Get me more edamame pasta, plz!

Who knew that edamame can be made into pasta and actually taste good? Seapoint Farms makes Variety Bundle: Seapoint Farms Edamame, Spaghetti and Fettuccine, 15 oz total, which is loaded with 24 grams of plant based protein per serving. It’s perfect for vegans and vegetarians that want to still feel sufficed by their carb intake. All you have to do is boil 6-8 cups of water, add some salt, and mix until tender.

I’m such a foodie as you can tell. The spaghetti kept me full for hours, pleasantly surprising for me, and it had the same texture as a whole wheat pasta. You can tell you’re eating healthier immediately with a grainy thicker texture. I kept it simple and added marina sauce for flavor. High in protein and low in carbs, plus you can jazz it up by adding diced tomatoes, broccoli rabe, spinach, seasonings, or any other veggies. Go green, stay lean, and eat edamame. Yes PLZ!

Unbelievably good Barney Butter!

Barney Butter is an independently owned California company which offers a plethora of almond butters including smooth, crunchy, honey and flax, raw and chia, vanilla and espresso, cocoa and coconut flavors. If you don’t want that extra sweetness and salt, try the two naturally bare flavors: smooth and crunchy. Grab an apple, pick your favorite flavor, and bring on-the-go convenient 90 calorie snack packs.

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Each of the almond butters are Non-GMO, organic, and use fair trade ingredients that come in recyclable packaging. It’s good for you and the environment. And Barney Butter offers plenty of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m totally a chocolate addict so my favorite was the cocoa & ¬†coconut flavor. Each flavor has the right amount of sweetness and flavorful goodness that will have you craving more.

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Caffeine Addicts Go Coco!

Caffeine addicts go coconuts with Coconut Cloud’s¬†¬†dairy-free, carrageenan and titanium dioxide free coffee creamer. But, wait ¬†what is carrageenan? It’s a chemical and a gelatin replacer for most vegan and vegetarian foods. Shockingly, carrageenan is found in most organic and non-dairy food products. Yikes, it hinders digestion and can even¬†contribute to diabetes. Make sure to check your labels. Christa Alexis top pick of the week is…

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Coconut Cloud is a powder based coffee creamer made from coconuts with simple ingredients including coconut cream, tapioca syrup, rice starch, and di potassium phospate. Each serving only has 2 grams of sugar. Get your coffee brewing and mix in Coconut Cloud’s creamer for coconut goodness!

Let’s be honest, we all need that caffeine pick me up and what could be better than a non-dairy, non-GMO coconut based coffee creamer. Available for purchase on Amazon!

Darn good Dandies!

Dandies marshmallows are naturally sweetened and Non-GMO vegan certified treats¬†that pairs perfectly with graham crackers and dairy-free chocolate. They’re sweet and soft without all that extra bad stuff like high fructose corn syrup and gelatin.

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Dandies has only a few ingredients including cane sugar, tapicoa starch, and vanilla flavor. 8 years ago, Ryan Howard decided to create a non-animal marshmallow for his son. Now look how far they’ve come!

Try an easy smores recipe below. Grab some 365 Whole Foods Graham Crackers, Alter Eco Chocolate, and Dandies Marshmallows¬†¬†and get smorin’!

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Break cinnamon graham crackers in half; place Alter Eco’s Dark Almond Chocolate on one side and Dandie’s Marshmallows on the other. Microwave for about 20 seconds and then put it together like a sandwich. Great for roasting by the bon fire on a summer night.¬†Enjoy!

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No dairy, no problem!

Dairy has a lot of additives, extra fat, and also slows your body down. ¬†It takes even longer to digest dairy. Many of us believe that dairy is beneficial for calcium; however, coconut milk, kale, collard greens, broccoli, figs, and oranges are other highly enriched calcium dairy alternatives. I recently decided to transition to a vegan lifestyle. Immediately, I noticed I had more energy and even shed a few extra pounds. My meals are more simple and full of veggies and fruits. I love to start my day with a smoothie, and end it with a salad and a protein, but for snackin’ time I have nuts, clementines and popcorn. Start to eliminate dairy and see what happens!

  1. More energy
  2. Loss of weight
  3. Feeling full
  4. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains
  5.  Less cravings

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Hunters is incredibly good!

MEoutsideA quaint cozy spot in the heart of Carroll Gardens, Hunters is a great place for flavorful cocktails, small sharing plates, homemade pasta dishes and a plethora of side dishes including Truffle Fries, Creamed Kale, Summer Squash & Romesco, and Esquites (Mexican Corn).

