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Raw Cinnamon Donut Holes

Raw Cinnamon Donut Holes

Raw Cinnamon Donut Holes This is one of those recipes that I've been saying I'm going to try out forever, but was, for some reason, intimidated. I researched a number of recipes online, decided what flavor combination I wanted, gathered the ingredients, and then never made them!

Then, the other morning, with the Verizon guy here, Richie still palling around the apartment, Bar pulling at my pant leg, I decided it would be a good time to try. And they turned out AWESOME! They were actually super quick and easy to make (though a bit messy). No bake! No dehydrate! Just refrigerate! These will definitely be on the menu more regularly and I'll experiment soon with other flavor options (I'm thinking a chocolate nutbutter option...!).

Raw Cinnamon Donut Holes

Raw Cinnamon Donut Holes

Raw Cinnamon Donut Holes

Here's how I did it:

Line a sheet pan with parchment or wax paper.

In a bowl combine and whisk:

-1c amaranth (or other nutty/neutral flour...I had some raw amaranth flour around so I grabbed that)

-1c oat flour (you can also grind oats in a food processor if you don't have flour on hand)

-3/4c coconut flour

-1/2tsp sea salt

Add:

-1tbsp vanilla

-5tbsp raw agave

-1/3c room temp coconut oil

And mix until it forms a dough then set aside.

In a food processor (I use my Nutribullet) process until fine:

1/2c coconut nectar/sugar

2tbsp cinnamon

Put the cinnamon sugar into a small bowl.

Take about 2 tablespoons of dough in your hand and roll into a ball.

Place the ball into the cinnamon sugar bowl and roll it around until it is totally covered.

Place it on the sheet pan and start over.

Should make 15 balls.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

ENJOY!!!

Raw Cinnamon Donut Holes

These are sugar free, gluten free (if you use gluten free oats), vegan, and raw. They are a totally healthy and delicious snack or dessert. Richie love loved them and so did the kids!!

As Promised...Recipes! Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup No need to reiterate I'm sure, but life has been crazy.  Crazy crazy.  Taxing emotionally and physically.  And time is short.  But I've been trying my hardest to spend time (quality) with the kids and cook more.

Now more than ever, when our adrenals are in danger of fatigue, when the season is changing and the cold is drying us out, when days are shorter and the list of things to do is just as song, when we find stronger sadness AND happiness, we need to make sure we are getting the nutrients we need.

And when I say we, I mean me.  That's what Richie says at least.  And it's true.  Mama Bear is the toughest job out.  Keeping everyone healthy is of utmost importance.  So I've been cooking.  Wholesome, whole foods.

This recipe is a mix of a "clean out the fridge" and my grandma's cabbage soup.  It is sweet and sour and hot and just hit the spot.  With a big hunk of sprouted bread it's the perfect cold  night supper.

Ingredients:

1/2 green cabbage, sliced thinly

1 yellow onion, cut in half and sliced thinly

3 tblsp olive oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

3 field roast apple and sage sausages

1/2 kabocha squash, large dice

1 carton No Chicken broth (or the veggie broth of your choice)

2 tblsp honey

juice of 1 lemon

-Saute the onions and cabbage in the olive oil and salt until soft.

-Break the sausage (with your fingers so that it has raw edges, not cuts) and cook it in with the vegetables.

-When the sausage starts to brown, add the squash and broth and bring to a boil.

-Once it boils, bring it down to a simmer and cook 45min-1hour.  If at any point the liquid gets too low, just add hot water.

-At the end, add the lemon and honey.

The Utter Importance of a Quickie Dinner

Tofu and Brown Rice Stir Fry Dinner

Tofu and Brown Rice Stir Fry Dinner As some of you may know, and as an answer to why I am the least consistent blogger in the blogosphere these days, I'm currently training to be a SoulCycle instructor.  The program is long and rigorous and I've been loving every second of it despite how overwhelmingly busy my life has been.  On top of commuting into the city for training, long hours in the studio, extra hours riding in classes, we are also currently homeless (read: living with my in laws til our new house is ready for us), Richie's grandfather passed away, his brother had a baby, and and and...  It's been a crazy summer.  One I feel like I've missed so much of.  More new beginnings than I can count!

