Monday, July 14, 2014

Virtual Smoothie Date

Lets have a virtual date. With a green smoothie. Or coffee, tea, even a latte, if that's your style. Right now, I'm still living in hot weather, so smoothies are a daily thing. #getyourgreens

Vega One Vanilla/Organic Greens/Coconut Water/Almond Milk/Coconut Oil/Ice

If we were having a smoothie date together, I'd tell you that the past week I've been at a special health training with six unique women in Hemet, California (near Palm Springs & San Diego). We've been learning some really cool stuff and I've been refreshing (and expanding) my knowledge on the human digestive processes. Did you know that emotional upset or trauma can alter the pH of your saliva from fairly alkaline to more acidic? This will cause your body to work harder since it has to call upon its mineral supply to re-alkalinize your mouth. If my time studying Nutrition at Bauman College taught me anything, it's that your digestive health is everything. For reals. And my learnings this past week have further confirmed that. 

I'd tell you that I am completely obsessed with Orange is the New Black. I resisted getting a Netflix subscription for a long time simply because I didn't want any more TV-distractions. I always tell myself I should be reading or being productive rather than watching TV. But since I'm technically on vacation right now, I figured I'd indulge. And in the past 3 days, I may or may have not watched the entire first season. Can I just say that Sophia is my absolute favorite? I want her to be my friend and my hairstylist. And Crazy Eyes? Whoever did the casting on that show - just brilliant. The acting is just so darn good, as is the music. Can't stop, won't stop.

I'd also tell you that I've been using my friend's spiralizer these past few nights. I wanted to learn how since my boyfriend is on a "get rid of Laura's kitchen stuff she never uses" phase and mine has been sitting in our cabinet unused since October. So I've set a goal, because goals are good, right?  I'm trying to perfect crispy, curly sweet potato fries. Both nights, they've come out delicious (I've got the seasoning down), but not crispy. I've tried soaking them in ice-cold water and patting them down before baking them, but no luck on the crisp factor. Help! Is there a sweet potato fries hotline? I suppose this means I'll keep having to work on my technique back in San Francisco. Which means my boyfriend cannot throw out my spiralizer. 

Oh! And I'd tell you that on Friday, I'm so excited to share with you the perfect Summer recipe which involves spaghetti squash, fresh tomatoes, and dates. My awesome new friend Marla kindly shared with me her recipe for a fresh, raw, knock-your-socks-off tomato sauce. And it's to die for. I've had it for dinner two nights in a row and will absolutely be making it when I return to San Francisco. 

And finally, I'd tell you that lately, I've been feeling really grateful. I'm so happy to be writing this little blog again. And in addition to being surrounded by friends and family who constantly support me, I'm feeling especially grateful for the things to come. 


  1. I loooooove OITNB! I'm pretty sure I just commented but it didn't post so if you get this twice I apologize :) For the curly fries - I cook them a bit more than I usually do, then turn the oven off and let 'em sit for 5ish minutes. Make sure the taters have space from each other and resist the urge to touch them to see if they're crispy. From there I let them sit on the baking sheet as I prepare plates, etc and by then they're usually perfectly crispy!

    1. OK. 1) Starting Season 2 of OITNB tonight. Will report back.
      2) Do you bake or broil? I've been baking at 400 to 425. I've used coconut oil and olive oil. I'll try your method next time! :)

  2. I absolutely love Orange is the New Black! When the second season came out this summer I probably finished it in less than a week... oops! YUM I love spaghetti squash! I can't wait to see the recipe!

    1. I'm on episode 3 of Season 2. It's awesomely addicting. I think I will be done in a few days (!!!).