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A Parfait, S'il Vouz Plait!

Andrew and I love eating healthy!  We love the feeling of doing something good for our bodies and having the energy we need to power through a tough work day.  So why don't we eat healthy all the time?  Because we don't have the time.  Unfortunately, with 2 little nuggets running around (and by nuggets I mean puppies), we don't have time to make breakfast "the proper way!"  We typically wake up about 30 minutes late, run to get ready/take care of the pups, then race out the door with nothing but a banana in hand!  Thankfully, I decided to try a new little trick and boy did it make things better.  This Noosa Yoghurt Parfait is the perfect breakfast for a healthy couple on the go! 

 

RECIPE BELOW

 

While perusing Sprouts the other day, I came across a few yummy ingredients I knew Andrew would love:  Noosa Yoghurt, Fiona's Natural Food Almond Millet Granola, and a cartridge of Organic Strawberries that smelled amazing!  We love finding products with legible ingredients and delicious taste.  All of these products were a slam dunk in our book.

 The one product I want to highlight is this Fiona's granola... I am never satisfied with granola; it's always too soggy, too hard, too bland, or contains WAY TOO MUCH sugar!  Fiona's was a complete surprise and I couldn't have fallen more in love.  The bag contains larger nuggets of granola for those who like to snack, but there is an even number of nibbles parceled in the bag for those who like Parfaits!  The flavor is packed full and you can read all 7 of the ingredients.  YEP- you heard right - 7, and not one of them is sugar, stevia, or corn syrup!  For the record... we have tried 3 of their flavors and love every single one of them :)

If you're looking for a delicious, healthy new granola, please check out Fiona's Natural Food, available at your neighborhood Sprouts Farmers Market!

A PARFAIT, S'IL VOUZ PLAIT!

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Ingredients

1 container of Noosa Yoghurt, Blueberry

3 Large Organic Strawberries

1/3 cup Fiona's Granola, Almond Millet

Directions

In a small glass bowl, scoop half of the Noosa Yoghurt into your dish.  Then slice the 3 strawberries and use to top the yoghurt.  Sprinkle Fiona's Granola on top of your strawberries.  Tops with whip topping, if you please.  Enjoy! 

Pure Cacao Apple Fries – A Whole30 Friendly Snack

 

I’m so excited to bring you a delicious Whole30 recipe today, while sharing a great company too! Cholaca baking chips are pure liquid cacao---if you haven’t had cacao, it is a superfood that is one of the main ingredients in chocolate.  It is the bitter, “chocolate” taste you experience when eating a dark chocolate candy bar.  The percent of the cacao in the chocolate bar determines the bitterness of the candy… which is why dark chocolate tastes more bitter than milk-chocolate – and some consider it healthier!  Cholaca, on the other hand, is pure cacao and is great for you, has no sugar, AND it’s a superfood…. It’s honestly the closest thing to heaven on earth!

What is Cholaca and Regenerative Farming?

Cholaca, based in Boulder, Co, was founded in 2012 by Ira Leibtag. Ira’s vision was to sustainably partner with farmers in Peru and Ecuador to bring liquid cacao to the world, which is hands down my favorite part of this company and their products!   This is accomplished through regenerative farming, which is a practice that sources bean from cacao farms on the Ecuadorian Pacific coast, that practice Regenerative farming. Regenerative farming is a practice that “not only “does no harm” to the land but actually improves it, using technologies that regenerate and revitalize the soil and the environment. Regenerative agriculture leads to healthy soil, capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food while simultaneously improving, rather than degrading land, and ultimately leading to productive farms and healthy communities and economies” (regenerationinternational.org). Even more impressive, Cholaca is also certified Fair Trade, something Ira is so pationate about. 

 

What are the health benefits of Cholaca?

Cholaca has antioxidants, flavonoids, flavanols, oleic acid, and iron. The antioxidants can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids can help repair cell damage and flavanols have beneficial phytonutrients. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat (the good kind of fat J). Iron is an essential mineral that helps transport other nutrients throughout the body.

 

Where Can I Buy Cholaca?

Cholaca is used in coffee shops and breweries—go check them out here! Cholaca can be bought at Sprouts or from the company’s website.

 

Pure Cacao Apple Fries: A Whole30 Friendly Recipe

You will need:

-1 cup Cholaca Baking Chips

-3 tablespoons pure almond milk

-Sliced apples

-Your choice of chopped nuts (for toppings)

-Dried banana chips (for toppings)

-1.3tsp of coconut sugar (if you are not on Whole30)

 

Directions:

Place milk chips in a microwave safe bowl. 

Next, pour your almond milk over the chips.

Microwave the mixture for 15 seconds.  Leaving the bowl in the microwave, stir the melting chips and milk. Microwave an additional 15 seconds and remove. 

(NOTE) If you are not on Whole30, feel free to add 1.5 tsp of coconut sugar, to make the mixture less bitter.

Lastly, dip sliced apples into melted cocoa, then sprinkle with desired toppings and ENJOY! 

 

Clothes: Intrigue Boutique

 

Introducing Seasonal Sips:: The Gingerbread Wakeup Call

This fall, I have a new series I'm going to be introducing... "Seasonal Sips"!  