Maintaining the routine we once so smoothly danced through is legitimately impossible.  We're mostly grasping at straws to keep up appearances of any sort of semblance.  So, on those rare occasions when I actually get home early enough (and with enough energy) to cook a dinner, it better be a quick one and nutrient dense packed with protein!  I've mastered a few new quickie recipes (since Richie is always complaining about how he misses my clean cooking) and a few goodies for on the road too (packing a lunch and snack for training and before and after rides is integral to keeping me sane).  I'll do my best to post them all, but for today, here is a superhealthy favorite around here that (assuming I get the rice going while I shower) takes only 10-15 minutes from prep to table:

Ingredients:

a few handfuls of chopped kale

Wildwood (organic, sprouted, non-GMO of course) Tofu, I like the Garlic Teriyaki Smoked the best, but they're all pretty good

Whatever veggies you have around and sound good!  This time I used: Shitake mushrooms, Edamame, Onion (I used red here, but whatever you have around works), Cabbage (I used red here too, but either are fantastic), Broccoli, Garlic

Toasted Sesame Oil

Shoyu (or tamari)

Mirin

Avocado, cut into large bites

Prepared Brown Rice

Gomasio

-In a large cast iron pan or wok, heat the oil.

-Once hot add the garlic, mushrooms, cabbage, and onion and saute until soft.

-Once the veggies are cooked add the edamame and broccoli.  Basically what you are doing is sauteing the veggies that need sauteeing and then steaming the rest, so...

-Add about 2 tablespoons of mirin, 1-2 tablespoons of shoyu (depending on how much salt you like), and 1 tablespoon of water, stir then cover.

-Cook until the broccoli looks bright green (you do not want to overcook it!).

-Add the tofu and cook just until it's all hot.

-Plate the brown rice and then sprinkle it with gomasio.  Then pile the veggies and tofu on top.

-Eat!

(You can garnish it with kelp or dulse shake and/or braggs)

My House

Love Life and Lollipops- Montclair Home front

Hi everyone.  Crickets around here recently.  I know.  Sorry!!! Life has been crazy and confusing, but I think we've got it all under control now.  Believe it or not, we're moving again.  I realized that if I'm not gonna be in Brooklyn (my one true love), I need to be closer to family.

Sooooo...after buying and renovating and decorating this amazing home in New Jersey, we've already put it back on the market and are in the process of getting it sold!

Lucky for those of you who've been asking to see pics, the lovely photographers over at Halstead took some fabulous ones.  So here's a peek, my best attempt at design on a budget and within the realm of eco-living as I could:)

(Montclair Home)

(The kitchen and center of my world)

(Welcome in...)

(Montclair Dining Room)

(Avi's Big Girl Room)

(Bar's Baby Room)

(The Girls' Bathroom, fully renovated)

 

 

 

Combating it all

Love Life and Lollipops- Ginger

Between the stress from moving and this crazy cold season, my immune system has been hit with the worst.  Luckily I avoided any major sickness despite the fact that it went around my house and hit my babysitter and Bar pretty hard. Love Life and Lollipops- Ginger

Here are some tips on keeping your immune system boosted to avoid the flu and some tips on how to heal quick and soothe in case you do get hit:

In avoidance of:

  • Green juice!  Add lots of lemon and ginger.  Lemon helps our bodies detoxify while ginger is an immune booster and anti-inflammatory.  Chlorophyll is like a blood transfusion (not literally of course).  It is chemically similar to hemoglobin, so cleans our blood and gives us a boost.  It's life at it's simplest form.
  • Green tea.  The benefits are too long to list.  Drink it!  Lots!
  • Avoid sugar.  It's bad for everything and taxes your system.
  • Eat whole grains, enough fiber, tons of veggies, beans beans beans.
  • Neti pot on a regular basis and use salt.
  • Take your vitamins!  Specifically a whole foods multi, vit D, omegas, probiotics.
  • Get enough sleep!  I can't stress how important this is.  As a parent of young children, I understand life can get in the way and getting enough sleep can feel impossible, but sleep and stress can dictate how our lives go.  They both control our energy levels and motivation among other things!

