MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

New smoothie alert!! Last year when I did the keto diet, I always struggled with the concept of having a bulletproof matcha for breakfast (as many mathca-drinkers do on the diet).

When it comes to breakfast, I need something a bit more filling (aka my smoothie)! But we all know how much I love my matcha. So I decided there must be a way to incorporate the two!! Introducing my MatchaCado Banana Smoothie!

What You Will Need:
1.5 Cup Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
.5-1T Chia Seeds
1/2 Avocado
1 Scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
1C Spinach
1/2 Frozen Banana

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a Vitamin or NutriBullet, starting with the nut milk.
Blend on high until fully incorporated.
Pour into a bowl, and top with toppings of your choice. I topped mine with the other half of  my banana and coconut flakes!


Why I Drink Bone Broth. Every. Day

It’s here, it’s here! My long anticipated and very hyped up blog post on BONE BROTH!

For those of you who watch my Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I’ve ranted for the past month about my new bone broth obsession, but I haven’t wanted to get into specifics until I gave the BB life it’s fair shot. (It’s easy to be excited about a new diet or wellness find, only to discover you don’t love it thatttt much a week or two later). Well it’s been a month now, and I am excited to answer ALL of your questions, and tell you how bone broth changed my health… and life (cue dramatic music).

Why I Started Drinking Bone Broth:

For week’s, something in my digestion/body was OFF. My IBS was terrible (prepare for SOME TMI…) aka I was either backed up or super loose, I had major indigestion, cramping, anxiety, and BLOAT. All signs of an upset gut! I’ve been intrigued by bone broth and its gut healing properties for quite some time, but never indulged as I tend to stay away from meat and poultry (I’m not vegan… I love wild salmon and eggs), but I was feeling SO bad that I decided it was time to throw my rules out the window and give Bone Broth a go.

Why Bone Broth? The Benefits!

  1. Heal and Seal Your Leaky Gut- Simply adding one cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome, and keeps already-healthy guts strong!
    • It contains GELATIN- According to Dr. Axe, Gelatin is “beneficial for restoring strength of the gut lining and fighting food sensitivities (such as to wheat or dairy), helping with the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut, and supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.” Gelatin is incredibly powerful in sealing your leaky gut, which is the cause of so many autoimmune and digestive disorders!
  2. It is nutrient DENSE-
    • Bone broth is one of world’s best sources of natural collagen, which is my jam for keeping my hair and bones strong, skin clear, and metabolism boosted. It also contains phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, and more! Every time you sip on bone broth, you are sipping on these incredible nutrients!
  3. Food Intolerance and Allergies- Intolerances and allergies are faced by everyone, whether they realize them or not! According to Dr. Axe, “Gelatin helps people with food allergies and sensitivities tolerate those foods.” Repairing your gut helps heal sensitivities!
  4. Boosts Immune System

According to Kettle and Fire, “Simmering bones and connective tissue into a broth for 10 to 16 hours enhances the digestibility of these powerful nutrients, and makes them incredibly easy for our body to digest, absorb, and assimilate. The easy digestibility of bone broth is why it’s one of the top recommended foods for those with weakened or compromised digestive systems, and others who may have trouble properly absorbing a nutritional supplement.”

How could I tell Bone Broth was having a positive and immideate impact on my health? 

To begin my Bone Broth ‘cleanse’ (I hate the word ‘cleanse’ but it’s the best I could do here…) I found an amazing Bone Broth protocol on Kettle & Fire’s website! Their ‘treatment’ essentially involved eating paleo and incorporating two cups of bone broth into your day (at two different times). It sounded easy enough, so I gave it a try! (note: their protocol also included 2 days a week of bone broth fasting, which I didn’t do, but would love to try).

I read Kettle’s blog post and went straight to Erewhon to purchase all of the broth’s I could find. After just ONE day of adding two cups of bone broth to my diet, my backed-up days were no more. It was honestly like MAGIC!