This series will highlight new and exciting self-created recipes from my kitchen to yours.  Through these recipes, I hope to connect with you and inspire you to try new brands of spirits with a fresh spin on old classics.  I hope you look forward to these as much as we have looked forward to creating them in our home!  I can't take all the credit for some of the recipes you'll see, Andrew helped when my creative juices were at wits end.

Without further delay, here is the first recipe I'm unveiling -- The Gingerbread Wakeup Call.

This TASTY and easy recipe has become a staple in our house.  The smooth coffee flavors are paired with a deliciously sweet holiday whiskey, making for an irritable fall treat!  Check out the full recipe below:

The Gingerbread Wakeup Call

1 Bottle Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee (Mocha Light Flavor, 9.5 oz)

1.5 oz Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice whiskey

1 can of whip cream

Cinnamon (ground)

Nutmeg (ground)

Cinnamon Stick, for garnish

 

Directions

First, remove the cap from the glass jar of coffee.  Place the coffee (in the topless jar) in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  While that's heating, poor your Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice whiskey in a fancy mug (because that's more festive).  After the coffee has been heated, poor the entire bottle over your whiskey.  Next, top with whip cream.  To finish, sprinkle equal amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg on top.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  

 

Cheers!

Rebecca

A New Take on Stir Fry!!

Today’s post is all about a new take on an old classic!! 

Ramen Noodles was one of my favorite after school snacks while growing up, and quickly became my favorite late night food in college.  I still argue that they are better cooked on the stove, than in the microwave, but to each their own! 

This little recipe takes 15 minutes to make and is so tasty!  Andrew was hesitant at first, but after trying it, he was sold.  Inspired by a craving for Thai food and a dwindling pantry, this inexpensive meal will be perfect for anyone, on any budget. 

Ingredients:

Stir-fry:

1 white onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 green bell pepper, cut into strips

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

2 heads of broccoli, destemmed

1 lb flank steak (or skirt steak), cut into 1” squares

2 packs of Ramen Noodles (any flavor)

Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

 

Sauce:

½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce

6 cloves garlic

1 tsp cayenne

¼ cup chopped scallions

2 packets Stevia

Juice of 1 lime

 

Directions:

In a Wok, drizzle the pan with olive oil and add the onion, peppers, and broccoli, seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. 

Turn heat to medium and cook until tender.  While the vegetables are cooking, drizzle a secondary skillet with olive oil and add the flank steak, again, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook over medium heat until browned. 

Next, bring a pot of water to a boil and add the two packs of Ramen Noodles, no seasoning.  Cook for 5 minutes, drain, and place to the side.  Once all three components are finished cooking, combine all in the Wok and reduce heat to low.

In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce and whisk together.  Drizzle over the stir-fry in the Wok and allow to marinate for 2-3 minutes.  Now you’re ready to serve!

B's Whiskey Banana Nut Bread

Happy Monday, loves! 

I hope you are ambitious about the week ahead -- I know I am!  Andrew and I had a wonderful weekend.  Saturday we headed the mountains for Fitz’s first hike.  3 hours and 5.7 miles later, he was a full-fledged tree hugger!  He absolutely loved the rocks and waterfalls we navigated, not to mention the other pups on the trail.  I guess you could say we had an athletic weekend because Sunday we went for a bike ride in the rain!  That’s one thing Denver does well… so many opportunities to get active! 

There’s some exciting things happening on the blog right now; I’ve decided to begin a post schedule to help be more consisted for you all!!  Be sure and check back on the days of your favorite topics and sign up for my weekly email.

Monday:  Recipes and Food Reviews

Tuesday:  Home and Fashion

Wednesday:  Beauty and Hair Tutorials

Thursday:  Travel Reviews and Wedding Posts

Friday:  Workout and Ideas for Getting Active

 

As it’s Monday, I have a brand new recipe for you (and it’s been Andrew approved!).  This easy, healthy, and gluten-free banana nut bread will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!  It’s the tastiest snack and the best part is that it’s packed with whole grains and protein.  You may need to adjust baking times and temperature for your particular elevation!

 

Introducing…. The B’s WHISKEY BANANA NUT BREAD!!

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups steel cut oat flour

¾ cup organic almond flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon (ground)

2 extra ripe bananas (almost completely brown)

1 egg

½ cup almond milk (or almond-coconut blended milk)

½ cup organic brown sugar

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

1 ½ tsp whiskey (I prefer Bulleit or Makers Mark)

1 cup chopped pecans

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.  In a bowl, mix all dry (except sugar and pecans) ingredients together until well blended.  Beat egg in a mixing bowl, and then add almond milk, sugar, EVOO, and whiskey blending ingredients as they are added.  Next, place the mixing bowl containing wet ingredients on the mixer and turn the speed to low, adding the bananas.  Once mixed in, turn speed to low-medium and begin adding dry ingredients slowly.  Once the last of the oat flour mixture has been folded in the batter, add the chopped pecans.  Next, turn off the mixer and place batter in a bread pan.  Place pan in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, checking with a straw/toothpick to see if done.  Once done, remove from oven and place on rack to cool for 30 minutes before cutting.

 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as Andrew and I have!!  I’d love to hear your feedback!

 

xoxo,

Rebecca