Rays of Sunshine Juice- A Color Study

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(Fruit- photos by me, no filter. Runway shots SS13.)

The level of excitement that coats over me like a paint brush when I see food this bright and colorful is ridiculous. A similar reaction to a kid in a candy store might be a good analogy. Squeals, squirms and wiggles of joy. I mean SERIOUSLY, look at those blood oranges. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?  Why would we ever want to genetically modify anything when something so lovely is created organically? Natures Candy!  I gathered these lovely ingredients at the farmers market and made a juice that I enjoyed with my bestie! This is a level of orange even Lindsey Lohan couldn’t replicate! #justsayin

Benefits of Rays of Sunshine Juice

  • Oranges– Protects against certain types of cancers, lowers cholesterol, protects skin, lowers risk for viral infections and alkalizes the body
  • Carrots- See my post here
  • Tomatoes– Vitamin A, C, K, Folate, B6, and prevents risk of cancer
  • Ginger- See my post here
  • Nectarines– loaded with Lutein an antioxidant power source that is thought to slow cognitive decline, protect against free radicals

What you need: (any quantity is fine, no right or wrong here)

5 carrots, peeled

1/5 Tbsl ginger, peeled and sliced

4 nectarines, sliced and pit removed

2 tomatos, sliced

5 blood oranges

Method:

Gather ingredients and toss into a juicer! Feel free to use a citrus juicer for the oranges or slice in half and toss the whole fruit in the juicer! Feel the radiant sun absorbed into your body through this lovely juice!

xoxo,

SSP

Ginger Ale- Freshly Brewed and Sugar Free

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Soda is one of those things that I have given up almost entirely over the last three years but there is something about Ginger Ale that seems less threatening then a coke (i.e. ginger). I decided it needed to be made at home using fresh ginger and xylitol instead of sugar. Sugar is another one of those things I try to stay away from completely (try being the key word) as well! Ginger Ale was first created in 1851 in Ireland  but the well known Canada Dry Ginger Ale was created by John J. McLaughlin in the early 1900’s. I think it is the best of all sodas. Somebody grab the Makers, its time for a Whisky Gingers! Happy Sunday!

Benefits of Ginger

  • Anti-inflamatory properties that can help with joint pain- AKA post night in high heels remedy.
  • Remedy for motion sickness or upset stomachs
  • Strengthens your immunity and helps fight against certain cancers

What you need:

1 1/2 cups chopped peeled ginger

2 cups water

3/4 cups xylitol (or sugar if you must)

1 quart chilled seltzer of club soda

3 Tbls fresh lime juice

Method:

Put ginger in a small saucepan with the water a cook at a low simmer, covered, for 45 minuets. Remove pot from the heat and steep for 20 minuets still covered. Strain the mixture in to a bowl using cheesecloth or a sieve. (I rubber banded a cheesecloth over a bowl and poured the liquid in slowly, see image above) Squeeze the ginger while in the cheesecloth removing as much liquid as possible. Then put the ginger liquid back in the sauce pan with the xylitol (or preferred sweetener), add a pinch of salt and stir over a low heat until xylitol has fully dissolved. Pour syrup in a jar with the lid on and chill in the fridge until cold.

Assembly:

Mix Ginger Syrup with Seltzer and lime juice. To make one drink use 1/2 cup syrup, 3 teaspoons lime juice and 1 1.2 cup seltzer and adjust to your own taste! Enjoy out in the sunshine!

 xoxo,

SSP

Radlicious Spinach Salad with Shaved Radish and Agave Mustard Dressing

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Radish is an interesting vegetable that I would like to try to get creative with. Obviously, shaving and tossing into a salad is, well predictable but it’s a start. Today was the first time I ever even bought radish – and I bought a whole bag! I didn’t plan this salad out except that I wanted to shave a radish. As you can see, I am on a little bit of a shaved veggie kick. Check out my first two recipe posts here and here. No apologies for thinking I should add radish and mini bell peppers to the list. So Voila! This salad happened. It was so unexpectedly good that I had to post it. I photograph most of my meals but some don’t even make it to instagram, let alone on the blog. This belonged on the blog!

Benefits of radish

  • Great for your liver and stomach because of their cleansing and detoxifying properties– Good, cause my liver hates me sometimes- read Wino
  • Radishes are a natural diuretic- perfect for getting bikini ready  😉
  • Red Radish contains high amounts of Lycopene which can dramatically lower your risks for cancer.

