A few months ago I began introducing Hermione to nut butters and nut milks. I have to admit the reasons were partially selfish. I use nuts so often that having Hermione enjoy them along with me has made cooking for the two of us much, much easier. She and I can now share green smoothies! Along with green smoothies Hermione has also been enjoying these Almond Butter Freezer Cookies. They are an easy way to get her the healthy fats and protein found in nuts, all in a form she can grasp in her tiny hands. The “Mama” version is a take on a dessert I enjoyed often while pregnant. I love to make a big batch of these and store then in the freezer so the are ready when either of us needs a little treat!
I am a sort of, kind of, semi superstitious person. I will not panic over a broken mirror or a black cat. I do refuse to call my unborn daughter by the name we have chosen for her. Doug calls my belly by her name all the time and it freaks me out a little bit. This may seem strange since I have fully finished her nursery, stocked closet and all but to each her own right?
I love to have a bite (or several) of something sweet at the end of the night. I am not one for cakes, cookies, candy, and ice cream but somehow my evening does not seem complete without a little dark chocolate or one of my own healthy dessert creations. While I have had no major cravings during my pregnancy, my desire for sweet treats has certainly not gone away.
It’s no secret that I love OMilk. I use their Almond Milk every day in my smoothies, sauces and sometimes to make a cup of hot chocolate! While the classic Almond Milk is amazingly useful, I also love their special seasonal flavors. Available only by home delivery, a bottle of specialty flavored OMilk in my fridge is a real treat. Yesterday, I was thrilled to find out they are bringing back their Chai Cashew Milk! I personally love chai spices, and paired with cashew milk it is a delicious, creamy treat (even better when served hot!).
The holiday season always makes me think of traditions. The traditions I grew up with and the new ones Doug and I are creating together. I grew up Jewish but we always had a Christmas tree and exchanged presents on Christmas day. This was partly because my mom was born on Christmas Day (and named Holly), and partly because we were always together on a family vacation on December 25th.
New York City is an amazing place to live for someone devoted to healthy, clean, plant based eating. I am so lucky to be surrounded by many options for pressed juice, smoothies, raw food, plant based meals, and farm to table fine dining. I am constantly discovering new places to add to my list of favorites!
Something about the holiday season makes me feel a little bit like a kid again. All of a sudden I want to go ice-skating, wrap presents, decorate a tree, light a menorah and drink hot chocolate. Frozen Hot Chocolate that is. Growing up my most favorite treat on the planet was the Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity. This incredibly decadent treat is/was served in a giant glass and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. One of them is enough to give four kids a major sugar high. I have not touched the stuff in at least twenty years but I can still recall the experience vividly.
I have loved pumpkin pie ever since I was a little girl. The rest of a traditional Thanksgiving meal never really appealed to me. Even in my omnivore days I was not a fan of turkey. I never understood exactly what gravy was. I didn’t like the taste or texture of stuffing. But pumpkin pie? Yes please! I would often have two pieces at Thanksgiving dinner, and if I was lucky my mom would let me have a piece for breakfast. Hey, I never said my childhood was the healthiest! Read more
Happy Friday! I am incredibly excited for the weekend. Last weekend was so packed with moving back home after the hurricane that I could really use a few days to relax and unwind. Tonight Doug and I have a movie date planed; we are both very excited to see Flight! Tomorrow we were supposed to be running in a 5K for the American Brain Tumor Association with Doug’s family and some friends but sadly it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Instead, we will be having a family brunch so that we can all see each other 5K or not! Tomorrow evening we are celebrating a dear friends birthday over dinner. Finally, Sunday will be spent making 150 batches of my Clean, Pure and Simple Pumpkin Spice Granola to sell at the Brick Church Holiday Fair next week. Ok, so maybe this weekend won’t be so mellow after all! Amidst all the plans I know I will find some time to lay around and relax.