Cinnamon Cashew Milk

Cinnamon Cashew Milk || On Simple Medicine

Nut milk is great alternative if you’re staying away from dairy or if you want a new flavor profile for your smoothies. Some of my favorites include cashew milk, coconut milk and almond milk. My issue with the store-bought versions of these items is the long, long, long list of ingredients.

Cashews are used a lot in vegan or raw recipes, typically to add creaminess to foods when omitting dairy. My friend Christine makes a killer raw cheesecake and the filling is made of cashews. It also makes up my favorite Indian dessert, kaju katli.

Cinnamon Cashew Milk || On Simple Medicine

innamon Cashew Milk || On Simple Medicine

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Meal Planning, Diwali and Kelly Kapoor

Last week was Diwali, which is pretty well explained by Kelly Kapoor: “Um… Diwali is awesome… and there’s food… and there’s going to be dancing… and… Oh! I got the raddest outfit. It has, um…Sparkles…”

Indian girls have the sparkle game down.

We didn’t really get to celebrate since the holiday fell in the middle of the week but we did go over to my mom and dad’s for dinner on Tuesday. We celebrated Dhanterus with them which kicks off the five day Diwali celebration.

The pictures below are of our puja set up. My super awesome husband also participated, despite being newly introduced to Diwali just six short years ago (love him).

Dhanterus

Dhanterus

The Menu:

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If you want to be Happy

Be Happy

It’s that time of the week! The Fit Switch Link Up. This week’s topic: What has your past taught you about living today?

Good question, isn’t it?

For a long time, I felt like I was simply waiting for life to begin. I was waiting for the perfect job. Waiting to finish grad school. Waiting to feel happy. Waiting for fulfillment.

What I slowly began to realize is that I could wait all. day. long. And absolutely nothing would happen. Being a passive bystander in my own life was not the answer. Instead, the answer was in connecting. Not in the Facebook kind of way but in connecting with myself and finding happiness in the smallest details. I can honestly say that all of this turned around for me when I participated in #100happydays.

For 100 days this little experiment forced me to look for the good in the details of my life. This ended up being an awesome salad bar, camping with friends, and cuddling with my puppies. Those little things brought me so much joy when I shifted my perspective. I applied that perspective beyond 100 days and I felt like my life had more purpose; I let myself be happy about the little things and I didn’t focus on the “big” things I thought I was missing. More importantly I let myself accept that what made me happy didn’t have to be perfect because the most important thing was that it was mine.

A Happy Life

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Smoothies Simplified

His and Hers Smoothies

My go-to breakfast is a smoothie. Last year when we moved back to Florida and needed to purchase a blender, Matt and I opted for a less expensive Ninja. It worked well and we used it frequently but the biggest issue was cleaning it. The Ninja has multiple parts and a weird lid that chia seeds love to hide in.

RIP Ninja

 

About a month ago I decided that I had to give up smoothies or give up my Ninja. Not only was the cleaning process arduous, but I didn’t feel like my smoothies were as smooth as they could be. With a little convincing Matt agreed that a Vitamix was the way to go. We couldn’t be happier with our purchase for 3 reasons: [Read more...]

Meal Planning, Post Surgery

Matt is recovering nicely from his surgery….or he WAS recovering nicely from his surgery. Over the weekend he got food poisoning (!!!) and spent all day Sunday and part of Monday feeling awful. Seriously, he can’t catch a break. We still don’t know what caused his mysterious illness but I’m happy that he’s back to feeling better. He also had a follow up with his surgeon and he’s healing nicely.

On Saturday we took our pups to “WeenieFest.” As you can see they aren’t exactly weenie dogs, but the group was non discriminatory and we saw pups of all shapes and sizes. Elle and Cinder had a blast collecting treats, Frisbees and toys.

PuppiesPuppies

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