IMPORTANT. Whenever I start a new protocol that alters or effects my gut, I experience a MEGA detox reaction. I like to call it “the pain that feels so good.” Essentially you feel worse before you feel better, as all of the bad bacteria is being flushed and forced out of your body, and it is replaced with good bacteria and nutrients! Days 3 & 4 I experienced the Bone Broth “die-off” SO badly. I had no energy, I went from not going to the bathroom to going to the bathroom TOO much, I was achy, and I had a headache like no other. But I didn’t mind it at all! I knew exactly what was going on, and I knew powering through a few days of feeling flu-like was what needed to happen in order to continue healing my gut. If you experience a strong detox reaction, I recommend cutting back on the broth to just one cup for a few days, taking epsom salt baths, hitting an infrared sauna, and drinking A TON OF WATER!

After just ONE week of adding bone broth to my diet, I felt completely de-bloated and less anxious, and my gut was seriously feeling awesome. You can have bone broth many ways- I typically have it as a soup and fill it with my favorite veggies (steamed zucchini, squash, and carrots) OR one cup twice a day as a snack. I’ve recently started boiling my rice in it too, and it is my new favorite dinner addiction!

I have yet to make bone broth myself, but given how costly bone broth is I really want to start! So stay tuned here 🙂

Where Do I Find Bone Broth?!
(Note: These are just places I’ve been to and frequent, I’m sure there are many more and I would love to hear where YOU have had bone broth!)

Erewhon– The first place I tried Bone Broth in LA! They have a whole refrigerated WALL of bone broth’s and soup’s at the West Hollywood location. They have all of the best bone broth brands, in addition to their own creations! My addiction is their chicken bone broth with butternut squash puree, and their beef bone broth with dandelion and other herbs!

Belcampo– I felt the impacts of Belcampo’s Bone Broth after just one cup! They have 24x the collagen as their competitors (reviewed in a Stanford Lab!) and make their broth in their farm kitchen by simmering organic beef and pork bones for 24 hours to extract maximum nutrients. If you’re not a fan of pork and beef, they have poultry broth and lamb broth, as well! YOU CAN PURCHASE THEIR BROTH ONLINE!

Kreation- My go-to healthy eatery in LA! They offer BISON and chicken bone broth on their menu and to take home in their kafe’s!

The District By Hannah An- The District has been one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles ever since I moved here two years ago! I always order the Filet Mignon and Chicken PHO! (Chicken or filet, rice noodles, onion, scallion, and bean sprouts).
*** Thanks to The District, whenever I see Pho on a menu, I order it! Pho isn’t necessarily BONE broth. The Pho at The District is made from the whole animal, bones AND flesh!

Springbone– You must order the Liquid Gold! It is made with chicken broth, organic coconut milk & turmeric, and they also offer a veggie broth! You can add a variety of toppings to your broth to make it a filling meal!
Brodo– The OG spot for Bone Broth! Four styles of broth and a variety of flavorful add-ins, as well as chef-designed combos. 100% grass-fed beef, organic poultry, and whole fresh organic vegetables.Originally, Brodo opened as a window in the East Village, and they have since spread to multiple locations! YOU CAN PURCHASE THEIR BROTH ONLINE!

Saiwalks- Located in The Marina, this Vietnamese hotspot in my favorite place to go in SF. Homemade, slow-cooked (10-hour!) bone broth served steamy hot in a big bowl with rice noodle, cilantro, basil, onions, lemon wedges, and bean sprout. GLUTEN FREE AND NO MSG!

Favorite Brands of Bone Broth:
Kettle & Fire
Broth Masters
Bonafide- my friends love it, I have yet to try it!
Dr. Axe Bone Broth PROTEIN POWDERS– I am a self-proclaimed smoothie-addict, and using these powders in my smoothies has been amazing! Protein packed and equipped with good fats, using the powders enables me to have my two favorite foods (smoothies and bone broth) in one!
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Q: When I see soup on a menu, is it bone broth?
A: Not necessarily! There is a difference between broth and stock, and it mainly has to do with what part of the animal the broth is made from (bones versus flesh) and cooking time. Bone Broth is technically a stock, as according to Kettle & Fire, “A stock is made by simmering bones, ligaments and connective tissue in boiling water for roughly 3-4 hours.” However, Bone Broth is cooked for 10+ hours! For more details and the nitty gritty, check out Kettle & Fire’s blog, here!