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Choose from the most two popular cocktails, Bobba Fett (named after the Star Wars character) and Chupacabras made with fresh ingredients and a lot of flavor. Bobba Fett is a pear infused vodka with a fresh citrus bite made with Grand Marnier. Chupacabras blue agave tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh ciliantro and jalapeno peppers for an extra kick. Great for pairing with an order of truffle fries.

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I tried the Boba Fett cocktail, truffle fries, creamed kale, and their homemade taglatelle with fresh lemon and parmigano reggiano. Make it a complete vegan dish by eliminating the cream from the kale and leave the cheese out of the pasta, and try the quinoa dish hold the cheese. Vegetarians don’t worry; you can totally find many choices¬†here.

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Do you love that whole industrial eclectic feel? Come inside and enjoy the homey brick row building with tin ceilings, wooden floors and tables, and the rustic charm of old Brooklyn. Looking for a place to hang out with your friends, look no more- Hunters has a big granite table with books and vintage artwork. It’s totally chill.

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Now, go check it out. Cheers!

Cooking with quinoa

Many people have a false impression of quinoa. They think “eww that doesn’t taste good at all” – surprise surprise it’s actually quite delicious and nutritious. You have to flavor it up with seasonings like garlic, Himalayan sea salt, pepper, oregano, and bam you have a hearty meal.

Slice 1-2 tomatoes into small finely chopped pieces. Use 1-2 garlic cloves and chop into tiny chunks.¬†Grab a can of kidney beans drain and rinse. You can add black olives or any other olive of choice to the dish, but make sure you cut them in half. Saute in Botticelli’s¬†extra virgin olive oil until fully seasoned with sea salt, pepper, oregano, garlic and keep mixing to make sure everything gets the proper flavoring.

Add 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to boiling water.¬†Let it cook for about 18 minutes until you see them puff up and become similar to a rice substance. Now, you know it’s ready. Drain the rest of the water left in the pot and add the quiona to your sauteed mixture of goodness.

Serve hot or cold and enjoy!

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Ciao to Divino

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Christa Alexis tries DIVINO‘s homemade ciaculli tangerine gelato, a naturally sweetened flavor, wrapped in a cute little tangerine for a flavorful burst. Try all 5 decadent flavors amalfi lemon, diamond plum, ciaculli tangerine, roman kiwi, and apulian peach; they’re all made in Italy to perfection. Inside you’ll find a packaged gelato wrapped inside a fruit, and of course a cute little spoon to eat your ice with. Don’t forget to let it sit out for 20 minutes before indulging. Better yet, Divino’s gelato are vegan friendly, non-gmo, and guilt free. Can you say incredible?

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Special thanks to DIVINO for supplying me with their delicious gelato. ‚̧

Watch my review on Youtube

More grains, less gains

Trying to get rid of that leftover winter storage and make room for bikini season, fear no more eat grains & have less weight gain. When I say grains, I mean real grains not overly processed genetically modified versions of the real good stuff (foods); you know that kinds that simply nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Think about it, did our ancestors eat anything put in a can or stored in a freezer? Highly doubtful, all their foods were fresh from the farmland and picked right off the land. I’m talking about quiona, fresh rolled oats, brown rice, 100% whole wheat breads and wraps without any additives like high fructose corn syrup and ya know pronounceable ingredients.

Keep grains apart of your diet and you’ll be sure to shed the pounds right off. Moderate exercise is a key component to an overall healthy lifestyle. Of course organic is always a better choice.

 

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Pasta Perfection!

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I love my pasta and pasta with a lot of flavor and veggies. Personally, I love whole wheat pasta in any form spaghetti, penne, linguine, etc and it’s healthier for you in case you forgot. I made whole wheat pasta with sauteed spinach and tomatoes. Nomz!

All you need is a 1lb bag of whole wheat penne.

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Let it boil until it’s al dente (just right, not too hard, not too soft) You can do a taste test after about 8 minutes.

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Chop up tomatoes into smaller pieces and set aside.

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Add olive oil to a pan and chopped up garlic cloves on medium heat. Add the spinach and shut the lid. You will notice that the spinach will begin to shrink. Keep mixing it together. Add salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and any other spices you prefer. Then, you can add the tomatoes.

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Once the tomatoes get softer, you can shut it off. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix thoroughly. (You can also add sauce if you’d like) Serve warm!

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Enjoy!

Special thanks to Botticelli foods for the olive oil and pasta sauce.