Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake! Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July my fellow Americans!! I know, I know, its a few days away but that doesn’t mean I can’t be excited or potentially get you excited for (what should be) a glorious day! All the politics and drama aside we live in an amazing country and we truly are blessed. Blessed. Really, we have an abundance of freedom for exponentially  amazing possibilities. So I decided to make a Raw, Vegan & Gluten Free ice cream cake to celebrate. Nom. Nom. Nom. It was good. I mean good as in great. And it is quiet pretty too! It is so much more fun to eat ice cream when you know it isn’t loaded with fat dairy. gross. This is actually loaded with super foods which should translate into super powers! (Yes, super powers)! Have a fun filled day!

Benefits of  RawVegan Ice Cream:

  • Brain Freeze inducing
  • Contains vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and rays of sunshine
  • Cruelty free creamy, cool, dreamy summer time delight

What you need:

Red Laye:r

Strawberries, cut in half to fill the edge of cake pan

White Ice Cream Cake Layer:

cashews, bananas, pitted dates, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract,  vegan milk (I used almond)

Blue Ice Cream Cake layer:

frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries (can use blueberries instead for a more true blue layer) vegan milk, dates, walnuts, banana

 

xoxo,

SSP

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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