Q: Does vegan bone broth exist?
A: Sort of! One of the first bone broth’s I ever tried was the Vegan, mushroom-based bone broth from Erewhon. There are no bones used, but mineral rich vegan soups are said to do the trick!

Q: The bone broth I just bought/made looks “jiggly”… is it supposed to!?
A: Jiggly is great! That’s the gelatin.

Q: How long can you refrigerate bone broth for before you have to freeze it? How long can it stay frozen?
A: The general rule of thumb seems to be, “refrigerate for up to a week, and then freeze for up to a year.”

Q: I have IBS, and so many bone broth’s have onion and garlic in them. Are there any without?!
A: YES! I feel you all on this one, as I have mild IBS, too. I live for Belcampo Bone Broth because their broth is made from a combination of different animal bones (so the flavor isn’t overly powerful/strong from just one animal), and the only added ingredient is Apple Cider Vinegar, which makes every broth better!

Sources I used in writing this article and in embarking on my own Bone Broth journey!



Pyure Organic Stevia

When it comes to sugar, I like to say, “I can’t live with it, but I really can’t live without it.” What do I mean? Well, I know deep down, sugar is my number one culprit when it comes to stomach problems and not feeling well (or number one now that gluten has been removed 😉 ), but sugar just makes everything taste better!! In recent months, I’ve started using Stevia in my recipes and drinks/cocktails, as a way of indulging in the sweet, without having to give in and use actual sugar, and I’m a total supporter of it.

Introducing Pyure Organic Stevia. An organic, Non-GMO, sugar free, calorie-free, vegan, gluten-free sweetener! Pyure‘s unique formulation only uses the sweetest part of the Stevia leaf so it tastes great, and it’s easy to use! Each product has a conversion chart making it easy to swap out sugar from any recipe. It’s great for baking, creating beverages, savory sauces, and healthy snacks…any recipe that needs a little sweetness! Pyure comes in an all-purpose blend, liquid Original & Vanilla flavor, Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and Sugar-Free Honey alternative, with more to come.

I’ve used Pyure’s classic blend Stevia for a while now in my matcha lattes, and it totally does the trick and gives my matcha the extra sweetness it needs. But like you all, I was most curious about the maple and honey flavored varieties! I mean, could it really be possible to taste like maple/honey, but not have the sugar? The answer is yes! First of all, I can have the Pyure Maple Stevia by the spoonful it is just so good! To test the power of Pyure’s flavored Stevia, I decided to make one of my favorite recipes, my Paleo Cacao Avocado Bread, but sub in Pyure Honey for actual Honey.

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Mashed Avocado (~1.5 small avocados)
3 T Melted Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 T Pyure Organic Stevia: Honey
2 Eggs
2 Cups Almond Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
Dash of Salt

The verdict? Just as delicious and flavorful as I expected it to be!

This weekend at Expo West I had the opportunity to sit down with Pyure’s Founder, Ben Fleischer, and chat more about his brand. He too, enjoys using Pyure in his drinks, but also brought up such an interesting point! Remember your childhood days when you drowned your pancakes in maple syrup? And then subsequently drove your parents crazy because you were on a crazy sugar high? Pyure’s maple stevia is a parent’s dream! Kids can experience the taste and flavor of maple syrup, all without the sugar rush, making this product totally parent approved.

Ben mentioned new flavors are on the horizon, as well as product expansion outside of the stevia blends. I’m super excited for Pyure to continue making its impression on our health and wellness community (can you believe they’ve been around for 10 years?!), and I’m excited to create awareness for this awesome company.

To learn more about the product and to purchase, visit!

PS- my new favorite “Mocktail” recipe: Club Soda, Mint, Stevia. A Mock Mojito!


Matcha Muffins

For 27 years I bragged about my zero-caffeine diet… And then I was introduced to matcha. Although the superfood contains caffeine, it also contains a ton of other amazing properties, which is why it is now a staple part of my diet. Matcha is a powerful antioxidant, it boosts metabolism, burns calories, aids in concentration, and has a ton of vitamins. And those are just a few of the benefits!

