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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries

This post is sponsored by Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries!

Who else is SO excited for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season!? Every year I’m in charge of my family’s menu, and EVERY year my Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts grace the menu. This year, however, I have an exciting new twist on my classic recipe.  The twist? Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries! The cranberries are made with REAL fruit, #glutenfree, and add the perfect pop of flavor. I didn’t think my recipe could get any better! Without further ado, enjoy! 

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe:

½ lb Brussels Sprouts
2 T Cup Coconut Oil
2 T Maple Syrup
¼ Cup Pecans
¼ Cup Craisins® Dried Cranberries
Salt, pepper, CINNAMON

What You Will Do:

Preheat oven to 400 F.

To prepare the brussels sprouts- trim the stem end and remove the outermost leaves of the sprouts and cut in half. 

Add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with 2T coconut oil and cook at 400 for 20 minutes and flip. Add 1 T of maple syrup, pecans, Craisins® Dried Cranberries, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 more mins. TASTE. Add 1T more maple, cinnamon, etc. Cook for 10 more minutes, or until desired level of crisp. 

Serve!

 

Nashville

When I travel, I realize how spoiled I am by the healthy food options in LA and NYC. For instance, MATCHA, which is EVERYWHERE in LA, is a rarity in Nashville! And Whole Foods… there is only one!! It’s 15 minutes outside of Downtown Nashville, too! I don’t say this to hate on Nashville… it actually makes me really excited.  The health and wellness scene is just waiting to explode in the city! I feel like it’s going to happen soon, and going to happen FAST. 

Anywho, enough of my ranting, here are my favorite Nashville spots! 

Frothy Monkey

There are 5 Frothy’s in the Nashville area and I am a FREQUENT customer at the 12 South and Downtown locations. I come here for the golden latte- it consists of golden turmeric milk (I go coconut), honey, and is topped w cinnamon + turmeric root. I get it 1-2x a day; IT IS SO GOOD. You have the option to add espresso, but you know I am ‘nocoffee’ and my pro tip is subbing vanilla in for honey. For brunch I order the California: 2 fried eggs over medium, atop 2 slices of sourdough toast (SUB FOR GF BREAD), with an avocado wedge, sprouts, and house-made salsa on the side. Casual, cute, cozy, DELISH; I am obsessed with Frothy!!! 

E+Rose Wellness Cafe

The owner told me Erewhon is his inspo for this little cafe and that’s all he had to say. This is THE ONLY, I repeat, THE ONLY place in Nashville I have found with housemade nut milk (oat/cashew) and fancy add-ons for lattes and smoothies like spirulina, CBD, adaptogens, and more. It is also the only place I have found some of my favorite brands like Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs and HU Kitchen Chocolate bars. They also have a prepared foods refrigerator which is great for grab and go. E+Rose is PAVING the way for wellness in Nashville and I am HERE. FOR. IT.

KoKo’s Plant Based Ice Cream

Vegan AND nut-free ice cream!! The ice cream is 100% organic coconut milk with organic evaporated cane sugar, pink Himalayan sea salt, organic cane sugar syrup, and organic Indian cluster bean. That’s it! They always have multiple gluten-free flavors, and they have gluten-free sugar cones! I had the chocolate and pumpkin spice and they did NOT disappoint! NOTE: The shop is only open AFTER 6PM M-Th. Fr-Sun it opens at 12!

Avo

All it took was for me to see “Avocado Margarita” on the menu and I knew I was SOLD on this vegan hotspot. I was a little nervous- was it going to be a creamy margarita?! Nope! It tastes just like a classic margarita with the perfect hint of avocado. I highly recommend the GF nachos, any of the bowls (you can sub in cauliflower rice), and the raw desserts. Ps, Koko’s is right next door! 

Pinewood Social

This is Nashville’s hotspot. Coffee house in the front, office/lunch vibes in the middle, bowling ally in the back, and an outdoor space, too! You can literally come here for every kind of occasion. No matcha here, but the fried broccoli was bomb!! (Cross contamination risk for my Celiac’s) The Chopped Kale and Baby Greens Salad with salmon are perfect, healthy meal options, too. 

Five Daughter’s Bakery

The donut shop of Nashville has PALEO donuts! NOTE: the donuts are made with gluten-free and paleo ingredients, but it is not a dedicated establishment. The double chocolate was my favorite, but I was BLOWN away by chocolate chip and the vanilla cream situation. The paleo donuts are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free and although flavors are seasonal, paleo options are available year round!

The Thompson Hotel

The most ideal spot to kick off your night. Great drinks, SUNSETS, great vibe, cute guys, and French fries. My kind of spot. 

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey is the quintessential brunch spot of Nashville. On the weekends, put your name down and expect to wait a bit… but that’s okay because there is plenty to do and shops to hit over in The Gulch. Order a matcha latte with almond or oat milk while you wait 🙂 My friends and I were basic AF when we went, but we were also hungover so who wouldn’t want eggs, potatoes, and bacon?!

