Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy

I’m excited to report that Crest has expanded its 3D White product line to include the NEW Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy collection. The new collection features Enamel Care and Sensitivity Care, showing that you don’t have to compromise between health and beauty. Both pastes beautifully whiten and nourish teeth to help strengthen enamel, and the Sensitivity Care has added ingredients to help soothe sensitivity pain!

I was excited to be involved with this campaign the second I found out about it. You may be surprised, but my teeth color is one of my biggest insecurities! I am constantly trying new foods and drinks (that tend to stain teeth), and given I’ve chosen a career where I take pictures of myself, it’s important to keep my smile nice and white! I love to smile, if you haven’t noticed, and yes I have pretty white teeth, but it is definitely tough to maintain! Furthermore, I’m essentially averse to putting any products on my face or in my mouth that aren’t of the BEST quality, so when it comes to toothpaste, shampoo, etc. I’m super picky.

The 3D White Whitening Therapy collection is formulated with an Active Mineral Complex, and the formula gently lifts impurities and is specifically formulated to envelop each tooth to whiten and strengthen your teeth. I started using Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy collection just ONE week ago, and I can already see the benefits! My body knows within minutes if I’ve ingested something I am intolerant to, and I’ve had ZERO side effects in using the pastes. And none of that annoying tingly feeling your teeth have after using a bad product, either.

I highly recommend picking up your Crest 3D Whitening Therapy Collection, here! 

Green Chef

With so many meal delivery services out there these days, it can be tough to stand out! Introducing Green Chef, a service that truly stands out from the rest! Green​ ​Chef​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first​ ​USDA-certified​ ​meal​ ​kit​ ​company,​ ​and​ ​they serve​ ​more​ ​organic ingredients​ ​than​ ​any​ ​other​ ​company​ ​in​ ​the​ ​industry.​ ​Furthermore, Green​ ​Chef​ ​recently announced that​ ​they have​ ​become​ ​the​ ​first​ ​meal​ ​kit​ ​company​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​Gluten-Free​ ​certification​ ​through the​ ​Gluten​ ​Intolerance​ ​Group’s​ ​Gluten-Free​ ​Food​ ​Service​ ​(GFFS)​ ​program. This is huge!!

In the past, I’ve been apprehensive to order from meal delivery services. Why? Well I’m a nut when it comes to the type of food I purchase. I love meat, but I will only eat quality meat that I trust is antibiotic and hormone free, etc. Same when it comes to my veggies and starches! Green Chef ​organic​ ​ingredients​ ​have​ ​no​ ​GMOs, synthetic​ ​pesticides,​ ​antibiotics,​ ​growth​ ​hormones,​ ​or​ ​steroids.​ ​They offer ​an adventurous​ ​cooking​ ​experience that is high quality and SAFE.

So how does it work? Green Chef has a wide variety of meal plans to suit your lifestyle: paleo, vegan, gluten-free, omnivore, carnivore, or vegetarian. Select one, and Green Chef delivers organic ingredients and easy recipes to cook delicious dinners in about 30 minutes. Each box includes new recipes from the meal plan of your choice.

I had the opportunity to try the service this week, and I was so impressed! Each ingredient is delivered in an individual, labeled package, and the recipe cards are clear. I, of course, selected the gluten-free meal plan option, and the three meals I made were an Apricot Glazed Salmon with Black rice, cardamom yogurt & roasted veggies, Stuffed Portobello with Broccoli filling, carrots, salad, Grand Cru cheese, and Lemon-Herb Chicken with Greek-style potatoes, artichokes & capers, and arugula. All were so delicious!

What I love most about the service is the ability to cook the food yourself. This way, you can cook your meal exactly as the recipe card tells you, or use your own creativity to customize the ingredients at hand! I highly recommend Green Chef, and can’t wait to continue enjoying their (gluten-free) meals!

 

Kokus Coconut Soft Serve

Anyone with gluten allergies or other food intolerances knows the struggle of wanting to enjoy the same foods you’ve always loved and the same foods all of your friends are enjoying without the consequences. Especially when dealing with multiple food allergies or trying to heal your gut, going out to eat can become daunting and anxiety-inducing. That’s part of what led Carli Blum, the founder of Kokus Soft Serve, to create a completely allergen-friendly, plant-based soft serve that has added functional nutritional benefits.

Kokus, which first debuted at Smorgasborg last summer and will soon be sold in stores, comes in many beautiful and delicious coconut bowls that are all free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy and egg. All of the toppings are safe for GF diners as well – the granola is Purely Elizabeth paleo probiotic granola for a happy tummy. The soft serve is sweetened only with honey – no processed sugars or mystery ingredients here – and the cultured coconut cream has the tart flavor you’re used to at traditional fro-yo and soft-serve places. Not to mention, they’re gorgeous – try your Kokus right in a coconut or with some blue majik (made from blue-green algae) sprinkled on top for a bowl that’s as beautiful as it is tasty.