Side note- there is nothing wrong with caffeine if you ask me personally, I just choose to avoid it.

As much as I love my matcha latte’s, I also love incorporating matcha into my recipes. For MONTHS now I’ve tried to perfect matcha muffins, and I’m happy to announce the recipe is complete! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

What You Will Need:
1 3/4 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup + 2T Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Egg
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking powder
1T matcha
Handful blueberries

What You Will Do:
In a large bowl, combine almond milk, vanilla, coconut oil, maple syrup, and egg.
In a small bowl, combine almond flour, baking powder, matcha.
Pour bowl of dry ingredients into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.

Add a small handful of blueberries and mix again!
Line a muffin tray with muffin cups, and pour batter into the cups. You will have enough batter for 11-12 muffins!

Garnish with more blueberries if you’d like! Aim for 2-3 blueberries per muffin.
Cook at 350 for 15 minutes. Check with a toothpick (if it comes out clean, you are done, otherwise cook up to 18 minutes!)

Beet Pancakes

Valentine’s Day is HERE, so we decided to make the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast! Beets are FULL of nutrients, and their beautiful pink color made the root a no brainer to create a recipe with. These bad boys are also vegan, and super allergy-friendly! And not to mention, they are quick and easy and perfect to make on this special morning. Happy Valentine’s Day!

What You Will Need:
1 1/4 cup oat flour
1 chia egg (1 tablespoon chia seeds, 3 tablespoons water- refrigerate for 3 minutes)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup juice from boiled beets
1 tablespoon vegan butter
1 1/4 cup hemp milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Vegan chocolate chips sprinkled on top (or in the batter, too!)

What You Will Do:
Boil beets in water for 5 minutes, or until water is red!
In a large mixing bowl combine oat flour, salt, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl combine chia egg, water from boiled beets, vegan butter, hemp milk, vanilla, and maple syrup.

Pour your dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until all the ingredients are combined.

Heat up skillet on the stove, pour batter onto griddle (4 at a time) and cook till golden brown (don’t forget to flip!)

Optional: add maple syrup and chocolate chips on top!

NIMA Sensor

IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE! What you ask? Nima; a discreet and portable food sensor that allows consumers to test their meals for gluten in a few minutes. It’s been called a pregnancy test for gluten, which is the best way to think about it! Regardless of what you call it, Nima is a total game-changer for the gluten-free industry, enabling customers to dine safely and get to the bottom of, “what exactly is in the food we eat?”
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So how does it work? It’s SO easy! Here’s what you do:

1 – Drop some food into the disposable capsule and screw on the cap.
2 – Insert capsule into the Nima device.
3 – Press the button to power on Nima and begin testing. It’s that easy.
Nima is sensitive to 20 ppm (parts per million) and specific to gluten. If Nima detects any levels of gluten, it will display a wheat symbol. If Nima displays a smile, it means that any levels of gluten are below the FDA guidance for gluten-free (20 ppm). The best part about Nima is that the device also connects to a mobile app, so you can share your results with the gluten-free community!
The retail price of a Nima starter kit, which includes the reusable sensor and three disposable test capsules, is $229 (the original version) or $289 (newest version). By using the code “NOBREAD” at checkout, you will receive a $15 discount on your starter kit! 
Before I sign off, it is important to note that Nima is coming out this week with their latest sensor… a peanut sensor! It truly is a game-changing device that is changing the allergy-friendly world… dairy and tree-nut devices are on the horizon!
To read more about Nima, check out their website, here!

Jersey Mike’s Introduces a Gluten-Free Sub!

Jersey Mike’s is king of the SUB. So it’s safe to say not only have I not been, but I avoid going! Well that all changed this week when I went to the sandwich shop for the first time! I learned the franchise now carries GF subs in all locations, so of course I had to give it a try ASAP!

The rolls are manufactured in Denver by Udi’s parent company Boulder Brands, and the bread was tested in more than 200 locations in six states over the course of two years! LEGIT!