In the case you feel something coming on or find yourself stuck with a cold:

  • Use your humidifier and put 5-10 drops each of tea tree oil, lavender, eucalyptus.  If you can find it, replace the tea tree with medieval mix or thieves.
  • Green juice!
  • Take zinc, echinacea, and 1000mg of buffered vit c with bioflavanoids on top of your regular vitamins.
  • For a cough or anything bronchial make a drink consisting of the following: apple cider, the juice of one orange, honey (preferably ginger, garlic, 1/2 onion, cinnamon, turmeric.  Bring it to a boil, let it simmer for 10-15.  Drink it warm!
  • Make a natural chest rub of any oil or lotion you like along with a few drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oil.
  • Neti pot.
  • Miso soup!!

Good luck!  Stay healthy!  Enjoy this gorgeous winter!

Radio Silence

Love Life and Lollipops- Avi's first day of school

Sorry for all of it.  The radio silence that is.  Moving is bananas!  Seriously.  It's both physically and emotionally draining.  My days have been filled to the brim with acclimating my kids, runs to Bed Bath and Beyond, organizing various renovations and who is working in the house when, trying my best to get a work out in whenever I can, maintain home cooked dinners, obsessing over design details...  I get in my bed at night and conk out! That said, we are loving exploring Montclair.  It is really a cute town with proper liberal values;)  The space in a house compared to our Brooklyn apartment is a breath of fresh air.  Avital is like a different kid, playing by herself, happy to just hang out, loving her own room and all the open storage for her toys so she can actually see them and pick out what she wants to play with!  Bar spends most of her time getting into my kitchen cabinets and throwing everything on the floor... I promise I'll be back to posting regularly soon and I know I've promised some of you house renovation pics which will come as soon as everything is ready!  Meanwhile, here is a bit of what we've been up to: (Getting Avi off to her first day of school)

(Bar helping with renovations.)

(A visit back to Brooklyn.)

(Very tired after a long day of unpacking.)

(First fire with Saba.)

 

(A healing vegan dinner of corn bisque, Field Roast, and Sprouted bread with Earth Balance.)

 

(Power wheels at the new play space.  Nuff said!)

"Peanut" Butter Smoothies

Love Life and Lollipops- Peanut Butter Smoothie

After the gym, Richie has been going to this little health food store for smoothies.  He's been getting a peanut butter smoothie that he raves about.

I have to say, I'm not much of a smoothie person.  I would love to be.  They're superhealthy (when made right) and a cinch to make, but I always wind up feeling bloated and over full.

Well, one day, Richie picked me up from somewhere and I was famished, as usual after a day of running around, and he had one of those peanut butter shakes there.  I figured I'd give it a whirl.  And I have to say, it took me for a whirl!  It was sweet, but not too sweet, thick and milk-shakey, and totally filling and full of satiating protein.

That weekend I decided to make my own version at home and they were even better!  Granted they're more of a dessert for me than a breakfast, some of you sweet-toothers may disagree.  Either way, try it out, it's definitely a keeper, go-to recipe for quickie breakfasts, post work-out replenishment, or a snack on a busy day of running.

Here's how I did it: (makes 2-4 smoothies depending on how much you can drink;)

Throw the following into your blender (a Vitamix works the best for this and everything else;)):

  • 2 large scoops of cashew nut butter (or whatever your favorite nut butter is...cashew is particularly sweet and smooth, I try to only buy raw)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of local, raw honey (or raw agave if you prefer)
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • ice (the amount will depend on how thick or runny  you like it)

Blend away!  Drink immediately through a straw.  Love every nutritious, delicious sip!

Nina Rutsch's Soul Cycle Gym Bag

Love Life and Lollipops- Nina Rutsch

I know I gush and ahh over my friends, but I have to say, I pick them carefully.  They're pretty awesome people!  Moving is stressful.  Nina and her class make me happy.  Nuff said.

