Don’t Fear the Fruit!

GOOD MORNING!

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I love that sky pic- I got a a new phone this weekend and the camera is amazzzinggg!

I thought selfies might start turning out a little better now that there’s no delay when I take a picture. At least, a little less awkward.

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And the verdict?!

Nope. Hopelessly awkward. What is he even doing lol?! 

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I’m just going to stick to food pictures- pitaya makes smoothies so pretty!  

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I’ve been making one every.single.morning- 2 frozen bananas, a pitaya {dragonfruit} packet (get them at Whole Foods in freezer section), kiwi, Garden of Life Raw Flavor protein, some coconut butter and a little water.It’s life changing :D

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And speaking of fruit, what’s the deal with fruit?

Sometimes when I post my three-banana smoothie recipes, people drop subtle comments like “3 bananas for one serving?” 

Basically the polite way of saying.. “THE SUGAR! THE CARBS! ERMYGAWD!”

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But really. There’s so many contradicting diets and theories out there. One minute fruit is super healthy, full of vitamins and minerals and the next it’s sugary stuff to be avoided?

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Case in point:

From Dietitian Cassie:

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From Medical News Today:

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Confusing right?! 

These past few months I’ve been eating more {organic} fruit and not worrying about the sugar. Here’s what I’ve found: FRUIT IS AMAZING. I think that carbs are our natural source of energy. It’s quick energy, but also has fiber, which makes it digest more slowly.  And it’s loaded with so many nutrients per calorie. Potassium, vitamins, minerals and especially antioxidants.

Form Fox Magazine by Cynthia Sass, RD:

“In addition to affecting skin pigment, they also improve circulation, which boosts blood flow to the skin surface, imparting a natural glow. Antioxidants also fend off compounds that damage skin from the outside in, including free radicals produced by sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke.”

Andddd it’s flat belly food.  I was on the ‘low carb’ train of thought for so long that I never even considered that high carb fruit would be flat belly food.

So those are my ramblings on fruit, what do you guys think about it?!

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XOXO

Sunnie

Beet and Sweet Potato Salad with Balsamic

Morning! Long time no blog talk!

This almost last week of summer I have realized that there are certain amazing things in life that I take for granted every day.

Like waking up at 5, looking out the window at the cloudy and still asleep street, and realizing that I have another entire hour to stay curled up in bed and listen to my sister making coffee downstairs. 

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Like taking a minute to sit in Lego’s stall and just be close to him.

 

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Let’s be real he only wants one thing from me, though haha:

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And finally, vegetables. After a weekend of amazing but rich travel food, all I want is rabbit food :D

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Thus, this salad was born- filled up with sweet potato, beets, tomatoes, and of course avocado <3

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Sweet Potato and Beet Salad

Sweet Potato and Beet Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 roasted red beets
  2. 1 roasted sweet potato (1 hour at 400 is how I make mine)
  3. 2 cups organic greens
  4. 1/2 avocado
  5. cucumbers and tomatoes
  6. organic balsamic vinegarette
Instructions
  1. Chop all ingredients and layer over greens. Drizzle dressing over salad and BAM. Done.
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I love writing the directions for salad posts haha. #lazyblogger

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Have an awesome week!

XOXO

Sunnie

 

Balance Shape Up and Walmart Giveaway

Happy Saturday! :D  

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It’s giveaway time!

 Balance Bar is having a Summer Shape Up Challenge in combination with personal trainer Holly Del Rosso and Walmart, and they sent over a gift card so I could stock up on some summer essentials. They also hosted a Twitter Party so people could ask Holly questions directly!

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I picked up a case of the newer Dark Chocolate Peanut bars, which have a simpler ingredient list and less sugar than the original bars- my sister loved these and the case didn’t last long!

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All you have to do is leave a comment below!

Have a great weekend :D

( This is a sponsored post, I was compensated a gift card to giveaway and a gift card to spend on summer essentials.)

Inspiring Blogger Award!

Guess what day it is..

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 Just kidding haha! But seriously am I the only one who gets their days completely mixed up in summer?!

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 The other day the amazing Leigha tagged me in her Inspiring Blogger post. 

The rules are-

  • Link to the blogger that nominated you
  • List 7 facts about yourself
  • Tag 5 Inspring Bloggers

Here are my facts!