So you may be wondering, does the team keep the GF rolls totally safe and away from the gluten-filled rolls? The answer is YES! Jersey Mike’s worked with the Gluten Intolerance Group to develop procedures and a training video to prevent cross-contamination. To make the gluten-free subs, workers must wash their hands, change their gloves, wash the work counter and make the subs on top of a separate sheet of paper in order to reduce the risk of cross-contact with gluten.

It’s no surprise JM’s has decided to cater to our community with the rollout of their new roll… they take pride in their MSA Grade top round beef that is trimmed and cooked right in the store, and care immensely about the quality of produce they serve their customers.

What I liked most about JM’s is that everything is prepared right in front of you. I am able to attest that, without telling the team about my allergy, just simply ordering the GF sub, they followed proper protocol to ensure there wasn’t any cross contamination on the deli counter. Jersey Mike’s tradition of quality is top notch and much appreciated! I highly recommend trying the gluten-free sub ASAP!

Why I Do Acupuncture and Cupping

When I was first diagnosed with my gluten intolerance and I was dealing with immune issues, I became a total believer in alternative practices. I mean, the doctor who first diagnosed me with my intolerances, and changed my life after 19 years of constant unexplained illnesses, was a chiropractor who specialized in homeopathic care. All the traditional doctors I was going to were loading me up with medication as a ‘remedy’!!

I often joke that I’ve done every weird, voo-doo type of wellness practice there is, and when new ones emerge, I try them, too! Of all of the practices and techniques I’ve done over the last nine years, the best I’ve ever felt was when I was doing acupuncture with a paleo diet. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine that involves stimulating specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin. This allows for movement along our bodies meridians and clears blockages.

Introducing acupuncture’s older, more bad-ass sister, cupping. I’ve done cupping religiously now since August and absolutely love it. So what is it? Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air.” (MindBodyGreen) Through suction, the underlying tissue is raised into the cup, increasing circulation. The suction also lifts stagnant toxins so your body can excrete them.

The misconception with cupping is that the circle marks you are left with at the end a) stay for a super long time and b) are a result of the suction. The outer circle, yes, is a result of the cups being circular, but the dark red marks that remain are static blood, lymph, toxins and more that have been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.

Common Cupping questions:

  1. Do you actually feel a difference? And how can you tell? Yes. In the day following a cupping session it is important to drink a TON of water to move the toxins (that have now been pulled up and released into your system) out of your system. You may feel detox symptoms! These symptoms range from headaches and nausea to body aches. In the long-term, cupping improves joint and muscle pain, balances hormones, promotes relaxation, boosts skin health, and improves digestion! I mainly use cupping to balance my hormones, de-bloat, and help my digestion.
  2. Does it hurt? Nope! It feels a little itchy/tight for a minute or two and then I honestly feel so relaxed I can fall asleep!
  3. How long do the marks last? The darker the circle, the more blockage you have in the area. Also the darker your circles, the longer it takes to go away. My light colored circles are typically gone in 3 or so days, and the darker ones typically take 5-7 days!

*The first photo was taken after my first ever session! And the second photo shows my progress two months later after going 1-2x a week consistently! 

The first picture in this post, with the heart-shaped marks (how cute is my acupuncturist?!) was taken just this week. I’ve been traveling and on the go non-stop since the holiday’s, and have been out of my weekly acupuncture/cupping routine… and clearly my body is feeling it! I’m back to my weekly visits, and I can’t wait to start feeling the benefits again!!

For acupuncture and cupping I go to Dr. Kara . Her office is in Beverly Hills, and not only is she a total acupuncture WIZARD but she is an AMAZING human being. I highly recommend seeing her!

xx, Nicole




My Workout Routine!

I am constantly asked what I do for workouts! Well, would you believe me if I told you I don’t have a gym membership?! Gyms stress me out… and I find it hard to stay motivated when I am there!

