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3 Super Healthy Smoothies

Cristina RamirezComment

Smoothies are a great way to start the day.  These smoothies are so healthy, loaded with superfoods and are great to sip whenever you need a healthy pick me up. 

I’ve been making a variety of smoothies lately and I’ve found it is a great way in incorporate healthy super foods that may be hard to incorporate in your diet.  For example, apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits and I’ve read you should have 1 tablespoon or more a day, but I have a hard time drinking it by itself so adding it to my smoothies is perfect for my routine.  These smoothies are loaded with super foods in 3 different forms.  You can really add whatever you like and have fun with it.  

The Instagramer

• Dragonfruit
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
• Squirt of honey
• 1 Cup of Water
• 1 Cup of Ice

The Health Nut

• Mango
• Kale
• Banana
• Ginger
• Wheatgrass
• 1 Cup of Coconut Water
• 1 Cup of Ice

The Jump Starter

• ½ Cup of Coffee
• Banana
• ¼ Cup of Rolled Oats
• 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
• 1 Tsp Cinnamon
• Peanut Butter
• 1 Cup of Ice
• ½ Cup of Almond Milk

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Shibori Tie Dye Techniques

Cristina RamirezComment

Tie Dye is a trend that seems to always come and go and come back again.  This summer I noticed it popping up again not only in fashion but in interior design.  I thought by adding some tie dye pillows and maybe some tapestries would give my back patio a cute boho vibe, so I did a little research into how to get these designs.

Shibori Tie Dye is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique that has been around since the 8th century.  There are so many different shibori patterns and all completely unique. I couldn’t bring myself buying a store bought design, so I decided to make my own.  Not only was it so much cheaper, but it was so much fun, they came out so good and I can say I actually made it. 

I started with 3 basic designs to try out:  lines, the bull’s eye and diamonds. The bull ’s eye was my personal fave.

Lines

  1. Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 1 1/2 -2 inches.
  2. Tie rubber bands kind of like a pony tail.  Adding as much lines as you would like to create. 

Bull's Eye

  1. Pinch the middle of the fabric pulling up.
  2. Gather add fabric from the center and then tie a rubber band at the top.
  3. Tie a few more rubber bands to create a bull's eye effect.

Diamonds

  1. Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 2 1/2 inches.
  2. Fold one side of folded fabric creating a triangle.
  3. Continue accordion folding in triangle forms.
  4. Tie two rubber bands to to the final triangle folded shape. One on each long points.

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Sugar Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cristina RamirezComment

I have recently kicked sugar and most dairy products from my diet, but needed something to quench my cravings. I’m not a sweets person to begin with but it’s funny the minute you eliminate something from your diet, the cravings all of a sudden start. I looked up a few different recipes and narrowed it down to these ingredients. These cookies came out so good! I personally think they taste like the Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies, but not as sweet of course (which I kind of like). 

Dry Ingredients

• 2 ¼ cups flour (use almond of coconut flour to make gluten free)
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp baking soda

Wet Ingredients

• 1 cup coconut oil (semi-firm)
• ½ cup honey
• 2 tsp vanilla
• 2 eggs

Warm and crispy cookies out of the oven.

Warm and crispy cookies out of the oven.

Perfect for dunking.

Perfect for dunking.

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Homemade Artisan Bread

Cristina RamirezComment

Processed bread is always one of those foods that is always on the top of those “what never to eat” list.  Processed bread is loaded with preservative that are so difficult for your body to digest which then turn into fat.  On top of all that, personally I have never really liked the taste of store bought bread.  I've been making my own for a while now. I've tried several different recipes and techniques and this one is by far the easiest and the best tasting. Give it a try! I promise, you can't mess it up.

No Kneeding!

No Kneeding!

Crunchy on the outside and warm and moist on the inside.

Crunchy on the outside and warm and moist on the inside.

Ingredients:
• 3 cups Flour
• ½ Tsp. Dry Active Yeast
• 1 Tsp. Salt
• 1 ½ cups Water

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, yeast, salt and water and stir. Dough will be sticky.
  2. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let rise for 8-24 hours.
  3. Pour out dough onto a floured surface and fold into a ball.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Transfer dough into a greased baking dish. With a knife cut and “X” on the top of the dough.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 mins.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

Watch the video to see how easy it is. 

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Coachella Prep

Cristina RamirezComment

April is such a busy month and I feel like it’s the kick start to the summer (here in LA).  Not only is my birthday in April but its festival season!  This is my first year going to Coachella and I am so excited.  I’ve always dropped the ball when planning to go, but not this year. I’m not ecstatic about the lineup but I still think it is an experience everyone needs to do in their twenties.  

The fashion is everything at Coachella and music festivals in general.  I definitely want to be on my A-game.  So I’ve been scrolling and scrolling for the cutest and most realistic outfits.  If anyone has any Coachella first-timer advice, shoot it my way.

Here is some of my inspiration to get you excited. 

Coachella Dreamin'

Coachella Dreamin'

Via Flickr

Festival Warpaint

Festival Warpaint

Via Tumblr                                                               Via GypsyLovinLight

White dress with pink kimono

White dress with pink kimono

Homemade Pesto

Cristina RamirezComment

Pesto is one of my secret ingredients to fix a boring meal.  You know those simple weeknight dishes that you’re kind of bored of but are easy quick meals so you just make it and force it down.  I feel like even a little goes a long way, such as adding a teaspoon in a bowl of some chicken noodle soup or using is as a base for your pizza.  I love to toss it in sautéed potatoes and adding some to pasta marinara.  

Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto

I’ve always wanted to make some of my own.  I like the fact that you don’t really need a recipe and you can add so many different things in there and get really great results.  It’s great to make when you have left over herbs that you don’t want to go to waste. I’m really excited to try other ingredients next time.  I want to add in some kale and other types of nuts.

Here are some possible alternatives to the core ingredients.  The list is really endless and feel free to add multiple types of greens, nuts, etc.

Greens: Spinach, Kale, Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Dill, Sage, Mint, Thyme, etc.

Nut: Pinenuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Pumpkin seeds, Hemp seeds, etc.

Cheese: Parmesan, Asiago, Romano, etc.

Spices: Ginger, Cayenne, Coriander, Paprika, etc.

Add a variety of different ingredients to get the perfect pesto.

Add a variety of different ingredients to get the perfect pesto.

For this recipe I had on hand:

  • 3 cups of basil

  • ½ cup pin nuts

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic

  • ½ cup grated parmesan

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Simply put all ingredients in a food processor and blend together.

Green Goodness Pesto

Green Goodness Pesto