Recipe Quickie: Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk

If you watched my Instagram story, you saw this yummy how-to on cinnamon vanilla cashew milk.  I had some DMs regarding the step by step process, so I decided to post the recipe here so everyone can access it! I love this recipe because it is so quck to make (after the initial soaking) and tastes so delicious…similar to the milk leftover after a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal!

This recipe keeps well in the fridge for about 5 days, but requires some shaking before use when stored.  This has been my FAVORITE coffee addition as it does not separate when hot and tastes so delicious! This cashew milk would be such an awesome addition to a turmeric or matcha latte.

Also, if you’ve been following along, Drew and I moved into our first, newly-built home this week! The new atmosphere and clean kitchen has given me a new excitement for cooking up healthy recipes, and I can’t wait to share them all 🙂 Look out for exciting new content!

Recipe Quickie: Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk

Recipe Quickie: Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cups cashews soaked 4hours or overnight
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Drain soaked cashews and blend with water, dates, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until smooth (approx 60 seconds in high powered blender)
  2. Optional: Filter mixture through a cheese cloth for a lower calorie, less creamy alternative
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I used this milk in place of almond milk to create THIS smoothie bowl recipe, which I am totally obsessed with.

Let’s talk about CONVENIENCE!

While by now you know I am all about healthy, organic food and creating my own recipes, sometimes life gets in the way.  We are moving in just nine days, and my house is a disaster, the fridge is sparse, and between working and packing, I have had zero time to slave over a hot stove in order to cook for myself.  Cue Beetnik Organic Frozen Meals.

I was introduced to Beetnik by the Women’s Choice Award (did you guys know I’m on their blogger board?).  Not only have they given Beetnik their seal of approval — which means 9 out of 10 women would recommend Beetnik — but they have MY seal of approval as well (for whatever that’s worth, ha!).

I am very picky about what I choose to put into my body, and organic, whole foods will always come first.  So, when I had the opportunity to try Beetnik Foods, I was super excited! Made with non-GMO, USDA organic, gluten free and paleo ingredients, Beetnik is ideal for a quick, worry-free meal.  All I have to do is pop a tray into the oven and enjoy!

Unlike every other frozen meal I’ve seen, Beetnik is not outrageously high in sodium and actually uses REAL ingredients that I can pronounce.  Yes, please!

So far, the chicken meatballs have been my favorite, while my fiancé prefers the organic shepherd’s pie with grass fed beef.  I’m just so pumped to have found a convenient, healthy alternative for when I’m in a hurry!

This post is in collaboration with Women’s Choice Award and Beetnik Foods.  ALL thoughts and opinions are always my own.

Springtime Light Lunch: Zoodles with Avocado Pesto

While we still have a month until spring arrives, the warm days in Naples, Florida have me craving light, green veggie-filled meals and yummy salads.  Since bikini weather is quickly approaching (along with a bestie’s bachelorette party!), I like to change my diet to reflect the season .  It’s time to put away the crockpot and eat for spring!

This zucchini pesto “pasta” recipe is filled with green veggies and healthy fats that keep you satiated and energized for an active day.  Best of all? This delicious recipe is raw, vegan, low carb, gluten free, and paleo friendly – suitable for most diets! This is a go-to meal for me because it is fast, light and tasty.  I like to gobble it up for quick lunch or share it with friends at a BBQ (make extra—it’s always a hit)!

Springtime Light Lunch: Zoodles with Avocado Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2 (meal); 4-6 (side dish)

Springtime Light Lunch: Zoodles with Avocado Pesto

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 2 large bunches of basil (approx. 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs pine nuts or chopped almonds
  • Himalayan sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Use a julienne peeler or spiralizer to create zucchini “noodles.”
  2. In a food processor or blender, blend avocado, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper to create the pesto sauce. If sauce is too thick to blend, add in 1 tablespoon of water at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Mix pine nuts or chopped almonds into pesto sauce.
  4. Toss zucchini noodles and halved cherry tomatoes with pesto sauce and garnish with basil.
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Gluten Free Italian Style Breadcrumbs

As an Italian from New York, it’s safe to say that breaded chicken was a staple in my childhood diet.  When I changed my lifestyle to eating “closer to nature,” one of the first recipes I came up with was for gluten free breadcrumbs.  This recipe take just minutes to make and can be used in a variety of dishes, from “tempeh tenders” (my vegetarian take on chicken tenders), to stuffed artichokes, to casseroles.  The ingredients used are all staples in my kitchen, so I can always whip a batch up whenever we might need them.  These breadcrumbs are super tasty — so tasty, in fact, that you’ll forget they are healthy and gluten free!

Gluten Free Italian Style Breadcrumbs

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: approx. 3 cups

Gluten Free Italian Style Breadcrumbs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbs garlic
  • 1 tbs turmeric
  • 2 tbs dried basil
  • 2 tbs dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix together in a blender or food processor until the mixture is consistently blended.
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Friday Favorite: Sea Salt Naples

A little late, but happy 2017! This month has been one of immense change, and as I prepare to start a new career and move into our first home in just over a month, I can tell this year will be one of the best years yet.  Along with personal changes, I’m going to start highlighting some of my favorite things to do around Naples on Greens & Glamour (you can check out the archive here).  There are so many great local places that deserve praise, and I hope to share that with everyone here!

If there is one thing I can say about living in Southwest Florida, it’s that there is ALWAYS a great deal going on for food and drinks.  One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Naples is no exception.  Located on 3rd Street South, Sea Salt combines a beautiful, clean, and crisp atmosphere with incredible food and amazing deals.

After a particularly rough work week, I took a half day with my mom for some much needed girl time.  We went to Sea Salt for their lunch special, which is just $12 for a small entree and a glass of wine — yes, you read that right, TWELVE DOLLARS!  This deal goes from 1 to 3 pm daily at the bar, and is followed by happy hour from 3 to 6 pm (i.e.: if you time it right, you can do lunch AND happy hour for a fabulous deal!).

I paired the house chardonnay with a lightly breaded chicken breast dish, which came with the juiciest red tomatoes and red onion.  It was the perfect light fare for a warm afternoon in Naples.  The bar menu also offers bites such as rock shrimp and fried pickles for $5, and a larger selection of “snacks” like a wagyu burger or fish tacos for $16 and under.

For those of us who are health conscious, Sea Salt offers some gluten and dairy free options, as well as organic, local produce.  Now THAT I can get behind 🙂 It’s safe to say that I can’t wait to head back to Sea Salt for my belated birthday dinner (ya know, just about a month late, ha!).

Sea Salt, 1186 Third Street South, Naples, FL 34102

 

Holiday Gifts for the Fit Chick in Your Life…

This travel blowout kit is perfect for the fit chick on the go! Take it to the gym to primp post sweat session or on vacation.  Comes with oil treatment, blowout spray, texture spray, and a mini ionic hair dryer.

I’m loving APL sneakers lately and I’ve had my eyes on these for ages! Stylish and super comfortable, these are definitely on my list.

How gorgeous is this yoga mat? There’s something special about a pretty mat, whether your practicing at home or at the studio.

This stuff is great after hot yoga or a hard workout! This mist hydrates and refreshes skin and is great under or over makeup.

My trainer initially showed me these, and I had to go out and get them.  These are amazing for tight muscles and have been a total game-changer for my neck and shoulders.

I love Spiritual Gangster and this off-the-shoulder top is too cute!

I am completely obsessed with my Misfit Ray! I got the rose gold one with the gray leather band and I am in love with it.  The design is beautiful and the app is seamless.  It tracks your steps, calories, and even sleep!

These make a great stocking stuffer for the yogi or barre lover in your life!