YumEarth Organic Candy

I want candy! … Said Aaron Carter… and Nicole Cogan. We all know I have a HUGE sweet tooth, but I direct my sweet tooth towards (dairy-free) chocolate and delicious gluten-free pastries. Well interestingly enough, growing up I hated chocolate and pastries! I was all about candy. That was until I went gluten-free and anything artificial-free 9 years ago; all candy was quickly removed from my diet.

Six months ago I discovered YumEarth. How did it take me so long to find you?! YumEarth is an organic candy line that uses simple flavors, colors and ingredients in their products, and steers clear from artificial ingredients! Almost all of YumEarth products are free from the top-8 allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree-nuts, wheat). Furthermore, most of the candies are Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher Pareve, Nut Free, and of-course, Gluten-Free!!

Wait… isn’t this supposed to be candy?! BELIEVE IT, PEOPLE. YumEarth deletes the connotation that candy is filled with artificial ingredients and straight up bad for you. Rather, they make candy clean, fun, and guilt-free.

YumEarth was founded in 2007 with the introduction of Organic Lollipops. Soon after, gummy bears were born and quickly followed by gummy worms, sour jelly beans, fruit snacks and more. Today, YumEarth boasts a line of ORGANIC lollipops, gummy bears, licorice, fruit snacks, sours, hard candies, and Vitamin C drops.

I loved fruit snacks growing up… I bought them from my school’s vending machine almost every day! And Sour Patch Kids were always my number two. Maybe that’s why I’m addicted to YumEarth’s Organic Sour Twists and Organic Fruit Snacks!

To top it off, YumEarth packaging is just so cute! You can indulge in a larger, re-sealable bag or go for a mini snack pack, which is convenient keep in your purse! And given the brand’s focus on what is in the products we consume, most of their packaging is made in a factory where the equipment is powered by 100% wind-generated electrical energy.

Eating clean is important to me but I also like to treat myself to something sweet, and knowing this candy is a better sweet puts my mind at ease. Check out YumEarth and order your candy, here!

 

Double Chocolate Paleo Zucchini Brownies

One day years ago when I first came out to LA, I had some time to kill so I decided to check out the infamous Alfred Coffee. As I do on most occasions when I go to coffee houses, I ordered a gluten-free treat rather than a coffee or tea! At the register I saw a case of several delicious pastries, but my eyes were immediately drawn to the Chocolate Zucchini Brownie. Thankfully my eyes drew to one of few gluten-free items in the case!

For years now I’ve wanted to make a chocolate zucchini bread or dessert, and I’m glad the time has come! Introducing my Double Chocolate Paleo Zucchini Brownies!

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Thinly Grated Zucchini (One large Zucchini should do the trick!)
1 Cup Almond Butter
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt

What You Will Do:
Using a peeler, peel the skin of the zucchini. Remove the skin.
Peel thin strips of zucchini. When finished, finely chop.
Place zucchini in a ball on a paper towel and squeeze. *Important* Squeeze out all of the water!!
Add all ingredients into the blender, starting with the almond butter.
Blend until totally combined.


Pour batter into a brownie tray (grease with coconut oil or use parchment paper). Note: The batter will be a super thin coating, but don’t worry- it will rise!!
Top with mini chocolate chips and walnuts! (optional)


Cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes MAX. Remove from oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before taking the brownie cake out of the tray.
Slice and serve!

Moms, this is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies while indulging in a chocolatey treat! I have to emphasize, do NOT cook longer than 25 minutes or it will be too dry and lack flavor. If you like a more “melt in your mouth” consistency I recommend 20 minutes!

Hard Boiled Eggs

So simple… yet so difficult?? The Hard Boiled Egg. So often we try to make them, and this one ingredient recipe ends in an utter fail. Well my friends, time to fix that! This is my go-to method for making Hard Boiled Eggs, and it is sure to be a game changer for you, too!

