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What I’m Loving Lately: June 2016 Edition

It has been a while since my last little “personal” check-in. In June, I was less busy than usual — which was refreshing. I had more time to practice yoga, more time to spend with friends and more time to cook — three things that are very important to me.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve collected some photos and notes to share with you. Below find some things I’m loving lately. Then head over to my vacation recap to hear about my trip to the Pacific Northwest!

Local Favorite: Nutty Life

If you follow me on social media, you know that I love Nutty Life. Exciting news for Nutty Life… storefront coming so, so soon! (Congrats!) I recently visited Caroline at the SoWa outdoor market in the South End to buy a carton of chocolate cashew milk.

This Sunday keeps getting better and better. #shoplocal

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I used some for coffee, the rest went into chia seed pudding! Place 2-3 Tbsp of chia seeds in a 8 oz mason jar, then fill the rest with Nutty Life.

Next, I’m buying that new matcha flavor!

Dinner Obsession: Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Ryo and I have cooked these every weekend (…seriously). Chicken kabobs are the perfect, healthy summertime meal. Stay tuned for some marinade recipes! In the meantime, what is your favorite grilled chicken spice or marinade?

It has become a Sunday ritual. #summereats #SHSHeats

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We’ve even recruited out friends to eat kabobs with us.

Feastin 🍻🍔🌽🔥🔥

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Favorite Recipe: Vegan Brownies

These brownies were a long time in the making (i.e. lots of experiments and failures). I love taking advantage of naturally sweet ingredients like sweet potatoes for desserts. This recipe also has added sweetness from dates. Make these for a treat throughout the week. They also make for a great pre-workout snack.

New Shopping Destination: Thrive Market

Sign up and get a discount using my code! You get free swag your first time around — and great deals after that. Find healthy items like chia seeds, flaxseed, quinoa, coconut oil and coconut flour on Thrive Market for less than you would in the grocery story. Note, Thrive is a subscription-based program that might be worth the yearly membership if you buy these things a lot!

Snacking: Avocado on Rice Cake

I teach a lot of classes that start between the hours of 5pm and 6pm. Usually, I eat lunch around 1 or 2, so before teaching I’m not ready for a meal just yet. This avocado snack is perfect! It is not too heavy, but filling enough to power me through teaching.

Summer Lovin’: #POFitness

It has begun and the first class was 85 strong! The free fitness scene in Boston is STRONG. Take advantage!

Kitchen Gadget: Spiralizer

Beet noodles and curly sweet potato fries are my new staple. Did you catchy my recipe up on Boston Magazine? If you like beets, you’ll like this salad.

WOO!: The Wayfair Cookbook

It’s here, the Wayfair Simply Summer Recipes cookbook! Check out my Roasted Red Pepper Dip recipe. The recipe book is free to download and features a number of Boston bloggers.

Subscription box: PopSugar Must-Have Box

Who doesn’t love surprises? June’s PopSugar Must-Have Box was perfect for my vacation. Get your box by subscribing here. The full-size box is only ~$40 — less if you buy 3-month or 6-month packages. These also make GREAT gifts!


What are you lovin’ lately? Share below!

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