Summer recipe roundup

To me, there is nothing more beautiful than the bounty of summer produce exploding in the farmer's markets during this time of year.

What's in season right now? Basil, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (!!), cucumbers, eggplant, all the greens + herbs, melons, nectarines, okra, peaches, peas, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini and MORE. Now I'm getting hungry...

So what to make with all these vibrant fruits and veggies? I've rounded up a few delicious recipes featuring this season's bounty:

- Raw Sweet Corn Salad with Basil
- Summer Garden Veggie Flatbreads
- Blueberry Quinoa Salad
- Herbed Red Potato Salad
- Hippie Harvest Hemp Gazpacho
- Easy Peach Crisp

Enjoy!

Loving lately June 2016

As a way to share my favorites with you on a regular basis, I created the "Things I'm Loving Lately" series here on the blog. In this series I share everything from food to fitness, brands to beauty products, good reads to good listens. 

Here's what I'm currently craving and crushing on:

- Cedarwood essential oil - Grounding, calming, balancing. I mix a few drops with jojoba oil and use like a lotion when I get out of the shower, or rub a few drops directly on my legs and feet before going to sleep. Click here to purchase your own essential oils!

- Raw fennel - Still can't stop won't stop with the raw fennel for snacking.

- Seltzer - While I love kombucha, I've been taking a little break from drinking it and instead switched to seltzer - it's cheaper (until I get back into making my own kombucha that is!) and is still super bubbly and refreshing, which I'm all about this time of year. I usually buy the plain seltzer and then add a drop of lemon or grapefruit essential oil to make my own flavored variation.

- Frozen blueberries - My go-to snack of choice these days has been some sort of frozen berry, and blueberries are definitely my favorite. I love the cool, creamy texture and subtle sweetness - they taste like dessert!

- Salmon - After not eating a whole lot of fish for a while, I'm totally back in the game and have been loving salmon, especially in my lunch bowls (try this recipe if you haven't already!).

- Zoodles - This recipe. Just so good.

 

What are you loving lately?  Let me know in the comments below!

Blueberry Buzz Smoothie

Hi friends and HAPPY FRIDAY!  

Today I'm bringing you my current smoothie obsession: you've probably seen it on my Instagram account, and if you take any morning yoga classes with me, you've definitely seen it and maybe even tried it (yes, I share my breakfast - sometimes)!

This smoothie is inspired by the Ultimate Protein Power smoothie from the wonderful Blair at Parsley Health, with a few of my own twists on it.  This smoothie is PACKED with protein, healthy fats, and superfoods, making it a the perfect morning meal for anyone like me who is active and HUNGRY in the morning.  This smoothie also makes a good snack if you have a long stretch between meals and need something substantial, but not heavy, to hold you over. 

Blueberry Buzz Smoothie // raw, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1 cup 2-Minute Almond Milk (or unsweetened almond milk or water)

- 1 scoop protein powder of choice

- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

- 1/2 cup ice (optional, I like my smoothies really icy these days)

- LARGE handful of greens (kale, spinach, whatever you got!)

- 1/2-1 tsp maca

- 1 tbsp bee pollen

- 1 dash cinnamon

- 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled (this is my secret to the BEST smoothies)

- dash high quality sea salt

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until smooth! 

 

Have you ever had ginger in a smoothie? Seriously, this is my favorite thing to add for great flavor - it's slightly spicy, slightly sweet and GREAT for your digestion and energy.  Try it today and let me know what you think in the comments below!