I’m obsessed with Nashville and plan to go many more times in the coming months! I’ll keep this list updated as I go! xox, #nobread

Three Tequila Cocktails for Fall

I just turned THIRTY (WOW, I know…) and in reflecting on this year I noticed a few things:

  1. I don’t go out NEARLY as much anymore. You know– maturity.
  2. My cocktail orders when I do go out have drastically changed. Goodbye to the days of ordering tequila soda lime (with muddled cucumber if I was stepping it up a notch) and hello to chic tequila cocktails with different juices and garnishes infused to make mouthwatering masterpieces.
  3. Nights IN with friends, enjoying a home-cooked dinner while sipping tequila cocktails might be my favorite thing in the world.

And because of all this… I’ve become QUITE the bartender! Skinny Margaritas are my favorite drink to order when I’m out, so it was the first cocktail I HAD to master at home. Today I’m sharing my three favorite tequila cocktail recipes, all made with Nosotros Blanco tequila! For those who missed my announcement last month about my exciting new partnership with the brand, Nosotros is a small, LA-based tequila company serving the HIGHEST quality, gluten-free, craft, premium tequila I’ve experienced to date. Linking them here so you can check out more for yourself, and read a fun interview I did with the team!    

NOBREAD Cocktail Menu:

Note: For each of the cocktails below, simply add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with crushed ice to chill, and strain over ice in a cocktail glass and serve!

Skinny Margarita
1.5 oz Nosotros Blanco
Juice of one full lime
Juice of half medium orange
1 tsp light agave nectar (optional)
salt rim (optional)

Paloma a.k.a. the PaNOma
2 oz Nosotros Blanco
7 oz grapefruit soda
Juice from 1/2 Lime
Grapefruit and fruit to garnish
Pinch of Salt

When I think of Fall and the holiday’s (can you believe they are just around the corner already?!) I think of warm blueberry muffins and blueberry pie. Given I like my margaritas year-round, incorporating blueberries into the mix has been the obvious move this Fall. Introducing my Blueberry Lime-arita.

Blueberry Lime-arita
1/4 cup muddled blueberries + more to add to finished dink
1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1 T agave
2 oz Nosotros Blanco
8 oz club soda

To check out more cocktail recipes, visit Nosotros’ Drinks of Choice Page! They added a section for their favorite seasonal drinks! 

Enjoy! xx

P.S. Nosotros can be found at BevMo!, Total Wine and More, Bristol Farms, and Lazy Acres!

 

CINNABUN Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

The Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi QUEEN is back at it again! And this, my friends, might be my best yet. For all who are like me and drool over gluten-free, dairy-free Cinnabun recipes online, but don’t have the time to make them (they’re tough to master!!) this is the perfect, and HEALTHIER, alternative!! Savory meets sweet, and I cannot wait for you all to try it!

What You Will Need:
1 Bag Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
1.5 T Coconut Oil (melted)
2 T Coconut Sugar
Cinnamon

What You Will Do:
Melt 1 T coconut oil in a bowl and toss in 2 T coconut sugar. Stir!
Add the other .5 T coconut oil to the heated skillet.
Add the coconut oil/sugar mixture to the heated skillet.
Add bag of FROZEN TJ’s Gnocchi.
Let is cook for a few minutes until it starts to brown. Flip and mix.
As both sides start to brown, add cinnamon! Amount is up to you… I went pretty heavy!
Let the gnocchi sauté until it is the desired crispiness and serve!

OOEY GOOEY Chocolate Chip Cookies

Introducing the best recipe I have EVER made on NOBREAD. Bold statement, I know, but it’s TRUE. These OOEY GOOEY Chocolate Chip Cookies are PALEO, VEGAN, and GLUTEN-FREE! Like, what?! Without further delay, here is the recipe! Enjoy!

What You Will Need:

  • 6 T Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 T Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp  Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips Morsels (medium size)

What You Will Do:

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, coconut sugar, and salt.

In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla.

Pour bowl of wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and combine.

Add chocolate chips… I go extra chocolatey!

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with coconut oil. Take a spoonful of dough and place on parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes. Remove and let cool! ENJOY!!
** as badly as you want to eat them STRAIGHT out of the oven, you have to let them cool so they don’t fall apart. They will still be super super gooey!!

Warning- These cookies will melt in your mouth and you WILL be addicted. xo

Mikey’s Pizza Pockets

Anyone else grow up on PIZZA!? And miss their days of eating the gluten-free deliciousness TERRIBLY?! Well your lives are about to CHANGE. Introducing Mikey’s PIZZA POCKETS! You all have seen me RAVE time and time again about how amazing Mikey’s products are (full blog post here!!). Mikey is REALLY giving me something to rave about now! The pockets are GLUTEN-, GRAIN-, DAIRY-, SOY-, AND LACTOSE-FREE, and all wrapped in a crispy hand-held Paleo crust.

