Why am I calling these overnight oats Flower-Child? Because they contain a combination of flowers that make this a lightly sweet overnight oatmeal with bursting with fruit-based prebiotics & probiotics! I am a huge fan of overnight oats because they are quick & easy to assemble + are excellent for whatever your mood is into that day when it comes to flavor + toppings.
Lets talk probiotics. Probiotics are living microorganisms/bacteria. Prebiotics are non digestible carbohydrates that are food for probiotics. We carry around 100 trillion microbial cells in our body. Probiotics are noted for aiding digestive health + supporting the immune system because of its friendly, beneficial bacteria (some more on that here)
Ora Organic’s Trust Your Gut Organic Probiotic & Prebiotic Powder contains 20 billion probiotics per serving and scoop provides 20% of your daily fiber needs. It’s freeze dried so it can be stored in a dark space and the powder makes it versatile for using it in recipes! The best part is that Trust Your Gut is all plant sourced: probiotics from tapioca, jerusalem artichokes, & its fruity taste comes from organic apples & raspberries. The powder is completely vegan, allergen friendly, gluten free, & organic (duh).
Heather Crosby / Yumuniverse’s new book Pantry to Plate is full of plentiful plant forward recipes and she provides a unique layout in her cookbook. If you fall under the category of “what should I make?” or “how do I make this?” then Pantry to Plate is the book for you. It provides templates for basic recipes like cereals, sushi (yes, sushi), and this hearty citrus + berry granola. Full of gluten free grains + seeds + tea, it’s definitely worth it to make it yourself and add whatever your heart desires
This is the first time I have made granola! I’ve never had much of a fancy for granola (which was typically store-brought) so when I decided to go the homemade route my curiosity was piqued. Oh my goodness does it pay off and the best part is that granola is so quick and simple to make. The longest part is the baking portion. The best part is nibbling it by the handful. Homemade granola + tea has my heart. In my humble opinion (when it comes to granola) nothing can best the fresh flavor and texture from preparing it yourself and savoring it moments after..
When I saw that this recipe uses tea, I wanted to make it even more. Tea can add so much flavor and versatility in the kitchen. I also had a lone orange nestled in the fruit bowl that was promptly zested and elevates the citrus fragrance in this granola. It adds such beautiful color and vibrancy to the granola + easily swappable with whats in your pantry!
I veganize this recipe by swapping out honey and using Grade B Maple syrup. I had bulk dried cranberries + cherries in my own pantry that I used in place of freeze dried strawberries. In place of olive oil I used coconut oil. The final swap was buckwheat for sunflower seeds!
Simple will always win in my book. Because there are sometimes you want to develop and devour something in a pinch. Therefore I like these cookies a lot. These are simple, plant based, and filling almond based cookies. I’d like to think they are quite nutritious too but I’m not a nutritionist so I can’t totally make that claim. But just trust me y’all.
For these cookies I made coconut butter icing and I experimented with some natural food dyes in the form of tea powders. Tip: I highly recommend using tea in powdered form to create vibrant colors. With the Wild Foods Curr Berry Tea (Organic Hibiscus, Elderberry, Red Currant & Cranberry), I did use it in liquid form because I didn’t have a grinder to process the tealeaves + berries. If you have a grinder, I highly recommend using it to make some pretty colors.
And so returns the beautiful matcha powder. Two vibrant colors: Wild Foods Wild Matcha #2, which was also used in a refreshing Matcha Chia Fresca, and Blue Chai’s dreamy blue matcha powder. Both are organic and the Green Tea Matcha adds an energizing flavor while the Curr Berry definitely gives some berry flavor
Perhaps it’s just me but I really enjoy having a to-go color for my nails. When it comes to shades, I like to stick to the basics: nude, red, & moody colors.
Although polish dries on the nails and isn’t necessarily absorbed through our skin – most nail polishes are still filled with chemicals that aren’t kind when released in the atmosphere. They can pose considerable problems when inhaled over time (as profiled in this NYT report). Nail polish is classified as a household hazardous waste and it’s required to be disposed of in a proper hazardous waste disposal site (don’t trash it! use this guide)
The good news? The rise of non-toxic nail polishes, but not all are created effectively. But many of us want to feel safer and have fewer chemicals in our beauty repertoire. Cue ella + mila nail polishes.
The literal rainbow (and more) can be found on the ella + mila shop. They are a line of eco-friendly nail polishes that come in an array of beautiful colors for any occasion. Most importantly: ella + mila happens to be 7-Free, vegan, palm oil free, and they are made in the United States.
What is 7-Free? It means that these nail polishes do not contain the following: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, TPHP, Xylene or Camphor. Thus they are a safer alternative to generic polishes.
Onto the shades! Although there are so many choices at ella + mila – I only chose what I would use + genuinely want. These color are great for all seasons + occasions. First up is Lilac Luster, a pretty spring/winter shade that is a light lilac color that is great for everyday wear.