I told you guys about Nina a while back.  She's not only a rockstar Soul Cycle teacher, but also one of the most stylish gals I know.  She was gracious enough to show me up on the "what's in my gym bag" post, so here she is, showing us what's what in the world of looking good while we're working to feel good:

IN MY BAG:
  • Deepa Gurnani decorative headbands- a quick fashionista look to cover up frizz & fly-aways- a great way to "dress up" sweaty hair
  •  Trader Joes- individual packs of raw almonds, the perfect snack on the go: protien, energy, filling and easy to keep in the pocket of my lululemon tote
  • lululemon "OM" tote bag- It has a computer protective bag pocket.  I use the front pocket for my spin shoes so they can air out, inside divider pockets are perfect for phone, almonds, metro card everything at arms reach complete with full zip to keep my stuff safe on the subway as I was pickpocketed days after returning to NYC after being "LA- "om"ed out and not paying attention on the train !!!!!!
  • NARS  larger than life lipgloss this stays on for hours and does not feel sticky and stays on through class
  • Emergen-C packs- These are my godsend I will throw one in my SmartWater at SoulCycle and it gives me a quick boost during class and I like to think the vitamin C wards off any germs
  • COCONUT WATER- ANY KIND that's natural.  I drink at least 2 a day.... It is my CURE ALL, is my "windex" (referencing MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING movie joke) ......LOLimage via http://www.google.com/imgres?q=coconut+water&start=97&hl=en&client=safari&sa=X&tbo=d&rls=en&biw=1101&bih=579&tbm=isch&tbnid=HArqjD3DKInizM:&imgrefurl=http://www.drinkkarmalife.com/coconut-water-benefits/&docid=TV2pao18j-znpM&imgurl=http://www.drinkkarmalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/coconut.jpg&w=331&h=312&ei=AOG4UKzCJ_C80QGQ4oCIDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=576&vpy=250&dur=812&hovh=218&hovw=231&tx=98&ty=201&sig=109351221432321471561&page=5&tbnh=127&tbnw=135&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:100,i:4
  • Altoids
  • SOULCYCLE  bandanas!!! cannot.teach.without.
  • Cabots cocoa butter- I use this for everything! It works great as a hand/body lotion also comes in a lip balm its all natural cheap and smells amazing
  • lucky charms :) ... no not the cereal ( NO SUGAR CEREAL!! )- I carry my zen amulet necklace given to my by my "spin family before I left LA" designed by Suzanne Wilson and numerous lucky pennies found on the street and a heart shaped crystal given to me by my nephew :), and other notes and sentimental items as mini- every day reminders to be grateful to those around me.  Can you tell I am superstitious?
  •  yes to cucumber towelettes- for a quick face wash on the go
  • soulcycle bathrooms are well equipped with bobby pins and black hair elastics so its quite easy to put together quick hair fix in a rush!
  • MAC studio fix undereye concealer ... enough said
  • WESC headphones ... always "music-ing" thats what we do

Music Monday

We're finally out of our apartment (tres sad!) and into my parents house while we ready our new digs.  Feels like our lives are entirely put on hold and up in the air.  That said, it's a good time to spend the holidays with family.  My sister was here this past weekend and was beyond helpful with the kids and such a comfort to spend some time with.  We celebrated Channukah, nursed some major colds (Richie and my dad both contracted whatever has been floating around my kids), did some spin, latkah frying, a long walk around the hood, and lots of handing around the house. Maddie knew I was having a tough time with all this change and fast movement, so she sent me this fabulous piece of the internet to cheer me up.  I have to say it did.  Serious laughs lightened my mood.  Hope they put a smile on your faces this Monday morning!:

Catch up and Music Monday

Hi guys.  Sorry it's been so quiet around here.  This pending move has got my head spinning.  Packing boxes, picking bathroom fixtures, teacher conferences, nutrition clients, a sick baby, mortgage paperwork, moving insurance...I can't keep up. Been listening to The Lumineers a bunch.  It's calm and happy music and it's been lifting me up and putting a smile on my face.  Thought I'd share:)