The pockets fit in your hand (or in your pocket 😉 ), and are ready in just two minutes when you pop them in the microwave. And unlike other dairy-free cheeses and pizzas, the pockets M E L T in your mouth and have SO much flavor!!

The pizza pockets come in 5 flavors: Pepperoni, Cheese (df, of course), ham & cheese, sausage & pepper, and cauliflower curry. My favorite is the cheese followed by ham & cheese! Which is shocking because I was never really a ham and cheese girl. For my vegetarians, I highly recommend the cauliflower curry!

The pizza pockets are sold at Sprouts, Publix, and more, and for your convenience I have added Mikey’s store locator, here, so you can stop reading this post and GO GO GO get them!! Oh and ps, to my late-night munchers, your late-night eating game just got taken to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! xx #nobread

 

Pomi USA Zoodles!

When I first went gluten-free, I essentially went Italian-free. GF pastas ten years ago weren’t the same as they are today, so I kissed pasta, pizza, chicken parm and more goodbye. In doing so, I kissed tomato sauce goodbye, too! WELLLL, thankfully the GF industry has totally changed, and not only are the pasta and pizza alternatives of today more delicious than their gluten-filled counterparts, but my cooking game in general has gotten A LOT more creative. Let’s just say tomato sauce is BACK in my life and I am so thankful.

Introducing POMI! Packaged in Italy, Pomi tomato products are made with only the best part of real Italian tomato: no seeds, no skin, and no core. They are 100% natural, garden ripe Italian tomatoes and their products don’t use preservatives or citric acid. This is HUGE- additives are what prevent me from purchasing products!! Pomi is also super low in salt, and I’ll cut right to it- frickin delicious! I’ve been using their sauce on anything from my Cauliflower Gnocchi to my newest obsession- Zoodles! Today I’m sharing my go-to meal with you all 🙂

What You Will Need:

3 Cups Zoodles
1 T Olive or Avocado Oil
2 T – 4 T Pomi Sauce (Organic Strained)
2 T Pine nuts
Optional: meatballs or falafels (#glutenfree, of course)

What You Will Do:

Add 1 T oil to a heated skillet and add zoodles and pine nuts.
Stir as you cook for 3 minutes… 4 MAX.
Add sauce to the skillet with one minute remaining, or add your sauce after plating your zoodles!
Serve and enjoy!
I tend to top my pasta dish with meatballs or falafels, or I sip a glass of bone broth with it!

Plantain Chips – 2 Ways!

I LOVE PLANTAINS! I don’t say it enough and I don’t eat them enough. But when I am in Mexico, I AM a plantain. Ever since I purchased an air fryer, I am having a BLAST fryer all of my faves. And then it dawned on me… why purchase plantain chips when I can make my own?! And ensure they are healthy and delicious! This recipe is my new addiction. You’ve been warned…

What You Will Need:
1 medium sized plantain
1 tbsp coconut oil
dash of pink himalayan salt
avocado & vegan Chocolate to garnish

What You Will Do:

Preheat your airfryer to 390 degrees F
Cut off both ends of the plantain and take off the peel.
Cut the plantain into thin slivers with either a knife or a slicer. (I used a knife, but a slicer might be easier!)
Put the sliced plantains into a bowl and pour the melted coconut oil on top.
Put the plantains into the airfryer and top them with pink himalayan salt.
After the plantains have been cooking for 5 minutes, open up the fryer and toss them.
Close lip and cook for another 5 minutes or until the chips are at your desired level of crispiness.

For Sweet Plantains!
Sprinkle the plantains with cinnamon and a little more salt!
Melt your favorite chocolate and use as a dip! (You won’t regret this!)

For Savory Plantains!
Sprinkle a little more salt on the plantains.
Serve them with your favorite salsa or avocado!

A Chocolate Christmas

‘Tis the season… TO EAT CHOCOLATE! So I compiled a list of my #glutenfree chocolate faves! Enjoy! xx

Blondie Bars

Protein Hot Chocolate 

Paleo Cacao Donuts

Cacao Banana Bread

No Bake Chocolate Almond Bars

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

** A recipe from my exclusive E-Book!

Paleo Chocolate Avocado Bread

Latte Tour of London

London is my absolute favorite city to travel to… I’ve been twice this year and I am already planning another trip back! I love it because of its energy, its people, oh… and its incredibly delicious food and rising wellness scene! My trip to London this last week was a whirlwind trip of fun and adventure, and LATTES! Each cafe seems to be one-upping the next with creative blends and nut-milk alternatives… and I am totally okay with it! Here are some of the lattes I enjoyed last week, and will continue to dream about until I return to my favorite city <3

Aida Shoreditch: I found pictures of their pink latte on Instagram prior to my trip and knew right away I had to make this spot my first stop. This pink drink is made from rose syrup, organic beetroot juice, nut milk, and dried rose petals. The coolest part about the cafe is that it is part cafe, part store! The store sells the coolest clothing and accessories… you had to drag me (and my wallet) out!