We tried the Vitality and the Blue Majik bowls in coconuts, but will definitely be on the lookout for more Kokus popups to try the other menu items with ingredients like roasted coconut butter, bee pollen and black sesame granola.

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

This week I was remaking my favorite banana bread donut recipe when it dawned on me, ‘What would this recipe taste like with pumpkin?!’ And just like that, I was making the same recipe but pumpkin puree in place of the bananas! And because my donut tray was occupied by the banana bread donuts, I decided my pumpkin batter would be used  to make muffins!

What You Will Need:
1.5 C Almond Flour
3/4 C Pumpkin
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
3T coconut oil
Dash of Salt
CINNAMON

What You Will Do:
In a small bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon (don’t be afraid to be generous with the cinnamon).
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
Pour your dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until smooth.


Place muffin cups in a muffin pan, and add batter to the cups. Top with 2-3 paleo chocolate chips.
Cook at 350 for 18 minutes.

This recipe should make about 9-10 muffins! I also tried this recipe WITHOUT the maple syrup (I was doing a sugar-free week). The taste? So healthy and pure. But my sweet tooth was super happy to have the two bites of chocolate on top. If you’re looking for a sweeter muffin, more than just the two chips on top, definitely stick with the 1/4 Cup of added maple!

Silver Fern Endurance

Last month I told you all about my love for Silver Fern Probiotic! Silver Fern’s performance products are natural, gluten-free, and vegan, and they have a Microbiologist formulate who’s dealt with the Micro-boime for 25+ years! Well introducing Silver Fern Endurance-  an energy product formulated from the same microbiologist that formulated the SF Ultimate Probiotic! It works at a cellular level and actually builds the overall energy your cells are able to hold over time- more cellular energy = longer, more sustained energy throughout your day/workout. There is no crash effect with this product because it is not a stimulant.

As the Silver Fern team explained to me, “Most energy products work by stimulating the central nervous system to accelerate the metabolism and produce energy. In most cases, caffeine is the stimulant and B vitamins are added as cellular fuel. This method works for energy boosts but as the stimulant wears off it inevitably leads to a crash. One of the main reasons for the energy crash is that the stimulants push the cells to their maximum capacity and complete exhaustion.”

Silver Fern Endurance creates a sustained energy boost without the crash and without the recovery time, and it trains your cells to work smarter instead of harder! This means more energy for a longer period of time.

Endurance Key Ingredients:

Vitamin K2-7- heart, brain and bone health.
Alpha-GPC- Increases communication between muscles and nerves
Vitamin B6- increases metabolism of energy through the transport of oxygen and is considered a food source for energy.
Vitamin B12- improves energy levels and reverses symptoms of fatigue
D-Ribose- critical role in energy production. Muscle recovery and repair.
Ferrazone®- iron supplement
Green Tea Extract- antioxidants
L-Theanine- calmness and alertness

This energy supplement gives your body the energy it needs to complete your day’s goals. I like to take my drink after a workout to sustain and promote my energy, or with lunch so I can boost my afternoon!

Click here to learn more! 

No Bake Chocolate Almond Bars

I first started making no-bake recipes because whenever I cook, I tend to eat half the batter before baking! And when a recipe has egg in it this isn’t the smartest idea. Does anyone else agree that the batter is the best part of a recipe?? With this No Bake Chocolate Almond Bar recipe you can indulge in the batter, guilt-free!

What You Will Need:
For the Almond Bake:
1 Cup Almond Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar (or alternative natural sweetener)

For the Chocolate Spread:
1 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips for melting
1/2 Cup Almond Butter

What You Will Do:
In a bowl, combine almond butter, coconut sugar, and coconut flour. Stir until totally mixed.
Line a 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper, and pour batter into the pan. Spread until the batter is even throughout.
Place in the refrigerator to cool.
In a separate bowl, melt your chocolate chips in the microwave. Add almond butter and mix!
Remove batter from the refrigerator, and pour chocolate over the batter. Spread evenly!
Place back in the refrigerator and cool for 1-2 hours before cutting.
Slice and serve!

For even firmer results, place in the freezer! You can also do a double chocolate layer and pour the chocolate spread under and on top of the almond batter.

Spindrift

You may have noticed my new favorite beverage, Spindrift, all over my Instagram feed. With vibrant, fun packaging, it should have been hard to miss! I first found Spindrift a few months back while sitting at a Le Pan Quotidien in New York City. You know when a café makes you buy something so that you can continue working away, but you don’t actually want anything other than the café’s wifi? Yeah it was one of those situations. Well, when I went to the counter to buy a water I saw my first Spindrift; America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit.