I moved here from New York City, the city of walking. And before my NYC days I went to Cornell University where I walked 30 minutes uphill to classes every day and all over campus. So when I moved to Los Angeles, the city of driving and traffic, my walk time was seriously cut down. And not even cut in half… it was cut into a tiny little fraction! So what do I do to remedy this little situation? I walk around my neighborhood MINIMUM once a day (I aim for twice a day on a good day!) for at least 40 minutes per session. I’m a brisk walker, so I definitely break a sweat, too!

Living in Los Angeles enables me to do so many activities that keep me in great shape! I hike at least twice a week, go roller blading with my girl friends in Venice, and ride a bike whenever I can!

So that’s it… you just walk and do activities? NAH. I also do classes, but classes come second to getting my walk(s) in!

Currently I am on a pilates kick! I discovered this class in LA, Hot Pilates, thanks to Selena Gomez. TRUE STORY. I heard she goes to all the time, and she looks bomb, so I decided to go and try it out one day. It’s Mat Pilates in a 95 degree room! The sweat I break here is unlike the sweat I break in any other class. My full body is DRENCHED by the time we are half way through.

I highly recommend the intro special: $100 for unlimited classes in your first month! After the first week I was AMAZED at the new definition I was seeing in my body.

They also offer a range of classes, from classes that focus on your booty, to an all over sculpt (my go-to), to a yoga style pilates. I go to sculpt most often, but definitely hit some of the other classes to change it up. And given the studio has so many different teachers, no two classes are ever the same! Even if you go to the same instructor religiously!

Studio MDR is another Los Angeles based fitness class, anddddd BOLD STATEMENT ALERT. It is the HARDEST class in Los Angeles! And by that I mean hardest in the best way possible! You will be sore AF the next day, yet the class is fun, the teachers are awesome and energetic, and your body will legit see results after just one class. Take Mary Miller’s class!!

Because I know the majority of you reading this post want to know what classes I take, here’s my list of specific classes!

I do yoga once a week and I go to Core Power (c2 or Sculpt) or Modo Yoga. I call Core Power “the Soul Cycle of yoga.” It’s a more upbeat yoga, with a bit of a sexiness to it. For the real deal yoga, where you are in touch with your center and your being, go to Modo! You’ll sweat a ton in both. Recently I’ve tried y7 a few times and I like it! It’s all flow, and it’s different because there are no mirrors and you are in a dark room. I like this because I don’t stare at myself in the mirror and judge myself. Thinking ‘hey I’m bloated today’ while trying to connect with your soul is pretty distracting, and y7 removes this!

Other workout classes I’ll throw into the mix! 
Class by TT- Los Angeles, Vancouver, NYC. A totally spiritual experience. Think yoga meets mat pilates, with chanting and a bit of meditating. Exotic and you’ll be sore the next day, too.
Barre 3– Nationwide- Fricken love this class! I wish we had one in Los Angeles, so instead I do it every time I go back to NYC. It is Barre but with a TON of movement! So you’ll get a bit of cardio in, too!
Training Mate– Los Angeles. Circuit training with stud Australian instructors! One minute stations that you do on repeat. A tough workout, and SUPER fun. PS- buy their calendar.
Sweat with Bec- Bec is MY GIRL. Raddest human I know, and her bands will transform your body. If you are in NYC, take this class!!

Right now my girlfriends and I are on a dancing kick!  We’ve been doing private classes, but I’m told the Sweat Shop (Silver Lake) and Edge (WeHo) are the spots to go for group dance. Even the most simple dances are SUCH a cardio workout!

As you can see, I try not to do anything more than once or twice a week. My body responds best to diversity!! What workouts do YOU do?

xx, Nicole


Butternut Squash Cheese Sauce

A few weeks ago, I posted a pasta recipe using Avocado Basil Pesto Sauce and I was AMAZED at the response. I’ve posted pasta pictures in the past, and from them I’ve learned that nobread diners still love their (gluten-free) carbs! But moreover, I learned that you guys are super interested in plant-based, unique sauces! So this week I used Butternut Squash to make a vegan cheese sauce!

In doing my research I saw most people incorporate cashews into their cheese sauce. As much as I wanted to do this, cashews are the ONE nut I’m intolerant to! I know… it sucks… and it seriously limits my vegan ice cream selection! Well, although I’ve never had a butternut squash/cashew cheese sauce and I can’t make a comparison, I can say that my cheese sauce turned out pretty darn good!