What you need: Salad 

2 cups washed spinach

1/2 cup quinoa- I used red

1/4 cup shaved red radish

1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup shaved sweet baby peppers

1/4 cup garbanzo beans

1/2 avocado sliced

What you need: Agave Mustard Dressing

1/2 cup dijon mustard

1/3 cup agave nectar

2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbl balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

combine all salad ingredients into a bowl to your linking. In a small bowl whisk together the mustard and agave. Slowly drizzle the olive oil and then the vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste and use as much dressing as you want and maybe save some for later! Enjoy!

xoxo,

SSP

Summer Goals

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Today is the first day of summer and I wanted to set some goals of things I wanted to make sure that I accomplished.  I should note that I am off to Thailand next week and plan to tackle some of them whilst there. Goal setting is an important part of my life, something that I learned from my days at Lululemon as an educator (more on that later) and I thought it would be fun to do a more playful list of goals as oppose to one that includes graduating from college or getting a job in California (done and done). I was inspired by Emily.

  1. Start my first urban herb garden – even if it only has one herb to start
  2. Take a cooking class
  3. Start and finish two DIY home improvement projects- my mirror and intimates drawers
  4. Have all day, girls only beach days
  5. Finally master handstand in yoga class
  6. Make homemade beauty products like a scrub or mask using summer produce
  7. Make infused popsicles for a party – maybe add some alcohol 🙂
  8. Walk to the beach to catch the sunset at least once a week- I live a little over a mile away so no excuses
  9. Somehow make it on to a sail boat
  10. Take a mini vacation to San Diego or Santa Barbara for a change of scenery

Happy Summer Solstice. May your days be warm and bright.

xoxo,

SSP

On The Menu: Gratitude

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-Daisy so beautiful they almost don’t seem real-

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-I am so lucky to be able to shop local at farmers markets in LA. Look at those Heirlooms!-

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-A delicate and bright scarf adds a summery touch to an otherwise dull bag-

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-Hiking in Malibu with my little brother on Fathers Day! Photo by my dad, duh!-

This past week has been a steady current of work, passion and play! My family ways in town and it was so fun to play around in the kitchen for them and share that with you all right here, on SSP. I am closing out my first month on this blog and it has been such a joy. It’s allowed me room to get creative in ways a never thought were creative- i.e. food. (The term Food Porn resonate with anyone)? I am really thankful to be doing something I love everyday and above are few other things this week I am grateful for!

Selfie!

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It is easy to attribute your self worth to the person you are dating/married to/ with; we think “so and so loves me so I must be special.” When we have that mindset we end up making all kinds of sacrifices to stay in a relationship that might be more work then play. We will just date anyone because it appears to give us value, meaning, purpose. That is a good indicator that the relationship that needs the most work is the one you have with yourself. You need to stop chasing after mediocre relationships with less then worthy of your love partners and start chasing after your own hearts. You need to win yourself over. Fall in love with yourself first, and trust me, the rest will just fall into place.

xoxo,

SSP

CPBPB- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars!

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Adventure seekers like myself need portable snacks because you never know where the day will take you and when you are going to need something to NOM ON! This is a portable snack that is vegan and gluten free and loaded with superman worthy super foods! Did you know that the Aztec Native Americans were the first known group of people to grind up peanuts to make a paste but Marcellus Gilmore Edson from Canada was issued a patent for the preparation of peanut paste in 1884! Also, according to an article found on Yahoo! January 24th is national peanut butter day, cool. Moving on, these bars are creamy, crunchy and crave worthy. SUPER EASY TO MAKE, no baking, no cake mixers, just a bowl, a baking dish and your hands.

Benefits of Peanuts:

  • Loaded with Vitamin E which helps maintain the health of cell membranes and helps protect our skin form free radical damage.
  • High in Manganese with helps with the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, regulates blood sugar and supports calcium absorption. Woah!
  • Plant based protein and Super yummy!
  • According to WHFoods.com and the British Journal of Nutrition they are loaded with antioxidants that promote a healthy heart.

What you need:

1 cup GF rolled oats

1/2 cup puffed brown rice cereal

1/2 cup sliced raw almonds

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup hemp seeds

2 Tbls chia seeds

1 1/2 scoops vegan protein powder (I use Warrior Foods)

1/4 cup raw cacao

3/4 cup raw peanut butter

3/4 cup raw honey or agave

 
Method:

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Then add the peanut butter and honey or agave. Mix extremely well. Take dough and press firmly down into a 8×8 baking dish making sure it is evenly packed. Place in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove and cut into mini bars (what every shape you want) use a heart shaped cookie cutter if your heart desires and store in an air tight container between parchment paper for 1-2 weeks! Don’t for get to go out doors and enjoy these babies on a hike!

Notes: If you do not have sliced almonds or puffed brown rice you can omit and use all GF oats instead. Basically I have learned that this recipe allows for flexibility (as does most raw/vegan recipes). You can exchange the dry ingredients for anything you want or simply have on hand. Same goes for the wet ingredients. Use almond butter instead of peanut butter. Try maple syrup instead of honey and so one! Get Creative!

xoxo,

SSP