Things I'm Loving Lately - October 2015

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:

- Garlic!! For a while, both raw and cooked garlic made me feel awful. I would get headachy and tired after eating anything containing garlic, which was SO sad (since it's delicious, so good for you, and in so many things). I'm happy to report that I can eat garlic again! (I attribute this mostly to some diet shifts + the digestive enzymes I've been taking the past few months) I love making garlic infused olive oil: you simply chop up fresh garlic and add in to a jar with olive oil. You can use it the next day, but the longer you let it sit, the more garlic flavor the olive oil will take on. A simple way to take sautéed greens and veggies up a notch! 

- Turmeric - I've been putting this anti-inflammatory spice on everything! In my tea (yes, weird, but good), in my smoothies, and mixed with curry powder on roasted veggies (try this!!). Check out this article for more details on why turmeric is so good for you!

- Tempeh - As I've mentioned before, tempeh (TEM-PAY) is a fermented soybean cake. It's tofu's lesser-known sibling, much firmer and nuttier, and with a higher concentration of protein, fiber, and vitamins as a result of the fermentation process. Tempeh has been my go-to protein source these days - I'm loving it chopped up into salads and sautéed with a little garlic and olive oil for awesome bowl meals.

 - Yerba Mate tea - The past few weeks I've taken a break from matcha (I always recommend doing experiments with yourself!) and have switched my morning cup to Yerba Mate tea. According to some, Yerba Mate has the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate all in one cup!" I'm not really sure how to describe the taste, but try it for yourself and let me know how you like it in the comments below! I'm loving it and planning on sticking with it for a little while!

- Pears - I'm seriously a pear fanatic these days! Maybe its because I've gotten so many from my CSA... I'm loving them sliced and sprinkled with cinnamon, cooked down to pear butter with nutmeg and vanilla (sort of like applesauce!), and juiced with greens and ginger! Pears are a great choice 1) because they are in season this time of year and 2) they are generally lower in sugar than many tropical fruits. 

- Deep Blue Rub - I'm all about this essential oil infused lotion from doTERRA recently. I've been rubbing some on my shoulders, neck, and lower back before I go to sleep as a relaxing bedtime ritual. It's great for soothing aches and pains, relieving muscle tightness, and promoting relaxation. 

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

Thoughts on the New Year + Orange Immunity Booster Juice

Hello and happy first weekend of 2014!  Over the past week, I've done some reflection on the past year - accomplishments, big events, life changes- and a lot of thinking about the year to come.  I'm happy that, for the most part, I have posted on the blog fairly  regularly, and I intend to keep this up in 2014.  I do, however, have a few things I would like to work on (with the blog in particular).  I tend to post a lot of dessert recipes, because I love creating sweet treats to share, but I know many people are trying to reset after an indulgence holiday season, so I am going to try to post a more diverse set of recipes (think juices, salads, snacks, and more raw desserts - I make these all the time, I just don't write about them as much).  Also, I'm going to try to put in a bit more information about the ingredients I use and (what I know about) their health benefits, because I think it's super interesting and useful, again especially considering many peoples renewed commitment to health in the new year.  Finally, I'm going to continue to post about restaurants, events, travel, etc, since I think exploration of the world outside my kitchen is an important part of urban backpacking life.

Here's the first juice I made this year - inspired by this.  I bought fresh turmeric earlier this week and am so glad I finally tried juicing it; it really adds an interesting flavor to this juice, not to mention a load of health benefits.  Turmeric is an acquired taste, so start small and increase as you wish.  If you don't like turmeric, or can't find it fresh, feel free to substitute ginger - I'm sure it will turn out fabulous.

Orange Immunity Booster Juice:

1 orange

4 carrots

1/2 small apple

1/2 small beet

1 inch fresh turmeric

Wash, juice, and enjoy!  Makes enough for two small glasses, or one large glass. 

Why does this juice rock? 

- Turmeric - Mainly known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, this orange root is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K.  Turmeric also contains a substance which helps stimulate the immune system.  Additionally, it helps improve digestion and is a natural liver detoxifier (increases the production of vital enzymes).  

- Beet - One of richest dietary sources of antioxidants, beets also contain nitrates which improve blood flow throughout the body and a hefty dose of vitamin C.

- Orange - In addition to vitamin C, oranges are full of potassium, a mineral responsible for helping the heart function.  And although most people think of citrus fruits as acidic, they actually have an alkalizing effect on the body, which means they help the blood take in more oxygen.  Without proper oxygen in the blood, we get real sick (think cancer, heart disease, diabetes). 

Cheers to health and happiness in 2014!

4 medium organic carrots

1 small golden beet ( 2- 3 inches in diameter) scrubbed and cut in half (optional)

1 apple - cored

1 orange (peeled)

1 Tablespoon sliced fresh turmeric root ( peels are OK) more to taste.

4 medium organic carrots

1 small golden beet ( 2- 3 inches in diameter) scrubbed and cut in half (optional)

1 apple - cored

1 orange (peeled)

1 Tablespoon sliced fresh turmeric root ( peels are OK) more to taste.


Juice and enjoy!