1.) Sunsets are my favorite thing ever. 

sunsetcollage! 2.) I could hike every single day <3

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 We even find waterfalls in Vegas ;)

3.) I usually eat 6-8 bananas a day, usually in the form of banana ice cream and smoothies. #dontjudgeme :D I think that carbs are the body’s natural source of energy, and they’re loaded with potassium and other amazingness.

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 4.) I have a sister who is probably the nicest person you’ll ever meet. It’s actually really weird haha.

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 5.) This pony has a special place in my heart. I first got him when he was around 20 and now he’s 28- so happy I still get to see him every day <3

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 6.) The best show ever is Modern Family.

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 anddd 7.) I love this quote so much. It is 100% true.

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 I nominate….

Kathleen at Vegas Hungry Girl

Katherine at The Peanut Butter Lover

Sarah at Shh Fit Happens

Emily at Smile Mile Girl

Liz at Carpe Diem and Run

Brittany at Blissful Britt

Gahhh there’s so many more I want to nominate but it’s like 12:30 already haha- I should have been done with this post already but Youtube, Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, and Pinterest might have something to do with my procrastination ;)

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 have a great day!

XOXO

Sunnie 

 

 

Easiest Curry Ever {vegan}

It’s been so hot that I just want to make smoothies and watermelon for breakfast lunch and dinner. Watermelon is life :D

But the other day a miracle happened and it actually rained. Big droplets on the windshield, lighting, and that rain on the pavement smell.

And then the unthinkable happened- we needed jackets ;)

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Naturally, I pretended it was 40 degrees instead of 80 and deemed it necessary to make something warm..

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I love having these sauces in the pantry! You literally just have to make some brown rice or quinoa, vegetables, and some sort of protein and BAM. Dinner is ready.

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Easiest Curry Ever
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Ingredients
  1. 1 jar of healthy curry sauce (I love the Curry Love brand at Whole Foods)
  2. Vegetables- kale, mushrooms, peas, spinach, carrots, etc)
  3. 1/2 package organic tempeh
  4. Brown Rice or Quinoa
Instructions
  1. Saute vegetables and tempeh with a little coconut oil until heated through. Pour in curry sauce and let simmer. Cook desired amount of brown rice. Place brown rice in bowls and pour the curry over top.
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Literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish if you buy the frozen brown rice- that’s the time it takes me to figure out how to turn on the microwave much less use it! ;)

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 XOXO

Sunnie

 

5 Reasons Summer Needs to Stay Forever

1.) SMOOTHIES.

Nothing better than giant smoothies on a hot summer morning!

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I usually do 3 frozen bananas, a cup of strawberries, almond milk, maca, and a date or two. SO GOOD.

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 2. Summer nights.

I love that it’s still warm out at night. Makes good weather for nighttime adventures ;)

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 3.) Sunsets.

I love sunsets especially in the summer. Everything gets that golden glow <3

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 4.) Salads.

Giant bowls of veggies w/ hummus and lemon= fastest lunch ever.

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5.) Getting to hang out with this munchkin :D

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Happy Friday!!! <3

 

 

Key Lime Pie Tartlets! {raw,vegan}

Let’s talk rabbit food. 

I think that when people think of plant-based, they think of tofu. And foliage. Maybe even some tree bark. Just rabbit food in general. 

And yet…I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a rabbit eat a Key Lime Pie ;)

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Or a tartlet to be exact. Is that a word? 

But first- story time. The other day I was babysitting, and the little boy I watch LOVES to cook. 

He also loves to garden. Seriously I will spend 2 hours soil-mixing, planting, and watering and nothing happens. And then he will haphazardly throw a handful of seeds out and BAM. Things start sprouting lol.

So I pretty much give him free reign in the kitchen. He wanted to make key lime pie, so I grabbed dates, limes, almonds, coconut oil, agave, oats and avocado <3 Because avocado can fix literally any kitchen disaster!

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And then these were born! 

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Rich, creamy, lime-y amazingness. And definitely kid approved :D

Key Lime Pie Tartlets {raw, vegan}
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Crust
  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 2 dates
  3. 1/3 cup raw almonds
  4. 1 T. coconut oil
  5. 1 tsp. agave
  6. Pinch of salt
Filling
  1. 1.5 ripe avocado
  2. 1 heaping tablespoon agave
  3. Juice of 2 big limes
  4. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  5. (add more agave to taste)
Instructions
  1. Place the oats and almonds in blender and pulse until they are in small pieces. Add the rest of the crust ingredients and blend until mixture is sticky.
  2. Set dough aside.
  3. Blend filling ingredients until super smooth. Sweeten to taste. Place in a bowl in the fridge.
  4. Roll out the dough (you still want it pretty thick though)
  5. Take a small glass ( I used a shot glass) to form circles. Push your thumb down in the middle to turn it into a pie crust.
  6. Add about tablespoon of the filling to each crust.
  7. Place in freezer for ten minutes before serving. Store in fridge.
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These didn’t last two days in my house, and that’s always a good sign! 