I ordered the Cucumber Spindrift and one sip had me totally obsessed. I could taste the actual cucumber! I’ve never thought that with any other sparkling water I’ve had before! As I sat in LPQ for three back-to-back meetings, I went to the counter between each meeting to purchase a Spindrift! Blackberry was next, followed by my fave, the Raspberry Lime.

As the team says, their drinks go “from farm to bubble” because they are made with REAL fruit! Spindrift currently comes in seven flavors ranging from Orange Mango to Raspberry Lime to Cucumber and each flavor is INCREDIBLE. The amount of fruit used in each beverage is just right and one can will have you feeling totally refreshed.

I was in awe. And you know how I am when I become infatuated with a new product. I do everything in my power to contact the team and tell them how much I love them. The Spindrift team invited me to their offices to learn more about the whole innovation process behind their new fruit flavors, and I was able to go when I was in Boston the other week! I helped create a Strawberry Basil flavor from scratch in their innovation lab! We also experimented with white grape and peach… I felt like such a scientist! The amount of detail and attention put into the process is amazing! When I recipe develop, I know when to add a little bit more of X and take out just a touch of Y, but doing this with fruit was totally new to me!

I also had the opportunity to interview Spindrift’s Founder, Bill Creelman, this week and learn more about his journey and the inspiration behind American’s new beverage obsession. When I asked Bill what gave him the idea and motivation to turn his once soda company into a sparkling water company, he summed it up best, “people love bubbles,” and there was a need to make an equally delicious beverage without the sugar. He was also shocked that no one had made a sparkling beverage with real ingredients! He soon learned the reason why; the process is incredibly labor intensive! A huge supply of fresh ingredients is needed and the produce needs to be in season and from the right places (around the world)!

So what’s next for Spindrift? A new 16oz can is out now, and more, REAL fruit-flavored drinks are in production. This is just the first chapter for Spindrift, and I’m so excited to see where the book goes!

You can find Spindrift at Whole Foods or Traders or Target – so when you’re already buying your favorite snacks for the week you can swing by the water aisle and stock up. This week I purchased my supply (Raspberry Lime and Cucumber) from Trader Joe’s and it was SO cool to see that the Spindrift was almost gone, meanwhile every other beverage was fully stocked! Clearly Los Angeles is catching on to the Spindrift craze!!

 

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

It’s October, and as pumpkins line the grocery stores and homes on my street, it also fills my cabinets and refrigerator. I love making classic pumpkin dishes like roast pumpkin, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread, but it’s also fun to incorporate pumpkin into my everyday, year-round recipes! One of my favorite recipes to incorporate seasonal flavors into is my Chia Seed pudding! When you make the pudding parfait style you can play around with the different layers, and given the time of year, I figured a Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding Parfait sounded just right.

What You Will Need:
2 C Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk
6 T Chia Seeds
1T Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Pumpkin
Dash of Cinnamon
Handful of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

What You Will Do:
Pour maple syrup, chia seeds, and vanilla into your bowl of hemp milk and stir.
Place in a refrigerator for minimum 1-2 hours. I like making the recipe before I go to bed, and eating it in the morning!
When your pudding is done, pour half of the pudding in a jar. Add 1/4C pumpkin. Add the second half of the pudding, and the second half of the pumpkin. Top with chocolate chips!!
Mix it all together and eat up! Or, if you’re a purist like myself, eat it layer by layer!

This recipe serves 2 people and although it may not seem like it, it totally fills you up! Enjoy!

Eat Organix

I’ve tried many meal delivery services in the past, and I can’t say I’ve found many that I love. Why? Well, many reasons. First, I’m intolerant to more than just gluten. I’m intolerant to gluten, dairy, soy, chickpeas, cashews, lentils and a few other random foods. In the past I’ve found that most meal services cater to just one of my intolerances (just gluten-free, or just dairy-free), or I’ll inevitably run into one of my sneakier intolerance as a side in the dish. Second, portion size! I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a hungry girl, and often meal service dishes are way too small and I eat the lunch and dinner meal by 3PM! And for the sake of keeping my list short, my last grievance is the quality. Sometimes the food just sucks!

Well that all changed when I discovered Eat Organix. Eat Organix is an organic, gluten free, farm-to-table meal delivery service located in Los Angeles that delivers meals comprised of fresh, local ingredients right to your door. Delivery is twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 8pm-6am and each delivery consists of three days worth of food.

So why do I like Eat Organix and complain about all the others? First, the customization. Not only do you list ALL of your dietary preferences (GF, DF, vegan etc), but you then are asked to select 4 more foods or categories that you straight up DON’T LIKE! What did I check off? EGGPLANT, lentils, chickpeas, and duck. This way Eat Organix didn’t waste any food by serving me something I wasn’t going to eat.