What You Will Need:
EGGS! I only eat Pasture Raised Organic (Vital Farms)

What You Will Do:
Place eggs in a boiling pan and cover the eggs with cool water.
Bring water to a boil.


When the water has reached a boil, cover the pan and remove it from heat. Let the pot sit for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, remove eggs and briefly place them under cool water to stop the cooking.
Peel your eggs and serve!!

BioClarity

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Breakouts… We all get them. Some more than others. But no matter how frequent, the one thing we can all agree on is that they suck!

Introducing BioClarity. Unlike other Acne solutions, BioClarity repairs our skin the right way… with good for you ingredients. I’ve found that solutions I’ve tried in the past haven’t worked at all, or have actually made my skin worse (my skin is super sensitive), so I’m very selective when it comes to skincare and makeup. But BioClarity contains ingredients like chamomile, green tea, cucumber, oat kernel, licoric root, and more, and it was so easy to use so I had to give it a try!

BioClarity consists of 3 simple steps in a 30-day supply for your 1st shipment:

1) Cleanser 2) Treatment 3) Restore Gel

I apply all 3 steps 2x a day, which is the recommended use! So what sets BioClarity apart from the rest? BioClarity has Floralux, their exclusive and innovative plant-based ingredient formed from chlorophyll. Chlorophyll benefits include:

  • Detoxifies
  • Protects healthy cells
  • Has antioxidant properties
  • Contains anti-aging vitamins A, C, E, and K
  • Heals wounds
  • Helps keep systems in balance

BioClarity is clinically proven to fight acne, soothe skin, reduce pore size, minimize redness, and even out the skin tone gently yet effectively. Most importantly, it is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, sulfate-free, and clinically-proven!

I’m excited to include y’all on my BioClarity journey…! Order your first kit, here!

Matcha Banana Bread Donuts

Matcha. Whether it’s in a tea or latte, or mixed into your pancakes and gluten-free loaves, matcha is all the rage right now. And it’s no shocker why! Matcha contains an antioxidant called catechins, which is super popular and not found in other foods! Matcha also has anti-aging powers, gives your energy, boosts your metabolism, and more! Now I for one don’t loveeee the taste of matcha (it’s a bit bitter if you ask me), but I love the benefits and realize it needs to be a part of my diet!

Recently I’ve been looking for fun recipes involving matcha, so I can have my fix of the powerful antioxidant and also enjoy the taste. That’s when it struck me; why not use matcha in one of my NOBREAD Breads?! Better yet, why not use it in a bread, and turn the bread into DONUTS?!

Introducing… Vegan Matcha Banana Bread Donuts!

What You Will Need:
1/2 Cup Almond Flour
2T C Coconut Flour
2T C Buckwheat Flour
1 T Hazelnut Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/2 tsp Xantham Gum
1 RIPE Bananas
1 Chia ‘Eggs’
Pinch Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2T Coconut Oil
1/2T Matcha
Optional: GF/DF choc chips!

What You Will Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine gluten-free flours, baking soda, coconut sugar, and salt.
In a second small bowl, mash the banana.
In a third small bowl, create your chia egg and place in the refrigerator for 5 mins or so! (1T Crushed Chia: 3T water)
Combine banana and Chia Egg in a (fourth) large bowl and mix until smooth.
Add coconut oil and vanilla to this bowl.

Pour dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and combine until smooth!
Add matcha!
If you want to make chocolate chip matcha banana bread, now’s the time to add your vegan chocolate chips!

Pour batter into donut tray (3″ holes). (Lightly grease with coconut oil before pouring)


Place in the oven for ~15 minutes. If you stick a toothpick or knife into the bread, it should come out nice and clean! Otherwise, let it cook a bit longer!
Let bread cool for ~15 minutes.
Take donuts out of  and serve!

The donuts are delicious! The matcha taste is faint, so if you want it stronger, add 1T matcha instead of 1/2T. Also, each donut (this serves 6) is only 180 calories! Light yet filling.

