Spring Cleaning!! DIY body products + some favorites

Spring is finally here!!! Boulder’s weather is so bipolar, it’s been snowing on and off but I’m crossing my fingers that this fabulous weather is here to stay!! I’m loving all the blooming flowers everywhere. Spring also means spring cleaning!

IMG_2196The other weekend, Tyler and I did a huge purge of old clothes and other unnecessary junk in our house and gave it all to the Goodwill (I swear we had like 6 trash bags FULL of stuff). We also did a deep clean of our house which felt really good. Along with spring cleaning, we have been trying to “clean up” in other ways.

Tyler and I are both super conscious abut using body products that are safe, effective, and as natural as possible. I once heard that you should only put on your skin what you would put in your mouth, and that has kind of always stuck with me for some reason. After all, our skin is our largest organ that quickly absorbs whatever you put on it so it’s important to only use stuff that would be potentially edible (or almost). We try to make as many of our products at home as possible to ensure quality and to save money. That being said, we have a few creations that we want to share with y’all!! I am also going to include a few other natural/organic products that I couldn’t live without (links to all are at the bottom). Tyler created an amazing homemade shampoo/body wash that we’ve been loving and I recently made a body scrub that is seriously the best scrub I’ve ever tried! We both felt like we scrubbed a pound of dead skin off ourselves after using it…sorry if that’s TMI but this stuff works! Both are simple to make. We have also been using raw, organic apple cider vinegar as a toner/astringent and it’s the best! It’s cleansing, tightens the pores, and evens out complexion.

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(n)ice cream

I did a previous post on smoothie bowls but, I want to focus more specifically on how to make delicious nice cream bowls. I’ve had a lot of people ask me how to make it so I figured I’d do a post on it! Nice cream has been my go to treat lately, I love it!! If you’re wondering what in the world nice cream is, it’s just like ice cream but it’s made of frozen bananas in a blender. Part of eating paleo is not consuming any dairy products so this curbs the ice cream craving for sure! The key to achieving that super thick, creamy, ice cream texture is to use as little liquid as possible. This was tricky for me at first but, if you use too much liquid it turns into banana soup. A powerful blender is crucial for making nice cream. I have a pretty high powered blender and it barely does the trick so I’m dying to get a Vitamix!! My 3 favorite variations of nice cream are: chocolate, acai, and mango. Here is how to make them! Feel free to message me on Instagram, email me, or comment below if you have any questions or want more recipes!

Chocolate nice cream: 3 frozen chopped bananas + spoonful of coconut milk + about 2 tablespoons of cacao powder + little bit of sweetener (totally optional- I use coconut nectar or a few dates) + unsweetened pure dark chocolate chips/chunks (add this towards the end so they don’t get overly blended). Top it with more chocolate chunks, nut butter, bananas, or whatever! This is arguably my favorite type of nice cream. It’s definitely more of a sweet treat/dessert variety but trust me it’s the bombbbb.com!! Seriously it tastes just like chocolate ice cream.

Acai nice cream: 3 frozen chopped bananas + an unsweetened Sambazon acai packet + spoonful of coconut/nut milk. Acai nice cream is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a snack on a warm day! This bowl is packed with tons of flavor and antioxidants. I love to top my acai bowls generously with homemade grain-free granola, assorted fresh fruits, coconut shred, nut butter, etc.
Mango nice cream: exact same formula as the acai bowl just substitute the acai packet for a large handful of frozen mangoes. I suggest topping your bowl with fresh mangoes and coconut shreds to layer the flavors!

~~smoothie bowl madness~~

Alright sooo I’m officially a smoothie bowl addict. I’ve been making them pretty much every day. They’re sooo amazing and delicious!! I could literally eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner–no joke. I’ve even got Ty hooked on them!! Such a great way to get a mega dose of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and ENERGY. For me, it’s super important to get some raw plant based meals in my diet because sometimes I get a little burnt out on meat or sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking lol, especially in the mornings. Another reason I love smoothie bowls so much is because it allows me to get my creative juices flowing with different ingredient combinations and presentation. It’s so inspiring to see pics of peoples smoothie bowls on instagram. I serve them in glass bottles, mason jars, or coconut bowls and top them like crazy with lots of yummy superfoods! I buy all organic fruit from whole foods & costco. Buying organic is super important to me and costco has recently stepped up their organic game big time so it makes it more affordable to buy organic in bulk. Smoothie bowl recipes are super flexible. You can pretty much add as little or as much liquid as you want to get it the consistency you desire– creamy or juicy or whatever you’re feeling at the moment! See below for pics of my recent creations & my go to smoothie bowl formula!
Forewarning: I’m only getting started with my smoothie bowl obsession.

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acai nice cream bowls (frozen bananas + frozen berries + frozen kale + coconut milk + acai) topped with coconut + homemade granola + fresh strawberries + mango of course
my go to smoothie bowl formula: 
frozen fruit + fresh fruit liquid + superfoods + toppings galore = 
bomb smoothie bowl!for frozen fruit: I use lots of frozen bananas & berries
for fresh fruit: I use whatever is in season- right now mangoes & strawberries are and I lovee it!
for liquid: I try to use as little as possible to get that nice & creamy consistency- coconut water, coconut milk, orange juice, whatever floats your boat
for superfoods: I usually pick one or two- acai powder, chia seeds, matcha powder, frozen kale cubes
for toppings: my favorite & most aesthetically pleasing part of smoothie bowls so get experimental here!!- hemp seeds, goji berries, coconut shreds, homemade granola, pumpkin seeds, fresh fruit, chopped nuts, nut butters, etc.