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XOXO

Sunnie

Strawberry Banana Superfood Smoothie & San Diego!

Strawberry and banana should get married. Just sayin’ ;)

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 This past weekend we went to California and it was amazing as always. I am too in love with the beach, the sunsets, and the weather. Especially with temps at home around 112 degrees!

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 The water was really clear and the waves were huge- and there was no sharks so that’s always a plus haha ;)

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 On Saturday we visited family and then pretty much beach bummed from sun up to sun down. This sunset was worth the wait …

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 I fell in love with this place called Choice Superfood Bar and Juicery. It took about ten minutes to walk there from where we were staying and OHMYGOSH best smoothies in the world. 

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 My friend Leah got the Strawberry Zen and it was bananas, strawberry, sprouted almond milk, coconut butter, date, and Choice protein. At $8.75 per smoothie, I vowed to re create it at home..

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 And ta-dah! This happened. It tastes like ice cream and is super healthy. Bam.

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Frozen bananas give it the consistency of a milkshake.. 

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And dates make it taste like caramel..

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and strawberries to make it an Instagram worthy color ;)

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Strawberry Banana Superfood Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 and a half frozen bananas
  2. 1 handful organic strawberries
  3. 1 cup almondmilk (I made my own by blending almonds and water and straining)
  4. 1 T. maca powder
  5. 1 large date
  6. 1 T. coconut butter (optional)
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Have a great day guys!

Asian Style Tempeh Bowl with a Peanut Sauce {vegan, gluten free}

Wow. Say that title ten times fast lol.

I’m in love with this new Asian Peanut Sauce thing- it’s good on everything! 

Since it was chilly for like 2.1 seconds, I figured I had an excuse to make this warm bowl of amazingness again.  It actually stormed yesterday! Summer storms are amazing.

There’s seriously something about a desert storm. Wet sagebrush. The smell of rain and pavement. The weather being hot and cold all at once.

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But back to the recipe- I had tempeh, veggies, brown rice, and a good peanut sauce and BAM. This happened.

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Also, I went to get some lettuce from my garden and look what I found growing! A bone! Must have been all that rain ;) #gottalovezazu

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If you haven’t tried tempeh, it’s just like tofu except way better and way more protein/fiber. It’s super good in stir fries and recipes like this.. 

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Tempeh Rice Bowl with a Peanut Sauce
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked brown rice
  2. 2 mushrooms
  3. 1 zucchini, diced
  4. 1 package tempeh
  5. 1/2 cup healthy peanut sauce (I got some at Whole Foods)
Instructions
  1. In a pan over medium heat, saute the zuchinni and mushroom in a little bit of Soy Sauce or Braggs. Add the tempeh and half of the peanut sauce. Cook together for about 10 minues, until tempeh looks done and is hot all the way through. Put toppings over brown rice and drizzle over more sauce.
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It seriously took ten minutes to make. Lately I’ve just been buying the cooked frozen brown rice because ummm…I forgot to add water to the rice cooker last time and it did not end well lol.

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 Easy as pie. Only about 10x easier. ;)  

Happy Wednesday!

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Fashion on the Fourth

Sometimes I wear other things besides yoga pants and barn clothes …

It’s a rare occasion though, so I felt it was worth documenting ;)

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{Shirt: Plato’s Closet- $6.00} {Shorts- hand me downs from a friend! American Eagle I think?} {Shoes: Barefoot, free} ;)

I love this owl necklace from Aeropostale! Not sure why it only has one ear but whatever haha. 

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 It was the perfect outfit for Fourth of July night- hanging out with this pup, BBQing (vegetables ;) ), and swimming. Zazu’s such a weirdo- he actually sat outside with us and watched the fireworks and liked them! He’s a strange one.

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But I love him ;)

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 And of course, plenty of bloopers. So incredibly awkward lol.

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Haha have a great day guys!

Sunnie

 

 

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