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookie Dough Balls made with Earth Balance

Ever since I went to Cookie Do in New York City and had their vegan and gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, I’ve been dying to recreate it in my kitchen! Their cookie dough was ABSURDLY good, but also absurdly unhealthy, ha!

When I was at Do recently, I noticed that there were several gluten-free flavors, but only one gluten-free and vegan flavor. When I asked why all flavors of GF dough weren’t vegan, I was told the others contained butter! So first and foremost I decided that a dairy-free/vegan butter would be one of the main ingredients in my NOBREAD dough. Introducing Earth Balance, my go-to dairy-free butter!

Earth Balance was founded in 1998, and it’s introduction gave vegans and dairy-free folk faith that they would be able to enjoy ‘butter’ again. EB has quickly become the US’s most popular vegan buttery spread, and the butter family has grown outside of their Original flavor and now includes Soy-free, Organic Whipped, Olive Oil, Omega 3, and Organic Coconut Spread. Thus far, I’ve tried all except the Omega-3 and Organic Coconut Spread, but given I am a Coconut-addict I know it’ll be just days before I give the Coconut spread a try!

Peanut Butter Coconut Cookie Dough Balls

What You Will Need:
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup (4T) Earth Balance DF/Vegan Whipped Butter (Melted)
1/4 Cup coconut Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Handful Chocolate Chips

What You Will Do:
In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, melted Earth Balance, and vanilla.
In a small bowl, combine coconut flour and coconut sugar.


Add your dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and combine.
Add however many chocolate chips you desire and fold!
Note: The batter will crumble. Don’t be alarmed. Time to get messy.

With your hands, scoop out batter and create small dough balls.
Add your balls to a tray lined with parchment paper. You should be able to make ~12 balls.
Place in the refrigerator so the dough comes together. Chill for 20 minutes and serve!

The dough balls will stay good in your refrigerator for a week or so, and then (if there are any left) move them to the freezer!

Earth Balance vegan butters have been HUGE not only for my recipes, but also in my day-to day life. I’m a toasted (gluten-free) bagel and croissant kind of girl, but I need my DF butter to make my meal complete and Earth Balance spreads absolutely do the trick.

To read more about Earth Balance, visit their website here!

Keeping Food Simple with NUTRO™

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO™ sponsored series for Socialstars™.

At NOBREAD, we focus a lot on nourishing our bodies. Sometimes the best way to do that isn’t by eating out the city’s top hotspots, it’s by cooking a nice, simple meal at home with the finest and freshest ingredients nature has to offer.

You’ll probably notice most NOBREAD recipes are uncomplicated and require few ingredients, not only because they’re easy to make, but also because we don’t feel the need for the ingredient equivalent of fancy bells and whistles to make good food.

We totally feel the same way when it comes to what we feed our pets. Despite being a different species, there are a ton of similarities between humans and dogs, especially internally. Just like us, pups need lean meats, healthy proteins, and leafy greens to keep them fueled and happy.

We’ve found a dog food that includes the exact same ingredients, the end product just happens to look a little different. If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll see we’ve been talking a lot about our latest and greatest discovery for
any pet owner, NUTRO™ Limited Ingredient Diet Adult Dry Dog Food. This clean dry dog food is just the best.

The brand pledges the sole use of simple, nourishing ingredients – as a matter of fact, they take it one step further by making their philosophy “NUTRO. FEED CLEANT™.” It’s rare we find a brand we can identify with so intensely, even though we can’t eat the food ourselves!

NUTRO™

Photo by Analiese Trimber

The next time you’re at the pet food store looking for a wholesome, trustworthy brand to switch up your pet’s dinner game, be sure to check out NUTRO. Neither of you will be disappointed!