What You Will Need:

  • 1.5 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (1T was used in sautéing the squash! 1T was added after)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 or 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice from half a lemon!
  • Gluten-free pasta!

What You Will Do:

Steam/Boil your butternut squash cubes for 10 minutes on the stove
Drain and add your butternut squash to a blender or Vitamix.
Add nut milk, olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast.
Blend on high until all ingredients are totally incorporated.
Taste with a spoon! And add any of the above ingredients until your desired taste is achieved. I added one more squeeze of lemon and a dash more salt.
Pour over your favorite gluten-free pasta, nachos, veggies, etc., and serve!


It’s official, I’ve crossed Tulum off of my travel “Bucket List” (Hawaii and Bali still remain…)! And Tulum is just as beautiful and magical as I knew it would be. All of Tulum’s society (cafes, hotels, shops etc.) takes place right on/off of a single main road, and the town couldn’t be more authentic and charming.

My friends and I stayed at a private villa, Casa Chic, and if you are looking for a villa, I highly recommend it! The 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom private waterfront villa was totally breathtaking. A full pool and deck on top, and private beach access with multiple beach beds down below. Also, given the house was two stories, it never felt too crowded… you wouldn’t have known 10 people were staying there!

The best part about the house was that it came with a private chef who cooked us the most glorious meals! I can sum up the cuisine of Tulum in one word: ceviche. Ceviche was a staple at every meal (both in the house and out at restaurants), and the fresh shrimp, octopus, and white fish soaked in lime and citrus flavors was absolutely incredible everywhere we went.


For breakfast each morning a delicious fruit platter was set out and eggs cooked to our liking had us full and ready for the day. Oh, and before I forget, our kitchen came with a blender and it’s safe to say it got a TON of use. Margaritas, anyone?!


Be Tulum: The first place I went to in Tulum. It only took about 5 seconds to realize that Be Tulum is the nicest/fanciest spot in the town. Keleigh and I arrived in time for a day party, and even though the security tried to turn us down for not being on the guest list, we were able to finagle ourselves an invite 😉 For sure grab a day bed and spend the day relaxing (or partying next to the DJ).

Food-wise the menu is amazing. It was here that I had my first ceviche of the trip, and Keleigh and I treated ourselves to a ceviche/taco feast. I had food-FOMO when the guys at the bed next to us ordered all of the salads… they looked like a dream! Specifically the cucumber cashew one!

We went to Be Tulum for dinner one night, too, with the whole crew! Order the whole fish, lobster, and short rib, and all of the veggie options! When the lobster and whole fish came out we were in AWE of the spread!

In asking for spa referrals, everyone told us to go to Ya’an Wellness… the spa at Be Tulum! The treatments are my dream, and I will absolutely be back for them. My crew and I participated in a shaman healing ritual one night, and it was by far the most special moment of the trip. Sitting in a pitch black cave filled with fire and heat, surrounded by your best friends, forgiving and setting intentions for the year… I have no words to describe how special this was.

Hotel Viento de Mar: My friends and I stumbled upon this beachside hotel when we were out for a walk. Just a couple hundred yards away from our place, the hotel is super casual and offers a full menu of tacos and margaritas. Notable menu items: any of the tacos, guacamole, and mixed ceviche.


Matcha Mama: MY LITERAL OBSESSION. Vegan and gluten-free everything! Smoothies, coconut based matcha ice-cream, latte’s, raw bites, acai bowls, and more!! The cafe is tiny and just steps off of the main road, and between it’s ambiance, hammocks, and swinging seats, you will instantly be transported to your happy place. To my New Yorker’s, it should come as no surprise that the owner of Matcha Mama is the man behind Chalk Point Kitchen, one of my favorite restaurants in New York City!