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chia seed pudding topped with strawberries, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, and goji berries

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Paleo Lifestyle

I don’t like the word diet or even the concept of it really. However, at the start of 2016, Tyler and I both made a serious commitment to our health. That meant cleaning up our diet, purging our kitchen, and working out more. Plus, we are going to the beach at the end of March so we wanted to drop some lbs and get fit. We set our own personal health & fitness goals and started with a super low carb diet, high in fat & protein. Initially, we cut out the hard stuff, all sugars (aka crack cocaine) & grains. We both lost weight and decided after about one month to transition to a paleo lifestyle, further cutting out dairy & soy. We realized that by going paleo we would actually diversify our diet and feel less deprived by making a lifestyle change, even though there are seemingly more limitations. I’m big on eating our ancestral diet and consuming local, heirloom foods. Our bodies have not adapted at the rate of modern technology and food production so it’s important to feed ourselves real, whole foods. We are both thriving and feel more energized than ever eating paleo!!
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homemade vanilla bean almond milk
We homemake almost everything we consume because we can truly make it the best!! Everything tastes better homemade and that’s no lie. It’s more time consuming but eating clean and delicious food is a priority so we make time. When people say they don’t have enough time, they really mean it’s not a priority. We are extremely lucky to have access to so much wonderful, local food here in Boulder. We get tons of fresh, local produce seasonally. Almost all of our meats that we consume are local grass-fed (beef & lamb) and local berkshire pork. I’m SOO grateful for the availability & abundance of local food. I just can’t wait until we can have our own chickens one day! Personally, derailing is not worth it to me at all when there are so many great paleo options. If I am really craving a chocolate chip cookie or brownie, I can make an equally, if not more, delicious paleo treat. Below are pictures of some of our homemade paleo creations and meals! Feel free to drop a comment or reach out if you want a recipe.
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homemade paleo siracha aka nectar of the gods
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our beloved cast iron collection of some lodges & antique wagner’s
kitchen items we could not live without:

  • food processor
  • instant pot
  • nut bags for making nut milks
  • mason jars of all sizes
  • cast iron skillets & dutch ovens
  • meat smoker
  • tea kettle
  • spiralizer
  • blender

paleo staples:

  • coconut everything! coconut milk, cream, oil, vinegar, aminos, flour, etc.
  • homemade nut milks (vanilla almond is my favorite)
  • ghee (clarified grass-fed butter)
  • cashew & nutritional yeast based ‘cheese’ sauce & ‘parmesan’ (Tyler makes the best)
  • pink himalayan salt (it’s basically my sugar now)
  • red & black hawaiian sea salts
  • fresh herbs
  • pressure cooked bone broth
  • coffee & loose teas
  • berkshire lard & grass-fed tallow
  • avocados & avocado oil
  • homemade paleo siracha
  • cracklins/pork rinds (homemade are the best as always)
  • berkshire pork
  • grass-fed, local beef & lamb
  • nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew, pistachio, etc.)
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hawaiian handrolls: pressure cooked pulled kalua pork, coconut cauliflower rice, cilantro, avocado, pineapple, red hawaiian sea salt & black hawaiian sea salt wrapped in nori w/ paleo siracha (side of braised cabbage not pictured)

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Valentine’s Weekend 2016

Tyler & I enjoyed our 3rd Valentine’s day together this year! It’s so crazy that we have been together for almost 3 years now! Time has seriously flown by. Tyler recently turned 23 years old, I will turn 23 in May, Waldo turns 3 in June, and Tyler and I’s 3rd anniversary is in June also! A lot of 3’s! When I was talking to Tyler the other day, we realized that this will be our 4th summer together (we already have a lot planned). To me, the seasons are a much better way of measuring time rather than months and years.
This weekend was so romantic and chill, even though at one point we had 3 dogs in our little home haha (dog sitting for co-workers). On Saturday, we went on a trail (interval) run which was super fun! We went to a loop trail in North Boulder, almost to Lyons, that was about 3 miles. The trail was a bit muddy but still awesome and great for running because there weren’t a bunch of rocks everywhere and it was a relatively smooth grade. Trail running is way more challenging than regular running! I haven’t been on a run in a long time so it was good to get some cardio in. My abs and legs were actually sore the next day! I’m also about mid way through my squat challenge which is kicking my ass, literally and figuratively! Tyler has certainly noticed & appreciated the results 🙂 On Saturday night, we made the most amazing paleo pressure cooked lemongrass & coconut chicken served over cauliflower rice! I usually am not a big fan of chicken, it’s so boring, but this was so incredible! It tasted almost like green curry and the chicken was falling off the bone (thank you instant pot). Of course we also watched Twin Peaks on Saturday night because it’s the best.

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my man carrying firewood

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