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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Mighty Mango Salad {Cleanse Approved + Delish}


My fellow New Yorkers and myself have felt the intense sweat fest of the last few weeks which were briefly followed by a few days of Autumn teasing us (you know, with the cool breeze and low temps). But then sister Summer decided she was no where near gone and smacked us in the face with heat. If you thought you could stop eating watermelon and tropical fruits to cool you down, you were wrong.

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This is why this salad is the bomb diggity.

Let me give you a few buzz words to get the taste buds ready…because I promise you…you will want this in your belly…or on top of chips before entering your belly. It’s that freakin’ good.

My might mango salad is…

refreshing

hydrating

tangy (love tangy)

detoxifying

but ultimately…cooling.

I know you must be hungry by now. MWAHAHA!

Mighty Mango Salad

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Serves 2 (or 1 hungry human)
Total time: 10 minutes (depends on how precise you feel like being)

What You Need:

  • 1-3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 ear of corn (roasted on the fire if you have the patience), kernels removed from the cob
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 humongous heirloom tomato, diced
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 cup of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped (keep the stems, don’t toss, use ’em up)
  • 1-2 limes, juiced (for extra zestiness)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How You Make It:

  1. Combine all yummy ingredients in a big bowl.
  2. Season. Set aside for proper flavor mingling. Let’s say about 5 minutes.
  3. Enjoy with chips but a smile…of course 😉

Peace, love and NO BEEF!

Guramrit

 

Super Stuffed Peppers {Almost Vegan, Perfectly Delish}

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When life gets insane in the membrane, meals that are simple to put together and extra nourishing really make everything that much better.

I’m not going to lie, the last few weeks have been challenging for me. I’m adjusting to a new work schedule and I think I’ve spread myself pretty thin (just picture this: I work three jobs- not complaining, I love what I do- I’m planning a wedding that’s 2 months away, I still need to have the time to eat, sleep, cook, get mani pedis and enjoy summer).

Being human is a challenge sometimes.

Some days we sleep less.

Some days we eat less or more.

Balance is such an illusion. It’s not real. We can truly have it all but we don’t need to sacrifice it all in order to have it. I’m not a delusional holistic health guru. I exist in this real world. Sometimes there is no time to slave away in the kitchen and it is too damn hot to turn on the mother flippin’ oven or even stand near a stove and pizza sounds like the best option.

This recipe was born on a day it wasn’t too hot to put on the oven and I just didn’t want a ton of pots going at the same time. I just wanted to take what I already had in my fridge, put it together in a semi-cohesive, orgasmic, healthy dinner.

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I’ve done this a handful of times over the last month or so and to be honest, it only gets more and more delicious (and random af).

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Protein Powered Mason Jar Muesli

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Wait…what in the heck is a Muesli?!

For the last few weeks, I’ve been packing my breakfasts for work (in addition to my daily green smoothie)…and besides the usual overnight oats, I decided to give Muesli a go. And besides, I have some kickass protein powders that I figured belonged in my breakfast (and no longer in my smoothie…I think I over did it for the last month, so I’m all about switching thangs up).

But wait…for realz, what is muesli?

According to our friend the Dictionary and Wikipedia, muesli is a: breakfast and brunch dish based on raw rolled oats and other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, and may be mixed with cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, other forms of plant milk, yogurt or fruit juice. 

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Now, I’m not a fan of mixing oats with juice but I’m all about the yogurt and almond milk combo. It’s really nourishing, filling and pretty friggin’ deeeeelish.

This recipe makes breakfast even more amazeballs. It keeps you satisfied because it’s jam packed with protein (that Bob’s Red Mill, really hits it on the head), a variety of textures (I’m all about the crunchy) and keeps the body cool. Sometimes hot oatmeal is not sexy on a muggy summer day.

Besides, don’t you think your breakfast could use an upgrade?! I know I like a little variety (here’s my overnight oats recipe…it’s similar and perfectly adaptable).

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Yogi’s Pad Thai

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Whoa baby, this heat just decided to come out of no where and say heeeeey.

And starting tomorrow I’m getting back on my cool food consumption. This fiery weather really is pushing me towards that simple, clean, light eating but of course, something that still tastes good. Okay I have other factors motivating me as well (running a 7 day cleanse and um…my wedding).

The last few months have flown right on by and our wedding is just about 3 months away at this point. My dress has finally arrived and bestabelieve I tried that thang on. It fits like a glove. But like every bride I’m sure, eating light and making sure everything stays right and tight is top priority.

That’s where this raw salad comes from.

This “pad thai” is not really a pad thai. The sauce is really the main thing that makes me think of pad thai without the added heaviness of noodles. It’s zesty, tangy and filling without leaving you bloated, uncomfortable and dissatisfied. I’m all about that satisfaction.

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