Glow Bar London: When I travel, I realize how spoiled I am by all of the amazing health and wellness facilities around me. Infrared saunas on every corner, cryotherapy centers, and cafes who boast their own, homemade nut milks is simply the norm! In asking my London friends for their “wellness oasis” spots in London, I discovered Glow Bar. AND OH MY GOD I AM SO HAPPY I DID.

The drinks: I wanted one of each, but my friend and I settled for three 😉 Pictured above are the Siren (Spirulina, Pearl, Marine Collagen),  Glow (Rose, Beetroot, Schisandra), and Chill (Macqui Berry, Ashwagandha, Lavender). Sip, SWEAT downstairs in their infrared saunas, and shop the best in wellness products! AN ABSOLUTE MUST!  

Jusu Brothers: This matcha latte with coconut milk was the most fresh/pure tasting matcha I had in London! I found this cafe on Instagram and was in awe of its natural light (a blogger’s dream) and delicious avocado food-porn. Enjoy your matcha latte with a gluten-free avocado toast and a few energy balls for dessert. This cafe is Tulum meets Bali… in London!

Farm Girl Cafe: I’d like to say I come to Farm Girl Cafe for its amazing retro vibe and mile high gluten-free avocado toast, but I really come here because they make the best lattes in town. This trip I went to town on the Blue Magic Matcha with almond milk and the Happy Hot Choc- cacao, date syrup, peppermint, matcha, CBD, and hazelnut milk. For the coffee drinkers, the rose latte is a must! FGC serves Rude Health nut milk… this is BY far the best nut milk sold in Europe… I asked for a cup of the hazelnut milk PLAIN!

I go to Farm Girl Cafe EVERY time I am in town… and multiple times each trip! Read more about my favorite cafe, here!

Milk Beach Cafe: A latte too beautiful not to have. This pink masterpiece is made from Beetroot Powder, Chai Spices, and Oat Milk. It was so good I had two! I highly recommend pairing your latte with the Green Bowl, Scrambled eggs, avo, mushrooms, #nobread, gluten-free poke bowl, and acai bowl. OH, make sure you order the bacon… it was AMAZING!

Coconut Cacao Pancakes made with Califia Farms Almondmilk

PANCAKES! Do you remember when I was the queen of #glutenfree pancakes?! Two-ingredient, three-ingredient, FOUR and more… I made them all! Until I discovered my smoothie obsession and put my pancake game on pause. WELLLL, it’s time to spruce up my pancake collection… and what’s a better way to do so than by adding a little cacao into the mix?! Introducing my Coconut Cacao Pancakes! With a special thank you to Califia Farms for saving me on a day-to-day with their incredible dairy-free Almondmilk.

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 C Coconut Flour
1 T Honey
2 T cacao powder (TRY 2T to start!)
1/4 Cup + 1 T Unsweetened Vanilla Califia Farms Almondmilk
4 Eggs
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp Vanilla

What You Will Do:

In a bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine Califia Farms Almondmilk, eggs, honey, and vanilla.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until totally combined.
Add cacao, and stir!
Spray a heated skillet with coconut oil spray.
Pour batter into 3″ diameter circles on your skillet (should be able to make 4 at a time). Let the pancakes cook for ~1 minute, or until they start to bubble/firm on top and are firm on the bottom. Flip and cook for ~30 seconds!
Stack your pancakes and top with melted chocolate chips or chocolate sauce (NECESSARY), and more toppings of your choosing! (I added more honey!)

Enjoy!

 

Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie with Vital Proteins Collagen

Order your Vital Proteins, here! 

If you have followed me for a while… or even for just a few weeks… you’ll know that I. LOVE. SMOOTHIES. All of my smoothies are different, too! I use a creative mix of fats, proteins, and veggies to make my delicious masterpieces. Well there is ONE thing my smoothies have in common… I use Vital Proteins Collagen as my protein source! The vanilla coconut is my go-to when I want a little vanilla, but when I want classic I love using the marine collagen! Check out the making of this bad boy on my Instagram! Full recipe below…

Vital Proteins

What You Will Need:
1-1.5 Cup Unsweetened Nut Milk
1 Serving Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
2T Almond Butter
1 T Chia Seeds
Handful of Spinach
1/4 Cup Raspberries

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a nutribullet or Vitamix, starting with your liquid base. Blend on high until thoroughly mixed. (Add ice if you want a colder, thicker smoother). Serve and enjoy!

Order your Vital Proteins, here! 

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