The meals are HEALTHY, and more importantly, FILLING. From a Ground Beef Hamburger Mac (#nobread) with a quinoa, squash, and macaroni pasta on the side for dinner to a Flaked Cod Salad with tomato, green bell, corn and red onion salsa with sweet potato side for lunch, each meal had me satiated and fulfilled. Not only is the food of the highest quality, but everything from their menus and container to the ice packs used in their delivery bags are non-toxic and reusable.

Oh, and before I forget, one other feature I really liked was that you can let Eat Organix know what your goals are for the program– Weight Loss, Stay on Track, Fitness. This way they can really customize the amounts of proteins, fats, starches etc and tailor the program totally to your goals.

I highly recommend checking Eat Organix out! They are currently serving Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley, Westside and Orange County, so everyone in SoCal- it’s time you get involved!

Silver Fern Brand

Nine years ago, my homeopathic doctor told me I had to go gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free. He also told me that starting that day, I was to take a probiotic every day. I figured “okay… I’ll do this for a little bit and all of my troubles will pass, and then I will go back to my gluten-eating, no probiotic-taking lifestyle. I was wrong. But I wasn’t disappointed.

By now you realize how amazing going gluten-free has made me feel, but the one lifestyle change that totally changed my world was when I added a probiotic into my morning routine. I’ve tried tons and tons of different probiotic brands, each with a different billion count of  CFU (colony forming units), so my body knows when I’ve found a good one. And after a few days of taking Silver Fern brand, my body knew I had a good one. All of Silver Fern’s performance products are natural, gluten-free, and vegan, and they have a Microbiologist formulate who’s dealt with the Micro-boime for 25+ years. Talk about science-backed!

Silver Fern calls their probiotic “Nature’s probiotic” because it has three different classes of nature’s probiotics – spores, probiotic yeast, and acid stable pediococcus– a.k.a what our ancestors consumed off the land for thousands of years. Not to get all scientific, but the  Ultimate Probiotic has been proven by 3rd party lab tests to match the normal stomach pH and US Pharmacopeia standard of 1.2.

Why take Silver Fern Probiotic:

  • Improves digestion and food tolerance
  • Reduces gas, bloating and digestive discomfort
  • Aids in recovery of the flora after antibiotic use
  • Supports nutrient absorption
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves favorable immune response and supports the reduction of allergies and asthma
  • Improves regularity of bowel movements
  • Acidifies the digestive tract to support the growth of good bacteria

As I said above, I know when I’ve found a good probiotic, and I’m happy to tell you all that I’ve found a good one with Silver Fern!

Click HERE to visit their site and make your first purchase!!

Butternut Squash Smoothie

IT’S FALL! IT’S FALL! Which means it’s butternut squash and pumpkin season! Every September through November I go wild cooking all-things butternut squash and pumpkin, and given this year I’ve become a smoothie addict, I figured it only made sense to incorporate the veggie into my breakfast routine. Introducing my Butternut Squash Smoothie topped with cinnamon; it tastes like Fall!

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Butternut Squash: Steam then freeze
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Aloha or Primal Kitchen Vanilla Coconut Collagen)
1T Flax Seeds
1 T Coconut Oil
1.5 C Coconut Milk (Vanilla Unsweetened)
Dash of Cinnamon
To Top: Purely Elizabeth Granola, Coconut Cult Probiotic Yogurt, Spread the Love Peanut Butter

What You Will Do:
Steam then freeze the butternut squash cubes.
Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with the nut milk base.
Blend until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into a jar or bowl, and top with your toppings!
Indulge!

Blue Banana Smoothie Bowl

Ever since ‘Unicorn Food’ became cool, I’ve admired how the different colors in the food were made. Beet for pink, matcha for green, and blue algae for blue. Yes, I said blue algae. You know, that thing you learn about in 3rd grade science class…! I bet you didn’t know that organic blue-green algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! When I learned this, it was a no-brainer. I needed algae in my life, and smoothie bowls would be the perfect place to experiment.

What You Will Need:
1.5C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/2 Frozen Banana
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Vanilla Aloha– Code NOBREAD20 gets you a discount!)
1.5 tsp Blue Spirulina (I used Blue Majik)
1T Chia or Flax Seeds
1T Coconut Oil
Optional: 1T Bulletproof Brain Octane

What You Will Do:
Add all items to a blender, starting with your nut milk.
Blend on high for 1 minute or until totally combined.
Pour into a bowl and add your toppings!
I added Purely Elizabeth granola, coconut butter, and blueberries!

The more Blue Majik you add, the more blue your smoothie bowl becomes! I settled on using a teaspoon and a half, and the taste of the spirulina wasn’t overpowering. I also only used a half banana, and you can totally use a full banana to add more creaminess and banana flavor. I didn’t add any veggies to this smoothie, but next time I plan to add 1C frozen cauliflower for added nutrients and texture!