Spiked Watermelon Balls

Did you know the Fourth of July ranks THIRD of the list of Most Popular Drinking Days in a year? I can’t say I’m surprised! But the Fourth of July isn’t just for any kind of drinking. It is a day of fun, festive, and unique cocktails! In honor of this lovely holiday, I’m back at it making my most popular beverage: Spiked Watermelon Balls with Stoli Gluten-Free!

Last year when I made Drunk Melon Balls they were a HUGE hit so all of my friends have been requesting them again this year!! Here’s a little refresher on how it’s done 🙂

What You Will Need:
1 Watermelon
1 Bottle Stoli Gluten Free
Optional: Lime Juice
Melon Baller

What You Will Do:

Slice open your watermelon!
Scoop balls of watermelon and place into a large bowl.
Pour Stoli Gluten Free over the melon balls. Pour however much it takes to submerge the balls!
Cover, and place in a refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours. The outcome is best when you let the balls chill overnight!
Take the watermelon balls out of the bowl, and place them back in the watermelon shell.
Serve alongside more watermelon slices and fruit, and enjoy!

Avocado Marshmallow Cups with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Peanut butter cups, almond butter cups, COCONUT BUTTER cups; I love them all. But of peanut butter, almond butter, and coconut, there is still one food that for me, trumps them all. Avocado, of course! I make and buy these cups all the time so it occurred to me- why not use avocado as a filling, too? Or would the avocado filling go brown in just a day or two?

Introducing my Avocado Marshmallow Cups… because why just use Avocado when you have a spare bag of gluten-free marshmallows in your cabinet, too? I have to give my mom credit for scheming up this recipe… turns out she has a sweet tooth just like mine!

Regardless of filling there is one constant in all of my chocolate cups, and that is the use of Enjoy Life Foods mini chips!! The chips are gluten, dairy, nut and soy free, making them especially perfect for these cups, as no nuts are involved, either. This recipe requires just 4 ingredients and is so simple to make!

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Mashed Avocado (1.5 Medium Avocados)
1/2 Cup Melted Marshmallow
2T Coconut Oil
1 Bag Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
Optional: Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to top

What You Will Do:

  • In a bowl, mash your avocados. Portion out 1 Cup of Mashed Avocado and set aside (Likely ~1.5 Avocados)
  • In a microwave, melt a handful of marshmallows. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Set a half cup aside.
  • Combine your bowls of avocado and marshmallow and mix until thoroughly combined.

  • Place this mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • In a third bowl, melt half a bag of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
  • Line a muffin tray with baking cups, and pour a thin layer of chocolate into the cups. With a knife, spoon, or spatula, drag the melted chocolate up along the side of the baking cup, creating a small bowl of chocolate.

  • Refrigerate for ~15 minutes
  • Cut off a corner in the bag with avocado filling, and squeeze avocado paste into the now semi-solidified chocolate cups.

  • Place back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes so the avocado filling firms on the chocolate.
  • Melt the rest of your Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
  • Remove tray of baking cups from the refrigerator, and pour remaining chocolate onto the cups and cover the avocado filling completely.
  • Place back into the refrigerator until hard.

Once the chocolate shells have hardened, you can remove them from the baking cups and enjoy!! The cups will stay good out and/or in the refrigerator for at least a week, and you can freeze them, too!!

The consistency of these cups is much different than you are used to with nut butter cups. The filling doesn’t totally solidify the way nut butter fillings do. I actually prefer this though because the cups feel lighter!! Enjoy!

Why I Do 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 (well second to how I feel now) 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 twice now and I 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. After cupping 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. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself going to the bathroom a bit more than usual on this day 😉
  2. Does it hurt? Nope! It feels a little itchy for a minute or two and then on both occasions I’ve actually been so relaxed that I’ve fallen asleep!
  3. How long do the marks last? The darker the circle, the more blockage you had 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 4-6 days!

