBER ya’ll!

Just like that, it’s time to prepare for Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!! Don’t mind me, I’m on a holiday high, our apartment is almost fully decorated (just need to add snowflakes) and the Christmas music is on 24/7. Not even kidding.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Legit, it was exhausting. I really enjoy hosting, but sometimes that sh*t is tiring af. From shopping, preparing, cooking, serving, and actually hosting, it’s ALOT of work.

I must admit, however, I had quite the blast.

MY favorite part was creating the ultimate menu that was both seasonally delish and healthy. But mostly delicious 😉

With all the heaviness that is typically associated with the season, I really opt for something light, nourishing and colorful. This is where my massaged kale salad comes in handy.

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Hearty winter greens are warming for the soul and loaded with flavor when paired properly. You know not just greens with lemon and salt. Give that sh*t a boost. Add some roasted sweet potato, pomegranate seeds and pepitas. Holy shiz. It’s da bomb dot com.

I’m sure it will be a favorite at your holiday table, and besides, it looks GORGEOUS as a starting course 😉 Great for BRUNCH, LUNCH and DINNER! Yaas.

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5 Tips for a Nourished Thanksgiving

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And just like that we blinked…and Thanksgiving and the holiday season is upon us. I am sure you’ve seen the intense bombardment of Christmas decorations and you’ve already contemplated your gift lists and wish lists.

Not gonna lie…I’m hype. 

I love the holiday season from the hot cocoa, to singing chestnuts roasting on an open fire, to checking out the tree in Rockefeller Center, I’m all about it. It helps that my husband is just as obsessed with the holiday’s as I am. And it all starts here.

Thanksgiving.

It marks the beginning of an AMAZING time of year.  

I understand that for some, it’s not that hot or exciting. Ya’ll ain’t diggin’ what I’m putting down. It can be stressful, I get it. I’m hosting TWICE this year. Yea. TWICE for Thanksgiving.

From figuring out what in the heck to make and how to navigate the endless options without going overboard, yea, shit can get real.

I want to pass the good juju on to you and give you some inspiration, reassurance and serenity as you enter this beautiful season.

This post will help you:
  • approach holiday dinners and gatherings with ease
  • give you some recipe inspiration so that you’re actually able to eat something
  • debloat/detox from overeating
  • feel cool, calm and collected

Can I get an amen?!!

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Beautiful Oven Roasted Veggies

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That bitter chill of winter is creeping its way into our lives, our homes and resting in our bones. And I am nowhere near ready for the winter. We have barely had the fall. How about taking a chill pill winter?!

The weather is at that in-between point where the building we are living in has not gotten the memo that it is cold af outside, so there’s no heat yet (we got heat on a 55 degree day, which makes no sense). So what do we do to keep it warm up in here?! ROAST EVERYTHING.

And I mean EVERYTHING.

Things just seem to taste better once basking in the glory that is the oven, including desserts, macaroni smothered in cheese, sweet potatoes, stuffed peppers (you know you love ma recipe, go here). I can go on and on.

But nothing compares to the food orgasm that follows roasting some seasonal veggies.

I’m here to tell you, show you, teach you that this is SUCH A SIMPLE PROCESS and all it truly needs is your time and your love. And a delicious sauce to pour over it (I’m loving tahini, don’t worry the recipe will be yours).

These suckers are so lip smacking good, you will be licking your fingers (I use my hands to eat these, I mean, come on, why wouldn’t you?!). You can easily roast all your veggies and turn this into a meal in itself (not need to be extra if you’re tired, we’re not judging you).

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The Easiest Mushroom Soup {For Cold Weather + Rainy Day Cuddling}

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HOLY MOLY! You must be wondering where in the heck I have been? No? Maybe? Sorta?

I promise I have not forgotten how to cook.

I just did something pretty awesome.

I got married.

Yes! I am someone’s MRS! He’s not just any someone, he’s freakin’ amazeballs. And we had such a wonderful wedding surrounded by love which was immediately followed by a much-needed honeymoon in Aruba. We took some serious chill time, caught up on our sleep and really embraced the fact that we had the time to just BE together and do absolutely nothing else.

For the last two months, my brain was on overload which ultimately meant I had to upgrade the self-care and hone in on what my body really needed. It totally needed more sleep and more wine, and I was perfectly okay with both. This, of course, meant a few things fell to the back burner. I’m sorry blog! I luh you though boo boo.

This is me keeping myself accountable, I am officially working on my next cookbook. This one is different. It is going to take some serious love and time to make it happen in a grander way. I say grand because there will be over 100 recipes. Yea. That’s one big ass book. But you know me, these recipes have to taste DELISH and be simple enough to actually want to make.

Being in a cooking slump is tough. Sometimes we just get back to the ol’ reliable recipes, the ones that are tried and true and never let us down. For me, soups are my go-to when the weather (A HUGE SHOCK FOR ME after being in 110 degrees F every day) starts to shift and get that slight hint of a winter chill.

I LIVE off of smoothies in the summer and soups in the fall/winter. It’s the best thing…and it LASTS FOREVER.

I like a good soup that holds up on its own without needing much help (you know, flavor wise). This one makes great use of bold and mighty shiitake mushrooms and gives the baby bella mushrooms life. It will feel like this took you hours to make though you will have only taken about 30 minutes out of your day to prep, cook and savor it. Okay, maybe you should take more than a few minutes to actually savor this, but you get the point.

(Keep going to get the recipe….it’s worth it)

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