- May 26, 2017 -

Im going to preface this post by letting you know I’m going to Europe today and I’m tossing all my dietary rules out the window to fully immerse myself into the London and later Paris food scene. On my day to day at home in Los Angeles I’m always on the hunt for healthy body loving foods, even when it comes down to what I put in my coffee. I’ve been on the homemade nut milk train for about a year now and I’m officially hooked. Swapping high quality nut milk for packaged brands with added preservatives and sugar make my morning Latte or cold brew less of a guilty pleasure. Sadly many of the grammable coffee shops in LA use almond milk with added sugar and carrageenan (a thickening agent and emulsifier that has potential to cause GI disturbances). Luckily there are lovely coffee purveyors who are whipping up the good stuff by hand with high quality ingredients! I wanted to share my list of favorite coffee shops that offer up high quality nut milk with you! Here is my guide, by neighborhood, I hope you enjoy! This is mostly an east side guide because that’s where I live and I only wanted to post about places that I can personally vouch for! If any of your favorite coffee shops make a great nut milk I’d love to hear about them in the comments section!

Yours truly,
Celeste

Where the homemade nut milk at?

1. Larchmont village: go gettum tiger (almond macadamia nut)
2. Silverlake: Square One (almond date) and Botanica Restaurant and Market (cashew date)
3. Echo park: Honey Hi (coconut and almond pumpkin seed)
4. Highland park: Amara Kitchen (nut blend)
5. Downtown: G and B coffee (almond macadamia nut)


- May 22, 2017 -

Anyone who follows my Instagram stories knows how obsessed I am with this recipe, I’ve been eating one of these healthy treats every morning for weeks! I hope you love these carrot cake protein muffins as much as I do!

Carrot cake protein muffins

Serves: 12
Bake time: 40 minutes
Calories per muffin: 275
Protein g per muffin: 18
Sugar g per muffin: 2.5

Ingredients
1 cup so delicious unsweetened coconut milk
6 eggs
2 cups vanilla vegan protein powder
1 1/2 cups carrots, grated
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup coconut flakes
The juice of half a lemon
2 tablespoons of golden raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon liquid stevia
One generous pinch of salt

Recipe
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined
Pour mixture evenly into 1 greased 12 muffin tin
Bake 350 for 25 mins
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing
Truly enjoy


- May 20, 2017 -

What happens when a lifestyle magazine opens an all-day brick and mortar café with a seasonal menu inspired by California cuisine? Pinterest worthy magic happens. This new rustic feminine Silverlake gem is exactly what Silverlake Boulevard desperately needed, a beautiful restaurant with a liquor license! The space is 75% restaurant, leaving 25% for a sweet coffee bar and parisine style market offering fresh produce and a few other artisanal items. I found a comfy seat at the long communal table on the sun lit back patio and prepared for the flavor equivalent of the visual euphoria I was experiencing. The primarily plant based, seasonal menu, provided so many healthful on trend options, I was happily overwhelmed. I did however have a very easy time deciding on a homemade cashew date milk latte, it was delicious and not at all overly sweet. I finally ordered the hot smoked king salmon, the fattoush-y salad, and the shaved roots & fruits salad, all littered with generous portions of fresh greens and torn herbs. I loved the spiced Labne (a traditional Eastern Mediterranean strained yogurt) artfully painted across my fattoush-y salad dish. I can’t wait to come back and experience the dinner menu and more importantly the cocktail menu.

Yours truly,

Celeste

Food photos by me, interior photo and photos with me in them by my babe Taylor Rockwell.


- May 16, 2017 -

Thai flavors bring me back to my childhood in Hawaii. I’ve taken inspiration for this kelp noodle pad Thai recipe from an Asian soba noodle salad recipe that my mom used to make. I love intensely flavored food, the typical Thai flavor combination of spicy, sweet, sour, and salt will alway be my favorite. I try to avoid Thai takeout because of the sugar, gluten, and msg content. I wanted to create an easy recipe that would indulge my Thai cravings in a low glycemic, gluten free, low sodium dish. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Kelp noodle pad Thai

Servings: 2
Cook time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Peanut sauce
2 tablespoons peanut butter
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fish sauce (can substitute with liquid aminos for a vegan option)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
The juice of one lime

1 package kelp noodles 12oz
1 cup lactino kale, julienned
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
1/2 a jalapeño, sliced thin
1/2 of a cucumber, ribboned (using a peeler)
1/2 a cup of Harvest Snaps Mango Chile Lime black bean crisps
1 tablespoon green onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh mint, diced
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, chopped

RECIPE

1. Add peanut sauce ingredients to a sealable jar and shake until well combined
2. Coat kelp noodles in peanut sauce and plate
3. Top noodles with kale, red onion, jalapeño, cucumber, harvest Snaps, green onion, mint, chili flakes, and peanuts
4. Truly enjoy


- May 13, 2017 -

Happy weekend loves. I’m kicking off this Saturday morning by dropping a spoon full of acupuncture knowledge.

What is acupunture?
– Acupuncture is a Holistic healing modality focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body

How does acupuncture work?

– Acupuncture needling influences the activity of adenosine, an amino acid which becomes active in the skin after an injury, increasing oxigenated blood flow to the intended area.

– Acupuncture has the ability to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, creating holistic synergy in the body.

– From a Chinese medicine prospective acupuncture modifies the flow of energy (known as qi or chi) throughout the body.

I’ve heard of the countless benefits of accupunture for years from trusted sources. My mom credits her shoulder injury rehabilitation to accupunctue after trying pretty much every western medical intervention in the book. I finally gave this ancient Chinese healing technique a try last week from the amazing acupuncturist Mona Dan at Vie Healing in Beverly Hills. I focused my treatment on improving an old car accident injury, leaving me a little weak in my left knee and hip. I also inquired about potentially improving my erratic menstural cycle and anxious predisposition. Mona explained the benefits of acupuncture and proceeded to insert multiple needles into various parts of my body, evoking my body’s natural healing response. Once the needles were painlessly inserted I relaxed in a meditative state for about twenty minutes before they were swiftly removed. I was given Huanhe calm tea blend to drink daily to continue the mood boosting body love. This specific tea blend of white tea, green tea, orchid, and gojis was selected for me because of my mild anxiety. I’ve been drinking this blend every day since my treatment and I’m addicted, it’s totally assisting me in my constant quest for calm. I wanted to share this amazing Huanhe calming tea with you guys so I’m doing a giveaway in conjunction with this post, go to my Instagram @thetruespoon for giveaway details. I strongly suggest visiting Mona Dan at Vie Healing for any physical or mental imbalance Website link


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