The Spa on Rodeo team offers solutions to help clear your body of your marks quicker! This time I tried the HYDRA Moisturizing Vitamin Drops and RESTORATION Beta- Glucan Recovery Gel. The HYDRA penetrates dry skin and RESTORATION helps repair the skin for a youthful appearance.

I highly recommend checking out Spa on Rodeo and scheduling your first cupping appointment!!

Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Bob’s Red Mill Oats

Summer is here! Well ‘technically’ it will be here in one week, but this weather is giving me all the summer feels! It can be tough to stay in shape during the summer; BBQ’s are happening left and right, and who can turn down that post-work rooftop cocktail. I’ve found the best way to stay healthy during these lovely summer days is to start my day off right. And by right, I mean with a nutritious, protein packed meal.

I’m a huge fan of Bob’s Red Mill products (if you didn’t know from my countless recipes using Bob’s!), and Bob’s Old Fashion Rolled Oats are no exception. Not only are they gluten-free, but they pack 7g of protein and 3.5g of fat. The oats are easy to make and even more fun to top!!

My go-to summer oatmeal: Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal

What You Will Need:

For the Oatmeal:
2 C Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashion Rolled Oats
~4 C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
4 T Maple Syrup
Dash of Cinnamon
1tsp Vanilla

To Top:
Handful of Strawberries
Peanut Butter

What You Will Do:

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla to a simmer.
Add oatmeal and stir periodically for ~10 minutes or until all the coconut milk has been absorbed.
Transfer to a bowl and top with strawberries and peanut butter!

 

This serving size is for two people! And believe me when I say they are two hearty portions. I’m full all morning after breakfast thanks to this combination of protein, carb, and fat! Start your day out right with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oatmeal… you’ll be thankful you did!!

Thank you Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post! Check out more delicious healthy recipes, snag coupons and find stores near you at BobsRedMill.com!

 

 

Aloha

I’ve always said if I ever go to Hawaii there is a good chance I won’t come back. Why? Hawaii is the land of happy! Floral arrangements, delicious healthy eats, blue ocean everywhere you turn… what could be better?! Well I should have said the same about Aloha. The plant-based company featuring lines of protein powders, protein bars, greens, and teas is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan. Aloha believes that plants are the ultimate source of nourishment and that our diet should consist of real foods. I can’t argue that!

First up: the greens. The greens come in Berry, Chocolate, and Original, and these little packets are the perfect way to add greens into your diet. I eat a low-carb diet, even when it comes to vegetables, so I’ve found recently it’s been tough to eat all of my greens and not overdo it on my carbs! The Original Superfood Greens packet has only 4 net grams of carb, and adds the nutrients I need. Most importantly, the greens are developed through a patented process in which thoughtfully-sourced whole foods are pureed and then gently dried in order to maintain the valuable nutrients and fiber that are lost in most green juice, and the greens have 200% daily value of Vitamin D!

I like to make my greens drink first thing in the morning or right after a workout! For the chocoholics out there, you’re going to melt when you try the Chocolate Greens!

Next up- the bars! Bars are everywhere these days, and with so many varieties on the market it’s hard for brands to stand out from the pack. Aloha bars come in unique flavors like Mocha and Chocolate Mint, and the good-for-you ingredients will keep you full and energized!

I recently tried the Organic Banana Protein Powder and I’m obsessed. So many of my recipes contain banana, so I’m pumped to add the protein powder to my banana recipes for an extra kick of protein. Aloha proteins have 18G of pure, plant-based protein, no harsh chemicals, fillers, artificial sweeteners (like stevia), or “natural” flavors, and 200MG of Omega-3s.

Aloha protein powder, superfood greens and teas are all paleo-friendly, to top it off! Aloha’s mission to create minimally processed, real food that not only tastes better, but is better for you has been totally successful, and I’m excited to see what the team will come out with next!

If you haven’t tried Aloha yet, you seriously have to… you’re missing out!! Check out their website, here, and use NOBREAD10 at checkout for a discount!!