I ordered the Mamacita Smoothie and altered it a bit! Almond Milk, Matcha, Almond Butter, Banana, NO mango, Add Blueberries. Creamy and filling… just how I like it! I also ordered a coconut milk matcha latte. The matcha latte’s I had here at MM and at Raw Love tasted SO fresh. You could tell there was no added sugar and the coconut milk came straight from the coconut! To round out my order, I tried the matcha ice cream! Coconut milk based, I tried both the classic matcha and matcha with passion fruit. Both were incredible! 

Just look at this place! How fricken adorable!!

Raw Love: Prior to coming to Tulum, all of my friends in the wellness-sphere told me I HAD to go to Raw Love. Vegans, this is the place for you. Set just off the main road, Raw Love feels like an oasis in the middle of the jungle, and is surrounded by calming centers and yoga spots.

Everything on the menu is gluten-free and vegan, and the menu has anything and everything- from coconut milk latte’s and the most INSANELY delicious raw bites, to acai bowls and superfood healing remedies and shots. The photo below is a bowl of raw cookies- coconut macarons, cacao bites, and goji berry bites. AMAZING. Even my gluten-eating, non-vegan friends agreed! Go to Raw Love for lunch, too. The salads are full of greens and a dream.

Nightlife recs:
1. Be Tulum (had cool day parties)
2. Papaya Playa Project
3. Casa Jaguar- for sure THE SPOT of Tulum. Start with dinner and stay for the DJ!

What’s cool about Tulum is that you can visit the city literally ten times in a year and have ten totally different experiences. Given I was with a bunch of friends at a private villa, we stuck around the house for a lot of the trip. On my next trip I want to take advantage of the amazing wellness opportunities in Tulum. Yoga studios are everywhere and all of the cafe’s are so cute and have menus that are SCREAMING my name.

A few places I didn’t get to go to but hear I must try next time!

  1. Coco Hotel
  2. The Real Coconut- organic, GF, DF, grain-free EVERYTHING
  3. Charlie’s Vegan Tacos
  4. Papaya Playa Project- hotel- was told to go here for multiple things throughout the day/night.

OH! And before I sign off… BRING BUG SPRAY. I got EATEN alive. I’m still scratching and I’ve been home for almost a week now!


the incredible egg

How Do You Like Your Eggs?

This blog post is done in partnership with the American Egg Board.

The American Egg Board has posed this simple question to Americans for the relaunch of the brand’s trademark “Incredible Egg.” Deviled, baked, fried, scrambled, sunny side up, or omelet, there are so many ways to enjoy the egg. On toast, in a salad, or as part of a meal, this campaign (How Do You Like Your Eggs?) from The Incredible Egg, helps people think about the many ways and occasions to enjoy eggs.

I may be NOBREAD, but my favorite way to eat eggs is on top of #glutenfree toast! Whether the base is avocado, nut butter, greens, or hummus, eggs are the perfect, protein-packed compliment to your brekkie. My go-to egg combo is a sunny-side up egg on peanut butter! There is nothing better than biting into the egg yolk and having the yolk ooze out- and paired with peanut butter- YUM.

I used to fear the yolk, even though the yolk is packed with most of the egg’s nutrients (Vitamins D and B12 & selenium) and 40% of the egg’s protein, so back in the day I was all about the fried egg. Cook it sunny side up, but then flip the egg and cook the top until the yolk firms to your liking. When cooked like this you can control the amount of yolk you want to cut into and eat. Lastly, when in doubt, scramble your eggs. Each bite has the perfect ratio of yolk to egg white, and scrambled eggs are the quickest to make! I paired my scrambled egg here with almond butter!

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, with one large egg containing 6 grams of high-quality protein and nine essential amino acids, all for 70 calories. They also include choline (important for brain development), are packed with Vitamins D and B12 (don’t toss the yolk!), and are an amazing source of protein. Oh, and given eggs are inexpensive relative to other proteins, they are a great way to eat nutritiously and affordably.

Here are a few more of my favorite egg recipes:

Easy Egg Muffins

Baked Eggs in Avocado

Cauliflower Rice/Eggs Lunch

Paleo Blueberry Banana Bread

For more information about The Incredible Egg, its newest ad campaign and an array of delicious recipes, visit and check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.